05-31-19

Pull Over, Trucks and SUVs: American Millennials Love Sedans

While big, brawny vehicles may be the poster children for American roadways, a new study from Nissan suggests that the nation’s younger drivers see themselves behind the wheel of a sedan.

Millennial Counter-Car-Culture

According to a press release direct from Nissan, sedans remain a hot ticket item for drivers across the nation, especially with Millennials and Generation Z.

Nissan reported that a study they conducted found that 78% of participants who did not currently own a sedan would consider buying one. That number rose to 86% in those polled from the ages of 18 to 34 years old.

This is welcome news to Nissan, who has ramped up efforts to provide top-notch sedans in the American market. Nissan’s sedan stars include the all-new Versa and Altima alongside the refreshed Maxima.

The latest Versa received a lively new design all around as well as some rarer subcompact class technological upgrades. The Altima now features athletic new proportions, with a lower and wider frame; it is also the proud bearer of Nissan’s first sedan-level inclusion of their ProPILOT Assist driver assistance system. Not to be left out, the Maxima’s upgraded style, safety and convenience make it a strong contender as well.
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Nissan’s strong sedan offerings are poised to give the company a leg up on the competition. "We see great opportunity in the sedan segment, which is why we're continuing to launch all-new and refreshed products," said Rob Warren, director and chief marketing manager at Nissan North America.

While other car companies have cut back on sedan production, Nissan’s continued investment should prove powerful in capturing the sedan market. "Sedans are still extremely popular with our customers, so as our competitors exit the category, they're creating even more prospects for Nissan,” Warren said.

Nissan shows no signs of slowing down their sedan production, especially with strong sales from America’s newest drivers. "What we're hearing from younger buyers is that they appreciate the features, versatility, fuel economy and value in our sedans," said Warren. "Sedan design has also come a long way, as these traditional four-door cars shed their generic look, add more technology and take on a more aggressive, stylish profile. As sedans become more exciting to look at and to drive, younger buyers are putting sedans at the top of their consideration list."

Stats on Seeking Sedans

According to Nissan’s study, American car buyers continue to see sedans as worthy cars that are satisfying and functional. As Nissan’s press release laid out, the four main highlights of the study were that:

78% of American drivers not currently owning a sedan would consider buying one now or in the future.
Generation Z and millennial drivers support sedans, as 86% of drivers between 18-34 years old who don't own a sedan would consider buying one now or in the future. Slightly fewer older drivers showed interest, at 81% of drivers from age 35-50.
U.S. sedan owners appear slightly more satisfied with their cars (89%) versus non-sedan owners (88%).
95% of sedan owners listed functionality as the most important aspect they love about their car, versus 94% for non-sedan owners.

If you are one of millions of Americans looking to buy a sedan, come check out our lineup at Metro Nissan of Redlands today!

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05-11-19

Nissan Altima Named One of Autotrader’s “12 Best New Cars for 2019”

Altima and Autotrader are a match made in heaven, as the Altima received a spot on Autotrader’s “12 Best New Cars of 2019” hotlist.

Altima Awes Autotrader

In April, the 2019 Nissan Altima made a triumphant showing on Autotrader’s annual best-of car listing. The 2019 Altima was a big hit with Autotrader reviewers, who said that, “a new high-tech turbo engine, the option of all-wheel drive and a host of driver assist are part of the reason we added the updated Altima to our list this year.”

Autotrader was particularly wowed by the 2019 Altima’s interior design, noting that the car features “a premium interior that makes you feel like you're in a much more expensive car, especially in the higher trims.”

Autotrader also appreciated the 2019 Altima’s all-wheel drive offering, stating it makes Nissan’s sedan “stand out compared to the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.”

The 2019 Altima’s available VC-Turbo variable compression engine powered the car past the competition, with Autotrader noting the engine “delivers more power when you need it and more efficiency at cruising speeds.”

The Altima was featured alongside 11 other cars, trucks and SUVs, with Autotrading noting, "every car on this list is completely redesigned or an all-new model for this year.”

The 2019 Altima was one of only two sedans to place on the list. While Autotrader also appreciated Hyundai’s luxury-level Genesis G70 sedan, Nissan’s 2019 Altima was the only midsize, affordable offering on the list, coming in at $11,000 less than the starting price of the G70.

Altima’s Impressive Showing

2019 Nissan Altima
In a press release about the Altima’s placement, Nissan discussed the many great features of their sedan.

Nissan highlighted the 2019 Altima’s five trim levels, standard 2.5-liter engine and available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. For power-hungry buyers, Nissan noted the Altima SR and Platinum grades, which feature the advanced 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine.

Nissan wrote of the wide range of features that come standard alongside the Altima’s starting MSRP of $24,00. Amenities such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both included, as well as an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat and 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control.

The 2019 Altima is equipped with a range of standard safety and assist features, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Rear Door Alert. Further protection and aid is offered in Nissan’s hottest sedan, with the automaker noting “exclusive Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies such as the advanced ProPILOT Assist3.”

The 2019 Altima also features Nissan Safety Shield 360, which Nissan described as including, “Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, radar-based Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist.”

