2020 Acura NSX

Rating7.8

Ranked #5 in Compact Coupe

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Starting MSRP 

$159,495

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Key Spec of 2020 Acura NSX
fuel economy

21/21/22

fuel type

Premium unleaded (required)

horsepower

573 hp @ 6500 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

2020 Acura NSX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Like the original NSX, the latest Acura NSX adorns supercars' looks and exemplary performance with everyday drivability. Acura's expertise in developing powertrain is highlighted in the new NSX: a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 engine combined with three electric motors deliver a total output of 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. The NSX SH-AWD (all-wheel-drive system) and standard 9-speed dual-clutch transmission allow NSX to sprint from 0-60 mph in flat three seconds.

Starting from $157,500, the Acura NSX may be less hardcore than some of the established mid-engine sports cars including Audi R8, and Mercedes AMG GT R. The NSX's cabin falls short of the glamour the rivals offer at this price point, however, Acura equips the sports coupe with all latest tech and features. After a long 11 year absence, the new NSX has the same mid-engine layout with one of the most complicated hybrid systems in the market. 

 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Unique hybrid powertrain is both efficient and fast

Subpar cabin quality for the price

For 2020, the NSX is a carryover model with no notable changes other than a new Indy Yellow paint color.

Sleek and handsome looks

Limited cargo capacity

A rare supercar that can be driven daily

Excellent handling and stability

Over All Rating

7.8

Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Features7.00
Engine and Performance9.00
Fuel Economy8.00
Interior6.50
Exterior9.00
Safety8.00
Competition6.00
Final Verdict8.00
Notable Rankings

#5 in Compact Coupe

#6 in Midsize Coupe

#10 in Coupe


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Trims

Base$159,495 onwards

  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • Driver and passenger Lumbar support
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Navigation system
  • Parking assist


Colors and Styles

2020 Acura NSX in Source Silver Metallic color
Source Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The new model can be seen as a modern supercar that uses both gas and electricity for performance before the transition to an all-electric drivetrain. Unlike the original, the new NSX can be pretty expensive, edging closer to the $200,000 mark with all the options selected. For 2020, the NSX is a carryover model with no notable changes other than the new eye-catching Indy Yellow paint job. Unlike the first generation, the new NSX is expensive with a starting price of $157,500 which puts it in the crosshairs of the Audi R8, Nissan GT-R, and Mercedes-AMG GT-R.

2020 Acura NSX Coupe front view
2020 Acura NSX Coupe rear view

Features
7.0/10

The 2020 Acura NSX starts at a price of $157,500. Since the Acura NSX is a high-performance exotic car, it is only available in one trim level with plenty of optional extras. The standard equipment list is very extensive and includes plenty of creature comforts like dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a touchscreen infotainment system with premium audio, seat heating, navigation, and a lot more.

Trim

Base

MSRP (AWD)

$157,500 

Key Features

Flush Mounted Auto Pop-Out Door Handles

 

Leather and simulated suede upholstery

 

Premium ELS Studio sound system

  LED Taillights and LED Headlights with LED DRL
  8” Touchscreen Audio System with ELS Studio Audio
 

Push Button Start and Cruise Control

  Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation

Acura has also added some standard active safety features, although automatic emergency braking is missed for a car of this price range. The carbon fiber exterior sport package adds $12,600 to the base price and includes several exterior design elements like a front spoiler, rear diffuser, dark chrome exhaust, and a carbon-fiber engine cover.

Which Trim should you buy?

Although the NSX is only available in one trim level which is well equipped, Acura offers plenty of options to spruce it up like carbon fiber exterior trims, a decklid spoiler, and more. Acura also charges an extra $1,000 for the new Indy Yellow paint job. For better track performance, customers can also opt for the carbon-ceramic brake rotors which add a whopping $10,600 to the base price.

Engine and Performance
9.0/10

"While it will certainly satiate your need for speed, the NSX can't outpace some key rivals such as the Audi R8 or the McLaren 570S." - Car And Driver

The Acura NSX gets a very unique hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.5L twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with three electric motors for a combined output of 573 horsepower. The V-6 engine is paired with a quick 9-speed dual-clutch transmission. While the engine and gearbox send power to the rear wheels along with an electric motor to fill in the gaps, the front wheels get their own independent motors, making the NSX all-wheel drive. Because of the boost from the electric motors, the NSX is very quick off the line, and the motors do a good job of filling in the gap during gear changes and turbo lag.

