Kia Soul: Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality


If it is important for you to have a high-ranked multi-purpose vehicle as far as initial quality goes, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the Kia Soul, which ranked the highest in its class in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial QualitySM Study.

Additionally, Kia ranked second out of 33 nameplates in initial quality for the automotive industry; and the auto manufacturer received the highest score of all of the non-luxury brands. Kia earned an overall score of 86 per 100 vehicles (PP100) in the study; which is 26 PP100 better than the industry average and a 20 PP100 improvement from its rating of 106 PP100 for 2014.

This is the 29th year the study has been run; and it looks at eight categories including driving experience; exterior; seats; features/controls/displays; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; audio/communication/entertainment/navigation; interior; and engine/transmission.

Reviewers look at defects and malfunctions; and it also looks at design-related issues, which are features that work but are hard to use or that are located poorly.

The Kia Soul earned a score of 77 PP100, which is 20 PP100 over last year’s model. This is the third time that the Soul received an IQS segment award since 2012. The lower the score, the better; and Kia showed significant improvement with the interior and exterior with 7.1 PP100 and 10.2 PP100 improvement respectively.

The vehicle with the closest score is the Scion xB with a 126 PP100 score, which is lower than the segment average of 89 PP100.

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall today to test drive a new Kia Soul and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, entertainment and security features. Be sure to ask your salesperson about the different features available in the different trim levels.


February Events Around the Jersey Shore


Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle; and then take it to these February events, including Valentine’s Day events. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, be sure to call our service department to have your vehicle serviced before heading out.

An Evening with Peter Yarrow

On February 6, 2016, head over to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, 1 College Drive, Toms River, New Jersey for dinner, a meet ‘n greet and a show. At 6:00 p.m., dinner will be held in the Grunin Center Gallery. Dinner is provided by Panini Ristorante and is $50. At 7:00 p.m. you can meet Peter from Peter, Paul and Mary. The cost for this is $35. And, at 8:00 p.m., enjoy a concert by Peter. For the concert, admission for adults in $35; for seniors, $32 and for subscribers, $30. For more information call (732) 255-0500 or visit

12th Annual Super ‘Plunge’ Sunday

If you think you can brave the cold Atlantic, be at the 48th Street Beach in Brant Beach at 1:00 p.m. You’ll take that plunge and be home in time for the game. For more information call (609) 494-8861 or visit

Valentine’s “I Heart Ice Cream” Party

On February 13, 2016, head over to The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, 35 Archertown Road, Lavallette, New Jersey for the show. When you order an ice cream sundae, the show is free. If you have a Reservation Club Membership, you can reserve a table for the entire family. The waiters sing and perform an upbeat Broadway Revue. Showtimes are at 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information call (732) 854-2779 or visit

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The Best Winter Accessories for Your Car


When you want accessories installed on your vehicle, visit 66 MVP to have them installed. If you have a vehicle, whether newer or older, we can install the accessories needed to make your ride more comfortable and convenient.

Remote Starter System

Older vehicles and some newer vehicles that don’t have remote start can have this convenience installed. We will provide and install a remote starter system and alarm system for your vehicle if you purchased one without remote start. Some systems features a security system and smart phone capability.

Remote start is great for warming up the vehicle during the winter – not only will it warm the inside, but it will start to melt some of the snow and ice, making the vehicle easier to clear off.

Seat Heaters

Many vehicles have heated seats at the higher trim levels; however, if you don’t feel you need all of the other features available in those trim levels and heated seats are not available in the trim level you are interested in, 66 MVP can install seat heaters for you. Since installation is complicated, it’s better to have our experienced technicians install the seat heaters for you.

All-Season Floor Mats

When you live an an area that gets tons of bad weather, all-season floor mats keep the carpets from getting trashed with ground-in dirt and mud; or salt from snow and ice. Keeping slush and melting snow away from the carpets not only helps to preserve the carpets, but it also preserves the metal floor. We’ll ensure that the floor mats fit correctly and won’t slip out of place.

