For those that want more adventure, or those who require true off-roading toughness, the 2014 Toyota 4Runner carries on the tradition of being a top choice for the SUV enthusiast. Fortunately, in commemoration of its 30th anniversary, Toyota is offering discounts on all 2014 4Runner models. Right now at Toyota of Greenville, you can take advantage of incentives that range from $500 on all 4Runner SR5 and Trail models, $750 for all SR5 and Trail Premium models and $1,000 on all Limited models.
Although the 4Runner’s introduction was way back in 1984, the 30th year of 4Runner production brings a host of evolutionary changes- fitting, as the 4Runner has stayed true to its old-school heritage, unlike some of its competitors. Still a body-on-frame SUV, the 4Runner (available in SR5, Limited, and Trail trimmings) has the added toughness and capability other utilities just can’t match, which is why the model has remained so popular over the decades.
If you think the look is particularly rugged, it’s for a reason. Redesigned for 2014, the 4Runner now features an even more aggressive front end, complete with sharper headlights containing projector beams for a more focused lighting pattern. On SR5 and Trail trims, the grille is color-keyed, and fog lamps are included for extra illumination. Opting for the top-spec Limited means a chrome grille and front bumper, along with the side molding, rear bumper, and roof rack. It’s clear that with each trim level, there is a distinct flavor, and the look stems from a shape that is functional off road.
When it comes to a proper SUV, it seems as though there really is no better choice than the 2014 Toyota 4Runner. Contact us today at Toyota of Greenville to schedule your test drive and take advantage of one of many special offers.
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The Toyota Notebook is a unique online configurator that enables drivers to build their very own Toyota in a simple three-step process. To get started, log on to http://Toyota.com/Notebook and select the Toyota or Scion vehicle or your choice. Next, select the model you prefer, as well as its engine, colors, packages, options and accessories. Once all of this information is added to your Notebook, you may share it with your friends or bring it to us at Toyota of Greenville for a quote and local specials.
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The road trip is an American tradition. Whether you’re undertaking a trip of Lewis and Clark-like proportions or prepping for an adventure that’s a little less epic in scope, at Toyota of Greenville, we know the open road can be a dangerous place, even in an age where cell signals and internet connections generally surround us. Here are a few components to check first to ensure you get where you’re going safely and smartly.
- Tires: Check the pressure and the wear. Don't forget to check the spare.
- Fluids: Change the oil and the filter too while you're at it. Make sure your other fluids are all topped off including coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid and windshield wiper fluid. Now's a good time to change your wiper blades too.
- Air filter: Change the air filter. A nice clean filter will help your car run more efficiently and increase your fuel economy.
- Belts and hoses: Look for frayed edges and spongy hoses.
- Air conditioning: Spring, summer, it doesn’t matter. Make sure that your A/C isn't going conk out in the middle of it.
- Brake check: If it's been a while (over six months), make sure your brakes are in good shape.
- Battery: If it's an older car, give the battery a load test.
Of course, getting your car prepped is just half the battle. You’ll also want to make sure you and your passengers remain as comfortable, safe, and as sane as possible. Keep the following in mind:
- Have a route planned.
- Don’t cram your car with more people than it was made for.
- Take turns driving and don’t drive for more than eight hours at a time.
- Snacks and prepared meals: Eating out can get expensive. Be sure to pack lots of snacks and food to help save money along the way.
- Water (lots of it). You can put some drinks in a small cooler too.
- Aspirin, motion sickness pills and upset stomach medicine.
- Paper towels. There will be spills.
- Toilet paper: Because you never know when ya gotta go!
- Trash bags: Help keep the car cleaner than your old dorm room.
- Travel games
- Playlists: Take turns controlling the music so everyone gets to hear their favorites.
- DVDs: If you have an in-car entertainment system watching a few movies can help pass the time by.
- A few pillows and blankets: A nap or two can do wonders.
- Cell phone: Just in case of an emergency but mostly for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
- Car charger for your phone
- First aid kit
- Basic tools: screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, rubber mallet, rag and a role of duct tape
- Flash light
- Deodorant: Because it’s going to be a long drive.
Our team at Toyota of Greenville wants you to know that while road trips are fun, they take a lot of planning and consideration. This Spring Break, in addition to our handy tips, let us help you out with a free multi-point inspection. So what are you waiting for? Look for our coupon in this month’s newsletter and be sure to schedule your service appointment today so you can start focusing on what’s really important: having fun!
If 2013’s green-car sales are any indication, Americans are passionate about environmentally-friendly vehicles. Last year, automakers sold 662,821 green cars in the United States, a 20 percent increase from 2012 sales. While the sales feat was unexpected, we are hardly surprised that Toyota was the leader of the green-car pack.
