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Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.9
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2017 Acura NSX Review

The 2017 Acura NSX is one of our highest-ranking luxury sports cars, thanks to its exhilarating yet comfortable driving dynamics. The NSX is roomy on the inside, but its interior materials and infotainment system are in need of improvement.

Pros & Cons

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

2017 Acura NSX Overview

Is the 2017 Acura NSX a Good Used Car?

Although it’s pricey, the 2017 Acura NSX is a great used luxury sports car. This hybrid has rapid acceleration thanks to a potent turbocharged V6 engine and three electric motors. The NSX feels right at home zipping around corners or cruising local roads, with its sharp handling, smooth regenerative brakes, and refined transmission. The standard adaptive suspension adjusts to road conditions for optimal comfort. Although the NSX has comfortable and roomy seats, its cabin materials are underwhelming for the class, and the infotainment system is difficult to operate while driving. The NSX is also one of the most expensive cars in an already pricey class. You should consider a few alternatives, as there are some worthy rivals that could save you more than $50,000 over the NSX.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 15 Acura NSX reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Acura NSX?

Our site has almost two used dozen listings for the 2017 Acura NSX. Prices range from $138,000 to $185,000, and the average price is $149,300. That makes it one of the priciest cars in the class. The price you pay depends on the model you choose, as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Acura NSX Cost to Own?

At this time of writing, we don’t have five-year estimates for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repair costs for the 2017 Acura NSX.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Acura NSX?

Pricing for a 2018 Acura NSX starts at $156,000 – $6,700 more than the average price of a 2017 NSX. There are no major changes between the 2017 and 2018 models, meaning you could save some money by purchasing a 2017 model.

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There are no inexpensive cars in the luxury sports car class. However, you can still find a several great new models with significantly lower starting prices than an NSX. A 2018 Porsche Cayman would save you a whopping $92,400 over the average price of a used 2017 NSX. Even a fully loaded Cayman is less expensive than the NSX. The Cayman’s engine note isn’t quite as hearty as the NSX’s, but it still offers thrilling driving dynamics, potent turbocharged engines, and an upscale cabin with great seating comfort.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Acura NSX?

The 2017 NSX has not received a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

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2017 Acura NSX Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Acura NSX has no reported recalls.  

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Which Model Year of the Acura NSX Is Best?

The Acura NSX debuted for the 2017 model year. There are no significant changes between the 2017 and 2018 NSX models, so you’re better off purchasing a 2017 to save money. The only advantage the 2018 offers is a new-car warranty. Still, you can find a certified pre-owned model with an attractive warranty of its own.

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Which Used Acura NSX Model Is Right for Me?

The NSX comes in one trim. Standard features include a multi-angle rearview camera, brake assist, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, perforated leather and Alcantara upholstery, 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.

When it was new, the 2017 NSX was available with a few a la carte items and packages. Well-equipped used models may have features like a carbon fiber front spoiler, carbon fiber steering wheel trim, aluminum pedals and footrest, and a nine-speaker ELS Studio premium audio system. The AcuraLink Next Generation system is also available, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, cloud-based navigation, voice recognition, corner and backup parking sensors, real-time traffic, advanced smartphone integration capabilities, remote services, and emergency assist services.

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Certified Pre-Owned Acura NSX Warranty

Used shoppers should also consider purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle. With Acura's CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Acura CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits may be available, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

Before you buy a certified pre-owned Acura, check out competitors CPO programs. Based on our analysis, competitors like Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes offer better program incentives.

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How Safe Is the NSX?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has conducted crash test evaluations on the 2017 NSX, which is common for luxury sports cars.

The Acura NSX’s standard multi-angle rearview camera features a normal rearview camera view, a 180-degree wide-angle view, and a top-down view of the car's rear. Brake assist is also standard. Available safety features include corner and rear parking sensors.

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2017 Acura NSX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Acura NSX or 2017 Audi R8?

The Audi R8 and Acura NSX are two of the priciest and best-performing cars in the class. The R8 is the better car for shoppers who want the ultimate in performance and luxury and are willing to pay a pretty penny for it. The 2017 R8’s average price is more than $15,000 higher than the NSX’s. However, the R8 features a stronger base engine (V10) than the NSX, and there’s also an R8 V10 Plus model that delivers blistering acceleration. Like the NSX, the R8 has  a balanced ride for both corner carving and daily driving. However, the R8’s handling is sharper than the NSX’s. The Audi also has a more luxurious cabin, more standard features, and an easier-to-use infotainment system than the Acura. Still, the NSX’s performance comes pretty close to the R8’s, and it will cost you less.

Which Is Better: 2017 Acura NSX or 2017 Nissan GT-R?

The main attraction of the Nissan GT-R is its performance. It has a muscular engine and excellent road grip, but the benefits end there. Inside, the GT-R is a bare-bones performance car with a shortage of features, an aging cabin design, and low-rent materials. Although it lacks the comfort and technology you might expect from a luxury car, it can certainly make drivers feel as if they’re one with the road. The NSX provides a better balance of agility, ride comfort, and amenities, making it a more well-rounded car.

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2017 Acura NSX Performance

How Does the 2017 Acura NSX Drive?

The 2017 Acura NSX is a hybrid that’s powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and three electric motors that combine to produce 573 horsepower. This powertrain is mated to a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

This Acura’s brawny powertrain produces lightning-fast acceleration. Thanks to the electric motors, launches from a stop are instant. The transmission shifts quickly and seamlessly, and the regenerative brakes are strong. The NSX also comes with Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System, which features four selectable driving modes – Quiet, Sport, Sport+, and Track – to customize your driving experience.

Does the 2017 Acura NSX Get Good Gas Mileage?

Gas mileage is rated at 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Even though the NSX is a hybrid, these estimates are only slightly above average for the class.

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2017 Acura NSX Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Acura NSX Seat?

The 2017 Acura NSX seats two in a cabin that has simple, clean styling. Perforated leather, Alcantara-trimmed heated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and instrument panel, and leather-wrapped door panels are standard. Available features include four-way power-adjustable seats with four-way lumbar support and memory settings. Even long-legged occupants will have plenty of room, and the NSX’s two seats are comfortable and supportive. Front visibility is good.

2017 Acura NSX Features

The Acura NSX comes standard with 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.

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, and emergency assist services.

Without traditional dashboard knobs and buttons, the NSX’s infotainment touch screen can be difficult for the driver to use while on the road.

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2017 Acura NSX Dimensions

Acura NSX Cargo Space

The NSX has 4.4 cubic feet of trunk space. While you shouldn’t expect much cargo space from any luxury sports car, the NSX still has a bit less than most.

2017 NSX Length and Weight

The 2017 Acura NSX is about 14.7 feet long, and it has a curb weight of 3,803 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Acura NSX Built?

Acura assembled the 2017 NSX in Ohio.

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