The J.D. Power Awards have long been the go-to place for drivers hunting for their next vehicle. The studies and surveys offer a real-world representation of what new vehicle owners can expect. This year, the Nissan Altima and Murano proved their worth by taking home a few new J.D. Power Awards.
The Nissan Altima, a midsize sedan, and Murano, an SUV, placed as category winners in the 2017 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. Now in its 22nd year, the APEAL study asks vehicle owners to evaluate their new models for a score out of 1,000 points.
The midsize sedan segment is usually a tight race, but the Nissan Altima pulled through spectacularly, placing two points ahead of the runner up. The Nissan Murano took a solid lead, coming in eight points ahead of the runner up.
In addition to its APEAL Study category awards, the Nissan Altima and Murano placed first in the Midsize Car and Midsize SUV segments, respectively. They weren’t the only Nissan models taking home some major awards, though.
The Nissan Titan, a large light duty pickup, took second place in its segment. The Nissan Rogue stole the show with a 46-point improvement on 2016’s results.
If you’ve ever sat in the cockpit of a jet, then you’ll feel right at home at home in the cockpit of the 2016 Nissan Maxima. The jet-inspired interior earned the Maxima a place on WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2016.
The editors at WardsAuto praised the Maxima for its warm, inviting interior that rivals design and quality from more expensive luxury brands.
“This interior makes a brilliant first impression,” said WardsAuto Senior Editor Tom Murphy, in a statement. “The Maxima exhibits expert craftsmanship and reminds us once again why it serves as Nissan’s flagship. We love the black-and-camel color scheme, two-tone flat-bottom steering wheel, ‘Liquid Chrome’ metallic trim and Alcantara diamond-quilted seating surfaces. Nissan took some chances with the Maxima interior, but the rewards are evident.”
In order to be considered for a spot on the list, the interior has to be all-new or significantly changed. There were 47 nominees up for consideration this year. The judges spent most of February and March evaluating the vehicles and scoring them based on ergonomics, materials, fit-and-finish, aesthetics, safety, comfort, and driver information.
Stop by Tom Naquin Nissan today and experience the jet-inspired interior in the 2016 Nissan Maxima for yourself.