Experts Say Nissan Rogue & Pathfinder Are Top SUVs for Families

2021 Nissan Rogue | Dixon, IL

Nissan offers some fantastic models for families in Dixon, Illinois, which are as safe and reliable as they are tough. In acknowledgment of that, PARENTS named the Nissan Rogue® and Pathfinder® to its “Best Family Cars 2021” list.

Nissan Rogue

Nissan significantly updated this midsize crossover inside and out to make it more family-friendly. Thus, PARENTS gave the 2021 Rogue the recognition of “Best Redesign.”

The Rogue is exceptionally comfortable, with a generous amount of legroom in each row, available tri-zone automatic temperature control, and available heated seats. PARENTS appreciates that the crossover’s rear doors open almost 90 degrees, making installing a car seat or loading luggage far easier.

Nissan Pathfinder

The redesigned 2022 Pathfinder earned recognition as “Best for Towing.” This SUV can tow up to 6,000 pounds when properly equipped, which means it’s more than capable of bringing your trailer to the campsite or your boat to the lake.

PARENTS also notes that the SUV has flexible, spacious seating throughout. The editors wrote, “You may be able to fit up to three car seats or boosters in the second row and two in the third.” Both models also come standard with Nissan Safety Shield® 360. This suite of innovative safety systems can help protect your family on each drive.

Ready to get your hands on one of these award-winning family haulers in the Nissan lineup? Schedule a test drive today at Ken Nelson Nissan.

Work Accessories for Your Nissan Truck in Dixon, IL

2021 Nissan Titan | Dixon, IL

Ken Nelson Nissan offers a full selection of strong, capable Nissan trucks for shoppers in Dixon, Illinois. You can also come to Ken Nelson to customize your Nissan Frontier or Titan useful accessories meant to make your workdays more productive. Here are some of the ones we suggest most.

Sliding bed extender

An easy-to-use lightweight aluminum sliding bed extender lets you safely carry longer items or longer items. It’s a great way to get more value out of your Nissan Frontier truck’s hauling capabilities. You can also opt for a fixed bed extender.

Reinforced bedliner

Protecting your Nissan TITAN bed with a high-density polyethylene bedliner will help prolong its lifespan by allowing it to withstand more wear and tear. The non-slip surface increases loading traction, and its high-rib design helps prevent rust.

Rear bumper step assist

If you need to repeatedly step in and out of your Nissan truck bed every day, a rear bumper step assist will make that process safer and easier. This tool stays out of sight under the rear bumper until you need it. Then, just fold it out and step up!

Sliding tool box

Slide it to the front of your bed when you don’t need it and slide it to the back when you do. The sliding tool box can hold 200 pounds of tools and is made from water- and corrosion-resistant aluminum topped with a diamond-plate lid.

If you’re interested in equipping your TITAN or Frontier with any of these Nissan truck work accessories, contact Ken Nelson Nissan. Our parts department can order the equipment for you, and our service center can quickly install them for you.

Nissan Frontier Ranks Highest for Dependability in JD Power Study

2020 Nissan Frontier | Dixon, IL

If you are looking for a pickup truck you can trust for tough work in Dixon, Illinois, look no further than the Nissan Frontier. This well-built truck ranked highest in its segment for dependability in this year’s J.D. Power evaluation.

The J.D. Power Dependability Study, now in its 32nd year, is a comprehensive review that uses eight vehicle categories to cover a total of 177 possible problems vehicle owners may endure.

The J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Studyused data records from 2018 model year vehicle of all auto brands and segments, assessing the frequency of problems encountered during the most recent year of vehicle ownership.

Then, researchers calculated the number of problems per 100 vehicles to determine a score. The lower the score, the better: A low score means the vehicle has a higher dependability rating with fewer reported issues. In its segment of midsize pickup truck, the 2018 Nissan Frontier got the best score with the lowest reported rate of problems.

“The Vehicle Dependability Study is a great validation of a vehicle’s true quality because it comes after three years of real world, everyday use,” said James Moss, vice president of Total Customer Satisfaction for Nissan North America. “Earning the top spot in the competitive midsize truck segment is an immense point of pride for us.”

What to own this dependable, capable pickup truck? Get a closer look at the Nissan Frontier at Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, Illinois.

2021 Nissan Kicks Recognized for Fuel Efficiency

2021 Nissan Kicks | Dixon, IL

Nissan has been at the forefront of engineering fuel-efficient SUVs for drivers like you, and unsurprisingly, they’re being consistently recognized for all that hard work. Recently, U.S. News & World Report added the all-new 2021 Nissan Kicks to its list of the 14 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs for the year.

The 2021 Kicks outranked SUVs from the likes of Hyundai, Subaru, Ford, Honda, Toyota, and even Lexus. Its Overall Score was an impressive 7.6/10.

U.S. News & World Report’s staff was impressed by the 2021 Kicks’ overall efficiency when coupled with its performance, versatility, and affordability. This sporty SUV achieves EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency ratings of 31 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, and only costs a bit over $1000 in annual fuel expenditure.* When combined with its powerful 1.6-liter, 16-valve four-cylinder engine, standard technology, and interior space, this efficiency helps make the 2021 Kicks an appealing choice for SUV drivers.

The best way to experience the 2021 Kicks is to test-drive it for yourself. Do just that when you visit us at Ken Nelson Nissan right here in Dixon, Illinois. You’re sure to fall in love with the efficiency, versatility, and trendy vibe of this family-friendly model.

*2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 31 City MPG/36 Highway MPG/33 Combined MPG for Kicks. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

Nissan Cookbook Is a Gift to the Community

You may not associate Nissan with cookbooks, but after a difficult 2020, the automaker wanted to celebrate its families, communities, and a shared love for tasty meals. It asked thousands of its hardworking U.S. manufacturing employees to share their favorite family recipes and compiled the most delectable ones into the Nissan Family Cookbook.

Nissan Cookbook | Ken Nelson Nissan | Dixon, IL

Nissan says the cookbook was “created with hopes of helping people feel connected to one another, break up the pandemic-induced monotony and make new memories.” So what’s inside?

The cookbook features 140 recipes including everything from appetizers and main courses to soups and desserts. According to the foreword, the variety of recipes is emblematic of the diversity of its customers and employees.

Many of the recipes use canned goods as ingredients, which is handy if you’ve been stacking your shelves with them in preparation for lockdowns, or receiving food bank donations. Nissan also peppered the cookbook with lovely backstories that give you a little background info on the people that work for the company.

“My dad, Tim ‘Boss Hogg’ Boisseau, retired from the Smyrna plant a few years ago,” said Tim’s daughter Christy. “His recipe is well-known and I’m happy to keep the family tradition going by sharing it with our Nissan family and neighbors.”

If sharing food is a favorite pastime of yours, or you’re just looking for new dishes to cook up, make sure to check out the free-to-download Nissan Family Cookbook. And if the cookbook whets your appetite for something more substantial, make sure to visit Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, Illinois, for a look at Nissan’s collection of high-quality vehicles, produced by the same people whose recipes make up the Nissan cookbook.