Minor exterior and interior cosmetic changes
Technology package and power seats are now standard
Suspension tuning, tire and software updates to improve performance
Part of the second NSX generation introduced for 2017
The 2019 Acura NSX is one of the more technologically advanced sports cars out there. With its turbocharged V6 engine enhanced with no fewer than three electric motors, the NSX returns performance figures that rival the best in the class. It gets surprisingly good fuel economy, too. But as good as the NSX is, the overall experience leaves us somewhat flat.
You can certainly drive it exceedingly fast, but the NSX’s techno hardware conspires to diminish the car’s emotional appeal. Rivals from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche provide more thrill and theater. The NSX also comes up short inside the cabin. The infotainment interface is nearly identical to the one found in more plebeian Honda models, and interior storage is minimal. We expect a lot more from a sport coupe in this price range.
Certainly, the 2019 NSX accelerates and handles like few other cars on the road. But it’s just a little too capable and clever for its own good.
2019 Acura NSX configurations
The 2019 Acura NSX is available only as a two-seat, two-door 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 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 very smooth engine starts. The combination of gasoline V6 and electric motors generates 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque.
Standard equipment includes LED headlights, adaptive suspension dampers (magnetorheological), 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, keyless ignition and entry, parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather and simulated-suede upholstery, power-adjustable seats with heating, a nine-speaker premium ELS sound system with satellite radio and two USB inputs, a 7-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and the AcuraLink smartphone connectivity system.
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, lightweight manually adjustable sport seats (at no additional cost), premium leather upholstery and a simulated-suede headliner.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Acura NSX (turbo 3.5L V6 | 9-speed dual-clutch automatic | AWD hybrid).
Since this test was conducted in 2017, the current NSX has received some revisions, including revised suspension tunings, higher-performing standard tires and software updates to improve performance. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year’s NSX, however.