Toronto’s Top Places to Hike

Top Places to Hike | Toronto, ON

Before long, the weather here in Toronto will turn cold and we won’t be able to enjoy the beautiful areas throughout the city as much. If you want to get the most out of fall, check out these top places to hike in and near Toronto!

Joker’s Hill Trail

Located a bit north outside of downtown is the Joker’s Hill Trail and nearby Thornton Bales Conservation Area. The trail is just 2.9 km long and has an elevation gain of 82 m. As you journey through the area, you’ll be surrounded by lush wooded areas and plenty of wildlife. You can also opt for the infamous 99 Steps at Thornton Bales — 99 steep wooden steps that offer an arduous workout.

High Park

If you want to stay closer to the city, head to High Park. This area is home to a 5.3-km trail of paved paths that are great for all skill levels of hikers. Not only that, but High Park is home to a labyrinth, a zoo, multiple picnic sites, an adventure playground, an amphitheatre, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, a cafe, and Hillside Gardens.

East Don Parkland Trail

For a more challenging hike, consider stopping by East Don Parkland. This trail extends a total of 10.9 km and is located on the Don River Watershed. Even though the trail is in a somewhat populous area, you’ll still be surrounded by plenty of wildlife, forested areas, and picturesque historic bridges.

Where are your favourite places to hike in the area? Let us know the next time you visit us at Nissan Downtown in Toronto!

Nissan Introduces Restyled 2023 Altima

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The Altima has been a part of the Nissan lineup for more than 30 years. Now in its sixth generation, the 2023 Nissan Altima arrives with a refreshed look as well as more advanced tech.

Design updates

On the outside, the Altima sports a fresh design. The front fascia and V-Motion grille have been updated and feature the redesigned Nissan logo. The Altima SR model features an exclusive black chrome grille finish while both the SR and Altima Platinum offer individual 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs.

Other exterior updates include newly standard LED headlights with integrated turn signals in the daytime running lights, an available single panel moonroof, and a distinct taillight design. A new colour has been added to the Altima palette as well: Ethos Gray. 

Technology updates

Inside, the new Nissan Altima cabin has been outfitted with some of the most advanced technology available. For starters, you’ll find a new 12.3-inch HD colour display with multi-touch control, wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless phone charging pad, and the Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation system.

When it comes to entertainment, you can opt for the available nine-speaker Bose® Premium Audio system to fill the cabin with your favourite songs. You can also utilize convenient tech like built-in Amazon Alexa® and NissanConnect® Services powered by SiriusXM® that let you remotely access the new Altima. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2023 Nissan Altima, or if you’re curious about how to reserve your own, contact our team or come visit us at Nissan Downtown in Toronto, Ontario!

Autumn Car Care for Your Nissan

Autumn Car Care for Your Nissan | Toronto, ON

As the weather starts to change here in Toronto, one thing you’ll want to consider is checking in on your Nissan. Autumn car care is important, and we’ve got some tips to ensure that your car keeps running for years to come.

Tire tread and inflation

If it starts to rain or snow, your car’s tires will need traction to keep you safely on the road. Traction is ideal when the tires have enough tread and are properly inflated. You can typically find the PSI for the tires in the driver’s door jamb or the owner’s manual.

Check the battery

Just as cold weather can affect your car’s battery, extreme heat can, too. After a brutal summer, you’ll want to open the hood and see if the battery is running well. You can bring your vehicle to our team at Nissan Downtown to check this if you’re not sure how to do so.

Prepare your HVAC system

Another component that has likely been working hard this summer is your HVAC, or A/C, system. This same system also works to keep you warm in the fall and winter. The last thing you want is to feel cool air when it’s cold outside, so you should have the HVAC system checked by our team if you think it’s not working well.

If your Nissan vehicle needs some routine maintenance or if you just have any general questions, feel free to contact our team or schedule an appointment with us at Nissan Downtown in Toronto, Ontario.

Spend Less on Gas with These Getaways Near Toronto

Port Perry | Toronto, ON
Bandstand – Port Perry, Ontario” by Mark is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

If you’re looking for a way to save money on gas while still enjoying a summer vacation, consider one of these exciting local getaways near Toronto!

Port Perry

For a laid back excursion, head to Port Perry, which sits on the edge of Lake Scugog. This quaint town offers a relaxing setting for shopping, dining, and enjoying nature. Depending on when you go, you might be able to stop by a festival. And you can visit Queen Street whenever you’re there to see Victorian-era architecture and various unique shops.

