5 Parent-Friendly Features in the 2019 Nissan Rogue

Having perhaps the most recognizable name in the family SUV game, the Rogue is unquestionably Nissan’s top-selling vehicle. But what’s in a name?

Well, when it comes to the 2019 Nissan Rogue, there seems to be a whole lot to admire beyond its status as an SUV A-lister. Offering unbeatable storage solutions, loads of tech, and ample safety features, the new Rogue is one of the best family crossovers in America. Every parent wants one, and every parent should have one—at least, that’s one of the mottos here at Jim Burke Nissan.

5. Motion Activated Liftgate

As a parent, you probably have too many things on your plate. Got a billion groceries, packed diaper bag, and stroller to stow away? No problem—the 2019 Rogue helps out by keeping its cargo bay easily accessible. Just swipe your foot under the Rogue’s rear bumper to engage its hands-free, motion-activated liftgate. The cargo area opens automatically, so you don’t have to fumble about. Just unload and go.

Continue reading “5 Parent-Friendly Features in the 2019 Nissan Rogue”

Nissan Electric! (Boogie Woogie Woogie)

Nissan made a big splash at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, debuting their all-new ‘19 LEAF Plus electric car for all the world to ogle over. Sporting a bit of sub-compact crossover exterior styling combined with the original LEAF’s hatchback tail, plus a few flourishes of EV-like accents, the upcoming LEAF Plus is quite the looker. But how does it compare in the “functionality” category?

The short, TL;DR details: It’s more powerful than the last LEAF, charges more quickly, and can travel farther on a single charge.

The longer version:

  • The new LEAF Plus incorporates a large 62-kWh battery pack that’s only 5mm wider and bulkier than the outgoing LEAF model’s 40-kWh powerplant.
  • The battery works with a 160-kW electric motor that churns out 214 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of instant torque. (This is compared to the previous-gen LEAF’s 110-kW 147-hp motor.)
  • With an estimated 226-mile single-charge range, the 2019 LEAF Plus can rip and roar approximately 40% longer than the outgoing model.
  • An upgraded CHAdeMO charging system will allow the Nissan LEAF Plus to power up to 80% with any 100kW charging stations, public or at-home.
  • Nissan’s Battery Management System has been refined to enhance charging and acceleration.
  • A recalibrated e-Pedal helps compensate for the few extra pounds the new LEAD Plus will carry.
  • 2019 LEAF Plus models will come with a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen display, smartphone compatibility, NissanConnect EV & Services, ProPILOT Assist, and the suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility systems.

The 2019 LEAF Plus will also carry over its 8-year/100,000-mile Lithium-Ion Battery Coverage plan. If you’re a fan of zero emissions and a hater of gas stations, Nissan’s new electric car is right up your alley, so to speak. Come take it for a test drive once it arrives at our Birmingham Nissan dealership later this spring.

Continue reading “Nissan Electric! (Boogie Woogie Woogie)”

Help! I’ve Run Out Of Gas! What Should I Do?

We’ve all been there, driving past the outskirts of a city like Birmingham with a fuel gauge displaying the ominous “E” and no gas pump in sight. Sure, you’ll make it to a gas station 99 out of 100 times, but there’s still that 1% chance you’ll run out of fuel before finding a sign for unleaded. In those rare instances when your fuel tank goes dry, what are your options and how should you proceed?  

Be Safe, Friends! 

Running out of gas can be scary and stressful, especially if you’ve got kids in the backseat or you’re late for a job interview. But it’s important to remain calm! Should you ever run out of fuel, follow these tips from Jim Burke Nissan

Continue reading “Help! I’ve Run Out Of Gas! What Should I Do?”

The 10 Best Car Christmas Gifts for Under $50

The 10 Best Car Christmas Gifts for Under $50

Like someone just enough to get them a Christmas present, but can’t fathom spending more than a fresh Ulysses S. Grant ($50) on a car accessory or auto-related gift? No, you’re not a bad friend—you’re just being thrifty for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year! Here’s our list of the 10 best car Christmas gifts to get that sorta-special someone this holiday season.

