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Nissan Altima

Year: Starting at $21,760 MPG 27-38 The 2013 Nissan Altima is shaking up its considerable competition in the mid-size sedan segment with new sheetmetal, a revamped cabin, and a revised four-cylinder engine that’s more powerful and efficient. A new grille and projector-style headlights give the Altima a more dramatic face, with LED taillights standard on uplevel models. The Japanese automaker has carried over the 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine in the Altima, but has revised the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, increasing output from 175 to 182 horsepower. A redesigned Xtronic continuously variable transmission boosts fuel economy in both engines – to 27 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway on the four-cylinder, according to the EPA. The Altima’s cabin gets dolled up with a new articulated seat design, available in cloth or leather, as well as a new advanced Drive-Assist Display. The Altima offers good handling and a compliant ride. Nissan expanded the Altima range with seven trim levels for 2013.The four-cylinder models get either sixteen-inch steel wheels or seventeen-inch alloy rims, while the six-cylinder models come with eighteen-inch alloys. Available safety technologies are plentiful and include blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and moving object detection. The Altima’s changes are impressive, but the mid-size sedan wars are heating up, with the debut of a redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Honda Accord. …
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Nissan Armada

Year: Starting at $41,290 MPG 13-19 The Nissan Armada takes it moniker from a famous fleet of Spanish warships and the giant SUV certainly lives up to its name. It offers beefy, all-weather performance, good towing capabilities and a rugged, utilitarian interior. The muscular Armada can tow up to 9,000 pounds and tackle the outdoors, thanks to its truck chassis and low-range four-wheel drive that can handle extreme towing or off-roading needs. A third-row seat is standard and eight passengers can ride comfortably in the spacious Armada. Its standard engine, a 5.6-liter V-8, is rated at 317 horsepower. The engine is linked to a five-speed automatic transmission. But the Armada is thirsty, delivering 12 mpg in city driving and 19 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The Armada, which has a heavy-duty, fully boxed ladder frame, drives like a truck and can be a beast to maneuver into tight parking spaces. Although the interior on the base model feels somewhat cheap, Nissan continues to offer packages that dress up the cabin. For 2013, a new Platinum Reserve package debuts, adding twenty-inch dark chrome wheels, dark chrome grille, and outside mirrors, along with a two-tone Chocolate/Almond leather-trimmed seating with dark satin chrome interior accents. If $4-a-gallon gas prices don’t bother you, the Armada may be a logical choice. …
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Nissan Maxima

Year: Starting at $33,270 MPG 19-26 The 2013 Nissan Maxima absolutely gets the big stuff right. It has tons of power, a comfortable ride, bold exterior styling and an upscale interior. But despite being touted as a sport sedan by the Japanese automaker, its front-wheel-drive layout and continuously variable transmission make it fall short of its lofty goal. Dare we call it a family-friendly sedan without insulting Nissan designers? The five-passenger sedan serves as Nissan’s flagship, but it suffers from a smallish cabin. It is again offered in two models, 3.5 S and 3.5 SV, each powered by a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It returns decent fuel economy at 19 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. One downside: the Maxima requires premium gasoline and that can raise your fuel budget compared to other models that get roughly the same ratings. The ride in the Maxima is well damped and comfortable with fairly limited body roll. The sloping roofline in the rear limits headroom for backseat passengers and the high beltline may make smaller passengers feel slightly claustrophobic. The biggest problem with the Maxima, though, may come from the Nissan stable. The less-expensive Nissan Altima sedan received a major makeover for the 2013 model year, which may steer some buyers away from Maxima once they step into a Nissan showroom. …
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Nissan Murano

Year: Starting at $30,450 MPG 18-23 The Nissan Murano used to stand alone in the crossover market as one of the few truly stylish offerings. That’s no longer the case, but the five-passenger Murano still is a solid competitor, especially for those looking for fun and good fuel economy. The one downside is that the Murano tends to be a bit expensive. What you get for the money is a pleasing exterior design that remains unchanged for the new model year. A wide chrome-and-mesh grille and triangular headlights prove to be a dramatic combination in the front, while a roof spoiler adds interest in the rear. Nissan beefed up the Murano for 2013 with advanced safety technologies added to the uplevel LE Platinum Edition and SL Navigation Package. The Murano again offers a standard 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 linked to an Xtronic CVT. The combination offers smooth, powerful acceleration and returns 18 mpg in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway on the Murano front-wheel-drive model and 18 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway on the four-wheel-drive model. The ride is comfortable and relatively soft. A long list of options includes a dual panel power moonroof, eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Murano is an excellent choice for small families who don’t want to sacrifice sensibility for style. You get both with this Japanese crossover. …
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Nissan Pathfinder

