Nissan can trace its heritage to Japan’s first automobile manufacturer Kaishinsha Motor Car Works; the company that built DAT and Datsun cars and trucks. Nissan emerged as an independent brand in 1934 and began to build some of Japan’s most legendary cars. Today, Nissan is the sixth largest automaker in the world and builds dozens of quality cars, trucks, and crossovers.
When you are searching for a used sedan or crossover, you want quality and dependability for your hard earned money. That is why Nissan’s reputation for building dependable vehicles attracts many used car buyers. Because the company has so many great offerings, we thought it would help our clients if we featured four Nissan sedans and a crossover that offer a great combination of quality, durability, and an affordable price.
The Nissan Fuga is a full-size luxury sedan that has been in production since 2004. The Fuga offers all of the same luxury appointments and technology that can be found in Nissan’s Infiniti brand combined with the durability found in all Nissan offerings. The Fuga is now in its second generation, but many of the used models for sale are from the first generation, so we will look at those sedans.
Under the bonnet, the first generation Nissan Fuga can be powered by any of five petrol engines. The base powerplant is a 2,495 cc V6 that is able to produce up to 210 bhp and 265 N-m of torque. The top engine option is a 4,494 cc V8 capable of 340 bhp and 451 N-m of torque. The most commonly equipped engine is a 3,498 cc V6 that produces 228 bhp and 331 N-m of torque. All of the engine options are paired to a five-speed automatic gearbox.
The Nissan Fuga is available in several trim levels and has many options. Depending on the trim level and options chosen, you can find a Fuga equipped with: automatic bi-xenon headlamps, foglamps, power-folding heated mirrors, automatic wipers, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, a navigation system with voice recognition, a Bose 10-speaker premium audio system, an in-car air purifier, adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning and prevention system, a blind-spot warning system, a forward collision warning system, and the distance control system.
The Nissan Sunny was built between 1960 and 2006. The Sunny was produced for nine generations, and the vast majority of the cars available on the used market are from the ninth generation, so we will look at those cars only.
Under the bonnet, the final generation of the Nissan Sunny is powered by three petrol I4 engines. The base engine is a 1,769 cc that is capable of 115 bhp and 165 N-m of torque. Full torque of this engine is available under 2,000 rpms, making it a great option in congested traffic. Next up is a 1,989 cc that produces 169 bhp and 180 N-m of torque. Rounding out the engine options is a 2,488 cc that produces 175 bhp and 244 N-m of torque. There are three gearbox options: five and six-speed manuals along with a four-speed automatic.
The Sunny is designed to be an economy car but; depending on the trim level and options chosen, buyers can find a Nissan Sunny equipped with: power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; a split-folding rear seat; cruise control; air conditioning; an eight-way adjustable driver seat; a premium CD stereo system; foglamps; and a rear spoiler.
The Nissan Skyline is a vast line-up of compact cars, sedans, and compact executive cars. The Skyline name has been in use since 1957 and became a distinct badge for Nissan in 1966. Many of the models available on the used car market are from the twelfth generation that went on sale beginning with the 2006 model year, so we will look at those sedans.
Under the bonnet, the twelfth generation Nissan Skyline can be powered by three V6 engines. The base units are 2,498 cc engine that is capable of 228 bhp and 263 N-m of torque. Up next is a 3,468 cc unit that is able to produce 311 bhp and 363 N-m of torque. The top powerplant is a 3,696 cc engine that is more than capable of pushing 350 bhp and 365 N-m of torque. The sedans are equipped with either a five or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The Nissan Skyline is well equipped in all trim levels. Amenities can include: xenon headlamps, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, full power accessories, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a sunroof, rear park assist, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a premium Bose audio system, a touchscreen navigation system, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and adaptive headlamps.
The Nissan Dualis is a compact crossover that was introduced for the 2006 model year. For its second generation, the Nissan Dualis was renamed and sold as the Nissan Qashqai in some markets. We are going to take a look at the first generation crossover.
Under the bonnet, the Nissan Dualis can be powered by two petrol and three diesel I4 engines. The petrol offerings are a 1,598 cc capable of 117 bhp and 158 N-m of torque and a 1,997 cc able to produce 140 bhp and 193 N-m of torque. The diesel offerings begin with a 1,461 cc turbo I4 that generates 110 bhp and 260 N-m of torque. The top diesel is a 1,997 cc turbo I4 capable of 150 bhp and 340 N-m of torque. The common gearbox is a six-speed automatic, but five and six-speed manuals along with a CVT are available.
Inside a Nissan Dualis, buyers can find: cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, full power accessories, keyless entry and ignition, a back-up camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, steering wheel audio controls, foglamps, Bluetooth compatibility, xenon headlamps, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and sunroof, depending on the trim level and options selected.
The Nissan Teana is a mid-size car that debuted for the 2003 model year. It is sold as the Nissan Sentra and the Nissan Cefiro when exported to certain markets. The Teana entered its third generation for the 2013 model year and few of those sedans have made it onto the used car market yet. With that in mind, we are going to look at the second generation models.
Shoppers can find any of four petrol engines under the bonnet of a Nissan Teana. The base unit is a 1,997 cc I4 that is able to produce 140 bhp and 193 N-m of torque. Next up is a 2,488 cc I4 capable of 165 bhp and 240 N-m of torque. The third engine option is a 2,495 cc V6 that produces 210 bhp and 264 N-m of torque. Rounding out the powerplant options is a 3,495 cc V6 that creates 228 bhp and 371 N-m of torque. The gearbox options for the Teana include a five or seven-speed automatic.
The Nissan Teana is available in several trim levels. Depending on the trim level and options selected, buyers can find a Teana equipped with: a split-folding rear seat, air-conditioning, a CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack, and power windows and locks, keyless entry and start, cruise control, power mirrors, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, leather upholstery, a sunroof, a Rockford Fosgate sound system, and satellite radio.