07-04-16

Tire Changing Guide To Keep Your 2016 Toyota Rav4 Rolling This Summer

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Summer time's in full swing, which means lots of on-road travel time for many. Opting for midsize SUVs like the 2016 Toyota Rav4 is a great way to make all of those upcoming road trips much more enjoyable with abundant space for passengers and cargo. But, even if you have the perfect vehicle for your summer travels, if you don't know some simple maintenance tasks, you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road. One common problem you may run into on the road is a flat tire. Don't waste time having to wait for assistance to save the day. Instead, save the day yourself by learning these important steps below.

1. Pull Over. If your car suffers from a flat tire, the first thing to do is pull over. Try to do so in as safe of a location as possible. Don't park in the middle of a curved road! This is very dangerous because approaching vehicles will be unable to see you.

2. Turn On Hazards. Any time you pull over on the side of the road, it's a very important safety measure to turn on your hazards. This is the best way to notify other vehicles on the road that you will be staying put for awhile – or that you may be in need of assistance.

3. Gather Tools. There are a few tools you will need in order to change your fat, and now is the time to go ahead and gather them for the job ahead. You'll need:

  • jack
  • wrench
  • spare tire

4. Loosen Lug Nuts. Before you even jack up your car, it's a good idea to go ahead and loosen the lug nuts (the big bolts holding your tire onto your car). Using your wrench, loosen the lug nuts by turning the wrench counter-clockwise (to the left). If the lug nuts are too tight to remove, place the wrench on the lug nut, then stand on the wrench arm. Using your full weight may be the loosening trick required. Be sure you only loosen them; don't fully unscrew them at this point.

5. Jack Up Your Car. Now is the time to put your jack to use. Since all car models differ as to where to place the jack, consult your owner's manual for a specific location. Once the jack is in place, jack up your car until the flat tire is roughly six inches off the ground.

6. Remove Lug Nuts. Since you've pre-loosened the lug nuts, you can now easily and fully unscrew and remove them. Be sure to place them in a pile so they don't get scattered or lost.

7. Remove Tire. Now that you have removed all of the lug nuts, you can go ahead and remove the tire. Do so by pulling the tire straight toward yourself.

8. Install Spare Tire. With the flat tire removed, your spare tire is ready to be installed. To do this, line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare. Then, push the spare as far as it will go onto the wheelbase.

9. Replace Lug Nuts. Once your spare is in place, grab your lug nuts and screw them back into place. Don't put them on too tightly just yet.

10. Lower Your Car. Make sure your jack is still in the correct location and then lower it back to the ground. Remove the jack.

11. Fully Tighten Lug Nuts. Once your car is back on solid ground and the jack has been removed, go ahead and fully tighten all of the lug nut

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07-03-16

Top Reasons To Make The 2016 Toyota Corolla Your Next Car

2016 Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has been a top-selling compact sedan for years, but it has still never been a true charmer, lacking in personality and anything that really stands out. But, things have been changing for the Corolla over the past few years and it is now proving to the world that it can be just as exciting as other consumer favorites. The 2016 Corolla shines with unique styling and appealing new features that make it a much sought-after sedan. Here are the top reasons the 2016 Corolla is a great car.

Fab Fuel Economy. The Corolla has always been a solid choice for good fuel economy. But, the 2016 Corolla has exceeded the hops of consumers. The Corolla's efficiency-oriented Eco trims are the ultimate choice if you want the highest fuel economy. Eco trim levels house a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that returns upward of 40 miles per gallon. Also aiding in the Eco trims high fuel economy is its efficiency maximizing engine and transmission tuning, low-rolling-resistance tires, rear spoiler and enhanced aerodynamics.

Unique Interior. As previously mentioned, the Corolla hasn't always been the most thrilling in terms of performance or style. But, the latest interior of the 2016 Corolla is quite intriguing. It features a unique and sporty vibe with stylish flourishes, such as a three-spoke steering wheel and asymmetrical shifter. High-tech features add even more to the Corolla's interior with a lengthy list of user-friendly content, from a 6.1-inch touchscreen to an integrated navigation system and more.

Choosing the S Special Edition trim adds even more flair to the 2016 Corolla with gloss black finish wheels, special Edition badging, an all-black interior, and red contract stitching and accents on the instrument panel.

Huge Backseat. The latest Corolla features a wheelbase that is roughly four inches longer than previous models. What does this mean for consumers? A huge backseat with legroom for days! The Corolla may sit in the compact sedan segment, but it somehow manages to provide the space of a midsize. This is a very welcoming trait for tall passengers, and it also makes comfortably seating a full load of people and their cargo easy.

