08-28-23

Hyundai Tucson Vs. Nissan Rogue

In recent years, two competitors have emerged to show their stuff in the compact SUV market. The Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Rogue are a pair of well-priced, powerful, and strikingly aesthetic compact SUVs demonstrating that a glow-up can do a lot for a new car model. But which is better? Join us today as we look at the Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Tucson and show why the Rogue takes the lead in the race for the best, affordable, compact SUV on the market.

Hyundai Tucson Vs. Nissan Rogue, Engine Specs And Performance

The first step in any breakdown is to display the hard numbers, and here is what each vehicle brings regarding engine specs and what kind of performance you can expect: Hyundai Tucson Specs

  • Engine power: 187 hp @ 6,100 rpm
  • Engine torque: 178 ft-lbs. @ 4,000 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
  • Fuel economy: 25 City / 32 Highway / 28 Combined MPG
  • Towing Capacity: 2,000 lbs

Nissan Rogue Specs

  • Engine power: 201 hp @ 5,600 rpm
  • Engine torque: 225 ft-lbs. @ 2,800 rpm
  • Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
  • Fuel economy: 30 / 37 / 33 MPG
  • Towing Capacity: 1,500 lbs

The Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Tucson have some pronounced differences under the hood. Obviously, the Rogue can go further on a single tank of gas and is considerably more fuel efficient. Additionally, the Rogue has slightly better handling and a lower turning radius, giving it superior maneuverability. On the contrary, the Tucson has slightly more towing capacity, giving it a slight edge if you need as potent towing. Edge: Nissan Rogue

Hyundai Tucson Vs. Nissan Rogue, Special Features

There are several interior and driver assistance features that are common across the board, although Tucson lacks a few standard features that the Rogue can deliver on standard. Shared features include Bluetooth, advanced cruise control, and folding back seats for expanded cargo space. The Hyundai Tucson brings a bit of extra cargo space, thanks to its larger build. However, to balance the disparity between the pair, the Nissan Rogue has satellite radio, keyless ignition, and automated parking assistance as a standard. Edge: Tie

Hyundai Tucson Vs. Nissan Rogue, Comfort

Both vehicles can seat five and come with cloth seating and optional heated seats. You can stretch out and have relatively similar head and leg room, meaning that even taller folks will fit well in the front and back seats without much issue. There are Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and several USB ports available in the front and back seats. Overall, there is little difference between the Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Tucson regarding comfort. Edge: Tie

Hyundai Tucson Vs. Nissan Rogue, Conclusion

While the exterior aesthetic comes down to personal preference, the more aggressive front end of the Rogue has a striking facade. Performance and fuel economy on the Nissan Rogue are far greater than the Tucson, which cannot make up for its deficit despite having a slightly better towing capacity. The smaller engine on the Tucson holds it back from having a satisfying drive, whereas the Nissan Rogue hits the road in stride without holding back. Finally, the interiors are roughly comparable, with the tech in the Rogue slightly edging out the Tucson. Winner: Nissan Rogue

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08-28-23

Volkswagen ID4 Vs. Nissan Ariya

Nissan and Volkswagen are pioneers in the affordable electric vehicle industry and are no strangers to pushing the market forward with their reasonably priced and technologically advanced vehicles. The Nissan Ariya and Volkswagen ID4 are the latest electrically powered compact SUVs from these manufacturers and make for a close comparison for anyone searching to enter the EV scene without committing to the traditionally small sedans that ruled the electric market for the past decade. Here, we will examine each of these revolutionary EVs and help you choose which is best for your lifestyle.

Volkswagen ID4 Vs. Nissan Ariya Battery Efficiency And Power

One major drawback of the last generation of EVs was their limited range and relatively uninspired performance that could leave drivers wanting. The Nissan Ariya and Volkswagen ID4 buck that trend by delivering exceptional performance and decent range without sacrificing electric efficiency. Here are the specs on both vehicles: Volkswagen ID4

  • Horsepower: 201
  • Torque: 229 ft-lb
  • Range On A Single Charge: 209 miles (Standard Trim)
  • 220v Charge Time: 5 Hours
  • DC Quick Charge Time: 10-80% in 33 min.
  • Battery Capacity: 66 KwH

Nissan Ariya

  • Horsepower: 214
  • Torque: 221ft-lb
  • Range On A Single Charge: 216 miles (Standard Trim)
  • 220v Charge Time: 10 Hours
  • DC Quick Charge Time: 10-80% in 35 min
  • Battery Capacity: 66 KwH

Overall, it is a close race for battery power and performance between the Ariya and ID4. The Ariya has a larger capacity and thus a slightly longer charge time alongside its greater range; however, the difference in 220v charge times is negligible if you are charging at home overnight. The main difference is how they perform, and the Ariya has the edge there. Although the difference in horsepower may seem close, the Ariya feels better to drive and delivers an exhilarating drive compared to the relatively flat sensation provided by the ID4.

Volkswagen ID4 Vs. Nissan Ariya Interior And Technology

Overall, driver safety features, connectivity, and integrated technology are similar between the Ariya and the ID4. However, where they differ is regarding execution. Overall, the Nissan Ariya provides a seamless driver experience, and its wide 12.3" touchscreen infotainment systems make it a breeze to adjust everything from the radio to the climate control systems. The ID4, on the other hand, has a sloppy delivery with convoluted menu navigation, overly sensitive soft-touch controls on the steering wheel, and a generally disjointed feeling to the entire entertainment package. Both vehicles are comfortable and roomy, providing seating for up to five and making the most available room. Where the ID4 has a slight edge is with more cargo space thanks to its more extensive design philosophy. Conversely, the Nissan Ariya has an arguably better aesthetic due to its faux wood trim and simple layout. The interior of the ID4 feels cheap and, for the price, delivers a bland aesthetic that leaves much to be desired.

Volkswagen ID4 Vs. Nissan Ariya Conclusion

While both vehicles make for a great compact electric SUV, the Nissan Ariya pulls ahead thanks to its greater range, superior performance, and overall superior design to the ID4. The redeeming qualities of being a bit cheaper and slightly larger help the ID4 be competitive, but with too many cost-cutting measures evident from even a cursory inspection, it is unlikely to hold up to the Nissan Ariya in the long term.

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08-28-23

Toyota RAV4 Vs. Nissan Rogue

Combining the rugged utility of larger SUVs with the eco-friendly efficiency of smaller sedans, the compact SUV is the most popular vehicle in the United States today. A pair stands out from the crowd among the flooded market of small SUVs as there is nothing like the versatility of the Nissan Rogue or Toyota RAV4. However, despite being in the same sector, these two fantastic compact SUVs share the same amount of differences as they have similarities. Join us today as we look at this pair of incredible vehicles and break down why the Nissan Rogue is likely the best compact SUV for you.

