Honda NSX (2016-2022) reliability & safety rating
There’s very little data with which to judge the Honda NSX's reliability, but it should be good in the long-term
It’s difficult to judge the reliability of the NSX, but Honda’s strong reputation in this area isn’t without reason and it has a lot of experience with hybrids, so it stands to reason that the NSX should be one of the more reliable sports cars. Safety-wise, it's a shame that some key driver aids aren’t available.
Honda NSX reliability & problems
There’s very little data with which to judge the NSX’s reliability, specifically, but Honda has a great reputation for reliability. The brand was rated an impressive third overall for customer satisfaction in the 2018 Driver Power survey, and the Honda CR-V was ranked in the top 10 most reliable car. So this should be one of the safer bets in the sports-car class when it comes to reliability. Honda's strong showing continued in the 2020 edition of Driver Power, where it was ranked seventh out of 30 brands.
The NSX hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but that’s simply because its low production numbers. Ultimately, the NSX should be one of the safest sports cars going, thanks in part to its grippy handling and powerful brakes. Safety kit is adequate – there are airbags, a rollover sensor and effective traction control – but the NSX is missing some key driver aids. Lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking aren’t available at all, while front and rear parking sensors are an expensive option.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe now-discontinued second-generation NSX was great fun and savagely rapid, but not any more efficient than a non-hybrid supercar
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Honda NSX’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions are a bit disappointing given the presence of hybrid technology
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Honda NSX should cost much the same to run as most other cars capable of equivalent performance
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Honda NSX is great fun to drive, but it's not quite as delicate and playful as the best rear-wheel-drive alternatives
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Honda’s impressive design flair is as evident inside the car as it is on the outside
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Honda NSX is good enough to be a daily driver if you travel light, but a Porsche 911 is a lot better still
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThere’s very little data with which to judge the Honda NSX's reliability, but it should be good in the long-term