Pros: High-tech supercar performance; tenacious all-wheel drive; one-of-a-kind personality
Cons: Stiff ride; can feel clunky and cantankerous in everyday driving; pricing has been creeping upward; traditional manual transmission is not available
CG Says: Nissan is making several tweaks to the GT-R for 2014. These include a new limited-production Track Edition model and a newly optional Premium Interior Package. The engine has been reworked for what Nissan says is better response in the mid- and upper-rpm ranges. The body has been revised to increase rigidity, and the shock absorbers, front anti-roll bar, and springs have been modified to lower the car’s center of gravity. Quirkier than most rivals, the GT-R offers impressive acceleration, a comfortable and well-appointed interior, and decent luggage space. For those who prefer a transmission that doesn’t have a clutch pedal–and can accept one that isn’t particularly well behaved in everyday driving–GT-R is an exotic performance car that still isn’t quite priced like one.