Best Family-Friendly Nissans

Family Friendly Nissans

Nissan has one of the largest lines of vehicles available for drivers of all types. Whether you’re looking for a road-holding sports car, a fuel-efficient sedan or a family-friendly car, crossover or SUV, Nissan has just the vehicle to fit your needs. In this piece – the first in a series of category-focused posts – we’re going to introduce you to a few of the more family-friendly cars, crossovers, and the minivan in the Nissan line.

Cars

Versa Hatchback and Sedan – The affordable and fuel-efficient Versa is available in both a 4-door sedan and 4-door hatchback model. The Sedan features a 109-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the hatchback comes standard with a 122-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. Each model comes with a five-/six-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic transmission and has front-wheel drive. With an EPA-estimated 27/36 miles per gallon (MPG) city and highway, respectively, and a spacious interior, the Versa is one of the most practical and multipurpose vehicles on the road today.

Cube – The spacious and comfortable Cube combines the cargo capacity of a wagon with the versatility of a compact 4-door to offer drivers more than expected in other vehicles in its class. The 4-cylinder, 122-hp engine, combined with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, provides an EPS-estimated 27/31 MPG city and highway, respectively.  The attention-grabbing exterior design and tall, roomy cabin provides the driver and passengers with tons of headroom; and with a sliding rear seat, there’s plenty of legroom for up to five.  The interior shape also pays off in cargo space. The side-hinge cargo door in the rear opens up and has a capacity of at least 50 cubic-feet with the rear seat folded down – more than enough to haul a considerable amount of luggage or gear!

Sentra – The newly-redesigned Sentra features a bigger, yet lighter, body style that is as refined as some of the more expensive luxury cars on the market. The Sentra sedan comes standard with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 130-hp and comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission.  The standard transmission is upgradable on all other trim levels to an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which uses a belt and pulley system to transmit engine power to the wheels rather than shifting through gears.  The Sentra boasts an impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30/39 MPG city and highway, and has a lower, more aerodynamic exterior that brings back the sportiness of earlier model years. It is the perfect balance of sensible, comfortable, economical, and sporty!

Crossovers

Juke – The all-wheel drive Juke features a sleek body with a powerful 188-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which helps drive the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) while still providing drivers with an EPA-estimated 27/32 MPG city and highway. As Nissan’s entry-level crossover, the Juke combines comfort with luxury, while keeping the price tag affordable. While it’s the smallest of Nissan’s three crossover vehicles, it truly gives rise to the saying, “Big things come in small packages!”  The Juke is an excellent choice for those desiring the benefits of a powerful vehicle with all the comfort and look of a luxury car.

Rogue – The Rogue combines the all-weather capability and commanding driving position of an SUV with the maneuverability and fuel efficiency of a mid-sized sedan. Featuring a 170-hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Rogue gets 23/28 MPG – which is a little less than its smaller counterpart, the Juke.   However, the standard four-wheel drive makes up for the slight drop in fuel efficiency and was still voted by howthingswork.com as one of its 5 crossover vehicles with the best fuel economy in its class. Sleek and dashing compared to others in its class, the Rogue offers 58 cubic-feet of cargo capacity, but still provides a comfortable ride for 5 adult passengers. This is a great mid-level crossover that blurs the lines between what a car and an SUV can do.

Murano – The Murano is the largest in the Nissan crossover line.  With its 260-hp, 3.5 Liter, V6 engine, combined with Intelligent CVT® and either front-wheel drive or Intuitive AWD, the Murano excels on every level!  In addition, the standard vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering enables the Murano to adjust steering sensitivity according to the speed it is traveling.  So, vehicle handling becomes more nimble at low speeds, making parking and reversing easier, while at high speeds the system becomes more rigid, increasing feel and response, according to Nissan.  Even with all the added features, fuel efficiency isn’t completely given up as the Murano gets 18/24 MPG city/highway, respectively.

Minivan 

Quest – The Quest is the quintessential family vehicle. A minivan which seats seven comfortably, the Quest is powered by a 3.5-liter, 260-hp, V-6 engine with the standard Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The newest and latest fourth-generation’s bold styling, interior refinement and performance set it apart from models of the past, while still incorporating its high level of safety and fair fuel economy (19/24 MPG city and highway, respectively) for its class. The 2013 Quest comes standard with push-button start and a stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Optional features include power sliding doors, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation and Nissan’s around-view camera system.

Are you in the market for a family vehicle? Do you and your family own any of these vehicles? Let us know what you think in the comments section below – we always appreciate your feedback!

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