2019 Nissan Altima

For 2019 Nissan fully redesigned its Altima midsize sedan, adding a slew of updates to the popular model. Slotted between the compact Nissan Sentra and below the full-size Nissan Maxima, the Altima competes head-to-head with other mainstream midsize sedans. Two key updates for 2019 are the availability of all-wheel-drive, a rarity in the segment, and an optional variable compression powerplant, that Nissan asserts delivers the performance of  six-cylinder and the efficiency of a four-cylinder. As before, the Altima is a…

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2018 Nissan Leaf

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a compact five-door hatchback that is powered by an electric motor. Now in its second generation, the Leaf has a more striking design than its predecessor and offers up to 151 miles of emission-free driving between charges. The Leaf has a starting MSRP of $29,990, however government rebates are readily available as a way to incentivize consumer to purchase green vehicles. Pros: Green, Nice Styling, Affordable, Multiple Trim Levels Available, Quiet & Comfortable Interior, Advanced Safety Tech Cons:…

Shopper’s Guide to Popular Compact Cars

When searching for a compact sedan or hatchback, most shoppers are looking for a good value, strong fuel-efficiency and a roomy interior. The four top-selling compacts offer those qualities in spades. The Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra and Chevrolet Cruze all come in a variety of trim lines ranging from basic to sporty and luxurious. Today’s compacts can be equipped with the latest infotainment and advanced safety features. Generally compact cars will have a louder and busier ride and…

2018 Nissan Versa

The 2018 Nissan Versa is a sub-compact sedan and hatchback, known as the Versa Note, that slots below the compact Nissan Sentra and mid-size Nissan Altima in the brand’s car lineup. The Versa offers basic transportation at a low starting MSRP of $12,110. Pros: Affordable, Economical, Roomy Interior, Available Manual, Smooth Ride Cons: Safety Score, Cabin Noise Looks Best In: Gun Metal exterior/Charcoal interior Competition: Kia Rio, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris Safety Score: The 2018 Nissan Versa received a “Poor”…

Sneak Preview: 2018 Nissan Kicks

The 2018 Nissan Kicks is the brand’s newest sub-compact SUV, set for release in spring 2018. Replacing the funky and slow-selling Nissan Juke, the Kicks brings forth more conventional styling which should resonate better with consumers. The Kicks will likely be priced close to the Juke’s MSRP of around $20,000. It will have standard automatic emergency braking, while lane depart assist and rear traffic alert will be optional. Available contrasting roof colors make the Kicks stand out. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Bose stereo are on the options list. In the brand’s lineup the Kicks will slot below the compact Nissan Rogue Sport. 

2018 Nissan Maxima

The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a full-size sedan it a bit more of a sporting character than most other cars in its segment. As the largest sedan in Nissan’s lineup, the Maxima slots above the mid-size Altima and has a starting MSRP of $33,270. Swoopy styling and a high-quality interior make the Maxima an interesting upgrade over midsize sedans.

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport is a compact SUV, with slightly sportier styling, smaller dimensions, and firmer suspension tuning than the standard Nissan Rogue. Rogue Sport’s pricing starts at an MSRP of  $21,640, about three grand less than the standard Rogue. The Rogue Sport offers a bit more isolation and refinement than some competitors, making it better suited than most to traversing on the interstate. Pros: Comfortable Up Front, More Refined Than Competitors, Nice Styling Cons: Less Efficient Than Larger…

2018 Nissan Sentra

Perched below the midsize Nissan Altima is the brand’s compact sedan, the 2018 Nissan Sentra. Designed to compete against the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, among others, what the Sentra lacks in style it makes up for in efficiency. This is a car for shoppers who do not care much about style or sportiness. The Sentra primarily appeals to value shoppers, as it’s priced slightly less than competitors and discounts are readily available. If the price is right, the Sentra…

2018 Nissan Rogue

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is the brand’s compact crossover-style SUV. Designed with a focus on efficiency, the Rogue is an uninspiring but comfortable road companion. Pricing starts at an MSRP of $24,680.

2018 Nissan Altima

Competing head-to-head with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the 2018 Nissan Altima is a mid-size sedan with a starting price of $23,140. The Altima is an older design, so it’s not as cutting-edge as the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, however this means that it’s widely available with generous discounts. The performance-sapping CVT transmission might not make this the ride of choice for auto enthusiasts, however it allows the Altima to be very fuel efficient.

October Sales: Which Midsize Sedan Won?

The Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion are top-sellers in the midsize sedan category, which is intensely competitive. With redesigned versions of the Camry and Accord now on sale, and incentives high for the older Altima and Fusion, major sales volume is at stake for each automaker month in and month out. In October the Honda Accord won the top spot, but just barely.  The Toyota Camry was hot on its heels with just 488 fewer sales. …

2000 & Late: 2002-2004 Nissan Altima

2000 and Late: 2002-2006 Nissan Altima The third generation Nissan Altima Debuted in 2002, replacing its dowdy, droopy predecessor and elevating the platform into the midsize category. The design was minimalistic and has aged remarkably well. Free of any styling gimmicks, the look was purposeful, modern and far cooler than the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord it competed against. The early-2000’s was when we saw trunklids begin to rise significantly on sedans. The look has remained en vogue ever since,…