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These Are the Most Powerful Three-Cylinder Engines in New Cars

These Are the Most Powerful Three-Cylinder Engines in New Cars

As it turns out, cars with three-cylinder engines can be pretty fun to drive!

Gone are the days when three-cylinder engines were only meant for urban commutes. These engines were light and focused more on fuel efficiency than performance. However, things are changing, and with upsizing not an option anymore, thanks to stricter emission regulations, automakers are making the best they can with fewer cylinders and lower displacements. Companies don’t just offer them with forced induction now; they even pair them with electric motors and batteries to generate all the oomph possible. Believe it or not, there are a handful of high-performance three-cylinder engines that can blow larger engines out of the water.

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The Nissan 400Z NISMO Could Be a Hybrid

The Nissan 400Z NISMO Could Be a Hybrid

A hybrid drivetrain could help the Z to poke the base model GT-R in its backside

Strange as it may seem, two of the anachronic figures in the world of sports cars, albeit at different ends of the pricing spectrum, Nissan’s 370Z and Maserati’s GranTurismo have finally been replaced one way or another after over a decade on the market. While Maserati chose to pick a fight with Ferrari & Co. with its next two-door model, Nissan more or less sticks with the classic formula with the retro-looking 400Z. More or less because, apparently, the upcoming 400Z NISMO could be a hybrid.

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We're Actually Looking Forward To The Hybridized 2023 Nissan GT-R

We’re Actually Looking Forward To The Hybridized 2023 Nissan GT-R

Nissan Will Finally Introduce the Next-Gen Nissan GT-R in 2023 with Hybridization Done Right

Earlier this year we drove the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo, and for the most part, every member of the Top Speed staff loved it. That doesn’t mean that the big elephant in the room, the fact that it’s essentially 13 years old, wasn’t painfully obvious. The car has aged better than most cars than have had such a long lifespan, but it’s beyond time for a new generation. For a while, it seemed like this would happen, but then in April 2020, Nissan argued that it won’t update the GT-R because it wants to keep it affordable, and a month later, we learned that Nissan’s cost-cutting plans could spell the end for the GT-R and it’s little brother the 370Z. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and in early August, we learned that the GT-R is due to be replaced in 2023, along with a happy little surprise.

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The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won't Be Here for a While, But That's a Good Thing

The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won’t Be Here for a While, But That’s a Good Thing

Godzilla is sure to reemerge eventually, and when it does, it’ll come with jaw-dropping tech

Nissan is currently celebrating five decades of the GT-R with the debut of the 2020 GT-R 50th Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show. While we’re happy to see Nissan paying tribute to one of the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time, you’d be forgiven for saying the automaker is dragging its feet when it comes to introducing a new generation for Godzilla. However, recent comments made by a few folks high in the Nissan corporate food chain seem to suggest that the company is indeed working to pin down exactly what the R36 will bring to the table, including electric power options, handling upgrades, and possibly even self-driving capability.

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The 2019 Nissan IMQ Concept Previews Questionable Crossover Design for the Future, But Nice Tech

The 2019 Nissan IMQ Concept Previews Questionable Crossover Design for the Future, But Nice Tech

It doesn’t really look all that great outside, but the interior and technology might redeem it

The 2019 Geneva Motor Show is overflowing with new tech concepts, including this fresh entry in the crossover segment from Nissan. It’s called the IMQ, and although we’re not really into the weird exterior styling, features like the torquey hybrid powertrain, futuristic interior, and intriguing tech ideas make it worth a look.

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The Next-Gen Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R Will Be Electrified

The Next-Gen Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R Will Be Electrified

Oh, the horror!

There was speculation that Nissan might electrify its sports cars with their upcoming generations, and now a company official has dropped some bombs on the whole issue. By 2022, 40-percent of Nissan’s vehicles will be electrified, and that includes the Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R as well.

