2017 Nissan Rogue

How would you like to receive a Death Trooper helmet with the purchase of a compact crossover SUV?  It is very possible, if they are not sold out. It comes with a Star Wars Limited Edition Nissan Rogue from the friendly folks at Landers McLarty Nissan.

Nissan had teamed up with the popular movie “Rogue One” with its own Rogue.  This special SV model adds black trim, Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance logos and even Star Wars branded door-sills.  Ok, if you are not into the “Force be with you”, then take a look-see at the new, redesigned and best-selling Nissan Rogue in your favorite color and styling.

rogue_sw_le_750pxThis handsome Nissan with its new intriguing styling inside and out sets itself apart in the arena of compact crossovers.  The 2017 Rogue’s face was restructured to bolster the V-Motion design theme.  Also the headlights were tweaked for the cat eye effect along with an aggressive looking rear end with chrome accents.  New is the rear lift gate that now offers motion-activated opening when your arms are full of stuff.  When you slide into those wide, comfy and sturdy seats for that important test drive you will appreciate how much room is available, even for tall folks. The cabin is sensibly designed and ergonomically friendly; it’s a Nissan thing. You’ll see a new redesigned shift lever with a fancy leather boot.  The center stack was reworked for safe and enjoyable driving within easy reach.

Bigger news is that the Nissan Rogue now has a Hybrid as a member of the family.  This new Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter inline four that delivers over 140 lively horses and a quick acting 144 lb-ft of torque; it also has available AWD.  The front wheel drive Rogue lets you pass those gas pumps with 33/35 mph city/highway.  The tried and true gas engine is a 2.5-liter four that punches out 170 horses and 175 lb-ft of asphalt gripping torque.  Both engines are mated with a smooth shifting CVT transmission.

Since the Rogue is a family oriented crossover, you will be pleased to know that Nissan has new advanced safety features.  They include lane departure warning and prevention, very important forward collision prevention and adaptive cruise control.  The blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert features are now standard in the SL model.  These safety systems make the 2017 Rogue one of the most technologically advanced compact crossovers on the road.  It is also comforting to know that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Rogue its Top Safety Pick when equipped with Forward Emergency Braking; remember you always have precious cargo on board.  These investments could bring back huge dividends.

Anyway, as before, this very popular Rogue is available in five or seven passenger setups, except the new Hybrid, because of its Lithium-ion battery location.  Still the Hybrid gives you over 61 cubic feet of cargo space for those trips to the big box stores.  For your entertainment and communication needs all Rogues have top rated NissanConnect services that are easy to learn and reach with all the modern features.

So go ahead and take the short drive to Landers McLarty Nissan and discover the new redesigned Nissan Rogue.  Why not put that “fun factor” back into your drive times?

2017 Nissan Juke

Don’t you miss the days when cars had so many different styles?  It’s really a stretch now a days to identify the make and model when so many vehicles look the same.  Not so with the Juke from Nissan.  The Nissan engineers and designers must have had a great time putting this little compact crossover together.  Car and Driver said: “The Juke puts the fun in “Funky” making it perfect for those who want a spry and speedy little runabout that also stands out in traffic”.

2017-nissan-jukeYou and yours will get their drift when you take an up close and personal look at the Juke with the friendly folks at Landers McLarty Nissan.  You will not have any problem finding it at the dealership as this Juke just stands out among its family of Nissan’s.

Owners will tell you that if you are searching for new friends, then try driving a Nissan Juke around your community.  People will start asking questions about your unusual looking crossover at stop lights, parking lots or wherever.  Kudo’s go to Nissan for doing a great job creating some excitement with its Juke.

This positive feeling doesn’t only come from the Juke’s unique looks as owners love what is under its sloping frog-eyed hood.  Nissan put a punchy turbocharged four cylinder that delivers 188 lively horses and 177 lb-ft of asphalt gripping torque.  If you desire more zip in your trip then also test drive the Juke Nismo RS.  It has 211 thoroughbreds and a unique fascia.  The RS also comes with a sportier suspension and smug sport seats that fit you like your favorite leather glove as you dive into those country curves.  This RS Juke also has available a six-speed manual for those who prefer to row their  own gears and owners say it is a blessing;  also for your enjoyment All-Wheel-Drive is available.  This AWD setup can supply half of readily available torque to the rear wheels as well as torque vectoring which means the Juke could send up to 50% of its power to one rear wheel in hard cornering or when getting stuck in the elements.  What makes this Juke even more a kick to drive is its three driving modes.

