In the mid-to late 1990s, as SUVs evolved from station wagons and factory-converted minivans, they came to dominate the family auto buying market. Following a slight sales blip in the early 2000s, brought about by what then seemed to be skyrocketing fuel prices, the SUV’s ascent to American icon has been unstoppable.
Typically, an SUV is a road vehicle with comprehensive off-road capabilities, combining the passenger-carrying capacity of multi-row minivans with small or medium pickup trucks’ towing abilities. The acronym abbreviates “Sport Utility Vehicle,” with the “sport” component very often meaning four-wheel drive capability and “utility” describing the option to carry large numbers of passengers in safety, or a large volume of cargo.
Nissan’s 2015 Line-Up
Model year 2015 sees Nissan offering three distinct SUVs on its dealerships’ forecourts:
- Armada. Powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine, developing 317 horsepower, Armada returns 13 MPG city, 19 highway. Featuring Vehicle Dynamic Control and a rear sonar system, the vehicle’s 9,000-pounds maximum towing capacity competes with most available pickup trucks. This four-door hatchback has three seating rows, and can accommodate eight adult passengers.
- Pathfinder. in traditional and hybrid variants. The former boasts a 3.5-liter V6 engine, developing 260 horsepower. Fuel economy is 20 MPG city, 26 highway. The hybrid, with its 15kW electric motor, delivers 250 system horsepower and returns 25 MPG city, 28 highway. Both variants are four-door hatchbacks with seating for seven.
- Xterra. Delivered with a 4.0-liter V6 engine developing 261 horsepower, Xterra returns 16 MPG city, 22 highway. Again a four-door hatch, the vehicle is built around a fully boxed ladder frame. Its anti-lock braking system comes standard with active brake limited slip.
Five Reasons to Love Nissan SUVs
It’s difficult to pull five reasons from Nissan’s strong suite of buyer attractions. Each owner will tell a different story concerning why they chose Nissan, with high-points that include:
- Nissan’s Build Your Own incentive. New buyers can start with the base model of any SUV, choosing from the four-wheel or two-wheel drive options, exterior and interior colors, then accessories and options. The vehicle of their choice will be delivered exactly to spec.
- NissanConnect. NissanConnect is a brand-only, hands-free multimedia suite which controls both in-car entertainment and smartphone functionality through an onboard touchscreen. Setting the system up is as simple as downloading an app, connecting your phone (via Bluetooth or an inbuilt USB port), and choosing what services you require.
- Choice of Engines. As noted, Nissan SUVs run the gamut from hybrid engines to a massive V8 that pulls like a pickup. Whatever your needs, they’ll be met by a Nissan SUV.
- Habitat for Humanity. Nissan partners with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing in selected locations across the U.S. By purchasing a Nissan SUV. You’ll be facilitating a program that has so far sent more than $9,000,000 to the places it’s needed most.
- Dealership Backing. When you invest in a new vehicle, you need to be assured the dealership where you make your purchase meets extremely highest standards. Factory-authorized Nissan dealerships are staffed by factory-trained sales staff and technicians, all completely focused on exceeding every customer’s expectations.
For residents in the Interstate 470, I-270, I-295 triangle of east central Pennsylvania, that dealership is Montgomeryville Nissan. Located at 991 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936, Operations Director Steve Bernadino and his staff are proud to run a factory-authorized dealership, providing the customer satisfaction that qualification necessitates. Use their Contact Us facility to schedule a test drive of any of Nissan’s class-leading SUVs.