Why It’s Better to Service Your Vehicle at a Dealership

Your car is one of your most important assets. It allows you to travel to work, take your kids where they need to go, see friends, get food, and all other kinds of important life activities. Unfortunately, many people do not treat their cars as they should. Here is why you should service your car at a dealership.

Quality

Dealership mechanics are backed by major car companies, which means the car companies put their word behind their service technicians. Local mechanics range from very good to very bad, but you know exactly what you’re getting when you take it to a dealership.

Better Tools

As they are backed by major corporations, dealerships often have the latest and most effective tools for their mechanics to use. Local garages can’t always afford access to these tools right away.

More Organization

Dealership garages are generally much cleaner and more organized than local garages, which leads to efficiency and less problems. There are also usually nicer waiting areas for customers at dealerships to allow you to wait in comfort.

While it’s always good to support locally owned business, you simply don’t always know what you’re getting at a local mechanic. When you’re talking about your car, one of your most important investments, it’s often better to go with the sure thing.

Toyota’s 4x4s Can Take You Anywhere

With Toyota’s 4x4s, you don’t have to choose between being comfortable on the road and capable off of it. You actually can enjoy both from the same vehicle. Toyota’s 4×4 lineup includes the Tundra and Tacoma pickups and 4Runner and Land Cruiser SUVs.

When buyers choose the right optional equipment, each of these vehicles can become the ideal vehicle for a daily commute and deliver the performance drivers want on their off-road weekend adventures.

For the perfect off-road pickup choose the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. This model is ready to tackle the toughest terrain. Choose between a Double Cab or CrewMax model. For improved overall versatility add the option spray-in bed liner and cargo bed LED lights in the Tundra Bed Package.

For drivers who still want a pickup, but not something as big as the Tundra, the Tacoma is a great fit. In the 2016 Tacoma TRD Off Road model, buyers will get a completely redesigned truck with aggressive styling. To handle the tough terrain, the Off Road model comes with a terrain-select mode, CRAWL control, and even a GoPro camera holder.

With the 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, buyers will get a family-friendly off-road machine. The 4.0-liter V6 will deliver plenty of power and the part-time four-wheel drive gives drivers traction when they need it most.

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser combines luxury amenities with tough capabilities. It offers seating for up to seven along with a host of luxury amenities and excellent built-in off-road features.

The Importance of Summer-Ready Tires

The summer heat is here and so are the summer troubles. Cars work very hard in the summer, especially their tires! That’s why having summer-ready tires is important.

Your tires are important. Obviously, since they’re what keeps your car rolling! Unfortunately, they’re put under more pressure (literally) in the summer months when the pavement is hot.

AAA Mechanic Richard Santiago warns about the danger of tires on hot roads, “You’re driving on very, very hot roads. It’s definitely going to have a substantial impact. Heat friction definitely causes a lot more pressure to build up inside of the tire.”

He knows what he’s talking about. During the summer months, tire-related problems are the most frequent calls that AAA gets.

Keeping the proper PSI is essential to maintaining the life of your tires. In the summer, heat outside can expand the pressure inside of your tire. So even if you start the summer with proper PSI, your tire might gain pressure instead of lose it. This is when blowouts happen.

It’s also essential to make sure your tires aren’t underinflated. The hot pavement can wear down your tread easily.

Got more tire questions? Ask us here at Glen Toyota!

Toyota v Honda

When America was in need of fuel-efficient cars, both Toyota and Honda saw their opportunity and they took it. Although there wasn’t much love for foreign makes, both Japanese automakers found their place in the American market. It’s taken the American brands nearly 30 years to catch up to the Asian automakers and for good reason.

Both brands employ the Kaizen system where employees and managers work together to increase efficiency in the workplace. Although Americans taught the Japanese the Kaizen system during the reconstruction following World War II, the system isn’t used in the United States.

Today, the two brands are constantly going tire-to-tire to wins the hearts of American drivers. Both automakers have studios and manufacturing plants based in America to appeal specifically to American drivers.

Toyota and Honda have solidified their place in the automotive market, staking their claim in the top five bestsellers. The Toyota Camry has maintained its position as the bestselling car in America for the past 14 years. In January 2016, the Camry sold 26,848 units. The Honda Civic came in second with 26,741 units sold. Rounding out the top three, the Toyota Corolla moved 22,362 units.

With the Honda Accord sitting at number five with 20,765 units, it isn’t about to challenge the Camry without a significant increase in sales. The Nissan Altima took the number four spot with 22,156 units sold. Another Japanese brand, Nissan also makes use of the Kaizen system.

Why Buy a Toyota

With so many automakers in the market, it can be hard to choose the right car for you. Friends and family likely have their own suggestions while reviewers and top magazines have different picks. Here at Glen Toyota, we can answer the most important question of all: why buy a Toyota?

  1. Resale Value – In addition to offering affordable new models, Toyotas tend to have higher resale values as well. The brand typically dominates Kelley Blue Book resale values. In fact, both Toyota and Lexus won the “Best Resale Value Award” at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  2. Lifespan – As long as you keep up with regular maintenance, there’s no reason your Toyota won’t be on the road for many years to come. Known for quality and reliability, a whopping 80% of vehicles sold 20 years ago are still on the road today. There isn’t any other automaker who can say that.
  3. Safety – Toyota models generally earn top safety scores from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As a matter of fact, the 2016 Toyota Camry earned five stars overall from the NHTSA and the IIHS named the Camry a “Top Safety Pick+.”

