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Have a Big Family? Check Out This 2017 Toyota Sienna Review
July 13, 2017
Toy Car Care loves providing quality service for families who like to go places in their vehicles. Have a big family? Check out this 2017 Toyota Sienna Review to take your family travels in a whole different direction! The Toyota Sienna has so much to offer, and we think you are going to LOVE what you see and feel! Take a drive today and see what this vehicle is all about.
The Toyota Sienna is one of the oldest of minivans that Toyota has made, but don't rule out its competitive edge by any means. The 2017 version has kept things mostly the same except for an upgraded V-6 engine and a new 8-speed transmission, which really amped up its power and driving abilities. Let's face it, family transportation doesn't get any easier than this, and it's still hard to beat a minivan for loading the kids, family dog, and all the camping or sports equipment you might need.
Sliding side doors means practically any sized object will fit into its space, think of it as a little mini storage of sorts, and hopefully, your friends won't abuse you when they need help moving! You also get a low step-in height and superior passenger and cargo space which is a great alternative to most large SUVs. The last fully redesigned model was in 2010, but the Toyota Sienna still holds the title of top choice in its class among drivers. When you have seating for eight and exclusive all-wheel drive, a well maintained Sienna is hard to beat.
In 2015, the Toyota Sienna got quite a makeover, improving the interior layout and the quality of materials and fabrics in every aspect. Controls and the touchscreen technology interface were placed a little closer to the driver for ease and comfort, and the upholstery and trim finally gave the worth the price warranted. For 2017 you can expect improved mileage and engine performance as well.
The Toyota Sienna will wow you with the following 5 great trim options:
1. The L (or base model)
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Windshield wiper de-icer
- Manual sliding rear doors
- Automatic headlights
- Cruise control
- Tri-zone automatic climate control
- Height-adjustable driver seat
- Cloth upholstery
- Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
- Rearview camera
- Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
- Siri Eyes Free functionality
- Four-speaker sound system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen
- CD player
- USB port
- Media player interface
- Auxiliary audio jack
2. The LE
- Roof rails
- Power sliding rear doors
- Privacy glass
- Heated mirrors
- Body-color exterior trim
- Floor and overhead-mounted consoles
- Conversation mirror
- An eight-way power driver seat and lumbar support
- Upgraded fabric upholstery for easy cleaning
- Second and third-row sunshades
- 7-inch touchscreen
- Compatibility with the Scout GPS Link app
- Six-speaker sound system
- HD and satellite radio
- All-wheel-drive versions with18-inch wheels
3. The SE
- Sport-tuned suspension
- Sharper steering
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Unique front fascia
- Fog lights, LED daytime running lights and mesh grille
- Lower-body skirting
- Power liftgate
- First and second-row perforated leather upholstery
- Heated front seats
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Unique gauges with a larger driver information screen
4. SE Premium
- Keyless ignition and entry
- Rear cross-traffic alert system
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Navigation system
- Entune smartphone app integration
- Rear-seat entertainment system
- HDMI and SD card inputs,
- Blu-ray/DVD player
- Two 120-volt power outlets
- Big screen that can split to display two different sources
- Driver Easy Speak system, which amplifies the driver's voice through the rear speakers
5. Sienna XLE
- Similar to the SE in comfort and options
- Four-way power front-passenger seat
- Imitation-wood trim
- Power-opening rear quarter windows
- Keyless ignition and entry
- Rear parking sensors
- XLE Navigation Package includes the same items minus the rear entertainment system and blind-spot monitoring/cross-traffic alert
The Limited is the final plush version that is not a basic model, offering:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Different grille
- LED daytime running lights
- Auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors
- Front and rear sunroofs
- Front and rear parking sensors
- First and second-row premium leather upholstery
- Driver memory settings
- Heated steering wheel
- Toyota Safety Connect emergency services
- Navigation system
- Upgraded 10-speaker JBL surround-sound audio system
- Sliding center console between the first two row for the front wheel drive versions
- Extendable footrests
- Power-folding third row with imitation leather upholstery
Still not enough for your taste? Then get the Limited Premium Model. It adds Xenon headlights, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, the rear-seat entertainment system and upgraded leather for the third row. Or the Sienna Limited which adds Advanced Technology package that includes adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning system.
So, what does all this mean when you hit the road? The Toyota Sienna comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that has been upgraded for 2017 and gives you a whopping 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous six-speed, and front-wheel drive is standard on all models; the LE, XLE and Limited models offer the option of all-wheel drive. These upgrades improved EPA fuel economy estimates all around. Front-wheel-drive Sienna models are rated at 22 mpg combined (19 city/27 highway), and all-wheel-drive models are rated at 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway).
Let's talk about safety:
- Antilock disc brakes
- Stability and traction control
- Front-seat side airbags
- Full-length side curtain airbags
- Driver-side knee airbag
- Front-passenger seat cushion airbag
- Active front head restraints
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rearview camera
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Front and rear parking sensors available
In a recent test, the Sienna Limited stopped from 60 mph in 126 feet, and in government crash tests, the 2017 Toyota Sienna received a 5-star rating for overall performance, 4 stars for total front-crash protection and 5 stars for total side-crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety honored the Sienna with a top score of Good for its performance in the moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also received the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the IIHS test for small overlap front-impact protection. Not too bad for a minivan.
- High-quality fabric upholstery in basic models
- Leather and simulated wood accents in the upper models
- Modern and attractive dash
- Comfortable plush seats
- Lots of storage
- Easy to use controls
- Smartphone services
- Built in navigation services
- Rear seat entertainment center
- 40/20/20-split second-row bench with a sliding center section that slides forward
So, take one for a drive.... you will surely be impressed with the added power to the V-6, and the extended fuel mileage, taking you even further than before. You will find all trim levels offer competent handling and firmer suspension, providing more confidence around turns and greater control over big bumps without giving up too much comfort while driving. The heavier steering is also more natural than the other trim levels you may be used to.
"Swagger Wagon"...believe it or not, the Toyota Sienna got this funky name because apparently "minivan" was an uncool name! This happened in 2015, and the van even had its own music video with popular hip hop rapper Busta Rhymes song playing in the background and the family dancing to his tunes and rapping along with it. Fast forward to 2017, and the swagger wagon continues to live up to its reputation as delivering so much more than a minivan.
With a 6.3 rating, out of 10 on average, this van has versatility, comfort, and space and you can get all that starting at just $29,750. It comes in a large variety of colors to choose from such as midnight black, crime brûlée, predawn gray mica, salsa red pearl, shoreline blue pearl, silver sky metallic, and sky-blue pearl. You are surely going to turn heads with these great color options.
