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LA AUTO SHOW Musings: How To Save $100,000

Robert Emslie November 19, 2015 Car Shows, LA Auto Show 22 Comments


I’m going to save you a buttload of cash. You can thank me later. Here’s what you do: when you go down to your local Acura Dealer to buy your new 2017 NSX, keep on going until you get to a Honda dealer, and there buy an Accord coupe instead. There, I just saved you one hundred grand. You see, from the back three-quarter view, the two cars are virtually indistinguishable. In fact, I dare you to pick which is which in the above comparo.

You remember the first NSX, it looked nothing like the Accord at the time – still doesn’t. Seems however that Acura has made a critical strategic error in the styling of the new NSX, making it a near clone of the far cheaper Accord two-door. I can’t imagine why you’d spend the extra cash when they look so much alike.

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  • dukeisduke

    At first I thought it was the next Mustang.

  • dukeisduke

    But what does Muthalovin think?

    • I hope it won’t be too great a shock to learn that some other car can be mistaken for an NSX.

  • Said it before and I’ll say it again- V6 Accord Coupe with the stick was, and still is, probably the best car I’ve ever driven. Not the most exciting, not the most inspiring, not the best at anything in particular…but just so, so good at everything. It rode great, handled well enough, was spacious, the trans was fantastic, it got great gas mileage even with the surprisingly strong six-cyl….it may be a car I never personally choose to own, but I definitely respect anybody that buys one. As for its resemblance to the “new” NSX…just further proof that the so-called “exotic” should have paid homage to the original rather than trying to look “futuristic” (something Honda isn’t good at)

  • Alff

    The original NSX had a unique and iconic shape. Not only didn’t it not look like an Accord, the only cars it bore a resemblance to were supercars.
    These days even supercar design is becoming homogenous. In that sense, I guess the new Acura might be excused … but it sure doesn’t look lustworthy in the way its predecessor did.

  • bigredcavetroll

    Are we all in one accord about this?

    • Sjalabais

      It’s our Civic duty to let the Vtec kick in!

      • bigredcavetroll

        I don’t think this one will be much of a Legend.

        • Moparmann

          Maybe some lustful Vigor will surface down the road!

          • Monkey10is

            This joke could run and run. It will be quite an Odyssey.

            • bigredcavetroll

              I thought it was Fit-ting.

          • DH

            Actually saw a sea foam green one out in front of my building in Brooklyn. Decent shape too, shocking to see one.

        • Maymar

          I’ll let you continue to Pilot this discussion.

          • Monkey10is

            I’m delighted to see such Insight and Clarity in a comment thread. This could be the Prelude to great things…
            (…except, I’m right out of Honda puns. Nothing for ‘Ridgeline’, ‘Aerodeck’, ‘HRV’ or ‘CBR1000’.
            You got me Beat.)

            • Sjalabais

              …and here I thought we were in a good Stream.

              • Vairship

                Since it’s been 16 hours, I’ll have to Jazz things up! Is there any Life left in these puns?

    • ramLlama

      I think so, judging from the lack of Ruckus.

      • bigredcavetroll

        It looks like my comment was a Prelude to a whole host of others.

        • Vairship

          A Quintet of comments led to a Ballade of responses! A virtual Concerto! But now we appear to be at a bit of a Crossroad.

          • bigredcavetroll

            Clearly you are a master of the pun, standing upon a Ridgeline and speaking to the masses with such authority.

  • caltemus

    Yeah they look pretty similar to me. Same level of carryover in the taillights, and they share a similar cut line for the bumper.

  • William Robinson

    I’m sure one of the body kit manufacturer’s is already all over this similarity with every piece to make you Accord uniquely nsxy.