Acura’s flagship isn’t a large sedan or even a decked-out full-size SUV; it’s the 2022 NSX Type S sports car, which utilizes a hybrid powertrain. A twin-turbo V-6 and three electric motors team up for blistering acceleration but the system also enables quiet electric-only driving. Other similarly-priced sports cars such as the McLaren 570S and the Mercedes-AMG GT offer sharper handling or more raw power, but the NSX is easier to live with on a day-to-day basis. Of course, there are some downsides, including the dated cabin and infotainment system; the NSX’s interior storage is also not generous.
What’s New for 2022?
The good news is the 2022 NSX will wear the vaunted Type S badge and come with a 600-hp version of the supercar’s twin-turbo V-6 hybrid powertrain. Standard. 2022 will be NSX’s last model year before it’s discontinued, and only 300 will be available for sale in the U.S. Along with the pumped-up powertrain, the 2022 model wears tweaked front-end styling and Type S badging.
Acura doesn’t separate the NSX lineup into trims, so there’s just a single model that you can customize to your liking. Acura hasn’t set a price for the new Type S model yet, nor do we have a detailed list of standard and optional features, but we’ll update this story with that information when we receive it.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
While it will certainly satiate your need for speed, the NSX can’t outpace some key rivals such as the Audi R8 or the McLaren 570S. In our testing, it still snapped off lightning-quick acceleration times and managed a 3.1-second run from zero to 60 mph with the 573-hp version of its hybrid powertrain. Its electric-only Quiet mode, however, gives it something its rivals don’t have: discretion. The NSX Type S’s 600-hp hybrid-electric powertrain combines a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 with three electric motors. The V-6, the nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and one of the electric motors work as a team to power the rear wheels. The other two electric motors operate independently to drive the front wheels, effectively giving the NSX all-wheel drive. In Quiet and Sport modes, the steering is direct and accurate but light to the touch, which we think is an attempt to make the NSX feel maneuverable on a day-to-day basis. Such a setup, however, feels out of place on such a performance-oriented vehicle. In Sport Plus and Track modes, the electric-power-steering system dials in more weight. Regardless of the setting, the steering is crisp, and the car responds smartly to the slightest of driver inputs.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Hybrid vehicles are more efficient in stop-and-go city traffic than their gasoline-only rivals, and the NSX is no different. An EPA rating of 21 mpg in the city. The Porsche 911 Carrera 4S matches the NSX’s 21-mpg rating in the city and the NSX on the highway with a 28-mpg rating; the NSX is rated for a 22 mpg highway. In our real-world highway fuel-economy test, the NSX delivered a decent 23 mpg. For more information about the NSX’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Touted as the everyday supercar, the NSX is certainly comfortable and intuitive enough for just about anyone to use as a daily driver. But its cabin doesn’t have the premium feel and luxurious amenities one expects from an Acura, let alone one that is meant to compete with the best from England and Germany. Our test car featured the optional leather-and-faux-suede seats, faux-suede headliner, and carbon-fiber-trimmed steering wheel. The bright red leather appealed to the younger among our staff, but some found it garish and juvenile. While the seats are comfortable, we’d prefer more thigh support, and enthusiastic drivers will likely desire more side bolstering as well. For something marketed as the everyday supercar, the NSX’s interior storage cubbies aren’t especially commodious. Its trunk is located right behind the engine, which might be problematic for hauling home your Häagen-Dazs. Plus, we managed to fit just one of our carry-on suitcases inside the tiny trunk.