Excellent Resale Value. When it's time to sell your car, getting a good resale value can typically be hard. But, with a Toyota, it isn't quite as difficult. Due to the fact that Toyota's are a well-known brand in reliability and solid construction, they offer a much higher resale value than other vehicles. As long as you take good care of your Corolla (keep it clean, provide it with regular maintenance services, and so on) then you can expect a worthwhile resale value in return.

A Fun Drive. The Corolla isn't the sportiest car on Earth, but the newest model is definitely the most fun to drive of all its predecessors. Steering is precise and responsive and most anyone will find it to be an exciting ride.

For the most sports appeal behind the wheel, as well as some nice styling elements, the Corolla's sport-themed S and S Plus trims are the ultimate choice. The S trim features:

  • unique wheel covers
  • color-keyed mirrors with signal repeaters
  • rear spoiler
  • chrome exhaust tip
  • sport front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • sport driving mode
  • sport instrumentation

The S Plus is even more intriguing if you want even firmer suspension tuning for increased driver enthusiasm.

Want to learn more about the many reasons the 2016 Toyota Corolla is a great choice? Visit our dealership in Las Vegas, Nevada and take it for a spin.

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07-02-16

Important Maintenance Services Needed By Your 2016 Toyota Prius

2016 Toyota Prius

The 2016 Toyota Prius is loved for many reasons, it's main one being its high fuel economy and lower emittance of emissions into the atmosphere – they are the top two advantages to owning a hybrid, after all. But, one question you may be wondering about hybrids like the Prius is if they require more or less maintenance services compared to standard, gas-only vehicles. The answer: about the same. Regular maintenance is essential to obtaining the highest level of performance, safety and reliability from your vehicle – whether hybrid or non-hybrid. (It can also increase your vehicle's resale value.) To learn more about importance maintenance services your Prius needs, continue reading.

Oil Changes. Your Prius may not require as much gasoline as a typically car does, but it does still need oil – as long as it's synthetic. A hybrid engine needs oil in order to function properly. Without it, it will not have enough lubrication to keep its critical internal components working as they should. This leads to an overwhelmed engine, damaged parts, and an accumulation of rust and sludge inside the oil. For the healthiest engine, ensure you get oil changes regularly.

Replace the Brakes. Brakes make up one of the most important systems in your car, so it makes sense to stay on top of regular maintenance and repair services. Brake fluids are hygroscopic, which means they absorb moisture from the air. This moisture can lead to brake corrosion, even failure. This is why it's important to replace your vehicle's brake fluid annually. This will prevent small problems from becoming larger and costing more in repairs. It's also always important to pay attention to how your brakes feel and sound. If it takes longer to stop than usual, your steering wheel shutters or vibrates, or you hear any squealing or grinding when coming to a stop, this could mean you are in need of brake repairs. Don't risk a failed stop, and stay on top of brake care.

Tire Care. Tires are an important, yet often ignored part of cars. One thing you may never have considered about your tires is that they are the sole part of your vehicle that touches the ground. This means two things:

  1. If your tires aren't in working condition, your car is stranded.
  2. If your tires are in poor condition, on-road safety decreases.

To keep your car rolling as you want it to, there are several maintenance services to stay on top of. They include:

  • maintaining proper psi
  • tire replacements
  • wheel alignments

You may already know that your tires need air, but do you know why? Maintaining the proper psi (air) in your tires ensures they have sufficient traction with the road in order to keep you and your passengers safe.

Overinflated tires (too much psi/air) are unable to fully grip the road, which causes them to bounce along the road instead of rolling along smoothly. In turn, ires are more likely to slip or skid, especially in wet or icy conditions.

Under-inflated tires (too little psi/air) pose the opposite problem. Tires that are under-inflated touch too much of the ground, leading to overheating and faster wear and year; they also burn more gas, which causes fuel economy to drop.

Along with keeping proper air in your tires, you can also aid in their longevity by having your car's wheels aligned regularly. Your car's tires work best when the wheels are aligned straight. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to knock them out of alignment from basic maneuvers, driving over pot holes and ruts in the road, and so on. This leads to more wear and tear on your tires and more money spent replacing them.

For more on the 2016 Toyota Prius and for all your maintenance and repair needs, visit our dealership in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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05-17-16

Boost Fuel Economy In Your 2016 Toyota Corolla With These Tips

2016 Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has always had respectable fuel economy, whether you opt for an older 2000 model or a brand new 2016. But, as summer already taunts many of us with high temperatures, you may be wondering how to keep your fuel economy from plummeting. When hot temperatures hit, one of the main reasons you can experience a decrease in fuel economy is from using the air conditioning. In fact, using the AC in hot weather can cause fuel economy to lower by over 25 percent.