Some people have described this minivan as anything but mini, more like a studio apartment on wheels! When you become accustomed to the spaciousness and ease of driving, not to mention comfort, if will be rather difficult to squish the family into anything else. Not only is it perfect for long trips, hauling stuff or getting pretty good gas mileage, it also is reasonably priced.
Comparing other vehicles in the same category, this Toyota Sienna wins hands down. But don't take just any word, do some comparisons yourself to understand the difference. As mentioned above, a great place to start is with the Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona. You will first off see the difference in cargo space and leg room in both models, you just can't beat the extra space this vehicle has to offer, and dollar for dollar, we are sure you will see that the Toyota Sienna wins by a landslide.
Have a big family? check out this 2017 Toyota Sienna review and get exactly what you and your family need to make the entire tribe happy and content wherever the road may take you. Be sure to let Toy Car Care tend to all your service and factory scheduled maintenance needs in the meantime, and stop by to visit if you are in the area. Our team of certified experts pride themselves in giving you the best quality in a service repair and maintenance shop. We know Toyota vehicles inside and out.
Toyota Named Best Brand in Kelley Blue Book's 2017 Best Resale Value Awards
June 12, 2017
It is not surprising to most, or us here at Toy Car Care that Toyota was named Best Brand in Kelley Blue Book's 2017 Best Resale Value Awards. Toyota has always been one of the front runners when it comes to car manufacturers, and they always provide their customers with innovative, safe, and reliable vehicles from every price point and for every style of driver. Let's see what made Toyota stand out in this prestigious category.
Toyota is doing everything right and continues to hold its title for Best Brand and Best Resale Value Award because, well, frankly they just make good cars that don't lose their value. This appeals to many car buyers out there, because no one wants their hard-earned money in a vehicle purchase to depreciate. These vehicles are safe, reliable and packed with style inside and out. Let's see the 2017 models of Toyotas that came out on top.
Crossovers & SUVs
Sedans & Coupes
Hybrids & Plug-In Cars
Prius c / v / Prime
Tacoma Double Cab
Tundra Double Cab
Quite impressive indeed, and even though the average new vehicle will be worth about 33% of its original sticker price after 60 months, these vehicles will return an average of 50% to their owners' bank account, that's not bad! For a $30,000 vehicle, that's a difference of $5,000 over a 5-year buy/own/sell ownership cycle. So, you see, it's good to choose a car with good resale value so you can pocket more of your money in the long run, forgetting about rebates and incentives!
Here is how Kelley Blue Book comes up with their basis. It is the projected retained value through the initial five-year ownership period. Winners promise to hold more value than their competitors after five years of ownership, reducing their overall ownership costs. The resale value predictions consider current vehicle data, sales data, market conditions for each vehicle, competition within vehicle class, prospects of the future economy and the combined experiences of Kelley Blue Book's team of pricing and market analysis. Toyota took that spot as the overall winner of the 2017 Best Resale Value Brand Award.
WHO IS KELLEY BLUE BOOK? If you happen to be searching for any used car pricing information, then you'll want to use the most trusted reference in the car business: Kelley Blue Book. It is the vehicle information resource used by consumers and the automobile industry to establish price guidelines. Since 1926, new and used car buyers and sellers have trusted in Kelley Blue Book for authoritative and unbiased information to make accurate and informed purchases of cars and trucks and SUV's. Kelley Blue Book reports used car values for many different buying and selling transactions: trading in your automobile at the dealer, buying a used car from a dealer, buying a used car from a private party and selling your used car to a private party.
WHY DO PEOPLE RESPECT KELLEY BLUE BOOK OPINIONS AND AWARDS? When it comes to acquiring a new car, many people don't have a clue where to start. Kelley Blue Book gives a good guideline to follow with honest opinions on all makes and models of vehicles, so your decision is an easier one...let's just say, they do the homework for you. Most people should follow 10 simple steps when buying a car:
- Know your shopping style
- Keep your shopping list small, even if that means eliminating certain brands
- Be realistic about what you can afford
- Research online or wherever you can
- Understand when the price is fair
- Get financing, insurance, and warranties in place
- Trade or sell your current vehicle
- Take into consideration your buying options
- Should you lease or buy?
- Take a test drive
The top cars that hold the best resale value would be: weighing in at número Uno is....but really, in no particular order.
1. Toyota Tacoma: Toyota Tacoma is the actual resale value king of the moment, and both Kelley Blue Book and NADA consistently rate it as one of the top three vehicles for resale of any vehicle type in its class. In fact, you may be surprised to know that the Toyota Tacoma midsize truck has a predicted resale value of 73% of its original sticker price after 36 months and almost 62% at five years, per Kelley Blue Book. NADA ranks it as the number one vehicle for resale overall. In 2015, the Tacoma beat the number two rated vehicle, Jeep Wrangler, by 5% after three years and 1.5% after five years.
2. Jeep Wrangler: retains 68% of its value after 36 months and 55% after 5 years of ownership which makes it one of the top ten vehicles for value.
3. Subaru WRX: Retaining more than 65% of its value after three years and almost 51% of its value after five years. The WRX retains its value better than any other compact sports car on the market.
4. Toyota Avalon: Retaining 46% of its value after 3 years and more than 32% of its value after 5 years. The Avalon has been awarded the 2015 SmartChoice Fuel Costs Winner, the 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick, and it has an NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating.
5. Toyota Tundra CrewMax: this sleek baby retains an impressive 64% of its value after three years and almost 54% of its value after five years.
By checking out Kelley Blue Book website, you will most definitely save yourself a lot of time and effort in locating the best vehicle for you and your budget. The book online site has many valuable information sections from buying new or used and everything in between. It should be your first stop when looking for the best. Toy Car Care has always been proud of the vehicles they service and take extreme pride in being a part of Toyotas world. When Toyota is named Best Brand in Kelley Blue Book's 2017 Best Resale Value Awards, we like to take notice of that. Way to go Toyota! This is definitely something worth bragging about!
Toyota Had Autonomous Cars in the Works
June 3, 2017
Who would have thought that future vehicles could possibly drive by themselves? Toyota had autonomous cars in the works for quite some time, and Toy Car Care is extremely excited about such a futuristic concept. In fact, it looks like by the year 2020, that dream may become a reality with the help of Nvidia's Supercomputer! And when the time comes to test drive one, we will be standing by to learn all that we can.
Toyota will use Nvidia's Drive PX Computer to assist in the intricate details of this facet. The processor called Xavier will aid to power the autonomous driving systems of many of these future cars. However, it is not known at this time which cars will be equipped with this smart computer, or the exact time frame that it will launch. So, it seems like, until then, we will just have to hold our breathe and wait.
