Toyota of Greenville has begun a collection drive to gather needed supplies for Calvary Home for Children in Anderson, SC. One of our team members from our Parts Department, Emil Caldwell, who is also the pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, recently made us aware of the need at the Calvary Home.
The Calvary Home for Children is an orphanage that takes in children who have experienced neglect or abuse and who have nowhere else to go. Calvary Home helps these children transition into homes with new families. Right now, the home is in desperate need of bedding supplies and bath linens.
When we discovered this need, our dealership immediately launched a donation drive to collect these items. We ask our customers, if they are able, to please donate what they can to help these children have a better holiday season. We have barrels positioned throughout the dealership where you can place donations, or to learn how you can make a monetary contribution, please call or contact us, or visit the Calvary Home for Children website.
2 Cups sugar
4 Cups flour
1 Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
*I use course salt, you get the reminder of it in your mouth here & there, but to me it's not overwhelming
2 Tsp vanilla (I typicly let it pour over, as you'll see in the video)
6 Tbsp milk
(1tbsp at a time & more if needed to get a good cookie consistency)
Roll out but leave it a bit thicker cut out and bake at 350 degrees for …10mins or so, watch it and get them out before they turn brown.
Kimberly Kelly's Christmas Tea Cake Recipe!
At Toyota of Greenville, we’re counting down the days until the Detroit Auto Show coming up in January. Part of our excitement comes from the anticipation for all the new debuts we will finally get to see across the industry, but we’re mostly excited about Toyota's plans to debut the 2016 Toyota Tacoma.
Before the actual debut on January 12, we don’t have all the details about the upcoming Tacoma, but we do have a sneak peek of what we can expect from the new model.
Aesthetically, the new Tacoma will sport a more aggressive look and a bolder “TACOMA” branding. According to Toyota, “The all-new 2016 Tacoma will be ready to once again set the benchmark for midsize pickup performance. Backed by a heritage of unwavering capability, an unbreakable attitude and new, rugged tech, Tacoma’s off-road prowess is more formidable than ever.”
We don’t have any pricing or technical specifications yet, but we’re confident the new Tacoma will be both a stunning and capable pickup. After its debut on January 12, the new Tacoma is set to hit dealerships sometimes next year. We’ll keep you updated on all the latest Toyota Tacoma news, but in the meantime contact us or stop by Toyota of Greenville today to take a look at our current inventory.
Wherever you live, the winter season can hold plenty of surprises—and not all of them good. If your vehicle falls prey to one of the many winter weather mishaps, you could be facing costly repairs to get it back on the road. Stay safe—and within your holiday budget—this season with these winter service suggestions from Toyota of Greenville.
1. Don’t forget the antifreeze
Even if you’re not expecting the blizzard of the year, cold mornings and freezing rain can wreak havoc on your engine. If the fluid in your radiator freezes, your car could overheat and your engine block could crack. Fill your engine cooling system with a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water.
2. Change oil as recommended
As always, follow the manufacturer-recommended guidelines for changing your oil. If the temperatures are consistently dropping below freezing, consider switching to a less viscous oil for the season. A Toyota of Greenville service technician can provide more information.
3. Get your battery checked
Battery capacity is reduced during the cold weather, so make sure it’s in peak condition. Check your battery cables for wear, test the fluid level, and read the charge in your battery, or visit our service department to have one of our technicians give it a thorough inspection.
4. Give your wipers the once-over
We’re bound to see some winter rain this season, and old windshield wipers can do more harm than good for your visibility. If your wipers are worn out, replace them with a fresh set. You may also want to select a wiper fluid with antifreeze.
5. Keep your emergency car kit stocked
It’s a good idea to keep your vehicle stocked with a few key items throughout the year, but it’s imperative during the winter. An ice scraper, jumper cables, extra coolant, a flashlight, and some blankets can all provide some much-needed peace of mind on both short rides and holiday road trips.
