Best Summer Road Trips in Louisiana

Girl In Car Going On A Road TripSummer road trips have been an American tradition for many families since the mid-1900s. Louisiana is home to several iconic sights and a few well-kept secrets that make it the perfect state to explore beneath the summer sun. Here are some of the best summer road trips in Louisiana recommended by us here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

White Castle

While it may sound familiar as a cheap restaurant, this White Castle is much more impressive. Otherwise known as Nottoway Plantation, White Castle stands as the largest remaining antebellum mention in the entire Southern United States. Visitors can even pay to stay a night in a mansion built in the late 1800s and sitting at 53,000 square feet!

Jean Lafitte National Park

Six sites make up Jean Lafitte National Park, but the best of the bunch is certainly Barataria Preserve. The 23,000-acre wetlands offer plenty of natural wonders to behold, including wildlife like frogs and birds. Keep your eyes open as you explore the marshes and forests, though. The area is also home to alligators.

Tunica Hills

Hills aren’t the first thing one thinks of when Louisiana comes up in conversation. Tunica Hills, however, is a premier destination where visitors can enjoy nature and spot some wildlife on the loose. Foxes, bobcats, and coyotes tend to roam the area, so be sure to have your eyes open and camera ready!

Best Situations to Own a Truck

Nissan Titan Off-Road

 

There are plenty of benefits to owning a truck, but some of them are only prevalent when disaster strikes. Natural disasters and major life events could leave sedan owners out in the cold. Truck owners, on the other hand, could find themselves quite comfortable in the elements. Here are some of the best situations to own a truck in from us here at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Mud

Natural disasters, such as mudslides, can be devastating on those who suddenly have no form of transportation. Fortunately, tough trucks like the Nissan Frontier, Titan, and Titan XD, can roll through mud like it’s nothing. While a midsize sedan could find itself stuck rather quickly, a truck’s four-wheel drive system will allow it to plow forward with little resistance.

Flooding

Cars may be heavy, but they aren’t designed to travel through deep water. Many models are low to the ground and don’t offer the clearance required to travel through flood waters safely. That’s where trucks come in.

Full-size pickups offer the ground clearance to traverse flood waters with relative ease, depending on the level of flooding in the area.

Moving

Moving house tends to be a major life event most people only experience a handful of times. Owning a truck can make moving much easier and cheaper, as using the bed to haul possessions saves on moving truck costs. Plus, there’s no need to worry about having the truck back at a certain time or on a specific day!

Must-Have Accessories for Your Truck

You’ve got the truck, now what will you need to go with it? There are plenty of ways to amp up your pickup, adding more personality, more capability, or whatever you’d like. Here are some must-haves on the list of possible accessories for your truck.

Truck Bed Extender

When you’re in need of some extra room in the bed of your pickup, it’s helpful to have a truck bed extender handy. This accessory allows you leave the tailgate open and to support long items that would otherwise hang free out the back of your bed.

Tie Down Straps and Tow Hooks

If you recently purchased a Nissan Frontier® or a Nissan Titan® from Nissan of Lake Charles, you likely have plans to carry plenty of cargo, and for that purpose you will need the straps and hooks to make it possible. Owning a sturdy set of tie down straps is imperative when carrying heavy loads safely.

Loading Ramp

Loading that lawnmower or your family’s off-road recreational vehicle just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a helpful loading ramp accessory.

Winch

Speaking of off-roading, having a winch on hand is extremely helpful should a vehicle get stuck in the mud. You can also use a winch to help carry the extra heavy loads. When it comes to getting the most out of your truck, anything that can offer extra power and performance does right by our standards.

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Top 5 Reasons to Own a Truck

Thinking about stepping up into a pickup for the first time? There are tons of great reasons to own a truck, as any truck owner can attest to. If you’re considering making the change from car or SUV to truck, take a look at some of our favorite reasons from Nissan of Lake Charles. They may just persuade you.

Off-Road Driving

Most trucks are equipped with all-wheel drive and large ground clearances, so these big vehicles have no trouble tackling some tough terrain. When you own a truck, things like camping become a whole new adventure.

Moving is Simple

You’ll never have to rent a U-Haul again. Just be ready to lend a helping hand when your friends and family have their moving days!

Powerful Performance

Today’s pickups, whether lightweight or heavy duty, boast some seriously powerful engines with high horsepower. As a result, not only will you have no trouble hauling and carrying big cargo, but you’ll also have a fun driving experience every time.

Bad Weather, No Problem

Just as trucks can handle off-roading like champions, they can also tackle snow, rain, and other bad weather with ease.

Variety

Today’s trucks come in plenty of sizes and configurations. You can get a truck as luxurious as a fancy SUV, or one that’s equipped with as many safety features as you’d find in a small car. With so many options, it’s easy to find a truck that’s sure to keep you happy in the long run.

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Nissan Armada Earns “Must Test Drive Award” from Autotrader

Nissan Armada

Nissan Armada

In a recent round of reviews from Autotrader, the all-new 2017 Nissan Armada was chosen as one of the top 12 vehicles that shoppers should consider and experience this year and was given a “Must Test Drive Award.” The Armada was chosen from more than 300 new vehicles.

Autotrader editors wrote, “The redesigned Armada surprised Autotrader editors by just how well it drives and how nimbly it handles for being such a large vehicle, and combined with its high-quality interior materials, features and off-road abilities, the Armada ‘squarely competes with the best’ in the class.”

The new Armada is based off of the Nissan Patrol, which is a mainstay vehicle for much of the world. Here in the United States, the Armada serves as a family adventure vehicle with seating for up to eight passengers.

With best-in-class maximum horsepower and plenty of class-exclusive features like Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Around View Monitor, and more, the Armada is ready to stake its claim in the full-size SUV segment.

