Best Off-Road Parks in Wisconsin

Nissan Titan XD

Are you looking for an exciting place to try out the off-roading features of your new Nissan from Pischke Nissan? Our home state has plenty of great places to seek out adventure. Here are four of our favorite off-road parks in Wisconsin:

  1. Cheese Country

Cheese Country is open year-round, and it’s completely free to thrill seekers. You’ll find the 47-mile Cheese Country Trail System out in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, including Green, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties, about two and a half hours from our dealership.

  1. Florence County

Florence County is a 5-hour drive north, situated near Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — but the trip is worth it for the area’s natural beauty and, of course, great off-roading trails. This is a great spot for nearly year-round adventure, and it’s completely free. Just keep in mind that the trail closes in April.

  1. Chippewa County ATV Trails

The Chippewa County ATV Trails are just 2 hours away from our dealership here in La Crosse. This trail system includes 19 miles of hills and valleys. While admission is free, the trail is only open from May 1 through November 15 each year.

  1. Black River Falls

Like our other three options, Black River Falls is completely free. Located just an hour away, it’s open for summer fun from May 15 to October 15 and winter adventures from December 15 through March 15.

Need to get your Nissan ready to hit the trails? Buy accessories or get service at Pischke Nissan.

2019 Nissan Armada Value Proven by 5-Year Cost to Own Award

Nissan Armada

Earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show, Kelley Blue Book named the winners of its annual 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. The 2019 Nissan Armada claimed a victory in the Best Full-Size SUV Crossover segment.

Why is this important? This award signifies that over the first five years, the 2019 Nissan Armada is the most affordable full-size SUV to own based on upkeep costs, like maintenance and fuel.

“Spacious and versatile, with near-Infiniti levels of luxury, the 2019 Nissan Armada also boasts the lowest predicted 5-Year Cost to Own in its class,” Kelley Blue Book writes. “The Armada rides on a proven, rugged foundation, which contributes to this SUV’s durability. The Nissan Armada offers comfortable eight-passenger seating, can tow up to 8,500 pounds and has legit off-road chops.”

The 2019 Armada is available here at Pischke Nissan across four trims: SV, SL, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve. No matter which option you choose, your new Armada will take its power from a hearty 5.6-liter V8, towing up to 8,500 pounds and cranking out 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque.

KBB was very impressed with the power under the hood but also by the roomy interior and advanced technologies, including safety systems like Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking.

The impressive 2019 Nissan Armada value makes it one of the most popular models in Nissan’s current lineup. Check it out at Pischke Nissan.

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition Debuts in Chicago

Nissan Pathfinder

Last month, Nissan unveiled the all-new 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition alongside the 2020 Rogue Sport compact crossover at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. This special-edition Pathfinder stands out with unique exterior and interior treatments that cost an extra $995. The package is available on SV and SL trims.

“The Rock Creek Edition name was chosen to connect to Pathfinder’s family outdoor adventure-minded target customers. The Rock Creek Edition name also connects to Pathfinder’s proud rugged heritage,” explained Scott Shirley, vice president of CMM & Marketing Operations for Nissan North America, as he presented the special edition.

What makes the Rock Creek Edition stand out from regular 2019 Pathfinders?

It bears many exterior enhancements. You’ll notice black molded overfenders, black front and rear fascia accents, a black mesh grille, black door handles and outside rearview mirrors, black roof rails, and package-specific “Rock Creek” badging on the Pathfinder’s front doors. It rides on special dark 18-inch wheels, wrapped in 255/60R18 all-season tires.

All Pathfinder Rock Creeks get a standard trailer tow hitch, harness, and splash guards. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition can tow up to 6,000 pounds — that’s a best-in-class rate.

Inside, the 2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition benefits from high-contrast stitching for the door, steering wheel, seats, and console lid; Rock Creek Edition two-tone seating surfaces and badging; and a premium metallic interior trim.

If you’re interested in the Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition, contact Pischke Nissan and we’ll help you take this impressive SUV home.

3 Must-Have Car Accessories to Improve Your Driving Experiences

Versa Note

These days, cars come with a plethora of cutting-edge features: top-quality stereos, hands-free technology, and even intuitive driver-assist tools. Technology continues to improve in the production of your vehicle, but they can still benefit from great aftermarket products.

