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8 Great New Nissans Under $40,000 for 2019

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author photo by Chris O'Neill June 2019

Nissan offers a comprehensive product lineup with a wide range of sedans, sport utility vehicles and even a few trucks. A value-oriented brand, you may be surprised by just how much car you get for your money when it comes to a new Nissan. To illustrate, we've outlined eight of our favorite new Nissans you can get for under $40,000 -- in some cases, well under $40,000 -- here in 2019.

2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Nissan Altima

The midsize Altima is all-new for 2019. Probably the most notable change is that for the first time ever, the Altima is available with all-wheel drive, which is rare in this segment. Altima buyers can choose between two different powertrains. Entry-level models come with a basic 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque -- this is the engine you can get with AWD. For those craving more power, Nissan is offering a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, although, take note, that this more powerful engine is still only available with front-wheel drive. The only transmission offered with either trim level is a continuously variable automatic (CVT). With the non-turbocharged engine, the Altima achieves between 31 or 32 miles per gallon in combined driving, depending on trim level. AWD causes these figures to dip by two. The FWD Altima turbo returns 29 mpg combined. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, while items like blind spot monitoring, radar cruise control and automatic emergency braking are offered on all but the base trim.

The Altima is affordable, with a starting price of around $25,000. A fully-loaded Platinum model comes in at just under $37,000, meaning that buyers can spec any Altima they want for under $40,000. AWD requires a $1,350 premium. Find a Nissan Altima for sale

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan's family-hauling 3-row crossover, the Pathfinder counts vehicles like the Honda Pilot, the Toyota Highlander, the Ford Explorer and the Chevrolet Traverse as its main competitors. Power comes from a strong 3.5-liter V6 making 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. The Pathfinder came out for the 2013 model year and is about due for a redesign, but offers great value in its current form, thanks in part to a mild update for the 2017 model year.

The Pathfinder starts at just over $32,000 and will exceed $45,000 fully-loaded. Buyers looking for a Pathfinder for around $40,000 should look for an SL model, which comes in at $39,000 with FWD, or about $40,600 with AWD. The SL comes with all of Nissan's active safety features, along with leather seats, a foot-activated power lift gate, LED headlights, power front seats and a 360-degree surround view monitor, which makes parking a breeze. Find a Nissan Pathfinder for sale

2019 Nissan Rogue

2019 Nissan Rogue

The Rogue is one of the best-selling vehicles in America and is one of our favorite new Nissans, as it offers plenty of cargo room, a good array of available safety features, and an efficient powertrain. Under the hood of the Rogue is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 170 hp and paired with a CVT. With AWD, this powertrain returns 25 mpg city/32 mpg hwy. Opt for basic FWD and both of those figures jump by one. There's also a Rogue Hybrid that makes use of a 141-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 40-hp electric motor. Combined output of the two engines is 175 hp, and the Rogue Hybrid returns 33 mpg city/35 mpg hwy with FWD, or 31 and 34 with AWD.

Buyers can have any Rogue they want for under $40,000, as the most expensive model comes in at around $35,000. The top-of-the-line Rogue SL gets you a Bose audio system, leather seats, surround-view monitor, all the safety features, 18-in wheels and more. Find a Nissan Rogue for sale

2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

The Rogue Sport was introduced for the 2018 model year and can be thought of as a three-quarter version of the larger Rogue. While the Rogue is considered a compact, the Rogue competes a step below it in the subcompact segment. Powered by an underwhelming 140-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Rogue Sport won't really excite with its performance, but does offer a broad array of active safety features, along with the latest infotainment technology and features, that make it a compelling option for many mainstream car buyers. Standard on the Rogue Sport are automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

As it's positioned below the standard Rogue, the Rogue Sport costs even less than its big brother. Prices start at around $23,000 and reach just over $30,000 in fully-loaded form. A top of the line Rogue Sport SL comes with features like 19-in wheels, leather seats, and a Bose audio system, while items like LED headlights, a sunroof, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are optional. Find a Nissan Rogue Sport for sale

2019 Nissan Frontier

2019 Nissan Frontier

By modern vehicle standards, the Frontier is a dinosaur, last having received a full redesign for 2005. On the other hand, though, as the competition has surpassed it in every way, the ancient Frontier competes primarily on price, and buyers can pick one up for a great deal, with even the nicest Frontier coming in at a couple thousand dollars short of $40k. The Frontier doesn't offer driver-assistance safety features, nor does it come with modern infotainment technology. On top of all that, the Frontier's interior is straight out of the early 2000s. This thing is truly a time capsule.

That said, it's also the most affordable pickup on the market, with a starting price of just over $20,000 for a base model, or right around $38,000 for a loaded off-road ready Pro-4x model, which comes with a locking rear differential, Bilstein suspension, all-terrain tires, skid plates and more. Find a Nissan Frontier for sale

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

An all-new, second-gen Leaf came out for 2018 and brought with it a new extended range variant dubbed the Leaf Plus. Offered in S, SV and SL trims the Leaf Plus offers 226 miles of range (the standard Leaf offers 150 miles) via a larger 62 kWh battery. This puts the Leaf in the realm of other popular compact EVs like the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt. We also like that it comes standard with a DC fast charger, meaning that your charging times will be greatly reduced.

Pricing for the Leaf Plus starts at just under $37,000 and tops out just shy of $43,000, but remember that as part of the government program offering tax credits to EV buyers, Leaf EV Plus buyers are eligible for a tax rebate of up to $7,500, bringing the price of even the top of the line SL model -- which comes with LED headlights, heated leather seats, Bose audio, a surround-view camera and more -- well below the $40,000 mark. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

2019 Nissan Maxima

2019 Nissan Maxima

The Maxima is a larger sedan competing in the semi-premium midsize segment alongside competitors like the Toyota Avalon and the Kia Cadenza. While it offers FWD and room for five, the Maxima is overall nicer than the comparably-shaped Altima, offering better driving dynamics, a more powerful engine, a nicer interior and better feature content than Nissan's other midsize sedan (although -- worth noting, only the Altima can be had with AWD -- the Maxima is FWD only). Under the hood of the Maxima is a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque paired with a CVT, which hurts its case as a 4-door sports car. Still, the Maxima is a good value for someone who finds your everyday midsize sedan to be a little too bland.

Maxima prices start at about $35,000 and top out at around $43,000. For $40k, look to an SL model, which comes with a Bose audio system, a heated steering wheel, a dual-panel moonroof and active noise cancellation for a quieter ride. Find a Nissan Maxima for sale

2019 Nissan Murano

2019 Nissan Murano

Like the Maxima is to the Altima, the Murano is to the Rogue. Positioned as a midsize SUV, the Murano competes with the likes of the Ford Edge, the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Honda Passport. While it'll work for kids (as long as you don't need to haul more than three), the Murano is more about the front seat passengers than the back seat passengers. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 making 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, not segment-leading, but still respectable. The transmission is a CVT and both FWD and AWD are available. The Murano returns 21 mpg city/28 mpg hwy, regardless of drivetrain configuration.

Buyers may be pleasantly surprised to find that the Murano comes with a starting price of just over $32,000, while a fully-loaded Murano reaches about $47k. If you can stretch your budget to within a few hundred dollars of $41,000, we think a Murano SV with AWD and the premium package offers good value as it comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power seats, a panoramic sunroof, Bose audio and all of the driver-assistance features you could expect in a modern vehicle. Find a Nissan Murano for sale

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