WHY THE NEED FOR AN AUTONOMOUS CAR? Well, besides the fact that it is pretty cool, Toyota was hoping to have it as a sort of "guardian angel" for disabled people and the elderly, as well as just an added feature in the background for people that may want it and the avoidance of accidents.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Nvidia's concept was originally introduced in 2015. It was armed with the Drive PX that can process all of the data coming from the vehicle's cameras and sensors. From there it uses algorithm-based operating systems and a cloud-based, high-definition 3D map to assist the car and help it get acquainted with its environment, its location, and keep an eye out for potential hazards during driving. The system's software can be updated over the air, making the car smarter over time. Very similar to how our smartphones use technology.
EVEN MORE TECHNOLOGY TO COME: Inside the Xavier processor, which can deliver 30 trillion deep learning operations per second and only uses 30 watts of power, you will find something even more amazing, the complex system that Nvidia has named Volta. Volta is something from out of this world that will apparently unlock the power of artificial intelligence. The Xavier processor is set to be available later in the year. Let's cross our fingers for this new idea!
WHAT WILL THESE CARS LOOK LIKE? It is most certain they will have a futuristic look to them. Scissor doors, pod-like exterior, joystick type controls, avatar like communications inside, strange wheel covers, these are just a few of the changes that have been rumored to appear. Want to have a sneak peek? Check out the Concept-i that Toyota has so brilliantly come up with.
It is not surprising to most of us at Toy Car Care that Toyota had autonomous cars in the works for a while. Toyota has always been a cutting-edge company that keeps up with the demands of the future, and more importantly, their customer's needs, wants, and desires. Toy Car Care also holds those values dear to our hearts when providing maintenance, service, and reliability. Call us today to learn about all that we offer.
Edmunds Review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla
May 13, 2017
Here at Toy Car Care, we hope you will be just as excited about the Edmunds review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla as we are! We believe in Toyota's quality vehicles and commitment to customer satisfaction, the exact values that we stay true to when maintaining and repairing your Toyota vehicles. With 43 million Corollas on the road, last year marked the Toyota Corolla's 50th anniversary as an industry blockbuster. Let's take a closer look at the 2017 Toyota Corolla, and see if this is your next vehicle purchase.
Sensible, spacious, and exceptional fuel economy are just what you can expect from this appealing and smart little number of a car. You can expect a smooth ride in the city or on the highway, safety features, and ample room for the whole family. The only real downfall is it's not-so-thrilling ride and it's a bit slow on the acceleration compared to the competition. Other than that, there are many great features worth mentioning. Let's start out with the various trim levels available for sale.
MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:
L Model is the basic model:
15-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, LED running lights, power mirrors, doors and locks, air-conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, six-way adjustable driver seat, four-way front passenger seat, 60/40-split folding rear seat, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker Entune audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen, voice controls, CD player, USB port, auxiliary audio jack and the Siri Eyes Free voice control system, as well as extensive safety features.
LE Model gives you everything above plus:
16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, keyless entry, metallic cabin accents and automatic climate control.
LE ECO Model starts you out with the above basics and adds:
Engine and suspension tuning for maximum fuel efficiency, 15-inch steel wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires, a rear spoiler and enhanced aerodynamics.
XLE Model boasts:
Keyless ignition and entry, upgraded headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, an upgraded driver information display, and the Entune Audio Plus audio system that builds on the basic Entune features, but adds a 7-inch touchscreen display, satellite and HD radio, and an app-based navigation system.
SE will take you from basic to sporty in no time with the LE's features and either a:
Continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual transmission. You also get 17-inch alloy wheels, interesting front-end styling with a black mesh grille, heated color-keyed side mirrors with turn signal indicators, a rear spoiler, a chrome-tipped exhaust, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters (CVT models only), sport front seats, a sport-style gauge cluster, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and the upgraded Entune audio system.
SE 50th Anniversary Edition Model gets you:
Anniversary badging, gray-painted 17-inch wheels, and upgraded upholstery and trim with Black Cherry contrast stitching.
XSE Model takes the SE CVT features and gives you:
A sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats and an eight-way power adjustable driver seat.
You can also add some extra options to the last three models if you choose.
THE DRIVE: This car comes in two versions of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine makes 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The LE Eco's engine uses a more in-depth valvetrain to maximize fuel efficiency and makes a little more power, with 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. It's good to know that the Corolla LE Eco accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds. This is about a second slower than many other small sedans, not that bad. It won't feel like you are driving a sports car, but the ride is smooth and comfortable and will get you where you need to go.
FUEL ECONOMY: The estimated fuel economy is 30 mpg combined (27 city/35 highway) for the Corolla SE with the manual transmission. CVT models with 16-inch wheels achieve 32 mpg combined, and the larger 17-inch wheels put out a one mpg penalty at 31 mpg combined. At the top of this range is the LE Eco with 34 mpg combined with 15-inch wheels and 33 combined, with the 16-inch wheels. The fuel economy on this car is just pure and simple, unbeatable and desirable.
SAFETY: According to the Edmunds Review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla, these cars now come standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, passenger seat cushion airbag and a rearview camera. Toyota Safety Sense P system is also standard and includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beams.
The 2017 Corolla earned a top overall rating of five stars, for front and side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Corolla it's top rating of Good in the whiplash protection tests. There is also a tire pressure monitor system that keeps your tires where they should be.
- Nicest look to date
- Stylish dashboard
- Traditional buttons
- Touchscreen infotainment
- Entune App Suite
- Real-time traffic data
- Lots of leg room, especially in the back
- Comfortable seating
- Wide trunk
- Soft-Tex seats which are water and stain resistant
- 60/40 split rear seats
- Auto climate control
- Sporty gauges
- Paddle shifters on the steering wheel
- Sports mode option for a sportier drive
- Advanced voice recognition and steering wheel controls
- Smart key system, just push the button
- Interior fabric comes in Steel Grey, Ash, Black, Almond, Orange Zest, Vivid Blue, Soft-Tex Black with Black Cherry piping, and Soft-Tex Black with black piping
- Colors galore to choose from
- Sporty new front end
- LED lights are bright and use less energy
- LED accent lights
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Seamless rear spoiler
DISLIKES: Not everyone is going to be crazy about the "get up and go" of this vehicle. It's a good ride, just not all that sporty or exciting. The headroom is a little tight in the rear, but the legroom makes up for that in the front. The aging sheet metal is overdue for a new design, to make it look more appealing.
COMPARABILITY: If you are on the fence about certain aspects of this car, here are some great choices to try out to compare them with Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda3, and Nissan Sentra. With all the many different trim levels to choose from, it is certain you will find just your right fit.
