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7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.9
Safety: N/A
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2012 Nissan GT-R Review

Critics agreed that the 2012 Nissan GT-R offers prodigious power, tenacious all-wheel drive grip and a high-tech interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful twin-turbo V6
  • Athletic handling
  • Lots of high-tech interior features
  • Harsh ride

New for 2012

  • Engine gets 45-horsepower boost
  • Revised exterior styling
  • Improved fuel economy
  • GT-R Black Edition

2012 Nissan GT-R Overview

The 2012 GT-R comes with a turbocharged V6 that test drivers said delivers ferocious acceleration. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automated manual transmission are standard, though some reviewers wished the GT-R was available with a manual transmission, in part because the automated manual can shift abruptly at low speeds. According to the EPA, the 2012 Nissan GT-R gets 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to what all-wheel drive sports cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo get. Test drivers agreed that the GT-R has very sharp handling, as well as accurate, responsive steering and powerful brakes that can withstand multiple high-speed stops. However, reviewers noted that the GT-R’s ride is harsh, and that you can feel every crack and bump in the road.

Reviewers said the 2012 Nissan GT-R’s tech-laden interior has an appealing design and materials that are more sporty than plush. They wrote that the GT-R features clear gauges, as well as audio, climate and navigation systems that are easy to use. While most critics said that the four-seat Nissan GT-R has comfortable front seats, many noted that the rear seats are small and best reserved for luggage. Reviewers reported that the GT-R’s trunk is deep and provides a decent amount of cargo space for the class. Standard features in the 2012 Nissan GT-R include leather upholstery, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB/iPod input, push-button start, keyless access, dual-zone automatic climate control and power-adjustable and heated front seats.

Other Cars to Consider

The redesigned 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera blew critics away with its powerful acceleration, athletic handling and composed ride. The 911 Carrera is also available in coupe and convertible body styles, and it gets better fuel economy than the GT-R.

Like the GT-R, the 2012 Audi R8 has standard all-wheel drive, and automotive journalists agreed that it has superb handling, precise steering and strong brakes. The R8 also pleased test drivers with its powerful standard V8 and luxurious interior.

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