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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Nissan GT-R ranked #12 in Luxury Sports Cars. Currently the Nissan GT-R has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 65 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2018 Nissan GT-R Review

The 2018 Nissan GT-R is an unfiltered, authoritative sports car. However, it falls toward the bottom of our rankings because its aggressive driving dynamics are an acquired taste, it has a slim list of amenities, and a number of rivals offer a better balance between performance and luxury.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Excellent grip and cornering 

 

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Very small back seat
  • Not as luxurious as some rivals
  • Limited options

 

Is the Nissan GT-R a Good Car?

There's a reason the Nissan GT-R is known as Godzilla: It has one of the most powerful base engines among luxury sports cars, along with world-class levels of road grip and steering agility. This is a car that's ready for the track. Where the GT-R struggles against the competition is with its interior, which lacks the opulence and comfort of some rivals. That downside is especially glaring given the Nissan's lofty price tag.

Should I Buy the Nissan GT-R?

Shoppers itching for a two-door sports car that's light on luxury and heavy on performance won't be disappointed with the GT-R. Its high-performance tuning should thrill sports car enthusiasts who prefer a full-body driving experience and want to feel connected to the road. The cramped rear quarters are a tight squeeze for adults, but you may occasionally be able to bring a child or back-seat passenger along.

If you're looking for a road-trip car or a daily driver that’s more refined and practical, consider some alternatives. High-end rivals like the Porsche 911 and Audi R8 are incredibly satisfying to drive but also more relaxing to ride in for long stints.

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

For 2018, Nissan introduces a new base Pure trim level. It includes nearly all of the 2017 base model’s standard features, except for a few things like an 11-speaker Bose audio system, a titanium exhaust with exhaust sound control, active noise cancellation, and active sound enhancement. Nissan also introduces Apple CarPlay for 2018, making it standard. The GT-R Pure lowers the car's starting price to just a sliver under $100,000, while a 2017 GT-R retailed for around $110,000 when it was new.

If you're open to driving a used car, consider shopping for an older GT-R. There were few major changes between the 2014 to 2017 model years. With how quickly luxury and performance vehicles depreciate, you can likely save a significant amount of money with a used model instead of a new Nissan GT-R.

To do more research on some used GT-Rs in this generation (which goes all the way back to 2009), check out our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Nissan GT-R. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 65 Reviews Analyzed

Our Nissan GT-R review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 60 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision. This 2018 Nissan GT-R review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2009 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Nissan GT-R Cost?

For 2018, the GT-R's base model (the new Pure trim level) comes with a lower price tag than the previous model year. But with its starting price ringing up at just under $100,000, a new Nissan GT-R is still one of the most expensive luxury sports cars you can buy. In addition to the base Pure edition, other Nissan GT-R prices include the GT-R Premium ($110,490), the GT-R Track Edition ($128,490), and the GT-R Nismo ($175,490).

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Nissan GT-R Versus the Competition

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

The Porsche 911 is the longtime standard for what a luxury sports car should be – it's just as authoritative on the track as it is comfortable as a daily driver. There are dozens of powertrain and body style combinations to choose from, including coupe, convertible, and Targa variants. You'll want to check out a 911 Turbo or Turbo S model for horsepower that rivals the GT-R. Overall, the 911 outranks the GT-R because its interior is upscale and refined, with an abundance of high-quality materials.

Which Is Better: Nissan GT-R or Audi R8?

The Audi R8 costs more than every GT-R model except the GT-R Nismo, but if you can scrimp the cash together, you should check it out. The R8 is fast and precise, completely befitting its striking supercar looks. It's just as futuristic on the inside, with cutting-edge technology like a sleek virtual cockpit and a beautiful design.

Which Is Better: Nissan GT-R or Mercedes-Benz SL?

If you're drawn more to the "luxury" than the "sport" in this class, you should consider the Mercedes-Benz SL. This roadster boasts a posh interior and a supple ride quality that makes it a better cruising companion than track monster. You can also spring for opulent treats including massaging seats, a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system, and a full suite of advanced safety systems. The range-topping AMG editions better rival the GT-R when it comes to performance, with muscular engine pairings and other upgrades.

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GT-R Performance

GT-R Engine: One of the Meatiest

The standard GT-R powertrain – a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission – is more powerful than the base engines in the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. The GT-R is rated at 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque, and it can reach 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. For even more kick, the Nismo edition cranks out 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.

GT-R Gas Mileage: Gluttonous

The GT-R is one of the thirstiest luxury sports cars on the market. It gets 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. In comparison, the base engine in the Jaguar F-Type gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

GT-R Ride and Handling: Ready for Racing

Don't expect to be coddled inside a GT-R: This car is clearly tuned for performance, not relaxation. This track-ready sports car comes with all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes, and a limited-slip rear differential. Its standard Advanced Vehicle Dynamic control lets you adjust components like shift points, power distribution, and suspension tuning between Normal, R-Mode (for ultimate performance), and Off.

