Check Out These Thanksgiving Travel Tips While It’s Still Early

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Be Safe this Holiday Season!

Do you have a long family trip ahead of you this holiday season? You are going to want to make sure that – before you dig into that turkey – your family’s trip to grandma’s is as efficient, safe, and short as possible.

Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips to help you prepare:

  • Be sure that every member of the family has everything they need by creating a separate packing list just for them.
  • Research your route ahead of time before hitting the road. If you rely entire on a GPS system to get you there, you may find yourself delayed or lost if there is traffic, construction, etc.
  • Pack non-perishable, healthy snacks for the road so that you will be less tempted to stop for fast food, which can make you sluggish behind the wheel.
  • If you’re taking to the skies, be sure to pack refillable water bottles that you can get through security and then fill up with fresh water before boarding.
  • Lastly, plan any air travel as far in advance as you can, ensuring that you have plenty of options and can make the right financial decision.

For more family driving tips or to check out our many available, spacious vehicles, visit us anytime at Blackburn Nissan.

New Nissan Sentra SR Features Make It the Best for the Price

Nissan SentraThe upcoming 2017 Nissan Sentra SR aims to be the best compact car on the road, balancing top-notch performance with an affordable price-tag. And while it might be a while before you can take one out on a test drive, the reviews are already in: the new Nissan Sentra SR is a hit.

The new Nissan Sentra SR’s most impressive feature is its turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine – previously seen in the Nissan Juke – which allows the model to get up to 188 horsepower. Stats-wise, this puts the new Sentra SR among the most powerful vehicles on the road of its kind.

Cars.com is calling the new model one of the most “affordable performance compacts you can buy,” after praising the vehicle’s ability to handle a nine-turn racetrack, as well as local streets.

In fact, the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR has a price tag of just about $23,000, making it an option that most drivers can financially swallow. We predict that it will be one of Nissan’s most popular models of the year.

Want to learn more about the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR features or see what we currently have in store? Contact us or simply stop by anytime, here at Blackburn Nissan.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall

serviceYou may have already noticed a slight chill in the air after the sun goes down. As autumn begins to settle in the temperatures continue to drop, here are a few items you need to check to get your car ready for fall.

  1. HVAC. Make sure your heater and your air conditioner are working. Even when the temperatures get colder, your air conditioner is still useful for removing moisture from the air and keeping your windows from getting foggy.
  2. Brakes. Have your brakes inspected to make sure your pads aren’t worn too thin. Wet leaves on the road can lead to slippery driving conditions.
  3. Lights. As the nights get longer, you’ll be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.
  4. Wipers. While autumn does tend to be a bit dryer here in Mississippi, you still need good windshield wipers. If they are leaving streaks or have any cracks, they need to be replaced.
  5. Emergency gear. This is something you should keep in your car year-round, but as the temperatures get cooler, make sure you have a blanket and even an ice scraper—you want to be prepared in case we have an early frost.

If you want to get your car ready for fall, schedule an appointment with Blackburn Nissan as soon as possible.

2017 Nissan Armada Overview

2017 Nissan Armada
2017 Nissan Armada

After taking a year off, Nissan brings back the Armada with an all-new design. Here’s a 2017 Nissan Armada overview so you can see what it has in store.

In its new form, the Armada comes with substantial improvements from nose to tail. Right from the start, you’ll notice the Armada’s new bold styling. The Armada rides on top of new architecture, which it now shares with the Infiniti QX80. However, the Armada still keeps its rugged body-on-frame build, letting it tow up to 8,500 pounds.

Buyers will find a strong 5.6-liter V8 under the hood, rated at 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. This engine delivers more power and better efficiency than the outgoing engine. Paired with the engine is a seven-speed automatic transmission. And buyers can choose between rear- and all-wheel drive.

Inside, the new Armada is packed to the brim with features. The quality of the interior materials gets a big boost this year with many premium materials like available leather. Drivers will also appreciate the tech amenities like standard navigation, Bluetooth, and Bose audio.

With seating for up to eight, desirable standard features, premium interior design, and rugged capabilities, the 2017 Nissan Armada is an ideal choice for your next family adventure vehicle.

Check Out These Exciting Nissan Armada Highlights

2017 Nissan ArmadaBack when it first made its debut on the market, the Nissan Armada—like other full-size SUVs—wasn’t built to be a smart, technology-packed vehicle. However, 2017 is a new era, and the new Nissan Armada for the 2017 model year makes use of plentiful tech to compete in a segment and automotive market that increasingly rely on connectivity features to sell vehicles.

It doesn’t disappoint, thanks to new safety systems, a new Around-View monitor, and various other strides in performance that make it a great off-roading vehicle.

The Around-View Monitor is useful in multiple situations, from backing up, to changing lanes on the highway, to navigating difficult terrain. This is due to its ability to display a bird’s-eye view of the area around the Armada. Additionally, the Nissan Armada has several of the most “basic” safety tech systems, like blind spot detection and lane departure warning.

The Nissan Armada is also built on the same Patrol platform as the Infiniti QX80, which means you get the look and space of a luxury-class vehicle for a fraction of the cost. Premium features like a 13-speaker Bose audio system, an 8-inch color touch radio, and LED exterior lights come standard on the Armada, too, so you won’t be missing any amenities, either.

The new Nissan Armada offers a ton more features for families in need of a large hauler, so make sure you check out the new 2017 model year loaded with technology and luxury materials. We’ve got the new Armada on our lot here in Vicksburg. Be sure to stop by Blackburn Nissan to check it out!

The History of Labor Day Weekend

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Happy Labor Day from Blackburn Nissan!

