NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced the all-new 2017 Armada full-size SUV has been selected as one of Autotrader’s “2017 Must Test Drive Award” winners. Chosen by a panel of Autotrader editorial staff, the consumer-focused award program is “designed to highlight the top 12 vehicles car shoppers must see and experience to believe… ones that can change the way a consumer perceives the model – or even the entire brand.”
In choosing Armada from a field of more than 300 current or next model-year models, the Autotrader staff wrote: “The redesigned Armada surprised Autotrader editors by just how well it drives and how nimbly it handles for being such a large vehicle, and combined with its high-quality interior materials, features and off-road abilities, the Armada ‘squarely competes with the best’ in the class.”
The all-new 2017 Armada is built on the heritage of the Nissan Patrol, which has been a workhorse for the world for many decades. While it is intended primarily for family adventures here in North America, Armada remains true to its roots as a strong, durable and authentic full-size, 8-passenger SUV.
“Featuring best-in-class1 maximum horsepower, a range of class-exclusive2 available safety and security features and a starting MSRP3 of $44,900, we are certainly in agreement with Autotrader that Armada is a must to drive and experience,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “Armada has played an important part in Nissan’s position as the fastest growing brand in America in 2016. And already in 2017, Armada sales are up nearly 125 percent.”
Key distinctions between the 2017 Armada and the previous generation include a fresh exterior design, enhanced performance from a new 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 with best-in-class1 390-horsepower and a new 7-speed automatic transmission, a comfortable full-feature cabin and class-exclusive1 available safety and security features – including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW)3, Blind Spot Intervention (BSI)4, Backup Collision Intervention (BCI)5 and Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)6.
The Armada also offers an exceptional array of standard features, including Nissan Navigation with NavTraffic and NavWeather information (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately) and 8.0-inch color display, heated front seats and 13-speaker Bose® audio system.
As part of its adventure-ready spirit, the new Armada offers standard towing capacity of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models (when properly equipped). The durable independent double-wishbone front and rear suspension provides smooth ride comfort and responsive handling for both on-road and off-road driving.
The new Armada also continues the nameplate’s reputation for value and choice, offering a range of three high-content grade levels – SV, SL and Platinum – in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive configurations. It is on sale now at Nissan dealerships nationwide.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has been named one of the “12 Best Family Cars of 2017” by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. It is the fourth consecutive year that Pathfinder has been included on the website’s annual evaluation and selection of vehicles that “best meet the needs of today’s families.”
Editors credited Pathfinder for “playing a great inside game,” writing: One of the most critical factors when considering a family-focused vehicle is its ability to please the people it carries. The Pathfinder scores high marks in that area thanks to a well turned-out and invitingly roomy cabin that’s designed to facilitate quick, convenient transitions. Arguably the most notable feature on that front is Nissan’s benchmark EZ Flex and Glide System. Standard on every model, it allows a child seat latched to either the Pathfinder’s second-row split-bench or captain’s chairs to remain in place when they’re slid forward, greatly assisting access to the third-row bench.
KBB.com recommends that family car buyers take their children’s car seats and boosters along when shopping to see how they fit and their ease of use with prospective vehicles.
“In a 3-row SUV like Pathfinder, access to the last row is critical in everyday use, both getting in and out of and negotiating around a child seat in the 2nd row,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “Our innovative 2nd row seat system, which tilts forward with a child seat still in place1, gives Pathfinder a big advantage over other 3-row designs, even before shoppers get behind the wheel for a test drive.”
The “12 Best Family Cars of 2017” evaluation team also noted Pathfinder’s recent major redesign that includes a revised 3.5-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) V6, producing 284 horsepower while maintaining 26 mpg highway fuel economy and class-leading3 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped).
About the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Pathfinder, one of Nissan’s best known and most popular nameplates in its nearly 60-year history in the United States, was reborn for the 2017 model year with more adventure capability, a freshened exterior look and enhanced safety and technology – pure Pathfinder taken to an even higher level of performance, technology and style.
