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Nissan Sporty Cars Guide

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Nissan 370Z

Year: Starting at $34,420 MPG 19-26 The Nissan 370Z has built a solid reputation as a serious, yet affordable sports car. The “Z,” which comes in coupe and convertible models, is designed for driving pleasure and doesn’t disappoint with a stiff suspension, powerful brakes and a throaty engine, but the 2013 models will put a bigger dent in your bank account. The top-of-the-line 2013 Nissan Nismo 370Z starts at $43,800, including shipping, reflecting a $1,360 price increase over the outgoing model. The carryover models get several upgrades including a refreshed front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights – except on the Nismo 370Z – a new eighteen-inch wheel design for the 370Z Coupe and two new colors – Magma Red and Midnight Blue. The 370Z and 370Z Touring get the standard 332-horsepower 3.7 liter V-6 engine and either a six-speed manual transmission with an optional synchronized downshift rev matching system or a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The 2013 Nissan Nismo 370Z gets a 350-horsepower 3.7 liter V-6 engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Be prepared for a stiff ride on public roads, a rather noisy engine, and limited rear visibility. But if you’re looking for classic sports car styling and a car that takes fun seriously, the Z is the way to go. …
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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 GT-R

Year: Starting at $96,820 MPG 16-23 Nissan describes the 2013 GT-R as “an incredible value,” but buyers should brace themselves for some major sticker shock this year. The base 2013 Nissan GT-R Premium model starts at $97,820, reflecting a $6,870 increase over the outgoing model. The 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition starts at $107,320, reflecting an $11,200 price hike. Still, the GT-R is significantly cheaper than some of its chief competition, most notably the Porsche 911 Turbo. The 2013 GT-R gets performance enhancements, including a boost in horsepower from 530 to 545. It is equipped with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine linked to a six-speed automated manual transmission, but it lacks a conventional stick shift. The GT-R stands out with its distinctive good looks, standard adaptive suspension and four-season potential thanks to all-wheel drive. The suspension on the 2013 model has been retuned and the Black Edition gets a new dry carbon fiber spoiler. The new spoiler is handmade in a limited production run. Six exterior colors are available for 2013, including a four-stage metallic Super Silver. The GT-R scores points for its incredible performance, near-telepathic handling, and nice cabin. But it could be more involving and has a harsh, fidgety ride. Putting the GT-R through its paces on public roads may attract the attention of the local constabulary. To experience its true potential, it must be unleashed on a track. …
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