A List of Top Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Lake Charles

Happy Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day coming up, the one question on everyone’s mind is: where’s the best place to eat in Lake Charles? With an array of choices at your fingertips, sometimes it can be hard to pick the perfect place. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top Valentine’s Day restaurants in Lake Charles.

You can almost never go wrong with surf and turf, that’s why one of our top places for Valentine’s Day is Harlequin Steaks and Seafood. According to Cajun Radio, this place has a tradition dating back to the 1950s, so it’s a great place to go to ensure everyone has a good time.

Odds are if you ask around, La Truffe Sauvage (“The Wild Truffle”) is one of the hot spots for this romantic holiday. Who doesn’t like French gourmet dining? Although it might be alittle more expensive than other places, if you’re looking to impress your date, this is the place to be.

Last but not least, Mazen’s Restaurant is perfect for those of you that are looking for something a little different. Although it’s a little more adventurous than the other two places on our list, Mazen’s offers a unique Mediterranean dining experience. If you’re looking for great seafood, look no further.

Hopefully this list of top restaurants in Lake Charles will ensure you have a fantastic evening on Valentine’s Day. Remember to call ahead for reservations, and of course, from the Nissan of Lake Charles team, drive safe!

2016 Nissan Titan XD Revs it’s Diesel V8 at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Nissan has launched the diesel-powered Titan XD at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, claiming it challenges the full-size pickup segment with its bold new design and strength, and we’re inclined to nod our heads in agreement.

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD uses a unique frame and chassis to handle its powerful Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel and expand its towing and payload potential. Everything about the new truck is stronger, tougher, and more durable—it would scream heavy-duty at you, if it could scream, but we imagine that V8 Turbo Diesel sings a deeper and rougher tune.

When properly equipped, the Titan XD will offer a maximum payload of more than 2,000 pounds and a maximum tow rating of more than 12,000 pounds, along with snow plow capability and numerous available towing aids (incl. Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control, Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control, and Trailer Light Check system).

For all the details, and there are many, check out the official press release. In the meantime, we’ll be impatiently waiting for the 2016 Titan XD at Nissan of Lake Charles!

2015 Nissan Sentra Upgrades Offer Even Better Value

2014 Nissan Sentra

2014 Nissan Sentra Pictured

Though the exterior remains unchanged, carscoops.com reports that the new 2015 Nissan Sentra comes with a slew of standard interior features and upgrades across all trims, eliminating several packages and adding increased value for buyers.

Listed below are the 2015 Nissan Sentra upgrades by trim level:

2015 Nissan Sentra S: The S trim level gets standard automatic headlights, cruise control, USB port, Bluetooth, and illuminated steering wheel controls.

2015 Nissan Sentra SV: The SV trim level gains standard smart entry, an audio display screen, push-button start, satellite radio, and a front armrest.

2015 Nissan Sentra SR: The SR trim adds rear disc brakes and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, in addition to those features listed on the SV.

2015 Nissan Sentra SL: Heated leather front seats and rear disc brakes upgrades now come standard on the SL trim level.

2015 Nissan Sentra Specifications

With these upgrades comes a slight price increase for each trim level. Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles today to learn more and check out the new, feature-loaded 2015 Nissan Sentra!

NYC Taxi of Tomorrow Program Set to Launch April 2015

NYC Taxi of TomorrowSome major changes will soon come to the streets of New York City. According to a Nissan news release, New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has declared April 20th the official start day for the Taxi of Tomorrow program. It will require that almost every retiring taxi be replaced with a Nissan NV200, and will also significantly increase the number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles in the fleet.

The NYC Taxi of Tomorrow guidelines require all Manhattan yellow taxis be replaced by a NV200, an alternate wheelchair-accessible vehicle, or a hybrid. Nissan has been working closely with BraunAbility (the global leader in automotive mobility) to provide wheelchair-accessible NV200s, which are currently available for purchase.

The Nissan NV200 is the ideal taxi for NYC due to its unique safety features and production. The NV200 is the only taxi which leaves the factory with an installed partition. Partitions that are installed aftermarket usually compromise other safety features (like rendering the airbags useless), so this approach won’t pose a problem. In addition, the NV200 meets global pedestrian-protection standards that reduce the impact to a pedestrian when hit by a vehicle.

In an effort to ensure the NV200’s performance, Nissan created its own “New York Ave” at its Arizona proving grounds. The street was designed to replicate the congested traffic and pedestrian conditions of New York City, and the NV200 was rigorously tested and refined with the help of actual NYC taxi drivers.

Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we are excited to see New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission making our environment, safety, and accessibility major priorities.

Best Nissan Vehicles for Winter

Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we’re thankful to live in a climate where we don’t need to worry about typical winter weather. But our neighbors in northern states have it a lot different to us, with multiple feet of snow, ice, and freezing rain being the norm this time of year. If you have family in colder states, or plan on driving north for a long period of time, having the right vehicle to handle this weather is an absolute must. Read on to discover the best Nissan vehicles for winter.

Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rogue is one of the more affordable options for winter driving. Starting at just $22,790 MSRP, the Nissan Rogue returns an impressive 33 mpg highway, which makes it ideal for longer road trips to visit more icy climates. Intuitive all-wheel-drive is an optional extra that winter drivers will certainly be thankful for.

Nissan Xterra

2013 Nissan Xterra

 

 

 

 

 

 

The name says it all—the Nissan Xterra is the ultimate off-road vehicle. Its ability to handle various terrains with ease makes it the perfect companion for winter driving. Heated front seats are a standard feature in the PRO-4X model, which also comes with standard four-wheel drive. What more could you want from a car this winter?

