2017 Nissan Titan vs. 2016 Chevy Silverado; Which One Should You Buy?

By bharrison | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Thinking of buying a new truck this year? Let’s take a look at two of the hottest trucks currently on the market: a 2017 Nissan Titan SL 4×4 Crew Cab with Chrome package, and a 2016 Chevy Silverado Z71 4×4 Crew Cab All-Star Edition.

Exterior Styling

Titan has a bigger modern muscular look and has a much more updated look compared to the outdated Silverado. Both trucks feature full-length running boards and power-sliding rear windows.


Titan’s V8 Endurance Engine has a more advanced dual-overhead design than the overhead valve design of the Silverado.

Front Seat

The Titan has a grip assist on the driver’s seat door, while the Silverado does not. The Silverado features a traditional steering column ignition requiring a key. Titan features a more convenient push button ignition so you can keep your keys in your pocket (or purse). Both cars feature the option between box and bucket seats, and have climate controlled front seats. The Titan and Silverado both have a rear-view camera, but only the Titan can offer a trailer guide. The Titan is also set on safety, as it’s the only truck in it’s class with individual tire pressure displays, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert.


Rear Seat

The Titan also offers a superior ride for those in the back seat. Only the Titan can give those passengers heated seats, their own cup holders, a full 120 volt power outlet, and dividable under-seat storage that’s lockable.


Cargo Bed

The Titan has a few advantages in terms of its cargo bed. Only the Titan can offer tailgate assist for lowering and raising the tailgate. The Titan’s cargo bed also has the distinct features of a 120 volt power outlet, movable floor channels, and waterproof in-bed storage system.




Shelbyville Student Wins Free Car for Good Grades

By bharrison | Posted in Nissan News, People, Shelbyville News + Events, TN on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 10:47 AM

For the second straight year, Newton Nissan South has given away a car to a student with good grades. This year’s giveaway story was especially heartwarming.

Allyson Bivvins, the winner from the Shelbyville location, is a junior from Victory Baptist Academy. She succeeded in school this year despite personal trials. Allyson’s father just got out of the hospital on Friday for his first round of cancer treatment. Because of the crowd and potential for germs at the car giveaway event, Allyson’s father sat inside his car while the car giveaway was going on inside. When Allyson’s name was drawn, Allyson’s mom rushed out to the car to tell her dad the good news.

The annual contest, hosted by Newton Motor Group’s two Nissan dealerships, is open to all students enrolled in a middle Tennessee high school. Students enter the contest by bringing in their report card, and they get an entry for each “A” on their report card. Newton Nissan in Gallatin has given away a car for 8 straight years. Their newest Nissan location in Shelbyville has now hosted the giveaway for two straight years. 

A 2017 Nissan Versa, valued at $15,370, was the grand prize at each location. “Newton Nissan pays for both the car and sales taxes, so the winning students don’t have to pay anything for their new cars,” says Mike Abbondanza, Newton Motor Group’s Vice President. Producer Eddie from the Bobby Bones Show came in to DJ the event and officially give the car to Allyson.

More info: Car Giveaway   |   More info: Nissan Versa

Newton team wins Nissan Dealer of the Year Award

By Kelsey | Posted in Nissan News on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 1:04 PM

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Most shoppers don’t have an affinity for car dealerships, but Newton Nissan has proven that it is the exception to the rule. For the second year in a row, Newton Nissan has been named the #1 Nissan Dealership in America by shoppers on DealerRater.

“Car buyers have spoken and have identified Newton Nissan as the best Nissan dealer to do business with in the U.S,” said DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker. “The quality and number of reviews for Newton Nissan speak volumes of the top-notch experiences they provide to customers.”

Out of 1,080 Nissan dealerships in the United States, Newton Nissan’s PowerScores emerged at the top of the class. The PowerScore is determined using a Bayesian algorithm that factors the dealership’s average DealerRater consumer rating and the total number of reviews written about the dealership during the 2016 calendar year.

Founded in 2002, DealerRater, a Cars.com Company, is the world’s leading car dealer review website that connects consumers with the right dealership. The 2017 Dealer of the Year awards were announced at the National Automobile Dealers Association Awards Ceremony on January 27th.

