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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Nissan Crossovers:
Three of the Most Cost-effective and Fuel-efficient Cars on the Market!

Crossover vehicles have really caught on with the public at large and families, in particular.  For families wishing for the room of the traditional minivan, but with the power of an SUV, a crossover vehicle is the best bet.  On howthingswork.com, Cherise LaPine writes that crossover vehicles have become the family go-to vehicles.  She cites five reasons why this has occurred:  fresh styling, improved efficiency, competitive pricing, more options and third-row seating.   We are delighted to fill you in on the three distinctly different crossover vehicles Nissan offers:  the Juke, the Rogue, and the Murano.

The Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke

While the Juke is the smallest of Nissan’s three crossover vehicles, it gives rise to the saying, “Big things come in small packages.”  First, its fuel economy blows away its competitors, including the 2013 Kia Sportage EX and the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport V6.  With highway mileage of 32 mpg and city mileage at 27 mpg, the Juke is an excellent choice for those wanting the benefits of a powerful vehicle with all the comfort and look of a luxury car.   The Juke’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which uses a belt and pulley system to transmit engine power to the wheels rather than shifting through gears, guarantees the Juke’s engine efficiency for the long run.

In addition to fuel economy, Nissan touts the Juke as “Built to Thrill.”  And it does!  With its powerful 188 hp engine with 177 lb/ft Torque, this baby really moves when you need it to.  Its lighter weight (up to 800 lbs lighter than its competition) ensures the fuel economy of the Juke, but the interior legroom is actually greater than the competitors.

Pricing on the 2013 Nissan Juke is lower than the average MSRPs of the Sportage and the Santa Fe by almost 20%.  Safety is confirmed with the seat-mounted drive side and passenger side airbags as well as 1st and 2nd row curtain airbags, and a vehicle immobilizer system.

Some Juke owner reviews:

 

  • “The Best AWD for the money!  The size of this car is great for retired folks.  The power from the turbo 4 is a real kick, the modes of drive is genius using the CVT transmission to boost or subdue the performance.  The Juke was great during our first big snow.  We love this car!”
  • “My Awesome Car!  I love my Juke, the mileage, performance and looks!  When I decide on another car it will definitely be a Juke!”
  • “AWD Sports Car.  I am loving it.  It has been everything I hoped it to be.  Overall fun to drive and sporty.”

 

The Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue

The Rogue is the middle offering in Nissan’s crossover line.  “The Crossover that’s the Perfect Fit,” as Nissan puts it, is priced and sized between the Juke and the Murano.   Due to its superb fuel economy (25 mpg combined), it was acknowledged by howthingswork.com as one of the 5 crossover vehicles with the best fuel economy.  A list that was admittedly difficult to compile due to the different connotations of the word crossover, How Things Work says, “While the word ‘Rogue’ might conjure up pirates and thieves…the Nissan Rogue crossover plays by the rules and gets great gas mileage in the process.”  The Nissan Rogue gets markedly better combined fuel economy than most of its competitors.

With a MSRP of over 5% below the average competitors’, the Rogue proves to be a good value as well.  Competitors include the Honda CR-V EX-L, the Hyundai Tucson Limited, and the Toyota RAV4 Limited.

With its CVT and lighter curb weight contributing to its efficiency and front seats that fold flat, the Rogue satisfies discerning drivers with competence and comfort!

Even with its lighter curb weight, the Rogue provides more legroom and headroom than its competition.

Some professional reviews about the Rogue:

  • “The 2012 Nissan Rogue is a comfortable crossover with an unusually nice interior.  It’s also unusually fun to drive.  Unless you require maximum cargo space and rear-seat functionality, it’s a strong contender.  Smooth ride, capable handling, high-quality cabin, comfortable front seats.” — Edmunds (2012)
  • “… I think your average crossover buyer will find more value in the more settled Rogue. ” — CNET
  • “… this compact Nissan gets points for sleek styling, high levels of interior functionality, and value pricing.” — Consumer Guide (2012)

Rogue owners proudly say:

 

  • “This will be a keeper.  My 2012 Rogue Special Edition is getting better mileage than my 08 Altima.”
  • “Reliable, fast, great control on the road and on gas.  The only con I have is that most people envy me for having one!  I have nothing but great things to say about this car.  The best car I have ever bought.”
  • “Best medium-sized SUV…period!  Quality throughout, great audio, gas mileage and reliability”
  •  “I love the Rogue!  Best car I have ever owned.  Great on gas and love the size of it.  Storage space is great!  I went from driving an 06 Highlander and this car is way better on gas and is overall a better car in my eyes!”

The Nissan Murano

Nissan Murano

Nissan says that with the Murano, “Refinement also comes in AWD.”  The Murano is the top offering of the Nissan crossover line and is comparable to the Honda Pilot EX-L, the Toyota Venza XLE, and the Toyota Highlander SE V6.

The Murano’s 260 hp engine is more powerful than its competitors.  However, pricing is much more reasonable on the Murano.  With a MSRP starting from $33,530, the Murano is a great value for what is considered a luxury automobile.  The 31.8 cubic feet of cargo space is much more spacious than that of Murano’s competitors and makes this car a perfect fit for families.

Professionals conclude:

 

  • “The 2012 Nissan Murano stands out among other midsize crossovers thanks to its unique styling, engaging driving experience and overall sophistication.”  — Edmunds
  • “One of the quicker 6-cylinder midsize SUVs, Murano has few peers for smooth throttle response around town and in hilly terrain. Credit the CVT, which seamlessly transfers power without the gear-selection dithers or downshift delays of some conventional automatic transmissions.  Murano is a likable SUV that offers secure handling, a comfortable interior, versatile cargo utility, and a strong, refined powertrain.” — Consumer Guide
    • “On the road, the … Nissan Murano’s torque-laden V6 engine made driving uphill seem nearly effortless, and the CVT transmission kept the vehicle at the correct RPM for the incline’s duration.  The Murano’s edgy styling, performance oriented suspension and Infiniti-like luxury interior place it in a league of its own.” — Kelley Blue Book

Murano owners say:

  • “Luv my new Murano!  Great handling and the power’s there when you need it.”
  • “Nice power, comfort, excellent ride!”
  • “This is my second Murano.  First was a 2009, best cars I’ve ever owned.”

Now that you’ve read all about Nissan’s three crossover offerings, we invite you to come on down and take a look at each of them!  Once you test drive one or all of them, we know you’ll love them as much as we do!

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