The obvious solution would be to turn off the air conditioner or roll down the windows, however these methods serve problems of their own. One, your passengers, as well as yourself, will melt into a sweaty puddle; and two, lowering windows make your car less aerodynamic, which causes lower fuel economy. Since neither of these ideas are too worthwhile, here are some easy ways to boost your fuel economy when hot weather strikes this summer.

  • The cooler the temperature you set your air conditioning to, the more fuel your car uses. To avoid wasting unnecessary gas, set your AC as high as you can while still staying comfortable.
  • Rolling windows down when driving at fast highway speeds is a sure-fire way to lower your fuel economy. However, during slow city or suburban driving, rolling down the windows won't put near as big a dent in fuel economy as seen when driving fast.
  • When you first start driving, instead of cranking up the AC, roll the windows down. This will help hot air escape from your car without putting stress on your AC or your gas tank.
  • Letting your car idle is an easy way to burn fuel while attaining zero miles to the gallon. Avoid idling when possible so you won't waste fuel. Also, don't turn on the AC while idling unless you want to burn even more gas.
  • Parking in the sun will cause you to need more air conditioning to cool the interior – and passengers – down. To avoid this, try to park in shaded spots or use a sunshade on the windshield so your car won't become as hot.

For more fuel-saving tips and tricks, visit our dealership in Las Vegas, NV.

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05-17-16

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Continues Its Streak As A Timeless Icon

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a timeless icon with over 60 years of consumer loyalty. What makes it such a sought-after ride? In a nutshell, the Land Cruiser offers an excellent combination of off-road skill, luxury on-road comfort, and the true refinement so well-known to the Toyota brand – and it only gets better over time. The 2016 Land Cruiser continues its mighty reign as the most admirable SUV. Here are some reasons to opt for this unbeatable ride.

Durability: The Land Cruiser has proven itself for decades with its off-road capabilities and the 2016 is no different – if anything, it's only gotten better. The 2016 Land Cruiser houses a V8 engine that creates 381 horsepower with 401 pound-feet of torque – a combo that makes this an SUV a master of all terrains. It also has enough power to pull a maximum load of 8,100 pounds – a seriously capable number for a seriously capable SUV.

The Land Cruiser also boasts some serious off-road systems, such as a locking center differential, entitled the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. This system electronically adjusts the stabilizer bars for improved on-road handling or maximum off-road capability. Other systems include:

  • Multi-Terrain Select: tailors the stability and traction control settings to specific surfaces.
  • Five-Speed Crawl Control: a low-speed off-road cruise control.
  • Off-Road Turn Assist: applies brakes to the inside wheels to improve turning response around corners.

Space: Many vehicles claim to offer abundant space, but as we all know, this is far from accurate. The 2016 Land Cruiser, on the other hand, provides an interior that is spacious, as well as functional. In fact, it's more functional than any other three-road SUV on the market. The Land Cruiser seats up to eight passengers, and second-row seats slide forward to provide more room to recline – a major win for comfort.

High-Tech Features: It's not just about the capabilities the 2016 Land Cruiser shows off-road that makes it such a spectacular SUV. It is also a winner on-road with a luxury interior full of all of the latest high-tech features. The 2016 Land Cruiser includes an upscale range of technology, such as a nine-inch touchscreen and control layout, multi-terrain off-road camera system, navigation system, dual-screen entertainment system, 14-speaker sound system, and more.

An Iconic History: If something is deemed worthy enough to be labeled an icon, it's obvious that it has a well-loved and rich history. The Land Cruiser is a timeless icon that scores top marks time after time, proving that it is trustable, reliable, and a people pleaser. For a vehicle, it's hard to find much better qualities than these.

To make the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser your own, visit our dealership in Las Vegas, NV.

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05-17-16

Keep Your 2016 Toyota Tacoma’s Engine Running Smooth With These Helpful Tips

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Looking for a new truck? What about one that can go anywhere and do anything? Welcome the 2016 Toyota Tacoma – a midsize pickup truck that offers strong off-road capabilities, a powerful engine, and a tow rate up to 6,800 pounds. The 2016 Tacoma will take care of your needs, so it only makes sense for you to take care of its needs. One way to do so is to pay attention to your Tacoma's engine. Continue reading to learn how to be a proactive part of your engine's health.

Regular Oil Changes: One of the most important things you can do for your Tacoma (and any other car or truck for that matter) is to provide it with regular oil changes. Oil changes help keep the internal parts of your engine well lubricated so it does not overheat. Going too long between oil changes – or never changing it at all – can lead to serious, irreversible engine damage.

Keep Cooling System Working Properly: Another way to keep your Tacoma's engine from overheating is to make sure the cooling system is working properly. The best way to do this is to make sure your truck's cooling system always has the proper amount of coolant (a.k.a. radiator fluid). Coolant works by circulating through the engine, to the radiator, and back again in order to ensure it stays cool. Without coolant, your truck's engine will quickly overheat.

