Nissan Murano Named 2015 Top Safety Pick Plus

2015 Nissan Murano

 

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.

Award-Winning 2015 Rogue Handling: Best in Safety and Performance

Rogue

The new Nissan Rogue was recently named to Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) “10 Best AWD Vehicles under $25,000.” Featuring available third row seating, the latest driver assist technologies, and incredible performance, it’s easy to see why the Rogue was named among the best cars on the market.

According to Nissan, the 2015 Rogue handling is one of the major features KBB editors were most impressed with. Aside from state-of-the-art AWD, the new model also has Advanced Ride Control, Active Trace Control, and Active Engine braking among other things.

“Featuring Advanced Ride Control, Active Trace Control, and Active Engine Braking among many other features, with a premium look and feel, Rogue is a solid entry in the marketplace. We are ecstatic that the Rogue has been recognized by Kelley Blue Book,” said Dan Mohnke, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager.

The Rogue also comes with premium seating and extra cargo room. EZ Flex Seating helps drivers and passengers stay comfortable – something you might not realize is important until you have it. All things considered, it’s no wonder KBB chose the Rogue as a top pick.

Nissan Pathfinder One of the 15 Best Family Cars for 2015

Nissan Pathfinder

When it comes to our families, we want to give them the best, right? Well, look no further. The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder has been named one of the 15 Best Family Cars for 2015 by trusted automotive resource Kelley Blue Book®.

Factors such as comfort and driving, safety, child seating, cargo space, back seat entertainment, and additional amenities were considered in determining the award winners.

The Pathfinder, one of just two mid-size SUVs to make the top 15 list, was praised for its roominess, ease of access, efficiency, power, and additional convenient features.

“Completely redesigned just two years ago, 2015 Pathfinder retains its core values of fun, utility and fresh style while also adding a number of exciting enhancements beneficial for the whole family,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan chief marketing manager & marketing operations. “With plenty of cargo space and interior room, and a smooth ride with solid handling, the 2015 Pathfinder is a classic ‘family-first’ vehicle, and we’re elated to once again be included among Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars.”

This is the second year in a row the Pathfinder has made the list of the industry’s best family vehicles. If you are still wondering why, please stop by Bates Nissan. We would love to show you.

Nissan to Provide Vehicles to Help in the Fight Against Ebola

First Aid Kit

Nissan, in an effort to help in any way possible, has donated vehicles to be used as ambulances in Liberia to help in the ongoing efforts to combat the rampant spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

As we all know, Liberia has been one of West Africa’s worst-affected countries in the Ebola epidemic. The vehicles, based on the Nissan Patrol SUV, have been specially adapted and equipped with stretchers and first aid kits, and come with sirens and a loudspeaker. The ambulances will be used for urgent rescue missions, and will be provided to the President’s office of Liberia, which will organize their deployment.

The Patrol SUV is ideal for the rugged African terrain, and will have no difficulty reaching even the most remote locations. It offers enough space to comfortably fit a stretcher and medical personnel. Some units are being donated outright, while additional SUVs will be offered at a discount. Nissan is working closely with Liberian officials to determine their needs.

In a recent news release, Nissan commented that “The pledge is a gesture of the heartfelt sympathy of employees of Nissan around the world to those who are affected by the disaster, and their wish for the earliest possible recovery”.

Here at Bates Nissan, our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to all of those who have been affected by this terrible virus, and we stand behind Nissan in their effort to aid in the fight against Ebola.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Launch Party in Killeen, TX

2013 Nissan Pathfinder, Killeen, TX

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Bates Nissan of Killeen is celebrating the official arrival of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder with a Pathfinder Launch Party!

Visit our Nissan dealership in Killeen, Texas for fun and festivities, including snacks and prize giveaways. Some prized to be awarded include drawings for free oil and filter changes and a flat-screen television to one lucky winter.

While new to consumers, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has been reviewed by all the industry experts. Here is what a few of them had to say:

“Adapt or die. This Darwinian adage applies to birds, business and, well, family SUVs. And so the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder adapts to the needs of consumers by breaking away from its trucklike, off-road-ready roots to become a more comfortable, car-based, family-ready crossover SUV.” (Edmunds.com)

“From a design standpoint, the interior has indeed made the transition from traditional SUV to more refined crossover. The outgoing cabin was awash in cold colors and sharp angles, giving it a work-before-play feel. On the other hand, this 2013 Pathfinder offers an inviting interior, especially when outfitted with the nicer leather upholstery available on the SL and Platinum trims. The sharp edges of the old dashboard have been smoothed out, hands find soft-touch materials on nearly every surface, and thoughtful touches like padded leather on the doors go the extra step to make this Pathfinder seem more like a tall luxury sedan than a rugged all-rounder.” (Autoblog.com)

“A longer wheelbase, wider stance and lower overall height give the SUV a more stable feel, while a retuned suspension and advanced traction and stability systems help keep body roll in check through corners. The revised Pathfinder suspension setup does an equally commendable job of soaking up road imperfections when you’re in cruise mode. The latest iteration of Nissan’s Xtronic CVT automatic matches well with its new V6, endowing the Pathfinder with a responsive character that complements its newfound economy and still provides a standard 5,000-pound towing capacity. Also noteworthy is the optional All-Mode 4×4-i intelligent 4-wheel-drive system that enhances all-season security and also offers a full-lock setting for use on particularly challenging surfaces.” (kbb.com)

To see the new Nissan pathfinder for yourself, join Bates Nissan at our Pathfinder Launch Party on Thursday, January 24 from 4:30-7:30pm. We can’t wait to see you!

Bates Nissan
5501 E. Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76543
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.

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.