2019 Ford GT vs. 2019 Acura NSX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the GT and the NSX 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.

Warranty

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

There are over 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT’s warranty.

Reliability

The GT has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The NSX doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th.

Engine

The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 74 more horsepower (647 vs. 573) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 476) than the NSX’s 3.5 turbo V6 hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford GT is faster than the Acura NSX:

 

GT

NSX

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

4.4 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.2 sec

7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.3 sec

2.5 sec

Quarter Mile

10.8 sec

11.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

134 MPH

126 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the NSX:

 

GT

NSX

NSX

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14.5 inches

15 inches

The GT has standard air brakes, which adjust the rear spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The NSX doesn’t offer air brakes.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the GT has larger rear tires than the NSX (325/30R20 vs. 305/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch front wheels are available on the NSX.

Suspension and Handling

The GT has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The NSX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the NSX (106.7 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GT is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the NSX.

The GT handles at 1.11 G’s, while the NSX pulls only 1.03 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the NSX (22.7 seconds @ .97 average G’s vs. 23.2 seconds @ .92 average G’s).

Chassis

The Ford GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Acura NSX.

The GT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The NSX doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

The GT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The NSX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The GT’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The NSX’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations

The GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The NSX hasn’t been picked since 2017.

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