2020 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 Acura NSX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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


There are over 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT-R’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.


The GT-R Track Edition/NIMSO’s standard 3.8 turbo V6 produces 27 more horsepower (600 vs. 573) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (481 vs. 476) than the NSX’s 3.5 turbo V6 hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan GT-R (base engine) is faster than the Acura NSX:



Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

3.1 sec

Quarter Mile

11.2 sec

11.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

The GT-R has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the NSX (19.5 vs. 15.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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


GT-R opt.


NSX opt.

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

16.14 inches

14.5 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

15.35 inches

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GT-R has larger front tires than the NSX (255/40R20 vs. 245/35R19).

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

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the GT-R can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The NSX doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the NSX (109.4 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

The GT-R’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.7% to 45.3%) than the NSX’s (42% to 58%). This gives the GT-R more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the NSX’s (36.6 feet vs. 39.7 feet). The GT-R NISMO’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the NSX’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Passenger Space

The GT-R has standard seating for 4 passengers; the NSX can only carry 2.

The GT-R has 35 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NSX (79 vs. 44).

The GT-R has 1.8 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front hip room than the NSX.

Cargo Capacity

The GT-R has a much larger trunk than the NSX (8.8 vs. 4.4 cubic feet).


The GT-R’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-R’s power window and power lock switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The NSX’s power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The GT-R’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.

The GT-R’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The NSX’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.


The Nissan GT-R outsold the Acura NSX by over three to one during 2018.

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