Acura NSX

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2017 Acura NSX Overview

The 2017 Acura NSX ranks 8 out of 14 Luxury Sports Cars.

The 2017 Acura NSX debuts with one of the highest starting prices in its class. However, this hybrid's blood-pumping performance may be worth it. 

SEATING


2

MPG


21

  CITY


22

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


AWD

HP


573
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Pros & Cons

  • Great handling
  • Strong acceleration
  • Smooth regenerative brakes
  • Spacious seats 
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • So-so interior quality

Notable for 2017

  • All-new model

Acura NSX Rankings and Research

The 2017 Acura NSX ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Acura NSX has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 11 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.9
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_5

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2017 Acura NSX Review

By Alexa Lardieri June 22, 2017

The 2017 Acura NSX debuts with one of the highest starting prices in its class. However, this hybrid's blood-pumping performance may be worth it. 

Is the Acura NSX a Good Car?

The Acura NSX has strong acceleration and good cornering abilities. Its hybrid components are incorporated more for performance than fuel efficiency, with mileage figures only slightly above the class average. These components elevate the performance with near-immediate acceleration. Its seats are supportive and there is plenty of leg- and headroom. However, its infotainment system can be frustrating to use while driving.

Should I Buy the Acura NSX?

The NSX has a high starting price ($156,000), but if you're looking for powerful acceleration and superb handling, you should consider this Acura. Rivals like the Porsche 911 Turbo offer comparable – and potentially better – performance and features for less. However, the NSX's seats are supportive and comfortable, and there is plenty of space for tall riders.

Compare the NSX and 911 »

We Did the Research for You: 11 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We analyzed 11 pieces of data to build our comprehensive 2017 Acura NSX review. Our data points include reliability ratings and the collective opinions of automotive journalists.

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How Much Does the Acura NSX Cost?

The 2017 Acura NSX starts at $156,000 and can go as high as nearly $210,000. This is one of the most expensive cars in the already high-priced luxury sports car class. The Audi R8 is the only car in the class that has a higher base price ($162,900). There are many a la carte items and packages available for the NSX. They range from $2,800 to $9,000 and add things like a carbon fiber front spoiler, a nine-speaker sound system, and an upgraded infotainment system that includes an 8-inch touch screen, corner and backup sensors, navigation with real-time traffic, voice recognition, advanced smartphone integration capabilities, remote services, and emergency assist services.

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Acura NSX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Acura NSX or Nissan GTR?

The Nissan GT-R stacks up well to the NSX, and with a $109,990 starting price ($46,000 less than the NSX's), it's also a good value. The GT-R comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 565 horsepower – just 8 less than the NSX. The GT-R offers a more powerful upgraded engine that makes 600 horsepower, but it costs an extra $65,000. Both cars come with all-wheel drive and have superb cornering skills. Acceleration is strong, with both cars racing from zero to 60 mph in just under 3 seconds. 

The NSX, however, comes with more standard features, including a multi-angle rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated seats, hands-free text messaging, and Siri Eyes Free. Additionally, the NSX's interior is superior with standard perforated leather and Alcantara-trimmed upholstery, while the GT-R only has a single piece of Nappa leather on its dashboard and requires an expensive upgrade to get leather upholstery. The NSX's hybrid engine is geared for performance, but it delivers better fuel economy than the GTR. If you can afford to splurge, go with the NSX.

Which Is Better: Acura NSX or Audi R8?

The Audi R8 starts at $162,900 and is the lone car in the luxury sports car class to have a higher base price than the NSX. It comes standard with a 540-horsepower 5.2-liter V10 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission, and it goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The upgraded V10 Plus model makes 610 horsepower and starts at $189,900. This model has crazy acceleration and cuts the zero-to-60 time to 3.2 seconds. The R8's top track speed is 199 mph, slightly more than the NSX's 191 mph. What's even more praiseworthy is the R8's handling. Even at high speeds, it remains composed and balanced around turns. It also delivers a solid ride in everyday situations, and like the NSX, all-wheel drive is standard. Unlike the NSX, its steering is more direct, with much more feedback.

The R8 also comes with a longer list of standard features, including 18-way power-adjustable sport seats, a 12.3-inch digital driver's display screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, front and rear parking sensors, navigation, and a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. Additionally, the R8 has a more upscale, stylish cabin with an infotainment system that's easier to use than the NSX's. The R8 may be a little more expensive, but it's worth the extra money.

Which Is Better: Acura NSX or Chevrolet Corvette?

