Fail of the Week: Nissan 350Z vs Dumb Girl
So what we have here is a Nissan 350Z with a Rocket Bunny Body kit, sans a front bumper, looking, well, ugly. Now, usually, this would be something that you just dismiss after seeing – the owner probably just didn’t know how to drive and lost his front fascia trying to drift. But, instead, the owner – and what we assume is his girlfriend – decided to take the amount of dumb to astounding levels. “Let me do a backflip on the roof, she said.” And, so it was. She climbs on top, sets up like she’s a professional gymnast, and proceeds to do said backflip. It was at that very moment that it became painfully clear that this girl wasn’t a professional gymnast. A professional gymnast would have landed in the same place she started. This girl however, penetrated that poor 350Z from behind in the worst of ways. Intrigued? Well, we’ve watched it quite a few times and can’t quit laughing, so check it out for yourself:
A New Trademark Hints that the 2021 Nissan 400Z Is Coming Sooner Than Expected
Rumors about a Nissan 400Zor, at the very least, some kind of successor to the current and aging Nissan 370Z have been swirling for years. We’ve heard everything from rumors that the new Z car will be electric to wild-eyed ideas like Nissan will be building the 400Z in colaboration with Mercedes and that the 400Z will actually be a performance-oriented crossover of all things. More recently – as in October of 2019 – we learned that Nissan is officially working on a next-gen Z car and a next-gen GT-R, but things have been relatively quiet since then. Well, until now, anyway, as a new trademark filing ushers in fresh hope that a new Z car is closer than ever to becoming a reality. So, what does this mean? Let’s talk about it.
10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000
There are a lot of benefits in buying a pre-owned car. Instead of being stuck on a particular segment due to budget constraints, you can actually choose a car from the higher tiers when you look at the used market. You don’t have to worry about the depreciation hit in the car as well. And, when it comes to fast, cool cars, you don’t have to wait for the run-in period to complete and you can redline it from day one. In fact, if you spend some time researching, you can find some real treasures as well. To help you out, we’ve listed ten of the fastest cars that you can get for less than $15,000.
2020 Nissan Armada - Driven
Nissan launched the second-generation Armada – the brand’s full-size, flagship SUV – in 2017 and, while it was a huge step forward in terms of luxury (relatively used, of course) and rigidity, it was also knocked for its lack of technology. Comfortable seating and cabin space rank high on the list of notable features, but things like the infotainment system and instrument cluster feel dated. With this kind of impression, we thought it would be a good idea to spend some time with the 2020 Nissan Armada to see just what it has to offer and if it can really compete with models like the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition. It was a long week, and this is what our experience taught us about the Nissan Armada.
Chicago-Based Delivery Driver Crosses One Million Miles In His 2007 Nissan Frontier
The million-mile man is all the rage right now. Unless you live under a rock, you would’ve read that a Chicago-based courier named Brian Murphy clocked over a million miles in his 2007 Nissan Frontier. Yes, a million miles! And the truck is still running well. Interestingly, this is the base-spec trim and a manual, too. Congratulations to Mr. Brian Murphy for making it to the elite club that has very few members all across the globe.
Nissan’s Hoping That a New Engine Will Hold the Frontier Over Until the Next-Gen Model Arrives in 2021
The 2020 Nissan Frontier made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show, and, well, it still looks the same. The front design is the same, and so is the rear. The body is the same, too. There’s not much going on in the wheels section, either. Instead, Nissan is offering the 2020 Frontier with a new engine that delivers more power than its previous iteration. A handful of new changes are also included, but, for the most part, the 2020 Frontier is the same pickup as it was before. The big change is set to arrive in 2021 when the all-new Frontier makes its debut.
2017 - 2020 Nissan Armada
The new Armada is a giant leap forward for Nissan. Its comfort levels, active and passive safety features, and rigidity within the ladder frame and body structure are all vastly improved. It also bookends the automaker’s complete revision of its SUV and crossover lineups over the last three years, with new editions of the Pathfinder, Murano, and Rogue.