Altima Acclaim Abounds

Nissan was also proud of the impressive collection of awards that the Altima has gathered this year. Alongside the Autotrader list placement, the 2019 Altima was recently named one of Automobile Magazine's 2019 All-Stars.

If you are looking to get behind the wheel of the award-winning 2019 Altima, stop by Metro Nissan of Redlands today!

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03-28-19

2019 Nissan Altima: A Luxury Sedan

There are several reasons why Nissan Altima is one a cut above. The vehicle comes with a couple of luxury features which will make you feel like you are driving the future. Nissan Altima features a Variable Compression Turbo engine which will make you rediscover the pure joy of driving with the rush. Other features include ProPiLot Assist which will help you along the highway. It will as well give you confidence driving with the All-wheel Driving capability.

The 2019 Nissan Altima seats at the middle of the recent midsize vehicle’s reviews. The 2019 model features a couple of new and advanced features from the previous models but now there’s one thing that puts it to a lower category-low grade cabin. As a matter of fact, the 2019 Nissan Altima is a good vehicle especially because it features two strong engine options which offer a composed ride and a good fuel efficient drive. The above and more features make Nissan Altima a perfect match for your daily commute. Additionally, this vehicle features a spacious Cabin which makes it easy to load more passengers.

This vehicle also offers All-wheel drive and ProPiLot assist. Though, when the 2019 model is compared Head-to-head with some of the industries rivals, you will notice that some brands offer better interior.

The Rating

Nissan Altima 2019 model is a competent and capable family sedan. The 2019 model is loaded with countless helpful features that make it an excellent option. The 2019 model makes some bold changes for Nissan’s sixth generation. With the two new engines, sophisticated driver aids, and the all-wheel-drive capability, this is a good match.

Driving

I don’t have to start by saying Altima is a sport sedan but I can say it still has a move. It has a turbocharged engine that delivers a proper punch. The steering feel is also improved in this new generation. When driving, you feel the comfort and the smooth ride takes you to another world. Altima’s Zero gravity seats make it very comfortable. They are made from NASA’s only technology to improve shape, comfort, stability and cushioning. This is what makes them very comfortable even for long drives. The vehicle feels smooth even when riding on rough roads thanks to the complaint, well-damped suspension.

2019 Nissan Altima offers a comfortable ride which makes it a good value. They have also included a couple of standard technological features which makes this vehicle an excellent option in the class. The Altima’s next generation is here to launch with a new redesign in the 2019 model year. Nissan has given the 2019 model’s engine power boost. 2019 features a 188 hp as opposed to the 179 hp in the previous model year.

The manufacturer has also brought forward the energetic and more fuel efficient turbo four engines that replace the previous V6 engine in the previous models. Additionally, it comes with a larger standard touch screen and a collection of additional features including Apple Carplay, three extra USB ports, android auto and satellite radio.

The other thing is that the new Altima is very expensive especially if compared to the used models. However, with all the additional features and improvements in the engine, you should consider getting a new 2019 Nissan Altima.

Price

The 2019 Nissan Altima has a starting price of $23,750 which is considered average for the class. They also have five additional trim levels: SR, SV, SL, Platinum and Edition One. All wheel drives in models with the Standard 2.5-liter engine is available for $1,350.

The Interior

Nissan Altima seats 5 people. The other thing is that it features zero gravity seats that are praised for being the most comfortable seats in the market today. The rows are very comfortable and spacious for adults. The driver’s seat is an eight-way power-adjustable seat that adds to the already existing comfort. The 2019 model also has a more modern-looking dashboard featuring brand-new infotainment interface. Reviewers also praise the 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space which they think is average for the class. One drawback is the hinges that may impede upon cargo room.

The standard Infotainment system in Altima is a major improvement over the previous generation’s system. The system includes an 8-inch touch screen with a very user-friendly interface. The dashboard also consists of superfluous knobs for audio and temperatures control.

Performance and Reliability

The 2019 model comes with a 188-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that is an improvement from the previous 179 hp engine. The engine offers a solid acceleration but if you are concerned about more power you can opt for 248-hp turbocharged 2.0 liter 4cylinder. The new engine is very fuel efficient and very powerful as opposed to the previous V6 engine.

The 2019 model has an above average predicted reliability rating. It also comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Altima Safety Features

Just like any other manufacturer, Nissan has included a couple of safety features to prevent accidents and at the same time to reduce the risk of death in case of an accident. The vehicle is given a good safety rating by the IIHS in six crash tests. The 2019 Nissan Altima has some safety features including automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and a forward collision warning. Also features a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, Lane departure warning, and many others.

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03-10-19

2019 Nissan Altima: A Luxury Sedan

There are several reasons Nissan Altima is a cut above the competition. The vehicle comes with two luxury features which will make you feel you are driving in the future. Nissan Altima features a Variable Compression Turbo engine which will make you rediscover the pure joy of driving with a rush. Other features include Pro-Pilot aid which will help you along the highway. It will as well give you confidence driving with the All-wheel driving ability.

