Pac-Man Creators Give Nissan SUVs New Sounds

Nissan-Pathfinder-Interior | Dixon, IL

Although we would never recommend playing a video game while driving your Nissan, you might feel like you are in a video game when you ride in a new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder or Rogue at Ken Nelson Nissan.

Why is that? Nissan teamed up with the Bandai Namco Group, the makers of Pac-Man to redesign the sound signals inside some Nisan models — and you can hear the difference.

The Bandai Namco Group’s imaginative sound designers wanted to create sounds that would communicate with drivers in a more musical, organic way, as opposed to the harsher sounds previously used in those SUV models.

“We wanted to make it easier to understand the information in the car and provide an emotional tone so that people feel the Nissan brand,” explained Hiroyuki Suzuki, Nissan’s lead engineer for in-car information sound design.

Like in a video game, the sounds you hear in your Nissan are telling you critical information, for example, one tone pattern will remind you to put on your seatbelt, while another sound tells you your headlights are still on. These new Nissan SUV sounds are much more friendly, which you can hear in the automaker’s video spotlight on the sound creation process.

During the process, Nissan engineers realized the monotone device usually used to emit sounds would not work, so they created a new speaker. These updated Nissan models come with a high-quality speaker underneath the dashboard that is optimized for the new custom sounds.

To hear these new sounds in person, test-drive a Pathfinder or Rogue at Ken Nelson Nissan. If you’re a young parent in Dixon, Illinois, who has a soft spot for childhood nostalgia and care about the safety of your family’s SUV, you’ll enjoy owning these Nissan models.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder® Is Coming to Ken Nelson Nissan

2022 Nissan Pathfinder | Dixon, IL

Designed to optimize utility, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder® delivers more of what families on the go need. It’ll arrive soon at Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, Illinois, so here’s a spotlight on what you can expect from this SUV.

Starting with an increase in total interior volume (164.6 cubic feet compared to last year’s 154), the 2022 Pathfinder also offers new features including seating for eight passengers, available captain’s chairs, and accommodations for two car seats in the third row and three units in the second row.

“We closely analyzed every angle to make this vehicle as versatile as possible, while also delivering on rugged capability,” said Jared Haslam, vice president of Product and Services Planning for Nissan U.S. and Canada. “Our goal was to turn Pathfinder into a multi-tool on wheels – making this the go-to SUV for hard-working, adventurous families.”

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder offers best-in-class front seat legroom of 44.3 inches. And, third row passengers won’t struggle to reach their seats thanks to the Nissan EZ FLEX® one-touch seating. Once seated, they will appreciate the 46.7 inches of hip room, which makes that third row feel spacious. This reflects an increase of nearly 5 inches over previous Pathfinder models.

Convenient and concealed cargo space afforded by the new luggage box increases from 33.3 liters to 54.1 liters in the 2022 Pathfinder. For items you need access to during the drive, the 2022 Pathfinder features a new storage shelf located on top of the glove compartment. Thanks to 16 beverage holders placed throughout the cabin, you and your passengers can stay adequately hydrated on long journeys.

Contact Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, Illinois, to learn more about the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder.

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.

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.