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2020 Nissan Kicks: a subcompact crossover that’s more – and less — than it seems

2020 Nissan Kicks What changes will make the 2020 Nissan Kicks different? Maybe a new color choice or two, but Nissan’s crossover-style subcompact hatchback won’t be meaningfully altered for model-year 2020. Introduced for 2018 to replace Nissan’s kooky Juke, the ...

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2020 Nissan Rogue mission: stay relevant until radical replacement arrives

2020 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make the 2020 Nissan Rogue different? Maybe a new option package or two to celebrate what’s been a remarkable run for this compact crossover SUV. An all-new — and likely radically different — Rogue is in the ...

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A better engine? Please. Freshened styling? Meh. Look ahead to the 2019 Nissan Murano

2019 Nissan Murano

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Murano different? Perhaps the engine upgrade speculated about but undelivered as part of the model-year-2018 freshening. Nissan didn’t tweak Murano’s styling, either, and now it appears this eye-catching midsize crossover could remain visually ...

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Will a mediocre powertrain again tarnish the 2019 Nissan Rogue’s many meritorious attributes?

2019 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Rogue different? It’s been making annual upgrades to this compact crossover, but Nissan appears to have little of significance on tap for the 2019 edition. Rogue is the automaker’s most popular vehicle and ...

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Poised for a 2020 freshening, how will 2019 Nissan Armada maintain its appeal?

2019 Nissan Armada

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Armada different? Nothing of significance, as Nissan prepares its sport-utility flagship for a model-year 2020 freshening. The 2019 Armada will continue as a full-size, body-on-frame SUV with luxury amenities that nudge it surprisingly ...

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Fearless forecast: All-new 2019 Nissan Altima to shelve V-6 for variable-compression turbo four, offer all-wheel drive

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Altima different? It’ll be all-new: larger, racier-looking, higher-tech, and very possibly available with all-wheel drive (AWD) and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Expect a roomier, more contemporary interior along with exterior styling influenced by ...

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More power is easy. What can Nissan do to update the 2018 Murano’s styling?

2018 Nissan Murano

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Murano different? Tweaked styling and an engine upgrade. They’ll highlight the midcycle refresh of a midsize crossover that still looks avant garde three model years after its 2015 redesign. Murano will remain a ...

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Nissan’s Rogue Sport is a subcompact-crossover standout, and the 2018 version is safer, too

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport different? Autonomous emergency braking as standard equipment on all trim levels will be the key 2018 update for Nissan’s likable subcompact crossover. The driver aid – a prerequisite for top safety ...

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Nissan Armada Sets Sail for Model-Year 2018 Unchanged

2018 Nissan Armada

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Armada different? Few, if any, following a radical reimagining for model-year 2017. The 2018 version of Nissan’s biggest SUV will continue as a surprisingly luxurious full-sizer that’s also capable of serious off-road duty. ...

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Nearly forgotten, almost gone: Nissan Quest’s uncertain future impacts 2017, 2018 models

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Quest different? Mere survival. Miniscule sales, unsold units, and robust competition mean an uncertain future for Nissan’s spacy but solid minivan. As of mid-April 2017, the automaker still had not released the model-year ...

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Midsize-sedan blues: 2018 Nissan Altima left singing familiar tune until 2019 redesign

2018 Nissan Altima

What changes will make it different? Few if any, as this popular midsize sedan prepares to sail into the sunset. The current Altima design generation bowed for model-year 2013, got a fairly thorough upgrade for 2016, and is on track ...

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Rogue’s on a roll, but a new crossover companion may alter the 2018 model’s market position

2018 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Rogue different? Few, if any, following a major refresh for model-year 2017. Those changes included updated styling and addition of a hybrid variant and they’ll sustain this popular compact crossover to its next ...

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How Does the 2017 Nissan Altima Handle in the Snow?

As well as can be expected from a front-wheel-drive midsize sedan. You won’t plow through the powdery white stuff like a rallycross driver, but the Altima likely won’t leave you stranded, unless something happens that’s a result of pilot error. ...

