2012 Nissan Xterra, Frontier Best Off-Road

Edmunds.com recently released the results of the latest consumer’s poll, and the 2012 Nissan Xterra and Frontier both made the list of favorite off-roaders.

The 2012 Nissan Xterra is just as ready to get down and dirty as it is to haul groceries. The high ground clearance and truck-based body and suspension make the Xterra more than capable on rough terrain.

The Xterra is available in three trim levels, the X, S, and Pro-4X. All models are powered by a 4.0L V6 engine with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. All models have a five-speed automatic transmission, with the addition of a six-speed manual option in the Pro-4X trim level. The Pro-4X is also the only model with standard four-wheel drive.

Also voted as one of the best off-roaders, the 2012 Nissan Frontier was a top pick from the small pickup class. Available in four trim levels, the S, SV, PRO-4X and SL, the Nissan Frontier is versatile enough to make it rough and rugged for off-roading, or smooth and practical for daily driving.

The 2012 Frontier offers two engine options, a 2.5L four cylinder that produces 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, and a 4.0L V6 with 261 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. There are two-wheel and four-wheel drive options, as well as six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions. Properly equipped, the Nissan Frontier is able to tow up to 6,500 pounds.

To see the capabilities of the 2012 Nissan Frontier or Xterra, test drive one today at Bates Nissan in Killeen. However, we prefer that you save any off-road experiences until the vehicle is all yours! Our helpful sales team can answer any questions you have at (254)699-7181.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Car of the Year in Versatility

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Bates Nissan is proud to announce that the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has been named by Popular Mechanics Car of the Year for versatility.

Citing the new unibody design and the more efficient V6 engine, Popular Mechanics called the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder “more spacious and more practical all around.”

The Pathfinder offers room for seven passengers, making it a viable alternative to the minivan for families. The new EZ Flex seats add to comfort and ease of access by allowing second-row seats to slide forward, with passengers strapped in, to allow third-row seat entry. The 2013 Pathfinder also offers 79.8 cubic feet of total cargo space, with additional in-floor storage under the third row, making it just as good for hauling stuff as for hauling people.

Fuel economy in the new Pathfinder is improved to 26 mpg highway by shaving 500 pounds from the body weight through unibody construction, changed from body-on-frame construction in previous models. The new frame also shifted the center of gravity lower, allowing a smoother ride and better handling.

The 2013 Pathfinder no longer offers a V8 engine, downsizing instead to a V6. While the power decreases slightly to 260hp, the towing capacity is still a respectable 5,000 pounds.

To see all the ways the flexible new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder can fit your life, test drive one today at Bates Nissan in Killeen. Our knowledgeable sales team can demonstrate all of the practical, innovative features, and can answer any questions you have at (254)699-7181.

Bates Nissan Offers Service Specials for Killeen Drivers

Bates Nissan service specials in Killeen

Bates Nissan service specials in Killeen

Give yourself the gift of extra cash in your wallet this holiday season by saving with auto service specials at Bates Nissan in Killeen.

Our online oil change coupon lowers the price of an oil change at Bates Nissan from $26.99 to $21.99. This includes up to five quarts of oil, replacement of the old oil filter with a Genuine Nissan oil filter, topping off fluid levels, and a complete multi-point visual inspection. Applicable taxes and disposal fees may apply, and this offer is not valid with the use of synthetic oil.

Bates Nissan also wants to save Killeen drivers money on recommended regular maintenance services. If it is time for the routine maintenance recommended at 30,000, 60,000, 90,000 or 120,000 miles, drive over to Bates Nissan and save $50. Our expert technicians will perform the services for the vehicle as described in your owner’s manual, or per dealer recommendation.

These service specials are valid only at Bates Nissan and cannot be combined with any other offer. Coupon must be presented at the time of the service write-up.