What do you associate with Labor Day? No school? Three-day weekend? Barbecues? The end of summer? Pool closings? Technically, all of those are correct, but there’s more to Labor Day weekend than just being able to sleep in.

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day was created to recognize the efforts and contributions of American workers during the Industrial Revolution, a time when working conditions had few regulations and American workers were often overworked and underpaid from a young age and in unsafe conditions.

The history of Labor Day began when it was celebrated on September 5th in 1882, when 10,000 workers in New York City marched from City Hall to Union Square in the first-ever Labor Day Parade. The idea of the holiday caught on afterward and spread across the country like wildfire. The holiday known as Labor Day was nationally recognized by Congress 12 years later following a major wage strike in Chicago.

Credit for the idea behind Labor Day is given two men–Peter J. McGuire, who co-founded the American Federation of Labor, and a secretary of the Central Labor Union named Matthew McGuire. Either way, the brave workers who fought for their rights during the late 1800s and early 1900s are yours to thank for your relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Nissan is Upgrading the Nissan Pathfinder for 2017

Roughly three years ago, Nissan revealed its latest version of the Nissan Pathfinder. The result was a SUV that was an instant hit for the brand! However, Nissan is not one to rest on its laurels. That is why the Nissan brand has announced some exciting news.

According to Drive.com, Nissan is upgrading the Nissan Pathfinder for 2017.

The 2017 model of the Pathfinder is set to undergo major upgrades for its exterior design, engine capabilities, and technologies.

Drivers will notice the first change to the Pathfinder when they first lay eyes on it. The latest Pathfinder has a newly-redesigned exterior, which helps it more closely resemble the rest of the Nissan family of vehicles.

The Pathfinder is also receiving some upgrades under the hood. The 3.5-litre V6 engine equipped to the Nissan Pathfinder will now possess direct injection, which provides it with more power and efficiency.

Finally, a new vehicle wouldn’t truly be upgraded without some great new technologies. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has been packed with more active safety technologies, such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Monitoring, to provide drivers with a ride that is not only safer, but more advanced.

If you already loved the Nissan Pathfinder, then you are certainly going to get a kick out of the brand-new 2017 Nissan Pathfinder!

2015 Nissan Pathfinder
Current Nissan Pathfinder Available at Blackburn Nissan

3 Jackson Museums and Zoos That Celebrate Nature

Summer is the best time of the year to explore the nature that surrounds us. Some of the country’s most beautiful natural surroundings can be found here in Jackson, Mississippi. Discover our natural world in Jackson by visiting the city’s various museums and zoos. Before the summer ends and schools starts up again, be sure to visit these three Jackson museums and zoos that celebrate nature!

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Check out the Jackson Zoo this Summer!

The Jackson Zoo

Jackson is home to a diverse collection of animal life, but to find animals that are a little more exotic, you should take a trip to the Jackson Zoo. This zoo is home to amazing animals from around the world, such as the rare and majestic orangutan!

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

To discover the creatures of the past, the perfect place to go is the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The museum is also home to an exhibit showcasing local wildlife and several outdoor nature trails.

The Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum

The people of Mississippi have always relied upon their natural surroundings as a means of jobs and resources. The Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum explores the long-rooted connection that the environment and the people of Mississippi have continually shared.

Hydrogen-Powered Nissan Vehicles Will Arrive By 2020

Nissan LogoIn around three years from now, expect to see Nissan vehicles on the market fueled by hydrogen. Only, these Nissan vehicles will differ greatly from the current hydrogen fuel-cell models offered by competitors. And that difference is ethanol.

There are vehicles on the road now that use ethanol as a fuel. But the upcoming hydrogen-powered Nissan vehicles will use the ethanol as a hydrogen source, converting the ethanol to hydrogen and then using that to generate electricity.

This approach offers a number of benefits that current hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles don’t have. The first benefit is that Nissan vehicles won’t have giant hydrogen tanks because they won’t have to store hydrogen (only ethanol). This has been a struggle for other automakers, forcing them to compromise cabin space. The second benefit is that Nissan vehicles won’t need hydrogen filling stations. An ethanol infastructure is already in place.

The range of the upcoming hydrogen-powered Nissan vehicles will be around 500 miles. We look forward to driving these eco-friendly cars!

4 Great 4th of July Party Ideas

Are you hosting a party for Independence Day this year? Spice things up with these great 4th of July party ideas that are sure to make this holiday a memorable one.

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# 1 – Something Different: A Hot Dog Bar

Instead of spending $200 on steaks and burgers, why not do something different, like a hot dog bar? Set out all of the fixin’s and let your guests make their own. Make sure you’ve got your staples like chili, cheese, relish, mustard and ketchup out. But get creative too! For instance, offer blue cheese crumbles, Sriracha, and pico de gallo,

# 2 – Show Your Spirit: Patriotic Jell-o Shots

Use your preferred Jell-o recipe to create layers of non-alcoholic blue and red-layered Jell-o “shots” by using blue raspberry jell-o and cherry or strawberry Jell-o in small cups. To create the white layer, use cool whip.

# 3 – A Sweet and Salty Treat: Patriotic Popcorn

This awesome snack is sure to be a hit with all of your partygoers. It’s essentially popcorn and pretzel sticks, covered in melted vanilla almond bark and then subsequently mixed with red, white and blue M&Ms. Sound amazing? Find the recipe here.

# 4 – Don’t Forget the Games!

Cornhole is a must at a 4th of July gathering. Make it holiday-appropriate with red, white and blue bean cornhole boards. Painting them doesn’t take much time and you can always re-paint them for the next holiday!