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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Nissan Says a New Z-Car is on the Way, but a Few Years Out

Nissan Says a New Z-Car is on the Way, but a Few Years Out

It’s the same old narrative, told in many different ways

Crossovers and SUVs have become integral parts of Nissan’s success in recent years, so much so that the Japanese automaker’s participation at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show revolved around the Kicks, a sub-compact crossover that costs under $20,000. But, just because these vehicle types have become the rage in the industry these days, that doesn’t mean that Nissan will veer away from building sedans, coupes, and all non-crossover, non-SUV types. On the contrary, these types of cars will continue to make up a significant part of Nissan’s portfolio, including a new Z-car that will finally take the reigns away from the dated 370Z sports coupe.

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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Nissan’s handsome crossover goes green

Nissan first started production of the Rogue in 2007, officially dropping cover at the Detroit Auto Show. Since then, the model has enjoyed several updates, including a new generation that was unveiled in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Throughout its lifespan, the Rogue has always been equipped with a four-cylinder gasoline engine for motivation. But these are greener times than what we saw in 2007, and as such, Nissan just released the face-lifted Rogue with the option for a hybrid powerplant. In addition to fewer stops at the pump, the new Rogue Hybrid also promises “virtually no compromise” when it comes to the compact SUV’s performance, interior space, and cargo room, as compared to the standard Rogue.

Unveiled recently at the Miami International Auto Show, the new Rogue looks poised to topple the Altima mid-size sedan in terms of average sales across Nissan’s model lineup. With momentum like that, it makes sense to offer an eco-friendly alternative to broaden the crossover’s appeal. After all, Toyota is already doing it with the RAV4. Of course, Toyota is no stranger to hybrid technology (it gave the world the Prius, for goodness sake), but neither is Nissan at this point. Paired with crossover sales that continue to show strength year after year, the Rogue Hybrid should have what it takes to perform. Right?

Updated 01/31/2017: We’ve added up-to-date pricing information, as well as more info on competing models.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

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2017 Nissan Rogue Unveiled

2017 Nissan Rogue Unveiled

Nissan’s popular compact crossover gets a facelift

Now in its second generation, the Nissan Rogue has been doing remarkably well lately, with sales looking to dethrone the Altima in the Japanese automaker’s lineup. Now, Nissan is giving the Rogue a facelift, adding new styling, new technology, and most excitingly, a new hybrid powertrain option.

Let’s talk about the hybrid first. This is the first time the Rogue has received battery-powered assistance, pairing a lithium-ion juice-maker with a single 30-kW electric motor and 2.0-liter internal combustion engine. An Xtronic automatic transmission routes the output. Paired with FWD, the Rogue Hybrid manages an estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined.

If you prefer to go gas-only, you still get 170 horsepower from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Both the Hybrid and ICE-only variant are offered with either AWD or FWD.

Outside, you’ll find new styling, with plenty of tweaks to the front fascia. Customers get nine different paint choices, while 18-inch alloy wheels are offered as an available option.

There’s new styling inside as well, plus new materials throughout the three-row, seven-passenger cabin. Techy bits include navigation, Mobile Apps support, a 7.0-inch touch screen display, voice recognition, and Around View monitor. There are also available heated front seats.

Safety wise, the Rogue gets stuff like Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Departure Prevention, as well as available Forward Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection, and Intelligent Cruise Control.

Non-hybrid variants are offered in three trim levels (S, SV, and SL), while the Hybrid gets two trim levels (SV and SL).

Look for the refreshed Rogue to make its big public debut at the Miami International Auto Show.

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2016 Nissan Murano Hybrid

2016 Nissan Murano Hybrid

Nissan quietly adds two hybrid variants to the Murano lineup

Nissan updated the Murano with its new design language when it ushered in the crossovers third-generation model for the 2015 model year. This brought about a redesigned exterior and interior as well as some new technology that helped to bring the crossover up to par with the rest of its respective segment. It may have done so under the radar, but Nissan actually introduced a hybrid version of the Murano for the 2016 model year, which brings a bump in fuel economy. And, despite the fact that hybridization brings about an electric motor, lithium-ion battery back, and a few other components, the Murano Hybrid has the same passenger and cargo room as all of the non-hybrid models.

