Nissan Bladeglider Symbolizes Nissan Intelligent Mobility Strategy

Nissan Bladeglider

Nissan Design of the Future

The high-performance electric Nissan BladeGlider, which debuted last month in Rio de Janeiro, brings together cutting-edge technology with performance-oriented sport design to create the most innovative electric vehicle ever.

The BladeGlider prototype was developed from concept cars Nissan showed at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013 and now “epitomizes Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility strategy,” according to president and CEO Carlos Ghosn. The BladeGlider is the first car to achieve sports car-like performance while producing no emissions, and Nissan is aiming for an all-electric future for sports cars.

Named for its ability to “glide” silently along the ground thanks to its incredibly quiet electric motor, the BladeGlider features wheel-mounted controls that feed into a display showing data such as speed and battery life. The power is courtesy of UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering, who designed the motors to go 0 to a 100 km in less than 5 seconds and reach speeds up to 190 km.

Designed to look as innovative as it is, the BladeGlider is a long, narrow car with one seat in front and two in back, the shape reminiscent of a rocket ship. With bright color options in green and orange, the BladeGlider stands out like no other vehicle.

You can see the same amazing design in all of the Nissan vehicles at Nissan of Durango in – of course -Durango, CO.

Best Durango Off-Road Trails

Durango off-road trails

Driving Where The Roads End

Colorado is the place to go for off-roading, and some of the best trails you can find are right around Durango. Take your 4×4 out to one of these awesome Durango off-road trails.

One of the most exciting, and definitely the most famous, is Black Bear Pass, which is the perfect trail to drive in summer. With tons of sharp turns and steep drops, this narrow trail has loose shale that makes it difficult to stay on the road. If you want a real challenge, check out Black Bear.

La Plata Canyon is less treacherous, but you trade all that dangerous fun for some truly beautiful views. Plus, the main trail branches off into mines and milling sites that offer more 4×4 adventure. Ophir Pass Road is another easy trail, so if you’re new to off-roading, start with this one. Like La Plata, it has beautiful views of San Miguel Valley and Lizard Head Peak.

Stony Pass is a little tougher, a seemingly endless 62-mile trail that also gives you access to plenty of hiking trails and camping sites. Finally, there’s Animas Forks, which is accessible by normal car but the easiest to take in a 4×4. Not the hardest trail, but you get to see the 12-building ghost of the town that was once the biggest town in the county. It’s a cool place to visit, and there are even guides who can take you on a tour!

Whether you live near Durango, CO or you’re an off-roading fan hoping to visit Colorado soon, these are some of the most fun and diverse trails you’ll find in the state, so check them out and tell all of us at Nissan of Durango!

2017 Nissan Frontier Preview

2017 Nissan Frontier

The City Is The New Frontier

The Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup known for offering durability, reliability, and strength that can compete with American-made trucks. The newest model is set to arrive later this year and Nissan has been pretty forthcoming with the specs and features. Here at Nissan of Durango, we have plenty of juicy details about the 2017 Nissan Frontier!

For the moment, the 2017 Nissan Frontier will be available at the same price as the 2016 model, starting at $18,290. There’s no word as to whether the interior will be entirely redesigned but if the exterior receives one, it’s likely the interior will as well.

The big news surrounding the new Nissan Frontier is the addition of diesel engines, including a Cummins engine. With demand for diesel engines in midsize trucks increasing, a diesel Frontier couldn’t come at a better time. While Nissan hasn’t revealed any specifics, enthusiasts have speculated far and wide.

The Desert Runner show truck packed a 2.8-liter Cummins diesel four-cylinder engine that produces around 200 hp. While that may not seem like much, keep in mind that diesel engines provide high torque at low rpm, in this case, around 350 lb-ft of torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the new engine is likely to provide better fuel economy than the 4.0-liter V6 engine found in the 2016 model.

We can’t wait for the 2017 Nissan Frontier to come to Nissan of Durango and the Durango, CO area. If you want to see a Frontier now, then take a look at our 2016 Nissan Frontier models.

