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2020 Acura NSX Review

The 2020 Acura NSX is quick and responsive, and its performance suits all level of drivers. Though this supercar is comfortable, it sits in the bottom half of our luxury sports car rankings because it isn't as fierce or as opulent as some of its direct rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Quick acceleration from the refined powertrain
  • Seats are comfortable, spacious, and easy to get into
  • Balanced, responsive handling
  • Limited selection of high-end materials and options
  • Infotainment system is dated and not driver-friendly

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Acura NSX's #13 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Acura NSX has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 6.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the Acura NSX a Good Car?

Yes, the NSX is a good luxury sports car. If it were ever inclined to get a tattoo, the ink would probably read, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." That quote encapsulates the mixture of power, speed, and refinement you'll find in this supercar. It's a joy to drive, whether your travels take you across town, through the countryside, or around the racetrack.

The uninitiated would never guess that underneath the NSX’s skin lies a sophisticated hybrid powertrain. The purpose of this high-tech system is not to improve fuel economy but to provide swift acceleration. It's a shame that this level of cutting-edge technology hasn’t found its way into the infotainment system. The NSX is also missing some of the lavishness and first-class add-ons that typically accompany a supercar in this price range.

Should I Buy the Acura NSX?

You should buy an Acura NSX if you want a supercar that delivers exhilarating performance without wearing you out with coarse manners or cramped quarters. The NSX can hold its own on a racetrack, but it lacks some of the ferocity that you get with the snarly V10-powered Audi R8. The Chevrolet Corvette is another high-performance sports car worth considering. You can read more about the newest iteration of this midengine car in our Visual Overview of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette.

The NSX is only offered as a fixed-roof coupe. If you're seeking a car for open-air cruising, this Acura is not for you.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Acura NSX?

Your 2020 Acura NSX can shine like the sun with the newly optional Indy Yellow Pearl paint. Beyond this addition, Acura didn't make any major changes to this car for 2020. If you're open to a used car, shop for an older model instead of a new NSX to save some money.

The current generation of the NSX began with its reintroduction for the 2017 model year. The 2019 NSX received some significant handling updates, but otherwise this car has changed little in the past few years.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 NSX, 2018 NSX, and 2019 NSX reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 NSX »

We Did the Research for You: 22 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Acura NSX in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 22 professional Acura NSX reviews.

This 2020 Acura NSX review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for the 2017 model year.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Acura NSX Cost?

Prices for the 2020 NSX start at $157,500. That's on the high end for a luxury sports car, but it's a deal when compared to exotic supercars such as the Audi R8.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Acura dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Acura deals page.

Acura NSX Versus the Competition

Buying a luxury sports car is a highly personal affair. With few regrettable choices in this category, selecting a vehicle is more about weighing what speaks to you rather than evaluating numbers on a page. Before laying out this many Benjamins, take some time with the top contenders to see which one fits you best.

Which Is Better: Acura NSX or Mercedes-Benz AMG GT?

The Mercedes-AMG GT has several advantages over the NSX. While Acura offers only one choice of powertrain, Mercedes grants you several, including one with a 630-horsepower V8 engine. Its selection of trims includes the $113,000 base model and the track-focused GT-R, and you can pick from coupe, roadster, and sleek four-door body styles. Luxurious upgrades and high-tech safety options are also plentiful in the GT.

Which Is Better: Acura NSX or Audi R8?

The price of a base Audi R8 coupe is $12,400 or so more than the NSX, while convertible models cost about $24,600 more. Many will find the R8's performance and technology to be worth the extra cost. The R8 doesn't accelerate as quickly as the NSX, but it is still blisteringly fast and comes with a meaty-sounding V10 engine that's rated as high as 602 horsepower. Its state-of-the-art driver's display is both stunning and user-friendly. In general, the R8 turns more heads and gets hearts beating faster than the NSX.

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NSX Performance

NSX Engine: Spectacularly Swift

The NSX is a lightning-fast, well-polished machine. Its hybrid powertrain is one of the most potent when comparing luxury sports cars, producing a combined 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque. Components of this hybrid system consist of a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, three electric motors, a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a lithium-ion battery.

