2013 Nissan GT-R

2013 Nissan GT-R Review

Note: This review was created when the 2013 Nissan GT-R was new.

With its incredible power and high-speed capability, anyone looking for supercar performance without the supercar price should give the 2013 Nissan GT-R a look, auto critics say.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration and power
  • Stable and secure at high speeds
  • Comfortable cockpit
  • Less nimble than some rivals

New for 2013

  • Gains 15 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque
  • Minor trim changes and feature additions

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Nissan GT-R has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 35 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Nissan GT-R Overview

Nearly all reviewers who spend time behind the wheel of the 2013 Nissan GT-R are blown away by the car’s power and stability at high speeds. They say its twin-turbocharged V6 engine and all-wheel drive system work together to enable drivers to feel confident driving the GT-R at any speed. Test drivers are also pleased with the car’s neutral, composed handling and like its quick-shifting six-speed dual-clutch transmission. At an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, the GT-R isn’t exactly frugal with fuel, but the GT-R wasn’t designed for efficiency. Rather, it was designed to deliver incredible power and fast acceleration, and auto writers agree that it succeeds.

Auto writers say the 2013 GT-R’s cabin is a sporty, yet comfortable place to pass the miles, with a modern design and high-quality materials throughout. The front seats receive praise for their comfort and support, while reviewers say the two small rear seats are best left for kids, which is the case for essentially all 2+2 luxury sports cars. The Nissan GT-R comes with a host of standard equipment, including an 11-speaker Bose stereo, a backup camera, navigation and dual-zone climate control.

  • "While the 2013 Nissan GT-R is exotic, you can find nearly the same levels of performance from a less costly American alternative like the Chevrolet Corvette or Camaro, or even the Ford Mustang GT500." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The GT-R accepts your commands with direct steering and quick shifts, it tempers your mistakes with traction devices and electronic aids, and it gives you the tools to link A with B in a minimum time frame." -- Car and Driver
  • "With an intoxicating blend of high technology and brute power, it will likely remain an object of desire for driving enthusiasts everywhere." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2010)

Other Sports Cars to Consider

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette is a reviewer favorite for its three powerful V8 engine options and value within the segment. Reviewers also say it is easy to make the most of the Corvette’s power, and use the car for day-to-day driving.

If nimble handling and quick reflexes are more important to you than raw power, the Porsche Cayman is worth a look. While it has significantly less power than the GT-R, reviewers say it is one of the most balanced-driving and pleasing sports cars available.

Compare the GT-R, Corvette and Cayman »

Details: 2013 Nissan GT-R

The 2013 Nissan GT-R is an all-wheel drive, 2+2-seat sports car. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Two trim levels are offered: Premium and Black Edition. The Black Edition features some unique performance and trim components, and for 2013, adds a handmade carbon fiber deck lid spoiler. The GT-R has received small updates nearly every year since debuting in 2009, but the overall design has remained the same. As a result, this review uses applicable research and reviews from 2009 to present.

See the full 2013 Nissan GT-R specs »


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