With car consumers pinching pennies, it’s good to know you can still get a quality ride, for less. Case in point: Nissan has revved up its lower-priced models so that in 2010 you can save money without settling. Here are a few of the best affordable rides from Nissan’s lineup.
SENTRA: Even though the Sentra is one of its lower-priced cars, Nissan did not scrimp on the details. Press a button on the steering wheel, for example, and a voice will ask if you want to connect your cell phone. Say “yes” aloud and the Sentra will automatically find your Bluetooth phone. As someone who has spent inordinate amounts of time pulled over on the side of the road trying to get my phone connected in much higher-priced cars, I was extremely impressed. The low price tag, smooth ride, and fun range of exterior colors are equally impressive, too. (18-23 mpg city, 27-32 mpg hwy. Starts at $15,420. nissanusa.com/sentra)
ALTIMA: The Altima is Nissan’s best-selling sedan for good reason, and with Nissan’s tweaks to the 2010 Altima coupe’s interior, sales are sure to skyrocket. A sexy red leather interior, sleek styling, and a navigation screen that slides down to allow access to the DVD player are only a few of the options that will have the new Altima turning heads. I was so busy fiddling with the gadgets that I actually got lost in this one. Yes, in my hometown. So make sure you check out all the bells and whistles before you hit the road. (24-26 mpg city, 31-34 mpg hwy. Starts at $22,440. nissanusa.com/altima)
MAXIMA: Even those who don’t know much about Nissan have heard of the Maxima. Long considered Nissan’s fabulous flagship sedan, the 2010 model is an even prettier mix of sedan and sports car. From interior touches like dashboard-mounted navigation buttons (a bit more convenient than the touch screen) to paddle shifters (for your inner race car driver) to exterior details like a double moon roof and distinctive lighting, the Maxima continues to be one of the best cars in its price class. (19 mpg city, 26 mpg hwy. Starts at $30,460. nissanusa.com/maxima)
Reprinted from UPTOWN Online.