Our Top-Selling Acura and Nissan Models from 2014

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What were our top-selling Acura and Nissan models this past year? In other words, which models were our customers’ vehicles-of-choice?

For today’s post, members of our team, Angela and Noah, both chimed in with their feedback. Angela works from the Nissan side of Tischer Acura Nissan, and Noah is a member of our Acura team. Here’s what they had to say.
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Top-selling Nissan models:

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The all-new Nissan Rogue has been a hot-seller (not to be confused with the previous generation model, now dubbed the Rogue Select). Angela attributes the success of the Rogue due to its modern redesign which includes “LED diamond cut running headlights, chrome accents (window seals), new crossover body design and gas mileage of 26 city/33 highway.” Angela also notes the elegant interior styling of the Rogue which includes Around View Monitor and panorama roof—“Skylight Views for all passengers!”—as well as the Divide-N-Hide© cargo system with 18 configurations and Rogue’s 20/40/60 split seats.

Check out the Nissan Rogue.

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The Altima has been a Nissan best-seller for some time, and that certainly has been the case with Tischer customers as well. Several features our customers love about the Altima, according to Angela, are the “interior piano elegance design, sleek exterior design, very peppy 4-cylinder engine, voice activation, NissanConnect with Apps, Nissan Technology Package (navigation, safety shields, blind side warning, lane departure warning, moving object detection), and the excellent fuel efficiency (27 mpg city/38 mpg highway).”

Check out the Nissan Altima

Nissan-JukeNissan Juke

Finally, Angela pointed out that one of the “up and coming” cars with 50% more sales this year is the 2014 Juke. According to Angela, “The more it’s seen, the more it’s loved.” Juke highlights that customers have responded favorably to include its innovative sports car crossover  compact design, the 1960’s headlamp design, bicycle-style console in red or silver, sports tune suspension, 4-cylinder turbo charge direct injection gasoline (DIG) technology engine, the unique I-Con Integrated Control System which displays and configures climate and drive modes, Rockford Fosgate ecoPUNCH premium audio system with subwoofer, and a fuel economy of 25 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

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Top-selling Acura models:

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Acura’s top-seller is also one of our top-sellers. According to Acura, “Record sales in the first six months of 2014 have strengthened the third-generation MDX’s position as America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV – not only in 2014, but of all time.” The Acura MDX made a splash onto the scene with a brand new redesign starting with the development of an all-new, more rigid and lightweight body and chassis, dropping more than 275 pounds versus the previous model and boasting major gains in body rigidity, aerodynamic efficiency and low running resistance. [link to blog post] Not only has the redesign of the MDX made it appealing to buyers, according to Noah, also its lighter weight has helped improve fuel economy and the latest generation of the MDX boasts “better  technological and safety features.”

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For those customers that like the idea of the MDX, the Acura RDX has been another go-to seller for us. Noah attributes the success of RDX sales to it being “a smaller SUV that still has lots of versatility” as well as having an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) option. It’s worth noting that both the MDX and RDX are top-rated vehicles by Edmunds.com and have won the U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Cars for the Money Awards in their respective categories.

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Acura ILXAcura ILX

The ILX is Acura’s gateway luxury sports sedan. Noah notes it’s a “great introductory model for car shoppers interested in a more luxurious car, has excellent fuel economy, and that the sportier look of the ILX is particularly popular with the younger generation looking to make a strong impression.” In fact, the ILX won the 2014 IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year Award which is based on analysis of every new model sold in the United States and identifies those that have low total ownership costs and lower than expected costs over time when compared to similar models. With its high quality and well-appointed interior, ILX is smart, spacious and sporty. It offers numerous features important to luxury buyers, including a Keyless Access System with smart entry and push-button start, Pandora® interface and SMS text message function for easy connectivity, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, a power moonroof, heated front seats and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera.

Check out the Acura ILX

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Just like Angela chose an “up and coming” Nissan, Noah points out the car to watch on the Acura side is the all-new Acura TLX. Because it came to our dealership later in the year, it wasn’t a model that was available for most of 2014. Since its arrival, however, it has been HOT, HOT, HOT! We can’t blame our customers—the TLX is receiving rave reviews and accolades from industry experts, too. With features such as super handling all-wheel drive, precision all-wheel steering, four driving modes, electronic gear selector, and more, the Acura TLX is built to thrill. You can read our review about the TLX for full details.