The objective behind the trio of electric motors is quicker launch times. The proof of its success is the NSX's estimated zero-to-60 time of 2.9 seconds. Acceleration is robust at any speed, and it can reach a maximum of about 191 mph.

Acura NSX Powertrain/Performance Options:
  • Powertrain: twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine and three electric motors with a combined 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque; starts at $157,500
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: nine-speed automatic
Acura NSX Appearance Packages:
  • Carbon Fiber Exterior Sport package (prices start at $9,000): chrome exhaust finisher and carbon fiber rear diffuser, side sills, and front spoiler
  • Carbon Fiber Interior Sport package (prices start at $2,500): carbon fiber meter visor, steering wheel spokes, and upper steering wheel rim
NSX Gas Mileage: Slightly Subpar

The 2020 NSX earns an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy is a little lower than average for the segment, though the numerous four-cylinder cars in the class skew the curve.

NSX Ride and Handling: Responsive With Excellent Grip

Whether you are new to supercars or are a seasoned driver on the racing circuit, this sports car's responsive steering, brakes, and suspension system complement a range of skills. It has four drive modes: Sport, Sport+, Track, and Quiet. This last setting tames the car so you can silently slip down your driveway without waking the neighbors.

Standard features include Acura's Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. Though that's a mouthful, the purpose of this SH-AWD system (as it's typically abbreviated) is to provide a superb level of grip. With only 3.7 inches of ground clearance, it's important to be vigilant when navigating low dips and speed bumps.

How Fast Is the Acura NSX?

According to Acura, the NSX has a top speed of 191 mph and rockets from zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.7 seconds. Those are stunning estimates.

Does the Acura NSX Have All-Wheel Drive?

Yes, the NXS comes standard with Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD).

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NSX Interior

How Many People Does the NSX Seat?

There is room for two people inside this two-door coupe. The seats are comfortable, and though the car is low to the ground, it's fairly easy to get in and out. The roomy cockpit accommodates even larger travelers, and visibility is good for a sports car.

NSX and Child Car Seats

Like most two-seat vehicles, the NSX does not have LATCH connectors. We do not recommend installing a car seat in the front seat of any vehicle. Sports cars that have a back seat for securing child safety seats include the Porsche 911, Nissan GT-R, and Honda Civic Type R.

NSX Interior Quality

Sophisticated styling is emphasized inside the NSX. The array of quality materials ranges from standard aluminum sport pedals to optional perforated leather seats and an Alcantara headliner. For some critics, the sampling from the parts bins of lower-priced Hondas and Acuras is hard to ignore, a weakness that's amplified by the narrow selection of opulent upgrades.

NSX Cargo Space

The 4.4-cubic-foot trunk provides enough space for one set of golf clubs or a couple of weekend-size suitcases. Its proximity to the V6 engine means the area gets warm, so don't stow any heat-sensitive items back here.

NSX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Technology inside the NSX lacks the cutting-edge appeal that you'll find in an Audi or Mercedes. Here, the infotainment system has a dated appearance. It also demands more attention from the driver. Touch-sensitive adjustments and multiple layers of menus make it challenging to make quick, eyes-free selections.

Thankfully, smartphone integration is effortless, thanks to standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additional standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and a premium ELS Studio audio system. Satellite radio is one of the few options available.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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NSX Reliability

Is the Acura NSX Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 NSX a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Acura NSX Warranty

Acura covers this luxury sports car with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Read more about reliability »

How Much Does It Cost to Insure an Acura NSX?

The cost of insuring an Acura NSX will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

NSX Safety

NSX Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2020 Acura NSX. This is common for high-end luxury vehicles.

NSX Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features consist of emergency brake assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, corner and rear parking sensors, and a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. Options such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning are not available.

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NSX Dimensions and Weight

The NSX is about 14.7 feet long. Its base curb weight is 3,878 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Acura NSX Built?

Acura builds the 2020 NSX in Ohio.

When Did the Acura NSX First Come Out?

