Rogue and Rogue Sport Make 2018 Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy Award” List

This past December, Consumer Guide Automotive named both the Rogue and Rogue Sport to its exclusive “Best Buy” list. The Nissan Rogue received the “Best Buy Award” in the compact crossover category; the Rogue Sport version was honored with the award in the subcompact crossover category.

Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy Award”

2018 Nissan Rogue

Consumer Guide Automotive thoroughly evaluates vehicles before it grants the awards. It judges each auto based on performance and value, then compares the vehicle with other members of its class. Consumer Guide Automotive stated that the Rogue offers “respectable fuel economy, refined interior materials, and passenger and cargo versatility that few compact SUVs can match.” The Nissan Rogue Sport gleaned a similarly radiant review. “The Nissan Rogue Sport takes all the winning traits of its compact Nissan Rogue sibling and condenses them down into a nicely executed subcompact SUV,” while also “remaining especially easy to maneuver and park in cramped urban areas.”

Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy Award”

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport

Consumer Guide Automotive believes that these two vehicles offer unparalleled value. Both models suit city streets as well as back-road paths, providing a pleasant driving experience whenever you hit the road.

Haddad Nissan is a proud advocate of the Rogue and Rogue Sport, and we’re thrilled that it’s able to satisfy drivers’ needs while giving them exceptional performance at a reasonable price. Visit us today to take one of these Rogue versions out for a test drive.

Upcoming Events in the Berkshires

The Berkshires offers many opportunities to explore the great outdoors and take part in various outdoor activities. While exploring, you will also want to take advantage of the Berkshires’ thriving food and art scene. Here are a few upcoming events in the Berkshires that we recommend.

WinterFest - Events in the Berkshires

21st Annual WinterFest

On February 17th from 10am to 4pm, the 21st annual WinterFest will take place and feature fun for everyone. The festival will include ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice skating, a winter farmers and crafters market, hot chocolate and marshmallows, and lots of other winter fun in the snow.

REI Western Mass Nordic Adventure

Take part in an adventure traversing the Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA on February 24th. You’ll have the opportunity to explore part of Notchview’s 3,000 acres of forest and meadow.

Thunderfest 2018

Come out with the whole family to Adams Visitor Center on February 25th for a day of food, live music, and vendors. Fun children’s activities will provide young ones with age-appropriate entertainment.

High Mud Comedy Fest with Mike Birbiglia

On March 16th to 17th, come out to MASS MoCA’s High Mud Comedy Festival, which is the museum’s annual mud-themed event. Enjoy comedy-club acts, funny films, beer tastings, and museum tours.

For even suggestions about local events to attend in the next few months, call us at Haddad Nissan; we’ll be glad to recommend a few of our favorite festivities.

Discover the Benefits of Winter Tires

Benefits of winter tires

Tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, making them extremely important. However, they’re often a neglected component of our cars. Many don’t realize the importance of having a dedicated set of tires for winter weather, which can make tackling the colder months potentially hazardous. Read on to learn more about the benefits of winter tires.

Superior traction in winter weather

Winter tires have special tread patterns that improve performance in cold, wet, and snowy conditions. They greatly reduce the likelihood of getting stranded because of inclement weather and enhance your vehicle’s grip on the road when the weather turns ugly.

Exceptional durability in the cold

Winter tires are also made of special rubber that remains durable when the temperature drops. Even with no snow on the ground, all-season tires tend to underperform when temperatures drop to around freezing. Winter tires, on the other hand, are specially designed to retain superior grip on the road despite cold temperatures.

Better braking power

It’s important for a vehicle to be able to stop on short notice, especially in the winter. Winter tires handle abrupt stops on slippery roads exceptionally well, to help minimize the likelihood of a collision.

While an extra set of tires may seem like an unnecessary expense, buying winter tires is much cheaper than repairing a car that’s been damaged from driving in snowy conditions with the wrong type of tires. Come in to Haddad Nissan today to ask more about our winter tire specials; we’ll be glad to help you find the right tires for your vehicle.

