May Events Around the Jersey Shore


After you pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’ll be ready to head out to some of the May events around the Jersey Shore including birding festivals, kite festivals and garden festivals. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, just give our service department a call to schedule a maintenance appointment before you head out.

Cape May Spring Birding Festival

From May 20 through May 22, 2016, head out to the New Jersey Audubon / Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Rt. 47 North, Cape May Court House, New Jersey, 08210 for the Cape May Spring Birding Festival. Birders of all experiences enjoy the festival; and this year, since the festival falls during peak horseshoe crab spawning season, you should be able to see tons of birds. Watch the birds looking for the horseshoe crab eggs under a full moon for unique picture opportunities. For more information call (609) 861-0700.

8th Annual Medicine Wheel Garden Festival

On May 14 and 15, 2016, head over to the Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Park, 50 Neilson Road and 4-H Trail, Wantage, New Jersey, 07461. Enjoy live music, a bake sale, plant sale, vendors, crafters, an art display, food, children’s activities, historical displays and more. Proceeds go to the restoration of the historic Lusscroft Farm. Admission is $7 for only. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. until dusk both days. For more information call (862) 268-1557.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival

From May 27 though May 30, 2016, head over to Wildwoods Beach, Rio Grande to Burke Avenues in Wildwood for the Wildwoods International Kite Festival. Enjoy an illuminated kite fly at 9:00 p.m. at Rio Grande Avenue and the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships on the beach at 9:00 a.m. each day. Also, enjoy kite workshops and exhibits. And, see how to fly a kite without wind. For more information call (609) 729-9000.

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Nissan Murano Named 2016 Best 2-Row SUV For Families


If you are in the market for a great SUV with two row for your family, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test rive the 2016 Nissan Murano. This model just earned the U.S. News & World Report’s Best 2-Row SUV for Families. And, if February, the publication named the Murano as one of the Best Cars for the Money.

U.S. News & World Report uses seating and cargo volume, professional automotive reviews, the availability of family-friendly features and safety and reliability ratings to determine which vehicle should be awarded with this honor. The editors stated that although the Murano’s price makes this model an affordable midsize SUV, its features give it a “luxury level of refinement.”

Features in the 2016 Nissan Murano

The Murano features LED boomerang lights, V-motion front end and a unique “floating” roof to make it one of the more stylish vehicles on the market. Interior design features include a low center console, refined instrument panel, large windows, a huge power panoramic moon roof and a “social lounge feel.”

Technology features include an 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, NissanConnect, navigation, an eight-way power driver’s seat, the Around View monitor, satellite radio, Nissan Intelligent Key, Travel Link, push button ignition, 11 Bose speakers, Bluetooth and a premium audio system.

The Murano features a 3.5-liter engine backed by Nissan’s advanced Xtronic transmission. Choose front-wheel drive or intuitive all-wheel drive. This year, gas mileage increased about 20 percent because of low rolling resistance tires, a lighter vehicle, underbody covers and an active grille shutter.

Choose from four trim levels: The S, SV, SL and the Platinum. Available features include blind spot warning, moving object detection, forward emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert and drive attention alert.

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The 2017 Kia Sportage


If you are a Sportage fan and are in the market for a new vehicle, the fourth generation 2017 Kia Sportage is now available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall. Enjoy a new, stiffer structure, advanced driver technologies and significant steering and suspension improvements. Add intelligent AWD for a great utility vehicle.

New Design

This year’s newly designed model features a bigger cabin, new high-quality soft-touch materials and more technology and enhanced performance and efficiency; and it is available in three trim levels: The LX, EX and the SX Turbo.

The Kia Sportage has new body panels, new headlight positioning and a new front clips, all to give the Sportage a new updated look. The tiger nose grille with the wider and lower front clip gives the Sportage more air for more efficient cooling. The wheel base is now 105.1 inches – 1.2 inches longer than the previous model year. The Sportage’s overall length increased by 1.6 inches of 176.4 inches.

The sharply raked rear window and sloping roof line remain, making the Sportage easily recognizable. And, the new spoiler is more aerodynamic and the new, bolder wheel arches help give the Sportage a more aggressive look.