The changes for the new model year began from the A-pillars forward – both with revised sheet metal and the re-engineered 3.5-liter V6 under the new hood design. The new Pathfinder engine utilizes more than 56 percent new or new-to-Pathfinder engine parts and components – including combustion chamber design, pistons, intake manifold and e-VTC (fully electronic on intake).
Pathfinder’s refreshed exterior for 2017 provides a stronger sense of adventure character and presence by adding Nissan signature design elements, such as the new “V-Motion” grille and boomerang-shaped headlights with LED daytime running lights. Another significant addition for 2017 is the available Motion-Activated liftgate with liftgate position memory, which is standard on SL and Platinum grades.
Pathfinder’s stylish, adventure-ready interior includes comfortable seating for seven, enhanced user friendliness and updated connectivity features. As in previous years, every 2017 Pathfinder interior is anchored by Nissan’s innovative EZ Flex Seating System™ with LATCH AND GLIDE™, a 2nd row tilt and glide seat that allows easy 3rd row access with a child safety seat still installed1.
For 2017, Pathfinder adopts new-generation information technology. The standard 8.0-inch touch-screen monitor, mounted in the middle of the instrument panel, provides intuitive interaction and control of a variety of driver-selectable vehicle systems and settings – including the available NissanConnectSM Navigation. Also available is NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM®4, which features automatic collision notification, emergency call and stolen vehicle locator, customizable alerts, dealer service scheduling and maintenance alerts.
The 2017 Pathfinder’s wide range of available convenience features and driving aids also includes standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio4, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, RearView Monitor, and available 13-speaker Bose® Premium Audio system, Family Entertainment Package with dual headrest 8.0-inch DVD monitors, Nissan Intelligent Key® with programmable settings, Remote Engine Start5, Dual Panorama Moonroof and Easy-Fill Tire Alert.
Advanced Driver Assistance technology includes new Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)6 and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)7. For 2017, Moving Object Detection has been added to the available Around View® Monitor (AVM)8. Also offered are Blind Spot Warning (BSW)9 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)10.
The new 2017 Pathfinder is available in 4WD and 2WD drive configurations and in four models: S, SV, SL and Platinum. It is assembled in Tennessee.
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, considered one of the best slightly smaller crossover takes over the US.
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The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport certainly is one of the most anticipated smaller crossovers to be brought to the US. Nissan may not be as aggressive as its prolific competitors such as Honda and Toyota, but it still remains one of the best and to watch out for in terms of vehicle offerings. Nissan has outdone itself for bringing in this crossover to the US shores and is expected to be well-received by the buying public.
According to Motor Trend, the Nissan Rogue Sport is originally named as Qashqai, however, it was changed into a rather easier name that would ring a bell. The change of name was one of the best decisions. The name Rogue Sport certainly has this certain catch to it, giving the crossover a masculine, tough, and unique appeal.
It is considered a compact crossover. It is a five-passenger which is 12.1-inches longer with an extra 2.2-inches of wheelbase. It does have an available third row, extending the passenger load to about seven. The Rogue Sport is ideal for solo drivers or couples who want to enjoy the smaller vehicle to themselves. The Rogue version is then ideal for family and those who wish to have more passengers for a more exciting driving experience.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport still offers 6.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the second-row seats folded down. When the second-row is being utilized, it then gets reduced to 23 feet. The compact crossover shares a lot of equipment including the Divide-N-Hide Cargo system that keeps items out of sight. This is only available on SV and SL trims.This impressive crossover is powered by a direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It is capable of generating 141-horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 147 pound-feet torque at 4,400 rpm. This smaller crossover is packed with the necessary power needed when driving.
As added by Digital Trends, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport also has notable standard features such as Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free voice controls, a SiriusXM satellite radio receiver, a rear-view camera. It also has Nissan Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is one of the best vehicles to see and experience as it gets officially released. The US is ready for such a smaller crossover which promises features that rival competitors leaving them by a mile.
