Nissan Armada

Base Price: $41,500-$54,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Bluetooth connectivity is now standard on all Armada models, as is a power 4-way passenger seat and USB input. Dual 7-inch headrest displays replace the single fold-down 8-inch screen in the Entertainment package. A new Platinum Reserve package offers 20-inch dark chrome wheels, dark chrome exterior treatment, and a two-tone interior.

Look For: Armada sales to dwindle with the arrival of the three-row Pathfinder.

Sum Up: One for the body-on-frame faithful.

Star Rating: **1/2

Nissan Armada
Base Engine 5.6L/317-hp/385-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5A
0-60 MPH 6.5-7.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 8200-9000/1300-1750 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-13/18-19 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Nissan Frontier

Base Price: $19,500-$32,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: We expect the Nissan Frontier to carry into 2013 with a few changes. Last year, Nissan added the Sport Appearance package with 18-inch alloy wheels and body-color bumpers, and made VDC stability control and Active Brake Limited Slip system standard on all models. The Frontier is still available in RWD and AWD and can be had in a number of cab and bed configurations.

Driver's Choice: The Pro-4X model offers surprising capability and fun.

Sum Up: Ranger's loss is Frontier's gain.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Nissan Frontier
Base Engine 2.5L/152-hp/171-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 4.0L/261-hp/281-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5M/6M/5A
0-60 MPH 7.6-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500-6500/913-1524 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-19/19-23 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Nissan Juke

Base Price: $21,000-27,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Juke continues to offer unique styling with minimal changes through 2013. A rearview camera and revised Rockford Fosgate ecoPunch audio system have been added to the Navigation package for SV models, and the new Midnight Edition joins the Juke's list of available packages. Three new colors are Atomic Gold, Brilliant Silver, and Pearl White.

Driver's Choice: A manual-equipped FWD model spices up the Juke.

Sum Up: Mix one part fun, one part quirky; stir vigorously.

Star Rating: ****


Nissan Juke
Base Engine 1.6L/188-hp/177-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/CVT
0-60 MPH 6.8-7.3 sec
Tow/Payload N/A/938-1017 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 24-27/30-32 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Nissan Murano

Base Price: $31,000-$46,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Murano SV gets an auto-dimming rearview mirror and universal garage door opener as standard. Newly available is the SV Value package, which includes power liftgate, Bose audio, and navigation. Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, and Lane Departure Warning are added to SL Navigation and LE Platinum Edition packages.

Best Buy: Unless you have to deal with snow, the front-drive model is just fine.

Sum Up: Style and practicality in a just-right-size package.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Nissan Murano
Base Engine 3.5L/260-265-hp/240-248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
0-60 MPH 7.2-7.7 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1165-2200 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-18/22-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Nissan NV

Base Price: $26,345-$36,685*
Body Type: Full-size Van

What's New: A vinyl seat wear patch is added to inside bolster of front row cloth seats, and three new exterior colors are available: Glacier White, Graphite Blue, and Midnight Garnet.

Cool Fact: The NV is the only full-size van offered in North America with both an available V-8 engine and factory high-roof option.

Sum Up: A unique choice to van buyers that want an alternative to the traditional American vans like the Ford E-Series and Chevy Express, but aren't quite ready to make the full leap to the European-style Sprinter.

Star Rating: ***


Nissan NV
Base Engine 4.0L/260-hp/281-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engines 5.6L/317-hp/385-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD, 5A
0-60 MPH 8.5-10.0 sec (est)
Tow/Payload 7000-9500/2590-3582 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy N/A
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags 8 (passenger version); rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Nissan NV200 (2014)

Base Price: $23,500-$31,000*
Body Type: Van

What's New: The Nissan NV200, powered by a 135-hp, 2.0L I-4, will join the Ford Transit Connect in the small commercial-van segment when it arrives in early 2013. Inside, the NV200 offers up to 123 cubic feet of storage volume, and has mounting points allowing for installation of shelves and racks. SV models add cruise control, heated mirrors, and additional 12-volt sockets in the center console.

