Nissan GT-R Review
The 2015 Nissan GT-R ranks 8 out of 12 Luxury Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan GT-R, as well as reliability and safety data.
While it might not be the most luxurious choice in the class, the refreshed 2015 Nissan GT-R matches the blistering performance of exotic supercars with much higher price tags, reviewers say.
The 2015 Nissan GT-R comes standard with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and test drivers write that it provides incredible acceleration for the class. Auto writers also appreciate the GT-R's quick-shifting six-speed automated manual transmission. The 2015 GT-R gets an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is decent compared with the fuel economy of rivals with similar power. With its standard all-wheel drive, sharp steering, powerful brakes and unbelievable cornering grip, reviewers write that the GT-R is as impressive through the bends as it is in a straight line. They also say that this year's improvements to the GT-R's sound insulation and suspension system have given it a quieter, smoother ride, making it a more comfortable car for daily driving.
While the Nissan GT-R did receive upgraded cabin materials for 2015, some automotive journalists still think it lacks the high-end feel of its luxury sports car competitors. However, they appreciate its supportive front seats and respectable trunk space. Standard features in the 2015 Nissan GT-R include black leather upholstery with faux-suede inserts, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, push-button start and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, a DVD player, a USB port, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Available features include Recaro front sport seats and new hand-stitched beige or red leather upholstery. Test drivers write that the GT-R's infotainment display is sleek, and they like that it can show a wide array of performance specs including lap times, cornering force and turbo boost.
- "Capable of running on the same track as cars costing two, three or even four times as much, the GT-R allows those with comfortable bank accounts to enjoy the thrill of driving a high-end, high-performance machine that doubles as an everyday driver." -- AutoTrader
- "We can expect a modest price increase when the GT-R goes on sale early next year, but even so, it will remain the supercar performance bargain." -- Autoblog
- "If there's such a thing as a supercar for the budget-conscious, the 2015 Nissan GT-R is it. While it's no longer quite the deal it once was, the $103,000 and up GT-R has the performance chops to pace or even pounce exotic cars such as Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Maseratis that can cost twice as much." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "It's still fair to say that it won't generate quite the same passionate experience that you get from the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3. Nor is it quite the value it once was considering the power and price of new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The new 2015 Acura NSX is another enticing alternative. But the GT-R is still very much bonkers, and for that, we're grateful." -- Edmunds
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers agree that the Chevrolet Corvette has an attractive, tech-filled interior and incredibly athletic handling. The new Z06 trim costs $20,000 less than the GT-R, and critics say its 650-horsepower supercharged V8 makes it nearly unbeatable in a straight line.
According to auto writers, the Porsche 911 offers phenomenal handling and a bevy of powerful trims, from the race-tuned GT3 to the all-wheel drive Carrera 4S. They note that the 911 has a luxurious, driver-focused cabin with top-notch materials.
Details: 2015 Nissan GT-R
The 2015 Nissan GT-R is a four-seat coupe that comes in Premium, Black Edition and NISMO trims. A twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automated manual transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. The GT-R receives several updates for 2015, including retuned suspension, steering and braking systems. However, it hasn't been fully redesigned since its debut in 2009, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2015 model years.