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2019 Nissan Maxima

2019 Nissan Maxima

Nissan’s flagship sedan gets minor updates and loads of new safety and tech features

Nissan’s participation at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show included the introduction of the 2019 Nissan Maxima. An updated version of the eighth-generation A36 Maxima in L.A. for the 2019 model year with a subtle exterior refresh to go along with a suite of new safety technologies. Nissan hopes that the updates are enough to stem the tide of declining sales that has plagued not only the Maxima but the entire sedan market in the U.S. As Nissan’s longest-running nameplate — the Maxima has been around since 1981 — there’s a lot of pressure on the 2019 Maxima to live up to, or even exceed, the expectations that Nissan has for it. The 2019 model goes on sale in mid-December.

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2019 Nissan Maxima Has a Cleaner Look But Lacks any Performance Upgrades

2019 Nissan Maxima Has a Cleaner Look But Lacks any Performance Upgrades

A veteran that is trying to find its feet in the highly competitive market

The 2019 Nissan Maxima has made its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It looks much better than the outgoing model, comes with added safety features, but does not get any sort of performance upgrades. Sure; it may be powerful enough, but did Nissan miss out on an opportunity to stand out from the competition?

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Nissan Gives the 2019 Nissan Murano a Wider Grille; Calls it a New Car

Nissan Gives the 2019 Nissan Murano a Wider Grille; Calls it a New Car

Right click, Refresh! Not a lot more for the 2019 Nissan Murano.

Nissan brought a refreshed 2019 Murano to the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. While the company dared to call it new, I can only say that the Murano received some superficial changes to get in line with the latest Nissan design philosophy. Despite its exterior looks, the 2019 Nissan Murano will fulfil its task of being an awesome family hauler masterfully.

If you can recall, Nissan actually showcased a refreshed version only last year. True, changes included only modifications to the inside at the time. For this new 2019 Nissan Murano, changes are kept on the outside.

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Nissan Teases the Refreshed 2019 Nissan Maxima; Will Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Nissan Teases the Refreshed 2019 Nissan Maxima; Will Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show

A facelift for the full-sizer brings Nissan’s latest styling and tech

The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is just a little over a month away now, and the early debuts are already starting to trickle in. One of the first out the gates comes from Nissan, which just debuted its latest Maxima four-door. Details on the updated flagship sedan are still forthcoming, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate a little bit…

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2018 Nissan Kicks - U.S. Spec

2018 Nissan Kicks - U.S. Spec

Kicking out the compact crossover jams

Without a doubt, the SUV and crossover market is still running strong, prompting every automaker under the sun to fill their lineups to capacity with fresh tall-riding hatches in a bid to satisfy the public’s seemingly never-ending demand. Nissan is no different, offering U.S buyers no less than six different models in the segment, including the Juke, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada. Unfortunately, lovers of the funky and fun Juke won’t see the compact on the roster for much longer, as rumor has it Nissan is showing it the door in 2018. However, in its stead, Nissan will offer something fresh – enter the Kicks. The Kicks is Nissan’s very first new nameplate in 8 years, arriving as a new entry-level model in the Japanese automaker’s lineup with more room and a lower price tag than the Juke. It’s also got some nice technology, both for entertainment and for safety purposes.

The Kicks is already on sale in South America, but arrives stateside more or less unchanged in the hopes of enticing urban consumers, or as Nissan puts it, “singles or couples looking for unique styling, roominess, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.” So – how does it stack up?

Updated 05/08/2018: Nissan announced prices for the 2018 Kicks. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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2018 Nissan Titan AT-M6 Walker

2018 Nissan Titan AT-M6 Walker

Japanese automaker’s resident pick-up gets rebuilt as an AT-M6 Walker

Stars Wars: The Last Jedi is hitting theaters next week, and like in year’s past, Nissan is hitching its wagon on the monolithic movie franchise. We saw the fruits of that partnership last year with the launch of the Nissan Rogue One Edition. This year, Nissan and LucasFilms are upping the ante by launching a whole fleet of Stars Wars-inspired creations, including the vehicle you see here.

