Nissan GT-R Review
The 2014 Nissan GT-R ranks 7 out of 13 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.
The 2014 Nissan GT-R is esteemed by automotive journalists for its blistering acceleration and track-ready handling, as well as its easy-to-drive nature and low price in comparison to other powerful sports cars.
The GT-R has a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a six-speed dual clutch transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Test drivers agree that it is one of the fastest sports cars available at any price level, as several publications have recorded acceleration runs of 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. They say it has sharp handling, strong brakes and nicely weighted steering, adding that it is a formidable car for the track. According to test drivers, the GT-R's grip from its all-wheel drive system, as well as its performance-enhancing technology make it incredibly easy to drive quickly and make the most of the engine's power. Some say that the electronic performance driving aids make the GT-R less engaging to drive than some rivals. Still, most agree that the GT-R is comfortable and composed driving through the city or simply cruising on the highway.
Reviewers write that the Nissan GT-R lacks the interior polish and opulence of other luxury sports cars, noting cheap, hard plastics throughout. However, reviewers say that the 2014 GT-R has a spacious cabin, with comfortable, supportive front seats and small rear seats that are suitable for kids. Its trunk is a good size for weekend trips, auto journalists add. Many like the GT-R's central display for its detailed graphics and readout of performance-oriented information. The GT-R comes standard with an 11-speaker Bose stereo system, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB iPod input, a rearview camera and dual-zone automatic climate control.
- "The 2014 Nissan GT-R is a 2+2 sport coupe, but that description doesn't do it justice. This supercar's track-caliber credentials are on par with many exotics that cost three, four and even five times as much. For that reason, it's considered one of the best high-performance values in the world." -- AutoTrader
- "For certain people, the GT-R hits all the right buttons, inspiring the kind of passion you'd only expect to find amongst the Ferraristi. Case in point: Two high-school guys stopped to gawk at the car just sitting in my driveway. One pelted me with questions despite knowing more about the car off the top of his head than I did. They begged me to take them for a ride around the block and then completely geeked out when I agreed." -- AutoWeek
- "Supercar fundamentals demand that a car be extremely fast, handle extraordinarily well and have an aura of exclusivity about it. By those standards, the 2014 Nissan GT-R certainly qualifies. But the GT-R also has a quality not normally expected of a supercar: It's about half the price." -- Edmunds
- "For the money, there simply isn't another car on the face of the planet that so artfully combines straight-line thrust with toe-tapping dance moves. I don't care that it doesn't come with three pedals. I don't care that it's older than the hills. I don't care that the transmission sounds like someone left a screwdriver floating around in there. Give me a long stretch of abandoned asphalt curling through a misty Tennessee morning and there's nothing else I'd rather have at my command." -- Autoblog
- "I adored it when it was $70,000, and I still love it even though it's $105,000. It's one of the greatest cars of the last decade. Simply mind boggling." -- Jalopnik
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Details: 2014 Nissan GT-R
The 2014 Nissan GT-R seats four and has all-wheel drive. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 and six-speed dual clutch transmission. There are three trim levels: Premium, Black Edition and new-for-2014 Track Edition. The Track Edition does not have any rear seats and features a number of track driving-oriented performance enhancements. Aside from those enhancements, the GT-R is largely unchanged since the 2009 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2014 model years.