Although Nissan is often seen as the third leg of Japan's 3-legged automotive stool, there is no hiding its aggressive swipes at Toyota and Honda market share. Setting up its U.S. headquarters at about the same time as Toyota (exports began to the U.S. in 1958, and Nissan's U.S. arm was formally established in 1960), the brand then known as Datsun took its first awkward steps into the U.S. marketplace. That momentum was helped immeasurably by the launch of the 510 sedan, Datsun's 2000 roadster and - at the end of the 1960s - Datsun's iconic 240Z. Of course, a racing program connected to Shelby alum Pete Brock, driver John Morton and - eventually - Paul Newman didn't hurt. Today Nissan, with U.S. headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, offers a wide range of sedans, crossovers, trucks and SUVs.

If shopping for the most accessible Nissan, the Versa sedan provides an under-$15K window sticker - and little else - in exchange for that entry-level price point. 'Ms. Popularity' is shared by the Altima midsize sedan and Rogue compact crossover, while fun-to-drive is best determined by how much fun you want to have. If it's $40K worth of fun, opt for the 370Z. And if it's six figures worth of fun, there are few bets better than Nissan's King Kong GT-R. The GT-R is also Nissan's most expensive, although we'll give points to its all-new Armada which, with options, can crest $50K.


2017 Nissan NV Passenger NV3500 HD
2017 Nissan NV Passenger NV3500 HD
MSRP:
$33,800
Engine:
4.0L V-6
MPG:
N/A
2017 Nissan Maxima
2017 Nissan Maxima
MSRP:
$32,610
Engine:
3.5L V-6
MPG:
21 City / 30 HWY
2017 Nissan Versa
2017 Nissan Versa
MSRP:
$11,990
Engine:
1.6L I-4
MPG:
27 City / 36 HWY
2017 Nissan Rogue
2017 Nissan Rogue
MSRP:
$23,820
Engine:
2.5L I-4
MPG:
26 City / 33 HWY
2017 Nissan Altima
2017 Nissan Altima
MSRP:
$22,500
Engine:
2.5L I-4
MPG:
27 City / 39 HWY
2017 Nissan Juke
2017 Nissan Juke
MSRP:
$20,250
Engine:
1.6L I-4
MPG:
28 City / 32 HWY
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