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COMFORT AND QUALITY | 8 out of 10
“Snug sport buckets”
“The backseat isn’t for grownups”
“Materials are mostly decent quality”
Los Angeles Times
It’s no plush luxury coupe, nor is it an exotically trimmed supercar like those from Maranello or Sant’Agata, but the 2009 Nissan GT-R outshines other blistering performance machines with a tightly fitted cabin and four actual seats for adults.
Few reviewers spend much time considering the GT-R’s interior accommodations and its fit and finish, but a few, such as Edmunds, note how its “snug sport buckets and a high center console envelop the driver and front passenger.” “The seats held me in place on the track but weren't too restrictive in normal driving,” attests Cars.com. Edmunds adds, “Ingress and egress—for the front passengers, at least—is a piece of cake by exotic-car standards.”
In back, “rear passengers won't complain as long as their legs aren't long enough to dangle off the seat cushions—which is to say, as long as they're under the age of 3,” Edmunds reports, while Cars.com advises “the backseat isn't for grownups, but it's a backseat, and that's not something you'll find in your average supercar.”
Overall quality of materials is ordinary by some supercar standards, but at Nissan’s bargain price tag of under $80,000, some concessions are acceptable.
“The materials are mostly decent quality, but no one's very keen about the carpet on the inner door panels. Maybe because it's really carpet—the same stuff that's on the floor,” Cars.com observes. The Los Angeles Times says “the car is built like the freakin' Yamato. I mean, it's solid,” while Cars.com also points out the details that go into engineering a car with such high performance levels: “the wheels have a knurled bead to keep them from spinning in the tires.”
The aural sensation of driving the GT-R is distinctly different from that of other supercars, too. “I like the exhaust note under heavy acceleration, but this is no horizontally opposed engine or rumbly V-8 or V-12. Out on the town, it's pretty tame,” Cars.com’s reviewer observes. Car and Driver notes “excessive road noise” and “interior creaks” in their example.
The 2009 Nissan GT-R has more seats and room than expected from supercars, with good fit and passable finish.