The Nissan Pathfinder: The Best Car for Exploring This Summer

Summer time isn’t just for convertibles and sports cars. Warmer weather brings out the explorer in all of us, and there’s no better car to discover uncharted territory than the Nissan Pathfinder. Built to take on any terrain, the Pathfinder will keep up with you, wherever you’re headed.

The Pathfinder’s intuitive Auto Mode senses slippery roads or rough terrain and automatically adjusts power to each wheel, giving you the confidence, and traction, you need. Featuring a 26 mpg fuel efficiency rating, best-in-class towing capability of 5,000 pounds, and 79.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, you will have no trouble transporting all your toys, and doing it efficiently.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Specifications

If you’re hoping to bring the whole crew along for an adventure, you’re in luck. With space to comfortably seat seven passengers, premium materials, and modern technology, your passengers will be comfortable and connected. Additional cargo space below the floor provides extra storage and hides valuables.

Don’t let your car hold you back this summer. Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles to learn more and test drive a Pathfinder.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

2014 Nissan Altima Named Most Affordable Mid-Size Sedan

Not only is the 2014 Nissan Altima one of the best selling mid-size sedans in the industry, it is also the most affordable, according to Cars.com.

In a study analyzing the purchase price and cost-to-own of today’s mid-size sedans equipped with popular add-ons, the Nissan Altima with the Display Audio Package won the title of “Most Affordable Midsize Sedan for 2014.”

The sedan improved from its number two position on last year’s list. Cars.com staff were impressed with its fuel efficiency and safety proven by “very good” crash test results.

“The 2014 Nissan Altima is equipped with an abundance of features that meet the growing expectations of our consumers, while still remaining a cost-effective vehicle to own,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “Year-over-year sales growth and an expanding list of accolades like this recognition from Cars.com demonstrate why Altima continues to be a leader in the midsize segment.”

Speaking of affordable, there’s no better place to find an affordable deal on the 2014 Altima than right here at Nissan of Lake Charles.

2014 Nissan Altima

2014 Nissan Altima Interior

Nissan Revolutionizing Design with 2015 Murano’s New Language

2014 Nissan Murano

2014 Nissan Murano

The Nissan Murano blew people away with its beautiful design and excellent performance in its breath-taking first generation, and Nissan is looking to repeat that success with the upcoming third-generation Murano, which will hit the market as a 2015 model. A video titled “Aerodynamic Improvements” reveals the finished product of the 2015 Murano design team’s efforts to create a beautiful and fashionable new car.

“At Nissan, design is our brand promise, a promise that pulls people into our vehicles where they will be treated to an exciting driving experience,” Nissan senior vice president and chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura, said. “As the first of our new concept-based production vehicles coming to market, Murano sets our new standard.”

If all of these new cars will be just as beautiful as the new Murano, that will be a very good thing, according to us here at Nissan of Lake Charles. Check out the video to see how Nissan improved on the original Murano design, added elements of the popular Resonance concept, and came up with a perfect solution for today’s new car buyer.

If you’re interested in a new 2015 Murano but don’t want to wait for the new models to come out, we still have plent of 2014 Nissan Murano models on our lot so come on by for a test drive today!

Nissan’s New “Ride of Your Life” Campaign Brings Focus Back to Performance

Today, it seems that most car buyers are focused on a vehicle’s efficiency, fuel consumption, and impact on the environment. Automakers have been trending in that direction too – and what’s not to like about lower fuel costs and taking better care of our environment? In the midst of a market increasingly interested in electric and hybrid-electric cars, Nissan takes a surprising turn and introduces their “Ride of Your Life” campaign, bringing the focus back to performance.

Car enthusiasts around the world can certainly appreciate a fuel efficient car, but what if the car you considered to be a mediocre sedan could actually provide a thrilling ride? In Nissan’s newest campaign, they convince several dozen consumers that they were cruising around the Horse Thief Mile at Willow Springs Raceway in a race-spec Altima. Only when they peel all the race decals off, do the car enthusiasts realize they were in a regular old Altima – one they could purchase at any Nissan dealership.
The message is clear; the Altima isn’t the lame sedan you thought it was. The thing’s got moves. It has a tight turning radius, impressive power, and looks to boot.
2014 Nissan Altima Specifications
“I would never imagine a four-door car could do any of that,” one passenger said in the Nissan video after her exciting ride.
This is exactly the kind of reaction Nissan is going for. “Performance is still very relevant to the audience for Altima,” Jon Brancheau, Nissan’s U.S. CMO, told Forbes. “In this case, we’re trying to show that in an entertaining fashion with consumers who are genuinely surprised.”
Don’t miss out on experiencing the Altima’s power for yourself. Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles for your own test drive today!

Nissan Leaf Takes on the Chevy Volt in 2015

When the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt were first introduced in 2010, the two electric cars were fierce rivals. Though the two cars have been laying low for a few years, they are both facing complete redesigns for next year, and we’re expecting things to heat up again.

The Volt will bring with it some serious competition, but we aren’t scared. Bring it on, Volt – show us what you’ve got. The Nissan LEAF is rearing and ready to roll. The 2015 LEAF has taken a page from the Tesla Model S, and will offer a choice of battery pack sizes.

According to a recent Yahoo Autos article, “Nissan product chief Andy Palmer told Green Car Reports that he could envision two or even three battery choices, which could give the next-gen Leaf more driving range than the current car’s 84 miles. How far? Possibly between 120 and 150 miles.” Whoa, whoa, whoa. That even puts the Toyota Prius Plug In with only 15 miles electric driving to shame.

The Volt will likely be installing a smaller, more affordable (or profitable) battery pack, but doing so won’t increase the electric driving range much past its current 38 miles.

We’ll keep the boxing gloves off for now – a little friendly competition never hurt anyone, right? Although we can’t say for sure when the Nissan LEAF will be available in dealerships, we are pretty darn excited to see the electric car hold its own!

Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles to check out the LEAFs we have in stock today!