AWARDS: These cars have been around for years, but not many know how often they win awards for excellence. The 2017 Toyota Corolla earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick +. Impressive! It also has the Industry Accolade for being the only vehicle in its class to have a standard collision avoidance system. Kelley Blue Book named the 2016 Toyota Corolla the Best Buy Award. Finally, they received the NHTSA 5-star overall safety reading for 2016, the 5 Year Cost to Own Award, also from Kelley Blue Book, and the SmartChoice Maintenance Cost winner for 2016 from IntelliChoice.
FROM OWNERS: It's always nice to ask around to people if they have test driven one of these vehicles and to get an honest opinion on how it felt. For the most part, it looks as though people are enjoying the ride and giving it an average of 4.5 out of 5. That's impressive! Performance, fuel economy and reliability are at the top of the chart ratings, followed by comfort and exterior and interior design.
AN EXPERT OPINION: In general, what the experts seem to be saying is the LE Eco trim is a great ride as well as the SE. The LE Eco trim uses continuously variable valve openings much of the time instead of a conventional throttle butterfly to improve efficiency. It adds eight hp and drops the rating to 7.8/5.9 L/100 km. It's nice to know that the eco choice gives you more power while being Eco.
The Edmunds Review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla also mentions that it's beautiful to look at and great to know that much of the company's active safety technology is included with a minor price increase of just a few hundred dollars. This car has spent decades building a reputation for reliability and value, and it's nice to know Toyota always helps make it an even better deal for car buyers out there. The overall rating was an 8.9 out of 10, with styling and quality being the lowest score.
This great car starts at approximately $18,500 and goes up from there, depending on the trim level you choose. You also have ample options when it comes to choosing your colors: Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, Super White, Blizzard Pearl, Slate Metallic, Falcon Grey Metallic, Galactic Aqua Mica, (that's a mouthful), Blue Crush Metallic, a Black Cherry Pearl. Whew! All these colors are amazing, and that may be your hardest decision when purchasing.
We hope you enjoyed Edmunds review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla, and Toy Car Care is here, at your service to answer any questions you may have about maintaining and keeping your vehicle looking as good as new. Now, all there is to do, is get out there and test drive one of these fantastic cars to see how you like it! We are sure you will enjoy the ride, versatility, and reliability that Toyota is famous for!
Games to Play While Road Tripping in Your Toyota this Summer
April 23, 2017
If you are getting ready for a summer road trip with the family, stop into Toy Car Care for a quick service, and be sure to check out these games to play while road tripping in your Toyota this summer.
Remember as a kid, back in the day, getting ready for that summer vacation? Sometimes the best part was the journey, and the road games played along the way. So, put down your iPhones, tablets, and accessories, because the following games are going to require you to put your thinking caps on and converse with each other, while watching the scenery go by, just like the "olden" days.
SLUG BUG/PUNCH-BUGGY: An all-time favorite, this requires keeping your eyes peeled for VW Beetles, old or new. An easy game, the first person to pick out a Bug lightly punches another player on the shoulder and yells out "slug a bug green" or whatever color the car is. Play until you reach your destination or set a time limit. The person with the most "punch-buggies" wins! Warning: There may be a few bruises involved!
I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE, SOMETHING.... (fill in the color or verb): This is a great one to play with small children, as it is not too complicated and can pass a lot of time. Just state the above phrase, and have the person or passenger guess what it is you are looking at. In the case of traveling, pick something within the car, so it doesn't pass by.
CAR SPOTTING: Another easy game, try to guess what the model of the oncoming car is. First person right wins…one caution, this can quickly escalate into a hilarious shouting match!
SWEAR JAR: Doesn't have to be a swear word, and better if you choose a more common word that people want to say often. Every time they say it, or you trip them up, they put a coin or dollar in the jar for the junk food fund.
LICENSE PLATE GAME: Similar to Slug Bug, but this time, look for out of state license plates, and instead of a punch, why not give a smooch if you are playing with a loved one, or a light pinch if it's your sibling.
WOULD YOU RATHER: This is a game of choices, and the grosser, the better. For example: Would you rather eat a fresh cow pie or a dried up one, and why?
WHAT'S THEIR STORY: Pick a car on the road with an unusual or interesting family in it. Everyone take a good look, but nothing too creepy, and each person tells their version of what they think that family's story is. Such as, where they are going, what they do for a living, what their relationship is, how long they have been traveling, etc. The most outrageous story wins!
20 QUESTIONS: The first question is always, "Is it an animal, vegetable, or mineral?" After that, the players can ask pointed questions to try and guess, such as, "Does it growl?" or "Can you squish it?" for example. They have to be "yes" or "no" answers. If you get to the 20th question without a clear winner, everyone has one last chance to figure it out before the "thing" is revealed, and then the next person gets a turn picking a word, and so on.
NAME THAT TUNE: You can either use the radio or humming for this game. Whoever yells out the name of the song first, wins.
FINISH THE STORY: The first person starts with a story line such as, "One day I was walking down the beach, and I spotted an old...". The next person then takes this cue and continues by saying, "...crazy dog running in the waves and chasing after a....", then the next person goes, and so on.
TUNNELS: Every time you go through a tunnel, see who can hold their breath the longest.
SCAVENGER HUNT: Have someone make a list of items that could be found on your trip while looking out the windows, for example, cows, tractors, hay fields, taxis, ice cream stands, goats, etc. Whoever yells out the item first, puts their name by the item. The person who gets the most on the list wins the scavenger hunt, and the reward offered at the beginning.
THE MOVIE GAME: The game starts with an actor/actress; the next person has to say a film that they were in, and the next person has to state another actor/actress from that movie, etc. If someone is wrong, they have to sit out the next round. Great game for movie buffs!
REGIONAL FOOD MASTER: This will be a great game for the people who love to snack. At each gas station, you have to find a local snack from that area, and it can only be one food item. The item has to have been made or created in that region or area. Whoever has the most snacks upon arrival at the destination, wins!
BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Two people will battle for the best song based on a chosen category. For example; "songs about rivers" or "country songs." Each contestant takes a turn with their chosen song and sings it to the best of their ability; then the car judges choose a winner.
WORD ASSOCIATION: An easy and fun game of words, and good for the brain. Someone thinks of a word, such as "hamburger," the next person needs to say a word that is associated with " hamburger" such as, "patty." The next person might say, "mint," then "candy"' then "cane" etc., until someone says something completely unassociated with the word at hand, thereby starting the game over.
