Nissan says passion for the company is making cars more efficient, beautiful, inspiring, and more humane than ever before. As Skyline fanboys, we agree. Nothing better than a reliable, affordable, and well-equipped car for the price. Some users report CVT declining with time and performance depreciating with most of the Nissan cars, but the brand has still produced some impressive models over the years.
If you know which models to look for, Nissans are good and reliable cars. Of course, like everything, a little on-time servicing and attention go a long way. Feedback and discussion forums are loaded with thousands of fans and critics alike and sometimes, it's quite tough to know who’s who. That's why, to make it easier for our devoted readers, we are sharing here our list of ten best Nissan cars, ranked.
10 Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano has been awarded as the best two-row SUV for the price and is one of the best family SUVs around. It is a decent SUV with user-friendly interfaces, lots of handy safety features and a superb interior with great environs.
The 2019 upgrades include an advanced navigation system, driver drowsiness monitoring systems, front and rear parking sensors, rear automatic brakes, lane departure warnings, high beam assist, pedestrian detection, and rear seat reminder. The seats are spacious and comfortable, and although the cargo space is not the best, it’s fair enough. Overall, a decent car.
9 Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is a green, affordable, and fast-enough car to own. The 2019 upgrade has a very powerful motor that can develop much more power via 150 bhp and can hit 0-62 in under 7.9 seconds. It is a decent performer, reliable, has easy home charging options and the interior is spacious enough.
It has a good driving range as well. Overall, it is a decent compact all-electric car with fair handling and nice drive range of 151 - 226 miles on just the battery.
8 Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R is quite an impressive luxury sports cars. They call it Godzilla because of its powerfully strong performance. The handling is excellent and the engine is power-packed and agile, which makes this beast sprint ultra smoothly on all sorts of road surfaces.
It is devilishly quiet and the ride is smooth albeit a tad stiff, although nothing too punishing either. It offers an adjustable suspension, sturdy structure, and beastly throttle. This one boasts out of this world incredible handling thanks to its suspension and the powerful engine with all-wheel drive. While the interiors are not very luxurious, the GT-R is still spacious and comfortable.
7 Nissan Rogue
Nissan Rogue is a small but decent crossover SUV. If you are a beginner and looking for a decent car, this should be a contender. The Rogue has pretty advanced driver assistance technology, including Nissan’s ProPILOT semi-automated driving features.
It has an astonishingly quiet cabin and roomy, comfortable interiors too. It has 70-cubic feet of cargo space if you fold the rear seats down and 40-cubic feet when they are left normal. The Rogue also has a unique dual-floor-storage system. With all this and more, Rogue is an exceptionally versatile and comfortable car.
6 Nissan Maxima
Nissan Maxima has very luxurious upscale interiors and a powerful V6 engine. The infotainment system is highly advanced and the Maxima also comes with standard Apple car play, Android Auto, an 8-inch touch screen, an 8-speaker stereo, two USB ports, and Bluetooth.
Add-on features include a navigation system, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an HD radio, an 11-speaker Bose premium stereo, and four USB ports. It also has excellent safety features and is very enjoyable to drive.
5 Nissan Altima
Nissan Altima is arguably a good medium size car. The engine is strong, the ride is smooth and the fuel economy is great, but, it lags in handling, and cabin environs are not great. At it's best, it is a great commuting car with two powerful engines and a comfortable smooth ride.
The latest models, in comparison with the older ones, include a standard larger touch screen, a full, efficient turbocharged engine (rather than the optional V6 engine of the older models), Apple car play and Android Auto. The 2019 model is better equipped and more reliable than before.
4 Nissan Versa Note
While not necessarily a fun-to-drive car, the Nissan Versa Note is a good hatchback nonetheless. It offers great outward vision, smooth ride, light steering, and compact dimensions.
Despite being just a bit over 160 inches long, it offers 18.8-cubic feet of trunk space which expands to 38.3 inches, which is decent for a subcompact hatchback. It gets fairly good gas mileage at 31/39 mpg, and a combined 34. It looks attractive and is a good purchase, although there have been multiple reports of variable transmission issues and handling problems.
The 2019 Versa Note looks set to be the last incarnation of this model.
3 Nissan Versa
Nissan Versa has a full list of standard features. It offers excellent reliability and airy comfortable interiors. It has an average engine, but good transmission and pretty solid fuel economy. The 2020 Nissan Versa is fully redesigned with standard forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, automatic pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, and automatic high beam headlights.
The add-on features include rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, driver alerting monitors, adaptive cruise control, and a rear-seat reminder. Manual transmission is a bit better than the automatic transmission for the price.
2 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder comes with a strong and powerful V6 engine and user-friendly interfaces. The infotainment system is very easy to understand and use, and comes with a standard 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, an HD radio, a satellite radio, six USB ports, and Bluetooth.
The infotainment system has crisp straightforward graphics, quick response times and controls for climate and audio settings. The engine is powerful and fuel economy is good. However, we placed it near the end of our article because it doesn’t deliver decent handling or a smooth ride.
1 Nissan Sentra
Nissan Sentra is not great, but if your needs match its features, it's not bad either. It offers good interiors, comfort, excellent safety features, average handling, and very good utility.
It is a quiet, comfortable and spacious compact sedan with huge trunk space. The infotainment system is user-friendly and most of the newer models are coming with Android Auto and Apple Play. So, overall a nice compact sedan.