2005 Acura NSX

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2005 Acura NSX Review

Continually reliable performance from an outdated, overpriced exotic.

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First introduced back in 1990, the Acura NSX is a well-established member of the Acura family. Yet, while much has changed in the world since this spirited sports coupe hit the roads, it has managed to stay more or less the same. In its 15 long years of life, it has not undergone a single major redesign. The only significant change this car has benefited from was an upgrade from a five-speed to a six-speed transmission in 1997, along with a boost in horsepower.

While the 2005 Acura NSX may be outdated in terms of design, it does manage to provide a reasonable level of power and performance. Its handling stands up well against any of its updated competitors, and its high-quality Honda construction will keep it free of the need for repairs much longer than many other sports cars. At the end of the day, however, it simply isn’t worth the investment, not unless buyers are singularly dedicated to its particular style. A number of more worthy options are available in the same price range, including the Porsche 911 and the Chevrolet Corvette. Besides, with the lack of upgrades over the years, buyers will be just as well off buying a slightly older model for a lower price and all the same features.

The Range

Body styles: sport coupe
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Acura NSX

What's New

The 2005 Acura NSX receives no significant changes.


The 2005 Acura NSX has the unmistakable appearance of an exotic sports car, with a distinct silhouette and bright exterior paint colors that are sure to turn heads. At the same time, its styling has a distinct 1980s feel, which gives the NSX a dated feel compared to its sleeker, modern rivals. Under the eye-catching paint job is a lightweight, aluminum unibody construction, which sits on 17-inch alloy wheels. Other standard exterior features include HID headlights, a front air dam, rear spoiler, power windows, interval wipers, power adjustable exterior mirrors, and a rear window defogger.


The 2005 NSX boasts a comfortable cabin with plenty of refinement and a touch of retro 1980s styling. The dashboard control layout is practical and easy to navigate. For a mid-engine sports car, it offers good visibility, and the targa top is easy to store away for a more open-air driving experience. A bright range of attractive interior colors are available, to give this spirited coupe even more personality. Its list of interior features and equipment includes cruise control, leather seats, and steering wheel, a tachometer, telescopic steering column, air-conditioning with automatic climate control, and multi-adjustable front seats. The stereo system includes a radio, cassette player, CD player and changer, and subwoofer. While it is the most expensive model in Acura’s 2005 lineup, the lack of equipment updates over the years leaves it lacking a number of more recent amenities provided by its competitors.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Acura NSX’s well-cut body houses a 3.2-liter, V-6 engine that is rated at 290 horsepower and 224 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered through a standard close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. An optional four-speed automatic transmission is also available, although it requires a downgrade to a 3.0-liter V-6 that drops the horsepower down to 252. The manual transmission allows for zero-to-60 mph acceleration in about five seconds with a maximum speed of 175 mph.

The 2005 Acura NSX is a beautifully poised, precise machine with good balance and reliable handling. This is an easy vehicle to drive with equal amounts power and grace. Braking and steering are both strong points for this performance coupe, which takes to corners with impressive control and enthusiasm. The only downfall is that the engine doesn’t produce as much horsepower as one might wish for in a car of this class. Considering the MDX’s high price point, this seems like a serious disadvantage.


The 2005 Acura NSX lacks some of the latest safety offerings including side airbags and a stability control system. On the other hand, it does offer both traction control and anti-lock brakes. Other standard safety equipment for all trim levels includes power windows and door locks, keyless entry, and a vehicle anti-theft system. It has not undergone safety testing by either the NHTSA or the IIHS, although it does have an overall reliable reputation.

EPA Fuel Economy

Acura NSX: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Outstanding handling
  • Good ergonomics
  • Reliable reputation

You Won't Like

  • A bit shaky at the highest speed limits
  • High cost-to-power ratio
  • Outdated cabin design

Sum Up

Continually reliable performance from an outdated, overpriced exotic.

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