What to Add to Your New Year’s Bucket List

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With the start of the New Year, a lot of people are making resolutions to help improve their lives. Unfortunately, many will also give up on their resolutions within a few months. If you are tired of running through this same scenario every year, consider switching out your resolutions for a New Year’s bucket list.

By reframing your ultimate goals as fun challenges, you might feel more inclined to accomplish them and check them off of your list. Here are a few suggestions for items to add to your bucket list this year.

Work out around the city

If you really want to lose weight this year, instead of resolving to work out each day, give yourself a challenge of working out in different locations, like at the park or in a new gym class. Deciding on different locations to venture to can make the goal more exciting.

Save money

To start saving more money, be sure to set a specific goal you want to reach each month. It’s also a good idea to have a plan for the money, such as going on a vacation or purchasing a home, to motivate you to save.

Enjoy some me-time

Set aside a few hours each week to enjoy what you love. This could include going out to the movies, baking a batch of cookies, catching up on your favorite shows or hanging out with friends. You should also consider trying a new hobby or learning a new skill that you’ve always wanted to have.

We at Pischke Motors Nissan hope you are able to check some items off your New Year’s bucket list this year. If your goals involve traveling to different locations, be sure to head into our service department for maintenance before hitting the road.

Holiday Events in La Crosse, Wisconsin


Rotary Lights | La Crosse, WI

La Crosse offers a number of fun activities for your family to enjoy during the holiday season in Wisconsin. Here are just three holiday events that are worth attending this December.

La Crosse Wisconsin Rotary Lights

Have a merry and bright holiday when you witness the La Crosse Wisconsin Rotary Lights at Riverside Park. The event is open to the public on select evenings from Nov. 29 through Dec. 31, so make sure to check the schedule as you plan your visit. You can walk, drive or take a carriage ride through the park as you take in the light displays. There are also hayrides, live music, breakfast with Santa and live reindeer at the event.

The Rose Ensemble at St. Rose Convent

Catch The Rose Ensemble’s seasonal concert “And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas” at the St. Rose Convent on the evening of Dec. 14. The group’s vocalists will pair with instrumentalists to perform a program of Shaker hymns, Appalachian ballads, colonial carols and bluegrass compositions.

Cheers Big Band Holiday Dance and Waltz Lesson

Pack your dance shoes and head to Concordia Ballroom La Crosse on Dec. 20 for the Cheers Big Band Holiday Dance and Waltz Lesson. You can catch the waltz lesson from 7-7:45 p.m. then enjoy dancing from 8-10:30 p.m. while Cheers Big Band supplies a variety of tunes so you can waltz, foxtrot, rumba, and tango throughout the evening.

Pischke Motors Nissan wishes you and your loved ones a happy holiday. Be sure to call us to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment to get ready for the winter weather.

Nissan Maxima® Tops J.D. Power 2019 APEAL Study

2019 Nissan Maxima

The J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study named the Nissan Maxima® as the top-ranked vehicle in the Large Car segment. This is the second year in a row that the car is receiving this recognition.


The J.D. Power 2019 APEAL Study surveys new vehicle lessees and purchasers and has them evaluate their new vehicles across 77 different attributes. The combined results create an overall APEAL score for the vehicles.


The Nissan Maxima® also recently earned the top ranking in the 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study Large Car segment. Only a total of seven vehicles received both awards in 2019.


The Nissan Maxima® wasn’t the only vehicle from the Nissan lineup to receive recognition in the 2019 APEAL study. The Nissan Altima® tied with two other vehicles for best Midsize Car. In each of their categories, the Nissan Murano®, Armada®, and TITAN® also performed above the non-premium APEAL average.


When looking at the vehicles with the fewest overall problems, the TITAN® tied for seventh in the study. Plus, in the “Large Light Duty Pickup” segment, the truck won the title of the best performer.


See for yourself why the Nissan Maxima® and the other Nissan vehicles performed well in the J.D. Power 2019 APEAL Study when you take the vehicles out for test drives at Pischke Motors Nissan.

Nissan and EVgo Add More Chargers


Nissan and EVgo have been working together to provide reliable, accessible charging stations across America. Recently, the companies announced that they were adding 200 direct current fast chargers to make charging easier and more convenient.

Nissan and EVgo have had a 6-year partnership, so it makes sense that they are coming together for this joint investment. Since 2010, Nissan has installed over 2,000 quick charge connectors in the U.S. Currently, over 100 million Americans could drive from where they live to an EVgo fast charger within just 15 minutes.

EVgo and Nissan are also working together to inform American drivers about all the positives that come as a result of driving an electric vehicle. They are raising awareness with a co-marketing program that specifically showcases the Nissan LEAF® PLUS, which provides a range of up to 226 miles.*

In addition to highlighting the Nissan LEAF® PLUS, the co-marketing program will also showcase the over 1,200 public fast chargers in the EVgo network along with the fast-charging capability.

