Say Hello to Your Next Rental Vehicle, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, Image: Nissan

You know it. Nissan knows it.

Buyers are fleeing automobiles in favor of higher-riding crossovers. And the Rogue Sport is yet another a single.

Regardless of the name, Nissan’s newest utility is much less Rogue Jr. and a lot more overseas transplant. Nissan America adapted the Qashqai, offered in global markets given that 2006, with a new name to meet North American tastes (although not in Canada, where it’ll nonetheless use its Turkic nomenclature). The renaming guarantees we can pronounce it (and Nissan can preserve its Star Wars connection). Much more importantly, it hitches the new crossover to Nissan’s ideal selling nameplate.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Interior, Image: Nissan

Rogue sales surged 15 percent to 330,000 units in the U.S. last year, representing practically one particular out of four Nissans sold. With the Rogue Sport, Nissan slots a crossover between the successful Rogue and the aging Juke, and connects the new crossover to one particular of the most successful nameplates in Nissan history.

2017 Nissan Rogue vs Rogue Sport, Image: Nissan

The 172-inch-long Rogue Sport is inside a couple inches in overall length of the new Jeep Compass and Toyota C-HR, and neatly splits the distinction amongst the 185-inch-lengthy Rogue and the 162-inch-lengthy Juke. It also shares far more than just a striking visual resemblance to its bigger stalemate thanks to a shared platform.

The two-row, five-passenger crossover gets a 141-horsepower two.-liter 4 (as opposed to the two.5-liter four-cylinder equipped Rogue) mated to a Xtronic CVT transmission. As one may count on, this is a front-wheel-drive vehicle with optional all-wheel drive.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, Image: Nissan

Nissan is going exactly where the consumers are. In this case, that indicates slicing its crossover offerings thinner than fleet profit margins.

Assembled in Japan, the Rogue Sport will be offered in familiar S, SV, and SL trim levels. Pricing has not however been announced, but the Rogue Sport should arrive at dealers and rental lots this spring.

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Truro Nissan Is Why Folks Need to Love Automobile Dealers

Truro Nissan storefront

There are certain inescapable truths in this planet: bacon is delicious, man buns need to be outlawed, and vehicle dealerships endure a reputation of being a refuge for the ethically bankrupt.

I — like several other folks about right here — am no stranger to witnessing the unscrupulous debauchery occurring on some showroom floors. Nonetheless, there are exceptions to each rule, and a fledgling dealer in small-industry rural Canada puts the lie to the claim that backwards thinking is a trait of all automobile dealerships. There are vibrant spots out there, as proven by the group at Truro Nissan.

It’s tough sufficient to start off up any enterprise these days, let alone create a automobile dealership from scratch in a small industry.

Nonetheless, that is what the dealer principal of an current Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shop did when a field close to the region’s busiest highway interchange cropped up for sale. A flurry of land clearing and building ensued, resulting in a shiny new Nissan dealer ready for business in the very first quarter of 2015. Compared to larger centers, this is not a big operation: fourteen employees in total. That’s absolutely everyone – sales, components, and service. I’ve been in dealers whose sales employees alone outstrip that number. Heck, cows from the farm next door wander onto this lot from time to time.

The biggest query facing them, then, was how to stand out in a crowded business, specifically one in which public opinion usually hovers someplace between tax preparation and obtaining a root canal. Partnering with nearby athletes in regions of motorcross and freestyle skiing surely helps, as does pairing with the tractor dealership down the road to demonstrate towing prowess.

Truro Nissan truck/tractor

“But, Matt!”, you cry, hurling expired Vachon cakes in my general path, “This stuff’s old news. It is all been carried out!” Correct, but the important right here is why it’s being accomplished. Led by this dealer’s forward-pondering general manager, and absent of traditional dealer cynicism, these advertising efforts come across as genuine collaborations developed to boost the fortunes of each parties, not a cynical try to grab the spotlight and make some money.

That they’ve formed an initiative for fitness and wholesome eating for their employees is nicely worth mentioning. I will take this opportunity to contrast this to the dealership in which I toiled where, upon getting asked to chip in for a refrigerator so we could shop our lunches, the dealer principal replied, “I pay the electricity bill. That is my contribution.” (After which he produced confident his personal lunch took up much more space in the fridge than anybody else’s. I kid you not.)

