Get Ready For The Season With These Winter Car Preparation Tips

Winter Road

Gearing up for a cold winter? One of the most important measures you can take this year is to prepare your vehicle for hazardous road conditions ahead of time – and not after you’ve barely survived the year’s first freeze. Here are some winter car preparation tips to get you started:

  • Make sure that your vehicle is caught up on all routine maintenance, including oil changes and any inspections.
  • Top off all your fluids, especially windshield wiper fluid.
  • Inspect your tires thoroughly, ensuring that you have plenty of tread, and consider installing winter tires.
  • Test out your heating system, especially if you haven’t used it since last winter. You won’t want to discover that it’s broken once it’s too late!
  • Update any emergency gear you have in your car for the winter – perhaps adding a warm blanket, a snow shovel, and a cozy hat.
  • Lastly, purchase some deicer fluid and a top-notch ice scraper, and prevent a frosty, icy windshield from ever making you late for work this season.

And of course, pay close attention to the weather forecast, and if possible, avoid dangerous, icy roads as much as you can. To learn more, visit us at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Origami Nissan Juke Offers Unique Paper Rendering

Believe it or not, the fuel-efficient, high-power Nissan Juke subcompact crossover model is already celebrating its five-year anniversary, and British paper artist Owen Gildersleeve wanted to honor the vehicle justly and in a way that highlights the originality of the Juke.

With the help of Nissan, Gildersleeve was able to create an Origami Nissan Juke completely out of paper, which took more than 200 hours to fold and more than 2,000 pieces of paper.  The best part, it is the size of the Nissan Juke and almost looks real!

In a press release, Gildersleeve drew comparisons between his work and the creation of the Juke, saying the many pieces of paper “represents the thousands of people who helped bring the Nissan JUKE into reality in 2011.”

You can check out the Origami Nissan Juke here, courtesy of Nissan UK’s YouTube channel, showcasing the art – which was clearly inspired by the available Juke exterior color “Solar Yellow.”  Tell us what you think of Gildersleeve’s unique tribute to the Nissan Juke!

The 2016 Nissan Juke balances power and fuel efficiency, able to generate up to 188 horsepower and get up to 32 mpg on the highway. To learn more, visit us anytime at Nissan of Lake Charles.

2016 Nissan Frontier Color and Price Changes

2015 Nissan Frontier

2015 Nissan Frontier Pictured

There aren’t many options when it comes to a midsize truck, even with GMC and Chevrolet back in the mix. While still limited, more competition means other automakers have to step up their game and that’s exactly what Nissan has done. The 2016 Nissan Frontier will come with new paint colors and a slight price increase.

The 2016 Frontier S King Cab 4×2 with a five speed manual transmission starts at $18,090. That’s easily the cheapest you can find a new truck for these days. The top end of the Frontier’s spectrum comes is the Pro-4X crew cab models. They run in at $35,410, still not a bad price for a fully loaded pickup.

Nissan’s also looking to appeal to the color conscious as well. New additions to the color spectrum for 2016 include copper, gun metallic, and magnetic black. That brings the total up to eight colors.

The 2016 Frontier comes with two engines. A 2.5-liter four cylinder, with 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, is available in King cab models only. The more powerful 4-liter V6 engine runs in with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. The Frontier is available in five trims for the 2016 model year.

At Nissan of Lake Charles, we can’t wait to see the latest in affordable midsize pickup trucks!

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, 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.