Summer Road Trip Essentials: Packing Tips for Your Nissan Adventure

As the temperatures rise and the days get longer, you might be itching for a road trip. Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains, or just hitting the highway, there’s nothing like doing it in your Nissan!

To make your trip the best yet, we’ve put together some of our top tips on packing up your vehicle for a good time.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Planning Your Nissan Adventure

You might think you’re ready to get going, it’s a good idea to stop and do a little planning before hopping in the car. Here are a few tips to ensure road trip success:

  • Check Your Tires. A flat tire is never convenient, but when you’re on a road trip, it can really wreck your plans. Before traveling, check your tires to make sure they’re in good shape and replace any with low tread. Low tread–anything under 2/32”–is unsafe to drive with and puts you at risk for a blowout. 
  • Check and Top Off Fluids As Needed. Pop the hood and take a look at your oil, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze. You may even decide to get an oil change, where a professional can check and refill these fluids as necessary.
  • Get an Oil Change. Speaking of an oil change, if you’re due for one, you’ll definitely want to get one before taking off!
  • Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades. New wiper blades make a huge difference in your visibility on the road. If your current windshield wiper blades are more than a year old, it’s a good idea to replace them.
  • Brake Check. Properly working brakes are one of the keys to a safe vehicle. If it has been a while since your brakes were last inspected, let a professional take a look at them and make repairs before heading out on your road trip.

Comfort, Convenience, and Organizational Hacks

Now that your car is road trip-ready, it’s time to pack up! We recommend cleaning the inside of your vehicle so you’re starting with a clean slate. In addition to your luggage, here are some must-have items for any road trip:

  • Vehicle registration and insurance cards
  • Car chargers
  • Paper towels
  • Jumper cables
  • Small tool kit with wrench, pliers, WD-40, screwdriver, etc.
  • Spare tire (make sure it’s still in good shape!)
  • Flashlight
  • Spare car key
  • First aid kit
  • Weather-related items
  • Bottled water and snacks

One of the things that make Nissans so great for road-tripping is NissanConnect®, a technology suite with cutting-edge infotainment, communication, and navigation features. You’ll get turn-by-turn directions, view detailed traffic information, find the best restaurants and shops with the Places Directory, and more. If you’re in an EV model, you can even use the trip planner feature to find routes with charging stations.


The Best Nissan Road Trip Vehicles

If you’re not a Nissan driver yet, you might be wondering which model is best for road trips. Here are our top four suggestions:

  1. Nissan Pathfinder. This midsize crossover is designed for comfort and boasts room for eight. The leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, and adjustable seating ensure you and your passengers enjoy every ride. You’ll also have 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Need more room? The second and third rows fold down. When it comes to fuel economy, the Pathfinder gets approximately 25 MPG highway, which is impressive for a vehicle its size!
  2. Nissan Rogue. The Rogue is the best-selling SUV in the US, so it’s been on a road trip or two. It’s smaller than the Pathfinder, but still seats 5 and provides just over 36 cubic feet of cargo room. You’ll get 35 MPG highway, so gas station stops will be few and far between.
  3. Nissan Armada. If you’re looking for a full-size SUV, the Armada is the perfect choice. It boasts seating for up to eight, 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, and a host of comfort features. If you’re towing a camper or boat, the V8 engine and FWD capacity deliver up to 8,500 pounds of towing capacity. You can expect to get around 16 MPG highway.
  4. Nissan Leaf. The Leaf may be a compact car, but it seats up to five and provides 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space. But the real road trip appeal is in the range. You’ll get up to 215 miles per charge.


Visit Your Nissan Dealer in Orangeburg Before Your Next Road Trip!

At Nissan of Orangeburg, we’re here to help make every road trip memorable! Explore our new Nissan inventory to find your next ride. We also have a wide range of used vehicles from a variety of manufacturers.

When you find one you’re interested in, visit us for a test drive! Our friendly team is here to help you get into a new ride! 

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Nissan’s E-4ORCE Tech Improves Traction and Stability 

Nissan’s engineers continue to push the boundaries, ushering in the future with exciting new technology. After enhancing their gas-powered line-up with the introduction of the world's first variable compression turbo engine, Nissan shone the spotlight on its electric and hybrid models with innovative technologies designed to increase efficiency and safety.

E-4ORCE (Electric 4-Cylinder Optimized Range and Efficiency) debuted in Japan, but is now available in the U.S. with the 2023 Nissan ARIYA. Developed to meet today’s drivers’ demands, E-4ORCE makes an eco-friendly ride more accessible to the masses – and boosts electric vehicle performance too!

Read on to learn more, then stop by Nissan of Orangeburg to test drive a new, energy efficient vehicle!

What is Nissan’s E-4ORCE Technology?

Aimed at enhancing its hybrid and electric powertrain capabilities, Nissan’s E-4ORCE is a

completely electric all-wheel-drive system. It includes advanced four-wheel drive technologies, chassis control technologies, and electrification technologies to provide a more agile, responsive drive.

This EV technology controls all four wheels, adapting intuitively according to current driving conditions. It calculates the specific driving force required to turn, speed up, and slow down in response to the driver's operation and road conditions. Then, it manages the wheels’ driving force using the front and rear motors as well as the brakes.

All-electric cars are powered by EV batteries, while hybrid models feature an electric motor that works in tandem with a gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine. Both benefit from E-4ORCE control technology, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice performance for efficiency!

The Benefits of E-4ORCE

Nissan’s E-4ORCE technologies provide drivers with a more seamless, enjoyable driving experience. For instance, when trekking up a steep hill, this four-wheel control technology adds power and torque. Plus, it enhances traction by directing torque to each wheel in response to current road conditions. Nissan’s E-4ORCE even increases stability using sensors that continuously monitor movement and adapt accordingly – a great perk when cruising at higher speeds or on uneven terrain!

