It's official! The Million Mile Frontier has made it to one million miles! Brian Murphy of Ringwood, IL, has achieved the huge milestone of getting his truck to drive one million miles. He purchased his 2007 Nissan Frontier XE from M'Lady Nissan brand new and has cared for his truck meticulously ever since.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, "Americans now drive an average of 13,476 miles per year." On average, Brian drives more than that in only two months. He averaged 350 miles per day during the week and drove his truck throughout the Chicagoland area for work.
He chose the Nissan Frontier for the size, gas mileage, and the safety barrier between himself and packages for work. Brian wanted a different vehicle from the typical delivery van and the Nissan Frontier met all his needs. It continued to exceed his expectations by being incredibly reliable on the road.
Brian enjoys the durability and reliability of the Nissan Frontier and considers the truck to get good gas mileage at 26 MPG, especially with the combination of city and highway miles. When asked what the key is to getting his truck to the million mile marker, he said, "Maintenance, driving conservatively, and travel speed."
The Nissan Frontier continues to be your no-nonsense, mid-sized, pickup truck designed to transport and get the job done. First produced in 1997, the Nissan Frontier has evolved to either King Cab or Crew Cab sizes and is available in five different trim levels to chose from - S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro-4X, and SL.
M'Lady Nissan has always been Brian’s place for service and care for his Nissan Frontier. It has been serviced by master mechanic Joe Rygiel, each and every time he brought his truck in over the past 12 years. Joe replaced the clutch as well as completed any other needed maintenance work. Brian always brought his truck in whenever it had an issue and consistently took care of oil changes every 10,000 miles. He always felt M'Lady Nissan Service took excellent care of him and his vehicle.
When driving and delivery is your daily job for approximately 350 miles per day, it is important to make sure you have the vehicle that will get you where you need to go. The Nissan Frontier achieved this goal for Brian Murphy!
Congratulations on driving one million miles on your Nissan Frontier, Brian!
Ever gaining in popularity, over 45 percent of new vehicles sold in the U.S. have either all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), according to an Edmunds analysis. There are many reasons why car buyers are trending towards the drivetrains that allow for more traction, control and power. These two terms can be confusing and even used interchangeably, so it is important to distinguish the pros and cons of the different systems to make the most informed decision as to what would be best for your specific needs.
Four Wheel Drive is a traditional system which powers all four of a vehicle's wheels. 4WD is found primarily in large trucks and SUVs, delivering torque through differentials, transfer cases and couplings allowing for maximum traction under most conditions. The capability for 4WD vehicles to navigate off-road and handle deep snow conditions also allows it to manage icy hills and get the vehicle out of ditches and snowdrifts with more ease. Traditionally made for more severe driving conditions, 4WD engineering is becoming increasingly sophisticated and being incorporated into more luxurious models offering better comfort. 4WD vehicles were ultimately designed for maximum pulling power and navigating rough terrain, making it the better choice for adverse conditions on and off the road. Drivers that prefer to have control over when to engage four-wheel drive prefer this drivetrain. In addition, 4WD vehicles tend to have a better fuel economy and decreased initial cost of the vehicle. Nissan offers many models with 4WD including the Pathfinder, Armada, Frontier, Titan, and Titan XD.
All Wheel Drive can be broken down into two types, part-time AWD and full-time drive. These systems power all four tires, but the drivetrains work differently. Full-time AWD drives all the wheels continuously, while part-time operates primarily in two-wheel with power to all four wheels when the vehicle senses that additional traction control is needed. With the system designed to send power to the extra wheels when traction is lost, this is beneficial to the driver as the car makes the decision and no action is needed from the driver. AWD vehicles also offer a smoother ride than traditional 4WD and can handle conditions from rain and snow to light off-roading. AWD vehicles can be offered in compact sedans up to large SUVs, making the selection appeal to more car buyers. Nissan offers several great options for AWD vehicles, including the Altima, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano and GT-R.
With winter in Crystal Lake quickly approaching, now is the time of year that consumers begin to think of how their car or truck will perform in the upcoming inclement weather. According to Edmunds.com, “Driving in cold weather often means encountering a variety of rapidly changing road surfaces, from soft snow to hard-packed snow to glare ice. AWD systems, which deliver power to all four wheels all the time, or automatically engage four-wheel torque when needed, are best at dealing with these changing conditions.”
Lastly, there are vehicles that still rely on the Rear-Wheel drivetrain, which are likely pick-up trucks and some SUVs along with various luxury sedans and sports cars. For heavy vehicles, RWD offers better traction especially with a heavy load. Sports cars with RWD can see improved handling as the vehicles are designed to optimize suspension for handling. However, because RWD can become very slippery with little traction on slick roads, the majority of newer released models have AWD as an option for those who would prefer the added safety value. Currently, Nissan has new cargo vans available with RWD.
Along with all the great benefits that come with owning a Nissan, the NissanConnect® delivers navigation, entertainment, communication, security and convenience to help drivers stay ahead of the curve. NissanConnect offers ways to stay in touch, enjoy your favorite tunes, find your way and stay safe doing it. Select, Premium and Premium Plus packages available on 2018 and 2019 Nissan models are initially complementary and offered at a low monthly costs after the trial period. Find out more about the different package options at https://www.nissanusa.com/connect.
Stay safe at all times on the road with remote access, emergency response, maintenance alerts and boundary controls. NissanConnect® offers a live response specialist in the case of an emergency at the touch of a button or when airbags are deployed. You can also connect to roadside assistance and your vehicle can be located in the unfortunate event that your vehicle is stolen. Set boundaries, activate curfew, set speed limit notifications and receive alerts if the boundaries are exceeded. Maintenance alerts also notify of any malfunction indicator lights that may turn on while the car is in motion. Another feature that keeps drivers safe is remote access by using a phone with no need to pull out the keys. Lock or unlock the vehicle, turn on or off the car and control temperature all by using the app, Google Assist or Amazon Alexa via your smartphone.
Bluetooth® streaming audio, Pandora® and iHeartRadio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and SiriusXM® Travel Link®; the list goes on with the ways to enjoy your favorite songs while on the road. Play music from your smartphone on your road trip or tune into Travel Link to get instant access to local sports scores, stock market updates, and local movie listings or weather patterns wherever you are.
Door-to-door navigation allows for turn-by-turn directions while driving along with walking directions to and from your Nissan. The built in GPS has visual maps along with voice directions and the SiriusXM Traffic Link provides more information along the way. Receive notifications about traffic updates, alternate route suggestions and save money on fuel prices with push notifications for the closest and cheapest gas along your route.
Using voice or touch, stay connected to everyone and everything you care about with the communication features provided by NissanConnect®. Voice recognition technology with Bluetooth® gives you access to your smartphone contacts and the ability to send text messages and answer calls. Launch Facebook and Twitter and have your vehicle read you the latest tweets and posts to keep you up to date even behind the wheel. Your vehicle can even check you in on your favorite social media app when you reach your destination. In-vehicle messaging helps you take care of your vehicle and keep it running smoothly with reminders of upcoming appointments, warranty alerts and service announcements.
With everything that NissanConnect does to keep you safe, entertained and connected, all you need to do is focus on the innovation that excites and drives.