Nissan proudly debuted two new vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November—the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover and the revised Nissan Juke Sport Cross. The automaker also debuted a brand-new vehicle personalization program, the Juke “Color Studio”.
Buyers can expect everything they’ve grown to love about the Murano in the new model, along with more futuristic styling, the use of high-end materials inside, and more advanced technology. The Murano is now available at dealerships for purchase or lease.
The new 2015 Nissan JUKE sport cross is revised for the new model year, with a new exterior and enhanced standard equipment. The front end has been refreshed with new projector beam headlights and LED front Signature Accent Lamps, and the rear end now has a more aggressive shape with new boomerang taillights and LED accents.
New standard features include: Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start, RearView Monitor and NissanConnect℠ with Mobile Apps, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, streaming audio via Bluetooth®, and Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant. The 2015 Juke sport cross will start at $20,250 MSRP,* with your choice of three new colors—Super Black, Solar Yellow, or Cosmic Blue.
Juke owners have always enjoyed driving a vehicle that is unique and helps them express their individuality. Now they will have even more options. The Juke “Color Studio” gives Juke buyers and owners the opportunity to further personalize their Juke inside and out. The “Color Studio” offers a range of "color packs" to change the personality of the vehicle. Drivers can add things like color inserts for their wheels, color accents on rearview mirror caps, side sills, rear roof spoiler and door handles, or color accents inside for the door trim and other elements.
If you’re looking for a unique vehicle to perfectly suit your lifestyle, we invite you to stop by our dealership today to check out the new 2015 Nissan Murano or the 2015 Nissan Juke. Please call or contact us online to schedule your test drive.
*All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license and options. Dealer sets actual price.
New for 2015
The Colorado is completely redesigned for 2015, and even grows from a compact truck into a midsize.
The Right Size for the Job
Not everyone needs a full-size pickup truck, but for years there just haven’t been many small trucks that match the capability of the big rigs. General Motors hopes to reverse that trend with the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. It’s a midsize pickup that stands tall next to the full-size competition, and even offers a modicum of car-like refinement.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado launches with two powertrains that provide capability that belies this Chevy’s relatively small size.
Base models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with standard rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive.
With rear-wheel drive, the four-cylinder Colorado gets an EPA-rated 22 mpg combined (20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway),* or 21 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway) with four-wheel drive.*
There is a basic Work Truck version available as well, although it’s primarily aimed at fleet buyer. This stripped-down model gets a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. It gets the same combined and city fuel-economy ratings as the rear-wheel drive automatic, but loses 1 mpg in the highway category.
There’s also a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 305 hp and 269 lb-ft. Offered with the same six-speed automatic as the four-cylinder, V6 fuel economy is estimated at 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway),* with rear-wheel drive, or 20 mpg combined (17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway) with four-wheel drive.*
Equipped with the optional towing package, V6 models can also tow a maximum of 7,000 pounds.
Features and Trims
Priced from $20,120,** the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is available in either extended cab or four-door crew-cab body styles, with both long and short bed options.
Even at that attractive base price, the Colorado comes standard with a rearview camera, locking tailgate, 4.2-inch multi-information dashboard display, and front bucket seats. The base model is only available with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and manual transmission, but the V6 and automatic can be specified on the Work Truck (WT) model, but with a similar level of standard equipment.
The midlevel Colorado model is the LT, which adds a few more creature comforts to the applicable standard features of the base and WT models. That includes 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels, Bluetooth®, two USB ports, Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
The top Colorado model is the Z71, which adds some off-road capability to the standard features from all of the preceding models. The Z71 gets its unique suspension, a locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, and front tow hooks, as well as projector-beam headlights, four-way power front seats, and automatic climate control.
The 2015 Chevy Colorado proves that small trucks can be a big thing, breathing some new life into a long-neglected segment. The exterior styling looks every bit as tough as the full-size Silverado’s, but the midsize Colorado is much easier to park.
Within that compact package, the Colorado mixes style and substance. A raked belt line gives it a more aggressive, sporty feel, while an optional 6’2” bed (a 5’2” bed is standard) can carry items up to eight feet long. There’s also a standard CornerStep rear-bumper step cribbed from the Silverado.
The interior also holds a few surprises. The door panels are sculpted like those in many cars to make ingress and egress easier, and there’s enough room in the center console to stow a tablet. A floor-mounted shifter and standard front bucket seats also help create a more car-like feel.
On the tech side, a 4.2-inch display is standard, while the optional MyLink infotainment system adds an eight-inch screen. With a separate-purchase data plan, GM’s OnStar 4G LTE can also support up to seven devices.
The 2015 Chevy Colorado’s list of standard safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, and front, side-impact, head-curtain, and seat-mounted side-impact airbags. An optional Safety package available on LT models includes forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning systems.
