What You Need to Know about the Nissan Mobility Assist Program

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We’re sure you’ve heard us say, “With Nissan, there’s something for everyone.” And it’s true. Whether you are a busy family on-the-go, a college graduate making your first car purchase, or even a member of the military, Nissan has a model and/or program to help you find a car that suits your needs. One program you may or may not be aware of is Nissan Mobility Assist which aims to support the mobility needs of physically disabled customers by making every Nissan vehicle accessible. If you have mobility challenges or know someone who does, here’s what you need to know about Nissan Mobility Assist.

Nissan Mobility Assist was introduced back in July 2013 and announced in a press release you can access here.

“Nissan Mobility Assist allows us to further broaden the appeal of an already diverse product lineup and truly live up to our corporate motto of ‘innovation and excitement for everyone,'” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing. “By helping defray the costs of medically necessary upfits, we’re increasing the mobility of our customers nationwide.”

Furthermore, through the Nissan Mobility Assist program, Nissan offers up to a $1,000 reimbursement to have qualifying adaptive equipment installed on new Nissan vehicles to accommodate a physically disabled driver or passenger.

The following types of equipment have been approved:

  • hand controls
  • wheelchair/scooter lift
  • left foot accelerator
  • turning automotive seating

Keep in mind, equipment must be installed by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)-registered installer after the vehicle has been retailed and within six months of purchase or lease from an authorized Nissan dealer. For full rules on the Nissan Mobility Assist program, see this pdf.

The reimbursement process is comprised of three simple steps:

1. Purchase or lease a Nissan vehicle through a participating Nissan Dealer.
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2. Purchase and install your mobility equipment through a NHTSA-certified installer.
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3. Fill out and submit your online form at NissanMobilityAssist.com, and your cash back request is complete.
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Once you have filed your claim, you can check the status of your claim online.

No one should miss out on all that life has to offer, and for those individuals with mobility concerns, the Nissan Mobility Assist program is a wonderful option.

If we can assist you at our Nissan dealership as part of this process, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can reach us in a few ways:

Finally, we ask that you please share this information with anyone whom you feel would benefit from the Nissan Mobility Assist program. Let’s all work together to make life a little easier for those around us.

*images: Nissan


Save Money on Your Next Car with the Nissan Military Program

Nissan Military Program discounts for military

Do you remember when you were a little kid in school and your teacher tasked you with writing a letter to a soldier in the military? Perhaps now as an adult you take the time to donate items of need for active military members through a church or local organization. Whatever deed you’ve done to help support our servicemen and women, no matter how small, your contribution probably leaves you with a really good feeling inside. In the same regard, Nissan offers the “Nissan Military Program” to show appreciation for our military members.

Benefits of the Nissan Military Program:

The Nissan Military Program offers people who are, or have been, members of the U.S. military a way to purchase a new car for an affordable price. Active and Reserve U.S. Military, Retired Military (retired from military or who became totally and permanently disabled due to military service), Veterans discharged from active service within the past year, and their spouses and partners, can all benefit from this program.

How to sign up for the Nissan Military Program:

To take advantage of this program, first you must prove that you qualify. Candidates will need:

Those two items are easy enough to come by. The sign-up process is simple. All you need to do is:

  1. Visit the Nissan Military Program website.
  2. Choose your vehicle.
  3. Get your claim ID.
  4. Locate a dealer.
  5. Visit your local dealer and “drive off for less.”

Nissan Military Program process

Bonus savings with the Nissan Military Program:

To sweeten the deal even more, Nissan has made it possible for qualifying candidates to use their military discount in addition to any local dealership incentives. Also, qualifying candidates can pair their military discount with Nissan’s Mobility Assist Program (for service men and women with mobility needs), if need be. We think that’s a pretty great offer—as it should be for our military personnel!

While savings vary depending on the particular Nissan model you decide to apply your military discount to, this program is hands-down a terrific way to save money on a Nissan vehicle AND reward those of you who have served our country!

