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Which Nissan Best Fits Your Lifestyle? (2018 Edition)

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Every day, the average Canadian spends about 25-30 minutes commuting to and from work. Add to that the time you spend driving around for everything else going on in your life, and hours start to add up quickly. Considering you spend that much time behind the wheel, you better like your car, and it better match your lifestyle. Fortunately, Nissan has a car designed to fit nearly every style of living, and they’re all worth bragging about. Whether you’re a parent, a new driver, or environmentally conscious, there’s a Nissan out there for you. Go through this list of the best Nissans of 2018, and find the one that speaks to you. After that, find your nearest Go Auto Nissan dealer and book a test drive.


2018 Nissan Sentra



Seating for up to 5

Go Auto Price: $17,824 – $22,293

REASONS TO BUY

  • Generous trunk space
  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • Good fuel economy
  • Low asking price and low maintenance costs

GREAT PURCHASE FOR

  • Commuters
  • New drivers
  • Young professionals
  • The elderly (impress the grandkids – ditch the Buick for some style)

The 2018 Nissan Sentra is a cost-effective, fuel-efficient, and practical choice for a car. It’s compact and easy to handle, which makes it ideal for congested city driving and fitting in tight parking spaces. The 2018 Sentra is a great choice for new drivers, the environmentally conscious, young professionals, and anyone on a budget.

The base engine under the hood of the 2018 Sentra is a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine that generates 124 horsepower. That’s more than enough power for a commuter car. But if you want a bit more spunk, you can make the step up to the 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. This one delivers 188 horsepower. While you won’t be winning any drag races, you’ll always arrive to work on time in the morning.

When it comes to fuel economy, the 2018 Sentra sits near the top of its class. At its best, the Sentra achieves 8.1 L/100km in the city, and 6.3 L/100km on the highway. That’s when it’s running on the base 1.8-litre engine. With those numbers, you can easily go from Edmonton to Calgary and back with gas left to spare.

SURPRISINGLY SPACIOUS AND EQUIPPED WITH TONS OF SAFETY TECH

To go with a comfortable ride and solid driving dynamics, the Sentra has a safety system that exceeds expectations. Automatic emergency braking is now standard on all models equipped with the CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission). Additional active safety equipment and driver assists include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot monitoring system
  • Rear-cross traffic alert
  • Rearview camera,

… and more.

The Sentra’s interior is surprisingly spacious, and has enough space to sit five passengers comfortably. Materials used inside are durable and of high quality, and cargo space is expansive. With the rear-seats folded down, packing skis, hockey sticks, or even an 8-foot ladder is within the realm of possibility. So, if you’re worried that a compact car can’t handle your active lifestyle, you can lay those worries to rest.

What’s more, the infotainment system is advanced and easy-to-use. You can even get the available NissanConnect system installed on the second SV trim. It combines navigation, security, and entertainment, and allows you to stay connected while driving without distracting you from the road.

OTHER KEY FEATURES

  • Interior accent lighting
  • Electronic steering
  • Siri Eyes Free compatibility
  • Advanced drive-assist display
  • Push button ignition
  • Intelligent key
  • Dual zone automatic temperature control
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls

THE COMPETITION


2018 Nissan Rogue



Seating for up to 5

Go Auto Price: $27,955 – $39,356

REASONS TO BUY

  • Refined interior made with quality materials
  • Easy on gas
  • Excellent safety features
  • Class-leading cargo space

GREAT PURCHASE FOR

  • New families
  • Road-trip enthusiasts
  • Anyone looking for a low-cost AWD vehicle

The next on our list of the best Nissans of 2018 for your lifestyle, we have the 2018 Nissan Rogue. It stands out for its affordability, striking design, fun driving dynamics, and stellar fuel economy. With all it has going for it, it’s no surprise the Rogue is one of Canada’s best-selling vehicles.

Moreover, the Rogue can cater to a wide variety of lifestyles. It’s family friendly, can tow smaller boats or trailers, and can handle winding roads with ease. No matter the job you need it for, the 2018 Rogue will get it done in style.

It draws power from a 2.5-litre 16-valve 4-cylinder mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). That translates to 170 horsepower. Granted, the Rogue won’t wow you with its power, but that’s not what it’s all about. Instead, it’s about ride comfort, utility, reliability, and fuel efficiency.

In terms of fuel-efficiency, the Rogue achieves an impressive 9.2 L/100km in the city, and 7.0 L/100km on the highway. The hybrid version of the 2018 Rogue will make its debut in Canada sometime soon.