2017 Nissan Highlights That Will Get You Excited for 2018

2017 was a huge year for Nissan. From being named “Manufacturer of the Year” by Ruedas ESPN, to collaborating with the Star Wars production team to create some of the most impressive themed vehicles ever, there are a lot of great things to remember about the past year. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top 2017 Nissan highlights.

2017 Nissan Highlights

Nissan Intelligent Mobility

In 2017, Nissan expanded upon the Intelligent Mobility initiative it released in 2016. Aimed at created smarter, safer, more fuel-efficiency cars, Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology has been a huge success. At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show the automaker even unveiled their vision of the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility in the form of a stunning zero emission concept car.

Nissan and Star Wars Join Forces

At the 2017 LA Auto Show, Nissan unveiled a collection of highly anticipated themed concept versions of some of the brands most popular models, including special edition Star Wars vehicles. While none of the concepts are slated for the production line, they’re still inspiring to witness.

Refreshed and Updated Models

Most importantly, 2017 marked a hugely successful year for some of the most popular Nissan models, including a refreshed Nissan Rogue, one of the most popular SUVs on the road. The Rogue Sport even won the title of “Vehicle of the Year” from Ruedas ESPN.

If 2017 was any indication, we can look forward more great things from Nissan in 2018. Be sure to stop by Haddad Nissan to learn more about all the exciting innovations to expect this year.

Creating the Perfect New Year’s Resolution

Creating the Perfect New Year’s Resolution

We’re just a few weeks away from ringing in the New Year, which means there’s plenty of time to come up with a resolution you can stick to. We here at Haddad Nissan have some helpful tips for creating the perfect New Year’s resolution to make 2018 your year to succeed!

Be Selective

There’s not much of a point in making your New Year’s resolution an unattainable goal. Be selective about your choice. Make sure it’s something you can stick to and, most importantly, just pick one thing. Committing to multiple resolutions, even if they’re small, can become overwhelming and quickly lead to failure.

Common resolutions include breaking a bad habit, starting a new hobby, and becoming a healthier person. No matter what you choose, just make sure you can stick to it.

Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to achieve your resolution is to plan ahead. Since there’s a month before you officially need to start working toward your resolution, there’s no excuse for heading in unprepared.

Take the time to research properly and create a plan for success.

Don’t Quit

Too many people quit the moment they slip up and fail in their New Year’s resolutions. In truth, though, missing one workout doesn’t have to ruin your entire year. Pick yourself up and do your best to commit to achieving your resolution!

Reasons to Visit the Berkshires This Winter

Winter is just getting started and the Berkshires are looking more and more welcoming every day. The scenic views and relaxing setting create an ambiance that few places in the world can match, so without further ado here are a few reasons to visit the Berkshires this winter from us here at Haddad Nissan.

Reasons to Visit the Berkshires This Winter

Skiing and Snowboarding

Hitting the slopes is a common occurrence at the Berkshires, which is home to six of our state’s 12 skiing areas. Powder production is already in full swing at many of the larger resorts, and more is sure to follow. That leaves plenty of options for skiers and snowboarders looking for some early winter action.

Notchview Reservation

The Notchview Reservation consists of more than 3,000 acres of land, making it a perfect location for cross-country skiing. Long trails and snowshoeing locations make for an all-encompassing winter wonderland for those looking to stay active, even if it means heading out into the cold.

Art Galleries

If you’re looking to get a good look at art housed in some of the world’s best museums, you’re in luck. The Berkshires is home to the Clark and Norman Rockwell Museums, or those looking for something new will likely find it in the Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge.

Setting the Perfect Table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving offers a wonderful opportunity for family to gather together each year. But let’s face it—if you’re the host, that opportunity can be pretty stressful, too. If you’re worrying about having the perfect table for Thanksgiving, we can help with these four simple tips from Haddad Nissan.

perfect table for Thanksgiving

Cutlery

When setting the table, remember that the fork goes on the left, and the knife and spoon go on the right. If you’re hosting a lot of guests, you could even consider letting yourself use plastic cutlery for easier cleanup.

China

If your place setting will have multiple dishes, note that the side plate traditionally goes to the left of the place setting, with the drinks at the right.

