Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2017 Acura NSX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2017 Acura NSX

Safety Comparison

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

Warranty Comparison

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the NSX’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corvette for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the NSX.

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 8th.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette Z06’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 77 more horsepower (650 vs. 573) and 174 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 476) than the NSX’s 3.5 turbo V6 hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8 is faster than the Acura NSX (automatics tested):

 

Corvette

NSX

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.2 sec

3.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.7 sec

2.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.2 sec

2.5 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

11.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127 MPH

126 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The NSX doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Corvette uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The NSX requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the NSX (18.5 vs. 15.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Corvette Z07’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the NSX:

 

Corvette Z07

NSX

NSX

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14.5 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

The Corvette stops much shorter than the NSX:

 

Corvette

NSX

 

70 to 0 MPH

128 feet

142 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

90 feet

95 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the NSX (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:305/30R20).

The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NSX’s 35 series front and 30 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette 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 Comparison

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

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the NSX’s (42% to 58%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Grand Sport Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the NSX pulls only 1.03 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the NSX (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 23.2 seconds @ .92 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Corvette’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the NSX’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 500 pounds less than the Acura NSX.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the NSX (71 vs. 74 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Corvette has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NSX (52 vs. 44).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the NSX (15 vs. 4.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Corvette Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The NSX doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Corvette’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 Corvette offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The NSX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Corvette has standard extendable sun visors. The NSX doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Corvette’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 Corvette offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The NSX has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Corvette keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The NSX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible are ranked first in their classes and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The NSX is not ranked.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 20 years. The NSX has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 5 of the last 13 years. The NSX has never been an “All Star.”

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The NSX has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The NSX has never been chosen.

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