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2021 Nissan Rogue won best SUV

Did Nissan Rogue win Best Compact SUV?

Nissan Rogue won Best Compact SUV  

Did Nissan Rogue win best compact SUV? It did, in fact. The Nissan Rogue won’s 2021 Compact SUV Challenge. This challenge was a week-long test of six of the most popular compact SUVs on the market in the US. The vehicles were put through several tests, including handling loops, cargo space, interior quality, and driver-assist technology availability. Here at Palm Springs Nissan in Cathedral City, CA, you can learn more about the Nissan Rogue, which won the Best Compact SUV award!  

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Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks Could Change Your Mind About Small Cars

A subcompact SUV may be a smaller vehicle than you are thinking about getting, but a vehicle like the Nissan Kicks has a lot of great things going for it, so read on to learn more.

Mark Phelan from the Detroit Free Press tell us, “The Kicks is most accurately described as a compact station wagon, but clever design and engineering imbue it with the visual and practical appeal that have made SUVs the dominant class of vehicles in the United States.”

SUVs are popular because they offer you a good amount of passenger space and cargo space, and the Nissan Kicks is no different. The Nissan Kicks has seating for up to five, and there is plenty of room for children and adults in the second row of seating. This vehicle also gives you a good amount of cargo space for its size. You can get 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seating and 53.1 cubic feet of space with the second row folded down.

As for fuel efficiency and performance, the Nissan Kicks does well. This vehicle is home to a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 125-horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle gives you 31 city miles per gallon and 36 highway miles per gallon in terms of fuel efficiency.

US News and World Report explains, “The Kicks is also a competent daily driver with excellent fuel economy, great maneuverability, comfortable seats, and a supple ride quality. If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, this Nissan should definitely be on your list.”

What else does the Nissan Kicks have going for it? This vehicle offers you a lot of great features standard. In the 2018 Nissan Kicks, you can get standard features like Bluetooth, two USB ports, a rearview camera, a 7-inch infotainment system, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision alert. That is a lot of great features for a vehicle that starts out at a price less than $18,000.

Car and Driver says, “Nissan’s smallest crossover is a solid value thanks to its competitive list of standard features combined with a low starting price.”

The Nissan Kicks is a vehicle with a lot of great things going for it. If you would like to check out the 2018 Nissan Kicks for yourself, you should come down to Palm Springs Nissan. Palm Springs Nissan is a Nissan dealer near you, and we are ready to help you upgrade.

Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2018 Honda Pilot

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!


New Nissan Crossover

There’s a New Nissan Crossover in Town

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!

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Redefining what a Mainstream Model Can Be.

The latest in Nissan’s quest to change the game and goal of its most popular models continues with the announcement of the 2019 Nissan Altima and its list of features. With an AWD option, new turbo-four engine, and driver assistance technology (among other updates), next year’s Altima will be one of very few crossover vehicles on the market available in its midsize family sedans. The 2019 edition is expected to offer optional four-corner traction for the first time in Nissan’s history. The AWD option is set to be available in each of the Altima’s five trims, which include the S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum.


Altima’s makeover will see the model sporting a longer, lower, and wider style with a 1.9-inch longer wheelbase. Its grille will be shaped in a posh “V”-mouth with black-accented C-pillars. The vehicle’s interior features a lower cowl which provides more space in the cabin in addition to a standard 7.0-inch screen in the instrument cluster. Other standard features include an 8.0-inch center-dash screen fully equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, and Google Assistant voice recognition.


The Altima’s facelift is not the only thing receiving an update. A new engine lineup and a reworked suspension system are just a few of the many additions drivers will find when the Altima is released, which is expected to be in the late fall of 2018. Nissan plans to replace their current 3.5-liter V-6 with the Altima’s upgrade engine, which will be an all-new 2.0-liter turbo four that makes 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Though this means less horsepower compared to the V-6, the update compensates with a 22 lb.-ft. increase of grunt.


The model’s base engine is compatible in all of the model’s trims with all-wheel drive. Although it will remain a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I-4, the engine will be updated with 80 percent of its parts either new or completely redesigned. Because of that, horsepower will reach 188 compared to the outgoing Altima’s 179. The torque will also be adjusted by 3 lb.-ft. to 180. The horsepower will be managed exclusively by Nissan’s “Xtronic” CVT automatic, a rough-and-tough transmission that also packs the power.


At the time the 2019 model was announced, Nissan said the Altima would include the first model-specific application of monotube rear shocks, added suspension reinforcements to improve vehicle response and suspension geometry adjustments to improve steering feedback. The Altima will also introduce safety-focused technology not unlike that included in Nissan’s 2018 Rogue. According to Nissan, the ProPilot Assist feature will alleviate the driver’s workload by decreasing the amount of driver acceleration, steering and braking input under specific driving conditions including single-lane highway driving. Nissan was quick to note that although ProPilot is a step in the right direction for future autonomous vehicles, it is and should not be treated as a self-driving feature.


Nissan said they will begin taking reservations for the whole 2019 Altima lineup starting June 15. The model hits the mainstream market this fall at dealerships nationwide including Palm Springs Nissan, the best Nissan dealer near Palm Springs. Drivers who register for an Edition One will be able to select one of the following gifts: a Series 3 Apple Watch, an Amazon Echo Show with an Amazon Prime membership, or a Bose Soundlink Revolve+ with an Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Prime membership. For regular pre-ordered Altimas, consumers’ options include an Amazon Echo Spot, a Bose Soundlink Revolve with an Amazon Echo Dot, or a pair of wireless Apple AirPod headphones. Eager consumers should make an appointment at Palm Springs Nissan to learn more about bringing the 2019 Nissan Altima — or any vehicle on sale in their inventory .