Parents are going to love Driver Easy Speak and an optional pull-down mirror
Toyota is one of the leading automotive brands when it comes to road safety. While protection is important, so too is convenience and reliability – especially if you’re toting your precious family around from place to place. Introducing the all-new 2015 Sienna SE, complete with a subtle exterior update, and two new unique features. Find out why families won’t be able to get enough of this model from Toyota of Greenville.
On the outside, the 2015 Sienna looks pretty similar to its predecessor. One of its most distinguishing features is the addition of a dark mesh grille for a more modern look. The shape of the headlights has also been altered slightly to accommodate a new strip of LED lights. The interior is exactly what families have come to expect from a Toyota minivan - and more. Take the new Driver Easy Speak system that redirects the driver’s voice to the back seats using a microphone and speakers. That means you can use your “inside voice” while talking to your kids rather than yelling over your shoulder to get a word in.
Another exciting new family-oriented feature is the optional pull-down mirror. This lets parents keep an eye on their little passengers without the risk or hassle of turning all the way around. A panoramic backup camera also comes standard, ensuring that parking and backing out of spaces with blind spots is safer.
The 2015 Sienna SE recently debuted at the Artscape festival in Baltimore, MD this July. Here at Courtesy Toyota of Brandon, we invite you to contact us to learn more about this exciting new minivan and our many other reliable Toyota models.
Toyota is well known for developing safe, reliable, and efficient vehicles that people really want to drive. Although Toyota is known for focusing on these priorities, they have also turned out their fair share of powerful sports cars over the years. Many examples can be found of Toyota’s engineering and design prowess, but as a nod to our favorite brand’s need for speed, here’s a list of the “10 Fastest Toyota Cars of All Time,” according to their 0-60 acceleration times:
10. MR2 Spyder- 7.2 seconds
9. Celica 1.8 VVTLi T-Sport- 7.0 seconds
8. Corolla T-Sport Compressor- 6.9 seconds
7. Camry Solara SE Sport- 6.9 seconds
6. Supra Mark IV- 6.5 seconds
5. Celica GT-Four- 5.9 seconds
4. Camry SE V6- 5.8 seconds
3. MR2 Turbo- 5.7 seconds
2. Supra 3.0 Turbo- 4.9 seconds
1. Supra Twin Turbo- 4.6 seconds
Toyota of Greenville is proud to represent a brand that has churned out so many impressive sports cars. Stop in today or call or contact us online to schedule a test drive and see what Toyota vehicles can do.
Pictured: 2014 Camry SE
End-of-summer maintenance at Toyota of Greenville can help prepare your vehicle for winter
When it comes to your vehicle’s care, Toyota of Greenville is your year-round destination for affordability, efficiency, and information. That’s because we know what your vehicle needs to run its best, and we’ll only recommend the services that will help get it there. As summer starts to wind down, it’s a great time to bring your vehicle in for preventative maintenance that will prepare it for the fall and winter seasons.
Check and repair engine issues now
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to replace that filter or to get that noise looked at, the time is now. Cold weather can make existing problems worse, so get any engine driveability issues resolved today. This is also a good time to replace dirty air and fuel filters, PCV valves, and other components that may have been worn out by the demands of summer driving.
Give your cooling system some TLC
You should flush and refill your cooling system on a regular basis according to factory recommendations (more frequently for severe drivers). Be sure to use a mix of one part anti-freeze and one part water to prevent freezing when the temperatures drop. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own, visit the Toyota of Greenville service department. Our certified technicians can also check the condition of your drive belts, clamps, and hoses to ensure that everything’s in proper working condition.
Prepare for optimum visibility
Severe weather can make roads dangerous, and that danger increases when you can’t see the road ahead. Make sure that your heater and defroster are working correctly for both visibility and comfort. Replace your old windshield wiper blades, and be sure to carry extra wiper fluid and an ice-scraper for emergencies.
…and all the rest
At Gray-Daniels Toyota, we recognize that each vehicle is different, so we’ll check all of the most important parts of yours to make sure it’s ready for the road ahead. Ready to enjoy peace of mind in your vehicle? Schedule your service appointment today.
