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.

Impressive 2016 Nissan Altima Features and Stats Make For Perfect College Car

Looking for the ultimate ride this school year? Look no further than the 2016 Nissan Altima, the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle. The 2016 Altima combines style with incredible performance and all the latest in auto tech.

2016 Nissan Altima - Lewis NissanThis luxury sedan gets up to 300 horsepower, achieving 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That means fuel-efficient savings that you can put towards your many student needs, while lowering your carbon footprint.

Plus, the 2016 Nissan Altima has top-notch features right at your fingertips, like the 8-inch multi-touch screen, that comes with a standard navigation system as well as Swipe to Meter – which allows you to send directions from one screen to another.

Whether you’re making a first impression on campus or coming back for another year, the new Nissan Altima is sure to turn heads. To learn more about the 2016 Nissan Altima features, or to check one out in person, come visit us at Lewis Nissan.

Get the Ride of Your Life in the Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima - Ride of Your LifeWhen you think about a four-door sedan, racetrack thrills usually don’t come to mind. However, for a lucky group of people that’s exactly what they got with the 2015 Nissan Altima. This was all part of Nissan’s second “Ride of Your Life” campaign.

Last year, in the Ride of Your Life campaign, participants were told they were going for a ride in a real racecar; however, this car turned out to be the 2014 Altima in disguise. For this year’s fun, lucky guests were invited to a mall and each got a turn to attempt to “unlock” a large glass box. For the lucky few that got the box to open, they found a bright red 2015 Altima. A professional driver then took them on some thrilling laps around the track. And then, the passengers were given the chance to be the drivers.

“Consumer response to last year’s campaign was so strong, we just had to play it again, even bigger and better,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications and Media, Nissan North America, in a statement. “You can see the excitement on the participants’ faces when the Altima is revealed at the mall, and especially after their track ride-and-drive experience – reinforcing our belief that Altima is no ordinary mid-size sedan.”

Stop by Lewis Nissan today to experience the thrills of the 2015 Nissan Altima for yourself.

Canadian Journalists Go On 7-Day “Altimate Rogue Trip”

If there’s something we love even more than cars here at Lewis Nissan, it’s bad puns. Last week, more than a dozen Canadian journalists drove some new 2015 Nissan Altimas and 2015 Nissan Rogue crossovers on a driving adventure that Nissan has called the “Altimate Rogue Trip.” We’re amused.

Altimate Rogue Trip - Nissan RogueThe road trip took place on the famous U.S. Route 66 over the course of seven days and 4,000 kilometers—about 2,485 miles for our Imperial unit-loving readers. They left from Chicago and reached Cuba (Missouri, not the island!) on day 1, Tulsa on day 2, then Amarillo, Santa Ana Pueblo, Albuquerque, Kingman, and after seven days, reached Santa Monica, their final destination. Or should we say they “Altimately” reached Santa Monica? Careful, any more bad puns and our editors might go Rogue on us!

For our entertainment, Nissan produced short clips reviewing each day’s interesting happenings. You can find all of the videos on Nissan Canada’s official YouTube channel!

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 Altima Scores a Nod as One of the “10 Most Comfortable Cars”

2015 Nissan AltimaFor those of us with long commutes or who take frequent road trips, having a car that is comfortable and won’t leave you aching is a top priority. Nissan cares about your bum, too, and has put NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” seats into the Altima.

With these seats in mind, KBB.com placed the Altima in sixth place on its list of the “10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000.” With a starting MSRP of only $22,170, the Altima is one the three most affordable cars on the list.

“In addition to its advanced ‘Zero Gravity’ front seats, the 2014 Altima features soft-touch armrests as well as noise absorption materials to help reduce cabin noise and improve the overall experience inside the vehicle,“ said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, in a statement. “Coupled with its innovative, stylish design and wide range of available technology features, the Altima is the perfect home-away-from-home. This honor from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com further reaffirms our commitment to comfortable, quality products and the needs of our customers.”

Want to see how comfortable your derriere can feel in a “Zero Gravity” seat? Come check out the Nissan Altima available now at Lewis Nissan.

Best-Selling Altima Ups the Ante for 2015

2014 Nissan AltimaNissan has announced some exciting changes to the Altima for 2015. Several trims will feature improved standard features, impressive technology, and a variety of options in an effort to make one of Nissan’s best-selling cars, even better.

The Altima’s top two V-6 trim levels will now come standard with NissanConnect infotainment system which features navigation and apps, and driver assist safety technology including blind spot warning, moving object detection and lane departure warning.