Interior Features

Some of the interior features include more cargo room – 30.7 cubic feet instead of 26.1 cubic feet, a Smart Power Liftgate, thinner A- and C-pillars, lower side mirrors, and a panoramic sunroof. Plus, the Sportage has new reduced noise, harshness and vibration thanks to a new quad-bushing setup in the rear suspension.

Available Driver Assistance Features

Depending which trim level and/or options you choose, your Sportage may feature forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning. Also available is blind spot detection with lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking assist.

Advanced Technology

Add a 5-inch color touch screen, Bluetooth and SiriusXM satellite radio on the base model; a 7-inch capacitive touch screen and UVO3 for the EX version; and an 8-inch capacitive touch screen and onboard navigation for the SX turbo.

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The 2016 Soul Named Among Best Cars for Families


Every year since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars publishes several awards including Best Vehicle Brands, Best Cars for Families and Best Cars for the Money. For the second year in a row, the Kia Soul, available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, has been awarded the Best Cars for Families winner. With its highly rated safety features and user-friendly technology, the Soul was an easy pick out of over 250 vehicles.

Orth Hedrick, the vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America stated that “the iconic urban passenger vehicle has numerous features geared toward families;” and these include the newest technology, advanced driver assistance systems, cargo space and tons of room for passengers.

U.S. News Best Cars makes its decisions based on safety and reliability ratings, professional automotive reviews, space specifications and family friendly features. The chosen vehicles must score the highest in a combination of 21 categories for Best Car for Families.

Jamie Page Deaton, the managing editor of U.S. News & World Report, stated that the 2016 Kia Soul was chosen as the best car for families because of the comfortable passenger cabin, the safety features that give parents peace of mind, it’s roominess for passengers and cargo and the entertainment features that keep everyone occupied while in the vehicle.

The 2016 Kia Soul

The new 2016 Kia Soul has new convenience and style features this year. Buyers can even choose their style and features through the new Designer Collection. The Soul features three trim levels: The Base, Plus and Exclaim. Each trim level added new features. All of the trim levels now come with alloy wheels. New features for the Base model include a 4.3-inch color touch screen, satellite radio, and a rear camera display.

The Designer Collection adds two-toned color combinations, 18-inch alloy wheels with black spokes, a leather gearshift knob and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Exclaim added leather-trimmed seats, lane departure warning and forward collision warning.

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April Events Around the Jersey Shore


After you pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’ll be ready to head out to some of the April events on the Jersey Shore including Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow and the Historic Downtown Somerville Arts and Crafts Festival. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, be sure to give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for spring service.

Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow

Head over to the Raritan Valley Community College Athletic Field, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey, 08876 on April 9, 2016 for the Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Proceeds from the pow wow will benefit the creation of a Native American scholarship program and will help to further develop the Native American studies program at the RVCC. Performers and guests include WarPaint, SilverCloud, Red Blanket, Wild Band and Medicine Horse, Sister Nations Color Guard, the Sinquah Family Dancer, the Aztec Dancers and Eagle Pines Falconry.

Hub City Music Festival

Visit New Brunswick, Highland Park and Somerset from April 14 through April 24, 2016 for the Hub City Music Festival. Start out at 9 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. This festival is an annual festival that features performing artists and supports the local music scene. The festival will be held at various restaurants in the three cities. For more information visit

Historic Somerville Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival

On April 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., head over to East Main Street in Somerville for the Historic Somerville Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival. Enjoy shopping for unique gifts, handmade items for yourself and open air seating at many of the restaurants in the area. There will also be live music and a hands-on free craft section for children. Items available including pottery, sculpture, paintings, decorative fiber works, garden works, metal works and tons more.

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All-New Kia Optima Hybrid Unveiled


The 2017 Kia Optima hybrid has finally been unveiled. If you were able to attend the Chicago Auto Show in February, you got a chance to see the new model year with its new sleek design. This gas and electric aerodynamic sedan features tons of technology in the form of driver-assistance features.

