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.

Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall

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 visitnj.org/nj-events/quiltfest-new-jersey#sthash.Vtx4KyxJ.dpuf.

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 visitnj.org/nj-events/sugarloaf-crafts-festival-somerset#sthash.fr87QMXH.dpuf.

Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall

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.


Nissan Leaf Receives 2014 HIS Automotive Loyalty Reward


If you haven’t considered the benefits of a plug-in vehicle, the award-winning Nissan Leaf will make you reconsider. After record-breaking sales in 2014, the Leaf has proven to be one of the leading compact cars in the industry.

In fact, the Leaf was named the best Non-Luxury Traditional Compact Car at the annual IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards. It was the only plug-in vehicle to be awarded at the Automotive News World Congress this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

What Are the IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards?

The IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards are given annually to the brands and automakers that tend to retain owners over repeat buying cycles. IHS Automotive assesses owner loyalty throughout the year and works with vehicle owners to research and analyze vehicle shopping behaviors. Vehicle loyalty is determined when a household returns to the market and purchase another vehicle of the same manufacturer, make or model. The IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards are the only awards of their kind in the automotive industry.

What Makes the LEAF So Special?

The Nissan Leaf shattered sales records for plug-in vehicles when 30,200 of them were sold in the United States in 2014. The Leaf continues to attract buyers because of its comfortable seating for up to five passengers, its EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles and an MPGe rating of 101 on the highway, 126 in the city and 114 combined.

Even better, the Leaf doesn’t scare buyers away with a high price tag. The all-electric Nissan Leaf starts at about $22,000 and comes with top-end luxuries like a seven-speaker BOSE energy-efficient audio system. The Leaf offers comfort, style, affordability, space and an environmentally-friendly appeal to drivers who don’t want to have to sacrifice.

The Nissan LEAF at Sansone Jr’s 66 AutoMall

The 2015 Nissan Leaf is available right here at Sansone Jr’s 66 AutoMall on Route 66 in Neptune, N.J. Give us a call, log online or stop in and see us to find out how you can drive this award-winning vehicle away for an unbeatable price.


Kia Debuts 2016 Rio in Chicago Auto Show

The 2016 Kia Rio sedan debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in early 2015 – the new model year has an interior refresh and some updated design cues. And, it still offers tons of fuel economy. The Rio, which will soon be available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, was already a standout because of the standard equipment offered, however, it will stand out more with the long list of standard features and the “grown up” styling.

Exterior Updates

The 2016 Kia Rio now looks wider and has a more aggressive stance with new front and rear fascias. It also features a revised grille – the new grille features the geometric pattern you see on the Soul and the Optima. The new fog light surrounds features satin finish bezels. The lights are now closer together – moved inward – which also adds to the aggressive look given to the new model year Kia Rio.

The lower front and rear valances received horizontal planes; and the rear reflectors are newly redesigned. Instead of moving the rear reflectors inward, Kia moved those outward so they are at the far corner of the vehicle. Lastly, Kia added two new colors for consumers to choose from: Urban blue and digital yellow.

Interior Features and Updates

New interior features include more high-density foam in the A and B pillars, premium touch points, new technology, and in the EX only, a new two-tone designer package. Additional changes include satin-finish bezels and a piano black center console outlines the ancillary controls and the audio system.

The EX designer package features black cloth seats, gray leatherette trim with gray stitching, gray stitching on the steering wheel, gray padded door panel inserts, gray stitching on the shifter boot and gray stitching on the center console.

The sedan and the CUV are offer in the LX, EX and SX trim levels. The LX features rear disc brakes, electric power steering, air conditioning, SiriusXM satellite radio, auxiliary and USB audio jacks, vehicle stability management and hill start assist control as standard equipment.

The EX features one-touch up and down/auto up for the driver’s windows, remote keyless entry, cruise control and a tilt and telescopic steering column. The SX adds everything the EX has plus17-inch alloy wheels, 11-inch ventilated front brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, and paddle shifters mounted on a leather steering wheel. Additional features on the SX include a rear camera, upgraded navigation, push-button start, leather seats, heated front seats and a power sunroof.

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Keep your eye on this space or visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall for more information about the 2016 Kia Rio as it becomes available.


2015 Nissan Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto SL


When you are in the market for a new truck, you have tons of options from many different manufacturers; however, the 2015 Nissan Frontier SL gives you everything you need including size, passenger carrying capacity and features. Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall today to test drive the Frontier four-wheel drive crew cab model and you’ll see just what we are talking about.

