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from Cush Acura
Year / Model Reviewed:
2005 Acura RSX Type-S
Unrivaled transmission, sharp handling, high revving engine, solid build quality, best in class interior
Stiff and jerky suspension, poor low end power, average acceleration compared to other sporty cars
The RSX Type-S is a fun car to drive that offers exhilarating power when revved hard and outstanding handling. While it does not accelerate as quickly as similarly priced cars like the Chevy Cobalt SS, Dodge Neon SRT-4, and Subaru WRX, it does *FEEL* very fast when revved hard, and the engine is remarkably smooth and refined all the way up to the 8000 RPM redline. The transmission is second to none with a shifter that provides short, buttery smooth throws and a clutch that is effortless to use. Handling is also marvelous as the car feels very controlled and solid during cornering and offers responsive steering. Unfortunately, the ride is stiffer than it should be; every little bump in the road is transmitted into the cabin and larger bumps can be disconcertingly jarring. The noise level is about average for a sporty car while fuel economy is above average (I’ve been managing about 27 miles to the gallon overall).
The car's interior is driver oriented and very comfortable. All of the controls are conveniently located and have a solid, well made feel. The leather seats are soft and supportive. Air conditioning is powerful and the climate control system moderates the temperature well. The 7 speaker Bose stereo is only decent sounding and distorts relatively easily at high volumes but does offer a six disc in dash CD player that is easy to operate. The passenger side dash plastic, while functional an aesthetically pleasing, has a hard and somewhat cheap feel. There are only two major problems with the interior: the lack of a center armrest up front and poor headroom in the rear.
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Acura Integra GS-R