Nissan Study Indicates Summer Road Trip Trend in America

Nissan Study Indicates Summer Road Trip Trend in America | Dixon, IL
Nissan Study Indicates Summer Road Trip Trend in America | Dixon, IL

Nissan recently commissioned a new study, which indicated that 71 percent of Americans would rather travel in a car than sit in an airplane seat. Even those aged 65 and older are 85 percent were more likely to go on a trip with a car this summer.

Respondents said that those road trips were outdoor-focused, featuring activities like camping or boating — the type of adventures that require a Nissan vehicle with towing capacity.

“Towing can be intimidating for first-timers and even those with experience,” said Jared Haslam, vice-president, Product Planning, Nissan North America. But Nissan has several vehicles to choose from that provide a range of towing options when properly equipped.

The Nissan Armada can tow a maximum 8,500 pounds, while the TITAN XD can tow up to 11,000 pounds. These are great choices if you need to tow a camper. Even the 2020 Nissan Rogue and Murano have decent strength for towing, delivering 1,100-pound and 1,500-pound towing ratings, respectively. These models make it easy to transport jet skis or ATVs for a weekend getaway.

It’s not too late to enjoy the last days of summer warmth here in Dixon, IL. Whatever your adventure, Nissan vehicles make a great companion. Stop by Ken Nelson Nissan if you’re in need of a new ride to transport you on your next road trip.

2020 Nissan Sentra Ranks on Wards 10 Best Interiors List

2020 Nissan Sentra Ranks on Wards 10 Best Interiors List | Dixon, IL
2020 Nissan Sentra Ranks on Wards 10 Best Interiors List | Dixon, IL

The 2020 Nissan Sentra is a family sedan with style and comfort befitting of a luxury vehicle. This model ranked on this year’s Wards 10 Best Interiors List, cementing its place above 30 competitors within its class.

The value of the elegant amenities paired with an affordable price tag is what ultimately won over the judges at WardsAuto. The company’s Managing Editor Tom Muphy said, “The all-new Nissan Sentra rolled in for WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors and stole our hearts with its quilted leather seats, upscale materials, and spot on fit-and-finish…It’s somewhat shocking that an automaker can deliver this much style and content at such a low price.”

Heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, contrast seat-stitching, satin chrome aluminum accents, and a control layout catered to the driver are just some of the features which take the comfort and class to such great heights.

The 2020 Nissan Sentra boasts a suite of advanced technologies which elevate the interior to another level. An 8-inch touch-screen, Google Assistant voice recognition, and a hands-free text-messaging assistant are just some of the conveniences which improve the safety and ease of the user experience.

Pay tribute to the 2020 Sentra’s latest accolade when you take one for a whirl here at Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, IL.

Hone Your Drawing Skills With Nissan’s Coloring Pages

Hone Your Drawing Skills With Nissan's Coloring Pages | Dixon, IL
Hone Your Drawing Skills With Nissan’s Coloring Pages | Dixon, IL

Nissan’s global design team invites you to #DrawDrawDraw. In an effort to connect artists all over the world, the company has created downloadable coloring pages.

The project offers 23 line drawings of Nissan cars, including classics like the 240Z and the Rouge, to today’s Leaf and concept cars like the Ariya and IMs. Like people all over the world, Nissan designers have been working from home during the global pandemic, and this seemed like the perfect time launch the drawing project.

The idea was launched in a video by Nissan senior vice president for global design, Alfonso Albaisa, who is sheltering at home with his two young sons. The company will post more videos by other designers in the future who discuss how art becomes reality in the process of design. The idea is to encourage people to express their creativity during this difficult time and to connect with those who might be thinking of becoming car designers themselves.

Nissan wants to see everybody’s drawings, so the company is asking artists to tag their work with the hashtag #DrawDrawDraw when they upload it to social media. Consider contributing your own masterpiece to the project; it can be anything from digital drawings to pencil and paper or markers on a wall.

We here at Ken Nelson Nissan wish you and yours a creative (and safe) summer. Remember to call us for any questions about car care or how to finance a new Nissan vehicle.

Helpful Tips for Working from Home With Kids

Helpful Tips for Working from Home With Kids | Dixon, IL
Helpful Tips for Working from Home With Kids | Dixon, IL

If the COVID-19 crisis has left you working from home, you find yourself confronted with a new set of unique challenges. This holds particularly true if you’re a parent whose kids are staying home with during the typical 9-to-5. While working from home with kids is a real challenge, taking a few steps can help make the process easier for everyone.

Let people know what (and who) you’re working with

While viral videos might have you think that kids busting into the room on a call is cute or funny, it can be a major problem if you’re speaking with an important client, customer, or supervisor. To avoid any ill feelings, let anyone you’re on a call with know that your kids are home, which will ensure no one is surprised to hear crying or see a small face pop up on a Zoom call. On the flipside, make sure your little ones know that you have an important meeting and that they need to be as quiet as possible.

Empower your kids to entertain themselves

Even if they have a short attention span or finnicky sense of focus, your child should be able to lock into a n unsupervised activity long enough for you to get important stuff done. Whether it’s putting the baby down to nap, turning on the television for an afternoon cartoon, or giving your kid a chore or homework to complete by a deadline, you can create pockets of time where you can better focus on your work while your kid focuses on their own tasks.

There are lots of different things that you can do to make working from home with kids easier. In the end, it’s important to remember that even after a bad day, the best thing about it is knowing your kids there with you, safe and sound. From the family at Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, IL, to you and yours: stay safe and healthy.

Rainy Day Activities for Car Geeks

Rainy Day Activities for Car Geeks | Dixon, IL
Rainy Day Activities for Car Geeks | Dixon, IL

The saying goes that April showers bring May flowers, but the increase in rainfall can be a real drag if you just want to go for a drive. If you’re staying in but want to tap into your love of all things automotive, trying some rainy day activities for car geeks should do the trick.

Play a racing game

With today’s consoles and computers, playing a racing game has never made you feel closer to the option. Whether you want the simulation feel of hitting the track for your favorite motorsports team or the wild excitement of arcade-style zooming through crowded city streets, there’s a racing game out there for you. The feeling only gets better if you have a racing wheel or virtual reality accessories.

Spruce up your ride

If you have a garage or a carport, a rainy day might be the perfect time to give your ride a little TLC. Park your car under a roof and spend an afternoon cleaning out the interior, polishing the wheels and chrome accessories, or just reorganizing your cluttered glovebox. You can also use the time to clean up your garage space so that it’s easier to find things and more personable.

Take a ride

Driving in the rain means you’ll need to be extra cautious, but it can be pretty relaxing if you enjoy the pitter patter of raindrops on your windshield. If you’re driving a Nissan with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive like the 2020 Altima, Rogue, or Rogue Sport, you can feel even more confident that you’re in control of your drive.

There’s plenty to do on a rainy day if you’re into all things cars. One idea: Check out the Ken Nelson Nissan website and see all the great new vehicles we have in stock.