2021 Acura NSX

MSRP range: $157,500
MSRP$159,495
Edmunds suggests you pay$159,495

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2021 Acura NSX video

KURT NIEBUHR: Back in 2017, I had a chance to drive the then-all-new Acura NSX, and I was surprised that I came away from the whole experience not really liking the car that much. Maybe that's because I've been privileged to spend a not inconsiderable amount of time in an older NSX. And those cars are just electric, like you want to drive them all the time. You look for any excuse you can to just get in the car and drive it. And I didn't really have that with the new NSX. Is it unfair to compare the two? Not if you name it the same thing. But there are other reasons why I didn't really gel with the new NSX. And most of them centered around the interior, the infotainment system, its head unit. There's no interior storage space. The trunk got hot, like Easy-Bake Oven hot. Have I mentioned its head unit? Yeah. That. And they were really expensive. All that seems kind of vague, I'm sure. And I think it's because I'm having a hard time putting it into words here. But I already have. I rated the car back in 2017. So let's just use those words here. Or here. Now, at the end of our exhaustive rating process, the Acura NSX scored a 6.9. To put that into context, its direct competitor, an Audi R8, that got 8.1. Even the BMW i8, a quasi-supercar hybrid, scored a 7.5. Now, that score might seem a little harsh. But those numbers are a result of our exhaustive rating process, and we stand by them. Acura has worked to solve some of these issues. They've improved the infotainment system. They've made the upgraded ELS audio system, navigation, and proximity sensors as standard equipment. They've even included heated power seats. But they've done work to the suspension and the electronics tuning, the stuff that's going to make the car more exciting and more fun to drive. There's a new rear sway bar, a new front sway bar. They've made the rear hubs stiffer. They've even worked with Continental, the tire supplier, to come up with a SportContact 6 as the base tire because not everybody is going to go for the option tire because they don't drive on a racetrack every single day. Speaking of racetracks, Acura claims this new NSX is two seconds a lap faster around Suzuka than the old one. Well, who cares? What's it like out here? Has Acura changed my mind about the NSX? So Acura has made improvements to the infotainment system. The graphics look a little bit modern. And it just-- it presents itself better than the last one. But the response times are still a little bit on the slow side. There's still a feeling of Honda-ness to the graphics. It's not bad, but it's your flagship and it should represent the best of the Acura brand. Now, that being said, Acura has a really good-looking infotainment system in their RDX, but it's not a touchscreen system. It's got that weird, little concave pad, which you don't want. But if they could make the screen a touchscreen, that would be fantastic. And that would then force them to redesign the rest of the center console, including the climate system, which is an issue. Being able to redesign the center console area would allow Acura to make all the climate control buttons physical. As it sits right now, it's about half and half. So you've got basic climate control settings here, like temperature and on and off and recirc. But you don't have other basic controls, like the fan speed. For that, you have to press the climate control button and then select your fan speed or the way you want the air blowing on you. And then you have to push the climate control button, and it goes back. It should be all one or all the other. Having it split like this is not good. This would be great to redesign, which means they could do something about this mode selector. Let's talk about the mode selector for a second. Why is it so big? Why is it this big? What they should do is take this and put it where Porsche puts it or where a Lamborghini puts it or Audi puts it. Put it on the steering wheel right in here, right down here where you're not going to hit it. That frees this whole area up for a more efficient use of space. And now we can talk about the transmission selector. I know how this works. I can figure it out, and it's not a pain in the butt. But it's not efficient. It's not. And there's very limited cargo space inside the car as it is. So if they shrank this, they put a little gear selector knob, just something like maybe the new 911-style thing-- it's that big-- that opens it up for more cell phone capacity, more sunglasses capacity. This car has a cup holder, but it's in the glove compartment. And you have to take it out of the glove compartment and put it here to use it. Your passenger might not like that. Unfortunately, Acura really hasn't made any improvements with regards to interior storage. There still isn't a lot of place to put even a small, basic smartphone like this one. Just kind of got to wedge it into place. You can put your sunglasses, your wallet, maybe a garage door opener back here. But there's really no room. There aren't even pockets in the doors for a bottle of water. You can't put a jacket in here. You can barely put a laptop if you have passenger. And I know what you're saying. Well, you have a trunk. Like, why can't you just put stuff in the trunk? We're going to get to that. In the last NSX, the trunk got really hot, like Easy-Bake Oven hot. So I want to see if they improved that. So we're going to take this bag and put it in the trunk, and we're going to leave it there for the entire shoot. At the end of the shoot, we're going to take this digital thermometer and check the temperature of the bag. See if they fixed it. I know all this stuff sounds kind of silly, but if you're paying 200 large for a car, it shouldn't have any of these issues. Now let's go drive it. So driving fast is all about having feel. And I know that feel is very subjective. But if you have the feel, you can push, you can explore, and you can enjoy the speed. And that's why you buy a car like the NSX, is speed, right? The 2017 NSX-- well, it didn't feel like that. There's the quote. Of course, all the early reviews of the car in 2017 were positive. Everybody came back and said, oh, it's amazing, It's great, the traction, the confidence, everything. But all those people drove it on a racetrack, and they drove it on the optional Trofeo tires. But