So, you see, these are great games to play while road tripping in your Toyota this summer, and just think of the quality bonding time you will gain. Of course, when the boredom kicks in, you could always start with a verse from the old song "99 bottles of beer on the wall".... or NOT! Toy Car Care wishes you well wherever your journeys take you, and we are always there to ensure your vehicle is tip-top condition.
What Makes Toyotas so Reliable?
April 1, 2017
At Toy Car Care, we know what makes Toyotas so reliable and fun to drive. They are truly built to last with about 80% of all Toyota vehicles sold in the last 20 years still on the road. And we see at least one much older Toyota driving around the Denver area every day. Now, that's hard to beat. Plus, Toyota dominates a variety of top 10 lists showcasing the most reliable cars.
So, let's find out a little more in depth, what makes Toyotas so reliable.
Toyotas handle well, offer the best comfort, rarely break down, and the manufactures produce an extremely safe car. The Toyota company takes their time when it comes to new technology. That is why, when they come out with something new and improved, you can bet that it has been tested to the limits to ensure absolute perfection and safety. This brings unbelievable customer loyalty and support, because Toyota takes the time to get it right. Japanese manufacturers are usually on the more conservative side, and it would be against their character and integrity to just throw something out there, such as new steering techniques or gadgets that have not been put to the test.
Along with proper car maintenance and repair, Toyotas seemingly last forever because of the approach taken when building these vehicles. If a Toyota engineer detects a defect, the entire manufacturing process of that vehicle is stopped until the problem is resolved. They also have the belief that a machine should never be trusted over the human eye when it comes to quality control. This commitment to building a safe, efficient, and reliable car is still in practice today with Toyota. Many other manufacturers are only focused on getting out the newest, latest, and greatest to satisfy customer demand.
How does Toyota maintain its excellence and other companies can't? Well, they are long term planners, open minded technology-driven workers, obsessed with not wasting or destroying the environment, innovative, and humble. Toyota is tops out of 29 other motor companies, and it is plain to see that their dedication to the points above, and their love of cars, is what contributes to such a strong customer following. Reliability aside, you can also count of these facts when purchasing a new Toyota:
- Best Resale Value
- Super Durable
- The most AWD/4WD out there
- Best in Safety
- Most Innovative
- Very Green
- Top Residual Value
- Bumper-to-Bumper Quality
Based on Consumer Reports 2016 annual auto survey, the Toyota Prius is number one for the most reliable vehicle. You will also find the Toyota 4 Runner in the top ten. Data was collected on over half a million vehicles for this survey and was based on 17 of the most common breakdowns that occur, such as transmissions, 4-wheel drive, brakes, etc., and it is good news that Toyota is at the top! So, step inside and enjoy the ride, stop by and see Toy Car Care to top off your oil and check the fluids. Now you know what makes Toyotas so reliable. Good job on choosing a fantastic vehicle that will get you where you need to go!
Have You Heard About the 2018 Toyota C-HR?
March 23, 2017
Have you heard about the 2018 Toyota C-HR? If you are contemplating upgrading to a newer version of your Toyota, or just need a change in your driving style, you may want to listen up. Toy Car Care is pretty excited about it, to say the least, so let's have a look at what this 2018 Toyota C-HR is all about.
So, what exactly does C-HR stand for? It stands for Coupe High Rider, and Toyota wants the C-HR to be a starting level for millennials who want a "crossover" that doesn't cost very much and packs a relatively loaded interior and more. This April, when the vehicle goes on sale, the 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE will run buyers $22,500. The XLE Premium, with heated seats, lane departure warnings, folding mirrors, etc., will cost $24,350. The C-HR comes with Toyota's Safety Sense P system with pre-collision, active braking system, pedestrian detection and lane departure alert, as well as steering assist.
If you are looking to turn heads, this is the vehicle for you. The nice low to the ground race car like feature offers stunning lines and sleekness to boot. The front grill really sets the limits high with a unique look something like a grouper fish's mouth, and the protruding tail lights are something you either like or don't, but you will definitely be noticed. The interior space in the front feels vast and roomy, but the dash is simple. Both the XLE and the XLE Premium lines include a 7-inch multimedia screen, a 4.2-inch display in the center stack, one USB port, large cup holders in the center console and doors, plus an area for storage. Not much if you are looking for frills, but it all does the job.
If you plan on being a passenger in the back seat, you may feel like you are riding in an airplane, and hopefully, you won't want to see much out the windows because the seating is realistically low, upright, and cramped. The driving dynamics however really make up for the lack of comfort. It is very agile and nimble, corners flat and is very sharp with its handling, but that being said, the steering takes some getting used to, and the acceleration seems somewhat lackluster. Again, not the case for everyone, so probably a good idea to test drive one yourself.
So, what can you compare this vehicle to? Well, how about the Yaris, Prius C, and the Corolla iM. Or you could even size it up next to the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and the Nissan Juke. The difference you may see is how stylishly different the side view angle is, compared to the above cars mentioned. The C-HR has most definitely raised the bar in looks and lines, way to go Toyota! In the backend, for example, the taillights protrude outward and extend beyond the bodywork, the rear bumper tapers upward, achieving an hourglass figure even Marilyn Monroe would blush at. Compared to the other competitors, the C-HR has a rear end with a lot going on back there, not necessarily a bad thing.
On a rather disappointing note, is the crossover's official fuel economy ratings. The C-HR is rated at 27 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway, which is not very impressive considering the C-HR is only available in a front-wheel drive layout.
Here's what you can expect to see and feel if you take one of these for a test drive:
- Small 5-door hatchback with great height inside
- 144-horsepower with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
- Continuously variable transmission
- Front-drive only, unfortunately for some, no all-wheel-drive option
- Standard Toyota Safety Sense technology
- Diamond shape to it
- Oversized fenders
- Hidden rear door handles in the vehicle's rear roof pillars
- 3D taillights that protrude
- Rear lip spoiler with a functional wing
- 18-inch aluminum wheels
- Projector beam headlights with LED running lights
- Power adjustable heated and folding outside mirrors.
Toyota's intentions are good for the trend-setter types with this new coupe, and it looks like they are going with a car that will feels "sports car-ish." They have installed something called a "pre-load differential" which is supposed to help improve torque distribution at lower speeds, followed by a Sport driving mode with 7 artificial CVT ratios to help quicken the throttle response and help with steering. It also includes a front strut, double-wishbone rear suspension, and a column-mounted electric steering unit.
Another word on stylish, we must not forget, is the color palette of these striking cars. It looks as of now, we can choose from a nice ocean blue, nifty teal color, and of course our basic go-to red. We must not forget to mention that Toyota has added a white contrasting roof color to compliment. Hopefully, by April, the demand for more color options will be fruitful, and we can all choose from a color scheme that suits our preferences.
