The 2017 Kia Sportage

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This fourth-generation compact CUV features a refined interior, new design and improvements on ride and handling. Additional changes include an advanced driver assistance system, UVO3 and additional technological features.

Updates that you’ll notice right away across the line include soft-touch materials, a more spacious and luxurious cabin and better efficiency and performance. The new generation has three trim levels: the LX, EX and SX Turbo.

New Design

The 2017 Kia Sportage has new body panels, higher-positioned headlights, a new sharply detailed hood, lower and wider front clip for better cooling, and a new planted, aggressive stance. The width remains the same at 73 inches but the wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer at 105.1 inches. The overall length of the Sportage is now 176.4 inches, 1.6 inches longer than the 2016 model year.

The Sportage retained its sloping roof line and raked rear window, plus the signature short overhangs and wheels pushed out to the corners. The SX Turbo adds “ice cube” LED fog lights, LED tail lights, satin exterior trim, HID headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels and metal-look skid plates.

The Interior

The interior now features a driver-oriented cockpit including a laterally designed dashboard, a color touch screen that is angled 10 degrees toward the driver, switches for the dual-zone climate control that are easily identifiable for the driver and secondary audio controls.

Additionally, the Sportage features leather on the EX and SX Turbo trim levels and a D-shaped heated leather-wrapped steering wheel on the SX Turbo.

The headroom has increased by 0.2 inches in the front and 0.6 inches in the rear. Legroom has also increased to 38.2 inches in the rear. You also have more cargo room, including a dual-level cargo floor and a wider luggage area. This increased the cargo room from 26.1 cubic feet to 30.7 cubic feet.

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The Nissan Versa Note is a Top Back to School Car

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The Nissan Versa Note is a good car for back to school – in fact, according to Kelley Blue Book, the Nissan Versa Note is named on its “10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2016.” This is the second consecutive year that it’s been included on the list.

To be included on the list, vehicles have to be available for under $20,000 and meet the editor’s criteria of being safe and stylish.

According to Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, “Safety is the paramount decision when it comes to back-to-school cars, and practicality and affordability are also high on the list of desirable characteristics, at least according to parents. The kids involved also prefer to have a car they’re happy to be seen in, which suggests that style is part of the equation too. Our 2016 list of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars addresses all of these wants with an array of cool cars that has something for just about any returning student.”

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If you’re interested in the 2016 Nissan Versa Note for your student (or even for yourself!) come check one out at Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66. For new and used auto sales, service, parts, and accessories in New Jersey, visit Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66 today!

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September Events Around Jersey Shore

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Pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall and then plan to attend some local activities. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle yet, be sure to call our service department to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Hoboken Italian Festival – September 8-11

Jersey Shore has a lot of Italian heritage and this festival celebrates that. A waterfront extravaganza with international food and music. Celebrating the Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri. Amusement rides and a carnival offer activities for kids as well. A fireworks display takes place Saturday night.

Roar to the Shore Wildwood Bike Rally – September 8-11

Come and see for yourself how local government officials, law enforcement, restaurant and bar owners, sponsors and rally attendees all work together to make Roar to the Shore one of the largest free motorcycle rallies on the east coast!

6th Annual Brew Blast on the Battleship – September 10

A great day of craft beer sampling (over 50 beers) & live classic rock on the tented deck of America’s most decorated battleship.  All tickets include a Free Tour of the Battleship New Jersey. Great food available for purchase. Tickets cost $35.

Ocean County Car Show – September 11

All cars that are at least 25 years old are welcome for judging. Over eighty trophies will be awarded! Proceeds benefit Ocean of Love and Seaside Heights Toys for Tots.

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Meet Virginia

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After you buy or lease your new car or get your current vehicle serviced at Automall 66, it’s time to head out for some Virginia fun. The state is full of different landscapes for sightseeing, including mountains for hiking. Before the cold hits, head out in your new vehicle for some camping and hiking.

Drive up the Appalachian Trail to Mount Rogers, the highest point in Virginia. Mount Rogers is 5,729 feet above sea level. The actual hike begins at Elk Garden Gap and is 9 miles round trip. The trail you are looking for is the white blazed AT trail heading north.