Blue Mountain Resort

Great for summer and winter, Blue Mountain Resort offers a long list of fun activities for the whole family! During warmer months, enjoy the beach, a putting course, climbing wall, hiking, tennis, an open-air gondola ride, and more. During the winter, you can take lessons for snowboarding and skiing or venture on your own to one of the many slopes.


If you want to get away from it all and forget the city life, consider vacationing in Muskoka. While you’ll still find a small town with shops and restaurants, you can easily slip outside of the urban area to the many hiking trails nearby. You can set up camp at a provincial park or rent a cottage if you like. But there’s also the option of booking a stay at a local resort for some pampering, too.

Before you start your journey, stop by Nissan Downtown so we can get your car in tip-top shape. We look forward to seeing you!

Nissan Pathfinder Lineup Expands with Tough Rock Creek Trim

Nissan Pathfinder Lineup Expands with Tough Rock Creek Trim |  Toronto, Ontario

Nissan unveiled the all-new Pathfinder just one year ago, but the brand is already adding even more appeal to this rugged SUV. The 2023 Pathfinder Rock Creek trim joins the lineup, offering a more capable, off-roading version of the popular vehicle.

“The 2022 Pathfinder was all about a ‘return to rugged,’ and the Pathfinder Rock Creek takes that spirit even further,” said Michael Colleran, senior vice president of Nissan U.S. Marketing and Sales.

New features that you’ll find on the Pathfinder Rock Creek model are both functional and aesthetic. In terms of appearance, the Rock Creek trim comes with:

  • An exclusive front fascia with a dark V-motion grille and mesh insert
  • Rock Creek exterior badging
  • Leatherette and fabric seats with Rock Creek embroidery
  • Orange contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel, centre console, instrument panel, and door panels

But, as mentioned, it’s not just about changing the looks of the Pathfinder. More functional amenities on the new Rock Creek trim include:

  • An off-road tuned suspension with a 16mm lift
  • 18-inch beadlock-style wheels with all-terrain tires
  • A tubular roof rack with a 100kg load capacity
  • The Intelligent Around View® Monitor with Off-Road Mode

The new 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek is expected to go on sale later this summer. Contact our team at Nissan Downtown in Toronto, Ontario, for more details.

Fun Summer Festivals in Toronto

Fun Summer Festivals | Toronto, ON

If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the summer weather in the city, consider any of these exciting Toronto festivals coming up.

NXNE Festival

You’ve heard of South by Southwest (SXSW), but now it’s time to explore the North by Northeast (NXNE) Festival. This musical event takes place from June 14-19 and will showcase the future of music from various genres. For reference, artists like Lizzo and Post Malone both made appearances at previous festivals before their big breaks.

Salsa in Toronto Festival

To get a feel for Latin culture, stop by the Salsa in Toronto festival from July 9-10 in Midtown. When you visit, you’ll get to experience things like art exhibitions, free dance lessons, food tastings, special film screenings, concerts, and a parade. Previous guests include Grammy-winning artists and dance champions from the area.

Canadian National Exhibition

The Ex dates back nearly 150 years and offers up all kinds of family-friendly entertainment. This year, the exhibition will run from August 19 to September 5 at Exhibition Place. Along with fun rides, you can find live music performances, arts and crafts, home and garden displays, unique shopping, and more.

What are you most excited for this summer? Let us know when you visit us at Nissan Downtown in Toronto, Ontario.

Nissan Ariya and Nissan Z Now Available to Reserve

2023 Nissan Ariya | Toronto, ON

Two all-new Nissan vehicles are almost ready to drive home! The 2023 Nissan Ariya and 2023 Nissan Z were introduced to high praise, and now these exciting vehicles are available to reserve online.

“Nissan has been busy in the past few years, developing ten thrilling, all-new or significantly redesigned models introduced under the banner of Nissan NEXT,” said Steve Milette, President, Nissan Canada Inc. “Today, we launch the reservation program for ARIYA and Z to our customers in Canada and we are ready for what we expect to be a flow of enthusiasts gearing to reserve their most awaited models.”

The all-electric Nissan Ariya will be available at six trim levels, with two battery options: 63 kWh and 87 kWh. Standard features for this electric crossover include ProPILOT Assist® with Navi-link, a CCS quick charge port, wireless Apple CarPlay® and wired Android Auto™, and Nissan Safety Shield® 360.