Check out the Acura TLX

Yes, 2014 was a great year for Tischer and our customers alike. We’re looking forward to continuing our mission to help car buyers find a car that’s best-suited for their budget and lifestyle in 2015. If you’re in the market for a new car (or even certified pre-owned or used!), feel free to reach out to us on our website or through Facebook or Twitter. Thanks to Angela and Noah for lending their expertise.  All of us at Tischer Acura Nissan wish you a happy and healthy new year!

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:

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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 All-New 2013 Nissan Altima
A Cut above the Rest!

2013 Nissan Altima

Back in the summer, we introduced you to the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima through our blog. What we didn’t share with you yet is how it stacks up against the competition! We’re happy to report that it is definitely a cut above the rest!

On its website, Nissan encourages you to “take every road in style” with the completely redesigned Altima. We couldn’t agree more. This top-notch vehicle has so many advantages over others in its class, it will be hard to list them all here, but we’ll try!

For this class comparison, we considered the 2013 Altima 2.5 SV Sedan, the 2012 Honda Accord 2.4 EX-L, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 1LZ, and the 2012 Toyota Camry XLE.

Fuel Economy Advantage

The 2013 Altima has the best fuel economy of its class segment (excluding hybrids and diesels). With 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway, it blows the competition out of the water! It has a highway range of up to 684 miles with its 2.5-liter engine. The new design for 2013 includes a standard next-generation Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) with up to 40 percent friction reduction (vs. previous design) for improved fuel economy!

Pricing Advantage

The 2013 Nissan Altima’s pricing is affordable with an MSRP of $24,400 for the 2.5 SV Sedan model. When compared to MSRPs of $27,655 for the Honda Accord, $27,830 for the Chevy Malibu and $24,775 for the Toyota Camry, Altima’s price represents an almost 10% savings over the average MSRP of the competitor vehicles.  In this economy, every little bit helps!

Interior Advantages

An Intelligent Key for the doors and ignition, a remote engine start, tire-specific low pressure warnings and rear camera for parking and safety reasons, are just SOME of the attributes that are available with this amazing vehicle vs. the considered competition.

Dimensions

The 2013 Altima’s curb weight (lbs.) is over 100 lbs. lighter than its closest competitor vehicle. This definitely helps with fuel economy, but doesn’t sacrifice safety due to the Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection systems that are available with the Altima.  Legroom and headroom remain inches larger than the three other cars considered in this comparison.

Professionals say…

“In many ways, the outgoing sedan was more appealing than its fellow best-selling sedans, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. It could also stand toe to toe with the impressive, recently redesigned Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Passat. So when you consider the numerous refinements that have been made to this new 2013 Nissan Altima sedan, its position as one of the most desirable family sedans has only been strengthened. Though the redesigned Accord and Ford Fusion may prove to be worthy challengers, we think that the 2013 Nissan Altima deserves a prime spot atop your must-drive list.  The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine — regardless of sedan or coupe — pulls as well as anything in this class, revving willingly and generating more than enough acceleration for most conventional driving demands. The sedan’s new CVT also works better than ever. The 3.5-liter V6, thanks to its broader torque output, remains a better match to the CVT. It also provides some of the quickest acceleration in this class.” – Edmunds

“Clearly, any resemblance between the 2013 Altima and an Infiniti M37 is purely intentional as Nissan revives the show it staged back in the roaring Nineties. Today, a base Altima costs $22,280, but at a glance it appears that you’ve spent $48,595 on an Infiniti M37.” – Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver

Clearly, we aren’t the only ones who see what an amazing vehicle the new Altima is!  It’s definitely your best bet for a mid-size vehicle due to its equipment efficiency, quality, safety and economy.

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We think you’ll love the new Altima as much as we do!  Come check out our all-new 2013 Altimas today.  We would be delighted to show you in person just how awesome this car is!  Simply click below to schedule a test drive of the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima.

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The All-New 2013 Nissan Altima
The Most Innovative Altima Ever!