The 2017 model year is a complete redesign on the outside and the inside, as did the gas-powered version. The new hybrid powertrain features a 10 percent improvement in gas mileage to give you a better driving experience and a more efficient vehicle. The Optima hybrid is being marketed under the Kia Motors EcoDynamics sub-brand. By 2020, Kia expects to increase fuel efficiency by 25 percent for all of its models. While the new Optima hybrid is not yet available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall or other dealerships, you can keep your eye on this space, as we’ll publish more information as we get it.


The new Optima hybrid features a 2.0-liter GDI engine instead of the 2.4-liter engine. The new version is estimated to make 154 horsepower. The hybrid starter generator, six-speed transmission and 38 kW electric motor and clutch completes the powertrain. The electric motor and its clutch takes the place of a torque converter so that you have stronger acceleration from a stop; and it also helps the engine with power when needed.

The total horsepower output for the 2017 Optima hybrid is 193 at 6,000 rpm. To make the Optima more economical, it features a new electric oil pump and a new electric water pump. This also improves fuel economy since the gas engine does not have to use horsepower to drive the two pumps.

A new high-density lightweight lithium-polymer battery powers the electric motor. The battery capacity has a 1.62 kWh increase from last year’s version. The battery has also been moved, and now it rides under the trunk floor. Because the battery has been reconfigured, it does not cut into cargo space. And, it still allows 60/40 split folding rear seats.

New Features

The Optima features a new Eco-DAS (Driver Assistance System) with Coasting Guide. The Eco-DAS maximizes fuel economy by telling the driver when to coast and brake. An icon on the instrument panel blinks for four seconds plus gives a one-time audible alert when the DAS senses that the driver should coast or brake to save fuel mileage.

The body is now created with high-tensile strength steel alloys and hot-stamped components to give the body a lighter yet stronger construction. This increases fuel economy because of the weight drop; and it increases safety in the event of a crash.

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The 2017 Nissan Armada Makes World Debut


If you are in the market for a Nissan SUV but are waiting for the 2017 Armada to appear at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, your wait is almost over. The 2017 Armada was debuted just before the 2016 Chicago Auto Show and will be available sometime during the summer of 2016. The full-size SUV has new interior and exterior designs; and it has a new 390-horsepower V-8 backed by a seven-speed automatic transmission.

New Safety Features

Available safety features include predictive forward collision warning, intelligent cruise control, backup collision intervention, lane departure prevention, distance control assist, blind spot intervention, lane departure warning and an Around View monitor with moving object detection.

The new second generation Armada sets a new standard in its class and many of the available safety and security features are found only in higher-priced luxury vehicles.

Trim Levels

The Armada features three trim levels: the SV, SL and the Platinum trim levels. Choose from two-wheel or four-wheel drive in all three trim levels. Standard features on all trim levels include NavWeather information, Nissan Navigation with NavTraffic and an 8-inch color display. Additional standard equipment includes a Bose audio system with three speakers and heated front seats.

Additional Features

This eight-passenger SUV also tows up to 8,500 pounds in the two-wheel and four-wheel drive models when properly equipped. The exterior features a V-motion front grille, LED daytime running lights, LED low-beam headlights and LED taillights.

The interior features more room, tons of style, and premium comfort. It also features “Library Level” interior noise levels at idle, acoustic glass, and sound absorption materials.

The 5.6-liter V-8 engine features direct injection gas, variable valve event and lift system; and the transmission has seven speeds instead of the five speeds found in last year’s model.

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Nissan Versa Wins KBB’s 2016 5-Year Cost to Own Award


Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 5-Year Cost to Own award winner, the Nissan Versa. The Versa won this award, in its fifth year, for the subcompact car category. The award, as its title suggests, tells consumers which new vehicles have the lowest projected cost of ownership. Factors that are taken into consideration include expected fuel costs, depreciation, maintenance and repair costs, finance and insurance fees and state fees.

When most people buy a vehicle, they consider the up front costs – what it costs to buy or lease a vehicle; and they may even consider fuel economy. However, many do not consider the total five-year cost of ownership. If vehicles are compared properly, a more expensive vehicle could actually be less expensive over time.