The Toyota Prius was the biggest-selling green car of 2013, with its most popular model, the Prius liftback, selling a whopping 145,172 units. Sales of the Toyota Avalon also leaped to 16,468 units in 2013 from a mere 747 units sold in 2012. Ultimately, Toyota contributed a 5.3 percent increase to green-car sales with 344,892 units sold altogether.
If you think these figures are impressive, we invite you to stop by our dealership soon to discover the array of remarkable green vehicles available in our current inventory. Whether it’s the newest model of our ever-popular Prius or the Avalon, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
There are some tasks that only an SUV can tackle. Whether it’s getting to that adventure spot deep in the wilderness, towing the boat for a fun weekend on the water with the family, or safe transport in treacherous weather, there are some things a family sedan just isn’t made for. Crossover SUVs are great for a lot of day-to-day tasks, but if you’re looking for massive capability and comfort for more than five passengers, only a full-sized, truck-based SUV will do. When it comes to this unique type of vehicle, the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is a force to be reckoned with.
In production since the 2001 model year, the Toyota Sequoia has always occupied a unique position in the marketplace. Those that needed something larger, more powerful, and more capable than the compact and mid-sized SUVs on the market flocked to the Sequoia, and the same holds true to this day. Even though fuel prices and the desire for greater on-road comfort have spurred a transition from ‘true’ SUVs to the wildly popular crossovers of today, that has only meant that the Sequoia has become more desirable as its competitors have seemed to disappear.
When you have something great to start with, you’d be best to not radically change anything for fear of destroying the formula. Toyota has done a great job with the 2014 Sequoia, making evolutionary changes to a proven platform instead of revolutionary changes.
The Sequoia’s formula builds off the already capable Tundra pickup, but adds unique capabilities that only an SUV can provide. Being a truck-based SUV with a fully boxed frame, the Sequoia exudes toughness, and proves it with a 7,400 pound towing capacity. No matter if you choose the SR5, Limited, or Platinum trim for your Sequoia, you’ll be happy to know that towing capacity is matched with a standard 5,7-liter V8 packing 381 horsepower. Perhaps equally important, especially for towing, is the abundance of torque, with a substantial peak of 401 pound-feet.
That power gets routed to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission, featuring a torque converter lock-up in gears 4-6, meaning greater efficiency and a more direct driving experience. From there, power is sent to the rear wheels as standard, although most buyers will likely opt for the available Multi-Mode four-wheel drive system that utilizes a tough two-speed transfer case and lockable TORSEN® limited-slip differential for extreme grip in all conditions. Adding to capability is the Trailer Sway Control system that utilizes the Vechicle Stability Control (VSC) to keep trailer towing safe and in check.
Capability means nothing if your passengers aren’t happy. After all, who wants to go on an adventure if you don’t enjoy the journey? While many of the Sequoia’s competitors fell by the wayside when buyers demanded more comfort, the Toyota simply improved even more.
Four-wheel independent suspension means that the ride is especially smooth, while Platinum models come equipped with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which adjusts the suspension according to the driver’s selection of Comfort, Normal, or Sport modes. Also found on the Platinum is the Electronically Modulated Air Suspension, which enhances the Sequoia’s already impressive towing capability by keeping an appropriate ride height and chassis attitude, no matter the weight of the load.
No matter which trim you choose, you’re getting a lot for your money. The base Sequoia is the SR5, starting at $43,595.* It may be the base trim, but it’s far from spartan, featuring seating for eight passengers, automatic three-zone climate control, and Toyota’s mesmerizing Entune Audio Plus system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, eight speakers, SiriusXM Radio, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and music streaming, and the Entune App Suite, which even adds choices in Internet radio.
The 2014 Sequoia Limited builds on an already-impressive platform. Adding luxury items such as front and rear sonar parking sensors, a power rear liftgate, moonroof, leather trimmed seats, 20-inch wheels, Entune Premium Audio with 14 speakers, a power folding and reclining 60:40 split third-row seat, and a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, the Sequoia Limited is loaded for comfort for all. But those that want the absolute pinnacle of comfort and capability have another choice.
When you’re looking for the absolute best, the 2014 Toyota Sequoia in Platinum trim offers it all. Its voice-activated DVD touch-screen entertainment system with navigation is only the beginning, as the mighty SUV also offers a standard rear-seat BluRay entertainment system with 9-inch LCD screen and wireless headphones. 20-inch, diamond cut-finish alloy wheels complement the added suspension capabilities previously mentioned, and the rear seats get heating elements, in addition to all kinds of other great features, such as Dynamic Laser Cruise Control.
With options abound, everyone can find the Toyota Sequoia that suits them. Simply put, if you’re in the market for a ‘do-everything’ vehicle that has comfort, capability, and luxury in spades, the 2014 Toyota Sequoia seems to be the perfect choice.
