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2020 Nissan GT-R Review

The 2020 Nissan GT-R ranks near the bottom of the luxury sports car class. The GT-R has ferocious acceleration, and its taut suspension keeps the car composed in turns, but it trails its rivals in terms of comfort, features, and interior quality.

Pros & Cons

  • Lightning-quick acceleration
  • Sharp handling
  • Firm ride quality
  • Mediocre cabin materials
  • Cramped back seat and trunk
  • Few tech and safety features

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Nissan GT-R's #15 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Nissan GT-R has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 72 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 5.7
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Nissan GT-R a Good Car?

The 2020 Nissan GT-R is a fine luxury sports car if you feel the need for speed. The GT-R packs a powerful twin-turbo engine and a high-tech all-wheel-drive system, allowing this Nissan to blast up to speed and slice around turns like few cars can. Its front seats are roomy and supportive, and the suspension yields a firm but livable ride for everyday driving.

Should I Buy the Nissan GT-R?

The GT-R might be a strong performer, but it isn’t a very good value. Nissan GT-R pricing starts at around $114,000 and can exceed $200,000. Apart from the hardware under the hood, it’s hard to see where that money goes. The GT-R’s interior quality, convenience features, and safety equipment don’t match this lofty price point.

Instead, consider other options in this class. The Toyota Supra, Porsche Cayman, and Audi TT offer strong engine performance, agile handling, and more advanced tech and safety features. The TT even has all-wheel drive. All three cost considerably less than the GT-R as well.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan GT-R?

The 2020 GT-R belongs to a generation that began with the 2009 model year. Nissan has made incremental updates to the car over the years. The GT-R’s base engine output rose from 485 to 530 horsepower for 2012 and up to 545 horsepower for 2013. The 2015 GT-R gained a Nismo variant with 600 horsepower. Nissan restyled the interior and exterior of the 2017 GT-R and raised the base engine output to 565 horsepower. More recently, the 2018 GT-R gained support for Apple CarPlay, and the sub-$100,000 Pure trim level was added to the lineup. For 2020, the Pure trim was discontinued, making the $113,540 Premium trim the new base model.

Because of its high depreciation rate, you can save a lot of money by shopping for a very similar 2017, 2018, or 2019 GT-R. You can save even more by purchasing a now-discontinued Pure trim.

If you’re considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 GT-R, 2018 GT-R, and 2019 GT-R reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 72 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 72 Nissan GT-R reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2020 GT-R review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2009.

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How Much Does the Nissan GT-R Cost?

The 2020 Nissan GT-R has a base price of $113,540, one of the most expensive entries in the luxury sports car class. The midrange GT-R Track Edition costs $145,540, while the top-spec Nissan GT-R Nismo starts at $210,740.

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Nissan GT-R Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan GT-R or Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 is a better luxury sports car than the GT-R. The 911 rides more comfortably on rough pavement than the stiff-legged Nissan, and the Porsche rewards drivers with poised handling and muscular acceleration from its turbocharged flat-six engine. The Porsche boasts a more luxurious cabin and a wider array of safety features than the GT-R as well. It’s more affordable too – pricing for the 911 starts at $97,400 – so long as you peruse the options list carefully. The 911 doesn’t have as much cargo space as the GT-R, but in all other areas it’s the better pick.

Which Is Better: Nissan GT-R or Acura NSX?

The Acura NSX and Nissan GT-R are fine luxury sports cars, but they aren’t class leaders. This is mainly due to their interiors, which feel too similar to lesser models in their brand’s respective lineups, both in material quality and styling. If you had to pick one, though, the GT-R is the better choice. It has the flexibility of four-person seating, whereas the NSX only seats two, and the GT-R’s touch screen is more intuitive to use than the NSX’s. The GT-R also costs less. In fact, the NSX’s $157,500 starting price makes the GT-R look affordable by comparison.

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GT-R Performance

GT-R Engine: Fast and Furious V6

The 2020 GT-R is available with two engine options. The base model has a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that produces 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. The Track Edition and Nismo models get a boost to 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. Both variants are equipped with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

This difference in horsepower is almost undetectable. That’s because all GT-R models accelerate tenaciously – zero to 60 mph takes around three seconds – and this power doesn’t taper off until well beyond legal speed limits. The V6 is primarily responsible for the GT-R’s remarkable power. It offers quick throttle response and a heap of low-end torque. But the dual-clutch automatic transmission is just as responsible. It provides fast and well-timed shifts. You can change gears manually using the steering wheel shift paddles as well.

GT-R Gas Mileage: Among the Worst

The GT-R gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. These fuel economy ratings are among the worst in the luxury sports car class.

GT-R Ride and Handling: Defying Physics

The GT-R handles with a level of stability and composure that belies its nearly two-ton weight. The steering feels crisp and responsive, the all-wheel-drive system grips around turns, and the taut suspension keeps body roll under wraps. Large brakes slow down the GT-R confidently as well, especially the optional carbon ceramic units.

The GT-R’s biggest improvement in recent years is its ride. All models feature adaptive dampers that can be adjusted on the fly. The softest setting allows the GT-R to traverse everyday road surfaces in decent comfort. Rough pavement is felt but not too harshly. When the roads get smoother, simply dial in a stiffer setting to unlock the GT-R’s full capabilities.

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GT-R Interior

How Many People Does the GT-R Seat?

The Nissan GT-R is a two-door coupe with four seats. The front seats are heavily bolstered, and they provide good support while remaining comfortable on long drives. There’s ample seating space up front for taller drivers and passengers. However, the rear seats are quite cramped, even for children, and rear legroom is almost nonexistent when taller occupants adjust the front seats. Rear visibility is similarly poor because of the car’s thick roof pillars and large rear wing.

