2019 Nissan GT-R


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$99,990 - 175,540 MSRP

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Excellent handling
  • Rivals are more luxurious
  • Unrefined ride
  • Short features list

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 5.7
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
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.
TBD

Is the Nissan GT-R a Good Car?

The Nissan GT-R is a fine car, but it’s not for everyone. It’s extremely powerful and agile, making it a hoot to drive on twisty back roads or a racetrack. However, it’s short on luxury and refinement. The GT-R tends to jitter and jolt over rough pavement, its fuel economy is low, and its interior materials and tech features fail to impress. To make matters worse, this Nissan's nearly $100,000 starting price makes it prohibitively expensive.

Should I Buy the Nissan GT-R?

Give the GT-R a look if you desire its blistering acceleration or are smitten with its heritage and styling. Otherwise, there are much better options in the luxury sports car class, and many are more affordable. The Toyota Supra, Chevrolet Corvette, and Porsche Cayman all offer strong engine performance and better day-to-day driving dynamics. The kicker is they cost tens of thousands of dollars less.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan GT-R?

The 2019 GT-R belongs to a generation that began with the 2009 model year. There aren't any notable changes for 2019, but for 2018, Nissan introduced a new base trim level, Pure. It included nearly all of the 2017 base model’s standard features, except for a few things like an 11-speaker Bose audio system, active noise cancellation, and active sound enhancement. Nissan also introduced Apple CarPlay for 2018, making it standard. The GT-R Pure lowered the car's starting price to just a sliver under $100,000, while a base 2017 GT-R retailed for around $110,000 when it was new.

If you're open to driving a used car, consider shopping for an older GT-R. There were few major changes between the 2014 to 2017 model years. With how quickly luxury and performance vehicles depreciate, you can likely save a significant amount of money with a used model instead of a new Nissan GT-R.

To do more research on used GT-Rs in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Nissan GT-R. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current GT-R generation, which runs from 2009 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Nissan GT-R Cost?

With a base price just a sniff under $100,000, this Nissan rates as one of the more expensive offerings in the luxury sports car class. Things get considerably more expensive if you opt for one of the GT-R's three higher trims. The range-topping GT-R Nismo starts at about $175,500, which is more than the top trim price of all but a couple rivals.

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Nissan GT-R Versus the Competition

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

The Porsche 911 finishes near the top of the class rankings almost every year, and with good reason. This is the longtime standard for what a luxury sports car should be: authoritative yet comfortable, and equally at home on the track and around town. There are dozens of powertrain and body style combinations to choose from, including coupe, convertible, and Targa variants. You'll want to check out a 911 Turbo or Turbo S model for horsepower that rivals the GT-R. Overall, the 911 outranks the GT-R because of its refined, upscale interior, which features an abundance of high-quality materials.

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

The Mercedes-Benz SL is more of a luxury cruiser than a true sports car, and thus it can't really keep up with the GT-R at the track. But this roadster boasts a posh interior and a supple ride quality, and it far surpasses the Nissan when it comes to comfort and daily drivability. With the Mercedes, you can also spring for opulent treats including massaging seats, a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound stereo, and a full suite of advanced safety systems, none of which are offered in the GT-R. The range-topping Mercedes AMG editions – with their muscular engine pairings and other performance upgrades – are better rivals to the GT-R when it comes to performance.

Which Is Better: Nissan GT-R or Acura NSX?

The Acura NSX is more of a supercar than a sports car, and it delivers performance to match. The NSX features a 573-horsepower hybrid powertrain that's responsive and powerful, and the Acura's handling must be experienced to fully appreciate it. Like the GT-R, the NSX comes with all-wheel drive. Inside, the Acura only seats two, though in practice the same is true of its Nissan rival. Both cars are driver-oriented, with little in the way of interior frills and shorter features lists than many class rivals.

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GT-R Performance

GT-R Engine: Ready, Willing, and Able

A 565-horsepower twin-turbo V6 comes standard in this Nissan, and it's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Nismo trims feature a 600-horsepower version of the same powertrain. Each engine provides quick acceleration in every situation. This beast of a car delivers exactly the kind of energetic performance and throaty growl that you want from a high-end sports car.

GT-R Gas Mileage: Pricey at the Pump

You'll certainly pay for the privilege of driving this powerful Nissan. It gets just 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway – some of the lowest ratings in the class.

GT-R Ride and Handling: Glued to the Road

The GT-R's handling is nothing short of spectacular. It stays planted around turns thanks to its performance suspension, and standard all-wheel drive provides plenty of road grip. If there’s a downside, it's that the performance suspension makes the ride a little firm for daily driving.

