2002 Acura RSX Base 2.0 from North America
SOLID. Feels like a proper entry level luxury sports car
Gas cap comes loose sometimes, triggering the CEL.
Some seat wear.
A few rattles.
2002 Base RSX Automatic
Handling is superb.
No body roll when cornering hard.
Automatic transmission – sport mode shifts fast and accurately.
Interior materials top notch.
Good low end torque.
Feels like a proper entry level luxury sports car.
Headlights do burn our more frequently than one would expect. Switched back to stock halogen bulbs, and this has seemed to have solved the problem.
Base stereo mediocre at best. Had to install a small subwoofer to fill in the low end.
Automatic transmission could use a 6th gear.
Back seat could use an additional inch or two of head clearance – but not too bad for a two door sport coupe.
Would like to have seen more sophisticated electronics – i.e. dash readout MPG, avg speed, avg MPG etc…
The car is SOLID, reviews are great, and the quality and reliability are what one would expect from Honda’s premium brand.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th February, 2010
16th Feb 2010, 20:40
The automatic transmission in auto mode could use an econo setting - where it shifts more readily into lower gears. Stock setup tends to leave it in lower gears and let it rev - which is a little annoying when commuting through Chicago traffic, not to mention it brings down the fuel economy. So a lot of times I find myself putting it into manual mode and shifting into higher gears to keep the rpm’s (and stress) down. Don’t get me wrong, I love the revy high-strung nature of the motor, just not all the time.
When I want to take it for a real spin, I put it into manual mode and hit the gas. During the daily traffic grind, I want subtle soft shifts and fuel economy. Fun when you want it, and a smooth ride to work when play-time is over - this is what the RSX base model was made for... almost.