A Newly Refreshed 2016 Nissan Altima Gets A Few Upgrades

2015 Nissan Altima Pictured

2015 Nissan Altima Pictured

Although the Nissan Altima had a major upgrade a few years ago, Nissan has updated more than just a few things on this refreshed 2016 Nissan Altima.  The Altima is one of Nissan’s more popular models and arguably the brands most popular sedan.  The pricing on this new Altima will reflect some of the changes made by increasing $200 from last year’s model, but when looking at the changes made, this increase is small compared to the changes made.

This year, the 2016 Nissan Altima is getting an exterior redesign, with updates to the front fascia, grille and fenders.  According to Nissan, the 2016 Altima will also incorporate the “Energetic Flow” design in place with the 2016 Maxima.  In addition to this, the interior will feature a softer material, updated steering and suspension and some new technology! With updates to the engine, the MPG is expected to be a class best with 39 MPG Highway.

The 2016 Nissan Altima is a great example of Nissan’s drive to improve its vehicles.  Although the Altima is Nissan’s “bread-and-butter,” the company stills looks for ways to improve an already flourishing model!  Tell us what you think of the Altima’s upgraded features here at Nissan of Lake Charles!  I know we are highly anticipating it’s arrival here at our store!

Louisiana Foods You Need to Try

Southern cooking

No place in the country has more flavorful dishes than Louisiana. There’s a reason they call it soul food! From spicy seasoning to sweet treats, here are some of the best Cajun-inspired Louisiana foods you need to try:


A dish as versatile as it is delicious, gumbo is an incredible stew that will fill you up. Available with seafood or land-based meat, gumbo is the best way to get your fill of Southern comfort, but still include foods that are familiar to you.

Red Beans and Rice

More rice is coming your way with this Louisiana classic. The dish takes a while to make to let the spice sink in, but the wait is well worth it!  Like Gumbo, it is a meal that can go with many other foods.


For a gathering of all the great flavors of Louisiana, look no further than jambalaya. This dish has it all, from sausage to shrimp, and it blends all the ingredients together masterfully.


Although all these delicious meals are filling, make sure to save/make room for a beignet desert. These pillowy, powdered-sugar treats are the best way to end a good meal!

If there is one thing that Louisiana has, it’s a great selection of southern food that comes from its diverse background.  From French, to Spanish to just southern style cooking, Louisiana has some of the greatest dishes in the south!

Nissan Heisman House Returns for Fifth Year


College football season is back in session, which means it is time to cheer on your alma mater. It also means the return of one of Nissan’s most hilarious advertising campaigns—the Nissan Heisman House.  We hope you are looking forward to this as much as we are!

Returning for its fifth year, the Nissan Heisman House is a hilarious ad campaign that answers the question of what it would be like if the winners of the Heisman Trophy all lived under one roof. The result is football-inspired antics.

“Nissan is proud of our continuing role in supporting the work of the Heisman Trust’s outstanding charity efforts, and we’ve enjoyed entertaining fans with our Heisman House campaign over the past four years,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and Operations for Nissan North America, in the press release.

The ten TV spots will feature 15 winners of the prestigious award. This includes recent Heisman winners, such as Marcus Mariota, Steve Spurrier, and Jim Plunkett. The campaign will also support the Heisman Trophy Trust’s charitable initiatives.

We can’t wait to see these talented football players show off their talent for comedy!  Be sure to let us know at Nissan of Lake Charles which one you think is the funniest in the comments below!

Fall Car Maintenance: Preparing for Colder Weather

Car Maintenance

With fall right around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider preparing your car for colder weather and regular upkeep. From basic service to important repairs, fall car maintenance is an important part of extending your car’s life.

According to Carecare.org, there are four things to keep in mind:

  • Battery—make sure the terminals are free of corrosion, and that the connections are all secure. Also, if you’ve had it for more than two years, consider buying a new one – cold weather can be especially harsh on your electrical system.
  • HVAC—that stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Clean vents with compressed air, clean air filters, and make sure your A/C system is charged. Check your wipers for wear as well.
  • Tires—check tread depth and pressure. Uneven wear, bald spots, and cracks mean you should consider buying new ones. When checking pressure, remember that cold weather decreases air pressure.
  • Brakes—having your brakes checked could save your life, especially with upcoming bad weather. Have your linings, rotors, pads, and drums looks at.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be better prepared for the fall.  Let us know at Nissan of Lake Charles if you have any questions about fall car maintenance and we will be glad to assist you!

The Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes

2016 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes is back, running from August 1 to September 30. With chances to win daily instant prizes and new cars, Nissan owners couldn’t be more excited!

Adding a fun element to vehicle maintenance, Nissan hopes to build stronger relationships with their customers. Although many owners probably don’t enjoy having their car serviced, earning fun and exciting prizes could make that oil change worth it.  And that’s exactly what the Sweepstakes will be offering!

“With our Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes, we’ve been able to engage with our customers and create a promotion they look forward to,” said Jack Wilkerson, Director of Aftersales Marketing & Sales. Jack goes on to say, “Nissan is dedicated to vehicle service excellence, and this sweepstakes helps remind people of the exceptional customer service and offerings available at their local Nissan dealers.”

In fact, Nissan is offering some lucky owners a chance to win a 2016 Rogue, 370Z Coupe or Maxima by entering a Service Competition. There are also on the go mobile prizes, found easily on Facebook and Twitter, as well as the new Nissan Summer Radio on Pandora.  Be sure to enter daily for your chance to win one of these great prizes!  And tell us at Nissan of Lake Charles if you win anything!