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Murano nails the fashion part, what’s next? Look ahead to 2017 and beyond

What changes will make the 2017 Nissan Murano different? Nothing of note, just two seasons after an all-new design was introduced for model-year 2015. That was the first redesign of this midsize crossover since 2009. It brought wild new styling ...

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Rogue sales are torrid and changes are on the horizon. Will they come for 2017?

2017 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make 2017 Nissan Rogue different? Lots in the pipeline, including styling updates and possible addition of a hybrid model. Precisely when is the question. All new for model-year 2014, Rogue is due a midcycle freshening before its ...

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Will Nissan’s sweeping 2016 update be enough to sustain Altima’s appeal for 2017?

2016 Nissan Altima

What changes will make 2017 Nissan Altima different? Few if any, following uncommonly bold updates for model-year 2016. Debuting as a 2013 model, today’s generation of this popular midsize sedan is on pace for a full redesign in model-year 2019. ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Murano

1. What’s new for 2015? Designer fashion at outlet prices. The first full redesign of this five-passenger crossover since model-year 2009 brings flamboyant new styling and a coolly contemporary cabin, but retains an aging powertrain. Seeking distinction in a jammed ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Juke

What’s new for 2015? Revised styling freshens this kooky crossover while additional standard equipment makes it a better value. The styling changes are subtle: slightly reshaped nose and tail, updated headlamps and taillamps, and mirrors with LED turn-signal repeaters. Amenities ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Rogue

1. What’s new for 2015? Nissan’s compact crossover SUV gets minor updates on the heels of its model-year 2014 redesign. Heated cloth front seats are now included with the SV Premium Package. Arctic Blue Metallic is added to the exterior ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Altima

1. What’s new for 2015? Upgraded safety and convenience features and better mileage improve this popular midsize sedan for 2015. Engineering improvements for its available V-6 engine increase fuel-economy ratings 1 mpg in highway and in combined city/highway driving. V-6 ...

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Nissan stays jiggy with Juke for 2016, but competition’s heating up

What changes will make it different? Just when we thought this subcompact crossover’s styling could get no more radical, a model-year 2015 revamp of the nose and tail proved it could. That freshening will hold it until the next all-new ...

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Can an Extremely Practical Nissan Sentra Stand Out In the Competitive Compact Class?

What changes will make it different? Don’t look for many noticeable aesthetic changes, as this current seventh generation of the popular compact sedan was only introduced in the fall of 2012 as a ’13 model year. However, things are moving ...

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Mild To Wild: How Radically Different Will This Midsize Sedan’s Looks And Powertrains Turn Out?

What changes will make it different? Styling and the likely addition of an unusual gas-electric hybrid. This popular midsize sedan was last all-new for model-year 2013 and is on path for its next full redesign around model-year 2019. That leaves ...

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Nissan’s Second-Generation Rogue Takes a Step Forward In Styling

This is the best SUV for you if you want a compact crossover trying to make the transformation from frog to prince. Rogue is redesigned for the first time since Nissan introduced it for model-year 2008. It makes big strides ...

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New For Nissan’s Low-Cost Subcompact, the Note Hatchback Joins the Sedan For 2014. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing

What changes will make it different? Introduction of an all-new hatchback companion to the sedan. Versa is this Japanese automaker’s entry-level car and both body styles have four side doors. The hatch returns after a one-model-year hiatus. It’s slightly more ...

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Some Options Are Now Standard And Gas Mileage Improves. Is That Enough Change Against Redesigned Rivals?

What changes will make it different? The navigation system becomes standard on the top two trim grades and internal revisions help V-6 versions gain 1 mpg in fuel-economy ratings. Some minor juggling of equipment rounds out alterations to this midsize ...

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Few Compact SUVs Get Better Fuel Economy Or Offer a Third-Row Seat. Is That Enough to Woo You From a Honda or Ford Escape?

What changes will make it different? A fuel-saving Eco mode for the transmission and wider availability of heated front seats update this popular compact crossover. It’s coming off a complete model-year 2014 redesign in which it got an improved cabin ...

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