Top 5 Places for a Weekend Road Trip in the Northeast


When it’s time for a vacation, one of the things that you need to do is to make sure your vehicle is up to the trip, especially if you are going to be traveling in remote areas including the mountains. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to pick up your new vehicle before you head out. And, if you don’t plan on a new car this year, call us to schedule a service appointment so that we can check your vehicle and make necessary repairs if needed.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre piece of woods and mountains that was designated as a national park in 1919. If you want to spend some time getting a good workout and relaxing, visit this park to get the best of both worlds. Climb mountain peaks, hike woodland trails and explore the coastline. Enjoy kayak trips in the many lakes or drive the carriage road system to see the stone-faced bridges. Don’t forget your camera – you’ll want pictures of everything including the waterfalls.

Look for peregrine falcons on Echo Lake Beach, watch for moose and black bear and relax on Sand Beach. You can also take the Island Explorer bus system around Acadia’s Park Loop Road.

Cog Railway

Climb Mount Washington on the Cog Railway – the train takes you to the summit of the highest point in the Northeast. The cog train travels at about 3 miles per hour at a 40-degree angle up the White Mountains. The trip up takes about an hour while the trip down takes about 40 minutes. Visit the gift shop and be sure to bring your camera for some of the best scenery shots you can find.

Mystic Seaport

Visit Mystic Seaport to see a working preservation shipyard, a recreation of a 19th century coastal village and exhibit galleries. Things you can do include taking a carriage ride through the village, exploring a cooperage, a lobster shack and the Fishtown Chapel. Listen to musicians singing sea shanties and learn tons about the 1800s-era New England Coast.

Stowe, Vermont

Visit Stowe to see the old covered bridge and sight see. Stop at some of the 40-plus restaurants and shop on the old-fashioned Main Street. Be sure to visit Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and the Cabot Annex Store.

Casco Bay Islands

Visit these Maine coastal island outside of Portland to enjoy sandy beaches, an artists’ community and many restaurants. Ride your bikes on Cliff Island’s dirt roads and visit Fort McKinley.

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Be sure to stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to pick up a new car or to have our current vehicle serviced before you head out on your trip to the northeast.


2015 Kia Soul EV Named Best Value in America Award by Vincentric


The 2015 Kia Soul EV was awarded “Best Value in America” in the plug-in / hybrid category by Vincentric. You may be thinking, “So what? It’s not available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall yet.” Well, that could change within the next year or two. As of now, the Soul EV is only available in California. However, during the second quarter of 2015, Kia will be releasing the Soul EV to Georgia dealerships; and soon after to dealerships in Texas, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii.

Once other states get enough charging stations, Kia expects to release the Soul EV in those states. As of now, Georgia has 284 charging stations.

Kia Brand and Value

According to Orth Hedrick, the vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America, Kia has always been synonymous with value; and even with the company’s growth, it never strayed from its commitment of value to customers.

The Soul EV has the best range of any vehicle in the plug-in / hybrid class and is Kia’s first zero-emissions car released in the United States. In addition, the Soul EV offers practical packaging and an iconic design, all for a affordable price.

Vincentric Factors

Vincentric analyzes eight different factors when choosing which vehicle will be awarded the Best Value Award: fees and taxes, deprecations, fuel, financing, maintenance, insurance, repairs and opportunity cost.

The Soul EV model’s cost of ownership was 9 percent below what was expected of the vehicle. Help in that area came from a 5-year, 60,000-mile comprehensive warranty.

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April Events in New Jersey


If you just had your vehicle serviced at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall or if you just bought a new vehicle from us, you’re ready to head out to some of New Jersey’s April events. If you still haven’t had spring service done, call us for an appointment today.

Cherry Blossom Family Day

On April 18, 2015 at the Essex County Branch Brook Park, Mill Street, Newark, NJ, help us celebrate spring. This event is a 1-mile walk through the Southern Division of the park. After the “race,” enjoy live performances, children’s activities and ore at the Prudential Concert Grove. The Cherry Blossom Family Day runs from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more information or to register your school or group, call (973) 239-2495.