The Regular is good for driving to work.  The Sporting mode is just what the name implies and is where the fun starts as throttle feedback is sharpened, steering gets sensitive and the transmission will remain in higher revs.  You are now ready to explore those country roads!  Then the Eco mode is there for getting great gas mileage of over 30mpg on the highway.  So, if you want an energetic and speedy little runabout that also is a big time head-turner that actually refreshes your spirit in your drive-times, visit http://www.huntsvillenissan.com today!

Be prepared for an enjoyable time.  Yes indeed, the Juke from Nissan is more than a pretty face with tongue in cheek.  The bet is on that you will leave with a smile, not only because you did bring the “fun factor” back into your time behind the wheel, but for the great deal you received.

2017 Nissan Maxima S Sedan

When you’re shopping for your next car, you’re often comparing neat groupings of models that, for the most part, line up with each other in terms of size, equipment, performance and price. Apples to apples, oranges to oranges, midsize sedan to midsize sedan. Sometimes, though, a car like the 2017 Nissan Maxima comes along that exists outside those neat groupings. It’s a disruption to the order, and it presents an interesting — albeit desirable — dilemma for shoppers.

The 2017 Nissan Maxima’s styling helps it stand out in the midsize sedan crowd.

You see, the Maxima has a price tag and feature set similar to those of a large sedan like the Toyota Avalon, but it’s not as roomy on the inside. (It’s not even as roomy as a midsize sedan like the Ford Fusion, either.) The Maxima’s standard V6 engine offers similarly strong acceleration as the most powerful midsize sedan engines, but its athletic handling capabilities and refined driving experience are more evocative of entry-level luxury sedans like the Acura TLX. Yet those entry-luxury sedans obviously give you more brand cachet than the Maxima’s humble Nissan badge, and they’re also often offered with all-wheel drive and are frequently even sportier to drive.

So is the 2017 Nissan Maxima an oddball to ignore or an intriguing alternative to the status quo? If you go by traditional sales figures, most people go with the former. But we think the Maxima is worth taking a look. Apples to oranges, it’s one of the more interesting and appealing midsize sedans out there.

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The 2017 Nissan Maxima is a five-passenger midsize sedan available in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, the sporty SR and the top-of-the-line Platinum.

Standard features of the base S model include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, LED running lights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats (eight-way driver and four-way passenger), cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Electronics features include a large gauge cluster display, an 8-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports and an eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio, HD radio and a six-CD changer.

The SV model adds heated outside mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated front seats and an upgraded driver seat with extendable thigh support and two-way power lumbar. The Dynamic package adds a “premium” rear spoiler, different 18-inch wheels and side sill extensions.

The SL model gets a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, active noise cancellation, active engine sound enhancement, a premium 11-speaker Bose audio system and adaptive cruise control. It also adds several safety features (see Safety section below).

The sporty SR adds 19-inch wheels (with available summer performance tires), a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters that engage simulated gear ratios, Active Ride Control (uses the brakes to quell body motions over bumps), Active Trace Control (uses targeted braking to keep the vehicle on its intended path) and active engine braking that helps slow the car when heading aggressively into corners or approaching a stop. The SR also has LED headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, and upgraded leather upholstery with quilted simulated suede seat inserts and special interior trim. The SR does not have a panoramic sunroof, but it can be equipped with summer tires (packaged with a full-size spare tire) and the Midnight Edition package that includes a “sport” rear spoiler, a rear diffuser and gloss black wheels.

The Maxima’s Platinum trim level comes standard with the panoramic sunroof. You can’t get it on the SR, though.

To the SL’s equipment roster, the Platinum adds the LED headlights, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, premium diamond-quilted leather upholstery, automatic wipers, a power rear sunshade, a 360-degree parking camera system (with a moving object detection system) and a driver attention alert system. The Platinum also features Nissan Connect (see Safety section for more information). The Medallion Edition package adds that “premium” rear spoiler, different 18-inch wheels, interior accent lighting and exterior ground lighting.

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The 2017 Nissan Maxima is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are standard.

In Edmunds testing, a Maxima Platinum sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which is a few ticks quicker than average for a midsize sedan with a V6 or similarly powered engine. As for EPA-estimated fuel economy, expect 25 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway). Edmunds managed 28.1 mpg on the 116-mile Edmunds evaluation route, which is a strong showing.

