2017 was a volatile year for the average price of gas, and experts are predicting much of the same for 2018. All of us here at 171 Nissan want to assure that our friends and family in the greater Lake Charles community are getting the most bang for their buck every time they visit the pump. If you want to make the most of 2018 gas prices, just follow these few easy tips for increasing your vehicle’s fuel efficiency:
Unload everything you’re not using from your vehicle, whether it’s luggage, soccer bags, or fishing gear. Extra weight equals miles lost.
Maintain Proper PSI
If your tires are over- or under-inflated, you might lose a whole lot of miles per gallon. Check your owner’s manual for your car’s proper PSI and remember to check your tire pressure regularly.
Keep a Clean Engine Air Filter
Your engine is forced to work harder when it has a dirty air filter. Make sure you replace your air filter regularly, approximately every other time you get an oil change.
Don’t let 2018 gas prices get the best of you. Be proactive in your regular maintenance and you’ll start seeing the savings, no matter what the numbers say at the gas station. If you have further questions about how to keep your beloved ride operating at peak efficiency, call 171 Nissan today to speak with one of our experienced staff members.
It’s important to remember that the Holiday season is about so much more than shopping for gifts and sipping on peppermint mochas. This time of year, the team at 171 Nissan likes to make an effort to remember those less fortunate who don’t have the same luxuries as us. During the Holiday season, it’s more important than ever to give back to children, veterans, and others who may be in need. Here are some ideas on giving back this Holiday.
Donate to a Cause
There are tons of reputable charities all over the country who can use your funds for a good cause. One option near 171 Nissan is CASA of West Central Louisiana. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children are a group of community volunteers who work to find safe, loving, permanent solutions to children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Your donation this time of year could help a child have a special, memorable Holiday season.
If you don’t have money to give, you may instead have time, and volunteering can be just as meaningful and helpful to those in need. Local food pantries, such as God’s Food Box in DeRidder, Louisiana, are always looking for people to help serve those in need, especially during this time of year.[Top]
As the end of 2017 rapidly approaches, so begins the season of giving. Every year around the holidays, people come together and give back to their communities, donate to their favorite charities, and help out their loved ones. There are plenty of ways to give back, and while we at 171 Nissan celebrate all forms of giving, we want to share some information about a food bank that lies close to home and that you can donate to.
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana truly represents the spirit of giving. Located right here in Alexandria, the Food Bank of Central Louisiana relies upon the support of private donations in order to serve the community and help families in need. As a result, the Food Bank is able to serve over 22,400 people every month. With a mere $1 donation, the Food Bank can provide five meals to families, and the donation of canned goods furthers their mission of serving the hungry of Central Louisiana. In 2016 alone, they distributed over 6.9 million pounds of food to those in our community who are in need of food assistance.
There are three main ways to take part in the season of giving and help out the Food Bank of Central Louisiana: monetary donations, donating food (canned goods and other nonperishable food products, as well as fresh produce), and donating your time by volunteering at the food bank. For more information about how you can help, visit https://www.fbcenla.org/.[Top]
The Tokyo Motor Show is celebrating its 45th year from Friday, October 27th through Sunday, November 5th. During this time, automakers will pack plenty of exhibits, features, and new concepts into a week of events and festivities focused around automobiles. One of the big names coming to the Tokyo Motor Show is Nissan, who is planning on debuting something a bit unorthodox – a new Leaf Nismo Concept.
We’ve already had official word that the performance-focused Nismo name would get added onto the Nissan Leaf eventually, but Nissan representatives didn’t give an idea for when that would be. The redesigned, next-gen 2018 Nissan Leaf came out without any promises about a launch date for a sportier version. However, it appears that launch will happen sooner rather than later. The Leaf Nismo Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show will feature a more aerodynamic design, a sport-tuned suspension, improved acceleration, and new wheels.
There’s no telling yet what kind of power ratings we’ll see out of the Leaf Nismo Concept. Specs and other features will likely be unveiled at the event itself. Stay tuned for more news and information on the Leaf Nismo Concept from the Tokyo Motor Show and here at 171 Nissan.[Top]
Do you like to get away from it all? Then be sure to check out one of these awesome campsites near DeRidder, Louisiana.
Back 40 Bow Park (DeRidder)
Located right here in DeRidder, Back 40 Bow has RV spots, tent camping, and cabins. Spots for hiking and swimming supply plenty of outdoor recreation for campers, too, and it’s located in close proximity to Sam Houston Jones State Park.
Longville Lake Park (Longville)
With the lake nearby, you can enjoy a weekend of boating, swimming, and fishing. Longville additionally has RV hookups and tent sites. Plus, there’s a spot to go golfing nearby, so you can make sure you’re never bored.
Juddie Clairs (Ragley)
Set up a tent and bring a sleeping back to Juddie Clairs for a weekend away in the wilderness, where you can fish, swim, and play golf at a location managed by pleasant local groundskeepers.
Enduro Trailhead (Sugartown)
There’s nothing quite like a trip to Enduro Trailhead, featuring activities like horseback riding and offering picnic and barbecue areas. Campfires are permitted here, as well as staying in the onsite cabins and going fishing.
Take a truck or SUV like the 2017 Nissan Titan or Nissan Rogue to one of these campsites near DeRidder. Their power and capability will allow you to easily navigate off the beaten path. Come check them out today at 171 Nissan.
