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A close-up on the hood of a red 2021 Nissan Versa parked at a used Nissan dealer is shown.

Pre-Loved: Used Nissan Models

If you’re searching for a used Nissan dealer to find a pre-owned, well-loved Nissan, you’re somewhat spoiled for choice. Nissan offers a full lineup of vehicles, including cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, sports cars, and electric cars. With Nissan’s renowned reliability, even its slightly older models can be reliable daily drivers for years—a lot of years. Nissans are built to last. For instance, regarding the Nissan Altima midsize sedan, JD Power says, “You should know that all Nissans are durable and have a reputation for quality. That’s why Altima is a fairly popular choice for Uber drivers and taxi fleets across the globe. “

Furthermore, as a result of their aggressive leasing programs, you’ll find a fair number of recent-model, off-lease cars at a used Nissan dealer. These can be especially good deals because they tend to have relatively low miles due to lease mileage limits. Many drivers who lease will bring their cars to the dealership for service. This means they’ve been serviced by the technicians who are the most knowledgeable about Nissans, and dealerships will often have complete service records for these cars.

If you’re shopping at a Nissan dealer rated to sell Certified Pre-Owned Nissans, you’ll get extra peace of mind. Nissan Certified vehicles have passed a multi-point inspection to meet Nissan’s demanding standards. They also come with a comprehensive limited warranty. Additionally, owners get roadside service for the remainder of the car’s original warranty, along with an optional pre-paid maintenance plan.

So, let’s take a look at available used Nissans. We’ll break them down by vehicle category and arrange each category from entry-level to luxury, starting with sedans.



Even brand-new for the 2024 model year, the subcompact Versa is one of the very few cars in America that sell for less than $20,000, substantially less, with a base price when new of just over $16,000. As a used car, it’s an even more amazing bargain. Older Versas from as far back as 2007 with fewer than 100,000 miles can be had for not much more than $5,000. Higher-mileage examples can go for half that. Add in fuel economy as high as 40 MPG on the highway, and it could be the cheapest used commuter car out there. Note that there was a hatchback version called the Versa Note, as well.


Name-drop the Nissan Sentra in a conversation, and you’re likely to hear some very fond reminiscences. “Oh, the Sentra, that was my first car way back in the day! I loved it!” Nissan’s compact sedan has always offered a semi-premium feel, decent driving dynamics, and excellent fuel efficiency at a very good price, inspiring these fond memories. It’s still a great deal, with average prices from 2010 hovering around $6,000. 2015 trims average about $9,500, and 2020 trims come in at around $20,000.


The Altima has always had a special place in the hearts of midsize sedan drivers who value sporty driving dynamics, premium interior materials, and a spacious cabin. Most model years have also offered an optional engine upgrade for gutsy performance. For instance, the 2017 Altima offered a V6 upgrade over its base four-banger, while some models from the 2020s take a different tack with a turbocharged four-cylinder as the performance option. Average prices for used Altimas are surprisingly only about $500 to $1,000 more expensive than Sentras of the same age, making them perhaps an even better bargain considering how much car you get for the money. Note that there was also an Altima coupe.


Long serving as Nissan’s flagship sedan, the Maxima has been discontinued in favor of a forthcoming all-electric Maxima rumored for 2025. It had become perhaps a bit of an afterthought as luxury car buyers shifted to SUVs, but this means there are great bargains to be found on one of the last luxury sedans that were achievable for average folks. This is especially true of older Maximas, whose values are in the same range as the Altima. However, after the Maxima’s swoopy, high-tech redesign in 2016, prices started to diverge. 2016 Maximas go for almost $16,500, while 2020 trims can be had for an average of just over $25,000.

A black 2020 Nissan Kicks is shown driving from the city.


Nissan went all-in on the SUV revolution to the point where it can be hard to keep track of which one fits in each slot in the lineup. And that’s just the models that are still in production; we’ll save the discontinued models for a summary later on. We’ll also save the all-electric ARIYA for a separate section.


Nissan presents its subcompact Kicks as an efficient urban runabout geared toward technology lovers. They have the efficiency part down perfectly, with the current model getting up to 36 MPG on the highway–not bad for an SUV. Add in a premium sound system and integration with electronic devices, and the Kicks is perfect for stylish city dwellers—or suburban and country dwellers, for that matter. The Kicks has only been around since 2018, and prices for that year average around $17,000.

Rogue Sport

Not to be confused with its slightly larger sibling that’s called simply the Rogue, the Rogue Sport straddles categories. Some people call it a subcompact, while others call it a compact. Either way, it’s on its way out after 2023. Nissan pitched this little SUV as “street savvy” and fun to drive. Only available since 2017, used prices start at about $17,000.