This is a Nissan Titan, or at least it was until it was redesigned to look more like one of those giant AT-M6 Walker bots that the First Order deployed against the Resistance in The Force Awakens. The overall look and the details that went into creating the Titan Star Wars is a feast for the senses. We should give credit to Vehicle Effects for making this transformation. The California-based company is famous in Hollywood circles for building some of the best cars to hit the silver screen, including all the vehicles in The Fast and Furious and Marvel Cinematic Universe franchises. In addition to the Titan, Vehicle Effects also created the Nissan Altima Special Forces TIE Fighter, Nissan Maxima Kylo Ren, Nissan Maxima Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, Nissan Maxima Captain Phasma, Nissan Rogue Poe Dameron’s X-Wing with BB8, and Nissan Rogue Sport A-Wing.

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Nissan to Shift Back to Sedans and Sports Cars

Nissan to Shift Back to Sedans and Sports Cars

That’s the road to take now that the company’s crossovers and SUVs are filled up

Crossovers and SUVs make up a big chunk of Nissan’s sales volume these days, but just because it’s the case now, it doesn’t mean the Japanese automaker is pushing its sedans and sports cars to the sidelines. On the contrary, Nissan has big plans for its sedan and sports car lineups. It hasn’t mentioned what those plans are, but the big part of the company’s focus will return to these models now that its lineup of crossovers and SUVs are all filled up with the arrival of the Kicks crossover.

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The 2018 Nissan Kicks Gives Americans a Taste Simplicity in the Modern World

The 2018 Nissan Kicks Gives Americans a Taste Simplicity in the Modern World

A compact crossover for the budge-conscious

Nissan debuted an all-new compact crossover at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show – the 2018 Nissan Kicks. Its designed as a fun, visually appealing city run-about with good fuel economy, room for five people and their stuff, the most desired in-dash technology, and a price that starts “well under $19,000.”

Dan Mohnke, Nissan’s senior vice president of sales, marketing, and operations, says, “As the gateway to Nissan’s adventure-ready sport-utility portfolio – joining Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada – Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.”

Notice Mohnke didn’t mention the Nissan Juke. That’s because the Kicks will replace the Juke when it arrives in showrooms later this year – at least that’s the unofficial plan of action. The Kicks will compete with big players like the Jeep Renegade, Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V, Kia Soul, and new 2018 Hyundai Kona.

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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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Will the 2018 Nissan Kicks Replace the Nissan Juke?

Will the 2018 Nissan Kicks Replace the Nissan Juke?

There’s no word from Nissan yet, but don’t be surprised if this is the direction it takes

The Nissan Kicks finally made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The crossover’s arrival likely means that the Juke crossover is on its last legs. Nissan has given no indication regarding the status of the Juke, but all signs seem to point in that direction. That’s not necessarily a bad thing given how polarizing the Juke has been in the seven years that it’s been around. It’s about time Nissan’s quirky crossover is put to pasture. It makes sense for Nissan to do it now that the Kicks is here with a package that’s admittedly more appealing to customers.

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Nissan Brings Star Wars to L.A. with Six Wild-Looking Concept Cars

Nissan Brings Star Wars to L.A. with Six Wild-Looking Concept Cars

Would you go to war in a flying Nissan?

The Los Angeles Auto Show is the perfect occasion for carmakers to launch their late-in-the-year models for the U.S. market, but Nissan decided to go with something different in 2017. Having signed a collaboration with Lucasfilm for the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" movie, the Japanese automaker unveiled no fewer than six Star Wars-themed concept cars. Each of them is based on characters and crafts from the upcoming film, set to debut on December 15, and are built around Nissan’s most popular models in the U.S., the Rogue, Rogue Sport, Altima, and Maxima.

The vehicles were developed at the Lucasfilm studios, where artists penned everything from the design, colors, textures, and graphics, all inspired by the Star Wars franchise. The sketches were then brought to life using hydro-dipped graphics and aged exterior design to show simulated use in battle. Don’t worry; you won’t be seeing any flying Nissans in the movie, but also don’t expect any of these concepts to make it into production. Let’s have a closer look at each of them below.

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Is Nissan Debuting the U.S.-Spec Kicks at the Los Angeles Auto Show?

Is Nissan Debuting the U.S.-Spec Kicks at the Los Angeles Auto Show?

