New for 2015: Nissan Cars
By Jeff Youngs, August 06, 2014
2015 Nissan Cars Overview
With the exception of the funky and now-discontinued Cube, all of Nissan's regular sedan, hatchback, coupe, and convertible models return for 2015. Well, that's not entirely true--the aging Maxima, slated for replacement in 2016, will continue to be available as a 2014 model long after New Year's Eve parties have been enjoyed and new calendars have been hung.
As for Nissan's most popular family-friendly 4-door, the Altima, it is mostly unchanged, though the upper trim levels boast extra equipment and engineers have made tweaks that contribute to better fuel economy. The smaller Sentra sedan also features a more ample serving of standard features, along with new colors and option packages. This trend continues with the Versa sedan, and the fully electric 2015 Nissan Leaf.
Models that challenged the status quo include the 2015 370Z, which adds four new trim levels, revised suspension, and, for the first time, an optional automatic transmission for Nismo variants; the 2015 GT-R, a sports car that's now quieter than before, has been re-engineered to deliver greater handling and braking capabilities, and is available in 600-horsepower Nismo livery; and, at the other end of the spectrum, the compact and ultra-affordable 2015 Versa Note, featuring new SR and SL trim levels.
2015 Nissan 370Z
Offered in 2-door coupe and convertible body styles, the 2-passenger Nissan 370Z returns for 2015 with revised suspension tuning, new standard audio system, and several new trim levels. Among them is the Nismo Tech coupe, which features a 7-in. touch-screen navigation system, rearview camera, Bose audio, satellite radio, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Power for the rear-wheel-drive 2015 Nissan 370Z comes from a 3.7-liter V-6 engine.
- Sport, Sport Tech, Nismo Tech, and Touring Sport trim levels debut
- Retuned suspension
- Added standard features, including Bluetooth connectivity
- Upgraded audio system
- Black 18-in. alloy wheels on base and Touring models
- Updated styling (Nismo)
- Nismo now available with an automatic transmission
2015 Nissan Altima
Nissan's popular midsize sedan has seen a number of noteworthy tweaks for 2015, including a slight fuel-economy gain for the available V-6, power front passenger seat with 4-way adjustment for top-of-the-line 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL variants, and a standard smartphone-linked navigation system in the 2015 Altima 3.5 SV and Altima 3.5 SL. Those premium trim levels also now boast standard blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning technology.
- Improved fuel economy
- Standard navigation system and added safety features on 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL trims
- Revised interior color combinations
- Automatic climate control paired with remote start system
- SL models add power passenger seat
2015 Nissan GT-R
It's difficult to imagine how one goes about making a supercar more super, but that's a feat Nissan has seemingly pulled off with its all-wheel-drive 2015 GT-R. In addition to 545-horsepower Premium and Black Edition models, the company is offering a new GT-R Nismo version that offers drivers 600 horsepower complemented by special body and chassis upgrades.
- 600-horsepower Nismo trim level
- Retuned chassis to improve handling and braking performance
- LED headlights
- Quieter cabin
- Regal Red paint color
- Optional hand-stitched Ivory interior
2015 Nissan Leaf
Aside from a small assortment of relatively minor changes, the 2015 Nissan Leaf is essentially a carryover from 2014, which was offered in S, SV, and SL trim levels. Enhancements for 2015 include a new exterior paint color, 17-in. alloy wheels for the SV and text-messaging capability for the SV and SL. All Leafs now allow drivers to shift into b-mode to capture more energy from the regenerative braking system when decelerating.
- Morning Sky Blue paint color
- Text-messaging capability on upper trim levels
- Base models add b-mode
- Standard 17-in. alloy wheels on SV
2015 Nissan Maxima
The story behind the 2015 Maxima, Nissan's flagship sedan, is a bit unusual. Simply put, the company will not be offering a 2015 model, but will instead continue to sell the 2014 version until the anticipated launch of an all-new 2016 Maxima based on the Sport Sedan Concept.
Buyers interested in the 2014 Maxima have their choice of 3.5 S and 3.5 SV trim levels, both equipped with a 290-horsepower V-6 engine that delivers output to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a downshift rev-matching feature.
- 2014 Maxima will continue to be sold during 2015 model year
2015 Nissan Sentra
Now in its second year since being completely redesigned, the Nissan Sentra sedan returns for 2015 with a number of upgrades, including the availability of cruise control, USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity on all trim levels. The FE+ package has been dropped from the SV variant and is now only offered on the base S model. However, the 2015 Sentra SV, as well as the SR and SL, adds a standard infotainment system bundled with a rearview camera and text-messaging capability. And, to further solidify its ranking within the Sentra hierarchy, the top-of-the-line SL now features leather upholstery.
