2007 NIssan

2007 Nissan Versa

The front-drive Versa is an all-new model for Nissan and slots in the lineup as the automaker's least expensive passenger car. Available in either sedan or five-door hatchback bodystyles and in base S and sport-themed SL trim lines, the compact-sized Versa come standard with a 1.8 liter, 122 horsepower four-cylinder engine and three available transmission choices -- standard six-speed manual, optional four-speed automatic or Nissan's XTronic CVT. Equipped with the CVT, Nissan says the Versa's good for 36 MPG on the highway (34 MPG with the other two transmissions). The car's name refers to its versatile interior, which offers more room for passengers than typical compact economy cars. End to end, the Versa's passenger cabin is about six-feet-long -- large for a vehicle in this class -- and its front seats are about the same size as the mid-sized Maxima's. This means it's viable as a primary car, even a family car -- and not merely an economical commuter car. Front seat side impact air bags are standard -- with curtain air bags available optionally. A premium Rockford Fosgate stereo system with satellite radio can also be ordered -- along with Bluetooth wireless communication technology and Nissan's Intelligent Key system.

2007 Nissan Sentra

The compact Sentra sedan is also all-new for 2007 -- with completely updated exterior sheetmetal, new interior design and updated drivetrains, including a standard six-speed manual gearbox to go with the 2.0 liter, 140 horsepower engine. A CVT is available optionally. The new Sentra rides on a stretched wheelbase that's 5.9 inches longer than the outgoing model's, is 2.3 inches longer in overall length, 3.2 inches wider and sits 4.0 inches taller, providing easier ingress and egress and enhanced head room. The '07 Sentra?s passenger volume of 97.7 cubic feet is 9.2 cubic feet more than the previous generation Sentra's. Cargo room has also increased to 13.1 cubic feet -- an increase of 1.5 cubic feet over the 2006 Sentra. Since the new Versa is now Nissan's entry-level model, the Sentra moves up in terms of standard and available equipment -- in addition to overall size. Premium options include leather-appointed seating, Intelligent Key keyless entry system, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System and a Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system with 6-disc hanger, 8-channel amplifier and 8 speakers. Front seat side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags are standard -- as are manual air conditioning, 15 -inch wheels and satellite radio pre-wiring.

2007 Nissan Altima

An all-new Altima bows for '07 with a sleek new body riding on a shortened (by 1 inch over the previous model) wheelbase and offering a 270 horsepower version of Nissan's well-regarded 3.5 liter DOHC V-6. This represents a new high water mark for the Altima, power-wsie. Also, the V-6 engine is still available with a six-speed manual transmission -- in contrast to the '07 Maxima, which now comes only with a CVT. As such, the '07 Altima may be considered the sportier of the two models -- despite the Maxima's storied reputation. Standard versions of the Altima will be powered, as before, by a 2.5 liter, four-cylinder engine -- rated at 175 horsepower for 2007 (170 horsepower in California). This engine may also be teamed with the six-speed manual gearbox -- or choose the Xtronic CVT. All trims get both front-seat side impact and full-length head/curtain air bags. A gas-electric hybrid HEV version of the '07 Altima will be coming later in the model year.

2007 350Z

At the time of this writing, information on the changes to the 350Z for '07 were not yet confirmed, but indications are that a fairly significant mid-cycle redesign is in the works that will include a bump in the power output of the Z-car's 3.5 liter V-6 engine. The rear-drive 350Z is a true driving enthusiast's car, with precise handling and sleek styling. Cornering abilities improve in higher trim levels, thanks to suspension and tire upgrades. A convertible version features a fully automatic power top and glass rear window that stow beneath a tonneau cover. The car's 3.5-liter, V-6 engine currently generates 300 horsepower when mated to a six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox; it gets down-rated a bit -- to 287 horsepower -- with the available five-speed-automatic transmission, however. Eighteen-inch wheels and tires are standard, as is a speed-sensitive power steering system. Anti-lock brakes are standard across the line, with front-side and side-curtain airbags, a navigation system, a choice of satellite radio systems and an Aerodynamics Package optional. Last year, the 350Z was updated with revised bumper and grille styling, new LED brake lights, xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, updated dashboard controls, freshened cloth seat material, a new navigation system and optional super-lightweight alloy wheels.