Regularly Replace Air Filter: Just as you require air to breathe and continue working as you should, so does your truck's engine. This is why truck's require air filters. Air filters work to provide your engine with a constant, unrestricted flow of air. However, air filters become dirty and clogged over time. The best way to keep a steady flow of air flowing to your engine, be sure to replace air filters regularly.

Check For Leaks: An easy way to keep your truck's engine running smoothly is to check for any leaks that may have sprung. The intense heat and pressure that occurs under your truck's hood can cause engine hoses to become old and cracked. Two main leaks to watch out for are oil and antifreeze leaks. These fluids leaking from your engine should never be looked over, otherwise you can expect overheating and other damages to happen. From time to time, pop your truck's trunk and inspect hoses for any problems. Another simple way to check your truck for leaks is by looking on the ground underneath it. If you see any puddles on the ground beneath your truck, take it to see a mechanic for further inspection.

Looking for more tips and tricks to keep your 2016 Toyota Tacoma running its best? Just ask us! Visit our Toyota dealership, located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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03-28-16

Top Reasons to Opt for a Pickup Truck

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Toyota Tacoma

Do things. Build stuff. Go places. This is the perfect motto for pickup trucks. Trucks allow the freedom many want in a vehicle, providing everyday practicality, the capability to be put to work when towing and hauling are required, and they are also the perfect companion when venturing off road. Take, for example, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. It boasts powerful engine choices, excellent off-road capability, and an extensive option list all wrapped in a midsize truck package. But, there are many more advantages to owning a pickup truck. Here are a few.

Bed: Pickup trucks are different from other vehicles in that the back half consists of a storage bed. Beds are long, flat, and easily accessible; they also typically come in a variety of dimensions in order to best suit your needs. The 2016 Tacoma offers two cab styles and three bed lengths. Cab styles include: extended Access Cab and Double Cab. Access Cabs come exclusively with a 73.7-inch short bed, while Double Cabs can be paired to a 127.4-inch regular bed or 141-inch long bed.

For those who work in the construction field, beds are a huge advantage, allowing them to hold and transport heavy materials. But, that-s not all it-s good for. Truck beds are great for hauling camping gear, bikes, and off-road equipment. They are also the perfect companion when it-s time to pack up your home and need to move heavy boxes and furniture.

Durability: Durability is one of the top strengths of a pickup truck - providing more power and strength than most other vehicles. One reason for this is because truck beds are separated from the cab, which allows for chassis flex. This enables trucks to withstand, carry, and pull heavy loads. Most trucks, like the Tacoma, also feature 4WD, which is optimal when driving through more hazardous terrain, which makes off-road adventures much more worthwhile.

Power: Power is another advantage to trucks, equipping them with the ability to haul and tow. In keeping with our 2016 Tacoma example, this truck houses either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6. Both rear-wheel-drive and 4WD configurations are available. Four cylinder Tacomas can tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds, while V6 models can manage between 6,400 and 6,800 pounds depending on cab configuration and driveline

Safety: Trucks provide increased safety, which puts them at an advantage over other vehicles. A higher ride height creates better visibility and also allows trucks to more easily roll over any potential road debris. Trucks with a front grille also enhance safety by enduring most of the impact during a collision. This allows occupants, and the truck itself, to be better protected.

To learn more about the 2016 Toyota Tacoma and our other truck lineups, visit us at 7733 Eastgate Road, henderson, Nevada 89011.

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03-22-16

Handy Tips for Removing Stains from Auto Upholstery

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You-re driving along in your Toyota Camry, drink in hand, when you hit a bump in the road. Your arm jerks, your grip slips, and your cup goes flying, dumping its contents all over your car-s upholstery. This is just one of the many possible scenarios that could lead to stained and damaged upholstery. Luckily, cleaning your upholstery is easier than you probably think with these few simple tips. Note: Before you use any type of stain remover on your car-s upholstery, always test the solution on a separate stain first! Otherwise, you risk the stain remover possibly ruining your upholstery.

  • Does your car have leather upholstery? Before you tackle a stain on leather, first pretreat the leather using a leather conditioner. Next, apply leather stain remover and rub it in. Allow it to sit for 30 seconds then wipe the area clean.
  • If you-ve ever suffered from an ink stain (on anything!), you probably think there-s no hope to removing it. Well, guess what - there is hope! Simply mix hairspray with water in a spray bottle. Spray the stain then gently blot it with a clean, damp rag.
  • Battling greasy or oily upholstery stains? Makeup and food are two main culprits of stubborn stains like these. The cure? Watered-down paint thinner and a cotton ball. Mix equal parks paint thinner and water in a cup. Using a cotton ball, rub it into the stain. Then, sprinkle the stain with salt or cornmeal and let it sit overnight. The next day, simply vacuum up the mixture and wallah! No more greasy or oily stains!
  • There-s a reason there-s a Starbucks on almost every corner, and it-s because the world lives on caffeine - mainly coffee. That-s why it-s so easy to see why coffee stains in cars are pretty common. So, try this. Dilute the coffee stain with cold water then blot with a paper towel. Next, spray the stain with glass cleaner. Let it sit for five minutes then blot the stain again. This technique should work by helping to lift the stain out of the upholstery.