The Toyota of Greenville service department is your one-stop shop for winter service. With this month’s parts specials and service specials, you’ll get a great deal when you give your vehicle the attention it deserves.
Looking for a DJ for your next party? You might want to see if Toyota’s Mobile DJ Sienna can do the job. At SEMA 2014, Toyota proved that no matter how many car seats and groceries you can pack in their trunks, minivans can get down, too.
Don’t let its family-friendly demeanor fool you, because Toyota’s swagger wagon rocked out in Las Vegas for the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. West Coast Customs and SiriusXM teamed up to create the Sienna:Remix – the party-ready SEMA Sienna, and made it clear that the Toyota Sienna would be just as welcome at a record release as it would be in the carpool lane. The upgrades started on the exterior, with blacked-out grille and color-matched emblems, but the real excitement greeted viewers when they pulled back the Sienna’s power sliding doors.
Inside, the SEMA Sienna was packed with five amplifiers and two 32-band equalizers to give the Sienna:Remix plenty of power and incredible sound quality. The trunk opened to reveal a fully functional DJ booth that included eight speakers and plug-in access to the audio system. To top it all off, a 360-degree A/V column complete with two 40” LCD monitors, four 12” subwoofers, 16 speakers and two LED bars rose out of the roof and completed the tricked-out Sienna’s transformation.
The Sienna’s performance at SEMA brought new meaning to the term “Swagger Wagon.” For more information about the Sienna:Remix or any of the fun-loving new Sienna models on our lot, contact us or stop by the dealership for a test drive today.
New for 2015
The 2015 Toyota Camry has been completely redesigned from the ground up.
Art in Motion
It’s unquestionable to think anyone would ever have asked artists like Michelangelo to repaint the Sistine Chapel every three to five years, or for Ludwig Von Beethoven to tinker with his 5th Symphony. And yet, automotive designers – who we humbly consider to be equally brilliant in their own right – are asked to do just that. So when Toyota’s design team were tasked with revamping America’s best-selling car for more than a decade, we can’t say we envied them.
We’re talking, of course, about the Camry. It’s one of the most iconic cars ever built. Its popularity and ubiquity across North America is unprecedented. The Camry has always polled strongly with consumers for doing the big (and little) things just right. It’s always been reliable, comfortable, and incredibly efficient.
If there was one area where the Camry lacked that “je ne sais quoi” it was style. While previous Camry models could lay claim to many qualities, excitement – specifically its design – was never one of them. Of course, that never stopped people from seeing the true beauty underneath, and Toyota, being the sticklers for perfection that they are, wanted to rectify that in a major way.
Sporty and Camry are two words rarely uttered in the same sentence, but in an effort to breathe some excitement into the latest model, Toyota redesigned America’s sweetheart to help captivate buyer’s sense of value and adventure. And it’s not just the exterior that has received a boost. The Camry’s cabin, materials, technologies, braking, and suspension have all been revised. Making the 2015 Toyota Camry unlike anything before it.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2015 Toyota Camry is equipped with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is satisfying to say the least, with plenty of power on tap when merging or entering the freeway.
Of course, drivers in search of more power can select a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. It too sports front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. It’s also surprisingly quick, and can get up to speed in a pinch or whenever you’re feeling particularly squirrelly.
As you’d expect from the automaker that brought us the Prius, both engine options offer incredible fuel efficiency. The 2.5-liter earns and EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined (25 city/35 highway).* Meanwhile, the V6 doesn’t suffer too much in terms of fuel economy. It get an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined (21 city/31 highway).*
With enhancements made to its body, structure, suspension, and steering, the 2015 Camry is markedly more exciting to drive than ever before. Steering inputs are received with computer-like precision, and the overall weight and handling of the car have been improved to help deliver a more compelling, dare we say, exciting ride. It’s no sport sedan, but the Camry is no longer the double dose of Nyquil on wheels it once was.