If you have any questions about what you’ve read in today’s post, please reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. If you know someone who may qualify for the Nissan Military Program, please share this information with them. For all the military men and women reading, thank you for all that you have done or are doing to serve this country. If you ever find your way to Maryland, stop by and see us with your military discount. It would be an honor to help you find a Nissan model that suits your needs.

Top Nissan Accessories That Will Keep Your Car Looking Brand New

nissan accessoriesBuying a Nissan doesn’t have to break the bank or hurt your wallet! Still, buying a car can be a rather large investment, and you want to protect that investment, right? After all, this car will get you to and from work through heavy traffic, be the carrier of your kids and their sports equipment, serve as your transport on road trips and vacations, take a beating in inclement weather, help you haul home improvement materials from your local hardware store, and probably even be a place where you and your family partake of more than a few on-the-go meals. Cars aren’t just cars; they’re a central hub for so much of our daily lives! That being said, there are ways to protect your car from exterior and interior wear and tear. By adding on Nissan accessories, you can preserve your car’s appearance, protect it from the elements, maintain the interior quality of your fabrics, add value to your vehicle, and much more.

Here are some of our top picks from the Nissan accessories store:

1. Rear Bumper Protector—designed to help prevent scratches and scuffs when loading cargo. Depending on the Nissan model, these bumper protectors can either be factory-installed or installed by the dealership. For example, the picture shown is for the Nissan Versa Note, which is a factory-installed feature. But on the Nissan Juke, the rear bumper protector is dealer-installed. Also, some Nissan models, such as the Altima (pictured) offer a clear rear bumper protector or a chrome protector as seen on the Rogue.Note rear bumper protector rogue chrome bumper protector Altima clear rear bumper protector

2. Nose Mask—premium leather-grain vinyl helps prevent abrasion. A two-piece design lets you open the hood without removal.

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3. Hood Protector—deflects airflow over the hood to help reduce dirt, insects, and road debris. Some models, such as the Armada, offer a chrome or smoked option.

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4. Trunk Protector—keeps trunk area clean and helps protect it from scratches and damage. It’s water-resistant and easy to remove for cleaning.

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5. Cargo Area Protector—heavy-duty material helps protect from daily abuse. Easy to install, remove and clean. These cargo area protectors are predominantly seen in larger Nissan models such as the Juke, Murano, Pathfinder, Quest, and Rogue.

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6. Body Side Molding—helps protect against parking lot dings, dents and scratches. Body side molding is available in pre-painted vehicle colors, but some models also offer the option of Chrome Body Side Molding.

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7. Splashguards—contoured to match wheel openings, splashguards help to prevent dirt and debris from nicking and scratching the finish. Splashguards also add value and style while helping protect the sides of your vehicle.

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8. Front and Rear Underbody Protectors—guards your vehicle from scratches and the elements (Nissan Juke)

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9. Vehicle Cover and Cover Cable Lock— the Custom Vehicle Cover is designed to fit like a glove! It helps protect your vehicle against UV rays, acid rain, and other airborne contaminants. Constructed of strong, durable material to repel water and resist mold and mildew, it is also machine-washable. (Cable lock sold separately from cover.)

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10. Carpeted Floor, Trunk, Cargo Mats and All-Season Floor Mats—protects interiors with mats that are custom-fit to your Nissan model. They are removable for easy cleaning and upkeep. All-season mats are made with extra-durable materials. Some floor mats are factory-installed, and some are dealer-installed.

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11. Nissan truck accessories—Nissan trucks such as the Frontier and Titan offer these model-specific accessories: a Bedliner, Water-resistant Rear Seat Covers (Titan), and Taillight Guards (Titan). High-density polyethylene helps protect the bed while the high-rib design reduces moisture to help prevent rust. Custom-fit seat covers feature easy-to-clean, water-resistant material which protects seats from spills, dirt, indentations and wear. Taillight guards help protect from scratches for those drivers using their Titan as part of a highly-active lifestyle. The guards are available in chrome or black.

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No matter which Nissan model you drive, there’s an accessory or two for everyone who values the investment in their car and wants to preserve the life of their car for the long-haul. And as we’ve pointed out above, many of the accessories can be installed by your local Nissan dealership. The next time you bring your car in for service, feel free to inquire about any of the accessories you’ve read about today.