- SV and SR trim levels add standard Driver packages
- Leather package standard on SL
- All variants feature standard cruise control, USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity
- Optional Appearance package
- Titanium, Red Alert, Cayenne Red, and Gun Metallic paint colors
- Infotainment system, rearview camera, and text-messaging capability standard on SV, SR, and SL
2015 Nissan Versa
Like other Nissans, the Versa has been treated to few key updates for the 2015 model year, with perhaps the most obvious changes being redesigned bumpers and headlights that give the car a somewhat bolder appearance. In addition, the company has mixed up the color palette with a couple of new exterior paint options, padded the list of standard features with desirable amenities like Bluetooth connectivity, and upgraded the SL's optional Tech package by incorporating smartphone-linked apps and improved the voice-recognition software.
- Updated styling inside and out
- Added standard features, including Bluetooth connectivity
- Upgraded SL Tech package
- Graphite Blue and Amethyst Gray paint colors
2015 Nissan Versa Note
Introduced as a stand-alone model in 2014, the small and efficient Nissan Versa Note 5-door hatchback enters its second year with a couple of key changes. At the top of the list is the debut of SR and SL trim levels, offering features such as Nissan's Easy-Fill tire-alert system, 16-in. alloy wheels, heated mirrors and front seats (SL), and, in the case of the SR, exterior enhancements designed to provide a sportier appearance.
- SR and SL trim levels introduced
- Bluetooth connectivity standard on all versions
- Reshaped exterior rearview mirror
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Critical Knowledge:Exploratory design conceptFamily-oriented, limousine-like minivan7-passenger seatingFront engine and front-wheel drive (FWD) Diesel powerplant with CVT transmissionLED exterior lightingOn-board microwaveIntroductionThe Nissan Forum is an explanatory design concept developed by Nissan Design America to represent the next revolution in family transportation. Making its debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the minivan offers a wide array of ideas designed to make family passenger vehicles more appealing to both drivers and their passengers. According to Nissan, the Forum concept ".offers a sophisticated space for adults and an engaging space for children-allowing both groups to enjoy themselves in their own individualistic ways while being connected in one vehicle.
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Critical Knowledge:All-new model for 2011Nissan's first zero-emission vehicleAll-electric plug-in powerplantLithium-ion battery technologyRange of more than 100 miles5-passenger midsize hatchbackAvailable in the latter part of 2010IntroductionNissan's just-announced Leaf electronic vehicle (EV) isn't just the first production all-electric vehicle from the automaker-it's the company's first big push towards capitalizing on the mass-market EV revolution. Until now, Nissan's sole entry into the "green" marketplace has been the Altima Hybrid. Introduced in 2007, the midsize sedan borrowed leased hybrid technology from Toyota, as Nissan's own alternative energy program wasn't completely up to speed.
|2011 Nissan Juke Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new compact crossover SUVExterior styling blends sport utility and coupeInterior styling takes inspiration from motorcyclesFront- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD)Four-cylinder enginesUnique suspension for FWD and AWD modelsDue to arrive in late 2010IntroductionThe Nissan Juke is an all-new compact crossover SUV that made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The 5-door is one of the most unique recent designs from Nissan. It is a style that has been "designed to offer a refreshing alternative for customers who are shopping in the small car segment of the market, but uninspired by the traditional offerings," says the automaker. "Juke is a distinctive combination of SUV toughness and sporting style. Juke will inject some much needed masculinity and dynamism into the small car market.
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HistoryFounded in 1933 as Datsun (a name that was discontinued in the mid-1980s), Nissan Motor Company is a Japanese automobile manufacturer with a long history of building passenger cars and trucks.Today, in addition to its consumer-oriented automotive lineup, Nissan also offers a line of consumer and industrial products including outboard motors and forklifts. In conjunction with its French partner Renault, Nissan's automotive product line has been greatly expanded over the past decade-including the more recent North American launch of its iconic flagship GT-R sports car.
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Critical Knowledge:2010 370Z: Only minor updates for Nissan's mainstream sports car in 2010 following a 2009 redesign. The navigation system is updated, heated mirrors and a cabin filter are now standard features, and two new colors have been added to the palette.2010 370Z Roadster: All-new for 2010, the Roadster shares the coupe's mechanicals but replaces its fixed roof with a power-operated soft top and a longer list of standard features.2010 Altima: A mid-cycle refresh gives both the Altima Sedan and Coupe a new look, while the interior also benefits from some of the attention. Audio and navigation packages are updated, and there are new alloy wheels in each trim level. Stability control is now standard on all models.
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Critical Knowledge:2010 Armada: The 8-passenger Armada SUV reconfigures its lineup and adds more standard appointments to the higher trim levels. New for 2010, Titanium and Platinum models receive standard leather, 20-inch wheels, Bose audio and more.2010 Frontier: Although it was extensively updated for 2009, the new model year brings the Frontier two new safety enhancements, a new transmission choice, and equipment changes.2010 Pathfinder: Nissan has reconfigured the Pathfinder's option packages and added a new exterior color for the new model year.