 

Once you drive off the lot at Pischke Nissan, consider adding one of these must-have car accessories to your new ride.

 

  1. Dash cam — Purchasing a dash cam will give you more security on the road. If you have a dash cam, it’s significantly easier for police and insurance companies to see who is at fault in the event of an accident. You won’t have to worry about being falsely accused of violating the law.
  2. Vent phone mount — Texting and driving is incredibly dangerous, but so is holding your phone to use its voice-recognition software. A simple vent mount for your phone will free up your hands and create safer driving habits.
  3. In-car garbage can — It’s easy for trash to accumulate in the car, especially during long trips. Eliminate the clutter inside your car with an attachable, in-car trash can. You and your passengers can toss all your garbage in one place and you can empty it out after each trip.

 

Pischke Nissan sells many OEM-official aftermarket parts and upgrades that you can equip to your Nissan. Call our parts and service center for more information.

Winter Activities in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Nissan Armada

Wisconsin is the perfect place to live for those who enjoy winter sports, and La Crosse in particular offers a variety of winter activities. Our team at Pischke Nissan loves adventuring in winter around La Crosse, and we put together a list of some of our favorite winter activities in La Crosse.

 

Skiing

Skiing is a classic pastime in La Crosse. There are plenty of trails to hit throughout the area, including at Hixon Forest and Veteran’s Memorial Park. Beginners and experts alike can enjoy these trails during the winter months.

 

Winter Farmers Market

Residents of the La Crosse area can find local, fresh food this season at the Winter Farmers Market in the Myrick Park Center. Listen to live music while you shop for your groceries, and enjoy delicious and healthy foods from local vendors.

 

Snowmobiling

If you’re a fan of ATVs and four-wheeling, consider snowmobiling for the winter months in La Crosse. There are over 650 miles of snowmobile trails for you to explore around here.

 

Pischke Nissan has a variety of winter-ready vehicles that can carry all of your winter sporting equipment. Whether you’re hauling skis and snowboards or driving around to see the holiday lights, visit us at Pischke Nissan to find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle.

What to Do If Your Vehicle Is Sliding on Ice

Winter

 

Winter weather has arrived early this year across the United States—and here in Wisconsin, we are used to it. But for any drivers who are new to wintry roads in Wisconsin, take some time to review what to do if your vehicle is sliding on ice, courtesy of The News Wheel:

First things first, do not brake. That is the worst thing you can do if your vehicle begins to slide on ice, but unfortunately, it is almost a gut instinct. Just remember: If you slam on the brakes, it will only make the sliding worse, especially if your vehicle has an anti-lock brake system.

Instead of braking, decelerate slowly by removing your foot from the accelerator. While decelerating, steer gently. Any jerking motions at the wheel could cause you to overcorrect, which may send you sliding (or spinning) in any direction.

If you know your rear wheels are skidding, just turn the steering wheel in the direction that you are sliding while decelerating. This should help you to regain control. If your front wheels are skidding, just decelerate and try to drive straight. After you have slowed down a little, you can lightly—very lightly—press the brake.

If your car gets ice or snow damage this winter, come visit the experts at Pischke Nissan and the Pischke Collision Center.

Tips for Traveling with Food for Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving Food

Traveling with turkey, a scrumptious side dish, or dessert during the holiday season can be a risky proposition. Avoid spills in your car or your lap by heeding our tips for traveling with food this Thanksgiving.

Turkey or Ham

If you have been tasked with cooking a delicious turkey or ham for your family’s Thanksgiving get-together, kudos to you. That’s no easy task. However, don’t let a fast turn down a city street ruin all that work. Instead of attempting to keep it hot in a large dish that could easily spill, cook your turkey or ham the day before, slice it, and store it in smaller containers. Bring these containers to the party in a cooler and heat it up at your destination.

Casserole

Don’t let your delicious sweet potato casserole overturn on your back seat. Instead, put a lid on the dish and place it in a laundry basket. Then, fill it with towels so the dish can’t move. As an added bonus, the towels will keep the casserole dish warm for your eager eaters.