Which of these accessories appeal to you? Personally, we love the accessories such as the body side molding and hood/ bumper protectors in chrome that add style and protection. But that’s just us! Share your comments below, or tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

What Happens When My Nissan Lease Is Over?


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Very often at the dealership we have customers who are approaching the end of their lease and aren’t really sure what their options are, especially if it’s a new driver or if it’s the customer’s first time leasing a vehicle. We’re here to tell you that there are actually several options for Nissan customers approaching the end of their lease.

Option 1

Get a new Nissan. Current Nissan lease holders can opt to turn in the current vehicle and lease or buy a new Nissan. There are also incentives to do so. According to the Nissan website,

“Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation wants to make it easy for you to buy or lease another Nissan. That’s why we reward our current customers with incentives to purchase or lease a new Nissan. We’ll waive wear and use charges. When you lease or purchase a new Nissan, we will waive up to $500 of excess wear-and-use liability on your current NMAC lease.”

In order to take advantage of these incentives, check out this form.

You should also know that before your lease expires, it will need to be inspected. But we’re not talking about the tear-your-hair-out DMV-type of inspection. Before your lease expires, contact the Nissan Lease Customer Network at (800) 778-4211 to set up a complimentary vehicle inspection. This inspection may help you avoid a wear-and-use charge for items that may be covered by your insurance policy (such as a damaged windshield). And it will help you decide what to do with your leased vehicle.

This inspection takes approximately 30 minutes, and can be done at your local Nissan dealership, your home, or your place of business. It will be performed using a laptop computer, and the results will be printed immediately after the inspection. The inspector will review the report with you and address your questions. You will be given a copy of the condition report. A second copy will be left in your vehicle, and should remain in the vehicle until the time of return.

We don’t advise to do this inspection too early out before your lease expires. This is because if the vehicle’s condition changes prior to its return due to repairs or additional damage, another inspection will be necessary. (source)

Option 2

Keep your Nissan. You can actually purchase the car you had leased instead of buying a new car or starting a new lease. If you suspect you will be charged for wear and tear, or additional mileage, you won’t be responsible for these charges if you decide to buy your car. In fact, you will not be responsible for any costs other than the predetermined purchase option price and the incidental charges stated in your Nissan lease contract or required by law. These may include sales tax, vehicle registration, a purchase option fee, etc. (Certain state and local laws may require you to pay a smog or safety inspection fee, etc.) (source)

One thing to keep in mind if you decide to buy your leased car is that the car’s interest rate could be higher than the interest rate of a new car. This is because your leased car is technically a used car and used cars generally have higher interest rates.

Here’s a tip: If you think at the end of your lease you might buy the car, before you sign a lease, you can always ask your salesperson what the estimated buyout price or resale value of the car might be to help you determine the best financial approach for you.

Option 3

Return your Nissan. At the end of your lease, you always have the option of returning the leased vehicle and taking no further action towards buying a car or leasing a car. This is very rarely the case, however, as in this day and age the majority of people need a car!

If for whatever reason you do decide you will not be getting a replacement car, there are a few things to wrap up.

  • You will need to have the car inspected (as per the explanation above)
  • You will need to schedule an appointment with you local dealership to come in and return the vehicle and fill out any exit paperwork Federal Odometer/Lease Termination Statement and the Vehicle Condition Report.
  • You will also want to call the Nissan Lease Customer Network to report the return of the vehicle.

Typically, before your lease is approaching its expiration, your local Nissan will contact you to remind you about the approaching end-of-lease date as well as to help you decide what your next move will be.

If you’ve never leased a car, we hope this post serves as a heads-up of what to expect in the end, but also, you can check out a previous blog post we’ve written on the benefits of leasing a vehicle. No matter if you buy or lease with us at Tischer Auto, we simply want to help our customers make the most informed decision as possible.