Year: Starting at $28,650 MPG 19-25 The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has been transformed from a bloated SUV into a sleek crossover, undergoing one of the most dramatic transformations of any 2013 vehicle. The biggest knock against the outgoing model is that it was an old-fashioned SUV that was less refined than its rivals. The Pathfinder has shed its old V-8 engine, along with 500 pounds, and now returns 26 mpg on the highway. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder FWD tips the scales at 4,149 pounds; in comparison, the lightest 2013 Ford Explorer weighs 4,448 pounds. The changes should translate to a more carlike ride. Although official pricing hasn’t been announced, Nissan says the Pathfinder is in line for a price cut and would start at less than $30,000. All 2013 Pathfinders now come equipped with a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated with a next-generation Xtronic continuously variable transmission. The 2013 Pathfinder will be offered in 4x4 and 4x2 configurations and in four models – S, SV, SL and Platinum. It has a standard towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, significantly less than the outgoing model. The seven-passenger Pathfinder has more cabin space than the previous model. Options include a heated steering wheel, thirteen-speaker Bose Premium Audio system, dual-zone climate control, and remote engine start. Parents will love the new Latch and Glide system in the Pathfinder. Families no longer have to remove the child seat every time someone needs access to the third row. …
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Nissan Quest

Year: Starting at $25,990 MPG 19-24 The Nissan Quest got a major redesign two years ago and enters the 2013 model year with just a few tweaks. The Japanese minivan holds up well against its competitors and merits a second look by anyone needing a family-friendly ride. The cabin in a minivan counts more than its exterior looks and the Quest does not disappoint in this area. It features one-touch, power sliding doors, quick release fold-flat second and third row seats and a useful rear storage well. The step-in height is lower than on other minivans, making it easier to get passengers in and out. The Quest gets a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine linked to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy is decent at 19 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The Quest can be loaded up with lots of options designed to keep fussy kids happy, including an eleven-inch rear DVD video screen, Bose audio system and dual moonroofs that slide open. A total of six cupholders and six bottle holders are standard, along with four coat hangers and two 12-volt DC outlets. The dual-level front center console offers flexible storage, as does the removable second row console. An overhead front console is standard on SL and LE models. The Quest is often the forgotten minivan on shopping lists, but it shouldn’t be. …
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Nissan Sentra

Year: Starting at $15,990 MPG 27-36 Nissan isn’t relying on hyperbole when it says that the redesign of the 2013 Sentra is the “most revolutionary” in the nameplate’s thirty-year history. The 2013 Nissan Sentra gets a more sophisticated look courtesy of a redesign that includes upscale touches such as LED-accented headlights and taillights. The high-performance – and thirsty -- Nissan Sentra SE-R and SE-R Spec V have been eliminated from the lineup. The 2013 Sentra gets a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 130 horsepower. The engine is linked to a continuously variable transmission or six-speed manual transmission. It is the only engine in the Sentra lineup. The EPA has yet to list official fuel-economy numbers for the redesigned Sentra, but Nissan says the 2013 Sentra FE+ models will deliver 40 mpg on the highway. The base 2013 Sentra returns 30 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway. Nissan says the changes to the Sentra result in a “13 percent improvement in EPA combined fuel economy.” The Sentra is 150 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. The compact sedan gets a soft-touch instrument panel, optional leather-trimmed seats and maple wood-tone trim. A new version of the Nissan navigation system is an option. With gasoline prices hovering near the $4-a-gallon mark all year, the revisions to the Sentra should be a welcome change to anyone reeling from pump prices. …
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Nissan Rogue

Year: Starting at $22,610 MPG 22-28 The 2013 Nissan Rogue is a stylish compact crossover that adds interest for the new model year with a new Premium Edition. This new edition adds front fog lights and a Bose audio system with seven speakers. The Rogue gets lots of credit for what it does right, including its emphasis on an attractive exterior, its spacious interior and long list of options. It is equipped with an adequate 170-horsepower 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that is underpowered next to much of the competition. It also is hampered by road noise, bad rear visibility, short backseat cushions and boring cabin styling. It can be fun to drive up to a point, but the soft suspension tuning and average steering feel fall just short of truly sporty. The Rogue is family friendly with large storage areas in the cabin, an optional fold-flat passenger seat that boosts its practicality and comfortable front seats. The high seating position is a plus for a driver who wants a command position behind the wheel. There are also benefits at the gas pump. The front-wheel-drive Rogue returns a respectable 23 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway. The four-wheel-drive Rogue returns 22 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The Rogue is competitively priced against most of its competition, including the Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan. …
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