Cars are great for travel, but one problem they can cause is carsickness. If someone gets carsick in your vehicle, causing them to throw up, act fast! Clean it up as soon as possible, otherwise it will set into the upholstery. First, wipe up the mess and dilute the stain with cold water. Next, wash the area with mild soap and water. Lastly, neutralize the stain by applying club soda on a rag and blotting the stain. You can also combine baking soda and water. This mixture creates a paste that will help absorb any leftover unpleasant smell.

 

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03-15-16

Prep Your Car for Vacation with these Helpful Tips

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First comes spring break then comes summer. Yes, it-s that time of year again, an with road trips and vacation excursions among us, everyone is getting that antsy, want-to-go-out-and-play spring fever. If you foresee a road trip in your near future, opt for safety first by ensuring your Toyota Venza is in good condition and running smooth. Doing so will eliminate any potential hitches in your travel plans like breakdowns, mechanical issues or other safety woes, so you and your crew can kick back and enjoy.

Check fluids. Yes, of course you should stock some waters to keep your own body-fluid levels in check, but don-t forget to make sure all fluids in your car are in check, too. Your car requires a number of different fluids that are required if you want it to run smoothly and efficiently. They include: engine oil, brake and power-steering fluid, as well as windshield cleaning fluid. Oh, and don-t forget the gas! Ensure all levels are topped off and ready to go before hitting the road.

Check tire pressure. Having properly filled tires is important to ensure safety and good fuel efficiency while traveling. Before heading out of town, be sure to fill all tires with an adequate air supply, and don-t forget to do the same for your spare! In the event that you need to use your spare tire, you don-t want to be left with one that-s unusable.

Change the oil. Traveling out of town via car puts extra stress on your engine, which is why getting an oil change is a very good idea. Oil is crucial to the life and vitality of your engine. Replacing oil, dirty oil with new, clean oil is the best way to keep that motor running!

Check all lights and signals. When on the road, how do you feel when people have burnt out headlights and brake lights, and turn signals that don-t work? Its pretty annoying, isn-t it? That-s because safety is so important when driving and without proper lighting equipment, other drives won-t know what maneuvers you plan to make. To ensure safety for you and others on the road, make sure all lights and signals are working properly. A good idea is to always keep spare bulbs in your car just in case.

Emergency equipment. Even with all of the maintenance checks and tips you can provide your car, there is always a chance that something could still go wrong. If it does, you want to make sure your car is equipped with all of the necessary emergency equipment to help you if the situation presents itself. Items include: cell phone and charger, jumper cables, car jack, spare tire, emergency tools (flashlight, screwdriver), and so on.

For more tips on road-trip safety, visit us at 7733 Eastgate Road, Henderson, Nevada 89011.

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02-26-16

For the Ultimate Partner for Off-Road Thrills, Opt for the 2016 Toyota 4Runner

2016 Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

The 2016 Toyota 4Runner is one of the last few SUVs offering rugged body-on-frame construction. Mixed with its outstanding off-road abilities, it-s the optimal choice for anyone looking for adventure. To learn more about the many reasons to choose the 2016 4Runner for your next exploration, continue reading.

Solid Power. The 2016 4Runner houses just one engine choice under the hood - a 4.0-liter V6. Paired to a five-speed automatic transmission, this duo produces a healthy 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque.

The 2016 4Runner boasts a variety of gear to increase performance off road. SR5 models of the 4Runner, for example, include a part-time four-wheel-drive system with low-range gearing for a solid performance off-road, while the 4Runner Limited model uses a full-time 4WD system with low-range gearing and a locking central differential. Upper models like the Trail and TRD Pro house a part-time 4WD system that also includes a locking rear differential, crawl control for use in low-range gearing, and selectable terrain models.

Need to tow? No problem! The 2016 4Runner offers respectable tow rates of up to 5,000 pounds depending on model.

Capability of 2016 Lineup Models. No matter which model of the 2016 4Runner is chosen, each is primed for off-road action with a vast list of content like mud guards, skid plates, and hill-start assist and hill-descent control. Upper models gain extra advanced electronic aids like adaptive roll-reducing dampers for more precise off-roading. But, which model is the most capable when heading off road? Well, that depends on what you-re looking for.