Daffodil Day

On April 19, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., stop by Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit, NJ to celebrate spring and enjoy family-friendly activities and crafts. For more information call (908) 273-8787 or (908) 273-6869.

Second Annual EarthFest Overpeck

Visit Overpeck County Park, 50 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ on April 25, 2015 for the Second Annual EarthFest Overpeck. The festival will feature a midway, animal rescue groups, green vendors, live entertainment, healthy-living advocates, a beer garden, food trucks and children’s activities. Hackensack Riverkeeper is also providing free paddling on Overpeck Creek. For more information call (201) 968-0808.

Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration

Stop by Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ on April 25 or April 26, 2015 to celebrate Earth Day and pick up new plants including ferns, perennials and woody plants. Admission is free. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call (908) 234-2677.

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Kia is Redesigning the Optima

When the fourth generation Kia Optima shows up at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, it will be redesigned. Kia Motors Corp. plans on unveiling this model at the upcoming New York Auto Show in early April; and with the redesign, hopes that the Optima will remain highly successful.

The last time the Kia Optima was redesigned was for the 2011 model year; and sales surged with that release. For the past three years, sales have been over 150,000 per year, including 159,020 units sold in 2014.

When You Can Expect the New Kia Optima

While an exact date hasn’t been release yet, Kia is expected to have the new Optima at dealerships sometime this summer. If you plan on buying a new vehicle this year, but are waiting until the kids get out of school or after you get back from vacation, the release should be timed nicely.

What the Kia Optima is Keeping

For those who love the looks of the Optima, fear not: spy shots have shown that the new Optima will keep it’s tiger nose grille and the fastback silhouette.

Engines and Platform

While the exterior – and most likely the interior – will be redesigned, the Kia Optima will keep the same platform and engines it used in the third generation. Thus, if you have been an Optima fan and loved the powertrain and platform, rest assured that you’ll get the engine you love.

Other Variations

It’s not certain yet, but Kia may offer a hybrid model and a plug-in hybrid model of the Optima. If these come to fruition, they would use the same powertrains as the Hyundai Sonata.

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Spring Maintenance Tips

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Now that spring is here, it’s time to service your vehicle and clean it up after the winter. The snow, salt and sand will damage your vehicle’s metal frame and the paint. However, detailing is only part of spring maintenance. Set up a service appointment with Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to have your vehicle thoroughly checked for the spring.


Detail the interior and exterior of your vehicle. When it’s cold, people tend to ignore their vehicles – after all, most people don’t want to spend a couple of hours cleaning and detailing the interior when it’s cold. Be sure to use the appropriate products for the materials in your vehicle.

Detail the exterior to remove any rust-producing and paint-fading crud and salt. Once you’ve washed the vehicle, be sure to put a coat of good wax on the paint. And, don’t forget to wash the undercarriage.


Be sure to follow your maintenance schedule for your vehicle’s powertrain, brakes, suspension and steering. Be sure you change the oil and top off the fluids. Have your service technician check the brakes, belts, hoses and fluids. Test your air conditioning. If it’s not cold, our service technicians will check the system for leaks and clogged expansion blocks or orifice tubes.

Have our vehicle’s charging system checked. The battery may have taken a hit this past winter. A weak battery makes the alternator work harder and could wear it out sooner rather than later.


If you have all-season tires, you just need to have them checked for uneven wear, normal tread wear and to see if you may have a separated tire. Hitting a big enough pothole could cause a tire to separate. If you have winter tires, it’s time to change over to all-season or summer tires.

Suspension and Steering

Riding on rough roads could also affect the steering and suspension components on your vehicle. Be sure to have your service technician check all steering and suspension components. As part of this, have the alignment checked.

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Call Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall or visit our service page to set up a service appointment to have your vehicle checked for the spring and to complete any service that needs to be done after the rough winter.