2007 Armada

The full-size Armada sport-utility vehicle is a carryover for 2007. Minor changes include E85/flex-fuel capability for its standard 5.6 liter V-8 engine, which also gets a small bump in rated output to 317 from 305 previously. This sturdy full-sized SUV is based on the Titan pick-up, so it's built on a fully boxed truck frame and, when properly equipped, can tow up to 9,100 lbs. It is offered with rear drive or four-wheel-drive and can handle up to eight passengers with standard second and third row bench seats; second-row captain's chairs are also offered. Side-curtain airbags and Vehicle Dynamic Control head a long list of standard features. Options include a DVD entertainment system, Bose audio system, XM or Sirius satellite radio, leather seats, and a navigation system. Automatic dual-zone air conditioning, a 60/40 split fold-flat third-row seat, and the ability to play MP3-formatted CDs are all standard features. There are also power folding mirrors with heat, power adjust, auto dim, and integrated turn signals on LE versions, the Tow Package becomes standard on the SE Off-Road.

2007 Nissan Frontier

A new crew cab/long bed model is available for '07 that provides an extra 13 inches of bed length -- while the truck's optional 4.0 liter V-6 gets an uptick in rated output to 261 horsepower vs. 250 previously. The standard engine in the Frontier is a 2.5 liter four-cylinder developing 152 horsepower -- an uptick of 9 horsepower compared with the '06 model. The Frontier shares platforms with the Xterra and Pathfinder sport-utility vehicles, which essentially ride on a modified version of the fully boxed, ladder frame used on the full-size Armada SUV and Titan pickup. The truck comes in either rear- or four-wheel drive and in four-door King Cab and Crew Cab versions. The former configuration includes front-hinged rear access doors and flip-up back seats, while the latter comes with conventional rear-hinged doors and a full-sized bench seat. Five or six-speed manual transmissions are available -- as is a five-speed automatic transmission. A "high-utility" pickup bed includes both a factory-applied, spray-in bedliner and a "Utili-track" cargo tie-down system. Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control testify to the Frontier's off-roading credentials and serious enthusiasts will want to check out the NISMO off-road package -- which adds skid plates, an upgraded suspension with Bilstein shocks, electronic locking rear differential and knobby-style tires. Standard Frontier features include four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes and a tire pressure monitor. A limited-slip differential, leather seats, a high-powered Rockford Fosgate audio system and a choice of either XM or Sirius satellite radio can be ordered optionally.

2007 Nissan Maxima

Maxima undergoes several major revisions for '07 -- most notably, the deleting of its formerly available six-speed manual gearbox in favor of standard CVTs across the line. Its 3.5 liter V-6 has also been downrated significantly -- to 255 horsepower. That means the Maxima's no longer Top Gun among Nissan sport sedans. That honor now belongs to the '07 Altima V-6 with the six-speed manual gearbox. The Maxima's still a credible performer, though -- and it offers a comfortable, stylish interior that's roomier than the Altima's. Other changes for '07 include revised cosmetics on the outside (new front end/grille, hood, headlights, rear end, etc.) and a freshened interior layout with new design center stack. The Skyview panorama glass roof remains a standard feature for '07, as do the two basic trim lines -- standard (and sport-themed) SE and the more luxury-oriented SL. DVD-based navigation is available, as is Bluetooth wireless communication capability and an upgraded stereo with MP3 player. Traction control is standard on both trims -- but VDC stability control remains optional for '07.

2007 Nissan Murano

One of the very first luxury-sport crossover vehicles, the mid-sized Murano is pretty much unchanged for 2007. A new 225 watt Bose premium audio system is available -- and there's a redesigned "pod" for the optional DVD navigation system. Both XM and Sirius satellite radio are now available as well. As in '06, the Murano is offered with either standard front- or optional all-wheel drive; all versions are powered by a Maxima-derived 240-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine that's fitted to a CVT transmission with manual-operation mode. Four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce distribution are standard; an available Dynamic Control Package includes Vehicle Dynamic Control, traction control and a tire pressure monitor. The Murano's exterior was updates in '06 -- including revised front grille and wheel designs, additional chrome accents, a brushed aluminum rear bumper protector and new LED tail-lamps. These changes carry over into 2007. Illuminated steering wheel controls, MP3 audio capability and a standard seven-inch LCD display are among the Murano's interior amenities. For 2007, a RearView monitor is now standard on SL and SE models -- as is a tire pressure monitoring system.

