What Cars Does Nissan Make?

by Faith Davies

The Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Yokohama City, Japan. The manufacturer employs more than 151,000 people worldwide and trades publicly in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange. For the 2010-2011 model year, Nissan produced 17 different automobiles. In addition to its crossovers like the Rogue, its SUVs like the Murano and its trucks like the Titan, Nissan made seven basic car models.


The 2011 Versa had the lowest selling price of all of Nissan's cars as of October 2010 at $9,990 for the sedan and $13,520 for the hatchback version. Classified as a subcompact, the four-door car measures 169 inches in length and has 94.7 cubic feet of space inside. Nissan first introduced the Versa for the 2007 model year.


The 2010 Nissan Cube is a small, box-shaped automobile that is similar in shape to vehicles like the Scion xB and Kia Soul, its main competitors. Ranging in length from 156.7 to 157.5, depending on the style, the Nissan Cube is shorter than the Versa, but because of its shape offers 97.7 cubic feet of interior space. The vehicle has a rear door that opens outward rather than vertically like a hatch, making it easier to load and unload. The 2010 Cube started at $13,990 as of October 2010.


The 2011 Sentra is Nissan's compact, four-door car, measuring 179.8 to 180.1 inches in length, depending on the style. Inside, the Sentra has 97.5 cubic feet of space. At a selling price that started at $15,520 as of October 2010, the 2011 Sentra competes primarily with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.


Nissan's midsize car, the 2011 Altima, is offered as a four-door sedan and a two-door coupe, which began at prices of $19,900 and $22,940, respectively, as of October 2010. The vehicle was also made in a gasoline-electric hybrid model capable of achieving an average of 33 miles per gallon. The starting price for the hybrid was $26,780 as of October 2010. The Altima models measure 181 to 190 inches in length and have an interior volume of 89 to 101 cubic feet, depending on the type.


The Maxima is Nissan's luxury midsize car and winner of the 2010 AutoPacific Best in Class Vehicle Satisfaction Award. The vehicle is built on the same frame as the Altima, but has a V-6 engine, extra aluminum alloy wheels, a power moonroof, automatic temperature control and a built-in Bluetooth system as standard features in even its 2011 basic style. The starting price of the 2011 Maxima was $30,810 as of October 2010.

370Z and GT-R

For the 2011 model year, Nissan produced two sports cars. The 370Z is offered in a two-door coupe and a two-door roadster convertible model. Both styles have a standard 332-horsepower, 3.7-liter, V-6 engine. The 2011 370Z coupe started at $30,410 as of October 2010, while the roadster's price began at $37,320. Nissan also made the GT-R sportscar for the 2011 model year, which fetched a starting price of $84,060 as of October 2010. The vehicle has a 485-horsepower, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine and a state-of-the-art, all-wheel-drive system called ATTESA E-TS. In 2009, the GT-R won "Automobile Magazine's 2009 Automobile of the Year" award as well as the award for "Best Resale Value Award" from "Kelley Blue Book's" kbb.com.

About the Author

Faith Davies has been writing professionally since 1996, contributing to various websites. She holds an LAH insurance license in the state of Pennsylvania and has experience as a bank branch manager and lending officer. Davies graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.