Is This Vehicle A Dodge Or A Nissan?

By: Bambi Turner
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Can you tell a Challenger from a Charger, or a Stanza from an Altima? If you think you can distinguish a Dodge from a Nissan, you might have what it takes to ace this quiz!

As the U.S. entered a technological revolution at the end of the 19th century, a pair of ambitious men opened the Dodge Brothers Company in 1900. This Michigan machine shop produced auto parts for local car makers, which were popping up everywhere in the Detroit area at the time. By 1914, the Dodge brothers were making their own cars, and in 1928, the company was sold to Chrysler.

Half the world away, Japanese business man Yoshisuke Aikawa founded Nihon Sangyo in 1928, the same year that Dodge was sold to Chrysler. As Aikawa's company hit the Tokyo Stock Exchange, its name was shortened to Nissan, and within a few short years, Nissan was making cars.

Just about a century later, Nissan and Dodge rank among the most recognizable car brands in the world. with each producing around 5 million vehicles a year as of 2016. Despite the rich history of these two companies, however, it can be tricky to tell the differences between a Dodge and a Nissan? Think you've got the automotive know-how to make the call? Take our quiz to find out!

The Viper ranks as one of the coolest Dodge cars ever made. Produced from 1991 to 2010, and again from 2013 to 2017, the Viper is popular in the racing world -- and has even appeared in racing video games. The fifth generation remodel in 2013 transformed the car into a sporty two-door coupe with an all-aluminum V10.

Dodge first used the Challenger name way back in 1959, when the Challenger served as the budget version of the company's Coronet Silver model. Since the '70s, the Challenger has served as Dodge's sporty pony or muscle car. A third generation redesign in 2008 transformed the classic sports car into a speedy two-door coupe.

Nissan chose the Versa name to show off this compact car's versatile interior space. The Versa nameplate can be found on North American versions of Nissan's Tilda sedan and hatchback, Latio sedan and Note mini multi-purpose vehicle.

Since its 1982 introduction, the Nissan Sentra has grown over the years from the subcompact to a mid-sized sedan. This rebadged version of the Japanese Sunny and Sylphy models has been a generously sized four-door sedan since a 2013 seventh generation redesign.

Dodge first used the Ram name on its pickups way back in the 1930s, then brought the Ram now back in the '80s. Since 2011, these uber-popular pickups have been sold under the Ram Trucks name, but there's no denying that their rich history is intertwined with that of Dodge Motors.

Who killed the electric car? Not Nissan! Their all-electric Leaf has been flying off the lots of dealerships since its 2010 introduction. The 2016 version of this hatchback boasts a 107-mile range on a single charge.

As of mid-2018, Dodge has sold more than 11 million Caravans since the minivan was introduced in 1984. Known as the Chrysler Voyager outside the North American market, this vehicle has featured a longer wheelbase since a fifth generation redesign in 2008.

Dodge produced the Nitro compact SUV between 2007 and 2012 before the vehicle was discontinued. A big reason for poor sales? It could have been a 2007 commercial for the Nitro, which featured a pet dog being electrocuted.

The Dodge Dakota has been popular with pickup fans since its 1987 release. As one of the few pickups with rack and pinion steering, it's a favorite of forest workers, fire crews and law enforcement.

Originally released under the Datsun name in 1981, the Nissan Maxima started off as a simple compact to replace the Datsun 810. It's grown over the years, with the 2015 models measuring the same as full-sized executive cars.

The Altima is part of Nissan's iconic Bluebird line, which has been in production in some form since the 1950s. Introduced in 1992, the Altima was designed to serve as a mid-range option between the more basic Sentra and the larger Maxima.

Dodge produced its iconic Power Wagon four-wheel drive truck from 1945 all the way until 1981. Early models are often referred to by their engineering code, T137, by car enthusiasts. By the '80s, the Power Wagon name was used to apply to Dodge Ram truck models, and was no longer an independent model of its own.

Dodge has produced its classic Charger sports car every year since 1966. This iconic vehicle has changed dramatically over the decades, shifting from a hatchback to a luxury coupe and then to a four-door sedan with the 2011 fourth generation design.

Produced since 2009, the Nissan 370Z is a two-seat, two-door sports coupe. A 2013 update made this car even flashier, adding 18 inch wheels and two new color options -- magma red or midnight blue.

Nissan produced the subcompact Pulsar hatchback from 1978 to 1995. This earliest models had a fastback style, and were often referred to as Cherry, based on the name of a similar European model. Modern versions are slightly larger than the original, and may be referred to as Sylphy -- the car's Japanese model name.

The Dodge Sprinter originally started out under the Mercedes-Benz label in 1995, before it was rebadged as a Doge in 2003. This full-size utility van is popular with both families and fleet services within the U.S. and Canada.

