Prediction: 10 Cars We Think Won't See 2016

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Like your favorite new network TV show, some cars just won't be around anymore. This year yielded a bumper crop of exciting new cars, trucks and SUVs, but what about those that have been, let's say, taken out to the farm? Which cars won't make it another model year?

Related: Ten Cars That Won't See 2015

We asked our fellow editors to gaze into their automotive crystal balls and predict 10 cars that we think could meet their end after the 2015 model year. Some may surprise you; some have been rumored to get the ax for a while, and thus grace our endangered species list again this year. This list is ordered from most likely to vanish to least likely, in our opinion.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 15, 2014 | Comments (9)

2014 Nissan Armada: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Nissan Armada, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

With its towering ride height and loads of cargo and passenger room, Nissan's largest SUV is king of the road and easily handled all of our child-safety seats. The eight-passenger Armada joins the list of vehicles that can comfortably accommodate three car seats in the second row. Its roomy third row held two with room to spare for an additional small passenger.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two, with room leftover

By Jennifer Geiger | April 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: Meet the Family

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The family testers arrived at our Challenge with a history with one of the competing automakers, but they left choosing a different automaker's SUV. But it wasn't an easy or quick decision.

Midsize SUVs are all about family friendliness, so we called in a family of four to help us evaluate six SUVs in the Cars.com/USA Today/"MotorWeek" $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge. Brian and Melissa "Missy" Brown live in the Chicago suburbs with their kids, Zachary, 7, and Taylor, 6. Missy is an elementary school teacher, and Brian is a technical support engineer for Panasonic's biomedical division.

Along with our experts, Brian and Missy evaluated the 2013 Ford Edge, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014 Kia Sorento, 2013 Nissan Murano and 2013 Toyota Venza. Their evaluation scores helped determine the competition's winner.

By Joe Bruzek | July 7, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Nissan Armada

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Cars.com reviewer David Thomas calls the 2013 Nissan Armada "pure SUV." He intends every bit of the hulking, lumbering, fuel-inefficient excess that implies — but as a compliment. In this time of smaller, more practical car-based crossovers, this truck-based family transporter provides comfort and cargo space reminiscent of a bygone era. A 317-horsepower V-8 pulls the Armada's weight — all 5,372 pounds of it — along with anything else a family might be towing behind it. Sound like a dinosaur (a brontosaurus, perhaps)? Then Thomas says, "Welcome to Jurassic Park."

2013 Nissan Armada Review

By Matt Schmitz | July 2, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Nissan Armada: Car Seat Check

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With its towering ride height and loads of cargo and passenger room, Nissan's largest SUV is king of the road and easily handled all of our child-safety seats. The eight-passenger Armada joins the list of vehicles that can comfortably accommodate three car seats in the second row. Its roomy third row held two with room to spare for an additional small passenger.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 4, 2013 | Comments (2)

Nissan Slashes Prices Across Lineup

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Nissan is hoping to bolster sales by cutting prices on seven out of the 18 vehicles in its lineup. Starting May 3, prices on model-year 2013 Altima, Sentra, Juke, Murano, Rogue, Maxima and Armada vehicles will decrease by 2.7% to 10.7%, depending on the car.

The sticker reductions vary by model and, in some cases, trim level and will be applied to new vehicles, including those already in dealer inventory. At the low end of the spectrum, new Altimas, for example, could cost up to $580 less; a base 2013 Altima currently starts at $22,550, including destination. At the top end, the Armada's price tag could go down by as much as $4,400; Nissan’s full-size SUV currently starts at $42,285, including destination.

Why were these seven chosen? They make up around 65% of Nissan's U.S. sales volume, the automaker reported, and Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman told Cars.com that the lower prices will help the vehicles perform better when searched online, appearing more frequently and favorably against the competition.  

"While studying our market position against key competitors, there was an opportunity to increase buying consideration for those seven models by bringing MSRP more in line with transaction price," he said.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 1, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Nissan Armada

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The 2012 Nissan Armada is an example of function besting form, says Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim. This three-row SUV’s big, boxy shape makes for a roomy interior for hauling passengers and cargo. The Armada gets 13/19 mpg city/highway, but if you’re shopping for a three-row SUV, you’ve already come to terms with lower gas mileage.

2012 Nissan Armada Review

By Jennifer Newman | September 28, 2012 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2012 Nissan Armada, Titan

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Nissan is recalling 26,626 model-year 2012 versions of the Titan pickup truck and Armada SUV because they are missing a label containing wheel rim size information, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The label's omission could lead to an incorrect wheel and tire combination and increase the risk of a crash, NHTSA says. The affected vehicles were built from Aug. 12, 2011, through March 13, 2012. You can check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.

Nissan will notify owners starting May 14 and will give owners a new label. Owners can install the label themselves or visit a dealership for assistance, free of charge. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or NHTSA's hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 25, 2012 | Comments (0)

2012 Nissan Maxima, Titan, Infiniti QX56, Others Get Modest Price Boost

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Nissan this week announced pricing for its popular 2012 Nissan Maxima large sedan, along with other Nissan and Infiniti SUVs and trucks. This group of models — Maxima, Armada, Titan, QX56 and EX35 — consists mostly of carryovers, with few significant changes. That also means pricing stays pretty much the same compared with last year.

Starting with the most popular of the bunch, the 2012 Nissan Maxima (shown above) maintains the same pricing as the 2011 model. The Maxima undergoes an exterior refresh for 2012. The grille, taillamps and wheel designs are new. The interior gets a new instrument cluster, new trim colors, a new look for the center stack and a beige-colored interior option. In addition to the updates, the Maxima gets a new Limited Edition Package, which includes smoked-appearance xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, 18-inch dark silver wheels, a rear spoiler and metallic trim in the interior. The package costs $710.

By Colin Bird | August 31, 2011 | Comments (1)

2012 Nissan Lineup: Ch-Ch-Changes

2012 Versa sedanFor the 2012 model year, Nissan will refresh the Maxima, add a Special Edition Package to the Rogue and increase the standard features on the Leaf. The automaker released the planned model-year changes for its lineup this week.

Nissan also plans to continue to sell the old Versa hatchback alongside the completely redesigned Versa sedan, which was first shown at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.

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By Colin Bird | June 14, 2011 | Comments (9)

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