The more familiar Rogue has been around since 2008 and fills the compact spot in Nissan’s SUV lineup. And what an SUV it is, winning the title of “best compact SUV of 2023” from Going back to around 2010, you’ll find them priced at around $7,000. 2015 trim are priced at about $13,600, and 2020 trims fetch just over $22,000.


The Murano has been around for just over two decades now, making it somewhat of a venerable model in Nissan’s SUV lineup. As a midsize crossover, the original curvy and swoopy Murano helped to break the mold of completely square SUVs. Today, 2010 trims go for about $8,000, 2015 examples list for just over $16,000, and 2020 Muranos fetch just over $25,750. Keep an eye out for the Murano CrossCabriolet, a briefly-produced and wild-looking SUV convertible!


On the seas, an armada is meant to intimidate your foes. The Nissan Armada fulfills the same function on land as Nissan’s brawny, full-sized SUV. An old-fashioned body-on-frame SUV—what we used to call a “truck”—there was one generation of Armada that lasted from 2004 to 2015. Then, an all-new and vastly improved model debuted in 2017. You can see the dividing line in pricing since used Armada values jump from $17,400 for the 2015 model all the way to $24,000 for a 2017. If you’re looking for a bargain, stick to the 2015 and older models.

Pickup Trucks

Nissan’s pickup trucks have always been, well, somewhat selective in their appeal. That being said, they’re fine trucks, especially the most recent generations. If you want a reliable pickup that doesn’t look like all the other pickups you’ll see on America’s truck-heavy roads, go for a Nissan.


This midsize pickup in its current and recently redesigned iteration can tow over 6,600 pounds and go rock-crawling in its spare time, so it’s definitely a contender. Used Frontiers may be somewhat of a value in an era of skyrocketing used truck prices. 2010 trims go for a bit over $12,000, 2015 trims fetch about $17,500, and 2020 trims command $28,600.

Titan and Titan XD

The Titan is Nissan’s full-sized light-duty truck, and the Titan XD is not quite a heavy-duty truck, but close. Both have the same body (also recently redesigned), but the XD has a beefed-up rear axle, a heftier suspension, a powerful cooling system, and a reinforced frame. 2010 Titans (non-XD) go for $13,000, 2015 trims reach just over $21,600, and 2020 trims are sold for around $37,700. We can definitely see the growing popularity of recent full-size trucks in that price spread!

A silver 2023 Nissan Frontier is shown driving off-road on a hill.

Sports Cars

Nissan only sells two sports cars, but in this day and age, that’s two more sports cars than most automakers sell. And they’re both heirs to classics: the Z and the GT-R (known in Japan as the legendary Skyline).


An old-fashioned, front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-passenger, pure sports car, the Z has had many name variations over the generations: 240ZX, 280ZX, 300ZX, 350Z, 370Z, and now just the Z. The just-plain-Z only dates to 2023, so you won’t find many used ones yet. Earlier 350Z models sell for an average of about $13,500, and the 370Z sells for a bit over $24,000.


For generations, Americans could only experience the GT-R in right-hand-drive gray market models if they were determined enough to import one. That changed about 15 years ago when Nissan gave us a GT-R of our very own, and instantly, a supercar legend was born. It’s Nissan’s only six-figure car, and even used models will run you between $70,000 for a 2009 to well over $100,000 for 2020s models. Worth it–if you’ve got the money.

Electric Cars

Nissan sells two electric cars in America at present: the venerable Leaf—one of the first popular EVs—and the ARIYA, just introduced in 2023. You probably won’t find many ARIYAs on the used market yet, which is a shame because it’s a very stylish and futuristic-looking SUV. The Leaf hatchback, on the other hand, has been around since 2011. A model of that vintage will run you about $6,000, with 2015 Leafs fetching $8,800 and 2020 Leafs going for over $19,600.

Discontinued Models

Here is a partial list of discontinued Nissans that are new enough to plausibly be on your shopping list:


Famous for its whimsically rounded corners and asymmetrical rear window, the Cube was an MPV (i.e., a multi-purpose vehicle, or basically a very small passenger van) sold in the US from 2009 to 2014. It has held its value pretty well, with many examples commanding between $10,000 and $17,000.


The Nissan Juke’s wildly styled headlights and foglights look like an angry alien coming at you in the dark. Sold in the US from 2011 through 2018, this funky little SUV started out popular but somehow lost its mojo around 2015. Today, they’ll run you about $8,300 for an early model up to somewhere north of $15,000 for a later example.

Happy Hunting!

The Cube and the Juke might actually be two of the most important cars on this list despite their short model runs because they represent Nissan’s distinctive automotive personality. Nissan has never been one to crank out cookie-cutter crowd-pleasers, and yet their willingness to take chances and build distinctive vehicles has won them many loyal fans. If you’re among them, you probably already know every model on this list. If you’ve never owned one, use the information above as a guide to finding a Nissan of your own and discover how a car can have a heart as well as an engine.

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