Archive for June, 2018
If you are in the market for a 2018 Nissan Leaf or Rogue, get ready for some welcome news. As of this year, Nissan has officially introduced its latest driver-assist technology, ProPilot Assist, in two of its vehicles: the 2018 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle and the 2018 Nissan Rogue crossover. You can find both at Palm Springs Nissan, the go-to destination for Nissan’s on sale, in Cathedral City on Kyle Road. For those new to the technology, ProPilot Assist is paving the way for the next level of autonomous driving, and it is easy and intuitive to use.
Those who currently drive or are looking to make their next ride a Rogue are most likely already aware the comfortable, luxurious, and highly rated crossover is one of Nissan’s top sellers in the U.S. for good reason. Its size is solid and sound, and its fuel efficiency is among the best of any crossover on the market. Since Nissan announced it was going to add its ProPilot system to the Rogue for the 2018 model year, the belief among consumers has been anonymously positive in that the technology is at the point Nissan is confident in including it in most of its mainstream models.
Although ProPilot is a step in the direction of autonomous driving, do not get too comfy with the idea of turning your car on “auto pilot” mode just yet. Nissan has been firm in their clarification that, while ProPilot does assist the driver, it does not (and cannot) completely drive the car without the driver. The driver is still responsible for the car. End of story. We have no doubt the technology will get to the “autopilot” level someday, but it definitely will not happen this year.
On that note, Nissan has stated they want consumers to understand the most recent version of ProPilot is the first of many steps towards fully autonomous driving. This indicates that in the next five to ten years, we can expect to see multi-lane capabilities not limited to lane changing as further driver-assistance options.
The ProPilot technology included in the Rogue and LEAF is designed to help a driver on the highway or freeway remain centered in a lane of traffic, particularly while responding to various vehicle inputs that detect the driver’s input, other vehicles, and road conditions. The recommended lane-centering prompts are given via the steering wheel. Feeling out the brief bump from the wheel whenever the car wants you to stay centered comes naturally and impulsively after a few tries. ProPilot does take into account cruise control, which is also very easy to control and adjust.
If you want to start using ProPilot in your 2018 Rogue or LEAF, you must first push down the blue ProPilot button on the steering wheel. Doing this feels similar to activating the standard adaptive cruise control button available in all Nissan models. You will know ProPilot is operational when the driver information screen in the center of the front row notifies it is active and cruise control is set. Even if, for some reason, ProPilot does not work, adaptive cruise control will still function normally.
As soon as ProPilot Assist is activated, the system will maneuver the vehicle to keep it centered in its lane as well as most challenging highway-geared corners. In order to switch lanes or override the system, simply do so as if ProPilot was not engaged. When you flip your turn signal, ProPilot disengages temporarily and ceases steering prompting. Once you have successfully changed lanes, ProPilot will automatically resume (but not before beeping to alert the driver).
Take a 2018 Nissan Rogue or 2018 Nissan LEAF out for a spin to test the ProPilot Assist system at Palm Springs Nissan this week. Give us, your local Nissan dealer a call at (760) 328-2800 or visit us at 68177 Kyle Road in Cathedral City, CA 92234. The Palm Springs Nissan team looks forward to serving you!
Whether on the road or driving off-road, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder comes with some significant advantages over the 2018 Honda Pilot. Make no mistake, they are both solid vehicles designed with bulletproof engineering among other amenities for maximum buyer appeal. The conversation surrounding which is a better model in general almost depends on what you value in your transportation lifestyle. To make things easier on your eyes, we at Palm Springs Nissan have compiled a few bullet points breaking down how the Pilot compares to the Pathfinder.
The Price is Right?
The Honda Pilot starts at $31,875 while the Nissan Pathfinder goes for $32,015. They may look similar in size, but the Pathfinder actually comes with more space for people and cargo, which explains the slightly higher price tag. Both come with quality resale and reliability, but the Pathfinder has just a tad more cruising capability and comfort than the Pilot.
Designed for Drivers with Specific Destinations
The infotainment interfaces featured in both the Pilot and Pathfinder are, for the most part, the same in terms of efficiency and operation. While we’re discussing similarities, let’s talk shop about both vehicles coming with all-wheel drive. They are equally slick (classy would be the second best word to describe both) and lovely to admire when the light catches their polish. The Pathfinder underwent a heavy makeover last year, and Nissan’s decision to include automatic emergency braking as standard is just one of the updates the model received. A rear door alert was added to the Pathfinder, a technological safety feature the Pilot already possessed. Seating capacity is well above average in both models, with the Pathfinder having 3-row seating and the Pilot able to occupy eight passengers.