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Standard safety features on the 2017 Nissan Maxima include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. Standard on the SL and above are a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert and a forward collision warning and mitigation system with automatic braking. The Platinum model also adds a 360-degree parking camera system with a moving object detection system that sounds a beep and gives video alerts on the center screen when even small objects are moving anywhere around the vehicle. The Platinum also includes a driver drowsiness monitor and Nissan Connect, which includes automatic collision notification, remote starting, emergency calling and stolen vehicle locating.

In government crash tests, last year’s Maxima earned an overall score of five stars (out of a possible five), with five stars for total front-impact safety and five stars for total side-impact safety. The Maxima also earned top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, receiving a “Good” rating in the moderate- and small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests as well as a “Good” rating in the side impact, roof strength and seat/head restraint tests. The IIHS also tested the Maxima’s forward collision mitigation system and awarded it a score of “Superior.”

In Edmunds brake testing, a Maxima Platinum with all-season tires stopped from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is slightly below average for sedans of this caliber.

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The 2017 Maxima may not have the brand name of a luxury car, but it has the interior of one. Passengers are surrounded by quality materials, including soft-touch surfaces on most of the major touch points. Nissan’s “Zero Gravity” seats are present as well. They’re supportive, though we haven’t found these to be as superbly comfortable as the ones in the Nissan Altima. One particularly thoughtful feature is the bin mounted forward of the shifter that contains two USB ports, space for all but the biggest phones on the market and a slot to mount a phone vertically so you can see messages as they pop up.

The Maxima’s cabin is stylish, well made and comes with an easy-to-use touchscreen tech interface.

However, for 2017, Apple users probably won’t need to. With the addition of standard Apple CarPlay, you can now control a basic selection of apps (including text messaging) through voice controls and the terrific, easy-to-use Nissan touchscreen that’s bolstered by a handy, redundant knob controller similar to those found in many luxury-branded cars. Android Auto is unavailable, though.

In terms of space, front and rear legroom is acceptable, but the Maxima can’t match the rear seat space of less expensive midsize sedans like the Ford Fusion or Honda Accord, let alone similarly priced sedans like the Toyota Avalon. Similarly, the Maxima’s 14.3-cubic-foot trunk is smaller than those competitors as well. It is similar to many entry-level luxury sedans, however.

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Nissan has long suggested that the Maxima is a “four-door sports car.” In our experience, the 2017 Maxima does feel rather sporty, with nicely controlled body motions and commendable grip around turns that equate to dynamic talents greater than the typical mid- or full-size sedan. However, the steering is oddly slow in parking lots and gets light as speeds rise (the opposite is true with most modern cars), and quick left-right transitions can flummox it. And although the sportier SR improves handling further, its firmer suspension essentially ruins what is a comfortable and controlled ride in all other trims. As a result, we would avoid the Maxima SR.

Hit the gas and the Maxima accelerates quickly, though it isn’t really any quicker than other midsize sedans with upgrade engines.

The 3.5-liter V6 provides ready and willing power across the rev range, and it works well with the CVT, although torque steer (the feeling of the car pulling left or right as you accelerate) is noticeable during hard acceleration. As with other CVTs, the Maxima’s transmission has no fixed gear ratios. However, Nissan has added seven simulated gear ratios that are used in certain instances to provide the feeling of a regular automatic transmission, minimizing the prolonged high-rpm droning that has given CVTs a bad reputation. We generally like the result, as the CVT does a pretty fair impression of a conventional automatic without giving up its edge in fuel economy.

2016 Nissan Rogue S SUV

In an increasingly crowded compact crossover segment, the 2016 Nissan Rogue is a family-oriented model that certainly has some likable aspects. Most notable, perhaps, is its ability to seat up to seven passengers with the available third-row seat, which is quite uncommon among compact models. Upscale interior materials and design give the cabin a classy vibe, while available features like keyless entry and ignition and a surround-view camera system strike an upscale, high-tech chord. The interior also has a practical side, with up to 70 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seatbacks folded down, a number that bests a number of competitors.

The 2016 Nissan Rogue is one of the roomier models in the compact crossover segment.

