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Honda Civic, Acura RSX, Coupe, Hatchback
Jun 04, 2002 (9:27 am)
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I know every other car has been compared to the RSX on Edmunds but what about the car that shares the most blood-line relation.
They ride on the same platform, sell for nearly the same price and have basically the same engine. When comparing the base RSX with the new Si which is the better drive or better buy?
#2 of 100 Hi revdrluv- Good topic!
Jun 04, 2002 (1:53 pm)
I've seen this subject debated on a number of occasions in other discussions here, so it's a good idea to create a new discussion for the RSX vs. Civic Si. Thanks.
Hatchbacks & Station Wagons Boards
Jun 05, 2002 (1:24 am)
The RSX is less ugly.
Jun 05, 2002 (2:46 pm)
Ok, but aside from the looks. Does either car perform better than the other or is more fun to drive? Has anyone driven both of these models?
#5 of 100 RSX vs Si
Jun 21, 2002 (11:14 am)
I was unable to drive a base model RSX with standard transmission. Did drive S type and base type with automatic. Decided on Si because ride was very similar to s-type particularly at lower revs; most importantly, bargained with Honda dealer for 17,800 on Si (with window tinting floor mats and mudflaps) Accura would not budge from 20400. So price was a major issue. After three weeks in Si I do notice a couple of things re: the ride. It sits higher than any civic I have owned previously. In fact I found myself nearly level with an Odessy the other day which came as a bit of a surprise. There is a little more lean with this car as a result, but nothing like the Jetta I also test drove. Still enjoying the experience and would recommend it if one can get it at under 18,000.
Jun 22, 2002 (7:51 am)
Sits as high as an Ody? That's too dang high!
#7 of 100 Ody - not!
Jun 24, 2002 (6:14 am)
It's not as high as an Ody. It is higher than my 924S but no higher than the MINI. I too chose the SI over the RSX, thought it was a better ride, with close ratio gearbox matched to the engine torque curve and Euro tuned suspension. I would agree that the ride is similar to the Type S and it has far less body lean than the GTI 1.8T I drove. Actually while everyone seems to be interested in the body lean thing, its really not noticeable unless your really cranking around turns, and then its well behaved and takes a set well. There's a very good video clip of SI on both autocross and open road at www.vtec.net
If you don't drive highway alot, I doubt you'd get the Type S into 6th. I drive 50 miles daily on winding country roads (what a problem!) and the SI handles them beautifully! Besides, my bike fits in the car, so I can take it to work and ride at lunch.
#8 of 100 Just bought an SI today
Jun 24, 2002 (9:24 am)
Like the others that I am reading about here, I tested and RSX, RSX-S, and an SI. I could not see any severely noticeable difference between the SI and RSX performance-wise, they were pretty much on par. What affected my purchase decision, however, was the fact that my local Acura dealer would not haggle and would only give peanuts for a trade. My Honda dealer (incidentally, right across the street from the Acura dealer offered much more for trade and worked the price for me and the deal was made. I'm very happy with my purchase.
P.S. The seats, in my opinion, are much better in the SI, way better support.
#9 of 100 Seats and impressions
Oct 02, 2002 (7:29 pm)
I test drove an SI out of curiosity today and could barely contain myself. I am looking for a 2nd car for my highway commute and had left Honda since 97 to go for Volvo wagons - the turbo sport ones. Never regretted it.
I've had a '95 GSR, a '96 Prelude VTEC and '93 and '95 accords. Loved the Prelude and missed it up until I dove this Civic. Wow! And the seats are perfect. I was actually lvg in disgust when I happened to sit in an SI in the showroom. Currently haggling on a black one. The dealer has 3 of each color for 2002. Another dealer is advertising at $16,250. If anyone is looking, send a msg.
Oct 03, 2002 (1:53 am)
When I first bought my Si, I kind of felt like I was compromising. But the longer I've driven it, the more I enjoyed my choice.
Considering that going prices are almost $5,000 less than base RSX's, I can't imagine somebody getting one after driving the Si. (unless they are aesthetically displeased with it)