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2006 Acura RSX

Key specs of the base trim

  • Handling, especially in Type-S
  • Ride comfort on smooth surfaces
  • Six-speed-gearbox operation in Type-S
  • Performance in Type-S
  • Strong resale value
  • Engine noise in base model
  • Tight backseat space
  • Difficult backseat entry and exit

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2006 Acura RSX Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Entering its fifth season in Acura’s lineup, the compact RSX sport coupe has few changes for 2006. One new body-color choice is offered. Significant performance and styling enhancements were developed for 2005.

In base form, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder generates 155 horsepower, in accordance with new testing standards established by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The performance-focused Type-S edition is now rated at 201 hp. A lower final drive ratio with the six-speed-manual gearbox in the Type-S, introduced for 2005, was intended to deliver quicker acceleration.

Both front-wheel-drive hatchback models use track-tuned suspensions that were enhanced for 2005 with reduced ride height, retuned bushings and thicker stabilizer bars. To produce handling traits that complement its increased engine output, the Type-S features firmer springs and dampers and a larger front stabilizer.

Exterior
Designed with a particularly curvaceous profile, the RSX coupe has a pentagonal grille that resembles other Acura models. Tri-beam headlights, body-colored side sills and lower, rectangular air ducts are used.

The body displays chiseled accent lines and features short front and rear overhangs. Compound-curved window glass complements thin A- and B-pillars to improve visibility.

P205/55R16 tires on the base model are mounted on five-spoke alloy wheels. The Type-S rides on P215/45R17 tires. A power moonroof is standard, and the Type-S coupe gets a deck-lid spoiler.

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Vehicle Overview
Entering its fifth season in Acura’s lineup, the compact RSX sport coupe has few changes for 2006. One new body-color choice is offered. Significant performance and styling enhancements were developed for 2005.

In base form, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder generates 155 horsepower, in accordance with new testing standards established by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The performance-focused Type-S edition is now rated at 201 hp. A lower final drive ratio with the six-speed-manual gearbox in the Type-S, introduced for 2005, was intended to deliver quicker acceleration.

Both front-wheel-drive hatchback models use track-tuned suspensions that were enhanced for 2005 with reduced ride height, retuned bushings and thicker stabilizer bars. To produce handling traits that complement its increased engine output, the Type-S features firmer springs and dampers and a larger front stabilizer.

Exterior
Designed with a particularly curvaceous profile, the RSX coupe has a pentagonal grille that resembles other Acura models. Tri-beam headlights, body-colored side sills and lower, rectangular air ducts are used.

The body displays chiseled accent lines and features short front and rear overhangs. Compound-curved window glass complements thin A- and B-pillars to improve visibility.

P205/55R16 tires on the base model are mounted on five-spoke alloy wheels. The Type-S rides on P215/45R17 tires. A power moonroof is standard, and the Type-S coupe gets a deck-lid spoiler.

Interior
Four people fit inside the RSX, which features two front bucket seats and a 50/50-split, folding rear seat. Base-model upholstery is fabric, but the Type-S gets perforated leather. Large gauges are grouped in a pod that’s angled toward the driver. The seats gained more-supportive bolstering for 2005. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is installed, and a seven-speaker Bose stereo system with an in-dash six-CD changer goes into the Type-S. Cargo volume totals 16 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the base RSX produces 155 hp. The Type-S gets a stronger four-cylinder that generates 201 hp at 7,800 rpm and 140 pounds-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm; it requires premium fuel.

A five-speed-manual transmission is standard in the base model. The optional five-speed automatic has a manual-shift provision and incorporates Grade Logic Control, which holds the proper gear on steep grades and minimizes unnecessary shifting. The Type-S comes only with a close-ratio six-speed-manual gearbox.

Safety
Standard equipment includes all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags, occupant-position and height sensors for the front passenger, front seat belt pretensioners and a LATCH system for child-safety seats.

