August 29, 2016 |
2016 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SR CVT Vs. 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Premier: Small sedan shootout. This week: Nissan Sentra. Price: $25,245 as tested. (The SR started at $20,410 and added $1,230 for the technology package and $2,590 for Premium Package. A base S with six-speed manual starts at a tantalizingly low $16,780.) Marketer's pitch: "Your upgrade awaits. " Conventional wisdom: "Oh? You're upgrading me from this Sentra to what kind of car?" Reality: I'd hate to see a downgrade.
July 17, 2016 |
Thanks to an extensive, midcycle refresh that veers very close to a full-fledged redesign, the 2016 edition of the Altima, Nissan's popular midsize sedan, has greatly increased its sportiosity quotient. In addition to furnishing sportier styling and more athletic steering and suspension systems across the Altima lineup, Nissan has introduced a new SR model that raises the performance ante even more. You may be wondering, by this time, why Nissan expended all those design dinars to sporterize a family sedan typically tasked with trips to the shopping center and the kids' soccer games.
July 1, 2016 |
A man died when he was struck by two vehicles after stepping into the roadway in Delaware County. The victim, described as a male pedestrian in his 40s or 50s, stepped off the sidewalk and into the path of traffic on the 6400 block of Market Street in Millbourne at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Shawn Payne, the borough's police chief. A woman driving a Toyota Coupe didn't see the man and hit him, Payne said. She pulled over, and the victim was then struck by a second vehicle, a Nissan sedan.
June 5, 2016 |
2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited: Sedan test mash-up. This week: Nissan Altima. Price: $25,525 as tested, including $220 for carpeting floor and trunk mats. Nissan is priding itself on offering trim levels without options throughout its model lineup. More about what the SR has - and doesn't have - below. (A bare-bones Altima can be had for $22,500.) Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver calls it "a capable sedan with a decent options list and a roomy, comfortable cabin.
May 9, 2016 |
2016 Nissan Rogue SL AWD vs. 2017 Kia Sportage SX: Battle of the off-brand small crossovers. This week: Nissan Rogue Price: $33,175 as tested. $29,890 for a base SL. The SL premium package added $2,190 and panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, forward emergency braking and more. Marketer's pitch: "Accelerate your expectations!" Conventional wisdom: A 2014 Rogue put through the Mr. Driver's Seat Test Course a few years back left some distinct impressions.
April 17, 2016 |
2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-X 4WD vs. 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD: Big trucks go head to head. This week: Nissan Titan. Price: $57,830 as tested (the base MSRP is $50,970). Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver says it offers "smooth, quiet torque" but suffers from "overwhelming flab and no ambition to be great. " Marketer's pitch: "The every duty truck. " Reality: A big boy with mostly good manners, though it belches audibly at the pump. What's new: The whole shebang.
February 8, 2016 |
Between major vehicle redesigns, automakers will do what they call a "mid-cycle freshening. " This is usually a largely cosmetic exercise that typically amounts to replacing the grille, fascias, head and taillights, tweaking the interior, and offering fresh wheels. Nissan went considerably further when freshening the 2016 edition of the Sentra, its popular compact sedan. As one Nissan operative told me, "We spent three times more than we've spent in the past to freshen this vehicle. " After restyling the usual suspects, Nissan designers also fashioned a new hood and fenders.
December 21, 2015 |
'Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose" from "Me and Bobby McGee," a Kris Kristofferson song. In 2014, Nissan sold 15,000 Titan full-size pickups. That's a minuscule chunk of the market. Ford alone annually sells something on the order of 750,000 big pickups. So, Nissan has taken the freedom that comes with nothing left to lose, and cleverly developed a truck that should significantly increase its share of the very profitable big-pickup pie. That all-new truck, which begins arriving in the showrooms this month, is a nifty niche vehicle called the Titan XD. Just as Dodge once split the difference between a compact and full-size pickup with its midsize Dakota, Nissan has hatched a tweener that dwells in that hitherto unpopulated border country between light-duty and heavy-duty big pickup.
July 19, 2015 |
2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD: Top student in a class of one? Price: $41,905 as tested (this trim level starts at $38,550; a base front-wheel-drive Murano can be had for $29,560). Marketer's pitch: "It's got form. It's got function. All that's missing is competition. " Conventional wisdom: Nissan's just trying to be weird and edgy. (And bad grammar-y, at least in the marketing department.) Reality: Bottom student, too. Up to date: I hadn't given the Murano a great deal of thought since, like, ever.
June 14, 2015 |
First drive: 2016 Nissan Maxima. What it is: The eighth incarnation of the largest Nissan sedan. Price: $32,410 to $39,860. When it's on sale: Began arriving in dealerships June 3. Big Apple debut: When I received an e-mail about the new Maxima, I thought, "Oh, ho hum, a new Nissan. " But then I looked at the picture of the sedan, and I was kind of taken. The raised front fenders and the long hood made for a thing of beauty. "Hmmm. This might be worth it after all. " The new Maxima is the latest installment in the company's revamped lineup, which has given new looks to the Rogue, Murano and, coming at the end of the year, the Titan full-size pickup.