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2015 Nissan GT-R Review

The 2015 Nissan GT-R has sharp handling and blistering acceleration, but it ranks toward the back of its segment due to its high projected ownership costs, small trunk, and loud cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Breathtaking acceleration
  • Surefooted handling
  • Well-trimmed interior
  • Small trunk
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Poor fuel economy

New for 2015

  • 600-horsepower NISMO model
  • Retuned suspension
  • Updated headlights and taillights

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Nissan GT-R's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Nissan GT-R has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 52 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Nissan GT-R Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan GT-R a Good Used Car?

The Nissan GT-R is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used luxury sports car. It’s exhilaratingly fast, thanks to its twin-turbo V6 engine, and it slices through tight turns with confidence. The interior is nicely trimmed as well, and the front seats offer excellent support.

That being said, the GT-R is an expensive proposition. It’s pricier to buy than most other cars in this class, and its ownership costs are projected to be significantly higher than average, even for this segment.

Before you buy, consider alternatives like the 2015 Porsche Cayman and 2015 Audi TT. Both offer strong engine performance and refined handling, especially in their top trim levels, but each are expected to cost far less to buy and maintain.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 52 Nissan GT-R reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Nissan GT-R?

Based on listings for the 2015 Nissan GT-R on our site, the average price is $70,000. Prices range from $64,000 to $79,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Nissan GT-R Cost to Own?

The GT-R’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $44,000, or $8,800 per year. That’s pricier than average for a luxury sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New GT-R?

The 2019 Nissan GT-R starts at around $100,000, but its price can hit $175,000 in its top NISMO trim level. You can save tens of thousands of dollars by shopping for a used GT-R, which offers similar engine performance and handling. However, you’ll need to opt for a newer model if you want a GT-R with the latest styling or convenience features, like Apple CarPlay.

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There are lots of new sports cars that cost less than a used 2015 GT-R, including many with high horsepower outputs. The 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO costs $45,790, and it boasts a race-ready suspension and a 350-horsepower V6 engine. The 2019 BMW Z4 and 2020 Toyota Supra start at around $50,000, and both offer potent turbocharged engines and well-balanced handling. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (starting at $62,000) packs a monstrous 650-horsepower V8.

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Which Model Year of the GT-R Is Best?

Nissan introduced its GT-R sports car to the US market for 2009. Previous iterations have been sold in Japan since the late 1960s under the Skyline GT-R name.

The GT-R has seen small but continual updates since its 2009 arrival. Nissan boosted the GT-R’s output from 485 to 530 horsepower for 2012, and raised it again to 545 horsepower for 2013. The 2015 model year saw the debut of the NISMO variant, which has 600 horsepower and a race-tuned suspension. The most significant refinement updates arrived for 2017 and 2018. Nissan restyled the GT-R for 2017, giving the car a more modern look both inside and out; its power output rose again to 565 horsepower. In 2018, Nissan added support for Apple CarPlay.

All of these GT-R models offer strong acceleration and racy driving dynamics. That said, you’ll want to opt for a 2017-and-newer model if you want a GT-R with fresher styling and features.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan GT-R?

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

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2015 Nissan GT-R Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2015 GT-R at this time.

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Which Used Nissan GT-R Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Nissan GT-R is available in four trim levels: Premium, Black Edition, Track Edition, and NISMO. Most shoppers will be happy with the base Premium model, which comes well-equipped with standard features.

The GT-R Premium has a 545-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, an 11-speaker Bose stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, heated and power-adjustable front seats, heated side mirrors, and LED headlights. The base trim also comes with an adaptive suspension, a limited-slip differential, high-performance Brembo brakes, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The GT-R Black Edition builds on the Premium trim with racing-inspired Recaro front seats. The GT-R Track Edition adds additional brake cooling ducts and a stiffer track-tuned suspension.

Lastly, the GT-R NISMO has a retuned version of the V6 engine, upping output to 600 horsepower. This trim also adds a titanium exhaust and retuned suspension settings, in addition to carbon-fiber bumpers, side sills, and a rear wing.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the GT-R?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have crash tested the 2015 GT-R.

