4 Nissan Vehicles Achieve Best-in-Class Rankings in the 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

Nissan vehicles have gained popularity for their cutting-edge performance integrated with innovative styling. Even though this brand name was launched in the 90s, it first penetrated the U.S. market under Datsun. Many decades later, Nissan dominates the market, and it’s not hard to see why. The brand strikes the ideal balance between affordability and quality performance.

A quick overview of the 25th annual AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs) 

The 2021 Nissan Armada full-size SUV model in red parked outside of a house at sunset
The 2021 Nissan Armada full-size SUV model | Nissan Motor Corporation

The annual AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards have been analyzing vehicle satisfaction surveys for more than two decades to identify and provide motor vehicle enthusiasts with the best-performing cars. All the surveys are objective and filled by vehicle owners to provide an accurate view of the car in question. On the other hand, vehicle rankings are based on  36 attributes, including best in class, reliability, interior design, and vehicle performance. 

Identifying the winners is methodical, and the top cars are determined from more than 50,000 responses of new car owners, who represent a full and accurate view of the vehicle ownership experience. This makes the AutoPacific VSAs the best place to get true and unbiased insights into your favorite vehicles, especially if you’re looking for a car that will give you the most satisfying experience. 

Top 4 Nissan models that won AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards this year

Nissan has been reigning over the AutoPacific VSAs, taking home the most awards for three years straight. It also has the most best-in-class awards compared to other brands, with the Murano being a five time-winner and the Maxima a four-time winner. Four models from the Nissan NEXT transformation plan collection won the award for best-in-class, and all of them have been extensively redesigned as part of Nissan’s global plans to transform the car ownership experience.

Nissan released a press release on its win, and the Nissan U.S. Marketing and Sales senior vice president, Mike Colleran, highlighted that new models would be hitting the showrooms soon. He further stated that they were glad that the company’s vehicle redesigns provided customers with a satisfying experience and hoped that the reinvented Nissan brand would continue thrilling them. 

The four Nissan models that won the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards in 2021 are the 2021 Rogue as the best selling mid-size crossover SUV, the 2021 Armada as the most satisfying large SUV, the 2021 Sentra as the best selling compact car, and the 2021 Versa as the most satisfying subcompact car. 

How were the 4 winners chosen?

The 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards involved more than 86,000 vehicle owners. Here’s why these four Nissan models won:

Nissan Rogue: best selling mid-size crossover SUV


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Instead of focusing on one individual attribute, the Nissan Rogue balances out a wide range of features to deliver a satisfying experience. It has a huge cargo area, a roomy cabin, a sleek exterior and is available with both standard safety tech and all-wheel drive. 

Nissan Armada: most satisfying large SUV

This Nissan model has won in this category for three years in a row. It has clearly won the hearts of its owners with a great experience, and even though it was competing against three grand SUVs, vehicle owners rated it as the best in 29 categories out of the 36 attributes. 

Nissan Sentra: best selling compact car

The Nissan Sentra is very sleek, which is why it’s not surprising that it was either ranked equally or very satisfying on all available attributes. Vehicle owners especially loved it for its great color pallets, modern cabin, sharp exterior, braking, fuel economy, and acceleration, among other areas. 

Nissan Versa: most satisfying subcompact car

Nissan Versa owners praised it for its sleek styling, front-seat comfort, interior design, high fuel economy, driver’s seat, and visibility. They were particularly impressed at how the Versa was budget-friendly, despite its many features.