2017 Acura NSX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Acura NSX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The all-new 2017 Acura NSX's interior has soft-touch materials and high-quality upholstery. It has a simple design, but nothing about the cabin will particularly wow you. The seats are comfortable with plenty of leg- and headroom. However, it has an infotainment system can be difficult to use while driving, and its cargo space is limited.

  • "Areas liberally covered with Alcantara faux suede add a racy flare to the interior that's otherwise very Acura-like in its design simplicity. Materials are authentic and borderline lavish with varieties of colors and materials delivering unique combinations more along the lines of what Porsche or Audi offer. Red, saddle and orchid colors mix with the standard manual seats' Milano leather and Alcantara upholstery. Optional power seats are covered in semi-aniline leather with Alcantara highlights or in full semi-aniline leather. An available Alcantara headliner and a genuine leather-covered dashboard are touches often seen in high-end luxury cars; most dashes use imitation leather." -- Cars.com
  • "Acura decks out the interior with leather seats and Alcantara inserts (good for keeping you in place around corners), the company's latest touchscreen infotainment system, and a bunch of chevron styling touches matching the shape of the car's nose. The dash's flat surface is a little busy, so in direct sun you see some glare on the windshield. It only became bothersome when dipping in and out of sunlit spots on northern California's woodsy byways." -- Autoweek
  • "So the exterior's pretty cool, and the interior's pretty average." -- Autotrader

Seating

The 2017 Acura NSX seats two and comes standard with perforated leather and Alcantara-trimmed heated seats. 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.

There is plenty of leg- and headroom for the driver and passenger – even if they are extra tall. The seats are comfortable and supportive and provide an ideal seating position. Front visibility is good thanks to thin pillars, but rear visibility is poor and the multi-angle rearview camera really comes in handy.

  • "Offering superb sightlines, the NSX's well-finished, driver-focused cabin is a welcoming realm whether you're cruising on the street or hanging it all out at the track. Deeply bolstered bucket seats trimmed in perforated Milano leather and Alcantara provide an excellent combination of comfort and support without feeling confining and are complemented by extra padding on the door panels and center console." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the seats are supportive and comfortable, the driving position is perfect, there's more than sufficient headroom for very tall drivers, and the materials look and feel appropriately rich." -- Motor Trend
  • "Sitting inside the NSX actually is refreshing for a 'supercar.' There aren't any weird doors to climb through or to drop into like the exotically designed BMW i8. A traditional set of doors accesses a surprisingly roomy and comfortable interior with a natural seating position and fantastic forward visibility. The A-pillar structure is a world's-first design, according to the automaker, using ultra-high-strength steel to create the thin pillars. They combine with a low belt line and tall glass for excellent visibility. The clear forward view is as welcome on the track while pointing the nose toward an apex as it is on the road when providing a good view of pedestrians." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The Acura NSX comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera, brake assist, 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 – to customize your drive.

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

The NSX's infotainment system lacks traditional knobs and buttons, and most functions are controlled through the touch screen, which can be frustrating to use. Fortunately, Siri Eyes Free allows you to use select features hands-free. Unfortunately, the USB ports are tucked away in the glove box, which is frustrating for the driver who may struggle for access to the phone.

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  • "The NSX comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of the standard 7-inch Display Audio touch-screen system. The USB port compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto is located in the rear console storage box, while a second USB port in the glove box is used for charging or for other MP3 devices. The user experience is pretty typical of other Acura and Honda vehicles with touch-screens, meaning the lack of physical controls for volume and tuning is just as annoying in the NSX." -- Cars.com
  • "The NSX is not a car for taking selfies while you drive, although the standard navigation radio (the same infuriating dial-free system used across the Honda lineup) features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The NSX has 4.4 cubic feet of trunk space. You shouldn't expect much cargo space out of luxury sports cars, but this is less than many. Additionally, there is little storage space in the cabin.

  • "Under the NSX's rear hatch is a 4.4-cubic-foot trunk Acura says can fit one golf bag or a weekend's worth of luggage for two people. The size and shape aren't out of the ordinary for the class, though most mid-engine cars place their luggage compartment up front like the Audi A8 (8 cubic feet) and Porsche 911 Turbo (4.1 cubic feet). The NSX's is more like the i8 (4.7 cubic feet), where the luggage compartment is at the rear." -- Cars.com
  • "Cargo volume is limited to a small rear trunk (4.4 cubic feet) that really heats up because of its location to the engine." -- Edmunds
  • "If there's one knock to the interior, it's that there's little storage, and most of it is hard to access while driving." -- Autoblog

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