For 2016, the Versa Sedan and the Versa Note received new enhancements, according to Michael Bruce, the vice president of Product Planing, Nissan North America, Inc. The vehicle is roomy and features mid-size conveniences without the mid-size price. The 1.6-liter engine features twin continuously variable valve timing and a dual fuel injector system to help with fuel economy. The engine puts out 109 horsepower and makes 107 pound-feet of torque, giving it plenty of power so as not to be sluggish, yet not a ton of power that sucks up the fuel.

If the vehicle is fitted with the Xtronic transmission, it gets 31 mpg* in the city and 40 mpg* on the highway. If the vehicle is fitted with the five-speed manual transmission, it gets 27 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg* on the highway. And, if it is fitted with the four-speed automatic transmission, it gets 26 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg* on the highway.

Choose from four trim levels: the S, S Plus, SV and the SL. The S trim level features the five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the trim levels only offer the Xtronic transmission.

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Fun March Events Around the Jersey Shore


Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle and then head out to the many upcoming March events along the Jersey Shore. Once you have a new vehicle, you won’t have to worry about whether it will get you there or home; and you get to drive in that new car smell all the way to the event.

JJ Bitting Annual Charity Chili Cook Off

Head out to the JJ Bitting Brewing Co., 33 Main Street, Woodbridge, New Jersey, 07095 for their annual charity chili cook off on March 6, 2016. Enjoy a live DJ, tons of fun and door prizes. If you decide to compete, you could win cash prizes of up to $600. Admission as a spectator is $10 at the door and $20 if you want to participate in the chili cook off. The event will be held from noon until 2:00 p.m. For more information call (732) 634-2929 or visit

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

From March 11 through March 13, 2016, head out to the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, New Jersey, 08873 for the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Pick up unique gifts for upcoming holidays and graduations. Choose wares from over 250 American artisans. For more information call (800) 210-9900 or visit

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Parade

On March 12, 2016, head out to 901 Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood, New Jersey, 08260 for the ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. and the parade at noon. The reviewing stand is located at Old NJ Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, call (609) 522-2955 or visit

Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Festival

On March 13, 2016, head over to Trenton Social, 449 S. Broad Street, Trenton, New Jersey, 08611 for the Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This event runs from noon until 7:00 p.m. Enjoy music from The Fighting Jamesons, food trucks, an outdoor beer garden, live music and more. Admission is $18 for general admission and $45 for VIP admission. VIPs have access to the hospitality area and complimentary beer and food. For more information call (609) 989-7777 or visit

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Kia Sorento: Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality


The Kia Sorento, available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, ranked the highest in its segment in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). The Kia nameplate ranked second only to Porsche in this study, which measures initial quality by owners who have had their vehicles for 90 days. The lower the score, the better the ranking as it measures problems per 100 vehicles (PP 100). Porsche came in with a score of 80 and Kia came in with a score of 86.

Thirty three auto manufacturers were named in the initial quality study. Kia ranked the highest in the non-luxury brands. Kia’s score of 86 is 26 PP100 better than the industry average; and it is also a 20-point improvement over the auto manufacturer’s 2014 score of 106 PP100. The 2015 study is the 29th year that J.D. Power and Associates conducted the study.

What the Study Looks At

The IQS looks at eight different categories including the driving experience; the exterior; interior; features, controls and displays; seats; audio, communication, entertainment and navigation; the engine and transmission; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Participants are questioned about defects, malfunctions and design-related issues. This means features that operate as they are intended to operate, but are hard to use or are located in an awkward position. Kia had the least number of design-related issues of all of the non-luxury brands.

The Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento has the least number of issues with its design; and it also had the least number of defects or malfunctions in the midsize SUV segment. This seven-passenger SUV earned a score of 81 PP100 in 2015, an increase from 55 PP100 in 2014. This year’s score is also 33 PP100 better than the average score for the midsize SUV segment.

To break it down, the Sorento saw an 11 PP100 improvement in audio, communication, entertainment and navigation; a 6.4 PP100 improvement in engine and transmission; and a 5.4 PP100 improvement in the exterior category. The Hyundai Santa Fe came in second with 85 PP100 and the Toyota Venza came in tied for last with the Nissan Murano with 114 PP100.

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