Bates Nissan is proud to serve the Killeen and Austin Texas areas with sales of new Nissans, quality used cars, and trusted service, parts, and financing. Let us help you with all of your vehicle needs!

Nissan JUKE Recognized Among Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs and Crossovers

2012 Nissan JUKE

2012 Nissan JUKE

As auto regulation standards become tougher and gas prices remain high, fuel efficiency is still a huge factor in new car shopping, especially for drivers looking for larger vehicles like crossovers and SUVs. Lucky for you, the Nissan JUKE was rated as one of the 10 Most Fuel-efficient SUVs and Crossovers by Kelley Blue Book.

The distinctive Nissan crossover achieves 27 city/32 highway mpg*, and a total of 29 mpg combined*, setting itself apart by more than just its quirky appearance.

According to Kelley Blue Book, “the JUKE really impresses with a genuinely fun-to-drive nature.” Making it fun to drive and fuel-efficient is the 1.6L direct-injection turbocharged engine that produces 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.

Other notable features of the 2012 Nissan JUKE are the Xtronic CVT transmission with sport mode and available all-wheel drive. The combination of the independent strut front suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, and big tires produce dynamic performance, making the crossover as sporty as it is family-friendly.

The JUKE is also equipped with a long list of standard safety features, including the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage front airbags, roof-mounted side curtain airbags, LATCH system, front and rear crumple zones, and many others. The Nissan JUKE also sits taller and has oversized mirrors, increasing visibility and maneuverability.

Kelly Blue Book heaped praise upon the 2012 JUKE, saying “it takes guts to build a car like the 2012 Nissan JUKE, a radical little crossover that is part CUV, part sports car and part ultramodern rolling art.” If you’re looking for the perfect combination of versatility, utility, style, and fun, test drive a new JUKE at Bates Nissan in Killeen today. You can also visit our web site for details about incentives offered on the Nissan JUKE and many other new Nissan vehicles for drivers in central Texas.

*2013 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

Bates Nissan Stuffs a Truck for Texas Toys for Tots

Bates Nissan collects Toys for Tots

Bates Nissan collects Toys for Tots

In this time of giving thanks, Bates Nissan wants to recognize all we are thankful for by supporting the Toys for Tots program and making the holidays happier for the less fortunate in the Killeen area.

We ask that you help us fill this truck at our Killeen Nissan dealership with toys for needy area children. Just stop by our dealership with a new, unwrapped toy. These toys, along with others generously donated at other Toys for Tots collection areas, will be collected, sorted and distributed to kids who need them the most.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program states that their goal is “to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.” They have been providing toys for children of financially burdened families for over 64 years.

The program has established relationships with church groups, social welfare agencies and other organizations within communities to help identify needy children and make sure they receive gifts at Christmas. Their goal this year is to collect 15,000 toys in Central Texas by the last day of the drive, December 15.

In addition to donating toys, you can also give of your time. Toys for Tots is also seeking volunteers to help collect, sort, and distribute the gifts.

Please help Bates Nissan support this worthy cause and ensure that the children of Central Texas enjoy a brighter, happier holiday.

Toys for Tots Drop-off at Bates Nissan
5501 E. Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76543

2013 Nissan Altima Named Car of the Year

2013 Nissan Altima

2013 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima keeps collecting the accolades, this time winning the Car of the Year at the 42nd Miami International Auto Show.

The 2013 Altima was chosen as Car of the Year in a contest led by Ruedas ESPN, the leading Spanish-speaking automotive radio show in the US. Editors from Ruedas ESPN chose the nominees for Car of the Year and 11 other categories, which were then judged by auto industry experts. The cars were judged in areas of performance, fuel economy, value, price, design, and appeal to Hispanic car buyers.

Ruedas ESPN is a product of ESPN Deportes Radio and is broadcast on their network on more than 48 radio stations in the United States and Puerto Rico, and on SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio. The two-hour show entertains and informs Spanish-speaking listeners interested in the cars and motorsports, providing industry news, car reviews, and advice about car purchasing, financing, insurance, and many other topics.

