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The GT-R has standard front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The GT doesn't offer side-impact airbags or side airbag protection for the head.
The GT-R has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GT doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
Both the GT-R and the GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The Nissan GT-R weighs 511 to 579 pounds more than the Ford GT. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the GT-R 2 years longer than Ford covers the GT. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GT ends after only 3 years.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.
As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan GT-R (base engine) is faster than the Ford GT:
Zero to 60 MPH
On the EPA test cycle the GT-R gets better fuel mileage than the GT (16 city/22 hwy vs. 11 city/18 hwy).
The GT-R has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the GT (19.5 vs. 15.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
All wheel drive, available in the GT-R, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Ford GT is not available with all wheel drive.
For better stopping power the GT-R NISMO’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GT:
For better traction, the GT-R has larger front tires than the GT (255/40R20 vs. 245/35R20).
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the GT-R can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GT doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The front and rear suspension of the GT-R uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the GT, which uses torsion bars in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
The GT-R has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The GT doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the GT (109.4 inches vs. 106.7 inches).
The GT-R’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.7% to 45.3%) than the GT’s (40.7% to 59.3%). This gives the GT-R more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 3.4 feet tighter than the GT’s (36.6 feet vs. 40 feet). The GT-R NISMO’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the GT’s (37.4 feet vs. 40 feet).
The design of the Nissan GT-R amounts to more than styling. The GT-R has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is significantly lower than the GT (.35). A more efficient exterior helps the GT-R go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the GT-R get better fuel mileage.
The GT-R has standard seating for 4 passengers; the GT can only carry 2.
The GT-R has 36 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GT (79 vs. 43).
The GT-R has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, 9.6 inches more front hip room and 5.6 inches more front shoulder room than the GT.
The GT-R has a much larger trunk than the GT (8.8 vs. .4 cubic feet).
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the GT-R. The GT doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
A maintenance reminder system is standard on the GT-R to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, tire rotation and transmission fluid replacement based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Ford doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the GT.
The GT-R has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The GT doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.
The GT-R’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GT doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
The GT-R has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the GT.
The GT-R’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The GT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
The Nissan GT-R outsold the Ford GT by over four to one during 2018.
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