2016 Murano Named US News & World Report’s Best 2-Row SUV for Families

2016 Nissan Murano

The 2016 Nissan Murano has been named US News & World Report’s Best 2-Row SUV for Families. This is the second time the Murano received an award from the publication this year, after being named one of its “Best Cars for the Money” back in February.

US News & World Report looked at 256 new cars, SUVs, and minivans currently on sale to determine the best vehicles in each major segment. Safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume, family-friendly feature availability, and professional automotive reviews were all taken into consideration during the ranking process.

“Though the 2016 Nissan Murano’s price qualifies it as an affordable mid-size SUV, reviewers say its cabin offers a near-luxury level of refinement,” the editors wrote. “The Murano, however, isn’t just a great value. It’s also our Best 2-Row SUV for Families because it has the leading combination of interior space, available family-friendly features, and safety and reliability ratings in its class.”

Experience the 2016 Nissan Murano in a test drive at James Ceranti Nissan!

2014 Nissan Armada Still Holding Strong as a Full-Bodied SUV

2014 Nissan Armada

The 2014 Nissan Armada is one of the few full-sized SUVs still doing well in 2014, but there’s a reason that it’s hanging on in this market of shrinking utility vehicles. For all the focus on lightweighting and working towards EPA rating by midsizing, there is still a sizeable demographic of people who need the room that the 2014 Armada offers.

The interior is the most important part of this large and in charge SUV. There are three rows of spacious seating for you and your entire crew. Your top-level Platinum choice will get you the whole shebang of extras, of course, getting your second-row passengers heated seats and video monitors in the front headrests, so those long drives in the approaching winter will be comfortable and entertaining.  The 2014 Armada also boasts a total of about 173.8 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s a lot of luggage room!

The drive is a lot easier than you might expect in the big-bodied Armada. The 5.6-liter V8 engine yields 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque to provide plenty of capability, too. You can comfortably take this beast around corners without that anxious feeling of top-heaviness, and it’s ready to handle a decent amount of off-roading, as well.

James Ceranti Nissan is glad to see Nissan’s well-polished Armada still around. For more information on why it might just be the SUV for you, be sure to stop by.

2014 Nissan Rogue Will Have Three Rows

2014 Nissan RogueThere’s no denying that Nissan has been on fire this year, with all-new versions of the Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra, and Versa Note. We have already been blown away by these changes, but who could forget the Rogue? After all, it’s the second-best selling Nissan model in the US. We are excited to announce this second-generation SUV will receive a third row with seating capability for seven. But don’t expect this to make the Rogue feel smaller. Not only do the back and middle rows fold flat for storage, but so does the front passenger seat.

A light, airy redesign makes the cabin inside feel larger, but measurement-wise the new Rogue is only marginally larger than its previous model. The engine will be a four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, and will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Front-wheel models are expected to hit 33 mpg highway.

The new 2014 Nissan Rogue production will be moved to Smyrna, Tennessee, and believe it or not, Nissan is already taking pre-orders at its website. What do you think about the new 2014 Rogue? Do you think the larger capacity makes it more family friendly?

Why An SUV May Be Right For You

Until a few years ago, SUVs were not buyers’ first choice because of the heftier price-tag. Small mid-size cars won out. The economy was hard as it was and everyone wanted to save a buck or two. But thanks to the economy bouncing back and a rise in individual pay, SUVs became an option again. Recent trends show a shift away from high-end sedans towards family-size SUVs. Think about it, would you rather drive cross country in a tiny coupe or a spacious 7-seater? Nissan Xterra SUVDon’t sacrifice style just because you have to tote the kids around, though. The stereotype of minivan-driving soccer mom is waiting to be broken. With three SUVs to choose form, Nissan offers something for everyone. The Pathfinder may be the most common of the three with its bold lines and technology like the Nissan Intelligent Key. If adventure is calling your name, check out the Xterra. It seats five, has great cargo space and you can buy a hatch tent attachment to make camping a breeze. If elegance is more your style, the Armada is calling your name. Premium comfort and room for 8 mark this as the largest of the Nissan SUV lineup. Keep the kids entertained with dual headrest DVD monitors. SUVs are made for long-distance traveling, made with sturdy bones which also provide top-notch safety for your family. So step up your game and slide into a new 2013 or 2014 Nissan SUV and be the envy of all the playdate circles.

Nissan Rogue Wins ‘Best Retained Value’ from Edmunds.com

2013 Nissan RogueWith a retained value of 48.2% residual value after five years, the 2013 Nissan Rogue has been named an Edmunds.com 2013 Best Retained Value Award winner. The award recognizes vehicles and brands that have the highest projected residual value based on the Edmunds.com True Market Value price when sold new.

Jon Brancheau, VP of Marketing for Nissan North America stated, “The Rogue is one of Nissan’s best-selling vehicles, and value has always been part of this equation. Customers recognize that they’re getting lasting value from the Rogue’s combination of dramatic exterior style, breakthrough technology such as Class Exclusive Around View Monitor and interior utility, storage space and functionality. Earning this 2013 Best Retained Value Award accolade from Edmunds.com further solidifies Rogue’s place in a very competitive segment.”

Offering breakthrough available technology, emotion-evoking design, and the versatility drivers look for on an SUV, the 2013 Nissan Rogue shines at the top of its class. Utility is enhanced by the amount of storage offered, as well as a removable and washable tray that fits in the cargo area for wet and dirty gear or tools.

Fun Facts About the Nissan Xterra

Here are few things you may or may not know about the Nissan Xterra:

  • One of the most distinguishable characteristics of the Xterra is the “hump” on the back hatch. What is it? The first aid kit.
  • Even thought the Xterra was first introduced in the spring of 1999, the first model was dubbed a 2000.
  • In 2002, Nissan discontinued two colors from the available paint scheme, khaki and Aztek Red. But Nissan added Shock Blue, Sedona and Molten Lava.
  • The color Atomic Orange was only available in the year 2003.
  • In 2005, the Xterra was given a major overhaul redesign, utilizing the Frontier/Titan platform instead of the Pathfinder platform.
  • Although Nissan is a Japanese company, the Xterra is not assembled there. Believe it or not, all Xterras-along with Frontiers and Pathfinders-are assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee.
  • When Nissan first introduced the Xterra, they used an ultra-catchy slogan to promote it. Remember it? “Everything you need, __________.” (and nothing you don’t)

2012 Nissan Xterra

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Nissan Resonance Wins EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle

ResonanceIf you have ever wanted to go to space, the Nissan Resonance concept might be the closest you get.   The futuristic crossover was awarded the 2013 EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle shortly after being revealed earlier this month at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The EyesOn Design Award recognizes cars that have been built with skill and creativity.  The areas focused on are aesthetics, innovation, concept implementation, functionality, and spirit.  These are all elements the Resonance concept embodies.

Nissan designers specifically designed the crossover in a fashion that would evoke feelings of what “first-class space travel” might be like.  The result: a perfect combination of luxury, comfort, and high-technology that makes you feel like you’re in an exclusive VIP lounge.  With sweeping lines, open and airy architecture, and soft materials, the Nissan Resonance was built with sophistication.

The Resonance concept is the direction Nissan is headed for a future crossover with a smart and edgy design. Check back for future blog posts to see if this concept becomes a reality!