The annual awards are based on reviews by car shoppers and those who took their vehicles into dealerships for service. Reviewers evaluated Newton Nissan on its customer service, quality of work, friendliness, pricing and overall experience.

“This feels like a David and Goliath moment for us,” says Mike Abbondanza, the Vice President of Newton Nissan. “Most dealerships are owned by big corporations with lots of resources; but our team is small, local, and we put a lot of heart into everything we do.”

Newton Nissan has two award-winning locations on the outskirts of Nashville; one in Gallatin, and one in Shelbyville. Beyond it’s national recognition, the Newton team is known for its community involvement like Trunk or Treat, and its annual car giveaway for high school students.

More info about the Dealer of the Year Awards can be found at: www.dealerrater.com/dealers/awards


By mhughes | Posted in Nissan News on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 4:57 PM


Nissan joins forces with Lucasfilm to present the first-ever Star Wars-branded full-size production vehicle – the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition. It is based on the extensively redesigned 2017 Nissan Rogue crossover. There will be only 5,400 copies of the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition produced – 5,000 for customers in the United States and 400 for Canada. The Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition features battle-tested Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies and exclusive custom STAR WARS features.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition will come in two colors, both inspired by the iconic troopers from the film.

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It is based on the popular SV trim level for the 2017 Nissan Rogue, but upgraded with high-tech LED headlights. Each Limited Edition Rogue also features exclusive embossed badging designed for Nissan by Lucasfilm.


This is the first time they have put the Star Wars mark on a vehicle, and we are honored to be a pioneer. Both the  rear bumper and the illuminated kick plates feature the Star Wars logo.

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Also, the symbols of the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire show up throughout the vehicle. The logos on the outside are not visible all the time, but when the light shines the right way, others will see the beautiful artwork inspired by the film.

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In addition to the wide range of custom features and equipment, each vehicle also comes with an exclusive numbered, full-size replica collectible Death Trooper helmet. The helmet is worn by the elite special forces of the evil Galactic Empire that make their debut in the new film, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY.


This compact SUV is worthy of even the truest Star Wars fan. Go online to NissanUSA.com to sign up for a reminder of its arrival from your local Nissan dealership. Don’t miss out!

2017 Nissan Rogue Partners with Star Wars

By mhughes | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 10:56 AM

Nissan has joined forces with Lucasfilm for an unforgettable reveal  exactly one month before ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters. Be sure to watch the live unveiling of the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition—the world’s first official STAR WARS vehicle.

2017 Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is Nissan’s top-selling model. It has undergone some major changes for the year 2017, both exterior and interior.  It has also been equipped with an expanded suite of Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies. It has convenient features such as Bluetooth for phone use and streaming audio, RearView Monitor, Advanced Drive-Assist Display, Intuitive All-Wheel Drive (AWD), and Hill Start Assist put into place with the driver in mind. Also included are a premium AM/FM/CD audio system with 5″ color display, auxiliary input, NissanConnect w/ Mobile Apps,  an Xtronic CVT with Sport Mode Shifter and Eco Mode, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, EZ Flex Seating System, Divide-N-Hide cargo system, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This is all on the standard 2017 Nissan Rogue S trim level. Even more is available with each ascending trim level or with optional packages for each trim level.

Nissan’s Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition takes this midsize crossover to a stellar new level with features that will make any Star Wars fan proud.

The reveal will be on Facebook and YouTube at 9:45 AM PST, or 11:45 AM CST. Check it out here!

Self-driving Cars in Nashville

By mhughes | Posted in TN on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Nashville, TN has been chosen as one of the ten cities, including Buenos Aires and Paris, around the world to work with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute, moving forward and preparing for the arrival of self-driving vehicles. This means that Nashville will have access to data and coaching from urban planners so that the cities may research how to use the technology to address local challenges.

Even though she does not believe autonomous vehicles will solve all of the city’s traffic issues, Nashville Director of Transportation, Erin Hafkenschiel, says  she hopes the cars could be used to increase mobility for senior citizens and those with disabilities.

