2021 Nissan Qashqai
Back in February this year, Nissan unveiled the third-gen of the Qashqai compact crossover. It has been quite a seller in Europe, with over three million examples sold so far since its inception 14 years back. The third-gen Qashqai rides on a new platform, features changes inside out, and comes with hybrid engine options only. There has been a lot of weight-saving measures, too, which will result in the crossover being more efficient than before. All these changes come at a cost, which results in the 2021 Qashqai being significantly more expensive than the outgoing model.
2021 Nissan Armada - Driven
The Nissan Armada started life back in 2004 riding on Nissan Titan underpinnings and was built in Canton Mississippi. All that changed when the second-generation was launched for the 2017 model year, with production shifting to Yakuhashi, Kyushu, Japan as Nissan based the second-gen on Nissan Patrol underpinnings that feature some very specific modifications to make it suitable for the North American market. As of 2021, the Nissan Armada has been updated to feature a prettier face, a new center console inside, and some updated technology. As is the case with all refreshed models, we’ve been wondering if Nissan did enough to keep the Armada relevant in such a brutally competitive market. Does it hold its own against the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition? Well, let’s find out.
2021 Nissan Maxima - Driven
The Nissan Maxima – there’s quite a bit to say about it. Once a popular, full-size family sedan, the Nissan Maxima has fallen from average U.S. sales for 60,000 plus to just 18,141 units in 2020. Those numbers in 2020 are specifically worrying as Nissan updated the Maxima for the 2019 model year to bring in some extra safety and modernized technology. As of 2021, the Maxima is now five years into its eighth generation, so have things turned around or does Nissan have to make a tough choice between discontinuation and spending heaps of money in designing a ninth-gen model? We spent a week with the 2021 Nissan Maxima to find out, and this is our experience.
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and Frontier Are Here - This Is What You Need to Know
Nissan has finally debuted the 2022 Pathfinder SUV and the 2022 Frontier pickup truck. Both the models have been long in the tooth, the latter especially, and were in dire need of more than just a refresh. After a long wait, the new models are here. Both, the Pathfinder and the Frontier, look mighty different from their present avatar. The vehicles come with a lot of changes, but the biggest news – the one that I was personally looking forward to – is that Nissan has dropped the CVT from the SUV in favor of a new, nine-speed automatic gearbox. How about that!
2022 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan recently revealed that it will be debuting the Frontier pickup truck and the Pathfinder SUV on February 4, 2021. Both these vehicles will be entirely new and not mere refreshes. Both these vehicles are expected to follow the design philosophies of their ‘bigger’ siblings, the Titan and the Armada. The Pathfinder will come with a plethora of changes inside out, and perhaps a new off-road trim, too.
Update 2-4-2020 The new, 2022 Nissan Pathfinder has finally be revealed. We’ll be updating this review in the coming days, but until then, you can check it out and learn all you need to know in our feature debut article!
2022 Nissan Frontier
Nissan made a lot of changes to the last Frontier update, but there’s no denying that it’s still a 15-year old truck. The company recently teased the 2022 Frontier and it is expected to be the biggest change since its inception, especially in terms of aesthetics. The truck has proven its might in the past, but the styling is clearly dated and is probably the only reason for the Frontier’s dwindling sales. The 2022 Frontier is all set to debut on February 4, 2021, and here’s what you can expect from it.
Update 2-4-2020 The new, 2022 Nissan Frontier has finally be revealed. We’ll be updating this review in the coming days, but until then, you can check it out and learn all you need to know in our feature debut article!
Throwback:Nissan Says Merry Christmas By Turning the Leaf into a Rolling Christmas Tree
The Nissan Leaf is taking on a different form in time for the holiday season. For this specific occasion, Nissan converted a Leaf electric hatch into a fully lit Christmas tree, complete with 190 meters of utensil, over 15,000 lights, and, well, a reindeer.
No longer called the Nissan Leaf, the Japanese automaker dubbed its creation the Nissan Tree, a fitting homage to the Yuletide season that’s coming. For obvious reasons, the Nissan Tree is not for sale so don’t start asking Santa Claus for one.
If You Didn’t Like The NIssan Kicks, You MIght Want to Look Again
Nissan’s entry-level crossover Kicks got revamped for the 2021 model year. The Japanese automaker has revised the styling a little bit and added a few more features as part of the standard package. But, other than that, it is still the same. The company’s primary target market for the Kicks is the younger generation, and perhaps that’s why Nissan has opted for tech changes over anything else. Makes sense?