Why Take Road Trips in a Toyota

There are plenty of vehicles to take road trips in and while many choose the average sedan or crossover, that can get expensive. If you plan on heading across the country, a more fuel efficient car will save you a good amount of money. That’s where Toyota comes in. Here’s why you should take road trips in a Toyota:

  • Money – Fun fact: you can travel the entire United States in a Toyota Prius for about $500. That’s cheap for any vacation, let alone traveling the entirety of the United States of America.
  • Space – Believe it or not, the Toyota Prius features an absolutely incredible amount of space. With enough room to fit a small mattress with the rear seats down, there are few vehicles that can compete in sheer amount of space.
  • Comfort – With the sheer amount the Prius has to offer, avoiding hotels is easy. You won’t be too hot or cold either. Thanks to the hybrid system, climate control can run all night without using much gas at all. Climate control will run off the battery and the engine will turn on in order to charge ever so often. Even better, the engine is so quiet that you won’t even notice it’s on.

Toyota and Clemson University Team Up on Toyota uBox Concept

For the past few years, Clemson University’s graduate automotive engineering students have been teaming up with mainstream auto manufacturers to design futuristic concept cars in an ongoing project referred to by the university as the Deep Orange series. The most recent brand to partner with graduates at Clemson U happens to be Toyota, and together Toyota designers and Clemson University students put together the Toyota uBox concept.

According to the eighteen students who worked with Toyota on the uBox, the vehicle was designed with the needs and wants of young, urban millenials in mind. The ideal driver of the uBox, according to Toyota, would be “a young entrepreneur who wants a vehicle that can provide utility and recreation on the weekend but that can also offer office space or other career-centric or lifestyle uses during the week.”

While the uBox’s exterior is distinctly like something out of a sci-fi film, a following of enthusiasts sprung up following the concept’s unveiling due to its incredible versatile interior; because the whole of the cabin is decorated using 3D-printed elements, it’s totally customizable, and the low floor and removable seats provide tons of space in a market where large, spacious vehicles like SUVs and crossover thrive. Online auto communities were abuzz with fans of the uBox who brainstormed to come up with imaginative ways of customizing the concept.

The Deep Orange team revealed the Toyota uBox concept at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress and Exposition in Detroit on April 12th. It’s so awesome to see automotive brands working to help educate the engineers of the future.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Joins US Lineup

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Toyota’s compact SUV, the RAV4, has been a best-seller in the United States since its inception in 1994. Over the past two decades and then some, the RAV4 has sold over 2.4 million units. Now, the nameplate has an eighth variant joining its American lineup — the Toyota RAV4 hybrid. The 2016 model year of the RAV4 marks the SUV’s fourth generation, and adding a hybrid version to the nameplate is just one of many updates to the vehicle’s design.

The 2016 RAV4 features new styling that mimics the appearance of Toyota’s passenger vehicles. Features across the entire RAV4 family include standard all-wheel drive, rear view camera, Hill Start Assist, five-passenger seating and the Entune Infotainment System. Versatile seating allows for up to 70 cubic feet of cargo storage when the back rows are down.

The RAV4 Hybrid pairs the 2.5-liter gas engine with electric motors that power both the front and rear axles. This combination yields an output of 194 HP and an EPA-estimated 34 mpg in the city.

The RAV4 hybrid and other variants in the family are now available in the United States for the 2016 model year. The entry level RAV4 begins at $24,350, while upgrading to the hybrid model ups the price to $28,370.

Toyota Satellite Research Vehicle Based on Mirai Revealed in Detroit

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Toyota recently announced at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that they were using a satellite research vehicle based on the Mirai fuel cell car in order to investigate the uses of implementing satellite technology across production vehicles. This new research could give Toyota vehicles the ability to communicate with one another via satellite, and the brand is meeting with various upcoming companies around the world that could assist them in the pursuit of this feature.

The Mirai-based car in Detroit, for example, utilizes flat antennae technology from emerging company Kymeta. These “flat antennae” are different from traditional satellite tech such as the recognizable “dish,” instead using liquid crystal and software that actively detects and tracks satellite signals. Potential uses for satellite technology in vehicles includes distributing vehicle data, providing stable connections to emergency contacts, and allowing vehicles to communicate with one another.

The Mirai-based satellite research vehicle is only the first prototype of an ongoing relationship between Toyota and Kymeta. Prior to the partnership, Kymeta has already managed to get 8,000 miles of road testing with satellite-equipped vehicles, and Toyota has invested $5 million in the emerging brand to encourage further technology research and development.

Toyota Earns the Most Top Safety Pick+ Awards

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests cars and rates them on their performance. The best-performing vehicles earn what it calls the Top Safety Pick+ award. This year, Toyota earned the most Top Safety Pick+ awards, nine in total.

“At Toyota, we continue to focus on the safety and peace of mind of our customers,” said Dino Triantafyllos, Toyota’s North American Chief Quality Officer, in a statement. “We are proud that IIHS has recognized our commitment to helping protect drivers and passengers.”

The awards for Toyota include Top Safety Pick+ ratings for the Toyota Prius v, Toyota Camry, Toyota Avalon, Toyota RAV4, Lexus CT 200h, Lexus ES, Lexus RC, Lexus NX, and Scion iA.

In order for a vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick+ recognition, it has to achieve the top “good” rating in all crash tests and offer an available front crash prevention system rated at “advanced” or “superior” with automatic braking capabilities. It is worth noting that the Scion iA was the only low-priced car available with a standard pre-collision system.

If safety is a top priority for your next vehicle, come see what these award-winning Toyota vehicles have to offer you today at Glen Toyota.