Q: What makes me an expert on Nissan automobiles?
A: I began working on cars at the age of 17, and I’ve spent time under the hoods of various Nissan models nearly every day for more than 40 years. I’m sure there are some people out there who have more experience with these cars than I do, but there can’t be many. I’ve got a lot of years under my belt, and a lot of hand-on experience.
Q: What is my favorite Nissan model of all time?
A: I would have to say that my favorite styles are those within the Z series, and my favorite of those are the special Z31 releases. In 1984, the 300ZX was released in a special silver and black color scheme. This 50th anniversary special edition of the car is turbocharged and has a mirrored t-top. The body style is representative of the era of its release—a long front end and a boxy, low-profile chassis.
Q: What are some of the top-performing Nissans?
A: If you’re talking about new cars, here are some of the top performers of 2016 and the best things they have to offer:
- Nissan GT-R – incredible power and acceleration and precise cornering ability
- Nissan Maxima – competitive performance and some of the best safety ratings in its class
- Nissan 370Z – is a hearty V6 engine, an exceptionally smooth ride, and some of the best handling on the market
- Nissan Juke – a unique body style and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine; the ability to shift between three different driving modes: eco, normal, and sport
Q: What are some of the worst Nissan models ever sold?
A: While I do provide a list of the worst Nissans ever sold in one of my posts, a lot of that list is intended to be taken with a grain of salt. While a unique body style may hurt sales, it doesn’t really make it a “bad” vehicle. The only one from that list that I will standby here in this FAQ is the Nissan Sentra. 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.
Q: If I’m looking for a green car (a hybrid or electric vehicle), what can Nissan offer me?
A: Nissans most popular green vehicles of 2016 are the Leaf and the Murano Hybrid.In the past, Nissan has sold hybrid versions of the Pathfinder, the Altima, and others. While those hybrids are no longer being manufactured, Nissan continues to develop green technologies, and they plan to offer more hybrid options in the future.
Q: What are some of the best sports cars Nissan has ever made?
A: There are so many to choose from. Here are the top 4 that I write about in my posts:
- Nissan R390 GT1
- Nissan GT-R
- Nissan 280ZX/300ZX Turbo
- Nissan Juke-R
- Nissan 350Z/370Z