Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan GT-R VS 2016 Dodge Viper Near Laredo, TX

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2017 Nissan GT-R

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2016 Dodge Viper

Safety Comparison

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 Viper 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 Viper doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the GT-R and the Viper have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Nissan GT-R weighs 514 to 563 pounds more than the Dodge Viper. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The GT-R’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Viper runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the GT-R have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Viper.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The GT-R has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Viper (19.5 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the GT-R’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Viper:



Front Rotors

15.4 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT-R has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels are standard on the Viper. The Viper’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 Viper doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Viper doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 10.6 inches longer than on the Viper (109.4 inches vs. 98.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GT-R is 2 inches wider in the rear than on the Viper.

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Viper’s (36.6 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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 Viper (.369 to .544). 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 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Viper doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The GT-R has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Viper can only carry 2.

The GT-R has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more front shoulder room than the Viper.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its coupe body style and remote trunk release lockout, the GT-R offers cargo security. The Viper’s hatchback body style and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The GT-R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Dodge does not offer a locking feature on the Viper’s power windows.

The Intelligent Key standard on the GT-R allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Viper’s Keyless Enter-N-Go doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

The GT-R’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Viper’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The GT-R’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Viper’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The GT-R’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Viper doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

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 Viper.

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 Viper doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan GT-R outsold the Dodge Viper by 63% during 2015.

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