2010 Nissan GT-R

2010 Nissan GT-R Review

Note: This review was created when the 2010 Nissan GT-R was new.

The 2010 Nissan GT-R is fast, powerful and agile. Plus, its interior cabin is comfortable, made up of quality materials and features practical cargo room. At this price point, the GT-R is a no-brainer. In fact, Edmunds calls the 2010 Nissan GT-R "the baddest supercar bargain on the block." 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful 485-horsepower twin-turbo V6
  • Impressive sports handling capabilities
  • Functional performance-enhancing exterior design
  • Lots of modern interior convenience features
  • Exterior design garners mixed opinions
  • Back seat unsuitable for passengers

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Nissan GT-R has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2010 Nissan GT-R Overview

Since its introduction in 2009, the Nissan GT-R or "Gran Turismo-Racer" has quickly become world-renowned for its combination of raging sports-car performance, functional design and first-rate interior accommodations. "Godzilla is one nickname for the GT-R, and this first U.S. version of Nissan's supercar lives up to the King of All Monsters title," writes Car and Driver . "The GT-R trounces cars costing twice as much in pretty much every area of performance, making it one of the best bargains in history."

Still, the 2010 Nissan GT-R isn't without its faults. In addition to a useless back seat, it garners mixed reviews for its looks. Plus, some purists cringe at the fact that the 2010 Nissan GT-R doesn't come equipped with a traditional manual transmission. But taken as a whole, these are minor issues.

Other Sports Cars to Consider

If you're in the market for a super luxury sports car, check out the 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera, which is the target competitor for the 2010 Nissan GT-R. In addition to the exclusivity carried by its nameplate, the 911 features a sleeker, less controversial design, as well as comparable performance abilities. The 2010 Nissan GT-R, however, features more cargo room -- enhancing its practicality. Higher-end trims of the 911 also cost substantially more than the 2010 Nissan GT-R.

Details: 2010 Nissan GT-R

The 2010 Nissan GT-R is available in two trims, base and premium. Both feature a twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Shoppers set on buying a Nissan GT-R may want to wait until the 2011 -- when it is slated to receive revisions to its suspension system. However, the base model Nissan GT-R will be dropped after 2010. So if you want to nab one at the lowest price possible, now may be the time to act. Whichever model you choose, be sure to check for current Nissan deals that may be available on a new Nissan GT-R.

  • "Not only are you in a lot of camera-phone pictures when you drive the GT-R, but another part of the deal is that you end up taking a lot of people for thrill rides." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Legendary in Japan, where the GT-R has been affectionately known as Godzilla for five-generations of supercars, the GT-R has finally crossed the Pacific and hit American highways. It probably flew here." -- Detroit News
  • "The GT-R is Nissan's 'look what we can do' car. And they can do a heck of a lot." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "Priced near $80,000, the most expensive vehicle ever to wear a Nissan badge justifies its relatively lofty sticker with the appearance, attitude and, most of all, the ability to handily dispatch many costlier, more exotic foes, from the BMW M6 to the Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo. Only a Corvette ZO6 comes close to matching its price-to-performance index." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Nissan says the "R" in the name of its new supercar, the GT-R, stands for "racer. After a few hours behind the wheel of the 2009 GT-R, I believe the "R" might actually stand for "righteous. As in: 'This is one righteous car.'" -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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