The 4WD-only 4Runner Trail offers good off-road items like a locking rear differential, selectable terrain models, and crawl control. It is also the only model to get the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which can automatically disconnect the stabilizer bars in low-speed off-road situations in order to improve suspension articulation over deep ruts and boulders.

The TRD Pro mimics the Trail in terms of standard equipment, but adds more off-road gear, such as: special off-road tires, Bilstein shocks, upgraded front springs, and aluminum front skid plate. It also features a higher ride height for increased safety off the beaten path.

The Limited model offers a four-wheel-drive system with locking center differential, as well as adaptive roll-reducing dampers (X-REAS).

Other optional features worth noting for all 2016 4Runner trims include fixed running boards, automatic deploying/retracting running boards, sliding rear cargo floor, and roof-rack crossbars.

For the ultimate partner for off-road thrills, opt for the 2016 Toyota 4Runner. To check it out in person and to learn about buying and leasing options, visit us in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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02-18-16

Reap the Benefits of a Hybrid with the 2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

They-re just as comfortable and high-tech. There may have been a time when hybrid vehicles only offered one thing - fuel economy, but now hybrids feature everything consumers could want. The 2016 Highlander, for instance, offers a huge list of upscale content like keyless ignition and entry, heated and ventilated seats, touchscreen interfaces for audio and internet, and also safety features to protect everyone onboard.

Safety features are especially impressive in the Highlander with a list that includes:

  • rearview camera
  • blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors
  • frontal collision mitigation system
  • automatic braking
  • lane-departure warning
  • Toyota Safety Connect telematics with emergency assistance, stolen vehicle location, and automatic collision notification

Hybrids are also just as comfortable as standard vehicles, and the Highlander shows this with three rows of seats that provide good support and adjustability to fit the needs of every passengers individual needs.

You-ll save big on gas. In an era of gas prices that aren-t very friendly, hybrids like the Highlander are a smart choice. Hybrids can go at least 600 miles before requiring gas, which means less time spent at the pump and major savings!

So how do hybrids work? Unlike cars that run solely on gasoline, hybrids run on both a rechargeable battery and gasoline. And unlike electric cars that have to be plugged in, the electric motor in hybrids also act as a generator during deceleration and braking in order to continually recharge the battery as you drive.

The 2016 Highlander Hybrid, for example, is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that-s combined with multiple electric motors, a battery pack, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). CVTs work like this: when power is not needed, such as at a red light or in bumper-to-bumper traffic, the engine shuts down. It then revs up again when the accelerator is pressed. This means gas is not wasted and toxins are not emitted - a win for you and a win for the environment!

You-ll help protect the environment. Want to leave the world a better place for future generations? Driving a hybrid is an excellent way to do so. Hybrids not only get better gas mileage than most standard cars, but most produce a good 90 percent fewer smog-forming tailpipe emissions. That-s a huge percentage, all with the simple and subtle change of switching to a hybrid.

For more information on the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the many benefits of hybrid vehicles, visit us in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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02-10-16

Increase Fuel Economy in your 2016 Toyota Tundra with These Tips

2016 Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra

Trucks like the 2016 Toyota Tundra are great for a number of things like towing, hauling, and off-road capabilities. Unfortunately, they aren-t always the most fuel efficient. Luckily, there are some things you can do to make the most of your gas tank. Here-s what you should know about the highs and lows of fuel efficiency.

Driving Style. So, your truck holds a certain amount of fuel. While this is true, there is much more to fuel efficiency than the size of your gas tank. A large part of how well your truck does in fuel efficiency is due to your driving habits. For instance, do you drive aggressively? It may be time to relearn the basics of drivers ed, because speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking are all huge gas wasters, lowering gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and 5% around town. Sensible driving - actually following the speed limit, not tailgating, and so on - will not only increase fuel efficiency for savings at the pump, but it-s much safer for everyone on the road, including yourself.

Remove Extra Weight. That cargo bed may be one of your favorite features of your pickup truck, but you may want to leave it empty when you can. Any extra weight your vehicle has to lug around equals to decreased fuel efficiency; and the heavier the item, the more it plummets.

Hit Cruise Control. Cruise control is a nice feature for making long drives more comfortable behind the wheel, but this handy button is actually a good way to save on gas. With the help of cruise control, your truck will remain at a constant speed, which helps eliminate extra fuel from being burned unnecessarily.

Adapt to Changes in Temperature. Depending on where you live (and drive), outside temperatures can range from the hottest of the hot to the coldest of the cold. Hot and cold temperatures both negatively affect fuel economy.

