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.

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note – Great Value, Best-in Class Features, and Beyond Your Expectations

2014 Nissan Versa Note

If you were standing in the middle of a car lot full of cars all from within a similar segment or class, one car that would stand out would be the 2014 Nissan Versa Note. It is completely different from any other model in the long line of Nissan Versas. Completely, redesigned for the 2014 model year—yes, the Note would warrant a second glance.


Nissan repeatedly refers to the design and styling of the new 2014 Nissan Versa Note as “energetic”, which is an appropriate design aesthetic for a compact car. It’s not enough to just simply say this is a compact, 5-door hatchback with front wheel drive. No—that doesn’t amply describe the Note. Nissan explains, “While sharing its advanced platform and drivetrain with the Versa sedan, Versa Note has its own distinctive look and feel inside and out.”

Looking at the Note, you would notice the sweeping arc and body lines of the car. This is completely intentional. Not only is the body of the Note intentionally aerodynamic, but this unique frame makes the Note stand out in a sea of competitors. Also, the lines of the Note are what Nissan calls the “squash line”. Nissan points out,

 “Along with its steeply sloped front windshield and deeply sculpted doors, Versa Note features a dramatic character line called the ‘squash line.’ Inspired by the international sport of squash, the line follows the trajectory of a squash ball hitting a wall, bouncing on the court floor and returning to the player. This ‘rebound path’ projects the dynamic energy of Versa Note in both look and driving feel.”

Never before has such an allusion been crafted into the design of a Versa. And that’s the just beginning of what makes the Versa Note so extraordinary.

The Important Numbers—Efficiency and Price

Not only is the Nissan Versa Note aerodynamically-designed, but it literally is a more efficient car. Built on the global Nissan V platform, the Versa Note boasts an estimated 300-lb reduction for the 2014 model year! Also, some of the trim levels of the Nissan Versa Note are equipped with a next-generation Nissan Xtronic CVT® transmission. This means that the models equipped with this transmission achieve a coefficient drag that is down 9% from the 2012 Versa hatchback. And… CVT® equipped models include the first-ever Nissan Active Grill Shutter. This little piece of technology limits the amount of air entering the engine compartment, which reduces drag also.

More aerodynamics and less drag both attribute to better fuel economy. Perhaps that’s why the Nissan Versa Note offers some of the best fuel economy. With a class-leading 40 mpg highway (31 mpg city/35 mpg combined), modern drivers can appreciate being able to go farther on the road with less of a hit to their wallet.

Every Versa Note also carries the PUREDRIVE™ badge, which means that the Versa Note meets or exceeds the industry-average US Federal CAFE standards for model year 2016.

Today’s drivers are not only concerned about gas prices, but also car prices. Again, with the Nissan Versa Note, drivers will be super surprised to learn just how great the price point is for such a car. As Nissan tells it, “Following the high-value Versa sedan, the new Versa Note also offers more value on all grades than the previous Versa hatchback (model year 2012), beginning with its starting MSRP of $13,990 USD.” That’s a pretty amazing deal for a new, modern car! Of course, there’s some variation to that number depending on how you build your Note—which trim you choose and any packages you decide to include.

Nissan Versa Note Versatility—Trims, Packages, and Technology

Nissan Versa Note Divide-n-HideInside the Nissan Versa Note, drivers won’t be disappointed. There are several features that give the Note an edge over the competition. For example, despite the fact this is a compact hatchback vehicle, the Note offers best-in-class interior volume. Compared to the competition, there’s more headroom and legroom. Nissan adds, “Common industry practice is to compromise either passenger room or cargo space, trading one for the other. Note’s advanced design gives you both, enabling owners to take their passions – and friends and family – anywhere.” Additionally, Nissan points out that with the Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor (adjustable rear load floor), “Lifting up the cargo floor board reveals a hidden area underneath to keep valuables out of sight. When more space is needed for carrying taller or bulkier items, lowering the floor board creates a deeper cargo well. The floor board is designed to stay in the vehicle yet is easily removed if desired. It’s a simple solution to balance the need for a flat load floor or maximum cargo capacity or security.” Ingenious!

The Note offers a piece of technology that is a class-exclusive. Called “Around View® Monitor”, this innovative feature utilizes 4 small superwide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side, and rear areas of the vehicle to give drives a virtual 360-degree view of objects around the car. Also, there are selectable split-screen close-ups of the various views drivers can hone in on for extra sightline help—very cool, right?!