You know an additional issue I noticed? Most of the general managers I know choose to have their workplace up on the mezzanine, exactly where they can peer (and sneer) down on the showroom floor like a hawk stalking its prey. Right here, the GM, Erik Muckle, has elected to take a modest office over by the service department, so close to the garage that the whine of automobile lifts and jackhammering of impact guns are routinely heard by way of the workplace walls. A giant MOTOR Vehicle INSPECTION STATION blocks the daylight though his lone window. If the spot was nonetheless beneath construction, I’d chalk it up as a temporary resolution, but it isn’t. Prime office space exists, however Erik plunks himself down in the thick of factors, taking an active role and making himself freely obtainable to staff.

This goes beyond birthday-cake-in-the-boardroom comradery and an active social media presence, even though the latter is an important marketing tool sorely underutilized by most dealers. Certain, it’s effortless to post pictures of consumers and their new rides, but when the GM requires an active role in social media by, say, often doing a (hands-free) Facebook Reside broadcast on his way to work in the morning, or encouraging his sales employees to choose some thing off the lot and do a Periscope walk around, the character of the social media properties take on a connection-constructing tone rather of an OMG Excellent SALE Get NOW KTHXBAI atmosphere.

Most of the B&ampB knows that auto journos sometimes go on OEM trips. They’re properly planned events which highlight the strengths of what ever model is being shown, coordinated down to the final detail for maximum positive effect. What if I told you that a dealer applied this model to a new product of their personal, but as an alternative of inviting 20 shrimp-filled journalists, they invited 20 real-planet buyers? That’s precisely what Truro Nissan did, and it was exceptional.

Truro Nissan - top of ski hill

Partnering with the local ski hill, they obtained permission for an off-road truck occasion. Making use of social media, people have been encouraged to apply for a seat at the event, place undisclosed at that point.

Twenty possible buyers have been selected to meet at the dealer on a Sunday morning, exactly where they were provided breakfast prior to getting shuttled off to the ski hill, some 30 minutes up the road. When there, half of the participants were paired up with a Nissan rep to drive – and this is the truth – up the side of the ski hill whilst the other half had been offered a presentation by other Nissan reps. Halfway via the morning, the groups switched activities and had been eventually brought back with each other and fed a barbecue lunch. As soon as everybody had their fill of pulled pork and off-road adventure, all hands were shuttled back to the dealership where their existing trucks were identified to be washed up and cleaned. A trade worth was given only to men and women who had been interested.

Did all twenty participants buy a Titan? Of course not. But a very good percentage of them did, major Erik and his team on track to contend for the quantity 1 spot for selling the most Titans of any Nissan dealer east of Montreal in 2016. Keep in mind that these other dealers are in properly-established markets far more than double and, in a single case, ten times the size of the Truro market. The occasion payoff was enormous, both in terms of instant sales and long-term exposure, and that’s without taking into consideration the good good quality trades they took in as a result of those Titan sales, trades that have drawn in even more new clients.

Truro Nissan - rest stop

Erik and his team could’ve looked at their shiny new Titans, grumbled and complained that they weren’t a “truck dealer”, halfheartedly tied a couple of balloons to sideview mirrors, and referred to as it a day. They didn’t. Empowered by a supportive GM who was willing to take a possibility and attempt something diverse, the dealership put with each other an event that took them way out on a limb. They didn’t know how it was going to turn out the crucial factor is they have been prepared to attempt.

It is at this point that I need to use a quote from Dave Pericak, chief engineer for the 2015 Mustang project, in an interview he gave for the Netflix documentary A Faster Horse. If you haven’t noticed it, go watch it. It is fabulous.

My job is not to yell at people. I mean, I’ll do that if I have to, but that’s not my job. My job is to be the most significant cheerleader in the group. People are more willing to stroll out on a limb, even if they think that limb may well break, if they know you are going to be there to catch them.

As a leader I try to give them the freedom. There’s a lot of sensible people out there – a lot of wise folks – held back by their own fears and inhibitions, and if you enable them to go out on the edge, hang out a little bit, realizing that no matter what takes place, you will catch them, they will go out on the thinnest branches. Even if they know that thing’s gonna crack, they’ll go – due to the fact they know you’re gonna be there for ‘em.