Old West Gunfight in Durango, CO

Old West Gunfight

Belle Saloon by Scott Smith

Reliving the dramatics of the Wild West is something of a past time here in Colorado and it’s something the Diamond Belle Saloon does well. Depicting popular gunfights from the 1800s, the theatrical reenactments are something you won’t find anywhere else. Supported by the Strater Hotel, the Old West Gunfight is a ton of action packed into a short amount of time.

The theatrical gunfight takes place at the Diamond Belle Saloon and is historically accurate according to records. Mainly taking place in the 1800s, Old West gunfights typically involved at least two participants, the wanted man and the lawman.

Some parts of the gunfight also include one of the Saloon Belle girls as well. Interested in getting in on the action? Guests have the opportunity to play a role in the gunfight for a small fee.

Reenacted gunfights include those that actually happened, including the O.K. Corral shootout of 1881 that took place in Tombstone, Arizona.

The theatrical reenactments take place on August 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st from 7:00 to 7:20 p.m. Trust us when we tell you it’s something you have to see!

We here at Nissan of Durango, CO can’t wait to see the Old West Gunfight in person this year!

Introducing the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

The Pathfinder Finds Upgrades

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is even better than its predecessors. With new, innovative technologies, the Nissan Pathfinder is more ready than ever for your next adventure.

You’ll get next-generation infotainment features with the all-new Pathfinder, like a color touch screen one-inch bigger than the previous 7.0-inch display. Plus, you’ll get improved graphics so operating your infotainment system will be easier than ever.

Here are some of the best features in the all-new Pathfinder:

Rugged Look

The 2017 Pathfinder has a more rugged look than its predecessors thanks to its all-new front fascia. The headlights are reshaped and feature a unique shape that stand out and increase your visibility.

Added Safety Features

Now there are even more features to prevent collision when you’re behind the wheel. Added features include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and Moving Object Detection.

Improved Suspension

Want better handling? The all-new Pathfinder has your back. Front and rear shock absorbers are stiffer and the rear spring rates are increased by 25%.

NissanConnect Services

Added to the Pathfinder is this top service program, with a host of security and safety features that allow you to call for help in emergencies and before emergencies.

For more information on the Nissan Pathfinder contact any of us, at Nissan of Durango in Durango, CO!

Tips on Travelling with Pets

Travelling with pets

He’s Preparing Mentally For The Journey Ahead

Road trips can be fun but when you’re doing them with pets along for the ride, it can be that much more difficult. Whether you have a cat or a dog along for the ride, here are some tips on travelling with pets.

ID Them

Make sure before you load them up that they have proper identification. Even if they’re microchipped, external identification will help you, too.

Plan Pit Stops

Plan stops every two to three hours to give your pet a chance to drink some water and go to the bathroom.

Put Cats in a Carrier

While your dog just loves being around you, your cat loves being at home. So being loose in a vehicle might freak them out and they might even try to climb under your pedals. Keep them in a carrier.

Test Runs

Before the big trip, take your dog or cat on test drives around the neighborhood. That way, they get used to the feeling of a car.

Pack the Essentials

Pack everything you’ll need, like food, water, a litter box, plastic bags, bedding, toys, and any first aid things they might need.

Good luck and road trip on! Let all of us, at Nissan of Durango, know if these tips helped and visit us in Durango, CO when you have some time!

4 Best Hiking Trails in Durango, Colorado

Hiking Trails in Durango

Nissan & Hiking

There’s no better way to spend a day in Colorado than hiking outdoors. You’ll find numerous paths to adventure all across the Centennial State, especially in and around the city of Durango. While there are far too many to cover in a single day or weekend, we recommend you check out one of these four awesome hiking trails in Durango when you get a chance.

