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4 Ways to Get Better Fuel Economy While Driving

Gas Pump

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.

4 Best Tips For Packing Your Car

2017 Nissan Altima interior - packing your car for vacation or moving

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!

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Nissan’s Top Safety Pick+ Cars Now Includes 2016 Altima

2016 Nissan Altima IIHS Top Safety Pick+

2015 Nissan Altima Pictured

We all want to drive safe cars and luckily there are organizations that test vehicles to see how safe they really are. One of these is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each year it puts new cars through rigorous crash tests to determine their crashworthiness and the highest recognition it gives out is the Top Safety Pick+.

Recently, Nissan’s Top Safety Pick+ cars increased their total number of vehicles by one with the addition of the 2016 Altima. The Altima joins the 2016 Maxima and Murano that have also earned this designation.

IIHS gave the Altima its top “good” score in all five crash test and a “superior” rating for front crash prevention for models equipped with the available Forward Emergency Braking technology.

“Nissan is very proud to have our best-selling vehicle recognized by IIHS for excellence in vehicle safety,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Strategy and Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA), in a statement. Furthermore he says, “Like the new Maxima and Murano, Altima sets high standards in a very competitive class for styling, performance and value as well as safety. We at Nissan are gratified to see that another of our core models has been recognized for excellent design and vehicle safety.”

The Forward Emergency Braking helps drivers stay safer by keeping an eye on their speed, how close drivers are to the cars around them, and can apply the brakes if the driver does not respond when needed.

In addition to this great technology, the Altima also offers Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.  Stop by 171 Nissan today to find out more about the award-winning 2016 Nissan Altima!

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Nissan Earnings Forecast Raised After Successful First Quarter

NissanAfter seeing a huge jump in their quarterly profit from October to December, Nissan actually raised their earnings forecast for the fiscal year, which looks to be a successful year for the Japanese auto company.

In fact, their quarterly profit increased by an astonishing 21 percent, which many are citing as a result of the cheap yen.  This has seriously impacted sales overseas. U.S. sales are reportedly strong as well, particularly that of the Rogue and Altima.

Nissan now expects to earn about $3.5 billion in profit this fiscal year through March, whereas previously, they were only expecting to achieve around $3.4 billion. Those numbers are pretty close, but you have to remember – we’re talking about billions here.

Weak yen aside, Nissan’s spectacular sales are also due in part to their positive association with electric cars, like the Nissan Leaf. Though sales of the Leaf are still low compared to more conventional models, it remains one of the most popular electric cars in the world.

It’s no surprise that the Nissan earnings forecast have raised, and perhaps, it could even get pushed higher as their winning streak continues.

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