The entry-level car in the Acura stable is the 2003 Acura
RSX. A sporty 2-door coupe, and accessible to many who may
not be looking for a more up-level Acura, this may be a
good option for those who are attracted to cars from Honda's
Like many of the up-level Acura models, the 2003 Acura
RSX offers advanced features and components, setting a standard
for the class, Standard 4-wheel disc brakes, automatic climate
control and a sunroof are examples of this unusual level
The 2003 Acura RSX comes in a base model and an up-level
sport version with a more powerful engine. The RSX Type-S
also comes with a couple of other upgraded elements.
The interior of the base model RSX is, as mentioned above,
more generous than one would expect at this level. Automatic
climate control, cruise control, cloth upholstery on front
bucket seats with a lumbar adjustment, power mirrors, windows,
door locks and steering, remote keyless entry, a tachometer
and many other items deck out the interior. The Type-S adds
a premium Bose 6CD audio system.
A Factory Performance Package is also in the works for the
NSX. This package will include along with a number of high-performance
components, metallic-look interior trim and a Factory Performance
The 2003 Acura RSX exterior is sharper than ever this year
with a rear spoiler, an aggressive nose-down, charging bull
stance and a deeply bevelled chin spoiler. Multi-reflector
headlights and the signature five-sided Acura grille and
distinctive front fascia set off the performance-oriented
Under the hood of the RSX, a single engine size, 2.0-liter,
can provide one of two levels of power. If you have the
base model you will be rewarded by ample power, with 160-hp
and 141 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant is coupled to a
5-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic
and in this incarnation it gets a very respectable 24/33
However, a move up to the NSX Type-S allows access to its
200hp (at 7400 rpm) engine. This dynamo is a high-revving
rocket that comes with a driver's favourite close ratio
6-speed manual transmission. With a healthy 142 lb-ft of
torque at 6000 rpm, keeping this car up near the red line
is an exciting and adrenalin-rich experience.
Despite the focus on speed and performance, mileage is
quite respectable at 24/31 mpg (city/hwy).
Safety and Security
Safety is one of the areas where Acura offers a lot of bang
for the buck. Although in this case the bang is the sound
of one of the four popping airbags. (Equipped dual front
and front side.)
Antilock 4-wheel disc brakes are standard on both models
while a sport suspension is equipped on the Type-S.
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