Toyota RAV4 Vs. Nissan Rogue, Performance Comparison

While engines change across the model year, the Nissan Rogue tends toward having a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, whereas the Toyota RAV4 has a larger, not turbocharged, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Both vehicles in their current generation can tow upwards of 1500 lbs standard, yet the Toyota RAV4 does have a special edition made for towing that can get up to 3500 lbs in weight. Conversely, the Nissan Rogue has better performance thanks to its turbocharged engine, which gets zero to sixty, roughly 2 seconds faster than the larger and heavier RAV4. Regarding fuel efficiency, they are close contenders; however, the Nissan Rogue, thanks to its lighter frame and the smaller engine, gets about 35 MPG combined compared to the 30 MPG on the bulkier Toyota RAV4 Winner: Nissan Rogue

Toyota RAV4 Vs. Nissan Rogue, Interior, Comfort, And Tech

While the choice between exterior aesthetics comes down to personal preference, the interior is where you will spend all your time with the vehicle. It must be comfortable, roomy, and equipped with all the features you have come to expect from a modern car. The RAV4 offers slightly more headroom and backseat legroom; however, the Nissan Rogue is far more comfortable to sit in for long periods. Newer Nissan Rogues come equipped with Nissan's select 'Zero Gravity' seats, which provide unparalleled comfort and relief of tension with lumbar support, pushing it a league above the standard bucket seats available on the Toyota RAV4. The Toyota RAV4 has a slight lead for cargo space, offering slightly more space per cubic foot. If your main concern when purchasing an SUV is how much you can fit inside, there isn't likely to be a competitor as the Toyota RAV4 is best in class. Yet, that does not mean that the Nissan Rogue is any slouch, and with 31 cubic feet of cargo space, it falls behind only slightly compared to the 36 cubic feet within the Toyota RAV 4. Interior technology inside both vehicles is the standard fare across the board. New and older models have the same size infotainment screens (8" on more recent models), satellite radio compatibility, wireless smartphone charging, and comparable driver assistance, which varies across the model years. Winner: Tie

RAV4 Vs. Nissan Rogue, Interior, Comfort, And Tech

While the choice between exterior aesthetics comes down to personal preference, the interior is where you will spend all your time with the vehicle. It must be comfortable, roomy, and equipped with all the features you have come to expect from a modern car. The RAV4 offers slightly more headroom and backseat legroom; however, the Nissan Rogue is far more comfortable to sit in for long periods. Newer Nissan Rogues come equipped with Nissan's select 'Zero Gravity' seats, which provide unparalleled comfort and relief of tension with lumbar support, pushing it a league above the standard bucket seats available on the Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 has a slight lead for cargo space, offering slightly more space per cubic foot. If your main concern when purchasing an SUV is how much you can fit inside, there isn't likely to be a competitor as the Toyota RAV4 is best in class. Yet, that does not mean that the Nissan Rogue is any slouch, and with 31 cubic feet of cargo space, it falls behind only slightly compared to the 36 cubic feet within the Toyota RAV 4. Interior technology inside both vehicles is the standard fare across the board. New and older models have the same size infotainment screens (8" on more recent models), satellite radio compatibility, wireless smartphone charging, and comparable driver assistance, which varies across the model years. Winner: Tie

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08-28-23

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya

While Tesla may have dominated the narrative for the electric vehicle (EV) market for nearly a decade, they have seen themselves dethroned as competition has entered the scene and is shaking up the weak foundation Tesla had built its brand upon. The Nissan Ariya has targeted the Tesla Model Y in the electric crossover SUV sector and is out for blood, bringing similar features, a refreshed aesthetic, and a competitive price. Read below for a full breakdown and quick comparison of these two competing EVs.

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Aesthetics

The Tesla Model Y and Nissan Ariya may be in the same class, but they are vastly different aesthetically. The Model Y has a traditionalistic approach to its exterior and doesn't do anything to push the envelope. Conversely, the Nissan Ariya has an aggressive design that cuts an impressive profile and a curb appeal that will turn heads.

Inside, both vehicles have similar sizes but with different execution. Tesla is known for its monolithic central consoles and minimalistic futuristic interior. Nissan Ariya vehicles sport a synthetic wood finish and soft touch buttons that upgrade the traditional switch design in older model vehicles. While comparable, the interiors have one significant difference, which is the undeniably superior comfort of Nissan's patented 'zero gravity' seats. These bucket-style seats reduce fatigue and provide lumbar support making Nissan vehicles more comfortable than anything Tesla can deliver.

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Performance

When considering an EV, the most crucial factor for many purchasers is the vehicle's overall range, performance, and charge time. The Nissan Ariya is a high performer with the following specifications:

  • 90-kwh battery and front-wheel-drive,
  • 300-mile driving range a
  • 214 horsepower and 221 ft-lb of torque
  • Charge times range from 10%-100% in 10 at 220V, 1.5h at 440V

Newer Tesla Model Y Vehicles include:

  • Charge times: 11.5 to 11.8h at 220V and around 50 min at 440V
  • Short Range, Performance, Model:
    • 291-mile of range
    • 450 horsepower
    • 471 ft-lb of torque
  • Long Range Model:
    • 316 miles of range
    • 384 horsepower
    • 375 ft-lb of torque

Overall the Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model Y are incredibly similar and depend heavily on the model trim.

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Technology

Tesla is well known for having incredible technology, and the Model Y is no different. However, the Tesla lineup of vehicles hasn't improved its tech for several years. It has a single monolithic screen that controls every feature of the SUV and comes standard with Tesla's Autopilot features. Conversely, the Nissan Ariya takes it a step further by sporting two 12" screens and its own driver assistance technologies. Both models have Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and wireless phone charging.

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya, The Deciding Factor

Finally, despite being incredibly similar, there is one significant difference between the Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model Y: the price. Whether you purchase a new or used Model Y is roughly $10,000 more expensive than the Nissan Ariya.

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Conclusion

Overall, the choice between the Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model Y is an easy one. With similar technology, some of the highest-rated safety, driver assistance programs, and a far fairer price point, the Nissan Ariya is our choice for the best compact electric SUV.

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02-27-23

Nissan Leaf vs. Hyundai Kona

There are two clear standouts in the race to be the best fully electric vehicle option. The Nissan Leaf is a classic that continues to be iterated upon and is the lowest-priced EV on the market. The Hyundai Kona is a solid semi-luxury choice with an incredible range and great internal features. So which is better? Here we will explore both vehicles and put them head to head in everything from motors and range to safety features.

Engines, Range, And Charging

The range and available engine options are the first and most significant differences between the Leaf and Kona. In terms of distance on a single charge, the Kona has a 64 kWh battery and gets 258 miles of range. On the other hand, the Leaf plus (the larger of two batteries available) is only 62 kWh with an EPA range of 226 miles. The smallest and cheapest battery on the Leaf tops out at 148 miles of range.

The difference in range and how it affects you will ultimately come down to how you intend to use the vehicle. While most Americans will charge their car at home, the difference is negligible. However, you will need to plan more carefully for road trips with the Leaf's shorter range yet comparable charge times.

Price, Maintenance Costs, And Overall Expenses

Due to their nature as electric vehicles, both the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona have reduced maintenance costs over their lifetimes. Entirely electric vehicles require fewer visits to a mechanic and do not need oil changes due to the reduced number of moving parts. Additionally, they have near instantaneous torque and offer superb handling while not wearing down as quickly as other traditional gas-powered counterparts.

So what about the base price? There the Nissan Leaf takes the crown. Even the highest-end model of the Leaf, the Plus, is roughly $5,000 cheaper than the baseline Hyundai Kona. Further, a preowned baseline model of the Nissan Leaf is amongst the lowest price fully electric car on the market and often beats out the competition by over $5,000 on other used vehicles.

