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Old 03 Apr 2014, 12:01 pm
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Default Acura RSX Type S or Honda Civic SI?

I prefer the Acura as far as reliability and being a very rare find, though I've never test driven one. Also the sound is just great, and it has 200hp, for the price you can get them for they are pretty nice. Yes I know 2006 was the last year for them. I test drove the Honda SI, had the typical good Honda Quality, but I just didn't feel the boost of power at 5000rpms that the dealer talked about. It was ok, but sounded like the engine was really struggling to get the power going. Also the handling was, meh.

So two cars on the same level, only one they quick producing. I still like the upscale of Acura, which yes it Honda.
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Old 03 Apr 2014, 12:18 pm
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If you're just looking for a daily driver, than I'd go with the Civic Si. If you're an enthusiast who plans to drive the car spiritedly, or do any modifications, I'd go with the Acura. Not to mention RSX is simply the cooler car. They look amazing and handle brilliantly for a FWD car.
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Old 03 Apr 2014, 12:36 pm
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On the Si vtec doesn't kick in until 6500 rpms. Also, the Civic Si comes with a limited slip differential were as the RSX does not.

If you opt for the RSX, get 05-06 with the 205hp k20z1 engine.

But if Civic Si, then try for a 2009+

The 06-08 Si have 3rd gear grinding issues. The new Si's have the k24; lower redline but better mid range torque.
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Old 03 Apr 2014, 12:46 pm
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I have an 06 RSX, it's great. I like it better than any civic but it depends on what you're looking for.

in terms of performance the 2006-2011 Si is very similiar to the RSX but it's has a performance edge over the RSX, the chassis and suspension is much better than the RSX so the civic si will handle significantly better. the Si also got a limited slip diff which really helps understeer and launches.

in terms of speed and acceleration it's pretty much the same, they have very similiar variants of the k20 motor so they have same numbers & power bands, and their gear ratios are almost the same. however the newer si's (2012-present) have the k24 which again, very similiar engine bored deeper to be a 2.4 liter instead of 2.0 however the cams arent as aggresive so it revs lower, meaning same peak horsepower but better torque and powerband so it will be quicker than the rsx. but I find the lower redline boring, compared to the revyness of the k20.

so to summarize the performance rsx
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