2020 Acura NSX Coupe driving view

The NSX takes just 3 seconds to reach 60 MPH and crosses the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds. Unlike other performance cars, the 2020 Acura NSX remains quiet and comfortable in either quiet or sport modes, with light steering and good ride comfort. In Quiet mode, the NSX can go up to 23 miles in all-electric mode for pottering around town, while in sport plus and track modes, everything is dialed up to 11 with excellent response and supercar performance.

Models

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Audi R8

2020 Nissan GTR Track Edition

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R

MSRP

$157,500

$169,900

$145,540

$162,900

Engine

3.5 liter Twin Turbocharged Gas/Electric V-6

5.2-liter Naturally Aspirated V-10

3.8-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-6

4.0-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

9-speed dual-clutch automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed dual-clutch automatic

7-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch automatic

Power

573 hp @ 6,500 RPM

562 hp @ 8,100 RPM

600 hp @ 6,800 RPM

577 hp @ 6,250 RPM

Torque

476 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

406 lb-ft @ 6,700 RPM

481 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

516 lb-ft @ 2,100 RPM

0-60 MPH

3.0 seconds

3.4 seconds

2.7 seconds

3.6 seconds

Quarter-Mile

11.2 seconds

11.2 seconds

11.1 seconds

11.5 seconds

Top-Speed

191 MPH

205 MPH

193 MPH

198 MPH

With plenty of performance and a capable drivetrain, the Acura NSX is quicker than both the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT-R, while the Nissan GTR Track edition is still the fastest off the line to 60 mph and it takes only 2.7 seconds which is a face-melting acceleration figure. Nevertheless, the Audi R8 just pulls and pulls till reaches the top speed of 205 mph which is the segment-leading.

How well does the 2020 Acura NSX handle?

Unlike other performance cars, the NSX remains quiet and comfortable in either quiet or sport modes, with light steering and good ride comfort. But, flip the switch to either sport plus or track mode and the NSX feels like a proper supercar with direct steering and excellent handling in both sport plus and track modes. But, because of this dual nature, the NSX is one of those rare supercars that can be driven to the track in comfort, do a blistering lap time, and cruise back home again with no issues.

The NSX gets Acura’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-WHeel Drive system as standard. While it does sound like a mouthful, the system helps the handling immensely by modulating power between all four wheels and keep the NSX in its track through the corners. Unlike regular models, in the NSX, both the front wheels get individual electric motors that are accurately controlled to keep the power just right, maintaining optimal grip levels.

2020 Acura NSX Braking Performance

Acura hasn’t skimped on braking hardware and the NSX gets massive 14.5-inch rotors at the front and 14.2-inch at the rear. Despite the heavy curb weight because of the hybrid system, the NSX seems to offer a great braking performance in its class. Customers looking to do more track time can opt for the expensive carbon-ceramic brake rotors for an extra $10,600 to eliminate brake fade and keep the NSX on its toes all day long.

Models

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Audi R8 V10

2020 Nissan GTR Track Edition

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.5

14.4

15.3

15.4

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

14.2

14

15

14.2

Curb Weight

3878 lb.

3649 lb.

3918 lb.

N/A

60-0 mph

N/A

N/A

103 feet

96 feet

Despite its heavy body and practicality, the AMG GT-R gets the biggest braking hardware and drops anchor the quickest, followed by the Nissan GTR. The braking performance figures of the Audi R8 and Acura NSX remain unknown. The Mercedes Benz delivers an impeccable braking performance stopping from 60-0 mph in just 96 feet.

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

Fuel economy is the NSX’s party piece. Because of the complicated hybrid powertrain, the NSX returns an impressive 21 MPG in the city. The highway rating is on par with its rivals though at 22 MPG falls short. With a 15.6-gallon capacity, the NSX delivers a mixed driving range of about 327 miles. With the hybrid batteries fully charged, the NSX can travel up to 23 miles in all-electric mode. Acura NSX uses Premium 93 octane gasoline, with 91 being required at a minimum.