The 2019 Nissan Altima sits at the middle of the recent mid-size vehicle’s reviews. The 2019 model features two new features from the earlier models but now there’s one thing that puts it to a lower category-low grade cabin. The 2019 Nissan Altima is a good vehicle because it features two strong engine options which offer a composed ride and a good fuel efficient drive. The above and more features make Nissan Altima a perfect match for your daily commute. This vehicle features a spacious Cabin which makes it easy to load more passengers.

This vehicle offers All-wheel drive and Pro-Pilot help. Though, when the 2019 model is Head-to-head with industry rivals, you recognize that brands offer better interior.

The Rating

Nissan Altima 2019 model is a competent and capable family sedan. They load the 2019 model with countless helpful features that make it an excellent choice. The 2019 model makes bold changes for Nissan’s sixth generation. With the two new engines, sophisticated driver aids and the all-wheel driveability, which is a good match.

Driving

I don’t have to start by saying Altima is a sport sedan but I can say it still has a move. It has a turbocharged engine that delivers the proper punch. They improve the steering in this new generation. When driving, the comfort and the smooth ride takes you to another world. Altima’s Zero gravity seats make it comfortable. They make them from NASA’s only technology to improve shape, comfort, stability and cushioning. This makes them extremely comfortable even for long drives. The vehicles smooth even when on tough roads thanks to the complaint, well-damped suspension.

2019-Nissan-Altima-Interior

2019 Nissan Altima offers a comfortable ride which makes it a good value. They have included two standard technological features which make this vehicle an excellent choice in the class. The Altima’s next generation is here to launch with a new redesign in the 2019 model year. Nissan has given the 2019 model’s engine power boost. 2019 features a 188 hp as opposed to the 179 hp in the earlier model year.

The manufacturer has brought forward the energetic and more fuel efficient turbo. There are four engines that replace the earlier V6 engine in the earlier models. It comes with a larger standard touch screen and acquires more features including Apple Car-play, three extra USB ports, android auto, and satellite radio.

The other thing is that the new Altima is very expensive especially if compared to the used models. However, with all the additional features and improvements in the engine, see the new 2019 Nissan Altima.

Price

The 2019 Nissan Altima has a starting price of $23,750 they consider which averages for that class design. They also have five additional trim levels: SR, SV, SL, Platinum and Edition One. All wheel drives in models with the Standard 2.5-liter engine is available for $1,350.

The Interior

Nissan Altima seats 5 people. The other thing is that it features zero gravity seats that are the most comfortable seats in the market today. The rows are very comfortable and spacious for adults. The driver’s seat is an eight-way power-adjustable seat that adds to the existing comfort. The 2019 model also has a more modern-looking dashboard featuring brand-new infotainment interface. Reviewers also praise the 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space which they think is average for the class. One drawback is the hinges that may impede upon cargo room.

The standard Infotainment system in Altima is a major improvement over the previous generation’s system. The system includes an 8-inch touch screen with a user-friendly interface. The dashboard also comprises superfluous knobs for audio and temperatures control.

Performance and Reliability

The 2019 model comes with a 188-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that is an improvement from the previous 179 hp engine. The engine offers a solid acceleration but if it concerns you about more power, you can opt for the 248-hp turbocharged 2.0 liter 4cylinder. The new engine is fuel efficient and powerful as opposed to the previous V6 engine.

The 2019 model has an above average predicted reliability rating. It also comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Altima Safety Features

Just like any other manufacturer, Nissan has included two safety features to prevent accidents and to reduce the risk of death in case of an accident. They give the vehicle a good safety rating by the IIHS in six crash tests. The 2019 Nissan Altima has some safety features including automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and a forward collision warning. Also features the 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, Lane departure warning, and many others.

