Things to Do in Austin This Summer: Drive Around the Capital

Explore some of these great things to do in Austin.

Explore some of these great things to do in Austin.

Looking for something fun to do in Austin this summer or fall? Check out one of the many events and attractions in the area. As one of the largest areas in the south, Austin has tons to do for all ages. Hop in your new Nissan and explore the area.

According to Austin Top 50, there are a number of natural springs and pools that you should swim in to escape from the heat. Check out the Lost Creek Swimming Hole in South Central Austin, as well as Hamilton Pool Preserve. Hamilton even has a 50-foot natural water fall, which is as breathtaking as it is fun to swim around. For those willing to drive a little further, see Jacob’s Well in Wimberly (40 minutes west). At a constant 68 degrees, this natural “well” is perfect for hot days.

See the Cathedral of Junk in Austin. We’re not poking fun—that’s it’s actual name. This location is free to all, and it has some truly bizarre sculptures and pieces made from everyday materials. Scrap metal composes most of this memorable site, a tribute to local artists and Austin’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Visit the Zilker Botanical Garden. Cut off from the downtown area, you can reach a secluded 30-acre retreat that has multiple themes and plants from around the world. There is a rose garden, historic garden, and native garden to name a few. Plus, kids will have a blast exploring the area.

These are just some of the things to do in Austin this summer. Still can’t find anything you might enjoy? Hop in your car and explore and make sure to stop by Bates Nissan of Killeen, TX.

New 2017 Pathfinder Design

Are you ready to see the design of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder?

Are you ready to see the design of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder?

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is here. This model comes with some great new features and design, promising to make this model one of the most popular on the market. Fans can’t stop raving about the new design and the breakthrough technologies, each of which work to make this model better than ever.

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder design is what first strikes you, according to the NY Daily News, with new features like sharp headlights, tail lights, a revamped front fascia, and added body lines. The new Nissan Pathfinder is made to make a statement on the highway. Designers have thrown subtlety to the curb—if you want bold and refined styling, get the Nissan Pathfinder.

Notably, the new 2017 model year has a V-Motion front grille that echoes the bold look of the Nissan Titan XD pickup, as well as signature LED lighting. Plus, the exterior has been reengineered to be more aerodynamic, with less drag than ever before.

Other tweaks include a new suspension and chassis components, adding 1,000 pounds to the towing capacity for a total of up to 6,000 pounds. These changes also improve handling and the ride quality, giving you comfort and added control. These are just some of the great new design and exterior features on the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. With new looks, better performance, and better handling, it’s hard not to fall in love with this model immediately.

Contact us at Bates Nissan of Killeen, Texas for more information on this great model!

How to Decorate Your Car for a Trunk or Treat

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Every year, Trunk or Treat events are becoming more and more popular. These events are held as an alternative to the traditional door-to-door trick or treating. They are usually hosted by a church, school, or other community organization and offer a safe environment for children to fully enjoy Halloween.

The key to a great trunk or treat event is good decorations and costumes. Here are a few great suggestions on how to decorate your car for a trunk or treat.

  1. Pick a cohesive theme. Choose a theme that your whole family and car can work with, for example, your family could dress up as characters from The Wizard of Oz and the trunk of your car can be the yellow brick road, Munchkinland, or The Emerald City.
  2. Choose a vehicle with a spacious cargo area. The more room you have for decorations, the better. If you have a vehicle with a hatch opening, like a minivan, these are ideal, since you can hang overhead decorations from the hatch.
  3. Use kid-friendly decorations. Most trunk or treat events are geared towards young children—think elementary school age—and scary decorations are not allowed. If you use monsters, try to avoid things that are overly gory and spooky.
  4. Incorporate games. To make the event even more fun for kids, try to add some kind of game or activity that the kids have to try before they get their candy, like “I Spy” (they have to find hidden objects in your decorations) or a fishing game with magnetic fishing poles.

Get the kids dressed up and join us at Bates Nissan this Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, from 12-4pm to trick or treat with us at Bates Nissan!  Our friendly staff will be dressed up like pirates, handing out lots of delicious treasures!  Treat the kids to some candy and treat the adults to some fun test drives in a new Nissan, such as the luxurious 2016 Nissan Maxima!  We can’t wait to see you there!

Nissan Reusing Old Nissan Leaf Batteries

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Nissan announced in June that it has a plan for reusing Nissan Leaf batteries. After years of research into ways to reuse car batteries that no longer have the juice to power a car, Nissan is one of the first manufacturers, along with General Motors, to designate old EV batteries as backup batteries for buildings.

Nissan has partnered with the company Green Charge Networks, which provides and installs batteries for customers. Receiving old Leaf batteries from Nissan will reduce GCN’s costs, as they will have to produce fewer batteries. This partnership isn’t a surprise, as Nissan teamed up with Sumitomo to research how to reuse EV batteries shortly after releasing the first Leaf.

Powering a car is a big job, and when a battery is no longer strong enough to do it, it still has plenty of juice for lighter-duty work. Storing ene
rgy in commercial and industrial buildings doesn’t have anywhere near the energy output of driving a car, making these EV batteries a perfect choice for the job.

What is a Transmission?

ShifterIf you’ve ever done research before buying a car, you may have wondered: What is a transmission? The key to understanding its definition is in the name. It’s a mechanism that transmits power from your car’s engine to the parts that make it move forward, turning energy into torque using gears and a clutch.

There are two types of transmissions: manual and automatic. Most people know that manual transmissions require you to shift the gears yourself, while automatic transmissions shift themselves. With manual transmissions, the gears are various sizes, and you speed up or slow down by manually engaging these gears using the clutch and gear shift. It’s easier to understand in terms of the gears on a bicycle, where certain gear sizes are better for different terrains, slopes, and speeds.