The Rogue also has its share of downsides, though. If you’re just looking for a value-rich crossover with a smooth ride, this Nissan is bound to satisfy. But if you want any degree of driver engagement, you won’t find it here. That’s partly why the Rogue fell to a “C” rating in our evaluation: Its mandatory four-cylinder engine provides loud but otherwise forgettable acceleration, its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is relatively unresponsive, and its handling, while safe and secure, isn’t the least bit engaging. Even putting performance-related concerns aside, the Rogue’s rearward visibility is poor, and we’ve found its lofty EPA fuel economy ratings hard to replicate in real-world driving.

Accordingly, we suggest checking out some of the Rogue’s competitors before making up your mind. The Mazda CX-5, for example, offers the fun-to-drive personality that the Rogue lacks, while the Honda CR-V is superior for all-around competence. For stronger acceleration, the Subaru Forester, fitted with its optional turbocharged engine, would be a better way to go, as would a V6-equipped Jeep Cherokee. If a reasonably sized three-row crossover is what you want, the Kia Sorento is a great choice, albeit a little more expensive one. Overall, the 2016 Nissan Rogue doesn’t do much to stand out among this group, but it’s still worth a look if space and comfort are priorities.

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The 2016 Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. Two-row seating is standard, while a third-row seat is available on S and SV models.

The 2016 Nissan Rogue offers a high-quality interior with a number of desirable features and options.

Standard equipment on the S includes 17-inch steel wheels, LED running lights, remote keyless entry, air-conditioning with rear vents, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 40/20/40-split rear seat (folds, slides and reclines), cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer, a 5-inch central display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.

An optional Appearance package for the S trim adds roof rails, rear privacy glass, integrated turn signals for the side mirrors and chrome exterior door handles.

The SV starts with those items and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), NissanConnect smartphone app integration and a six-speaker sound system.

The SL gets standard 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 360-degree parking camera system (Around View), a 7-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, voice controls, NissanConnect emergency telematics (powered by Sirius/XM), Siri Eyes Free (for iPhones) and an eight-speaker Bose audio system with a six-CD changer.

Additional options start with the Family package (S and SV), which adds the third-row seat and run-flat tires (deleting the spare tire), along with rear privacy glass for the S model.

The SV Premium package adds the SL’s standard heated mirrors, power liftgate, heated front seats, navigation system, bigger touchscreen and Around View camera system, and it also includes a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, forward collision alert, “moving object detection” (in conjunction with the 360-degree parking camera) and Siri Eyes Free.

The SL Premium package consists of LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof and the safety features from the SV Premium package, adding automatic emergency braking to the forward collision mitigation system.

The panoramic sunroof is a stand-alone option on the SV trim.

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Powering the 2016 Nissan Rogue is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A CVT is standard, as is front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available as an option.

In Edmunds testing, a Rogue SL AWD hit 60 mph in an unremarkable 9.3 seconds.

The EPA estimates that front-wheel-drive models will return 28 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway), while all-wheel-drive versions return 28 mpg combined (25 city/32 highway). These are strong numbers, but we’ve found them difficult to replicate in real-world testing. An all-wheel-drive Rogue managed only 25 mpg during a year-long 20,000-mile test at Edmunds.com.

The Rogue also has its share of downsides, though. If you’re just looking for a value-rich crossover with a smooth ride, this Nissan is bound to satisfy. But if you want any degree of driver engagement, you won’t find it here. That’s partly why the Rogue fell to a “C” rating in our evaluation: Its mandatory four-cylinder engine provides loud but otherwise forgettable acceleration, its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is relatively unresponsive, and its handling, while safe and secure, isn’t the least bit engaging. Even putting performance-related concerns aside, the Rogue’s rearward visibility is poor, and we’ve found its lofty EPA fuel economy ratings hard to replicate in real-world driving.

Accordingly, we suggest checking out some of the Rogue’s competitors before making up your mind. The Mazda CX-5, for example, offers the fun-to-drive personality that the Rogue lacks, while the Honda CR-V is superior for all-around competence. For stronger acceleration, the Subaru Forester, fitted with its optional turbocharged engine, would be a better way to go, as would a V6-equipped Jeep Cherokee. If a reasonably sized three-row crossover is what you want, the Kia Sorento is a great choice, albeit a little more expensive one. Overall, the 2016 Nissan Rogue doesn’t do much to stand out among this group, but it’s still worth a look if space and comfort are priorities.

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The 2016 Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. Two-row seating is standard, while a third-row seat is available on S and SV models.

The 2016 Nissan Rogue offers a high-quality interior with a number of desirable features and options.