As 2016 comes to a close, here we look back on 12 (in honor of the 12 Days of Christmas) memorable moments from the past year. From launching new vehicles to achieving record sales, 2016 was busy. This was the “Year of the Truck” – a celebration of Nissan’s new TITAN lineup, Armada, Pathfinder and Rogue. Autonomous Drive technology continues to mature (and at #CES2017, we’re going to show you the future again). We enlisted Stormtroopers to help launch Rogue. And more. Here’s to another successful year in 2017 – for everyone. Have a safe and happy holiday, from all of us at Nissan.
Nov. 16, 2016
Nissan brings four new 2017 model debuts to the Los Angeles Auto Show
Central to Nissan’s LA Auto Show display this year was an array of new 2017 Nissan vehicles including the new Nissan Rogue, the first-ever Sentra NISMO, redesigned Versa Note, limited production JUKE Black Pearl Edition and the first-ever full-size production vehicle to include Star Wars-branded elements, the “Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition.”
“Our goal at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year is to bring extra attention to the redesigned 2017 Nissan Rogue and its extensive list of available Intelligent Safety Shield technologies,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications & Media, Nissan North America, Inc. “We’re building on elements of our current Rogue broadcast commercial, which demonstrates the new Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection*, through interactive experiences and Star Wars-themed displays at the show.”
Oct. 12, 2016
Nissan takes six awards at annual Texas Truck Rodeo; all-new Armada named “SUV of Texas” and TITAN “Full-Size Truck of Texas”
The all-new 2017 Nissan Armada full-size SUV was named “SUV of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in its 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo, an annual event that put the industry’s best truck, SUVs and CUVs through a grueling two-day evaluation.
The event, held at the 1,632-acre Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, included grueling on-road and off-road evaluations. Nissan vehicles won a total of six awards, including three for the new TITAN full-size pickup lineup. The 2017 Armada, TITAN and Murano – which was named “Mid-size Crossover of Texas” for the second consecutive year – are on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide.
“We’re honored to have the all-new 2017 Nissan Armada recognized by the SUV experts of the Texas Auto Writers Association,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc.
Sept. 9, 2016
Nissan continues ‘Year of the Truck’ momentum with world debut of new 2017 Nissan Rogue at Miami Auto Show
José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, Inc., unveiled a major update to the 2017 Rogue compact SUV prior to its world debut at the Miami International Auto Show.
“Following three straight years of consecutive growth, we project Rogue will approach 300,000 units in the current fiscal year, nearly doubling sales since 2012,” said Muñoz. “For 2017, we’re turning up the heat on the competition with enhancements designed to keep Rogue at the top of compact SUV buyers’ wish lists.”
Aug. 22, 2016
Lucasfilm joins forces with five major brands to launch sweeping promotional campaign to support “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
Lucasfilm announced that it is teaming up with five of the world’s most well-known brands — Duracell, General Mills, Gillette, Nissan and Verizon — for the launch of an extensive global promotional campaign in support of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” opening on December 16.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with such a remarkable group of promotional partners for ‘Rogue One,'” said Lynwen Brennan, general manager of Lucasfilm. “This first in a series of Star Wars standalone films represents an exciting new era for both Star Wars and Lucasfilm, and the partners joining us on this exciting journey have each designed a stellar campaign capturing the spirit and camaraderie of ‘Rogue One.'”
July 7, 2016
2017 Nissan Pathfinder makes world debut during sponsorship announcement at Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park
Nissan took over Dallas’ popular Klyde Warren Park to announce a major sponsorship agreement with the city – along with the debut of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. The reveal of the new Pathfinder took place inside a pop-up “#FindYourNewPath” urban maze. In attendance during the event were Dallas city and Parks and Recreation officials.
“The new Nissan Pathfinder takes the iconic nameplate to an even higher level of performance, technology and style,” said José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, Inc. “The Pathfinder is the perfect vehicle for connecting urban and off-road adventures, just as the Klyde Warren Park is a connection between Downtown and Uptown Dallas.”
