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2020 Acura NSX Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 4, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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The world have seen a large number of legendary cars and one of them is the NSX which was previously launched under the Honda brand line. But, as Honda now has a separate brand for the luxury segment of cars. They launched the NSX under the Acura name this time, to place the legendary name in a more luxurious representation. Acura has been known for bringing some of the most durable and well-built Cars in the market. However, with the 1st Gen New Sportscar experimental project in the early 90’s, Acura showed the world that they can dish out some really amazing Sports cars as well. First designed with inputs from the Legendary Ayrton Senna, the NSX paved way for the next generation of sports cars around the world.

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Pros

Impeccable Handling

Breathtaking Acceleration

Amazing High Speed Stability

Loaded with Tech on the Inside

Decent Gas Mileage compared to rivals

Cons

Interiors feel claustrophobic

Infotainment System lacks Intuitiveness

What's New?

Berlina Black and Indy Yellow Pearl Color Scheme


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$157500

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

191 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

573 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

406 lbs.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

9 speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Monocoque

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.2/63.7

dimensions

wheelbase

103.5 in.

length

176 in.

width

73.3 in.

height

47.8 in.

curb weight

3878 lbs.

ground clearance

3.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

44 cu ft.

cargo volume

4.4 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/21/22 mpg

ev range

327.6 mi.

highway range

343.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Acura NSX in 130R White color  2020 Acura NSX in Berlina Black color  2020 Acura NSX in Casino White Pearl color  2020 Acura NSX in Curva Red color  2020 Acura NSX in Nouvelle Blue Pearl color  2020 Acura NSX in Source Silver Metallic color
130R White

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

4.0

Exterior

9.9

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Acura NSX Base

Base

power
573 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$157,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM) Starting at $157,500 MSRP (21/21/22) 573 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5L, V-6, premium unleaded
9-speed automated manual all wheel drive 2

Expert Review

6.8

Overall Rating


The NSX will set you back by at least $159,000 and comes powered by a Hybrid Powertrain that puts out a combined output of 573hp and 476lbs.-ft. of torque. The Rivals have evolved over time and the current crops of the rivals include the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Porsche 911 Turbo, Jaguar F-Type SVR and the Nissan GTR Track edition. However, with the new price tag, the new NSX is not as stimulating as the rivals. Along with capability, a sense of occasion is also important. And the Lamborghini Huracan with its screaming V10 is surely more dramatic. Similarly, the R8 and the Nissan GTR seem more practical even though you are not looking for practicality.

2020 Acura NSX Coupe Front View
2020 Acura NSX Coupe Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

4.0/10
Interior

 

9.9/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Acura NSX Features

7.0/10

The 2020 NSX doesn’t come in multiple trim and users have to do with just the 1 trim on offer. Customers however can customize the NSX to a variety of levels, depending on their choices and preferences. 

Trim Acura NSX
MSRP $159,300
Features Flush Mounted Auto Pop Out Door Handles
  LED Taillights and LED Headlights with LED DRL’s
  Remote Keyless Smart Entry System
  Body Colored Power Heated with Reverse Auto Tilt Down ORVM with LED Turn Indicators and Memory
  Push Button Start and Cruise Control 
  4 Way Power adjustable and 2 position Heated Seats with perforated leather
  7” Touchscreen Audio System with ELS Studio Audio, 9 speakers with Subwoofer
  Bluetooth, MP3, AUX Input and USB Connectivity 
  Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Acura Satellite Linked Navigation with Voice
  Siri Eyes Free, SiriusXM and HD Radio, Pandora Compatibility, Acura Connected 
  Digital Speedometer and Tachometer with Compass

Trim to Choose

The NSX is just available in only one trim so there is no confusion to choose between trims. Although, customers can choose to customize their NSX in multiple ways. 

2020 Acura NSX Engine and Performance

9.9/10

While the old NSX was all about the mechanical feel, the new NSX feels generations ahead, in terms of the tech used. As now the Engine inside the NSX is a sophisticated unit way different from the tuner friendly motor in the previous generation of NSX. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, churns out 500hp alone and mated to that comes 3 Electric motors providing you have a healthy 573 horses on tap and 476lbs.-ft. Of torque. Maintaining the weight distribution, the Electric Motor has been mounted to the gasoline engine. While the turbo is tuned to maintain a boost pressure of 1.05 bar, a lightning fast 9-speed Dual Clutch Automatic adds fun points to the legendary NSX name. Along with the Limited Slip Differential which sits in the rear while the front comprises of the Li-Ion battery pack with 2 motors that powers the front wheels. The other two 36 hp electric motors are mounted on the front axle to make this an All-Wheel Drive supercar.

