New for 2018:Nissan Cars

Christian Wardlaw | Dec 20, 2017
Nissan’s big news as far as its cars go is the debut of a redesigned Leaf electric car. An improvement over the old Leaf in terms of technology, the 2018 Leaf doesn’t match the Chevrolet Bolt in terms of driving range. Other Nissan cars receive minor updates for the 2018 model year.


2018 Nissan Leaf front quarter right photo
Detailed changes for each Nissan car are shown on the pages that follow, the vehicles listed in alphabetical order.

2018 Nissan 370Z

  • Dark tinted headlights and taillights
  • Blacked out lower rear bumper
  • New 19-inch aluminum wheel design
  • Two additional stereo speakers are standard
  • Revised tuning to improve acceleration
  • New high-performance clutch with manual transmission
  • Base models can be equipped with Heritage Edition option package
  • NISMO gets new high-performance standard tire selection
  • New color: Passion Red

2018 Nissan Altima

  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard equipment for all Altimas
  • Base Altima 2.5 and sporty Altima 3.5 SR are cancelled for 2018
  • New 2.5 SR Special Edition with heated Prima-Tex (leatherette) seats, NissanConnect with Navigation and Services infotainment system, dark-finish aluminum wheels
  • Altima 3.5 SL gains standard NissanConnect with Navigation and Services infotainment system, as well as Intelligent Cruise Control
  • NissanConnect with Navigation and Services gains Apple CarPlay smartphone integration

2018 Nissan GT-R

  • Pure trim debuts, lowering the GT-R’s base price
  • Pure eliminates the titanium exhaust system, active sound enhancement system, active noise cancellation system, and 11-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Versions with NissanConnect with Navigation and Services receive Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • Premium Interior Package now offered in Kuro Night color

2018 Nissan Leaf

  • Redesigned for 2018
  • 150 miles of driving range
  • New e-Pedal and Pro-Pilot Assist technologies
  • 147 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Available in S, SV, and SL trims
  • On sale in early 2018, for less than outgoing Leaf

2018 Nissan Maxima

  • A change made late in the 2017 model year, all Maximas now include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Android Auto smartphone projection system joins Apple CarPlay as standard equipment
  • Subtle changes to grille design
  • Rear seat USB ports
  • New color: Carnelian Red

2018 Nissan Sentra

  • Automatic emergency braking is standard, except with a manual transmission
  • Sentra S gains standard infotainment system with 5-inch display, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and a reversing camera
  • Sentra SV adds standard 16-inch aluminum wheels and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Sentra SR and SL add standard adaptive cruise control
  • Sentra SL includes standard power sunroof, NissanConnect Services, and Bose premium audio system
  • Sentra NISMO gains standard NissanConnect with Navigation and Services, Bose premium audio system

2018 Nissan Versa

  • Standard adjustable front head restraints and map lighting
  • New paint color: Deep Blue Pearl

2018 Nissan Versa Note

  • Lineup trimmed down to S, SV, and SR
  • S trim includes previous S Plus equipment
  • SV trim offered with a new Special Edition option package containing appearance improvements, keyless entry with push-button start, an Easy Fill Tire Alert system, and a vehicle immobilizer
  • SR trim includes contents of Special Edition option package
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