2017 Nissan Maxima Safety Ratings Designate It as One of the Best

Nissan Maxima Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has spoken: the 2017 Nissan Maxima is one of the safest new vehicles on the road. In fact, the IIHS named the new Nissan Maxima—as well as the new Nissan Altima and Nissan Rogue—a “Top Safety Pick+,” the institute’s highest honor.

This means that the new Nissan Maxima scored the “Good” rating in all of the IIHS’s “Top Safety Pick” test categories and that it excelled in categories such as front crash prevention. New Maxima models with Forward Emergency Braking scored best.

Forward Emergency Braking prevents forward collisions with sensors that can tell if there is a pedestrian, another vehicle, or some other object in front of the Maxima, automatically engaging the brakes even if the driver hasn’t yet noticed the danger.

The new Nissan Maxima comes with many other automatic features, including Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert – each of which aim to address problems that drivers may not notice.

Want to learn more about the Nissan Maxima safety ratings or perhaps even take the new vehicle out on a test drive? Contact us or simply visit us anytime at Nissan of Lake Charles.

New Nissan Armada Family SUV Hosts Eight People, TV Screens, and Latest Safety Tech

Nissan Armada Family SUV

Nothing is more important than choosing the ideal car when you regularly transport your family. Thankfully, Nissan has made that decision easy with the new 8-seat 2017 Nissan Armada. Between its reliable performance, top-notch entertainment technology, and clever safety features, you are sure to love the Nissan Armada family SUV.

At its basic level, the Nissan Armada is fueled by a 5.6-liter V8 engine, getting up to 390 horsepower. And, with all-mode 4-wheel drive, there will be nowhere that your family cannot go – whether you’re planning a hiking trip or a snowy drive over the holidays.

Inside the new Armada, you will find two display screens for back-seat passengers, able to show different films and television shows at the same time. Never again will your kids have to argue about what to watch!

Lastly, Nissan knows that safety is paramount, especially when it comes to families. Nissan Safety Shield includes a long list of impressive safety features, including a surround-view camera system, Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, and much more.

For more information on the new Nissan Armada or to take it out on a test drive, contact us or visit us anytime at Nissan of Lake Charles.

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.

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!

Chilling Out and Other Things to do After a Car Accident

Steps after Car Accident

Drive long enough and it’s highly likely you’ve been involved in a least a fender bender.  That’s the sad truth. The good news is that the vast majority of car accidents cause no injuries and very little damage. But still, there are certain things to do after a car accident, no matter what.

First things first: chill out. Even if you have every reason to be upset, yelling at the other party or being aggressive in any way is never going to pay off. Speaking of blame, don’t ever discuss culpability. That’s for the police to decide.

Document as much as you can about the accident. Take pictures of the damage on your cell phone. As far as talking to the other driver, HowStuffWorks says that generally “you’ll need to get the other driver’s name, address, insurance company, and policy number.”

Do not deny yourself medical attention if you at all feel it is necessary. It’s best to seek treatment at the scene then anytime later when it may prove difficult to make a case that your injury is accident-related.

Accidents happen but their damage and inconvenience can be mitigated by planning and preparation.  At Nissan of Lake Charles, we want to make sure that you are taking the proper steps to keep yourself safe, before and after an accident.

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.

Could Your Car Keep You Safe from Lightning?

We’ve all heard it before – the car is actually the safest place you can be in a lightning storm. Something about the rubber tires. But did we really believe your car can keep you safe from lightning? It seems a bit tough to wrap our heads around the idea of a metal box being the safest place to avoid being struck by lightning. Facts are fact though, and folks, we have proof that your car will, in fact, not electrocute you if it is struck by lightning.

Meet Al and Betty Perry, a Canadian couple whose truck was recently struck by lightning (and amazingly, it was captured on film). Ok, so maybe the car didn’t exactly keep them ‘safe,’ as it erupted into a fireball and destroyed the electrical system, so they were locked in, but the couple was not electrocuted.

Luckily, a RCMP officer, Constable Brian Jamont, who was traveling behind the Perrys, was able to break a window and pull the couple out.

Clearly, we do not recommend jumping in your car to protect yourself from lightening, but what an incredible story. We think the Perrys should buy a lottery ticket (or two).

Your car may be the best place to stay safe from lightening

Your car may be the best place to stay safe from lightning