everything's fun on a racetrack and everything's going to be fun on Trofeo tires. You put good tires on a Honda Fit, it's fun on a racetrack. If you put good tires on an Acura ILX, it's fun on a racetrack. Now, to my knowledge, Edmunds was the first set of reviewers that drove the car on the normal tire-- you know, a tire that has to take into account stuff like water and lasting more than 5,000 miles. And in that situation, the tires and the car just really didn't work that well together. I'm not going to say it was slow. I mean, you could drive the car at 7/10, and 7/10 in this car is pretty quick. It's quicker than most anything you can find on the road. Except, you know, maybe in Los Angeles. But when you started to push and ask more out of the car, like you would an NSX, to try and get more out of that cool, electric front axle, that's when the NSX should start to distinguish itself from other cars on the road. And it really wasn't able to. Your crystal ball of performance started to get a little cloudy the faster you went, and you just didn't really have the faith or the feel to push it, at least not on a public road. Carlos Lago put it this way in his test notes when he tested the car back in 2017-- So, yeah, if you don't like it, you can take it up with Carlos. But he was right. The car was this weird combination of pushy and loose. You'd go into a corner and you'd feel the understeer. So you'd lift off a little bit, hoping to get a little bit of rotation, a little bit more grip on the front, and the electronics would cause the car to get loose. And you'd wind up having to countersteer just a little bit before the electronics came all the way in and shut down all the fun. Now, if you wanted to turn everything off, you could. But on a public road, that's taking some risks that I'm not really prepared to take. But I think that's where the NSX really needed to shine. Cars like the 911, cars like the R8 and even the AMG GT R-- they encourage you to push, and they work with you to help you go faster. The NSX from 2017 didn't work that way with you. Acura really needed to get this right. So let's put it into sport plus, turn the big knob, and see if they did. [ENGINE REVS] [LAUGHS] Oh! Yeah, this is way better than it used to be. Now, what Acura changed-- and the most important thing you can change are the tires. And Acura went to Continental, and they developed a new tire, the SportContact 6. And it sounds silly to say that just the same manufacturer, two different tires can transform a car, but immediately I can notice the change just from the tires. Other-- oh, yeah! Other changes they made-- the rear sway bar is different. The front is, as well. That helps keep the car-- there's just that much less body roll, which makes you feel better at these elevated speeds that we're traveling. Another change they made-- and this seems really minor-- but they stiffened the rear hubs by 6%. That's not a lot. It might not seem like a lot of stuff. But they also increased the stiffness of the trailing leg pushins. I think that's what they're called. All those are little, tiny changes, but they all have a knock-on effect to how much you trust the car, how the car makes you feel. And I feel much more confident in this car than I did in the last one. I want to drive fast. Oh, man. Acura also spent some time tuning the drive systems. They're kind of vague about that. But I'm going to guess that's a lot of electronic work. It's very subtle electronic work. But it's worked. In the earlier version of the NSX, that electric front axle with two electric motors seemed like it was a millisecond ahead of the mid-engined twin-turbo V6. You'd ask for some power, it seemed like the front reacted just a little bit quicker than the back. Not anymore. This seems-- the car is working in unison and-- oh, man. Sorry, I'm not looking at the camera because I'm, you know, driving. [ENGINE REVS] Yeah, they got it right. It's right. It's righter. Much righter. The feel through the front end is better. The throttle response somehow feels slightly better. Oh, it feels like a 911. The front feels light and fast. [SHIFTS GEARS] That sound. That intake hog. Yeah, everything is just better. Everything is better. But because we're in an NSX, we're also in a hybrid. So I'm going to turn the big knob and put us into quiet mode. And it's important to keep this part of the NSX's personality in mind. This is still a hybrid. This drives like a really nice Prius. The transition from electric drive to gasoline drive is so subtle, I find myself driving on the freeway not even realizing that it's switched over. It rides well. It's comfortable. It's still firm. You're not in a luxury car. There's not a lot of suspension travel. But it can be supple, and it rounds off bigger bumps. What the NSX was always capable of is transitioning from electric and fuel-efficient transportation to all-out, canyon-carving murderer. Acura has kept the easy-to-drive hybrid bit, and they've sharpened the ax of the canyon murderer. So it's better. Acura made the NSX better. And it's better to drive when it counts, when you're pushing it. That's the way this car should be. And because it's better, it's given me a new appreciation for all the really interesting tech that they've crammed into this little car. Think about it. It has three electric motors, two of which are on the front axle. Each front wheel gets its own electric motor. That's real torque vectoring. It has a mid-mounted V6 engine with two turbo chargers. It's brake by wire. It's a hybrid. And the seats are really genuinely comfortable. Now, its base price is 157,000 bucks. And that is spot-on for this car. But as you see the one parked right here, that's $194,000. Now, most of those options are cosmetic, but that still puts it in some pretty extreme territory. That's Audi R8 territory. That's upcoming Porsche Turbo territory. That's McLaren 570S territory. But the Acura NSX has one thing that those cars don't have, and that's all the technology that's in this. That technology, when performance is relatively similar across all of those cars, that can sway some buyers. Are you swayed? That's it, right? CREW: What about the bag in the trunk? KURT NIEBUHR: Oh, yeah. Hand me the thermometer. Yes, thank you. Let's go. Where's that? There we go. They fixed it. It's under 80 degrees. If you liked this video, make sure to visit Edmunds for more videos and for all your car shopping needs to help you find the perfect car for you.