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When you need accessories installed, give 66 MVP a call to set up an appointment. You’ll be able to choose your preferred accessories including remote start and heated seats. Additional accessories include car audio systems, window tinting, vinyl wraps, and wheels and tires.


IIHS Awards Top Safety to Key Nissan Models


If you are in the market for a vehicle that was awarded for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the Nissan Rogue or the Nissan Sentra. When these models are equipped with forward emergency braking, they are awarded with this coveted award.

Additional models also received top ratings. The 2016 Nissan Maxima also earned the Top Safety Pick Plus, as well as the 2016 Murano. The Maxima rated “Good” in all five of the top safety pick categories and has a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention if it is equipped with forward emergency braking.

The 2016 Sentra and the 2016 Rogue with forward emergency braking are going to be tested and are expected to reach the top safety pick plus rating. The 2016 Altima is also expected to reach this coveted rating.

Pierre Loing, the vice president of product strategy and planning for Nissan North America, Inc., stated that “Nissan is proud to again have our core vehicles recognized by IIHS for vehicle safety.” He also stated that the Murano and the Maxima are setting high class standard for performance, styling and interior refinement.

In order to earn a top safety pick this year, since IIHS has tightened its standards, vehicles need to rate a “Good” or better in all five of the crashworthiness categories. This makes the available front crash prevention system mandatory for all of the awards. To earn the Plus designation, vehicles need to earn a “Good” or better in all five of the crashworthiness tests and must receive an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for the front crash prevention system.

Safety features in the 2016 Nissan Maxima include Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System, the LATCH system for child seats and seat belts that feature pre-tensioners and load limiters. The seat belts also feature adjustable upper anchors.

Additionally, every Maxima features Zone Body construction with crumple zones in the front, rear and occupant zones; child safety rear door locks; an anti-theft system and Nissan’s immobilizer system. Three of the trim levels also feature blind spot warning, intelligent cruise control, forward emergency braking, predictive forward collision warning and rear cross traffic alert.

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To learn more about the safety features in any of the Nissan Models, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive your favorite model.


2016 KIA Optima Earns Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Award


Only 12 vehicles won the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards this year; and the 2016 Kia Optima was one of those 12 vehicles that received this coveted award. Part of the reason Kia won this award includes value, design and driving dynamics. To see what Kelley Blue Book loved about the Optima, top by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the Optima.

The publication reviews vehicles for a year by testing the vehicle, collecting data and evaluating the models. Forty-nine of over 300 mid-size vehicles made the finalist list; and those were narrowed down to 12 vehicles. This year, Kia made significant improvements on ride and handling. Add that to the Optima’s premium interior materials and the European sport design, and the 2016 Kia Optima was well on its way to garnering one of the top 12 spots on this coveted list.

According to Kia Media, Jack R. Nerad, the executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s, there isn’t one single attribute that made the Kia Optima stand out, but a combination of all of the high-value attributes and elements that made this model stand out.

This year’s Optima has a longer and wider chassis; it is stiffer, making the handling and ride much better; and the cabin has more room. This allows this model to remain athletic, yet classy and comfortable at the same time. Consumers have a choice of five trim levels and three engine choices. The trim levels include the LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX and the SXL. Two of the engine choices were previously available; however, Kia added a new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine backed by a seven-speed dual clutch transmission to this year’s line up. The 2016 Optima is built in West Point, Georgia.

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the new 2016 Kia Optima and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, entertainment and security features. Ask your salesperson about the different standard features for the various trim levels and whether we are running any lease or finance specials on the Optima.


January Events Around the Jersey Shore


Before you head out to any events around the Jersey Shore in January, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall. Or, if you are considering a new vehicle, now is the time to pick up some great deals in our showroom.