If you have other questions about leasing, feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

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The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2014 Toyota Highlander: Top Pathfinder Advantages


In an effort to speak knowledgeably about the cars we sell, we at Tischer continue to receive training sessions on the current Nissan models. Yes, even as adults, we still “go to school.” During our most recent session led by our favorite trainer, Kevin Minné, we gathered around to discuss the features of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder as compared to the 2014 Toyota Highlander.

Tischer employees in our "green room" with Kevin.

Tischer employees in our “green room” with Kevin.

Here are the top advantages the Pathfinder holds over the Highlander:

1. SUV vs. Crossover. The Pathfinder is an SUV—not a crossover like the Highlander. This is deliberate on the part of Nissan as many customers still want towing and off-road capabilities typically seen in an SUV, while still maintaining the family-friendly appeal of a crossover.

2. Towing capacity. As per Ward’s Large Cross/Utility Market segmentation, the Pathfinder has several best-in-class features that make this model a standout among the competition. One of those features is standard maximum towing of 5000 lbs.


3. Interior comfort. The Pathfinder and Highlander both offer seating for 7. With the choice of a 2nd-row beach seat or captain’s chairs, the Highlander can even offer seating for up to 8. Both vehicles also have 3 rows. However, the Pathfinder has best-in-class front head room, front leg room, passenger room and best-in-class roominess. Also, class-exclusive reclining 3rd-row seats are standard on the Pathfinder. And while your guests are nestled comfortably inside the Pathfinder, there’s still a bit more cargo space behind the 3rd row compared to the Highlander.


4. EZ Flex™ Seating System with LATCH AND GLIDE Technology. As we mentioned above, the Pathfinder offers reclining 3rd-row seats. The spacious 2nd-row moves forward and backward up to 5½ inches for excellent access to the 3rd-row even with a CRS (child safety seat) in place.



5. Driving modes. While the Highlander offers 2WD and Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive (AWD), the Pathfinder offers a more versatile 4WD system. Pathfinder drivers can choose their drive mode (2WD, 4WD, or Auto Mode/4x4i) depending on terrain and conditions with the easy turn of a dial.No other SUV in this class gives you these types of choices.



6. Smoother ride. According to Joe Bruzek of Cars.com, “An adverse effect of the Highlander’s newfound dynamics is a choppier ride over rough roads. After driving 2013 and 2014 models, I could tell the 2014 transmits more road imperfections through the chassis and into seats…”. Thanks to the Pathfinder’s class-exclusive Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the metal drive chain (which eliminates gears) transfers power from the engine to the wheels far more effectively and smoothly while also improving fuel economy!


7. Safety features. If you do any research on the Highlander, you’ll learn that it offers 8 standard airbags (compared to the Pathfinder’s 6) and has Toyota’s Star Safety System. However, the Pathfinder has all the same standard safety features included in Highlander’s Star Safety System as well as a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with available individual tire locations and pressures and standard Easy-Fill Tire Alert (another class-exclusive feature). Plus, just like the Highlander, the Pathfinder received a 5-star safety rating from IIHS.

8. Monitors. The Highlander has RearView Monitor, but the Pathfinder offers available RearView Monitor and an available class-exclusive Around View® Monitor. Using four cameras, AVM creates a composite image of the 2014 Pathfinder from above and displays it on the touch-screen monitor. This helps visually confirm the vehicle’s position relative to the lines around parking spaces and adjacent objects, allowing the driver to maneuver into parking spots with more ease.

9. Climate control. The Highlander and Pathfinder both offer climate control features. However, the Highlander’s system is ventilated; there’s simply a fan that circulates ambient air. The Pathfinder’s system can actually adjust the interior temperature.

10. Little details. We see many customers checking out what might be considered seemingly insignificant details that actually impact their day-to-day car activities in a big way. These “little things” hold tremendous influence for the customer when making a car purchase. For example:

  • The Pathfinder has a roomier glove box than the Highlander.
  • Both models have storage space in the console area, yet the Highlander offers a top tray that must be removed to access deep lower storage compared to the Pathfinder’s integrated dual-level tray and shallower lower storage compartment.
  • The Highlander’s rear liftgate glass can open, but when closing it must align the rear wiper motor pin with its plug, compared to the Pathfinder’s power liftgate.
  • Both models offer Intelligent Key, but the Pathfinder keyfob has a more upscale appearance and a remote start button.
  • Both models have under-floor cargo storage. However, the lid to this compartment must be pinned back on the Highlander compared to the Pathfinder’s lid that stays open or shut as needed.