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is available in a few grade levels—S (manual transmission) , S Plus, and SV (Nissan Xtronic CVT® transmission). What’s the difference you may ask? We’ll give you an at-a-glance breakdown of some of the features of the various Note options.

Nissan Versa Note InteriorVersa Note S features include:


  • 15″ x 5.5″ steel wheels with wheel covers
  • P185/65HR15 All-season low rolling resistance tires
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • 109-hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Aerodynamic taillights
  • Cloth seating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input and four speakers
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats

Nissan Versa Note seatingVersa Note S Plus features include:


  • Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission)
  • 109-hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • Active grille shutter
  • P185/65HR15 All-season low rolling resistance tires
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Aerodynamic taillights
  • Cruise control
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input and four speakers
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats

Versa Note SV features include:

Nissan Versa Note cabin[source]

  • Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission)
  • 109-hp 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • Active grille shutter
  • P185/65HR15 All-season low rolling resistance tires
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Aerodynamic taillights
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Integrated Key with Remote Keyless Entry
  • Power windows and door locks
  • 6-way manual driver’s seat with armrest
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Chrome interior trim accents

Four equipment optional packages are offered: SV Convenience Package, SL Package, SL Tech Package and Sport Value Package. The SV Convenience Package includes wide 2-DIN Display Audio with AM/FM/CD/iPod®/Aux 4.3-inch display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), USB input w/iPod® control, RearView Monitor, rear seat armrest with cupholders and Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor. The SL Package includes the SV Convenience Package equipment, plus 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 195/55R16 tires, front fog lights, variable intermittent front wipers, heated front seats, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, Easy Fill Tire Alert and SL badge (replaces SV badge).

The SL Tech Package includes NissanConnectSM with Navigation with 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, NavTraffic and NavWeather, POIs powered by Google®, Google® Send-to-Car, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, Around View® Monitor and heated sideview mirrors. The Sport Value Package includes 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. [source]


As you can tell, the new Note is well-equipped when it comes to comfort and technology options. But safety is in the forefront of Nissan’s concerns as well. That’s why Nissan has been sure to include, standard safety and security systems such as “the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags), front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with available Easy-Fill Tire Alert.”

Who Should Drive the Nissan Versa Note?

Nissan Versa Note easy parkingMany of our customers hail from the Washington D.C. metro area. Let’s face it—city life ain’t cheap. Thankfully, the Versa Note is not offers an amazing price for a brand new car, but it’s compactness, along with the available Around View® Monitor, make city parking or worse, parallel parking, a more manageable part of city life. And don’t forget, it also boasts 31mpg city. Usually, city driving can take a terrible toll on one’s gas mileage. But the Nissan Versa Note is meant to handle it!

Also, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note is ideal for first-time car buyers. It offers a wealth of amenities that provide convenience and versatility for the many stages of life, so this is a car you won’t be sorry to have around for a while. It’s compact nature isn’t too daunting a some SUVs, either.

The Note is certainly targeted towards those drivers with active lifestyle, which makes it great for young drivers as well. We’ve already pointed out the safety features included with the Note. And of course, taking on an extra car payment by purchasing a Note won’t exactly break the bank. Kelley Blue Book, one of the leading voices in the automotive industry, even included the 2014 Nissan Versa Note in the #1 spot in their list of 10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2013.

Yes, we think there’s a lot of admire in this all-new and groundbreaking Nissan Versa Note. If you think you’d like to come down and check it out for yourself, why not schedule a test drive? We’d love to help you find the car that’s right for you!

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*images courtesy of Nissan

The Exciting New 2013 Nissan Versa Sedan
More Sedan Per Dollar!

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Did you know that the 2013 Nissan Versa Sedan gets a combined 34 mpg? Plus, it’s an awesome value with an MSRP for the 1.6SV less than two of its major competitors: the Hyundai Accent GLS (A6) and the Chevy Sonic 1LT!  And the favorable comparisons don’t stop there: Read on!

For 2013, the Nissan Versa Sedan offers a next-generation Xtronic CVT® transmission that adds an auxiliary gearbox using planetary gearing, helping enhance efficiency. Also, this year there is additional transmission option (4-speed auto) and more standard features, such as cloth door trim, chromed interior door handles and painted shift knob, driver’s seat armrest and a trunk light. The hatchback version of this super car is again offered in 2013 as well. Fuel economy has improved on the new Versa sedan with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT®), which is standard on the SV and SL versions – and the CVT®-equipped models now come with a standard rear spoiler for a sportier look!