Annual Beef & Brew St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser

On January 24, 2016 at Off the Hook, 1 Navesink Ave, Highlands, New Jersey, 07732, the Beef & Brew Fundraiser will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. All of the proceeds will benefit the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day parade. Tickets are $25 for a buffet dinner and brew. For more information visit

Winter Fest

Visit Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, New Jersey, 07738 on January 30, 2016 for the Winter Fest. Bring the whole family from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for ice skating, cross country skiing, wagon rides, nature hikes, make & take crafts, a living history display, photo opportunities, food vendors, live music and more. Parking and admission are free. For more information about Winter Fest, visit or call (732) 842-4000.

World Cinema Series: Brick Lane

Visit the Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, New Jersey, 07764 at 7:30 p.m. for Sarah Gavron’s “Brick Lane.” This event is rated PG-13 and is about a young Bangladeshi woman who arrived in London in the 1980s. She left her home and sister behind to enter into an arranged marriage. Needless to say, the marriage is loveless and she is trapped in her East London flat with a middle-aged man. For more information call (732) 571-3483 or visit

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Christmas Gifts for your Kia


Looking for a Christmas gift that the Kia lover in your life will love? We’ve got the best accessories and parts that will be sure to impress.

New “Shoes”

With winter practically here, it may be time to invest in some new tires for your Kia. Driving during the winter can be quite scary and dangerous if your vehicle lacks good tires to keep you safe. Snow and ice can be picture perfect but not when it comes to driving and that is why you should equip your vehicle with new tires to ensure good traction on the road. Not only do new tires help keep you safe on the road, they also deliver greater gas mileage and increased performance. Old and worn out tires force your vehicle to use more horsepower to get your vehicle going.

Treat your Kia to Service Appointment

Just like you might need a spa treatment, your Kia also needs to be shown some love and you can do that by scheduling a service appointment at 66 Automall. Our team of experienced service technicians is ready to properly inspect your vehicle and take care of any problems it might have.  In fact winter is one of the most important times of the year to have your vehicle serviced. Some of the services we offer include: wheel alignment, brake fluid replacement, cooling system flush, and filter change among others.

Replacing Vehicle Parts

If your Kia has old worn-out parts on the verge of breaking, it’s in your best interest to replace them for the winter. Whether you have a broken headlight, damaged rims, missing side view mirror, or any other essential parts that your vehicle needs looking after, having them replaced for the winter is a must. The cold season can also be very hard on your battery capacity so having it checked should be on top of your list.

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The best way to show your Kia some love this season is by calling or going online to schedule a service appointment. If your Kia needs parts replaced contact our parts and accessories department, our team is eager to help.


Meet the 2016 Nissan Rogue


If you are looking for an affordable all-wheel drive crossover SUV, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the 2016 Nissan Rogue. This vehicle features automatic ride control for a better ride and electric power-assist speed-sensing steering for a better driving experience.


The 2016 Nissan Rogue features a 2.5-liter engine with Eco mode backed by an Xtronic CVT automatic transmission with sport mode switch. The transmission features automatic full-time all-wheel drive to get you out of sticky situations. Additional mechanical features include a battery with rundown protection, permanent locking hubs, a multi-link rear suspension with coil springs and a 110-amp alternator.

Safety and Security

The Rogue’s safety and security features include four-wheel ABS disc brakes, front and rear vented rotors, hill descent control, brake assist, hill hold control, a panic button, anti-whiplash front head restraints, perimeter alarm, engine immobilizer, electronic stability control and ABS and driveline traction control.

Additional features include side impact beams, a low tire pressure warning system, rear child safety locks, a rearview monitor backup camera, halogen daytime running lights, heated wiper park, rear window wiper and defroster, variably intermittent wipers, curtain first, second and third row airbags, an airbag occupancy sensor and dual stage driver and passenger front and seat-mounted side airbags.