Cold weather, for instance, can significantly reduce fuel economy. This is due to a number of reasons, including:

  • Warming up a near-frozen vehicle before hitting the road burns gas and gets you zero miles per gallon.
  • Heated seats, window defrosters, and other extra features cause more power to be used.
  • Winter grades of gasoline have slightly less energy per gallon than summer blends.
  • The engine takes longer to reach its most fuel-efficient temperature.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help your truck better adapt to changes in weather, such as:

  • Parking in warmer places, such as a garage, to increase the initial temperature of your engine and cabin.
  • Minimize idling to warm the engine; they warm up fastest when being driven.
  • Avoid excessive use of seat warmers and defrosters.

For more information on the 2016 Toyota Tundra and tips for better fuel economy, visit our dealership in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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02-02-16

Keep Your 2016 Toyota Corolla in Optimal Condition with Tire Rotations and Wheel Alignments

2016 Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

The 2016 Toyota Corolla is the most alluring one to date with an excellent blend of fuel economy, features, and versatility. Overall, it-s a truly reliable car that easily meets the demands of most. But, in order to reap all of the benefits of the newest Corolla, it-s important to stay on top of all routine maintenance services and repairs. One service in particular is tire rotations and wheel alignments. Here-s what you should know.

What is a tire rotation? First, it-s important to know exactly what a tire rotation is. A tire rotation is the act of moving each of your car-s tires from one wheel to another. For example, front tires can move to the back, back tires can move to the front.

What is the purpose of a tire rotation? It may sound silly to simply move tires to a different location on your car, but there are many benefits to doing this. Tires gain wear and tear over time, especially front wheels. Tires that are never rotated wear out faster than tires that are; they also wear unevenly. This means more money spent buying tires.

What is a wheel alignment and what benefits does it serve? A wheel alignment refers to how the wheels of your car line up with the steering wheel. Wheels that are out of alignment show many signs, such as not staying in a straight line when driving on a flat, even road or if the car pulls to the left or the right when driving on a flat, even road. Unaligned wheels lead to wheel damage, as well as tires to be worn out much fast.

What-s the different between a tire rotation and a wheel alignment?

Besides the obvious differences between a tire rotation and a wheel alignment, there is another main different worth nothing. While both a tire rotation and wheel alignment deal with the longevity of your cars tires, tires need to be rotated at specific time intervals, whereas a wheel alignment is only necessary when your car shows warning signs of tires being out of alignment.

To keep your 2016 Toyota Corolla, or other vehicle, in optimal condition, be sure to have its tires rotated regularly and its wheels aligned when necessary. For both of these services or for more information, vis tour dealership in Las Vegas, NV.

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01-21-16

For Maneuverability and Fuel Efficiency, Opt for the 2016 Toyota Yaris

2016 Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris

Japanese meets European in the 2016 Toyota Yaris - a subcompact hatchback that has a lot to offer consumers. Though virtually unchanged for 2016, it continues to offer maneuverability around crowded streets and efficiency with solid fuel numbers.

The 2016 Yaris can be found in two- or four-door hatchback and in three nicely equipped trim levels. Standard on the base L trim, you-ll find 15-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights, power door locks and windows, height-adjustable driver seat and split-folding rear seat. Electronics are above average for a base trim, featuring Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, six-speaker Entune audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen, CD player, HD radio, auxiliary audio jack and USB/iPod interface.

The mid-level LE adds some styling perks, alongside equipment upgrades. Added are power side mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, metallic interior accents and chrome interior door handles. Wheels switch to 15-inch alloy.

The most content is obviously found in the top SE, so if you-re looking for extras like fog lamps, projector-beam headlights and rear spoiler, this trim is for you.

Overall, the Yaris is fairly simple. This also rings true for its interior that offers ease of use. For instance, gauges are minimal and the speedometer is large and easy to read at a glance. Tech features are also user-friendly with its touchscreen interface, Bluetooth with audio streaming capability and USB input.

In keeping with its simple and practical nature, the Yaris doesn-t features all of the bells and whistles in terms of extra safety features. But, it does, of course, come with all of the must haves to keep you safe on the road. It includes antilock brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, front-seat side airbag, front and rear side curtain airbags, front-seat cushion airbag and driver knee airbag.

As a subcompact hatchback, the Yaris is obviously a smaller vehicle than most. But, this doesn-t mean there is a lack of space. In fact, space is adequate throughout and even adults will be easily satisfied sitting in the backseat. One impressive feature of the Yaris is its excellent outward visibility, which ups safety and makes for an overall easy-to-drive vehicle.

To learn more about the 2016 Toyota Yaris and all it offers, check it out at our Las Vegas, Nevada location.

