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2017 Acura NSX hybrid Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The NSX is a legendary sports car from the house of Acura. Acura is the luxury and performance brand of Japanese automaker Honda and the NSX is the flagship car of Acura. The NSX was first rolled out back in 1990 and was dubbed as the sports car that you can drive daily. The NSX's production was stopped in 2005 and now, 12 years down the line, Acura has revived the icon with the refreshed character and personality which makes this beast look elegant both on the track and in the garage.

The NSX is a car straight from the future. After an absence of seven years in the market, the 2017 NSX left everyone in its awe and silenced its critics with its intricate yet aggressive styling, thrilling performance, and features. The large chrome clad front grill simply looks awesome and beautifully compliments the car's aggressive look. The interiors of the car also great and comes loaded with a great array of tech and gizmos in it. And finally, the powerful engine which offers a theatrical performance.

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Pros

Excellent fuel economy

Sharp handling

Powerful hybrid drivetrain

Cons

Low storage space

High pricing

Quality of fit and finish

What's New?

The 2017 Acura NSX makes its entry as a brand new car


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$156000

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

126 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu. in.

horsepower

500 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.5 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

103.5 in.

length

176 in.

width

87.3 in.

height

47.8 in.

curb weight

3803 lbs.

ground clearance

3.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

44 cu ft.

cargo volume

4.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.2 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

3.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

168 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/21/22 mpg

highway range

343.2 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

343.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No


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Berlina Black

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine

9.1

Fuel Economy

6.3

Interior

7.5

Exterior

9.6

Comfort

7.8

Driving

9.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Acura NSX hybrid base

base

power
500 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$156,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM) Starting at $156,000 MSRP (20/21/22) 500 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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9-speed automatic all wheel drive 2

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


The 2017 Acura NSX is a performance-oriented car and is only offered in one variant. The only variant available costs $156,000. The twin-turbo V8 power plant of the NSX clubbed with an electric motor, churns out a whopping 573 horsepower and delivers 476 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid drivetrain of the NSX is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and all the power is distributed to all the wheels of the cars.


7.0/10
Features

 

9.1/10
Engine

 

6.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

9.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2017 Acura NSX hybrid Features

7.0/10

The 2017 Acura NSX is only offered in one single trim level. This loaded with features like HD radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes free and Bluetooth streaming audio. Moreover, the NSX also gets an 8-speaker audio system with sub-woofer just so that you get an amazing audio experience.

Trim Acura NSX
MSRP $156,000
Key Features 7" Display Audio touchscreen
  2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  Sport Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
  Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Leather/Metal-Look Console Insert, Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leather Upholstered Dashboard
  Air Filtration
  FOB Controls -Inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows

 

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As there are not a lot of options on the NSX, Acura offers this icon as a complete package with everything in it. A highly recommended car for the enthusiasts to buy, the only available optional package called the Technology package can also be opted as it will equip the NSX with 9-speaker premium speakers, parking sensors, and navigation.

2017 Acura NSX hybrid Engine

9.1/10
"This is a precise, fast car that drives smaller and lighter than its curb weight suggests. The NSX is also a car that flatters its driver, whether a neophyte or an experienced shoe.  In other words, the NSX goes exactly where you point it, and it exits corners as though attached to a centrifuge. - Edmunds"

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 NSX, as Acura says, gets a heart of the beast. The NSX comes with a 3.5 liter, twin-turbocharged, 24 valves, direct overhead cam (DOHC), V6 engine. The mid-mounted engine of the NSX, along with the electric motor pumps out a solid 573 horsepower along with 476 lb-ft of torque. The beastly motor is mated to 9-speed dual clutch transmission along with an all-wheel-drive system for better traction.

Models

Acura NSX

Audi R8 coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo

Nissan GTR

MSRP

$156,000

$162,900

$159,200

$109,990

Engine

3.5L Twin-Turbocharged 24-Valve DOHC V6

5.2L FSI V10 DOHC

3.8L Twin-Turbo 6 Cylinder

3.8L DOHC Twin Turbo V6

Transmission

9-speed automatic

7-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

573 hp

540 hp

540 hp

565 hp

Torque

476 lb-ft

398 lb-ft

486 lb-ft

467 lb-ft

The NSX's power isn't just impressive its the best in the lot. Sure, others back their cars with a potent engine but in terms of raw power, the NSX exceeds its adversaries. Both, Audi R8 and Proche 911 Turbo stay back at 540 hp. 

Acceleration

Step on the gas, hear the engine growl and then with a surge of power delivered to its wheels, the car goes down the line like a rocket. Such is the acceleration of the Acura NSX. The 2017 NSX hits the 60 MPH mark from a complete standstill in just 3 seconds. When taken to a drag strip, the new NSX covers the quarter-mile distance in 11 seconds, though the R8 does the same impressively in just 10.6 seconds.

