Nissan Murano Crash Test Ratings

One of the most important things you can look for in a new vehicle is its safety features. While most vehicles have airbags, traction control and other safety features, some vehicles provide more than average features. When you visit 66 Automall, you can learn more about Nissan’s safety features for each model.

2014 Murano Safety Features: The Murano’s safety features include front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags and passenger occupant sensing airbag deactivation sensors. The deactivation sensors keep the airbags from activating for no reason, which saves you some money should you get in an accident.

2012 Nissan Murano.

Other safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes; and the front and rear disc brakes are ventilated to help keep them cooler when you have to stand on them to avoid an accident. The Murano also features emergency braking assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, which works in conjunction with traction and stability control to keep the Murano from rolling over if you spin out.

Additional safety features include an anti-theft system, an engine immobilizer, dusk sensing headlights, auto delay off headlights and front fog/driving lights.

IIHS Crash Ratings: Overall, the 2009 through 2013 Nissan Murano received good Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test ratings. The ratings for 2014 have not been released as of yet. For moderate overlap front test results, the 2013 Murano received a “good” rating. This test measures driver injury and driver side compartment intrusion when there is someone in the driver’s seat.

Side impact tests measure the structure and occupant injury when the vehicle is hit from the side. The 2013 Murano received a “good” rating for this test.

Seats and head restraints are also tested for neck injury when you are hit from the rear at low to moderate speed. This test measures the distance between the head of the occupant and the head rest plus the distance from the top of the headrest to the bottom of the occupant’s head. If a seat receives a “good” rating, it is tested again for taller people by rear-ending the vehicle with another similar-weight vehicle going 20 mph. The 2013 Murano received a “good” rating for both tests.

Visit Paul Sansone Jr. at 66 Automall to learn more about Nissan’s safety features then test drive one of the new Nissans, including the 2014 Murano.


High Mileage Maintenance

When you purchase a new Nissan and faithfully keep up the maintenance, the maintenance for high mileage cars is not that different. The engine may be a bit looser so you may want to discuss using high-mileage oil with the service manager at Paul Sansone Jr. 66 Automall. If you purchase a used Nissan and do not have a record of the maintenance – some people keep every receipt, but most don’t – you may want to implement a stricter maintenance program.

Things tend to wear out after a certain mileage and chances are, the used vehicle you bought has over 75,000 miles on it. When you first purchase a used Nissan, have it thoroughly checked by the service manager. If you bought the used Nissan at 66 Automall, this step has already been done for you.

Change the oil filter every time you change the oil. Oil filter wrench. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Three-quarter-ten, Creative Commons

First Maintenance Check: Bring your new-to-you Nissan to 66 Automall’s service department and explain to them that you just purchased it and would like them to check it thoroughly. Unless the seller gave you receipts showing the last maintenance visit and what was done, you should have high mileage preventative maintenance done on the vehicle.

The high mileage preventative maintenance includes changing the timing belt if there is no proof that it has been done, checking the brakes, steering and suspension and checking all of the fluids. When you check the fluids, they should be clean. Transmission fluid should smell “fresh,” and not burned. It should have a bright pink/red color, not a dull brown color.

If the seller did not provide a receipt for a recent oil change, be sure to change the engine oil. Other things you should have checked include the rear end in rear-wheel drive vehicles, safety belt operation, all lights and the tires.

After the initial check, bring your Nissan in for regular maintenance checks according to Nissan’s maintenance schedule. If your “new” vehicle did not come with an owner’s manual, ask the service tech at 66 Automall if he or she has a copy of Nissan’s maintenance schedule.


When Should You Get Your Tires Rotated

At your Paul Sansone Jr. 66 Automall, we see a ton of Nissan vehicles where the drivers will bring the vehicle in because the tires are making a humming noise. The drivers are worried that something is wrong with their brake pads. Yet the problem, in fact, is coming from the tires themselves.

Your car’s weight is distributed unevenly on your tires. This weight causes the treads to wear thin, as they will cause a humming noise when driving along straight and smooth roads. Other factors also contribute to tire wear such as incorrect tire pressure and poor alignment.

Rotating your tires allows you to keep driving on the same tires you have as the treads will wear down at an even rate. Instead of buying one new tire at a time, you’ll be able to buy four new tires at once because they will be all worn down at the same amount. Your Nissan vehicle will also be much safer when you rotate your tires as your braking will be more effective.

You can rotate the tires yourself if you are a gearhead who loves working on your vehicle. The standard way to rotate your tires is to switch the front ones with the rear tires and crisscrossing them. This means you should switch the left front tire with the right rear tire, and the right front tire with the left rear tire. Always inspect the tire and the tread for any issues. This let’s you know when you need to purchase new tires.

While you can easily rotate the tires yourself, it’s in your best interests to bring your Nissan down to the Paul Sansone Jr. 66 Automall if you don’t feel comfortable doing the task yourself. Keep your treads from wearing out too quickly by periodically rotating your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, or when recommended by your Nissan manufacturer in the vehicle owner’s manual.


