5 Popular Nissans that are worth every penny
Nissan Motor Company is a multinational automaker founded in 1933 in Yokohama, Japan. The company is renowned for producing famous auto brands including Nissan and Datsun cars as well as the Infiniti luxury marques.
In 1999 Nissan formed a partnership with French automaker, Renault and fellow Japanese automaker, Mitsubishi and together they formed the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The group was ranked fourth largest amongst all the auto manufacturers in the world. Despite having faced many setbacks, Nissan has proved resilient and continued to take on new risks both in terms of its products and partnerships. As of 2018, Nissan was the largest manufacturer of electric vehicles, producing the world’s best selling plug-in electric car, the Nissan Leaf. the following are some of the notable brands that Nissan has produced for its global market over the years.
1951-present Nissan Patrol
The Nissan Patrol is one of the oldest productions, spurning six generations over the past 67 years. The first generation of the Nissan comprised of cabs chassis and pickup trucks. That has since changed with Nissan adopting various body types of teh Patrol including wagons and currently the full-size SUV designed by Taiji Toyota. The Patrol has made a reputation for being one of the toughest off-road vehicles and has been used by various armies over the years because of its ability to traverse any terrain. The sixth generation of this 4×4 giant was launched in Abu Dhabi in 2010, bearing a new upgraded look. Known as the Y62, this Patrol has a powerful 4L V6 engine that produces 275hp and a couple of safety features as well as several trim options with some amazing upgrades. The Patrol is also sold under different name plates including the Infiniti QX56 and QX80 as well as Nissan Armada in the North American market.
1992-present Nissan Altima
Having replaced the Nissan Stanza or Nissan BlueBird for global markets, the Altima quickly made its mark as a go-to mid-size car. It has given popular sedans such as Toyota Camry and Honda Accord stiff competition because of its sleek looks, reliability and low maintenance. With the L33 which was Altima’s fifth generation on its way out, Nissan is gearing up for a more powerful production in the 2019 Altima. The 4-door sedan will be Nissan’s first passenger vehicle to offer all-wheel drive option which will be availed for its 2.5L direct injected 4 cylinder engine. The other engine option is the 2.0L 4 cylinder compression turbocharged engine and it replaces the V6 engine that powered the fifth generation Altima. Additionally, the 2019 Altima will also have the Nissan Intelligent Mobility feature which is a safety package offered in all the five trim levels..
1982-present Nissan Sentra
Originally known as the Nissan Sunny, the Sentra has come a long way since its first production in 1982. Over the years, this compact car has been rebadged several times and produced as a 3-door hatchback, 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan and 5-door station wagon. The Sentra has survived all these changes, gaining massive popularity for its fuel efficient yet smooth drive. The 2017 Sentra is arguably the most popular of all Sentras as it features stylish looks and a 1.8L 4 cylinder engine that delivers 130hp. These features are complemented with an upgraded cabin made of softer and more luxurious materials as well as the Nissan Connect infotainment system.
1981-present Nissan Maxima
The Maxima succeeded the Datsun 810 in 1981 and has since undergone several modifications. Even though the sedan market has become so competitive as to overshadow the Maxima, back in the 1980s its J30 topped the sedan segment. Now in its 8th generation, the 2018 Maxima has been hailed for combining a sporty performance with fuel efficiency. This new sedan bears a new look with more aggressive lines complete with a newly redesigned interior. The touchscreen infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto coupled with the in-dash navigation will definitely appeal to tech-loving drivers. Safety features have also been upgraded in the 2018 Maxima.
1986-present Nissan Pathfinder
The Pathfinder has been in production since 1986 and was modelled after the Nissan pickup truck platform. It has since been modified year after year , finally adopting the 5-door SUV body type for the fourth and current generation. Pathfinder is renowned for its off-road abilities and spacious cabins which can seat up to seven people. In 2014, Nissan took the risk and produced the Hybrid Pathfinder but this was discontinued in the same year due to poor sales. Even though the Pathfinder sales went down in 2017, it still remains one of the popular Nissan models and offers much needed competition to rivals like Toyota (Highlander) and Chevy (Traverse). The strong V6 engine of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder offers excellent off-road and on-road abilities as well as a great infotainment. In addition, Nissan has also added safety features such as Rear Door Alert System and automatic emergency braking system to every 2018 Pathfinder. The additional Midnight Edition package also allows buyers to get upgrades that meet their individual needs.