When they do that, when much more and more men and women start off undertaking that, the energy you unleash is unbelievable. Simply because when absolutely everyone stays reserved and says “I’m not gonna do that because I may possibly fail” or “I may well get hurt”, then the entire group doesn’t progress as far forward as they could. But when they’re out there slaying dragons due to the fact they know if the dragon gets a bit unruly you’re gonna come in and finish him off, they’ll slay dragons all day lengthy for you, man.

Dave Pericak gets it, and so does Erik and his team. Managers who figure this out, who realize they want to start off providing their personnel the confidence to slay a handful of dragons, will find themselves in a distinctive and strong position, because not all deals begin and end with a fresh “up” and a four-square. Most folks would rather sign up for a trip to the gallows than set foot in a showroom. Truro Nissan proves it does not have to be that way.

In a organization filled with dealers who strategically give balloons to unsuspecting customers, it’s only correct to celebrate the vibrant spots of our market. Dragon slayers, certainly.

Truro Nissan - ski hill rainbow

[Image: © Matthew Guy/The Truth About Vehicles]

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Ghosn Puts on Third ‘Mr. Chairman’ Hat as Nissan Officially Requires Handle of Mitsubishi

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi has officially tied the knot with its savior, making Renault-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn the only automotive executive in the globe (and possibly the galaxy) to head 3 businesses.

The $ two.29 billion deal gives Ghosn’s Renault-Nissan alliance a 34 % controlling stake in Mitsubishi — a monetary lifeline for the struggling, scandal-plagued automaker. Currently, the company’s new chairman (and demoted former chair) have large, large plans for the Mirage maker.

Nissan-sized plans.

In addition to Ghosn plunking himself in the driver’s seat, 3 Nissan executives join Mitsubishi’s 11-member board. Trevor Mann, Nissan’s former chief performance officer, is now the new CEO. The automaker’s quite apologetic former chairman and president, Osamu Masuko, keeps his “president” title, but nothing else.

Of course, all of this job shuffling nevertheless demands the green light from Mitsu shareholders. That ought to come in December.

What does the entry into the Alliance imply for Mitsubishi? The world, apparently. Earlier this month, Ghosn stated the largest impact would be felt in America. By tapping into Renault-Nissan’s engineering prowess and adopting its platforms and engines, the influence on Mitsubishi will be “massive,” he claimed.

As Ghosn dreams up the ideal way to inject new product life into Mitsubishi, Masuko’s mind is on reputation and all-essential finances. In a statement, the organization president claims the deal will “rebuild client trust in our company and maximize potential future synergies,” with savings beginning proper off the bat.

He expects to recognize nearly a quarter-billion dollars in savings (“synergies” in executive speak) subsequent year alone, and predicts a profit margin boost of 5 % in the subsequent 3 years. Speaking at the announcement, Masuko said he desires the brand to reach exactly where Nissan is nowadays. Or attempt to, at least.

The deal’s positive aspects are not Mitsubishi’s alone. Nissan, which lags in the hybrid technologies department, gains its new partner’s sophisticated plug-in hybrid technique, which Ghosn says will become the regular of the alliance. That program is at the heart of the company’s Outlander PHEV, a wildly common model in Europe that’s on a extremely slow boat to the U.S.

Nissan also plans to make inroads in underperforming markets, which includes southeast Asia, exactly where a rebadged Mitsubishi minivan will quickly go on sale.

[Supply: Automotive News Europe] [Image: Mitsubishi Motors]

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2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Dashes IDx Dreams

2017 Nissan Sentra Turbo

Nissan is filling in all the unfilled niches today.

The automaker unveiled a turbocharged variant of the sensible and unexciting Sentra today at the Miami International Auto Show, promising a efficiency version of a sedan known mostly for its value and grocery capacity.

In carrying out so, Nissan implies that a hotter NISMO version is about the corner, whilst closing the casket lid on the IDx concept once and for all.

The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo ditches the vanilla sedan’s 1.8-liter in favor of a turbocharged, direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder borrowed from the Juke subcompact crossover. Producing 188 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque, the mill boosts the Sentra’s power by 50 percent. Transmission alternatives are a six-speed manual or a CVT with manual shift mode.