And a quick word on safety for those of you that know how important this feature is in today's driving world. No matter its grade, the C-HR comes with the standard Toyota Safety Sense P. This feature has cutting-edge active safety technologies including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function and features forward collision warning and Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function, Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams. The C-HR is the only competitor to offer standard Full-Speed DRCC. You will also get 10 standard airbags, standard Hill-Start Assist Control, and rear backup camera, as well as available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Be sure to check the various models to ensure if they are included or not.
Overall, the price is hard to beat for what you get, and it is a safe vehicle to drive. Toyota plans on selling 30,000 of these in 2017 and double that in 2018, so you best be keeping tabs on where they are going. Now you have heard all about the Toyota 2018 C-HR, just ask Toy Car Care to assist you in any way with the vehicle's Toyota Care Warranty. You will know the right decision was made by choosing a reliable and stylishly affordable Toyota.
Edmunds Review of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime
March 1, 2017
After reading the Edmunds review of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, our Toy Car Care professionals think you'll be more than pleased by what they have to say and even consider buying one. We know how important vehicle reviews are to our customers, and for a good reason. Most people want to know all about the new car they are looking to buy potentially. This review was definitely worth a read.
If you are not familiar with the Edmunds review system, the nice thing is, they are just regular people like you taking test drives in cars that people are interested in buying. They perform vigorous tests on these vehicles and ensure that they are giving an honest review of the points that people are interested in, such as driving comfort, style, interior, exterior, performance, and more. They will even size up the competition. Let's delve in a little deeper, and see what the results are on the 2017 Prius Prime.
The Prius Prime is definitely going to provide better fuel economy than the older version. The battery is much larger as well, supporting 25 miles using only electric as its range. However, because of the size of the battery, they needed to downsize it from a 5-seater to a 4-seater just to accommodate it, but that gives 6.5 inches more of cargo space! And let's not forget, that with that extra-heavy battery, the suspension has been compromised a bit also. The new and improved Prius is much better than the old base model, and the brake system has an easy flow about it.
According to the Edmunds review of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, you can opt for three different trim levels and features of the new 2017 Prius Prime:
- Prius Plus: You will know you are in the starting base model of the Prius, but make no mistake it still has a great feel to it, as well as a 7-inch multimedia screen, cloth seats (with manual adjustments), Bluetooth, USB port, and keyless entry for the driver. This is a 1.8 L 4-cylinder, gas/electric hybrid, 4-door hatchback, starting at $28,693.
- Prius Premium: Up a level on the trim ladder, you will definitely feel the difference. A power driver seat gives you added comfort and options. An 11.6-inch central touchscreen and multimedia system lets you interact with style. Premium leather seats by Softex are luxurious and welcoming, automatic headlights, keyless entry options on all three doors (not just driver side), satellite radio, and wireless smartphone charging port for convenience. This is a 1.8 L, 4-cylinder, gas/electric hybrid, 4-door hatchback, starting at $30,393.
- Prius Advanced: On the third and final level, you'll experience premium audio, blind-spot monitoring features, rear cross-traffic alert for extra security, and steering wheel with heat and comfort. The mirror automatically dims, a head-up display, smartphone app with a charging system, climate control operation by remote, wipers that can sense rain on the windshield, and a semi-automated parking function for assistance. This is a 1.8 L, 4-cylinder, gas/electric hybrid, 4-door hatchback, starting at $34,693.
One item to mention on the 2017 Prius Prime is the weight of the new battery. While this is definitely a bonus for extended mileage, all that weight affects the ride, and the suspension will give you a bit of a struggle over hills and maneuvers.
In the Edmunds review of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, it seems that this new vehicle has all the bells and whistles that make your driving experience optimal and of course, enviro-friendly. Now the only thing you need to consider is when you can get down to your nearest Toyota dealer and take one for a spin! If you decide to take the plunge, remember that Toy Car Care is always right by your side to adhere to a maintenance routine of service and repairs to keep your Prius Prime in the best shape possible.
Car and Driver's Review of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner
February 27, 2017
At Toy Car Care, we're all about providing you with helpful information, so, if you are planning on buying an SUV, check out Car and Driver's review of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner. This well-rounded vehicle offers great off-road features and an available third-row seat. It won't leave you disappointed in its appeal and fresh look which features the new Entune mobile app interface.
Before we go further, let's start with the price of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner. Depending on what features you choose to upgrade, expect to pay between $33,000-$45,000 for its 4 different models: SR5, Trail, TRD Pro and Limited. Let's delve a little deeper into what makes this competitive SUV a favorite amongst Toyota loyalists and car enthusiasts in general.
Nicely equipped, featuring 17-inch alloy wheels, skid plates protecting you off-road, an 8-speaker stereo with iPod/USB and Bluetooth, Toyota's Entune Audio Plus infotainment system, power lumbar support for the driver, power back window and heated seats. Here are just a few features to expect:
- Air Conditioning, Dust/Pollen/Deodorizing Air Filter, Rear Seat Heater Ducts
- Instrumentation: Multi-Information Display, Tachometer, Water Temperature Gauge, Outside Temperature Gauge, Fuel Economy Meter, Eco Drive Monitor, Trip Computer
- Power Vertical Sliding Rear Window
- 12V Auxiliary Power Outlets: 2 Front, 2 Rear, 1 Cargo Area
- Rear Door Courtesy Lamp
- Cargo Area Tie-Down Rings, Cargo Area Side Storage Compartments
- Variable Intermittent Wipers and Rear Window Wiper/Washer
- Intermittent, Windshield Wiper De-Icer
The Trail comes standard with the added sunroof and has a lot of performance upgrades, including a part-time 4WD system, higher ground clearance, and an off-road cruise control system called "Crawl Control", which is a system was designed for low-speed, extreme off-road conditions. When activated, the system helps to resolve human error and keep you safe by taking control of the accelerator and brakes. All you have to do is steer as the Multi-Terrain Select system lets you customize the traction-control settings to match the terrain you are tackling.
TRD PRO MODEL
With standard 4WD and all the features from the Trail version, the TRD Pro boasts off-road suspension, larger tires and many stylish upgrades that will most definitely put a smile on any off-roaders face. The remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks and taller springs, give it rugged stabilization and the black TRD wheels wrapped in Nitto Terra Grappler A/T tires are head turners. Combine that with a unique grille, badges, interior trim, and this baby is sure to please. It also comes in a Quicksand color.
This is the high-end version of the 2016 4Runner, and a people-pleaser for sure. With the added X-REAS suspension for handling enhancement, 20-in alloy wheels, keyless entry, power front seats, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Entune with navigation, it doesn't get any better than this for luxury and comfort. However, the automatic running boards will cost you extra.
