Top 3 Discontinued Nissan Models
Nissan cars are popular around the world, from its home country of Japan to here in the United States. Like every mainstream automaker, Nissan has seen its fair share of discontinued models over the years—some that are sorely missed, others that we were relieved to say goodbye to. Here are three discontinued Nissan models whose absence leaves our streets a little less fun.
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The Nissan Xterra was a truck-based SUV designed for the outdoors, hence its name (“terra” being Latin for “earth,” as rightly pointed out by Andy Bernard in season three, episode eight of The Office.)
The Xterra was sold in the US from 2000 to 2015 through two generations. Its name was derived from the XTERRA triathlon race series which Nissan sponsored between 1998 and 2006. Based on the Frontier pickup truck, the Xterra was designed to appeal to the rugged, outdoorsy types likely to compete in an XTERRA race. However, its poor fuel economy and declining sales led to Nissan deciding to discontinue it in 2015.
The Nissan cube is one of those weird, quirky vehicles that we hated when it was sold here in the US, but that we kind of miss now it’s no longer available. It’s still sold in Japan, but was sadly discontinued in the American market in 2014.
The cube made its debut around the same time as boxy competitors like the Scion xB, Kia Soul, and Honda Element. At first, people went wild for its weird looks and strange accessories, but that excitement soon petered out and left Nissan with lackluster sales. The majority of its competitors experienced a similar fate, with the exception of the Kia Soul which still sees strong US sales today.
Nissan Murano Crosscabriolet
Oh, to be a fly on the wall when Nissan said, “Hey, you know what would be super awesome? Making a convertible version of our Murano crossover!”
While the run-of-the-mill Murano remains a fairly popular option, the plain weirdness of its Crosscabriolet sibling was too much for American drivers to handle. It was a daring move that didn’t pay off very well for Nissan, as the Crosscabriolet’s run only lasted four years. Nowadays, the only convertible crossover option is the much pricier Range Rover Evoque Convertible, which retails for a whopping $52,100.
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