The Pilot is considered a family-friendly cruiser with enough capability to retain an unbeatable resale value. In contrast, the Pathfinder is built with more power to reach speeds faster and pass trucks and other large carriers on the highway with much more ease. It can also effectively tackle any and every off-road turf drivers may come across with its all-wheel-drive system which includes hill descent control for navigating steep slopes.
A sturdy V6 engine ensures excellent driving in the Pilot, but both cars have similarly matched fuel economies. The Pathfinder is also built with a V6 engine for strong acceleration, as previously mentioned. Back to the three rows of seats, the Pathfinder is easy to move around in, and that third row is not difficult to reach at all. What’s even more impressive is this SUV offers robust towing capacity.
In terms of tech, Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility included with the Pathfinder provides the driver with greater awareness of his or her surroundings. The Pathfinder’s Advanced Drive-Assist Display is also an impressive amenity for navigating the road ahead, and the Motion Activated Liftgate automatically opens to give easy access to the car’s versatile interior.
How Do They Rank?
As far as Midsize SUVs come, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder was ranked #17 by U.S. News, and the Pilot was voted as KBB’s Midsize SUV Best Buy for 2018. The Pathfinder currently has a score of 7.7 out of 10 for its U.S. News consensus, and that rating is based on an evaluation of 49 pieces of research and data elements using multiple sources.
Come See for Yourself
At Palm Springs Nissan, we embrace all types of SUVs like the Pilot and Pathfinder. Only you can decide which works best for you, and the most effective way to do that is not by scrolling through a website (even one as well designed as ours). Come visit us and test-drive one of these award-winning midsize crossovers at a Nissan dealer near you. We have a large selection of new and pre-owned vehicles waiting for you!
As far as seasons go, nothing comes close to a cloudless summer day and taking a ride in a Nissan with the windows down. If you’re one of those summer drivers, you already know the start of higher temperatures also means the slow start to increased summer gas prices. The sun might be shining, but in order for your car to be equally as sizzlin’, you need to make sure your car’s tires are properly inflated for those griddle-like roads. Nissan’s got you covered this season with their Easy-Fill Tire Alert feature designed to alleviate the anxiety of stressing over perfectly inflated tires.
Most of Nissan’s models are made to include tire pressure monitoring systems that alert drivers when their tire pressure drops below a certain point. With Nissan’s Easy-Fill Tire Alert, a bonus level of efficiency is added to help drivers promptly refill their tires to the correct pressures without having to dig out a handheld pressure device or have to drive all the way to a station to check tire pressure numbers.
Now, do not feel the least bit overwhelmed, because between us, we know going in to refill your tires is a pain. What Nissan has done with the Easy-Fill Tire Alert makes the tire-checking process much more straightforward and accessible to all levels of drivers. All you have to do is park your vehicle in a safe location, apply the parking brake, and leave the ignition in the “on” position with the engine off. As soon as air begins filling the tire, the car’s exterior lights flash to indicate Easy-Fill Tire Alert is currently monitoring the change in air pressure. Once the perfect tire pressure is reached, the car’s horn will sound (so do not be alarmed). Should an over-inflation occur, the horn will sound again and the hazard indicators flash three times, signaling the need to release air.
See? Not complicated at all. With this nifty piece of Nissan equipment, you will not have to be one of the four out of five consumers who drive with improperly inflated tires that contain either too much or too little air pressure. Based on those statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you as a consumer could save as much as 11 cents per gallon on fuel thus extending the life of a tire by 4,700 miles.
When the Easy-Fill Tire Alert was announced, Sarah Cardinali, senior manager of product safety at Nissan North America said in a promotional statement that ensuring consumers’ tires are inflated to the precise pressure is a simple step drivers can take to ensure their vehicles are safer to drive this summer, “especially with the start of summer road trips.” She went on to say, “Nissan’s Easy-Fill Tire Alert takes the guesswork out of filling tires and makes simple vehicle maintenance less intimidating for the average driver.”
The system also allows underinflated tires to be filled to the recommended pressure in about half the time compared to using a traditional tire gauge. Talk about a timer saver.
Nissan has sold over 5.3 million vehicles in the United States with their exclusive Easy-Fill Tire Alert Technology, which equates to 21 million tires. Let’s say that again. 21 million tires. The Easy-Fill Tire Alert Technology is currently being offered on 12 different Nissan vehicles: Altima, Armada, LEAF, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Sentra, TITAN, Versa, and Versa Note. You can find all of these and more at Palm Springs Nissan, the best Nissan dealer in the Palm Desert area.