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01-14-16

The 2016 Toyota Camry Progresses Forward While Sticking to Its Roots

2016 Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

After a complete redesign last year, the 2016 Toyota Camry doesn-t see much change. However, the newest Camry does follow the same quest as many previous model years, and that-s to progress forward in the automotive market without abandoning its roots. And with the Camry-s roots - solid quality throughout and reliability, for instance - it-s definitely okay to stick with them. To learn more about the 2016 Camry and all it offers, continue reading.

As a five-passenger midsize sedan with five fully-loaded trim levels, there-s much to love about the newest Camry on the block. In truth, you don-t have to step very far up the lineup to find a worthwhile and truly pleasing trim. In fact, you don-t have to look any further than the base LE. With it comes above-average content, like automatic headlights, heated mirrors and keyless entry. Not only is the equipment good, but so is the technology. In the LE you-ll find features that range from a 6.1-inch Entune touchscreen interface with voice controls and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity to a six-speaker sound system with CD player and more.

If you-re seeking a bit of fun behind the wheel, you may enjoy the Camry-s SE trim that offers sports appeal in suspension tuning, exterior styling and interior trim elements. Take the SE even further by opting for the new-to-debut Special Edition. Based on the existing SE, the Special Edition shows off more sporty content, such as smoked taillights and larger wheels.

Just as previous models of the Camry, the 2016 offers an interior that is by far one of the most comfortable and spacious in the midsize sedan category. Headroom and legroom is generous in both front and back and all buttons and tech screens are easy to read, as well as use.

While the Camry stands near the top in terms of reliability, comfort and style, it also provides top marks in safety. In government crash testing, the Camry received a perfect five stars in overall crash protection, as well as top scores in all categories by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. One impressive bit of info is the Camry LE-s stop distance of just 116 feet - a very short distance.

Aside from the expected safety year - airbags, rear view camera, anti lock brakes, etc. - there is also a healthy dose of optional safety features. Depending on which trim level of the Camry is chosen, it can be fitted with a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert system and lane-departure warning system. There is also a collision mitigation system that is able to warn the driver of an imminent crash and automatically applies the brakes if necessary.

For a sedan that offers it all, opt for the 2016 Toyota Camry. To learn more, visit us in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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01-07-16

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma: an all-new design and more popular than ever

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

Why choose the Toyota Tacoma? Several reasons come to mind, like its V6 engine, off-road capabilities and extensive option list. What-s exciting is that all of these perks are a part of the 2016 Tacoma-s all-new design.

The Tacoma has been a popular choice for pickup truck consumers for some time, but it gains many notable improvements for 2016 that only enhances its appeal. Here are some newbies worth a look.

Engine: In previous models of the Tacoma there were two engines available, the 2.7-liter four-cylinder and 4.0-liter V6. While the four-cylinder remains, the V6 has been replaced with a smoother and more fuel-efficient 3.5-liter V6. Both engines come paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Depending on the Tacoma model chosen, those equipped with the four-cylinder can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the V6 can handle between 6,400 and 6,800 pounds.

Another change to the Tacoma-s 2016 lineup is that the 4×2 regular cab model is no longer available. In fact, regular cabs continue to be a thing of the past for the Tacoma. Now, only the extended cab body style remain.

Interior: The Tacoma has always offered a nice interior, but the 2016 sees some revamping. It now boasts a fresher design, Toyota-s latest touchscreen interfaces, standard lockable damped tailgate, and an optional tri-fold hard cover. Another pleasing addition to the Tacoma-s interior is its more contemporary feel, especially in its dashboard. Though materials continue to focus mostly on durability than luxury, that-s not such a bad thing if you need a truck that holds up beyond basic daily demands.

The 2016 Tacoma is available in five trim levels, from the base SR to the top-line Limited. The base SR offers the most simplicity on the Tacoma lineup, but it also includes some noteworthy equipment and features, too. The most notable being its electronics list. The SR features a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls, Siri Eyes Free and 6.1-inch touchscreen interface. Don-t forget the tunes available via the six-speaker audio system with CD player, USB port and auxiliary audio jack.

The SR is also eligible for some optional add-ons specific to just this trim. With the available Convenience package, you-ll gain perks like cruise control, remote keyless entry and 16-inch black alloy wheels.

The TRD Sport trim is a must for anyone seeking sport-oriented qualities. In this particular model you-ll find LED daytime running lights, unique exterior trim, 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned shock absorbers, bed-mounted 120-volt power outlet, keyless entry and ignition, special upholstery and more.

Another trim worth your while is the Tacoma-s TRD Off-Road. Offering its own rugged body trim, special 16-inch alloy wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers and chin-spoiler, the TRD Off-Road can easily handle time off the pavement.

To check out the 2016 Toyota Tacoma and learn even more about this must-have pickup truck, visit us in Emmaus, PA.

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