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Nissan Rear Door Alert Aims to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths

"We want you to think for a moment" about what might have been left behind in the vehicle.

by on Aug.02, 2017

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder will be the maker's first model equipped with the Rear Door Alert.

Just days after a bill was introduced in Congress in an effort to prevent the death of children left in overheated vehicles, Nissan has introduced a new system aimed at addressing the problem.

The Rear Door Alert system will make its debut on the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SUV when it goes on sale next month and will roll out on other models, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday, “in the coming years.” Nissan becomes the second automaker to offer a system intended to advise caregivers to make sure they haven’t inadvertently left a child in their vehicle, General Motors now offering its own system on a number of different models.

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“If you open a rear door, whether to put a child or a package in the rear seat, the vehicle will help alert you when you reach your destination that you may want to check the rear seat,” explained Marlene Mendoza, a Nissan engineer and mother of three who helped develop the Rear Door Alert. (more…)

First Look: 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

New V-6, updated front end, “smart” safety features top list.

by on Jul.07, 2016

The Pathfinder gets its first big update since the current model debuted for 2013.

In a market that’s gone crazy over utility vehicles, few nameplates have had as long a history as the Nissan Pathfinder which made its American debut at a time when SUVs were largely the purview of rugged outdoorsmen.

The current version went through a dramatic makeover for the 2013 model-year, shifting from a classic body-on-frame design to a car-based crossover platform. But the Japanese automaker isn’t planning to let the ute go stale, and has some significant updates in store for its mid-cycle refresh.

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That includes a new 284 horsepower V-6, plenty of new advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS technologies, as well as an updated exterior.


New Car Sales Booming, But Good Deals Abound points out best August offers.

by on Aug.14, 2014

Looking for a good deal this month? The Fiat 500 can be gotten for as little as $99 a month, according to

New car and truck sales are still humming along in 2014, but if you’re searching for a deal, compact and midsize sedans are the segments where you should start the hunting.

There are deals for those looking to lease or buy, especially for the Fiat 500. Right now, according to, a 2014 Fiat 500 can be had for as little as $99 a month for 24 months. It requires nearly $2,400 down. However, if you’re looking to buy, the same car can be had for $265 a month for 60 months using the $3,000 cash back the automaker is offering buyers.

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“Compact and midsize sedans are among the most popular segments in the United States, and this month consumers will be able to find red-hot deals on the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Cruze,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s (more…)

Hyundai, Nissan Combine to Recall 1.1 Million Vehicles

Latest actions push number of recalls to 45 million in 2014.

by on Jul.30, 2014

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is subject to a safety recall.

Add another million to the running tally of vehicles in a record-setting 2014 as Hyundai and Nissan announced actions totaling 1.1 million cars today: Hyundai recalling 889,000 vehicles and Nissan more than 226,000.

Hyundai is recalling 883,000 Sonata sedans from 2011-2014 due to a faulty shift cable. The cable may disconnect allowing the car to roll away after parking or preventing it from being shifted out of park.

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The maker received nearly 1,200 warranty claims due to the problem. Dealers will inspect the cable and repair the connection between he shift cable and shift lever at no cost to the owner. It also recalled nearly 5,700 2015 Sonatas for brake problems, asking owners to park the vehicles. It was the second time this year the 2015 model has been recalled. (more…)

First Drive: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Switch to crossover design yields plenty of advantages, few sacrifices.

by on Nov.01, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder adopts a lighter, more fuel-efficient crossover platform that can still handle moderately rough trails.

Admittedly late to the party, can Nissan regain its place in a radically changed sport-utility market? That’s the big question the maker faces as it rolls out an all-new version of the long-running Pathfinder.

The new model is more than just a face-lift, in fact, more than the usual redesign.  The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder evolves from a classic, truck-based body-on-frame ute to a car-like unibody-based crossover.  The move has significant advantages, shaving about 500 pounds of mass to deliver a more nimble ride and fuel economy.

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But it also raises the possibility that classic SUV buyers might turn up their noses.  On the other hand, the market for classic, truck-like utes has all but vanished, so the bigger question is whether Nissan can regain the buyers who’ve migrated to competing products, such as the latest-generation Ford Explorer, that previously made the SUV to CUV migration.


Nissan Cuts Price, and Weight, on New Pathfinder

Maker hopes to dent lead of its rivals.

by on Oct.11, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is lighter - and more affordable.

Over the years, we’ve come to expect three things will happen when an automaker introduces an all-new product: the vehicle will get heavier, it will get more content, and it will get a bigger price tag.