The Chevrolet Corvette starts at $55,450 – about $100,000 less than the NSX. Despite its lower price, you're still getting a high-performance machine. It comes standard with a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine and a seven-speed manual transmission. A more powerful 6.2-liter V8 is available in the Corvette Z06, which starts at $79,450. It makes 650 horsepower and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 2.95 seconds. This is more than the NSX's 573 horsepower but about the same acceleration time. Both cars come with similar standard features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera, but the Corvette also comes standard with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi- hot spot and eight-way power-adjustable seats. More features are available in the Corvette than the NSX, and it has more than three times as much cargo space (15 cubic feet compared to the NSX's 4.4). The Corvette offers you more value than the NSX without a drop in performance.

Which Is Better: Acura NSX or Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 starts at $89,400. However, to get comparable power to the NSX, you'll have to go for either the 911 Turbo, which starts at $159,200, or the 911 Turbo S, which starts at $188,100. They both come with a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine, but the Turbo models make 540 horsepower and the Turbo S models make 580 horsepower. Acceleration in both models is brisk and powerful. Zero-to-60 times in both models are just under 3 seconds – similar to the NSX.

The Porsche 911 comes standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management, which adjusts the car's suspension based on current road conditions. It has two modes: Normal and Sport. The NSX's similar Integrated Dynamics System features four selectable drive modes: Quiet, Sport, Sport+, and Track. The 911 has extremely agile handling and secure cornering. Its brakes are powerful, and it has incredibly responsive, superior steering.

The 911's infotainment system is easier to use than NSX's and employs traditional knobs and buttons along with a touch screen. Both cars come with similar standard features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and leather upholstery. However, the 911 also comes standard with navigation and built-in LTE wireless internet access. The Porsche's interior is more eye-catching and luxurious. Overall, whether you save with the Turbo, or splurge with the Turbo S (or go for one of the other 19 trims the 911 is available in), the 911 is the way to go.

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NSX Interior

How Many People Does the NSX Seat?

The NSX seats two and comes standard with perforated leather and Alcantara-trimmed upholstery. Heated seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and instrument panel, as well as leather-wrapped door panels, are also standard. Available features include four-way power-adjustable seats with four-way lumbar support and memory settings.

The NSX's seats offer plenty of support and a comfortable driving position, with enough head- and legroom for even tall passengers and drivers. Additionally, the forward sightlines are excellent, but rear visibility is limited; you'll be thankful for the standard multi-angle rearview camera.

NSX Interior Quality

The interior of the NSX doesn't quite live up to the luxury and decadence of its price or competitors. It has high-quality upholstery and there are soft materials, but it won't take your breath away as competitors like the Audi R8 do. The NSX has a simple interior design, but its variety of color combinations add flair and style.

NSX Cargo Space

The NSX has just 4.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is about enough room for two airline carry-on bags. You're not going to get a lot of cargo space out of a luxury sports car, but the Nissan GT-R has twice as much as the NSX, and the Chevrolet Corvette has 15 cubic feet of cargo space. Additionally, since the NSX is a midengine car and cargo space is so close to the engine, your luggage is going to get hot.

NSX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Acura NSX comes standard with a push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, an 8-inch gauge cluster, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, USB ports, Pandora, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Also standard is the Integrated Dynamics System, which features four selectable driving modes – Quiet, Sport, Sport+, and Track – that allow you to customize your drive.

Available features include a nine-speaker ELS Studio Premium audio system and the AcuraLink Next Generation system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, cloud-based navigation, voice recognition, real-time traffic, advanced smartphone integration capabilities, remote services, scheduled maintenance reminders, and diagnostic updates.

The NSX lacks traditional knobs and buttons, so you're forced to use the touch screen to control most of infotainment system's functions, which can be challenging, especially while driving. Thankfully, standard Siri Eyes Free and available advanced voice-recognition capabilities allow you to access select features through voice commands. The USB ports are also tucked away in the glove box, making it difficult access to your phone when it's charging.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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NSX Performance

NSX Engine: Don't Blink

The NSX comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine and three electric motors. Together they produce 573 horsepower. A nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard. Press the gas pedal down and prepare for takeoff because the NSX has serious throw-you-back-in-your-seat acceleration, with an estimated zero-to-60-mph time of just under 3 seconds and a top track speed of 191 mph. This beats the Audi R8's zero-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds but not its top track speed of 199 mph. There is no delay between hitting the gas and getting up to speed in the NSX. The car's electric motors fill in the gap that normally occurs in many twin-turbocharged engines before the V6's power kicks in. The quick and seamless automatic transmission enhances the engine's power.

NSX Gas Mileage: Is This a Hybrid?

