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Windsor Nissan Best Choice Sales Event June 22nd, 2013

Exclusive Windsor Nissan June Sale

Exclusive Windsor Nissan June Sale

 

2013 Nissan GTR Review from Windsor Nissan

Strengths

One of the world’s top performance cars; rare and exclusive; aggressive, distinctive look; sophisticated powertrain

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Changes

For 2013, the Nissan GT-R gets another power boost from its twin-turbo V6 engine; this year it’s up to 545 horsepower, up from 530 last year and 485 the year before, due to increased intake efficiency, better airflow to the intercooler, and improved exhaust efficiency. Additionally, the transmission has been refined and the suspension retuned. Inside, front seat support and comfort are much improved.

 

Value

Some might know the Nissan GT-R more from racing video games than from the street. The GT-R is a true exotic supercar–it’s a legend because of its rarity, exotic powertrain, and incredible performance numbers. While the GT-R might not make a practical daily driver, this high-performance coupe is a must-have for collectors, the image-conscious, and those who must have what’s fastest.

Overview

The Nissan GT-R is offered in Premium and Black Edition models, both powered by a special 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6, now making 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. Power is put to all four wheels with a performance-oriented all-wheel drive system, and a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox (with no actual clutch pedal) handles the shifting. With the GT-R’s additional power, the dash to 60 mph takes around three seconds, and top speed is a claimed 196 mph. Brakes are strong enough for secure stops from well into triple-digit speeds, and handling is enhanced by the variable-power-split AWD system. The ride is stiff, in a nod to this car’s prioritization of performance above all else. Inside, the GT-R feels snug, with a strong cockpit design. The driver sits low in rather narrow, well-bolstered sport seats, with a wide center console alongside. Steering wheel paddle shifters can command quick shifts, while center-stack controls are canted slightly toward the driver. The GT-R has a very extensive list of features. Heated, leather-suede-trimmed seats, full power accessories, an Intelligent Key entry and ignition system, a navigation system with XM NavTraffic and NavWeather, a universal garage-door opener and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity are all included. Also included is a Bose sound system with nine speakers, two subwoofers, Bluetooth streaming audio and DVD playback capability, USB and iPod connectivity and XM satellite radio. Priced about $10,000 above the $96,820 GT-R Premium, the Black Edition adds metallic black lightweight forged aluminum wheels, designed by RAYS, plus Recaro sport bucket seats and unique red and black interior trim. There are few major options on the GT-R. A Cold Weather Package adds Dunlop run-flat tires and smoke-gray forged aluminum wheels. A backup camera is also available.

2012 Nissan Frontier Review from Windsor Nissan

Overview of 2012 Nissan Frontier

Strengths
Maneuverability; affordability; fuel-saving 4-cylinder base model; very capable V6; innovative storage solutions
Changes
Nissan’s Frontier compact truck gets a newly available Sport Appearance Package for 2012. It is available on either King Cab or Crew Cab SV models, it adds Dark Hyper Silver-finished wheels, appearance upgrades and Bluetooth. Throughout the lineup there are three new exterior hues: Brilliant Silver, Lava Red and Metallic Blue. Also for 2012, a 2-wheel Brake Limited Slip system and electronic stability control are now standard on all Frontiers.
Value
The Nissan Frontier is one of the lowest-priced pickups available; and with the discontinuation of the Ford Ranger for 2012, it’s also one of the few compact trucks remaining on the market. Four-cylinder Frontier models fill most needs for a basic truck–provided you have only light-duty tasks like hauling firewood or appliances–while V6 models are the way to go for those with serious towing in mind. In any of its guises, the Frontier is more maneuverable and easier to park than full-size pickups, while Crew Cab models have enough space for four adults and compared to other small trucks the Frontier line still offers some innovative storage features, such as removable rear-seat storage boxes, and the Utili-track adjustable tie-down system. Off-road purists will also like the complete set of go-anywhere equipment and interior comforts in the PRO-4X models, while in general, the Frontier can handle heavier-duty tasks than some other compact trucks because of its shared frame and structure with the larger Titan.
Overview
The Nissan Frontier is a family of compact or mid-size pickups, powered by 4-cylinder or V6 engines. Throughout the model line, you can get King Cab or Crew Cab body styles and most of the model line–all but base S and SV 4-cylinder models–is available with a choice of rear-wheel drive or part-time 4-wheel drive. The Frontier model line consists of S, SV, SL and PRO-4X models. Frontier S King Cab and some SV models can be had with an economical 152-horsepower, 2.5L in-line 4-cylinder engine, but the rest of the Frontier lineup includes a 261-hp, 4.0L V6 engine. With either engine, a manual gearbox is the base transmission (5-speed with 4-cylinder, 6-speed with the V6), but in either case a 5-speed automatic is optional. Those who haul heavy loads–or plan to tow–will be happy with the plentiful torque and strong, smooth character of the V6. When properly equipped, some versions can tow up to 6,500 pounds. Built on a sturdy platform, with its frame design borrowed from the larger Titan pickup, the Frontier is perhaps better-suited to off-roading or heavier hauling than other compacts. For the trail, Frontier 4×4 models include Hill Descent Control, to help moderate speed down steep slopes when off-roading, while Hill Start Assist helps the driver get a smooth start on an incline. Additionally, rear-wheel drive models get a new Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) system that helps gain traction and stability. While front seat accommodations are just as spacious in either body style of the Frontier, King Cab models, with their rear-hinged back doors, include flip-up rear seats that would work fine doing temporary duty for kids, while Crew Cab models have adult-size back-seat space and easy entry and exit. King Cab models come with flip-up rear seats, as well as removable storage boxes under the seats, while all models have center-console storage plus a locking dual glovebox. Crew Cab models can be had with either a standard-length bed–for the best maneuverability–or a Long Bed for more cargo capacity. Because it shares the same underlying design and frame structure with the larger Titan, the Frontier doesn’t break a sweat for heavy hauling tasks. The suspension–a double wishbone design in front and overslung leaf springs in back–is also built for serious work without sacrificing too much ride quality. Critical components, like brake lines and other underbody hardware, are tucked inside frame rails, and 4×4 models get at least 8.9 inches of ground clearance as well as approach and departure angles that will lessen the chances of scrapes and dents when off-roading. Frontier S, SV, SL, and PRO-4X models cover a wide span of prices, equipment, and needs. The PRO-4X model is kitted out with Bilstein high-pressure off-road shocks, skid plates, a 4-wheel limited-slip system, and tough off-road wheels and tires, plus keyless entry, cruise control, power windows and locks and a red-stitched leather interior with leather trim and white-faced gauges. Top Crew Cab PRO-4X trims also get a power driver’s seat moonroof, heated front seats, and a roof rack with crossbars.