Driving Impressions
Acura took an impressive leap forward with the defiantly sporty, exceptionally spirited RSX. Both versions behave in a manner comparable to its alluring style.

Crisper handling is a big bonus with the tautly suspended Type-S, which exacts little penalty in ride comfort. The base model rides even more pleasantly.

Base-model performance is eager with the automatic transmission, but the 155-hp engine emits a fair amount of blare when pushed to high rpm levels. Type-S acceleration scores as all-out energetic, and its richer exhaust note is especially satisfying. The easy-action close-ratio gearbox in the Type-S is one of the best around.

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Audio, navigation and/or hands-free phone system software updates are available for the following vehicles:

  1. 2015 MDX 1
    • Vehicles with the Acura Navigation System;
    • Purchased or leased before November 1, 2014; and
    • Two Wheel Drive (2WD) models with the VIN ending in 000001 through 007999; or
    • All Wheel Drive (AWD) models with VIN ending in 00001 through 019273
  2. 2015 TLX 2
    • Vehicles with the Acura Navigation System;
    • Purchased or leased before November 1, 2014; and
    • 4 cylinder (L4) models with the VIN ending in 000001 through 006684; or
    • V6 2WD models with VIN ending in 00001 through 008994; or
    • V6 AWD models with VIN ending in 000001 through 001413

Please contact any authorized Acura dealer to determine if your vehicle is eligible for an update and to schedule a software update appointment. The update process may take approximately two hours and will be performed free of charge through November 1, 2015.

If you have questions about software updates or need assistance with locating an Acura dealer, you may contact Acura Client Relations at (800) 382-2238 or use the dealer locator to find your dealer.

1 MDX 2WD and AWD VINs begin with 5FRYD3 and 5FRYD4, respectively.

2 TLX L4, V6 2WD, and V6 AWD VINs begin with 19UUB1, 19UUB2, and 19UUB3, respectively.

Used 2006 Acura RSX Type-S

    High-revving Type-S engine, nimble handling, sharp steering, clean interior design, plenty of standard equipment. Modest torque output, tight rear-seat headroom, forgettable exterior design.

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With an overall feeling of refinement, and exemplary steering, the 2006 Acura RSX is a car you can drive to work everyday and still cut loose in it over the weekend.

Vehicle overview

When Acura came to be in 1986, it had two cars for sale: the Integra hatchback and Legend sedan. The Integra quickly became a favorite of driving enthusiasts and commuters alike; it was responsive and energetic while also being practical and relatively inexpensive.

Though the Acura car lineup has grown since then — there are now six different models — the sport hatchback lineage continues on with the RSX. True to form, this is one of the best sport hatchbacks currently available.

The base RSX serves quite adequately as a daily driver. It’s easy to pilot and the large cargo area adds utility. In Type-S form, this Acura car is considerably more fun, though its exclusive six-speed manual transmission will put off potential buyers who are unwilling to shift gears themselves. Regardless of trim, the RSX is a front-drive sport hatchback you’ll want to consider. Like other Honda and Acura products, it expertly blends performance, comfort and features into a package that costs less than most of the competition. If you’re looking for a car that can do it all, the 2006 Acura RSX aims to please.

2006 Acura RSX models

The Acura RSX two-door sport hatchback comes in two trim levels: base and Type-S. Both are well-equipped. With the base RSX, you get standard features such as 16-inch alloy wheels; automatic climate control; power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; a power moonroof; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; and a CD player. These items, plus 17-inch wheels, stronger brakes, firmer suspension tuning, a rear spoiler and an in-dash six-disc CD changer come on the Type-S. Leather seats are also standard on the Type-S, and you can upgrade the base car’s cloth with leather if you so desire.