The 2020 NSX is part of the car's second generation, which launched for the 2017 model year after a lengthy hiatus. The first generation debuted for the 1991 model year, and it featured a midengine layout with a high-revving V6 engine. While it initially only made 270 horsepower, the car's light curb weight meant it was plenty quick.

Part of the original NSX's charm was its approachability and everyday usability, which contrasted with other midengine sports cars of the day that were more complicated and not as approachable or comfortable for day-to-day driving.

There were slight tweaks throughout the first generation, including a modest power bump thanks to an enlarged V6 engine for 1997 and fixed headlights replacing pop-up headlights for 2002. Production of the first-generation Acura NSX ended with the 2005 model year.

Which Acura NSX Model Is Right for Me?

Building a new NSX, which has a starting price of $157,500, is very straightforward. It comes in only one trim, and every car has the same hybrid powertrain. It consists of a midmounted 3.5-liter V6 engine, twin front electric motors, a single rear electric motor, a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, a lithium-ion battery, and Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and ambient lighting. Semi-aniline leather upholstery covers the heated seats, and genuine leather adorns the steering wheel, instrument panel, and doors. The infotainment system includes a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, navigation, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, and a premium ELS Studio audio system.

In addition to a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, the NSX comes with standard safety features that include automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, emergency brake assist, and corner and rear parking sensors.

A number of exterior paint colors and interior upholstery designs are available, along with a handful of other options. Acura offers a black Alcantara headliner for $1,300, a Carbon Fiber Interior Sport package for $2,500, a carbon fiber decklid spoiler for $3,000, and a carbon fiber engine cover for $3,600.

If you add the carbon fiber engine cover, you'll also get the Carbon Fiber Exterior Sport package. This $9,000 collection adds a dark chrome exhaust along with side sills, a front spoiler, and a rear diffuser made of carbon fiber.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Acura dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Acura deals page.

See 2020 Acura NSX specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 NSX stands out among its midengine brethren because it fuses superb acceleration – commendable at any racetrack – with polished performance that makes it easy to drive, no matter your experience with high-performance vehicles. Combined with its spacious seats, easy entry, and balanced suspension, this Acura emerges as one of the few exotic cars that you can happily drive every day.

Its main blemishes relate to lower-quality elements that seep in at the edges, with few upgrades available to gussy up the interior. Some shoppers will balk at paying such a high price for a luxury sports car without the benefit of newer technology or a more lavish interior.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Like the original that went out of production in 2005, today's Acura NSX aims to deliver supercar looks and performance in an everyday livable package. Indeed, there's plenty of stretch-out space for two passengers, and one needn't fold themselves into an origami crane to get into and out of it. … Even so, the NSX is less hardcore than many other mid-engined sports cars at this price point." -- Car and Driver
  • "Does It All Add Up? Absolutely … the NSX is still a technical exercise of what was possible with an exotic car in its day, executing brilliantly packaged tech and performance know-how of the current era. When stacked up against the 911 Turbo, Audi R8, and McLaren 570S, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper, and has the performance to easily contend with the competition. After a ton of tweaks and revisions, Acura has improved upon an already great car with the 2019 NSX. It may not seem like much from the outset, but the sum of the changes add up nicely. I definitely look forward to more time in this new NSX, whether on track or on some fun roads. I’m certain it’ll excel in either environment." -- Jalopnik (2019)
  • "The NSX's advanced design makes for an exotic sports car that is easy to drive quickly every day. Forget that it will hit 60 mph in about 3 seconds and get the fuel economy of what an Acura TL used to get back in the 1990s. Its organic driving experience in the face of enormous complexity is probably the most striking accomplishment of the NSX. And yet, as sophisticated as it is, the NSX lacks a sense of occasion. Its V6 doesn't have a particularly exotic sound to it, its cabin borrows elements from Hondas in the $20,000 range, and the car's styling, while safe and well-proportioned, does not invite you to linger or admire. Meanwhile, its extensive hardware is totally concealed. That the NSX has a Quiet mode but not a Loud mode speaks volumes. The NSX has personality but not attitude. It's a supercar without swagger." -- Edmunds (2018)
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