From websites to your neighbor who seems to know everything, there are a lot of ways to get information about which new cars are the best. None are quite as reliable and trusted as J.D. Power, though. This year, the 2017 Nissan Altima and the 2017 Nissan Murano came out on top of their respective categories, winning Nissan J.D. Power Awards in two separate categories
The 2017 Altima beat out the competition in the hugely crowded midsize car category in J.D. Power’s Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. As one of the most popular car categories, the midsize segment presents some stiff competition, including the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and a long list of others.
In the midsize SUV category, the 2017 Nissan Murano won the title of most appealing vehicle—no small feat in a category that includes such vehicles as the Subaru Outback, Jeep Wrangler, and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Now in its 22nd year, the APEAL study uses actual driver evaluations to determine its most highly recommended vehicles each year. In the end, only one car can be crowned king in each category, and this year, the king was Nissan.
To learn more about what makes Nissan vehicles stand out amongst the rest, stop by Cronic Nissan and schedule a test drive!
With September in full swing and October on its way, autumn is upon us. Fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly fall activities to participate in. We at Cronic Nissan suggest you add these to your family’s fall bucket list.
Go to a Farm
In the fall, lots of farms open their doors to visitors for activities like corn mazes, picking pumpkins, going on hayrides, and more. Check out some of the local farms near you to see if they’re holding any fall festivities.
While autumn has become associated with pumpkin-flavored foods and drinks, apples are also coming in for the harvest season, which means plenty of apple pie, apple cider, caramel apples, and other seasonal treats.
Have a Bonfire
There’s nothing quite like building a bonfire on a crisp evening. Sweaters, blankets, cups of hot cocoa, and s’mores—what more could you want?
This can be a fun way to teach the kids life skills. While there are plenty of fun fall treats you can buy from the store or from local farms, it’s also fun to make your own treats, like pumpkin pie or Halloween-themed sugar cookies.
Jump in Piles of Leaves
Simple, but a classic. Have the little ones help you rake the yard, then spend the day jumping in the piles of fallen leaves.
Try these family-friendly fall activities for an autumn you won’t forget.
Farmers markets are a great place for people looking for fresh food that’s grown locally. It can be hard to know where fruit and veggies are from if you buy them at the supermarket, and many places don’t always provide the freshest produce. Farmers markets solve this problem, and they also provide a way for you to support the local economy. Check out the Fairgrounds Farmers Market this fall for a wide selection of food and crafts.
At Cronic Nissan, we’re proud to be a part of the Griffin, GA community, and often attend the Griffin Famers Market. The event is held at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds throughout the year, and the next one will be held on Friday, September 1st from 9am to 1pm, according to Eventbrite. There’s constantly a call for new vendors, so there’s always new produce and products at the market.
You can find local products at the farmers market like Baker’s Bark spice rub, Grazing Here grass-fed beef burgers, fresh pumpkins, honey, jelly, and jam. Pecans are ever-popular, though you can get virtually any veggie or fruit you might need for your next dinner recipe.
Visiting the Fairgrounds Farmers Market is just one way you can support your community. Hop in the car and explore what the area has to offer.
Spring comes with warm weather, but there are also some dangers to be aware of while you’re on the road. These include things like potholes from the winter, more pedestrians, and spring showers—each of which can prove to be serious hazards. Below are just some of the many things to be aware of this spring as you drive.
According to AARP, one of the biggest spring driving dangers is wet driving conditions. The first 15 minutes of a downpour are the most dangerous, because rain water mixes with residual oils on the road. This can create an incredibly slippery surface. When it rains be sure to reduce your speed, provide extra space between you and other cars, especially your new Nissan, and avoid slamming on the brakes.
Additionally, you’ll have to share the road with more pedestrians and bike riders. Warm weather means more people will be out, creating added dangers. Remember to slow down when you’re in town or near schools, and avoid following bikes too closely. As vehicles, bikes are required to ride on the road (unless riders are under 10 years old), so be sure to have patience.
Finally, avoid taking allergy medication if you’re getting behind the wheel. If you must take medication, talk to your doctor about possible side effects. Many antihistamines cause drowsiness and delayed reaction time—two dangers when operating heavy machinery. These are just some of many dangers we at Cronic Nissan want you to be wary of.
Nissan was recently named the Energy Star Partner of the Year, making this the sixth year in a row the brand has earned this award. Energy Star recognizes brands that protect the environment by making their operations as efficient as possible. This includes simple steps as well as major changes to the company’s structure.
According to Nissan, some of the efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses include switching to LED lighting in buildings, enhancing compressed air leak production programs, and using a more efficient painting process. In fact, the new paint system reduces energy use by a whopping 30%. Nissan has received Energy Star Certification for 11 years in a row, performing so well in the past six years it won awards.
“Nissan remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint as we manufacture some of the highest quality vehicles sold in North America,” said Rebecca Vest, VP of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility. “We are honored to be recognized once again with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.”
Here at Cronic Nissan, we’re proud to be a part of a company that truly cares about the environment. In addition to company operations, Nissan also offers a range of efficient vehicles, especially the Nissan LEAF. Stop by today to test drive one of the many eco-friendly vehicles offered by Nissan.
The Resume Challenge.