With power windows, express window down, cruise control and illuminated entry – the standard features just go on and on!  The 2013 Versa Sedan has a lower curb weight than all of its competition (including the Kia Rio LX), which helps to increase fuel economy. In addition, the Versa’s interior space is much larger than any competitor cars. Rear legroom, front headroom and even the Versa’s wheel base height blow the competition out of the water!

As anticipated, Nissan’s top priority is still safety, and it’s good to know that the 2013 Nissan Versa Sedan earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating of “Good.” This is tested through Frontal Offset, Side Impact, Rear Crash Protection and Roof Strength exercises.

Professional Reviewers Say…

In its review of last year’s model of the Nissan Versa Sedan, Edmunds said, “This car will be impossible for the marketplace and Nissan’s competition to ignore. With its combination of space, efficiency, features, safety and appealing design, [this car] is proof that automakers know more people will feel comfortable adopting austerity measures of their own as long as we can also maintain our need for practicality, comfort, safety and yes, a sense of pride.”

In an early review of the 2013 model, Kelsey Mays, of cars.com, says, “The car measures slightly shorter than the outgoing Versa sedan, but the trunk hangs an extra 2.7 inches past the rear wheels…that contributes [to a] massive trunk – 14.8 cubic feet, or clear into much larger Honda Accord and Toyota Camry territory. The same goes for the Versa’s cabin. It can fit four adults comfortably, which is nearly impossible in a Fiesta or Chevrolet Sonic…legroom is abundant in the rear. Nothing about the backseat feels subcompact – it’s a cavern back there.” We think this is great news for families looking for a car with great fuel economy, but large enough to carry the kids, their gear, groceries and all the other trips we need to take daily!

Other reviews about the interior of the Versa:

“The engineering is straightforward, the styling is unpretentious and the cabin roomy.”  — The New York Times

“The inside of the Versa is a fine place to spent time.”  — Edmunds

“At 6 ft., 6 in tall, my co-pilot is no small gentleman, and the Nissan Versa is a relatively small five-passenger sedan. Yet surprisingly, the two work well together. He fits inside…and his neck isn’t kinked at nearly 90 degrees. We’re both quite comfortable in the new Nissan.” – Motor Trend

“Nissan has put some sweat into the details, even including height adjustment on the driver seat.”  — Edmunds

Performance reviews on the Versa:

“Brakes remain vented discs up front and drums in the rear, and Continental ContiPro Contact low-rolling-resistance all-season tires are carried over [from last year]. And the combination works very well. But here’s the best part; we like driving it.”  — Edmunds

“Versa delivers precisely the pleasant character a mass-appear car should.”  — Popular Mechanics

“[Despite its cheap price], there’s nothing cheap about the way it drives: The Versa rides comfortably and handles well, with commendably good steering feel.” – About.com

“Though the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at just 109 horsepower, it moves the Versa with verve and rarely feels challenged in urban or freeway driving.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Versa owners say…

“Bought this 2012 for the winter after picking up a 2012 BMW 525i GT. I love this Versa. It just feels good around you. Great mileage 38mpg, decent audio, power windows, bluetooth, cruise, large trunk, rear seats fold down for more room. Looked at Honda, Toyota but this was priced better. Initially, I didn’t care; just wanted something inexpensive for the winter but now you can’t get me out of this car. I think I am going to sell the BMW!”

“We bought this vehicle because we were impressed how it felt driving down the highway. It rides likes a bigger car, and we often forget it is considered a compact. The Versa Sedan has lots of room for backseat riders and the trunk is surprisingly roomy. I believe the 2012 Versa Sedan will prove to be a worthy car to own in the long run. It’s a keeper!!”

“Bought the Versa sedan after an extensive test drive. Took it on the freeway. Lots of power. Great interior gauges and layout. Lots of “Toys” such as radio controls on the steering wheel etc. I liked the appearance of the sedan. I just bought it but can’t wait to drive it from Montreal to Toronto next week!”

“5 speed base model purchased for wife’s winter car (she hates automatics??). Can’t beat the price of 10,990. No frills, but that was known going in. Have about 1200 miles on car now, averaging 42.5 MPG. Epic sized trunk and interior. Overall pleased, would buy it again in a heartbeat.”

So, what do you think? We think you’ll love the all-new Nissan Versa Sedan! Come on in for a test drive and see how this car feels. 

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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!

*Image courtesy of Edmunds.com