With stiff new fuel economy standards coming into play, we’ve begun seeing a shift in that occasion as manufacturers begin to slash weight which has a direct impact on mileage. But Nissan is apparently adopting an entirely new form of math, because its all-new 2013 Pathfinder is not only as much as 500 pounds lighter but also about $1,000 less expensive than the outgoing SUV – even while getting more standard equipment.

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The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder S launches at $28,270, exactly $1,020 less than the 2012 model, to be more precise – though you’ll need to add another $825 for delivery charges.  The S anchors a line with a revised series of upgraded trim levels, all the way up to the $39,170 Pathfinder Platinum edition.


First Look: 2013 Nissan Sentra

Lighter, more lavish, more fuel-efficient.

by on Aug.31, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is 150 pounds lighter - yet also larger -- than the outgoing model.

Didn’t we already see Nissan’s new midsize sedan? Well, yes – and no.  The Japanese maker continues its unusual strategy of offering two entries into this critical market segment, starting with the all-new Altima it introduced earlier this year.

Now comes Nissan’s second model, the 2013 Sentra.  Technically a compact, according to EPA guidelines, it’s close enough in size to appeal to many midsize buyers on a budget.  Though the traditionally down-market entry, Nissan is making the sort of styling and feature changes that it hopes will convince potential buyers that the new Sentra isn’t just a roomy econobox.

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As with the Altima and the other big entry for 2013, the Pathfinder ute, the redesigned Altima follows Nissan’s so-called “class-above” strategy.  That starts with a more premium design than the outgoing model.  The basic look will be familiar to those who’ve already seen the new Altima, starting with the trapezoid-shaped Nissan grille framed with large headlamps and LED accent lights – normally a luxury car detail. The standard taillights are LED, as well.


2013 Nissan Pathfinder Boats Best-in-Class Mileage

Redesigned model lighter, better-equipped, maker claims.

by on Aug.03, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder adopts a new crossover platform with a more sleek body design.

With the 2013 model evolving from a classic, truck-like SUV to a car-like crossover design, Nissan says the new version of its long-running Pathfinder model will be not only one of the lightest but also the most fuel-efficient V-6 entry into the large crossover segment.

Set to start at $28,000 when it goes on sale later this year, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will get as much as 20 miles per gallon in the City, 26 mpg on the Highway and 21 in the EPA’s Combined test cycle. That’s a roughly 30% improvement over the old Pathfinder, a significant selling point – Nissan is betting – at a time when mileage tops the shopping list for most U.S. car buyers.

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The Pathfinder is the second of five new models Nissan will be bringing out during the 2013 model-year, the utility vehicle following the new Altima into showrooms.  A new version of the Sentra sedan will arrive in September, with an updated Versa hatchback and another model, not yet identified, to follow in the spring.


Facebook Users Get 1st Look at 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Maker plans official debut in Paris.

by on Jul.31, 2012

The production version of the new Nissan Pathfinder makes a Facebook debut.

While some may question the benefits of advertising on Facebook it’s clear industry planners love using the social media site to reach consumers – that includes Nissan which turned to Facebook to give potential buyers a first look at the all-new version of its Pathfinder ute.

Nissan revealed a show car version of the Pathfinder at the Detroit Auto Show last winter and those familiar with the concept version will find relatively few surprises here; as with the prototype the production Pathfinder evolves from a traditionally boxy SUV into a more sleek and sporty CUV.

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Indeed, the big changes are, in fact, hidden under the skin.  The next-generation Pathfinder follows such rivals as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Ford Explorer by migrating from a conventional, truck-based body-on-frame platform to a lighter, nimbler car-based crossover design.


All New Nissans to Get Easy-Fill Tire Alert System

Skip the gauge.

by on Jun.07, 2012

A customer reinflates a tire on the 2013 Nissan Altima using the Easy-Fill system.

Nissan will offer its new Easy-Fill Tire Alert system on all new and updated models as they come to market starting next year.

The system — which will debut on the 2013 Nissan Altima when it goes on sale in the coming weeks – is designed to not only alert a motorist when a tire is underinflated but also to make it easier to fill it back up.

Federal rules already require the use of a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS, on all vehicles.  But most makers have opted for a low-cost version that flashes a warning when one of the vehicle’s tires is low.  It’s then up to the motorist to figure out which one and then re-inflate it.

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More advanced TPMS technology – typically offered on higher-end vehicles – will show a driver which individual tire is underinflated.  But that still requires a motorist to use a special tire gauge to ensure proper inflation, a sometimes frustrating trial-and-error process.

With the launch of the 2013 Altima, Nissan introduces a simpler system that not only tracks the precise inflation at each of a vehicle’s individual wheels but also permits a driver to fill a low or flat tire without a gauge.