Feature and Trims
You don’t get to be the top-selling car by catering to a narrow strip of customers, which is why the 2015 Camry carries on the tradition of offering a little something for everyone. With a starting MSRP of just $22, 970,* the 2015 Camry is available in LE, SE, XSE, and XLE trim levels. There is also a Toyota Camry Hybrid, which we have reviewed separately.
As the entry point into the Camry family, the LE offers plenty of goodies for new and returning drivers. Riding on 16-inch steel wheels, the LE comes with standard automatic headlights, heated mirrors, air-conditioning, keyless entry, and a rearview camera. Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity join the Camry’s standard 6.1-inch Entune touchscreen infotainment setup, complete with six-speaker sound system and CD player.
The SE builds upon the LE’s exceptional value by adding 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, unique sporty exterior styling and interior touches, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. SE models also sub out the LE’s standard cloth upholstery for simulated leather and upgraded gauges.
The XSE adds its own touches, including 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lamps, leather and simulated suede upholstery, heated front seats with additional side bolstering, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Finally, the range-topping XLE is equipped similarly to the XSE, but replaces the sport-tuned suspension with a softer, more comfort-oriented version. It comes with full leather upholstery and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Camry can also be outfitted with additional safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert system, along with other advanced technologies such as lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision warning, to name a few.
Often automakers make the mistake of restyling a model with little concern for buyer reaction but we’re happy to report that the Camry’s sleek new looks are stylish enough to attract new buyers but not outlandish enough to scare away longtime fans—and there are a lot of you.
That balance is struck with an eye-catching front end and equally detailed rear. The Camry’s profile brandishes a more athletic loo too, with plenty of character lines to compliment that dapper new grille. It’s still the same great Camry inside and out, but with a greater appeal to style-hungry buyers that don’t want to compromise on quality.
Step inside and the changes are slightly more understated but still noticeable. New technologies such as a standard 6.1 touchscreen add to the Camry’s modern vibe, while soft touch surfaces compliment a cabin that caters to both driver and passengers. Seating is a particular high note, with additional bolstering on XSE models that dramatically increases that models sportier character.
The 2015 Toyota Camry was built to keep you and those you love as safe as possible. Every Camry model comes with a robust list of standard equipment that includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, front knee airbags, and a rearview camera.
If you’ve never been a big Camry fan, prepare to fall head over heels for the 2015 model. If you’ve always loved the Camry, prepare to rekindle that romance all over again. Toyota has taken everything that has made the Camry the consummate midsize sedan and dialed up the awesome to unheard of levels. It’s better, sleeker, and smarter in virtually every way possible.
Schedule a test drive today by visiting or contacting our dealership.
*2015 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary
**Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $825 for Cars, $885 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, RAV4 EV, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1100 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $925 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (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.
Have you ever wondered just how efficient those electric and hybrid cars really are? Well the EPA has too, and to answer that question they've created something called "miles per gallon gasoline equivalent" or MPGe. It's a number included on the window sticker of every new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle, but for those who aren't automotive engineers its meaning isn't as obvious.
Miles per gallon, or MPG, is a familiar measurement of fuel efficiency: it shows how far a vehicle will travel on a gallon of gasoline. MPGe attempts to do the same for alternative energy sources. As the EPA puts it, "A gallon of gasoline-equivalent means the number of kilowatt-hours of electricity, cubic feet of CNG, or kilograms of hydrogen that is equal to the energy in a gallon of gasoline."
So how much energy is there in a gallon of gasoline?
When a gallon of gasoline is burned it releases the equivalent of 33.7kWh of electricity. To put that in perspective, one kilowatthour is like leaving ten 100W lightbulbs on for sixty minutes, so 33.7 kWh is 337 100W bulbs burning for an hour.
So MPGe is how far the car would travel on 33.7kWh of electricity. Interestingly, it tends to be quite a long way: many electric vehicles will get 90 to 100MPGe. That's because electric motors are inherently more efficient than gasoline engines with all their internal friction.