Standard equipment on the S includes 17-inch steel wheels, LED running lights, remote keyless entry, air-conditioning with rear vents, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 40/20/40-split rear seat (folds, slides and reclines), cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer, a 5-inch central display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.

An optional Appearance package for the S trim adds roof rails, rear privacy glass, integrated turn signals for the side mirrors and chrome exterior door handles.

The SV starts with those items and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), NissanConnect smartphone app integration and a six-speaker sound system.

The SL gets standard 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 360-degree parking camera system (Around View), a 7-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, voice controls, NissanConnect emergency telematics (powered by Sirius/XM), Siri Eyes Free (for iPhones) and an eight-speaker Bose audio system with a six-CD changer.

Additional options start with the Family package (S and SV), which adds the third-row seat and run-flat tires (deleting the spare tire), along with rear privacy glass for the S model.

The SV Premium package adds the SL’s standard heated mirrors, power liftgate, heated front seats, navigation system, bigger touchscreen and Around View camera system, and it also includes a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, forward collision alert, “moving object detection” (in conjunction with the 360-degree parking camera) and Siri Eyes Free.

The SL Premium package consists of LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof and the safety features from the SV Premium package, adding automatic emergency braking to the forward collision mitigation system.

The panoramic sunroof is a stand-alone option on the SV trim.

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Powering the 2016 Nissan Rogue is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A CVT is standard, as is front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available as an option.

In Edmunds testing, a Rogue SL AWD hit 60 mph in an unremarkable 9.3 seconds.

The EPA estimates that front-wheel-drive models will return 28 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway), while all-wheel-drive versions return 28 mpg combined (25 city/32 highway). These are strong numbers, but we’ve found them difficult to replicate in real-world testing. An all-wheel-drive Rogue managed only 25 mpg during a year-long 20,000-mile test at Edmunds.com.

The Rogue comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags (for all three rows when equipped), a rearview camera and hill-start assist. All-wheel-drive models add hill descent control.

Optional safety features (bundled in packages) include a blind-spot warning system, a lane-departure warning system, a forward collision warning system (with automatic emergency braking on SL) and the Around View camera system. The latter (standard on SL and optional on SV) provides a top-down, 360-degree view of the Rogue’s surroundings when parking, and it can be upgraded with a warning system that notifies you when a moving object enters a camera’s view.

Also standard on SL, but unavailable on the other trims, is NissanConnect Services, an emergency telematics system powered by Sirius/XM. Features include geo-fencing (allowing speed, curfew and boundary limits to be activated for untrusted drivers), automatic collision notification, emergency assistance and stolen vehicle locating. Note that a Sirius/XM subscription (sold separately) is required to enable these services.

In government crash tests, the 2016 Nissan Rogue received four out of five possible stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has also tested the Rogue. Here, the Rogue received the highest possible rating of “Good” in both the small-overlap and moderate-overlap frontal-offset impact tests. It also received a “Good” score in the side-impact, roof strength and whiplash protection (seat and head restraint design) tests.

During Edmunds track testing, a Rogue SL AWD came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet, an average performance for this segment, but considerably longer than the last CR-V (119 feet) and Ford Escape (115 feet) we tested.

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One of the Rogue’s key strengths is its interior. There are lots of soft-touch materials, generously padded armrests and a mature, almost elegant dashboard layout. As on the Altima sedan, Nissan says the Rogue’s front seats are a NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” design, and yes, they’re quite comfortable (though front legroom may be insufficient for taller drivers).

The second-row seats are split 40/20/40 for greater versatility and feature a full 9 inches of fore/aft travel, with reclining seatbacks for further adjustability and comfort. Although the cramped optional third-row seat is only for small children, that’s true of any comparably sized crossover, and the third row gives the Rogue a competitive advantage over most direct rivals.

If you stick with the standard two-row configuration, you’ll enjoy a useful cargo dividing system, which includes an adjustable rear cargo area with storage compartments, multilevel shelving capability and a claimed 18 different cargo-carrying configurations. Cargo space dwindles to 9.4 cubic feet behind the third row, but both rear seating rows fold flat to open up the Rogue’s maximum 70-cubic-foot hauling capacity, which is one of the bigger capacities you’ll find in this class. The fold-flat front passenger seat also allows you to squeeze in long items and still close the liftgate.