The 2021 Nissan Armada Is More About Tech Updates Than Appearance
Modern-day vehicles see new generations and models come in every 5-6 years on an average. Nissan, however, milked the first-gen Armada for over a decade before bringing in the second-generation in 2016 as a 2017 model. So, expecting a lot out of a mid-cycle refresh would be a cardinal sin.
Nissan has updated the full-size Armada for the 2021 model year and it comes with a refreshed face and derriere, and some major tech improvements inside the cabin. These are the things you expect from a refresh, but given Armada’s history, we are pleasantly surprised to see these many changes.
2021 Nissan Kicks (Facelift)
Nissan has revised the Kicks compact crossover for the 2021 model year, and while it’s just a facelift, it’s hard not to notice how different it looks. In short, the 2021 Kicks is more aggressive and sleeker than before with a new, larger grille, revised exterior lighting, and improved interior amenities that pushes the compact crossover closer to the premium segment than ever before.
2020 Nissan Frontier - Driven
Nissan Frontier is considered to be one of the best workhorses you can buy today. It never had any oomph factor and was happy being in its comfort zone as a work truck. It has remained pretty much the same for 15 years and Nissan never bothered to bring in a new generation because, well, why fix something that ain’t broken?
Given the long wait, everyone expected the next-gen Frontier to get a complete makeover inside out. The Japanese automaker still hasn’t brought out the new generation, but it decided to give us a glimpse of the future by plonking in a new engine and transmission in the same old body.
The new engine and gearbox come at a cost; the cost being $8,000. The starting price of the truck has gone up considerably and a lot of us were confused if it’s worth the hike or not. So, here’s our take on the 2020 Nissan Frontier that arrived at TopSpeed’s headquarters in the PRO-4X trim finished in a Blue exterior shade.
2021 Nissan Navara
Nissan has launched the 2021 Navara pickup truck in Europe and South America. It is called the Frontier in the latter, but we’ll stick to calling it Navara to reduce the confusion.
It looks fresh on the outside with noticeable changes, some tweaks inside the cabin, and a few under the skin as well. The highlight of this update is the introduction of the PRO-4X package. Unlike the U.S.-spec Frontier’s PRO-4X, which is an off-road package, the one on the European Navara is just a styling kit. Will Mercedes come back and try to build another truck based on this refreshed model?
Nissan Is Considering a Z SUV Because Why Not
The Nissan Z Proto’s arrival has thrust Nissan straight to the headlines, and as speculation continues to grow on what kind of next-generation Z sports car is going to come out of the concept vehicle, word has it that Nissan isn’t going to stop with just a new Z sports car.
Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s Senior VP for Global Product Planning, admitted during a recent media event that a Z SUV (or crossover) is something that Nissan is currently exploring. Espinoza stopped short of confirming anything, but the fact that it’s even in consideration speaks to the lengths that Nissan will go to in order to maximize the strength and appeal of its Z brand. Given the company’s current financial struggles, a Z SUV doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition
While everyone is going stir crazy over the Nissan Z Proto’s arrival, Nissan has quietly unveiled a special edition model for one of its veteran nameplates. It’s called the Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition, and, as the name clearly indicates, it’s a celebratory model of the Maxima’s 40-year run in the U.S.
Yes, the Maxima has been in America that long. It’s the longest-running nameplate in the country, and to mark that occasion, Nissan went all-out in dressing the Maxima 40th Anniversary with all the bells and whistles.
2020 Nissan Leaf - Driven
Nissan Leaf has been on the block for a decade now. It was one of the earliest entrants in the market and continues to live on. While it can be considered as the veteran in this segment if you go by its age, the Leaf didn’t make a mark like, say, any of the Tesla models did in their respective segment.
The electric hatch comes with acceptable aesthetics and decent tech features, but not the best powertrain or battery specs. But, there’s certainly more to this than meets the eye, and we’re here to uncover it. The Nissan Leaf arrived at TopSpeed’s headquarters recently, and here are our impressions about this urban electric commuter.
Revitalization Of Nissan’s Lineup Means Death of a Friendly Face and Prolonged Life For Another
In a recent report, we told you that Nissan was cutting costs to the tune of €2.8 billion, and part of that might mean the death of the only models in the lineup that people care about. A month before that, we told you that Nissan won’t update the GT-R because it wants to keep it “affordable.” Now, we have some new news to share, some of which is in regard to the currently 13-year-old Nissan GT-R (it was introduced way back in 2007) and the Nissan Maxima. The truth is, folks, that one of these two models isn’t meant for this world as Nissan continues to rattle the core of its lineup.