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2019 Nissan GT-R Review

The 2019 Nissan GT-R is an exceptional performance car, offering fierce engine power and race-car-like driving dynamics. However, many competing luxury sports cars offer better fuel economy, more tech features, and interior quality that looks and feels more upscale.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular engine
  • Superb handling
  • Unimpressive cabin quality
  • Few tech and driver assistance features
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Harsh ride


out of 10

Overall Rating

Critics' Rating: 8.6/10
Performance: 9.2/10
Interior: 6.1/10
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
Quality & Reliability:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 3.0 for reliability is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.

2019 Nissan GT-R Overview

Is the 2019 Nissan GT-R a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Nissan GT-R is a good used luxury sports car. It stands out for its super-car-like performance, exceptional power, and sure-footed all-wheel-drive grip. The GT-R’s powertrain consists of a beastly twin-turbocharged V6 engine and a refined transmission. While these attributes make the GT-R a prime candidate for spirited driving, its firm suspension makes it less appealing for daily commutes. And though it's probably not your top priority for a sports coupe, it’s worth noting that the GT-R’s back seats are practically useless for anything other than storage. One of the GT-R’s biggest negatives is that few driver assistance and technology features are available.

Competitors like the 2019 Porsche 911 and 2019 Chevrolet Corvette provide a more luxurious cabin, better ride comfort, and a richer set of tech features.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our Nissan GT-R review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 68 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much is the 2019 Nissan GT-R?

Based on listings for the 2019 Nissan GT-R, the average list price is $88,464. Prices range from $99,990 to $175,540 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Nissan GT-R Cost to Own?

We do not currently have projections for the 2019 GT-R’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance.

2018 vs. 2019 Nissan GT-R: What's the Difference?

There are no major difference between the 2018 and 2019 GT-R.

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Here are the key changes for the Nissan GT-R over the last few years:

  • 2016: 45th Anniversary Gold edition introduced
  • 2017: improved engine performance, refreshed interior and exterior styling, updated touch screen
  • 2018: Apple CarPlay made standard, new base Pure trim debuted
  • 2019: no major changes

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 GT-R, 2017 GT-R, and 2018 GT-R reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Nissan GT-R?

At the time of this writing, there is no predicted reliability rating for the 2019 GT-R.

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2019 Nissan GT-R Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

  • Summary: Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Nissan Altima, Armada, Frontier, Kicks, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, NV, NV200, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Sentra, Titan, Titan Diesel, Versa Note and Versa Sedan vehicles, as well as Infiniti Q50, Q60, QX30 and QX80 vehicles. Additionally included are 2019 Nissan GT-R and Taxi and Infiniti QX50, QX60, Q70, Q70L vehicles. The back-up camera and display settings can be adjusted such that the rear view image is no longer visible and the system will retain that setting the next time the vehicle is placed in reverse. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, "Rear Visibility."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 1228830
  • Consequence: The lack of an image in the back-up camera display increases the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Nissan will notify owners in phases, having dealers update the back-up camera settings software, free of charge. The recall began November 11, 2019 and all affected VINs should be activated. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669 or INFINITI customer service at 1-800-662-6200.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAR 31, 2018 to MAY 29, 2019
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V654000

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

The 2019 Nissan GT-R comes in four trims: Pure, Premium, Track Edition, and Nismo. Every model has a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, a Nissan/Brembo braking system, and a Bilstein suspension system. The GT-R also comes with a Vehicle Dynamic Control system that provides three selectable drive modes. If exciting performance is your main focus, the base GT-R will more than satisfy your desire for thrills. Most shoppers won’t feel the need to spend extra on upper trims, which add a few unique styling elements and some upgraded materials but few additional technology features.