2007 Nissan Pathfinder

Changes to Nissan's mid-sized SUV for '07 include standard third row seating -- for seven passenger seating capability -- and some juggling of trim/content, depending on which version you buy. The '07 Pathfinder comes in base S, sporty SE, SE Off-Road and luxury LE forms. All trims are powered by a standard 4.0 liter V-6 rated for 266 horsepower. The standard transmission is a five-speed automatic. When properly equipped, Pathfinder can pull 6,000 lbs. The cargo area features eight utility hooks and rubberized coatings for easy clean-up. There's also a hidden storage compartment under the second row seats. All trim lines get auto-reversing power windows, door locks, tilt wheel and 16 inch wheels (LEs come with 17s). Manual or dual-zone climate control AC is optional. Pathfinder can be ordered with rear-drive, part-time four-wheel- drive, or Nissan's All-Mode four-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled transfer case. SE Off Road models come with Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Rancho off-road shocks and underbody skid plates. Four-wheel disc anti-lock power brakes with Active Brake Limited Slip and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, along with Vehicle Dynamic Control are offered for added on-road stability. Front-side and side-curtain airbags with rollover protection, a navigation system, rear-seat DVD player, and a power sunroof are optional. Sirius or XM satellite radio can be ordered from the factory -- and there's a new Desert Stone exterior hue available for the new model year.

2007 Nissan Quest

The sport Quest minivan gets a makeover for '07 that includes a new-design instrument panel and dash layout, new center console and revised exterior panels, including new front and rear treatments designed for a "cleaner," less aggressive look than previously. Bluetooth hands-free communication technology is also now available and the '07 Quest can be ordered with an MP3-capable audio system and auxiliary audio input for iPods and so on. The Quest's controversial hyper-modern interior design has reverted to a more traditional layout, but this "sports car of minivans" continues to be powered by a 235 horsepower version of the same 3.5 liter, DOHC V-6 used in both the Maxima and Altima -- tied to a standard five-speed automatic. The big V-6 provides ample torque, giving the large (seven passenger/three row) Quest confident acceleration and passing power. 2007 Quests all receive tire pressure monitors as well as Active Head Restraints and an available Rearview Monitor that comes on whenever the vehicle is put into reverse. Rear Sonar Assist now comes standard on all but base 3.5 models for '07. XM or Sirius radio can be ordered, along with a 265-watt, 10 speaker audio system, optional 19-inch wheels and Run-Flat tires. The '07 Quest retains its signature Sky View fixed roof panels, a design cue taken from corporate jets.

2007 Nissan Titan

Rumored mid-cycle updates for the Titan may include a diesel engine option as well as more standard power for the gasoline V-8 engine. Offered only in four-door King Cab and Crew Cab body styles, Nissan's full-size Titan pickup comes wrapped in brash styling that's highlighted by a large and forceful front grille. Its 5.6-liter, "Endurance" V-8 engine generates 305 horsepower and 379 lb-ft of torque; it drives either the rear or all four wheels via a five-speed-automatic transmission. The Titan boasts a maximum towing capacity of 9,400 pounds and offers an available factory-applied bedliner, bed extender and an innovative customizable cargo tie-down system in the rear. It comes standard with anti-lock brakes, a CD stereo, cruise control and a tire-pressure monitor. Front-side and side-curtain airbags, a navigation system with park-assist proximity sensors, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a premium Rockford Fosgate audio array are optional. Vehicle Dynamic Control system with a locking differential, sunroof on Crew Cab SE models and a Tow Package on XE versions are among the big ticket options. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning and power folding heated mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators are standard on the LE; SE and LE audio systems can now play MP3-formatted CDs.

2007 Nissan Xterra

The second-generation of Nissan's back-to-basics mid-size Xterra sport-utility made its debut at mid-year 2005 with added interior room, freshened styling and more power. It is built on the Frontier pick-up's platform and comes with the same basic 4.0-liter V-6 engine (though rated in this case at 261 horsepower vs. 266 in the Frontier) mated to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The 2007 Xterra is offered in three models ? X, S, Off Road, and SE. All four are available in 4x4 models and all but the Off Road model are available with rear wheel drive. The '07 version is mostly a carryover, with changes consisting of standard mud guards on four-wheel-drive models, the addition of an auxiliary iPods jack to the optional Rockford Fosgate premium audio system on SE models and standard leather-wrapped steering wheel for SE Off Road models. Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, and VDC stability control; curtain air bags are available optionally. Models with either of the two available four-wheel-drive systems also get an Active Brake Limited Slip function. As befits its rugged character, a first-aid kit is included. The interior includes an adjustable channel system in the cargo hold for securing bike racks and sports gear, and a total of ten utility hooks. A 60/40-split folding rear seat, folding front passenger seat, double-deck glovebox, and large center console add to the vehicle's overall utility. Available options include front-side and side curtain airbags with rollover protection and XM or Sirius satellite radio.

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