2018 Acura NSX
- Accessible handling for both novice and experienced drivers
- Comfortable ride and great forward visibility
- Hybrid drivetrain provides strong acceleration and high fuel economy
- Infotainment system is clunky and outdated
- Paltry in-cabin storage
- Cramped, hot cargo area
- Doesn't evoke much emotion
2018 Acura NSX pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which NSX does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
The 2018 Acura NSX is an all-wheel-drive, mid-engine hybrid supercar that sits at the top of Acura's product range. It's a formidable technical achievement and a potent performer but is flawed in a few ways, and we think it could benefit from a dose of emotion.
The 2018 NSX's power starts with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and a nine-speed transmission that are purpose-designed and -built for the NSX. On top of that, there are three electric motors: one to assist the engine and two at the front axle to provide traction and to influence its handling. Meanwhile, its chassis is a mix of aluminum and steel, and it has magnetorheological variable dampers all around.
The NSX's advanced design makes for an exotic sports car that is easy to drive quickly every day. Forget that it will hit 60 mph in about 3 seconds and get the fuel economy of what an Acura TL used to get back in the 1990s. Its organic driving experience in the face of enormous complexity is probably the most striking accomplishment of the NSX.
And yet, as sophisticated as it is, the NSX lacks a sense of occasion. Its V6 doesn't have a particularly exotic sound to it, its cabin borrows elements from Hondas in the $20,000 range, and the car's styling, while safe and well-proportioned, does not invite you to linger or admire. Meanwhile, its extensive hardware is totally concealed. That the NSX has a Quiet mode but not a Loud mode speaks volumes.
The NSX has personality but not attitude. It's a supercar without swagger.
Trim levels & features
Unlike some of its competition, the 2018 Acura NSX is available only as a two-door, two-seat coupe in a single performance specification. There are no other body styles or trim levels. It comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, a nine-speed transmission, and a trio of electric motors that continually monitor and optimize the NSX's traction.
The V6 powers the rear wheels alone, and each front wheel has its own electric motor. This lets the car's onboard computers carefully accelerate or decelerate each wheel to keep the NSX on course during high-performance driving. A third electric motor pairs with the V6 engine in common hybrid-electric fashion, adding torque at low speeds and enabling very smooth engine starts. The combination of gasoline V6 and electric motors generates 573 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque.
Standard equipment includes LED headlights, adaptive suspension dampers (magnetorheological), 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather and simulated suede upholstery, manually adjustable seats with heating, an eight-speaker sound system with two USB inputs, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and the AcuraLink smartphone connectivity system.
There are a few features that are optional. Its main optional package is the Technology package, which gets you a navigation system, parking sensors, and a nine-speaker premium ELS sound system with satellite radio. A couple of packages that outfit the NSX with extra exterior and interior carbon-fiber trim are also available.
Stand-alone options include carbon-ceramic brakes, upgraded performance summer tires, premium paint hues, a long list of cosmetic carbon-fiber components (roof panel, interior trim, engine cover, rear spoiler), a different style of wheels, power seats in two leather choices, and a simulated-suede headliner.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use2
Getting in/getting out3.5
Audio & navigation1
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite NSX safety features:
- Vehicle Stability Assist
- Influences the car's willingness to slide in varying degrees selectable by the driver.
- Brake Assist
- Supplies additional braking pressure during a panic stop.
- Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
- Provides three different views (rear, top and wide) of the car to aid reversing and parking.
Last year, Acura returned to the mid-engine supercar fold with an all-new NSX for the first time in 12 years. While the original version of the car was fairly elemental, though sensationally executed, the new NSX dispenses with tradition in favor of advanced technology.
That means all-wheel drive, a 500-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, a nine-speed transmission, and a trio of electric motors that continually monitor and optimize the NSX's traction. The V6 powers the rear wheels alone, and each front wheel has its own electric motor. This setup lets the car's onboard computers carefully accelerate or decelerate each wheel to keep the NSX on course during high-performance driving.
A third electric motor pairs with the V6 engine in common hybrid-electric fashion, adding torque at low speeds and enabling seamless engine starts. The combination of gasoline V6 and electric motors generates 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque.
Like the original NSX, the new model relies on steel and aluminum construction and mostly eschews the lighter, stiffer carbon fiber that helps reduce the weight of premium sports cars. Its heavy electric motors and batteries push the NSX's weight up to 3,803 pounds.
Inside the NSX cabin are two comfortable seats mounted low to the floor, adding some challenge to the act of entry and exit. The car is fitted with plush leather upholstery, but any luxury pretenses are undermined by off-the-shelf Acura switchgear. The steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, for example, are made with plastic that looks and feels cheap instead of aluminum or magnesium more common to this class of car.
Thanks to its mid-engine layout, the cowl is low, contributing to excellent forward visibility. This is certainly helpful when piloting the NSX at the speeds it easily achieves.
Magnetically adjustable shock absorbers create a supple ride that is unexpectedly absorbent for a car of this performance caliber. The brakes, which use electronics to connect the pedal to the actual brakes, impart a feeling of absolute confidence, with none of the awkward action common to brakes in hybrid cars.
The hybrid electric components contribute to the NSX's outstanding performance numbers, including 0-60 mph acceleration in 3 seconds and EPA fuel efficiency of 21 mpg combined (21 city/22 highway).
That relatively thrifty hybrid-electric drivetrain and all-wheel-drive system add capability but also weight, eroding some of the visceral thrill that leads drivers to buy cars like the NSX. There's a nice bit of sound from the V6, however, especially when switching the NSX to Track mode. The Quiet mode will surely be appreciated by neighbors when it lets the NSX creep out of your garage on electric power alone in the wee hours, but the car's overall character is somewhat muted for a sports car of this class.
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2018 Acura NSX Overview
The 2018 Acura NSX is offered in the following submodels: NSX Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9AM).
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