NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2017 Nissan LEAF has been named one of the “5 Best Electric Cars Under $40,000” by the editors of Kelley Blue Book. “Keep in mind all of these vehicles are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit – in addition to potential state and local incentives – bringing the net price for each of them to below $30,000,” states the introduction to the special EV section.
In selecting the Nissan LEAF, the Kelley Blue Book evaluation team wrote: “Dating all the way back to the dawn of this decade, the groundbreaking and ever-evolving LEAF has received several upgrades and enhancements over the years.”
The editors also credit LEAF for bringing affordable electric vehicles to a wide consumer audience, writing: “When the Nissan LEAF debuted in 2011, it brought electric vehicles to the masses. Easy to drive, whisper-quiet, respectable cargo capacity thanks to its hatchback design and refueling that’s as easy as plugging in a power cord, the LEAF has moved nearly a quarter-million units worldwide, making it the best-selling EV yet.”
“The Nissan LEAF continues to show its strength as the most popular electric vehicle in the world – with sales exceeding 100,000 in the United States alone,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “Nissan is also played a leading role in growing the number of DC fast-charging stations in the U.S., with more than 2,100 CHAdeMO connections to date, which helps all EV drivers regardless of make or model.”
Nissan and EVgo recently revealed a plan to connect Boston and Washington D.C. via nine electric-vehicle DC fast-charge sites. The plan will deliver a robust charging infrastructure along I-95, providing EV owners peace of mind when driving along the route. The Northeast charging route is slated to be on-line this fall. The charging sites have been designed with future advances in EV technologies in mind, and have been pre-wired for a high-power charging power output of up to 150kW with simple upgrades once such technology is available to consumers.
Along with the 100-mile plus range, the 2017 LEAF features a standard 30 kWh battery that can be quick-charged to 80 percent (from the low battery charge warning) in about 30 minutes. Charging on a home charging system (Level 2, 240V) is estimated to take about six hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger. All 2017 LEAF models include multiple drive modes: Normal, Eco and B-Mode, which engages regenerative braking more aggressively while decelerating.
LEAF’s lithium-ion battery pack carries warranty coverage of eight years or 100,000 miles against defects, plus the industry-leading coverage for 8 years/100,000 miles (30 kWh) against excessive capacity loss. LEAF is assembled in Smyrna, Tenn., including battery production.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced the all-new 2017 Armada full-size SUV has been selected as one of Autotrader’s “2017 Must Test Drive Award” winners. Chosen by a panel of Autotrader editorial staff, the consumer-focused award program is “designed to highlight the top 12 vehicles car shoppers must see and experience to believe… ones that can change the way a consumer perceives the model – or even the entire brand.”
In choosing Armada from a field of more than 300 current or next model-year models, the Autotrader staff wrote: “The redesigned Armada surprised Autotrader editors by just how well it drives and how nimbly it handles for being such a large vehicle, and combined with its high-quality interior materials, features and off-road abilities, the Armada ‘squarely competes with the best’ in the class.”
The all-new 2017 Armada is built on the heritage of the Nissan Patrol, which has been a workhorse for the world for many decades. While it is intended primarily for family adventures here in North America, Armada remains true to its roots as a strong, durable and authentic full-size, 8-passenger SUV.
“Featuring best-in-class1 maximum horsepower, a range of class-exclusive2 available safety and security features and a starting MSRP3 of $44,900, we are certainly in agreement with Autotrader that Armada is a must to drive and experience,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “Armada has played an important part in Nissan’s position as the fastest growing brand in America in 2016. And already in 2017, Armada sales are up nearly 125 percent.”
Key distinctions between the 2017 Armada and the previous generation include a fresh exterior design, enhanced performance from a new 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 with best-in-class1 390-horsepower and a new 7-speed automatic transmission, a comfortable full-feature cabin and class-exclusive1 available safety and security features – including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW)3, Blind Spot Intervention (BSI)4, Backup Collision Intervention (BCI)5 and Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)6.
The Armada also offers an exceptional array of standard features, including Nissan Navigation with NavTraffic and NavWeather information (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately) and 8.0-inch color display, heated front seats and 13-speaker Bose® audio system.
