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Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.4
Safety:
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2017 Nissan GT-R Review

The 2017 Nissan GT-R is a luxury sports car that has the sports car part down, just not the luxury car aspect. It has jackrabbit handling along with a ton of power under the hood. However, it ranks in the middle of the class because it’s not as luxurious as its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding power and acceleration
  • Incredible grip and cornering ability
  • Short on safety features
  • Not as luxurious as rivals

New for 2017

  • Improved engine performance
  • Refreshed exterior and interior styling
  • Enhanced touch screen

2017 Nissan GT-R Overview

Is the 2017 Nissan GT-R a Good Used Car?

The 2017 GT-R is a good luxury sports car, especially if you prioritize performance over luxury. Its standard all-wheel-drive system helps provide sharp handling and excellent traction. It also has one of the most powerful base engines in the class. The GT-R has standard leather seats, but they aren’t comfortable on long drives. The interior has more plastic pieces than you might expect for this price. It features an easy-to-use infotainment system with a large touch screen, but it lacks support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The GT-R gets decent fuel economy estimates, which is good considering its above-average ownership costs.

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How Much Is the 2017 Nissan GT-R?

According to the listings on our site, prices for the 2017 Nissan GT-R range from $84,000 to $96,900. The average list price is $90,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Nissan GT-R Cost to Own?

Projected five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 GT-R are $42,785. That’s slightly above average in the luxury sports car segment.

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

The 2018 Nissan GT-R starts at $99,900, which is much more than the average price of a used 2017 GT-R. The 2018 also gives you less for that money. For 2018, Nissan debuted a new Pure base trim, which lacks previously standard features like an 11-speaker Bose audio system, a titanium exhaust with sound control, active noise cancellation, and active sound enhancement (which pipes engine noise into the cabin). Save money and buy the better-equipped 2017 GT-R.

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In the new luxury sports car class, there’s a raft of high-ranking alternatives to the 2017 GT-R. They include the iconic 2018 Porsche 911 (starting at $91,100), the 2018 Lexus LC ($92,000), and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL Class ($88,200). Each of these cars delivers a better mix of performance and luxury. The 2019 Corvette Z06 ($79,495) is another great alternative, with its 650-horsepower V8 engine.

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

The GT-R has received numerous updates over the years, including a styling refresh and performance improvements for 2017. However, it’s still the same basic car as when it debuted for 2009. Not all trims are available for each model year (the 2014 GT-R has the Track Edition, and 2016 GT-R has the 45th Anniversary Gold Edition). Unless you’re looking for one of these models, consider saving some money with an older model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Nissan GT-R?

The 2017 Nissan GT-R has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 GT-R.

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

There are three trim levels for the 2017 GT-R: Premium, Nismo, and the limited-production Track Edition.

Unless you’re seeking the best performance for the racetrack, the Premium trim should meet most buyers’ performance needs. It comes with a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters, all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes, a Bilstein suspension system, advanced vehicle dynamic control with three driver-selectable modes, multi-LED headlights, and titanium exhaust with exhaust sound control.

For even better performance, consider the Nismo and Track Edition models. The Nismo gains 35 horsepower, and adds a rear stabilizer bar, carbon fiber front and rear fascia, side sills, a trunk lid and rear spoiler, Recaro leather-appointed front seats with red synthetic suede inserts, and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and gauge hood. The Track Edition has the same power output as the Premium trim. However, it has increased body rigidity, unique suspension tuning, reduced weight, and additional roll stiffness for improved performance.

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Certified Pre-Owned Nissan GT-R Warranty

Even with the GT-R’s above-average predicted reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model for extra peace of mind. The Nissan’s CPO program is about average for a nonluxury brand, according to our analysis.

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.

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How Safe Is the GT-R?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2017 GT-R. A rearview camera comes standard, along with front and rear parking sensors.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan GT-R or 2017 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which is a full second slower than the 2017 GT-R. As a daily driver, though, the Corvette is a better choice. Though the Corvette only has seating for two people, the GT-R’s seating for four is really just a theory, as it’s just too cramped to fit anyone back there. The Corvette has almost twice the cargo capacity as the GT-R, and it comes standard with a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. None of those tech features are available in the GT-R. The Corvette also has lower five-year predicted operating costs, too. The Chevy’s average used price of about $55,000 is significantly lower than that of the Nissan, making this a no-brainer: Go with the Vette.

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan GT-R or 2017 Porsche 911?

Both the GT-R and the 2017 Porsche 911 deliver excellent performance, but they do so in different ways. The Porsche has a 370-horsepower six-cylinder engine and a zero-to-60 time of 4.0 seconds, just over a second slower than the GT-R at 2.7 seconds. Despite having nearly 200 less horsepower than the GT-R, the 911 moves quickly because it’s almost 800 pounds lighter. Responsive steering and strong brakes help give the 911 world-class handling. The 911 also has active safety features like a multi-collision braking system designed to prevent additional collisions following a rear-end accident. In addition to its strong performance attributes, the 911 is also a good daily driver, thanks to its smooth ride. The average price of a used 911 is also a bit lower than that of a used GT-R.

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2017 GT-R Performance

How Does the 2017 Nissan GT-R Drive?

The 2017 GT-R stays flat while cornering thanks to its standard all-wheel-drive system and an electronically controlled suspension. The only flaw is the car's heavy weight, which makes the GT-R feel ponderous compared to rivals.

Under the hood, the 2017 Nissan GT-R packs the second-most-powerful base engine in the luxury sports car segment. Each handcrafted twin-turbocharged V6 engine spools out 565 horsepower, good for going from zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. The GT-R Nismo trim tunes the engine for even better performance, delivering 600 horsepower. The Nismo has other performance enhancements, including high-capacity twin turbochargers and the widespread use of carbon fiber to reduce weight. The limited GT-R Track Edition aims to strike a balance in performance between the Premium and Nismo trims.

Does the 2017 Nissan GT-R Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Nissan GT-R returns decent fuel economy: 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

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2017 GT-R Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 GT-R Seat?

The GT-R seats four, but the rear seats are better for hauling light cargo, not people. Leather upholstery and heated front seats come standard. With 44.6 inches of legroom, the front seats can easily accommodate taller drivers. The driver’s seat has eight-way power adjustments, while the front-passenger seat adjusts in four ways. However, a lack of lumbar adjustment and side bolster support make the seats uncomfortable for longer trips. The GT-R Nismo trim’s standard Recaro sport seats solve the bolster problem, but some drivers may find them to be too narrow. Each front seat can accommodate a four-point racing harness.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Nissan GT-R?

The 2017 GT-R has a complete set of LATCH connectors in each of its two rear seats. The small back seats make the GT-R’s child-seat system hard to use.

2017 Nissan GT-R Features

The 2017 GT-R comes standard with an 11-speaker audio system, active noise cancellation, active sound enhancement, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, and dual-zone automatic climate control. You also get the NissanConnect system with an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, navigation, and mobile apps and services.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Dimensions

Nissan GT-R Cargo Space

The 2017 GT-R has 8.8 cubic feet of cargo space. A high liftover height makes loading heavy items into the GT-R a bit tricky, and the lack of folding rear seats limits versatility.

2017 GT-R Length and Weight

The 2017 Nissan is 15.5 feet long. The GT-R has a curb weight of 3,933 pounds for the base trim, 3,911 pounds for the GT-R Nismo, and 3,915 for the Track Edition.

Where Was the 2017 Nissan GT-R Built?

Nissan built the 2017 GT-R in Japan.

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