The Nissan Altima is one of the best-selling cars in America and proudly takes its place as the centerpiece of the Nissan lineup. The Altima has been winning fans over for years while simultaneously pleasing owners thanks to its stellar style, premium interior design, and expansive functionality.
But we’re not the only ones who think highly of the Altima. Recently, the 2014 Altima was named one of “10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000” by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Nissan’s stylish sedan finished sixth on the list, with KBB.com editors citing its “notably comfortable” NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity front seats as a selling-point.
In addition to those out-of-this-world ‘Zero Gravity’ front seats, the 2014 Altima incorporates a number of upscale features, such as soft-touch armrests and advance noise cancellation materials in order to improve the overall cabin experience.
To create the “10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000” list, KBB.com editors selected cars offering comfort-oriented features that “debuted upmarket just a few years ago.” Each of the 10 vehicles start below $30,000 according to Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price (FPP), which is a tool designed to show shoppers what others are paying for a specific new car. The 2014 Altima’s current FPP is $21,223 , placing it among the top three most affordable models on the list.
With a starting MSRP of $22,170*, the Altima offers incredible value and phenomenal fuel economy. Indeed, 2.5-liter models earn 38 mpg on the highway** and provide a myriad of driver-focused technologies, resulting in a unique and enjoyable driving experience.
Naturally, the 2014 Altima was designed to meet a wide range of needs and budgets. The standout sedan is offered in five well-equipped models , including a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine or a 207-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Botch engines are mated to a smooth and efficient Xtronic transmission.
There is clearly a lot to love about the 2014 Nissan Altima, but don’t take our word for it. Contact or visit us today to get behind the wheel of this award-winning (and budget-friendly) super sedan.
*MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and destination charges. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice. Destination and handling $810.
**EPA fuel estimates. Your mileage will vary depending on driving habits and conditions.
It’s that spooky time of year again - time to embrace all that goes bump in the night. There’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with a movie marathon. For horror lovers, this is the perfect opportunity to break out all the best slashers and thrillers, but horror isn’t for everyone. If horror flicks are likely to leave you at the end of the night in a cold sweat gripping the poor soul’s arm next to you out of sheer terror, don’t worry. There are plenty of lighter must-see Halloween classics that won’t strip you of your dignity.
This quintessential 1980’s classic is pure, ghost-laden, comedy. Do yourself a favor: pop this masterpiece into the DVD player, embrace the 80’s special effects, and let Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd show you who ain’t afraid o’ no ghost.
Based on the 1930’s Frankenstein adaptations, this parody is a must-see. While it’s a little older and slower paced, it’s pure Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder combined genius. The only thing frightening about Young Frankenstein is how many quotable one-liners are incorporated into the script.
Co-written and produced by Tim Burton, this visually stunning stop-motion film has generated a growing cult following since its release in 1993. It’s creative, creepy, and only moderately scary for younger kids. The story follows Jack Skellington, “The Pumpkin King,” who pursues his obsession with Christmas by opening a portal to “Christmas Town” from “Halloween Town.”
Who doesn’t like a good ol’ zombie apocalypse? This gem is quite possibly the most hilarious account of an extended encounter with the undead out there. While this film has its fair share of violence, its constant quips, Bill Murray cameo, feature of a crazy Woody Harrelson, and heart-warming love story make for an apocalyptic comedy that’s downright delightful.
If you haven’t seen this movie, please get in your car right now, go pick it up, and watch it. Do it for you. Do it for comedy. Do it for Michael Keaton. Keaton’s role as a freelance “bio-exorcist” ghost in Tim Burton’s ghoulish comedy is arguably one of his best. The plot of Beetlejuice centers around a ghost couple who, desperate to oust the annoying new tenants of their home, employ “Beetlejuice” (Keaton) to scare them away. Chaos and hilarity ensue.
The list doesn’t stop here. Other solid contenders for a winning Halloween movie night include: Hocus Pocus, Monsters, Inc., It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Casper, Little Shop of Horrors, The Addams Family, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Gremlins. So, pop some popcorn, grab some candy corn, and embrace your inner Halloweenie this weekend with a (relatively) horror-free marathon.
It can be a big step toward independence, but it comes with a cost
Teens spend much of their time daydreaming. As their sixteenth birthday approaches, they daydream about that sweet ride they're going to get once they get their license. Of course, their daydream doesn't include making car payments, insurance premiums, and getting ticketed for driving like an idiot. That's when responsible parents step in and explain the responsibility involved in owning a car. Here are some things to consider when determining whether or not your teen is ready.
The positives. Teens with cars can drive to the store, pick up siblings from soccer practice, and be the responsible driver when a group of friends heads to the mall. If your child is a responsible driver, the odds of him or her riding with an irresponsible teen lessens. If your teen has a part-time job or is involved in extracurricular activities that require driving, owning a car can remove time burdens from the parents.
