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Should You Consider Nissan?

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primarily on the most popular market segments, while allowing some of its other product lines to get pretty old and outdated.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.

2020 Nissan Armada

The Armada is a full size, V8-powered SUV. The Armada carries over for 2020 pretty much unchanged from 2019, save for the addition of standard heated side-view mirrors and a new 22-in wheel package. We know a new version is coming soon but we’re guessing the Armada rolls into 2021 unchanged with a new version for 2022. 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

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Nissan Rogue

All-new for 2021, Nissan’s top-selling Rogue is good and more refined than the previous versions. New for 2021 is a top of the line “Platinum” version, SL was the highest you could go in previous years. The 2021 models also gets more standard safety features. As Nissan launches the new Rogue, note that the Rogue Hybrid has been discontinued.   See the 2021 Nissan Rogue models for sale near you

2020 Nissan Altima

The Altima was all-new for the 2019 model year and therefore only receives small tweaks to its trim levels and packaging structures for 2020 and 2021. Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite of active safety features now comes standard on the SR trim, while a memory mirror has been added to the Platinum trim. A new black interior finish is now available for SV, SL and Platinum trims as well.. 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.   See the 2020 Nissan Altima models for sale

Nissan Z Proto

Nissan 400Z

We like the way the new Z looks and it will likely have the performance to match. This is exactly what Nissan needs to get customers excited about Nissan again. Some say the new Proto concept doesn’t go far enough but we like the nod to the past but with a totally modern look. Find a Nissan 370Z for sale.

2020 Nissan Leaf Plus

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 has a 226 mile of overall range. This places the Leaf on par with mainstream EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

Autotrader Says

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 and an all-electric SUV, the Nissan Ariya. 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. Hopefully, the new Nissan Z will add some excitement. Still, when comparing Nissan with obvious alternatives from Toyota and Honda, there are some reasons to opt for a Nissan but that will differ greatly from vehicle to vehicle. Find a Nissan for sale

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Brian Moody
Brian Moody is an author specializing in transportation, automotive, electric cars, future vehicles as well as new, used, and certified pre-owned advice. He also specializes in liking ridiculous cars like the Buick Reatta, Studebaker Lark, and the GM A-Body wagons from the late 80s and mid-90s. Why? You'd have to ask him. Brian graduated from Cal State Long Beach and has been creating written and video content about cars and transportation for more than 15 years. Brian has contributed to such outlets as Autotrader, The Huffington Post, Kelley Blue Book, and MarketWatch.

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