SAFE, COMFORTABLE, AND ENTERTAINING

Another thing the Rogue does well is safety. It was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, and received a four-out-of-five-star overall safety rating by the NHTSA. As well, it has a large offering of advanced active safety and driver assist features, which includes things like:

  • Intelligent emergency braking
  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert

… the list goes on. More nifty features, like ProPilot Assist, are available as you progress to higher trims.

Finally, comfort and convenience are words the 2018 Rogue lives by. Inside, each one has a 7.0-inch touchscreen display that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The rest of the interior is put together nicely with quality materials. The available quilted-leather trimming will bring you into the range of luxury vehicles for a fraction of the price.

Perfect for a trip to the mountains, commuting, or for taking the kids to early morning hockey practice, the 2018 Rogue is a good fit for any lifestyle.

OTHER KEY FEATURES

  • Intelligent cruise control
  • Steering assist
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Motion-activated power liftgate
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Advanced drive-assist display

THE COMPETITION

If the functionality of the Rogue appeals to you, but you need some extra space, look to the 2018 Murano. It’s everything we love about the Rogue, but with the space to handle a bit more junk in the trunk.


2018 Nissan Altima



Seating for up to 5

Go Auto Price: $26,993 – $32,447

REASONS TO BUY

  • Exceptional fuel economy
  • Reasonably priced
  • Comfortable, well-appointed interior
  • Good road manners
  • Plenty of standard safety tech

GREAT PURCHASE FOR

  • New families
  • People on a budget seeking luxury standards
  • Commuters

SUVs have been getting most of the attention these days, but that doesn’t mean midsize sedans have nothing to offer. One of the best options of that segment is the 2018 Nissan Altima. It’s an affordable alternative to the more luxurious sedans, and it’ll satisfy your inner race car driver just fine.

While it doesn’t have as much cargo space as SUVs, the 2018 Altima is nevertheless a practical and family-friendly vehicle. The interior is spacious, so your kids will have no reason to argue over legroom on those long road trips. As well, the seats are the kind of comfortable that’ll make sleep come easy on long drives (for passengers, obviously). Plus, if you make the jump to the top trim, you’ll be rewarded with ultra soft-leather.

For infotainment and entertainment, the Altima is available with a 7-inch touchscreen display compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s even a premium Bose sound system available to the top trim for you music lovers out there. On top of that, with the Altima, drivers have access to:

  • NissanConnect with Navigation
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Siri Eyes Free technology

… and more.

Additionally, the Altima has a forward collision notification system with automatic emergency braking, and it comes standard. Further active safety and driver assists include:

  • Rearview monitor
  • Intelligent cruise control
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Rear cross traffic alert

It even performed well in its crash tests, being named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. With all that, it’s safe to say that safety is a non-issue for the 2018 Altima.

FAST AND FUEL-EFFICIENT

Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine mated to a CVT transmission system. That engine generates 179 horsepower, which is nothing to scoff at. It’s fuel-efficient, too, attaining 8.7 L/100km in the city, and 6.3 L/100km on the highway. Moreover, the Altima’s acceleration is speedy, and its handling is responsive and agile. Suffice to say, its high-end design is matched by its equally high-end road manners.

Good for small families, professionals, and those who want to elevate their driving experience without breaking the bank, the Altima is a smart choice for smart people. Oh, and like Sentra, it’s also very easy to get in and out of, which is good news for the elderly and those with limited mobility.

OTHER KEY FEATURES

  • Dual zone climate control
  • Remote engine start system
  • Rear multi-link suspension

THE COMPETITION

  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Accord
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Ford Fusion
  • Kia Optima

If you’re considering the 2018 Altima as your future vehicle, you should also take a look at the 2018 Maxima. It’s slotted above the smaller and less expensive Altima, but its sportier and more powerful. The Altima, however, offers more interior space and better fuel economy.

If speed and power matter to you most, then the 2018 Nissan 370Z has your name all over it. Achieving 332 horsepower, and attaining 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, this car has more than enough muscle. The best part, though, is its incredibly low starting price (MSRP $29,998). In a class where there is a noticeable gap in affordable options, the 2018 370Z is a refreshing choice.


