2018 Nissan LEAF Pricing Announced

Last month, Nissan announced its 2018 Nissan LEAF pricing details ahead of the 100 percent electric vehicle’s release in early 2018. And the big news? The new Nissan LEAF will be available here at Tom Naquin Nissan at an even cheaper MSRP than the outgoing model.

2018 Nissan LEAF pricing - Tom Naquin Nissan - Elkhart, IN

The 2018 Nissan LEAF is projected to start at $29,990 (before tax credits and incentives),* which is $690 below the MSRP for the 2017 model. The new LEAF will be available in all 50 states, including here in Indiana.

Another big update for 2018 is the LEAF’s improved (up 40 percent) driving range—now 150 miles** (projected by the EPA). And while that is big enough news, Nissan announced the LEAF EV will boast new advanced technologies like ProPILOT™ Assist and e-Pedal and also benefits from a 37 percent increase in horsepower.

The S model contains a long list of standard features, but opting for the SV will get you Intelligent Cruise Control, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The top-of-the-line SL trim adds a Bose® Premium audio system, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, and more.

Be sure to visit Tom Naquin Nissan early next year to test drive the 2018 Nissan LEAF.

*Price is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes tax, title, license, options and destination charge. Dealer sets actual price.

**EPA estimate. Actual mileage will vary.

Nissan Altima and Murano Earn New J.D. Power Awards

The J.D. Power Awards have long been the go-to place for drivers hunting for their next vehicle. The studies and surveys offer a real-world representation of what new vehicle owners can expect. This year, the Nissan Altima and Murano proved their worth by taking home a few new J.D. Power Awards.

2017 Nissan Altima - Tom Naquin Nissan - Elkhart, IN

The Nissan Altima, a midsize sedan, and Murano, an SUV, placed as category winners in the 2017 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. Now in its 22nd year, the APEAL study asks vehicle owners to evaluate their new models for a score out of 1,000 points.

The midsize sedan segment is usually a tight race, but the Nissan Altima pulled through spectacularly, placing two points ahead of the runner up. The Nissan Murano took a solid lead, coming in eight points ahead of the runner up.

In addition to its APEAL Study category awards, the Nissan Altima and Murano placed first in the Midsize Car and Midsize SUV segments, respectively. They weren’t the only Nissan models taking home some major awards, though.

The Nissan Titan, a large light duty pickup, took second place in its segment. The Nissan Rogue stole the show with a 46-point improvement on 2016’s results.

We here at Tom Naquin Nissan are happy to see such good results from a major study!

For All Types of Drivers: 2017 Nissan Rogue Reviews

The 2017 Nissan Rogue is a standout in the compact SUV segment. Read snippets of 2017 Nissan Rogue reviews from across the web below before coming in to Tom Naquin Nissan for your Rogue test drive.

Allow this to pique your interest. Critics love the new 2017 Nissan Rogue!
Kelley Blue Book rates the all-new Rogue an 8.8 out of 10.

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com rated the all-new Rogue with 8.8 out of 10, with especially high praise for the Rogue’s comfort and convenience (9.1) and value (9.0). KBB reviewers believe all types of drivers from “small families” to “road-tripping adventurers” will find plenty to love in the Rogue.

U.S. News & World Report rated the Rogue similarly with 8.0 out of 10. This review site’s kudos singled out the Rogue’s superb fuel efficiency, spacious cargo area, and “classy interior with upscale finishes.”  Meanwhile, The Car Connection lauded the Rogue’s “good looks” and bevy of safety features, as well as the surround-view cameras and USB and Bluetooth® streaming.

Motor Trend gave the thumbs up to the Rogue’s safety features and quiet interior, but its top praise was for the hybrid variant of the 2017 Nissan Rogue. Finally, Edmunds praised the Rogue’s “best-in-class front seat comfort,” “user-friendly tech options,” and “versatile cargo space,” also pointing out that “ride quality remains comfortable over varying terrain.”

Have we piqued your interest? Then visit Tom Naquin Nissan for a test drive in the all-new 2017 Nissan Rogue.

Nissan Makes Strides in New Electric Technology

Electric vehicles seem to be in the midst of a renaissance of sorts. This month, Tesla will launch the made-for-mass-consumption Tesla Model 3, set to be the all-electric automaker’s most affordable offering yet.