The mid-level 2.5 and 3.5 SV models will see a new 8-way power driver’s seat, and in an effort to improve fuel economy, the 3.5-liter V-6 Altimas have been tweaked for a one mile-per-gallon increase in fuel economy ratings, now getting 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined.

Another small, but welcomed update is the black carpeting and lower side trim that now comes with the beige interiors. The contrasting new interior not only appears sleeker, but conveniently hides dirt that inevitably makes its way to the floor mats.

Along with these updates come with a bit of a price jump across all trim levels (except the Altima 2.5 S, which dropped in price). The jump is minimal compared to the features gained, and we think the updates are well worth the price.

Stop by Lewis Nissan to learn more!

The LEAF NISMO RC, Nissan’s Silent Killer, Set to Shock at the Clipsal 500

The Clipsal 500, which runs this weekend in Adelaide, South Australia, will see the Australian racing debut of one of Nissan’s most electrifying and progressive cars, the LEAF NISMO RC. The world’s first all-electric racecar, the LEAF NISMO RC will be driven by former V8 Supercars champion Rick Kelly this weekend. The LEAF racecar, which barely makes a noise while it whisks around the track, will be competing in the “Nissan Time Attack” against a Nissan Altima V8 Supercar and a Nissan GT-R road car.

“The Nissan LEAF is changing the way we drive on the roads, with more than 100,000 zero-emission LEAF vehicles already sold worldwide,” Jeff Fisher, Nissan’s Motorsport General Manager in Australia said. “And the LEAF RC is NISMO’s translation of that innovation to the race track – demonstrating high levels of torque and grip – all without the direct use of fossil fuel energy.”

While you won’t be able to race the road-ready version of the Nissan LEAF against any other supercars, you’ll have just as much fun driving the electric dream car. So come visit us sometime soon here at Lewis Nissan. You won’t just be imagining the whole world going quiet when you’re behind the wheel—the LEAF just really is that smooth. And if you don’t believe us, just check out the race this weekend in Adelaide!

Nissan Sending Two Altima Supercars to Sydney for V8 Championship

2014 Nissan AltimaThe 2014 V8 Supercars Championship kicks off this Saturday, February 15, over in Australia at the Sydney Motorsport Park. Though it’s just a preseason test, the Nissan brand—and, by extension, the staff here at Lewis Nissan—has a lot riding on the race. The pre-season work will be our first chance to see Norton Nissan’s latest beauties, the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar, out on the track.

The new Norton Altimas sport Norton Hornet colors, especially a bright yellow exterior paint job. The 2014 Altimas also feature slight redesigns to add even great aerodynamics to the vehicles’ performance. All in all, these are two sharp-looking new V8s, and Nissan can’t wait to see them sting the competition in Australia.

Norton Nissan drivers James Moffat and Michael Caruso will be behind the wheel of these supercars—and both drivers expressed excitement and anticipation for the season. “We’re looking forward to the 2014 season,” said Moffat. “Motor racing is a ‘must deliver’ business, but more so for Nissan Motorsport this year. In this industry, nothing speaks stronger than results, and that’s what we are here to achieve this year.”

Caruso echoed that sense of responsibility to Nissan. “For Nissan Motorsport and the two Norton Altimas, it’s important that we show strong improvement in our second year, and it’s critical that we start to win races.”

Luckily for both Moffat and Caruso, it seems they are set up in the best possible car to deliver exactly the kind of results both they and their sponsors desire.

Nissan Has Biggest Jump in January Sales

2013 Nissan JukeUnless you have a birthday or other special event to celebrate, January can be a pretty dull month. And, with the extreme winter weather across the country this year, January was pretty dismal for everybody.

Nissan, however, has cause to cheer. It was one of the few brands that actually had a jump in January sales numbers. Most brands saw their January sales numbers take a dive.

Compared to January 2013, Nissan had a gain of 11.8 percent in January. Leading those sales were the ever-popular, zero-emissions Nissan LEAF, which had nearly double the sales as last year. Both the Juke and the Rogue set January sales records with gains of 45.8 and 54.5 percent, respectively.

Two other models saw jumps in sales. One was the popular Altima with a 4.9 percent boost. The other was the small pickup, the Frontier, which had a dramatic increase of 87.9 percent.

Hopefully we have seen the last of the extreme winter weather and we can all enjoy a long, pleasant spring. Though, according to Punxsutawney Phil, we have six more long weeks of winter.