Of course, you might be thinking that we’re a little biased towards the Pathfinder—and you would be right! So if you don’t want to take our word for it, allow these Pathfinder accolades (as seen below) to speak for themselves.

“The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is squarely in the sweet spot of the mid-size crossover world: a large three-row vehicle that can carry seven people, with car-like ride and handling, optimized for use on suburban pavement and—to a lesser degree—curvy back roads and muddy athletic fields or graveled parking lots…Travelers will find the Pathfinder’s ride smooth and refined, even on long trips.” John Voelcker, thecarconnection.com


“Inside, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder offers an attractive cabin with high-quality materials that giv it a decidedly premium look, especially in the top Platinum trim level. Even with its long list of feeatures, gauges and controls are easy to see and operate. We’re especially fond of the touchscreen electronics interface. There’s nothing particularly flashy about it, but it’s very easy to use and offers helpful redundant controls.

Both front- and second-row occupants will find their seats comfortable and supportive…And unlike the third-row seats in some competitors, the Nissan Pathfinder’s rearmost seat has enough headroom to accommodate adults up to 6-feet tall.” Edmunds.com





If you’re in the market for a new car and the qualities of the Pathfinder are appealing to you, we invite you to come on over and check out the Pathfinder in person. Click on the button below to schedule a test drive. Thanks for stopping by our blog, and we hope you’ll stop by our dealership next!

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*Pathfinder images courtesy of NissanUSA

Nissan “No Cost to Maintain” Car?


Well, not exactly but the folks at Nissan are working very hard to reduce the running costs of their LEAF electric vehicle. For one thing, the exterior is coated with what Nissan describes as a “self-cleaning paint”. This paint, named Ultra-Ever Dry®, is superhydrophobic and oleophobic – which basically means that it repels water and oils. Nissan explains that the coating “creates a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, effectively stopping standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the LEAF’s surface”. As a result, the LEAF rarely needs a scrubbing. Buyers in North American can have this technology when choosing a LEAF with white paint. So, now it doesn’t matter that you can’t get that “free car wash with every fill-up”.

Speaking of “fill-ups”, while the LEAF is not a gas-guzzler, it does need filling-up with electricity. However, as a purchase incentive, Nissan is expanding its “No Charge to Charge” program. In selected locations, LEAF buyers will be able to charge their vehicles for free at public charging stations. At the moment, there are 10 of these market areas operating in the U.S. These include San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Oregon., Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and Washington, D.C.

Charging a LEAF at one of the over 2,600 charging stations available includes the use of the new EZ-ChargeSM card. Nissan explains that this pioneering charge card “offers Nissan LEAF owners access to five leading EV charging networks with a single card. New owners will receive an EZ-Charge card that will provide access to chargers with ChargePoint, Blink, CarCharging, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo”.

Not located in one of the current operational markets? Just be patient. Within the next year, Nissan is planning to expand this program to at least 15 more locations across the nation.

Nissan: Improving the Global Future

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Nissan is a very future-forward company. A significant part of their corporate vision is the betterment of both the people and the planet. Lately, they’ve been busy with both.


Nissan understands that today’s young people are the employee base of the future. Investing in youth educational programs is one of the best ways of improving everyone’s lives in the years to come. So, Nissan in collaboration with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has contributed $180,000 to LULAC’s National Educational Service Centers (LNESC). This set of programs enables Latino students to “choose paths which lead to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)”. A part of Nissan’s financial contribution is put towards scholarships for young people with ability but not the means to study.

Nissan believes that giving back to the community keeps their company strong. For example, by supporting the top-notch students of today, Nissan will be making sure there is an available pool of scientists, engineers, and designers to help Nissan continue to manufacture innovative vehicles using cutting-edge technology.