Heated front seats are standard, as is leather upholstery with synthetic suede inserts. Full leather upholstery and Recaro sport seats are available.

GT-R and Child Car Seats

The GT-R has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear seats.

GT-R Interior Quality

The GT-R’s interior looks the part of a high-performance car. The dashboard is driver-oriented, and the materials have a quality appearance and feel, from the padded surfaces to the available carbon fiber trim. For the price, though, it falls short of similarly expensive rivals like the Mercedes-AMG GT and BMW 8-Series.

GT-R Cargo Space

The GT-R has 8.8 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s decent enough for a luxury sports car, though the trunk opening is rather small. You can fit a few carry-on suitcases or grocery bags without issue.

GT-R Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The GT-R comes standard with the NissanConnect infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, an 11-speaker Bose stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Other standard features include proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The basic audio and navigation functions are easy to operate. You can tap on the screen or use the adjacent buttons and knobs. The climate controls are similarly intuitive, and they’re located just below the touch screen.

If there is a drawback, it’s that this system doesn’t support Android Auto. It also looks and feels a bit dated, especially for a high-end luxury sports car. On the plus side, the system can display a wide array of performance details, like turbocharger boost pressure, oil and coolant temperature, and G-force rating.

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GT-R Reliability

Is the Nissan GT-R Reliable?

The GT-R has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Nissan GT-R Warranty

Nissan covers the GT-R with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Nissan GT-R?

The cost of insuring a Nissan GT-R will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

GT-R Safety

GT-R Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Nissan GT-R. This is typical for high-end luxury vehicles.

GT-R Safety Features

The GT-R comes standard with a rearview camera, as well as front and rear parking sensors. No other advanced safety features are available.

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Nissan GT-R Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 Nissan GT-R is 15.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,865 to 3,933 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Nissan GT-R Built?

Nissan builds the 2020 GT-R in Japan.

Which Nissan GT-R Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Nissan GT-R is available in four trims: Premium, 50th Anniversary Edition, Track Edition, and Nismo. Each model has similar convenience features, and all are equipped with a twin-turbo V6 engine, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

The core difference is that the Track and Nismo models are tuned to provide an extra 35 horsepower, but this comes with a steep price increase. For great performance at a lower price, consider sticking with the base Premium trim.

Nissan GT-R Premium

The entry-level GT-R Premium trim has a starting price of $113,540. It comes equipped with a 565-horsepower engine, a titanium exhaust, a limited-slip differential, a Bilstein adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch alloy wheels. Standard tech features include an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, an 11-speaker Bose stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a rearview camera, and parking sensors.

Additional standard features include proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with synthetic suede inserts, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and LED headlights.

The only option for this trim is the $4,280 Premium Interior package, which adds full leather upholstery.

Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition

The 50th Anniversary Edition trim celebrates a half-century of GT-R production. These models gain a restyled steering wheel and shift knob, leather seats embroidered with the 50th Anniversary logo, and an Alcantara headliner.

Three two-tone paint schemes are available, which also dictate pricing: Bayside Blue with white stripes ($123,040), Pearl White with red stripes ($123,040), and Super Silver with white stripes ($125,040).

Nissan GT-R Track Edition

The GT-R Track Edition has a starting MSRP of $145,540. This model boosts engine output to 600 horsepower and adds a stiffer Nismo-tuned suspension, racing-inspired Recaro front seats, and wider front fenders. The standard roof, hood, and rear spoiler have been swapped out for lighter carbon-fiber components. High-performance carbon ceramic brakes are available for a lofty $15,000.

Nissan GT-R Nismo

The range-topping GT-R Nismo edition has a starting price of $210,740. It features the same 600-horsepower engine as the Track Edition, but it adds carbon ceramic brakes and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. Additionally, the standard bumpers, side sills, and trunk lid have been replaced with carbon-fiber components.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Nissan GT-R covers all the bases that a high-performance luxury sports car should. It’s fast, powerful, and exciting to drive on twisting roads. It also looks quite menacing. The biggest drawback is that the GT-R is not cheap. You can find similar thrills from a number of cars in this segment that cost less, like the Toyota Supra, Porsche Cayman, and all-new Chevrolet Corvette.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • While the GT-R is getting pretty old, it gets a pass due to the fact that when it launched back in 2008, it did so with cutting-edge technology that was years ahead of the competition. As a result, the GT-R can still keep up with most modern supercars thanks to its incredible performance characteristics, especially the grip offered by its AWD system. That said, it's starting to show its age and lacks the refinement of more modern competitors like the Porsche 911, the Audi R8 and the Acura NSX." -- Autotrader
  • All of these upgrades add up to a riot of a car. But, unless you just looted $212,435 to buy one, the NISMO strikes us as crazy expensive. … Let's not forget that 10 years ago the GT-R started at $70,475. A decade later Nissan wants three times that amount? It seems like a lot of money, and the list of cars we'd rather have for that price is seriously long. The NISMO's many improvements render age only a number, but the number on the window sticker is a different story." -- Car and Driver
  • "At just under $112,000, Nissan's high-performance GT-R sports coupe isn't exactly what we'd call a bargain. That is until you begin to compare the GT-R's performance, technology and build quality to such established exotic names as Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. With its 565-horsepower twin-turbo V6, sophisticated all-wheel-drive setup and abundance of electronic assists, Nissan's GT-R high-performance coupe has earned its place among the great performance cars of our time." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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