New Nissan Pathfinder Debuts in Dallas

After joining forces with the city of Dallas in a new sponsorship agreement, Nissan took over Klyde Warren Park in the city in order to make a major announcement — the reveal of the new Nissan Pathfinder for 2017. Expected to go on sale in the States sometime this fall, the Pathfinder was unveiled in a dramatic event featuring a pop-up urban maze. Nissan called the event “#FindYourNewPath.”

new Nissan PathfinderPresent at and participating in the event were Dallas city officials and representatives from the Parks and Recreation department. Nissan is now a Premier Sponsor of Klyde Warren Park, as well as a Presenting Sponsor of park events, and a sponsor of the park’s free Wi-Fi service. Nissan will also be considered the park’s official vehicle brand.

Jose Munoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman of Nissan North America, Inc., commented, “Nissan has had a 35-year presence in Texas with a longstanding commitment to supporting activities at the local community level, whether school activities or Habitat for Humanity housing builds.”

The new Nissan Pathfinder offers a refreshed exterior, a new 3.5-liter V6 engine, and other features including an available motion-activated power liftgate. The new Advanced Drive Assist Display gives drivers access to new high-tech safety features.

Road Trip Games to Play this Summer

Going on a long road trip this summer and think your family might get bored? Don’t worry! Lewis Nissan is ready to provide you with fun road trip games that the whole family will enjoy! But remember, safety first! So if you’re the driver, you might want to opt out of playing while you’re behind the wheel.

I Spy – Probably the most well-known road trip game to play, I Spy is a classic. Family members of all ages will enjoy guessing what other people are seeing! Have one person look around and choose an object that the others have to guess. The only clue they give is “I spy with my little eye something that begins with (insert the first letter of the object’s name)”. You can also do colors instead of the objects first letRoad Trip Games to Play this Summerter of its name.

20 Questions – Another classic, 20 questions can help pass the time quickly. Whoever goes first thinks of anything. Each member of the car asks one question at a time and you go around in a circle. You can ask if it barks, can you peel it, anything! All of the questions have to be able to be answered with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ response. If you reach the 20th question and don’t have a winner, everyone has one last chance to figure it out before the answer is revealed.

License Plates – This one is pretty self explanatory but still a crowd pleaser! You can have younger kids find the letters of the alphabet on difference license plates and the first one to Z wins. You can have older kids “collect” out-of-state plates they see while on the road. The one with the most when you get back home is the winner!

Try some of these fun games for your last-minute road trips this summer or your weekend getaways after school starts back up. Make sure your car is always ready and stop in and see our service department today!

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Keeping your car in good shape throughout summer is just as important as during the winter, since hot weather can have a big impact on your car’s fluids, tires, and engine. Follow these summer car maintenance tips and your summer will be smooth sailing!

Summer Car MaintenanceInspect your tires fairly regularly, about once every two weeks. Check the tread and the tire pressure, as tires might become overinflated during the summer, and make sure there are no bulges or cracks in the tire.

Get your oil and oil filter changed, or do it at home if you know how. Clean motor oil will keep your vehicle running more smoothly. You should also check the coolant levels and consider whether it might be time to do a coolant flush. Coolant lasts much longer than motor oil, though, so it may not be necessary.

Check your belts and hoses for leaks, cracks, and fraying, and measure the width of your brake pads to see if they need to be replaced. Finally, keep your battery clean. Disconnect the battery cables and wipe the terminals down. This will keep the battery from overcharging.

Get Your Vehicle Ready for a Hot Summer!

There’s no denying that we’re in for a hot summer this year. Make sure you get your Nissan ready for the warm weather before it’s too late! Here are some tips to use as a guideline on how to get your vehicle ready for a hot summer!

Get your vehicle ready for a hot summer - Lewis Nissan Air Conditioning – If your AC is only marginally operating, it will fail during hot weather. Bring your vehicle in to our service department and have one of our technicians look at it.

Cooling System – One of the greatest causes of summer breakdowns is overheating. Your cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. You should periodically check the level, condition and concentration of the coolant.

Tires – Make sure you get your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check your tire pressure often and check them while they’re cold before driving far distances. Always make sure your spare tire is properly inflated and that the jack is in good condition.

Battery – While a battery can fail anytime of the year, you should check and see the condition your battery is in. Clean the battery from corrosion and check the cable connections. Re-tighten all connections as necessary to ensure your battery is ready to go.

These are just a few tips you can follow to get your vehicle ready for a hot summer. You can always stop in and see our service department to get your vehicle checked out. Or give us a call and schedule a service appointment!

Travel Tips for the Memorial Day Weekend

Travel Tips - Lewis NissanMemorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer which means plenty of people are hitting the roads to welcome summer. This Memorial Day Weekend before you take off for your long weekend, make sure you read these tips on holiday travel.

Allow Extra Travel Time – Make sure you allot yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Account for heavier traffic than normal since it is a holiday weekend and lots of people are traveling. Don’t push traffic lights or your speed to reach your destination early.

Stretch Your Legs – Make sure you get out of your car and stretch your legs. Walking every couple of hours will help you stay alert while you’re driving. An easy way to do this is when you stop, park a little further away than you normally would so you can take a longer break walking in.

Know When the Highest Times of Risk Are – The greatest risk for traveling on a holiday weekend is Friday afternoon as people are getting off of work and are ready to enjoy their long weekend. The sun will be setting and travelers will be tired from work that day so make sure you stay alert!