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02-19-19

Podcast: Metro Nissan Redlands Sales and Leasing Consultant

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Matt: Welcome back, listeners. It's your hosts. I am Matt with TC Productions, and I am here at Metro Nissan of Redlands. I got a very special guest for us today, a man full of knowledge. I know that's what we need on this podcast so I'm anxious to get started and ask this guy some questions. Let me introduce you guys to a friend of mine, Rudy Estrada. Rudy, how's it going, man?
Rudy: How's it going, everybody? Doing good. Doing good.
Matt: Doing well. So, hey, I know a little bit about you, man, but obviously, our listeners might not. So why don't you go ahead and just tell us about what it is that you do?
Rudy: Okay. I'm a sales and leasing consultant here at Metro Redlands. And been doing it for about 10 years now. So any kind of sales or leasing questions you guys have, I'm here to help out.
Matt: And that's exactly why we got you as a guest today, bro. So really, what I want to get into is obviously, 2019 is here and we've seen some beautiful vehicles coming up. The lineup has changed just a little bit, man. We've got the new Sentras out. But one of the cars that I've actually seen while I'm roaming through the lot is the Altima.
Rudy: Man, the Altima and the Sentra, those are two bread and butter basically for the Nissan lineup. But, I mean, if you ever get a chance to-- when you're here, stop by, take a look at that Nissan Sentra Turbo. Boy. Boy. Nissan's come a long way. I mean, the technology in these cars, it's bar none. You got to check out the technology. I mean, like they say in the commercial, the most technology you're going to have at home is in your driveway.
Matt:I like that, man. Okay. So let's go ahead and talk about it then. So you got the 2019 Nissan Altima. Obviously, that has changed from last year's model just a little bit. And then you also have the '19 Nissan Sentras. Both these vehicles, honestly, they look good. They feel great when you're behind the wheel. But if I'm a shopper, let's say, and I'm torn between the two, how do you help me decide which one is for me?
Rudy: Well, that's a good question, I mean, and it's actually pretty simple. It's depending on the size of your family, depending on the needs that you have. Obviously, the Altima is just a slightly bigger vehicle than the Sentra. So depending on what type of consumer you are, if you're the single family or the single guy, depending on what direction I'm going to kind of lean towards you, you know what I mean?
Matt:Got you.
Rudy: The good thing about both vehicles, though, is that you can't go wrong when it comes-- again, I'm not going to stress the technology enough. The safety features on it is just out of this world, you know what I mean? So you're not going to go wrong when it comes to the safety or the technology on either/or. I think depending on size of your family or what you're going to be using the vehicle for, I think that's kind of-- depends on which way- if you're going to lean towards a Sentra or more towards the Altima.
Matt:Yeah. I mean, so you've already mentioned quite a bit already about the technology that each of these car are equipped with. Excuse me. Can you kind of tell us what stands out as far as the technology?
Rudy: Oh, man. Like I said, the technology has come so far from the original Sentra that pretty much had no-- other than just a radio in it, you know what I mean?
Matt:Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
Rudy: You're kind of a young guy. You might not even remember that but--
Matt: Oh, man. I remember. Yeah. A '91 SER.
Rudy: Oh. Wow. Okay. So you know how it is. Back then, I mean, the only kind of technology you had was make sure you AC worked and make sure your CD player didn't skip, you know what I mean? But nowadays, it's beyond that. You're talking about 360 view camera, you know what I mean? You're talking about blindside monitoring. You're talking about reverse camera. You're talking about just all the safety features that it comes with now. You're talking about front-end collisions sensors. So, I mean--
Matt: Yeah. And both of these are coming with both vehicles, right?
Rudy: Yes. Yes. Yeah. So, I mean, like I said, you can't go wrong when it comes to either the Sentra or the Altima. I think it just depends on the size. The funny thing is a lot of people have said, "I can't buy the Altima because it might not fit in my carport or it might not fit in my garage," you know what I mean? So that's why I say depending on those things. But as far as the features, you're going to get the same features almost on a Sentra and an Altima, you know what I mean? So that's why I say you can't go wrong with technology. You can't go wrong with the features, just depending on the size, what you need, what you're going to use it for. Some people have put snowboards in the back of their Altimas. So like I said, I mean, depending on what you're going to be using it for would be kind of the way I kind of guide you on your path, whichever way is going to help you once you leave the dealership, obviously, you know what I mean?
Matt: That makes sense. So I've done some reading. I've read a bunch of articles about the Altima being pretty much at the top of the list when it comes to mid-sized vehicles.
Rudy: Absolutely. I mean, you can just look at all the JD Power Awards that it's received.
Matt: Yeah. So, I mean, you agree then that it should be at the top.
Rudy: Absolutely. I mean, I drive one. My family drives one. My friends drive one. I mean, I have no reservations putting my mom into a Nissan, you know what I mean?
Nice. Yeah. Yeah.
Rudy: So like I said, if I could sit here and tell you that my mom drives a Nissan, then obviously, I would put anybody in a Nissan.
Matt: Obviously. Yeah. Yeah. So appreciate that, man. That's some honest stuff. And that's probably one of the questions that we should be asking dealers when we're out there. Would you put your mom in it? I think that's a really good way to put it.
Rudy: That's how I've always felt about working here. If I could put my mom in a car, I could put a customer in a car, you know what I mean?
Matt: So we've got--
Rudy: Safety-wise.
Matt: We got your feedback. We talked about some different awards that they've received, articles that I've read. So now, let's talk about just the general public. How has the reception been on the both vehicles?
Rudy: Oh. The public opinion is even better than anything I could have asked for, you know what I mean? It's easy because all they do is look at a pretty car, right? I mean, it's a beautiful car. So you already won right there. Then you top on all the sprinkle, like I said, with the safety and technology. I mean, it's almost like a grand slam every time, you know what I mean? The easiest thing is the eye test, right? So if the customer looks at it and is like, "Wow. That's beautiful." "Oh, by the way, it's safe. Oh, by the way, the technology. Oh, by the way--" I mean, it just makes it a wonderful vehicle. I mean, like I said, honestly, you can't go wrong. Sentra, Altima, just whatever's going to fit you best at home but, I mean, you're going to win regardless. Like I said, when it comes to the safety, when it comes to the technology, it's a win-win. And obviously, a gorgeous-looking car so.
