Before you make your final decision to buy a car, you need to take it out for a test drive. However, a test drive is more than just driving around the block. Here are five tips for taking a test drive that will help you make the most of your experience.
- Do a thorough visual inspection. Before you start the engine, walk around the car and look for any dents, rust, and cracks. Test the exterior lights and look at the tire tread.
- Idle the car. Take a seat inside and start the engine. Sit in the car for a few minutes and listen any troubling sounds. While you’re there, you can also test the radio, make sure the seats are comfortable, and try both the heater and air conditioner.
- Do stop-and-go driving. Do some normal city driving with frequent stops and turns. How does the car feel when you stop? Do you hear any squeaking noises? Does the car offer a comfortable ride over rough roads?
- Do some highway driving. Head to the highway to drive at least 55 mph. Does the car accelerate easily? Are the gear shifts smooth? Test out highway features like cruise control.
- Practice parking. Find a good place to park and practice both parallel and perpendicular parking. Does the car shift easily into reverse? Do any advanced parking features like a rear-view camera work properly?
Now that you know what to do, do it at Blackburn Nissan. We’ve got all the latest vehicles from Nissan in stock and ready to try.
Nissan is applying its exceptional performance know how to its EV industry leadership with the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept. Making its debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show, this fully electric all-wheel drive sports sedan demonstrates the current peak capabilities of Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ and radiates high-end refinement.
“This bold Nissan IMs concept represents the birth of an entirely new segment of vehicle – an elevated, electrified sports sedan,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president, chairman of Management Committee, Nissan North America. “It makes sense that the first automaker to bring the world a mass-market EV would bring you the future of the electric high-performance sports sedan.”
The Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept boasts an electric powertrain with dual electric motors that deliver a whopping 483 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. With its 115-kilowatt-hour battery, the IMs EV sports sedan boasts an estimated range of 380 miles on a single charge, making it as practical as it is powerful.
Embracing the three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ — Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power, and Intelligent Integration — the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept offers Autonomous Drive mode, which conveniently signals to other drivers that the vehicle is in self-driving mode by turning the headlights and rear combination lights blue.
The exterior of the vehicle looks sleek and futuristic (yet decidedly like a Nissan), but the IMs EV stands out from other concept cars with its revolutionary Premier Seat. This seat is centered in the rear row and oversized, providing enhanced comfort for rear-seat passengers.
If you’re wondering what the future of travel might be, look no further than the Nissan IMs concept. In the meantime, check out the best of what’s around at Blackburn Nissan.
Mississippi features many unique places that draw in visitors from around the country. Check out these hidden gems of Mississippi that are well worth taking the trip.
Is there anything better than blues guitar and Southern barbecue? The Shed is home to pulled pork, chicken platters, and brisket that’ll make your mouth water and live music that’ll make your heart sing. Outdoor bonfires and a warm indoor dining area make The Shed the perfect spot for all seasons. Head down to Ocean Springs to see what all the fuss is about!
Kids and adults alike will enjoy an afternoon at the Hattiesburg Zoo. The Sloth Experience features a tour of the animal kitchen, participation in meal preparation, and a hands-on experience with an actual sloth, making it a must for curious children of all ages. Outside of observing the animals, a carousel, playground, and four-story ropes course are just a few activities kids and parents can take part in.
The U.S.S. Cairo Gunboat and Museum is the very same gunboat that was sunk in 1862 and has the distinction of being the first ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated torpedo. The Cairo was hauled up from the depths and shipped to Ingalls Shipyard on the Gulf Coast in Pascagula, Mississippi, in 1965, where it was reassembled and restored. This time capsule is worth visiting if you’re a history or nautical buff.
There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Vicksburg if you know where to look. For a reliable and stylish ride to get you there, look no further than Blackburn Nissan.
Though you’re no doubt still recovering from your Thanksgiving feast, it’s time to start looking ahead to the holiday season proper. This time of year, Vicksburg comes alive in celebration of the season, and you have plenty of opportunities to take part. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to celebrate Christmas in Vicksburg.
