Nissan Dayz Highway Star

Nissan Dayz Review: “Improve the parts not mentioned in the specs” by Tomoko Fujishima

Nissan has adopted an Around View Monitor for the Dayz, their first attempt in a kei car. This can check obstructions around the car through the left edge of its room mirror, and the slanted or unstraightened state of the car when parking towards a white line, so it’s nice equipment that can support drivers who aren’t used to driving yet.

Furthermore, it has also been fully loaded with safety functions that the drivers can effortlessly utilize, such as its installed High Beam Assist that can automatically interchange between low beam and high beam options. Since it is a kei car, equipping it with parts that showcase Nissan’s technological prowess is somehow a factor when it comes to why customers buy such products.

The Dayz has been mounted with a Battery Assist System, which was not available during its first release. It has the same structure as Suzuki’s S-Ene Charge technology: it stores the accumulated energy from engine brakes to the battery, and it controls engine power loss in order to manage the power of its electric components.

The model I test drove this time has a 660 turbo engine, and it let me drive smoothly on slopes even though I only stepped lightly on its accelerator pedal. Its Idling Stop activated when I stepped on the brake while while the red traffic light was on. Its engine stops before you completely stop the car, so it limits wasting of gasoline.

I felt Nissan’s excellence in terms of following the trend through its interior and exterior designs, considering its complete equipment; but I hope they will reconsider about the high engine noise from the engine room when starting the car and during departure. The response of its brake pedal is a little bit unreliable, so improving the basic parts that were not mentioned in the specs should be considered hereafter.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★
Footwork: ★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Tomoko Fujishima | Automotive Journalist

A car fanatic since her youth, she has been entering into one-make races since 2002. It doesn’t matter which genre, from normal cars to formula cars, she participates in various kinds of races. In 2007 she became the first female class champion at the Mazda Roadster Race. Currently she is spreading the joy of driving through contributions to auto magazines, print media, TV, and web. With perspectives as someone who loves driving and as a woman she supports car life from all fronts. Her criteria for COTY focuses on how much a vehicle can improve everyday life.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)