Matt: Yeah. All right. Let's touch on the Sentra just a little bit. Now, earlier, you mentioned the Turbo. That's obviously one that appeals to people my age.
Rudy: Right. More of the younger audience, I would say. But, I mean, it's definitely affordable vehicle. So, I mean, it's not just for one type of person, I believe.
Matt: Now, correct me if I'm wrong but you have the Turbo and then you have the Nismo model, right?
Rudy: Correct.
Matt: Okay. So they are different. How about when it comes to some of the lower level trims that there are like the S, SV, SR, and SL.
Rudy: Oh. Those are phenomenal vehicles. I mean, yeah, obviously, the Turbo's more for your racing enthusiast, right? But don't get it mistaken that an S or an SV is not going to have power. Trust me. It's got plenty of power. It's got plenty of horsepower. It's got plenty of get up and go, you know what I mean? Again, sprinkle on the safety. Again, sprinkle on the technology. I mean, it's going to sound funny but you almost don't even feel like you're driving a Nissan. You almost feel like you're driving a high-line luxury vehicle.
Matt: Yeah, man. I was actually looking at the SL earlier. And I was looking at the inside, and I was like, "You know what?" Just even the little details--
Rudy: Oh. Absolutely. Yeah.
Matt: --in the interior, it's all there. The stitching.
Rudy: The stitching. Yep.
Matt: Yeah. Exactly.
Rudy: Exactly. The stitching is there.
Matt: The two-tones. It's a beautiful car, man. I mean, are you going to be able to give me a test drive?
Rudy: Absolutely.
Matt: That's what I'm talking about, man.
Rudy: Absolutely. And here's the funny thing is don't get mad at me if you leave home in a car because test drives usually end up being a lot more with these cars, you know what I mean? Before, it used to just be that new car smell but boy, literally, when you sit in these cars, you're going to act like a little kid because you're going to be touching every little thing almost to the point where you don't want to get out of the car. So, I mean, if you're ready to take this bad boy out to test drive, you're almost ready to take it home. I'm just warning you. Just warning you.
Matt: Nobody's ever told me that before. Now I'm going to start thinking that.
Rudy: I'm warning you. I want to be friends after that. I don't want you to be like, "Man. I can't believe you got me on a podcast and now I'm taking home--"
Matt: I know.
Rudy: --"this Sentra SL."
Matt: How crazy would it be? Well, we'll figure out, man. I mean, I'm not saying no. We'll see what happens. I do also want to test drive the Altima, though, because we talked about the Sentra a little bit--
Rudy: Oh. Absolutely. Absolutely.
Matt: --and then [crosstalk] the Altima. Now, I don't believe they have a Turbo version but they do have a platinum version, right?
Rudy: Right. Yeah.
Matt: Okay. Okay. So that one's like their top of the top.
Rudy: Yes, sir.
Matt: Okay. Now, obviously, the trim level-- and listeners, if you're out there, you don't have to just come to Metro Nissan Redlands. If you have a phone by you at all, do yourself a favor and just pull up, do a Google search, ask Siri. Whatever it is that it takes, man, just look up the 2019 Nissan Altima. Have a look for yourself. The style has changed.
Rudy: Oh, my goodness.
Matt: Yeah. It looks so nice, man.
Rudy: Like I said, I mean, not only does it drive and feel like a luxury car, but if I took the emblems off, you would think that Altima was probably I would say a Lexus. It could be a-- it could be a Infinity. I mean, if I took the emblems off and you just did an eye test, I guarantee you would think that's like a Infinity, a Lexus, a Mercedes. You wouldn't know what brand it is.
Matt: Wow, man. That's crazy. Okay. So let's talk about real quick just the difference in horsepower between these two. Now, you did mention the Turbo, obviously-- I'm not going to talk too much about the Sentra Turbo only because although that is something that appeals to my age bracket, that's really not what sells the most, right? So let's talk about just one of the-- let's just talk about maybe an entry-level one. I know the Sentra has about 124 horsepower, but the Altima, though, do you know how much that one has? Is it double? Am I right?
Rudy: I believe it's double. Yes.
Matt: Yeah. It's double, man. That is crazy. So, obviously, if you want to feel a little bit more of that power, you might be leaning towards the Altima. What else I really enjoyed when I was looking at it was that middle infotainment center. That's a beautiful screen, man.
Rudy: Oh. You're never going to get out of the car.
Matt: That's what I feel like.
Rudy: You're never going to get out of the car.
Matt: That's what I'm starting to feel like.
Rudy: I mean, like I said, it's not just a test drive. It's an experience, you know what I mean? You turn into a little kid. You start touching all these buttons. Like I said, I mean, you've never seen an instrument cluster like this. You've never seen the technology like this. So if you haven't seen one, I mean, you've got-- like you said, do yourself a favor. Check it out online, but it's not going to-- it's not going to-- you're going to do yourself a disservice by doing it online. You definitely need o come into the dealership and take a look at it. Again, no pressure. Just come in. Take a look at it. Drive it. And then you'll be on your way.
Matt: Yeah. And what else is really cool about Metro Nissan Redlands, if you go onto their website, ladies and gentleman, you will actually be able to chat somebody that works here from the internet department if you have any questions at all. They're not online trying to sell you. They're just trying to answer the questions that you have.
Rudy: Free information, folks. Free information.
Matt: Yeah. Exactly. And what you can do then, if you get the answers that you like, then you might want to just go ahead and schedule some time to get over and do a test drive. Do you have anything else that you want to say to us, sir, about, I don't know, making our decision or just coming to see you, anything?
Rudy: Just a little bit of advice for any future shoppers. Just be honest. Just come in, you know what I mean? We love that.
Matt: Honesty.
Rudy: Just as much honesty you expect from us, we expect from you guys, and it'll make the car-buying experience so much more pleasant for everybody.
Matt: That's perfect. Well said. So with that, ladies and gentleman, I'm sure you heard me get excited over these two cars before. I'm even more anxious now. I might go home in a brand new vehicle. I'm going to let you guys know, though. You'll find me on social media, I'm sure. And I'm going to go ahead and take both of these cars out for a spin. So with that, we'll see you next month. I'll let you know how the drive went. And remember, if you need anything, anything at all, check them out online. It's Metro Nissan Redlands. And we'll talk to you next month.