Nissan News – Sentra Picks Up Another Honor

One of the most competitive vehicle segments is that of the compact car, as more and more consumers are turning to the smaller automobiles that can save them time and money at the gas pump, while still meeting their everyday driving needs. So being touted “the best” compact car is certainly an accolade that an automaker can be proud of, especially if it’s based off of consumer preference.

Hence, the 2013 Nissan Sentra. The four-door, five-seat redesigned-for-2013 compact was named best-in-class in AutoPacific’s 17th-annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. The awards, also known as the VSAs, measure how satisfied a owner is with his or her vehicle. About 52,000 new vehicle owners were polled, weighing everything from the interior to performance to fuel economy to owner satisfaction. In the end, it was the Sentra that came out on top.

All-New Nissan Sylphy Will Be The 2013 Sentra Image


The 2013 Sentra is all-new for its current model year, checking in at 150 pounds less than its predecessor model and offering a more aerodynamic styling to help improve fuel economy. In fact, thanks to its new design and its more fuel efficient 1.8 liter CVT engine (with sub planetary gears), the 2013 Sentra achieves up to 13 percent better fuel economy than its previous model (30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, or 34 mpg combined). That, as well as a more luxurious interior are just a few of the reasons why the Sentra bested 15 other vehicles in its segment to take top honors.

The people have spoken in the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. And the people have chosen the Nissan Sentra as the auto industry’s best compact car. Find out why by driving one today.


Why Automotive Financing at Sansone Jr. 66 Automall Is Best

Are you thinking of purchasing a new vehicle but are not sure about financing? The good news is your NJ Kia dealer can help you with automotive financing. At Sansone Jr. 66 Automall, there are outstanding professionals ready to help you to make the best possible financing decisions. Before you buy, though, consider why it is beneficial to turn to a dealership for financing.


More Options Than You Realize

One of the reasons to get automotive financing from a dealership, you get access to far more potential lenders. If you walked into your bank, on the other hand, that bank will only approve or deny you. If you are denied, you need to move on to another bank. When you come in to Sansone Jr. 66 Automall, instead, the team works for you to find the most affordable loan offer available, with the best terms and features, from dozens of available lenders.

Options for All Credit

Another great reason to turn to the dealership for financing aid is because there are often options for all levels of credit. You may have the income to purchase a vehicle and make payments on it, but you may not have the credit score to back it up. That’s okay at the dealership. They will help you to get approval even if other lenders have denied you, in many cases.

Before you make the decision to buy a car, come in and talk to the Sansone Jr. 66 Automall and find out about your options in automotive financing. The fact is, you may be able to get into a car quickly and without worrying about getting into the wrong loan. Low down payments, affordable interest rates, and dealership incentives make it the perfect time to buy, too.


Kia News



The 2014 Kia Forte Koup deputed at the 2013 New York International Auto Show—sleek, sexy and the most powerful Kia Forte to roll off the assembly line. You’ll want to come in and see this one!

Although considered a compact car, the 2014 Kia Forte Koup is longer and wider than Kia’s previous model. The new 2-door coupe, the Forte Koup SX has a wheelbase of 106.3 inches and measures 70.1 inches in width. It comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, which add to its sporty, Euro-inspired appearance.

Under the hood, Kia powers the new Forte Koup boasts a 1.6-liter GDI (gasoline direct-injected) 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that offers 201 horsepower and 195 pounds of torque. Kia offers a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty for engine and transmission as well as a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty for the rest of the vehicle.

On the inside, the 2014 Kia Forte Koup features a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel with tilt and telescopic movement plus integrated cruise and audio controls. Other standard items include Bluetooth™ with UVO eServices, a rear camera display, Sirius XM™ satellite radio, 10-way adjustable (heated and cooled) driver’s seat, heated passenger’s seat, SmartKey push-button start, dual-zone climate control options and a sunroof.

Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, your local new and used New Jersey Kia dealer is the place for all your Kia needs. For more information on the new 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX, visit


Kia Brand History

Kia Motors has its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, and is the second-largest automobile manufacturer in the country. It is just behind the Hyundai Motor Company. Kia Motors is 32.8-percent owned by the Hyundai Motor Company, and it is currently led by Hyoung-Keun Lee.

Kia’s name comes from a combination of two Sino-Korean words, Ki, which means “to come out,” and a, which means Asia. The company was formed under the name of Kyungsung Precision Industry on June 9, 1944, and was first a steel tubing and bicycle-parts company. The company started to build motorcycles in the late 1950s, trucks later in the 1960s, and cars during 1974.

The first auto-assembly plant was created in 1973 and named the Sohari Plant. This plant created some of the first Kia vehicles, including the Brisa range. It wasn’t until 1986 that the company partnered with Ford and began to produce cars like the Kia Pride, which was sold in the United States.