Creating zero-emissions vehicles is a great achievement. Yet, what about the CO2 emissions generated during the manufacturing process involved in producing those vehicles? According to LEAF Chief Vehicle Engineer Hidetoshi Kadota, Nissan feels that “if too much CO2 is emitted during the vehicle’s production, we cannot call it a sustainable car”. As a result, Nissan has developed a program which uses recycled materials in the manufacture of LEAFs. At the moment, this amounts to about 25% of the steel, copper, aluminum, plastics, etc. which make up a LEAF. Nissan reassures that there is no need to worry about quality control. Chief Vehicle Engineer Kadota explains that Nissan “ensures the parts made from recycled materials are of the same quality as parts made from new materials”.

For Nissan, this is just the beginning. The company vision includes a consortium of companies, Nissan Motor Corporation included, which supports a recycling system. Nissan feels that working on a larger scale will enable such a system to be cost-effective and succeed, contributing to a “recycling society”.

What do you think about Nissan’s global efforts? Share your thoughts with us below or on Facebook and Twitter!

*header image courtesy of Nissan News

Sedan Comparison: The Nissan Altima vs. the Honda Accord

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The Nissan Altima is the top-selling Nissan model and certainly is our top-selling car here at Tischer Auto. But do a Google search comparing any two sedan-sized models, and you’ll see the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord are stiff competitors. Both offer a variety of features that modern drivers both want and appreciate. For these two models, it comes down to the nitty gritty—the little details—in order to determine which one is right for you. So let’s look a little closer at the 2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 S and the 2014 Honda Accord LX (CVT)—some of the more base trims that tend to be more affordable—and see what our comparison reveals about these two competitors.

The Similarities

If you look at this comparison chart from the Nissan USA website, you can see that the Altima and Accord have many similarities such as:

  • 4-door/5-seat capacity
  • Power remote driver and passenger mirrors
  • Halogen headlights
  • Fully automatic exterior light control
  • Delay-off headlamps
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry (keyfob for all doors)
  • Power windows
  • Steering wheel-mounted cruise control
  • Manual tilting and telescoping steering wheel
  • AM/FM stereo with CD
  • MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • 1st row LCD monitor
  • Wireless phone connectivity capability
  • Variable intermittent windshield wiper blades
  • Rear defroster
  • Window tint
  • Driver information center
  • 4-cylinder engine/DOHC valvetrain
  • Front-wheel drive
  • CVT transmission
  • Passenger front/driver and passenger side-impact/curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags
  • ABS
  • Brake assist
  • Traction control system
  • Vehicle dynamic control
  • Vehicle security system
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • 36-month/36,000-mile basic warranty
  • 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty

Now you know why we said these vehicles regularly go head-to-head. Despite their similarities, there are some notable differences when it comes to the Altima and the Accord.

The Differences

For example, while both cars have air conditioning (of course!), the Accord has automatic AC as well as standard dual zone front air conditioning—a feature not available in this Altima trim. The Accord also boasts adjustable (as opposed to fixed) rear head restraints, external digital memory controls, speed sensitive volume, (slightly) better horsepower and torque, and is a little roomier (except in terms of front legroom and front headroom, in which the Altima is more spacious). Are these details about the Accord unimportant? Not at all. Features that impact comfort and convenience are certainly influential factors when it comes to choosing the right car. However, we think there are some important features of the Nissan Altima that are highly influential, also.

Here are a few ways in which the Altima stands out when compared to the Accord:

  1. Lower MSRP
  2. Better highway and combined MPG
  3. Body material is both galvanized steel and aluminum resulting in a lighter car which helps with fuel economy
  4. Intelligent Key doors and ignition (not available on this Accord)
  5. Standard cargo tie-downs (not available on this Accord)
  6. Illuminated and locking glove box
  7. Rear reading light
  8. Power driver’s seats vs. the Accord’s manual driver’s seat
  9. 60-40 split folding rears seats (must fold down entire rear seat in the Accord)
  10. 6 speakers vs. 4 speakers in the Accord
  11. Tire-specific low tire pressure warning
  12. 2.5 liter (Accord—2.4), 18 gallon (Accord—17 gallon) engine
  13. Lighter curb weight
  14. Smaller turning radius

That’s no small list of ways in which the Altima offers drivers its own means of comfort and convenience!