The Direct drive motor uses an extra torque of combustion engine to recharge the battery pack and the Twin Motor Units harnesses electricity when you brake to keep the battery pack juiced up.

Models

Acura NSX AWD

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD*

Porsche 911 Turbo RWD*

Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD*

Nissan GTR Track Edition AWD*

MSRP

$159,300

$132,095

$161,800

$123,745

$130,235

Engine

3.5L Twin Turbo V-6

6.2L Supercharged V8

Twin Turbo Boxer 6

5.0L Supercharged V8

3.8L Twin Turbo V6

Transmission

9-Speed Dual-Clutch

7-Speed Manual

7 Speed PDK

8 Speed Automatic

6 speed Dual Clutch 

Power(hp.)

573@6500rpm

755@6300rpm

540@6400rpm

575@6500rpm

565@6800rpm

Torque(lbs.-ft.)

476@2000rpm

715@4400rpm

486@1950rpm

516@3500rpm

467@3300rpm

Talking of the rivals, the C7 Corvette vanishes the competition with its power figures. While all the other cars in this segment showcase almost identical power figures. The NSX is on the pricier side of the lot by a hefty margin.

Acceleration

Words can’t do justice to the kind of acceleration that the NSX offers. Step on the gas and you will be shoved back into your seats, courtesy of the brutal pull from the hybrid powertrain. Despite being a comparatively bulky car, the NSX manages to do the 60mph sprint in under 3 seconds and there is enough grunt from the motor, at all times. That puts it into the coveted sub 3 seconds club and Acura NSX launch control makes posting that number easy. This car always feels eager to exit the corners at max speed while maintaining confidence.

2020 Acura NSX Coupe covers 0-60 in just 2.7 sec.

Models

Acura NSX AWD

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD*

Porsche 911 Turbo RWD*

Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD*

Nissan GTR Track Edition AWD*

0-60 MPH

2.7 seconds

2.9 seconds

2.9 seconds

3.5 seconds

2.7 seconds

Quarter mile

11.2 seconds

10.94 seconds

N/A

11.8 seconds

11.5seconds

Engine

3.5L Twin Turbo V-6

6.2L Supercharged V8

Twin Turbo Boxer 6

5.0L Supercharged V8

3.8L Twin Turbo V6

Emission 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Talking numbers, the Nissan GT-R Track edition matches the NSX in terms of the acceleration while the 5.0L Jaguar comes out to be the slowest of the lot. The Porsche and the Corvette, also manages to put down under 3 second time for the sprint.

Ride and Handling

The Acura NSX satisfies some fundamental requirements of a good handling car. First is the low center of gravity and weight distribution. New changes are in the form of the better Continental Sport Contact Tires, stiffer stabilizer bars, tighter wound suspension and harder toe-link bushings. The engine uses dry sump lubrication and hence can be buried deep within the chassis low to the ground. This helped in handling getting even better than last year because of the same. This along with low mounted heavy components like the battery pack help it achieve an extremely low center of gravity. The reworked suspension and better tuned driving mode settings makes sure the passengers won’t feel tired even on long ride.

2020 Acura NSX Coupe's Front View

Handling is the true trump card of the NSX and the Acura SH-AWD actively helps in hugging corners better. It makes use of the aforementioned Twin-Motor Unit. While diving into the corner, the inside front wheel is braked harder than the outer wheel to pull the car into the corner. The Grip levels and the confidence that the NSX offers ranks among the best in the entire industry. Similarly, while powering out, the system delivers more torque to the outer wheel through the twin motor unit to ensure tighter turning.

Braking

The NSX delivers excellent brake pedal response even with the regenerative braking in action showcasing a true example of modern engineering. And it stops within an impressive 103 feet in a panic braking situation despite weighing 3800 pounds – a result of all the added hybrid hardware the brake responses are controlled by electronics. You can even option the carbon ceramic brakes if you plan to use Your NSX on track days.

Model

Acura NSX AWD

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD*

Porsche 911 Turbo RWD*

Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD*

Nissan GTR Track Edition AWD*

Brake Front(in)

14.5 

15.5

14.96

14.9

15.4

Brake Rear(in)

14.2 

15.3 

14.96

14.8

15.0

Curb weight(lbs)

3878

3584

3517

3759

3915

60-0 MPH (ft.)

103

88

96

N/A

N/A

Even though the NSX delivers excellent brake pedal response despite the regenerative braking in action. It still loses to most of the cars in the brake distance test. Stopping within an 103 feet distance in a panic braking situation. Opting for the carbon ceramic brakes will surely decrease this distance and might place the NSX on the top.

