2017 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior Touches Reflect the Beast Mode Within

This Nissan Pathfinder has always represented the perfect balance between powerful SUV and nimble car, but now, the Pathfinder is set to get bigger and bolder, reflecting the latest trends while also paying respects to classic Nissan style.

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has a raised hood, hooked running lights, an updated grille, new fog lights, and even turn signal markers in the mirrors. Matched with a revised rear hatch and fenders – and you’ve got a much more aggressive Pathfinder.

The rugged new Nissan Pathfinder exterior mimics the vehicle’s updated off-roading abilities, with a new all-wheel drive system, three different driving modes to select from, and safety features such as hill descent control and hill start assist.

Overall, both explorers and casual drivers afraid of icy roads will love the new Nissan Pathfinder, which aims to protect drivers and has the exterior styling to show it. (Of course, it’s also packed with all the latest amenities on the inside – including Nissan Connect.)

Want to check out the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder or one of the many other models we have in store? Maybe take your favorite pick out on a test drive? Stop by or give us a call anytime, right here at Bates Nissan.

Black Friday Shopping Tips: The Key to Holiday Shopping

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday is one of the largest shopping holidays in the US. You can score some serious deals when you hunt down the sales, some of which run as high as 80% off. However, there are some important tips to keep in mind for this holiday shopping season. Read on to learn more about the best Black Friday shopping tips.

According to Consumer Reports, one of the most important things to do is get an early start. Even if you are not a fan of waking up early in the morning, it’s important to get products before they sell-out in stores. Because the deals are so impressive during this shopping holiday, it’s highly likely that you will not be able to find the deal you want unless you are at the store early. The early start can get you a prime spot in line before stores are even open.

Next, shop around and do your homework. Many stores have a number of deals—make sure to compare the prices of major retailers in order to find the best deals. There are also a number of apps and websites that can help you as well, but be sure to check print ads too. It’s also important to call ahead if a deal sounds too good to be true—no point in wasting time on a phony deal.

Finally, set a budget and prioritize. Odds are you won’t be able to find everything you are looking for. If you know something that’s really important to you, set it as a priority and get it first. It is a good idea to sit down and make a list before you head out. Also, set a strict budget if you can, and be sure to stick to it. No sense in maxing out credit cards if you don’t have to.

Whether this will be you first year out or you are a seasoned shopping vet, these Black Friday shopping tips are sure to help you find what you want for the best price and stay within your budget!

Thanksgiving Recipe Twists: New Takes on Old Dishes

Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by fall border

Thanksgiving is all about food. That is exactly why we’ve written a post about classic dishes, as well as new takes on these traditional recipes. While turkey, cranberries, and beans are featured at a number of dinner tables around the country, there are some easy ways to mix things up this holiday season. Here are just some of many Thanksgiving recipe twists you can use to add variety to your table.

According to Country Living, the turkey is the iconic feature of nearly every meal on this holiday. Though fairly straightforward, if not time consuming, the turkey is an easy crowd pleaser. However, there are some easy ways to mix things up without putting off conservative—or shall we say picky?—eaters. To begin, try brining the turkey the night before to add some flavor and to preserve the juices. If you’re thinking about garnishes, don’t add anything that wilts easily. Try bay leaves, figs, and kumquats, as well as citrus leaves.

Next, move from the glob of cranberry mush to the real thing. Fresh cranberries are bitter, sweet, and truly complex. Adding some spices like star anise, allspice, and fresh orange juice can really make the flavor pop. Mixing in other berries may also be a treat for those who have a sweet tooth; in fact, the original settlers had an entire spread of berries for the first Thanksgiving.

Finally, get some green beans—fresh ones. Though green bean casserole is a staple for many, try substituting some fresh cut green beans with butter and candied bacon. This sweet-and-savory combo is the perfect addition to the table, especially for those who love complex flavors. Plus, bacon makes everything tastier, right?

Like we said before, these are just a few of the many ways you can mix up your Thanksgiving dinner.  So whether you stick with tradition or use some Thanksgiving recipe twists, be sure to enjoy the holiday with family and friends and be thankful for the great food!