Self-driving vehicles are a fairly new concept, but over the past couple years, it has become normal to hear about them in conversation. From Google’s self-driving cars, that have now logged over 700,00 miles of accident-free driving time, to Uber’s self-driving truck that just made its first delivery of 50,000 beers, they are now very much a part of our reality. There is no telling what the future holds.

Holiday Music on SiriusXM

By mhughes | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 4:27 PM

imageThe holiday season is quickly approaching, and one of the best parts of the season is the music that comes with it! Ever notice that when you actually want to listen to cheery holiday music, there seems to be none on the radio? Well, not to fear, for SiriusXM brings Christmas cheer! That’s right! There will be lots of holiday music on SiriusXM for your listening pleasure. They have officially announced their 2016 channel line-up for holiday music. There will be eight satellite radio channels dedicated to the sounds of the holidays.

Holiday Music on SiriusXM

Holly (Ch. 17, streaming online on Ch. 781), Wednesday, 11/2 at 5 p.m. ET – Friday, 12/30 at 3 am ET,

Holiday Traditions (Ch. 18, streaming online on Ch. 782), Monday, 12/5 at 5 pm ET – Friday, 12/30 at 3 am ET,

Holiday Pops (Ch. 76, streaming online on Ch. 783), Saturday, 12/24 at 5 pm ET – Monday, 12/26 at 3 am ET,

Country Christmas (Ch. 58), Monday, 12/5 at 5 pm ET – Monday, 12/26 at 3 am ET,

Navidad (Ch. 785), Monday, 11/28 at 5 pm ET – Saturday 1/7 at 3 am ET,

Holiday Soul (Ch. 49, streaming online on Ch. 786), Tuesday, 12/13 at 5 pm ET – Monday, 12/26 at 3 am ET,

Radio Hanukkah (Ch. 787), Friday, 12/23 at 5 p.m. ET – Monday, 1/2 at 3 a.m. ET, and

New Year’s Nation (Ch. 18), Friday, 12/30 at 5 p.m. ET – Monday, 1/2 at 3 a.m. ET.

Not to mention, you will be able to stream most of them online at siriusxm.com or via the SiriusXM App for smartphones and other connected devices (streaming channels listed above). For details on the stations themselves and what type of music will be played on each, visit the blog here.

Nissan Versa vs. the Competition

By mhughes | Posted in Buying a New Car, Nissan News on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Nissan Versa vs. the Competition

Nissan Versa Sedan in Cayenne RedLooking for a new car can be time-consuming and tedious. All the details you need to make a logical comparison can sometimes be scattered. Here is a short comparison of the 2016 Nissan Versa versus it’s competitors. To make it easier to read, we split our review into categories that most shoppers consider important when looking for a new vehicle.

Gas Mileage

The 2016 Nissan Versa boasts an amazing 40 MPG Highway, with the 2015 Hyundai Accent coming in at 37 MPG Highway. The 2015 Chevy Sonic and 2016 Ford Fiesta measure at 35 MPG Highway and 36 MPG Highway, relatively.


Nissan Versa’s passengers can really stretch out with 37 inches of legroom. A little more compact are the 2015 Chevy Sonic with 34.6 inches, the 2016 Ford Fiesta with 31.2 inches, and the 2015 Hyundai Accent with 33.3 inches.


Something the Nissan Versa has, that the competition doesn’t, is its Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with available, class-exclusive easy-fill tire alert. This kind of feature is usually found in luxury sedans, but it comes standard with the Nissan Versa.

Cargo Space

A big convenience of the Nissan Versa is that you can put everything you need in the spacious trunk, giving you free reign over all space up front. The Versa’s trunk measures at 14.9 cu. feet, while the 2016 Ford Fiesta, 2015 Hyundai Accent, and 2015 Kia Rio have much smaller trunks (12.8, 13.7, and 13.7 cu. feet, respectively).


The 2016 Nissan Versa won the subcompact car category of the 2016 Kelley Blue Book “5-Year Cost to Own” awards. Also, “Versa continues to be America’s best-selling vehicle in its class,” according to IHS Automotive.


The Nissan Versa has the lowest starting MSRP in America: $11,990. This compares to $14,245 for the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan, $14,090 for the 2016 Ford Fiesta Sedan, and $14,745 for the 2015 Hyundai Accent Sedan.