June 3, 2016
How to make a donut, by the Nissan 370Z NISMO
In celebration of June 3 as #NationalDonutDay, Formula Drift icon Chris Forsberg took to a production set in Southern California to put a unique spin on making donuts. Forsberg’s mission was to fling thousands of the tiny sprinkles onto more than 300 donuts using a Nissan 370Z NISMO as a utensil.
To be sure each of the cakes received ample coating, the team brought in two pallets of sprinkles weighing in at more than 2,800 pounds. Using all 350 horsepower on tap in the 370Z NISMO, Forsberg made 15 passes, ensuring a proper layer of sprinkles was achieved.
By the time it was over, more than 325 donuts and 120 boxes of sprinkles were used to create the stunt. However, the 370Z NISMO that powered the experiment proved to be the most delicious treat on the set.
March 24, 2016
Nissan shows all-new 2017 TITAN pickup at 2016 New York International Auto Show
At the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Nissan unveiled the standard bearer of its family of TITAN pickups – the 2017 TITAN Crew Cab, powered by Nissan’s 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engine.
With the all-new flagship 😄 model of Nissan’s reimagined TITAN family of pickups already in dealer lots, this volume model, half-ton TITAN went on sale in the late summer of 2016.
“TITAN shares its aggressive style with the TITAN XD, but the two vehicles are completely different underneath the skin,” said Fred Diaz, Division Vice President and General Manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. “TITAN will compete in the heart of the full-size pickup segment – the half-ton – while the TITAN 😄 provides a unique solution for customers by bridging the cost and capability gap between traditional half-ton and full heavy-duty pickups. Between TITAN and TITAN XD, we will cover about 85 percent of the full-size truck market.”
March 23, 2017
2017 Nissan GT-R makes world debut at New York International Auto Show
The 2017 Nissan GT-R, which features the most significant makeover to the iconic supercar since its launch in 2007, made its global debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. It features a fresh look inside and out, as well as major driving performance enhancements and key new features.
In presenting the 2017 GT-R to an assembly of international automotive and business media Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president, Global Marketing & Sales, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. stated: “This new GT-R is the most advanced, most refined and most progressive sports car that Nissan has ever built. And that is saying a lot.”
Feb. 16, 2016
Inspired by the latest Intelligent Park Assist Technology, Nissan presents the world’s first automated “Intelligent Parking Chair”
Nissan announced the first “Intelligent Parking Chair,” a concept inspired by its intelligent park assist technology that allows drivers to easily park their vehicles using automatic steering.
The “Intelligent Parking Chair” is a unique chair that automatically moves to a set position. The chair includes a roller to automatically move 360 degrees paired with a system that indicates the target position. Four cameras placed on the room’s ceiling generate a bird’s-eye view to wirelessly transmit the chair’s position and its route to destination.
Feb. 10, 2016
2017 Nissan Armada full-size SUV makes world debut at Chicago Auto Show
Nissan debuted the all-new 2017 Armada full-size SUV prior to its appearance at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
“With the introduction of the all-new, second-generation Armada full-size SUV, the last piece of Nissan’s transformation of its SUV and crossover lineup falls into place following the recent makeovers of our Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue models,” said Phil O’Connor, Director, Chief Marketing Manager, Nissan North America, Inc. “We’re particularly proud that with this new Armada we’re setting a new standard in class, offering advanced safety and security features usually reserved for much higher priced luxury sedans or premium SUVs.”
Feb 9, 2016
Nissan unleashes trio of aggressive “Winter Warrior” concepts just in time for the Chicago Auto Show
In celebration of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan gave three of its popular crossovers a little competitive edge – creating one-off versions of Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue equipped with sets of heavy-duty snow tracks.
“Rogue, Murano and Pathfinder are proven all-wheel-drive crossovers that are very popular with customers, judging from exceptional sales results in 2015 and now in January 2016,” said Christian Meunier, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. “With the Winter Warriors, we wanted to take that idea to the extreme, enhancing the vehicles’ advanced systems with special snow tracks, Genuine Nissan Accessories, and a custom exterior appearance.”