Praise for the Altima

Of course, at Tischer, we’re biased. So you might be scratching your head, thinking you might need to take our opinion with a grain of salt. If that’s the case, check out some of the accolades the Nissan Altima has received from within the auto industry:






If a mid-size sedan is the type of car you’re interested in, and you like what you’ve heard about the 2014 Nissan Altima, we invite you to come down for a test drive. Just click on the button below to schedule a time that’s convenient for you. In fact, we’ve even just received our 2015 Altimas for the new model year. You can even check those out when you stop by!

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The 2014 Nissan Quest: A Minivan and Mighty Competitor

Nissan Quest and Competition

The official start of the summer season is only a few days away. That means that the kids are out of school and parents are gearing up for summer camps, family vacations, and road trips. For plans that include multiple passengers, a minivan like the 2014 Nissan Quest can be a great family vehicle option. That said, there is a lot of competition in the minivan segment. So how does the Quest compare to the competition? Let’s take a closer look! We’re going to compare highlights of the 2014 Nissan Quest S, the 2014 Toyota Sienna L V6 7-Passenger, the 2014 Honda Odyssey LX, and the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring. For a further in-depth analysis, you can also find more information on the Nissan website.


There are many similar features between these four models. When looking at the exterior, interior, mechanical, and sizing details, it’s a pretty tight race among these minivan competitors. Some of the similarities include (except where noted):

  • 4 doors, 7-seating capacity
  • Power drive and passenger side mirrors
  • Halogen headlights
  • Air conditioning
  • Separate climate controls for rear passengers
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls
  • Front and rear beverage holders
  • Driver and passenger door bins
  • Overhead console storage
  • Locking glove box
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Manual tilting and telescoping steering wheel
  • Adjustable driver and passenger seating
  • Rear captains chair
  • Split-bench 3rd row seat folding
  • AM/FM radio and CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Standard speakers
  • Fading dome lights
  • Illuminated entry lights
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Fixed-interval rear windshield wipers
  • Rear defroster
  • Low fuel warning
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Maintenance reminder
  • Trip computer (except Sienna)
  • Standard safety features such as air bags, ABS, brake assist, traction control and vehicle dynamic controls

With so many similarities, it’s no wonder today’s car buyers are confused as to which make/model is best suited for their needs. That’s where the differences of the Nissan Quest come in to play. There are a few key features that separate the Quest from the other models. These differences can definitely have an impact on your decision-making, so let’s examine the finer points of the Quest next.

Standout Features

One of the biggest factors any car buyer considers is price. The 2014 Nissan Quest S has a lower starting MSRP than all three competitors and a lower destination fee than the Chrysler Town & Country.

Another detail that impacts your wallet is fuel economy. Typically, minivans aren’t known for their excellent fuel economy, but they are known for their ability to transport up to 7 people at a time! Nonetheless, the Nissan Quest actually gets better city MPG and the same highway MPG as the Sienna and Town & Country. In fact, the Quest was named Kiplinger’s “Best Car of 2013” in the most fuel efficient vehicle category. [source]

Quest FOBOn top of all that, the Nissan Quest boasts some handy technological conveniences! The Quest comes standard with Nissan’s Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition. Its “proximity key” with keyless entry and ignition allows a driver to unlock the vehicle by approaching it and/or simply touching the door handle! A key fob or keycard carried by the driver identifies the person to the vehicle. The driver is then able to start the engine by twisting the ignition switch, pressing a button, or touching a select portion of the vehicle’s interior. Technology such as this is only optional on the Town & Country, and unavailable with the Sienna and Odyssey. Also, for those times when your arms are full of cargo—groceries, kids’ sports equipment, luggage, etc.—the Quest comes with a standard fob-controlled trunk/hatch/door/tailgate. Again, this is unavailable on the Sienna and Odyssey.