One important factor when applying for a job is having a resume that stands out. However, creating the perfect resume isn’t always easy. That is why, for the fourth year, Nissan’s Resume Challenge showed some promising high school students how to get ahead.
This year, students from around the country, including in Jackson, participated in the event. The Jackson students first participated in a two-day workshop where they got some career coaching from Nissan staff and learned how to create a resume and cover letter and prepare for an interview.
After the workshop, the students had to create their resumes. The 10 students with the best resumes were then invited to Nissan’s headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, where teens from other Resume Challenges in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. joined them.
Explore The Facilities.
While at Nissan headquarters, the teens met with various Nissan employees from different departments along with Nashville community leaders. They also got an exclusive inside look at the Nissan facility that produces the LEAF, Altima, Rogue, and other models.
Here at Cronic Nissan, we are proud to be part of a company that is working hard to make sure the next generation gets the opportunities and training they need to succeed.
Spring break is right around the corner for many schools. If you have any students in your family, you might be thinking about some activities you can do or trips you can take. However, you don’t have to go far to have some fun. Here are some ideas on how to spend spring break in Georgia.
- Hiking in the mountains. Head north to the Chattahoochee National Forest and enjoy some excellent hiking with the family. If you make it to the top, you’ll get some great scenic views.
- Visit Macon. Just an hour away from Griffin, Georgia is Macon. Take a few day trips and visit the Earth Lodge, dig for fossils at Ocmulgee National Monument, take a walk through the Dauset Trails Nature Center, or tour the Museum of Aviation.
- See some color. Head an hour southwest to Pine Mountain and visit the Callaway Gardens. This beautiful garden explodes in color during the spring. You can also take a walk through the butterfly house.
- Take in the city. Plan a stay in Atlanta and act as touristy as you like. Get a CityPASS and visit five of Atlanta’s best attraction. And, catch a screening or two of some great movies at the Atlanta Film Festival.
We at Cronic Nissan are so glad spring is finally here. What is your favorite way to spend your free time in the spring?
Nissan is shaking things up this year before the Los Angeles Auto Show. Rather than waiting for the auto show, the Japanese carmaker has decided to take the cover off two 2017 Nissan models—the 2017 Nissan Versa Note and the 2017 JUKE Black Pearl Edition.
“The Nissan new product onslaught for the 2017 model year is so extensive, we’re bringing out the new Versa Note and JUKE Black Pearl early,” said Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning with Nissan North America. “The four latest additions to the lineup follow our ongoing ‘Year of the Truck’ campaign, which has seen the introduction of an all-new Armada, new Rogue, revised Pathfinder, and new Titan half-ton and Titan Single Cab.”
The 2017 Versa Note showcases a new design and a variety of interior changes that were driven by customer input. With these changes, Nissan is hoping the Versa Note will become even more popular this year.
The JUKE Black Pearl Edition is looking to appeal to those consumers that love aftermarket looks. Nissan has turned the JUKE SV into a limited-edition model that has exclusive white bumper accents and trim, along with a number of black-and-white accents in the cabin.
These models are the first of four new Nissan vehicles that will debut during the LA Auto Show. Along with the JUKE Black Pearl Edition and the 2017 Versa Note, the Japanese carmaker also unveiled a new NISMO product on November 15th and the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition model during a press conference on November 16th.
The holidays are fast approaching, which means it is time to decide on those final presents you’re going to get your friends and family. If you’re not sure what to get the car enthusiast in your life, never fear—Cronic Nissan is here to help. We’ve put together a short list of the top gifts for car lovers that you can use to help finish your holiday gift list.
Personalized garage sign. For someone that spends a lot of time tinkering on his or her car in the garage, a personalized garage sign is a great choice. There are plenty of options to choose from to fit your loved one’s unique style.
Car speedometer cuff links. Everyone has to dress up every now and then, so purchasing cufflinks for the car-loving man in your life is the perfect way to make sure he isn’t wearing a pair of boring cufflinks when he does. Shaped like a car’s speedometer, this gift is a subtle way to showcase how much he loves to drive.
Authentic Morgan three-wheeler. If you want to go big this holiday, then there is no better way than to get your car-loving friend or family member an authentic Morgan three-wheeler. This gift has a very high price point, but will make any car enthusiast weak in the knees. This motortricycle can even be legally driven on the road in the United States!
When it comes to going green, there are two major factors consumers consider—price tag and battery range. Because of this, Nissan has decided to increase the range of its base trim level, making the Leaf more environmentally friendly than ever before.
This base Nissan Leaf battery upgrade provides the Leaf S with a larger 30 kWh unit, which is usually seen in the SV and SL models. The larger battery replaces the old S trim level’s 24 kWh unit. With its beefier power, the 30-kWh battery helps increase the EPA-estimated maximum range from 84 miles to a much more impressive 107 miles. This means you don’t have to worry as much about getting a good charge on your daily commute.
While this boost in range is significant and impressive, it does have one minor side effect—the cost has also increased, too. Before, this electric vehicle’s starting price was around $29,000, but it is now at $32,450. While this might seem like a major increase, the Nissan Leaf is still one of the most affordable electric vehicles in the market.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on a cheaper 24-kWh Nissan Leaf, never fear—there are still plenty hanging around dealership lots.