Jan. 7, 2016
Renault-Nissan to launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology over the next four years
The Renault-Nissan Alliance confirmed that it will launch a range of vehicles with autonomous capabilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and China through 2020. The technology will be installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices.
In addition, Renault-Nissan will launch a suite of new connectivity applications that will make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks.
“Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of ‘zero emissions and zero fatalities,'” Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the Renault-Nissan Silicon Valley Research Center. “That’s why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents.”
Ever wondered how Santa manages to deliver all the presents for Christmas in just one night? We might have just found out! Last year, we spotted the big man out and about London town in a GT-R, much to the delight of the locals. This year Rudolph might be given a break.
For after the holiday, here’s a handy household tip for quickly undecorating the tree.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the click of a mouse, online shoppers this year can join Nissan in taking on the Battle for Good. Nissan is uniting with Star Wars: Force for Change, and Amazon, to host a toy drive benefitting the Toys for Tots organization and children across the U.S. The campaign begins today, Cyber Monday, and goes through Dec. 18.
“Nissan’s alliance with Lucasfilm and Star Wars reminds us that everybody has the choice to be a hero, and the holidays are a time when many children can benefit from the generosity of everyday heroes,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications & Media, Nissan North America, Inc. “This toy drive is a way of bringing the magic and excitement of Star Wars to kids, so that they may experience the joy of Christmas and a message of hope.”
When a toy is gifted from the www.amazon.com/ROGUETOYDRIVE Wish List, additional gifts will be provided by Nissan. All gifts will be delivered to Toys for Tots for distribution before Dec. 22, 2016.
The toy drive is a continuation of Nissan’s ongoing collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. in support of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” opening in U.S. theaters on Dec. 16.
As part of this promotional campaign, Nissan recently revealed the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition – the first production vehicle ever to include Star Wars-branded elements – including a unique badge, exclusive interior and exterior trim items and a full-sized, numbered, Death Trooper collectible helmet.
*Nissan will give $150,000 in toys and/or cash to Toys for Tots. Toys gifted by consumers will be delivered to Nissan and given to Toys for Tots. This toy drive is sponsored by Nissan and all toys included on the Wish List have been selected by Nissan and its partners, not Lucasfilm or the Walt Disney Company.
About Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue, marching its way to the top-selling spot in the Nissan lineup, has been updated for the 2017 model year with fresh exterior and interior treatments, an expanded suite of Nissan Safety Shield technology including available Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection*, and the first ever Rogue Hybrid model. For more information on the 2017 Rogue and the complete lineup of Nissan vehicles, please visit NissanUSA.com or Nissan.CA.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Star Wars: Force For Change
Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Born in 2014, it was inspired by Star Wars fans, and the countless hours they have dedicated to philanthropy over the past three decades. To date, over $12 million has been raised for charitable causes around the world on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change, including $8M towards UNICEF’s programs to put children first. With a bright future ahead, and new Star Wars stories to be told, Force for Change aims to continue collaborating with causes and encouraging others to be forces for change in their own community. To learn more, please visit ForceForChange.com.
About “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Warstimeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.
There’s no mistaking when Nissan Pathfinders undergo a complete redesign. With every generation, there are massive, unmissable changes to the styling, body structure and even its general purpose. The changes made between the 2016 and 2017 Nissan Pathfinder don’t represent one of those dramatic transformations, but nevertheless, significant updates were made to Nissan’s 3-row family crossover. Let’s take a look at the changes.
You’ll be forgiven if you have a tough time telling between the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder and its 2017 replacement, but when you start carefully looking at them side by side, you may notice the differences. For instance, the grille has been reshaped and is now separated from the redesigned headlights that feature a signature LED running light strip. The taillights are also a bit different, while the front and rear bumpers have been reshaped. Besides looking different (Nissan says it was going for a more masculine look), the new styling reaps an improvement in aerodynamics for better fuel economy.