The 2015 Chevy Colorado shows that you don’t always need a full-size truck to get the job done. It offers plenty of capability in a more manageable package than bigger trucks, and more refinement than one would expect from a vehicle meant to spend its life covered in mud.
For more information, don’t hesitate to call or contact our dealership. While you’re at, feel free to schedule a test drive of this exciting new truck.
*EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary based on driving habits and conditions. Use for comparison purposes.
**The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.
New for 2015
Notable changes for 2015 include revised exterior styling, newly-available EyeSight safety features, and a standard backup camera and infotainment system.
There are many compact cars out there, but none can match the capability of the 2015 Subaru Impreza. Standard all-wheel drive adds lots of confidence in treacherous weather conditions, but there’s plenty more to like here. The Impreza has a handsomely-styled body, spacious interior, the latest technology, and Subaru’s well-known reputation for reliability. What more could you want?
Powertrain and Performance
There’s only one powertrain available with the 2015 Impreza, but it covers all of the bases. Since this is Subaru we’re talking about, that powertrain is built around a boxer engine (which lowers the car’s center of gravity) and all-wheel drive.
That signature flat and low-mounted engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, producing 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. It’s available with either a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic with a virtual “six-speed” manual shifting mode.
With the five-speed, the Impreza gets an EPA-rated 28 mpg combined (25 mpg city, 34 mpg highway),* but the CVT is the mileage champ at 31 mpg combined (28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway).*
Subaru has always touted its all-wheel drive cars as fuel-efficient alternatives to SUVs, and with the Impreza that seems like a possibility for drivers looking at a compact crossover but not wedded to a high driving position.
Features and Trims
The 2015 Subaru Impreza is available as either a four-door, five-seat sedan or five-door hatchback, with prices starting at $18,195** for the base four-door sedan.
In addition to class-exclusive standard all-wheel drive, the base Impreza 2.0i comes with steering wheel Bluetooth® and audio controls, touchscreen infotainment system, 60/40 split-folding rear setback, an outside temperature gauge, and backup camera.
Building on the standard features of the base 2.0i model, the 2.0i Premium adds 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear-suspension stabilizer bar. An optional All-Weather package includes heated front seats, mirrors, and windshield wipers, while an Alloy Wheel package adds 17-inch rims, a moonroof, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The top-of-the-line Impreza is the 2.0i Limited, which includes all of the applicable standard features from the 2.0i and Premium models, plus leather seats, an upgraded infotainment system, welcome lighting, and side view mirror-mounted turn signals.
There’s also a Sport five-door model available in combination with the Premium and Limited trim levels. This gives the Impreza an extra dose of style with features like body-color rocker panels, roof rails, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Impreza was last completely redesigned for 2012, but for the 2015 model year it gets a few updates to keep the design fresh and tie the smaller Subaru to the larger Legacy and Outback.
The new front bumper, headlights, and grille certainly pull that off, and Subaru says the redesigned side-view mirrors and trunk spoiler (on the sedan) help improve aerodynamics as well. These changes improve the looks of the already-handsome Impreza.
The big news in the simple and ergonomic 2015 Impreza interior is newly-standard infotainment. The entry-level system features a 6.2-inch touchscreen, while a 7.0-inch screen and six-speaker audio system come standard on Limited models. From there, navigation is available as an upgrade.
As on the previous Impreza, the 2015 model also comes standard with Bluetooth and audio controls on the steering wheel for added functionality. And while this is technically a compact car, the 104.1-inch wheelbase offers plenty of room for people, while five-door models offer 22.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats (52.4 with the seats folded).
Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Subaru Impreza includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, plus front, driver’s knee, front-side, and side-curtain airbags. The passenger seat front airbag features a central groove designed to expose the passenger to less impact force during deployment.
For 2015, the Impreza is also available with the EyeSight safety features already available on other Subaru models. The system uses a windshield-mounted camera to detect obstacles, enabling both adaptive cruise control and automatic braking.
The Impreza’s all-wheel drive will catapult it to the top of shopping lists in snowy regions, but everyone should be able to appreciate its other good points, including impressive fuel economy, a spacious and well-appointed interior, and the new safety tech.
For more information, or to schedule a test drive, be sure to call or visit our dealership.
*EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.
**Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.
Winter driving technology has come a long way beyond heated seats and power steering wheels. Granted, heated seats and power steering wheels are already welcome improvements, but there are other features that make driving in winter weather even safer and less of a hassle.
