Whether you’re on your way to the dealership planning on signing a Nissan lease, just starting to do some research online, or somewhere in between, one of the most intimidating parts of any car-buying experience is the overwhelming sea of options available to you. Sedans, coupes, SUVs, trucks, mid-size, full-size, family, luxury… the list can seem endless. One of the best ways to get started is to reduce the massive number of possibilities that are out there down to a much more manageable size.
With that in mind, here is a selection of six vehicles from Nissan that are worth taking a look at and considering. You’ll find a wide range of options here, including sedans and trucks, ideal for getting around town, getting work done, or relaxing on the weekend. Only you can know what vehicle is right for you, but taking a look at what’s out there is always a great way to get started.
Four New Models to Watch Out For
While not all of these models are available just yet, they should be coming to dealerships and hitting the streets near you in the coming months. New features, designs, and options make these models stand out from their predecessors in all kinds of ways.
2019 Nissan Altima
A lot of times, a new model for a new year feels like they just changed a number and called it a day. The 2019 Nissan Altima, however, is clearly a fully upgraded model that deserves to stand out against the rest of the pack. This is the first sedan to feature the new Variable Compression Turbo engine, also called VC-Turbo, which is designed to react to your driving environment and provide the performance you need instantly. This can help save on gas or let you really enjoy the open road.
The new Altima also has all-wheel drive, which is ideal for driving in rain, snow, or any other poor weather and bad surfaces. Plus the Pro Pilot Assist and entertainment features can help you with safety and better driving while including media support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This really feels like a new edition for a new year and there’s a good reason it’s the pride of Nissan’s lineup.
2019 Nissan Versa Sedan
While the Versa might not have a VC-Turbo or all-wheel drive, it is an ideal choice for an affordable sedan that doesn’t scrimp on the bells and whistles. The baseline Versa S has a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive that offers a combined fuel economy of 30 MPG. It also comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display and Bluetooth support for audio streaming from your phone or other devices.
The new Nissan Intelligent Mobility system lets the Versa connect to a smartphone so that the touchscreen can be used for apps and other features, not just playing music. Versa models have received numerous awards over the years, and the 2019 update is well on its way to matching those accolades.
2019 Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf has been one of the bestselling electric vehicles around, and 2019 seems like it will be another good year to leave the gas pump behind. The electric motor that many people worry will be underpowered is anything but, and offers immediate acceleration and great top speeds. The Leaf uses an “e-pedal” that provides acceleration and braking with a single foot pedal, though you also have the option for more traditional driving using two pedals. It has a range of about 150 miles between charges and can be charged using a standard 240V socket.
Technology in the 2019 Leaf keeps improving with Nissan’s “Intelligent Mobility” system that connects a smartphone to the car’s systems and touchscreen display. This can increase driver safety and provides numerous additional features like app compatibility and media streaming. While electric vehicles can be expensive, the 2019 Leaf qualifies for a federal tax credit and cuts out the expense of gas fill-ups, which helps offset a higher price as time goes by.
2019 Nissan 370Z Coupe
If speed and performance are on the menu, then the 2019 Nissan 370Z is a great choice that is far more affordable than many other sports cars. It comes with a 3.7L V6 standard that provides 332-HP and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, with options for more power if that’s not enough. The 370Z comes with a 7-speed automatic transmission, but there is a manual shift mode for those who prefer control (and who doesn’t when driving a sports car?) with wheel-mounted paddle shifters. This comes with 18-inch wheels standard and HID headlights for optimal visibility and control on the road.
In terms of tech, the 370Z includes a rearview monitor for clear rearview visibility and a Bluetooth hands-free phone-answering system. There’s a 7-inch touchscreen display that includes voice recognition and connectivity for smartphones and other devices. Of course, Nissan also offers all sorts of accessories and options to customize the 370Z into exactly the kind of high-performance ride you’re looking for. This includes different lighting options, exhaust system choices, spoilers, suspension, and graphics kits.
Two 2018 Models Still Looking Good
Not all of us need to have the newest and shiniest options on the market, and that’s great! There are plenty of 2018 models that still look great and can stand toe-to-toe with many of the 2019s they will soon be sharing the road with.
2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport
The Rogue Sport is one of the most popular SUVs on the market, and this model with some mid-year revisions and upgrades makes it pretty easy to see why. It offers a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with 141HP and 147 lb.-ft. of torque, just in case that’s important to you. Along with great safety features such as blind spot warning, a rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking to keep you and your passengers safe. A rearview monitor provides better rear visibility than mirrors could in the past, and all of these features work with the interior color display.
The Rogue Sport was updated with the latest “Intelligent Mobility” technology from Nissan, which lets it connect with a smartphone or similar device. This allows the driver to use apps and other connectivity features while driving to stay safe and always know where they’re going. It has available all-wheel drive and plenty of storage space, making it an ideal choice for the open road, camping, or getting around town.
2018 Nissan Frontier
2018 has been a good year for the Nissan Frontier, as it continues to be the highest ranked midsize pickup in initial quality and one of the most affordable trucks on the road. There are two major versions of the Frontier available, either a King Cab or a Crew Cab, both with additional options and specs to choose from.
The standard King Cab has a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that offers 152-HP and 171 lb.-ft. of torque, giving it a towing capacity of up to 3,780 lbs. and a maximum payload of 890 lbs. It includes a rearview monitor, 5-inch color display, and hands-free systems for Bluetooth phone and text messaging.
The standard Crew Cab has a 4.0L V6 engine that offers 261-HP and 281 lb.-ft. of torque, providing a towing capacity of up to 6,640 lbs. and a maximum payload of 1,450 lbs. If you’re looking at the 2018 Nissan Frontier, then this version is certainly the workhorse. It also includes a rearview monitor, 5-inch color display, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 6-speed manual transmission.
Regardless of which model you like, any of these vehicles would make for a great Nissan to lease in the new year. There’s something for everyone!