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 GT-R
2017 Nissan GT-R
MSRP:
$109,990
Engine:
3.8L V-6
MPG:
16 City / 22 HWY
2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Nissan Maxima
MSRP:
$32,510
Engine:
3.5L V-6
MPG:
22 City / 30 HWY
2016 Nissan Titan XD
2016 Nissan Titan XD
MSRP:
$40,290
Engine:
5.0L V-8
MPG:
N/A
2016 Nissan Frontier
2016 Nissan Frontier
MSRP:
$18,290
Engine:
2.5L I-4
MPG:
19 City / 23 HWY
2016 Nissan Rogue
2016 Nissan Rogue
MSRP:
$23,330
Engine:
2.5L I-4
MPG:
26 City / 32 HWY
2016 Nissan Murano
2016 Nissan Murano
MSRP:
$29,740
Engine:
3.5L V-6
MPG:
21 City / 28 HWY
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