Also element of the package are 17-inch wheels, ventilated front brake discs, bigger brake calipers, stiffer front springs, and enhanced damping front and rear.

Nissan’s newly muscular Sentra arrives just in time to compete with the looming Honda Civic Si and Hyundai Elantra Sport. Pricing hasn’t been announced.

There’s lots of proof that Nissan has an even hotter NISMO version in the operates. Besides the Sentra NISMO Notion (unveiled at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show as a “performance study”), Auto &amp Driver has snapped images of a disguised Sentra sporting an aggressive front spoiler — one thing you will not find on the SR Turbo.

Anyone holding out hope that Nissan’s rear-wheel-drive IDx notion would 1 day make it to production can think about their dreams completely and utterly dead. Final year, Nissan’s Pierre Loing, North American vice president of item preparing, told TTAC that it wasn’t economically feasible for the automaker to create a new RWD niche item. He added that specific elements could uncover their way into an actual production model — perhaps a front-wheel-drive compact.

Properly, you are looking at it. The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo is the IDx you do not want.

[Image: Nissan USA]

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Defunct Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid’s Powertrain Reappears in the Murano

2015 Nissan Murano (4 of 13)

When the Pathfinder Hybrid quietly ended production early final year, it didn’t spell the end of Nissan’s electrified crossover plans in the U.S. The powertrain has now been resurrected in one more model, but there’ll be slim pickings for U.S. purchasers, according to AutoGuide (by way of Hybrid Cars).

The Nissan Murano Hybrid bows as a 2016 model, and its specifications can far more or less be straight imported from a 2014 Pathfinder brochure. Even so, the new model’s fuel economy is higher than its spiritual predecessor.

Only 600 units of the Murano will make it to U.S. shores, and when they do, expect a price tag bump of $ three,000 over a standard model’s SL and Platinum trim lines. Under the hood, a supercharged version of the automaker’s sturdy two.5-liter 4-cylinder operates in combination with an electric motor and continuously variable transmission, boosting mileage by four to five miles per gallon. Combined output is 250 horsepower.

The EPA lists mileage for front-wheel-drive models at 28 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined. All-wheel-drive models are rated 26 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined.

Identifiable only my minimal badging, the stealthy Murano Hybrid packs on 170 pounds (in AWD guise) thanks to the added hardware.

Nissan clearly realizes that hybrids are a difficult sell in today’s marketplace, simply because the limited numbers getting shipped to the U.S. appears to be primarily based on a realistic sales projections.

[Image: © 2015 Mark Stevenson/The Truth About Cars]

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Nissan to Ad Agencies: “It Takes Brass Balls to Sell Automobiles!”

Christian Meunier, Image: Nissan

Nissan’s U.S. sales boss delivered some Glengarry Glen Ross-style “motivation” to its ad agencies in order to pump up the brand’s weak messaging via a new campaign.

Christian Meunier, who took handle of Nissan’s U.S. sales and marketing and advertising in January, dressed down a roomful of agency reps a week into his new job, according to Automotive News (via Ad Age).

The automaker’s devoted ad unit, consisting of a number of Onmicon agencies, was told by Meunier that their ideas had been utter crap. Or, in his words:

“I challenged them. I locked them in a room for a week in New York, and came back right after a week and it was nonetheless shit. I came back right after two weeks and it was nevertheless shit.”

You can catch flies with honey, but it does not seem to do much for marketing materials. Nissan’s new ad campaign, which will hit consumers in May possibly, came about soon after Meunier delivered an Alec Baldwin-worthy ultimatum.

“I stated, ‘You guys far better provide something. You’d better come to Nashville subsequent week with a plan that performs.’ And they came back with a extremely excellent plan.”

The Nissan Motor Firm hasn’t fallen on tough occasions. Its sales have risen every year since the depths of the recession, hitting nearly 1.five million in the U.S. last year.

That is is not the issue, even so.

The dilemma, Meunier told the reps, was that folks don’t really know what Nissan is all about. It isn’t the entertaining-loving, perpetually adolescent Honda, or the respectable, slightly stodgy Toyota. In advertising terms, Nissan suffers from weak brand identity.

