2015 Nissan Murano Counted Among the US News’ Best Cars for Families

The 2015 Nissan Murano has added yet another title to its growing list of accolades, which already includes the “Best 2-Row SUV for the Money,” the “No. 1 Affordable Midsize SUV.” Now joining them is the “Best 2-Row SUV for Families” award.

2015 Nissan Murano
2015 Nissan Murano

The recognition comes from US News & World Report, which analyzes the best cars for families every year across 19 vehicle categories. US News’ best cars for families list takes into consideration professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume, and the availability of family-friendly features.

In its class, the 2015 Murano offers the best combination of all of these. Features like the useful Around View Monitor (which gives parents a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the area around the vehicle) are invaluable when parking, and the multiple USB ports and high-quality touchscreen system keep everyone entertained during the ride.

At Blackburn Nissan, we also know that families can be expensive, which is we’re glad to say the Murano’s 260-horsepower V6 is connected to an advanced Xtronic transmission that has increased fuel economy by 20%—up to 28 mpg on the highway!

2016 Nissan Titan XD’s Classification is Hard to Define – In the Best Way

There’s a lot to love about the handsome, rugged, and powerful 2016 Nissan Titan HD–but the thing that may attract the most buyers is its classification (or lack thereof). Thanks to the Titan’s 5.0L V8 Cummins engine that puts out 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, and a steel frame that’s more powerful than most ½-ton models, the XD technically falls somewhere between ½-ton and ¾-ton classifications.

2015 Nissan Titan XD
2015 Nissan Titan XD

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD boasts the efficiency of a diesel engine, but maintains the power to tow a massive 12,000 pounds, making it the best of both worlds. According to trucktrend.com, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD’s classification falls somewhere between a V8 gas-powered ½-ton and a diesel-powered ¾-ton, offering a completely new option for truck enthusiasts looking for efficiency and power, not one or the other.

Add to the XD’s power and efficiency a rugged, athletic design, and a modern, comfortable, and spacious interior, and you have a workhorse of a pickup that can also handle a daily commute and long family road trips without breaking the bank.

Here at Blackburn Nissan, we can’t wait to get our hands on the 2016 Nissan Titan XD. Look for more details, including official fuel economy numbers and pricing, to be released later this year!

New Nissan Sway Concept Finally Unveiled

The all-new Nissan Sway Concept was finally unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and it is a design dream. The slick subcompact hatchback hit all the right notes as it made its grand debut. Although this model is meant for the European market, we’re still allowed to be blown away by it.

The new Sway featured a sleek blue/gray paint with wonderful orange accents. Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the Sway is its large glass roof panel. It also dons Nissan’s trademark V-motion grille and revolutionized “boomerang” headlamps.

The interior was designed to be elegant and simple according to Nissan. The automaker also reported that inspiration for the Sway concept came from industrial architecture. You can see hints of that throughout the car—in particular, the aluminum struts and spokes on the steering wheel.

We absolutely love the new Nissan concept and hope to see it one day in the US. In the mean time, you can check out the full Nissan lineup here at Blackburn Nissan.

Z Sports Car Creator Passes Away at 105

The ever so wonderful and brilliant “Mr. K” passed away Saturday, February 19th in a Tokyo hospital. The cause of death was heart failure and he passed at the old age of 105. With a full name Yutaka Katayama, the former president of Nissan’s United States unit built the Z sports car into a global icon in the 1970s from the ground up.

Mr. K retired from Nissan in 1977 after bringing the Datsun Z to international recognition as a respectable, affordable sports car. The Z was discontinued in 1996 but under the leadership of current head Carlos Ghosn, the Z has made a comeback in recent years. The Z sports car creator was inducted into both the United States and Japanese Automotive Halls of Fame.

“A car is a horse. I want to drive a thoroughbred that’s in tune with my heartbeat, but not something that’s too dressed up for someone like me,” Katayama told The Associated Press in a 2002 interview. Mr. K is survived by his wife, Masako, his two sons and two daughters that have given him 11 grandchild and 18 great grandchildren in all.

“His greatest achievement, I think, was the fact that he was able to give many American Datsun dealers their own success story,” his son, Mitsuo Katayama, said.

We at Blackburn Nissan are grateful for all the contributions Mr. K made in his long, influential life.