FEATURES OF THE 4RUNNER
Fuel Economy – The 4Runner offers a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 270 horsepower and 278 lb. of torque, a 5-speed automatic transmission, In rear-wheel drive guise, and impresses with 17 miles per gallon in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. If you are looking for a 4-wheel drive, that will drop gas mileage to 17 mpg city/21 mpg hwy. Overall, it is not the best mileage in an SUV, but closely averages with the competition when comparing.
Safety Features – The 2016 4Runner comes standard with stability control and eight airbags, including front, side and knee airbags for front passengers, and full-length side-curtain airbags. Passengers also have active head restraints. Rear parking sensors are included, while a backup camera is optional. Concerned buyers can inquire about the Safety Connect telematics system; this adds automatic collision notification, a stolen vehicle locator, an SOS button and roadside assistance including a 1-year subscription, which is a fabulous option.
In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the 4Runner scored 4 stars out of 5 for front impacts and 4 stars out of 5 for side impacts, with 3 stars out of 5 for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 4Runner its top rating of "Good" in every category except the small-overlap front test.
Interior – Some good and bad features you will find here. The 2106 4Runner's front seats provide little lateral support. Also, they are mounted high, so you get a spectacular view, but not much else. The standard power lumbar support is a nice touch; the support will be cherished when off-roading. The second-row seat bottom is quite low. Taller passengers may feel as if they are sitting on the floor. And although the optional third-row seat is not appropriate for adults, (unless child-sized), kids will love the space, and it fits nicely. So, the 4Runner you see is a functional 3-row family vehicle.
The SR5's gauges on the 2016 4Runners are pretty standard, but other versions benefit from the sweet Optitron gauges that look a lot like what the Lexus vehicles have. The blocky hard-plastic dashboard is not incredibly appealing. But it should stand up well to the elements such as heat and cold, aging well. Unfortunately, it feels rather cheap for the price of this vehicle. Ergonomically, all things are good minus the dashboard's flat, upright design which puts some of the controls at an uncomfortable reach, especially for some drivers.
Exterior – Let's explore what this 2016 Toyota 4Runner will look like from the outside. Your choice of colors will be Barcelona Red Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Nautical Blue Pearl and Super White. Inside you only have the options of black and sand beige. But let's face it, those are the most sought after colors for an interior, and they go with everything. The shape and style have not changed much over the years, and it still has its squared corners and sleek lines with bits of chrome here and there for added bling.
Performance – We could give this a good 7 out of 10 rating for performance. It has a competitive acceleration, whether taking off from a stoplight, climbing steep mountain terrain or just a steep driveway, and passing at highway speeds. The quick-shifting automatic always seems to be pushing the limits and making it. The base models are good on rough pavement, but they tend to lean in a more obvious way into corners, perhaps making that a concern for some. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that's optional on the Trail model uses hydraulics to reduce motions on-road or increase off-road traction and riding comfort.
Comfort – If you are looking for space for five people and some gear, this SUV has you covered. It is somewhat limited in cargo space and flexibility, so the competition has the upper hand in that respect. However, the seats are wide and supportive, with available perforated leather upholstery, and a quiet, smooth ride also awaits you on your journey. Base models include power windows, locks, mirrors, cruise control, a rearview camera, and air conditioning. Added options include 15-speaker JBL premium sound, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, navigation, and more.
IS THE 4RUNNER WORTH IT?
When it comes to off-road capability and third-row seating, which many people are after, there are not many options out there. This means cost-effectiveness is an important discussion and decision. This is a true SUV that can still crawl over the rugged stuff, and while you would be hard-pressed to do better than the 2016 4Runner, you could certainly do worse. With the few other options out there, you will most certainly pay more. That makes the 2016 4Runner the perfect choice, especially considering it's one of Kelley Blue Book's 2016 Best Resale Value Overall award recipients.
Which model do you choose?
Again, it all depends on you. What are you looking for as far as versatility, the style, comfort level, price point, and all the extra bells and whistles? Test driving any one of these models is sure to give you a better idea on how they handle and the driving comfort of each version. For the most part, customers are happy with the roomy interior, sleek, stylish look inside and out, and the price range is pretty doable for what you get. Do your research, try them all out, and go from there.
Overall, we think this is a fantastic SUV with many options and features for both the city dweller and the off-roading, adventure-seeking types. Give it a whirl and test drive one to see for yourself, perhaps after reading Car and Driver's review of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner. You will also be impressed to know that this vehicle has won a number of awards, including the 2016 SmartChoice Maintenance Costs Mid-Size Utility, 2016 SmartChoice Retained Value Mid-Size Utility and 2016 Motorist Choice Winner Mid-Size SUV. Of course, if and when you decide that this is the right vehicle for you, Toy Car Care can help you with maintaining your 4Runner and ensuring that you're ready for wherever roads take you!
Is Toyota Finally All in On Electric Vehicles?
January 13, 2017
If you are an avid Toyota fan, you may be asking yourself, is Toyota finally all in on electric vehicles? Toy Car Care is a Toyota service center that knows all about what the carmaker is gearing up for, and it looks like Toyota WILL be all in on electric vehicles for the future. And of course, we'll be there every step of the way to help service and repair these vehicles, or just give great advice when you need it.
Toyota's new Prius Prime plug-in hybrid is a front runner for electric motoring, with an EV mode (vehicle operation that is dependent on a battery pack to run) that locks out the course gasoline engine for up to 25 miles. The Prime is full of the latest technology, efficiency, safety, and conveniences to ensure this new 2017 eco-friendly vehicle keeps the demand and desire high amongst "go green" people, and even the newbies looking for a change and a better environment.
The Prius Prime gets a frontal makeover much different than its non-plug-in relative as well as thin LED-headlamp enclosures bracket a blackened center section. You will see a new wraparound LED taillamp design in the spoiler area which gives it a contemporary custom look and some identity for the plug-in feature they want to show off.
Toyota states that the 2017 Prius Prime can be fully charged in approximately 5.5 hours from a standard household outlet, with a combined range of over 600 miles on a full battery, and a maximum 11.3 gallons of fuel. With a combined rating of 120 MPGe in EV mode, a doubling of maximum electric range from 11 to 22 miles, and a top speed of 84 mph, this makes this electric vehicle an impressive machine, making you the envy of all your family and neighbors!
So why has the company waited so long to answer the question, is Toyota finally all in on electric vehicles? It seems the main reason was the demand. Not enough consumers were in a hurry to purchase an electric vehicle. That could be perhaps due to the expense to purchase one and poor battery life. Not to mention that most people just didn't know what they could do or how they would operate.