The Murano Hybrid is offered in mid-level SL trim or as a range-topping Platinum model. Be that as it may, there are actually very few differences between the two that include different wheels, different headlights, and a few other minor differences. That being the case, the Platinum Hybrid is only $2,050 more that the SL Hybrid – a reasonable premium considering the minor differences, but more on that later. For now, let’s dive on into the hybrid version of Nissan halo vehicle in the crossover segment and see what it brings to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan Murano Hybrid.

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Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid And Infiniti QX60 Hybrid Dropped From The Lineup

Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid And Infiniti QX60 Hybrid Dropped From The Lineup

If you read the headline to this article and said to yourself “There’s a Pathfinder Hybrid?” don’t worry, that is a very reasonable thing not to know. And since Nissan has now quietly dropped it from the lineup, you don’t need to know about it anymore anyway.

The move wasn’t really announced at first, Nissan simply took the hybrid option off of the company website. The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder’s platform-mate, the 2014 Infiniti QX60, was also removed, but in this case, even any mention of it came down. With the Pathfinder, the hybrid is still on the site, but all that’s said about it is that it’s unavailable. The site will then link you to the Leaf, because apparently Nissan believes that those checking the site for any kind of electrified vehicle always start with the Pathfinder.

Both vehicles were only offered for one year, although Nissan has now released a couple of brief statements about each vehicle, and it seems that the QX60 Hybrid will live on, just not in the U.S. The QX60 Hybrid will still be sold in China and Mexico, but it has been officially dropped from the U.S. market.

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Nissan Rogue Could Get A Hybrid Version

Nissan Rogue Could Get A Hybrid Version

Nissan recently announced plans to sell the 48-mpg Nissan X-Trail Hybrid in Japan starting next month, and since the X-Trail is essentially the same as the U.S.-spec Nissan Rogue, it theoretically wouldn’t take much to offer a Rogue Hybrid. Nobusuke Toukura, chief engineer for the X-Trail, backed that up by saying that Nissan is considering such a hybrid, although it was far from any type of confirmation and there was no time frame mentioned.

Assuming it would simply carry over the same drivetrain components from the X-Trail Hybrid, a potential Rogue Hybrid would swap out the current 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine for a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that Nissan promises will offer enhanced quietness and acceleration. The key difference, of course, is the added electrical components, which in this case is Nissan’s Intelligent Dual Clutch Control (a single motor with two clutches) powered by a lithium-ion battery that doesn’t eat into any of the crossover’s cargo capacity. In addition to its improved fuel economy, the X-Trail Hybrid also promises a 75 percent reduction of NOx exhaust emissions.

Although Nissan remains mum on plans for a Rogue Hybrid crossover in the U.S., the X-Trail Hybrid is expected to be a hit in Japan, perhaps accounting for 40 percent of X-Trail sales. With the Rogue currently ranked as the second-best-selling product in Nissan’s U.S. portfolio, the addition of a hybrid model would surely help to continue the compact CUV’s sales surge.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

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Next Nissan Z Will Get Four-Cylinder Turbocharged Hybrid Engine

Next Nissan Z Will Get Four-Cylinder Turbocharged Hybrid Engine

A few days back, we released news that Nissan was considering a variety of different engine options for the new Z car. We were hoping for a hybrid producing over 1,000 horsepower, and apparently, Nissan was listening. Well, half listening, maybe.

Citing the Japanese automotive publication Best Car, Australian website Motoring.co.au is reporting the new Z car (labeled simply as “Z”) will be launched initially as a convertible. Most shockingly, however, is that it’ll come with a hybrid, turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. In total, this powertrain will deliver 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The petrol engine will be sourced from Mercedes-Benz, while the electric motor will mount between the engine and transmission to soak up energy during deceleration, boosting power and improving mileage in a fashion similar to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist system.

