2019 Nissan GT-R Review
Which GT-R does Edmunds recommend?
Though they share the same parts and name, each of the four iterations is slightly different. We say go for the Pure trim since it provides high levels of performance without the additional weight found in the Premium model. Plus, with the cost savings, you can go to more track days or modify it to your heart's content.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Twin-turbo V6 delivers explosive acceleration
- Easy to drive for maximum performance
- Ride is surprisingly comfortable
- Lurchy and noisy powertrain, particularly at low speeds
- Dated infotainment system graphics
- Price has risen significantly over the last few years
- Handling abilities seem to diminish at track speeds
- No significant changes for 2019
- Part of the first GT-R generation introduced for 2009
|Overall||7.4 / 10|
The GT-R delivers world-beating acceleration, while an advanced all-wheel-drive system allows novices to pilot this ultra-capable sports car with surprising ease. If tracking your GT-R is in the future, ditch the Dunlops — they don't provide enough grip. The transmission is slow to react to inputs.
In Comfort and Normal modes, the adaptive suspension works well to eliminate bumpiness on poorly paved roads. The seats lack adjustment, and their aggressive lumbar might be a deal-breaker. Mechanical powertrain noises are ever-present. The climate system is a bit finicky.
Despite the GT-R's age, improvements throughout its life span have kept the cabin looking fresh. It's easy to get in and out of the spacious interior, and the view out isn't as bunker-like as it is in other sports cars. Some buttons are oddly place, and the seat needs additional adjustments for a good driving position.
Though the trunk is relatively large, the tall liftover height makes loading and unloading items awkward. Interior storage is limited, but you can use the rear seats as extra shelf space. The GT-R gets extra points for the presence of rear seats, which give it an edge in the child seat department.
While enhancements have been made to other areas of the GT-R over the last decade, the infotainment system is quite dated. Navigation is inaccurate, the voice control system is clumsy, and there's no Android Auto. Besides a rearview camera and parking sensors, driving aids are not available.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the GT-R models:
- Seat Belt Pre-tensioner
- Prevents excessive passenger movement upon collision by locking and taking up slack on the seat belt.
- Connects drivers with their car through their smartphone for roadside assistance, crash notification and emergency calls.
- Rearview Monitor
- Helps drivers see what's behind them when backing up through the use of a camera mounted to the rear of the car.