As part of its adventure-ready spirit, the new Armada offers standard towing capacity of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models (when properly equipped). The durable independent double-wishbone front and rear suspension provides smooth ride comfort and responsive handling for both on-road and off-road driving.
The new Armada also continues the nameplate’s reputation for value and choice, offering a range of three high-content grade levels – SV, SL and Platinum – in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive configurations. It is on sale now at Nissan dealerships nationwide.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has been named one of the “12 Best Family Cars of 2017” by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. It is the fourth consecutive year that Pathfinder has been included on the website’s annual evaluation and selection of vehicles that “best meet the needs of today’s families.”
Editors credited Pathfinder for “playing a great inside game,” writing: One of the most critical factors when considering a family-focused vehicle is its ability to please the people it carries. The Pathfinder scores high marks in that area thanks to a well turned-out and invitingly roomy cabin that’s designed to facilitate quick, convenient transitions. Arguably the most notable feature on that front is Nissan’s benchmark EZ Flex and Glide System. Standard on every model, it allows a child seat latched to either the Pathfinder’s second-row split-bench or captain’s chairs to remain in place when they’re slid forward, greatly assisting access to the third-row bench.
KBB.com recommends that family car buyers take their children’s car seats and boosters along when shopping to see how they fit and their ease of use with prospective vehicles.
“In a 3-row SUV like Pathfinder, access to the last row is critical in everyday use, both getting in and out of and negotiating around a child seat in the 2nd row,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “Our innovative 2nd row seat system, which tilts forward with a child seat still in place1, gives Pathfinder a big advantage over other 3-row designs, even before shoppers get behind the wheel for a test drive.”
The “12 Best Family Cars of 2017” evaluation team also noted Pathfinder’s recent major redesign that includes a revised 3.5-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) V6, producing 284 horsepower while maintaining 26 mpg highway fuel economy and class-leading3 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped).
About the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Pathfinder, one of Nissan’s best known and most popular nameplates in its nearly 60-year history in the United States, was reborn for the 2017 model year with more adventure capability, a freshened exterior look and enhanced safety and technology – pure Pathfinder taken to an even higher level of performance, technology and style.
The changes for the new model year began from the A-pillars forward – both with revised sheet metal and the re-engineered 3.5-liter V6 under the new hood design. The new Pathfinder engine utilizes more than 56 percent new or new-to-Pathfinder engine parts and components – including combustion chamber design, pistons, intake manifold and e-VTC (fully electronic on intake).
Pathfinder’s refreshed exterior for 2017 provides a stronger sense of adventure character and presence by adding Nissan signature design elements, such as the new “V-Motion” grille and boomerang-shaped headlights with LED daytime running lights. Another significant addition for 2017 is the available Motion-Activated liftgate with liftgate position memory, which is standard on SL and Platinum grades.
Pathfinder’s stylish, adventure-ready interior includes comfortable seating for seven, enhanced user friendliness and updated connectivity features. As in previous years, every 2017 Pathfinder interior is anchored by Nissan’s innovative EZ Flex Seating System™ with LATCH AND GLIDE™, a 2nd row tilt and glide seat that allows easy 3rd row access with a child safety seat still installed1.
For 2017, Pathfinder adopts new-generation information technology. The standard 8.0-inch touch-screen monitor, mounted in the middle of the instrument panel, provides intuitive interaction and control of a variety of driver-selectable vehicle systems and settings – including the available NissanConnectSM Navigation. Also available is NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM®4, which features automatic collision notification, emergency call and stolen vehicle locator, customizable alerts, dealer service scheduling and maintenance alerts.
The 2017 Pathfinder’s wide range of available convenience features and driving aids also includes standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio4, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, RearView Monitor, and available 13-speaker Bose® Premium Audio system, Family Entertainment Package with dual headrest 8.0-inch DVD monitors, Nissan Intelligent Key® with programmable settings, Remote Engine Start5, Dual Panorama Moonroof and Easy-Fill Tire Alert.
Advanced Driver Assistance technology includes new Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)6 and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)7. For 2017, Moving Object Detection has been added to the available Around View® Monitor (AVM)8. Also offered are Blind Spot Warning (BSW)9 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)10.
The new 2017 Pathfinder is available in 4WD and 2WD drive configurations and in four models: S, SV, SL and Platinum. It is assembled in Tennessee.