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GT-R Interior

How Many People Does the GT-R Seat?

The GT-R has seating for four people. The back seat is handy for those rare occasions when you're traveling with a tyke or other small passenger, but anyone larger will have a difficult time squeezing in. The front seats have good visibility and are easy to climb in and out of. For some, the firm cushions and the limited seat adjustments rule out the GT-R as a comfortable all-day cruiser.

GT-R and Car Seats

The GT-R has two full sets of LATCH hardware, with each set comprising a top tether anchor and two lower anchors. All the hardware is difficult to access and use, and there isn't enough legroom in the back seat for a rear-facing child safety seat.

GT-R Interior Quality

The interior styling of the 2018 GT-R heavily emphasizes the car's sporty nature. Aluminum pedals are standard, as are inlays of carbon fiber and aluminum. For some, the base cabin design is more plain than posh, but upgrades like hand-stitched semi-aniline leather-appointed front seats add a touch of class.

GT-R Cargo Space

The GT-R has an 8.8-cubic-foot trunk. That's a lot more space than you get with the Porsche 911 (at 5.1 cubic feet), though the Chevrolet Corvette and Jaguar F-type offer much more trunk space.

GT-R Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

For 2018, Nissan adds Apple CarPlay as a standard feature. With a simple menu that mirrors an iPhone, and the ability to link favorite phone apps for media and mapping with the car, Apple CarPlay greatly expands the infotainment system's capabilities. A navigation system, hands-free text messaging, and voice commands are also standard. Other than an 11-speaker Bose sound system, few tech upgrades are available.

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GT-R Reliability

Is the Nissan GT-R Reliable?

The 2018 GT-R earns a three out of five for predicted reliability, which is an average new-car score. A few rivals surpass this, though, including the Porsche 911 and Lexus LC.

Nissan GT-R Warranty

Nissan covers the 2018 GT-R with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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GT-R Safety

GT-R Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests the Nissan GT-R, which is common for high-end sports cars.

GT-R Safety Features

The GT-R comes standard with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. No other advanced safety systems are available, which is unusual given this Nissan's six-figure price tag.

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Which Nissan GT-R Model Is Right for Me?

For 2018, Nissan expands its GT-R family to four trim levels (Pure, Premium, Track Edition, and Nismo). At $99,900, the all-new Pure base trim has a slightly lower starting price than last year's entry-level edition. Like the other trims, it features a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. The GT-R Pure is also the best value in the lineup. It comes well-equipped with performance-oriented components and a nicely appointed cabin, but it costs $10,500 less than the next step up. 

Nissan GT-R Pure

The GT-R Pure ($99,990) is equipped with all-wheel drive, a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters, a Nissan/Brembo braking system, advanced vehicle dynamic control with three driver-selectable modes, and a Bilstein suspension system. Standard interior features include an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, hands-free text messaging, satellite radio, Bluetooth, six speakers, HD Radio, two USB ports, leather-appointed front seats with synthetic suede inserts, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a proximity key, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

Nissan GT-R Premium

Features added to the GT-R Premium trim ($110,490) include an 11-speaker Bose audio system, a titanium exhaust with exhaust sound control, active noise cancellation, and active sound enhancement.

Nissan GT-R Track Edition

The GT-R Track Edition comes with a Nismo-tuned suspension, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, Recaro leather-appointed seats, a distinct black and red interior, and a Nismo-tuned rear stabilizer bar. Pricing starts at $128,490.

Nissan GT-R Nismo

A 600-horsepower 3.8-liter high-capacity twin-turbocharged V6 engine powers the track-ready GT-R Nismo ($175,490). It features Nismo Recaro leather-appointed front seats with red synthetic suede inserts and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. It also comes with front and rear fascias, side sills, a trunk lid, and a rear spoiler – all made from carbon fiber.

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

With its snarling exhaust and bold styling, the 2018 Nissan GT-R is a top-performing sports car that's always ready for serious action. Before your impulse launches you to the nearest Nissan dealer, slow down and make sure this sports car fits your lifestyle. Its aggressive demeanor and minimalistic cabin are best enjoyed by drivers seeking unadulterated performance. For many, though, these same qualities will quickly grow tiring if you earmark the GT-R as your daily driver or take it on a lengthy road trip.

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

  • "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
  • "With its supercar-like performance abilities, the 2018 Nissan GT-R is a standout in the narrow field of $100,000 high-performance coupes. Hailed as one the world's all-time great sports cars, the GT-R can run circles around some exotics costing far more, yet it's exclusive enough to make even the wealthiest enthusiast beg for time behind the wheel. For those who are well-off enough to drop the cash, owning a GT-R provides the thrill of driving a high-end, high-performance machine that can double as an everyday driver." -- Autotrader
  • "At first glance, the GT-R looks deceptively like a car that one might commute in, run to Walgreens in, or drive a friend to the airport in. Don't be fooled. The GT-R is a serious machine, a thrilling accomplice, but it's not much of a car." -- Consumer Guide (2017) 
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