Verdict

There is an argument for both the Leaf and the Kona. The pair are different vehicles that each will appeal to buyers depending on needs and what is the most important. Both cars are roughly equal in cargo capacity, headroom, and passenger space. As for safety and driver assistance, Nissan's ProPilot® system is the best on the market and offers more standard safety features than are available on the Hyundai Kona. For the price, the Nissan Leaf makes each dollar go farther; however, it does suffer in terms of a shorter range and smaller motor.

To conclude, the Nissan Leaf is the obvious choice if you use your EV to get to and from work or around the city. When the shorter range is not an issue and charging will mostly be done at home, it provides a similar driving experience for the Hyundai Kona while being priced at a far more reasonable level. Additionally, the Leaf has the best-preowned prices on the market, meaning that this comparison carries over several model year generations.

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02-27-23

Nissan Leaf vs. Chevy Bolt

While the past decade has seen several Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturers storming the market, most have been touting quite the hefty price tag or are slim on safety to make up for the more expensive components. However, there are now several options in the 2020 model years and beyond that offer superior electric capabilities at a reasonable price. The most popular of these budget-friendly EVs are the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt.

Comparable Features Between The Nissan Leaf And Chevy Bolt

Before exploring the differences between the pair, we will examine what makes the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt live at the same level of consideration.

  • Both are inexpensive, with new models coming in at $26,000 for the Bolt and $28,000 for the Leaf base models. Of note is that 2022 Leafs are still eligible for tax credit rebates, whereas only 2023 Bolts can still receive the credit.
  • Each vehicle sports a sleek and compact hatchback design.
  • Both cars seat up to five comfortably and can have the back row flipped down for additional cargo space, although we will explore a discrepancy between them below.

Differences In Motor And Battery

When considering purchasing an EV, one of the crucial factors is battery range and infrastructure for charging. Regarding range, the Chevy Bolt is superior to the Leaf in most regards. The Bolt has a single battery option and can reach EPA estimated ranges of 259 miles. In contrast, the Leaf has battery options depending upon trim, with the smaller pair sporting only 149 miles on a single charge and the more robust option topping out at 212 miles of range.

The range is not the only consideration when it comes to the battery. Which charges faster? The charging capabilities of the Bolt and Leaf are similar, yet, the Bolt can charge slightly faster if you have 240v capabilities at home. However, depending on your area's EV infrastructure, the Leaf comes with a CHAdeMO fast charging capability which can far outperform the limited charging options of the Bolt.

Interior And Safety

While both vehicles have similar proportions and styles, the interiors differ. Concerning cargo, the Nissan Leaf offers substantially more space in the trunk. The Chevy Bolt has a small 16.6 Cu. Ft. of cargo space compared to the Nissan Leaf, which has a solid 23.6 Cu. Ft. Although, this extra cargo room does make the Leaf have slightly less space in the back seat, cutting about two inches of leg room.

In terms of safety, there is little to no competition when it comes to Nissan's ProPilot® driver assistance functionality. While both vehicles offer hands-free and one-pedal driving, the standard safety and driver assistance features on the Nissan Leaf exceed those of the Bolt. These improvements in safety on the Leaf include:

  • Nissan Leaf S:
    • Rearview camera
    • Front collision alarm
    • Automatic emergency braking system
    • Front pedestrian detection
    • Rear automatic braking
    • Blind-spot warning and intervention
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Lane keep assist
  • Nissan Leaf SV Plus Additions:
    • 360-view camera system
    • Driver alertness monitoring

Which Is Better, the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Bolt?

While the choice of EV ultimately comes down to the use case, there is an argument for both. The limited range of the Nissan Leaf ensures that it is a city car, where EVs shine, and the Chevy Bolt wins slightly on versatility. However, the Nissan Leaf's larger cargo space and more robust safety features set it apart.

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02-27-23

Nissan Rogue vs. Ford Edge

Compact and full-sized SUVs are two of the most popular types of vehicles on the road today. The small but mighty Nissan Rogue and the hulking Ford Edge are two shining examples of modern sport utility vehicles. While they are two different types, the Rogue being compact and the Edge having a full-sized body, there are several notes of comparison when considering a new or preowned SUV. So, what are the differences, and which is better?

Performance, Engine, And Power Comparison

First off, the Ford Edge comes armed with the following engine options:

  • 250-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline)
  • 335-hp, 2.7-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline)

In comparison, the Nissan Rogue only has one engine option in a gasoline-powered 201-hp, 1.5-liter, 3 Cylinder Engine. Additionally, the Ford Edge has only all-wheel drive models, while the Rogue can choose between all-wheel or front-wheel drive. In terms of performance on the road, the Ford Edge can pick up speed a bit quicker, yet, its larger body and heavier weight make it feel like turning a boat. These engine types differ in range, power, and efficiency. The Nissan Rogue has a moderate towing capacity of 1,500 lbs which it shares with the baseline 250-hp Ford Edge. However, the much larger 335-hp Edge can tackle larger loads of up to 3,500 lbs. Nevertheless, This power does come at a price, as the Ford Edge has an abysmal MPG in the city of 19 - 21 MPG and 25 - 28 MPG on the highway. In contrast, the Edge boasts 28 - 30 MPG in the city and 34 - 37 MPG on the highway. Which engine is better? This race is too close to call. While the Ford Edge has a greater power level, the Nissan Rogue wins in versatility and lower cost per mile.

Interior, Design, And Features

The Nissan Rogue and Ford Edge are comparable in size, yet, there are a few standout differences.

  • Leg Room Winner: Nissan Rogue has a bit more room in the front end. Although, the Ford Edge does have a couple of extra inches in the back.
  • Head Room Winner: Ford Edge with an extra inch of headspace.
  • Cargo Space Winner: Nissan Rogue, by a slim margin, the Nissan Rogue has about 2 Cu. Ft. more cargo space in total.
  • Seating: The models are equal, and both seat five, with the option to flip down the back row for extra cargo space.

Here the Nissan Rogue wins out by a slight margin. While both vehicles are very close in terms of dimensions, the Rogue manages to have more overall space, despite its compact design.

Price And Future Costs Over The Vehicle's Lifetime

In terms of price, there is little to no comparison. The Nissan Rogue has a much smaller price tag and comes in at around $10,000 less than the Edge for newer models. Furthermore, the Nissan Rogue has superior gas mileage and will go longer with less when compared to the Ford Edge. While the Edge does offer Ford's warranties on new and used vehicles, Nissan has similar warranty and maintenance needs.

Concluding Remarks

So which is better? It's a close race overall; however, the Nissan Rogue takes the slight lead. The Ford Edge can provide a decent towing capacity, but beyond that, the Rogue is equal or greater in almost all other respects.

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02-27-23

Nissan Leaf vs. Tesla 3

The Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model 3 are among the most popular fully electric vehicles on the market today. However, how do they stack up side by side? Here we will examine the space in each, their drivability, price, and batteries.

Interior Size And Features

The Nissan Leaf takes a slight early lead regarding interior size and cargo space. The Tesla Model 3 has 112 Cu. Ft. of internal volume, whereas the Leaf offers slightly more at 116 Cu. Ft. While that difference is minimal in terms of numbers, the Leaf uses its space better, and the real-life cargo and trunk volume of the Leaf beats out the Tesla by offering 23 Cu. Ft. of cargo space over the Model 3's meager 15 Cu. Ft. However, slight this difference is, the Leaf also wins out by affording more overall headroom and improved legroom for passengers.