Acura NSX Review: Pricing, Specs, Interior and More!

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Acura NSX, but since the 2021 Acura NSX is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Acura NSX a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 NSX both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.5 out of 10. You probably care about Acura NSX fuel economy, so it's important to know that the NSX gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the NSX has 3.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Acura NSX. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Acura NSX?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Acura NSX:

  • New Long Beach Blue paint color
  • Part of the second NSX generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Acura NSX reliable?

To determine whether the Acura NSX is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the NSX. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the NSX's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Acura NSX a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Acura NSX is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 NSX and gave it a 7.5 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 NSX is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Acura NSX?

The least-expensive 2021 Acura NSX is the 2021 Acura NSX 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $157,500.

Other versions include:

  • 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM) which starts at $157,500
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What are the different models of Acura NSX?

If you're interested in the Acura NSX, the next question is, which NSX model is right for you? NSX variants include 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM). For a full list of NSX models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Acura NSX

2021 Acura NSX Overview

The 2021 Acura NSX is offered in the following submodels: NSX Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM). The 2021 Acura NSX comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed automated manual. The 2021 Acura NSX comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Acura NSX?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Acura NSX and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 NSX.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Acura NSX and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 NSX featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Acura NSX?

2021 Acura NSX 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM)

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Acura NSX?

2021 Acura NSX 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM), 9-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
21 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/22 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG21
Transmission9-speed automated manual
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement3.5 L
Passenger Volume47.9 cu.ft.
Wheelbase103.5 in.
Length176.0 in.
WidthN/A
Height47.8 in.
Curb Weight3878 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Acura NSX?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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