2018 Acura NSX

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MSRP: $156,000 - 156,000

2018 Acura NSX Review

The 2018 Acura NSX has world-class acceleration and handling. Still, it ranks in the bottom half of the highly competitive luxury sports car class because of a few interior shortcomings.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.5
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable seats and good visibility
  • Excellent handling
  • Hybrid powertrain is exceptionally fast and smooth

 

  • Limited options list
  • Distracting infotainment system
  • Some out-of-place interior elements for this price point

Is the Acura NSX a Good Car?

The Acura NSX is like a piece of fine art, except this moving masterpiece is powered by a potent hybrid setup and can achieve a top speed of 191 mph. Acura may not be one of the first brands that leap to mind when you think of high-performance luxury sports cars, but the NSX aims to change that thinking. It's the unicorn of the Honda-Acura duo, with a two-seat configuration, a high price tag, and a heavy emphasis on performance. Still, the NSX shares the same level of refinement as other Acura vehicles, making it a very good car overall.

Should I Buy the Acura NSX?

The Acura NSX is more technologically advanced than most supercars, with a mid-engine hybrid powertrain that features three electric motors and a twin-turbo V6 engine that produce a combined 573-horsepower. Supercar lovers new and old will undoubtedly find the NSX's driver-focused cabin to be impressive. This Acura is as easy to live with in day-to-day driving as it is to whip around a track.

Some similar cars match and even best the Acura's performance, but they excel in other areas too. The Audi R8 is slightly more expensive, but it combines a richer interior with sharp handling. If you want an aggressive track monster for less money, give the Nissan GT-R a try.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Acura NSX?

The NSX went on sale as an all-new car for 2017, and there are no major changes for 2018. If you're open to driving a used car, a used 2017 model could be a better choice. Given how quickly high-priced luxury and performance cars like the NSX depreciate, you can likely save money with a used model instead of a brand-new one.

To do more research on a used NSX, read our review of the 2017 Acura NSX. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 14 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 2018 Acura NSX in our comprehensive overview. It combines NSX details (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 14 professional Acura NSX reviews. This 2018 Acura NSX review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Acura NSX Cost?

For 2018, the sale price of a new NSX starts at $156,000. That's in the same ballpark as a base Audi R8 or select uplevel editions of the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911.

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 Audi R8?

The Audi R8 is the only car in the class with a higher base price than the NSX. But in return, you get one of the most luxurious cabins in the segment. The R8 features Audi's customizable infotainment system, which is high-tech, user-friendly, and just downright cool. You'll also get a brawny V10 engine and razor-sharp handling, allowing the R8 to go head-to-head with the NSX. These are both impressive cars, but the R8's opulent interior gives it the edge.

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

If you want a sports car that's more beast than beauty – and doesn't rely on complicated technology for performance gains – the Nissan GT-R is a good pick. It eschews computer-aided refinement in favor of a classic and raw driving experience. The GT-R has a small two-seat second row, so you can haul extra passengers if need be or just store extra stuff. The GT-R isn't as comfortable or luxurious as the NSX, but it has a much lower base price. Still, the GT-R has even higher-performance versions that rival the NSX's price tag.

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NSX Interior

How Many People Does the NSX Seat?

Unlike some supercars (ahem, BMW i8), you don't have to be a contortionist to get into the NSX. Additionally, its nicely bolstered two seats are all-day comfortable and grant excellent visibility of the road ahead.

NSX Interior Quality

The interior of the NSX is well-crafted and sophisticated. High-end materials include leather trimmings on the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel, and doors, complemented by Alcantara on the seats and headliner. For this price, however, you may grumble over its limited options. For example, manually adjustable seats are standard, and only four-way power-adjustable seats are available. Contrast that with seating options in the Mercedes-Benz SL, which include ventilation, massage, and extra power adjustments.

NSX Cargo Space

The NSX has a 4.4-cubic-foot trunk and limited in-cabin cargo space. There's enough room in back for a couple small luggage pieces or a set of golf clubs. Pack carefully, as the adjacent engine compartment warms up the trunk space.

