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!

History of Presidents’ Day

History of Presidents' DayWe all know that Monday, February 16th was Presidents’ Day and that means that many of us got a day off from work or school. But do you know the history of Presidents’ Day or what it was originally intended to celebrate?

The first official Presidents’ Day was established in 1885. Back then, it was always on February 22nd and was in recognition of President George Washington’s birthday. It was also simply known as Washington’s Birthday.

It wasn’t until 1971 with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act that the holiday started to transition towards being called “Presidents’ Day.” The Monday Holiday Act was intended to give our nation’s workers more three-day weekends and also included the holidays of Columbus Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day.

With the transition, many people started to recognize the holiday as a day to celebrate all presidents, but it still mainly focused on Washington and Lincoln, whose birthday falls on February 12th.

By the mid­-1980s, most people recognized the third Monday in February as Presidents’ Day as opposed to Washington’s Birthday. This was in large part due to many marketing campaigns that advertised “Presidents’ Day” sales over the long weekend. Just think about how many mattress commercials you’ve seen with this exact advertising.

What did you do to celebrate this Presidents’ Day?

“With Dad” Super Bowl Ad Sneaks In Nissan’s LMP1 Race Car

The emotional “With Dad” Super Bowl ad was more than just about the relationship between a son and his dad—it also snuck in the first shots of Nissan’s LMP1 race car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Nissan GT-R NISMO - LMP1 Race CarThis is incredibly exciting for several reasons. First, Nissan hasn’t been in the LMP1 business since 1999—sure, it’s been competing in the GT bracket and making LMP2 engines, but LMP1 is the highest class in endurance racing.

Second, the GT-R LM NISMO, as it’s called, already looks competitive. Its 3.0-liter V6 engine outputs a whopping 550 horsepower before gaining an additional 700 from the Energy Recovery System. That adds up to 1,250 hp, potentially making it the most powerful LMP1 on the grid.

We can’t wait to see more of the GT-R LM NISMO at Lewis Nissan, so we’ll be sure to stay tuned to the Chicago Auto Show where it will make its next appearance. You should too!

Kiplinger’s Calls 2015 Nissan Murano ‘Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover’

Every year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance publishes its 2015 Best Value Awards. This year, the publication has awarded the 2015 Nissan Murano with the award for “Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover.” To qualify for the title of “Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover,” the vehicle must be fully redesigned or all-new, not just updated.

2015 Nissan Murano - Best New/Redesigned Midsize CrossoverTo come to its findings, Kiplinger’s evaluates vehicles based on their driving impressions, performance, price, safety, resale value, fuel economy, and overall value. The top performers are then featured in their annual buying guide, Deals on New Wheels—a top honor for the chosen vehicles. The publication, which is full of helpful information for new car shoppers, will hit newsstands on February 10th.

Kiplinger’s notes that the Murano takes the title of “Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover” thanks in-part to its excellent fuel economy. Rated at 28 mpg highway, the Murano ranks 20% higher than its 2014 counterpart in both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models.

Here at Lewis Nissan, we encourage you to stop by our showroom and see for yourself why the redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano is this year’s “Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover”!