Nissan was founded in Japan in 1911, and built its first car in 1914, then a Datsun. Decades later in 1972, Nissan opened its Australia business, and formed an alliance with French brand Renault in 1999. Nissan has dealers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Canberra and Darwin, as well as various regional locations. Nissan has been manufacturing cars in Australia since 1982, with its vehicles designed for a range of buyers, including young adults, families, and tradesmen.

About Nissan cars

Nissan offers a range of vehicles catering to most tastes, including:

  • Juke (from $26,644), a small SUV with a 1.6L turbo-charged petrol engine and 5.8-inch touchscreen colour display
  • Qashqai (from $29,734), a medium SUV with intelligent cruise control and intelligent park assist
  • X-Trail (from $31,794), a medium SUV that was the world’s best-selling SUV in 2017
  • Pathfinder (from $46,146), a large SUV that has seven seats and is aimed at families
  • Patrol (from $78,932), a large SUV with 5.6L V8 engine and 3,500kg braked towing capacity
  • Navara (from $31,862), a ute that comes with either 140kW twin turbo diesel or 120kW single turbo diesel engines
  • 370Z (from $53,229), a sports car with a 3.7L six-cylinder VQ engine and 19-inch alloy wheels

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Nissan is one of the 10 most popular car brands in Australia. Nissan’s range of cars tend to come with either an affordable, mid-range or luxury price tag – although it also offers a GT-R supercar (price on request) that fits into the exclusive category.

Young adults can choose from small and medium SUVs like the Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail; families can opt for large SUVs like the Pathfinder and Patrol; while tradesmen can throw their tools into a Navara ute. Nissan also sells sports cars (370Z) and electric vehicles (LEAF).

Interested in a test drive? Nissan has dealerships in all eight capital cities, as well as a range of regional locations across Australia. All new Nissan cars come with a warranty of three years or 100,000 kilometres (whichever occurs first). Nissan also offers roadside assistance and dealer finance.

How can I get a Nissan car loan?

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The easiest way to get a Nissan car loan is through Nissan itself, which offers loans of one to seven years.

However, while dealer finance is convenient, you usually have to pay that convenience in the form of higher interest rates and/or fees. As a result, you’ll probably get better value if you shop around for your Nissan car loan.

One way to do that is to use a comparison website like RateCity, where you can compare car loans from different loans. You can also use a finance broker, who will be able to arrange a car loan for you from one of the multiple lenders on their panel. A third option is to go directly to your preferred lender (such as your current bank) and organise your Nissan car loan that way.

How much does a Nissan car loan cost?

Here are the approximate running costs for three different Nissan models, based on RACQ category averages:

Model Category Cents/km Average $ per week
Juke SUV small 59.9c $172.85
Pathfinder SUV large 80.7c $232.64
Navara 2wd utility 75.4c $217.63

Here’s how much a five-year loan will cost for three different Nissan models if you borrow 100 per cent of the purchase price over five years:

Model Price/loan Total repayments at 6% Total repayments at 8% Total repayments at 10%
Juke $26,644 $30,906 $32,415 $33,966
Pathfinder $46,146 $53,528 $56,140 $58,828
Navara $31,862 $36,959 $38,763 $40,618

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