Acura RSX

The Acura RSX is manufactured by Honda and sold in the United States and Hong Kong as Acura's replacement to their Integra model. Honda however still sells the vehicle as the Honda Integra in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and other places around the world. The RSX is available to car enthusiasts in numerous models – a base model and a "Type-S" trim model in North America; not to mention, an "Integra Type S" and "Type R" model available in Japan and Oceania. Canadians are also privy to three models – a base model, which lacks a sunroof or leather seating, a premium model, which is equal to the base model in the United States and a Type S model. Sadly, consumers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Austria only have access to the base model. The success of the RSX stems from Honda's intent to completely re-design the vehicle, as opposed to merely recreating the veteran Integra. Acura made attempts to reassure customers that the RSX was a more luxurious replacement to the Integra and drivers could expect added features and amenities that were not previously available in the old model. This was a valiant attempt by Acura to reach a wealthier and more sophisticated audience, who previously viewed the company as merely sporty, and yet not mature, which was being sought. Honda however was less concerned with reaching this older market, and instead retained the Integra name and continued to market to young men who were looking for something superior to the Civic and yet wanting something more economical. The RSX has received no shortage of awards, including Car and Driver magazine's 10 Best list for 2002 and 2003, Spike TV's top 52 cars of all time, it was named the top "2001-2002 Sports Coupe" from Edmunds.com, and was also named tastiest tuner at the "Autorox" car awards show among a host of others.