While the interiors of the Leaf and Model 3 appeal to different aesthetic tastes, one design is not superior to the other. The Leaf and Model 3 have similar driver assistance, with lane monitoring, forward collision technology, and parking assistance. While Tesla does offer fully autonomous driving, it is up to the owner whether they are willing to cede control over to the car's AI.

Finally, the Left does offer other quality-of-life features standard over the optional and expensive choices on Tesla. All Nissan vehicles, the Leaf included, come prepared with Apple Car Play® and Android Auto® ready to go out the gate. Where you can connect your phone directly in the Leaf, the Tesla requires drivers to utilize their proprietary interface, which can be far more clunky and unintuitive to anyone who has not owned a Tesla.

Winner: Nissan Leaf

 

Drivability And Battery

By their nature as electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3 both can boast near instantaneous torque, emission-free driving, and no need for oil changes, which drive down the maintenance costs of both vehicles. The Tesla blows out the Leaf in terms of horsepower and battery life. The Tesla is trying to be a moderate-level sports car, whereas the Leaf has suited itself more as an everyday driver. Additionally, both run on different types of batteries as the Leaf can reach a maximum of 226 miles on a single charge, and the long-range battery of the Tesla tops out at 322 miles. However, as we will explore in the next section, that level of the range comes at a high cost.

Winner: Tesla Model 3

 

Price Comparison

The most significant factor when deciding on a car is how much each one will cost. As of the time of writing, the new Nissan Leaf Pluses price is roughly $17,000 less than the premier version of the Tesla Model 3. While both vehicles offer some federal tax credit, the Nissan Leaf offers a far better deal per dollar spent. Further, the Nissan Leaf wins out on practicality. While Tesla is a growing brand, there are still far more Nissan dealerships and mechanics that can easily access any necessary parts for maintenance. This availability drives the cost of owning a Nissan Leaf even lower, making it the far more economical model when choosing between the two. Overall Winner: The Nissan Leaf

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08-25-22

Nissan Sentra vs. Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is one of the best-selling cars in the US and has been for some time. It’s a popular compact car with little thrills for people who want to get from A to B with minimal fuss. The Nissan Sentra is the Forte’s main rival for the top dog position in the compact car range, but which car is better? Both are relatively cheap (although the Nissan Sentra is more affordable), but it’s not always the more reasonable option, the better one.

Let’s forge ahead with our Nissan Sentra Vs. Kia Forte comparison.

Comparing the Nissan Sentra Vs. Kia Forte directly – Which is the Better Buy?

The latest iteration of the Sentra has had a recent redesign to fit in with the Nissan sedan family, given sharper looks and the familiar Nissan grille. You don’t have any options when it comes to engine size. What you get is certainly powerful enough for an automobile in its class. Recent upgrades have added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, plus Nissan’s driver assistant technology, including blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane-departure warning.

The Kia Forte is famed for its roomy interior and comes with a choice of transmissions. The exterior of the Forte is now considered a little behind the times, especially compared to the Nissan Sentra’s sharp looks, and the interior has lots of hard plastic, which also looks old-fashioned. If there is one thing that’s become a problem with the Kia Forte, it is resale value, as the Forte does not tend to hang on to its value. Bear that in mind – if you choose the Forte, you can expect to run it for several years as it’s simply not worth trading it in.

Engine Size and Performance – Continuing the Nissan Sentra Vs. Kia Forte Comparison

As we have already mentioned, despite being available in three trims, all three versions of the Nissan Sentra come with the same engine – a 2.0 liter choice with four cylinders, FWD, and automatic CVT. This gives 149 hp at 6,400 rpm with 146 lb-ft of torque. Fuel consumption is excellent – 29 in the city and 39 on the highway for a combined 33 MPG.

The most common engine choice for the Kia Forte is also a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with CVT. This is slightly less powerful and more fuel-hungry than the Kia Forte. This engine will give you 147 hp at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb-ft of torque. Fuel efficiency is 27 in the city and 37 on the highway, combining for 31 mpg. Other engine choices include a 1.6-liter turbo inline-4 with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT transmission.

We’ve stated before that you’ll probably be ‘stuck’ with your Kia Forte for a long time and that’s reflected in the warranty offered. This is for five years or 60,000 miles, with the powertrain warranty set at ten years or 100,000 miles. The standard warranty for the Nissan Sentra is three years or 36,000 miles, with the powertrain warranty at five years or 60,000 miles.

So, which is better? There’s little to choose between them, but the Nissan Sentra comes out on top in terms of looks and resale value. The Kia Forte is beginning to look more than a little dated inside and out, and a redesign must surely be in the pipeline.

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08-25-22

Nissan Ariya Vs. Tesla Model Y

If you now only consider an electric vehicle and your budget is too tight for a Tesla Model Y, why not consider the Nissan Ariya? This new EV from Nissan is a direct replacement for the Nissan Leaf and is regarded as the brightest addition to the Nissan range. It’s a compact crossover SUV with five doors that’s got many EV fans very excited.

How does the Nissan Ariya match up to the Tesla Model Y? We’re going to make a direct Nissan Ariya Vs. Tesla Model Y comparison to find out.

The Nissan Ariya Vs. Tesla Model Y Comparison – Which is the Better EV for Your Money?

Nissan and Tesla have already gone head-to-head with the comparison between the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S. Now, the auto brands are at it again, although this time Tesla has got in first with the launch of the Tesla Model Y in 2019, followed by the first deliveries in 2020. The Nissan Ariya was scheduled for launch in 2021, but because of COVID-19 and other reasons, the launch was delayed until 2022.

There are only two versions of the Tesla Model Y – Performance and Long-Range. The Long-Range model has a combined output of 434 hp, which is pretty impressive, although the Performance trim ups this to 483 hp. The Performance can reach a top speed of 155 mph with a zero-to-sixty capacity of 3.6 seconds. The Long-Range maxes out at 135 mph and can reach 60 from a standing start in 4.8 seconds. The Long-Range trim also has a maximum range of 330 miles.

You have more choices with the Nissan Ariya. Drivers can match standard and extended range trims with single or dual-motor variants. All Nissan Ariya cars in North America are powered by a 91kWH battery with a 300-mile range.

The standard Nissan Ariya trim pumps out a steady 235 hp which may sound a little feeble, but it gets you where you need to be. If you move up to the e4orce AWD trim, you can crank that up to 389 hp.

As you might expect, there is one aspect where the Nissan Ariya completely outstrips the Tesla Model Y: price. For the equivalent trim, you are paying over $10,000 less for the Nissan Ariya than the Tesla Model Y.

Design and Functionality – Nissan Ariya Vs. Tesla Model Y – Which Comes Out on Top?

The Tesla Model Y is a hatchback SUV with room for up to seven people, although the second-row seats can fold flat for increased storage. Unfortunately, this adaptability seems to be at the expense of comfort, as the third-row seats have drawn criticism for being awkward to sit on for extended periods.

The Nissan Ariya sacrifices passenger capacity for comfort as it can only seat five, but all five passengers are seated in pristine, cushioned seats. The cargo space of the Ariya is impressive at 59.7 cubic feet, which is just about double what the Tesla Model Y can offer.

Regarding all-around ability, it’s clear that the Nissan Ariya is the winner in this matchup. The Tesla Model Y may win on power and acceleration, but that’s hardly worth paying an extra $10,000 for at a minimum. The Nissan Ariya is comfortable, reliable, and very good-looking and could soon dominate the crossover market globally for EVs.