Models

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Audi R8 V10

2020 Nissan GTR Track Edition

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe

MPG (City)

21

13

16

15

MPG (Highway)

22

20

22

20

MPG (Combined)

21

16

18

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.6

21.9

19.5

19.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

327/343/327

285/438/350

312/429/351

297/396/336

Unsurprisingly, the Acura NSX with its hybrid powertrain is the most efficient of the bunch followed by the Nissan GTR. Both the Mercedes-AMG GT-R and Audi R8 V10 with their big engines are a lot less efficient, returning a combined mileage of 17 mpg and 18 mpg respectively.

Interior
6.5/10

"Overall, the NSX's interior quality feels worth the $150,000+ cost of admission." - Cnet.com

Being an everyday supercar, the 2020 Acura NSX is fairly well equipped on the inside with a futuristic cabin and comfortable sports seats. Inside the NSX you will experience the sophisticated styling layered with premium quality materials such as standard aluminum sport pedals to optional perforated leather seats and an Alcantara headliner. But unfortunately, there are a lot of parts sharing with regular Acura models which bring down the premium feeling for a car that costs well over 6 digits. Plenty of plastic is used everywhere and the shifter and switchgear look and feel like they’re lifted straight off a regular Honda.

Comfort levels are good though, and the NSX offers supportive sports seats at the front with good bolstering and soft leather upholstery. Seat adjustability is limited to just 4 ways which makes it harder for larger and taller drivers to find a comfortable driving position.

2020 Acura NSX Coupe dashboard 

There are a total of 5 color options to choose from including indigo blue, red, saddle, orchid, and ebony which give the interiors a completely different look. Although the color palette is impressive, the dashboard design and quality are not. The center console looks eerily similar to the Acura RDX with a similar style shifter and prominent drive selector knob in the middle. Another let-down is the cargo space which is limited to just 4.4 cubic feet which severely limits its everyday practicality.

2020 Acura NSX Coupe front seats

Although the Acura NSX offers decent space at the front, trunk space is severely limited compared to both the Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT-R. The Nissan GTR continues to be the most practical with seating for 4 passengers and a commodious trunk with 8.8 cubic feet of storage thanks to the front-engine layout. 

Models

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Audi R8 V10

2020 Nissan GTR Track Edition

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe

Seating Capacity

2

2

4

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.3/57.6/42.8

38.5/55.1/40.9

38.1/54.3/44.6

39.5/58.4/N/A

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

N/A

33.5/50/26.4

N/A

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

4.4

8

8.8

10.1

Some notable interior features include:

  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Interior ambient lighting
  • leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (optional)

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The small 7-inch infotainment display feels like it belongs in a compact economy car with low resolution and a crude interface. Standard features include smartphone integration featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, two USB ports, built-in navigation, HD radio, Siri Eyes Free, and a premium ELS Studio audio system.

While the system is not impressive for a car at this price point, it covers all the necessary features. Some notable infotainment features include:

  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free
  • HD radio
  • Built-in navigation
  • 9 Speaker premium ELS studio audio system
Exterior
9.0/10

"To onlookers, the 2020 Acura NSX is no less stunning as it was when it debuted." - Motortrend.com

Another thing Acura has done extremely well other than the performance is in the looks department. The 2020 Acura NSX looks thoroughly modern and handsome from every angle, grabbing attention everywhere it goes. Even from a distance, the NSX gets an exotic look that’s unmistakably a supercar with wide sleek headlights and a hunkered-down stance. 

