There are a number of places to visit around Killeen, TX, especially if you have a new Nissan to drive. We at Bates Nissan have created these trip ideas, whether you’re looking for a day trip or an extended vacation. Either way, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Stillhouse Hollow Lake is a great place to visit, especially if you’d like to get outdoors. The Lake was created by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a reservoir, and it’s fed by the Lampasas River. Activities at the lake include fishing, hunting, and hiking.
You can also check out Conder Park, a grassy park with tons of space for activities. If picknicking isn’t your thing, you can also fish, play baseball, or even hit the disc golf course. For those who love to relax outside, there’s nothing like Conder Park.
Finally, take a drive to Mother Neff State Park. This 259-acre park is just 21 miles northeast of Killeen, and it’s great for hikers. You’ll find rocky hills, canyons, and a steep watchtower so you can get a great view of the park. There are even campsite options as well.
These are just some of the great road trip destinations near Killeen, TX.
The top Nissan NISMO race car was recently announced by the brand, and the results may surprise you. It’s the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32—a classic for most auto enthusiasts. Nissan recently held a competition on social media called the #NISMOtop20 competition to determine which cars fans loved the most. And, now that the votes are in, it looks like the GT-R R32 has won bragging rights.
According to Nissan, the GT-R R32 was only in production for five years, but it won several awards and championship races during its short lifespan. For instance, it won the SPA 24 and the Australian Touring Car Championship, both in 1991. The Skyline also took home the gold at the Bathurst 1000 two years in a row.
“It was in Japanese touring cars where the R32 saw arguably its biggest successes,” stated Nissan in a press release. “The Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 scored the victory in every Japanese Touring Car Championship race during the 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons, earning championships for the Hasemi and Impul teams along the way.”
The standard R32 had a 2.6-liter engine with all-wheel drive, which generated up to 276 horsepower and up to 266 lb-ft of torque. It also weighed in at about 3,100 pounds. Still, the R32 maintained impressive handling, a smooth ride, and looks that simply couldn’t be beat.
While you may be hard pressed to find an R32, there is a range of other high-performance Nissan cars you can see in person at Bates Nissan today.
As temperatures drop, fall is the time to roll the windows down and go for a scenic drive. But, don’t forget that winter is right around the corner, and that means increasingly unpredictable driving conditions. Follow these simple steps to prepare your car for fall and make sure you’re ready for anything.
Check Your Tires
Even the best all-season tires will underperform if they’re not properly aligned and inflated. This is especially true in fall and winter when there’s an increased chance of wet, icy, or snowy roads. Check your tires to ensure they have plenty of tread. And, if you notice your car pulling to one side, have the tires aligned.
Charge Your Battery
Cold mornings put extra strain on your car’s battery. Before it’s too late, make sure your battery is fully charged. If the terminals are excessively corroded, it could be time to replace the battery altogether.
Stow Useful Emergency Items
There’s no telling what the weather will do in the winter. Before it arrives, stow some important emergency items in your vehicle such as blankets, gloves, water bottles, and a cell phone charger.
Follow these simple tips for preparing your car for fall, and you can drive with confidence all season long. For a new vehicle perfect for those fall drives, stop by Bates Nissan today.
Nissan knows that crafting vehicles of the highest quality is only part of what makes an automaker great. Even the best companies are nothing without the support of the people and communities that make everything possible. That’s why Nissan has always loved giving back to the communities in which it operates. Recently, Nissan made this commitment clear by granting $100,000 to Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation in Tennessee.
Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) is a wonderful organization dedicated to childhood literary in Tennessee. Since 2005, Nissan has given $1.2 million dollars to support everything they do. Most recently, Nissan gave $100,000 to support Imagination Library Programs in the four counties in which the automaker has operations.
Nissan’s grant will help provide 47,000 children in Davidson, Franklin, Rutherford, and Williamson counties with books each month. Since 2004, GBBF has distributed more than 30 million books with more than 279,000 children receiving new books each month.
This recent act of charity is one example of the many ways that Nissan has rooted itself as a member of local communities.
Come to Bates Nissan today for a test drive and to learn more about Nissan’s commitment to excellence and innovation across the nation.
Getting a new Nissan opens an entire world of possibilities, including road trips. Don’t spend this fall cooped up at home; instead, take a road trip near Killeen, TX. There are a number of destinations in the region for anyone who want to take a day trip, but we’ve limited the following list to some of our favorites.
According to All Across Texas, perhaps one of the most enjoyable road trips near Killeen is to Beveridge Bridge. Just a short drive away to Weatherford, you can see this 140-foot suspension bridge that was built in the late nineteenth century. This bridge is not simply an engineering marvel; it also provides a stunning view of the surrounding area.
Next, take a trip to Burden Hotel. This historic building was created in 1857 in San Saba, and it still stands today. The two-story stone building is a landmark in the region, making it a perfect stop for anyone looking for a short road trip.
Finally, visit the Santa Fe Depot in Killeen. Used as a depot for the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroads as early as 1882, the depot was rebuilt in 1913 after a fire. The rail line was one reason Fort Hood was founded in the area, though it was later taken out of service and now stands as a historical marker.
What better way is there to experience your community than taking a road trip in a new Nissan from Bates Nissan? Visit the Beveridge Bridge, the Burden Hotel, and the Santa Fe Depot this weekend.