Thanks a lot for doing this, man. I appreciate it.

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02-14-19

2019 Nissan Altima Edition One Is Coming

Nissan takes advantage of the launch of its new Altima to introduce the Nissan Altima Edition One. With the new 2019 Nissan Altima, Nissan has caused quite a surprise at the New York International Auto Show. We were expecting a new Nissan Altima, that's true, but maybe not a model that would have so many new technologies and whose character and personality would also be transformed. Indeed, the new 2019 Nissan Altima will be completely different when it arrives on the market later this year.

All-Wheel Drive Arrives in the New 2019 Nissan Altima

To begin, the new 2019 Nissan Altima will be offered with all-wheel drive. It becomes one of the few mid-size sedans to provide all-wheel drive and all the benefits that come with it.

With a four-wheel drive 2019 Nissan Altima, you will enjoy a stable, safe ride no matter what the road conditions may be. When a storm hits, you will never have to change your plans, and when you find yourself on a snowy or icy road, you will feel absolute confidence and have complete peace of mind.

Available in limited distribution, the latter is based on the Altima Platinum version with the addition of 19-inch dark gray alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, custom floor lighting, door sills illuminated, carpet and badges Edition One.

Speaking of safety, the new Nissan Altima 2019 will be equipped with Nissan's exclusive technology called ProPilot. ProPilot is a set of safety and driver assistance features that improve driver comfort and reduce fatigue on the road. With ProPilot, your 2019 Nissan Altima will be able to automatically apply the brake if another car cuts you off the road, in addition to keeping you in the center of the lane on the highway by automatically adjusting the steering.

An emergency braking system in reverse will also be offered on the new Altima 2019. This device will detect if an obstacle is behind you and automatically apply the brake when necessary if you do not apply the brakes by yourself.

Other technologies include front, rear, and side surveillance and response, including an intelligent emergency pedestrian detection system, an emergency reverse braking system, a system Lane Departure Warning System, Radar Blind Warning System, Cross Traffic Alert System, and High Beam Headlamps.

The 2019 Nissan Altima will now be powered by a turbo engine in its high-end version. This turbo replaces the 3.5-liter V6 engine of the previous generation and offers more power while being more economical. The new 2019 Altima is powered by a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder direct injection engine.
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Most interestingly, for the first three years, the owners of this edition will be able to benefit from a personalized concierge service. Do you need to make a reservation for a restaurant, a hotel room, or secure concert tickets? Let your assistant at Nissan take care of it for you.

2019 Nissan Altima Edition One Specifications

Mechanical/chassis
Intelligent All Wheel Drive (AWD)
Front and rear stabilizer bars
Independent front suspension with struts
Multi-link independent rear suspension
Electronic distribution of the braking force
Anti-lock braking device (ABS)
Xtronic CVT box (continuously variable)
Engine: 4-cylinder DOHC 2.5L 16-valve with direct fuel injection, 182 hp at 6,000 rpm, a torque of 178 lb.-ft. at 3,600 rpm
Ventilated disc brakes located at the front and solid disc at the rear
Braking assistance
Electronic parking brake with automatic brake hold
Legs of force before twin tubes / monotube rear shock absorbers
Power steering with two sprockets

Security

LATCH anchor system for child seats
Tire pressure monitor with a display of tire pressure and an adequate pressure signal
Nissan Immobilizer system
Anti-theft system
Cross Traffic Alert System
Blind Spot Warning System
Hill start assistance
Bodywork construction in zones, with deformation zones at the front and the rear
Rear sonar system
High beam assistance
Smart Perimeter Visualization Screen
Intelligent emergency braking system with pedestrian detection
Smart frontal collision warning
Intelligent alertness driver alert
Intelligent Lane Departure Prevention System
ProPILOT support system
An intelligent emergency braking system
Dynamic Vehicle Control (VDC) and Traction Control System
An active traction control device
Active control of the plate
Smart Turn Control
Recognition of traffic lights
Nissan Advanced Airbag System with additional 2-stage front airbags and seat belt and occupant classification sensors
Side airbags in the seats for the protection of occupants of the front and rear seats
Additional driver and front passenger knee airbags
Inflatable roof curtains to protect the occupants' heads from the front and rear seats in the event of a side collision or rollover
3-point seat belt with EBA / EBU (EBU only for the driver)