Toyota has long been a pioneer in the automotive industry. Why, just one look at its fuel efficient engines and hybrid lineup have been enough to cement Toyota’s place as a leader in automotive technology and engineering. However, Toyota isn’t ready to rest on its laurels just yet.
Like alternatively-powered vehicles, such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids, Toyota has been researching vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication for quite some time. V2V and V2I were once thought to be an idea of the distant future. But in the rapidly expanding technological sphere, the idea of cars “talking” to other cars and various pieces of infrastructure, such as roads, is becoming more and more a reality; and one that Toyota is keen to spearhead.
Recently, representatives from Toyota testified on the future of surface transportation before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology. In keeping with the company’s pioneering spirit, Toyota reconfirmed its commitment to ensure the next generation of vehicle communication brings the highest levels of safety, quality, and convenience to consumers.
“The automobile is currently undergoing a technological transformation that is reducing crashes, improving fuel efficiency, and bringing greater convenience and improved quality of life to drivers and passengers,” said Toyota vice president Kristen Tabar, from the Toyota Technical Center.
Tabar went on to add that she had “no doubt” that technology such as V2V and V2I “will save lives,” as well as positively affect the environment and become an important contributor to the economic growth of the country.
Autonomous (driverless) cars and expanded V2V and V2I communications are no longer considered science fiction. And with Toyota’s testimony, it’s clear the popular automaker is committed to developing vehicles and technology that enrich consumer’s lives and operate on the cutting edge.
After all, if you’re going to purchase a car, wouldn’t you rather buy from an automaker with one eye fixated firmly on the future of mobility? If you’re like the millions of other Toyota owners around the world, we’re going to wager that you would.
For more information on any of Toyota’s exciting vehicles, be sure to contact your local Toyota dealer.
New for 2014
The 2014 Toyota 4Runner receives revised exterior and interior styling for the 2014 model year, as well as new audio system options, including Toyota’s Entune infotainment suite.
True to its Roots
In nearly three decades on sale, the Toyota 4Runner has seen the SUV segment expand from a well-loved niche into something decidedly mainstream. While other models have changed or died off as customer demand shifted, the 4Runner has stayed true to its roots as a sport-utility vehicle that’s equal parts “sport” and “utility.”
The 2014 4Runner not only offers a spacious cabin, plenty of cargo room, and the reassurance of four-wheel drive, but also the ability to go off road. A sturdy body-on-frame chassis and tough mechanical bits mean the 4Runner won’t be limited to school runs and trips to Starbucks; it’s prepared for any adventure you can think of.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2014 4Runner is only offered with one engine option, one that features plenty of grunt. The 4.0-liter V6 produces 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, and is coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission.
In addition, buyers get a choice of rear-wheel drive or two four-wheel drive systems.
The two-speed, part-time system offered in SR5 and Trail 4x4 models provides better control off road and ability to switch to rear-wheel drive for better fuel efficiency on road. Limited models feature a full-time system with a locking center differential and three modes for added confidence and convenience.
Other mechanical features include crawl control, which helps the 4Runner maintain a steady but slow speed on rough terrain, and a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) that increases this SUV’s sure-footedness off road.
Despite being a traditional body-on-frame SUV, the 4Runner returns fairly good fuel economy. The EPA rates the rear-wheel drive model at 19 mpg combined (17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway), while the four-wheel drive model is rated at 18 mpg combined (17 mpg city, 21 mpg highway).*
Features and Trims
Whether you want a tough off-roader or a well-equipped town car, there’s a 4Runner model that will suit your needs. This five-door SUV is even available with an optional third-row seat.
Starting at $32,820** for rear-wheel drive or $34,695** for four-wheel drive, the SR5 comes with plenty of standard features. Among the highlights are a tow hitch, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a backup camera. A Premium trim adds Entune connectivity and navigation.
Stepping up to the Trail 4x4 for $35,725** adds several off-road specific features, including the crawl control and the option to add the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System.
The top Limited trim level starts at $41,365** with two-wheel drive and $43,400** with four-wheel drive. In addition to all of the applicable features of the SR5 and Trail 4x4 models, it has a leather-lined cabin, dual-zone automatic climate control, 20-inch wheels, and a heated and ventilated eight-way power driver’s seat.