On the other hand, there’s the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. The new Leafs will feature brand new electric technology to challenge the Tesla Model 3 in 2018.

Nissan Leaf - New Electric Technology - Tom Naquin Nissan

A major component of Nissan’s new electric technology is its ProPILOT system. ProPILOT is a foray into semi-autonomous driving, as well as a boost to the Leaf’s single-charge range, jumping up to 200 miles. ProPILOT can be activated at any speed between 18 and 62 MPH. It will be able to maintain the vehicle’s current lane, even on curvier roads. The system can also control steering and automatically hit the brakes when an object is detected in the vehicle’s course. ProPILOT does all that by implementing an on-board camera to monitor the vehicle’s travel.

An exciting feature for the 2018 Nissan Leaf is the fact that the vehicle will be able to change lanes autonomously. Building upon that, the 2020 Nissan Leaf will then be able to cross intersections and travel through cities autonomously. The team here at Tom Naquin Nissan can’t wait to see where this greener and innovative future takes us!


Nissan Announces Plans to Develop New Crossover EV

Nissan is no stranger to the green car segment. The Nissan LEAF has made big waves over the years, introducing new technology and better mileage to a segment that used to be aimed at a particular niche of buyers. Now though, EVs are becoming more and more popular. After announcing recent plans to develop a new crossover EV, Nissan seems to be taking advantage of its reputation for innovative, clean cars by tapping into one of the most popular segments on the market – crossover SUVs.

There is a new crossover EV in the works. Learn the latest on what Nissan is cooking up next!
What will Nissan dream up next?

At the core of Nissan’s company is the Nissan Intelligent Mobility philosophy, which puts cutting-edge tech like self-driving, connectivity, and vehicle electrification at the forefront of its design and engineering. Expanding its EV lineup is one of the company’s major goals, with Nissan even putting out concepts of electric sports cars, so it’s no surprise that they’re taking the EV segment in a new direction by planning to launch a crossover EV by 2019.

The new crossover EV will make use of the Vmotion 3.0 drivetrain, piggybacking off the success of the Vmotion 2.0 concept introduced at the Detroit Auto show. The concept is slated to make its first appearance at auto events sometime this year to give enthusiasts a taste of where Nissan’s crossover EV is headed in terms of design.

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Hitting the road this summer is a tradition among many, and we have some car tips for you to keep in mind.
If you want to keep smiling, you better make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.

Taking a summer road trip or vacation has become a tradition among most Americans, but failing to prepare properly could lead to disaster. A breakdown on the road can cause major delays and could potentially ruin an entire vacation. Don’t be a victim of mechanical failure or any other mishap. Here are a few summer car maintenance tips you should take care of, as recommended by our team at Tom Naquin Nissan.

  • TiresYou aren’t going to get far without properly-maintained tires. Make sure you vehicle’s tires have a safe amount of tread in order to provide plenty of traction, no matter the road conditions. Search for any potential problems, like bulges or deep scrapes. Finally, make sure you properly inflate your tires to the manufacturer-suggested pressure before taking any long journeys.


  • Beltsif you hear an odd sound coming from under the hood, a worn belt could be the cause. A worn belt won’t survive a long trip, especially not in hot climates. Take a peak under the hood and examine the belt for cracks or looseness. If something seems wrong, replace the belt. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all.


  • WipersRain isn’t limited to a single season, so make sure your wipers are up to par. Old, worn wipers won’t provide the visibility required to drive safely. New wiper blades are one of the cheapest parts of a car to replace. Plus, you can do it yourself in a matter of minutes.

Head to Linton’s Enchanted Gardens for the Easter Egg-straordinaire

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens

Looking for something to do for Easter in Elkhart, Indiana? Tom Naquin Nissan has your back. We scoped out events in the area and would like to recommend that families head over to Linton’s Enchanted Gardens for an Easter event you won’t want to miss. The event is called the Easter Egg-straordinaire and, for two weekends in April, it’s open to the public for free (with additional fees for some activities).


