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.
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.
At the North American International Auto Show held last month in Detroit, Nissan showed off its latest concept, which it calls Vmotion 2.0. The Vmotion 2.0 concept is a vision of the where the future may take Nissan and is an example of an ideal vehicle for busy professionals.
The sleek design starts with the signature “V-motion” grille design visible on most Nissan products today. However, on this concept, the design is enhanced with a three-dimensional shape that illuminates when the vehicle is in autonomous ProPILOT mode. The sleek look continues with wrap-around rear glass and a “floating roof” design.
The total design is so striking; the Vmotion 2.0 was actually awarded the EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle at the show.
ProPILOT mode is part of “Nissan Intelligent Mobility” and is currently just in a visionary state, but would provide automated driving support on urban roads and at intersections.
Inside the concept, is a large open cabin featuring a “Gliding Wing” dashboard that includes both the instrument panel and infotainment system, which the driver and passenger can enjoy. Rear seat passengers share a center console display. In addition, all seats are designed to be comfortable and supportive with fine leather upholstery.
All in all, the Vmotion 2.0 concept is an inviting look into the future.
The Blackburn Nissan team is excited to see where the Vmotion 2.0 concept takes Nissan in the future.
The Nissan Rogue is a vehicle designed to take on the toughest terrain and tightest corners with ease which makes it perfect for a “Star Wars” commercial. The Japanese automaker launched its latest “Star Wars”- themed campaign for the 2017 Rogue not long ago. There’s a special edition Rogue to go along with the highly-anticipated film.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue stars in the “Battle Tested” advertising campaign that launched at the end of October. The 30-second and 60-second ads depict the Rogue tearing through harsh terrain as an epic battle between Stormtroopers and rebels go head-to-head in a winner-takes-all matchup. The Nissan Rogue “Star Wars” commercial is bound to excite movie fans and auto enthusiasts alike.
The 30-second spot is slated to air on television while the 60-second ad is currently available for your viewing pleasure on Nissan’s YouTube channel.
Nissan also launched the Ultimate Access Sweepstakes with the ads. Fans can register for a chance to win a free pass to attend the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in Hollywood.
As for the special edition Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition model, drivers can expect to see special badging designed by Lucasfilm as well as a full-size replica Death Trooper helmet. The model will be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
We here at Blackburn Nissan are pumped to see the Rogue representing the Nissan brand in such a creative commercial for a legendary franchise!
The 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.
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.
Back 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!