The ad campaign crafted by the unit’s members — no doubt with shirt sleeves rolled up and brows beaded with perspiration — is at the moment in the consumer test phase. Dealers also get a say just before it goes live.

What will the advertisements contain? Well, besides the brand’s lineup of sedans and SUVs … no one knows. But if it pleased a guy like Meunier, it has to be above par.

It had much better be.

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Nissan Moves Diaz To Trucks Only, Promotes Canadian Chief to Takeover North American Sales

Fred Diaz with Cummins Diesel For Nissan Titan

Nissan announced Tuesday that it would move current U.S. chief Fred Diaz to concentrate on truck sales for North America and promote Nissan’s chief in Canada, Christian Meunier, to lead the group in North America.

“We are now poised to capitalize on the substantial investments we have created in our trucks with the launch of the all-new Nissan Titan, and these modifications will help our capability to do so,” Nissan North America chairman Jose Munoz said in a statement announcing the alterations.

In his new function, Diaz will oversee truck sales — Titan and Frontier — for all of North America to support jumpstart that brand from a minor player to a far more critical contender. He was previously head of Ram brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles prior to joining Nissan in 2013.

President, Nissan Canada Inc.

Christian Meunier

According to a statement announcing the adjust, Meunier will take more than sales, advertising and product planning for Nissan in North America. Meunier helped lead Nissan to record growth in Canada soon after taking over in 2013. Ahead of taking more than in Canada, he was head of Nissan in Brazil.

“Nissan’s organization in Canada has improved substantially under Christian’s watch and is delivering consistent performance improvements,” Munoz mentioned in a statement. “We look forward to Christian’s leadership of Nissan Division’s enterprise in the U.S. and Canada.”

Meunier will report to Munoz, according to the statement. Diaz will report to Meunier.

The organization also announced that Judy Wheeler, head of sales in the Southeast region for Nissan, would be promoted to head of sales for the U.S.

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Nissan Titan Q&A Tomorrow at 9:30 AM ET with Brent Hagan – Submit Your Queries Now!

2016 Nissan Titan XD in Arizona

I’m currently putting the Nissan Titan XD through its paces in Arizona. This new truck from Nissan is infinitely exciting to me for a multitude of reasons: mostly its 5-liter ‘Triple Nickel” Cummins V-8 and its no-man’s-land placement in the truck marketplace. Even so, what may possibly be important to me might not be essential to you, and vice versa, so we are going to do a Q&ampA before our overview.

Tomorrow morning we will have Nissan Titan product preparing manager Brent Hagan right here on TTAC to answer any questions you send our way.

Hit the comments below and submit your concerns. We are going to try to do a reside-weblog-style solution tomorrow, but we may well not have time to implement it. If we don’t get it sorted in time, we will use the concerns you submit on this post to answer as numerous as we can starting at 9:30 a.m. ET tomorrow.

Note: We undoubtedly won’t have live blogging. If you have inquiries, make certain to post them right here just before tomorrow morning. 

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2016 Nissan Altima 1st Drive – Baby Methods


Most midsize sedans do not have a happy ending.

Many get passed down as second-hand household vehicles, hunting for their second wind from getting a daily commuter only to discover themselves as day-to-day bangers in higher school parking lots. Or worse.

Mid-sized sedans can be sold at employed vehicle lots as forgettable appliances used like washing machines and place away wet like skinny jeans.

The Altima lives such a life.

The life of Nissan’s perennial bridesmaid to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord is generally undignified and, we’ll say, challenging.

If you’re searching for a story about redemption, this isn’t it. The 2016 Nissan Altima won’t be a savior amongst midsize sedans and will not regain glory for a segment losing ground to compact crossovers quicker than Pickett’s Charge. At least not yet.

Rather, the 2016 Nissan Altima is a capitulation by the automaker that there’s no point in out Camry-ing or Accord-ing the other guys. Generating a mid-size sedan that no one hates amounts to building a car that no 1 likes. If you listen to Altima engineers, there’s mileage in creating something that divides rather than conquers.