As before, the Armada sits atop the Nissan SUV lineup as the flagship. It offers the highest levels of available luxury and comfort, especially in its range-topping trim, the Platinum. Lower trim levels include the “base” SV and mid-grade SL trims.
Update 2/5/2020: Nissan has updated pricing for the 2020 model year and introduced a new wheel package. Learn about the updated pricing and everything else you need to know in our “What’s New for 2020” section below.
2020 Nissan Sentra - Driven
The Sentra might be Nissan’s best-selling model of all time, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s been labeled as “cheap,” “uninspired,” or “sluggish.” Those claims to fame come courtesy of the last-generation model that has, thankfully, been replaced. For the 2020 model year, the Nissan Sentra ditches its old digs for a new Maxima-inspired design that sits atop a new platform. That old, sluggish 1.8-liter engine has been replaced with something a little more responsible and powerful, the 2.0-liter from the Nissan Rogue.
With the Nissan Sentra set to hit dealers in late February, Nissan invited us to give its updated compact sedan a test drive to see just how much better it really is. This is our experience.
Hey, Nissan, Make This the New GT-R, Will You?
To say we love the Italdesign GT-R 50 would be a severe example of an understatement. It takes all the good things the GT-R has to offer (which is like 99.9% of the car) and rearranges them in a futuristic-looking package that’s hard to beat by anything else the supercar world has to offer today.
Italdesign’s work, however, will not have a say in the design of the future GT-R. There will be a new Godzilla at some point, have no doubt, but Nissan is taking its time with it. Well, here’s some motivation: why don’t they make it mid-engined, so it can look like this rendering we stumbled upon.
2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo - Driven
The R35 Nissan GT-R has been on the market since 2009, so it’s getting pretty long in the tooth. Be that as it may, car enthusiasts everywhere paint it as one of the world’s best cars. It is, quite literally, one of the fastest point-to-point cars on the planet, something it can lay claim to thanks to its precisely tuned chassis, sophisticated AWD system, a monstrous twin-turbo V-6, and race-proven roots that cannot be denied. But, being more than a decade old, makes paying six figures a tough pill to swallow, so it begs the question, is the Nissan GT-R actually worth buying? Is it still one of the best-driving cars in the world, and does its performance hold a candle to the new sports cars on the market?
We set out to find answers to those questions and more, and Nissan was kind enough to lend us a 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo for an entire week to do with as we please. Needless to say, it’s been a very fun week and, despite the GT-R’s age, Nissan has done a fairly decent job of keeping things somewhat fresh and interesting. This is our story with the Nissan GT-R Nismo.
Between Godzilla and the BMW M5, This is One Action-Packed Head-to-Head Showdown
The BMW M5 and the Nissan GT-R are two cars that you don’t want to race against. Racing them against each other, though, is an entirely different story. You can argue that the M5 and the GT-R are two of the best performance cars on the market, and when there’s an opportunity to see which of these two savants has the performance edge over the other, you take that opportunity and you run away with it.
That’s exactly what Bulgaria-based YouTube channel DizzyRiders did when it put the M5 against Godzilla in a series of head-to-head races. Which of the two reigned supreme? We won’t divulge the results here, but you should know that both the M5 and GT-R showed out.
2020 Nissan Versa - Driven
The third-generation Nissan Versa was launched and the 2019 New York Auto Show, and with it came an all-new design inside an out. The new Versa features a wider body, was finally updated to feature Nissan’s V-Motion grille, and the rear end benefits form boomerang-shaped tail lights. We got the chance to test the SR model, so it had the extra spoiler on the rear deck but overall, as a package, the new Versa is sportier and more aggressive than before.