“Its main market is the U.S., a market that demands competitively priced convertibles with loads of street cred,” reports the source. “And that is what the next Z will be. Except this time, it’ll offer plenty of power while delivering nearly 20 km per liter [roughly 50 miles per gallon]!”

Thankfully, the source also confirmed a Mercedes-sourced 3.0-liter V-6 for us Americans to enjoy, continuing the six-cylinder tradition we’ve come to expect from the Z. With an additional turbocharged hybrid-four on the option list, Nissan should have a rather robust, sporty convertible on its hands. We can’t wait to see if these rumors will come true.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Nissan Z.

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One More Revision for the Nissan GT-R Before Next Generation

One More Revision for the Nissan GT-R Before Next Generation

The Nissan GT-R has been around since 2007 and in that time has conquered the supercar market with its lightning-fast acceleration, all-wheel-drive, and innovative, tech-filled cockpit. Now seven years later, talks of a next-generation GT-R are well underway.

Rumors have spread claiming the car will debut for 2016, but Nissan’s chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura has seemingly put an end to those talks. In an interview with AutoCar, Nakamura says the car is another three to four years away.

Nakamura revealed Nissan is already working on the next-generation GT-R’s chassis and drivetrain, but its exterior design isn’t even on the drawing board yet. He assures the GT-R will retain the essential characteristics of the current model, yet will likely be more aggressive in its styling. Its rear-wheel bias and on-demand all-wheel-drive powered by a front-mounted engine will remain.

Speculation about a hybrid powertrain is extremely likely to prove true, though Nakamura says it will remain as a stand-alone model and will share little similarity to other Nissan products.

The chief creative officer continued by saying the new design will continue the current car’s “boxy, functional appearance.” More specifically he says, “It shouldn’t be too elegant, and it should be brutal, with a rawness.”

But before any of this becomes reality, the current-generation GT-R will undergo its final facelift before being replaced. Count on smaller changes that help create an updated look, but one that’s still familiar. Nakamura ended by saying, “We’ve been improving it all the time and there’s still room to improve.”

Click past the jump to read more about the next generation Nissan GT-R.

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Leaks Indicate That the 2016 Nissan GT-R Could Deliver up to 800 Horsepower

Leaks Indicate That the 2016 Nissan GT-R Could Deliver up to 800 Horsepower

We’ve heard our fair share of rumors surrounding the upcoming 2016 Nissan GT-R, but this one takes the cake. This leaked photo from a Japanese car magazine (above) not only reveals what the car probably looks like, but also important details about its new hybrid powertrain. The most impressive being its projected 800-plus-horsepower output.

Nissan had already confirmed a hybrid powertrain for the next-generation GT-R late last year, though the company was tight-lipped about its specs. Now with this handy piece of evidence, we’ve learned the car will likely retain the current 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine — though heavily updated to produce some 580 horsepower — while employing a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) to provide an extra 250-horsepower kick.

580 + 250 = 830 horsepower AWESOME

The extra horsepower should help the GT-R scoot to 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds on its way to a 211-mph top speed. What’s more, it’s said Nissan won’t price the GT-R astronomically higher than the current car’s $101,000 sticker. Expect prices to range between $120,000 and $150,000.

Be sure to check back with TopSpeed for any other developing information regarding the new GT-R’s road to production.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Nissan GT-R.

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2014 Nissan Altima Hybrid

2014 Nissan Altima Hybrid

The new Nissan Altima is enjoying a sales up-swing at the moment following a $580 price cut that took effect May 3 of this year. The cheapest Altima’s are now just below $22,000 up to just above $30,000 for the loaded V-6 SL model. This comes on the back of poor launch sales and critiques of the marshmallow driving characteristics.

The big news for the 2014 Altima is the introduction of an all-new, Nissan-developed hybrid drivetrain option.