If you really want to do some hardcore hiking or biking – or even horseback riding – take the Virginia Creeper Trail. Mile 0 is in Abingdon. You can also start in Alvarado (mile 8.5), Damascus (mile 15.5), Creek Junction (mile 25), and Whitetop Station (mile 32.3). The entire trail is 34.3 miles long and ends on Whitetop Mountain.

If you want a great valley photo op, take the Mountain Farm Trail to Humpback Rocks at mile marker 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail also has a 19th century interpretive farm. If you hike out to the rocks, you’ll get one of the best views of the Shenandoah Valley.

If you are looking for waterfall pictures, hike the Whiteoak Canyon trail. It’s one of the more popular trails because it has six waterfalls. The falls range from 35 feet to 86 feet. Each one also has a swimming hole, so be sure to bring swimwear. You can park your new Ford off of Route 600 at the Boundary Trailhead. You can also access the trail from Skyline Drive at mile marker 42.6.

If you want to hike but are not into doing a strenuous hike, then choose Cold Mountain Loop. This is a moderate 5.7-mile loop that starts on Rt. 755/Wiggins Spring Road at Hog Camp Gap. The trail head is about a half mile past Hog Camp Gap.

Because some of these places are way out of the way, you’ll want to be sure your vehicle is running perfectly – or have a brand new vehicle. Stop by Paul Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66 today to test drive a truck, sedan, coupe or SUV.

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Take a Trip to Staten Island

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A weekend jaunt to Staten Island can be a real adventure especially if it’s the first time taking in the sights and sounds of one of New York’s famous boroughs. Even if you’ve visited before, there’s plenty to see and do to fill your weekend itinerary.

A must do when visiting is taking a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. The 25 minute ride provides panoramic views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The ferry runs daily, including weekends, from the Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan to Staten Island; and it’s free.

If you enjoy the wild side of things, then a trip to the Staten Island Zoo is for you. Visit the many species of wildlife, reptiles, aquatic creatures and birds in the tropical forest, African savannah, reptile wing and aquarium. Have lunch at the Zoo Cafe then head to the animal hospital to see the babies.

Several museums offer a look back in time at the area’s history. These include the Staten Island Museum, Sandy Ground Historical Museum, Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art and The Children’s Museum.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy strolling through the many themed gardens at this 53-acre natural woodland housing the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.

Step back in time at historic Richmond Town. Spend the day in the 100-acre park depicting 17th century life. There are over 30 historic structures that include the oldest schoolhouse in the U.S. and the 1695 Voorlezer’s House. Throughout the village visitor’s see people plying their trade such as tinsmiths, blacksmiths and soap makers. Stroll on your own or take a guided tour.

The September 11 Memorial is a solemn yet uplifting sculpture and a place for quiet reflection.

When planning a trip, it’s always a good idea to have your car checked out and serviced before hitting the road. The last thing you want is to have your car break down leaving you to find a local repair shop. To avoid this type of situation, schedule an appointment at Paul Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall dealership.

At the dealership, factory trained technicians can take a look under the hood. Whether it’s an oil or filter change for your car or a new set of tires, the folks at Automall 66 will have you on your way with a road worthy vehicle in no time.

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Road Trip: White Mountains

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The White Mountains are located in New Hampshire and offer many sightseeing opportunities, including the highest point: Mount Washington at 6,288 feet. The White Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountains and cover about 25 percent of New Hampshire and part of western Maine. Before you drive your car on a long trip through the mountains, make sure you check all the fluids, tires, brakes and suspension.

Mount Washington

Mount Washington features several campgrounds, both private and those provided by the United States Forest Service. Whether you prefer tenting it or traveling in an RV, you will find some of the best camping in the area. You can haul a small trailer behind your vehicle when you camp in a tent. This is one of the best ways to experience the White Mountains, as you can drive your car on the auto road or drive to many of the hiking trails in the area. You’ll find plenty to do and places to go with 43 state parks, seven recreational trails, 12 historic sites, four fishing piers and marinas, 39 islands and 14 natural areas to visit in New Hampshire.