  • Animas River Trail: A paved trail that runs through the heart of the city, this path connects many of Durango’s attractions and municipal buildings. Running along the Animas River, it’s a serene walk that’s a popular route for locals.
  • The Colorado Trail: Running from Durango to Denver, this 500-mile hike took 15 years to build so travelers could witness the state’s most impressive natural wonders.
  • Twin Buttes Trail: Wide open and twisty, this trail is great for walking or biking and was only recently established as an officially sanctioned trail.
  • Engineer Mountain Trail: Towering above the skyline around Durango, Engineer Mountain is a “must do” to see the diverse scenery formed by glaciers.

Once you’re done hiking the peaks and valleys of Durango, hike over to Nissan of Durango, CO to see the Best Nissan Vehicles for Traveling to Bike Trails and Hiking.

Nissan versus Tesla : Save Money and Time and Buy the Leaf!

Nissan versus Tesla

Nissan LEAF Reporting For Duty

The all-electric Leaf is one of our favorite cars here at Durango Nissan. In fact, we not only love the vehicle, but we also appreciate that there is no waiting list and you can save a lot of money.

Nissan is very proud of the all-electric Leaf, and recently has created an ad to compete with other electric models. In particular, Nissan has directly gone against the new Tesla Model 3. Hundreds of thousands of pre-orders have been made for the new Tesla 3, which has actually become a negative for customers. Customers now have to give a deposit, make a reservation, and wait until at least 2017 or longer to get their vehicle.

Nissan is advertising a “no reservations necessary” policy. In addition to being able to get your electric vehicle sooner, you will also be saving money with the Leaf!  The Leaf starts at a lower price than the Model 3 and Nissan is also giving rebate money as incentive.

So don’t wait in line for a vehicle! In the match up of Nissan versus Tesla, Nissan surely wins! Come in to Durango Nissan in Durango, CO and save money with the all-electric Nissan Leaf!

The Nissan Maxima’s Cabin Named One of WardsAuto 10 Best Interiors

WardsAuto 10 Best Interiors

Maxima Interior

If you take just one look at the 2016 Nissan Maxima, then you will be able to tell that it is one of the most beautiful cars on the road. However, that beauty is not restricted to just the Maxima’s exterior. The Nissan Maxima’s cabin was recently named one of WardsAuto 10 Best Interiors.

WardsAuto looked at nearly 47 different vehicles and their interiors to determine which ones had the best interiors for 2016.

With its streamlined design and surface and extensive list of amenities, the interior of the 2016 Nissan Maxima impressed the editors at WardsAuto.

“This interior makes a brilliant first impression,” said WardsAuto Senior Editor Tom Murphy. “The Maxima exhibits expert craftsmanship and reminds us once again why it serves as Nissan’s flagship. We love the black-and-camel color scheme, two-tone flat-bottom steering wheel, ‘Liquid Chrome’ metallic trim and Alcantara diamond-quilted seating surfaces. Nissan took some chances with the Maxima interior, but the rewards are evident.”

Nissan knows how to design a beautiful ride both inside and outside. The proof is the 2016 Nissan Maxima at Durango Nissan in Durango, CO!

Places to Go Biking in Durango, Colorado

Biking in Durango, Colorado

Biking in Durango, CO

Now that the weather is taking a turn for the warmer, it is the perfect time to take out your bike and go traveling down a bike trail. Here in Durango, Colorado, there are plenty of popular bike trails in the area. Here are a few popular places to go biking in Durango, Colorado.

The Colorado Trail. If you feel like taking a real journey, then you should take a trip to Denver along the Colorado Trail. This beautiful path cuts through 24 miles of beautiful Colorado wilderness on its way to the capital of the state.

Engineer Mountain Trail. This bike trail is not for the faint of breath. Running alongside a mountainous region, this path is designed to test the limits of your biking abilities.

Sand Canyon. Also known as the Canyon of the Ancients, the Sand Canyon region is not only a great spot for biking, but it is also a great place to learn about the rich history of the Colorado region.

What’s you favorite bike path in Durango, CO? Tell Durango Nissan in the comments below!