For 2014, the 4Runner gets a revised exterior with bolder styling that help it stand out in the crowded SUV and crossover segment. The bold grille and angular headlights make quite a statement, as do the boxy, flared fenders. A hood scoop, silver bumper accents, and color-keyed bumpers and overfenders further dress up the Trail 4x4 model.
The interior gets a few upgrades as well, including added soft-touch material and standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. For Trail models, there’s also an overhead console with switches for the off-road functions.
There’s an equal measure of technology added to the mix. The 2014 4Runner gets a suite of new audio and infotainment options under the Entune brand, including an eight-speaker audio system, navigation, 6.1-inch touchscreen display, and hands-free phone capability, depending on the options selected.
The 4Runner is also prepared for anything the world can throw at it and its occupants. Standard safety features include eight airbags, the Star Safety System--which bundles stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and other features--and the Safety Connect telematics system (on Limited models). The subscription-based service puts vehicle occupants in touch with a response center in the event of an accident.
Many of today’s SUVs are really car-based crossovers that lack the off-road ability to back up their tall ride heights and bulked-up looks. That’s not the case with the 2014 Toyota 4Runner. This SUV stalwart is not only big on utility--including optional third-row seating--it can also keep going when the road stops.*2014 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
**Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $810 for Cars, $860 for Small/Medium Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), and $995 for Large Trucks (Land Cruiser, Tundra and Sequoia).
Fuel injection technology has helped make cars fuel efficient and reliable for decades, but the technology still requires maintenance despite improved designs. Even when you carefully operate and maintain your car, the fuel injectors in your engine can clog and cause performance problems.
As a normal part of engine operation, gasoline leaves waxy compounds behind after combustion. Engine heat bakes these compounds onto the nozzles of fuel injectors, resulting in impaired fuel delivery to engine cylinders. Gasoline producers add detergents to their fuels to combat this problem by keeping injectors clean. For the most part, these detergents extend the maintenance interval by removing much of the residue left behind. However, the detergents can't keep up with the rate at which deposits accumulate on fuel injectors.
Some gas suppliers exacerbate problems with fuel injectors by reducing the detergents added to their fuels to save money. Therefore, cheap gas can present real risks to the engine in your car. Factors other than gas also affect the condition of fuel injectors. For example, some locations inside the engine get hotter than others, causing some injectors to clog more quickly than others. Therefore, have your dealer service technicians inspect all the fuel injectors in your when you bring it for service. Despite the good condition of some fuel injectors in your engine, others may have serious blockage.
Problems with clogged injectors
Clogged fuel injectors can cause problems that range from diminished fuel economy to emissions failures. Oxygen sensors can indicate lean mixtures and point to clogged injectors. In lean conditions, engines will increase the fuel supply to compensate. This causes the injection of too much fuel into some cylinders, resulting in performance problems. Even small amounts of blockage inside fuel injector nozzles can cause misfires, which trigger check engine light illumination in cars with OBD II emissions.
Other symptoms of clogged injectors include hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions, rough idling, power loss, and hesitation during light acceleration.
Clean or replace fuel injectors
Only qualified auto technicians can tell when to clean fuel injectors and when to replace them. Auto owners should have the fuel injectors in their cars periodically cleaned. Although most cars call for cleaning between 15,000 and 30,000 miles of operation, car owners should check the owner’s manuals for their cars or call their dealer to find out the recommended service interval for their cars.
Professional service technicians can tell when injectors require replacement. If one injector has worn out, the others will likely soon fail. Technicians usually replace injectors as a set to ensure the fuel system stays balanced.
Dealer service centers use only OEM injectors designed to meet the performance requirements of your vehicle. You should take your car to your dealer's service center for fuel injector service, so you have the confidence that comes from knowing your car operates with peak performance.
Quick, when you think “Labor Day,” what immediately comes to mind? Sales? Grills? Football? Before firing up the grill, driving to the mall, or donning your team’s colors, take a look at some facts about Labor Day that might surprise you.
The first Labor Day was actually a Tuesday. Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City, to be exact. The holiday didn’t officially move to the first weekend of September until 1884.