Mount Washington Auto Road

Unlike many mountain parks and retreats, Mount Washington stays open during the winter months. Instead of driving the auto road, you can ride the snow coach on a tour of the road, which leads you into the heart of the mountain. It will take you right up to the treeline; and you’ll experience pristine snow and scenery like you have never seen before.

Winter visits to the area mean snow tubing and cross country skiing; and you can warm up at lunchtime at the Glen View Café or visit the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. To find the auto road, enter 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, New Hampshire in your GPS.

The Cog Railway

The one thing you can’t miss when you visit Mount Washington is the Cog Railway. The Cog Railway was built in 1869 by Sylvester Marsh. The train climbs a three-mile long trestle – the steepest railroad tracks in North America. The train takes you to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast while you enjoy spectacular views. On a clear day, you can see New Hampshire, Vermont, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Make sure you bring you camera with you when you visit the White Mountains. When you get home, stop by Paul Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66 to show us some of the great sites you saw on your trip.

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What to Expect in the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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If you are planning to purchase a new vehicle but are not quite ready yet, keep your eye out for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, soon to be available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall. The new model year has a new look, updated powertrain new technology features, improved dynamics and new safety features.

The exterior is squarer with Nissan’s newest designs including boomerang-shaped LED lights and Nissan’s V-Motion grille. These come standard on all four of the trim levels: the S, SV, SL and the Platinum. Plus the Platinum trim level gets LED headlights. The lower three trim levels keep the halogen headlights.

The rear of the new Pathfinder features new taillight lenses and a new bumper cover. Plus, new this year, the Nissan Pathfinder features a motion-activated tailgate. The vehicle’s aerodynamics have been revised, too, ringing the drag coefficient down 0.33 from the previous 0.34. This is even better than the Mazda CX-9 model’s 0.35 Cd.

The engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 named the VQ35DD and is new this year. The engine is expected to make 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. That’s 24 more horsepower and an additional 19 pound-feet of torque over last year’s model. The new Nissan Pathfinder is expected to get 20 mpg* in the city and 27 mpg* on the highway.

A continuously variable automatic transmission will transfer the engine power to the wheels. The refreshed mid-sized crossover will tow up to 6,000 pounds, which is 1,000 pounds more than last year’s model was able to tow.

The suspension has also been revamped; and this year’s model features stiffer front and rear dampers. Plus the Pathfinder has new improvements to the suspension to help reduce body roll and make the steering quicker.

Safety features include adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking on the Platinum trim level. A 360-degree camera system, which is only available on the S and SV trim levels, adds moving object detection.

The interior features a new color display for the gauge cluster, plus an 8-inch touch screen, which is larger than last year’s touch screen. If you opt for the Platinum trim level, you’ll get standard navigation. However, navigation is optional on the SL and SV; and it’s not available on the S trim level.

If you are looking for a crossover that features a rear entertainment system for long road trips, choose the Platinum trim level. The entertainment center features 8-inch headrest-mounted display screens – an inch larger than they were on last year’s model.

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Buying Pre-owned v New: Which is Best for You?

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When it’s time to get a new vehicle, your first choice is to choose pre-owned or new. That decision determines the next steps you take in finding the perfect vehicle when you visit Paul Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall. If you’re not sure which make and model you want, then the first step would be to visit our website or stop by our showroom to see what features are standard with each vehicle.

Amount You Want to Spend

The biggest thing to determine is the amount you want to spend for a vehicle and what type of vehicle you want. If you want something that is more expensive, you could find a pre-owned model with low miles and pay much less for it than you would pay for a brand new model. For example, if you want a $50,000 SUV but do not wish to have payments that high even if you qualify; you might consider a pre-owned model that is 2 or 3 years old to save thousands of dollars.

