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.
Nissan was recently named the top brand in the 2017 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Five vehicles won Best in Class for their particular segment, including the Murano, Rogue, Maxima, Titan, and Versa. AutoPacific allows owners to rate their cars on 49 various criteria, and then tallies the votes to see which new owners are happiest.
The Murano won for the third straight year in a row, while the Rogue and Maxima won for the second time, according to Nissan. The AutoPacific awards are one of the few industry awards that is based solely on owner satisfaction, giving you a good idea which vehicle you should shop for when you’re in the market for a new car.
“VSAs look at the big picture, which includes owners’ experiences with their vehicle’s quality and safety, but also goes deeper into the heart of the ownership experience,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.
The Rogue is now Nissan’s top-selling vehicle, which means that statistically you’re most likely to enjoy this car than any other car you buy. Not only is it popular, but owners are most satisfied with this car. There’s no buyer’s remorse—simply get in your car and start driving. To test drive the Rogue, Murano, Maxima, Titan, or Versa, visit Cronic Nissan today.
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.
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.
Now that the school year has started, it’s time to refresh our memories with some back to school driving safety tips. Whether you drive your kids to school, they ride the bus, walk, or ride their bicycle, these tips are important for everyone.
Undeniably, the safest way for your child to get to school is by riding the bus. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, children are about 50 times as likely to get to school safely when riding a bus than if driven by a teenage driver. They are even safer on a bus than riding with their parents.
For those of us not on the school bus, it is important to follow the following rules.
- If you are driving on an undivided road, you may never pass a school bus if it is stopped to load or unload children.
- You are required to stop for a school bus when it has its yellow or red lights flashing and the stop arm is extended.
- Allow plenty of room for children to enter and exit the bus by stopping at least 10 feet away from the bus.
When driving near schools, be extra cautious. Do not block crosswalks and do not honk your horn at pedestrians.
With these simple rules, we can all make the school year safer for everyone.