2020 Acura NSX Coupe 

The large intake vents at the side reveal the mid-engine layout and flow well into the design. The edgy design is also functional, with every crease and vent designed for superior aerodynamic efficiency. At the rear, the typical Acura taillamps and flared wheel arches look excellent along with the subtle spoiler and diffuser. You can opt for the available Carbon Fiber Exterior Sports package priced from $9,000 which adds chrome exhaust finisher and carbon fiber rear diffuser, side sills, and front spoiler

Models

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Audi R8 V10

2020 Nissan GTR Track Edition

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe

Curb Weight (lb)

3878

3649

3918

N/A

Length (inches)

176

174.3

185.4

179.7

Width (inches)

73.3

76.4

74.6

78.6

Height (inches)

47.8

48.8

53.9

50.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

3.8

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

103.5

104.3

109.4

103.5

In terms of size and dimensions, the Acura NSX is more compact than rivals like the Nissan GTR and Mercedes-AMG GT. The Audi R8 is the smallest of the group, even smaller than the NSX, and also happens to be the lightest car as well. However, the Acura NSX is the shortest car measuring 47.8 inches which subsequently helps with agile handling due to its low center of gravity. Some notable exterior features include:

  • Automatic power pop-out door handles
  • 19-inch forged aluminum wheels at the front and 20-inches at the rear
  • Acura jewel LED headlights
  • Gloss black front grille
  • Well-integrated side air vents
Safety
8.0/10

Like most high-value supercars, the Acura NSX hasn’t gone through any crash tests yet, but Acura has added a lot of safety features since the NSX is dubbed as a daily driven supercar. Driver assistance features are very limited though for a car of this price range. 

The NSX utilizes a space frame design with plenty of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum to keep the weight down. Standard safety features include a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, emergency brake assist, and parking sensors at both ends. Some standard safety features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic high-beam headlamps
  • Daytime Running Lights
  •  Emergency brake assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors
Competition
6.0/10

2020 Acura NSX vs 2020 Audi R8 V10

Both the Acura NSX and Audi R8 are usually dubbed as everyday supercars with excellent performance for the track and comfortable road manners. However, with the new generation, it’s the Audi that feels superior because of the lighter weight and quicker handling. The V10 engine still sounds excellent when pushed to the limit compared to the sedate V-6 in the NSX.

2020 Audi R8 V10

The Audi also feels superior and high quality, especially on the inside. In terms of efficiency, the NSX easily takes the cake thanks to the hybrid powertrain. Overall, both cars are still very good options, but the NSX feels more modern and packs more tech, although the quality is a sore point.

2020 Acura NSX vs 2020 Nissan GTR Track Edition

Both the Nissan GTR and Acura NSX produce around 570 hp, sends power to all four wheels, and get a powerful V6 engine. But that’s where the similarities end. While the NSX gets a complicated and potent hybrid powertrain, the GTR still uses the old V6 engine that produces a shade more power with the track edition.

2020 Nissan GTR Track Edition

The GTR is also showing its age nowadays, while the NSX is still fresh off the block with handsome and modern looks. Although the GTR is still an excellent package for the price, the more modern NSX is the better pick.

2020 Acura NSX vs 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT-R

While the Acura NSX is touted as a modern and efficient supercar, the AMG GTR is still old school with a gas-guzzling V8 at the front and a rear-drive layout. While the NSX may look slow on paper, the complicated hybrid system and all-wheel drive help it match the Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR on the track.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT-R

The big V8 does have its advantages though, especially with in-gear acceleration. The AMG GTR is also a lot more practical with plenty of cargo space and a more substantial cabin.

Final Verdict
8.0/10

Like the original model, the new Acura NSX is still a good luxury supercar.  With its hybrid powertrain's class-leading efficiency and excellent performance, the NSX offers a comfortable ride in normal modes to potter around town, and can even run on all-electric mode for a limited distance. Because of the complicated drivetrain, the NSX is very expensive and there are plenty of better-performing rivals for the same price. It is an all-purpose supercar that can be driven in any situation be it around the town, highway, or race track.

The interiors may not match the cars of this price range but are comfortable. While the NSX is sold as an everyday supercar, the severely limited cargo space makes you think otherwise. Overall, if you’re looking for a thoroughly modern supercar with plenty of performance and technology, the 2020 Acura NSX is an excellent choice regardless of the high price.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$159495

body style

2dr Coupe

engine type
displacement

213 cu in

horse power

573 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

476 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

9 speed auto shift manual w/OD and auto manual

dimensions
length

176 in

wheelbase

103.5 in

width

76.3 in

curb weight

3878 lbs

Height

47.8 in

Ground Clearance

4.2 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

44 cu ft

cargo volume

3.9 cu ft

passenger capacity

2 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

21/21/22 mpg

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.


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