Moving Tips

 

Moving Killeen, TXMoving house is a gigantic task that no one can handle alone, which has ultimately resulted in moving services like Uhaul. While the abundance of innovative technology has changed how we find homes, the actual process of moving still remains an old art form. Here at Bates Nissan, we have some helpful moving tips to help you save money and move easier!

  1. Moving Boxes – Rather than dump a good amount of money on boxes to pack your stuff in, check out places that usually have boxes in bulk. Craigslist, grocery stores, warehouses, and supermarkets usually have excess boxes they just throw away. Taking a few minutes to talk to a manager or supervisor could save you a couple bucks by the time you’re done moving.
  2. First-Night Box – Odds are that once you’ve arrived at your new home, you’ll be too tired to unpack everything. That’s why packing a first-night box could come in handy. Unpacking a single box to get your clothes and coffee maker is easier than unpacking many boxes.
  3. Plastic Wrap – Believe it or not, unloading your dresser isn’t necessary to move. In the interest of saving time, use plastic wrap to keep the drawers shut when moving. Not only will you save time packing, you’ll save time unpacking as well!
  4. Rent the Perfect Vehicle for Moving Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, having the right vehicle for moving is important. Rent a van or truck from Uhaul or through the Hertz rental car company to guarantee that you will have enough room to pack all of your moving boxes and furniture.

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Debuts in Super Bowl Ad

Nissan used its heartwarming With Dad ad to debut the GT-R LM Nismo, its long-awaited racer designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It’s been 16 years since Nissan has competed in the top tier of the prestigious race, but now it’s back. The GT-R LM Nismo was created by a team of experts from around the world and boasts a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that sits in the front of the front-wheel-drive car, while hybrid power is derived from the front driveline to boost acceleration.

The LM P1 car belongs to a category that features some of the most extreme sports cars in racing today. Its performance at Le Mans could go a long way toward not only solidifying the automaker’s excellence in hybrid power but also in developing new, innovative technologies that can be applied to the very kind of production vehicles we see every day at Bates Nissan.

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will be the centerpiece of a Nismo display at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, alongside the GT-R Nismo, 370Z Nismo, JUKE Nismo, and several other Nismo models and concepts.

Check out a Nissan GT-R for yourself at Bates Nissan!

In A Clique All Its Own: The Redesigned Nissan Maxima

The word “bold” is often used in automotive marketing campaigns, even when sometimes, it’s not entirely appropriate. But it is awfully difficult to juxtapose the outgoing Nissan Maxima and the incoming Maxima and not think to yourself, “Wow, that’s…bold.”

 

The new Maxima looks overtly stylish, like the kind of vehicle that naturally belongs cutting sleekly through a bustling city at night while dance music plays. On the other hand, it looks like it could be right at home negotiating winding mountain roads. It’s sporty and hip, in other words.

The word “bold” is often used in automotive marketing campaigns, even when sometimes, it’s not entirely appropriate. But it is awfully difficult to juxtapose the outgoing Nissan Maxima and the incoming Maxima and not think to yourself, “Wow, that’s…bold.”

 

The new Maxima looks overtly stylish, like the kind of vehicle that naturally belongs cutting sleekly through a bustling city at night while dance music plays. On the other hand, it looks like it could be right at home negotiating winding mountain roads. It’s sporty and hip, in other words.

 

CarScoops calls the Maxima’s new styling “avant-garde.” They praised its “dramatic at the front end,” which features a “V-shaped grille” and “boomerang headlights.”

 

CarScoops also made some interesting speculations as to the powertrain, saying that there will likely be a 3.5-liter V6 under the hood, with a CVT sending power to the front wheels. The publication also relayed a rumor that the hybrid system currently found in the Nissan Pathfinder may find its way inside the redesigned Nissan Maxima. And that makes what is already a truly bold redesign even more interesting!

 

Come out to Bates Nissan and share your expectations for this bold new offering from Nissan!

Frontier and Titan Make List of Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks

2014 Nissan Titan | Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks

The 2014 Nissan Titan was named one of Edmunds most fuel-efficient trucks of 2014.