Image by R.E. Barber Photography[Top]
Sometimes, it really pays off to step away from the stress or mundane atmosphere of a normal routine and get a breath of fresh air in nature. Since 171 Nissan is so close to the surrounding area, we like to take regular hikes in one of these two favorite hiking places near Alexandria, LA. Once you’re there, you will be amazed at what a little time away can do for you.
Kisatchie National Forest
This national forest is located right next to Alexandria, LA. You can drive out to a variety of trailheads when you take a capable and maneuverable vehicle like the Nissan Rogue as your transportation. Bring camping gear and set up for the night, or use your Nissan Rogue to travel off-road until you find the perfect picnic location.
Sabine National Forest
West of Kisatchie, you’ll find another national forest. Sabine National Forest is actually just across the Texas border, and it’s a bit of a drive from Alexandria. However, the Nissan Rogue has plenty of entertainment technology to keep you occupied on the drive. Once you’re there, you can go backpacking or choose from a number of long trails for a day hike in this breathtaking forest.
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If you or someone you know if preparing to move up from high school to college and you live in the Lake Charles area, here’s some of the best Louisiana colleges to attend near us.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
A number of academic benefits and innovative SMART classrooms await you at one of the best colleges in Louisiana, which offers over 80 degree programs and counseling services for first-generation college students.
McNeese State University
One of McNeese State’s main draws is that it’s one of few universities that house a farm on campus – with over 1,400 acres of land dedicated to agriculture and research. Also, newly-admitted students can attend “Cowboy Camp,” a special and exclusive orientation.
If you’re looking for a Christian private school, head to Louisiana College. There are various degree programs, an on-campus chapel, spiritual programs, and accreditation through professional organizations.
Louisiana State University in Alexandria
This branch campus in Alexandria offers 13 bachelor’s degree programs as well as benefits like varsity rodeo and rugby teams and an undergraduate academic journal. Check out the exclusive Honors Program, too.
Some of the best Louisiana colleges are near us right here in the Lake Charles and Alexandria area. If you want to stay close to home, schedule a tour for one of these schools today.
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Looking to get better fuel economy? Here are a few tips:
Accelerate Gradually and Don’t Speed
Even the most aerodynamic, well-designed vehicle will experience increased drag at higher speeds, which requires more fuel to move the same distance. Couple this with the fact that accelerating quickly burns more fuel than slowly applying the gas, and you’ve got a fuel economy disaster on your hands if you’re the type to rush during your drive.
Pay Attention To Your Tires
It may not be the most obvious thing in the world, but having improperly inflated tires can actually negatively impact your fuel economy! This is because poor tire health causes your vehicle to need more fuel to push it the same distance.
Stay On Top of Your Maintenance Schedule
We all slack a little when it comes to routine vehicle service, but keeping your powertrain healthy is crucial to maintaining top fuel economy numbers. So get that oil change on time and have your engine tuned periodically; your gas tank, and your wallet, will thank you.
Buy an Efficient Car – Like the Nissan Altima!
Probably the most obvious way to save on gas is to buy a vehicle that doesn’t use much. The 2017 Nissan Altima gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and a staggering 39 mpg on the highway,* making it one of the most efficient non-hybrids you can get your hands on.
Head to 171 Nissan so you can test drive the new 2017 Altima. Not only does it get better fuel economy – it’s an all-around quality car.
*All fuel economy numbers are based on estimated EPA averages.[Top]
One of the biggest problems when traveling or moving is trying to fit everything in your vehicle (2017 Nissan Altima, anyone?). We’ll share some of our favorite space-saving tips that will make packing your car a breeze!
- Pack similar items together – Make sure that you have breakable items at least kind of together. This will help you make sure that they’re placed carefully in a low-risk area of the car.
- Take advantage of all space – The trunk isn’t the only place to store things in a car! Store items under seats and anywhere else you can find it.
- Use bags, not boxes – As you may realize, it can be hard to fit a squared-off object into a rounded car interior. By packing in bags your cargo becomes more pliable and easier to fit.
- Bonus tip: use vacuum bags for even more space!
- Use an overhead carrier – There will always be times when you just need more space than you have. Add a carrier to the top of your car and pack it with the items you know you won’t need until you reach your destination.
Whether you’re going on a road trip, leaving for vacation or moving, let’s face it: space is always coveted when packing your car. Make the most of it with a new 2017 Nissan Altima sedan from 171 Nissan in DeRidder, LA![Top]
The New York International Auto Show will run from April 14th-23rd at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City this year, and at this show, Nissan will unveil the limited-production GT-R Track Edition.
For the 2017 model year, the GT-R is getting some major attention. It started out with redesigned models of both the GT-R Premium and GT-R NISMO and now adds this Track Edition, which fits in between the other two models.
The Track Edition is sure to be popular among enthusiasts. It comes equipped with the same 565-horsepower engine as the Premium model; however, it promises to deliver a higher level of performance.
“The new GT-R Track Edition gives buyers a specialized model, one true to GT-R heritage and available only by special order,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “Building on the major upgrade to every GT-R for 2017, the Track Edition is an amazing package inside, outside and under the skin.”
Performance features on the Track Edition include an advanced four-wheel independent suspension with unique NISMO tuning, reduced weight, NISMO-spec tires, more roll stiffness, and additional adhesive bonding.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition will be available late this summer only by special order through dealerships, like us here at 171 Nissan.[Top]