Changes to the cabin were less substantial but could prove more significant on a daily basis. The front cupholders have been redesigned to include a channel between them, allowing for a greater variety of containers to fit within. More importantly, the Pathfinder gains the latest Nissan touchscreen, which is bigger than before and offers improved responses. The 2016’s was one of the easier touchscreens to use, and the 2017 version only builds upon the ease of use.
Other changes include new metal and wood finishes, as well as new cloth upholstery. Otherwise, the Pathfinder’s seating and overall packaging remain unchanged. Seating for seven is standard, although the third row isn’t quite as accommodating as those of some competitors.
This is where the big changes show up for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder that may ultimately lead you to choose the newer version. There’s a new V6 engine that produces 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, a far more competitive figure than the old V6, which managed only 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The result is a noticeably more muscular SUV that can better handle the rigors of lugging about a full family load. Plus, towing capacity has raised from 5,000 to 6,000 pounds, bringing the Pathfinder from average to better than all competitors not named Dodge Durango.
The new engine even produces a nice growl that doesn’t get drowned out by the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). For the 2016, the transmission causes prolonged droning noises when under heavy throttle. For the 2017, Nissan introduced more pronounced artificial shift points (a CVT does not have traditional gears to work through) that eliminate much of this droning and create a normal driving experience.
Fuel economy is a bit of a complicated story. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed the way it measured fuel economy for 2017, which resulted in a lowering of most cars’ mile-per-gallon figures. Therefore, the 2016 Pathfinder’s fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined (with front-wheel drive) would’ve gone down had Nissan not changed the engine. Since the engine did change and is more efficient, the figures are actually the same. More simply, the 2017 Pathfinder receives better fuel economy, even though the EPA figures don’t indicate it.
- All-new Nissan TITAN X.D named most appealing Large Light Duty pickup
- Redesigned Maxima takes top spot in Large Car segment
- Refreshed Nissan Altima finishes in top 3 among Midsize Car competitors
- Nissan safety, convenience and connectivity technologies rate well with customers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three Nissan models have scored favorably in their respective segments in the just released J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive, Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) SM Study – with the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN X.D taking honors in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment, the new Maxima topping the Large Car segment and the refreshed Altima ranked number two among Midsize Car competitors.
The TITAN scored 867 points to dominate its class, while the Maxima tallied 857 points. The 2016 Altima, Nissan’s best-selling vehicle, with 824 points, was up seven points from last year. Overall, the industry average score was up three points to 801 in 2016. Murano and Sentra scored well at 831 and 814 points, respectively, but lacked sample size in this year’s survey to qualify in their segments from J.D. Power.
“It is gratifying to see three vehicles that are either all-new or redesigned receive such high marks from customers,” said Christian Meunier, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc. “And along with our best-selling sedans and crossovers, Nissan is providing more options as we launch the ‘Year of the Truck’ with our all-new TITAN and TITAN X.D trucks.”
The annual APEAL Study, now in its 21st year, surveys purchasers and lessees of new vehicles, giving owners a platform to evaluate their cars, trucks and SUVs across 77 specific attributes. The results are combined into an overall APEAL score measured on a 1,000-point scale. The study found that some features, such as blind spot warning and parking assist systems, substantially improved owners’ sense of security – and satisfaction – with their vehicles. Nissan continues to offer a range of ‘Safety Shield’ technologies, as well as convenience and connectivity system technologies across a wide application of vehicles and trim levels including:
- Predictive Forward Collision Warning
- Forward Emergency Braking
- Blind Spot Warning
- Driver Attention Alert*
- Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display
For photography and information about the complete lineup of 2016 Nissan vehicles, please visitNissanNews.com.
View the complete results of the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM here.
*It is the driver’s responsibility to remain alert at all times. DAA is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation. See Owner’s Manual for details.
About J.D. Power
J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visitjdpower.com/ratings. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online atwww.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com andInfinitiNews.com.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.