Nissan knows that the most precious cargo of all is the people inside the vehicle. To protect everyone inside and the contents of the vehicle, the Quest comes standard with a vehicle security system that actually anticipates and/or detects an unwanted vehicle intrusion! A vehicle security system is optional with the Sienna, but not available with on the other two competitor model trims.

Quest CVTLastly, the Nissan Quest has a continuously variable transmission (CVT) versus the 6-speed automatic transmissions as seen on the other models. This was one of the standout features that made Edmunds.com choose the Quest as an Edmunds.com 2013 Top Quest Accolades collageRecommended® Minivan. Edmunds.com praised the 2013 Nissan Quest® for its “super-convenient fold-flat second and third rows and Nissan’s excellent continuously variable transmission (CVT).” [source]


There are many fine features on the 2014 Nissan Quest that make it a serious contender in the minivan segment. For more information on the Quest, you can read our full review. To see the Quest in action and determine for yourself if it’s the right vehicle for you, we invite you to schedule a test drive simply by clicking on the button below.

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Top 7 Reasons the Nissan Versa Note Beats the Competition

2014 Nissan Versa Note

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is just one of many vehicles in the compact car segment. Compact cars have their advantages–easy parallel parking, better fuel economy, great “starter cars” for new drivers, and more. But with so much competition, how does someone who’s looking to buy a compact car decide which car will not only meet their needs, but also be the best bang for the buck? That’s why for today’s post, we’re featuring the top seven standout features about the Nissan Versa Note when compared to similar vehicles in its segment, such as the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent, and Honda Fit.

1. Low starting MSRP. Compared to the other vehicles, the Nissan Versa Note is an amazing brand new car with a lower starting price tag!

2. Excellent fuel economy. The Versa Note has better highway mpg than the competition–a whopping 40 miles per gallon! (Just another example of how the Note will save you money!)

Nissan Note interior space3. Plenty of space. Even though the Note is a compact car, it has been recognized for its best-in-class roominess and excellent rear legroom. The interior spaciousness is part of the reason the Versa Note was dubbed “your door to more” when Nissan introduced it onto the market. And with rear legroom that beats the competition, you can rest assured your guests will be nice and comfy for the ride!

Nissan Versa Note Divide-n-Hide4. Plenty of storage versatility. Every car–no matter the segment–has cargo space and little nooks and crannies and cupholders to tuck away essentials. However, not every car, and certainly not the competition, has Nissan’s Divide-n-Hide cargo system. With a feature like this, drivers can drop or raise the adjustable floor space to discreetly protect valuables inside the car.

Nissan Versa Note Around View Monitor5. Class-exclusive Around View Monitor. Most cars have some sort of rearview camera, but not every car, especially not a car in this segment, can boast such technology as the Note’s available Around View Monitor. With four cameras creating a 360-degree view, getting around town, parking, and being safe in a tight spot is easier than ever!

6. NissanConnect with Navigation. With the available color navigation Nissan Versa Note NissanConnect with Navigationsystem and NissanConnect™, you can get live local weather and traffic , streaming audio via Bluetooth, hands-free texting, compatibility with Google® services, and you can do it all without even plugging in your phone. You won’t find this on the Hyundai Accent or the Chevrolet Sonic.

7. Industry awards. In case you’re thinking, “Of course you guys at Tischer are pro-Note–you sell this car,” you don’t have to take our word alone. The Nissan Versa Note also earns plenty of kudos from professionals in the automotive industry. According to IHS Automotive, Polk, Versa is America’s overall best-selling entry vehicle for the past five years (2009-2013). Also, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note was named Best Back-to-School Car by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. We’d say those are some pretty reliable sources to bet on with your car-buying dollar.

To reference any of these points in detail, check out the Nissan USA website and also be sure to check out our review of the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

If you’re looking for an affordable, new, compact car that is sure to delight, we can’t recommend the Versa Note enough. We’d love to have you come down to the dealership for a test drive. Just click on the button below to schedule your test drive when it’s convenient for you. For any further questions you have about what you’ve read, feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for reading and happy car shopping!

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