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2016 Nissan GT-R Review

The 2016 Nissan GT-R sits in the bottom half of our luxury sports car rankings because of its high ownership costs and mundane interior for the segment. Otherwise it’s a true performance car with exhilarating acceleration and superb handling.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding acceleration
  • Incredible cornering ability
  • Light on luxury-grade materials
  • High ownership costs

7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.8
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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2016 Nissan GT-R Overview

Is the 2016 Nissan GT-R a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Nissan GT-R is a good used luxury sports car, but its interior is light on luxury-grade materials for the class it’s in and price you pay. Still, it has a comfortable cockpit with features like a touch-screen infotainment system, voice recognition, and navigation. With its 545-horsepower twin-turbocharged engine, the GT-R easily conquers any track-day challenges thrown at it.

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How Much Is the 2016 Nissan GT-R?

The average listing price of a 2016 GT-R is $73,000. Prices range from $47,300 to $98,500, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Nissan GT-R Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Nissan GT-R are estimated to be about $44,509. That’s well above average for a luxury sports car.

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

With a starting price of $99,990, the 2018 Nissan GT-R offers 20 more horsepower than the 2016 GT-R, as well as rear parking assist and HD Radio. For many, however, that additional power and the extra features don’t justify the $26,990 price difference. Stick with the 2016 model.

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While the GT-R is decidedly a great performer, you can get a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette for about $17,000 less than the average price of a used 2016 GT-R. The base Corvette Stingray doesn't have as much power as the GT-R, and it isn't as lethal on a racetrack. However, it’s still a quick sports car and a commendable corner carver in its own right, and it’s a comfier daily driver. It doesn't have rear seats like the GT-R, but the Corvette coupe’s cargo area is much larger and more practical. The Corvette offers some notable options, including an adaptive suspension and a dual-model performance exhaust system. If you spend about $65,500 to step up to the Grand Sport trim, you'll get those features plus wider body work and upgraded suspension components for enhanced cornering ability. Unless you must have the superior performance of the GT-R, pick the Corvette. It’s a great alternative that’s almost as satisfying to drive, and it’ll save you some money upfront.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan GT-R Is Best?

The 2016 Nissan GT-R is basically the same car as the one introduced for the 2009 model year in the U.S. Not all trims are available for each model year. The 2015 Nissan GT-R Track Edition and 2016 GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition are among the standouts. The 2015 GT-R received styling and chassis enhancements that make it a better choice over earlier models. It also has a lower average price than a 2016 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Nissan GT-R?

The 2016 GT-R has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Nissan GT-R Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 GT-R has one open recall for a certification label that is missing weight rating information, which could lead to a vehicle being overloaded.

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

The 2016 GT-R comes in four trims: Premium, Black Edition, Nismo, and the limited-production 45th Anniversary Gold Edition. The Premium trim is the best choice for most buyers. It has a 545-horsepower engine with blistering acceleration and other high-performance features. It just lacks some of the cosmetic flourishes found in the other trims.

The Black Edition adds mostly aesthetic enhancements, including a carbon fiber rear spoiler, leather-trimmed Recaro sport seats in the front, and red accents throughout the cabin. The Nismo is more of a track car than a daily driver; it comes with a 600-horsepower engine and other performance enhancements.

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Certified Pre-Owned Nissan GT-R Warranty

Even with its above-average reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned 2016 GT-R. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

Nissan’s CPO program can’t match those offered by Dodge, Chevrolet, or Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the GT-R?

No crash tests have been performed on the 2016 GT-R, which is typical for the class. A rearview camera is the only standard driver assistance feature.

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2016 Nissan GT-R Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan GT-R or 2016 Porsche 911?

The 2016 Porsche 911 is one of the few in the luxury sports cars that can keep pace with the 2016 GT-R. The Porsche has a more luxurious cabin with two small rear seats. However, the 911 has a higher average price than the GT-R by almost $65,000. If you’re fine with a less luxurious interior, you’ll prefer the Nissan for its faster acceleration.

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan GT-R or 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class can’t match the 2016 GT-R when it comes to driving dynamics, but it’s the more luxurious choice. The GT-R has over 200 more horsepower than the base SL-Class, though more powerful variants of the Mercedes are available. The Nissan also has sportier handling, while the Mercedes is tuned for comfort. The SL-Class has a richer interior, but its average price is $9,200 higher, which might be worth it for the additional luxury. If you’d rather give up a lavish interior for better performance, pick the GT-R instead.

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2016 GT-R Performance

How Does the 2016 Nissan GT-R Drive?

The 2016 GT-R comes standard with all-wheel drive. It has outstanding grip that gives it a planted feel. Cornering is a definite strength, whether racing on the track or snaking through twisty backroads. The GT-R’s ride isn't as comfortable as some cars in the class, but it isn't punishing either.

A 545-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine comes standard. The Nismo trim features a retuned version of this engine with 600 horsepower. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard. The powerful V6 engines delivers mind-altering acceleration, enabling the GT-R to race from zero to 60 mph in a mere 3 seconds.

Does the 2016 Nissan GT-R Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 Nissan GT-R gets an EPA-rated 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, which is low even for the luxury sports car class.

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2016 GT-R Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 GT-R Seat?

The 2016 GT-R seats four people and comes standard with leather and synthetic suede upholstery, as well as heated and power-adjustable front seats. The cabin isn't as luxurious as some of its competitors, and the rear seats are a tight squeeze. The Nismo trim offers Recaro leather-appointed front seats with red Alcantara inserts. The Black Edition trim has black and red Recaro front seats with leather upholstery.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Nissan GT-R?

The 2016 GT-R has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors.

2016 Nissan GT-R Features

Standard features in the GT-R include remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, voice recognition, and navigation. The GT-R doesn't offer as many tech and safety features as other cars in this class.

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2016 Nissan GT-R Dimensions

Nissan GT-R Cargo Space

You’ll find 8.8 cubic feet of space for cargo in the GT-R. That’s a little below the class average.

2016 GT-R Length and Weight

The 2016 GT-R is 15.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,904 to 3,922 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating is 4,669 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Nissan GT-R Built?

Nissan manufactured the 2016 GT-R in Japan.

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