2015 Nissan GT-R

Jan 16th
The 2015 model year marks the seventh for the GT-R, and nearly every turn of the calendar has come with incremental updates from Nissan, stretching the envelope of a car we initially called “big, heavy, and incredible.”The portfolio grows this year to include a NISMO—Nissan Motorsports—model, and all three of our initial adjectives still ring true. NISMOizing the GT-R makes…
2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Jan 13th
The SUV is dead. Long live the crossover.The vehicular mastodons of the 1990s began flirting with extinction as manufacturers and buyers turned to better-behaved family vehicles. These modern, car-based utilities have dumped the off-road hardware, if not always the off-road look, in their attempt to satisfy the considerable “anything but a minivan” crowd.To that end, Nissan rebuilt its 2013 Pathfinder…
2013 Nissan NV200

Jan 5th
It’s difficult to imagine a cargo-van war, so let’s think of this as a skirmish in the city streets, with FedEx guys, plumbers, florists, and the like wielding the combatants in this contest: Nissan’s NV200 compact cargo van versus Ford’s Transit Connect.Ground rules: Forget the big Nissan NV cargo and passenger vans, the body-on-frame workhorses that take on the likes…
2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Jan 4th
We can’t all be winners. The lucky among us learn this lesson early, after coach-pitch strikeouts or unscored but obviously one-sided soccer games. Others—the mildly gifted or the carefully insulated—come to the realization later in life, when it hurts more. It takes only one track-and-field meet to realize that there’s a lot of running that goes on after the tape…
2014 Nissan Rogue

Jan 2nd
The Rogue moniker might conjure images of reprobate political figures and the status of ladies’ undergarments in some quarters, but the badge has been no barrier to sales success. Here in the U.S., the compact crossover is Nissan’s second-bestselling model, slugging it out in showrooms with popular players such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.For 2014, Nissan…
2017 Nissan Rogue

Dec 22nd
Aligning with Nissan’s declaration of 2016 as the “Year of the Truck” and confirming market trends toward crossovers and away from sedans, in October the Nissan Rogue officially hopped past the Altima as the company’s best-selling vehicle so far this year. Perhaps more significant is that the Rogue is vying with the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 for top…
2016 Nissan Pathfinder

Dec 18th
Here’s a factoid that might make you feel old: The Nissan Pathfinder has been in production for more than 30 years. And now, just after we finished a stint behind the wheel in a 2016 Pathfinder Platinum, Nissan has announced a mild refresh for the 2017 model featuring a power bump for the 3.5-liter V-6, exterior styling tweaks, and more.…
2015 Nissan Juke

Dec 10th
Quirky. Offbeat. Funky. It seems wherever Nissan’s Juke goes, those three adjectives seem to follow. And we get it: A subcompact crossover, the Juke wears its high wheel arches and an even higher beltline as badges of nonconformist honor, their effect only amplified by the slivers of side glass, ambiguous rear doors, bulbous tailgate, and twisted front and rear lamp…
2015 Nissan 370Z Coupe

Dec 8th
The shift performance and responsiveness of automatic transmissions have gotten pretty good in recent years. We still prefer manuals, of course, but a good set of paddle shifters and a quick-shifting sport mode—and, preferably, dual clutches instead of a torque converter—can occasionally allow one to weave a thrilling tale. (We can’t believe we just wrote that, either.)The reality is that…
2015 Nissan Murano

Dec 7th
Not to sound like Michigan’s tourism bureau, but the northern reaches of Car and Driver’s home state contain dozens of charming places. And it seemed as though our long-term Nissan Murano visited most of them during its 40,000 miles with us. It went to Traverse City multiple times. It deposited kids at camp at Burt Lake. With a 14-foot canoe…
2016 Nissan Leaf

Nov 30th
The Nissan Leaf is a pioneer among affordable electric cars, and its maker deserves plenty of credit for being ahead of the curve in bringing this mass-produced, all-electric hatchback to the world. But a lot has changed since the Leaf first arrived in as a 2011 model: Several major automakers now build mass-market EVs for the U.S. market, including Volkswagen,…
2017 Nissan Rogue

Nov 28th
As the crossover boom expands to smaller vehicles, automakers have looked to their global lineups to scrounge up itty-bitty SUVs for American customers. Honda turned the Japan-market Vezel into the HR-V, Chevrolet’s Trax had been on sale in several foreign countries before it was introduced here, and Ford soon will bring the South American EcoSport to our shores. Now Nissan…