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Honda NSX coupe - MPG, running costs & CO2 (2016-2021)

The Honda NSX's running costs are Just about par for the course for this kind of supercar

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3.4 out of 5

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2.5 out of 5

No high-performance supercar will return really impressive fuel economy, but the Honda NSX’s claimed economy figure of 25mpg is a little disappointing when you consider that you can also drive the car around in electric mode. However, look at it from a performance point of view and you realise that it’s actually not that bad - it’s around the same as you'll get from the 5.2-litre Audi R8. It does have a stop-start system, though, which should go some way to offsetting the car's high performance.

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Clearly those electric motors are there to boost the car's acceleration and speed, not to eke out extra miles per gallon as in the kind of hybrid cars we're used to seeing. Going by other hybrid models as well, it's likely the NSX's carbon-dioxide emissions will be lower than the R8's. Thanks to the hybrid drivetrain, the NSX qualifies for discounted per year road tax – but as it costs far beyond the £40,000 threshold, you'll be paying a surcharge on top of that figure for five years.

Ownership costs are likely to be costly, while insurance certainly won’t be cheap in something with the performance that the NSX offers. While there are plenty of Honda dealers - almost 200 around the country, it's a possibility that only a limited number will be able to service the NSX, much like the Nissan GT-R. This means you might have to travel quite a distance to get the car to the dealer for a service or anything else.

Warranties for all Honda cars are three years long. We expect this to apply to the NSX in keeping with the rest of the range. 

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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