Models

Acura NSX

Audi R8 (coupe)

Porsche 911 Turbo

Nissan GTR

0-60 MPH

3.0 sec

3.5 sec

2.9 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter mile

11.0 sec

10.6 sec

11.1 sec

11.0 sec

Engine

3.5L

5.2L

3.8L

3.8L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4

10.4

8.4

9.8

On the other hand, the rivals of the Acura are as good as it in terms of acceleration timings. Both, the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Nissan GTR, beat the NSX by just 0.1 seconds in terms of 0-60 MPH acceleration and achieve it in just 2.9 seconds.

Ride and Handling

The ride quality of the Acura NSX is really good, kudos to the adaptive suspensions. Being a track focused car, the NSX has a slightly stiffer set of suspensions yet the NSX tries its best to soak up all the bumps and potholes while on the city streets to enhance the ride quality and offer a poised driving experience.

It steers precisely, dives into the corners quickly and does all the acrobatics with ease. The electronically assisted steering wheel gives a good amount of feedback, therefore, improving the driving experience. The adaptive suspension setup gives the driver great confidence to do high-speed cornering and have fun with the car on the track.

Braking

The Acura NSX gets 14.5 inches diameter discs at the front and 14.2 inches diameter discs at the rear. Slam on the brakes and the Acura comes to a complete stop at a distance of 103 feet from 60 MPH.

Model

Acura NSX

Audi R8 (coupe)

Porsche 911 Turbo

Nissan GTR

Brake Front (in.)

14.5

14.4 in

15.0

15.4

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

14.0

15.0

15.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3803

3649

3516

3933

60-0 MPH (ft.)

103

103

100

95

The braking stats of the NSX aren't the best amongst its rivals due to its heavy curb weight. The Nissan GTR gets the biggest set of brakes and thus achieves impressive braking stats.

2017 Acura NSX hybrid Fuel Economy

6.3/10

The 2017 Acura NSX checks in with 21 mpg city, 22 highway and 21 combined with the all-wheel drive. These numbers are excellent for a car that does 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds.

Model

Acura NSX

Audi R8 (coupe)

Porsche 911 Turbo

Nissan GTR

MPG (city)

21

14

19

16

MPG (highway)

22

22

24

22

MPG (combined)

21

17

21

18

The NSX is an extremely powerful car which blends efficiency with power. It offers the best ergonomic numbers, which its rivals just wish to accomplish. 

2017 Acura NSX hybrid Interior

7.5/10
"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

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 NSX offers race spec, leather bucket seats that hold the driver onto them and protect from getting thrown around while driving aggressively on tracks or cutting around the corners at high speeds. Being a sports car, the NSX can only accommodate two people. For the occupants, the new NSX offers a head/shoulder/leg room of 38.8/57.6/42.8 inches respectively. The seats of the NSX are positioned low and the taller passengers will find the NSX a little bit cramped but will definitely find the perfect driving position.

Model

Acura NSX

Audi R8 (coupe)

Porsche 911 Turbo

Nissan GTR

Passenger capacity

2

2

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.8/57.6/42.8

38.5/55.1/40.9

NA

38.1/54.3/44.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

NA

NA

NA

33.5/50/26.4

Interior FeaturesThe Acura NSX comes with some great stuff on the inside. Some of the interior features of the NSX are listed below -

  • 2 LCD monitors
  • Proximity key for doors and push-button start
  • Sporty leather seats
  • Metal-look steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Metallic instrument panel inserts
  • Metallic door panel inserts
  • Leather and metallic center console inserts
  • Leather upholstered dashboard

Cargo Capacity

The cargo capacity offered with the new NSX is pretty low. You only get 4.4 cubic feet of luggage storage volume, which is decent in its class but with the GTR offering 8.8 cu.ft. of the same, the trunk of the NSX looks small. This is certainly not the car in which you can dump your golf kit and go.

Model

Acura NSX

Audi R8 (coupe)

Porsche 911 Turbo

Nissan GTR

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

4.4

8.0

4.4

8.8

The Nissan GTR and the Audi R8 offer a decent luggage storage capacity of 8.8 cubic feet and 8.0 cubic feet respectively. The Porsche 911 Turbo has cargo volume equal to the NSX at 4.4 cubic feet.

2017 Acura NSX hybrid Exterior

9.6/10

"Although initially penned in Japan, visual and functional detailing of the production-ready NSX was largely handled by Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles. The car’s purposeful appearance is set off by highly efficient full-LED lighting and embraces themes destined to influence the look of future products from the division"- KBB

Dimensions and Weight

Undoubtedly, the Acura NSX is the best-looking car in the segment. From its low-slung styling to the curves, and the lines along the chrome bits, all of these come together to offer this car a futuristic and elegant look with aggressiveness in its identity. Talking about the dimensions, the NSX is 176 inches long, 87.3 inches wide and 47.8 inches tall. The NSX gets a very low ground clearance of 3.7 inches to create more downforce and aid in high-speed driving. 