Accident preventive anti-lock brakes
Having anti-lock brakes on your car makes sense during any season, but especially for winter driving. An anti-lock brake system keeps your car under control when applying your brakes. This feature stops your car wheels from locking and helps to prevent skidding by shortening stopping distances. Even if you find yourself in a dangerous situation, your anti-lock brakes will allow you to continue steering your car while bringing it to a halt.
Heated side mirrors for safety
When you drive during extreme winter weather conditions, you need to be able to see the road both in front of you and behind you. Heated side mirrors are a common safety option on many new vehicles. The heating element clears snow, ice, and fog while preventing any more build-up as you continue to drive. Certain models connect the heated side mirror function to the rear window defroster, while many others have a dedicated button for this purpose.
Improved windshield technology
Although heated windshields are rare, more common are heated wipers (also called "de-icers") and washers. The heating element dislodges frozen wipers to allow them to clear the full arc of your vision through the windshield. Most new cars offer this technology as an added option with its own control button, while others connect the feature to work automatically with standard feature defrosters. Windshield washer fluid is always accessible during freezing temperatures when you have heated nozzles/hoses connected to the washer reservoir.
Remote start feature
This feature is especially attractive for people who hate to get into a cold standing car. When your car has the remote start feature, you can turn the car on automatically without getting inside. The best systems will also turn on the heat, activate defrosters, and ramp up heated seat warming. While this feature isn't environmentally friendly because it wastes fuel, it is a luxury feature that people choose if they drive in extreme winter weather conditions.
Special winter transmissions
Winter transmissions help to prevent your tires from slipping during acceleration whether you have traction control or not. Transmissions with this feature begin to accelerate in second gear (not first) while shifting automatically and promptly through higher gears. Why so quickly? When a car uses higher gears, thrust is reduced at the drive wheels.
Vision enhancing adaptive headlights
Standard headlights shine directly ahead no matter what, but adoptive headlights react to steering speed and car elevation, adjusting automatically to illuminate your road vision ahead. Steer your car left and adaptive headlights will angle to the left as well. These headlights are designed to help both the driver and other cars driving towards you on the same road. Who hasn't been blinded by on-coming car headlights? Because adaptive headlights are always aimed down toward the road, headlight glare is significantly reduced.
It pays to be prepared, and if you are planning on taking a car journey in the winter months, then a cold weather emergency kit could be extremely useful. It's easy to become complacent when setting out in the car, thanks to temperature control and heated seats, but if you run into mechanical problems and you find yourself on the side of the road, you’ll be happy to be prepared. Follow these tips for what to pack in a DIY cold weather emergency kit, and you'll be safe - not sorry.
Choose Your Container
Choosing the right container is the first step to take. The idea is to provide an emergency kit that can keep you safe for a few hours, so you don't need anything too large. A large canvas bag or a medium-large plastic container would work. If possible, always keep your emergency kit inside the main cabin with you. While the trunk might seem like a more logical place to store it, if the rear of the car is damaged, you may not be able to get to it.
Essential Cold Weather Wear
Choose some warm blankets and clothing. Emergency blankets are light and inexpensive, and will help keep you warm if the heating fails. Gloves, scarves, and woolen hats should also be included. Try to make sure that your emergency kit holds enough for all the occupants of your car, and make sure it is fully packed when the whole family is going on a journey.
Light, First Aid, Action
Your emergency kit should always carry a flashlight and batteries. You never know when you will need help finding your way, even if it is just to find items inside the car. A flashlight can also be used to signal for help. While it is normally unwise to leave the car in the event of an emergency, you may need the flashlight to help you find assistance. A small first aid kit may be required to help you tend to minor injuries, too, so make sure that you have one of these in your emergency kit as well. Ensure that it contains wet wipes, disinfectant, antiseptic, and pain relievers.
Some basic car tools may also be useful. A set of wrenches, some screwdrivers, and a booster cable for the battery are minimum requirements. Don't underestimate the value of other items like clean cloths and a small towel and throw in a roll of duct tape. This could be useful for making a quick, temporary repair to a broken windshield.
While you're waiting for help, you may find that you get bored, too, particularly if kids are involved. Pack some simple games to keep the kids occupied and a book or two for the adults. Drinks and snacks are likely to be very welcome, too. Choose long-life sweets and snacks that won't go stale, and don't be afraid to discard healthy eating principles for once. Sugary foods help keep energy levels up and may boost otherwise depressed moods. Ensure that you have plenty of drinking water as well. A large bottle of water may be required for drinking or for cleaning up other parts of the car.
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A question that is often asked during deliveries of new vehicles and even during the sales process is “Why would I need WiFi in my new Chevy?” The answer to that question varies person to person. I would like to give you a few suggestions as to why WiFi should be a serious consideration when looking for a new vehicle.
