2019 Acura NSX vs. 2019 Ford GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The NSX has standard front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The GT doesn't offer side-impact airbags or side airbag protection for the head.

The NSX has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GT doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the NSX and the GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Acura NSX weighs 449 pounds more than the Ford GT. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


The NSX comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The GT’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the NSX 3 years longer than Ford covers the GT. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the GT ends after only 3 years.


From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Acura 5 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the NSX gets better fuel mileage than the GT (21 city/22 hwy vs. 11 city/18 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the NSX’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the NSX’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The GT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission and Drivetrain

A nine-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Acura NSX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the GT.

All wheel drive, available in the NSX, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Ford GT is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

The NSX stops shorter than the GT:





70 to 0 MPH

142 feet

145 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The NSX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The GT doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the NSX uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the GT, which uses torsion bars in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The NSX has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The GT doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The NSX’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (42% to 58%) than the GT’s (40.7% to 59.3%). This gives the NSX more stable handling and braking.


The NSX is 11.5 inches shorter than the GT, making the NSX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the NSX is quieter than the GT:




At idle

32 dB

63 dB


85 dB

100 dB

70 MPH Cruising

74 dB

85 dB

Passenger Space

The NSX has 2.6 inches more front headroom, 9.4 inches more front hip room and 8.9 inches more front shoulder room than the GT.

Cargo Capacity

The NSX has a much larger trunk than the GT (4.4 vs. .4 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the NSX. The GT doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The NSX uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The GT uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

A Maintenance Minder is standard on the NSX to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and transmission fluid replacement based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Ford doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the GT.


When two different drivers share the NSX, the standard memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The GT doesn’t offer a memory system.

The NSX’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GT doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the NSX the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the GT can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The NSX has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The GT doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the NSX is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The GT’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The NSX’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GT doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The NSX has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the GT.

The NSX’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The GT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.


The Acura NSX outsold the Ford GT by 35% during 2018.

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