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 Cheap Speed Challenge: 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

The 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS finished seventh in our $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge. "For a crossover, it's a pretty poor execution, but for a performance car trapped inside a crossover body, this thing is pretty remarkable," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below of the Juke NISMO RS up close and on the track.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

What's the Most Affordable Car in 2014?

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Shoppers may face legitimate sticker shock when they're shopping for a new car. TV and radio advertisements may lead them to believe that new cars all get at least 35 mpg for less than $15,000, but the price of entry for even a modestly equipped new car is well above that.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

That's why we've taken the cars with the lowest sticker prices and added a dose of reality. A vast majority of buyers never consider buying a car with a manual transmission (often the standard equipment on inexpensive new cars), so right out of the gate the car they're shopping for costs significantly more than they thought it would. Opting for an automatic transmission can cost $1,000 or more.

By David Thomas | July 21, 2014 | Comments (8)

Nissan Plans Self-Driving Systems for 2016

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During the next several years Nissan has some big plans for its vehicles — and most of them don't involve the driver. The automaker announced plans to make several autonomous vehicle technologies available on its cars over the next few years, with the ultimate goal of a completely self-driving car.

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Starting in 2016, Nissan hopes to equip its vehicles with traffic-jam pilot, which will drive the vehicle in stop-and-go traffic, and an automatic parking system, similar to what's already offered by several automakers. By 2018, Nissan hopes to launch a system that allows the car to change lanes without driver input, and before the end of the decade, another that autonomously pilots the car across intersections.

Click here for more from our friends at The Dallas Morning News.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Pathfinder: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Updated continuously variable transmission; Pathfinder Hybrid on hold for 2015

Price change: TBA

On sale: October

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

When the Pathfinder was redesigned for 2013 it switched to a car-based unibody platform from a truck-based body-on-frame design, gaining fuel economy, interior space and ride comfort while losing some towing capacity and a V-8 engine option. For 2015, all models come with a 3.5-liter V-6 and CVT, and buyers have a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

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The Pathfinder carries over four trim levels; S, SV, SL and Premium for 2015. The higher-level SL and Platinum trims add blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. Four-wheel-drive versions of any trim gain hill descent control, and the standard CVT gets D-Step Shift logic that enables it to behave more like a conventional step-gear automatic.

By Rick Popely | July 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Want a New Nissan Cube? Time's Running Out

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Nissan announced this week that it would be discontinuing the box-shaped compact hatchback Cube for 2015. The 2014 models that remain on dealer lots will be the last new Cubes to be sold in the U.S.

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This isn't an unexpected move. We even predicted the Cube had a high probability of an early demise last year. "The Cube is a dog: It handles like a skateboard, surrenders to highway crosswinds and has the passing power of a 1990s econobox. The side-hinged cargo door is anathema to parallel parking, and the once-impressive high-20s combined EPA mileage has been leapfrogged by Nissan's cheaper, techier Versa. The Versa, in fact, outsold the Cube this year [2013] by a ratio of nearly 22-to-1."

By David Thomas | July 11, 2014 | Comments (10)

2015 Nissan Sentra: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Bluetooth and USB port standard on all models

Price change: TBA

On sale: December

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

The Sentra compact sedan was redesigned for 2013, and sales have taken off this year. All 2015 models will add standard equipment as Nissan follows an industry trend of packing more features into smaller cars. Bluetooth and USB are now standard on all Sentras.

By Rick Popely | July 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

BMW, Chrysler, Ford Join Ever-Expanding Airbag Recall

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Three more major automakers have joined the massive expansion of the recall action involving airbags that could deploy with too much pressure and cause injury. BMW, Chrysler and Ford added their names to the roster of automakers — which already includes Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota — that are recalling millions of vehicles equipped with a faulty airbag inflator, manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. As we reported Monday, Honda, Mazda and Nissan announced they are recalling millions of vehicles to fix the airbag problem that was supposedly addressed last year; that followed Toyota's June 11 recall announcement of its expansion of the initial April 2013 recall. Today's announcement comes as 2014 reaches a new record for U.S. recalls, now topping 31 million — well over half of which are from GM, beleaguered by its ignition-switch debacle.

Get the full story from the Detroit News, here.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Nissan Leaf Used Prices Drop Most in June

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Gas prices may be on the rise, but that's not necessarily bolstering demand for used electric cars. The all-electric Nissan Leaf saw the biggest price drop in June; asking prices for late-model used Leafs dipped 4.2 percent ($819) to $18,692 on average. The Chevrolet Volt, an electric car with a range-extending gas generator, experienced the fourth-biggest price drop, with its average price falling 2.9 percent ($710) to $23,984.

Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Express 3500 full-size van had the biggest price gain in June, up 2.1 percent ($513) to $24,908. Rounding out the top three were the Porsche Boxster convertible, up 1.8 percent ($959), and the Lincoln MKS luxury sedan, which gained 1.5 percent ($430).

By Mike Hanley | June 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Honda, Mazda and Nissan Join Airbag Recall Expansion

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Three Japanese automakers are recalling millions more vehicles worldwide — including more than a million in the U.S. — due to an inflator defect in airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., NBC reported. This latest announcement by Honda, Mazda and Nissan follows the June 11 announcement by Toyota of a massive expansion of a 2013 recall of vehicles equipped with airbags that could deploy with too much pressure, increasing the risk of an injury. Hot on the heels of the Toyota news earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it was reopening its investigation into the matter.

Get the full story from NBC here.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Altima: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: The 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL V-6 models add navigation, blind spot and lane departure warnings, and moving object detection as standard

Price change: Base price $130 lower on the 2.5 S; others get increases

On sale: Early June

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

The Altima is one of the top-selling sedans that appeals because of its comfort, fuel economy and Nissan's aggressive incentives. Altima competes in the hotly contested midsize sedan segment against the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and others, and its sales have increased this year while some rivals have faltered.

What's the Most Affordable Midsize Sedan for 2014?

Four-cylinder models come with EPA ratings of 27/38 mpg city/highway, putting them among the higher echelon in the midsize class, and Altima is competitive in interior room. Fashion-conscious buyers should note that Nissan hasn't tampered with the styling since the Altima was redesigned for 2013, so midcycle appearance changes are probably in store for the 2016 models.

By Rick Popely | June 4, 2014 | Comments (2)

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