Nissan has had a long and treacherous journey; it was once Datsun; it's now a popular all-round car manufacturer with a few victory belts under its name. Nissan is home to the Altima, which is perhaps one of the most popular mid-size sedans in the U.S. It is also home to a wide range of automobiles from the gentle and comfortable Rogue SUV to the fire breathing supercar slayer Nissan GT-R aka the Godzilla.
Nissan has enjoyed a good run, but without a few pitfalls here and there. While it holds some of the best vehicles ever manufactured, it also produced some weak cars. If you’ve been wondering, here are ten of the best and worst Nissan models, ranked!
10 Best: Nissan Leaf
In all honesty, its been a long journey for Nissan, since the first leaf in 2011 that could only cover 73 miles on a single charge. The new Nissan Leaf comes with much more power and range. Buyers have two options, the 40.0-kWh Leaf or the 62.0-kWh Leaf Plus that delivers an estimated 215 miles compared to the standard 150 miles.
9 Best: Nissan Rogue
Buyers still get an all-wheel-drive functionality, raised seating height, and excellent fuel economy. The Nissan Rogue falls short when it comes to luxury and agility. Instead, Nissan opted for attractive interiors as well as roomier cargo space.
8 Best: Nissan Altima
Like the Rogue, Altima also comes with standard Nissan driver-assist technology, including emergency braking, optional lane assists, and many more. Nissan Altima closely rivals Toyota Camry and Honda Accord that are equally loved by the American market.
7 Best: Nissan Pathfinder
If you are looking for a truck-like SUV that could haul your boat and fishing gear, the Nissan Pathfinder is your ultimate choice. It doesn’t offer much excitement, but its capable and comfortable.
6 Best: Nissan GT-R
You’ll have to visit a race track if you want to achieve GT-R limits, this sports car is simply a monster on the road. But like all old champions, the GT-R is fast losing its ground to the new kids on the block, and like the Mitsubishi Evolution, the GT-R needs to retire gracefully.
5 Worst: 2007 Nissan Sentra SE-R
The redesign came with a CVT transmission, and critics ripped it apart, saying it was a mix of thinly veiled disappointment and stiff politeness. While you could go the Spec V way, according to fans, the Sentra wasn’t meant to be a tuner car.
4 Worst: Nissan Cube
To be honest, the Nissan Cube is an exceptionally functional car despite its side-hinged tail-lights. However, the American market was still not ready to drive a box-shaped automobile to work or school.
3 Worst: Nissan Murano Cabriolet
The idea of a convertible truck is cool, Jeep and Suzuki have made a killing out of it, and for most 90s teenagers, Spring and Summer breaks wouldn’t have been the same. However, you can't say the same about the Nissan Murano Cabriolet.
The result of Nissan’s creative ingenious was a $50,000 crossover with two doors, and as you might have expected, it did not sell well. The Murano Cabriolet was a flop.
2 Worst: Nissan Juke
Granted, the Nissan Juke is a fun car to drive, with a roomier cargo room, but that’s where all the fun ends. While it had a following that didn’t mind its design, the Juke was organized chaos, and perhaps one of the worst designs from the manufacturer.
1 Worst: Nissan Quest
It also lacked the right mix of features and received a poor rating from the IIHS. Quest owners were constantly at the service shops doing repairs, and the model received its fair share of recalls. Yes, Nissan Quest is by far the worst Nissan model drive out of Nissan’s showroom.