New Nissan Maxima Makes Good on its “Four Door Sports Sedan” Name

2016 Nissan Maxima

If you’re not already driving a Nissan Maxima, you might be unaware of the true power of this four-door sports sedan. While the Maxima might seem like it is built for everyday use, it has a surprise under the hood—a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. Living up to the “sport” descriptor in its name, the Maxima is considered one of the top Nissan models when it comes to performance, trailing only the GT-R model.

While power takes the forefront in the 2016 Nissan Maxima, it’s available trim levels are also top-notch. Our favorite is the SR sports trim. Nissan recently released a new 2016 Maxima SR Midnight edition at the BET Experience, which comes with even more options and features to boost your customer experience. The Maxima comes with a V6 engine and a CVT transmission, gets over 300 horsepower, and even gets 261 lb-ft of torque.

The Maxima matches form and function really well, too, with a beautiful exterior design that blends seamlessly into an ergonomically and comfortably designed interior. The SR model even comes with special accents—black mirrors, black wheels, and other black design touches as well. Come visit Nissan of Lake Charles to learn more!

Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Should Get 310 Miles on a Single Charge


Nissan LEAFThe Nissan LEAF has now surpassed the Prius as the most popular and ubiquitous nameplate in the hybrid/electric vehicle market. With tons of technology, standard features, and—of course—incredible efficiency, it’s no wonder customers and critics alike both love the LEAF. Now, the next-generation LEAF will take that formula to an all-new level with a range that allows the electric car to go 310 miles on a single charge.

While the Next-Generation Nissan LEAF will come farther in the future, the 2016 model currently gets 110 miles on a single charge, thanks to a new, more powerful battery. This increase is already an improvement on the 2015 model, which had a range of 84 miles. While the 110-mile range is impressive, the next-generation LEAF is sure to knock the socks off of the industry.

Nissan just premiered a prototype of the vehicle, which comes with a new electric powertrain to push that range up over 300 miles on a single charge. Obviously, an electric vehicle with the same range as a gas-powered vehicle would be quite a welcome innovation to the new car market. For more information about the future of the LEAF electric car, make sure you stop by Nissan Lake of Charles in the future.

Nissan at the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours

2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

The Le Mans 24 Hours held each summer in France is one of the most difficult and prestigious endurance races. This is why Nissan’s main goal for the race was to get at least one of its three cars across the finish line, which is exactly what Nissan did.  It was exciting to see Nissan at the 2015 Le Mans

This year’s race was the debut of the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and, while it didn’t land on the podium, the fact that it crossed the finish line after 24 hours is a feat unto itself.

“For sure we have had problems, but that’s what happens when you innovate,” said Darren Cox, NISMO’s Global Head of Brand, after the race. He said, “Most LM P1 manufacturers don’t finish Le Mans at their first attempt, so it was important for us to hit this target…We have done exactly what we needed to do: We dug in. We solved our problems. We exploited the limits of our current performance, and we finished the Le Mans 24 Hours.”

During the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours, Nissan said all the teams learned invaluable information they can put to use for next year’s race to improve the GT-R car, which is still in its infancy stage of development.

Crossing the finish line was the #22 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO driven by Harry Ticknell, Michael Krumm, and Alex Buncombe. The #21 Nissan made it through ten hours of the race before it had to withdraw after losing a wheel and being unable to return to the pits for repair.

Perhaps the most painful experience from the race was when the #23 Nissan had to retire from the race because of a suspension issue just one hour shy from the finish.

Join with us at Nissan of Lake Charles as we congratulate Nissan on this great accomplishment. We can’t wait to see what will happen in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Preparing Your Car for a Summer Road Trip

Family Road Trip

Summer is here, which means it’s time for some fun. If you’re planning a road trip in the next few months, here are some tips on preparing your car for a summer road trip:

  • Get a tune-up. Nobody wants any mechanical issues while they’re travelling. Take your car in for some routine maintenance to make sure you won’t be hit with any surprise repairs while on vacation.
  • Clean your car. While you don’t need to do a full wash and wax, clean out the interior from any built-up junk. This will eliminate excess weight and make it much easier to pack the car when you’re getting ready to leave.
  • Be prepared for issues. Yes, you took your car in for a tune-up, but that won’t guarantee you won’t have any issues. Be sure to pack an emergency kit so you’re prepared for the unexpected. You never know when you might accidentally leave your headlights on and need a jump. In that case, something like this portable, rechargeable jump starter will be a life saver.

These tips on preparing your car for a summer road trip are sure to make your travels even more relaxing. Do you have any additional tips to make sure your car is ready for the road?  Tell us at Nissan of Lake Charles in the comments below!

Around View Monitor Helps 2015 Nissan Versa Note Make 10 Best Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20k List

2015 Nissan Versa NoteWhat does it mean to be the tech-savviest in this increasingly tech-savvy world?  Ask the 2015 Nissan Versa Note.  The hatchback just made Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20k list.  We’ll give you a few reasons why the Nissan Versa Note has made the list!

The inclusion of Nissan’s Around View Monitor (AVM) in the Versa Note’s suite of tech features certainly went a long way in helping the hatchback make the list.  AVM is a highly advanced tech to be found in an entry-level offering.

Nissan explains how AVM works by giving “drivers a virtual bird’s-eye view of the vehicle,” making parking an absolute cinch.  When activated, AVM will take over control of the steering wheel, allowing the driver to focus on the accelerator and brakes.

As Torque News points out, “under $20,000” essentially means the entry-level segment, a segment that still lags a bit in terms of technological advancements. This is what makes the cars on the list, like the 2015 Nissan Versa Note, such standout models. They are in a category that typically is lacking of these technological features, in order to make them cheaper than their higher trim levels.  We at Nissan of Lake Charles are glad that the Nissan Versa Note isn’t sacrificing technology to become cheaper.