Heading back to school can be stressful regardless of your age. College students and middle schoolers alike share a range of experiences, from jitters and nervousness to finding the right supplies. That’s why we at Bates Nissan have written this guide of back-to-school tips.
While many students are nervous heading back to school, one way to lower anxiety levels is to stay prepared. According to the Huffington Post, even if you’ve already started the school year, it’s not too late to stock up on pencils, paper, binders, and more. For college and high school students who know they’ll have research papers due at the end of the semester, it can also help to start your research and writing now.
Get involved. Joining a sports team, club, or other extracurricular is a great way to participate in the school community and culture. Not only will you feel more engaged, but getting involved also tends to give you a leg up when it comes to making connections in the future (this is especially relevant for college students who understand how to network).
Finally, create goals. Earn that varsity letter, get better grades, or learn a new skill—these are all realistic goals for students of all ages. It sounds simple, but you’re considerably more likely to excel when you have clear goals for each semester or quarter.
School is never easy, but with these tips, you’ll be better prepared to tackle the task at hand. Stay prepared, get involved, and create goals to truly succeed during the school year.
The 2018 Nissan 370Z is one of the most anticipated sports cars of the year, and it’s finally arrived! The iconic styling and sport-inspired interior (and powertrain, of course) are what make it such a loved model. On top of that, the Nissan 370Z is one of the most affordable sports cars in the industry.
The Nissan 370Z is available in three models: Coupe, Roadster, and NISMO. The base model, the Nissan 370Z Coupe, starts at just $29,990 MSRP,* a price that hasn’t changed from the 2017 model year. Similarly, the 370Z Roadster’s price remains the same, coming in at $41,820 MSRP.*
Those two models boast a number of changes including new 19-inch wheel designs, black rear lower fascias and dark headlight treatments. A Passion Red paint color is now available on the 370Z Coupe and Roadster as well.
The new Heritage Edition package is available on the Nissan 370Z Coupe and offers two new paint colors and interior trims.
The Nissan 370Z Coupe NISMO bears it high-performance badge with honor. The 3.7-liter V6 engine delivers an impressive 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque in a heartbeat. The Nissan 370Z Coupe NISMO starts at just $45,690 MSRP.*
We here at Bates Nissan are ready to roll in the 2018 Nissan 370Z!
*Use for comparison only. MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and $885 destination charges. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.
The 2017 Nissan Juke may not be the most popular crossover, but no one can deny that it has a unique style. The raised headlights and athletic wheels add a sporty look to the crossover. That’s just part of why drivers love the model. Here’s a quick look from us here at Bates Nissan at what makes the Nissan Juke so appealing.
Despite its small size, the Nissan Juke certainly packs a punch. The 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine tears past the competition with 188 horsepower. On top of that, the 2017 Juke earns up to an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway.*
Available all-wheel drive provides more traction and responsive controls. An Integrated Control System allows drivers to select a driving mode (Normal, Sport, Eco, and D-Mode), manage the cabin temperature, and more.
All Nissan Juke models come equipped with a standard RearView Monitor. The Nissan Intelligent Key® allows drivers to easily access their vehicle without reaching for the key fob. Push Button Ignition allows for a quicker start when you’re short on time.
A family crossover at heart, the 2017 Nissan Juke makes no sacrifices. All models come equipped with full air bag and Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. Drivers also have the option of adding various active safety features to their Nissan Juke.
*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.
Nissan doesn’t only love cars. That’s why for the fourth consecutive year, Nissan is sponsoring the BET Awards.
The BET Awards and BET Experience took place this year from June 22-25 in Los Angeles. The BET Awards are important because they’re not only a way to celebrate the achievements of those in the film industry, but also a way to celebrate African Americans’ contributions to everything entertainment.
The BET Awards and BET Experience include everything from live music to celebrity appearances and impactful speakers. This year’s award show was hosted by none other than the inimitable Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones.
Nissan’s sponsorship of the BET Awards included accenting BET’s glamorous red carpet with an equally glamorous 2017 Rogue Sport and 2017 GT-R. Attendees got to test-drive the Midnight Edition of multiple models the day before the awards in the Nissan Dome.
“The BETE Awards are the largest celebration of black culture and achievement and we are excited to be a part of this important celebration for the fourth consecutive year,” said Jeremy Tucker, Nissan’s Vice President, Marketing Communications and Media.
Whether you love Nissan, BET, or both, you can always come down to Bates Nissan to find the ideal car for you.
Nissan is always looking for new ways to push the envelope. One way they’re challenging norms is by taking innovation to the next level. The Nissan LEAF has innovations that are sure to beat out even the toughest competition.
The Nissan LEAF features an all-new technology that wows both critics and car enthusiasts. It’s called “ProPILOT Assist” and it gives drivers the extra help and ultimate convenience on the highway.
Most drivers can agree that one of the most annoying parts about highway driving is the stop-and-go traffic that can happen. ProPILOT aims to address this issue and lessen the anxiety of high-volume traffic by using technology to drive for you… kind of.
ProPILOT helps drivers by controlling steering, braking, and acceleration. Drivers can use ProPILOT in a single lane on the highway, acting like an amped-up version of cruise control. This challenges the popular Tesla 3’s new cruise control technology with features that help you while still making sure you’re paying attention to the road.
The Nissan LEAF rivals the Tesla in both affordability and technology. There’s a reason the LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. If you’re curious about the Nissan LEAF and ProPILOT technology, we’re always here to answer questions at Bates Nissan.