It used to be if you owned a truck that could tow anywhere near 9,500 pounds or offered a versatile interior large enough to store all of your cargo, fuel efficiency was one of those factors you just didn’t discuss. That is now a thing of the past. According to Edmunds’ list of the Top 9 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks for 2014, it’s possible to have it all: Nissan’s Frontier and Titan deliver the performance, the style, and the fuel economy necessary to get the job done.

Edmunds compiled the list of gas-only trucks using the official ratings as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Nissan Frontier took the second place ranking with a combined EPA rating of 23 miles per gallon. The 2014 Titan sealed the list at number nine with 15 mpg combined.

“People have associated pickup trucks with low gas mileage for many years, but we’re defeating that stereotype,” said Vice President Dan Mohnke, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “We’ve worked hard to produce pickups that not only provide excellent towing capability and ample cargo space, but also impressive fuel efficiency. This recognition by Edmunds validates our efforts to make fuel efficiency a priority across all platforms, from sedans to pickups.”

You can find both of these capable trucks in stock here at Bates Nissan.

Should You Top Off Your Gas Tank When Pumping Gas?

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When pumping gas, you shouldn’t top off your tank. But why?

Maybe you’ve wondered if it’s a good idea to add a couple pumps of gas to your tank after the click of the nozzle lets you know the tank is full. Everyone has probably asked this question at one time or another, even us here at Bates Nissan: Should you top off your gas tank?

In a word, no.

What could be so bad about making sure the tank is as full as it could possibly be or rounding up to the next dollar?

Actually there are a couple solid reasons you might want to consider the next time you’re tempted to make “34.86 an even $35 spent on gas.

  1. You are wasting money. We understand it may seem counter-intuitive to simply trust your car is telling you the truth and the gas tank is truly full. However, just like we trust the car to take us safely to the gas station, we can trust it on this point as well. If you add gas after the telltale click, it could actually be getting funneled back into the station’s supply.
  2. Gasoline expands. Yes, you are able to add a few squirts of gas after your car says the tank is full; however, you are taking away space in the tank which allows the gas to naturally expand. It can be harmful to your vehicle if the gaseous vapors are forced to escape to another part of the car.
  3. The fumes are toxic. Just like over-filling the gas in your tank can cause it to leak into other parts of your car, it can also evaporate into the air, a highly flammable and cancer-causing hazard.

If you like to top off your tank, we’re not here to scare you. We just want you to be able to make an informed decision the next time the pump clicks letting you know your tank is full. We recommend you stay safe and save the time and money.

Nissan GT Academy Season 3 Debuts November 11 on SPIKE TV

Nissan is extending its relationship with Sony Computer Entertainment and SPIKE TV in order to bring more gamers to the track and more viewers to their televisions to watch it happen when Season 3 of the Nissan GT Academy kicks off on November 11th.

The GT Academy is a one-of-a-kind program designed to push the best video game racers to the limit and test their ability to convert their virtual skills into reality. The program has already helped to fulfill the dreams of many gamers who are now professional drivers with Nissan, including Lucas Ordonez, who is now expected to compete in the upcoming Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Nissan GT Academy kicks off

The GT Academy is a one-of-a-kind program designed to push the best video game racers to the limit and test their ability to convert their virtual skills into reality.

The competition began with over 400,000 racing enthusiasts all doing their best to best each other in the latest iteration of the long-standing PlayStation Gran Turismo franchise. The top 32 contenders were be sent to New York City to participate in the National Finals. Only 12 remained after a series of virtual, media, and real-life driving challenges; the dozen finalists will then be tested at the legendary Silverstone race track in the U.K. In the end, only one driver will be selected to race for Nissan after passing a series of physical, psychological, and athletic challenges and logging an extensive amount of track time in the Nissan 370z, Nissan GT-R, and Nissan JUKE NISMO.

The first episode of Season 3 of Nissan GT Academy will air on SPIKE TV at 10:30 ET on November 11th. If you just want to drive a regular Nissan without having to go through the trouble of hours of competitive training, just stop by Bates Nissan! We’ll hook you up.