The negatives. Cars cost money. Insurance costs money. Gas costs money. The practicality of a teen owning a car revolves around how car expenses are going to be paid. If you want your son or daughter to take care of the car, it's a good idea to have him or her have a financial stake in the ownership. This might require a part-time job and sacrificing other activities. There's also a question of responsibility. Teens aren't exactly known for this attribute that many don't acquire until adulthood. An irresponsible teen makes for an irresponsible driver.
Responsibility reality check. The ultimate question on whether or not your teen should own a car is an individual one. Take an objective look at your teen's actions and determine just how responsible he or she is. Does your teen do the necessary, unpleasant things before fun, nonessential activities? Does he or she show up on time for work, school, church, and other important activities? How does your teen handle money? How does your son or daughter maintain the bedroom? What about the rest of the house? Does your teen know basic car maintenance or is at least willing to learn? Answering these questions will give you a good idea whether or not your teen is ready.
Put it in writing. If you decide your teen is ready to own a car, it's a good idea to make out a contract. Contractual items include who pays what. This should be stated clearly and adhered to. Discuss who is in charge of maintenance. Give incentives for good grades. Discuss the consequences of getting a ticket or not taking care of the automobile.
Low-hassle costume ideas if dressing up just isn't your thing
We get it; you’re so over dressing up for Halloween. You don’t want to wear a big goofy getup or wig that you have to tote around all night, but you don’t want to be a party pooper and show up to the festivities without a costume. No problem. Here’s what you do:
Pick a Pun
In a pinch, embrace your punny side and use it to create a costume that requires little to no energy. Here are a few examples to get you started:
- Wear some glasses. Stick a small stack of post-it notes to one side. You’re an eye-pad. “iPad.” Get it?
- Find some mini cereal boxes. Eat the cereal (optional). Stab the boxes with plastic knives and attach them to your shirt. You are a “cereal killer.” Har-har.
- Attach a leaf with a string to a baseball cap. Wear the baseball cap. Occasionally blow on the leaf, and you are a “leaf-blower.” Look at you; your costume is both hilarious and appropriately themed for fall.
You’ll definitely get some groans with these options, but don’t worry. It’s not because your costume is lame. It’s clearly because everyone else does not appreciate your witty, effortless sense of humor.
Channel your Inner Jim Halpert.
Get a marker. Make sure it isn’t permanent. Double check that it isn’t permanent. Write “book” across your face. Facebook. Bam.
Sushi in a Snap
This one will look like you actually tried. Dress in all white, and grab a colorful pillow and some black cloth or duct tape. Attach the pillow to your back using your chosen black implement and voila, you are a piece of nigiri (fish over sushi rice). Finish off the look by sticking some chopsticks in your hair.
Hello! My name is…
Fill in the blank of a “Hello! My name is…” sticker with a name that is not your own. This option is all about commitment and delivery. You can play the role of one of your good friends, a significant other, or choose to create your own character. Say you choose to write “Tom.” Who is Tom? What are his greatest fears, regrets, passions, and aspirations? What are his most delightful childhood anecdotes? Does he like crunchy or creamy peanut butter? Really get into the role. Or don’t, if that’s your style.
Error: Lack of Effort
This one is for all you techies out there. Take a piece of paper and write “Error 404: Costume not Found” in red or black marker on the paper, then stick it to your shirt. Cheeky.
There you go! No more excuses. Now you’re ready to enter any costume party prepared, without losing your cool, low-maintenance attitude.
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With summer ending and the first fall chill in the air, it’s prime time for cold-weather produce like winter squash and pumpkins. Take advantage of the seasonal bounty with this rich indulgence, which features the tangy creaminess of classic New York cheesecake and the spice-kissed pumpkin flavor of Thanksgiving’s favorite pie. With a buttery ginger-cookie crust and creamy, cinnamon-spiked pumpkin filling, this Pumpkin Cheesecake makes a decadent addition to any holiday table.
Total Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Baking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Inactive time: 30 minutes
2 cups ground Ginger Snap cookies
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
20 ounces cream cheese (three-and-a-half 8-ounce packages) softened; do not use fat-free
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons Cinnamon Schnapps
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cloves
1 can solid-pack pumpkin; do not use pie mix
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9" spring-form pan and wrap the outside tightly in aluminum foil.
Place the cookie crumbs and sugar in a large bowl and pour in the butter, stirring to even mix and incorporate the butter.
Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and halfway up the sides of the prepared spring-form pan. Cover loosely with cling-wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill.
Place the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add the eggs, Schnapps, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves and mix well, until the spices are completely incorporated. Add the pumpkin and mix well.
Remove the crust from the refrigerator and pour the cheesecake mixture into the crust. Place the cheesecake in the middle rack of the oven and place an oven-safe dish filled with water on the bottom rack; bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the center of the cheesecake is set but jiggly. The cheesecake may have a slightly cracked surface.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerate, covered loosely with cling-wrap, until serving time.