Getting Your Car Ready for Fall

It may still be warm outside, but with Labor Day past, it’s time to start thinking about fall and getting our cars ready for when the weather turns cool. Here are some tips for getting your car ready for fall.

Fall maintenance is basically pre-winter maintenance. For fall, you want to make sure you check your oil and get an oil change if necessary—and if you do get an oil change, make sure you’re getting a multi-grade viscosity oil that will be good for winter driving.

Car Ready for FallGo for a battery test at a parts store where you can do it for free. Extreme temperatures are hard on your battery, so you want to make sure the summer heat hasn’t killed it and that it’s in good shape to withstand the winter cold.

Now is also a good time to get new windshield wipers. Winter is the hardest time of year on your blades, so it’s a good idea to get some that are designed for good winter performance.

Check the coolant levels. Antifreeze is hugely important in winter, and if you have low levels or some kind of leak, you want to get it fixed ASAP.

Check the tire pressure. It’s still warm right now, but as it gets colder you might start to lose pressure, which reduces your tire traction.

Just remember, winter is coming…

New Nissan Sentra Gets New Features, No Price Bump

Most cars get a slight refresh each year, even if they aren’t entering a new generation, but many of these improved vehicles still get a small price hike due to the inclusion of new tech and features for the new year. However, the new Nissan Sentra for 2016 just received a number of brand-new features, as well as a tweaked exterior design, and brand representatives have announced this 2016 model will not be more expensive than the previous one.

New Nissan Sentra - Lewis NissanAside from the new styling, the majority of the Sentra’s new features are available smart safety systems. Rear cross traffic alert, which detects other cars while backing up, and blind-spot monitoring are brand new to the Nissan Sentra’s repertoire, boosting the compact sedan’s safety score. Buyers can get these new features by adding on the new driver’s assist package, which is an additional $1,020 and includes integrated navigation.

The new Nissan Sentra is an attractive option to budgeting buyers who find the standard Sentra’s $17,650 price tag appealing. Additionally, the new Nissan Sentra helps drivers save on gas as well with a 40 mpg highway fuel rating according to the EPA. Because of the base Sentra’s low price, add-ons such as the driver’s assist package are significantly less costly and easier to obtain.

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.

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.

CEO Says Self-Driving Nissan Models Will Definitely be Available by 2020

self-driving NissanWhile most major automakers have some sort of plan in place to eventually get autonomous, self-driving vehicles on the road, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn isn’t worried that he will be beat.

In a new interview, Ghosn expressed his firm belief that not only will commercial autonomous vehicles his the road for the average driver by 2020, but most people can expect to slowly see autonomous features phased into their new cars.

His statement, “by 2020, we’ll have fully autonomous driving cars,” comes during a time when self-parking cars, self-braking cars, and cars equipped with 360-degree cameras are starting to be come the norm with each new year’s line-up.

In fact, the automaker recently debuted a self-driving Nissan LEAF prototype. While it’s not about to appear on dealership lots anytime soon, it shows you just how close Nissan is to this promised tech.

In the meantime, we’ll have to continue to drive the old-fashioned way. To check out some of Nissan’s many innovative current models, visit us anytime at Lewis Nissan.

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.

Stay Safe This Halloween with These Tips!

Trick-or-Treat Safety TipsHalloween is almost here and we want to make sure you and your children are set for safety when trick-or-treating! Trick-or-Treat is your kids favorite part of Halloween, except for their costume of course! Below are some great tips for Halloween and trick-or-treat night!

  1. Walk Safely – When you cross the street, make sure you cross at corners and use traffic signals and sidewalks if they are there. Always look left and right before crossing the road! If there is a sidewalk or path, make sure you use that instead of walking in the street. This will keep you and your children safe from drivers.
  2. Go with an Adult – Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without an adult. If your child is mature enough to go out without an adult, have them trick-or-treat in a group with friends.
  3. Keep Costumes Safe – If possible decorate their costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers so that drivers can see them. Choose face paint and makeup over masks so that your kid’s vision is not obstructed. Make sure that the costumes fit them so they don’t trip and fall.
  4. Drive Safely! – Slow down and be especially alert during prime trick-or-treat hours. Kids are excited on Halloween and can be unpredictable. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections and on curbs.

Those are just some great tips for trick-or-treat and Halloween! Be safe this Halloween!

Nissan Unveils 2016 Altima Redesign

The Nissan Altima has been one of Nissan’s most popular, best-selling vehicles in the United States for some time now. Now, the 2016 Altima redesign has received a number of new features and options along with its entirely new shape.

2016 Nissan Altima - Lewis NissanSome of the 2016 Altima’s dramatic updates include entirely new front fascia, bumper, fenders, hood, and lights. The redesigned V-Motion grille and headlights resemble Nissan’s Maxima sedan, and the SR, SV, and SL trim levels come with fog lights. The base model comes standard with halogen high beam and projector low beam headlights. The new overall shape of the exterior has made the Altima 10% more aerodynamic, reducing wind noise in the cabin and improving fuel efficiency.

The interior has also been completely redesigned. The 2016 Altima features a 5- or 7-inch touchscreen display with NissanConnectSM and available NissanConnect Navigation. The cloth upholstery has a more open weave pattern, and the front seats have been entirely reshaped for a new look.

The 2016 Altima redesign will also be available in seven different trim levels, with pricing still to be announced.