Of the major Japanese brands, Nissan has the most inconsistent product line. The more recently designed models deliver strong performance along with impressive fuel economy, aided by widespread use of continuously variable transmissions. Reliability for the brand shows results that vary widely, making it especially important to check the ratings. The same goes for road test scores; often the Nissan models don’t rank among the best in their respective classes. Nissan equips most of its new models with standard advanced safety features, such as forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.