Continue reading “The 10 Best Car Christmas Gifts for Under $50”

Hurricane Michael Aftermath: Alabama Sees Increase in Flood-Damaged Cars

We’re all opportunists in some respect, but it takes a certain type of villainous conman to scam people into buying a flooded car. Unfortunately, after Hurricane Michael tore up Florida and east Alabama, thousands of car shoppers around the country are, unbeknownst to them, being pushed into flood-damaged vehicles. And the problem has grown into a full-blown epidemic as the 2018 market has seen a 47% year-over-year increase in flooded cars being sold (500,000).

At Jim Burke Nissan, we have three words for these crooks: Shame on you. Because we’re always on the consumer’s side, we want to educate you on the issue—and how to avoid buying a vehicle that’s been through the water-soaked wringer. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions our Birmingham Nissan dealership and service center receives about car flood damage.

Car Flood Damage FAQ

Is a flood-damaged car repairable?

Generally speaking, no, “car flood damage repair” isn’t really in the realm of possibility. Most car insurance companies write off a flood-damaged car because of the problems that can arise if “fixed.” Water-locked engines, short-circuiting wires, flooded transmissions—the issues can be pretty severe. Continue reading “Hurricane Michael Aftermath: Alabama Sees Increase in Flood-Damaged Cars”

The All-New 2019 Altima is Now Available at Jim Burke Nissan!

The All-New 2019 Altima is Now Available at Jim Burke Nissan

Unlike other automakers, Nissan hasn’t given up on the sedan—not by a longshot. Redesigned and revamped, the new 2019 Altima shows us why it continues to be one of America’s undisputed midsize mainstays. The Altima looks wiser and more mature, sleeker even than competitors like the Accord or Camry, and boasts a flurry of brand-new features like all-wheel drive, a turbo-four, futuristic USB-C ports, and a built-in waffle maker (just kidding). Continue reading “The All-New 2019 Altima is Now Available at Jim Burke Nissan!”

Play The Nissan Dating Game & Find Your Perfect SUV In Birmingham

Play The Nissan Dating Game & Find Your Perfect SUV In Birmingham

From Birmingham, the SUV capital of the south: It’s the Nissan Dating Game. And here’s the star of our show, your top Birmingham car dealer, Jim Burke Nissan!

Thank you. Thank you very much. You know, now that crossovers have become more popular than cars, we get a lot of SUV-shopping foot traffic in our Nissan dealership each day—and because we’re big on matchmaking, we’re able to pair every customer with the perfect Nissan SUV. Continue reading “Play The Nissan Dating Game & Find Your Perfect SUV In Birmingham”

R.I.P. Nissan Juke: Discontinued But Never Forgotten


Nissan Juke, the second-generation crossover, officially sought greener pastures earlier this year. Born in Japan to the late Nissan Qazana, Juke emigrated to the States in 2011, befriending thousands of drivers over the course of its 7-year stay.

Always the life of the party, the funky yet energetic SUV had a personality for the ages, dominating the roads with its modern “coke bottle” styling and bubbly disposition. Juke’s perkiness was just as infectious—especially upon growing into its NISMO RS shoes—and close friends continue to embrace their fond memories of Juke’s 215-horsepower engine and NISMO-tuned suspension. Continue reading “R.I.P. Nissan Juke: Discontinued But Never Forgotten”

Everything You Need For Tantrum-Free Road Trips

Everything You Need For Tantrum-Free Road Trips

There’s nothing quite like a road trip. The horizon stretches out ahead, music plays the soundtrack of all the hopes and possibilities that travel offers, and child in the back seat throws an epic fit because they are sick and tired of being in the car. (Wait, scratch that last one.)

As excited as you may be to show your kids all the fun of discovering a new place, it’s just not fun being in a car with a kid who’s miserable. But that’s no reason to be stuck at home! With a little planning and the right accessories, you can enjoy the open road and a happy child, too. Here are some tips to make your next family trip spectacular. Continue reading “Everything You Need For Tantrum-Free Road Trips”

2018’s Best Birmingham Summer Camps for Kids

2018’s Best Birmingham Summer Camps for Kids

Summers can be rough for working parents. Having to find babysitters and daycare is no easy task. Although July is almost here, it’s not too late to sign your kids up for summer camp in Birmingham. Here’s a list of the best summer day camps with open spots to fill—just act fast! Continue reading “2018’s Best Birmingham Summer Camps for Kids”