The Dodge Rampage had one of the most unique designs of any car ever produced by the company. This compact utility truck was available between 1982 and 1984. It had a sports car-like front, with a small pickup rear -- similar to the El Camino or the Ranchero.

Dodge introduced the mid-sized Durango SUV in 1988. The first two generations used the same platform as the Dodge Dakota, while the third generation was built on the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform starting in 2011. While Dodge sold 189,000 Durango units in 1999, sales have stayed below 100,000 units per year since 2005.

Nissan introduced the GT-R in 2007 to replace the iconic Skyline GT-R. This two+two coupe is popular in the racing world, and is another in a long line of Skyline-inspired sports cars dating back to the late '60s.

The Dodge Journey SUV crossover came out in 2009, and was built non the same platform as the Dodge Avanger Sedan. A major 2011 redesign brought a whole new interior, revamped suspension and powertrain, plus standard LED lights.

The Nissan Juke -- a word meaning agile movement -- is a subcompact crossover SUV available in North America between 2011 and 2017. This vehicle is most memorable for its modern coke-bottle styling -- a throwback to the curvy car profiles of the '60s.

The Dodge Aries was one of the first K-cars produced by Chrysler. The company sold a million Aries models between 1981 and 1989, and the car was one of Motor Trend's Car of the Year picks for 1981.

Sold under the tagline "Everything you need, nothing you don't," the Nissan Xterra was available in the U.S. between 1999 and 2015. This compact SUV shared a platform with the Frontier pickup truck, and was most recognizable for its raised rear roof -- which allowed for a stadium seating design within.

Dodge sold its classic Neon in North America from 1994 to 2005, then reintroduced the car in 2016 after a decade-long hiatus. Sold in both two and four-door designs, the Neon was dubbed by the press as a "Japanese car killer" thanks to its winning combination of value, quality and performance.

Dodge produced around 400,000 Caliber hatchbacks between 2007 and 2012. Before it was replaced by the Dodge Dart in 2012, the Caliber was known for being one of the only Dodge vehicles with continuously variable transmission.

The Dodge Lancer was available from 1955 to 192, then brought back in the '80s as a mid-sized five-door hatchback. Shelby produced their own souped-up version of the car between 1988 and 1989, and this high-performance vehicle was a hit with racing fans.

Introduced in 2003, the Nissan Murano is a mid-size crossover SUV -- the first Nissan vehicle of this design for the U.S. market. The car is named for the city of Murano, Italy, a town long celebrated for its glassworking industry.

Dodge produced the full-sized four-door Intrepid sedan from 1993 to 2004. The Intrepid replaced the Monaco as the largest Dodge vehicle, and became a popular fleet car toward the end of its production run.

The Nissan Quest minivan was sold in the U.S. between 1992 and 2016. Initially a partnership with Ford, the Quest was no longer available to the public after 2016, but production continued due to strong fleet and commercial sales.

The Dodge Dart takes its name from a classic '60s Dodge Sedan. The modern version, produced between 2013 and 2016, was the first compact sedan for the company since the Neon was taken off the market in 2005.

The Nissan cube mini multi-purpose vehicle certainly lives up to its name. The vehicle is easily recognized by its square profile, and by the asymmetrical windows that wrap around the side of the car. The third generation of this Japanese model was sold briefly in North America from 2009 to 2014.

The Dodge Daytona is a sporty three-door hatchback built on the Chrysler G-platform between 1984 and 1993. Ultimately, it's name comes from the famous Daytona 500 race, and a 1987 Shelby version was a huge hit with car enthusiasts.

Dodge produced the mid-sized Stratus as a coupe from 2000 to 2005, and as a sedan from 1995 to 2006. The earliest versions of this car fared poorly in frontal crash tests, and the vehicle was discontinued and replaced by the Dodge Avenger in 2007.

Originally styled similarly to the Nissan Hardbody truck, the Nissan Pathfinder was a mid-sized SUV introduced in 1986. It began as a compact and has gradually evolved into a much larger full-sized vehicle over the years.

Dodge introduced the Shadow in 1986 to replace the three-door Charger hatchback and five-door Omni. Produced through 1994, the Shadow had a hidden hatchback -- a hatchback that looked like a trunk, with a surprising amount of storage space.

The Dodge Avenger is a mid-sized sedan that replaced the Dodge Daytona in 1994. It was discontinued in 2000, then brought back in 2008 as a four-door sedan. The new version is probably best remembered for its ads, which included a version of "Smoke on the Water," and another with a superhero theme.

Introduced in 2008, the Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover SUV. In 2017, it became Nissan's best-selling vehicle in the U.S. market. The 2017 update brought new head and tail light designs along with LED running lights.

Dodge produced the mid-sized Diplomat between 1977 and 1989. Available in wagon, sedan and coupe models, the car became very popular with police and similar services. The name of the car was inspired by a classic '50s Dodge hardtop.

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