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Honda NSX coupe - Reliability & safety (2016-2021)

The Honda NSX should prove as reliable as other Honda models

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3.4 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

The 2016 Honda NSX is relatively new, so it's impossible to give a concrete assessment of its reliability at this stage. As a manufacturer, Honda does have a reputation for excellent reliability and build quality, which bodes well for its new models.

In our 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, Honda slipped to 18th place out of 32 in the manufacturer standings, but that overall score masked fourth and fifth place finishes in the reliability and practicality categories respectively, as well as high scores for build quality and ease of driving. Admittedly, the NSX is unlikely to excel in the practicality department, but the reliability score should offer peace of mind to prospective buyers and, at £130,000, we're expecting it to be well screwed together from quality materials.

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The NSX is capable of supercar speeds and has been designed accordingly to protect its occupants in case of a crash. It's yet to be crash-tested by Euro NCAP (and may not be because the safety body tends not to test cars that sell in small numbers) but we'd expect it to achieve a five-star rating. The NSX is fast, but it also generates a huge amount of grip, both mechanically and from its wide tyres. Big, powerful brakes mean it can stop very quickly, too.

The NSX has plenty of safety equipment, too. There is a range of airbags to keep occupants safe, as well as a rollover sensor, a brake assist system, tyre pressure monitors and Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control.

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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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