Unless it’s a car we’ve never heard of, the odds are on the Kicks

We already know that Nissan is unveiling a new crossover at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. What we still don’t know is the identity of the new crossover. The Japanese automaker did show a teaser of the car, and unless it’s a car we’ve never seen or heard of, chances are that the crossover that’s hiding under that red sheet is the Nissan Kicks.

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2017 Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition

2017 Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition

Are you for the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you know that the Star Wars franchise is experiencing a renaissance. As with most valued franchises, companies have had no problem jumping in on the bandwagon. Count Nissan among these companies and the Japanese automaker hasn’t been bashful about its partnership with Star Wars franchise. You only need to take a look at the Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition that was unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show to see the lengths by which this partnership has grown in the past few years.

Based on the 2017 Nissan Rogue, the SUV gets an overdose in Star Wars-related cosmetic digs, right down to the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire logos on the cupholders and the Rogue One logo badging on the front doors. Remember in 2013 when Nissan and Star Wars also collaborated on another model, the Juke Star Wars Edition? That version had more buzz surrounding it, but you can make a case that the Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition SUV received more of the stylized Star Wars treatment than the Juke ever had.

Here’s the best part about the Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition: only 5,400 units are going to be made available and of that 5,400 units, 5,000 has been earmarked for the U.S. market with the remaining 400 going to Canada. It’s a far cry from the Juke Star Wars Edition, which was only made available in Japan. Remember though, the Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition only comes in package form and is only available for Rogue models equipped with the Sun and Sound Touring Package. The package costs $1,990.

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Nissan Brings Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition To LA

Nissan Brings Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition To LA

If there’s one thing Nissan is going to get credit for at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, it will be that it had, by far, one of the best debut’s we’ve ever seen. And, the best part is, that debut was the 2017 Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition. If you didn’t catch the debut, you missed one hell of a show, as it featured a dramatic show as two examples of the limited-edition model were accompanied by battle-ready storm troopers. It’s the kind of thing that makes you proud to be a Star Wars fan. The show aside, the Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition brings together exclusive interior and exterior modifications to go with a full-sized Death Trooper collectible helmet – color us sold.

The two models that Nissan Showcased today came in contrasting colors with one being primarily black and the other primarily white. Outside modifications include a blacked out V-motion grille, fog-light delete, black air dam trim, and black wheels. In the rear, the chrome trim on the lower fascia has been painted black along with the chrome trim on the rear hatch. The taillights have been smoked out and the custom Star Wars badging rounds out the exterior package. On the inside, the interior is done up in all black, while the inserts around the door handles, instrument cluster, infotainment display and HVAC controls, and gear shifter have all take on the Gloss Black appearance. There is blue backlight on the pedals, and the backlighting of the instrument cluster and HVAC controls have a special shade of blue as well. Of course, don’t forget that cool Death Troopers helmet that you’ll surely want to hang on to for a long time to come.

As far as pricing goes, the package will set you back $1,990, and can only be had on 2017 Rogue SV models that are equipped with the Sun and Sound Touring package. Reservations for the limited edition are taking place now on Nissan’s USA website, but you probably don’t have to rush too quickly as a total of 5,400 will be built and shared between U.S. and Canadian markets. It seems like a lot for a limited-edition model, but then again, there’s a lot of Star Wars fans out there, so they could end up selling off pretty quickly.

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Nissan Sentra Nismo Unveiled at 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

Nissan Sentra Nismo Unveiled at 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

Nissan finally builds Sentra Nismo, but skips on engine upgrades

Earlier in 2016, when the facelifted Sentra sedan arrived in dealerships, we began to think that the new design would look awesome with a Nismo body kit. The Japanese firm had already built a concept car in 2013, and all it had to do was to update the styling to the 2016 model year. However, we weren’t sure that Nissan will finally offer a Nismo version of the Sentra or go with a milder SE-R model, which was shelved in 2012. A little more than half a year has passed since we speculated about the Sentra Nismo and rendered a production model based on the most recent update, and Nissan has unveiled the actual car at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Freaking finally!

That’s my first though. My second one was to compare it against our rendering. Well, we pretty much nailed it! Granted, there’s no mesh in the lower grille, the LED foglamps sit lower in the bumper, and the wheels have less spokes, but everything else is identical, including the black-painted mirror caps with red stripes and the red highlights in the apron and side skirts. Upgrades are pretty obvious around back, where the Sentra gained a diffuser-like element with red accents, a trunklid spoiler, and the familiar "Nismo" badge. Not bad. Not bad at all.