If you’d like to learn more about the Nissan Ariya, contact the Charlie Clark Nissan dealership in Harlingen. Contact us at (956) 275-7807 or contact us online here.

 

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08-25-22

Nissan rogue vs. Toyota RAV4

Compact SUVs are among the most popular types of vehicles bought by motorists in the US, and if you are in the market for a new compact SUV, then the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 must surely be on your list of considerations. These are two of the most dominant models in the US compact SUV market, selling three-quarters of a million vehicles yearly.

Both SUVs marry convenience and cargo space, precisely what you want from an elite compact SUV. The Nissan Rogue has always had a reputation for value, and the most recent redesign added a more powerful engine and an updated look that makes the Rogue even more of an attractive asset. The Toyota RAV4 is similar to the Rogue in many ways (except that it is more expensive) and can boast hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.

Unsure about which vehicle to turn to? Then our direct Nissan Rogue Vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison should help you out.

Making the Nissan Rogue Vs. Toyota RAV4 Comparison – Which is Better for You?

While the base trims of the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 start at basically the same price, the more features you add to the RAV4, the more expensive it gets. With all Rogues, a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine is now standard, with FWD. AWD is available for an upgrade. All trims (aside from the most basic S trim) have NissanConnect Services as standard, which includes remote locking, maintenance notifications, and automatic updates. You receive these services for free for five years, after which there is a charge. You also get a 30-day trial of using your Rogue as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The non-hybrid versions of the RAV4 have a 4-cylinder engine as standard. With most trims, FWD is standard, with AWD available as an upgrade, just like the Rogue. Hybrid versions use a 4-cylinder engine with rear and front electric motors. The plug-in hybrid has a front electric-drive motor. All RAV4s come with Toyota’s connected services, with a year’s worth free of auto-collision notification, live emergency assistance, and rapid response roadside assistance. After your twelve-month trial period is up, a subscription fee is required. There’s a Wi-Fi hotspot trial available, too, for three months.

Efficiency and Performance – Continuing the Nissan Rogue Vs. Toyota RAV4 Comparison

The Rogue’s unique three-cylinder 1.5L engine gives 201 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque, making it ideal for city driving. The machine is coupled to a continuously variable transmission. EPA figures show the FWD version of the Rogue a combined 33 mpg in fuel efficiency, with 31 mpg combined for the AWD version.

Despite having a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, the RAV4 posts similar figures to the Rogue, with 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It falls slightly behind the Rogue in fuel consumption, though with 30 mpg combined (FWD) and 28 mpg (AWD).

Both hybrid versions of the RAV4 are significantly less powerful – only 176 hp for the standard hybrid and 177 hp for the plug-in version.

In terms of value, power, and that ‘on the road’ feeling, the Rogue is the clear winner here. If you want to be convinced further, why not contact the Charlie Clark Nissan dealership in Harlingen and schedule a test drive? We can help you every step of the way and always offer an excellent range of brand-new Nissan Rogue SUVs and quality preowned vehicles. Why not call us today? Our Harlingen dealership can be contacted at (956) 275-7807, or you can use our available online contact form here.

 

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08-25-22

Nissan Sentra vs. Honda Civic

Honda is a highly famous name for quality vehicles, and the Honda Civic is a very famous sight on the highways of the US. Now categorized as a compact car, the Civic has been around in one form since 1972.

The Nissan Sentra is a decade younger than the Civic and has created many favorable comparisons with the Honda vehicle. People considering purchasing a new or preowned Civic should compare the two cars before making the Civic their next automobile purchase.

Here to help is our direct Nissan Sentra Vs. Honda Civic comparison. Which car comes out on top for power, performance, reliability, safety, and tech?

Nissan Sentra Vs. Honda Civic – Which Vehicle is the Most Suitable for Your Needs?

You may be amazed how similar the Nissan Sentra and the Honda Civic are – the latest iterations even look the same. However, there is one significant difference between them, and it’s an important one – the price. If you decide upon a new Sentra over a new Civic, you will immediately save $2,000 to $3,000 on the MSRP. If you choose to go for a preowned Sentra over a Civic, you will find similar savings or even better.

Both vehicles come with a gas-powered 2.0-liter 4-cylinder inline engine configuration. Despite this, the Civic is slightly more powerful, but not by much – 158hp to the Sentra’s 149hp. The Sentra is slightly thirstier too in terms of fuel economy at 29 MPG city and 39 MPG highway compared to 31 MPG city and 40 MPG highway. In terms of practical motoring, these differences are negligible.

The Sentra and the Civic come loaded with tech as standard – lane keep assist, cruise control, keyless entry, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Sentra has one tech feature that the Civic lacks: a blind spot system.

We are Continuing Our Nissan Sentra Vs. Honda Civic Comparison – Which is Better?

Of course, you will be concerned about the longevity of your vehicle when you purchase it, which is why both a new Sentra and a new Civic will come with a warranty. It will probably not surprise you that the warranty for both vehicles is identical! It’s a three-year or 36,000 miles warranty (basic) with a drivetrain warranty for five years or 60,000 miles. There’s also a three-year or 36,000 miles roadside warranty for both and a 5-year rust warranty.

Both vehicles are incredibly safe, equipped with brake assist, automatic braking, lane keep assist warnings, and forward collision warnings. Only the Sentra comes with a blind spot active warning system, pedestrian detection, and a rear cross-traffic alert as standard. Both the Civic and the Sentra have front and rear side and cushion airbags to protect you in the event of a crash.

Both vehicles also have a maximum seating capacity of five (two front row, three-second row) and practically the same luggage capacity of around 14.5 cubic feet.

So, as you can see, the Nissan Sentra and the Honda Civic are practically the exact vehicles, with the Sentra winning out as being the most cost-effective purchase with higher levels of tech as standard and more safety features. Why not try out the Nissan Sentra today? Book your test drive today via the Charlie Clark Nissan dealership in Harlingen. We think it’ll be a case of ‘love at first drive!’. You can contact a member of our friendly sales support team at (956) 275-7807 or contact us online here.


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08-25-22

Nissan Titan Vs. Toyota Tundra

When motorists are considering a new pickup truck, a Toyota Tundra is one of the models they frequently look at. While there is no doubting that the Toyota Tundra is a very good vehicle, there are a few models currently on the market that are well worth considering too, and leading this field is the Nissan Titan.

You could save yourself hundreds of dollars if you purchase a Nissan Titan over a Toyota Tundra, but you’ll need more reasons than saving money to decide upon your next pickup purchase. Here, we are going to go through a Nissan Titan Vs. Toyota Tundra comparison so you can see which vehicle suits your needs the best. Making the Nissan Titan Vs. Toyota Tundra Comparison – Which Comes Out on Top?

One of the most appealing aspects of both the Nissan Titan and the Toyota Tundra – aside from the fact that both vehicles are manufactured in the US – is that they offer simplicity yet do not compromise on value or technology. If you want a pickup truck that ‘does the job, you cannot go wrong with either vehicle. In addition, people who are not experts on cars and do not want to get confused about engine configurations and axle ratios will also delight in both trucks ‘common sense approach.

