Brand New Nissan Maxima Engine Earns a Spot on “Wards 10 Best Engines” List

The 2016 Nissan Maxima features a brand new 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine, and it’s already proving to be quite the thriller. Named to “Wards 10 Best Engines” list, the new Nissan Maxima engine delivers a 15 percent increase in highway fuel economy to 30 miles per gallon, and an impressive output of 85.7 horsepower/liter.

2016 Nissan Maxima - New Nissan Maxima EngineIn order to select the engines that will make the Wards 10 Best Engines” list, WardsAuto editors evaluated 31 all-new or improved powertrains available in vehicles with a base price of less than $61,000 for 2016. The two-months of testing included everyday driving – including regular commutes. Factors considered include comparative specs, fuel economy, horsepower, noise attenuation, torque, and new technology.

“When the 2016 Maxima hit dealerships in May, our team believed this redesigned 3.5-liter V6 engine would be an important piece of the puzzle,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. in a statement. “To be included in Wards 10 Best Engines list is a tribute to the outstanding design, performance and value of our new-generation Nissan Maxima flagship sedan. We thank everyone at Wards for this significant recognition.”

Stop by Lewis Nissan today to learn more and test drive the powerful 2016 Nissan Maxima for yourself!

Nissan Titan XD named the 2015 Truck of Texas

2015 Truck of Texas - Nissan Titan XDTexas is a pretty tough place. Therefore, you need a pretty tough truck to be named the official truck of Texas. Evidently, Nissan has just the right vehicle for the job.

According to a Nissan press release, the Nissan Titan XD was named the 2015 Truck of Texas.

It really comes as no surprise when you consider the endurance and durability of the Nissan Titan.

The new Nissan Titan XD has an impressive towing capacity of 12,000 pounds, able to haul pretty much any load.

The Titan XD also received awards for the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas and the Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas, proving how versatile the vehicle truly is.

“This prestigious Truck of Texas award gives us tremendous validation heading into the TITAN XD launch in December,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc. “We are humbly honored to accept this award.”

Be on the lookout in December for the official truck of Texas: The Nissan Titan XD.

The New 2015 Nissan Sentra Garners Top Safety Pick Award

After a bit of a disappointing safety rating in 2013 for the Sentra, Nissan amped up the features and focused on creating an all-around safer lineup. And as they say, hard work does indeed pay off. The new 2015 Nissan Sentra earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

new 2015 Nissan SentraAccording to the IIHS, the most significant improvements were made to the door sill, A-pillar, and front structure which put the test dummy at a lower risk of injury.

In order to score a Top Safety Pick Rating, a car has to earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint test, and a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test. The small overlap front test was created in 2012 and added as a qualifying component.

If you’re interested in driving the Top Safety Pick award-winning 2015 Nissan Sentra, stop by and visit us at Lewis Nissan.

New Nissan Pathfinder Named to’s Best Family Cars List for 2015

The Nissan Pathfinder is now a repeat winner of a Best Family Car award from After a redesign, the next-generation Pathfinder has been blazing a trail of excellence ever since. The mid-size SUV has landed back-to-back acknowledgements on the Best Family Cars list thanks to its improvements in comfort, roominess, safety technology, and rear entertainment technology.

Those improvements—not to mention best-in-class ratings in towing capacity, passenger volume, and fuel efficiency—made the Pathfinder one of only two mid-size SUVs to make the list. The list is compiled by a panel of expert editors as well as normal families. The cars go through rigorous testing to determine which ones should be included on the list—and the Pathfinder passed all the tests with flying colors.

Best Family Cars List - Nissan Pathfinder“Completely redesigned just two years ago, 2015 Pathfinder retains its core values of fun, utility and fresh style while also adding a number of exciting enhancements beneficial for the whole family,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “With plenty of cargo space and interior room, and a smooth ride with solid handling, the 2015 Pathfinder is a classic ‘family-first’ vehicle, and we’re elated to once again be included among Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars.”

Come see us here at Lewis Nissan to see all the features of the new Pathfinder, from the 8.0-inch touch-screen monitor, the EZ Flex Seating System, and a 13-Speaker Bose Premium Audio system. Of course, it also drives pretty well too. Come see us for a test drive today.

Nissan Murano Earns MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award

Nissan Murano - MotorWeek Drivers' Choice AwardWhile winning industry awards is always terrific, for Nissan, it’s more important to earn awards that are given by the consumers. That is why we here at Lewis Nissan are happy to announce that the 2015 Nissan Murano was recently named a MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award winner. Named the Best Small Utility, the Murano was recognized as a segment-defining vehicle, presenting an innovative design, high-end interior, and premium technologies that make it easy for consumers to come back for more.

“Following a strong finish to 2014, momentum surrounding the all-new Murano continues to climb into 2015,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president for Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations in the US “The redesigned Murano is not only a great choice due to an incredible balance of style, comfort, innovation, and more, but—as validated by this award—also due to its great value and reliability. MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards are among the best and most-coveted in the business, and we’re ecstatic to play a part in the celebration of the world’s best vehicles.”

The 2015 Murano comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rating an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined. This superb vehicle offers enough seating for at least half the soccer team, while also providing a laundry list of features and amenities, including NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front and rear seating.