Interior / comfort / amenities

Air conditioning vents for rear passengers
Power door lock with auto-lock
Nissan Smart Key and Push Button Start
Tilting and telescopic steering column
Anti-glare rearview mirror
Cockpit microfilter
Automatic ambient air regulator
Smart cruise control
Remote start with intelligent room air regulator
Two sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror and extension
Electric front windows with one-sided opening/closing on the driver's side
Front passenger window with one-touch opening/closing
Rear door horn
Intermittent wipers with variable speed depending on the speed of the vehicle
HomeLink Universal Receiver
Mood lighting
Illuminated door sill plates

Outside

Active calandria shutters
Rear spoiler
Two chrome exhaust tips
Bumper mud
LED fog lights
LED headlights with distinctive LED daytime running lights
Automatic smart lights
Heated electric exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
Sliding glass electric sunroof
Laminated acoustic glass
Outdoor lighting on the ground
19 "Dark Gray Aluminum Alloy Wheels
P235 / 40VR19 all-season tires

Seats / fittings

Seats enhanced with leather
4-way front passenger seat
Heated front seats
Driver's seat with electric lumbar support
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
8-way driver's seat
Driver's seat with memory
Rear seats foldable 60/40
Heated steering wheel
Leather-wrapped shifter knob
Woodgrain trim
Carpet Protector Carpets Edition ONE

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10-16-18

Truth About the Nissan Altima: Past, Present and Future

Throughout the early 90’s, the majority of non-enthusiasts who liked certain small cars for long-term modes of transportation would end up choosing a Honda or a Toyota dealer. Corolla, Civic, Accord or Camry. Most of these nonchalant customers would buy their Toyota/Honda without a second glance toward the Nissan side of the lot.

Early 1990's

The early-90’s Sentras might've yielded a bulletproof powertrain for the developed world eventually and perhaps even a wonderful SE-R model to boot. But no one paid attention to these things back then. The prevailing message was: stuck in a school of design from the 80's with a 90’s price tag.

Out of the big Japanese players, Nissan was the least loved one out of the people who didn't like cars. Then the market slowly shifted. The 1993 Nissan Altima didn't turn out to be a shift in paradigm by any means. Still, it wasn't hard to stray from norms at those times.

Altima First Generation

The Altima of the 1st generation would afford an uninteresting 2.4 Liter with a decent 150 horsepower capacity. High-tier GLE models bore the fake wood to glorify an otherwise regular interior and SE versions would go on to offer a fake sporty body-dress (typical of the times).

The Altima soon became the car everyone forgot. Nissan then launched the 2nd generation in 1998 that almost had the exact look as the first generation did. This happened to be the case in so much as the public had a hard time telling each apart. The handling improved a little bit. The interior wasn't as high of quality.

The style was as conservative as the Malibu was in terms of anonymity. The exterior contours along with the amount of interior space, 108 cubic feet, would make it seem as if it was identical with the older model (unless you compared them side by side).

Other Japanese choices simply dialed into identical consumer profiles. Toyota affordability and quality with the Camry and Honda with affordability and quality with the Accord. The Altima didn't quite reach either of these sweet spots nearly as nicely. The astounding lack of V6 power among GLE and SE models meant the Altima was almost an afterthought with the high-end market.

Sales topped off at just 130,000 units sold in 2001 unlike the 388,000 sold for the Camry and 414,000 Accords sold. The 3rd generation Nissan Altima was essentially an automotive Schwarzenegger as opposed to the Poindexter of years prior.

Finally, Nissan stepped up to the task of offering athletic midsize models in a way Maxima couldn't even replicate. The V6 turned out to equip the 2002 Nissan Altima with even more power and spaciousness than the 2002 Nissan Maxima would have. Horsepower clocked up to 175 in the 4-cylinder and an enormous 240 in the V6.

For the first time, the rear seats came equipped with enough room, stickshift designs had a zing that the Camords couldn't duplicate any longer and Nissan eventually saw it fitting to transmit their American supersized Altima with an all-new platform named FF-L.

It was the version, for that decade, of the Chrysler LH. It was spacious, modern and athletic for a car company that had had a hard time putting all of these aspects into one product. This platform eventually gave rise to the astoundingly successful Nissan Murano and allowed Nissan to own up to embracing the multiple model platform vital to succeeding in the global market.

Altima Has a Breakthrough

Eventually, the 2002 Altima would punch through the 200k mark to place the car securely in the midsized dimensions where it was destined to be. A decade and one D platform later and the 2012 version would go on to break the 300k barrier and truly contend with the Accord as a best seller among midsized sedans in the U.S.

This wonderful improvement would conceal two noteworthy realities for the midsized sector. The first being how the midsize sedan division would be penetrating multiple segments that were once impervious and distinct.

Today’s Altimas and Camrys draw in quite a lot of customers from the dedicated, full-sized hybrids and even the minivan and family CUV quarters. The midsized car is now (on average) a full-sized design with every bit of safety equipment and almost all the fuel efficiency that is possible in each of these four separate markets. It's as driven by marketing as it is by technology.

The 1993 Camry, Accord and Altima furnished just 4 levels of trim and fewer than three motors. The models in 2013 had a variation of 6 to 7 levels of trim with a mindboggling number of potential options. Hybrid, plug-in, sedan, coupe, CUV-like wagon, auto, CVT and stick without mentioning that all models from SUV’s to minivans oftentimes apply the exact same approach.

