2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: My Dream Road Trip Car

March 13, 2009


I was soo lucky to land the 2009 Nissan GT-R as our road trip car to Vegas. I usually HATE driving to Vegas, such a boring trip. But the GT-R's seats are comfortable enough for both the driver and passenger to withstand 283 miles and our car has all the amenities to make that long, boring slog to Sin City bearable. We had satellite radio so we wouldn't have to keep switching stations, seat heaters!, 480 horsepower for short bursts of speed to enliven things and the entertainment of watching fellow motorists drool at the car.


Before the trip I was warned that the suspension, even in Comfort mode, would still make the car shudder over road imperfections but it really didn't bug me as much as I thought it would.

On the way back home I asked my road trip companion if she enjoyed her ride in the GT-R. She did, especially because it was so comfortable as the seat sort of cradled her and the lumbar support pushed her in at the right spot so she didn't get an achey back. She did feel guilty that I had to do all the driving, though. Heh. Yeah, I think that I had a lot more fun than she did and that's saying a lot considering I usually find the road to Vegas so very dull.

I was fascinated by the power of this car which made me feel like a giant trying to pet a kitten. So much oomph that a couple of times when I wanted to pass slowpokes, I found that I had jumped to 10 mph faster in what felt like a mere second when all I wanted to do was get around them. Oops! Looked in my rearview mirror and they were now a faint dot on the horizon.

I had to watch my speeds on the 15, though, since there seemed to be a lot more cops out than usual. Such a bummer. Leaving Vegas, after Stateline there had to be a cop every 2 miles sitting on the side of the road with their laser speed guns pointed at traffic.

BTW what has to be the biggest plus about the interior of this car is the 9-cubic-foot trunk that can accommodate the luggage of two girls going away to Vegas for three days. That's pretty amazing for a supercar. Our Audi R8 had about 7 cubic feet of oddly shaped space in its frunk.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 18,717 miles


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