2017 Nissan GT-R Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Nissan GT-R was new.


Interior: 7.5

The 2017 Nissan GT-R is swathed in a single hide of Nappa leather that gives the dashboard a needed upscale look. The interior also benefits from a consolidation of controls and a larger 8-inch touch screen.

  • "The GT-R's profile and general layout are certainly dramatic, but also a bit more practical—in terms of both passenger and cargo room—[than] most other six-figure exotic sports cars." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Nobody will mistake the 2017 Nissan GT-R for a luxury car, but this performance-oriented interior isn't without its charms. The big red start button draws your attention, situated on the center console between the two leather-appointed seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The meatiest change is the interior's all-new look. It's a much-needed restyling considering the pedestrian, outdated appearance of the 2016 GT-R's cabin, especially compared with newcomers like the AMG GT and the always-stylish Porsche 911. A single hide of Nappa leather stretches across the dashboard to create a very well-made, luxurious look. Add the $4,000 Premium Interior Package to get the most out of the interior, with hand-stitched highlights and colored, fully leather front seats replacing standard black leather seats with synthetic suede inserts. The GT-R's new interior is a classy place to be with the optional upholstery package." -- Cars.com


The 2017 Nissan GT-R technically seats four, but the rear seats are best used for cargo and not passengers. Front-seat legroom and headroom is decent. The front seats are not comfortable on long trips because they lack lumbar and bolster adjustments. The driver's seat has standard eight-way power adjustments, while the front passenger has a four-way power-adjustable seat. Both front seats are heated and can accommodate a four-point safety harness.

  • "… the GT-R cabin presents well—and offers decent front-seat head- and legroom for a high-end sports car." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's also worth noting that the mere act of getting in and out is as straightforward as it is in a typical passenger car. Many sports cars in this class require awkward contortions, but with the GT-R you just hop in and drive." -- Edmunds
  • "Those seats, though, are my biggest pain. Literally. For the life of me, I couldn't get comfortable in these contraptions, which Nissan claims to have redesigned to provide more comfort. Instead I felt like I was sitting up against a softball. (I'm 6 feet tall and 170 pounds.) There's no lumbar or bolster adjustment, so you either fit or you don't. I felt like I was sitting on top of the GT-R's seat rather than being hugged by it, like I do in the seats of comparable sports cars." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Nissan has decluttered the GT-R’s dashboard, streamlining the number of switches and buttons from 27 to 11. Standard features in the 2017 Nissan GT-R include voice recognition for audio and navigation, a rearview camera, front and rear parking assist, push-button start, Bluetooth for phone and audio, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and NissanConnect with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, and mobile apps and services.

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  • "At first glance, the 2017 Nissan GT-R's interior doesn't look much different from previous years, but there are some distinct improvements. There are far fewer switches and buttons now, with many replaced by a knob on the center console that controls infotainment functions." -- Edmunds
  • "An all-new, massive 8-inch multimedia screen is a highlight of the interior redesign, with easy-to-read graphics and intuitive control of media players and radio sources. … The rest of the media and climate controls are simplified, reducing the number of buttons and switches from 27 to 11. Presets and sound sources are now handled via the touchscreen." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside the 2017 GT-R has received a freshening that includes a revised center console that has reduced the car's button count from 27 to just 11. A new 8-inch touch screen replaces last year's 7-inch unit." -- Left Lane News


Like most sports cars, there is little cargo space in the 2017 Nissan GT-R. However, the GT-R's 8.8 cubic feet can accommodate two golf bags (as long as they’re not PGA Tour size). The trunk lid does have a high liftover, which could make loading some cargo difficult.

  • "The 8.8 cubic feet of cargo space is actually quite usable – nearly double what's available in the 911's 5.1-cubic-foot front trunk. We easily fit two medium-sized golf bags in the GT-R's trunk. Both cars' backseats can be used for storage, but only the 911's backrests fold flat to provide a flat surface. The GT-R's are fixed, and both the leather and the high center console would be vulnerable to damage from some types of cargo." -- Cars.com
  • "Trunk space is not bad for a car of this size and type but it's hardly voluminous. The hatchlike trunklid has a very high liftover, but the lid itself opens to full vertical to ease the requisite drop-in loading. Rear seats do not fold, so pack light." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trunk is deep, but the high liftover height and narrow opening hamper loading. Capacity is limited to 8.8 cubic feet, and the rear seatbacks do not fold forward." -- Edmunds

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