Nissan Pathfinder Named Among KBB.com’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016

2016 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder has been named one of Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 for the third straight year.  If that doesn’t prove the Pathfinder is a family friendly vehicle, we’re not sure what does!

“There are three-row crossovers that are newer to the market than the Nissan Pathfinder but this stalwart model remains one of our family-vehicle favorites because of its continuing excellence in offering features that families like,” said KBB.com.

Making it on KBB.com’s list is no small feat. The automotive research company went through great pains to find the best family cars, driving two dozen vehicles for two weeks the way families would. That included using baby seats, watching movies on the rear seats, loading cargo, squeezing too many people in the third row, folding down the seats, pairing phones, and much more.

Ultimately, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder was ranked among the top three-row SUVs money can buy. KBB.com noted the no child-seat hassle, perfect on-road manners, strong power, and “praiseworthy” fuel economy, all reasons that we’ve noticed keep families coming back to Nissan of Lake Charles for the best vehicles.

Tell us what you like the best about the Nissan Pathfinder and why it’s the perfect vehicle for your family here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

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.

Rogue, Altima, and Pathfinder Named Best Family Cars

In their infinite wisdom, the editors at Kelley Blue Book (KBB) have included three Nissan models in a list of the 12 very best vehicles for families. To represent 25 percent of the best family cars on the road this year is quite a feat for Nissan, and we at Nissan of Lake Charles are pleased to offer all three award-winning models: the 2014 Rogue, the 2014 Altima, and the 2014 Pathfinder.

In determining the 12 Best Family Cars of 2014, KBB editors originally selected 21 representative models across 11 different automakers. Each of these models had received top ranks in the website’s Expert Ratings for different family-friendly vehicle aspects. These aspects included safety, comfort, driving performance, rear-seat entertainment, room for child seats, and cargo space, among others.

Once these 21 vehicles were chosen, the editors relied on real families who drove these cars to offer their feedback. Based on their stories and opinions, the editors chose the top 12 victors, and the rest is history.

“Each of these vehicles was designed to fit the needs of a wide range of customers and situations, while also being family-friendly,” explained Dan Mohnke, the vice president of Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “From Pathfinder’s more conventional family profile to Rogue’s wealth of amenities and clever cargo solutions to Altima’s ideal fusion of sportiness and practicality, the mainstream appeal of these vehicles’ designs has been borne out in robust sales numbers and third-party accolades such as these most recent awards from KBB.com.”

Currently shopping for a new model for your family? Be sure to stop by Nissan of Lake Charles and check out our top-rated family vehicles today!

New-Car Fuel Economy at an All-Time High

Researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute recently reported that fuel economy ratings are at their highest. These researchers used data collected since October of 2007 – and the auto industry has made big changes in five years.

Remember where you were on Halloween of 2007? If the car you drove to pick up your candy was at the national average, it earned 20.1 mpg.  That has now risen to 24.1 mpg: a huge 20 percent increase.  The number has even increased from this September when the average was at 23.8 mpg.

“The improvement in fuel economy in the past five years corresponds to a 17 percent reduction in fuel consumption per distance driven,” said UMTRI research professor Michael Sivak.

As usual, Nissans are no average vehicles – the 2013 Sentra, for example, gets an average 34 mpg. Even the massive Pathfinder earns 26 mpg on the highway – so your whole family can stay ahead of the curve.

To learn more about UMTRI’s research, visit them online at http://www.umtri.umich.edu/news.php.