Have you seen the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima?  “Wow!” was just about all we could say after not only seeing this beauty, but taking one for a spin.  Nissan has completely redesigned the Altima – changing everything except the name!

One of the things we love most about Nissan is that this company is all about innovation. Nissan strives to make changes to its vehicles only when they are necessary and have an innovative reasoning behind them. Making changes for change’s sake is what a lot of other car manufacturers do, and that is just not how Nissan operates.

Each and every change from the outgoing Nissan Altima to the 2013 edition was made for a reason: either to improve the overall performance and safety of the vehicle and/or to improve the owner’s driving experience.

Design Modifications

Exterior Changes

The 2013 Nissan Altima has gone through what we would call a moderate body style change.  Not only does the new Altima resemble the Nissan Maxima more than it ever has before, but it was also designed to resemble the Infiniti M37. This is a tactic Nissan used back in the ‘90s when they first released the Altima.  To recap, when the original Altima launched 20 years ago, it wore a kid-sized version of the Infiniti J30’s luxury “jumpsuit.”

In the car world, many of the manufacturers of affordable models (like the Nissan Altima) will copy the look of more expensive, luxury vehicles to enhance their appeal.   We think this is genius because Nissan copies higher models in its own brand and also from its Infiniti luxury brand.  Nissan’s goal in modeling the Altima after the Infiniti M37 is to provide the look and feel of a $40,000+ car for far less. The 2013 Altima’s price tag tops out in the $25,000 range.  In this economy, who wouldn’t opt for the least expensive of the two?

2013 Nissan Altima Looks Very Similar to the Infiniti M37

As you can see in the side by side images above, the 2013 Nissan Altima has a sticking resemblance to the 2013 Infiniti M37. Very smart move on Nissan’s part!

The most noticeable body style changes from the 2012 Altima to 2013 Altima include:

  • A wider front end, giving it a more aggressive, sportier look.
  • A more sophisticated back end that consists of sharper angles and straighter lines than previous models.
  • The position of the tail lights:  dropped slightly lower on the back end, giving the car the illusion of being wider.

Existing Altima owners reported that they were perfectly happy with the size of their cars.  Respecting the feedback from its client base, Nissan kept the size essentially the same.   Minor tweaks to the car’s dimensions were made making the vehicle wider, longer and lower to the ground by a mere inch or so.

Materials/Weight Changes

In addition to the physically noticeable changes to the body’s look and feel, Nissan has also made some significant and innovative changes that are not so obvious to the eye. The fully-loaded SL 2.5-liter four-cylinder model now weighs in at 3,102 pounds, an impressive 124 pounds less than last year’s model. The reduction in weight contributes greatly to enhancements in performance as well as increasing fuel-efficiency.

What has contributed to the weight reduction is a change in materials. The trunk, hood, and roof are now made from aluminum, and the body uses more high-strength steel to cancel out the modest increase in size. The wheelbase is unchanged, but the added width makes for extra shoulder room in the larger cabin.

Interior Changes

Nissan used a NASA zero-gravity study to determine the best support points for the front seat. Photo © Aaron Gold

At first glance, the interior of the 2013 Altima is essentially the same as the 2012 model.  The basic layout of the dash is unchanged, and drivers are still presented with clear gauges, a large, easy-to-read LCD screen, and simple climate controls that can be operated without taking your eyes off the road.

One change that is worth noting, although not visually noticeable, is the amazingly comfortable new front seats, called Zero-Gravity® Seats.

[From Nissan]

Zero-Gravity® Seats – In the weightlessness of space, humans tend to take a relaxed posture that minimizes stress on the body. To recreate this “neutral posture” when you’re behind the wheel, Nissan designed a new, articulated front seat shape that offers continuous support from the pelvis to the chest, along with seat cushions that flex in response to your unique pressure points. The result is a seat that helps reduce fatigue for drivers of all sizes.

Nissan used data from a NASA study that determined the optimum support point for the human body. They used this information to create some of the most comfortable car seats available today.  Supportive and soft, the seats have a memory-foam-like feel that embraces your body with a uniform amount of pressure.  Meanwhile, back seat passengers have an excellent amount of leg room.

