Can The 2019 Nissan GT-R Be A Daily Driver? | Real Reviews

Can The 2019 Nissan GT-R Be A Daily Driver? | Real Reviews

Matt DeBord: And you’ll
see, when we floor it, you see it takes a little
while to get up to speed there? You see that? Today, I’m testing out one of the world’s most iconic supercars: the Nissan GT-R. I’m Matt DeBord. I get behind the wheel of the hottest cars and test them in real-world scenarios. Today, I’m gonna find out if the Nissan GT-R is a good daily driver. This is “Real Reviews” from Cars Insider. The GT-R is one of Nissan’s fastest and most powerful machines, but the company likes to tout it as being an everyday supercar. So, what I’m gonna do is take it out, run some errands that
I would typically run, and see if I can use this
thing as a daily driver. But I’m gonna kick it up a notch, because what I have here
is the Nissan GT-R Nismo, a faster and more powerful
version of the car. Let’s see if we can tame this beast. (engine fires up) I’m going to review it based on comfort, fuel economy, and storage. And then, a little bit later, I’m gonna pick up a couple of friends to see how the seating capacity is. All right, so let’s
talk specs for a second. The Nissan GT-R Nismo has
a twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 600 horsepower,
with 481 pound-feet of torque. There’s a six-speed,
dual-clutch transmission that can run in automatic or manual mode, and it sends the power to
an all-wheel-drive system. Nissan gives you a lot of control over the handling of the car. There are three switches here,
and you can throw them all up into R mode to max everything out. But what I’m going to do is throw the middle one down into comfort. That softens up the suspension, ’cause I want to take it easy today while I’m running my errands
on these suburban streets. OK, here we are at our first
stop, the grocery store. I’m gonna pick up some
provisions for the family… in a supercar. OK, now that we’re on our way
over to the hardware store, I have a little time to talk
about the Nissan GT-R Nismo as far as comfort and fuel
economy are concerned. Let’s start with comfort. We have it in comfort mode, as far as the suspension is concerned, and it’s really not that comfortable. This is a stiff car. It’s a supercar; no one would
expect it to be Buick-soft. As far as fuel economy is concerned, we have about a half a
tank of gas in the car now. We haven’t burned up that much fuel since we started rolling, but we’re only getting
about 11 miles per gallon, according to the car. Here we are. Let’s go buy a chain saw. (groans) I’ll say one thing about this car. It is stupendously fun to drive. And extremely easy and rather forgiving. Now, it has that reputation, but as supercars go, unless you flip it into
full Godzilla mode, it’s pretty manageable. So, you know, in that respect, not bad as
a daily-driver candidate, at least in the supercar genre. Now, what I don’t like about it is every time you start the car, you get to re- (sighs)
Car: Weather alert. I also don’t like that…
Car: Weather alert. I also don’t like that
every time you start, I don’t like the constant weather warnings from the infotainment system. That drives me nuts. I got them five, 10 minutes ago. Every you turn the car off
and start the car again, it resets everything. So, even though you got
the weather warnings from the infotainment system,
you know, 10 minutes ago, you turn the car off, you
go out and do something, you come back in, turn the
car back on, it forgets. It forgets everything. It has no short-term memory. It has no long-term memory.
It has no memory at all. Now that I’ve spent a decent
amount of time inside the GT-R, let’s talk about the interior. The GT-R’s infotainment
system is a Nissan setup, and compared with industry
leaders, it isn’t all that great. You have both a touch screen and a knob-and-buttons interface. Stuff like audio, navigation, and Bluetooth device pairing work, but the system is somewhat clunky. You can, of course, fall
back on Apple CarPlay. Stack the GT-R’s infotainment
up against other supercars, with their minimal
interfaces and tiny screens, and Nissan’s offering seems lavish. The GT-R’s interior is
fairly minimalistic, but, unlike other
supercars, it isn’t cramped. There’s plenty of room to stretch out, at least for the driver and