My notes start with: “Maxima’s appear is apparent in Altima’s shoulders.” That observation is not meant to be insightful rather, it is matter of fact. From the shoulders up, the Altima’s lineage is entirely clear.

For 2016, Nissan fully refreshed the Altima’s front and rear, including a newly developed front fascia and bumper. There are components from the excellent-seeking Murano (said nobody. —Mark) in the Altima’s LED daytime running lamps — which are not regular across all models — and some of the Maxima in this midsizer’s V-shaped grille. From the front third, the Altima shares much with the Maxima, but stops short of the floating roof remedy.

The rear trunk and bumper gets resculpted — notably the four-piece rear lamps — but like a punk show, all the action is actually up front.

According to Nissan, the updated front and some undercarriage work helped the Altima far more sharply cut the wind (.26 Cd this year vs. .29 Cd prior to), despite the fact that EPA estimates for the base two.5-liter engine only enhanced by 1 mpg on the highway, from 38 to 39 mpg, this year.

Incremental alterations do not actually do it for individuals although. Year over year, the 2015 Altima to 2016 Altima’s fuel economy changed much less than my sock drawer, but considering that 2002 the alter has been relatively dramatic. Fitted with a two.five-liter four and 4-speed automatic, the Altima managed 20/27/23 mpg in city/highway/combined marks from the EPA. Fitted with a similar 2.5-liter four and CVT, the 2016 Altima manages 27/39/31 mpg, according to the EPA. Even more so, the 2002 Altima scored these numbers under the old 2-cycle fuel economy regime, which means fuel consumption for the older model is most likely much, much worse.

The new SR grade for the Altima is a swift stab at the mid-size sedan’s “sport” segment that will apparently develop due to the fact men and women just adore spoilers. In addition to the decklid-mounted spoiler — which exists only because the other guys do it — the SR edition sports slightly smoky front lamps, 18-inch wheels and a slightly tuned chassis setup. According to the Nissan engineer in charge of the new SR trim, the chassis is firm adequate to fire back with some lift-throttle oversteer if you are beating the hell out of it on your drive home.

Please send video of mentioned lift-throttle oversteer.

2016 Nissan Altima

Nissan applied its “Gliding Wing” treatment to the Altima’s interior with fairly very good impact. The center infotainment and climate control stack in the 2016’s dash is much more distinct and not bookended by flat plastic any longer. The “wing,” which starts at the center of the dash and extends out through the passenger and driver sides, efficiently gave the Altima’s interior a Beverly Hills-style facelift.

2016 Nissan Altima SRFar more notably, the Altima didn’t get the Maxima and Murano’s slicker new infotainment unit because there demands to be room for modifications later in the Altima’s lifecycle, I suppose.

The center console and armrest had been revised slightly with greater lines for the Altima’s gliding wing and a new gear selector replaces the old Altima’s chunky grip.

Inside, the Altima is quieter over last year’ model. At nearly 50 decibels at idle and 73 db at cruising, the Altima is relatively quiet and sedate.

The exact same “zero gravity” seats swaddle driver and passenger as prior to, and 60/40 split folding rear seats offer 36.1 inches of legroom in the back. My 6-foot-two-inch frame folded just fine in the rear seats behind one more man of similar stature.

2016 Nissan Altima

The Altima gets the exact same 5-inch standard color display, carried over from final year, that sports Siri Eyes Totally free and iPod connectivity through the car’s single USB port.

Accessible in the SL and SV trims, and common in the three.5 SL, is Nissan’s 7-inch touchscreen with navigation and mobile apps. Nissan added a concierge system, dubbed NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM, which is sold separately as a subscription. Curiously, there’s no devoted button for the reside-individual service. Instead, it is accessed via a headset icon on the touchscreen and the first prompt is not a human at all — it’s a voice-recognition system asking you what you are seeking to do. If you ask for a certain service — “Destination Assist,” for instance — the laptop calls up an operator to give you, nicely, location help. That’s confusing. Nissan could want to appear into that.

Aside from receiving access to a actual individual, each the five- and 7-inch infotainment systems are simple and straightforward, despite the fact that somewhat dated at this point.

Less exciting, but a lot more importantly, is Nissan’s inclusion of sophisticated security functions such as forward collision warning and emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and radar-primarily based blind-spot monitoring (final year’s version was rear camera-based that didn’t function so hot if the camera was covered in snow).