Performance Upgrades

Engine Refinements

Nissan has done extensive refinements to the Altima’s 4-cylinder engine and Continuously Variable Transmission® (CVT) to help ensure it is as powerful and fuel-efficient as ever.

The 182-hp 4-cylinder engine gets an amazing 38-MPG HWY (which is a best-in- class fuel economy).  Nissan has also refined the Xtronic CVT® to reduce friction by up to 40% which provides better acceleration, smoother performance, and ensures excellent fuel economy.  In addition, the 2013 Altima is proud to wear the PUREDRIVE® badge, meaning that it meets or exceeds the industry average US Federal CAFE standards for model-year 2016.  We think that is especially impressive, and it is just one of the many things that Nissan is doing to stay on the forefront of eco-friendly vehicle development.

Bucking the trend of offering only four-cylinder engines in mid-size family sedans, Nissan offers an optional 270-hp V-6 engine. The V-6 provides drivers with a sports car-like performance, while getting an astounding 31-MPG HWY.  One of the popular attractions of the V-6 is the incorporation of paddle shifters. They are mounted right to the steering wheel and give drivers the option to shift gears quickly and easily.

Driving Refinements

In addition to the engine refinements, Nissan has done some pretty innovative changes to the way the car handles the road that make driving a breeze.  We think Nissan does a great job of explaining these in the 2013 Altima brochure, so we have extracted that content for you below:

[From Nissan]

Active Understeer Control. This innovative technology helps improve control when you take a corner. It reads the cornering situation and, if needed, will imperceptibly brake the appropriate wheel to help you steer though the turn.

Suspension. Altima’s all-new rear multi-link suspension was designed for exceptional agility. You’ll feel it especially in the corners, when the layout of the suspension allows the rear wheels to turn slightly to match the front – giving you the sensation of riding on rails.

Shocks. Altima’s luxury sedan-inspired shocks significantly reduce vibrations for a smooth, flat ride. A rebound spring inside of each shock absorber makes for minimal roughness and more secure cornering, combining great performance with great ride comfort.

Technology Upgrades

Nissan’s Advanced Drive Assist™ Photo © Nissan Motors.

The 2013 Nissan Altima comes equipped with the new Advance Drive-Assist™, an in-dash screen that presents you with important information while you are driving. Whether it is turn-by-turn navigation, Caller ID from your cell phone, or other important information about your car, Advance Drive-Assist puts the info right in front of you, minimizing time looking away from the road.

Pandora Radio Capabilities and iPod USB Input

Why settle for listening to just the radio?  Nissan has taken huge strides in incorporating technology that drivers and passengers use every day on other devices, like their Smartphones, and incorporating it into the 2013 Altima. The all-new Altima has the capability to stream music from Pandora Radio, as well as any Bluetooth-enabled device. That means your friends can connect their Smartphones and play DJ from the back seat – AWESOME!

In addition to these great new music features, the 2013 Altima continues to offer direct inline hook-ups for the iPod and other USB devices.

Safety Shield Technologies

The 2013 Nissan Altima is available with Nissan’s Safety Shield Technology.  Safety Shield uses the RearView Monitor system as a second set of eyes to check your driving situation at all times. Below is how Nissan describes each aspect of the Safety Shield Technology:

[From Nissan]

Blind Spot Warning.  If another vehicle is detected in your blind spot area, an indicator appears in the driver’s or front passenger’s doors and on the Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display.  Put your turn signal on, and the indicator flashes with a warning chime to alert you.

Lane Departure Warning.  If Altima detects that you’re straying from your lane, the Lane Departure Warning system will give both a visual and audible alert.  The system is so smart that it is designed to stop the warnings whenever your turn signal is engaged!

Moving Object Detection.  Shift into reverse, and the available next- generation RearView Monitor displays what’s behind you.  If it detects something moving by the rear of the vehicle when you’re in reverse, it gives a visual and audible alert.

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We think you will agree that the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima is, in fact, the most innovative Altima ever.  We would be delighted to show you in person just how amazing this car is!  Simply click below to schedule a test drive of the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima.

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In the meantime, please share your questions, thoughts, and comments with us below.  We would be glad to discuss these with you as soon as possible!