A Bright Future

Many of you might scoff at what I'm about to say, but I can see how the new Altima will be heartily chipping away in a couple of markets.

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09-10-18

Which Type of Insurance Should I Have for a Brand New Nissan Altima?

In 1984 California placed a law mandating all drivers to purchase car insurance to drive a vehicle. In 1987 the California Supreme Court made a unanimous voted to require a motorist to show proof of insurance when being stopped for a traffic violation. California ranks 13 in the list of states with uninsured drivers with a whopping 14.7 uninsured drivers. Why are the numbers high if it is illegal for a driver to drive without insurance? The simple answer, insurance can be expensive. Nevertheless, the law is the law and breaking it would cause more significant (and more costly) issues. Bottom line, every driver needs car insurance. So when you purchase your Nissan Altima, make sure you get the correct kind of auto insurance.

What Happens if You Drive Without Insurance?

With the advancement of technology, different government entities are syncing up their system to ensure that drivers are abiding by the law. Insurance companies are now required to report each policy purchased and report each termed policy. This way the state of California will know who has car insurance and who doesn't. If you cancel your car insurance and an insurance company does not report a replacement policy within 45 days, the DMV will issue a letter of intent to suspend your car registration. You will be required to purchase an insurance policy and pay a fee to reinstate your car registration.

If you get caught driving without insurance, you can get your car towed at your expense (of course), your license might get suspended, and have to pay a considerable fine. Each police or highway patrol car has a computer system that can look up your registration information, so lying about having insurance will get you further into trouble.

What Are the Components of a Car Insurance Policy?

The car insurance industry is a very saturated and lucrative business, so the competition is steep. There are many different companies and policies. Different policies that will only suffice to allow you to drive legally, to ones that include all the bells and whistles. Let’s start from the bottom because there is a terrible misconception about insurance. Be aware that just because you have insurance doesn't mean it covers everything.

What Do I Need to Satisfy the Law?

Liability Insurance is what the law requires. Liability insurance will only cover the damages of the other vehicle should you get into a car accident, and they rule you to be at fault. The primary intention of insurance is to pay for damages, caused by you, in which you probably could not pay for out of pocket, at any given time. Liability insurance does just that. We all want to think we are safe drivers but the truth of the matter is, we cannot control every moment, and in quick split-second decision moment, you can make a human error and cause an accident.

What most people do not understand is that liability only covers the other driver. It does not include the damages to you or your car. That is a different coverage called “full coverage” or comprehensive coverage, and we will get to that later on this article. Because liability covers the bare minimum, it is the cheapest insurance policy. Depending on your vehicle make and model, your driving record, and your zip code, you can get a relatively low monthly premium. All plans have different variations in coverage. You can purchase a small liability policy that covers only $5000 of property damages to the other driver or buy that one that covers a higher amount. I encourage getting a higher amount since most newer cars cost more than $5000.

Bodily Injury Liability

Bodily injury liability is also a part of the bare minimum insurance coverage mandated by the law. If you are lucky a car accident will only inflict damages to the vehicle, but, in some cases, the damages extend to the person driving the other car and to passengers. Bodily injury liability pays the injuries of the person and people in the other vehicle. The lowest policy covered is what they call a 15/30. This means the insurance company will pay up to $15,000 of damage to each person and up to $30,000 for the entire accident.

Full Coverage and Beyond

Now that you understand what is required by the law, there are a few extras you can add on for more coverage. Most of the time these are a la carte options you can pick and choose.

Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury & Property Coverage

Just as the name suggests, this is coverage for you should you be involved in a hit or run, or the other driver does not have car insurance. Seeing as 14.7 percent of drivers drive without insurance, it might not be such a bad idea to select this package. The uninsured bodily package also starts with the 15/30 minimum with options to increase the amount. The uninsured property damage minimum, however, is $3,500. So, again, if your car cost more than $3,500, then you want to make sure to increase the amount. Think about how much is owed on the car loan, if you are still making payments.

Comprehensive Coverage

Car accidents are not the only way a car can endure damage. A car can catch on fire, someone can break into your vehicle, or someone can steal your car. Comprehensive coverage covers these incidents as well as accidents ruling to place you at fault. This coverage starts with the same bare minimum as the liability insurance and also have the option to expand in coverage. Comprehensive coverage almost doubles the price of liability insurance because essential, it covers double more than a liability.

Furthermore, comprehensive coverage entails a deductible. A deductible is a set amount of money you have to pay out of pocket before the insurance company pays their share. The good news is the deductible has different options. Generally, the higher the deductible, the lower the rates are, the lower the deductible, the higher the prices. If you opt to have the higher deductible, it will be cheaper to pay each month, but you will pay more out of pocket when you file a claim.

Don’t Take the Risk of Driving Without Insurance

It is not worth taking the risk of driving without insurance. Do your research and find an insurance company within your means. Fortunately, there are plenty of discounts. Good drivers, insuring multiple cars, and combining home insurance with car insurance - are just a few ways you can qualify for a discount. The state of California also offers insurance policies for low-income families too. The consequences of driving without insurance can be very costly. It is not worth taking the risk.

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