From extensive technical previews of the new supercharged 2.5-liter four plus Li-Ion battery packs, Nissan is clearly proud of the system and will also roll it out on the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid for the first time.

Pre-2011 Ford and Nissan hybrids used technology from the Toyota Prius for the electrified system components including the transmission, power inverter, battery, and charging control unit via a licensing agreement. The Toyota-supplied components were then married to Ford or Nissan platform and engine designs.

As a result, the Altima Hybrid drove a lot like the Prius despite using a more-powerful gasoline engine for primary power. This is set to change with the new 2014 Altima Hybrid. The supercharged four-cylinder should deliver good torque and the use of lithium-ion batteries will mark a first for a mainstream, value-oriented hybrid sedan.

Will one Hybrid be enough to battle the Camry Hybrid, the Plug-in Honda Accord and the two hybrid variants of the Ford Fusion?

Click past the jump for the full review of the new Nissan Altima Hybrid.

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Nissan Claims the Next-Gen GT-R will "Electrify" Enthusiasts

Nissan Claims the Next-Gen GT-R will "Electrify" Enthusiasts

The GT-R just keeps on getting better and it appears as if Nissan is not planning on slowing down any time soon. This is courtesy of Nissan North America’s senior vice president saying to “stay tuned later this year for news that will electrify our legions of GT-R fans worldwide” at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. A rather innocuous statement on the surface, but if you look at that statement in a literal sense and also remember that Nissan has already planned a hybrid racer in the future, that makes you wonder if there was a more literal meaning to that statement.

Reading between the lines makes us wonder if this statement means that the hybrid system that Nissan is planning to use at the 2014 Le Mans may make its way into a production GT-R in the near future. Now we’re not talking about a hybrid system to drastically improve mpg – though it usually will just a little. Rather, we are talking about a high-performance hybrid system seen in the likes of the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari.

We already saw a shrunken down variant of the GT-R engine – a 3.7-liter V-6 – strapped inside the Infiniti Essence Concept with a powerful electric motor to add some extra ponies. Chances are, this concept was simply the first example of what Nissan plans to do with the existing 3.8-liter.

Imagine the GT-R with the added boost of an electric motor. We’re talking well over 700 horsepower and we are thinking conservatively here. That sounds like sweet music to our ears but also a nightmare to our wallets. Chances are that if Nissan does pull the trigger on “Electrifying” fans in a literal sense, the base GT-R would likely remain as a – dare we say – “cheaper” option.

We’ll keep you updated.

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Nissan is expanding its Pathfinder lineup with a new hybrid version unveiled today at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The new Hybrid model will replace the usual 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a new supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine combined with an electric motor. This system provides a fuel economy increased by 24 percent over the standard Pathfinder.

The hybrid version will be offered with the same features we have seen in the standard version, including the new uni-body construction, an aerodynamic exterior and an interior with a wide range of available features, including an optional third row of seats.

The new Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid will be put on sale in late summer 2013 in three trim levels: SV, SL and Platinum. Nissan announced it will be around $3,000 more than Pathfinder 3.5-liter V-6 models, so if you do a little math you will obtain a starting price of about $31,650.

Hit the jump to read more on the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid.

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2000 - 2006 Nissan Tino Hybrid

2000 - 2006 Nissan Tino Hybrid

Before the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight opened the green road of hybrid cars, another Japanese model, namely the Nissan Tino, was laying the first inches of pavement. But unlike the Prius and Insight that were built from the ground up as hybrids, the Tino was just a normal passenger car fitted with Nissan’s NEO HYBRID system.

The standard Tino was released in 1998, while the Hybrid arrived two years later in 2000. The vehicle was produced in a limited number of 100 units and was available solely on the Japanese market, being considered by many as only a prototype used to test the public’s reaction to this type of technology.

Compared to its gasoline-engine brother, the Tino Hybrid improved fuel economy by more than twofold, while also cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by over 50%.

Hit the jump to read our full review on the Nissan Tino Hybrid.

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