The Easter Egg-straordinaire isn’t just an egg hunt – it’s much more than that. The Linton’s conservatory will feature many animals for families to interact with, such as ducklings, chicks, lambs, baby goats, and even a calf. Cookie decorating and train rides are available on site, and if you bring along canned goods to donate, your family can get professional pictures with the Easter Bunny at the event. This will be a recurring event the weekends of April 8th and 9th, as well as the 14th and 15th.


Linton’s Enchanted Gardens is a stunning Home & Garden Center (and the largest in the state) featuring several shops, beautiful scenery, a conservatory, and even a lake, in addition to the many family-friendly attractions. Stop by soon for the upcoming Easter Egg-straordinaire and enjoy the warm spring weather. We guarantee you and your family won’t be disappointed!

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn Stepping Down

By Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14729066
By Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14729066

Nissan had a bit of room for improvement in the 1990s but it saw a full recovery after Carlos Ghosn took the wheel. The Nissan CEO is known for reviving the Japanese brand and nurturing it to become the automotive powerhouse that it is today. Now, an era is coming to an end as Ghosn announced he would be stepping down from his position just a few weeks ago.

The Japanese brand thrived under Ghosn’s control and quickly rose to prominence as one of the most well-known companies in the world. Ghosn’s career at Nissan began when he was the executive vice president of Renault. The French automaker took on $5.4 billion of Nissan’s debt in exchange for a hefty stake in the company in 1999. Ghosn took up the top spot at Nissan in 2001 and quickly turned the company around.

He revamped the entire range of vehicles with fresh styling and more features, and responded to customer feedback by making vehicles more appealing. Combined with cutting costs, Nissan came back from the brink of death and became a force to be reckoned with in the modern day.

Ghosn isn’t leaving Nissan completely though. He plans to remain chairman and continue to do what he believes is best for the automaker.

We here at Tom Naquin Nissan couldn’t be prouder of Ghosn’s accomplishments as CEO of Nissan!

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO Review

NISMO has served as one of the most premier performance divisions in the automotive industry and has come up with a line of unique, performance-driven designs since its founding in 1984. The latest model to roll off the line comes in the form of the 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO, a compact car designed to offer thrilling performance and pristine handling.


The Sentra NISMO pounds pavement with a 1.6-liter DIG turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque without breaking a sweat. The model is designed for enthusiasts who want to put the thrill back into driving a compact car.

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO driving in a tunnel
2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO

As with all NISMO vehicles, the Sentra boasts a NISMO-tuned suspension and a reinforced chassis. That, combined with a lower stance, adds up to incredibly responsive handling. The 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels come standard and large front brake rotors complement the powerful engine.


Style comes standard as well, with several NISMO-exclusive cues. The fascias come emboldened by a signature red stripe while black outside mirrors add to the overall flair. The unique LED daytime running lights and front grille create an intimidating presence. A NISMO badge wraps up the whole package as one of the most performance-oriented compact cars to ever hit the street.


We here at Tom Naquin Nissan are pumped to see more performance-oriented cars coming out of the NISMO division!

2017 Nissan Leaf Battery Gets an Upgrade

2017 Nissan Leaf - Elkhart, IN
Inside the cozy 2017 Nissan Leaf.

The Nissan Leaf is one of the biggest names in the green car segment, and as such, its fans are always looking forward to a better battery with a longer range. While the 2017 Leaf battery won’t be new to the lineup, it was formerly only an available option on higher trim levels. As a result, lower trim levels of the Nissan Leaf will have a longer range in addition to a slight price bump, according to a recent reveal by Nissan reps.

The battery in question is a 30 kWh pack that was originally only available on the Leaf SV and SL models, which means that every Leaf has a range of 107 miles. Following suit is the Leaf’s base price, up $1,600 from the 2016 model year. Now, the standard model will start at a price of $30,680, while the SV will be $34,200 and the SL tops the model range at $36,790. Even with the price jump, however, the Nissan Leaf’s base model is the cheapest price for the longest range on the market.

Some enthusiasts were hoping to see the 41 kWh pack that was seen in Renault’s new ZOE model at the Paris Motor Show, but the 2017 Leaf battery seems to be forgoing the 200-plus-mile range for now. However, this upcoming January the Nissan CEO is preparing a keynote speech for the 2017 CES show, so we might hear some news regarding future Leaf models.