2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Debuts in Detroit, Coming This Spring

Fresh off of seeing the Nissan Rogue break the automaker’s all-time single-month sales record in December with 40,477 units shipped, Nissan has revealed a new offering geared toward crossover shoppers who want something just a bit smaller: the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport.

“The new Rogue Sport is a perfect addition to the red-hot Rogue lineup, which is also adding a first-ever Rogue Hybrid model for 2017,” said Michael Bunce, vice president of Product Planning for Nissan North America. “With Rogue Sport’s slightly smaller dimensions and sporty maneuverability, it’s ideal for singles or couples without kids—or empty nesters—who want a sportier vehicle and can live with a little less cargo capacity than the current Rogue offers.”

Watch: Michael Bunce Leads the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Debut

Held up to the 2017 Rogue, the Nissan Rogue Sport boasts a 2.3-inch shorter wheelbase, 12.1-inch shorter length, 0.1-inch shorter width, and 5.6-inch shorter height, all of which serves to make it easier for navigating through cities and pulling into tight parking spots. Still, the Rogue Sport is comparable to its larger sibling in terms of headroom, legroom, hip room, and shoulder room, and its max cargo area is still impressive with up to 22.9 cubic feet with the second row upright and 61.1 cubic feet with the second row folded flat.

The Rogue Sport comes standard with a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-four mated to an Xtronic transmission, which doles out 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. The Rogue Sport will be offered with Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield tech, including Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Forward Emergency Braking.

Set to be released this spring, the Rogue Sport will be offered in S, SV, and SL trim levels. Stay tuned for more information on this hot new crossover as it is released!

Gas Pump Safety Tips

Gas Pump Safety - Gas PumpWhile filling up your gas tank is usually a mundane task – and one you’ve probably been doing since you first started driving – there are a few things you should know to ensure a safe an incident-free fill-up every time. Here at Lewis Nissan, we’ve come up with five gas pump safety tips you should make habit.

Shut her down. Make sure you always shut your car down before refueling. Opening your gas cap will signal to your car that there is a leak in your fuel system, which will engage your check engine light. Leaving the engine running is terrible for your car, and can also be dangerous.

Stay off the phone (and other electronics). Fuel is a dangerous and combustible fluid, making it imperative that you pay attention to everything happening around you at the pump. Directing your attention to your phone both makes you less aware of your surroundings, and can prove to be dangerous.

Avoid fire. This may sound obvious, but it’s well-worth mentioning. Avoid smoking, lighting matches, or anything else that could ignite the fuel.

Don’t walk away. Never leave your vehicle while you are refueling. Although pumps are engineered to automatically shut down when the tank is full, it’s impossible to know for sure that it won’t malfunction, leaving gallons of flammable liquid on the ground.

Only used approved containers. When filling a container with gasoline, be sure it’s an approved container. Only fill the container when it’s placed on the ground, and keep the nozzle inside the container until it’s about 95 percent full, leaving room for expansion.

For more information, visit nfpa.org.

Manual or Automatic Transmission: Which is Better?

In the US, only about 4% of new cars sold come with a manual transmission. Nonetheless, some enthusiasts insist that manuals are always better than automatics, especially when it comes to fuel economy and performance. That’s why we decided to ask the question: Which is better—manual or automatic transmission?

Manual Transmission - Manual or AutomaticAccording to Edmunds, there are several myths circulating about what transmission is better. Usually what it comes down to is how precise the driver is; if you’re able to adapt to the right conditions and seamlessly glide from gear to gear, manuals might be for you. On the other hand, automatics are getting more and more sophisticated, capitalizing on the latest technologies.

One of the latest features to come out the Nissan labs is the continuously variable transmission (CVT) which works on an advanced belt system to offer the best possible transfer of power. In terms of fuel economy, the CVT is hands down the most practical. In terms of performance, a skilled driver behind a manual is usually quicker.

As far as cost goes, a manual version of a car is typically cheaper, assuming you can find it. In some cases, buying a manual costs more because some manufacturers simply don’t make them anymore. Nearly 75% of cars in the US don’t even come with a choice any more.

Last but not least, some people think manuals are theft-deterrents. While this seems to make sense because fewer and fewer people even know how to drive a stick-shift, there’s really no data to back this up.

Come in to Lewis Nissan today and test drive a manual or automatic transmission and decide for yourself!