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2006 New Car Model Guide, Model Guide, New Car Reviews, Nissan Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


2006 Nissan New Car Model GuideNissan's car collection for 2006 features powerful sedans in three sizes with flagship Maxima, mid-size Altima and a compact called Sentra. Lastly, Nissan constructs the two-seat 350Z sports car as a slinky hatchback coupe or racy drop-top roadster.

Nissan Maxima
2006 Nissan Maxima

Concepts for Nissan's four-door flagship sedan came from designers in Japan, but assembly occurs in the United States at a Nissan manufacturing plant in Tennessee. Maxima for 2006 packs class-topping V6 power with two trims that vary in suspension tuning. The sport-oriented 3.5 SE uses a performance-tuned suspension for tight handling control, while the comfort-oriented 3.5 SL has cushy settings for a luxurious ride quality.

Maxima's sophisticated 3.5-liter V6, with dual cams and a drive-by-wire throttle, scores at 265 hp. For 3.5 SE trim, the engine connects to a smooth electronic automatic five-speed transmission with manual shift mode or a six-speed close-ratio manual stick. For elegant 3.5 SL, the V6 employs a four-speed automatic with gated shifter. Maxima's cockpit with standard glass-paneled roof supplies front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench, although the Elite Package on 3.5 SE puts buckets in front and back.

Nissan Altima
2006 Nissan Altima

Nissan's mid-size Altima sedan looks bold with an aggressive prow with smoked headlamps and a wedge-shaped profile marked in crisp character lines. The cabin, with front bucket seats and a rear bench for three, is a plush space with chrome accents on dash and doors plus standard features like power windows and power door locks or a six-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD.

Altima skews to multiple trims in 2006 as described by the size of two engine options. An entry model and two upgraded issues carry a dual-cam 2.5-liter in-line-four plant with 175 hp and line up as Altima 2.5, mid-grade 2.5 S and deluxe 2.5 with SL Package. Altima 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL earn Nissan's 3.5-liter V6 for 250 hp. Four new packages of gear show up in 2006 like the 2.5 Special Edition Package or a Luxury Package.

Nissan Altima SE-R
2006 Nissan Sentra

Nissan reserves the SE-R designation for special editions with racy aero body elements and boosted power. The Altima SE-R special issue carries Altima's 3.5-liter V6 engine, although a modular cylinder head design, continuously variable valve timing and variable induction system come together to boost output to 260 hp. Also, the shifter upgrades to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic/MSM. Suspension enhancements include tuned front struts and rear shocks with stiffer springs and thicker stabilizer bars. And special bodywork applies, like deep fascias front and rear, xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights, side sill spoilers and a tail spoiler plus dual chrome exhaust tips.

In the cabin, SE-R upgrades to sport buckets with perforated leather inserts, aluminum pedals, a three-pod cluster of analog gauges atop the center dash stack, and a Bose premium audio system with eight speakers and six-disc CD changer.

Nissan Sentra
2006 Nissan Sentra

The compact-class sedan from Nissan, scaled smaller than flagship Maxima and mid-size Altima, borrows styling cues from both in a slick package loaded with features for comfort, practicality and safety. Styling concepts for Sentra came from Nissan's California design studio, with engineering work derived from the Nissan Technical Center in Japan and Nissan Research and Development in California, Michigan and Arizona. Assembly occurs by Nissan Mexicana in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Trims for 2006 list the Sentra 1.8 and Sentra 1.8 S. Each stocks a dual-cam 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine racked to 126 hp and teamed with a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. In the cabin there's generous space with two bucket seats mounted up front and a split-and-fold bench in back. Sapphire Blue and Sunburst are two new paint shades on Sentra's 2006 color chart.

Nissan Sentra SE-R
2006 Nissan Sentra SE-R

Special SE-R editions spin off Nissan's sporty compact in two versions, SE-R and SE-R Spec V. Both carry a raucous engine, although ten more power points apply to the Spec V. A unique front fascia, styled after Nissan's exotic and powerful Skyline GTR sports sedan, adds a crisp mesh grille and round foglamps. Body-colored sills stretch toward the pavement along each side, while at the tail a winged spoiler flies off the trunk's flat deck.

Powering the series is Nissan's dual-cam 2.5-liter four-pack that hits 165 for the SE-R or 175 hp for Spec V. The Spec V also gets sporty hardware like a six-speed manual shifter, limited-slip differential, four-wheel disc brakes and tighter suspension tuning. A Brembo Brake Package for high performance shows up on the option sheet. Also, the Audio Fanatic Package adds a six-disc CD changer.

Nissan Z
2006 Nissan Z

Nissan's Z-car returns in 2006 as a sleek two-door hatchback coupe or curvy roadster convertible. Each shows revamped bodywork with more equipment aboard and the V6 engine spiked to 300 hp with manual transmission models. On the prow stylists revised Z's bumper, headlamps and grille, then made 18-inch aluminum wheels standard for all trims.

350Z the coupe comes in many models -- 350Z 6MT, Enthusiast 6MT, Enthusiast 5AT, Performance 6MT, Touring 5AT, Touring 6MT plus Track 6MT. And new 350Z Grand Touring adds nose and tail spoilers, Brembo brakes and a vehicle dynamic control (VDC) system. Z as a roadster offers two flavors -- Enthusiast and Touring. A power-operated soft top on the roadster lowers the lid in 20 seconds. All Z-cars stock Nissan's 3.5-liter V6. New gear for all includes bi-xenon HID headlights, speed sensitive power steering, revised HVAC controls and fresh paint shades like Interlagos Fire.