1991 Acura NSX: A Padded Helping Hand
March 20, 2012
Getting out of a low-slung car like the Acura NSX can be difficult. Getting out of one when you're 6-foot-3 is double difficult. And I'd imagine you could make that triple difficult if you were also old and/or creaky in some way.
Thanks be to Acura then for providing this long piece of leather-covered padding on the NSX's door sill. It makes it easier for me to push myself up and out of the car with some degree of grace rather than pressing against a normal door sill that's hard and most likely dirty. Exiting the car in this way also limits the amount of rubbing against the already-worn seat bolsters (not to mention the chances of you pulling a core muscle).
I also use it when getting into the car. Rather than roughly plopping myself down and once again scarring those bolsters, I sit laterally in the seat and use the pad to swing myself in. Easy, graceful, comfortable.
It's a nice detail and I wish other carmakers would have copied it in the past 20 years. Though some provide a bid of padding, none go so far as the thoughtful NSX.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 52,834 miles