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2017 Altima Fuel Economy Beats Competitors

The sedan is one of the most popular segments in the United States, though currently second to crossovers. However, no one can deny they’re a mainstay of the industry. The Nissan Altima has been a longtime favorite nameplate among the competition, and now, the 2017 model is available, packed with excellence in design and engineering that mark it as a shining example of a modern sedan. However, Altima fuel economy is its crowning achievement – and its highway EPA estimate soars above the competition.

Sedans have never been gas-guzzling monsters like the SUVs and pickups of the past, but the 2017 Altima is the first-ever entry in its class on the market to get up to 39 mpg on the highway according to the EPA. That gives it a staggering six-mpg advantage over the competing Toyota Camry thanks to its standard 2.5-liter engine.

Of course, you don’t have to opt for the engine that gives you the best Altima fuel economy. Even the more powerful engine option the six-cylinder cranks out 270 horsepower while only taking a very slight hit in the realm of efficiency. Alongside innovative safety tech that keeps you and your passengers more secure than ever on the open road, and the 2017 Nissan Altima is a winner in every category.

Local Silsbee Parks for Enjoying the Foliage

One of the best things about the fall is how beautiful it makes the trees. Some may think the leaves are dying, but it’s more like the trees are preparing to go to sleep for the winter. Take a date, some friends, or the kids out to any of these local Silsbee parks to enjoy the sight of the vibrant red and yellow foliage as the trees get ready for hibernation season. You could even have a picnic, go camping, or follow up with a cup of hot chocolate!

Roy E Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary: Six miles of trails through wetland and upland forest await you at this nature preserve, noted as a site on the Great Texas Birding Trail.

Paradise RV Resort & Red Cloud RV Park: Got a camping itch that you need to scratch? Spend a night or two at either of these great RV parks situated in the midst of nature, but still close enough to modern amenities that you’re not too far away.

Big Thicket National Preserve: 40 miles of trails and over nine different ecosystems await you in this massive nature preserve with abundant flora and fauna. You might even want to try your hand at canoeing.

Are there any other local Silsbee parks we may have missed? Feel free to explore the area around your neighborhood for any forested areas where you can enjoy the colors of fall.

Cruise’n Silsbee Car Show – September 24

If you’re looking for something fun to do in Silsbee on the weekend, be sure to check out the Cruise’n Silsbee Car Show on Saturday, September 24 at Kirby Memorial Football Stadium. The first show was established in 1999 by a group of local car enthusiasts looking to raise money for local charities while showcasing their love for their vehicles. Organizations benefitted by the event in the past include police and fire departments as well as local scholarships.

This year, the all-day event (starting at 8am, with an award ceremony at 3pm) includes door prizes, local food vendors, a burn-out contest, and a 50/50 drawing. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles from all around will be featured while a live DJ will play a variety of favorites as you admire hotrods, muscle cars, and classics.

Following the awards ceremony, the Silsbee Police Department will provide an escort for all of the car show participants for a parade cruise.

Don’t forget to stop by on Friday night (23rd) for a free concert sponsored by Eastex Credit Union. The Bryce Shaver Band will be jamming out in the carnival type atmosphere to celebrate the upcoming car show. For more details about the event, visit: www.cruisensilsbee.com and we hope to see you there!

Why Buy the Nissan Rogue? Comfort, Safety, and High-Tech Gadgets

Why buy the Nissan Rogue? This classic Nissan SUV comes with tons of great features, making it one of the best-selling SUVs one the market. Plus, with tons of new features and a refreshed exterior, the 2016 Nissan Rogue is like never before. You won’t regret buying this new Rogue.

According to Car-Buying Strategies, the Rogue is great for those looking for a compact crossover. That means this model is sporty and versatile, but it’s not a fuel-guzzling vehicle. Compact crossovers come with a body-on-unit design to optimize ride comfort, as well as a tall ride height for better visibility. The Rogue has a bold exterior as well, with available LED lighting, roof racks, and more.

The interior is one of the major reasons to consider this model. There is enough room to comfortable seat five people, and it has high-end materials that are designed to last. There’s plenty of legroom and headroom, and the seating is especially ergonomic.

Tech features include standards like Bluetooth and satellite radio, but you also get a trip computer, rearview camera, and 5-inch central display with audio connectivity. Plus, with advanced safety technologies this model received excellent ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA.

These are just some of the reasons to consider buying. For more information, stop by for a test drive today. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat.

Nissan Introduces ProPilot Self-Driving Tech

Have you ever dreamed of being able to put your car into autopilot so you can multitask? That future is still a little ways off, but we’re getting there one step at a time. Nissan’s new ProPilot self-driving tech will help bridge the gap. Rolling out on the upcoming Serena minivan that’s due for launch in the Japanese market this fall, the ProPilot system will allow drivers to let their car do most of the work on the highway.

So what does ProPilot do, exactly? Meant for single-lane highway driving, this semi-autonomous technology will take over for the driver and operate functions such as accelerating, braking, and steering. ProPilot works by tracking road markings denoting lanes and by following the vehicle in front of it. However, this system doesn’t kick in automatically; drivers have to switch on the ProPilot system manually once they’re on the highway. Additionally, the system will shut off if drivers take their hands off the wheel for more than a few seconds, so drivers are forced to keep an eye on the road even while the car’s in control.