In 1992, Kia finally made its way to the United States with the Kia Motors America branch. Cars like the Sephia and Sportage were the first to be sold en masse to the US market. By 1995, there were over 100 Kia dealerships across the country.

Recently, Kia opened the Georgia manufacturing plant. The February 2010 opening was shortly after Kia recorded the 15th year of increased U.S. market shares, showing how the company is still growing in today’s market.

If you’d like to check out some of the new Kia vehicles, stop by Paul Sansone Jr. 66 Automall. We can help you learn more about this bold company and the vehicles you can drive.


Kia Sedona EX Safety Features and Ratings

The Kia Sedona EX, available at Paul Sansone Jr. 66 Automall is a good family vehicle with many safety features and a good overall Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rating. Some of the safety features for children include child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks.

Safety Features: The 2014 Kia Sedona EX features several airbags to hopefully minimize injury in the event of a crash. It features dual front side-mount airbags and a passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation feature, which senses whether someone is in the passenger seat. If not, the passenger front airbag does not deploy. The Sedona EX also features head airbags in the front seats and in the rear and third rows.

Kia Sedona. Photo Credit: 66 Automall.

Skidding out in a hard braking situation is common, especially on wet or icy/snowy roads. The four-wheel ABS brake system, emergency braking assist, ventilated front disc brakes, stability control and traction control help keep the vehicle right-side up should you go into an out-of-control skid or spin.

The adjustable headrests in the front and rear plus the driver head restraint whiplash protection system help prevent injury from rear-end crashes. The front passenger seat also features the head restraint whiplash protection system.

IIHS Safety Ratings: The moderate overlap front test gave the 2012 Kia Sedona (the ratings for 2013 and 2014 are not available) a “good” rating in all categories, including structure and safety of the cage, head and neck areas, chest, both legs and both feet, plus restraints. All seat protection tests also received a “good” rating.

The side impact test rated the 2012 Kia Sedona with an overall rating of “good.” This test measures injury to the head and neck, the torso, pelvis and leg areas and head protection. Stop into 66 Automall today to test drive a new Kia Sedona and to learn more about the safety features for this vehicle.


The History of Nissan’s Start in America

We love learning about brand history at Paul Sansone Jr. 66 Automall, especially when it involves a great company like Nissan.

Nissan has always had an American connection, it seems. The company began investing in the idea of working in and with the USA around 1908, shortly after Yoshisuke Aikawa, the founder of Japan Industries (now known as Nissan), came to Detroit, Michigan. At the time, the chief designer was an American named William R. Gorham, and he, too, helped to form Nissan’s future with the United States.

By 1952, Nissan had entered into an agreement with Austin Motor Company. This agreement was for Nissan to assemble 2,000 Austins from imported sets. This was the start of American car sales in Japan, which later reversed to Nissan releasing its own vehicles in the USA. In 1969, Nissanintroduced the Datsun 240Z sports car, which became the push needed to cause Nissan to rise to world-class status.

Nissan decided to expand to world markets in the 1950s, including going to the Los Angeles Auto Show. In 1959, Nissan formed the US subsidiary, the Nissan Motor Corportation U.S.A. 1973 brought the oil crisis, and this further pushed Nissan to expand and to deliver smaller cars to the market. By the early 80s, taxes caused Nissan to create building plants in the US, starting in Smyrna, Tennessee. An engine plant was created in Decherd, Tennessee, and it was followed by another plant being built in Canton, Mississippi.

Nissan also partnered with Ford between 1993 and 2002. During this time, the two marketed the Mercury Villager and the Nissan Quest. The Terrano was released by Nissan just before this joining in 1992.


Kia Awards for 2013

Kia awards are pretty normal at this time of year, and at 66 Automall, we want to make sure you have all the information you need about the company and its cars.

For instance, Kia has received a top-10 ranking for initial quality this year from J.D. Power and Associates. The Kia Soul and Sportage both were at the center of the award.

The 2013 Soul has many upgrades, including enhanced power and upgrades. The car has power-folding side mirrors, upgraded leather in the interior, Bluetooth wireless technology, wheel-mounted controls for easier access, and more. It has Idle Stop and Go technology as part of the Eco package, and this allows the engine to be shut off when you’re not moving for maximum efficiency and reduced engine load.

The Sportage has low-rolling-resistane silica tires, electronically adjustable side mirrors, a six-speed manual trasnmission, and more that made it popular in 2013. The vehicle has LED daytime running lights that make you more visible to other vehicles, and fog lamps make the car safer during drives near lakes or during dawn and dusk.

The 2013 Kia Rio has also been the center of some awards as of late. Kia has had awards for this vehicle being an excellent value in the compact vehicle class, so you can be sure that you’re getting more for what you pay with this car.

These are just a sampling of the awards Kia has won in 2013, and since the year is still young, there may be many more to come. To test drive one of these cars, stop by 66 Automall and we’ll be happy to hook you up.