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CriticalKnowledge:Shares engine and powertrain with the
|2009 Nissan Murano Preview
Critical Knowledge:Revised 3.5-liter V-6 engineSecond-generation Xtronic CVT transmissionFront- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD) Offered in five well-equipped modelsSafety features include six standard air bagsAll Nissan Murano models meet ULEV emission standardsAvailable January 2008IntroductionLaunched as a 2004 model, the first-generation Nissan Murano arrived at dealerships in 2003: a 5-passenger car-based crossover SUV. It offered a blend of style, luxury, and sporty road-based driving dynamics not found in the Nissan Pathfinder or Nissan Xterra, the two other small SUVs sharing the same showroom floor. Consumers warmed to the Murano and it quickly became a best seller in its segment. For 2009, Nissan launches an all-new Murano on an updated platform with a revised engine and transmission. According to Nissan, the new Murano continues to combine modern design, dynamic performance, business-class interior and overall refinement.
|New for 2009-Nissan Trucks
Critical Knowledge:Murano is all-new for 2009Frontier receives a minor facelift and new optionsXterra receives a minor faceliftArmada receives several option package and trim enhancementsTitan gets several new option packagesQuest receives only minor changesRogue continues virtually unchangedNissan truck models:2009 Nissan Armada2009 Nissan Frontier2009 Nissan Murano2009 Nissan Quest2009 Nissan Rogue2009 Nissan Titan2009 Nissan
|New for 2009-Nissan Cars
Critical Knowledge:350Z is mostly unchanged-with a new model on the horizonAltima receives more standard equipmentGT-R high-performance supercar is all-new for 2009Maxima is an all-new sixth-generation modelSentra gains an MP3-compatible CD playerVersa receives power door locks and new colorsNissan car models:2009 Nissan 350Z2009 Nissan Altima2009 Nissan GT-R2009 Nissan Maxima2009 Nissan Sentra2009 Nissan
|2009 Nissan 370Z Preview
Critical Knowledge:Redesigned for 2009, with new name370Z and 370Z Touring models are available3.7-liter V-6 engine rated at 332 horsepowerSignificantly lighter than the outgoing model for faster accelerationSynchroRev technology for engine rev-matching during downshiftsNew available 7-speed automatic transmissionImproved quality for driver-centric interiorAvailable hands-free phone, XM NavTraffic, and Music Box hard driveIntroductionThe name Nissan is synonymous with the "Z," a popular line of rear-wheel-drive sports cars manufactured since 1969 (until 1984 under Nissan's "Datsun" brand). The early 240Z, 260Z, 280Z, 280ZX, and 300ZX culminated in the technically advanced fourth-generation 300ZX models offered in the 1990s. Slow sales resulted in a five-year production hiatus for the Z, but the fifth-generation 350Z was introduced for 2003, followed by a convertible version in 2004. In 2007, Nissan made significant revisions to the 350Z including styling updates for the hood, bumpers and headlamps, and the inclusion of an updated version of Nissan's award-winning VQ-series engine under the hood.
|2009 Nissan GT-R Preview
Critical Knowledge:Nissan's technology flagshipFour-passenger coupeTwin-turbo V-6 rated at 473 hpStandard ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive (AWD) Direct, twin-clutch 6-speed automatic transmissionInnovative Super Wide Beam headlamps0 to 60 mph in just over 3.5 secondsTop speed in excess of 190 mphIntroductionNissan boasts that the 2009 GT-R may be the most accomplished and technologically advanced high performance car ever made. It may also be the world's easiest and most secure vehicle to drive at high speeds, Nissan adds: It already holds a production car lap record at Germany's famous N�rburgring racetrack. Nissan's new supercar follows a long history of successful Skyline GT-R street and race cars from the Japanese marque. Unlike previous versions of Nissan's technology flagship GT-R, this one will be sold in both right- and left-hand-drive forms around the world, including the North American and mainland European markets.
|2009 Nissan Maxima Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new redesignBuilt on Nissan's "D platform" with enhanced rigidityStandard 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engineRevised Xtronic CVT transmissionFront engine/front-wheel driveNew TOPS power steering"Liquid Motion" exterior design"Super Cockpit" interior designAvailable Summer 2008IntroductionIntroduced more than 30 years ago, the Nissan Maxima is the largest sedan and the flagship of the Nissan lineup. While the earliest Nissan "Bluebird" Maxima (sold in the United States as the Datsun 810) offered rear-wheel-drive (RWD), for the past two decades all Maxima models have been front-wheel-drive (FWD) 4-door sedans. According to Nissan, the "Maxima has always enjoyed a certain �duality'-a unique fusion of sedan practicality with the soul of a sports car." It was Nissan who coined the phrase "4-door sports car" for the Maxima.
|2009 Nissan Cube Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new model for 2009Unique asymmetrical stylingFive-passenger seating122-hp, 4-cylinder powerplantFront-wheel driveThree different modelsFull range of dealer accessories for customizationOn sale in spring of 2009IntroductionThe Nissan Cube is an all-new mini MPV entering the same growing segment populated with the Scion xB, Honda Element, and the upcoming Kia Soul. With seating for up to 5 passengers, the Cube is readily identified by its unique asymmetrical styling-the rear window wraps around the passenger side of the vehicle while the driver's side has a traditional thick painted D-pillar. The styling is focused on the functional, as Nissan utilizes the visible pillar to hide the mechanicals of the standard swing-out rear tailgate. The Cube is expected to go on sale in spring of 2009.