2018 Nissan Pathfinder



Seating for up to 7

Go Auto Price: $34,928 – $50,583

REASONS TO BUY

  • Comfortable seating for everyone
  • Roomy interior
  • A laundry list of safety features
  • Good towing capacity for its class
  • Standard automatic emergency braking

GREAT PURCHASE FOR

  • Large families
  • Lovers of the outdoors
  • People with moderate towing needs

Larger than the Rogue and the Murano, the 2018 Pathfinder has a rare combination of pulling power and SUV comfort. And despite its extra capacity, it still rings in at a reasonable price. It’s perfect for Edmonton winters, and during the summer months, it’s great for getting to the lake, boat in tow.

Under the hood, a powerful 3.5-litre V engine generates 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard to most trims, but Intelligent 4×4 4WD is also available. Max towing capacity is a whopping 2,722 kg (6,000 lbs). And thanks to selectable driving modes, the Pathfinder will perform well in all conditions. When it comes to fuel economy, the Pathfinder is average for its class. At its best, it achieves 11.6 L/100km in the city, and 8.5 L/100km on the highway.

Inside is where the Pathfinder sets itself apart from the competition. Its up-scale design is met with advanced tech and intuitive controls. Standard features include an 8.0-inch touchscreen, a multi-information display, rearview camera, tri-zone climate control, keyless entry/start, Bluetooth connectivity, and more.

The NHTSA awarded the Pathfinder a five-star overall safety rating (its highest possible rating). The IIHS has yet to conduct its crash tests, but it named the 2017 Pathfinder a Top Safety Pick. So, we can expect the same or better after this year’s improvements to active safety and driver assist features. Emergency braking and forward collision warning are now standard on all trims. Blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, Moving Object Detection, and adaptive cruise control are all available to higher trims.

OTHER KEY FEATURES

  • LED headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Roof rails
  • Dual panel panoramic moonroof
  • NissanConnect services
  • Bluetooth connectivity

THE COMPETITION

For more power, more size, more luxury, and more style, make the step up to the 2018 Nissan Armada. It offers robust towing, endless cargo storage, and premium comfort. However, as befit its luxury status, it comes at a steeper cost than the Pathfinder.


2018 Nissan Titan



Seating for up to 6

Go Auto Price: $39,654 – $70,519

REASONS TO BUY

  • A powerful V8 engine
  • Excellent warranty coverage
  • Attractive interior
  • Customizable cargo bed
  • Accurate steering

GREAT PURCHASE FOR

  • People with hefty towing needs
  • Tradesmen
  • Adventure seekers
  • Families

Last but not least on our list of the best Nissans of 2018 for your lifestyle, is the 2018 Titan. It’s a nicely-styled truck, and it’s dependable when it comes to towing.  Big and sturdy, the Titan can get the grunt work done handily. As well, its size and active safety features make it an attractive choice for anyone who values safety.

A 5.6-litre 32-valve V8 engine paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission gives the Titan 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. Maximum payload capacity is 885 kg (1,950 lbs), and max towing is up to 4,427 kg (9,760 lbs). In terms of fuel economy, it achieves 15.0 L/100km in the city, and 11.2 L/100km on the highway.

Like the rest of the Nissans on this list, the Titan has an appealing interior and a quality infotainment system. A 5.0-inch display is standard, while a 7.0-inch touchscreen is optional. You can get heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and NissanConnect technology. And in typical Nissan fashion, the Titan can be equipped with top-of-the-line active safety features and driver assists, such as:

  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Moving object detection
  • Front and rear sonar system
  • Rearview monitor

The Titan is an underrated full-sized truck – and it’s about time it gets its time in the spotlight. It can take on the jobsite, as well as make every day driving more pleasant.

OTHER KEY FEATURES

  • Remote engine start
  • Intelligent climate control
  • Flexible rear seating
  • Advanced drive-assist display
  • Push button ignition

THE COMPETITION

If your towing and hauling needs are more modest, take the 2018 Frontier for a spin instead.  It’s solid, dependable, and suitable to both tradesmen and adventurers. It also comes in at a cheaper price.

  • 261 horsepower
  • 171 lb-ft of torque
  • 6 L/100km in the city; 10.7 L/100km on the highway

You’ve Found the Nissan That’s Right for You, Now What?

Now that you’ve found gone through the best Nissans of 2018 and found the one that fits your lifestyle, it’s time to head to your nearest Go Auto dealer to test them out.

There are plenty of reasons why you should go with Go Auto for your next car. We offer several perks, such as no extra fees charged, free loaner vehicles for when your car is in the shop, and 24/7 customer service. With that, and one of the largest vehicle inventories in Canada, there’s no better place to get your dream car.


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