2015 Nissan Versa Photo Gallery (22 Photos)

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Nissan's subcompact car gets a mild refresh for 2015. A restyled grille, larger headlights and new fog-light surrounds accent the Versa's face this year. 

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Standard Bluetooth connectivity joins the Versa's features list for 2015, as do some higher quality materials, which should improve cabin comfort.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears. 

By Jennifer Geiger | April 18, 2014 | Comments (2)

SUV Gone Wild: Nissan Murano Keeps Its Design Crazy

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There is a theory in the automotive world that you either design for the middle-of-the-road to attract the largest possible group of shoppers or go full-tilt wild to completely win over a smaller fringe.

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There is no better example of the latter than Nissan's midsize SUV, the Murano. Debuting at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the third generation of the family-friendly vehicle - the current generation scored well in our Car Seat Check - ups the ante when it comes to in-your-face styling.

Below is a look at the three generations and what our editors said at the time those vehicles were new to us. It's hard to believe now that the first Murano was at the time a radical-looking SUV.

By David Thomas | April 18, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Nissan Murano: Up Close

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Nissan's Murano has always been a bit weird. While most SUVs have morphed into a common look across manufacturers, the Murano always did its own thing. Now Nissan has updated the Murano, giving it its first true complete redesign, and the look is just as wild as ever.

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At first glance, one might think that the 2015 Murano is almost overstyled, with lines, creases, folds, streaks, fins and slats from bumper to rump. The resemblance to Nissan's Resonance concept car is strong, but it works.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Nissan Murano Photo Gallery (40 Photos)

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More often than not, when a concept car moves to production, little of the flashiness and daring design that made it an eye-catcher in the first place actually make it to the dealer showroom. That's not the case with the 2015 Nissan Murano, now making a spectacle of itself at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The new Murano's prototype, the Resonance concept, introduced the crossover's bold exterior styling back in January at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Surprisingly, much of that design translates to the production version, notably the "floating" roof element, boomerang-style headlights, kooky LED taillights and overall aerodynamic shape. Meanwhile, the forward-looking interior adopts an "upscale social lounge" design, says Nissan.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Murano: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Jeep Grand Cherokee

Looks like: 2013 Nissan Resonance concept SUV

Powertrains: 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, continuously variable automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2014

Nissan has two SUV flavors in its showrooms. If you need family-hauler, there's the seven-passenger Pathfinder. If you just want style, all-weather functionality and really only need room for five passengers, there's the Pathfinder's quirky younger sibling, the Murano.

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Nissan has redone the Murano for 2015 and will introduce it at this week's 2014 New York International Auto Show, showing off a new version that takes its styling cues from the Nissan Resonance concept car unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

By Aaron Bragman | April 14, 2014 | Comments (10)

Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror Improves Rear Visibility

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Come 2016 or 2017, Nissan could have a better rearview mirror in some of its cars. After an initial rollout to its racecars and Japan-market vehicles, the automaker plans to introduce its new Smart Rearview Mirror to global markets over the next few years. The SRM uses a high-res rearview camera to overlay what's behind you — in real time — in the conventional rearview mirror. Drivers can alternate between the mirror and the monitor with a switch on the bottom of the mirror frame.

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If it works, the technology could free drivers from the compromised sightlines that short rear windows, large rear head restraints or bulky C- and D-pillars create. It also means big Uncle Eddy could sit in back without blocking three interstate lanes.

But execution matters in a huge way.

By Kelsey Mays | April 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Nissan Rogue Earns NHTSA Four-Star Overall Safety Rating

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Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its latest crash scores for new vehicles. Nissan's redesigned 2014 Rogue received a four-star overall score out of five stars with just a three-star frontal crash score, which are low numbers for an all-new compact SUV. NHTSA's ratings are especially strange since the Rogue earned top crash scores across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, giving it the highest Top Safety Pick Plus designation.

By David Thomas | April 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Best Hybrids for the Money 2014

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Gas prices remain historically high and volatile, and one of the most successful ways automakers and American motorists have adapted is by embracing hybrid technology. Though a few full-size hybrid trucks from GM have been discontinued, 2014 sees as many models as ever. No matter why you may want a hybrid, you might want to know how well it meets its mission.

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To determine if a hybrid's added expense is worth the cash, we devised an efficiency-cost rating. It's simply the EPA's combined mpg rating divided by the base price (meaning MSRP plus destination charge). We then multiply that result by 1,000. This formula can be applied to any type of vehicle, hybrid or not. A high mpg rating and low price provide a high efficiency-cost rating. A higher score is the better score.

We don't account for equipment levels, quality judgments, cost of ownership or any variances from EPA mileage estimates. The goal here is to pay the least for the most mileage, barring all other considerations.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 14, 2014 | Comments (10)

2015 Nissan Versa: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, Mitsubishi Mirage

Looks like: A mild revision of the current Versa

Powertrains: 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder; five-speed manual or four-speed automatic (base model only), CVT (all other trim levels)

Hits dealerships: TBD

MSRP: $12,800 including destination

Nissan has updated its Versa subcompact sedan, addressing some of the issues that the press and public have had with the roomy entry-level car while holding the line on its super-low price. The new 2015 Versa will debut at next week's 2014 New York International Auto Show, where it will join the new 2015 Nissan Murano on the show floor.

By Aaron Bragman | April 11, 2014 | Comments (7)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Versus 2014 Nissan Rogue

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Sporting a 1-0 record, the Cars.com long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee headed into its next head-to-head comparison against the redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue. The Rogue makes for a much more suitable comparison with the Cherokee, which dominated the outdated 2014 Jeep Compass.

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The new Rogue should look familiar by now due to relentless TV commercials placing the Rogue in urban environments, jumping on top of trains and blasting through evil snowmen. It's the same type of urban cityscape editors Joe Wiesenfelder and Joe Bruzek used to test the Rogue head-to-head with the Cherokee on the post-winter, heavily pothole-ridden streets of Chicago.

By Joe Bruzek | April 10, 2014 | Comments (8)

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