Honda NSX (2016 – 2022) Review

Honda NSX (2016 – 2022) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Honda NSX is a supercar with a difference, successfully blending excitement with comfort and usability, plus an unusual hybrid powertrain.

+Space-age looks. Strong performance. EV mode offers brief silent running.

-Expensive. Not as thrilling to drive as some rivals. Cramped cabin.

This version of the Honda NSX marked the second chapter in the Japanese brand’s attempt to take on the supercar establishment, rivalling models such as the Audi R8 and outstanding McLaren 570. While Honda is not generally regarded as being a big player in this segment, it does have some history, with the original 1990 Honda NSX regarded as an impressive, if somewhat flawed, supercar contender. Read on for our Honda NSX review.

Just as with the original Honda NSX, the second-generation version goes somewhat against the established template for a supercar.

Although mid-engined and turbocharged like many of its rivals, it comes as standard with four-wheel drive and its 3.5-litre V6 is a hybrid, with twin electric motors in the front and one at the rear. 

Fitted with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, the Honda NSX offers a variety of driving modes that change how the hybrid system operates, allowing it to switch from a calm cruiser in the city to the full supercar experience when conditions permit.

It even offers the ability to drive in pure electric mode, although due to the size of the battery and the overall weight, this is only available for limited periods.

The combination of electric power and the turbocharged petrol engine means the Honda NSX can deliver 581PS, enough to propel it to 62mph from rest in under three seconds and past 190mph.

With the security of four-wheel drive, too, it means that performance can be used with more confidence in tricky conditions.

In addition, the front-mounted electric motors offer a torque vectoring function, altering the amount of power distributed to the front wheels in order to help it turn tightly into bends.

Elsewhere, the Honda NSX offers more conventional supercar attributes. The mid-engined layout means space is at a premium, both for passengers and luggage. There are just two seats available, and headroom is not ideal for those over six feet tall thanks to a rather high driving position.

Luggage space is limited to 110 litres under the tailgate, and much of this area is taken up by the engine.

The interior is also something of a disappointment given the price tag and what is on offer from the competition.

Although some of the materials are high-quality, others feel below par, and there are several generic Honda controls that seem a little out of place.

The infotainment system also feels a little outdated, as it is shared with other Honda cars, and can be fiddly to use when on the move.

To drive, the Honda NSX is remarkably unintimidating given the performance available. Left in Comfort drive mode, it will run on electric power whenever possible, and the comparatively light steering and smooth automatic gearbox make it surprisingly easy to drive.

Accessing the performance is just a squeeze of the accelerator away, but to get the most out of the Honda NSX’s performance it makes sense to switch into Sport+ or Track mode.

This firms up the suspension, steering and response from the engine and gearbox, as well as allowing you to hear more of the engine.