If you’re in the market for a full-size vehicle that will take your family places you’ve never been before, come test drive the all-new 2017 Nissan Armada at Nissan of Lake Charles today.

Spend Your Tax Refund at Nissan of Lake Charles to Get the Most from Your Money

Tax season is officially here, and if you’re like most Americans, you will be getting a tax refund this year. If you’re looking to make the most of your money, come spend your tax refund at Nissan of Lake Charles. Here are three ways to maximize the use you get from your refund.

  1. Down payment. Depending on the amount of your tax refund, it could go a long way towards funding a sizable down payment on a great new or used car. The larger your down payment, the smaller your car loan and monthly payments will be.
  2. Accessories. Make your car even more exciting with some new accessories. Get some quality floor mats, amped-up performance parts, premium seats, or a new sounds system.
  3. Repairs. If you’re not looking to buy a new car, but your current one needs some work, use your tax refund to pay for any needed repairs. Remove some dents, get a good tune up, get a thorough detailing, and anything else your car needs to make it look, feel, and smell like new again.

Whatever your car needs are, here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we will help you make the best use of your tax refund dollars.

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Autonomous Nissan Testing in London

Nissan is serious about its commitment to eventually creating a zero-emission, zero-fatality future, and part of that means developing self-driving vehicles. To that end, the company recently tested an autonomous Nissan vehicle on the real-world streets of London, revealing its new technology in full to the European media.

Nissan has conducted public testing in the US and Japan before in an effort to pursue self-driving technology in real life situations. Nissan allowed the public to participate by riding in an autonomous vehicle, which uses a wide array of technologies including wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, and a Human Machine Interface, plus many more, to sense vehicles around it and make decisions in seconds.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s program to improve mobility and autonomy around the world, combines three areas of innovation to produce fully autonomous, driverless vehicles: Nissan Intelligent Driving improves safety and control; Nissan Intelligent Power focuses on reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency, including electric and hybrid technologies; and Nissan Intelligent Integration is all about connecting cars together, which will eventually lead to a smarter remote vehicle operation and more efficient driving.

If you’re curious about Nissan vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and the Nissan Intelligent Mobility program, ask us today at Nissan of Lake Charles!

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Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue

The Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue is one of our nearest and dearest charities here at Nissan of Lake Charles. The organization is a nonprofit that rescues pit bulls (and other “pit bull-type” dogs) and adopts them out, because the local shelter and other area shelters won’t.

Rescue and adoption aren’t all Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue does, though. They’re also involved in training their pit bulls as therapy dogs through the Positive Pit Project, which is especially active in providing therapy dogs to veterans. LCPBR works with Team Halo and Eylsa’s Purpose to fight animal cruelty cases as well.

The organization is extremely dedicated to their dogs and provides them with the best care possible. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and given all their shots. LCPBR even takes them for surgeries at the LSU Veterinary School of Medicine, which has included heart surgery, MRIs, and cancer treatment.

Support from Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue doesn’t end when you adopt your dog. Part of the adoption fee goes to a training session with the organization’s trainer, and LCPBR is happy to continue helping after the adoption when needed.

The organization also helps the community by building fences and providing training workshops. At Nissan of Lake Charles, we’re glad to share a town with a group that does such incredible work.

Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue

Preventative Car Maintenance: The Basics

Preventative Car Maintenance

New drivers have likely heard about recommended maintenance. However, more experienced drivers may forget to tell them about preventative maintenance. Taking a few minutes out of your week for maintenance can help prevent future problems.

  • Owner’s Manual – Reading a boring manual isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, but the owner’s manual is the literal guide to your vehicle. Learning everything you need to know is pertinent to most owners. Drivers should at least find the manufacturer-recommended service schedule and mark the page for future reference.
  • Windshield Wiper – Windshield wipers should be replaced every six months as a general rule of thumb. A new set is relatively inexpensive, and it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to install. New wipers offer optimized visibility during rain and snow. Increased safety comes cheap when it comes to new windshield wipers. Consult your owner’s manual for specific installation instructions.
  • Engine Air Filter – Regularly replacing the engine air filter is a necessity for every vehicle. The owner’s manual will tell you how many miles or months should pass between each new filter. Consider asking a dealership to give the air filter a good look during your next service appointment.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles have a few preventative car maintenance tips that could prove useful to both new and experienced drivers- come in and see us if you have any other questions!

Nissan NV Cargo X Van Comes With Diesel Power

Nissan NV Cargo X Van

Picture this vehicle- just with a bunch more gadgets and technology. That’s the Nissan NV Cargo X Van.

While drones are currently all the rage, Nissan is pulling out all of the stops in the form of a vehicle designed to go where no drone has gone before. The Nissan NV Cargo X van project vehicle is based on a standard NV2500 HD van with just a few adjustments. While it isn’t ready for the market just yet, it seems to have serious potential as a delivery van.

Nissan isn’t exactly new to experimenting with van configurations and designs. One van took drifting to a whole new level, while another fuel-cell vehicle ran on biofuel. A third became a mobile office, complete with a coffee machine.

Unlike those models, however, the Cargo X project van doesn’t need a paved road to move. Ian Johnson, host of Xtreme Off-Road, had a hand in the creation of the van.

Nissan partnered up with Johnson to create the ultimate off-road van. First, a custom off-road suspension sits beneath the body. Then, they used the Titan XD’s 5.0-liter Cummins turbo-diesel V8 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive system. 37-inch Grabber X3 tires bring a total of 22 inches of ground clearance.

It also comes stocked with an air system, fluid storage, rope, recovery tracks, and a portable welder.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles love the capability that drives forward the NV Cargo X van!