There’s more! Combined with regenerative braking, Nissan E-4ORCE improves fuel economy for hybrid models to save you money at the pump. And because both hybrids and battery electric vehicles emit fewer greenhouse gasses and harmful pollutants, they’re a fantastic alternative to traditional gas-powered models!

Nissan Vehicles with E-4ORCE

Here in the U.S., Nissan E-4ORCE technology is only available in the 2023 Nissan ARIYA – expected to hit the market early this year! This EV technology will likely be available with more models in the future, so stay tuned for details!

Check Out New Models at Your Nissan Dealership in Orangeburg!

Ready to get behind the wheel? Contact a trusted Nissan dealer near you to reserve a 2023 Nissan ARIYA today. In the meantime, stop by Nissan of Orangeburg to shop our huge selection of new Nissan models – including must-have models like the Nissan Rogue, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Kicks, Nissan Pathfinder, and more!

If you’re looking for an affordable, pre-owned model, we’d be happy to help! Check out our diverse inventory of budget-friendly rides, including Nissan vehicles as well as popular models from other top auto brands.

We are conveniently located in Orangeburg, SC – near West Columbia, Lexington, Cayce, and more. As locals’ preferred car dealership, we’re eager to help you find the perfect new Nissan. So come see us today!

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Which 2022 Nissan Vehicles are IIHS Top Safety Picks?

No matter which Nissan vehicle you choose, safety comes standard. The brand is known for its innovation in safety technology, always looking to the future to remain ahead of the curve.

Five vehicles from Nissan’s line-up have been named a “2022 Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)! This highly coveted award identifies the vehicles that exceed safety standards, standing out from the pack within each category. 

Here are the winners: 

Test drive one of these top safety picks at Nissan of Orangeburg today!

How Are Top Safety Pick Winners Determined?

Top Safety Pick+ winners must earn “Good” ratings in all six crash test criteria, including the following tests: Driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraints. Winners must also have “Acceptable” or “Good” standard headlights as well as “Advanced” or “Superior” ratings for available front crash prevention in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluation.

Top Safety Pick award winners, a slightly lower tier, must meet the same requirements – except “Acceptable” or “Good” rated headlights need only be available, not standard. Note that the Nissan Sentra’s addition of LED projector headlights elevated it to its spot in this category.

What Driver Assist Features Come Standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360?

Nissan Safety Shield 360 includes the following must-have features, designed with your family in mind!

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam assist

Nissan also offers Pro-Pilot Assist, a suite of driver assist features that pairs Intelligent Cruise Control capabilities with Steering Assist tech. This system requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel, and enhances safety for those susceptible to driver fatigue. For instance, Brake Assist allows drivers to set their desired distance from the vehicle in front of them, and applies the brakes when necessary. Check out these features during your test drive:

  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Braking Assist
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Speed Limit Assist
  • Speed Adjust by Route

Find Your Favorite Nissan Model For Sale in Orangeburg Today!

Your new Nissan awaits here at Nissan of Orangeburg! Whether you’re looking for a speedy sports car like the Nissan GT or an eco-friendly Nissan Leaf, our team is here to help! You’ll find this model year’s most popular Nissans, plus a great selection of budget-friendly used options.

As your trusted Nissan dealer in Orangeburg, we’re proud to serve drivers in Cayce, Gaston, and Lexington County. Customers from our state capital of Columbia also visit us, proving that great deals are worth the drive! Come see us today!

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What Features Does Nissan Safety Shield 360 Include?

The open road is thrilling, with endless miles stretched before you. But it can also be dangerous, especially when unexpected circumstances arise. Like most families, we know that yours makes safety a priority when buying a vehicle.

Here at Nissan of Orangeburg, our team is here to help you find the perfect one! As your trusted hometown dealer, we are proud to offer a variety of Nissans equipped with Safety Shield technology. It’s no wonder locals look no further when buying a Nissan in Orangeburg, South Carolina!

Nissan sets a high bar for safety, leading the way with innovative new features. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is a suite of six safety features that now come standard on 10 popular vehicles, including the following:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind spot warning
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Automatic high-beam assist 

These Nissan safety features were carefully designed to offer added protection to reduce crash potential. Take a test drive here today at YOUR car dealership in Orangeburg, SC and experience next-level safety!

Which Vehicles Come Standard With Nissan Safety Shield 360? 

A variety of vehicles in its line-up include Nissan Safety Shield 360 features – from compact cars to its roomiest SUV.

Choose from these 10 must-have Nissan models:

  • The 2021 Nissan Sentra
  • The 2021 Nissan Leaf
  • The 2021 Nissan Maxima
  • The 2021 Nissan Kicks
  • The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport
  • The 2021 Nissan Rogue
  • The 2021 Nissan Murano
  • The 2021 Nissan Titan
  • The 2021 Nissan Armada
  • The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Note: Nissan skipped over the 2021 Pathfinder model to focus on perfecting the 2022 Pathfinder. Nissan Safety Shield 360 features are also available on other models like the Nissan Versa and Nissan Altima, but it is limited as standard to certain trim levels. 

Explore Our Inventory at Nissan of Orangeburg Today!

Get to your Nissan dealership in Orangeburg, SC to check out the latest and greatest in vehicle safety. Whether you’re looking for a brand-new or pre-owned car, our team is here to help you find the perfect vehicle – and the right monthly payment – for your family. 

We are proud to offer the kind of friendly, honest customer service you deserve, and to make you feel like family. Come see us today to buy a car that will keep you safer on the roads! 

Plus, our Service Department is dedicated to keeping that vehicle running smoothly. So after your purchase, be sure to come back and see us for service!

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