Unfortunately, MPGe doesn't say how much an electric car will cost to run per mile, any more than MPG does for a gasoline fueled car. The missing ingredient in both cases is the cost of the fuel.
The price fluctuates daily, but a gallon of gasoline has averaged around $3.50 for some time. That means a compact car that turns in 35 MPG costs 10 cents per mile to run. The price of electricity varies too, but 10 cents per kilowatt hour isn't too far from what most people pay, and it makes the arithmetic easier too! 33.7kWh costs around $3.37. In other words, an electric car rated at 95MPGe will travel 95 miles on $3.37 of electricity, which turns out to cost 3.5 cents per mile.
But that's not the whole story.
Flawed but still useful
Even though the sticker on the gas-powered car says 28/35 City/Highway MPG, few people see those numbers in real-world driving. That's because the EPA measures gas mileage on a strictly defined set of tests that don't reflect most people's commute.
What makes MPGe useful, however, is that all cars are tested the same way, making it possible to say that car A uses less gas than car B.
MPGe extends this comparison to cars that run on other fuels, like electricity so buyers can compare the efficiency of gasoline, electric, and even hydrogen-powered vehicles.
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Nothing ruins the holidays faster than burning down the house. Avoid this and other holiday safety hazards with these holiday decorating tips.
Christmas trees. Artificial trees should be fire resistant. When you purchase the tree, look on the packaging to make sure. If the box was thrown away years ago, check the tree's label. Attempting to light the tree on fire to ascertain this information is not recommended. If you wish to adorn your home with a live Christmas tree, get a fresh one. Fresh trees are green. Their needles are difficult to pull and do not break when you bend them. If you're not sure, butt the bottom of the trunk on the ground. If a lot of needles fall, the tree's not fresh. Keep trees away from fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, and other heat sources. Heat dries out trees and creates a fire hazard.
Lights. Whether you plan on stringing enough lights to power a third-world country this holiday season or if you're just looking to accent your holiday decor with a few strands, following these basic light safety tips will prevent blowing a circuit, causing a fire, or electrocuting the cat. Before hanging each strand, check for frayed or bare wires, cracked or broken sockets, and loose connections. Don't use damaged lights. Although it's tempting to string as many lights together as possible, you're better off following manufacturer recommendations (usually 3-5) when decorating. Be sure to turn off the lights when you leave or turn in for the night. Never use candles on a tree, no matter how picturesque the visual effect sounds.
Children. Kids pose special problems during the holidays. In addition to hiding your gifts and making sure they don't spy them out during a pre-Christmas game of hide-and-seek, you also need to monitor them so they don't choke on an ornament, plug in a fork, or hang the pet hamster from a tree branch. In homes with small children, avoid breakable ornaments or decorations with sharp edges. Keep decorations with small, removable parts out of the reach of children. Avoid trimmings that look like candy (kids like candy). When you unplug lights, replace the plug with a childproof socket protector.
The decorator. Many potential decorating hazards occur while decorating. Test lights before you hang them. If your decorating requires a ladder, make sure the ladder is safe and stable before climbing up. If you're stapling lights to something, make sure the staples do not pinch the wire. Always unplug lights when hanging them. Stapling lights while hanging upside down from your roof is extremely dangerous and highly discouraged.
These holiday classics have stood the test of time.
A Christmas Carol. There are as many versions and spin-offs based on Charles Dickens' classic than there are hyper children at the mall three days before Christmas. You can go old-school black and white with Alistair Sim or new-school computerized animation with Jim Carrey. You could also opt for the Muppets, Mr. Magoo, Micky Mouse, or just about any cartoon version.
Scrooged. Anyone who's ever thought about stapling fake antlers on a mouse's head in order to anachronistically enhance a Nativity scene will enjoy Bill Murray as a modern day Ebenezer Scrooge. You might want to put the kids to bed before you pop in this Christmas classic. Of course, you'll be laughing so loud you might wake them up.
