2014 Nissan Armada

Base Price: $38,235-$50,605

Body Type: Full-size

UNCHANGED: Armada sails into 2014 with no changes, and major updates are unlikely until the next generation arrives, possibly in 2015 after the arrival of its platform-mate, the Titan full-size pickup. Despite being in a segment full of unibody SUVs, Nissan appears committed to the size and towing advantages offered by a truck chassis.

Look For: Two-tone brown and tan leather seats on the Platinum Reserve model.

Sum Up: Competent dinosaur must evolve or go extinct.


2014 Nissan Armada
Base Engine 5.6L/317-hp/385-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-13/18-19 mpg
0-60 mph 6.8 sec
Tow/Payload 6500-9000/1050-1300 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 45%
*estimated


2014 Nissan Juke

Base Price: $19,800-$25,110

Body Type: Compact

MINOR: The big news is the addition of the Juke Nismo edition, which features nearly 100 revised parts, including a Nismo-tuned engine good for 9 extra hp, upgraded suspension, and functional aero with 37 percent greater downforce. Lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels and a Nismo interior round out this special edition. Two new exterior colors, Red Alert and Bordeaux Black, are available across the range.

Look For: Even more powerful Juke Nismo RS coming later in 2014.

Sum Up: Nissan’s cutest ’ute grows chest hair.


2014 Nissan Juke
Base Engine 1.6L/188-hp/177-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/197-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-27/30-32 mpg
0-60 mph 6.8-7.3 sec
Tow/Payload Not rated/950-1000 lb*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Nissan Murano/CrossCabriolet

Base Price: $29,300-$42,840

Body Type: Midsize/Convertible

UNCHANGED: The next-generation Murano is due out in 2015 and will be built at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi. Until then, the Murano faces a competitive midsize segment that includes the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and Chevy Equinox with a lone interior upgrade: a graphite-colored interior option available with the bronze paint scheme. Its weird convertible cousin the CrossCabriolet also soldiers on unchanged.

Avoid: CrossCabriolet if you don’t like prying eyes.

Sum Up: Nissan claims CrossCabriolet is the world’s first all-wheel-drive convertible crossover.


2014 Nissan Murano/CrossCabriolet
Base Engine 3.5L/260-265-hp/240-248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-18/22-24 mpg
0-60 mph 7.2-7.7 sec
Tow/Payload 3500/1150-1350 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
*estimated


2014 Nissan Pathfinder

Base Price: $29,545-$44,000*

Body Type: Full-size

MINOR: Strong Pathfinder sales emboldened the release of a new hybrid model that pairs a supercharged 2.5L gas engine with a 15-kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery beneath the third row. SV and SL grades are front-drive only; top step Platinum is FWD or AWD. SL tech package bundles premium audio and a sophisticated suite of features (Bluetooth, Zagat guide, XM) to the nav system.

Look For: The hybrid to establish a place next to the Highlander Hybrid on shopping lists.

Sum Up: Surprising good crossover only gets stronger.


2014 Nissan Pathfinder
Base Engine 3.5L/260-hp/240-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.5L s'chgd I-4 + elec, 250 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19-25/25-28 mpg
0-60 mph 7.4-8.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 5000/1436-1487 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 47%
*estimated


2014 Nissan Rogue

Base Price: $23,350-$28,930

Body Type: Midsize

ALL-NEW: Sources indicate that the next-generation Rogue will be a more global design, albeit with U.S.-specific powertrains that emphasize efficiency over oomph. Expect sharp styling, high-tech features, and clever packaging to make this cute-ute even more attractive, especially against rivals CR-V, RAV4, and Escape.

Cool Fact: Word on the street is Rogue and X-Trail platforms merge in the next generation.

Sum Up: Will global design be enough to give Rogue the edge on the competition?


2014 Nissan Rogue
Base Engine 2.5L/170-hp/172-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-26/32-33 mpg
0-60 mph 7.9-8.8 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-1500/1000-1100 lb*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
*estimated


2014 Nissan Xterra

Base Price: $23,970-$30,900

Body Type: Midsize

UNCHANGED: Entry-level X grade Xterras receive push-type HVAC controls and an updated audio system. Both X and S grades get Bluetooth phone connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, and a sunglasses holder. Xterra S and topline Pro-4X receive new 16-inch alloy wheel designs, but only the latter has heated cloth seats as standard and optional leather. Available nav system now has smartphone integration and voice recognition.

Best Buy: Xterra S 4x4 is the value play here.

Sum Up: Nissan’s more traditional but no less capable answer to Toyota’s FJ Cruiser.


2014 Nissan Xterra
Base Engine 4.0L/261-hp/281-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6M/5A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-16/20-22 mpg
0-60 mph 7.2-7.4 sec*
Tow/Payload 5000/950-1050 lb
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 48%
*estimated