1991 Acura NSX: Spacious But Cramped
February 28, 2012
Remember when cars had low beltlines, slender pillars and lots of glass? Honda was particularly good at this in the late 80s and early 90s, and our 1991 Acura NSX leverages the concept to the extreme.
The cowl and dash are ultra-low, the A-pillars are skinny, the instrument panel is compact. And there's a ton of glass.
A tremendous sense of all-around visibility and space results from all this, which is good for driver confidence and control.
But for me, at least, this is somewhat spoiled by the lack of a telescopic steering wheel. I'm forced to slide the seat forward an inch or so more than I'd like and stand the seatback up a handful of degrees in order to reach the wheel with a decent bend in my arm. Side effects include: knees jammed up under the wheel; head and hair in close proximity to the headliner.
Telescopic wheels were far rarer in the early 90s than they are today. Heck, our 2012 Chevy Sonic has one.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing