Whatever Gas Prices Do, Make Sure You Drive a Fuel-Efficient Car

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We drivers certainly have been spoiled since the holidays. At a time of year when gas prices tend to be high, across the U.S. gas prices continued to drop. Here in the Laurel area, we even saw gas drop to under $2 per gallon. However, according to AAA, “The national average price of gas reached a current 2015 low on January 26 of $2.03 per gallon, which was the lowest average since March 27, 2009.” However, as of last week AAA reported the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has increased every day for two weeks for a total of 14 cents per gallon. Week-over-week prices are higher in 48 states and Washington, D.C.

The ebb and flow of gas prices is nothing new for us. While we can’t control the cost of gas, there is one thing you can do to manage how much you are paying at the pump—you can choose a fuel-efficient car.

At Tischer Acura Nissan, we have many models that boast excellent fuel economy. If you’re in the market for a fuel-efficient car, here are the ones you will want to keep in mind:

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

nissan leaf fuel efficient carsLet’s point out the obvious choice—the Nissan LEAF. It’s a 100% electric vehicle which means never having to pay at the pump. Plus, there’s the added benefit of tax breaks for driving electric vehicles. If you want to know what it’s like to own a LEAF, check out the interview we did with one of our LEAF-driving customers.

You also have the option of the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid which runs partially on electric power and partially on gas. The hybrid system uses an Intelligent Dual Clutch System that efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the gas engine. To conserve fuel, the electric motor powers the Pathfinder at start-up and while coasting. When you are accelerating, passing, or towing the boat, the gas engine kicks in, working in tandem with the electric motor to power the vehicle.

If you are interested in either the Nissan LEAF or Pathfinder Hybrid, please contact us: 888-544-9033

Nissan Altima

nissan-altima-fuel-efficient-carThe Nissan’s number one seller— the Altima—boasts up to an incredibly efficient 38 MPG fuel economy and has an 18-gallon tank. So, let’s do a little math. Say gas prices average $2.25 per gallon. 18 gallons at $2.25 is a full tank of gas for $40.50 and a total of up to 684 miles. That means you could drive from the Washington DC area to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (approximately 432 miles) and still have gas left in your tank—and all for about $40!

Check out the Nissan Altima.

Additional Nissan Models

Here’s something you may not know: The Nissan line-up has many models that are fuel-efficient, including the Juke and the Rogue, with some models offering as high as 40 MPG highway (Nissan Versa Sedan, Versa Note, Sentra)!

Check out our Nissan inventory on our website: http://tischernissan.com/

Acura MDX

acura mdx fuel efficient SUVAcura’s best-selling luxury SUV is also surprisingly fuel-efficient for a larger car. For example, a front-wheel drive MDX offers as much as 27 MPG highway. And while for some MDX models premium fuel is recommended, our Acura Sales Consultant, Noah, explains that “you can use regular fuel with the MDX without hurting the engine or voiding your warranty.” So again, let’s create a little scenario. The MDX has a 19.5-gallon tank. Based on our $2.25 per gallon gas rate, that’s a full tank for approximately $44. On a full tank of gas, you can travel approximately 513 miles in an MDX. If you were to drive from the Washington DC area to Disney World, that’s about 861 miles. That means you could load up the family in this comfortable three-row SUV and drive to Disney World and back (round-trip) for about $150. What would the cost of plane tickets to Disney for your family be? We can say with confidence that it would be a lot more than $150!

Check out the Acura MDX.

With the upcoming tax season, fluctuating gas prices, and folks itching for the end of winter and yearning for summer vacation, it’s a smart idea to consider switching to a fuel-efficient car. We’d like to be the dealership that helps you do just that. Feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter with your questions or feedback regarding what you read today.

Best Family-Friendly Nissans

Family Friendly Nissans

Nissan has one of the largest lines of vehicles available for drivers of all types. Whether you’re looking for a road-holding sports car, a fuel-efficient sedan or a family-friendly car, crossover or SUV, Nissan has just the vehicle to fit your needs. In this piece – the first in a series of category-focused posts – we’re going to introduce you to a few of the more family-friendly cars, crossovers, and the minivan in the Nissan line.

Cars

Versa Hatchback and Sedan – The affordable and fuel-efficient Versa is available in both a 4-door sedan and 4-door hatchback model. The Sedan features a 109-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the hatchback comes standard with a 122-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. Each model comes with a five-/six-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic transmission and has front-wheel drive. With an EPA-estimated 27/36 miles per gallon (MPG) city and highway, respectively, and a spacious interior, the Versa is one of the most practical and multipurpose vehicles on the road today.

Cube – The spacious and comfortable Cube combines the cargo capacity of a wagon with the versatility of a compact 4-door to offer drivers more than expected in other vehicles in its class. The 4-cylinder, 122-hp engine, combined with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, provides an EPS-estimated 27/31 MPG city and highway, respectively.  The attention-grabbing exterior design and tall, roomy cabin provides the driver and passengers with tons of headroom; and with a sliding rear seat, there’s plenty of legroom for up to five.  The interior shape also pays off in cargo space. The side-hinge cargo door in the rear opens up and has a capacity of at least 50 cubic-feet with the rear seat folded down – more than enough to haul a considerable amount of luggage or gear!

Sentra – The newly-redesigned Sentra features a bigger, yet lighter, body style that is as refined as some of the more expensive luxury cars on the market. The Sentra sedan comes standard with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 130-hp and comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission.  The standard transmission is upgradable on all other trim levels to an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which uses a belt and pulley system to transmit engine power to the wheels rather than shifting through gears.  The Sentra boasts an impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30/39 MPG city and highway, and has a lower, more aerodynamic exterior that brings back the sportiness of earlier model years. It is the perfect balance of sensible, comfortable, economical, and sporty!

Crossovers

Juke – The all-wheel drive Juke features a sleek body with a powerful 188-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which helps drive the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) while still providing drivers with an EPA-estimated 27/32 MPG city and highway. As Nissan’s entry-level crossover, the Juke combines comfort with luxury, while keeping the price tag affordable. While it’s the smallest of Nissan’s three crossover vehicles, it truly gives rise to the saying, “Big things come in small packages!”  The Juke is an excellent choice for those desiring the benefits of a powerful vehicle with all the comfort and look of a luxury car.

Rogue – The Rogue combines the all-weather capability and commanding driving position of an SUV with the maneuverability and fuel efficiency of a mid-sized sedan. Featuring a 170-hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Rogue gets 23/28 MPG – which is a little less than its smaller counterpart, the Juke.   However, the standard four-wheel drive makes up for the slight drop in fuel efficiency and was still voted by howthingswork.com as one of its 5 crossover vehicles with the best fuel economy in its class. Sleek and dashing compared to others in its class, the Rogue offers 58 cubic-feet of cargo capacity, but still provides a comfortable ride for 5 adult passengers. This is a great mid-level crossover that blurs the lines between what a car and an SUV can do.

Murano – The Murano is the largest in the Nissan crossover line.  With its 260-hp, 3.5 Liter, V6 engine, combined with Intelligent CVT® and either front-wheel drive or Intuitive AWD, the Murano excels on every level!  In addition, the standard vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering enables the Murano to adjust steering sensitivity according to the speed it is traveling.  So, vehicle handling becomes more nimble at low speeds, making parking and reversing easier, while at high speeds the system becomes more rigid, increasing feel and response, according to Nissan.  Even with all the added features, fuel efficiency isn’t completely given up as the Murano gets 18/24 MPG city/highway, respectively.

Minivan 

Quest – The Quest is the quintessential family vehicle. A minivan which seats seven comfortably, the Quest is powered by a 3.5-liter, 260-hp, V-6 engine with the standard Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The newest and latest fourth-generation’s bold styling, interior refinement and performance set it apart from models of the past, while still incorporating its high level of safety and fair fuel economy (19/24 MPG city and highway, respectively) for its class. The 2013 Quest comes standard with push-button start and a stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Optional features include power sliding doors, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation and Nissan’s around-view camera system.

Are you in the market for a family vehicle? Do you and your family own any of these vehicles? Let us know what you think in the comments section below – we always appreciate your feedback!

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The All-New 2013 Nissan Sentra!
Nissan’s Most Innovative Sentra Ever!

2013 Nissan Sentra

We know you’ll love the new Sentra! Nissan actually took last year’s model apart and completely redesigned it.  It’s got more interior space than the Honda Civic, the Ford Focus and the Toyota Corolla and better fuel economy, too! It is modeled after the mid-size Nissan Altima and provides a more luxurious drive-feel for its owners. 

Pricing

The 2013 Nissan Sentra SV has an MSRP of $17,970, which is 7% lower than the overall average MSRP of the three competitor vehicles mentioned above. Bengt Halvorson, of thecarconnection.com, says: “Looking at the equipment list and pricing, there’s a lot of value for the money in the 2013 Nissan Sentra, and it keeps pace with other models in this class, even adding a few features normally reserved for larger, more expensive models—like dual-zone automatic climate control and Bose audio to some of the lineup…at around $23k for a fully optioned SL, this is a model that poses a strong value for those who want a lavishly equipped, yet frugal, small car. Do you want a small-car model that emulates bigger models, emphasizing space, comfort, and features, albeit with a lower price? If [this is what you’re looking for], you’re in luck with the 2013 Nissan Sentra.  This time around, Nissan is aiming to cast this model in the mold of the mid-size Altima—yet scaled down in size and price, in the hopes to lure shoppers who want classiness (and frugality, of course) over sportiness. Nissan has tried hard to make the Sentra look and feel like a larger, more mature car, and it succeeds…with its laid-back profile and upscale, Infiniti-influence sheetmetal…” 

In addition, Edmunds had this to say about the extraordinary value of the 2013 Nissan Sentra: “Given how close the Sentra is creeping toward midsize status, we expected its price to start getting bigger, too. Instead Nissan went the other way and made the 2013 Sentra slightly cheaper than the previous model.” So you are presented with an exceptional value with the new Sentra!

Acceleration and Power

Nissan has replaced last year’s engine with a scaled-back version due to its lighter weight and to ensure better fuel economy. You’ll agree that the new Sentra’s fuel economy is remarkable; with 30 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and a combined mpg of 34, this is better than every other vehicle in Sentra’s class. In this economic recovery, every little bit matters and this translates to more money in your pocket! Some professional opinions:

“[the scaled-back version of the engine]—How does that feel on the road? Not all that much different, especially since, like the last Sentra, the standard gearbox on everything but the base model is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It’s Nissan’s latest CVT and it does a good job of making smaller engines feel slightly more powerful than their numbers suggest. Part of the reason is a new “Sport” mode that makes it respond a little bit quicker to throttle inputs.” Edmunds

“The CVT is smooth and responsive” – Consumer Guide

“The Sentra’s CVT automatic makes the most of the 2.0-liter’s output, providing snappy off-the-line launches and adequate power for merging and passing.” – Kelley Blue Book

Comfort and Convenience

The all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra boasts spacious interior room that dwarfs the competition! Sentra’s legroom and headroom are unsurpassed in a compact car—with 4 cubic feet more volume than its closest competitors. Professionals say:

“The backseat is as capacious as we’ve seen in the segment. Nissan has done a good job increasing the interior volume of the new car, especially if the bit you care about is in the backseat…with seating for three abreast…the interior volume of the Sentra is actually large enough that the EPA classifies it as a midsize, rather than compact, sedan…” – Seyth Miersma, autoblog.com

Like many of its competitors, the 2013 Nissan Sentra now offers many of the same electronic features that used to be restricted to the larger midsize sedans. The big legroom figure quoted by Nissan for the backseats is no joke. Two adults could ride quite comfortably in back without feeling cramped.  Cargo room is another area where the Sentra matches up favorably to both compact and midsize sedans.” – Edmunds

Safety

The all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra offers all the safety features of a larger luxury car as standard. With 1st and 2nd row curtain airbags, side-impact airbags that move with the seat position and an occupant classification system, it’s clear that Nissan’s priority is protection of those driving and riding in its vehicles. 

In addition, the standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system helps keep you on your steered course, while adjusting for oversteer and understeer. And the Traction Control System senses when a front wheel slips, then reduces engine power or applies brakes to restore grip.

Sentra Owners Speak!

Of course, what Nissan Sentra owners have to say is the proof behind the product!

“I had owned a 2006 Sentra as a commuter car and it was very reliable for me. I was in the market for another commuter car after owning a 2010 Chevy Cobalt. I decided on the Sentra because of the rebate offers, their reliability, and dealer proximity. This car performs much better than the Cobalt. Better acceleration, better rear view, much better braking, and more comfortable seats to name just a few.”

“I’ve had a 2009 Versa since 2008, and my Nissan dealer started asking me a year ago if I wanted to trade it in, so I finally went in and talked to them. I loved my Versa, but was curious about the Sentra. Like my Versa, I don’t think I could have found a better deal than the one I got with my Sentra. The ride is very smooth and quiet, the seats are very comfortable, it has plenty of room and a massive trunk. What really sold me was the ride and the comfortable seats. I was originally after a manual transmission, like I had in my Versa, but went with the CVT after seeing it got better fuel economy than the manual. I love the CVT!”

Come on over to see the all-new redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra.  We know you’ll want to take a test drive in this car, which represents an exceptional quality and value for you!

 

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*Image courtesy of autoblog.com