2020 Acura NSX Fuel Economy

4.0/10

While a normal hybrid car is tuned for maximum efficiency, Acura has tactfully placed in a Hybrid Motor in the Acura for extracting both MPG figures and superb performance. Helping in getting better mileage is the use of Regen Braking and Electric Motor which maximizes performance and reduces gas consumption while promoting its effective usage.

Model

Acura NSX AWD

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD*

Porsche 911 Turbo RWD*

Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD*

Nissan GTR Track Edition AWD*

MPG (city)

21

13

16

16

16

MPG (highway)

22

19

22

24

22

MPG (combined)

21

15

18.7

18

18

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

- - - - -

Range (City/Hwy)

- - - - -

The NSX manages to put out an impressive 21 mpg in the city and 22mpg while you take it on the highway. This comes down to a combined 21mpg figure. That’s considerably better than the competitors in terms of city efficiency, while the highway figures are similar across the rivals. 

2020 Acura NSX Interior

4.0/10

Like a thoroughbred race car, you drop low into the seat in the NSX. Once the doors are closed, the cabin ambiance becomes focused onto performance with a large rev counter, sporty steering and large pedal shifters urging you to just floor it. The outside view is exceptional. That is a result of the incredibly skinny A-pillars by utilizing the world first 3D built, Ultra high strength steel in the A-pillar. The seats are remarkably cushy and comfortable for long distance driving.

2020 Acura NSX Coupe's Front Seats

Model

Acura NSX AWD

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD*

Porsche 911 Turbo RWD*

Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD*

Nissan GTR Track Edition AWD*

Passenger capacity

2

2

4

2

4

Passenger Volume(ft cube)

44

50

79

-

 

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.3/57.7/42.9

37.9/55.2/43.0

N/A

37/56.5/43

38.1/54.3/44.6

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

-

-

N/A

-

33.5/50.0/26.4

We are not big fans of the amount of space on offer on the inside of the NSX but still the first generation was never designed to give a spacious feel. As the rivals feel a little more spacious than the NSX and tend to offer a bit more airy feel, courtesy of their big windscreens and windows. The NSX still manages to be compact inside which we think should have been taken care of. 

Cargo Capacity

While the original Honda NSX was known for its immense usability. Sadly, that is not the case with the new NSX. As the NSX is a two door sports car, you can never expect to find a lot of space to store cargo and carry bags. With a 4.4 cubic feet trunk just behind the see-through engine cover and that’s about it. While the front trunk is occupied by the Twin-Motor Unit there is practicality lacking a lot with the NSX. Even the existing trunk gets hot due to close proximity to the V6 and poor insulation.

Model

Acura NSX AWD

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD*

Porsche 911 Turbo RWD*

Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD*

Nissan GTR Track Edition AWD*

Trunk Volume : ft³

4.4

15

4.4

14.4

8.8

Infotainment System and Interior Features

First impressions are good by the 7-inch touchscreen in the NSX while it is the same unit from the Honda Civic. On top of that, the interface is unintuitive and there are no redundant buttons. You still can get a 9-speaker ELS Studio audio system replacing the standard eight-speaker audio system. You get all the features that you can find in the top of the line ILX or any other high end Acura, inside the NSX and will appreciate the same. Following are some of the highlights inside the 2020 NSX

  • Cruise Control 
  • Dual Zone Auto AC
  • Frame-less Auto-Dimming RVM with Home Link Remote
  • Heated and Perforated Seats
  • 7” WVGA Touchscreen Infotainment System with ELS Studio and 9 Speakers including Subwoofer and Sat NAV with Voice Recognition
  • Bluetooth, MP3, USB, AUX connectivity
  • Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free
  • Dynamic TFT Gauge Cluster with TFT Screens for Tachometer and Speedometer
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2020 Acura NSX Exterior

9.9/10

The NSX is a compilation of the best parts of the best supercars that have surfaced in the Industry till date, while looking as exotic as its price suggests. The Exteriors look radical from all angles and the low slung look gives an appearance like its ready to slice through the atmosphere. While the curves of the NSX will remind you of Supercars from the past. The front mounted air intake adds downforce by sucking in the air for the twin turbo V6. The Forged Aluminum Wheels have staggered fitment with 19-inch at front and 20-inch at the rear. Also you can use the carbon fibre options provided as optional for the NSX to reduce the weight as well as performance enhancement.

