Nissan shows that even when a car company is struggling, it’s not the end of the world. Nissan’s struggles of the past is far behind them now.
Their lineup continues to grow with their success and it seems like every year, Nissan is adding more vehicles to their impressive car lineup.
Nissan has embraced the crossover revolution and they feature a number of vehicles in that area. Their Sedans are well known, and Nissan has some dreadfully exciting sports cars for the true adrenaline junky. This year’s product line truly has something for everyone. All statistics are for the 2019 model year, unless not available, in which case 2018 was used.
Specifications: $24,155+ - 27-38 mpg - 270 hp
Review: The Altima continues to be one of the mainstays of the Nissan lineup and is always being altered. While the base model comes with a more economical 179 hp engine, the true joy comes from the 270 hp V6. It’s a solid vehicle in every way and has some great styling.
Specifications: $47,485+ - 14-19 mpg - 390 hp
Review: The Armada is the behemoth of the Nissan SUV lineup. It has size for 8 and is comes with emergency braking to keep them safe. The 390 horsepower V8 gets the vehicle moving, but certainly is painful at the gas pump. Nissan also sells an Infiniti version which is more expensive, but is fairly comparable in terms of luxury.
Specifications: $19,985+ - 19-23 mpg - 261 hp
Review: Unlike some companies, Nissan has never given up on the smaller pickup trucks. The Frontier is probably closer to a midsize truck at this point, but is still a solid vehicle. The standard engine is a 152 hp four cylinder that’s pretty weak, but optional versions provide the power it needs. There are special Desert Runner and Pro-4x versions which turn it into an excellent offroad vehicle as well.
Specifications: $101,585+ - 16-22 mpg - 600 hp
Review: Many people consider the Nissan GT-R to be the most exciting road car in the world today. It really lacks frills that bogs down many other performance supercars. The adjustable suspension means that it can move from track to road easily. The downside is that even adjusted to the road, the suspension is incredibly stiff and driving it from day to day is not as enjoyable.
Specifications: $19,035+ - 31-36 mpg - 125 hp
Review: The Kicks is a very interesting subcompact crossover. It lacks the power of most, but it makes up for it with incredible fuel economy. It’s not an exciting car. It does have interesting looks, but it’s slow and the handling is clunky. On the plus side, it’s got some solid room inside and is well designed. It makes use of interior materials you’re far more likely to see in a more expensive vehicle.
Specifications: $30,8855+ - 151 mile range - 147 hp
Review: The Leaf is Nissan’s every day electric vehicle. The Leaf boasts a very solid 151 mile range, which allows for almost all everyday needs. Quick Charging can replenish 60% of the battery in only 30 minutes. That does make road trips possible, if potentially interrupted.
Specifications: $34,315+ - 21-30 mpg - 300 hp
Review: The Maxima is a fantastic sedan which works for almost any driver. For motoring enthusiasts, it packs plenty of power. The Techies can enjoy an 8 inch touchscreen and the natural Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It also features emergency braking and adaptive cruise control for those who value safety.
Specifications: $32,045+ - 21-28 mpg - 260 hp
Review: While there is seemingly an endless number of crossovers on the market, the Murano does manage to stand out. The exterior styling is exciting in what is normally a pretty boring segment. It has plenty of power and handles nicely for a crossover. Inside, the cabin is well appointed with comfortable seats and a great materials.
Specifications: $32,085+ - 20-27 mpg - 284 hp
Review: The Pathfinder used to be one of the first vehicles to hit the trails. Modern versions tend to eat up the asphalt instead of the trails now. Room for 7 people means that the whole family can fit into the vehicle. The downside is that the Pathfinder isn’t a whole lot of fun. While utilitarian, it lacks the power of competitors. It’s not a whole lot of fun to drive. But it fits basic family needs well.
Specifications: $25,845+ - 26-33 mpg -170 hp
Review: The Rogue is one of Nissan’s best sellers. This is despite the fact that the Rogue lacks power or fun handling. The driving aspects of the Rogue are disappointing, but it’s great stylistically. Both inside and out look great. The interior offers good room. There’s even an optional third row of seats which admittedly is best for small children only. The Rogue also has the Sport version, which is smaller and a little more sporty.
Specifications: $17,885+ - 29-37 mpg - 188 hp
Review: The Sentra is a fairly boring, but serviceable sub compact. Steering is weak and turns feel uncomfortable. On the plus side, the back seat has a lot of room and allows adults to be comfortable. The Sentra also offers the NISMO version. Normally that would mean massive performance increases, but in this case, it’s mostly just style. It does look pretty, but the $9,000 price difference seems like a bit much.
Specifications: $31,425+ - 15-21 mpg - 390 hp
Review: It’s difficult to compete with domestic options when it comes to full size pickups. The Titan is very strong, but the interior and perks don’t quite match up with Ford or Dodge. The Titan can tow 9740 pounds when it’s capped out. That should be more than enough for most. While the Titan may not always match up to the Big 3 truckwise, it’s a solid alternative. For a little extra size, people can move up to the Titan XD.
Specifications: $13,005+ - 31-39 mpg - 109 hp
Review: The Versa has one thing going for it. It is essentially the cheapest car that can be purchased in America. While it’s cheap, that’s really all that can be said for it. It’s slow and it’s bumbling. It does have solid fuel economy, but that’s to be expected from a vehicle with this little power.
Nissan Versa Note
Specifications: $16,495+ - 31-39 mpg - 109 hp
Review: The Versa Note essentially takes everything from the Versa, but at least turns it into a hatchback form. It’s slow and it’s sluggish. On the plus side, it does look much nicer than the Versa itself. The hatch is also more convenient and more versatile than the standard Versa trunk.
Specifications: $30,885+ - 19-26 mpg - 350 hp
Review: For people who are excited for a Nissan sports car, but don’t want to drop 6 figures, the Z is the answer! The styling is legendary after countless generation of Z sports cars. The Z tends to have more power than its competitors so that it pulls ahead in the straights. However, it does fall behind a little bit in the corners, as the handling isn’t quite as crisp as some sports cars. It also offers a NISMO version for a flashier look.