Nissan LEAF Top Electric Car Pick for Good Housekeeping Magazine

When it comes to knowing what products are the best of the best, Good Housekeeping magazine is the go-to resource for many savvy consumers. In the magazine’s most recent edition of their “Tried & Tested” series, the Nissan LEAF SL was recognized as the Top Electric Car Pick, showing that the world’s best-selling electric vehicle has earned its sales success for a reason.Top Electric Car Pick - Nissan LEAF

“As more than 64,000 American LEAF owners will tell you, the economics of going electric are simple: Buy a Nissan LEAF and save money by conveniently charging at home instead of paying more at the gas pump,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations in the U.S. “But the real beauty of the Nissan LEAF is that it’s roomy and, best of all, fun to drive, which is why it received this honor from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.”

The magazine’s review recognized the LEAF for its impressive driving range, its great value that is enhanced even more so with available federal and state tax incentives, and its segment-exclusive Around View Monitor. These features, along with the LEAF’s performance on the track, suburban roads, and highways, helped the electric car shoot to number one on Good Housekeeping’s list.

While Lewis Nissan doesn’t have the LEAF in stock, we still have plenty of other fuel-efficient cars to offer you. Make sure you come in to our dealership today and give one of our models a test drive!

New LEAF Will Look Less like an Electric Vehicle

Nissan LEAF - Electric VehicleThe 2017 Nissan LEAF is scaling back on its electric vehicle appearance. The new vehicle will include a more stylish body that is less unique in order to make it more appealing to all drivers. In the quest to make the LEAF more like a “regular car,” the body will be redesigned to look more streamlined and less like a compact.

“We are aiming for a bigger number of customers, and they are not looking for as much ‘EVness,’” says Nissan. Some people want to buy an all-electric car, but they do not want all of the features that make the car an obvious EV. They would much rather have all the benefits available in a package that looks like current gasoline and hybrid models.

The interior of the LEAF will become roomier and made more comfortable to accommodate longer commutes. It will also receive a new electric battery that will have a longer driving range between charges. This will give drivers more independence as they enjoy the car’s efficiency.  The cabin will include more styling choices, luxury features, and top of the line technology.

If you don’t mind the current model’s “EVness,” come test drive your own LEAF today at Lewis Nissan!

Nissan Sentra and Altima To Get A Balanced Facelift

Nissan SentraWhen it comes to doing a refresh on new models, every carmaker walks a tightrope.  How do you make improvements while at the same time maintaining those qualities that fans and enthusiasts expect and appreciate?  Nissan is planning a refresh of their Sentra and Altima lines and it’s clear from comments by Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s design chief, that the Japanese carmaker plans to be very careful about the process.

The refresh for these two models will take a page from the Nissan Murano and Nissan Maxima.  Nakamura says that the “very futuristic and strong statements” that these cars exude will lend the same attractive qualities to the Sentra and Altima.

Both models, the Nissan Sentra and the Nissan Altima, have been called “plain-looking” by journalists.  But sales are remarkably strong, so Nissan has to be doing something right.  Right?  Nakamura says the next generation will be “sporty” but still roomy and “affordable and practical.”  Now that’s balance!

We at Lewis Nissan are looking forward to these new changes. Until they arrive, stop by and check out Nissan’s great current models!

Nissan LEAF and Reverse Graffiti Founder Make a Positive Difference

When reverse graffiti founder Moose set out to make art by cleaning walls rather than spray painting them, he became one of many pioneers who understand the difference that one person and one project can make, a lesson Nissan understands well. Together, the Nissan LEAF and Moose were able to work together to make a positive difference, one vehicle and one wall at a time.

Nissan LEAF and reverse graffitiReverse graffiti is the art of creating a mural by cleaning a wall via a pressure washer. The pollution-stained wall has a design scrubbed into it through the strategic removal of the dirt and grime.

Nissan commissioned Moose to create a mural depicting London’s skyline on the Station’s Approach subway in Waterloo, London. The pressure washer he used was then powered by energy supplied by the LEAF.

“This piece of art is a striking call to action that air quality is one of the biggest issues facing the citizens and visitors of Europe’s largest cities today,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, electric vehicle director for Nissan Europe. “It is a reminder that electric vehicles don’t have an exhaust to emit the kind of air pollution which has stained the wall Moose has created his piece on. Working with Moose to highlight the effect air quality has on our cities through a piece of art powered by the Nissan LEAF is an exciting and powerful way of reminding people about the benefits of zero emission vehicles.”

Maybe by the time we at Lewis Nissan are able to travel to London and see the mural, the air will be just a bit cleaner and we’ll see just a few more Nissan LEAFs on the wrong side of the road.

The 2014 Nissan Frontier: What You See Is What You Get

The 2014 Nissan Frontier small pickup truck has remained true to its roots, keeping the same design for a whole decade. This is unusual for popular vehicles, because they usually end up undergoing drastic stylistic changes over the years to keep the model looking fresh and up-to-date.

2014 Nissan Frontier - Lewis NissanThe Frontier runs off of a V-6 engine that shows off its 261-horsepower and its abilities to handle all types of terrain. The New York Daily News reports that the “Frontier is a simply smaller, more nimble, and more maneuverable vehicle than a full-size truck. Tidier dimensions come in handy in urban parking situations, and when off-roading on tight trails.” Because of its small size, the Frontier is more practical to own than larger trucks, thanks to its superior functionality when it comes to performing everyday tasks.

Keeping the same design for ten years is a true accomplishment, especially when car companies are frequently scrambling to “rebrand” automobiles that are losing their appeal. The Frontier’s endurance can be viewed as being a testament to the truck’s reliability. Sometimes new isn’t always better, and if it isn’t broken, why fix it? Get your hands on your own steadfast 2014 Frontier here at Lewis Nissan!