“Being honored by Ruedas ESPN as Car of the Year validates that the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima truly is the most innovative Altima ever. This award further emphasizes Nissan’s strong commitment to developing innovative products while keeping a focus on quality and reliability as well as fuel-efficiency, dynamic performance, and premium luxury,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager of Nissan Americas’ Nissan division.

The long list of impressive features in the 2013 Nissan Altima include a technology package with NissanConnectSM, Bluetooth connectivity, and other tech options like navigation, hands-free texting, and real-time Google POI search. The technology innovation extends to safety features like lane departure, blind spot monitoring, and tire pressure alerts. Other notable features of the new Altima include “zero-gravity” seats, premium materials, aerodynamic styling, fun driving dynamics, and best-in-class 38 mpg highway* fuel economy.

To see why the 2013 Nissan Altima is a favorite of car experts like those at Ruedas ESPN, test drive one at Bates Nissan. Our friendly, knowledgeable sales staff in our Killeen dealership will answer any questions and help you find the perfect Nissan for your needs.

Bates Nissan One-to-One Rewards Benefit Loyal Customers

Nissan One to One Rewards Program

Nissan One to One Rewards Program

You have a close relationship with your car, and the One-to-One Rewards Program from Nissan helps you build a relationship with your car dealer, too.

At Bates Nissan, every dollar spent on qualifying transactions earns points. Those points can be redeemed for service and maintenance of your current vehicle, or even toward the purchase price of a new or used car. Membership in the One-to-One Rewards Program is open to any Bates Nissan retail customer over 18 years of age and not employed by Bates Nissan.

Program points can be earned in many ways. When you purchase a new or used vehicle from Bates Nissan, 100 points are earned toward the purchase of your next vehicle. Each service performed on your vehicle earns 3% of the total amount spent, up to 500 points redeemable for future parts, accessories, or service. Installed accessory purchases also earn 3% of the sale in points that can be used for future services or accessories.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for complete program rules and any exceptions. Existing members can check their program points status online. Point credits and debits will generally post within 15 days of the date of the transaction.

Our participation in the One-to-One Rewards Program is the latest way for Bates Nissan to ensure your continued satisfaction with our products and services. We want to be the destination for drivers in the Austin, Texas area who need new vehicles or expert maintenance. Stop in to see us at our dealership in Killeen to test drive your next Nissan or enroll in the One-to-One Program. Thank you for your loyalty, and we look forward to the continued opportunity to serve you!

Premier of New Season of Nissan GT Academy on SPIKE TV November 1

2013 Nissan GT-R. NISMO '95 model available in Gran Turismo for GT Academy.

2013 Nissan GT-R. NISMO ’95 model available in Gran Turismo for GT Academy.

If you’ve been anxiously waiting, it’s almost here – the second season of Nissan GT Academy premieres on SPIKE TV at Thursday, November 1 at 11:30pm.

Nissan GT Academy selects 32 of the more than 400,000 top Gran Turismo video gamers, determined over 3 months of online PlayStation competition, to compete for a chance to train with professionals and become real a racecar driver. The 32 finalists meet and compete against each other over two more days of head-to-head virtual racing, after which half of them are sent packing and half move to the Final Selection Round.

The Final Selection Committee judges the remaining drivers on their mental toughness, physical fitness, and of course, driving skills. The driver determined to be the best is sent to a professional driver’s training program in the UK where they hit the track in practice racing events. At the completion of the course, the winner of the Academy makes his or her entrance in to the sport of professional racing in front of an international audience.