Usage

Often people will buy a new vehicle for commuting or for driving the kids back and forth to school and events; but prefer a pre-owned model for a “work” vehicle. If you work in a construction job or you do a lot of work around your home – your “second” job – you may prefer a pre-owned vehicle since it could get dinged up. You may want a smaller four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle for hunting and fishing – and since you might be driving it on narrow dirt roads, you may not want a brand new vehicle.

Certain Vehicle

You may want a certain year, make and model because you like the vehicle’s looks, you might like the engine in the vehicle or for any other reason.

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Stop by 66 Automall to test drive a new or pre-owned vehicle. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to find the perfect vehicle for your needs. And, if you’re not ready for another vehicle just yet – maybe yours is still only a couple years old – be sure to schedule an appointment with our service department for maintenance.

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Getting Your Car Ready For Trade-In

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There comes a time in every car owner’s life that we have to prepare ourselves for the inevitable. Eventually, we will have to get rid of the car we have had for years in order to get something new. This isn’t a terrible thing, however. Getting ready for a new car can be exciting and quite an experience. But in case you have never traded in a car before, here are some pointers to help you maximize your trade-in value.

The first thing you want to make sure you do is wash the car in question. You immediately increase the value of it simply by cleaning it. Be sure you vacuum it extremely well inside as well. Scrub out the wheels, wipe the door jambs and use a dashboard protectant to give it a shine. Even on the outside, make sure you get a good wax coat to make it look its best.

If you have any small dents or dings, make sure you fix any of the ones that can be fixed easily. There are several kits you can buy from leading retail stores that will help you fix them yourself. For larger dents, be sure to go to a professional. The extra $50 you spend repairing dents can get you hundreds more on your trade-in. The same thing applies to scratches. If you can buff out some of the smaller scratches without having to sand and repaint, which is costly, then do it.

Leaks under the hood can make the value of your car drop drastically. If you suspect any leaks or broken lines, take it to your mechanic and have it inspected. This is another area where spending a little on a replaced hose can up the value of your car by hundreds. Another thing that can increase the trade-in value of your car is replacing batteries in your key fob and replacing worn out tires. Make sure all four tires have at least 75 percent of the tread.

When you’re ready to trade-in your older vehicle for something new, bring it to Paul Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall. We will give it a thorough inspection and a fair and honest price. We look forward to helping you into a new car.

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Nissan Scores Big in Vehicle Satisfaction

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When you stop by Sansone Jr.s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle, be sure the 2016 Rogue, Maxima, Frontier or Murano is on your list. These four vehicles have been named top in their segments in the 20th Annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards by AutoPacific. This is the second year in a row for the newly redesigned Nissan Murano crossover. With these four wins, Nissan tied for second place with the most wins awarded by AutoPacific.

The Survey

The survey asked more than 65,000 owners of new 2016 and 2015 light trucks and cars about 50 attributes for each vehicle. Instead of measuring what’s wrong with the vehicles, this survey looks at customer satisfaction.

The Vehicles

The Rogue, Maxima and the Murano were all completely redesigned during the past three years; and all three experience record sales. Through May 2016, Maxima sales increased by 146 percent, Rogue sales increased 6.7 percent and Murano sales increased 46 percent. The Frontier’s sales increased by 21 percent in 2016.

According to Dan Mohnke, the vice president of Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations, the Frontier is a true workhorse and the vehicle “continues to deliver on and exceed owner expectations year after year.”

The Maxima is Nissan’s flagship sedan; and it has excellent style along with great technology and performance. WardsAuto named it to its 10 Best Interiors list and 10 Best Engines list; and MotorWeek gave the Maxima a Drivers’ Choice Award.

The Murano also won several awards including Parents Magazine’s Best Crossover award and Edmunds.com’s 10 Best Family Cars award. The Nissan Rogue was completely redesigned in 2014; and features an EZ Flex Seating System and a Divide-N-Hide Cargo System. The Frontier is a leader in its segment and features premium hardware, great off-road and on-road performance and extraordinary power.

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Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to learn more about the 2016 Nissan Murano, Maxima, Rogue and Frontier. Test drive one or more of these models to learn about safety, security, entertainment and convenience features for each of the vehicles.

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