2018 Acura NSX Review

The 2018 Acura NSX ranks in the middle of the luxury sports car class. The NSX has a powerful hybrid powertrain, razor-sharp handling, and a comfortable interior. However, distracting infotainment menus, mediocre cabin materials, and a small trunk keep this supercar from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Blistering acceleration
  • Excellent ride and handling
  • Comfortable seats
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Tiny cargo space




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Acura NSX Overview

Is the 2018 Acura NSX a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Acura NSX is a fine pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury sports car.

The 2018 NSX has several highlights:

  • Muscular powertrain delivers quick acceleration
  • Can dash from zero to 60 mph in three seconds
  • Grippy all-wheel-drive system
  • Comfortable two-seat interior with good visibility
  • Relaxing ride quality, even on uneven pavement
  • Support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Its drawbacks include:

  • Some cabin materials aren’t very luxurious
  • Distracting infotainment screen
  • Small cargo area that can get hot
  • Few advanced safety features

There are better options in this segment if you want high performance at a lower price point, such as the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette and 2018 Porsche 911.

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How Much Is the 2018 Acura NSX?

We do not have pricing information for the 2018 Acura TLX. However, you can view listings of the 2018 Acura NSX for sale on our site.

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How Much Does the 2018 Acura NSX Cost to Own?

At the time of writing, we do not have enough data to project the 2018 Acura NSX’s five-year costs for fuel, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New NSX?

The price of a 2019 NSX starts at around $158,000. Buying a new NSX has its perks, but they come at a steep price. Acura launched the second-generation NSX for the 2017 model year, and it hasn’t seen any major updates for 2018 or 2019. You can probably save considerable money by shopping for a similar 2018 model. The first-generation NSX went out of production in 2005.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Acura NSX?

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

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2018 Acura NSX Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Acura NSX:

  • Fuel tank crossover pipes may leak

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Acura NSX Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Acura NSX has just one trim level. All models have a 573-horsepower hybrid system, a dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, eight speakers, a rearview camera, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, Alcantara and leather-trimmed seats, LED headlights, an adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, and staggered 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Available features include power-adjustable seats, heated seats, satellite radio, carbon ceramic brakes, and a Technology package. This package includes a navigation system, an ELS nine-speaker stereo, and parking sensors.

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What Does Acura's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Acura offers a certified pre-owned program for cars six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles get a limited warranty that is good for up to two years or 100,000 miles after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty has expired. Acura covers the powertrain for seven years or 100,000 miles. These CPO models must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits are available, including roadside assistance and the first scheduled maintenance, so read Acura’s warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Acura’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Lexus, Tesla, and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the NSX?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2018 Acura NSX.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • front and rear parking sensors

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2018 Acura NSX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Acura NSX or 2018 Audi R8?

It’s hard to go wrong with the NSX or the 2018 Audi R8. Both of these midengine supercars offer lightning-quick acceleration, jackrabbit handling, and head-turning good looks. The Acura yields better fuel economy, and used models often cost less. The R8 is the racier of the two, thanks to its distinctive V10 engine. It also boasts a more luxurious cabin. That said, its five-year projected ownership costs are much steeper than the Acura's. The NSX is a better bet for most shoppers.

Which Is Better: 2018 Acura NSX or 2018 Nissan GT-R?

The 2018 Nissan GT-R may not be as exotic as the midengine NSX, but it’s still a heavy hitter when it comes to performance. The GT-R can accelerate just as quickly as the NSX, and its all-wheel-drive system gives the coupe tremendous grip around turns. The GT-R fails to impress on most other fronts though. It has an outdated cabin with lower-end materials, it gets poor fuel economy, and its ride quality over rough pavement verges on uncomfortable. The NSX is a better pick for most shoppers.

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2018 NSX Performance

How Does the 2018 Acura NSX Drive?

The Acura NSX offers a fantastic driving experience, and it stems from the car’s hybrid all-wheel-drive system. The NSX’s front wheels are powered by two electric motors, an additional electric motor drives the rear wheels, and a twin-turbocharged V6 engine is mounted behind the seats. Total output for the powertrain is 573 horsepower.

This powertrain rockets the NSX up to speed quickly – it can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just three seconds. A feature called torque vectoring adjusts the speed of the wheels through corners to improve handling and grip. This allows the NSX to maintain traction and slice through tight turns with amazing composure.

The NSX is even more impressive in daily driving. Its adaptive suspension does a fine job of soaking up road bumps and dips comfortably. Overall, the NSX feels just as poised driving on a twisty backroad as it does cruising along the highway.

  • Powertrain: 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and three electric motors with a combined 573 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: hybrid all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: nine-speed dual-clutch automatic
Does the 2018 Acura NSX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The NSX gets decent fuel economy for a luxury sports car.

  • 21/22 mpg city/highway

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2018 NSX Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 NSX Seat?

The Acura NSX is a two-door coupe with two seats. These seats are comfortable and supportive, and they provide ample head- and legroom, even for taller drivers and passengers. The cabin has unusually good front and side visibility for a sports car. It’s rather quiet, though there is some wind noise at highway speeds.

Overall, the interior is elegantly styled, and it has a very cockpitlike feel. However, a few of its interior materials are disappointing. Some of these plastics resemble those found in lower-priced Honda and Acura vehicles.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • manually adjustable seats

Available seating features:

  • power-adjustable seats
  • heated seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Acura NSX?

The NSX does not have LATCH car-seat connectors. We do not recommend installing a car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

2018 Acura NSX Features

The NSX's infotainment system has dense on-screen menus that demand too much attention to use while driving. There's no volume knob, so you have to swipe up or down on the side of the 7-inch touch screen. The system does support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow users to integrate their iPhone and Android apps on the NSX's screen.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, and eight speakers
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, satellite radio, and a nine-speaker ELS sound system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, and push-button start

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2018 Acura NSX Dimensions

Acura NSX Cargo Space

The NSX has 4.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small even for a luxury sports car. The trunk is located behind the engine bay, so it can get quite warm. Rivals like the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette and 2018 Nissan GT-R offer more space.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Acura NSX Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 8 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,803 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Acura NSX Built?

Acura built the 2018 NSX in Ohio.

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