2015 Nissan Rogue Select AWD

When you are in the market for an SUV, you have many to choose from; and this can make your decision difficult. One of the models you should have on our list to test drive at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall is the 2015 Nissan Rogue Select AWD model. It gets great gas mileage and has plenty of room for the family.

Engine and Transmission

The 2015 Nissan Rogue Select AWD features a 2.5-liter engine with variable valve timing. The engine is backed by a continuously variable-speed transmission (CVT). This combination makes 170 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 175 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine runs on regular unleaded fuel and gets 22 mpg* in the city and 27 mpg* on the highway.


The Rogue Select’s front seat features 40.4 inches of headroom, 42.5 inches of legroom, 53.1 inches of hip room and 55.9 inches of shoulder room. The rear features 51.2 inches of hip room, 38.3 inches of headroom, 35.3 inches of legroom and 53.6 inches of shoulder room.

Convenience Features

The 2015 Nissan Rogue Select AWD features front bucket seats, a split folding rear seat back, remote keyless power door locks, one-touch power windows, front door pockets, front and rear cup holders, an overhead console with storage, a tilt steering wheel and additional storage in the front seat backs.

Additional features include driver and passenger illuminating vanity mirrors, interior air filtration and 16-inch wheels.

Entertainment Features

Entertainment features include an AM/FM radio, four speakers, auxiliary audio input, USB with external media control and speed-sensitive volume control.

Safety and Security Features

Safety and security features include a rear defroster, intermittent rear wipers, variably intermittent wipers, four-wheel ABS brakes, ventilated rotors for the front and rear brakes, emergency braking assist, traction control, stability control, dual front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, an occupant-sensing airbag and a tire pressure monitoring system.

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the 2015 Nissan Rogue Select AWD and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, entertainment and security features.


Kia Sportage Ranks Highest Among Small SUVs


If you are looking for a crossover SUV but are torn between two or three models or manufacturers, be sure to stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the Kia Sportage. J.D. Power 2105 Vehicle Dependability Study ranked the Sportage as the leader in the small SUV category. This is the first time the brand has been chosen for the VDS award.

The study queries new vehicle owners about problems they experienced with a 2012 vehicle in the past 12 months. The study determines overall dependability by looking at the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles across the industry. Vehicles with a lower score have a higher long-term quality level. The Sportage ranked 129 PP100 and was the highest of seven vehicles.

John Crowe, the vice president of service and aftersale operations at Kia Motors America stated that the results of the VDS study shows that Kia is “committed to quality” and has an “obsession with craftsmanship in building [our] world-class products.”

The 2015 Kia Sportage features several trim levels including the LX, EX and SX. The LX has many standard features including 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, keyless entry and solar glass. When you move up to the EX, standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED turn signal integrated into the door mirrors, a rear camera display, high-performance dampers, a rear spoiler, roof rails and fog lights. The SX features LED accent lighting along the headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, sculpted side sill moldings, dual exhaust and a 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI engine.

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Visit us at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive one of the 2015 Kia Sportage models and to learn more about the standard convenience, safety, security and entertainment features with each trim level. If you prefer a lower trim level but want an option that is available on a higher trim level, ask your salesperson about additional options and pricing so you can get the best deal on the trim level you prefer.


Nissan Sentra Earns Top Safety Pick


If you like the Sentra but was previously reluctant to buy this model because of its safety ratings, you can now feel safe with this choice. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Nissan Sentra a good rating in its small overlap front crash test. The 2015 Nissan Sentra now qualifies for the Top Safety Pick award because of its improved safety features.

Nissan modified the Sentra’s A-pillar, front structure and door sill to reduce damage in small overlap crashes. Additionally, the auto manufacturer lengthened the side curtain airbag so it now protects the driver’s head.

