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8.4

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Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.7
Safety: N/A
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2019 Acura NSX Review

The hybrid powertrain and high-tech handling of the 2019 Acura NSX seamlessly work together to create exhilarating performance. However, this luxury sports car ranks in the lower half of the class because it lacks the interior sophistication one expects of a high-end vehicle.

Pros & Cons

  • Powertrain is refined and remarkably quick
  • Comfortable and airy
  • Responsive suspension, steering, and brakes
  • Outstanding handling
  • Infotainment system and controls demand driver's full attention
  • Few options and customizations offered
  • A handful of lower quality materials for this price point

Is the Acura NSX a Good Car?

The NSX is a superb vehicle, though it does have some low points that sully its overall appeal. Performance is not among its shortcomings. Outfitted with a mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 engine and three electric motors, this art-in-motion supercar offers lightening quick acceleration at any speed. Its 573-horsepower rating is one of the highest among base engines in our luxury sports cars class. The NSX comes up short with a few of its interior materials. These bear too much resemblance to what you’ll find in less expensive Acuras, and they are out of place in a supercar priced near $160,000.

Should I Buy the Acura NSX?

The NSX is a bit of an outlier. It's one of the few luxury sports cars that comes with all-wheel drive, and it's among an even smaller crowd that's equipped with a hybrid powertrain. Though it costs more than most other luxury sports cars, the Acura NSX is a strong competitor among tried-and-true performance icons. For many, these qualities add to the specialness of the NSX. However, if owning a unicorn like the NSX is too big of a leap, there are other high-performance counterparts to consider. For instance, the Audi R8 and Lexus LC combine robust engines with a refined interior, and they are worth a test drive.  

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Should I Buy a New or Used Acura NSX?

After ending production more than a decade ago, Acura reintroduced this sports car for the 2017 model year. You may save money shopping for a 2017 or 2018 model, but you’ll miss out on the 2019 model’s significant updates. The new NSX boasts numerous handling improvements, thanks to enhancements to its steering, suspension, and all-wheel-drive system. Some reviewers say these changes make the 2019 model superior to older, second-generation editions.

If you are considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 and 2018 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 cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

Our Acura NSX review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 19 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

This review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

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 How Much Does the Acura NSX Cost?

A new NSX will set you back around $157,500. Only one trim is available, though you can customize your ride with a number of factory packages. Prices for these range from $700 to $12,600. 

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

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

The Mercedes-AMG GT is one of the top-scoring vehicles in our luxury sports car rankings. Fusing aggressive driving dynamics with topflight interior refinements, the rear-wheel-drive GT is capable of impressing both performance junkies and your highbrow friends. Iterations include the primary 469-horsepower GT (available as either a coupe or roadster) and the 577-horsepower GT-R. As a bonus, the GT starts at around $45,000 less than the NSX. Don't buy an NSX without first looking at an AMG GT.

Which Is Better: Acura NSX or Audi R8?

The Audi R8 is a well-rounded supercar powered by a meaty V10 engine. Horsepower ranges from 540 to 610, and the R8 can go nearly 200 miles per hour. You'll save about $20,000 by choosing the rear-wheel-drive R8 coupe, while also getting a more luxurious cabin and state-of-the-art infotainment system. For most shoppers, the R8 will probably be the better buy. 

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NSX Interior

How Many People Does the NSX Seat?

The standard seats in this two-seat supercar feature heat and power adjustments, along with a combination of leather and Alcantara upholstery. Though exceptionally tall travelers may feel pinched, the cockpit feels airy and is welcoming for most body sizes.

NSX Interior Quality

The NSX’s cockpit is sophisticated, high-class, and modern. Examples of Acura's top-shelf selections include the instrument panel trimmed in genuine leather and the standard perforated semi-aniline leather covering the seats. Still, this supercar doesn’t have the same level of prestige of Porsche or Audi models. This is partly due to the presence of some interior materials that have been borrowed from lower priced Honda and Acura vehicles. 

NSX Cargo Space

Midengine sports cars notoriously offer very little cargo space, and the NSX is no exception. Its 4.4-cubic-foot trunk is one of the smallest in the segment. Plan on carrying two small bags and nothing that is sensitive to heat because the close proximity of the engine raises the trunk's temperature.

NSX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Given this vehicle's lofty price tag, its in-car technology isn't very high-tech or user-friendly. The 7-inch touch screen requires too much of the driver's attention, partly because the menus are overly complicated. Fortunately, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard and provide fast pairing and familiar menus.