In the evenings, it’s ideal to take a drive past all of the area’s gorgeous plantation homes to soak up their splendid holiday décor. Across the South, you won’t find yuletide beauty as you will right here in Vicksburg. If you’re looking at taking a special holiday staycation, many of these lovely plantation homes also serve as bed and breakfasts, giving you the perfect setting for an intimate and memorable weekend break.
No Christmas in Vicksburg would be complete without an afternoon with Santa himself. This year on Dec. 9, you can bundle up the kiddos and head over to the Vicksburg Convention Center for the 16th Annual Breakfast with Santa and Magical Adventure in Candyland.
From Dec. 14-16, The Warren Central High School Madrigal Dinner & Singe Feaste provides a full four-course dinner, music, and a play. You’ll want to purchase your tickets in advance, so mark your calendars now.
If you need an exciting new ride for all of your holiday adventures in Vicksburg, look no further than Blackburn Nissan!
Want to nail your Thanksgiving in Mississippi this year? We have a few special suggestions to help you take your turkey day from so-so to wow, no matter what sort of holiday you’re hoping to have.
Make it a Thanksgiving getaway
If you’re looking to take a break from the big spreads and bloated bellies that usually come with an self-respecting Thanksgiving in Mississippi, consider taking a little weekend trip. There are plenty of delightful locations right here in our home state that are ideal for a quick fall escape, like a visit to Gulfport for seafarers or a jaunt to Oxford for you University of Mississippi alumni.
Bring a cheese spread from Mississippi State Cheese
Are you meeting your significant other’s family for the first time? Looking to impress your successful cousins with a classy dish this year? Whatever you’re hoping to achieve this Thanksgiving, you can get it done with a tasteful cheese spread from the scrumptious Mississippi State Cheese company. They’re taking orders now!
Try Cooking a Classic Mississippi Dish
Mississippi has some of the best cuisine in the country, if we do say so ourselves, and we really shine when it comes to Thanksgiving fare. Try one of these delicious Mississippi favorites, like Cola Ham or a classic Southern cornbread.
From all of us here at Blackburn Nissan, we hope you have a happy, safe, and very filling Thanksgiving.
Compact crossovers are red-hot these days, and they don’t get any hotter — or, for that matter, cooler — than the 2018 Nissan Kicks. The all-new Kicks balances every consideration of what you’d want in a crossover, from tech and intelligence to style and poise. The result is an impressive vehicle that’s got quite a lot to offer.
On the inside, the Kicks is cozy and comfortable with a clean, stylish layout, Zero Gravity seats, and 93.9 cubic feet of total passenger volume that tops some of the segment’s stalwarts. For shopping and taking trips, the Kicks offers 25.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 32.3 cubic feet of space with the seats down. Whether it’s bringing the kids to school or running out to pick up groceries, the Kicks has you covered.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks is an ideal choice for the individual thanks to Kicks Color Studio, which allows you to customize your ride down to the finest detail. Not only do you have the option to select a contrast roof, but you can match it to your choice of the door handle, mirror cap, bumper accents, wheels, and spoiler. The result is a vehicle that is definitively and completely all yours.
To experience why the 2018 Nissan Kicks is no mere compact crossover, stop into Blackburn Nissan for a test drive.
Football season is here again, which means parties and celebrations with your friends and families. To fuel you and your crew as you cheer on your favorite team, you’ll need delicious snacks. To get you off the bench and into the game, try these four excellent game day recipes.
For a Southern-style take on salsa, this recipe incorporates mixed greens and bacon and is best served with pork rinds, sweet potato chips, and hot sauce.
Hush puppies are the perfect handheld snack for an on-your-feet kind of game. With a mixture of peas, ham, rice, and onions, you can craft a unique take on the classic hush puppy that is perfectly crispy and will have them begging for more.
If you’re looking for something a little harder, you can please the delicious baby back ribs. Make sure you’ve got the time necessary for this meal: It requires eight hours to marinate and two hours or so to grill. But once you bite into that tender meat, you’ll realize that the best things come to those who wait.
If you don’t eat meat but love savory snacks, these cheese straws are quite easy to make and will fit the bill. All it takes to make these straws are flour, cheese, butter, salt, baking powder, and 10 minutes of your time well-spent.
