2018 Acura NSX Review
Which NSX does Edmunds recommend?
The NSX is at its most convincing when you keep the options to a minimum. Most of them are dress-up items and don't influence the way the car goes anyway. OK, the carbon-ceramic brakes save some weight, but they're quite expensive, and the numerous carbon-fiber trim packages are cosmetic only. Tick the box for the Technology package for its navigation, parking sensors and connectivity. Finally, for those looking to maximize resale value, consider opting for one of the two premium Pearl paints.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Accessible handling for both novice and experienced drivers
- Comfortable ride and great forward visibility
- Hybrid drivetrain provides strong acceleration and high fuel economy
- Doesn't evoke much emotion
- Cramped, hot cargo area
- Paltry in-cabin storage
- Infotainment system is clunky and outdated
|Overall||6.9 / 10|
The breadth of performance capability in the NSX is nothing short of astounding. But in this class it's not just about capability; it's also about the way it does what it does. What the Acura lacks in flair for the dramatic it nearly makes up for in technical sophistication and overall competency.
The NSX strikes a rare balance between epic performance and passenger comfort over long distances. However, the climate controls look out of place, and the piped-in engine noise grows tiresome on long drives.
For a car as clever as the NSX, its uninspired hand-me-down (or is it pass-me-up?) touchscreen interface pilfered from a Honda Civic seems a missed opportunity. While the driving position and the view out are excellent, a major part of the car's usability doesn't seem up to par.
It might seem unfair to expect a supercar to have much, if any, real cargo capacity, but most of Acura's rivals offer enough cargo room and small-item storage for a weekend trip for two people. The NSX lacks any real interior storage, and the trunk is heavily compromised by excessive engine heat.
With the rest of the NSX so intriguing and clever, having what amounts to the same infotainment system from a Civic is unacceptable. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, but even the excellent ELS audio system cannot rescue the parts-bin interface.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the NSX models:
- 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.