A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan GT-R

Sporty, fast, aggressive – all those words apply to the 2012 Nissan GT-R. This track-inspired car manages to bring racecar-like performance to the street, and it does so in true Nissan style.

Key Features

It’s tough to choose specific things to love about the 2012 Nissan GT-R. It’s truly an all-around great performer. The twin-turbo V6 engine is definitely one of the high points here, but the car also packs in a lot of handy technology. The navigation screen is large, fast and easy to use, and even displays driving parameters (G-force in turns, for instance).

Changes for 2012

New features for the 2012 model year include a more powerful engine, as well as a new exterior with freshly redesigned aerodynamics. Other changes include a new front grille, a slightly redesigned body, new wheels, and matte black switches in the interior. The GT-R Black Edition also debuted.

What We Like

There’s an awful lot to like about the 2012 Nissan GT-R, particularly if you have a need for speed. The incredible acceleration is a high point, as is the excellent braking performance. Then there’s the car’s exterior styling and easy to use interior controls.

What Concerns Us

Of course, there are tradeoffs with the GT-R. One thing that we don’t particularly like is the difficulty involved with just getting into the front seats. It’s even harder to get into the (very small) rear seats. Rear seating leg and headroom is very limited, and the car itself is surprisingly large, making it harder to park than some competing models.

Available Models

The 2012 GT-R was offered with only two trim/model options – the Premium and the Black Edition. Both used the same engine – a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 530 hp mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. That engine is capable of going from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds, although it didn’t do much for fuel economy, which is just 16/23 mpg.

Major Recalls

There were no recalls issued for the 2012 Nissan GT-R.

Common Issues

While the 2012 Nissan GT-R is a solid car with amazing performance, there are some complaints about it. Perhaps the most common is the oh-so limited space in the rear seats (really, you’re better off using it for luggage). Another is that it takes a lot of effort to get into the car, and it can be hard to park due to the size.

Nissan GT-R 2012 Interior


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