Nissan fans have another thing to get excited about! There is a new addition to the Nissan family. The new 2018 Nissan Kicks is hitting dealership lots all across the country. This subcompact-crossover vehicle is joining the Nissan crossover family and wowing people by its sporty look and incredible features. This sporty SUV comes in 12 colors and you are able to customize trims, body color, mirror caps, accents, and the front lip thanks to Nissan’s color studio.
The Nissan Juke has been replaced by the Kicks at the small end of the SUV size line up for Nissan. Don’t be fooled by its subcompact size, the Nissan Kicks measures 169″ L x 69″ W x 62″ H, still giving you plenty of room to ride comfortably. The 1.6 L 4-cylinder engine and 125 hp allows you to be able to get to where you are going no problem. Another major perk of the 2018 Nissan Kicks is its great gas mileage. Giving you 31 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on highways, it comes as no surprise people are obsessing over the Kicks!
Safety features throughout the vehicle assures you that you and your passengers are in the most connected and alert vehicle. The automatic emergency braking system installed in the Kicks can prevent you from a potential front collision by watching your speed and distance from the car ahead of yours. A blind spot warning system is also installed to help you switch lanes with ease. Another top safety pick is the Kicks rear cross traffic alert system to help you leave a parking lot with confidence!
That’s not all of the cool digital specks the kicks has to offer. Inside the subcompact SUV, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto gives you easy access to heat your seats, play your music, etc. all from the digital touch screen in the front of the dashboard. The hands free bluetooth phone system allows you to communicate safely while driving. The follow me home feature will keep the car lights on for a few minutes to light the way to your front door late at night.
We can’t forget about the sleek styled interior! This SUV’s interior design makes you feel luxurious all at an affordable price. The interior has a sharp, all-black look and leather options that are sure to stand out from its competitors.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks is the next vehicle set to hit your Palm Springs Nissan dealer’s lot. They don’t have any 2018 Kicks in-stock yet, but should be arriving soon sometime this month. In a hurry to get your 2018 Nissan Kicks? Then call today at (760) 328-2800. Or visit us here to learn more about grabbing your 2018 Nissan Kicks from the Nissan dealer near you!
Exciting expansions are in store for several Nissan crossover models. Nissan recently announced the Nissan Rogue Sport will join the technological ranks of the Rogue, Leaf, and the 2019 Altima by getting the ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous system. The feature will be added to two more crossovers in Nissan dealers like Palm Springs Nissan across North America later this year. This means the Rogue Sport in the U.S. and the Qashqai in Canada will get the technology that is currently installed in 120,000 vehicles worldwide.
The Rogue Sport, according to Nissan, is the fourth model of its kind in the United States to get the ProPilot Assist treatment. As mentioned, the Rogue, the Leaf (all-electric), and the 2019 Altima midsize sedan (which is predicted to be released late this year) all employ ProPilot.
ProPilot helps with steering, acceleration and braking on highways as well as making sure drivers stay centered in their respective lanes. The system can also recognize other cars and adjust the car’s acceleration accordingly. It navigates stop-and-go traffic and maintains a set speed and distance from fellow vehicles in front of or behind the driver. The feature was recently tested on a drive from Detroit to Chicago by Autoblog.
The feature combines Steering Assist and Intelligent Cruise Control for use in both heavy and flowing traffic scenarios. Though it includes “Pilot” in its name, the system is not a self-driving feature but rather a “hands-on” driver assist system. It was developed and designed specifically for roads and drivers in the U.S., and it endured over 50,000 miles of tests on cross-country roads. When it debuted in 2016 on the Japanese-market Serena minivan, Nissan announced ProPilot would also be available on the European Qashqai, one of the automaker’s bestsellers in Europe, and Japan’s X-Trail.
Nissan released a statement noting that 20 of its models in over 20 markets are set to adopt the ProPilot system by the end of its fiscal 2022. According to a Nissan representative, the expansion of ProPilot Assist is part of Nissan’s “M.O.V.E. to 2022” business plan. This project features an increase of new hybrids and electric cars. Nissan’s goal is to sell one million electrified models, and that includes both hybrids and all-electric cars by the year 2022. The company expects electrified models to make up 20 to 30 percent of its U.S. sales by 2025, which includes an influx of new hybrids and electric cars. Nissan hopes to sell one million electrified models, including both hybrids and all-electric cars by 2022, and expects electrified models to make up 20 to 30 percent of its U.S. sales by 2025. Vehicles built to be completely autonomous are also predicted to fit into Nissan’s future plans.
Whether consumers are interested in investing in any Nissans for sale with the ProPilot system or just want to browse the latest, most efficient models, Palm Springs Nissan, located off Kyle Road in Cathedral City, provides the best Nissan-buying experience in the Palm Springs region.