Unfortunately, the Rogue’s rear visibility is compromised, making it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. The standard rearview camera helps, though, as does the available Around View system.

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When you’re just commuting around town, the 2016 Nissan Rogue performs adequately enough. Also, the Rogue’s engine, wind and road noise levels are hushed enough to make long road trips enjoyable. But stepping hard on the gas pedal brings a noisy drone into the cabin, as the CVT keeps the engine rpm high. Even when you’re wringing it out, acceleration is subpar, so highway passing or merging maneuvers require some forethought, especially with a full load of passengers or cargo.

The Nissan Rogue is pleasant enough around town, but lackluster engine performance and handling diminish its overall appeal.

The Rogue’s suspension is definitely set up to favor a smooth ride over sharp handling. The ride gets a bit firmer with the SL’s standard 18-inch wheels, but comfort remains the order of the day. The downside is that the Rogue feels ponderous when going around turns and does little to engage the driver.

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan has revealed the Navara EnGuard Concept at the 2016 Hannover Motor Show. Nissan Design Europe says that the EnGuard, based on a the top Double Cab Tekna version of the UK-spec Navara, was designed to operate as a life-saving rescue platform in some of the world’s most harsh and extreme environments. It features many bespoke design elements and equipment, including a drone.

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The EnGuard also marks the world debut of a prototype portable battery pack, designed and developed by Nissan. It utilizes the brand’s proven EV battery tech as seen in the Leaf and e-NV200. When docked, the battery packs are constantly in ‘charge’ mode, using power generated by the truck’s 2.3 litre 190 PS diesel engine.

Each is a 2kW unit and is made up of seven battery modules inside a weather-proof machined aluminum housing. Two input sockets and five output sockets are integrated into each battery pack, which features recessed ends to allow it to be carried easily.

n a rescue environment, they could be used to operate specialist cutting or heavy-lifting equipment, and have been specifically designed to provide an efficient alternative to a petrol-powered generator. With zero emissions and no flammable fuel, the portable battery packs can also be used in enclosed spaces such as in a building or a cave. Additional power sockets are integrated into each side of the truck’s bed.

Occupying the rest of the bed are two pull-out fibreglass trays. The shallow upper tray contains light items such as two-way radios, ropes and an axe. The deeper and narrower lower tray takes big items such as an oxygen tank and resuscitation kit, life jackets and buoyancy aids.

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Come get more information at LANDERS McLarty Nissan 6520 University Dr. Huntsville, AL or give us a call at 256-837-5752 today!

NISSAN QUEST

Searching for that Minivan that has a cavernous interior, delivers a bunch of luxurious features, a smooth compliant quiet ride and a sporty performance.  Well, one is waiting for your test drive at LANDERS McLarty Nissan in the form of a Nissan Quest.

The Quest is more than just a people hauler as it is really enjoyable to drive.  It can hold as many as seven people comfortably and not just kids.  Behind the driver are two comfortable and sturdy captains’ chairs and the third row can easily handle three people. The second row seats slide and recline and the third row folds forward and flat making it easy to carry bulky items without having to take the seats out.  The deep storage bin behind the Quest’s third row is very roomy and can store items even when the seats are down.  Some car critics say the Nissan Quest’s ride quality is the best of any in its competition.  That is something you will quickly agree with in your test drive, as the Quest suspension seems to absorb most road imperfections.  The driver will also appreciate its precise steering that delivers a sports car feeling when taking on those country curves and turns.  Is it really a minivan?

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Behind its stylish steering wheel you will enjoy the comfortable and sturdy seats on your long trips to grandmas.  Everything around you and yours is aesthetically pleasing from the elegantly sweeping dashboard to the center stack’s controls.  Everything is focused on the driver and their desire to have the best in high quality and tech superior systems that relate to entertainment and communication.  Also available is a 13 speaker Bose audio system, sunroof, DVD entertainment setup and so much more to provide many reasons just to drive your Quest somewhere.  It gets even better as the Quest is powered by a powerful 3.5-liter V6 that punches out 260 lively horses and a pavement grabbing 240 lb-ft of torque.

The Quest with all that energy still delivers the best fuel economy in the minivan class.  Without a doubt, it is well worth the short drive and time to take an up close and personal look at the Nissan Quest.  The bet is on that you will leave with a smile, not only because you brought back the “fun factor” in your drive times, but for the great deal you received.

Visit http://www.huntsvillenissan.com for more info today!