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, considered one of the best slightly smaller crossover takes over the US.
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The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport certainly is one of the most anticipated smaller crossovers to be brought to the US. Nissan may not be as aggressive as its prolific competitors such as Honda and Toyota, but it still remains one of the best and to watch out for in terms of vehicle offerings. Nissan has outdone itself for bringing in this crossover to the US shores and is expected to be well-received by the buying public.
According to Motor Trend, the Nissan Rogue Sport is originally named as Qashqai, however, it was changed into a rather easier name that would ring a bell. The change of name was one of the best decisions. The name Rogue Sport certainly has this certain catch to it, giving the crossover a masculine, tough, and unique appeal.
It is considered a compact crossover. It is a five-passenger which is 12.1-inches longer with an extra 2.2-inches of wheelbase. It does have an available third row, extending the passenger load to about seven. The Rogue Sport is ideal for solo drivers or couples who want to enjoy the smaller vehicle to themselves. The Rogue version is then ideal for family and those who wish to have more passengers for a more exciting driving experience.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport still offers 6.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the second-row seats folded down. When the second-row is being utilized, it then gets reduced to 23 feet. The compact crossover shares a lot of equipment including the Divide-N-Hide Cargo system that keeps items out of sight. This is only available on SV and SL trims.This impressive crossover is powered by a direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It is capable of generating 141-horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 147 pound-feet torque at 4,400 rpm. This smaller crossover is packed with the necessary power needed when driving.
As added by Digital Trends, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport also has notable standard features such as Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free voice controls, a SiriusXM satellite radio receiver, a rear-view camera. It also has Nissan Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is one of the best vehicles to see and experience as it gets officially released. The US is ready for such a smaller crossover which promises features that rival competitors leaving them by a mile.
There’s no mistaking when Nissan Pathfinders undergo a complete redesign. With every generation, there are massive, unmissable changes to the styling, body structure and even its general purpose. The changes made between the 2016 and 2017 Nissan Pathfinder don’t represent one of those dramatic transformations, but nevertheless, significant updates were made to Nissan’s 3-row family crossover. Let’s take a look at the changes.
You’ll be forgiven if you have a tough time telling between the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder and its 2017 replacement, but when you start carefully looking at them side by side, you may notice the differences. For instance, the grille has been reshaped and is now separated from the redesigned headlights that feature a signature LED running light strip. The taillights are also a bit different, while the front and rear bumpers have been reshaped. Besides looking different (Nissan says it was going for a more masculine look), the new styling reaps an improvement in aerodynamics for better fuel economy.
Changes to the cabin were less substantial but could prove more significant on a daily basis. The front cupholders have been redesigned to include a channel between them, allowing for a greater variety of containers to fit within. More importantly, the Pathfinder gains the latest Nissan touchscreen, which is bigger than before and offers improved responses. The 2016’s was one of the easier touchscreens to use, and the 2017 version only builds upon the ease of use.
Other changes include new metal and wood finishes, as well as new cloth upholstery. Otherwise, the Pathfinder’s seating and overall packaging remain unchanged. Seating for seven is standard, although the third row isn’t quite as accommodating as those of some competitors.
This is where the big changes show up for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder that may ultimately lead you to choose the newer version. There’s a new V6 engine that produces 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, a far more competitive figure than the old V6, which managed only 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The result is a noticeably more muscular SUV that can better handle the rigors of lugging about a full family load. Plus, towing capacity has raised from 5,000 to 6,000 pounds, bringing the Pathfinder from average to better than all competitors not named Dodge Durango.
The new engine even produces a nice growl that doesn’t get drowned out by the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). For the 2016, the transmission causes prolonged droning noises when under heavy throttle. For the 2017, Nissan introduced more pronounced artificial shift points (a CVT does not have traditional gears to work through) that eliminate much of this droning and create a normal driving experience.
Fuel economy is a bit of a complicated story. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed the way it measured fuel economy for 2017, which resulted in a lowering of most cars’ mile-per-gallon figures. Therefore, the 2016 Pathfinder’s fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined (with front-wheel drive) would’ve gone down had Nissan not changed the engine. Since the engine did change and is more efficient, the figures are actually the same. More simply, the 2017 Pathfinder receives better fuel economy, even though the EPA figures don’t indicate it.