2011 Nissan Murano is One Classy SUV at Windsor Nissan

The 2011 Nissan Murano is One Classy SUV at Windsor Nissan

2011 Nissan Murano is One Classy SUV at Windsor Nissan

2011 Nissan Murano is One Classy SUV at Windsor Nissan

For 2011, the mid-size Murano crossover vehicle gets a new look in front, including a different grille design, new LED taillights, and refreshed bumper and fascia designs. Graphite Blue is a new addition to the exterior palette. Inside, the hue of the instrument-panel lighting has been changed from orange to white. Nissan has added a new SV trim to the Murano lineup this year, slotting between the base S and popular SL models but below the most luxurious LE trim.

2011 Nissan Murano is One Classy SUV at Windsor Nissan

2011 Nissan Murano is One Classy SUV at Windsor Nissan

The SV adds Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity, satellite radio, a dual-panel moonroof, a color monitor screen with backup camera and a power driver seat. The SL and LE trims get other additional standard equipment this year, with new woodgrain trim and fresh center-stack colors making the LE cabin more of a standout. Late in the model year, there will be an addition to the Murano lineup: the new Murano CrossCabriolet, a 2-door 4-seat soft-top version of the Murano that has a higher ride height than other convertibles while offering some of the same interior plush interior comforts and details as the rest of the Murano models.

 

Nissan’s Murano stands out as offering one of the most stylish, best-trimmed, and best-appointed interiors from a non-luxury brand, with warm, soft-touch materials and color choices than make some other mainstream-brand crossover models seem drab. The Murano’s powertrain, while not overtly sporty, is also one of the smoothest and strongest in the business for typical suburban use-getting ahead at stoplights and making safe, quick passes on the highway, for example. Ride quality is also worth singling out; the Murano has a pretty impressive ride, especially with the standard 18-inch wheels, without feeling too floaty for a curvy road.

 

2011 Nissan Murano is One Classy SUV at Windsor Nissan

2011 Nissan Murano is One Classy SUV at Windsor Nissan

The Murano lineup is now offered in four different trims-S, SV, SL and LE. While each of the models are offered in a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, they’re all powered by the same 260-horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Altogether, the powertrain is smooth and responsive, and the all-wheel drive system isn’t configured so much for off-roading as to improve traction and stability on slippery roads. Ride and handling in the Murano is also oriented for family use on streets and boulevards rather than rutted trails. The 4-wheel independent suspension with large front and rear stabilizer bars allows an absorbent ride with crisp handling, and the speed-sensitive power-steering system-much like the one used in the Nissan Maxima sport sedan-has a nice weighting along with some feedback from the road.

2011 Nissan Murano is One Classy SUV at Windsor Nissan

2011 Nissan Murano is One Classy SUV at Windsor Nissan

Larger 20-inch alloy wheels help give the Murano a somewhat more aggressive stance in LE models, but the 18-inchers in S, SV and SL models have been redesigned this year, too. Chromed door handles and dual exhaust tips help provide accents and all models but the S can be had with roof rails. Inside, the Murano has a stylish look, including luxury-caliber surfaces and trims, available double-stitched leather upholstery and, in general, a warmer, softer look than you’d find in most mid-size crossovers. The cabin includes a dual-level center console, huge glove compartment, various storage pockets and ample cupholders. There’s enough space for three in back, and the split-folding seats flip to a nearly flat floor quite easily. The Murano S lands at the affordable end of the lineup and includes power windows and locks, keyless entry, a 6-speaker audio system, push-button start and an iPod interface. The SL adds Bluetooth hands-free, a rear-view monitor, roof rails, and privacy glass, while the SL brings a power rear seatback return, a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, heated seats and mirrors, a garage-door opener and Bose premium audio with 2GB of audio storage. Top LE models get silver-accented roof rails, rain-sensing wipers, HID bi-xenon headlamps, and 20-inch titanium-finish alloy wheels, plus a power-adjustable steering wheel with memory setting, woodgrain interior trim and heated rear seats. Options at the top of the line are limited to a Navigation Package that brings a touch-screen navigation system and 9.3 GB of music storage, plus Bluetooth Streaming Audio and voice recognition. The new CrossCabriolet convertible will only be offered in top LE trim, with space enough in back for two adults and a trunk that’s significantly smaller-at about eight cubic feet-than the standard Murano.

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