NSX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Techies will love the bevy of ways you can integrate a smartphone with the NSX's infotainment system. Pandora, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are among the standard features, all of which expand your media options beyond basic radio stations. The interface itself, however, is not very driver-friendly. It has few buttons and knobs in the center stack so most settings require using the touch screen, which pulls the driver's eyes from the road.

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NSX Performance

NSX Engine: Swift and Smooth

The NSX possesses a distinctive hybrid powertrain that consists of two electric motors powering the front wheels, a twin-turbocharged V6 engine mounted behind the seats, and a third electric motor driving the rear wheels. Altogether, the system produces 573 horsepower at its peak. Under acceleration, you benefit from the instant torque of the electric motors and almost no hint of turbo lag. Shifts from the nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are intuitive and smooth.

NSX Gas Mileage: No Hybrid Benefit

The NSX earns an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. That's a typical fuel economy rating for a V6-powered luxury sports car. While it does have an electric-only Quiet Mode, this setting is more to dampen exhaust sounds than to stretch fuel economy.

NSX Ride and Handling: Outstanding Grip and Handling

The all-wheel-drive NSX is not only an excellent companion for a day at the track but also fun to drive to the raceway. The standard Integrated Dynamics System has four settings – Quiet, Sport, Sport+, and Track – changing the graphics on the driver's display along with exhaust sound, throttle, steering response, and suspension tuning. Quiet mode accentuates electric-only power for a hushed exhaust, ideal for when you want to quietly tiptoe through the neighborhood. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Track mode shifts the settings to accentuate the exhaust notes and support aggressive driving dynamics.

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NSX Reliability

Is the Acura NSX Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 NSX a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is average.

Acura NSX Warranty

The NSX comes 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

Like all models in our luxury sports car rankings, the NSX has no safety score because neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration evaluates it.

NSX Safety Features

The NSX comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera and emergency brake assist. Front and rear parking sensors are available.

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Which Acura NSX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 NSX comes in only one configuration comprising a 3.5-liter V6 engine, three electric motors, a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive (SH-AWD). Further simplifying your shopping is the NSX's single trim level. Perforated leather seats with Alcantara trimmings finish the interior, which also boasts air conditioning with dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a multi-angle rearview camera, push-button start, and cruise control. Standard features of the well-equipped infotainment system include two USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system, and a surplus of smartphone integration selections.

The NSX isn't as customizable as luxury sports cars like the Porsche 911, but there are a sprinkling of options to choose from, including exterior upgrades (such as a carbon fiber spoiler, engine cover, or roof), an upgraded carbon ceramic brake system, aluminum alloy wheels in a selection of finishes, and a nine-speaker premium surround-sound system.

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

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The Final Call

The charm of the NSX lies in its blend of excellent performance – including remarkable acceleration and grip – with approachable handling. This results in impressive driving dynamics that are well-suited for track days, road trips, and around-town excursions. Acura's distinguished craftsmanship is on hand, making this a smart buy. But for some, too many similarities to the NSX's less prestigious stablemates lower its standing among supercars.

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 (2017)
  • "The NSX is fast, comfortable, and obeys your every command. And one thing is certain here: Acura didn't copy anyone. The NSX a unique supercar, from the way it approaches performance to how it goes down the road. And in that sense, it's a true successor to the original." -- Autoblog (2017)
  • "An all-new, state-of-the-art design, the second generation of Acura's groundbreaking supercar is a true world-class performance machine that deftly melds a bounty of advanced technology with an even more engaging and exhilarating character. … Acura's Sport Hybrid AWD system supplies 573 horsepower to this mid-engine coupe making it brilliantly responsive and blisteringly quick on the street or on a racing circuit. Designed and built in America, the new Acura NSX serves as the division's halo vehicle and directly challenges key rivals like the Audi R8 V10+ and Porsche 911 Turbo." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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