Cool Fact: The NV200 won the contract for New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow.

Sum Up: Another choice in a limited market.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Nissan NV200 (2014)
Base Engine 2.0L/135-hp/145-lb-ft I-4*
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, CVT
0-60 MPH 8.6-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A/1500 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-23/27-28 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Nissan Pathfinder

Base Price: $29,095-$41,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The fourth-generation Pathfinder switches from rugged, truck-based underpinnings to a unibody platform that it shares with the Infiniti JX. The 7-seat Pathfinder uses the same 260-hp, 248-lb-ft, 3.5L V-6 that powers the JX and is available in FWD or AWD. A Tri-Zone Entertainment system and Around View Monitor highlight the crossover's available features.

Avoid: Weeping over the loss of another body-on-frame SUV.

Sum Up: Nissan's classic SUV finds a new path.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Nissan Pathfinder
Base Engine 3.5L/260-hp/240-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
0-60 MPH 7.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 5000/1436-1487 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-20/25-26 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Nissan Quest

Base Price: $27,000-$43,500*
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: Still fresh from its debut in model-year 2011, the Quest gets few changes for 2013. Nissan's Around View monitor is now standard on LE models, and the optional DVD entertainment system is available on SV trim levels. The Quest is still powered by a 3.5L V-6 that produces 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque and is mated exclusively to a CVT.

Cool Fact: Despite its boxiness, the Quest's drag coefficient equals that of the Ferrari California.

Sum Up: Sometimes square is hip.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Nissan Quest
Base Engine 3.5L/260-hp/240-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD,CVT
0-60 MPH 8.3 sec*
Seats/Foldaway 7/3rd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19/24 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Nissan Rogue

Base Price: $23,135-$30,775
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Rogue gets minor package changes for 2013. The Premium Edition, available on SV models, replaces the previous Premium package and includes foglights and a 7-speaker Bose audio system. The Special Edition package for S models gets Bluetooth and two additional speakers. Last year, Nissan added a Sport Mode switch as standard on all models and made 17-inch wheels standard on SV models.

Cool Fact: The Rogue placed second in a 2008 MT crossover comparison.

Sum Up: Being outpaced by the competition.

Star Rating: ***


Nissan Rogue
Base Engine 2.5L/170-hp/175-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
0-60 MPH 8.0-8.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-1500/917-1080 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 22-23/27-28 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Nissan Titan

Base Price: $29,500-$42,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: With the next-gen Titan delayed for another year, the 2013 model receives a few changes. The tailgate is redesigned and features an integrated rear spoiler. Pro-4X models receive revised graphics, a new satin chrome grille, and dark-finished front skidplate. All models get a revised four-spoke steering wheel. Navigation and USB connectivity are standard on SL and Pro-4X models.

Look For: A new Titan to arrive by 2014.

Sum Up: The more rivals change, the more Titan stays the same.

Star Rating: **1/2


Nissan Titan
Base Engine 5.6L/317-hp/385-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5A
0-60 MPH 6.7-7.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 7400-9500/1644-2153 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-13/17-18 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Nissan Xterra

Base Price: $25,500-$32,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: For 2013, the Xterra will receive few changes, likely including subtle exterior revisions and rearranged package content. The SUV still rides on the same capable body-on-frame underpinnings and sports a 261-hp, 4.0L V-6 as its only engine option. The Pro-4X model offers Bilstein off-road shocks, a 2-sp transfer case, electronic locking differential, and standard 6M transmission.

Driver's Choice: As with the Frontier, the Pro-4X model is the one to get.

Sum Up: Carrying the flag dropped by Pathfinder.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Nissan Xterra
Base Engine 4.0L/261-hp/281-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6M/5A
0-60 MPH 7.4-7.7 sec
Tow/Payload 5000/952-1060 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-16/20-22 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
* Estimated