Pie

Whether it’s pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, or even peanut butter pie, your family and friends will be eager to try your dessert. Ensure it arrives safely by using an extra metal pie tin as a lid for your pie. Tape it on to protect the pie, and use tin foil to further seal the lid on.

Of course, the generally unspoken rule is to drive carefully – holidays are a busy travel time. Above all, if your vehicle needs some attention or just needs replaced, come visit us at Pischke Nissan.

Here’s How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Nissan Armada

We’re breezing through fall, which means winter is right around the corner. Here’s how to get your car ready for winter before the cold weather hits.

  • Bring your car in for routine maintenance: Schedule an oil change and tire rotation at Pischke Nissan. While you’re in, ask us to test your battery to ensure it will last through winter. We can also inspect your tire tread and your brakes to ensure you’ll be able to stop in snowy and icy conditions.
  • Increase visibility: Check all exterior lights to ensure none have burnt out, and replace windshield wiper blades if they are leaving streaks.
  • Test your heater: Before the temperatures drop, make sure your heater and defroster work. If they don’t, schedule an appointment to repair them as soon as possible.
  • Replace your windshield washer fluid and switch to antifreeze: Make sure your wiper fluid and your coolant in the radiator can handle winter’s low temperatures.
  • Design an emergency kit: You should have an emergency kit in your vehicle year-round, but it is especially important in the winter. It should include batteries, a flashlight, a phone charger, blankets, coats, hats, gloves, flares, an ice scraper, water, food, jumper cables, and some basic tools.

Winter can be rough here in Wisconsin, but we’re here to help make sure your vehicle continues carrying you safely, even if that means you need a new one. We hope to see you soon here at Pischke Nissan.

These Are the Advantages of Driving a Crossover or SUV

Nissan Rogue Sport

The crossover and SUV market continues to grow in the United States because of the versatility, efficiency, style, and power they offer. Nissan offers six unique crossovers and SUVs in its current lineup.

Not sure if a crossover or SUV is right for you? These are just some of the advantages of driving a crossover or SUV:

  • Fuel economy: Advances in engine technology have made crossovers and SUVs, particularly the compact models, highly efficient. Some crossovers are even more efficient than sedans of similar sizes. The new Nissan Kicks, for example, achieves up to 36 miles per gallon.*
  • All-wheel drive: Most crossovers and SUVs are available, if not standard, with all-wheel drive. This provides increased stability in any kind of road and weather conditions.
  • Interior space: Crossovers and SUVs are some of the roomiest vehicles on the market. Even the more compact crossovers boast incredible leg room and head room compared to sedans. Nissan’s largest SUV, the 2018 Nissan Armada, offers up to 171.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity and has unique storage solutions like underfloor storage and an available power liftgate.
  • Power: Crossovers and SUVs offer spirited performance on- and off-road. In fact, the Nissan Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds.

Of course, once you decide to buy a crossover or SUV, you need to decide on which one you want. Come on in to Pischke Nissan, and we will be happy to help you choose.

*EPA estimated.

Advantages of Buying Pre-Owned

 

Nissan

There are many benefits to forgoing that new car smell and buying a used vehicle instead, but it’s also important to do it right. With Nissan Certified Pre-Owned, you can buy a new-to-you vehicle without worrying if you’re going to have to spend all the money you just saved on repairs later down the line.

That’s because when you see a Nissan with the CPO sticker on our lot, it means it has a clean CARFAX title history (which will be provided to you) and already passed a 167-point comprehensive vehicle inspection carried out by Nissan Trained Technicians. Furthermore, only vehicles less than six years old and with fewer than 80,000 miles may qualify for the program.

Once a car is Nissan Certified Pre-Owned, buying it comes with a number of perks. You’ll get a factory-backed, 7-year/100,000-mile Limited Warranty that covers the engine, transmission, and drivetrain, and when you bring the car in for service at our Nissan-certified repair facilities, we’ll only use genuine Nissan replacement parts should you need them.

Other perks include 24-hour roadside assistance, a SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio customer trial, and, for covered repairs, towing assistance and rental car reimbursement. In other words, buying Nissan Certified Pre-Owned earns you the savings of buying used but the peace of mind of buying new.

If you are interested, make sure to check out our inventory online, or come visit us in person at Pischke Nissan.