The development of Nissan ProPilot self-driving tech is the brand’s latest step towards their goal of having autonomous, city-navigating vehicles on the road as soon as 2020. The company plans to have a multi-driving function that allows the vehicle to change lanes on the highway integrated into cars utilizing the ProPilot system by 2018.

Things To Do in the Big Thicket National Preserve

Texas is a big place with diverse wildlife, plant life, and ecosystems. From southern bayous to pine forests, you’ll find a natural world populated with more species of flora and fauna than you could even imagine. The Big Thicket National Preserve is home to over nine different kinds of ecosystems for you to explore and enjoy. Whether you’re hiking, paddling, hunting, birdwatching, or participating in some other activity, this scenic national preserve is sure to get you as close to the wild as you’ve ever been.

There are over 40 miles of trails in the Big Thicket National Preserve, ranging from short loops to 15-mile excursions. The campgrounds are available for explorers who want to spend a night under the stars in the midst of undisturbed wilderness, and activities range from hunting and trapping to bird-watching to renting a canoe or kayak. There’s even a 21-mile stretch of river for paddlers, in addition to easier 5-mile trails.

No matter what you like to do, if you like being outdoors among wildlife, trees, and pristine creeks and rivers, the Big Thicket National Preserve is the place to be. Some trails even allow cycling and horseback riding. Feel relaxed and at home in the piney forests, rolling prairies, and green marshes encapsulated in the national preserve.

How to be a Safe Pedestrian

Being a safe driver is a big priority when you’re on the road, but have you thought about the importance of being a safe pedestrian? As the summer weather rolls out and you’re on the sidewalk more, here are few tips on how to become a safer pedestrian.

There are crosswalks for a reason. Don’t ignore them. Walking twenty feet further down a road to get to a crosswalk is worth it, rather than j-walking.

When you’re out at night, avoid dark clothes. Yes, that “little black dress” looks adorable on you, but you’ll be that much harder for night drivers to see.

Walk facing traffic if there’s no sidewalk. That way, you know exactly what’s coming at you. If the shoulder is very small, walk on the grass if it’s available.

Just like how you shouldn’t text and drive, don’t text and walk. Distractions are, well, distracting. Look at how your phone cripples your awareness.

Look both ways. You hear it all the time, but it can never get old. Even when you have a “walk” sign and are using a crosswalk, don’t assume the drivers on the road are following the rules.

Follow these simple rules and you’ll have a safe and happy summer!

Benefits of Buying a Nissan Rogue

Redesigned back in 2015, the Nissan Rogue is one of the most iconic crossovers on the market. Considering the sheer amount of crossovers competing for the top spot, the Rogue is doing considerably well. Equipped with everything a driver needs, it’s not too surprising. We here at Silsbee Nissan have a breakdown of the benefits of buying a Nissan Rogue.

  1. Exterior – Based on style alone, the Nissan Rogue rules the market. The overall look is one that can compete with entry-level luxury models while the LED running lights add flair not found in the competition. As for the character of the crossover itself, the aggressive silhouette puts competitors on edge.
  2. Features – The Rogue offers interior features drivers love, especially when it comes to technology. A five-inch central display with audio connectivity sits front and center. A trip computer and rearview camera use the same display as well. Equipped with Bluetooth and satellite radio, there are few crossover quite like the Nissan Rogue.
  3. Seating – Available with third-row seating, the Nissan Rogue can carry up to seven passengers, making it one of the most desirable crossovers on the market. With plenty of legroom and cargo space to boot, the Rogue offers an unbeatable combination.

How to Handle Humidity

Silsbee, Texas is full of humidity. And when the humidity is up to 90%, it’s hard to find relief. Luckily, we’re here to help! Here are some tips on how to handle humidity.

Use a dehumidifier

Inside, you can control the humidity by using a dehumidifier. It filters the air in your home by taking the water from the air.

Get plants

Yes, plants will help! It’s because plants need the nutrients that are in the air, including the moisture. Some different plants that will extract water from the air include Boston Ferns and cacti.

Avoid using your oven

Your oven can heat up your house even more than you thought. Try not to use it in higher humidity.

Drink water & juice

Water and natural fruit juices are best for your hydration. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can make you even hotter.

Keep your blinds closed

The less sun gets in your house, the cooler it’ll be. Keep your shades and blinds closed and your lights off when possible.

Avoid tight-fitting clothes

The tighter your clothes, the more you’ll sweat. Opt for looser-fitting clothes.

Nissan Develops New Battery Technology

Nissan and Nissan Arc, Ltd. have teamed up to push for further developments in the auto industry. With the popularity of electric cars, Nissan has been finding new ways to improve innovation.

Together, they found a way to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. How? The simple answer is silicon.

Current lithium-ion batteries use graphite, but Nissan’s recent finding suggest that silicon holds more lithium than graphite. When it’s charged, graphite materials expand. But silicon materials expand even more. This discovery means that if silicon is used, batteries can store more lithium-ions than they currently do, which would improve the battery’s range.

“The utilization of this analysis method in our future R&D will surely contribute to extending the cruising range of future zero-emission vehicles,” said Takao Asami, senior vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and President of Nissan Arc Ltd.

The reason it hasn’t been used so far is because the silicon’s base structure was unknown. But with Nissan’s new studies, they’re able to better understand silicon’s structure, which makes it easier to develop it and utilize it in new batteries.

Hopefully, we’ll be seeing these developments for ourselves soon!