Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Acura NSX VS 2017 Ferrari 488 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Acura NSX

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2017 Ferrari 488

Safety Comparison

The NSX has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The 488 GTB doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The NSX has standard AcuraLink, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 488 GTB doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the NSX and the 488 GTB have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rear parking sensors.

The Acura NSX weighs 441 to 551 pounds more than the Ferrari 488 GTB. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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 488 GTB’s 3 year/100,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the NSX 3 years longer than Ferrari covers the 488 GTB. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the 488 GTB ends after only 3 years.

The NSX’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the 488 GTB’s (4/unlimited vs. 3/100,000).

There are over 7 times as many Acura dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the NSX’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the NSX gets better fuel mileage than the 488 GTB:




488 GTB



3.5 Turbo V6/Auto

21 city/22 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

V8/Auto w/Start/Stop




15 city/22 hwy


Regenerative brakes improve the NSX’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The 488 GTB doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The NSX has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The 488 GTB doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 488 GTB doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis Comparison

The NSX is 3.8 inches shorter than the 488 GTB, making the NSX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the NSX has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The 488 GTB uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Ergonomics Comparison

The NSX’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The 488 GTB has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

The NSX’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Ferrari does not offer a locking feature on the 488 GTB’s standard power windows.

The NSX’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 488 GTB’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The NSX’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 488 GTB’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Keyless Access System standard on the NSX allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ferrari 488 GTB’s Keyless Start doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the NSX detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 488 GTB doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 488 GTB.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the NSX. The NSX’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The 488 GTB doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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