In the IIHS’s test, the Sentra’s driver space – at the lower door hinge pillar – had a maximum intrusion of less than 5 inches. The side curtain airbag also has enough coverage to protect the driver’s head from contacting the side structure of the vehicle and outside objects, even after the head hits the front airbag. When IIHS took measurements of the crash test dummy, it was found that the risk of injury is low for a crash of this type.

The 2015 Nissan Sentra also received “Good” ratings in moderate overlap front, roof strength, side and head restraint tests.

You can test drive a 2015 Nissan Sentra at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall today. Additional safety features include electronic stability control, ABS and driveline traction control, a low tire pressure warning system, rear child safety locks, a rear camera, airbag occupancy sensor, first and second row curtain airbags, dual stage driver and front passenger airbags, dual stage driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags and side impact beams.

Mechanical aspects of the 2015 Nissan Sentra include a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine, the Xtronic CVT transmission with driver selectable mode, electric power-assist speed-sensing steering, brake actuated limited slip differential and four-wheel ABS disc brakes with vented front rotors and brake assist.

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To learn more about the 2015 Nissan Sentra’s convenience, entertainment, safety and security features, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to take a test drive.


Spring Break Road Trip Ideas

If you want to head out for spring break without going too far from home, pack up the car and pick one or more places around New Jersey. Even though you are close to home, you should still have your vehicle checked before you leave. Call us at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to schedule a service appointment for regular maintenance or to have your vehicle repaired if needed.

Lighthouse Tours

Take tours of some of the lighthouses in Cap May, go on a 3-hour cruise to spot dolphins, finback whales, sea turtles and humpback whales, or visit many of the historic places in the city. During the summer, Cape May is generally crowded, but you can still enjoy this beach town during the cooler months.

Co-Co Key Water Resort

Reserve one of the overnight packages at the Co-Co Key Water Resort in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The indoor water park is the perfect place to visit for a spring water vacation and feature over 55,000 square feet of high-speed body flumes, water slides, an interactive play area and arcade, an adventure river, dip-in theatre and more.

Crystal Springs Resort

Head over to Hamburg, New Jersey to visit Crystal Springs Resort and spend time on the 140-foot water slide, in the Jacuzzi or the cave-themed steam room and sauna, at the Biosphere Pool Complex or spend time at the indoor golf simulator. Grab dinner at the Minerals Spa or the Restaurant Latour.

Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park

This water park, located in West Berlin, New Jersey, features over 58,000 square feet of water fun including a family raft ride, indoor surfing simulator, a toddler lagoon, tube slides and water basketball. Check out local hotels before you go for their “stay and play” packages. And, if you get tired of the water park, head over to Philadelphia – about 20 miles away – to visit some of the museums and other offerings.

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall today to test drive a new vehicle or to have your vehicle serviced before you head out for spring break fun.


March Events Around New Jersey

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It’s almost spring, which means the spring craft fair season is about to start up. Before you head out to the fairs, whether you are a vendor or just attending to find that perfect unique gift, be sure your vehicle is in good running condition. Call Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to set up a service appointment – or if you plan on getting a new vehicle this spring, stop by to test drive your next vehicle.

The Quiltfest of New Jersey

The Quiltfest of New Jersey is in its 11th year and will be held from Mar. 5 through Mar. 8, 2015 at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873. Stop by to see the unique collection of textile arts and quilts, the Merchants Mall, lectures and workshops. The Tri-State Quilt Competition is also part of the Quiltfest and will feature over $8,000 in prizes. For more information visit

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Somerset

From Mar. 13 through Mar. 15, 2015, the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873 will be holding the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Over 250 artisans will have their wares for sale at this 22nd annual fair. Artisans are specially selected for quality and excellent workmanship on pieces for the home, garden and wardrobe. Children’s entertainment and food is also available. For more information visit

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall today to test drive your next new vehicle or call us to set up a service appointment to have your vehicle’s regular maintenance completed or to have your vehicle serviced or repaired. You may also visit our web site to shop for vehicles and deals and to see whether we have any service specials or finance specials running.