If you are interested in seeing why the Murano earned the MotorWeek Driver’s Choice Award, stop in to Lewis Nissan today!

Nissan Altima Scores a Nod as One of the “10 Most Comfortable Cars”

2015 Nissan AltimaFor those of us with long commutes or who take frequent road trips, having a car that is comfortable and won’t leave you aching is a top priority. Nissan cares about your bum, too, and has put NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” seats into the Altima.

With these seats in mind, placed the Altima in sixth place on its list of the “10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000.” With a starting MSRP of only $22,170, the Altima is one the three most affordable cars on the list.

“In addition to its advanced ‘Zero Gravity’ front seats, the 2014 Altima features soft-touch armrests as well as noise absorption materials to help reduce cabin noise and improve the overall experience inside the vehicle,“ said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, in a statement. “Coupled with its innovative, stylish design and wide range of available technology features, the Altima is the perfect home-away-from-home. This honor from Kelley Blue Book’s further reaffirms our commitment to comfortable, quality products and the needs of our customers.”

Want to see how comfortable your derriere can feel in a “Zero Gravity” seat? Come check out the Nissan Altima available now at Lewis Nissan.

Kelley Blue Book Awards Nissan’s Family-Friendly Lineup

2014 Nissan AltimaKelley Blue Book® recently released its list of the 12 Best Family Cars of 2014. Of the 12 vehicles on the list, one quarter of them are Nissans.

What constitutes the best family car? According to KBB®, room is a big deal (not surprising when you think of those road trips when all you heard was “He’s touching me!”). Fuel economy, entertainment and overall practicality were also deciding factors. KBB experts tested the vehicles by installing and uninstalling car seats, letting their kids hop in and out, and even checking out the back seat entertainment.

Three of Nissan’s five core models, the 2014 Nissan Altima, Rogue, and Pathfinder, were chosen as the Best Family Cars of 2014. The diversity of Nissan’s winning lineup is a testament to the automaker’s ability to meet customers’ various needs in every segment.

“Each of these vehicles was designed to fit the needs of a wide range of customers and situations, while also being family-friendly,” said Dan Mohnke, Nissan’s vice president of 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”

Looking for a family outing? Round up the gang and head to Lewis Nissan to check out our family-friendly vehicles.

2013 Nissan Altima Made the List of 10 Best Family Cars!

With its new look and tech-savvy features, the 2013 Nissan Altima made the 10 Best Family Cars by Kelley Blue Book’s editors of The 2013 Altima was redesigned and given a more modern feel than ever before. It is larger and lighter than its predecessors. It has an EPA estimated 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.  With room to seat five, the Nissan Altima is surely making its way onto families desired cars list.

The Kelley Blue Book editors said “Completely redesigned for 2013, the Nissan Altima comes with a sharp new look, tech-savvy features, refined driving characteristics and class-leading fuel economy. Comfortable seating for five and a host of safety features including blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist make this revamped sedan a newly notable choice for families.”

Lewis Nissan is proud to carry the 2013 Altima. For more information on the Altima and its seven trim levels, click here. To see our 2013 Altima Inventory, click here.

Nissan Recognized by EPA with Energy Star sustained Excellence Award

Nissan has always been a leader in energy performance and remains there with three new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR accolades on the shelf. This includes the 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, which is the highest honor given to select organizations that are dedicated to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

Bill Kruegar, Nissan’s senior vice president of manufacturing, purchasing, production, engineering, and supply chain management, said “Since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner in 2006, we have saved more than 800 billion British thermal units (BTUs) of the energy used to assemble vehicles. That’s enough energy to power the all-electric Nissan LEAF for more than 750 million miles”.

Nissan has always been environmentally friendly, especially since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner back in 2006. The Nissan LEAF is the number one selling EV in the world. I mean who wouldn’t want to help the environment and in what better way than in a stylish EV like the LEAF?

2013 Nissan Pathfinders Earns Top Honors – Chicago Auto Show

MotorWeek announced the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder as the winner of the “Best Large Utility” category in its annual 2013 Drivers’ Choice Awards. The Pathfinder was redesigned and was recognized for its shift towards increased comfort and luxury compared to earlier models.

Pierre Loing, Vice President of Product Planning at Nissan Americas, said “The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder was completely redesigned to provide best-in-class standard towing capacity with cargo space for the entire family, and neither were compromised in pursuit of class-leading fuel efficiency. This honor solidifies the Pathfinder’s unparalleled versatility, and we sincerely thank MotorWeek for their recognition.”

The Drivers’ Choice Awards recognize the best models in a wide range of lifestyle categories. The awards are determined based on superior performance, technology, practicality, dollar value, and driving experience.
The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is the 4th generation of Pathfinder. It has a completely redesigned chassis and body in conjunction with a class-exclusive Xtronic CVT transmission. It attains class-leading fuel economy of 26 mpg highway, EPA estimated. The ride is more comfortable than that of the outgoing model. Even with the increase in fuel efficiency, the Pathfinder is slightly larger and is able to have best-in-class interior passenger volume and best-in-class front headroom and front legroom.

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