With the most recent iterations of the Nissan Titan, only two cab styles are available with the base trim. If you need your pickup truck to be more muscular, there’s always the Nissan Titan XD. There are more trims to look at if you need and most of them come with the option of FWD or AWD. All Titans also come equipped with all of Nissan’s Connect services. These include automatic collision notification, remote locking, anti-theft alarms, and remote engine start – note that payment is expected after an extended trial period for some services. The Toyota Tundra also comes in two cab sizes, equivalent in dimensions to the Nissan Titan. In terms of trim, though, there are fewer options with the Tundra, but like the Titan, all trims come with the FWD or AWD option. The latest trims of the Tundra come with a trial period for Toyota’s connected services, although this does not cover the Wi-Fi subscription, which only last three months and has a tight 2GB data limit.

Direct Comparisons – Nissan Titan Vs. Toyota Tundra – Reliability, Quality, and More

You don’t need to worry about choosing your engine size with the Titan as there’s only one – a 5.6-liter V8 engine tied to a nine-speed automatic transmission giving 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. The same goes for the Tundra, although it’s a less powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine with automatic six-speed transmission generating 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. In terms of power, the Nissan Titan is the winner. The Titan also comes with a much better array of driver assistance aids as standard; plus, in tests for road safety conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Titan was rated as ‘good’ in most categories compared to the ‘marginal’ and ‘poor’ ratings for the Tundra.

If you have chosen the Nissan Titan over the Toyota Tundra and other pickup trucks, we may congratulate you on your wise choice. Here at the Charlie Clark Nissan dealership in Harlingen, we always have a decent range of new and certified preowned Nissan Titan vehicles available. For more information, please check our inventory or contact a friendly sales support team member. You can contact us at (956) 303-8780 or online here.

 

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08-25-22

Nissan kicks vs. Kia Seltos

The current US auto market is saturated with quality subcompact crossover SUVs. If that is the type of car you are looking for, then you have probably narrowed your choices down from many to few, and if you know your stuff, then the Nissan Kicks and the Kia Seltos will be among that list … but which vehicle is the better bet? Here we are going to help you with a direct Nissan Kicks Vs. Kia Seltos comparison. These are two of the most popular subcompact crossover SUVs in the US today, but which of the two would be the better purchase? Read on if you want to find out. Nissan Kicks Vs. Kia Seltos – A Direct Comparison in Terms of Power, Performance, and Technology The Nissan Kicks replaced Nissan’s Juke crossover in 2018. It’s Nissan’s most compact and affordable SUV, but that does not diminish its status as a vehicle. Despite its diminutive size, there is a lot to love about the Nissan Kicks. It may look small on the outside, but there is still a substantial amount of space inside. Even when fully laden with passengers, the Kicks can boast an outstanding 25.3 cubic feet of space for luggage. If you require more, pop down the rear seats, and that capacity doubles. The Kicks is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine paired with CVT. This gives you 122hp with 114 lb-ft of torque – not the swiftest of vehicles, but if you are in the market for a subcompact crossover SUV, superspeed is unlikely to be among your priorities. The one disappointment with the Kicks is that it is FWD only, with no AWD option. However, this disappointment is soon dismissed when you consider the Kicks has a fuel economy of 31 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Most trims of the Kicks come with outstanding levels of driver tech, including forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, and auto-emergency braking, among others. The most positive aspect of the Kia Seltos is that some trims come with AWD. The cargo capacity is practically identical to the Nissan Kicks. The Seltos’ engine is more powerful and speedier than the Kicks, but that makes it hungrier in terms of fuel, so you will be making more trips to the gas station if you go for the Seltos. Tech-wise, the Seltos is extremely unimpressive compared to the Kicks, with just auto-braking and lane-keeping assistance on the base trims. If you want more tech, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you will have to upgrade to the more exclusive and expensive trims. In addition, despite having only been available since 2021, the Seltos have come into criticism for lengthy delivery times, poor quality servicing, and sub-standard onboard components. The Seltos has been marketed by Kia as a budget buy, but that is only true if you are happy to accept a sub-standard base-trim vehicle. In the Nissan Kicks Vs. Kia Seltos Matchup, the Nissan Kicks is the Better Vehicle. We hope we have done enough with our Nissan Kicks Vs. Kia Seltos comparison to persuade you that the Nissan Kicks is the better, more reliable purchase. If you want to be convinced further, why not book a test drive via the Charlie Clark Nissan dealership in Harlingen? We do not doubt that a single test drive will be sufficient to convince you that the Nissan Kicks is your purchase. Why not contact us at Charlie Clark Nissan in Harlingen today? We can be reached at (956) 275-7807, or online here.

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01-10-22

Reasons Why You Should Use Nissan Shop at Home (Nissan @HOME) / Charlie Clark’s Oralé!Pass Service to Test Drive and Buy Your Next New or Used Vehicle | Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen Blog

Buying a car can be an exciting event, and it's even more thrilling when you can do so from the comfort of your own Texas home. Nissan’s @HOME and Charlie Clark’s Oralé!Pass both provide you with a seamless online experience. You will be able to schedule and complete a test drive, manage the purchase process, take delivery, and handle service needs from a computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Talk about convenience…

Reason #1: Shop From Anywhere You Have Internet Access

Nissan’s SHOP@HOME and Charlie Clark Nissan’s Oralé!Pass both can be used through your electronic device, whether you use a tablet, laptop, smartphone, or traditional desktop computer. Each service walks you through the steps, with easy-to-follow instructions. If you're at home lounging or taking a lunch break at work, you can begin shopping. You're not limited to your home or office – shop for a car wherever you have internet or a Wi-Fi connection!

Reason #2: Shop At Any Time – 24 Hours a Day (Weekends and Holidays Included)

Stay-at-home service – that's what's amazing about the Nissan @HOME program and Charlie Clark Nissan’s Oralé!Pass. You can shop while you're at home and don't have to wait until our store opens. If you're ready to buy a new car on Christmas Eve to treat yourself, start right away if you have an internet connection. Did you wake up in the middle of the night, heart pounding because you just cannot wait to drive the new Nissan Titan XD? No sweat-start shopping! Build and price any new Nissan model from Nissan’s SHOP@HOME or browse over 800 new and used vehicles at 11 local sales locations using Charlie Clark Nissan’s Oralé!Pass. Explore every aspect of your vehicle purchase at your own pace and convenience.

Reason #3: Ability to Create a Fully Customizable Payment

With Nissan’s BUY@HOME, you’ll have full pricing transparency. Get a real price with applicable incentives, rebates, taxes, and fees included. Set your down payment, adjust finance or lease terms, and apply local offers for your actual monthly payment. When using Charlie Clark Nissan’s Oralé!Pass, you can build a payment that works for your budget, check out current incentives, choose your terms, and add protection items.

Reason #4: A No-Hassle, Guaranteed Offer for Your Trade-In

No more questioning if your trade will be accepted. Receive a fully guaranteed offer for your trade – not just an estimate. Find out how much your trade is worth by entering in the mileage, year, make and model of your vehicle.

Reason #5: Ability to Choose Your Own Finance Terms

After you've spent your time researching and selecting your car or building it from the ground up, it's time to set up financing. Review lease and financing options in real time with no obligation – and no impact to your credit score. Shop lenders, get approved instantly, and execute agreements online - all from the comfort of your own home.

Reason #6: Ability to Set the Schedule for Delivery for Anywhere, Anytime

Once you've selected your new or used Nissan, set up your financing, and feel eager to get your car home, you can decide where you want your car delivered. It could be your own driveway or in the parking lot of your office building. Even if you purchased this car as a surprise, we could deliver it to your desired location. Whatever you decide-it's up to you!

