Vroom for Four - 2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan GT-R: Vroom for Four

January 26, 2009

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We wouldn't normally associate a 2009 Nissan GT-R with Sunday brunch with Grandma and Grandpa, but that's precisely where we were going this weekend. So the four of us piled in.

Truth be told, there wasn't enough space for me to frame a proper picture of the resulting rear seat legroom. After all, this is a real car, not a cutaway used for catalog shots. Besides, the girls weren't in a posing mood. Shelby, our taller 12-year old, fit much better than 10-year old Sarah because her legs are long enough to allow her feet to hit the floor and her toes to slip under the front seat. And she wasn't stuck sitting behind me, either.

But a couple of interesting/weird points are nevertheless visible in this photo.

1) The rear seat belts go the "wrong" way. They pull from the inside to the outside. Not being out in the open makes the buckles hard to get at, especially for "big" people. But big people don't fit back here anyway, so it doesn't matter much. Still, it's an odd choice.

2) Those seats don't fold and there isn't any sort of pass-through, but the Bose subs are backed-up by an unseen vent that turns the whole trunk into a resonator. Couldn't really try it on Sunday morning, though. I didn't want to boost the bass of the Car Talk guys any more than necessary.

"Hello, you're on Car Talk."

"Hi Tom and Ray. I'm Dan from California. I need your help. My transmission is making a funny noise."

"So's my brother. What kinda car is it?"

"It's a 2009 Nissan GT-R. It all started after I used launch control to dust-off this guy in a Porsche..."

OK, I made that last part up; My call never got through and the GT-R's transmission noises are no more humorous than usual.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 16,198 miles

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