The 2014 Nissan Frontier is Still Going Strong

2014 Nissan Frontier

In today’s compact pickup segment, the 2014 Nissan Frontier is a solid choice.  Nissan is not interested in pandering to fads with this truck.  In fact, its body style hasn’t changed in almost fifteen years.  Clearly, the automaker has sought to create a tradition of ruggedness and reliability with the Frontier.

As any viable truck should, the 2014 Nissan Frontier has got lots of power. It achieves 261 hp with a V-6 4.0L engine and 281 pound-feet of torque.  This allows it to tow up to 6,500 lbs and haul 1,500 lbs.

There’s an off-road trim package that takes the Frontier to another level. The Pro-4X gives the Nissan more rugged tires.  It’s got improved shocks and skid plates.  And if you pick up the manual version, it’s got this really cool feature where you can start the truck without holding down the clutch.

Remember, the Frontier is a compact truck. It’s not bulky.  It can be more easily manipulated in tight driving situations.  Combine its nimbleness with its power and you’ve got an appealing truck that’s hard to ignore.  So visit James Ceranti Nissan to check out the Frontier and other great Nissan models!

Self-Driving Cars and Accidents: Who’s at Fault?

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Everywhere we turn, we see the development of technologies which are bringing us closer and closer to a world of self-driving cars. Most automakers and experts agree that by 2020, we’ll see some form of fully autonomous cars on our roads – but there are a number of legal and insurance related questions to sort out before we’ll be able to purchase a car that drives itself.

The vast majority of accidents are caused by human error, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, so it’s widely acknowledged that self-driving cars would eliminate almost all traffic accidents. However, while we can eliminate human error and drastically reduce the number of accidents, we can’t eliminate accidents altogether.

When a driverless car can’t avoid a crash, the question of who, or what, is at fault, becomes a complex legal issue. Bloomberg Businessweek points out that the RAND study predicts an increased liability for auto manufacturers, and a decrease in personal liability. The result? A decline in insurance company revenue.

Though that kind of shift would certainly effect our economy, drivers are giddy at the prospect of saving serious money with their insurance companies. A carinsurance.com study found that 90 percent of drivers would consider switching to a self-driving car in exchange for a lower cost of car insurance.

Let us know in the comments: would you buy a self-driving car in exchange for lower insurance rates?

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we can’t yet offer a self-driving car, but we can show you our lineup of safe, technology-packed cars. Stop by today!

Nissan Sales Breaks August Records

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Nissan is on a roll, and growing quickly. The automaker has reported its August sales figures, and Nissan is boasting an impressive 15.3 percent jump for the brand. Nissan sales totaled 125,224 units in August, which marks a record for the brand and 22 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases.

It seems that drivers were anxious to get out of the house and into a new car in August this year, with Nissan’s cars breaking several sales records across the lineup. Not surprisingly, the Altima led the way with 32,153 units sold, which marks a 3.8 percent year-over-year increase and a monthly record.

The Nissan Leaf also saw its best August ever, 3,186 vehicles sold, a 31.7 percent year-over-year increase. Since just the beginning of 2014, LEAF sales have climbed a massive 34.1 percent.

The Rogue also came in big, with August sales totaling 21,419 units – a 24 percent increase. This doesn’t just mark the best August for the Rogue, but its best month in sales ever.

In addition to the above all-stars, the Sentra was up 36.3 percent having sold 17,182 units, the Versa was up 46.4 percent with 14,630 vehicles sold, the Maxima was up 62.1 percent with 6,110 vehicles sold, and the Murano was up 42.5 percent with 5,594 vehicles sold.

If Nissan is setting the pace for sales in the years to come, we have a whole lot to look forward to. Drop by James Ceranti Nissan to learn more about our impressive lineup!

2015 Nissan Lineup Updates: Xterra and Frontier See Worthwhile Additions

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While the 2015 Nissan Xterra and Frontier have remained fundamentally unchanged for ten years running, minor updates along the way have kept these vehicles up-to-date and appealing. You might say that Nissan pretty much nailed it the first time when it comes to the Xterra and Frontier, and haven’t seen the need for an overhaul quite yet.

The 2015 Xterra and Frontier will follow in the same path as previous years, seeing just a few minor, but worthwhile updates. The Frontier and Xterra get a modest price bump of between $150 and $900 for 2015, depending on trim level, and the addition of a 5-inch color display on some models which includes NissanConnect with mobile apps.

According to trucktrend.com, the price bump is worth every penny, with Xterra S models and the Frontier SV and Desert Runner getting the NissanConnect 5-inch infotainment system that includes Bluetooth hands-free calling, audio streaming, USB iPod connectivity, and text messaging assistant. The Frontier Pro-4X gets a standard 5.8-inch NissanConnect touchscreen display with navigation, and the Frontier SL long-wheelbase is a standard moonroof.

The majority of Xterras and Frontiers are powered by the same powerful 4.0L V-6 that puts out 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque as years past.

What 2015 Nissan lineup updates are you most excited about?

If the foundation and performance capabilities of these cars are more important to you than the bells and whistles, make sure you stop by James Ceranti Nissan to get a 2014 Xterra or Frontier before they’re gone!

Steer Clear of Hydroplaning

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Driving in the rain can be stressful for many drivers. Rain can cause decreased visibility and control while out on the road. Loss of control can happen when a car hydroplanes and it can be very dangerous for drivers. Knowing when hydroplaning can occur and how to avoid it can help you build confidence while driving in poor conditions.

Hydroplaning occurs when your car loses traction with the road, due to a wet surface. The result of this loss of traction is decreased steering, braking and overall control of your vehicle. However, knowing the right things to do can save yourself and others from an accident.

1)      Make sure your tires are properly maintained: This includes checking the tire pressure, inflation and traction.

2)      Slow down: high speeds can cause drivers to lose control more easily. Slowing down can increase tire traction. In addition, hard braking can cause you to lose control.

3)      Avoid standing water: water can accumulate in outer lanes, so drive towards the inside lanes to avoid this danger.

4)      Follow the car in front of you: You should try to stick to the tire tracks ahead of you. The driver has already pushed much of the water out of the way.

Although these are intended to help avoid hydroplaning, it can still happen. If you do begin to hydroplane, make sure you stay calm. Do not hit your breaks or attempt to overturn your steering wheel. Ease off the accelerator and aim towards an open spot on the road. We hope that these tips will help you remain confident and calm while driving in the rain.