Start Your Online Purchase Now!

As you're going through the online buying process, you're not alone. Our teams of sales professionals and finance experts will be available to answer your questions or explain unfamiliar terms or confusing language. We provide multiple means of communication including phone, text, online chat, email, or the good old-fashioned visit. To begin your online car search, go to Nissan@Home for new inventory or learn more about our own Oralé!Pass for local new and used inventory. You can also call Charlie Clark Nissan’s internet sales team anytime at (956) 214-2530.

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01-10-22

Ways to Shop for, and Get, Low Car Insurance Rates | Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen Blog

Nobody wants to spend more than we need to for car insurance, but it isn’t always obvious how to shop for, and get lower rates. Many insurance companies, large and small, are competing for your business, most of which have an overwhelming assortment of policy options, making it hard to compare policies and figure out who’s offering lower car insurance rates.

Everyone Claims They Have the Lowest Rates But Shop Around!

Some companies spend a lot of money on commercials to convince you that they offer the lowest car insurance rates. But no single insurer is the low-price leader for everyone. Take use of the comparison tools located on specific websites. These tools allow you to examine the costs of several providers so you can determine which option works best for your budget and needs.

Local and Regional Insurance Companies

Just four companies control more than half of the nation’s auto insurance business. But consider that smaller, regional insurers often have higher customer satisfaction ratings than the big names and may have lower car insurance rates.

Discounts? Just Ask!

Insurers provide car insurance discounts, which can mean lower insurance rates for customers who own a car with certain safety and anti-theft features, those who bundle their car insurance with other policies (such as homeowners), insure multiple cars on one policy, have a clean driving record, pay their premium up front, agree to e-receipts, and to those who are members of professional organizations or affiliate groups.

Ensure Your Credit Score is as High as Possible

Your credit score is a significant factor in the car insurance quotes you receive except for in a few states. Insurance companies say customers’ credit has been shown to correlate with their chances of filing claims. Improve your credit, and get lower insurance rates, by paying your bills on time and reducing your debt.

Older Car? Consider Skipping Comprehensive and Collision Coverage

Collision coverage pays to repair the damage to your vehicle from another car or an object. Comprehensive pays to repair vehicle damage from weather, animal crashes, floods, fire, vandalism, and car theft. But the maximum payout under either policy is limited by the value of the car if it’s totaled or stolen.

Higher Deductibles = Lower Monthly Premiums

If you buy comprehensive and collision coverage, you can save money by opting for higher deductibles. There is no deductible on liability insurance, which pays for the damage you cause others in an accident.

Consider Usage-Based or Pay-Per-Mile Insurance

If you’re a safe driver who doesn’t log many miles, consider a usage-based insurance program. By signing up for these programs, you let the insurer track your driving in exchange for possible discounts based on how much you drive, when you drive, and how well you drive.

Check Insurance Costs When Considering a New or Used Car

You probably already pay attention to factors such as fuel efficiency and repair costs when picking a car to buy, but you should also consider insurance premiums. Not every car or truck costs the same to insure. A quick phone call to your insurer can offer you up-front costs associated with the vehicle and how savings could be applied.

Once you’ve got your insurance information researched and are ready to step into a new vehicle, be sure to contact us at Charlie Clark Nissan in Texas. We have 11 new and used dealership locations to serve you. Call, click, or come by today to schedule your next test drive!

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10-27-21

How To Choose The Right Vehicle

So you’re ready to choose your next vehicle! Whether you have gotten the most out of your current vehicle and it’s time for a trade, you have a new driver in the family, or your previous ride has been totaled, there are countless models to choose from today.

While some shoppers around Harlingen TX and the rest of the Rio Grande Valley find the experience exhilarating, there are many who are terrified by it.

What if you make the wrong choice?

 What if your new vehicle does not actually suit your needs and those of others in your household?

 What if you fall prey to slimy sales gimmicks or dishonest tactics people so often warn against when buying a new vehicle?

The process can be daunting for many of us. Fortunately, there are some guidelines and helpful questions to consider for every type of shopper in the Harlingen area to ensure your next vehicle is the right one.

Before ever driving up to a showroom or browsing online, making a list of what you need from a vehicle will help establish some guiding boundaries. What will the vehicle be used for primarily and who will need to use it most?

To aid this first step, look at your calendar. Avoid the “If I had this type of vehicle, then I could…” type of thinking that gets customers in trouble. A new vehicle is not going to change your lifestyle—let your current schedule dictate your purchase.

It’s All About the Benjamins

Actually, it’s about keeping enough Benjamins to make your payments and maintain your new vehicle. The area where customers really get themselves in a bind is a budget…or lack thereof. This is another guardrail that will keep you from regretting your purchase down the road.

Beyond just the purchase price, consider financing costs, fuel prices, and the average maintenance cost to own the vehicle you choose. A friendly and knowledge sales team like the one at Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen will help customers understand the full price of owning a vehicle before they buy.

Get a Feel for the Vehicle

Once you have narrowed down your options following an assessment and creating a budget, the real fun begins—and you should let yourself enjoy the process from this point forward as a reward for being prudent!

Make sure to spend an adequate amount of time test driving a vehicle you are considering. While like makes and models will be similar to one another, each individual car is unique. Therefore, shoppers around Harlingen TX are wise to drive the exact vehicle they are looking to purchase long enough to know if it is the right one or not.

In the end, the dealership makes all the difference. For the best car buying experience, call Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen at 956-303-7624 or browse the inventory and get in touch online today!

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05-26-21

Driving Techniques That Improve Your Vehicle’s MPG | Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen Blog

There is no doubt that events in the US since the turn of 2020 have been far from the norm, and for many of us it’s been a case of taking a financial hit. Although we are now hopefully on the road to recovery, it’s important for most people that they find ways to cut down on the amount of money they spend.

One way you can cut down on your spending is to adopt better driving techniques. The more effectively you drive, the less fuel you will use. This means fewer trips to the gas station and less spending on fuel.

Here are some top tips you ought to follow if you want to lower your vehicle’s MPG.

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Drive Passively, not Aggressively

Most journeys are about getting from point A to point B safely. Sometimes there are time constraints, but if you plan your journey well and give yourself plenty of time, then there should be no reason to rush.

A journey is not an adrenalin-filled NASCAR event. If you are accelerating up full speed at every opportunity and braking sharply at the last second, then all you are doing is burning fuel for the sake of it. An aggressive driver typically burns between 10 and 15 percent more fuel per trip than a passive one.

Aggressive drivers are also more likely to cause fender benders than passive drivers. This could mean repair bills, higher insurance premiums and even additional legal costs.

The Slower You Drive, the Less Fuel You Use

Many people consider the speed limit set on highways to be a challenge – to see how far they can creep above it without alerting the attention of law enforcement agencies. If this describes you, then you are paying a premium for your ‘daring’ ways.

Most cars are built so that they achieve maximum fuel efficiency at between 40 and 50 mph. The faster you go beyond that point, the more fuel you will burn – driving at a consistent 80 mph for example will drop your vehicle’s fuel economy by between 10 and 15 percent.

Naturally, on some roads you may incur the wrath of your fellow road users if you are creeping along at 50 mph, but if you stay within the speed limit (and therefore remain lawful!) as opposed to sitting 5-10 mph above it, you will save fuel and therefore money.