the front-seat passenger. The GT-R’s interior does, however, have something of a split personality. Some of materials are quite
premium, and even beautiful. On the other hand, if
you look too closely, you can see things like
carpet on the doors and plastic on the dashboard. The GT-R’s interior is actually a really pleasant place to spend time, but if you’re looking for some
of the luxury appointments that you’re gonna get from
the legendary supercar brands, they’re just not here. Aj Caldwell: What’s up? Matt: Gentlemen, it’s been a long time. Aj: (groans) All right. Dan Gessner: Do you have room back there, Aj? Aj: I’ve got enough room to survive. Matt: You got legroom? Aj: No legroom, but I’m here. (laughs) Matt: I see you are getting to know your knees a lot better, though, than you might have been.
Dan: This is actually how good a friend I am to Aj, so that he doesn’t have
his knees in his chest. This is not a road-trip car. Matt: You know, this is ironic, though, because it is a GT car, and the function of a GT car, right, is supposed to be to go on long road trips and drive really fast,
that’s the whole point. Dan: The name itself. Matt: The name itself, right? Now, the function of supercars is not to go on long road trips. Dan: That’s accurate, too. Matt: So, this is why I say
I think this is the GT car that kinda got drafted
into being a supercar. Actually turns out being, It’s
a pretty dang good supercar. I mean, there’s a lot of
supercars that are, like, way less comfortable than this. Aj: Do you think you could see this being an everyday supercar for yourself, if you could afford it? Matt: Yes, the answer is yes. This would be a terrific
everyday supercar. The big drawback, I think, here, is that it isn’t that comfortable. Like, it can’t be that
comfortable for you back there, right?
Aj: Uh, I mean,
Matt: Is it OK? I mean in terms of the ride. I don’t mean in terms
of the seating space. Aj: The ride is bumpy. I mean, you talked
about how the suspension was pretty stiff in comfort mode earlier. I feel like you get the
brunt of the stiffness back here, for sure. But, like, the seats are comfortable. Matt: All right, so, what
are you guys thinking? You think it’s, you know? Seating capacity is
pretty terrible, right? Dan: Seating capacity,
this is a two-person car, no matter what they call it. Matt: It has to be,
and it can’t be a tall, I mean, you could go all the way back and you’d still not have a lot of legroom. Aj: I’ve been in some
pretty small back seats and pretty, like, unmanageable back seats, and as far as, like, tiny back seats goes, this is not the worst. Like, it could be way worse than this. Matt: OK, so that’s the end of my day with the Nissan GT-R Nismo. It is a staggeringly fun car to drive, but let’s answer the question. Is it a great everyday supercar? Well, let’s talk about comfort first. It wasn’t that comfortable
to me, except when it was going down the
highway in a straight line, but my passengers, who I
took along for a joyride, thought it was OK even
though they were tall guys, so we’ll give it a thumbs up there. Fuel economy is terrible. Eighteen miles per gallon is what they claim as a combined number, but we were getting something like 11. Now, how about seating capacity? Well, I think it’s OK for
somebody in the front seat, but if you put a tall guy in the back seat or even a normal-sized adult,
it’s gonna be very cozy. So, a bit of a problem there, but the trade-off is that
you get a really big trunk. So, for storage, we got
two bags of groceries, two cases of bubbly water, and a chain saw from Home Depot back there and still had room for
some camera equipment. So, you just don’t get that in supercars, nowhere, nohow. I mean, that’s fantastic. So, is Nissan right? Is this a great everyday supercar? It is absolutely a
great everyday supercar, probably the greatest everyday supercar. I don’t really see any
clear competition out there. This one is a winner.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. My expectations were low for this video. I came out super frustrated it's like this guy has driven a Civic all his life and thinks the word Lamborghini is a type of cheese.

  2. This video makes no sense. If your going to go down this road,do a video on a corvette and test if you will actually get stopped for speeding at 100 mph past a squad car.