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $995 for Large Trucks (Land Cruiser, Tundra and Sequoia). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota's charge for these services is called the "Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee" and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota's overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary.
Your car’s battery may be one of the least visible parts of the vehicle, but it remains one of the most important parts fitted. The car battery must operate effectively regardless of the terrain, temperature, and weather conditions, which means that it is vital to ensure that your car battery is effectively maintained throughout the year.
The condition and performance of your car battery will vary considerably according to a number of factors. The number of miles that you drive annually will greatly affect the life and performance of your battery, as will your location for driving and how you drive your vehicle. When your car fails to start the first time in the morning, it can an indication that your car battery is not up to the job, but drivers very often get few warning signs that the battery is on its way out.
Generally speaking, a car battery will last for around four years, based on average annual mileage and driving habits. If you drive in a particularly cold climate, cover particularly high mileage, or do lots of short bursts of driving, the lifespan of your battery can vary, however. Some drivers may find that the battery lasts longer, whereas others will find that the battery needs replacing more frequently. Remember that in modern cars, batteries have to provide power for more and more accessories, so the lifespan will also depend greatly on the specification and equipment fitted to your car. GPS receivers, MP3 players, and other electronic devices can place considerable demands on your battery`.
The chemical reaction inside a typical lead-acid battery is easily affected by external factors. Vibrations through the car can shake loose or damage the plates inside your battery. Extreme heat will speed up the chemical reaction inside the battery, generally shortening its lifespan. Very cold temperatures can extend the life of a battery, but can present other issues in terms of reliability and starting first thing in the morning.
Ensuring that you battery is checked regularly should be an important part of your general auto maintenance schedule. It isn’t the simplest part of the car to check, and the sort of tests that can be conducted by the average driver are only indicative rather than an absolute measurement of performance. This is because the sort of battery testers that are available to consumers largely only check the battery as a snapshot of that moment in time. It is therefore worthwhile asking our dealership to routinely inspect the battery as part of a regular service. Additional checks should also be considered if you are going to undertake a long journey, particularly if you intend to take the car into unusual or extreme territory, or if the car hasn’t been driven for a long time.
When making a decision to get your battery checked (or indeed replaced) look for signs of a performance problem. A dead battery may seem like an obvious clue, but this could actually be attributable to other electrical problems. A visual inspection of the battery is a better indicator of problems. Ask a technician for help if you are unsure, but corrosion or stains can indicate a problem with a leak, while build-up around the terminals can also be a problem. A bad smell could point to trouble too.
While your car battery remains relatively innocuous, its condition remains intrinsic to the performance of your car. Maintain regular checks, and ask for your technician’s help to ensure that you get the best from your battery life.
You and your car survived the winter. Thanks to your preparation and careful driving, you stayed on the road and emerged from the thaw without incident. Before breathing that sigh of relief and going on your way, spend some time preparing for the road ahead. Heat can stress cars as much as the cold, so take steps now to prepare you and your car for the spring and summer by following these important tips.
Check the Climate Control System
Many drivers forget about their air conditioner while relying on the heater during the winter months. During that time, air conditioners can leak refrigerant and experience other mechanical failures without notice. Before getting caught without relief in the heat, take your car to your dealer for an AC checkup.
Inspect Windshield Wipers
During the winter, windshield wipers can stick to the windshield and tear before breaking free. Don’t let damaged wipers catch you off guard when the spring rains hit. Inspect your wipers and replace them if they look damaged or worn. If you need help with this, stop by your dealer for assessment, parts, and installation.
Your tires were fine before winter. Several months and possibly thousands of miles later, your tires may not be in such good shape now. Cold temperatures make the air inside tires shrink; that’s why you inflated your tires for winter driving. As the air warms, however, the air expands, often causing overinflated tires that can wear unevenly and prematurely. Check the tires on your car for proper air pressure and make adjust them if necessary. If you can’t find the tire pressure information for your car, call your dealer for help.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,000 deaths and 116,000 injuries between 2005 and 2009 resulted from tire-related problems. Don’t become part of those statistics. Let your dealer’s service department help determine if you need new tires to stay safe.
Replace Air Filter
During the winter weather, salt and sand that are used to keep roads safe affect your car’s air filter. Ask your dealer to check your air filter for signs of problems. They can quickly install an authorized replacement filter if necessary. By restoring free airflow into your engine, you can boost the fuel efficiency of your car by one-tenth or more. You will also improve acceleration, so take it easy on the gas.
Time for a Carwash
The melting snow, salt, and sand on winter roads covers your car and its undercarriage with a corrosive mixture, setting the stage for rust and marred paint. With winter weather past, take your car to the car wash for a thorough cleaning to prevent lasting damage from the winter. With some intentional care, you can keep your car looking great for a long time to come.