The NSX's three motors are primed for quick acceleration rather than outstanding mileage, as evidenced by the car's outstanding track times but barely above-average fuel economy estimates. The 2017 Acura NSX gets 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are, however, better than some competitors, like the Audi R8 (14/22 mpg city/highway) and Chevrolet Corvette (15/26).

NSX Ride and Handling: Corners Like a Champ

The 2017 Acura NSX comes with Sport Hybrid Super Handling all-wheel drive that employs the electric motors to enhance cornering, acceleration, and braking. Handling is further improved by the NSX's electrically powered torque vectoring. This system gives the NSX some of the best cornering abilities among its rivals. Like other hybrids, the NSX uses regenerative brakes to recharge the battery. Unlike the grabbiness of other systems, the NSX's brakes are smooth and feel like traditional brakes. The NSX is confident and sharp through corners. Steering is connected and fairly responsive, but the Porsche 911 and Audi R8 have superior, precise steering.

The NSX also comes standard with the Integrated Dynamics System. This features four selectable driving modes – Quiet, Sport, Sport+, and Track – that allow you to customize your drive. Quiet mode prioritizes electric-only driving and makes the NSX virtually silent at slow speeds. Sport mode takes advantage of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD to offer a more direct and aggressive ride than in Quiet mode. Sport+ provides faster up- and downshifts and more aggressive throttle mapping. Lastly, Track mode provides settings for the strongest acceleration and fastest lap times. In Track mode, Launch Mode Control is available to provide the fastest maximum acceleration possible from a standstill.

NSX Weight

The Acura NSX weighs 3,803 pounds.

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NSX Reliability

Is the Acura NSX Reliable?

The 2017 Acura NSX receives a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, meaning it is predicted to be more reliable than average. This is a better reliability rating than the Audi R8, which receives a three out of five, but it doesn’t beat the Porsche 911, which receives a perfect five-out-of-five reliability score.

Acura NSX Warranty

Acura covers the 2017 NSX with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is better than the Nissan GT-R's three-year/36,000-mile warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The NSX's hybrid components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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NSX Safety

NSX Crash Test Results

The 2017 Acura NSX has not been evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Neither organization usually crash tests luxury sports cars.

NSX Safety Features

The Acura NSX comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera and brake assist. The multi-angle rearview camera includes a normal rearview camera view, a 180-degree wide-angle view, and a top-down view of the car's rear. Available safety features include corner and backup sensors.

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Which Acura NSX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Acura NSX comes in one model and starts at $156,000, making it one of the most expensive models in our luxury sports car rankings. The NSX comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and three electric motors. Together they produce 573 horsepower. A nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard. Also standard is a multi-angle rearview camera, brake assist, a push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, perforated leather and Alcantara-trimmed upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and instrument panel, leather-wrapped door panels, heated seats, a 7-inch touch screen, an 8-inch gauge cluster, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, USB ports, Pandora, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Also standard is the Integrated Dynamics System, which features four selectable driving modes to customize your drive.

There are many a la carte items and several packages available in the NSX. Packages range from $2,800 to $9,000. They add features like a carbon fiber front spoiler, carbon fiber steering wheel trim, aluminum pedals and footrest, a nine-speaker ELS Studio Premium audio system, and the AcuraLink Next Generation system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, cloud-based navigation, voice recognition, corner and backup sensors, real-time traffic, advanced smartphone integration capabilities, remote services, scheduled maintenance reminders and diagnostic updates, and emergency assist services.

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 2017 Acura NSX specs and trims »

The Final Call

The all-new 2017 Acura NSX is a hybrid luxury sports car. It has a high price tag but comes with powerful acceleration, superb handling, supportive and spacious seats, and smooth regenerative brakes. However, you also get a subpar interior design and an annoying infotainment system that relies almost exclusively on touch controls and voice commands. Overall, the NSX is a strong car in a competitive class, but there are others, like the Chevrolet Corvette, that offer you more for less money.

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

  • "Rejoice, Acura fans. The NSX is back. Just as we did with the original, we love the 2017 NSX's sharp handling and driver-focused cockpit. And this time around, it's got a hybrid powertrain that satisfies modern sensibilities with its mix of power and fuel economy. If you're shopping for a premium sports car, you owe it to yourself to check out the 2017 Acura NSX." -- Edmunds
  • "Making a dazzling and long-overdue comeback to the divisional lineup, the all-new, Gen II Acura NSX blends performance-focused character with outstanding dynamics in ways that put its own distinctive design stamp on today's supercar formula." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The verdict: With a gaggle of hybrid gas-electric technology stuffed under its angrily shaped body panels, the 2017 Acura NSX offers a wholly unique driving experience." -- Cars.com
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