I’ll hold this short: practically nothing has changed.

The very same two.5-liter four that tends to make 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque remains. It is sufficient.

The exact same 3.6-liter six that tends to make 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque remains for six % of purchasers who will opt for the bigger engine. It is overpowered.

Both engines are mated to a constantly variable transmission. In higher two.five SR, 3.5 SR and 3.five SL trims, you get seven virtual “gears” you can slap between employing the included paddle shifters. Otherwise, it is just a standard CVT, in a normal auto, undertaking normal automobile issues.

Nissan has used relatively the exact same powertrain combination given that Bush two. (When will it get the turbo four from the Juke?)

According to Nissan, the 2016 Altima has “lots of powertrain improvements” more than last year’s model, but I only counted 1: The CVT is much more quiet than I don’t forget? Sure, let’s go with that.


Complete disclosure: I was awarded three hours behind the wheel of the 2016 Altima, so there’s not a lot of evaluation I can supply here — however.

Despite the fact that most of the CamCord segment is laser-focused on comfort and quiet, at least Nissan seems to be slowly moving away from numb. According to the business, the last-generation Altima tried to out-Camry and out-Accord the likes of Toyota and Honda and failed. Those cars, by Nissan’s own admission, were pretty boring and uninspiring.

This year’s car is nonetheless the identical commuter appliance many mid-size sedans are these days. It rides quietly, gives a comfortable quantity of space and is reasonably priced at $ 23,325 to begin. Our tester, a 2.5 SL fitted with every thing, would be the mid-level manager’s dream — very good adequate for the workday, not embarrassing in the valet.

Nissan estimates that up to 20 percent of its mix could be the sportier-hunting SR grade as mid-size purchasers seeking for some thing other than the best two sellers consider to Nissan. The 2016 Altima makes little steps in distinguishing itself from these competitors with little incremental improvements to its front and rear.

If you count the techniques Altima can capitalize on its mid-cycle refresh this year — appears, trim and interior — you might surmise how good the future could be for a vehicle that has, till now, played backup rhythm guitar in a Jimmy Buffett cover band at a suburban wine bar. It will not be a rock star tomorrow, but at least it’s acquiring in some solid practice.

(Interior images provided by the manufacturer)

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Nissan Confirms $23,325 Value For Altima We Can Be Correct – When

2016 Nissan Altima SR

Nissan announced Tuesday that its refreshed Altima would start at $ 23,325 (including $ 825 destination) when that car goes on sale later next month (you read it here first!) and outlined pricing for its seven different trims.

The newly introduced SR trim, with smoked headlights, rear spoiler (probably adds 10 percent fast or so), 18-inch wheels and other unique features, will start at $ 25,295 for the 2.5-liter four, or $ 28,215 for the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine.

The base S trim is $ 200 more than the current model; the top-trimmed 2016 3.6 SL is priced $ 260 lower than the 2015 model.

The base 2016 Altima comes in at $ 400 more than the base 2016 Honda Accord and $ 240 more than a base 2016 Ford Fusion and $ 1,010 less than an entry Mazda6. Compared to the 2016 Toyota Camry, the Altima rings up $ 580 less. It’s closest competitor in terms of price is the Chevrolet Malibu, where the Nissan rings in $ 45 cheaper.

If you’re cross-shopping the rest of the world, here’s a shotgun spray of comparative pricing:

• The 2016 Altima costs $ 335 more than the base 2015 Chrysler 200;
• A base 2015 Volkswagen Passat costs $ 1,165 less than the Altima;
• A base 2016 Buick Regal costs $ 5,060 more than a 2016 Altima;
• A base 2016 Kia Optima runs $ 365 less than the 2016 Altima;
• The 2016 Altima is $ 740 more than a base 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

According to Nissan, the volume models — which will likely be the S or SV trims when the car goes on sale — will cost $ 23,725 and $ 26,285.

The higher trims of the Altima will run from $ 29,395 for the 2.5 SL, $ 28,215 for the 3.5 SR and $ 32,915 for the 3.5 SL.

(All prices include destination and delivery because who doesn’t have to pay that?)

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