These are just some tips before you head out to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. If you need to get your car serviced, bring it to Lewis Nissan today!

Best Nissan Models for College Graduates

Has your son or daughter recently graduated from college? Or are you a college graduate yourself looking for the perfect vehicle? We have pored over the Nissan lineup and selected the three best Nissan models for college graduates…

Nissan Altima

2016 Nissan Altima - Best Nissan models for college graduates

For those who like a lot of style, the 2016 Nissan Altima is a great choice. But not only does it look good, the Altima delivers the kind of fuel economy you need as you’re just starting out in life. Highway fuel economy comes in at 39 mpg. Cool features like Advanced Drive-Assist Display and Bluetooth Hands-free only sweeten an already sweet deal.

Nissan Sentra

2016 Nissan Sentra - Best Nissan models for college graduates

The compact design of the 2016 Nissan Sentra could be very convenient for someone starting their life in the city. The Sentra is not only easy to maneuver but the city fuel economy is a very rewarding 30 mpg. Top-notch features like an 8-speaker Bose audio system and Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control are available to help you take your driving experience to the next level.

Nissan Rogue

2016 Nissan Rogue - Best Nissan models for college graduates

The 2016 Nissan Rogue might be appropriate for those graduates who might also be looking to start a family. That’s because there is plenty of room inside this compact SUV. With the Family Package, the Rogue features 126.5 cubic feet of interior space. The compact design still helps to deliver competitive fuel economy. And at an incredibly competitive price, the Rogue remains a fantastic choice for recent grads.

Tips for Taking Road Trips with Pets

Road Trips with PetsTaking road trips with pets can be stressful, especially if you’re planning on staying in hotels and stopping for meals regularly. With summer right around the corner, now is the perfect time to offer up some pet-friendly road trip tips.

First, prepare for the road trip in advance. If you’re bringing a dog or cat along with you, make sure you have a safe carrier that you can buckle in with a seatbelt. Experts suggest getting your dog used to the carrier and riding in the car in the weeks leading up by taking them on car rides around town.

Bring toys for dogs to chew on during the ride, and plan to stop every few hours so they can go to the bathroom and get a little exercise. Try not to leave your pet alone in the car in anything but mild weather, crack the window so they can get air, and don’t stay away for too long.

Finally, find hotels or other accommodations that allow pets. Websites like GoPetFriendly.com have helpful road trip planners so you don’t have to search too hard!

Nissan Micromobility Vehicles Debut at New York Auto Show

At the 2016 New York Auto International Show in late March, Nissan debuted its new micromobility concepts, a group of four small cars called Nissan New Mobility Concepts, which it used in a series of events at the show.

Nissan micromobility vehiclesThe Nissan micromobility vehicles are part of Nissan’s theme for the year: emphasizing the importance of micro vehicles to the future of transportation, especially in urban environments. The NNMCs are all-electric vehicles ranging from the size of small motorcycles to two-seater cars and are very small and lightweight, easily maintaining a charge while being driven around cities. They have a max speed of 25 mph, perfect for inner-city driving.

The NNMCs aren’t necessarily meant to be owned; in 2014, Nissan teamed up with the West Coast-based company Scoot, which provides electric vehicles for temporary use at $2 per half hour, and Nissan donated some NNMCs for this. Nissan says the NNMCs are useful for “last mile” transportation, as in getting someone to their destination after using public transport to go a certain distance.

The All-New Nissan Armada Is Tougher Than Ever

2017 Nissan Armada - all-new Nissan ArmadaAt first glance, the all-new Nissan Armada looks like it’s just luxury SUV – a beautiful, unique luxury SUV, but “luxury” is the first impression it leaves all the same. But the 2017 Armada isn’t just about impressive comfort and convenience (though thanks to specialty features like a built-in cool box, accessible by both the front and rear seats, it is totally comfortable and totally convenient). This Armada is all about durability.

The all-new Nissan Armada stresses the union of off-road, rugged capability and premium luxury features for an unparalleled driving experience every time you get behind the wheel.

The original Nissan Armada was developed from Nissan’s full-size pick-up, the Titan, so it has power in its roots. It also features a 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance V8 with a seven-speed automatic transmission as well as a full suite of safety and security components, like Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Backup Collision Intervention.

If you want the best of the best out on roadways, the 2017 Nissan Armada is the SUV for you.

Nissan’s Self-Parking Chair Is Way Cooler Than It Sounds Even Though It Sounds Way Cool

Nissan was so impressed with its own innovation, their super-intuitive Intelligent Park Assist system, they began to wonder what else they could invent to park itself besides the good ol’ automobile. Thus, Nissan’s self-parking chair was born.

Nissan X-Trail Hybrid - Nissan's Self-Parking ChairNissan’s self-parking chair is more of an exciting innovation in the realm of office organization than in the realm of sitting. With one simple clap, every self-park-equipped chair in the room turns itself to face its desk or table of origin and tucks itself it. Say so-long to tripping over chair legs and shimmying through a sea of seats.

The technology was adapted directly from the European model of the X-Trail Hybrid. It combines a sensor in the chair and information gathered from four strategically-placed cameras in the room. The cameras generate a clear birds-eye map of the room, which is then transmitted to the chair, giving it the easiest path to its final park position.

Is this the technological revolution we’ve been waiting for? The biggest innovation to come to sitting since the lever-activated recliner? We think it just might be.