2020 Acura NSX Coupe's 3 Quarter View

Model

Acura NSX AWD

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 RWD*

Porsche 911 Turbo RWD*

Jaguar F-Type SVR AWD*

Nissan GTR Track Edition AWD*

curb weight(lbs)

3878

3584

3517

3759

3915

Length(in)

176.1

177.9

177.4

176.2

185.4

Width(in)

87.3

77.4

74.0

74.2

74.6

Height(in)

47.8

48.6

51.1

51.6

53.9

Ground clearance(in)

3.7

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A 

Wheelbase(in)

103.5

106.7

96.5

103.2

109.4

The NSX comes out the second heaviest of the lot. Also it is the widest car out of the rivals. Other ratios remain almost the same across the competition with the GTR weighing the heaviest and longest too.

Exterior Features

Apart from looking sexy, there are a lot of features on the outside of the NSX that will keep onlookers hooked to the NSX, as it passes by them. Some of the best features include

  • Auto On/Off LED Headlights
  • Composite Material made Body Panels
  • Body Colored Power Heated ORVM’s with LED Turn Signals and Memory Function
  • Remote Keyless Smart Entry System
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • LED Brake Lights
  • Cap less fuel filter
  • Flush Mounted Automatic Power pop out door handles
2020 acura nsx coupe exterior
2020 acura nsx coupe exterior
2020 acura nsx coupe exterior
2020 acura nsx coupe exterior
2020 acura nsx coupe exterior
2020 acura nsx coupe exterior

2020 Acura NSX Safety

Offering a decent list of safety features the Acura NSX gets the usual suspects like Traction Control, Brake Assist, ABS, EBD and the other but alongside these, you also get some more. We would have expected some more features as the competition offers them but we do expect Honda, to step up the game in the future. No official safety ratings are available by the IIHS or the NHTSA. We still have to wait for exact test results describing how the NSX performs when tested for safety. 

These are few of the highlights in terms of Safety inside the Acura

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • TPMS with location and pressure indicators
  • Front, Side, Driver’s Knee, Side Curtain Airbags
  • Tether for Child on passenger seats
  • Corner and Backup sensors
  • Driver and Passenger Side Seatbelt Reminder
  • Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners

2020 Acura NSX Competition

Acura NSX vs. Jaguar F-Type SVR

The F-Type from jaguar, has been the flag bearer for the marquee brand since it’s launch and also been the benchmark of Jaguar’s of the future. offering legacy, performance, great handling along with features the F-Type scores well. But, it still isn’t as frugal or as well built or put together as its Japanese counterpart. The NSX main USP is the legendary name it bears. Also, drives like a proper supercar on the Track as well as on the roads. the NSX will leave you satisfie, every time you drive it. leaving aside some of the Luxuries that you see in the Jag.

2020  Jaguar F-Type SVR

Acura NSX vs. Nissan GT-R Track Edition

The Nissan GT-R R35 is now nearing the end of its lifespan. However, the Godzilla still packs a menacing turbo V6 and prodigious traction with All-Wheel Drive. The GT-R Track edition sharpens the already Potent GT-R, which is considered as the biggest threat to the European Sports Cars. The GT-R offers an exhilarating driving experience when you are in the mood. Unfortunately, when you are not in the mood, the GT-R remains vocal and can get tiring. The NSX offers more refined everyday drive but costs almost $50,000 more. Even if compared in handling the NSX is as good as the GT-R but it asks a premium of over 20K over the GT-R 

2020 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Acura NSX vs. Porsche 911 Turbo

The 911 Turbo is a legendary German car. With the new Turbo, the 911 makes 540 horses and is 33 horses deficient to the NSX. Porsche is offering both performance and handling and it still continues to be the best Driver’s car in a more powerful avatar. Both the Acura NSX and the Porsche 911 Turbo have similar acceleration timings. The Porsche has slightly better braking stats. The NSX on the other hand can be used in both the cities and the tracks and the best part being it’s Hybrid powertrain, making it future ready. The Porsche 911 Turbo is the driving benchmark in the World in terms of the best driver’s car.

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

 

2020 Acura NSX Final Verdict

The 2018 Acura NSX may be a successor to the original 1990 NSX but it bears little resemblance to the old one. The New NSX is fast, handles like a Japanese Ninja, is frugal, comes loaded with features and will turn heads, wherever you take it to. It’s teeming with electric motors and computers. But, when you look at the $157,500 asking price, you will feel like Acura is asking a hefty premium over its rivals. However, this time, instead of talking about numbers like fuel efficiency and emissions, these electric motors and microcontrollers are engineered to intoxicate your soul with performance. However, with the new lot of budget sports cars available across the market, we feel that Acura should have offered something extra with the NSX.