The break between winter and summer is a great time to give your car a good once-over. Verify your registration and inspection stickers are up-to-date and that your insurance cards and all your paperwork are in order. Also, check fluid levels for the oil, transmission, brakes, power steering, and windshield wash. If your car is due for scheduled maintenance, take it to your dealer now to have it done. Routine maintenance and prompt repairs will help your car beat the challenges of the heat.
After surviving a tough winter, don’t let up on your car care. By taking these simple steps to prepare your car for warmer weather, you and your dealer’s service team can set the stage for many more months of safe and trouble-free driving.
Colorful bushes as borders
Every garden needs a border with bushes that add height and variety to smaller flowers and plants. Low-growing azaleas in shades of pink, red, and white blend beautifully with larger flowering bushes like purple rhododendron and sunshine yellow forsythia. When strategically placed around your garden, all of these bushes should offer a pallet of blooming colors throughout spring.
Early-blooming bulb plants
When planted according to directions in the fall, spring-blooming bulbs like the early bird crocus, rainbow-colored tulips, and radiant daffodils erupt to happily announce that winter is over. After their show is complete, they courteously pass on to make room for other spring bulb plants like dramatic daylilies that glow in shades of red, orange, and yellow, or the blue, white, and yellow iris. A smart gardening strategy is to space your plants by color, size, and blooming times to make your yard picture-perfect for the full growing season.
Perennial spring flowers
There are so many perennial springtime flowers to choose from, a visit to your local nursery can be confusing if you haven’t done your homework. Add the fragrant lavender plant along with a mixture of flowers from the amazing dahlia family. With over 30 species in a wide variety of colors and shapes, you won’t have a problem finding a few you like. You might also consider the old-fashioned, dainty, white bridal-wreath for another charming addition to your garden. Not as well-known is the lavender-colored pincushion flower with its always abundant spring blooms.
Spectacular blooming trees
Every garden needs an elegant, lofty tree that explodes with the best springtime flowers around your garden. Traditional favorites are the legendary white- or pink-flowered dogwood, the cherry blossom tree, and the amusing pussy willow. Steeped in mythology and religious practices, pussy willow branches can be cut and mixed as accents with other flowers for an oriental decorative flair.
Hardy annual flowers
The smartest choices for annual plants will be hardy enough to handle cool nights and heat-tolerant enough not to wilt during a warm spring day. Color-rich petunias fit the profile and are adaptable on the ground or in hanging baskets. Add height to your annual display with color-variant snapdragons that also come in a trailing series called “Luminaire.” This type is a distinctive choice to mix with petunias in hanging baskets. Don’t forget another early spring performer: perky pansies, always a favorite of imaginative children.
When you think about gardening, think about the colors and textures of plants that please you. The best springtime flowers for your garden will be the ones you like the most and can cut to bring inside your home.
This refreshing soup, which features the delicate sweetness of fresh green peas, is a springtime favorite. Because it uses so few ingredients, the quality of each one really counts. Freshly shelled peas are recommended, particularly organic peas or those from your garden or farmers’ market, because they have a subtle sweetness that can’t be matched by the frozen variety. This pea soup recipe also calls for homemade chicken stock, but you can substitute store-bought stock if necessary. A vegetarian version can be made by using vegetable stock.
Served chilled and garnished with fresh mint, this soup makes a fabulous starter for a spring brunch or Easter dinner. It can also be served warm and topped with garlic croutons for added flavor.
Spring Pea Soup with Mint
Total prep time: 20 minutes
Active time: 10 minutes
Inactive time: 10 minutes
Yield or number served: 6
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 leeks, chopped (white and light green parts)
1 cup chopped yellow onion
4 cups homemade chicken stock (substitute store-bought)
5 cups peas, freshly shelled (substitute two 10-ounce packages frozen peas)
2/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ cup crème fraiche (substitute Greek yogurt)
½ cup fresh chives, chopped
1. In a large saucepan, heat the butter over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and add the leeks and onion. Cook 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the onion is soft and translucent.
2. Add the chicken stock and increase the heat to high. Bring the mixture to a boil and add the peas. Cook 3-5 minutes, or until the peas are tender. Taste the peas for doneness; they should be cooked through, but not mushy. (Note: frozen peas typically take only 3 minutes to cook.)
3. Remove the peas from the heat and add the mint, salt, and pepper.
4. Let the soup cool slightly and then transfer 1 cup to a blender. Puree on low with the lid on and slowly add more soup through the lid’s venthole until the blender is ¾ full, blending continuously. Transfer the blended soup into a large bowl, and continue the process until all the soup is pureed.
5. Whisk in the crème fraiche and chives by hand and taste for seasoning. Place in refrigerator until chilled and served garnished with sprigs of fresh mint.
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