Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2015 Nissan GT-R Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2015 Nissan GT-R

Safety Comparison

The Corvette has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The GT-R doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Corvette and the GT-R have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the GT-R. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the GT-R ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GT-R’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corvette for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GT-R.

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the Corvette is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Corvette’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GT-R’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette has more powerful engines than the GT-R:

Horsepower

Torque

Corvette 6.2 V8

460 HP

465 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

GT-R 3.8 turbo V6

545 HP

463 lbs.-ft.

GT-R Nismo 3.8 turbo V6

600 HP

481 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette Auto with its standard engine gets better highway fuel mileage than the GT-R Auto with its standard engine (29 hwy vs. 23 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The GT-R doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Corvette uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GT-R requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GT-R doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Corvette Z06 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The GT-R doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the GT-R:

Corvette

GT-R

80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

197 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GT-R (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20).

The Corvette Z06’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GT-R’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Nissan GT-R.

The Corvette is 6.9 inches shorter than the GT-R, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the GT-R (15 vs. 8.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Corvette Auto offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GT-R doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Corvette, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The GT-R doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GT-R doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GT-R doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Corvette has standard extendable sun visors. The GT-R doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Corvette with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The GT-R’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Corvette offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GT-R has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Corvette’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The GT-R doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Corvette allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The GT-R doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Corvette owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corvette will cost $7475 to $9900 less than the GT-R over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Corvette will be $33658 to $40779 less than for the Nissan GT-R.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corvette second among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GT-R isn’t in the top three.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 11 of the last 17 years. The GT-R has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The GT-R was Car of the Year in 2009.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The GT-R has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Nissan GT-R by over twenty-seven to one during the 2014 model year.

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