We at Pischke Motors Nissan are excited for more chargers to be added and for owning an electric vehicle to be even more convenient. Take a test drive in the Nissan LEAF® and learn about the benefits of electric vehicles.

* Does not apply to all LEAF models. EPA range estimate up to 226 miles for 2019 LEAF PLUS S only. As shown, 2019 LEAF [SL/SV] PLUS EPA range estimate 215 miles.  Actual range will vary within trim levels, options, and driving conditions; see Customer Disclosure Form for details.

Young Buyers Want to Drive Sedans, New Survey Shows

2019 Nissan Altima

While American roads are currently dominated by big trucks and SUVs great for growing families, it seems young buyers want to drive something else: sedans. Nissan discovered this in a recent survey where 8 in 10 young millennials who don’t currently own a sedan said they would consider buying one in the future.

Thanks to this research and other factors, Nissan has plans to keep going strong with its sedan lineup, unlike many other automotive brands. In fact, Nissan is expanding its global lineup of all-new sedans. You can see this with the all-new 2019 Altima and the all-new 2020 Sylphy for the Chinese market.

“Our newest sedans speak directly to the needs of buyers, particularly young people who may be looking to buy their first car,” said Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s corporate vice president of global product strategy and planning. “As some of our competitors walk away from sedans, we’re seizing the opportunity.”

With these new sedan models, Nissan is introducing some of its most advanced technology. The Altima is available with the Nissan ProPILOT Assist system. This includes a variety of advanced safety aids. In addition, the Altima is available with VC-Turbo. This is the first production-ready variable compression ratio engine that delivers both exceptional power and efficiency.

If you’re ready to drive a nimble sedan, come visit us at Pischke Nissan. We’ll help you find the model that’s right for you.

Electrification in the Nissan Lineup

Nissan Leaf

In Europe, Nissan has been introducing various electric vehicles as it ramps up toward an EV-dominated future. Although the same vehicles haven’t been announced for the U.S., the Nissan lineup does include the LEAF, which is a great eco-friendly option for drivers in the states.


The Nissan LEAF has long been a popular all-electric vehicle in the U.S., and it indicates the brand’s commitment to electrification in its lineup. As is evident of this commitment, Gareth Dunsmore, the electric vehicle director for Nissan Europe, announced that the European portfolio of EVs would broaden. Some of the new vehicles in that portfolio will be entirely electric, while others will utilize e-power technology.


E-power vehicles use a small internal combustion engine to charge the battery pack, eliminating any fears over range. The fuel-efficient Note e-power model has already found success in Japan, so it stands to reason that similar vehicles may do well in Europe.


In 2020, the Nissan IMx concept crossover is also set to hit certain markets in 2020. This coincides with the plan for Nissan to have pure electric vehicles. As stated by Dunsmore, EV-modifiable internal combustion engine platforms and bespoke EV platforms are also going to be created.

There are still many unknown details about the new vehicles, such as if they will be coming to the U.S. However, it’s clear that electrification is important to Nissan and its future strategy.


We at Pischke Nissan love how committed Nissan is to protecting the environment. Come take a test drive at our dealership and see all that our vehicles have to offer.

Top Tips for Taking Care of Your Nissan This Summer

Nissan Interior

Summer is here again, and there’s no better time than now to make sure that your Nissan is up-to-date on key maintenance and service. Taking care of your Nissan this summer starts at Pischke Nissan, and it continues with some steps that you can take yourself.

Air conditioning

Your A/C is your best friend come the dog days of summer, and there are few feelings worse than realizing that your system isn’t working smack-dab in the middle of a hot day. Get ahead of a potential “sweat-astrophe” by getting your air conditioning system looked at by the experts at Pischke Nissan. We’ll quickly diagnose any problems and help you stay cooler for longer.

Keep it clean…

Having a nice, clean Nissan isn’t just easier on the eyes — regular washes and waxes help it hold up longer, which is especially nice if you plan to trade in and trade up one of these days. Washing off the grime and gunk of winter and spring and coating your Nissan with a fresh sheen of wax helps preserve resale value and increases your odds of getting complimented.

…on the inside, too

If you’re planning on taking a road trip with the kids or your old college buddies, then you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve got a nice, clean interior. Take the opportunity of a warm day and vacuum out your Nissan, wash your rubber floor mats, clean the glass, and swap in a fresh air freshener. Not only will this liven up your road trip, it’ll make your daily commute all the more pleasant.

There’s much more you can do to take care of your Nissan this summer, but your first step should be to bring it on in to Pischke Nissan. Whether you need new wiper blades, a battery test, tire rotation, or a tune-up, our service experts have you covered every mile of the way.

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.