  • Nissan GT-R Pure: The base Pure trim comes a 565-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, heated front seats, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a NissanConnect infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and two USB ports.
  • Nissan GT-R Premium: The GT-R Premium trim adds an 11-speaker Bose audio system, a titanium exhaust with exhaust sound control, active noise cancellation, and active sound enhancement.
  • Nissan GT-R Track Edition: The Track Edition features a Nismo-tuned suspension, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, Recaro leather-appointed front seats, a black and red interior, and a Nismo-tuned rear stabilizer bar.
  • Nissan GT-R Nismo: The Nismo trim comes with the same engine as the lower trims, but it produces an extra 35 horsepower and 14 more pound-feet of torque. This model also gains cosmetic upgrades, including Recaro leather-appointed front seats with red synthetic suede inserts and an Alcantara leather-wrapped steering wheel. Additional features include a trunk lid, front and rear fascias, side sills, and a rear spoiler that are all made from carbon fiber.

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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 has crash tested the 2019 GT-R.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • Nothing notable

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2019 Nissan GT-R Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Nissan GT-R or 2019 Porsche 911?

The 2019 Porsche 911 ranks near the top of the luxury sports car class, and with good reason. It sets the standard for what a car in this class should be: authoritative yet comfortable, and equally at home on the track and around town. The 911 is available in dozens of powertrain and body style combinations, including coupe, convertible, and Targa variants. It also stands out with a refined and luxurious interior that’s built with an abundance of high-end materials. Just keep in mind that you'll want to check out a 911 Turbo or Turbo S model for horsepower that rivals what the GT-R provides.

Which Is Better: 2019 Nissan GT-R or 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL and the GT-R are opposites in many ways. The SL’s plush, refined ride suits those in the market for a luxury sports car that prioritizes comfort over performance. That said, this Mercedes is available with engine options that can compete with the GT-R’s when it comes to power. Inside, the SL has one of the most luxurious cabins in the class. Unlike the Nissan, the Mercedes-Benz has supremely comfortable and supportive seats that are highly adjustable and include a massaging function in some models. And if road trips are on your agenda, you'll probably prefer the SL, which has one of the largest trunks in the class.

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2019 GT-R Performance

How Does the 2019 Nissan GT-R Drive?

Look no further if you want a track-ready coupe that handles like a super car. The GT-R provides razor-sharp steering and outstanding cornering abilities, and its twin-turbo engine delivers a tremendous amount of horsepower and ample torque. The transmission is well-matched to the engine, offering smooth and silent low-speed gear changes. The biggest downside is a ride that most buyers will find too firm for everyday driving. There are several standard performance features, including a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, and a Vehicle Dynamic Control system with three driving modes.

  • Base engine: 565-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6
  • Available engine: 600-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 (GT-R Nismo)
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Does the 2019 Nissan GT-R Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 GT-R gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, which are among the worst fuel economy estimates in the class.

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2019 GT-R Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 GT-R Seat?

The 2019 GT-R seats four. There’s decent head- and legroom up front, and rearward visibility is pretty good from the driver’s seat. On the downside, the front seats could be more comfortable, and like many cars in this class, the GT-R’s rear seats do not provide enough space to comfortably accommodate adult passengers.

Interior quality is another area where this Nissan falls short. The interior design looks dated, and the cabin materials are substandard when compared with other cars in this class, even in the top-level Nismo trim.

Standard seating features:

  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather-appointed front seats with synthetic suede inserts

Available seating features:

  • Recaro leather-appointed front seats with red synthetic suede inserts
  • Alcantara leather-wrapped steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Nissan GT-R?

The 2019 GT-R has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear seats.

2019 Nissan GT-R Features

The GT-R’s infotainment system features a touch screen with intuitive menus, as well as user-friendly physical knobs. Still, it’s not as advanced as the systems found in some rivals, which include larger screens, better graphics, and more recently updated interfaces.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, hands-free text messaging, Bluetooth, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: an 11-speaker Bose audio system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control

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2019 Nissan GT-R Dimensions

Nissan GT-R Cargo Space

The GT-R provides 8.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a luxury sports car. The trunk is pretty deep, but a high lift-over height makes it hard to load heavy items.

2019 Nissan GT-R Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,915 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,727 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Nissan GT-R Built?

Nissan built the 2019 GT-R in Japan.

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