McGuire or Maguire?
The subject of Labor Day’s father is a little controversial. Historically, carpenter and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, Peter J. McGuire, has been credited for suggesting the holiday to honor the working man. Others claim that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, was the real founder. Maguire fans cite research that shows he suggested the holiday in 1882 as secretary of the Central Labor Union in NY.
Average American worker
The average American worker in the late 1800s deserved a break much more than the average American worker today. Typical work weeks involved 12-hour days, seven days a week, just for basic living wages. Some factories and mines even employed children as young as five or six-years-old.
The Parade That Almost Wasn’t
The first official record of Labor Day recorded it as a celebration that should host a street parade to show to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, then a festival for recreation and amusement. The first parade’s turnout was so paltry that it was almost cancelled, until two hundred marchers from the Jewelers Union of Newark Two showed up with a band and saved the day.
Canada was first
Yes, Canada coined the first Labor Day in 1872, ten years before the U.S., but it was more of a large demonstration for workers’ rights than a celebration of laborers.
Sorry folks, but it’s time to put away your crisp white linen suits and white leather pants, if you have them. Technically, it’s no longer in fashion to wear white or seersucker after Labor Day because summer is officially over.
Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887, making Oregonians the original Labor Day hipsters.
Good Old Grover
Labor Day wasn’t a national holiday until President Grover Cleveland made it so in 1894. As a result, many resident hipsters of Portland, Oregon stopped celebrating Labor Day around this time, because it had become too mainstream.*
Whether you find yourself snooping out sales, blazing up some burgers, or watching the first pigskin game of the season this Labor Day, we hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about the workers’ holiday.
*This is a joke, not a fact.
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Getting your kids ready for school after a long vacation can prove to be a hassle for everyone involved. The transition can be smooth or bumpy, depending on your kids’ frame of mind during the summer. Successfully getting your children in the ‘back-to-school’ mindset involves organization, repetition, and routine. Keep reading for tips on making your kids’ transition back to school as easy as possible for you and your children.
Talk about school
Frequently remind your kids that their first day back to school is coming up, and set up a calendar with the first day circled. Sit down with your kids and ask them how they are feeling about the upcoming school year. Be encouraging and supportive. Begin with the understanding that all kids experience some sort of hesitation or anxiety when going back to school. Remind your kids that it will be nice to see their friends and classmates again, and give them positive ideas about returning to school. Mention exciting opportunities such as making new friends, joining clubs or sport teams, or even just learning about interesting subjects.
Start a sleeping schedule
During the summer, kids often go to sleep late and wake up late. Start implementing earlier bedtimes at least a week or two before the first day of school. Nothing will make an early morning routine worse than a lack of sleep the night before. Plus, kids need a full night’s sleep to stay mentally alert and involved in class all day. Even older kids will benefit from this new sleep schedule, and it will make learning and morning routines much easier once school starts.
Establish morning and evening routines
Practicing daily routines will significantly decrease early morning chaos on the first day of school. Getting into a set morning routine that includes waking up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast will speed things along on that first day back. Set a morning schedule now, and get your child an alarm clock to decrease your morning rush and to give them the responsibility of waking themselves up in the morning. In the evenings, cut back on TV and videogame time. During the school year, this time will be spent doing homework. Get your kids in the routine of reading in the evenings during summer vacation to make the transition back to school easier.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Research has continually shown that eating a healthy breakfast every day is extremely important, especially for young children and students. Without proper nutrition in the morning, kids tend to feel drowsy and distracted. Many children don’t like eating breakfast in the morning because they are not used to getting up that early, so as soon as you begin setting a practical sleeping schedule for your kids, also introduce a healthy breakfast routine. A nutritious breakfast will give your kids the long-lasting energy that they need to kick start their school day.
Unless you pay for school lunches, your kids’ midday meal usually comes from home. Get yourself or your children in the habit of planning their lunches the night before. You can also pack the non-perishable items in their lunches the night before to save even more time in the morning. Include healthy snacks and try to limit the amount of junk food and sugary drinks in their lunches. Nutritious snacks will give your kids the energy and important nutrients that they need to focus on learning.