The GT-R comes standard with a rearview camera and adaptive pivoting headlights, but there are no available driver assistance features, such as parking sensors or blind spot monitoring.

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2015 Nissan GT-R Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan GT-R or 2015 Chevrolet Corvette?

The GT-R is often referred to as a bargain supercar, but if anything, that title should go to the Chevy Corvette. The Corvette can keep pace with the Nissan in straight-line acceleration, especially the high-performance Z06 model, and it offers even sharper handling on tight, twisting roads – thanks in part to its lighter weight. The Corvette is easier and comfier to drive as well. It offers more cargo space than the GT-R, and used models are typically a lot less expensive to buy and maintain. The Corvette is the better buy in this matchup.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan GT-R or 2015 Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 sets the standard in the luxury sports car class. The 911 outshines the GT-R with its wider range of engine options, better fuel economy, zestier handling, and smoother ride. The Porsche also boasts more-advanced safety features, a classier interior, and a superb reliability rating. All in all, the 911 is every bit the sports car that the GT-R is, but with more refinement. The catch is that it comes at a steep price point. Used 911 models are often priced much higher than comparable GT-Rs.

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2015 GT-R Performance

How Does the 2015 Nissan GT-R Drive?

The Nissan GT-R has a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine with 545 horsepower. The GT-R NISMO boosts this engine up to 600 horsepower. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.

Simply put, the GT-R accelerates like few other cars can. The sprint from zero to 60 mph takes just three seconds, and that breakneck pace can continue well beyond legal speed limits. Press the gas pedal on the highway and you’ll be rewarded with a surge of passing power.

The brawny V6 gets most of the credit for this rapid speed, but the GT-R’s dual-clutch transmission deserves praise too. It fires off smooth yet lightning-quick shifts. Drivers can also change gear on their own using the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

This Nissan's handling is similarly impressive. The car grips the road tenaciously around turns and remains quite stable, even at higher speeds. The steering is responsive and nicely weighted, and the large brakes provide assertive stopping power. Unlike earlier models, the GT-R’s adaptive suspension is more pliant, allowing it to ride on everyday road surfaces in decent comfort. Bumps and holes still make their presence known, just not as harshly.

Does the 2015 Nissan GT-R Get Good Gas Mileage?

The GT-R has low fuel economy for a luxury sports car. The GT-R gets an EPA-rated 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

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2015 GT-R Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 GT-R Seat?

The Nissan GT-R is a two-door coupe with four seats. The front seats are cozy and supportive, thanks to their large side bolsters. The driving position is comfortable as well, and there’s ample head- and legroom up front for taller occupants. The rear seats are very cramped though; they’re only suitable for small children.

The GT-R’s cabin is rather loud by segment standards. The exhaust rumbles, and there’s a lot of tire noise at highway speeds. Otherwise, it’s a nice place to be. Most surfaces are trimmed with soft-touch plastic and leather upholstery. The dashboard layout is driver-focused, and most controls are close at hand. Outward visibility is unusually good for a sports car, due to the GT-R’s large front, side, and rear windows.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Nissan GT-R?

The GT-R has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Nissan GT-R Features

This Nissan comes well-equipped with tech features, including a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system an 11-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

Although it has dated graphics, this infotainment system is easy to use and responds quickly to inputs. It can also display key performance details, like steering angle, G-force, oil and coolant temperature, and boost pressure. The dashboard has a number of buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls, so you don’t have to tap the screen for every function.

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2015 Nissan GT-R Dimensions

Nissan GT-R Cargo Space

The GT-R has a tight 8.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Worse still, the trunk has a small opening, and the rear seats don’t fold forward, making it hard to fit bulkier items.

2015 GT-R Length and Weight

The Nissan GT-R is 15.3 feet long. The GT-R weighs between 3,813 and 3,851 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Was the 2015 Nissan GT-R Built?

Nissan built the GT-R in Japan.

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