Nissan Pathfinder

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

 

 

 

 

 

The Nissan Pathfinder has it all—a spacious interior, attractive styling, and optional all-wheel drive. The latter isn’t the only feature that makes the Pathfinder your best friend this winter—it also features an optional heated steering wheel to keep your hands toasty on even the coldest of mornings.

Teaser Released before New Nissan Titan’s North American Auto Show Debut

The new Nissan Titan has been a long time in the making.  Nissan took a little bit of a circuitous route back to the drawing board this time—highlighted especially by the special Project Titan—but now they will finally reveal the new Titan to the nation at the upcoming 2015 Detroit Auto Show.  Nissan just released a teaser video on YouTube to promote the new truck.

2014 Nissan Titan

2014 Nissan Titan

The new video focuses mostly on the bones of the new truck, giving viewers a look underneath at the new frame and chassis.  Plus, there’s a sneak peek of that new Cummins V8 diesel engine—obviously, the most exciting new feature in this vehicle.  At the Titan’s North American Auto Show Debut in Detroit, we’re hoping to pry open the hood and get a better look at it ourselves.

The diesel engine will make this new Titan an even better option in the full-size truck market, which is currently finding more and more innovative ways to improve fuel economy.  While there are few details about the upcoming Titan just yet, the Cummins engine assures us it will be an affordable, customer-friendly vehicle.  Come see us at Nissan of Lake Charles to learn more.

Nissan Pulls Some Pranks with #WorldsCleanestCar LEAF

With its zero-emissions electric technology, the Nissan LEAF is already a pretty clean car, but earlier this year, Nissan showed us how it was getting even cleaner with a prototype nano-paint technology that repels dirt, oil, and water.

Now, Nissan is taking the #WorldsCleanestCar to social media with fun videos, games and interactions. In the first installment, Nissan has released “The Nissan Paint Prank” where innocent bystanders witness a paint crew “accidentally” spill paint all over the

LEAF. Lucky for them, the paint just rolls right off.

Viewers can then turn to Instagram for a fun “Guess the Mess” challenge. There, fans try to guess what liquid is being poured on the LEAF. Next, they can participate in the “Will It Stick?” game where fans can suggest things they’d like to see dumped on the LEAF and then Nissan will choose a few suggestions and try them out.

Fans can follow along with all the fun on Instagram with the hashtag #WorldsCleanestCar.

Nissan doesn’t have any plans to use this high-tech coating on production models, but is still considering it for an aftermarket option.

Will you be playing along in the #WorldsCleanestCar LEAF games?

Nissan CEO Mentions 249-Mile Range Nissan Leaf

2013_Nissan_LEAF_05In a recent interview, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn quietly revealed something huge about the next model of the Nissan Leaf, according to the Tokyo-based website Daily Kanban. Ghosn apparently claims that an upcoming model of the Leaf would have a 249-mile range.

To compare, current Nissan Leaf models just barely crack an 80-mile range. This would be huge for the company, which explains why it might be keeping the details under wraps for as long as possible.

Ghosn said the 249-range Leaf model “could be no more than one model cycle away,” meaning it would have to be one of the very next Nissan Leaf models. This would be serious competition for the Tesla Model S, with Nissan holding a significant price advantage.

We at Nissan of Lake Charles are astounded to hear about this 249-mile range Nissan Leaf and are hopeful it could be true. While this miraculous Nissan Leaf has yet to even be confirmed, we have many current Leaf models here at our dealership for you to take home.

Adam Levine in Nissan GT-R Test Drive Video

Here’s the story: Nissan challenged Adam Levine, lead singer of pop band Maroon 5. The automaker said Levine couldn’t sing while being driven around at breakneck speeds in the Nissan GT-R.  He took them up on the offer.

In the Nissan GT-R test drive video that resulted, Adam starts out sounding good, singing the first few lines to Maroon 5’s hit single, “Sugar.” He maintains control during the first burnout. However, as soon as the GT-R gets into motion, Adam can’t help but yelp a little.

For the first half of the ride, Adam manages to stay focused, though his vocal performance is peppered with nervous laughter and also the occasional howl of delight. Pretty soon, the speed and tight handling of the GT-R immobilizes his voice and he can only utter a lyric here or there. Eventually, he explicitly concedes, “I don’t even care about singing anymore. I’m just going to enjoy this!” His face is lit up with delight. At the end of the ride, he says, “I want to do it again!”

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles are sure this is what you would say if you test drive any of the great new Nissan models on our lot.

Will The Nissan Juke Successor Be As Wicked?

Nissan Juke

The Nissan Juke may be the most appropriately named car on the market. Contemplate the lines, stance and attitude of the Juke and you may find yourself wondering if the design engineers wanted this Nissan crossover to appear a little…wicked. That’s exactly the dictionary definition of “juke.”

 

CarScoops says of the Juke, “some love it, some loathe it.” We have to admit that those of here at Nissan of Lake Charles fall decidedly in the love category. Look at the numbers and they suggest the loathing is the far weaker of the two sentiments. Nissan has pushed 420,000 units in the three-and-a-half years since the Juke’s inception.

 

The Nissan Juke is scheduled to be succeeded in the next two or three years, according to CarScoops. One has to wonder, will its Nissan Juke successor be an “equally divisive and standout design” as the original has been? Or will its successor receive “a more conventional and easily digestible styling”?