Nissan is a Japanese automaker that was founded in 1933, although its roots go back to 1914, when Masujiro Hashimoto established Kaishinasha Motor Car Works, Japan's first automobile manufacturer. Nissan started to expand into worldwide markets into the 1950s and established a U.S. subsidiary in 1958. By 1970, Nissan had become of the world's largest exporters of automobiles with successful sales of both Nissan and Datsun vehicles. In 1999, due to financial difficulties, Nissan entered an alliance with Renault. The partnership resulted in sharing of platforms and engines between the brands. Mitsubishi joined the alliance in 2016. Nissan also operates Infiniti, a luxury brand, and revived Datsun as an affordable brand in 2013. Nissan's alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi is one of the largest in the world, competing with Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Corp to lead in global auto sales. Iconic modern and historic nameplates Nissan nameplates include the Fairlady, 240Z, Silvia, Skyline, Patrol, Maxima, Frontier, Qashqai, 370Z, Titan, and GT-R.

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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.