For a thrilling drive, the new Nissan Z builds on the brand’s more than 50 years of creating exhilarating vehicles. Nissan has pushed the limits with a 400-horsepower 3.0-litre V6 engine with two transmission options: a six-speed manual with a motorsports-inspired EXEDY® high-performance clutch or a nine-speed automatic with aluminum paddle shifters.

To learn more about either of these vehicles and how you can reserve yours, talk to our team or visit us at Nissan Downtown in Toronto, Ontario.

Nissan Versa Wins “Best Car for the Money” Honour

Nissan Versa Wins “Best Car for the Money” Honour | Toronto, ON

Every year, U.S. News & World Report releases its “Best Cars for the Money” list, comprised of vehicles across various segments. This year, the Nissan Versa was named the top choice in the Subcompact Cat category.

“It’s getting more and more difficult to find a quality subcompact car, but the Nissan Versa delivers all of the attributes needed to win our Best Subcompact Car for the Money award,” said Jim Sharifi, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “The Versa sits at the top of our rankings, with great fuel economy, ample cargo space and a well-built interior. It’s also competitively priced, and low ownership costs make the Versa a strong value over the long haul.”

This is the second time the Versa has been named the best by U.S. News thanks to its outstanding ownership experience and overall value. Starting at just $16,798, the 2022 Versa is equipped with the most standard safety technology in its class. Not to mention, you can expect to get fuel ratings as low as 6.7 L/100 km combined — thus saving you money at the gas pump, too.[2]

Other than the hard facts, U.S. News turns to companies like TrueCar and Vincentric for data on cost of ownership as well as reviews from the automotive press. But you don’t have to take their word for it. You can experience the true value of the 2022 Nissan Versa for yourself by contacting our team at Nissan Downtown in Toronto, Ontario.

[1] Price not available in Quebec. Price represents the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Price excludes environmental excise fees (where applicable), freight, PDE, air and tire levies, license, registration, insurance, duties, and applicable taxes. Dealer may sell for less. Equipment, specifications and price are subject to change without notice.

[2] Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only.

Nissan Wins Newsweek Best Car Lineup Award

Nissan Wins Newsweek Best Car Lineup Award | Toronto, ON

For several decades, Newsweek has informed the world of current events and provided insights on a variety of topics, including the automotive industry. In the first-ever Newsweek Auto Awards, Nissan was named as the “Best Car Lineup.”

“Nissan’s car lineup continues to offer sedan buyers a lot of what they are looking for. Versa, Sentra, Altima, LEAF and Maxima are high-quality models with budget-friendly price tags and an impressive roster of standard and available safety and driver-assist features,” said Eileen Falkenberg-Hull, senior editor of Autos at Newsweek.

To determine the best lineups, Newsweek looked at a variety of factors. First, the publication assessed individual vehicles for their driving feel as well as its standard and available features. When it came time to rate brand lineups, Newsweek editors looked at overall offerings of each automaker and took notice of any notable changes for the latest year.

The Nissan car lineup is one of the largest available today, offering smaller options like the Versa and Sentra as well as the electric LEAF and the luxurious Maxima. Falkenberg-Hull also pointed out that the debut of the 2023 Nissan Z and the existing GT-R make the Nissan lineup exceptionally exciting for racing fans.

To explore the Nissan car lineup for yourself, contact our team or visit us at Nissan Downtown in Toronto, Ontario.

2022 Nissan Rogue Updates Include Brand New Engine Choice

2022 Nissan Rogue Updates Include Brand New Engine Choice | Toronto, ON

The Nissan Rogue got a major update when it debuted for the 2021 model year, but that doesn’t mean Nissan is resting on its laurels when it comes to the 2022 Rogue. Nissan’s newest iteration of the popular crossover is back, and it’s looking better than ever.

The biggest update to the 2022 Nissan Rogue is the introduction of the new available 1.5-litre, three-cylinder VC-Turbo engine. This engine is designed to improve the Rogue’s acceleration while also helping it achieve better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The engine boasts 201 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque, which is an 11% and 24% increase, respectively, over the outgoing engine.

The VC-Turbo engine is paired to a new generation Xtronic transmission that has a 17 percent wider gear ratio and 32 percent lower friction than its predecessor. Working together, the powertrain can achieve 7.6 L/100 km combined with available all-wheel drive.[1]

The 1.5-liter engine is available on SV, SL, and Platinum models, while S models get a 2.5-liter engine with 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque.

The 2022 Nissan Rogue is available now. If you’d like to schedule a test drive, contact our team at Nissan Downtown in Toronto, Ontario.

[1] Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.