Model

Acura NSX

Audi R8 (coupe)

Porsche 911 Turbo

Nissan GTR

Curb weight (lbs.)

3803

3649

3516

3933

Length(in)

176

174.3

177.4

185.4

Width(in)

87.3

76.4

74.0

74.6

Height(in)

47.8

48.8

51.1

53.9

Ground clearance (in)

3.7

6.3

NA

4.3

Wheelbase (in)

103.5

104.4

96.5

109.4

Track width (in) F/R

65.2/63.7

64.5/63.0

60.7/62.6

62.6/63

The Nissan GTR is the longest car in the lot, which gives it a longer wheelbase too. You can expect a wider turning radius, while the NSX is a normal sized car considering the other luxury sports cars in the lot. 

Exterior Features

  • Jewel Eye six beam LED headlamps.
  • Rear spoiler
  • Aerodynamic side mirrors.
  • Seven heat exchangers to cool down the engine, transmission, motors and front brakes.
  • Flush door handles.
  • Quad exhaust ports.
  • Thin flying wing taillights inspired by the original NSX.
     

2017 Acura NSX hybrid Safety

Acura offers the 2017 NSX with good safety features and thus pampers the driver with a great array of advanced safety tech. In case of a mishap, Acura has ensured that the occupants don't get hurt and thus has equipped the NSX with state of the art dual-stage driver and passenger front and side-mounted airbags.

Safety Features

The 2017 Acura NSX comes equipped with the following safety features -

  • Some of the safety features and gizmos of the Acura NSX are listed below:-
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Back-Up Camera
  • VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
     

2017 Acura NSX hybrid Competition

Audi R8 vs Acura NSX

The R8 is the German rival of the Acura NSX. The Audi is costlier than the NSX by $6000 and makes 33 horses less than the NSX. Both, the NSX and the R8 have similar acceleration timings and braking stats. The Acura beats the Audi in terms of fuel economy and offers the better fuel economy numbers. Moreover, the NSX is the larger car of the two and hence offers more passenger space. On the other hand, the R8 comes with a bigger trunk. While if you crave for the Audi logo and don't mind shelling out that extra 6 grand, then the Audi R8 is the car for you. On the other hand, if you want a car that stands out of the crowd and captivates everyone towards this futuristic car, then the 2017 Acura NSX is the perfect car to go with.

Porsche 911 Turbo vs Acura NSX

The 911 Turbo is a legendary German car. The 911 makes 540 horses and is 33 horses deficient to the NSX. Both the Acura NSX and the Porsche 911 Turbo have similar acceleration timings. The Porsche has slightly better braking stats. Again the NSX and the Porsche offer the same fuel economy numbers making this competition very tight. The exterior dimensions of both the cars are again almost similar but the Porsche can accommodate 4 passengers, though the rear seats feel cramped. The cargo storage volume is also exactly the same for both cars.

The competition between the Porsche and the Acura is very tight. While the Porsche has a heritage of 55 years, the Acura banks on new age technology. If you crave for a car with classic styling and want 4 people to fit into your car then the 911 is a car to have in your garage. But if you like to try something new and crave for something unique and modern, then you should buy the Acura NSX.

Nissan GTR  vs Acura NSX

The GTR is another legendary rival of the NSX. The GTR is 8 horses deficient of the NSX. The NSX and the GTR too have the similar acceleration timings. The GTR has much better braking stats while the NSX beats the GTR in terms of fuel economy. The GTR is the bigger car of the two and can accommodate 4 passengers. Also, the GTR offers the larger trunk volume. Moreover, the GTR is $47,000 cheaper than the NSX. So the GTR stands as a great choice for not just enthusiasts but also for those tuners out there who want a budget sports car which packs a ton of performance under its sleeves. but if you want something which looks unique then the NSX is a great choice.

2017 Acura NSX hybrid Final Verdict

The NSX is really a great sports car. It looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. It comes with a great engine and has some serious performance figures. Being a hybrid car, the NSX also offers good fuel economy. The driving dynamics of the car are best in the business and thus makes the NSX a fun to drive car. The NSX was always touted as the sports car that can be a daily driver, the 2017 NSX makes no exception and treads on this very line.

With the NSX, you get some great styling, a refined engine, and amazing performance. You also get some advanced tech and gizmos with the NSX. The radical design is the plus point of the car and gives the car an excellent street presence. All these factors add up to make the 2017 NSX a car to have in the garage.