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GT-R Interior

How Many People Does the GT-R Seat?

The GT-R seats four. The front seats aren't that supportive or comfortable, but they offer a reasonable amount of space. The rear seats don't provide enough room for adults, and they're probably too small for many children as well.

GT-R and Car Seats

The GT-R has two full sets of LATCH hardware, with each set comprising a top tether anchor and two lower anchors. All the hardware is difficult to access and use, and there isn't enough legroom in the back for a rear-facing child safety seat.

GT-R Interior Quality

The Nissan GT-R is sophisticated and driver-focused on the inside. Though it looks good, it doesn't have the panache or the top-notch materials found in many rival cabins.

GT-R Cargo Space

The GT-R provides just under 9 cubic feet of trunk space. That's not a lot, but it's on par with many rivals, and it's enough room for two sets of golf clubs or a half-dozen shopping bags.

GT-R Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include the NissanConnect infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. An 11-speaker Bose audio system is available.

The straight-forward infotainment system is easy to master and features physical knobs and buttons in addition to touch-screen controls. However, it's not as modern as rival systems, many of which have larger touch screens and/or additional features like Android Auto.

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GT-R Reliability

Is the Nissan GT-R Reliable?

The 2019 GT-R does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Nissan GT-R Warranty

Nissan covers the GT-R with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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GT-R Safety

GT-R Crash Test Results

Like most luxury sports cars, the 2019 Nissan GT-R has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

GT-R Safety Features

The GT-R comes standard with a rearview camera. No advanced active safety features are available.

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Which Nissan GT-R Model Is Right for Me?

The GT-R lineup gives you four trim options: Pure, Premium, Track Edition, and Nismo. This car is built for speed, and all trims have a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, a Nissan/Brembo braking system, advanced vehicle dynamic control with three driver-selectable modes, and a Bilstein suspension system.

Because almost every notable tech feature – along with plenty of performance features – comes standard in the GT-R, the base Pure trim provides the best value in the lineup. It'll cost you more than $10,000 to step up to the next trim, and substantially more if you go up more than one trim. The additional styling upgrades and few additional features don't justify that kind of outlay.

Nissan GT-R Pure

The GT-R Pure carries a base price of $99,990. It has a 565-horsepower engine and comes standard with heated front seats, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and the 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 starts at $110,540. In addition to the base trim's features, the Premium comes with include 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 GT-R Track Edition sports a starting price of $128,540. The Track Edition comes with a Nismo-tuned suspension, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, Recaro leather-appointed front seats, a distinct black and red interior, and a Nismo-tuned rear stabilizer bar.

Nissan GT-R Nismo

The GT-R Nismo starts at $175,540. It features the same engine as the lower trims, but it produces an extra 35 horsepower and 14 more pound-feet of torque. Other changes are mostly cosmetic. The Nismo features Recaro leather-appointed front seats with red synthetic suede inserts and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. It also comes with front and rear fascias, side sills, a trunk lid, and a rear spoiler – all made from carbon fiber.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Nissan GT-R fits the bill as a high-performance sports car, and if that's all you care about, then this car should delight you. However, it finishes low in our luxury sports car rankings because it's not nearly as well-rounded as some of its competitors. On top of that, the GT-R is one of the more expensive cars in the class. You should probably consider other options because you'll probably find a luxury sports car that delivers everything the GT-R does and then some, and for less money.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "At just under $112,000, Nissan's high-performance GT-R sports coupe isn't exactly what we'd call a bargain. That is until you begin to compare the GT-R's performance, technology and build quality to such established exotic names as Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. With its 565-horsepower twin-turbo V6, sophisticated all-wheel-drive setup and abundance of electronic assists, Nissan's GT-R high-performance coupe has earned its place among the great performance cars of our time." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "With its supercar-like performance abilities, the 2018 Nissan GT-R is a standout in the narrow field of $100,000 high-performance coupes. Hailed as one the world's all-time great sports cars, the GT-R can run circles around some exotics costing far more, yet it's exclusive enough to make even the wealthiest enthusiast beg for time behind the wheel. For those who are well-off enough to drop the cash, owning a GT-R provides the thrill of driving a high-end, high-performance machine that can double as an everyday driver." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • At first glance, the GT-R looks deceptively like a car that one might commute in, run to Walgreens in, or drive a friend to the airport in. Don't be fooled. The GT-R is a serious machine, a thrilling accomplice, but it's not much of a car." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
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