Lay out clothes
Avoid last-minute searches for socks or your kids’ favorite article of clothing by laying out their outfit for the next day the night before. Ask your child for input and suggestions to help them feel a sense of inclusion and responsibility. For younger children, practicing getting dressed quickly and efficiently can save lots of time and hassle in the mornings.
Shop early for school supplies
Going shopping for school supplies ahead of time will relieve the anxiety of having incomplete supplies on the first day of school, and will also help prepare your child for school. Bring your kids along with you and have them help pick out the things that they want to use for school. Most school systems provide complete lists of necessary school supplies to make your shopping trip even easier.
Set up a study area
A designated study area will help keep your kids focused on homework, assignments, and studying. This space can also double as an area where your kids’ school items are located. Backpacks, lunchboxes, and the next day’s clothes will all be conveniently located in one spot the night before, so in the morning your kids have everything they need already prepared and laid out for them.
Go over safety tips
Last but not least, it is important to go over safety tips before your kids leave for their first day of school. Teach your children basic safety measures such as to never travel alone and to stay away from strangers. More importantly, teach your kids to be aware of situations and actions that are out of the ordinary, and to follow their own instincts. Make sure they know that if something doesn’t feel right, they should keep their distance and tell an adult.
Having everything prepared and organized ahead of time will save you and your children a lot of time and energy, and it will give your kids time to prepare and get excited for the upcoming school year! By reintroducing school-year habits and routines before school starts, kids naturally shift out of the summer mindset and get ready for a year of learning.
Auto owners like you take pride in their cars. Regardless of whether you bought a new car from the showroom or bought your car used, you want to keep your vehicle looking like new for a long time. Unfortunately, modern life is the enemy of a great-looking car. Tar and stones from roadways can wreak havoc on beautiful finishes. Other drivers can carelessly dent your car in parking lots and refuse to accept responsibility for the damage. Debris flying out of trucks, birds, and other problems add to the long list of threats to your car. Rather than accepting dings, scrapes and grime on your car as a fact of life, follow these five steps to keep the exterior of your car looking fabulous.
1. Get covered
Rain, snow, and sunshine can all adversely affect the exterior of your car. You can do little about the weather while driving your car, but when you get home, you can cover your car to protect its beautiful finish. Although garages offer the best protection against outside forces for your car, you might find out that you can get similar results by using a car port or a portable garage. A portable garage is a flexible cover that you can put over your vehicle to protect its exterior while not in use.
2. Paint Protection Film
Special products exist that help protect the finish of your car at all times, even while you drive. Paint protection film creates a layer of protection between the exterior surfaces of your car and the environment, so your car can withstand an array of road hazards. This type of product eliminates expensive trips to your dealer’s body shop for touchup work and preserves the resale value of your car. Ask your dealer what recommended paint protection products will work best for your model.
3. Wash Your Car
Although a carwash can put the exterior of your car in jeopardy, it can help prevent harmful grime build up. If you care a lot for your car, you will give it a loving hand-wash and wax periodically to keep its finish looking great. While you wash, you can look for new scrapes and dents that either you or your dealer can quickly repair before they become ugly and embarrassing.
4. Cautious Parking
Parking lots pose some of the most severe threats to auto exteriors. Regardless of how carefully you park, someone else will come along and park too close to your car, giving your car a free dent. Although often minor, parking-lot damage can cost a lot to repair. Motorists these days live with the fear that a claim will cause their insurance premiums to rise, so they might not take responsibility for denting or scraping your car. It’s time to take parking into your own hands. You can try taking up two spots when you park, making it impossible for other car doors to reach your vehicle. Also, you can park far away from other cars where most people will never park. The long walk will give you valuable health benefits, and the remote parking spot can help prevent damage to your car.
5. Common Sense
Your best defense against scrapes, dents, and grime might reside under your own hat. Common sense should tell you to avoid roads while they undergo paving line-painting work. Avoid attempting to enter narrow alleys and resist the temptation to drive up to your mailbox when you get home at the end of the day. Never drive your car near trees and bushes. Always avoid dirt or gravel roads. Also, keep your garage and carport clear of tools and other objects that can easily fall and damage your car.
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