The interior also boasts a few cool features that bear the Nismo mark, starting with the Alcantara inserts and red 12-o’clock stripe on the steering wheel, the carbon center console with red highlights, and the Nismo rev counter.

Moving down to the greasy bits, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the Sentra Nismo is more powerful than the standard model. The not so good news is that it’s just a Sentra SR Turbo under the hood. Not only it uses the same turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, but the unit is rated at an identical 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Granted, that’s an impressive 58 horses and 49 pound-feet over the non-turbo Sentra, but I really expected the Nismo model to have more than 200 horsepower on tap. Okay, maybe not the 265-horsepower rating we predicted earlier this year, but at least a 20-percent increase over the SR Turbo.

Tough luck I guess?

There’s no word on pricing yet, but look for the Sentra Nismo to fetch more than the SR Turbo, which retails from $21,990.

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2017 Nissan Versa Note

2017 Nissan Versa Note

The Versa Note gets a "V-Motion" grille, becomes sportier and hotter

Launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the second-generation Note arrived on a new platform that Nissan introduced with the Micra. Although slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, the new Note had a significantly lower roof, trading the former MPV-style looks for a more standard hatchback layout. The Note crossed the pond to the U.S. in 2013, when it replaced the hatchback version of the Versa and was renamed the Versa Note. The North American model also sports the biggest engine available with the nameplate globally, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. In other markets, the Note uses a 1.2-liter three-cylinder and a 1.5-liter four-pot diesel. The Versa Note was redesigned for the 2017 model year, when it received Nissan’s recent styling language and a few interior updates.

Much like all recent redesigns and facelifts, the updated Versa Note adopted Nissan’s "V-Motion" grille, a design highlight that is already available on the majority of the company’s vehicles. In the U.S., the Verso and the Verso Note were the last models to not feature the grille. Thanks to the new "V-Motion" element, the Versa Note bears a closer family resemblance to the larger Nissan Sentra, Altima, and Maxima, while also boasting a sportier design that’s more in line with recently updated competitors such as the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, and Ford Fiesta.

"Versa Note and Versa sedan combine to be America’s best-selling nameplate in the entry level segment," said Michael Bunce, vice president of product planning. "The enhancements for the new model year give Versa Note a fresh new look, which should help keep the Versa pair in the number one position again in 2017."

It remains to be seen whether Bunce’s comment proves to be accurate with so many cars fighting for supremacy in this segment, but until those sales figures come rollin’ in, let’s have a closer look at what the facelifted Versa Note brings to the table.

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2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition

2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition

Finally a dark-themed model that really makes sense

The Nissan Juke is by far the funkiest crossover available, and things are about to get a little funkier with the introduction of a new special-edition model being called the Juke Black Pearl Edition. Manufacturers have been going crazy the past couple of years with the whole “dark theme,” with everybody and their brother jumping on the bandwagon. While a good portion of those models are relatively boring compared to their standard models, this new special edition from Nissan takes the dark theme to a whole new level. Instead of showcasing a model with a few black accents, Nissan did it the right way by blacking out nearly the entire exterior, save for a few Pearl White accents. It’s based on the Juke SV and can be had in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, but will only be sold in just 1,250 examples. You have a little time to get to the dealer here in the U.S., as 1,000 of them are slated for this market. But, if you live in Canada, you might want to head to the dealer now as only 250 of them will be available to our northern neighbors.

Michael Bunce, the VP of Product Planning for Nissan North America, said, “Juke has always followed its own path as a distinctive urban sport cross, standing apart from ordinary crossover SUVs from both design and performance aspects. The new Black Pearl Edition continues Juke’s performance formula while adding a bold-on-bold appearance inside and out.”

Well, he certainly has the “bold-on-bold” thing right, as a model this black, and with white accents, is a pretty bold move. But, being so limited, and being based on a vehicle like the Nissan Juke, it’s sure to find a place in the heart of many. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves in that regard, let’s take a closer look on the Juke Black Pearl and why it is worth your consideration.

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