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

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NSX Performance

NSX Engine: A Hypersonic Hybrid

The NSX is glorious at any speed. Not only does it accelerate with intensity, but it's also exceptionally polished. Components of its Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit include a twin-turbocharged V6, three electric motors, and a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. These combine to produce 573 horsepower, which is one of the highest ratings for a base engine in our luxury sports car ranking.

NSX Gas Mileage: Not a Fuel-Sipping Green Car

The advantage of this car's three electronic motors is instant torque and added grip, not gas mileage gains. The EPA estimates that the NSX’s city mileage is slightly above class average, at 21 mpg. But it only returns 22 mpg on the highway, which is substantially lower than average for the class.

NSX Ride and Handling: Sensational

It's nearly impossible to unsettle an NSX. This all-wheel-drive supercar is stable and responsive, with a bevy of high-tech systems that allow heart-pumping thrills while keeping you out of trouble. This is the arena that received most of the changes for 2019, with Acura making tweaks to the suspension system, power steering, and the all-wheel-drive system.

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NSX Reliability

Is the Acura NSX Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 NSX a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average. 

Acura NSX Warranty

Acura covers the 2019 NSX with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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NSX Safety

NSX Crash Test Results

The NSX, similar to all models in our luxury sports car rankings, does not undergo crash test analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

NSX Safety Features

Standard safety features in the NSX include a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, emergency brake assist, and corner and rear parking sensors. No other advanced safety features are available. That's a bit lightweight compared with some competitors. The Mercedes-AMG GT, for example, comes with safety tech such as forward collision alert, a driver drowsiness monitor, and lane keep assist.

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Which Acura NSX Model Is Right for Me?

Shopping for a new Acura NSX is fairly uncomplicated. Only one powertrain is offered – a midengine setup that combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine, three electric motors, and a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Furthermore, this supercar comes in a single trim.

Standard interior luxuries include a leather-trimmed steering wheel and instrument panel, LED ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated seats. The perforated semi-aniline leather seats are trimmed in Alcantara. Smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is included, along with two USB ports, HD Radio, and a 7-inch touch screen. The standard Technology package comes with an ELS Studio premium audio system, navigation, and corner and rear parking sensors.

Acura offers more than a half-dozen packages for the 2019 model year. For $10,600, you can add carbon-ceramic brake calipers in silver, red, or orange to the rear and front wheels. A selection of carbon fiber packages adds this lightweight material to the interior, engine cover, roof, and rear decklid spoiler.

Acura will be building one other version of this supercar: the NSX GT3. Developed to compete in events such as the 24 Hours of Daytona, the GT3 is an honest-to-goodness racecar that consumers can now purchase. In addition to its aggressive styling, it boasts a few different components, such as a semi-automatic six-speed transmission. Pricing is expected to be above $500,000.

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.

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The Final Call

The Acura NSX is an exquisite midengine supercar. It boasts an impressive amount of performance technology, including a hybrid powertrain that harmoniously blends a V6 engine with three electric motors, and an all-wheel-drive system that imparts outstanding levels of grip and stability. This is also a very approachable vehicle, with a driver-focused cabin and amicable driving dynamics that are as urban-friendly as they are track-ready. This Acura is a superb choice, whether you are a newcomer to supercar ownership or you already know the pleasures of a high-end performance car.

The Acura NSX is not the only star in this price range, though. A few rivals – Audi and Porsche, for example – will set you back the same amount of money, but they deliver more bang for your buck in terms of interior refinements.

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

  • "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
  • "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)
  • "The Acura NSX intends to fill a niche that barely exists, but for those who seek a daily-driver supercar-with some hybrid cred, no less-this is your ride. The original NSX, which was phased out of production in 2005, provided easy, day-to-day livability minus the green: exotic looks, otherworldly performance, a compliant ride, and comfortable space for two adults and a reasonable amount of cargo. Aside from the original's generous cargo space, the reborn NSX checks all the same boxes and kicks things up a notch with above-average fuel economy thanks to its hybrid powertrain and electric-only driving capabilities. It certainly looks the part of a supercar, but it doesn't quite hit the exotic mark on the inside, where evidence of parts sharing with lesser Acuras casts a decidedly downmarket shadow. Highs Gut-punching acceleration, vertigo-inducing cornering, eye-catching styling. Lows Cut-rate interior finishings, heart-stopping price, storage shortage. Verdict In a world of one-trick ponies, the NSX is a multitasking supercar." -- Car and Driver (2018)
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