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author photo by Chris O'Neill March 2019

Nissan has a long, storied lineup in the United States. Over the past decade or so, the company has transformed itself to focus primarily on the most popular market segments, while allowing some of its other product lines to get pretty old and outdated. Still, the brand offers a variety of competitive products, most of which prioritize offering good value, which in some cases comes at the expense of performance or refinement. Below, we'll take a look at some of the brand's most notable offerings to help you to decide if a Nissan product might be right for you.

2019 Nissan Armada

2019 Nissan Armada

The Armada is a full size, V8-powered SUV. The first-generation version of the Armada was based heavily on the Titan full-size pickup, while the current generation is an American-ized version of Nissan's Patrol, which is sold in foreign markets and competes with the likes of the Mitsubishi Montero and the Toyota Land Cruiser. The Armada is offered with either 2- or 4-wheel drive and has a maximum towing capacity of 8,500 pounds. Overall, the Armada is a large body-on frame SUV, and it isn't particularly efficient. While most people are likely better served by a 3-row crossover SUV, buyers looking for a vehicle well-suited to towing and hauling might find something to love in the Armada. Buyers wanting more luxury can look toward the Armada's sibling: the Infiniti QX80. Find a Nissan Armada for sale

2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima is all-new for 2019 and offers a great array of safety features and technology. Two powertrains are offered: a 4-cylinder and a V6. A new all-wheel drive option joins the lineup, but it's only available on the 4-cylinder model, while the V6 sticks with front-wheel drive across the board. With the 4-cylinder and FWD, the Altima earns 32 miles per gallon combined, while AWD models earn 30 mpg combined, while FWD only V6s earn 29 mpg overall. Despite the fact that it's shrinking, the midsize sedan segment is still quite competitive, and the Altima manages to compare quite well to the rest of the segment thanks to its available AWD system and good overall value. Find a Nissan Alitma for sale

2019 Nissan Maxima

2019 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima is a large midsize sedan comparable to the Toyota Avalon, the Kia Cadenzaand the Chevrolet Impala. The Maxima is larger than the Altima and offers a more refined experience overall, with the intention of appealing to buyers looking for a more sophisticated sedan, but not yet wanting to jump into the luxury segment. Powering the Maxima is a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a continuously variable transmission driving the front wheels. Overall, the Maxima justifies its existence by offering a little more luxury and slightly better driving dynamics than your average family sedan, allowing it to coexist in Nissan's lineup with the more mainstream Altima. Find a Nissan Maxima for sale

2019 Nissan Extended Range Leaf

2019 Nissan Extended Range Leaf

The second generation Leaf debuted for the 2018 model year and was followed shortly thereafter by the announcement of an extended range version known as the Leaf E-Plus. This new, more practical variant of the Leaf is expected to offer around 220 miles of overall range. This places the Leaf on par with mainstream EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. Expect pricing to fall in line with the Bolt as well once Nissan releases more information. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

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Over the past few years, parts of Nissan's lineup have gotten pretty old, and vehicles like the 370Z and the Frontier are badly in need of a redesign. Instead of focusing on these lower-volume product lines though, Nissan has chosen to invest heavily in crossovers and electrification, and now has strong offerings in those segments, along with an all-new Altima that makes its debut for 2019. That said, Nissan's efforts to cut costs in recent years and adopt mediocre CVTs where possible across the lineup have put a damper on the brand's reputation. Still, when comparing Nissan with obvious alternatives from Toyota and Honda, the Nissan product may not be as refined, but will likely offer great, tangible value by comparison. Find a Nissan for sale

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