The interior felt a dramatic revamp as well, borrowing features from the recently updated Maxima and Altima. The new “Gliding Wing” instrument panel is probably the most recognizable change here, but we also had the SR model, so we were focused on things like the flat-bottom steering wheel, seven-inch infotainment display, and the red and black interior. In terms of cargo room, the Versa will swallow up 14.3 cubic-feet of goods with the rear seats in place or as much as 88.9 with the seats folded down.
Under the hood of our SR tester sits a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that was completely revamped from the last model. It delivers a meager 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, which is, impressively, 12-percent more horsepower and 7-percent more torque. The engine sent the power to the front, 17-inch wheels via an automatic transmission. Pricing for the Versa SR starts at $18,240, but ours was priced at $21,490 with a few option boxes checked. Stay tuned for a full, in-depth review of the 2019 Nissan Versa SR.
Nissan’s Ariya-derived EV Will Be as Fast or Faster Than a Z Car
Remember Nissan’s Ariya concept car? Well, you’d better, because it is slated to deliver a downpour of electric performance that might even put the Nissan 370Z to shame.
This new bit of information comes from Nissan’s very own senior global design Vice President Alfonso Albaisa, who admitted to Green Car Reports that ‘the real version of the Ariya is fast - faster or as fast as a Z car.’
Get Ready For a Retro-Styled, V-6, Manual Nissan Z Car
2020 is supposedly the year that will bring us a replacement for the aging Nissan 370Z. We know for a thing that a cabriolet version won’t be offered, and previous reports talked about 400Z as a potential name for the new model.
The latest word on the upcoming new Nissan Z car is that it will flaunt reinterpreted retro styling cues, as Nissan’s designers ‘are going back to the roots of the car.’
What is the Cheapest Nissan?
The Versa is Nissan’s cheapest car in the United States. A subcompact sedan, the Versa is sold as the Almera in other markets. Priced from $14,730, the Versa is also one of the most affordable sedans in the U.S. The Versa is almost $1,000 cheaper than the Versa Note, a slightly smaller hatchback.
What is the Sportiest Nissan?
The GT-R is arguably Nissan’s sportiest vehicle. Although it’s already 12 years old as of 2019, the GT-R continues to deliver solid performance and the Nismo version has what it takes to give its more modern competitors a run for their money. The Nismo rides on a more aggressive suspension setup, it sits closer to the ground, and features a stiffer ride. The powerful engine helps as well. The twin-turbo, 3.8-liter cranks out a solid 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, a notable increase form the standard GT-R.
What is the Most Popular Nissan?
Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in the United States is the Rogue, a compact crossover built on the same platform as the Qashqai (known as the Rogue Sport in the U.S.). With sales of 93,814 units in the first quarter of 2019, the Rogue is far more popular than sedans like the Sentra and Altima, which barely hit 50,000 units. In 2018, the Rogue sold an impressive total of 412,110 examples.
What is the Most Expensive Nissan?
The GT-R Nismo is by far the most expensive Nissan you can buy. Priced from $210,740, it costs more than four times more than the second-most expensive vehicle in the lineup, the Armada SUV, priced from $47,100. Alongside the regular GT-R, which starts from $113,540, the Nismo is the only Nissan that costs more than $50,000.
What is the Fastest Nissan?
The impressively powerful GT-R Nismo is also incredibly fast. Nissan claims a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 2.5 seconds, which rivals the ratings of notably more powerful supercars. Its top speed is also superior to other Nissan models at 205 mph. This benchmark isn’t good enough to defeat top-tier supercars, but it’s impressive to say the least for a design that’s more than 10 years old.
Are Nissan Cars Reliable?
Like many Japanese cars on the market, Nissans are generally rated among the most reliable vehicles on the market. Nissan was included on all major survey for reliability in recent decades with several nameplates listed as being dependable. It’s the smaller cars that are usually more reliable due to their simple design, the SUVs like the X-Trail and Rogue are also dependable. No matter the survey, you’ll always find Nissan among the 10 most reliable brands.