The Best Nissan Models for Families
Since no two families are alike, there is no one-size-fits-all family vehicle. However, every family can find a Nissan model that fits their lifestyle. Whether your family needs more seats, room for pets, or a durable cargo area, Nissan has the solution. Here are four of the best Nissan models for families.
You probably already know that the Nissan Xterra is good for off-roading, but it has much more to offer families. Its biggest edge on competitors can be found in the cargo areas of the S and Pro-4X trim levels. The Utili-track Cargo Channel system includes two floor channels and four cleats to help you organize everything from vacation luggage to sports or camping gear. There is even an underfloor storage area for extra gear or emergency supplies. The 36.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats provides plenty of room for pets to tag along on trips, and the Easy-Clean cargo area means you won’t waste too much time cleaning up after messy adventures.
What makes the Armada stand out is its eight-person seating capacity. When only five seats are needed, you can fold down the third row for a total of 56 cubic feet of cargo space. The second row splits into three sections and expands the cargo space to 97 cubic feet when folded down. For the entertainment of rear passengers, the Platinum trim level includes the Nissan Mobile Entertainment System with two 7-inch monitors.
In comparison, the Murano offers only five seats, but its second row has more leg room than rear seats in the Armada. Those with teenagers will especially appreciate the USB connection port for rear passengers, in addition to the one up front. For an extra $400, its cargo package will protect rear bumper and cargo area. This package includes a flexible cargo net to keep gear contained and a rear bumper protector to prevent wear and tear from loading and unloading cargo. Among other recognitions, U.S. News ranked the Nissan Murano the 2015 Best 2-Row SUV for Families.
Families will find the Nissan Quest to be an attractive minivan option. The base trim, the S, offers several worthwhile standard features, including a tire pressure monitoring system, a Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition, and a permanent rear storage well. The SV adds one-touch power sliding doors, and the SL includes a one-touch power liftgate as well. All five rear seats can be folded down, with the third-row bench also having a 60/40 split option. The second and third rows have their own climate controls, and customers who choose the SV or SL can upgrade to a rear entertainment system package.
For a little extra money, you can purchase a few add-ons to further suit your needs. Options vary by model, but a few family friendly examples include a 10×10-inch hatch tent, an exterior gear box, a pet guard divider, and step rails. No matter which Nissan you choose, you can make it your own.
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