  3. I'm Rick Harrison, and this is my pawn shop. I work here with my son, Big Hoss. Everything in here has a story and a price. One thing I've learned after 21 years – you never know what is gonna come through that door.

  4. tried it for 2 years in Toronto. Yes, that included winters. this car was used and was up to date with most service aka trans and diffs but not the brakes and that where the cost of ownership started. Tires yearly, and when the miles (KM) added up services again. Lovely to drive and not bad on gas if you keep your foot out of it (12 lts/100 km) but the service charges are way too high for a Nissan.

  5. Hi. I would have thought that if your reviewing a everyday GTR, you would have reviewed the base GTR, not the Nismo Track Edition then complain about the ride.

  6. Maybe it's just me….but was there a specific reason you felt you needed to buy a chainsaw specifically on the day you had the GT-R? Especially with an exposed blade protruding from the box? You didnt want or need a plant or a dustpan? Please help me understand your thought process when driving a 200,000 dollar car. 🙂

  7. My only question is why does he stretch the last word in every sentence he says… sounds like a 17 year old struggling with puberty.

  8. The GTR Nismo is a Track Car its a road spec GT3 Race Car that is extra hardcore,. wrong car for this test, Why didn't u use the GTR Premium or Touring that Nissan have painstakingly reviewed to make great everyday supercars, The are much more comfortable and offers 7/10 the performance of the Nismo, that only seasoned track drivers can flesh out anyway for about $50,000 less. I don't get it, its as if u wanted the GTR to fail the premise of this test, which is everyday driveability and comfort

  9. I don't like his voice at the moment he finishes his speaking. damn its too hard for me to litsen that freaking thing multiple times

  10. the interior & dash was perfect they used the right materials in the right places and this guy doesn't even know what they are!

  11. No one daily drives a nismo…get the black edition if u need to feel gtr unique. It's like getting the camaro zl1 with the 1LE pack for road use.

  12. I've seen plenty of bad car reviews… but this guy is KING of them all !!! HORRIBLE POINTLESS REVIEW !!! Almost forgot… EVERYONE SHOULD BE GIVEING THUMBS DOWN !!! rotflmao

  13. -Reviews comfort in a GT-R NISMO. (Track version of the normal GT-R)
    -Calls alcantara, carpet.
    -Back seats are normally for kids. (In case a car guy has a family?)

  14. Am I the only 1 that really dislikes this presenter, I just don't like his personality, his voice makes it even worse

  15. Take awhile to get to speed? Sir, you must be driving the Bugatti as your daily drive. That stupid GTR does 0 -60 mph under 4 seconds. Also, who the fuk buy a GTR and cares about the MPG and seating capacity? Gosh, you should have stayed in your business field, sir!

  16. Gtr's are definitely good daily drivers , at least for me it is , had absolutely no issues so far on my 14 black edition. and it's the only car that I have .

  17. “One of NISSAN’s fastest.” Uh,it’s NISSAN’s fastest ,period.
    If fuel economy is a concern maybe this isn’t the car for you.

  18. What? No competition? For a 200k car that gets 10 mpgs? You are out of your mind. Any Tesla beats this. BTW, the styling is obnoxious – probably the worst of any car that has the "supercar" moniker. Ooooh, he gets two cases of Le Croix bubbly water into the trunk along with a chain saw – hold the presses.

  19. This is insane. Do people actually pay over $200,00 for a Nissan (Datsun)? Seriously? For that kind of money I would put a Benz star or a BMW plague on this POS. Wow. Tesla is coming out with their Roadster 2 for that kind of money – and that's a seriously fast car that doesn't look like a Sentra with a good paint job.

  20. The ugliest car in it's class the one nooo one turns there head for except those who actually know what it is witch is very few!

  21. Sorry. Review was shit really. Seemed like he didn’t know what he’s really dealing with.. and why does the title say 2019 when it’s a 2020 Nismo that he’s reviewing ?

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