Convenience and Entertainment Features

The 2016 Rogue’s convenience features include split bench front-facing fold forward seat, tilt and telescopic steering column, NissanConnect Selective Service Internet Access, power windows in the front and rear with fixed third-row windows, front and rear cup holders, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, illuminated ignition switch, air conditioning, a day/night rearview mirror, driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, cargo space lights and Smart Device Integration.

Additional features include a full floor console with covered storage, a mini overhead console with storage, front and rear door bins, one-touch up and down front windows, power locks with auto lock, a systems monitor, three 12-volt DC power outlets, delayed accessory power and air filtration.

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the 2016 Nissan Rogue and to learn more about this model’s convenience, entertainment, safety and security features.


Tips to Stay Warm in your Nissan this Winter


Staying warm in your Nissan this winter isn’t much of a problem as long as it’s running or as long as you’re not stuck in the boonies somewhere. If your vehicle stalls on you, you do have to have a way to stay warm until the tow truck gets to you. Or, if you slide off the road, your engine may be running; however, you won’t want to run it constantly in the event that it takes a while for emergency crews to reach you. You’ll want to conserve the gas you have. Reduce the chances of being stranded by having your vehicle serviced at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall.

Stuck in a Snowbank

If you are stuck in a snowbank on a less traveled road or in the mountains, it could be some time before rescue crews get to you. You’ll want to conserve what fuel you have to help keep warm. Start the vehicle for 5 to 6 minutes at a time every half hour or longer, if you can tolerate the cold.

Emergency Kit

Whether you are stuck in a snowbank or your vehicle stalled on the coldest day this winter, you’ll need a good emergency kit to keep yourself warm. Since you can only run the vehicle’s heat a short time if you are stuck, the emergency kit will help to keep you warm.

In addition to an extensive first aid kit, your emergency kit should include a change of warm, dry clothes, extra blankets for everyone in the vehicle, a flashlight, extra batteries, matches, a small fire starting kit, high-energy snacks and at least one liter of water for everyone in the vehicle.

The blankets will keep you warm. If you got your clothes wet by trying to dig yourself out, you’ll have something warm and dry to change into. The fire starting kit and matches come in handy if you are in a remote area and can find plenty of dead fall to build a fire with. The starter kit could be something as simple as dryer lint packed into an empty toilet paper roll. The food will help you retain energy, thus giving you more body warmth.

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December Fun Family Activities Around New Jersey


This year, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall before you make plans for all of the holiday events you are going to be attending, especially if any of these activities are a drive for you. With a reliable vehicle, you’ll be able to get to more events around the state so you’ll have something to do every weekend.

Holiday Light Show in Historic Smithville

Through January 6, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, watch over 100 Christmas trees float on Lake Meone. They’ll light up to music in an orchestrated show on the lake. Enjoy over 60 shoppes and seven eateries. If you want to stay overnight, make a reservation at the Colonial Inn. And you’ll also enjoy paddle boats, a train, an antique arcade, carousel and over 26 free weekend events. Admission is free. The event is located at Historic Smithville & Village Greene, 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Smithville, New Jersey. For more information call (609) 748-8999.

Deck the Halls: Fifty Years of Christmas Decorations

Through December 31, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., visit Liberty Hall to enjoy five festive rooms that display decorative styles from 1910 through the ’50s. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Kean Alumni, $6 for seniors and children aged 3 to 17. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey. For more information call (908) 527-0400.

Skylands Stadium Light Show

Through January 3, 2016 at the Skylands Stadium, enjoy a light show with light sculptures and holiday music. After the show, visit the Skylands Christmas Village for hot drinks, caroling, snacks, crafts and photos with Santa. The Christmas light show is a mile long and features Victorian scenes, skating penguins, a snowflake forest and more. We also take donations for Toys for Tots. Hours are Thursdays (December only) from 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door or $17 if you purchase tickets in advance at the box office. For tickets call (973) 940-0222. For more information and special dates visit Skylands Stadium is located at 94 Championship Place, Augusta, New Jersey.

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule a service appointment for maintenance or to have your vehicle checked.