Napkins

If you plan to use elegant cloth napkins, feel free to make them one of the focal points of the table by arranging each on in a unique fold or display on the center of the plate. However, if the plates are what you’re showing off, it’s fine to simply tuck the napkin underneath its edge.

Place Cards

Add one last considerate touch by making DIY place cards for your guests. Not only is it a way to create a little organization in a crazy day, but it’s a personal touch that your guests will appreciate.

Nissan’s 130-mph Remote Control Car Celebrates Gran Turismo

Gran Turismo Nissan GT-R

It’s been 20 years since the release of Gran Turismo, and the series of racing games, which were developed for PlayStation, have worked with Nissan from the beginning. In honor of that partnership, Nissan is celebrating this year by creating the coolest Gran Turismo-inspired remote-controlled car to date: the Nissan GT-R.

The Nissan GT-R is operated using a gaming controller, and brings the thrill of the Gran Turismo games to real life. The Nissan GT-R was tested with the help of Jann Mardenborough, a winner at the GT Academy, who controlled the Nissan GT-R from a helicopter up above the course. He was able to get the Nissan GT-R up to 131 mph and averaged 76 mph on his fastest lap.

During the drive, Mardenborough was able to monitor the car’s speed thanks to Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor installed in the car. It’s one of many advanced tools that make the Nissan GT-R possible, in addition to four robots, six computers, and two smart safety systems.

We’re happy to report, as well, that this car won’t be sitting around collecting dust. Its next tour is through primary and secondary schools in the UK, where it will be used as a means to promote STEM learning. After all, Nissan has always been inspirational in more than one way. It’s just one of many things Haddad Nissan loves about the company.

New Redesigned Nissan LEAF

The new 2018 Nissan LEAF is coming to Haddad Nissan early next year and we are so excited, we wanted to tell you all about the fully redesigned battery-electric vehicle. So, what’s new other than a completely new exterior? Improvements in range; both mileage and price!

Nissan LEAF

Projected Range

Most 2017 and 2018 “short-range” all-electric cars on the market provide 90 to 125 miles of range, where as the new Nissan LEAF is expected to offer 150 miles. It is true that there are EVs out there that can drive over 300 miles, but also come equipped with a hefty price that could start at $65,000 or more. This year’s model has found a sweet spot between needed mileage and vehicle price range, especially since 84-mile range is sufficient for more than 80% off all trips taken in America. A 200 mile version of the LEAF will also be available as a 2019 model down the line.

Price Range

Now let’s talk about the price. This model starts at about $30,000 and the best part is you are not likely to be stuck on a waiting list for a new Leaf when you want one. This is actually about $690 less than the current 2017 Nissan LEAF, and can be coupled with a $7,500 federal tax credit and other local incentives; the Leaf will be effectively priced at around $20,000. This is an exceptional price for a vehicle that will save you even more on fuel.

We’d love to tell you more about the 2018 Nissan LEAF. If you have any questions, please contact us online or visit us in Pittsfield, MA and we will answer all your questions.

Throwing an Adult Halloween Party

Adult Halloween Party

Halloween is usually considered an event for the little ones—trick or treat and most local activities involve the whole family. But sometimes, you just have to throw an adult Halloween party and get in the spirit of the holiday with your friends. Here’s some tips for hosting the best party for festive adults.

Send Invites Early

Even if it’s a chill gathering, you want to send out invitations early so that guests have time to get a costume ready, as well as find someone to watch their kids.

Pick a Theme

Halloween is more fun with a theme. Go for a witch’s cottage with bubbling punch bowls, or a noir murder mystery, or a decrepit haunted house—your imagination is the limit.

Have a Costume Contest

In order to encourage people to come dressed up, you might want to promise some prizes for the best costumes! Have prizes for first, second, and third place, or if the party is big enough, rate by category!

Have Fun Games

Bobbing for apples, a murder mystery game, and even thematic activities like fortune-telling or, if you have trees in your backyard, a haunted trail go a long way.

Halloween-Themed Drinks

Having cocktails? Looking up a few recipes for some drinks that fit the mood can make all the difference.

Throw an adult Halloween party with these tips from us at Haddad Nissan.