Pack Light

The lighter your vehicle is on the road, the better its fuel economy. We are not suggesting you go on a diet here, but if you typically haul around items in your vehicle that you only need on rare occasions, then you are wasting money. Every 100 pounds that you carry in your vehicle reduces your fuel economy by one to two percent.

A roof-top box on your vehicle is a great and convenient way to haul cargo, but if you leave the roof-top box on your vehicle’s roof when it is empty or not needed, then you are severely reducing the fuel economy of your vehicle for no reason whatsoever. The ‘drag factor’ of the box can reduce the MPG-rating of your car by as much as 25 percent on the interstate. The best policy therefore is to remove your roof-top box when it is not required or invest in a rear-mounted cargo box or tray instead.

For a wide range of fuel-efficient vehicles, contact the number one approved Nissan dealership in Harlingen – Charlie Clark Nissan. You can view our inventory online at any time or arrange to visit us at a time suitable for you. Contact us by phone at (956) 734-2490 or use our online contact form.

 

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05-26-21

Why Owning a Car Early Can Save You Money And Be Better For Your Livelihood | Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen

Car ownership among young people around the world has been falling at record levels over the past ten years. Take the UK for example - in the 1990s around 50 percent of people between the ages of 17 and 20 had a driving license. By 2018 that ratio had fallen to 33 percent.

The US has a very different relationship with cars than most other countries, including the UK. Much of the human-created geography of the US is structured so that getting around without some kind of personal transportation is practically impossible. The number of households that have access to a vehicle has remained steady at around 93 percent for the past decade.

There are fears though that millennials in the US may start to follow the trends set by their cousins across the pond, and that car ownership among the young in the US may start to falter. Here then are some very good reasons why car ownership is something anyone should seriously consider as soon as they are old enough to learn how to drive.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 15, 2014) Ð U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year. These crashes cause a half-million injuries and take 6,000 lives annually. To help raise the visibility of this critical issue, Nissan has partnered with NBC Universal and Adam Levine to promote ÒRed Thumb DayÓ Ð inspired by ÒRed Thumb Reminder,Ó a program created by Steve Babcock of EVB advertising. Marking your thumb serves as an important reminder to not text and drive.

Express Your Independence

Learning to drive and owning your first car has always been seen as a rite of passage in the US, and rightly so. As children start to approach the end of their teens, they will want to explore the world on their own terms and not be thwarted by the availability of their parents, and the limitations of public transport. Home will always be home, but a whole world of destinations opens up to anyone as soon as they take possession of the keys to their first, privately-owned vehicle.

Have More Time to Do What You Want

Getting from Point A to Point B in a car is relatively simple. You get in your car at Point A, then drive it to Point B, and then you get out again. The biggest issue you may face is finding some place to park your car at Point B, but that’s about it.

Compare that to public transport. There may not be a bus or train stop at Point A or Point B, so you’ll have to walk to get there. You may also have to spend time planning the logistics around your day, as you cannot simply summon a bus or train at will (there are cabs and Ubers of course, but they are much more expensive). Then there’s the journey itself – full of stops as passengers get on and get off. Typically, the same journey by public transport takes at least two and a half times as long than via a vehicle – is that time you can afford to waste?

Owning a Car Will Save You Money in the Long Run

Purchasing or leasing a car may not be cheap, and keeping it running costs more than a few cents, but car ownership is significantly cheaper than alternative transport options. Every cent you spend on public transport is a cent lost, but as long as you keep your vehicle in a reasonable condition, it will retain a good percentage of its value when the time comes to upgrade.

Mile-for-mile, a car is also the cheapest means of travel when compared to public transport (two to three times more expensive) and private transport (twenty to thirty times more expensive).

If you are looking for a vehicle at any age, then head down to the Charlie Clark Nissan showroom that serves the Harlingen and McAllen areas. We always have a supreme collection of quality new and used vehicles in stock, so check out our online inventory for an up-to-the-moment indication of what we have available. You can of course always contact us by phone at (956) 734-2490 or you can use our online contact form.

 

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12-23-20

Why the Nissan Rogue Stands Above the Toyota Rav4 | Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen

There has never been a time in US automobile purchasing history like the present day when it comes to the popularity of compact SUVs. Sport-utility vehicles offer a compact yet spacious size, comfort and versatility, all of which makes them supremely popular. Companies such as Nissan, Ford and Toyota are always keen to gain as much of the market share as they can when it comes to this important vehicle niche.

As we reach the end of 2020 the new model year commences and two of the US’s leading vehicle manufacturers – Nissan and Toyota – have released new versions of their best-selling SUVs. For Nissan it’s the Rogue and for Toyota it’s the RAV4 Prime. These vehicles each year go neck-and-neck for the number one spot in the list of premier SUVs and 2021 is not going to be any different. One vehicle though has to take that number one spot – the question is, which?

The 2021 Version of the Nissan Rogue is Adequately Designed to Turn Heads

People who claimed that the 2020 version of the Rogue was too “cute” are likely to be satisfied by the stylistic changes made to the 2021 model which has a more dynamic design. The dramatic front end has the distinctive Nissan-style LED headlights, and the vehicle sits 0.2 inches closer to the road. It is also one and a half inches shorter.

Inside, the new Rogue offers a stylish, comfortable ride for both driver and passengers, complete with an electronic shifter as opposed to a bulky mechanical one. This makes more storage space available up front, which is something in common with the rest of the vehicle. To add to the comfort the Rogue’s console has Google Maps, Waze and wireless Apple CarPlay, and to add to the convenience a wireless smartphone charger and USB charging ports.

The Rogue has a 2.5-liter DOHC direct-injection 4-cylinder engine that provides 181hp and an estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg.

Toyota’s RAV4 in 2021 May Disappoint Those Who Were Expecting a Little Bit More

Like the 2021 Rogue, the new RAV4 has been made to look a little more aggressive, with the vehicle’s front end being made to look more like a truck than a traditional SUV. Approach the RAV4 from the front and you’ll be impressed by the extended overhang and typically Toyota-look grille.

The 2021 RAV4’s interior makes even the base model look like a luxurious one. Drivers will appreciate the finely-tuned driving position and the intuitive controls. Just like the Rogue there is plenty of storage space and easy-folding seats for when transporting more than just passengers. The infotainment and display aspects of the 2021 RAV4 are a little disappointing though when compared to the Rogue.

The RAV4 has a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine combined with all-wheel-drive electric motors. Electric power is provided by a lithium-ion battery pack but with a driving range of only 40 miles.

While there seems little to choose between these two popular SUVs it seems likely that most people would favor the 2021 version of the Nissan Rogue over the same model year of the Toyota RAV4. In terms of performance there is little difference between them, but if you want the more comfortable drive then it’s got to be the Rogue. The Rogue also has a deceptively stellar amount of storage space which of course adds to its versatility.

The Rogue is also the better-looking vehicle of the two, with the SV trim perhaps being the version to go for if you want to turn the heads of the people that you drive past.

For the 2021 Model of the Nissan Rogue or any Nissan Vehicle, Contact Charlie Clark Nissan

If you are sold on the Nissan Rogue – the 2021 version or any other recent year - then the best place to get your hands on the wheel of one is at the Charlie Clark Nissan showroom in Harlingen, Texas. We always have a decent variety of new and preowned Nissan vehicles in our inventory, so make sure that you go take a look!

If you want to speak to any member of our team, just pick up your phone and call us at (956) 303-9414. You can also contact us using our online contact form.

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