In an automatic transmission, the process is mostly the same, except that the transmission engages other gears automatically when you change speeds, and most automatic transmissions don’t have a clutch. Instead, they have a torque converter, which outputs the necessary amount of torque for the speed of the vehicle.

There is also Nissan’s XRONIC Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), available in many new Nissan cars, which you can learn more about here.

This is only a small look into how transmissions work, but we hope it’s useful to you!

2016 Nissan Maxima SR Test Ends in Victory

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The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima SR was recently put to the test as it completed laps around the track at Buttonwillow Raceway. It was up against some stiff competition in the 2015 Acura TLX 3.5 with Technology Package, 2015 BMW 328i, and Audi A4 2.0T quattro Premium Plus Tiptronic. The Maxima more than held its own, though, posting the best lap time out of them. Check out the Nissan Maxima performance times below.

 

Vehicle Time Margin (seconds)
Maxima SR 1:18.50  —
BMW 328i 1:19.48 .98
Acura TLX 3.5L 1:20.58 2.08
Audi A4 2.0T Quattro 1:21.21 2.71

 

Nissan has been positioning the 2016 Maxima as the “4-Door Sports Car” and it’s most certainly living up the name!

Pierre Loing, vice president of Product Planning at Nissan, said, “We expected the all-new 2016 Maxima, with its re-engineered engine, transmission and chassis to do well, but frankly even we were surprised by the head-to-head test results against some very well-established luxury sports sedans.”

To check out the full 2016 Nissan Maxima SR test video, head over to Nissan’s YouTube channel!

Nissan Murano Named 2015 Top Safety Pick Plus

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The Nissan Murano was recently named a 2015 Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Murano scored “Good” ratings in all five of the IIHS safety tests, earning it the highest honor a vehicle can receive.

Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and Parts & Service for Nissan, said, “This Murano has once again raised the bar for Midsize Crossovers in terms of modern styling, levels of interior refinement, luxury and technology in its class. At Nissan we are happy to the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating to the list.”

Being awarded a Top Safety Pick Plus rating doesn’t come easily either. IIHS raised their standards for the tests two years ago, requiring vehicles to earn “advanced” or “superior” ratings in the front crash prevention tests, which the Murano did.

If you’re interested in testing out one of the most stylish and safest vehicles on the road, come visit us at Bates Nissan and take a ride in the all-new Murano.

The 2015 Nissan Sales Show the Popularity of the 2015 Lineup

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Nissan sales are better than ever thanks to the popularity of the Murano, Rogue, and Sentra. So far, this year has seen a 5.7% increase in sales, especially because of the record-breaking April numbers.

According to Nissan, the Rogue sales were up 44.5% this year, which is nothing compared to the 72.9% increase in Murano sales. Why are these models so popular? Since global demand for SUVs has steadily risen over the past couple of years, customers appreciate the affordability and quality of vehicles like the Rogue and Murano.

The Sentra, on the other hand, has been steadily rising to the top of sales over the past few years. This model is incredibly practical, especially because it’s fuel efficiency and affordable price. The Sentra is popular among younger generations who are looking for a sporty, yet useful car to drive in town or on the highway.

Whether you want something to take you from point A to point B or you want something that can hit the trails without difficulty, the 2015 Nissan lineup is for you. It’s no wonder the 2015 Nissan Sales are so incredible so far.

New Nissan Frontier Keeps Model at Forefront of Mid-size Truck Segment

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Though a new group of contenders have cropped up over the last year, the Nissan Frontier continues to lead the pack. In fact, the all-new Frontier model simply reasserts the truck’s dominance in the segment, reminding its newfound competition that it takes a good long while to get this excellent. From starting price to power to technology to efficiency, this new Frontier has it all.

The Frontier comes with a 4.0L V6 engine, an engine with 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. Obviously, that’s a pretty big powertrain with a whole lot of power. However, if you’re looking for something a bit smaller, you can opt for the 2.5L I-4 engine with 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Either way, the Frontier makes great use of its engines and delivers a smooth yet assured driving experience.

The truck also gets up to 19 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city with the I-4 engine attached to a manual transmission. You’ll also find some awesome technological additions, with a moonroof, NissanConnect Navigation, Mobile Apps, and five-inch color display all available. Come see us here at Bates Nissan to learn more about the Frontier and all its bells and whistles—and what makes it the clear best midsize truck—today.

2016 Nissan Altima to Feature All-New NissanConnect℠ Services Program

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The all-new NissanConnect℠ Services program is powered by SiriusXM® and promises to keep drivers more connected, engaged, and aware than ever before. NissanConnect Services will provide users with unprecedented access to their vehicles and the outside world, including vehicle monitoring, security and remote access.

According to a recent news release, three levels of services will be available when the system debuts on the 2016 Maxima later this year. The basic level is NissanConnect Services, which will include emergency services such as the Stolen Vehicle Locator and Automatic Collision Notification, along with maintenance alerts, like Dealer Service Scheduling Reminders and In-Vehicle Messaging.

A the next level (NissanConnect Services Premium), users will benefit from everything included in the base package plus remote services such as Remote Start and Remote Door Lock/Unlock along with monitoring alerts like Curfew Alert and Valet Alert.

The highest level of services offered is the NissanConnect Services Premium Plus program, which adds a full-suite of concierge services, including Connected Search, Assisted Search, and Journey Planner.

Nissan says that the NissanConnect Services program will also be available on four other models later this year, but has not yet revealed which models, or when.

Look for the exciting 2016 Nissan Altima to make its way to Bates Nissan later this year.