Miracle on 34th Street. Nothing angers or scares children more than the thought of Santa Claus being thrown in jail. That's what could happen to Kris Kringle who goes on trial in this 1947 classic. Don't worry, the US Postal Service saves the day. Now that's Christmas!
Home Alone. Ah, the true meaning of Christmas: accidentally ditching your eight-year old and forcing him to fend off holiday burglars as you vacation in Paris. Home Alone grossed over $500 million worldwide and made a young Macaulay Calkin more popular than Santa.
A Christmas Story. Anyone who's ever had their tongue frozen to a pole or been warned about shooting an eye out with a BB-gun must see A Christmas Story. It shouldn't be very hard to find if you have cable. It seems to be on a constant loop from the second you finish the last turkey drumstick on Thanksgiving until the last present's opened Christmas night.
The Polar Express. Your kids will love the idea of traveling to the North Pole on the Polar Express. Brew some hot chocolate for your family and then pop in this classic.
Stalking Santa. This 2006 faux-documentary on scientifically proving the existence of Santa Claus may not be a classic in the classic sense of the word, but it should be. If you're worried about your kids not believing in Santa Claus, you may want to watch this without them.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. No family celebrates Christmas quite like the Griswolds.
Elf. When all is said and done in Will Ferrell's successful career, this may be his most popular role. Congratulations, Mr. Ferrell! You are an entrenched part of Christmas from now until giant elves stop being funny - and they'll never stop being funny.
Car maintenance becomes even more crucial during winter. Here are some maintenance tips to help you avoid winter mishaps.
Regular, routine maintenance. Some drivers falsely assume that once the heat of summer has ended, there's less of a need for routine maintenance. Cold weather can wreak havoc on a car's engine. Make sure you stay up-to-date on your car's maintenance. Check the vehicle's owner's manual and be sure to bring it into the dealer for regular tune-ups and oil changes. You'll also want to change air, fuel, positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system, and other filters to help your engine run more efficiently.
Proactive care. The winter's nice for sitting around a warm house, cozying up to loved ones, and watching holiday reruns. You may even fool yourself into thinking you don't need to be concerned with your vehicle's hard starting, rough idling, stalling, or diminished power. Get your car checked at the first sign of a problem or you might end up cozying up in the front seat of a tow truck with a complete stranger.
Winter precautions. Driving in the winter is tough enough. Driving with a dead battery is even tougher. Get your battery checked before you end up begging someone for a jump-start in a blizzard or rainstorm. It's also tough driving when you're shivering. Make sure the heater works. And while you're at it, get the defroster checked because it's really difficult to drive when you can't see the road, which is why you may want to invest in some new windshield wipers, too.
More winter precautions. Seeing the road is important, but so is being seen while you're on the road. Make sure your lights are functioning properly. Replace burnt-out bulbs immediately. That includes head lights, blinkers, brake lights, and any other illuminating indicator of your presence.
The exhaust system. Get the exhaust system checked. Winter driving often means driving with all the windows up for long periods. Faulty exhaust systems can result in deadly exhaust fumes in your vehicle. For your next tune-up, have the exhaust system inspected while on a lift. Also, be sure to inspect the trunk and floor boards for leaks.
Beyond car maintenance. Bringing your car in for winter maintenance should prevent common winter service mishaps, but it's also a wise decision to put a winter safety emergency kit in the vehicle. A kit should include extra boots, gloves, hats, and blankets. If you live in a snowy area, keep snow chains and some kitty litter in the trunk. And don't forget a flash light, some extra batteries, and a snack.
Maintenance needs increase as temperature decreses. Our service department is full of knowledgable technicians that can walk you through your winter service to get your car ready for the colder climate.
Sales Dept. Hours
- Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Sat: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Sun: Closed to spend time with family
Service Dept. Hours
- Mon-Fri: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Sat: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Sun: Closed