Previous GT Academy winners include Lucas Ordenez, who raced in 2009 FIA GT4 series, after which he won the series championship of the Intercontinental LeMans Cup and then proceeded to take second in his class at 24 Hours of LeMans. The second winner, Jordan Tresson, won the 24 Hours of Spa in 2011 and the Blancpain Endurance Series. Last year’s international winner, Jann Merdenborough, is racing a Nissan GT-R/NISMO GT-R in the Blancpain Endurance series this year. The first North American race in 2011 featured Brian Heitkotter driving a Nissan 370 NISMO in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The six-week SPIKE TV series will chronicle the elimination process of the Nissan GT Academy competition, hosted by Dhani Jones.  Drivers will receive critiques and instruction from professional drivers Maryeve Dufault, Danny Sullivan and Boris Said. If you miss an episode, they will also be available on the Nissan YouTube Channel.

If you’re ready to make the move from the couch with your PlayStation and onto the street in your own new Nissan, visit Bates Nissan in Killeen, Texas today. While the streets around Austin hardly rival the world’s fastest race tracks, we can help you find the new Nissan that gives you the same excitement in your daily driving. You can also follow Bates Nissan on Facebook to keep up with the latest Nissan GT Academy news.

Nissan Motor Company Develops Drive-by-Wire Steering

Nissan Motor Company drive-by-wire steering system

Nissan Motor Company drive-by-wire steering system (photo from Nissan)

Nissan Motor Company has announced development of a new steering system that some have called drive-by-wire steering that is planned to enter production in the next year.

The new system replaces the mechanical links between the steering wheel and the wheels with electronic control units. Those units are designed to “read” the driver’s steering inputs and then transmit signals to the steering rack to control the tires. According to Nissan, the response time is quicker than with mechanical steering. It also says the drive-by-wire system enhances feedback from the road surface and conditions to the driver, while minimizing the affect of those conditions on the car’s handling.

The electronic system will be equipped with backup units to take over in the case of equipment failure. In the incidence of complete power outage in the vehicle, the steering wheel and tires can be mechanically connected by a backup clutch.

While the new Nissan system would be the first of its kind in production cars, it has been present since the 1970’s in military aircraft, starting with the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. However, aircraft with the drive-by-wire system in place have no mechanical backup. Electronic throttles and transmission controls in place of mechanical ones have also been used in cars for some time, making the idea of physical disconnection of the steering components less scary than some might initially find it.

Integrated into the drive-by-wire steering system is the addition of a stability system that uses camera to help the car maintain safe direction. The camera gathers data from the road and responds to abnormal changes in direction caused by driver actions, road surfaces, wind, and other forces.

Bates Nissan will bring you news about the new drive-by-wire steering system as it becomes available, so check back often or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates about it and other Nissan products. For any car questions, help in choosing a new car, or scheduling trusted service for your current vehicle, visit Bates Nissan in Killeen Texas. It is our pleasure to serve drivers in the Fort Hood and Austin areas!

New Nissan Electric Vehicle in Development

New Nissan NV van

New Nissan NV van

Look out, LEAF, there is another Nissan electric vehicle in the works, this time shocking the commercial sector with the introduction of the new Nissan NV200 electric minivan.

One of the Nissan NV200 prototypes has been used by FedEx since December. The NV200 was also chosen as a new electric taxi model by several cities, including London and New York, where it won the Taxi of Tomorrow competition.

The NV200 uses the same powertrain as the LEAF, and is positioned to compete against the electric Ford Transit Connect in the commercial delivery van market. Aside from the fuel savings provided by electric fleet vehicles, Nissan says they are especially well-suited for delivery use. Since many delivery vans are often loaded inside warehouses, electric vehicles can go further into those enclosed spaces without producing harmful emissions.

The new Nissan NV200 is powered by a 24-kWh lithium ion battery pack and an 80-kilowatt motor. Engine ratings are 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque.

To learn more about Nissan electric vehicle technology, including a test drive of the Nissan LEAF, visit Bates Nissan in Killeen, Texas. If you prefer traditional gasoline engines, we have hundreds of new Nissans and other new and used cars, and we’re always happy to help you select the perfect one.