All in all, the 2016 Nissan Versa is the best choice if you’re looking for a reliable, affordable, and quality sedan to drive. To find your favorite Nissan Versa, click here.

Nissan Rogue SV vs. Lexus RX350

By mhughes | Posted in Buying a New Car on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Nissan Rogue SV vs. Lexus RX350

UntitledMost of us associate the words “luxury” and “expensive” as quickly as we associate “peanut butter” and “jelly.” However, what if I were to tell you that you can get luxury without the enormous price tag? That’s exactly what Nissan does for our shoppers. We give you cost-effective vehicles that rank just as high on the quality scale as vehicles that most people wish they could afford. In this comparison of the Nissan Rogue SV and the Lexus RX350, you’ll see that you don’t always have to sacrifice to have a nice, safe vehicle.

The Nissan Rogue SV has  great fuel economy with 26 MPG in the city, 33 MPG on the highway, and 28 MPG combined. The RX350 falls a little behind with 19 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined.

The Rogue is made of a galvanized steel/aluminum composite, while the RX350 is made of only galvanized steel, making the frame a little more rigid.

The Nissan Rogue has a split-bench rear seat, and the RX has a full bench. This makes the Rogue much easier to handle when trying to utilize the space in the back. For instance, if you had to pack a ladder in the Rogue, you could fold one seat down, while also leaving your passenger a seat to sit in.

The Nissan Rogue SV comes standard with almost all the features that the Lexus RX350 does, excluding some mirror lighting and extra speakers. However, the Rogue has a tire-specific low pressure warning, while the Lexus will just indicate low tire pressure (not showing which tire needs attention).

Nissan has 1st, 2nd, and 3rd row curtain airbags, while Lexus has only 1st and 2nd row.

The interior cargo volume of a Nissan Rogue is 39.3 cubic feet, while Lexus has 18.4 cubic feet. The maximum interior cargo volume of the Nissan Rogue is 70 cubic feet, and for the Lexus RX350, it is only 56.3 cubic feet. Also, front headroom is a key feature in comfort for the driver, and Nissan comes out on top with 41.6 inches, while Lexus has 39.4 inches.

Starting Price: Last but certainly not least, the Nissan Rogue SV has a starting price of $24,740 while the Lexus RX350 starts out at $43,300.

So, who says you can’t have quality without paying a large quantity?

Nissan Altima vs. the Competition

By mhughes | Posted in Buying a New Car on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 at 4:39 PM


Nissan Altima versus the Competition

When looking for a new vehicle, one of the processes most of us go through is a comparison between cars. Finding the vehicle that has the best combination of features for your and your situation is a must. Here’s a summary of the Nissan Altima versus the competition when it comes to the key features.


The 2016 Nissan Altima saves fuel at 39 miles per gallon. The 2016 Honda Accord and 2016 Toyota Camry are right behind it with 37 MPG and 35 MPG, respectively.


The 2016 Nissan Altima outperforms the competition with a maximum 270 HP. The 2016 Toyota Camry tops out at 268 HP, and the 2016 Hyundai Sonata maxes at 245 HP.


The 2016 Nissan Altima has a ratio of Front Headroom to Front Legroom of 40/45 inches. The 2016 Honda Accord has a ratio of 39.1/42.5 inches while the 2016 Toyota Camry has a ratio of 38.8/41.6 inches.


The 2016 Nissan Altima has many safety features, but the Class-Exclusive Predictive Forward Collision Warning is like having a built-in crystal ball. By monitoring the distance and velocity of the vehicle in front of you, and the one in front of that one too, Altima’s PFCW radar sensors see what your eyes can’t. This can alert you to potential risks ahead. As for the 2016 Honda Accord, 2016 Toyota Camry, and 2016 Hyundai Sonata… well, no superpowers for them quite yet.


Something else that the 2016 Nissan Altima has (and the competition doesn’t) is a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Class-Exclusive Easy-Fill Tire Alert. A symbol on the dash will alert you when your tire pressure is low, even letting you know which specific tire is down. When you’re filling your tires, a friendly beep of the horn tells you when you are at the right pressure.

So, how does the Nissan Altima score in your book?