Be creative when it comes to your game day recipes and you’ll find yourself the talk of the water cooler on Monday morning. If you want to be the talk of the office from the moment you roll up into your parking spot, stop into Blackburn Nissan and get yourself behind the wheel of a brand-new Nissan.
The Nissan LEAF has long been at the forefront of the EV market, and the competition is starting to look for ways to catch up and snatch its crown. To keep its sturdy grip on the throne, the 2019 Nissan LEAF is expected to offer several exciting upgrades that’ll keep folks coming back for more.
AutoGuide last month spoke with Nissan’s director of EV Marketing and Sales Strategy, Brian Maragno, who informally announced the 2019 Nissan LEAF E-Plus. With a bigger battery on board for longer range, this LEAF is expected to crank out around 200 horsepower and achieve a 200-mile range on a single charge, making both highly efficient and exceptionally fun to drive.
With respect to performance, Maragno wouldn’t say whether the Nissan LEAF NISMO®, which went on sale in Japan last month, will make the leap to the United States. Certainly, the introduction of a stylish NISMO variant would add some nice cushion between the LEAF and its competition.
Nissan was tight-lipped about the Nissan LEAF E-Plus, but it did confirm to AutoGuide that it will be sold as a 2019 model, which means it could be arriving as soon as the end of this year. For more as it develops, watch this space and stop into Blackburn Nissan for the latest.
Looking for something to do this weekend? We have your guide to some of the most exciting and family-friendly happenings around Vicksburg this summer.
Each week from now until July 26, the Summer Kids Film Series will show a fun movie at the B&B Theatres at the Vicksburg Mall. Showings take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; see listings for films and showtimes.
Tara Wildlife Summer Youth Archery Camp
Tara Wildlife Summer Youth Camps offer a great opportunity for children from the Vicksburg area to learn important skills. One of the most exciting summer camps focuses on archery and takes place from July 29 to Aug. 2. To register your child and help turn them into a real-life Hawkeye, visit http://www.tarawildlife.com/camps/summer-youth-camps.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
For the 2018 season, The Parkside Playhouse presents Legally Blonde, the hit musical based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon. The musical runs July 27-29 and Aug. 2-5, and tickets range from $10 for children 12 and under to $20 for adults. For more information, visit http://vicksburgtheatreguild.com.
Vicksburg National Military Park Fee Free Day
If you’ve been looking for a time to take the family to the Vicksburg National Military Park, Aug. 25 is as good an opportunity as any. As one of the park’s Fee Free Days, guests can pay a visit to the park without having to pay entrance fees in honor of National Park Service Founders Day.
There’s plenty to see and do around Vicksburg, and if you need a reliable ride to get you to and from, stop by Blackburn Nissan.
While some competitors are moving away from mid-size sedans altogether, Nissan is committed to reinventing the segment with the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima. The new Altima, set to launch this fall, will be offered with two new engine options, available ProPILOT Assist safety technology, and the first-ever application of Intelligent All-Wheel Drive to a Nissan sedan..
“Our goal with the all-new Altima is to re-energize the sedan segment—in terms of design, driving feel and in making advanced technologies available and affordable for everyone,” said Nissan Chief Performance Officer José Muñoz. “We want to energize drivers, helping make their lives safer, less stressful, and more exciting.”
The 2019 Nissan Altima will be offered with the world’s first production-ready variable compression turbo inline-four, which replaces the outgoing Altima’s 3.5-liter V6. The cutting-edge 2.0-liter VC-Turbo is expected to be considerably more efficient than the V6 while offering an impressive output of 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
“With the VC-Turbo, the driver balances the engine character through acceleration pedal operation alone. This ‘two engines in one’ is another way Altima stands far apart from all other vehicles in the segment,” said Muñoz.
The new Altima is also more stylish, more intelligent, and—with the addition of available ProPILOT Assist and Safety Shield 360 with Rear Automatic Braking—safer than ever. Other automakers are backing down when it comes to making sedans you want to drive, but Nissan is charging forward, full steam ahead.
For more information on the 2019 Nissan Altima, and to learn when you can expect it in our showroom, stop into Blackburn Nissan.