But it isn't cheap.
Subscription services are a new way to lease vehicles, where instead of only a monthly payment for one car, customers can pay to switch out cars from a brand with insurance and maintenance included. One example is Porsche Passport, which costs a whopping $2,100 per month, even for the base plan. Infiniti is rumored to launch its own competing service called Selection by Infiniti that could be far less expensive but it is the Nissan brand that has released its subscription service first.
Nissan Switch will launch first in the Greater Houston area, offering two tiers of pricing. The service will be opened in August 2020 and its availability across the US will likely depend on the success in Houston. Here's what Nissan Switch includes:
After a $495 (one-time) activation fee, subscribers on the Select level pay $699 per month to switch between an Altima, Rogue, Pathfinder, or Frontier. This may sound like a lot of money per month for these vehicles but keep in mind the plan includes unlimited switches (as many as a new vehicle each day), delivery, cleaning, insurance, roadside assistance, and regular maintenance. Nissan says the service will include "well-equipped trim levels" featuring options like Nissan ProPILOT Assist.
For $899 per month, the Premium level includes larger and more premium models like the Leaf Plus, Maxima, Murano, Armada, Titan, and 370Z. Both levels even allow you to have access to the Nissan GT-R, though you have to pay an additional $100 per day and you can only book it for up to seven consecutive days.
"Nissan Switch is another way that Nissan is testing alternatives to the notion of traditional mobility, without long-term financial commitments for our customers," said Andrew Tavi, vice president, Legal, External Affairs and Business Development, Nissan North America, Inc. "This program provides more choice, convenience, and flexibility. For those who want a sedan during the week and an SUV or sports car, like the GTR, on the weekends, Nissan Switch provides the solution."
A concierge from Central Houston Nissan will deliver a vehicle anywhere within the service area and will help transfer items from car to car. They will even provide a walk-around of the vehicle to answer any questions a customer might have.