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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Acura RSX, Coupe, Hatchback
#1 of 96 Here is the new place to discuss the Mercedes-Benz C230 VS the Acura RSX.
Jul 27, 2001 (9:36 am)
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Jul 27, 2001 (10:30 am)
What is there to compare here? Different price, different countries of origin, different ammenities, different performance. Am I missing something?
Jul 27, 2001 (12:23 pm)
ummm both cars are hatchbacks under 30k... both cars are 200'ish horsepower... i think they are head to head competitors
#4 of 96 They are similar but different. Kind of a zen thing.
Jul 27, 2001 (12:53 pm)
If you look at them from a distance, they are similar: $24-25k, smallish 4-people cars, 190-200 hp, entry-level luxuryish cars.
Once you see the details, though, they are very different. I'd call the Acura more performance-oriented, and the C230 more cruising-oriented.
I ordered my C230 last night, so you can see where I was on the fence.
BTW: is there a reason why we needed to set up a new discussion for this? The old one's been around awhile, and only got a smattering of posts anyway.
#5 of 96 I choose the rsx...
Jul 27, 2001 (8:27 pm)
I was very intrigued with the benz but by the time I added what I wanted to it (AT, moonroof) the sticker price was up in the 28-29k range. Besides, a rear-wheel drive car in upstate NY is asking for trouble. I bought a base rsx. Just drove it home today actually.
#6 of 96 Chose the rsx--carlovee
Jul 28, 2001 (7:38 am)
You ordered it on the 21st and picked it up on the 27th? Where in upstate NY? I'm still waiting for mine to come in.
#7 of 96 ordering ...
Jul 30, 2001 (11:49 am)
uthinx - I was looking for the base model with AT. They had one at the syracuse dealership (Crest Acura) but I it was silver with a rear spoiler which is an option and color I didn't want. When I asked about ordering one they started talking about a Oct/Nov. delivery. So I drove down to Motorworld in Wilkes-Barres PA to pick up a Desert metalic base model that they had just delivered to the dealership.
35mpg on the highway by the way. Still lovin the car. Good luck.
#8 of 96 BIG DECISION!!!!!!
Aug 01, 2001 (2:36 pm)
hey...i got this huge decision. on one side is the acura rsx. If i get this itll be w/leater add the cassete, gold emblem kit, and different tires, and titanium interior kit with the total coming up around 24k-25k..on the other side is the Benz. Itll have No leather (dealer says they have none due to mad cow disease in germany) and automatic transmission. This will be around 26,850....BUT i have a trade in worth 3,500...so for 23k i could have a benz (more hp nicer front design) or for 21k i could have an acura (better rear design)....whats the better choice regarding safety as well.
#9 of 96 If safety is your primary concern, the choice is easy
Aug 01, 2001 (4:41 pm)
The Benz has 8 airbags, brake assist (computer notes that you are panic braking and "helps" you apply maximum braking power), and ESP, which senses for potential skidding, and applies a small amount of braking to the proper wheel to correct [ESP can be disabled with the touch of a button].
The Benz also has larger crumple zones. Of course, it's a heavier car, so it had better be a safer car.
If I can't convince you to go for a manny and save $1k and possibly upgrade to the rsx-s, I'd say that the Benz would be a better choice if comfort and safety are more important to you. If you want more of a compact car with better handling and probably a little better reliability, then it's the base rsx.
Aug 02, 2001 (6:36 am)
plastic wood, vinyl roofs, etc. etc. should be forever banned on vehicles. Personally, I can even do without real wood in a car. I'm sure the new titanium look will just be a fad, but it suits me just fine.