I wanted to write a fun post today, so I decided to talk about the worst Nissan models ever sold. Some of them have legitimate performance issues, while others are on the list because they are just plain ugly. I know that ugly is a matter of opinion, and I ask that you take this with a grain of salt. Some of these vehicles won their spots on the list because they are bad deals in my opinion; you can get better for your money. I hope you enjoy the list I’ve come up with. Here it is:
· 2016 Nissan Sentra
The car made the list because of the existence of a similar car—the Nissan Versa. My issue with the Sentra is that it is so similar to the Versa, but it costs $5,000 more. In fact, you can find comparisons of the two cars online. Check out this side-by-side comparison and see for yourself how similar the two models are: http://www.boardmannissan.com/blog/2016-nissan-versa-vs-2016-nissan-sentra/. So, basically, if you buy the Sentra, you are paying $5,000 to upgrade to a car with differences as minimal as 5.7 cubic-feet of overall passenger space.
· The 2003 Nissan Murano
Oh, the Nissan Murano. This SUV had a rocky start. For that matter, it had a rocky middle, too. (See the next bullet point for that story.) In 2003, the Murano was first introduced. While the new vehicle was being nominated for awards, it was also in the midst of a battle with Consumer Reports. They refused to recommend this SUV to the public because of an issue with the steering. Apparently, during testing, they found that it was very difficult to turn corners, and that the steering would stiffen up at inopportune times. Since 2003, this issue has been cleared up.
· 2011-2014 Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet
Sometimes when businesses take risks, it pays off, big time. Other times, the risks don’t pan out so well. That is the story of the Murano Cross Cabriolet. Nissan introduced this vehicle in 2010. It was supposed to be a sportier version of the 5-door crossover vehicle. The Cross Cabriolet would have only 2 doors and would have a convertible top, among other changes. Unfortunately, reception was terrible, and sales never lived up to Nissan’s expectations. Nissan discontinued the Cross Cabriolet after the 2014 model.
· Nissan Juke and Nissan Cube
I’ve listed these two together because they are both on the list for the same reason: their looks. Both of these cars actually made this list of the ugliest cars of all time: https://www.carthrottle.com/post/the-top-10-ugliest-cars-ever-made-according-to-you/. The Juke’s design defies all reason. As the year go by, Nissan continues to speak with pride about the Juke’s design, even making decisions to embellish its unique design further. As for the Cube, while some find it to be ugly on the outside, this boxy subcompact is actually pretty comfortable on the inside, and its design has made it popular with dog owners. If you can get past the exterior of these cars, you may find some features that you like, but I just couldn’t leave them off of the list, especially when they are on so many people’s “ugliest” car lists.
I hope today’s list was entertaining and informative. I recommend that you look up pictures of each of these vehicles, especially the last two. One more thing… even though a lot of people dislike the design of the Murano Cross Cabriolet, I’ve got to admit that I really like the exterior of that car. I guess that just goes to show that tastes differ. Diversity is what makes the world go ‘round.
If you’re looking for information about cars that I would recommend, check out my other posts.
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