Mechanical Features

The 2015 Frontier SL features a 4.0-liter V-6 engine backed by a five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The rear axle ratio is 3.357; and this means that you have some extra power from a dead stop. This comes in handy when you are towing.

The Frontier also features a transmission oil cooler, electronic transfer case, part-time four-wheel drive, hydraulic power-assist speed-sensing steering, auto-locking hubs, hill hold control, hill descent control, four-wheel ABS disc brakes with front and rear vented rotors and a brake actuated limited slip differential.

Safety Features

Safety features include ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability control, rear parking sensors, a rear camera, side impact beams, a low tire pressure warning system, dual stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, curtain first and second row airbags, dual stage driver and front passenger airbags and an airbag occupancy sensor.

Interior Features

The Frontier’s interior features include heated front bucket seats, four-way power for the front passenger seat, eight-way power for the driver’s seat, a tilt steering column, leather/metal-look steering wheel, front and rear cup holders, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, a panic button, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, a HomeLink garage door transmitter, front dual zone automatic air conditioning, air filtration, leather and chrome shift knob, illuminated locking glove box and power outlets.

Additional features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, engine immobilizer, full floor console with covered storage, a mini overhead console with storage, dashboard storage, front and rear door bins, additional storage under the second row seat and delayed accessory power.

Exterior Features

Exterior features include a full-size steel spare wheel, 18-inch wheels with BFG Long Trail tires, chrome rear step bumper, heated power door mirrors, sliding rear window, variably intermittent wipers, front fog lights and fully automatic aero-composite halogen headlights with delay off.

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


New Jersey Roadtrip Getaways for Valentine’s Day

A road trip doesn’t have to be super long – and all of these events are in New Jersey. If you don’t have anything planned yet and just had your vehicle serviced – or you just bought a new vehicle at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’re ready to head out.

Women in Horror at Horror Happens

See a horror film visit Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 to catch a horror movie or two that was directed by a woman. The Horror Happens Film Showcase dedicated Saturday – Valentine’s Day – to the ladies. Admission is $10. For more information visit horrorhappens.com.

Ladies Night at the Prudential Center

For something a little more romantic, head over to the Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ to catch Jaheim, Avant, Tank and K-Ci, Jagged Edge and JoJo. This R&B night starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket range from $59.95 to $129.75. For more information visit prucenter.com.


Visit Poricy Park Nature Center for some bird watching this weekend. The National Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at 345 Oak Hill Road, Red Bank. You’ll be able to rent field guides and binoculars if you don’t have your own. Admission is free. For more information call (732) 842-5966.

New Jersey Film Festival

Head over to New Brunswick for dinner and the New Jersey Film Festival. Since the festival starts at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, you’ll have plenty of time for dinner at a romantic restaurant beforehand. The film is “Frank and Franklin,” a short movie from Adam Egizi. The film festival short will be shown at Room 105 of Voorhees Hall, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick. Admission is $10. For more information call (848) 932-8482 or visit njfilmfest.com.

Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall

To make your sweetheart’s day really special, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to pick out a new vehicle. Test drive one or two to find out which vehicle you like best. Be sure to ask your salesperson about all of the features available on the newest models and trim levels.


Kia Soul Wins Most Popular on Edmunds.com Award


If you have been thinking about buying a new Kia and are still considering the model you want, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a Kia Soul. This model just won the Most Popular on Edmunds.com Award. The online car magazine awarded the Soul this award for the second year in a row.

Kia Sets Sales Record

In 2014, Kia Motors America raised the bar among auto manufacturers by setting an all-time annual sales record. The Soul was a major part of the numbers garnered to get that record: the model sold more than 145,000 units. Michael Sprague, the executive vice president of sales and marketing at Kia Motors America, stated that the number of units sold is “evidence of the popularity of the Soul,” and that being recognized by Edmunds.com just solidifies that consumers like the brand.

The Most Popular on Edmunds.com

Edmunds.com finds the most popular car on its site by identifying three models in each segment with the highest “car-shopper consideration.” This is calculated by adding the total monthly unique desktop website visitors to the vehicle’s research and inventory pages, model year detail pages, review, new-car inventory pages and build-and-price tools. Data from the first day of the year until October 31 is considered. According to Edmunds.com CEO Avi Steinlauf, Kia has a lot of momentum and a great number of consumers are drawn to the Soul.

The 2015 Kia Soul

The 2015 Kia Soul has been completely redesigned for 2014, and the 2015 model year has select enhancements. Kia has stayed with its original three trim levels: the Base, Plus and Exclaim. To see all of the changes to the Kia Soul for the 2014 and 2015 model years, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a Kia Soul.