2006 Highlights

Performance & mpg

Both the RSX and RSX Type-S feature 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines. Like most Acura engines, they are smooth and high-revving. The base RSX puts out 155 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 139 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. For the Type-S, Acura tunes the engine to bring horsepower up to 201 (at 7,800 rpm) and 140 lb-ft of torque (at a lofty 7,000 rpm). Coupes like the Mustang and Tiburon GT provide considerably more low-end torque and, as such, are more tractable for city driving than the RSX, but both will have you paying more at the fuel pump. The base RSX comes equipped with either a five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission. The automatic features Acura’s Sequential SportShift, a special mode that allows the driver to select individual gears quickly by moving the transmission lever into a special gate. The Type-S has an exclusive six-speed manual.

The Acura RSX comes with standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes and side airbags for front occupants. In government crash tests, the RSX received five out of five stars for driver and front-passenger protection in frontal impacts. In side-impact tests, it received four stars for front-occupant protection.

Neither engine offers an abundance of torque, and the Type-S motor, in particular, needs to be revved quite high in order to achieve maximum acceleration. The six-speed shifter, however, is quite exemplary in its feel and quickness. On curvy roads, the Type-S feels secure and buttoned down, though the base Acura car is still pretty sporty. The Acura’s ride quality is a little on the stiff side compared to softer coupes like the Hyundai Tiburon and Scion tC, but those looking to add a dose of sport to their daily commute will not be disappointed. Bear in mind, though, that Honda’s new Civic Si coupe can deliver comparable performance for a few thousand dollars less than the Acura RSX Type-S.

Drivers wanting to relax after strafing twisty roads should enjoy the RSX’s driver-oriented cockpit, contemporary materials, easy-to-use automatic climate controls and large metallic-faced gauges. Front-seat occupants will be comfortable, but adults sitting in back will find headroom is lacking. The Acura RSX has 17.8 cubic feet of luggage space.

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Used 2006 Acura RSX Type-S Overview

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Should I lease or buy a 2006 Acura RSX?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they’ll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it’s true, provided you’re willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It’s also good if you’re someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

Civic Si or Acura RSX Type-S?

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I have a 2005 RSX type S and a 2007 Si coupe. I prefer the RSX interior with its classic instrument cluster plus and leather seats. Both cars are fun to drive. My wife thinks the Si is faster. I think that RSX has better handling and is a touch quieter, so it only seems slower.

RSX gas mileage is real. I got 32 mpg highway on a recent trip — and that was averaging 75 mph on the interstate. I just got the Si last month, so I really don’t have a good track record on that yet.

The Civic Si actually has a wider final gear than the RSX. So technically, the RSX is indeed faster while the Civic could THEORETICALLY get better gas mileage. In essence, the RSX is actually a better car than the Civic, in terms of build quality and suspension tuning as well. However, the Civic Si has much more to offer for the money, as a fully equipped one will cost some 4 grand cheaper than an equally equipped NEW RSX Type S.

As for the MPG, I owned an 05 RSX Type S. and I managed 37 mpg on a trip from the DC area to NY and back. on one tank of gas. Meanwhile. if you’re seeing people say it has 210 or 201 HP. they’re both right. The EPA standards changed back in 2004 when the government mandated that ethanol be introduced into fuel. therefore lowering performance and fuel mileage. Quite frankly I find it most interesting that the only claimed benefit to ethanol in fuel is the cleaner burning. because it seems the consumer loses all around otherwise, both in cost and performance.

Anyhow, the gear box on the Si feels a tad better than the RSX. but not by much. The RSX is a much more practical car to live with because of its hatch back. I’m sorry I can’t live with a small trunk again (2001 Prelude). The RSX does not offer navigation, while the Si does. However, I’d rather take the Garmin Nuvi than the crap that honda puts in their cars. Either car has excessive wind noise and a harsh/hard right on long trips.

The RSX Type is is about as close as you will get to the JDM Integra Type R. It has both the Type R cams and the Type R exhaust tip. (not that it really matters if you’re going to modify it otherwise).

It all depends on what you’re going for. If you’re looking for a tuner car. get the RSX Type S. You can pick a used one up cheaper than a new Si, and they’re more practical. AND lighter in the end.

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