If children are in the vehicle often or if you take trips with them each year, having WiFi live, right in the vehicle, is a great asset. Devices such as iPods, Nooks and some iPads require WiFi to be used fully. Having the ability for all members of the family to use these devices when they want, wherever they want, is a great advantage to have.
Many children use iPods and iPads to text and even make and receive calls even before they are old enough to have their own phones. The advantages to having
those capabilities while in a vehicle or while on trips are clear.
Beyond those devices that do not have internet access built in, even those with smart phones, can benefit from Chevrolet's built in WiFi. Since Chevrolet's WiFi uses Onstar's antenna positioned on the roof of the vehicle, the signal reception is 5X stronger than that inside a smart phone. There are many instances, even when driving in a city, that the phone signal is weak, and doing simple tasks like sending an email with attachments can take much longer than necessary or may not send at all, much less watching a video or streaming music. Being able to connect your smart phone to your vehicle will virtually guarantee you will be able to do what you need to do on your phone, when and where you need to do it.
Even if you do not fall into one of the categories above, there are ways that having WiFi
available inside your vehicle can be beneficial to you and those who may ride with you. Maybe you run a business or your work requires use of a laptop or notebook. Being able to access everything you need at any moment will give you a big advantage when needing to do things on the fly. Maybe you are a grandparent and do not use smart phones, but you have your grandkids with you on occasion. They will be thrilled that they can play their favorite game or share their favorite song with you as you are
heading to your destination. Or maybe you have not integrated technology into your daily routine at all. This might be the opportunity to really take advantage of being connected. With WiFi inside your vehicle and carrying a laptop or iPad, everyday activities now take on a whole new level. Finding garage sales or finding the value of your latest garage sale discovery, finding a video showing you exactly why the tractor isn't acting correctly, getting the latest coupons and savings right in the parking
lot of your favorite store, or even being able to access the weather and crop reports when YOU have the time to view them and not having to wait for the radio or TV to share them with you.
The things you have access to are countless when you have WiFi inside your vehicle. It is there, silently waiting for the precise moment when you or your family and friends need it. And Chevrolet is the first automobile manufacturer to bring this to all their vehicles. Come and check them out today!
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Kale is one of those leafy greens you probably walk right by in the grocery store every week. Maybe you don’t know what to do with it, or what makes it different from all those other greens. But passing it up is a big mistake. Kale is a superfood that is easy to fit into your weekly meal planning.
What is kale?
Kale is a member of the cabbage family, along with collards, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. It is an ancient plant, and probably the earliest member of the cabbage family. It is easy to grow, and since it can thrive in cool temperatures it is available year-round, even in the winter.
What makes it a superfood?
Kale is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. According to WebMD, one cup of kale provides 1,020% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin K, 200% of vitamin C, 180% of vitamin A, 40% of magnesium, and 15% of calcium. As if that weren’t enough, it has 5 grams of fiber plus beneficial levels of folate, iron, potassium, and many other nutrients. And that all costs you only 36 calories.
Experts commonly say to “eat the rainbow” of produce to get all the nutrients you need. The beauty of kale is that it contains so many nutrients in high quantities, so this one food can really improve the nutritional profile of your diet. Specifically, vitamins A, C, and K are powerful cancer-fighting antioxidants, and who doesn’t need more fiber?
You will find kale in the produce department with the other loose greens. It has curly dark green leaves in a bunch. Avoid bunches that are wilting or have yellow leaves or woody stems. In general, bunches with smaller leaves will be more tender and better for raw or lightly cooked preparations, while older larger bouquets will be a little tougher and better for more thorough cooking. When you get home, store your kale in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, and don’t wash until you are ready to use.
Fitting kale into your diet
It’s surprisingly easy to incorporate kale into your everyday meals. Wash it as you would any other green and drain or dry it. You can cut off the dry stems, or rip the leaves entirely off the stem.
Smaller leaves can be finely chopped and added to salads or smoothies. You can steam them and serve with butter, salt, and pepper. These small tender leaves can also be added to omelets or frittatas, and tossed on top of a home-made pizza before it goes in the oven.
Tougher leaves can be added to soups or stews right at the beginning of cooking, as they will stand up well to a long cooking time. Just like spinach, you can saute kale in garlic and oil. In fact, you can use kale instead of spinach or chard in just about any recipe. Just remember to use a smaller amount, since kale will not decrease in volume the way spinach does.
You can even use this green superfood as a snack by making kale chips. Cut kale into chip-sized pieces, then toss with a little oil, salt and your favorite seasonings. Scatter on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. You’ll end up with a crunchy snack you may even be able to get the kids to eat.
Kale is a nutrient dense and low calorie superfood that is well worth adding to your menu. Pick up a bunch the next time you’re at the store, and try out these preparations or get creative to add it into your favorite meals.