Toyota was also putting their efforts into the mind-boggling technology of hydrogen fuel cells at the time, which can be hard to wrap your head around in the first place. It seems there may be a kind of "sharing" with battery packs and the hydrogen fuel cell technology on its way, as well as a manufacturing of Toyota's own lithium-ion packs. Either way, it looks like Toyota will surprise us with some great ideas and technology, for the future cars we will be driving.
Toyota's president, Akio Toyoda, will be helping in the quick production of these vehicles by forming the company's new electric car group, which makes us believe that the Japanese automaker is taking all-electric vehicles a whole lot more seriously in the coming years. Mr. Toyoda will lead these executives and a four-member EV strategy team which will include representatives from group suppliers like Denso Corp., Aisin Seiki Co., Toyota Industries Corp. and of course, and Toyota Motor Corp. This should hopefully speed up the process and make decisions quicker for manufacturing. Toyoda plans to make these cars "fun to drive" and will develop automobiles with up to 15% larger range and longer battery life in the next few years.
Ben Scott, who is the senior analyst with IHS Automotive, states that EVs and hybrid vehicles have a value advantage they will not lose any time in the near future. Today, lithium-ion car batteries cost from $300 to $500 per kilowatt-hour of capacity (from $7,200 to $12,000 for the average vehicle battery-pack) with batteries the most expensive issue in an EV vehicle, and one of the biggest complaints. That price, on the contrary, is expected to drop and eventually peak at the $100/kilowatt hour of capacity, over the next 25 to 30 years as economies and technology improve. During that time, hydrogen fuel cells have the chance to establish themselves as an alternative, although it may be unlikely they will succeed.
Let's delve into the benefits of owning one of these electric vehicles. Maybe it will help you make the transition, contributing to a better environment; at least it will help you be more knowledgeable and informed on some of the facts. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, hybrid and plug-in EVs can help increase energy preservation, improve fuel efficiency, reduce fuel costs, and lessen emissions. This is clearly something that should make us all smile!
QUICK AND QUIET. What surprises most people is the high torque offered by EVs. Once you step on the accelerator, power is delivered immediately to the wheels, providing an exhilarating driving experience. Smooth ride indeed.
HOME RECHARGING means never going to a gas station again. All you have to do is pull into your garage, reach over, and plug it in, plug it in! It's very convenient and takes about 15 seconds. Wake up the next morning, and you have a car ready to go another 80 to 100 miles or more depending on the model. The charging task can be more difficult for people living in condos and apartments, but access to multi-family and workplace charging is improving.
CHEAP TO RUN. A significant cost advantage over petroleum is the cost per mile. To fuel an EV is approximately one-third to one-quarter the price of gasoline (cost per mile basis). And because electric cars don't have exhaust systems, they don't need oil changes, and hence maintenance costs are less. To maintain an electric car, simply rotate your tires and keep them properly inflated.
NO EMISSIONS. Almost all researchers believe that electric cars, even in coal-dependent regions, have a smaller environmental impact than regular vehicles. In regions with a strong mix of renewable-energy sources on the grid, the emissions benefits are even more dramatic. You can expect some analysts to argue on the matter, but it's undeniable that EVs don't have a tailpipe, and therefore provide a tangible benefit to improving air quality for you, your family, and everyone around you.
LIMITED RANGE. Unless you drive an electric car with a range-extending engine back-up, you must properly plan to assure that routes beyond predictable, local driving remain within battery power range. Long distances may be out of the question. You will get about 80-100 miles of range, and remember recharging takes time.
LONG REFUELLING TIMES. EVs commonly can add about 20 to 25 miles of range in an hour of charging from a 240-volt source of electricity. So, you know you can't run down to the gas station and add a couple of hundred miles of range in 5 to 10 minutes, and while many road trips are not advisable, drivers putting typical amounts of miles on their vehicles will not be affected by recharging times measured in hours. Just remember to plug in before going to sleep. One other point to mention, public DC Quick Chargers, capable of adding about 50 miles of range in around 20 to 25 minutes, are frequently accessible in regions with relatively high numbers of electric cars around.
HIGHER COSTS. Electric cars are mostly priced between $30,000 and $40,000, which makes EVs considerably more expensive than comparably equipped small to midsized gas-powered vehicles. However, cost comparisons usually fail to consider a number of elements, including various incentives valued at $10,000; competitive lease rates as low as $199 a month; lowered maintenance costs and a luxury feel that exceeds what's found in cheaper gas models.
LACK OF CHOICE FOR CONSUMERS. The 30 or so plug-in electric vehicles on the market consist mostly of compact pure electric cars, and midsize plug-in hybrids, but that is quickly expanding, with plug-in hybrid SUVs, minivans, and the Tesla Model X, an all-electric SUV. Many major automakers, including Toyota, are setting goals of releasing a dozen or more new plug-in models in the coming years, promising electric models in many different areas. The trend is to offer electric versions of existing, attractive models, rather than electric-only models that can look overly futuristic to average buyers. Let's face it, you probably love or hate these cars right now, so give it some time, because trends are making their way into the electric car world, and it is only a matter of time.
Toyota, Mr. Toyoda, and Toy Car Care all have something in common – we are all excited about what the future will bring for avid driving enthusiasts. Technologies of the future are constantly surprising us with new inventions. You don't need to question is Toyota finally all in on electric vehicles because the answer is clear that electric vehicles will be showing themselves more than ever in the coming years. It looks like 2020 will be a greatly anticipated year for these cool cars, if not sooner! Stay tuned for more.
December 27, 2016
If you are the proud owner of a Toyota vehicle and find yourself asking how does the Toyota Tire Pressure Monitoring System work, come talk to us at Toy Car Care. We can walk you through this convenient feature and show you all the ins and outs of what to expect.
In a nutshell, the TPMS is a system that provides a warning of low tire pressure on four tires, and sometimes the spare tire as well. The system then measures the temperature and pressure in the tires and sends it to a monitor sensor or receiver. If anything is not correct, a light will illuminate. Note that this system is also called the Toyota Tire Pressure Warning System (TPWS).
Toyota vehicles (dating from 2004-2015) equipped with TPMS:
- 4 Runner
- FJ Cruiser
- Highlander & Highlander HV
- Land Cruiser
- Tacoma & Tundra
There are two systems within this feature. A Direct Method and an Indirect Method.
DIRECT METHOD detects absolute air pressure and sends data to the transmitter. Pressure sensors measure the air within each wheel, and there is no need to reset after inflation or rotation of tires. Each sensor has a unique serial number which correlates to each tire, letting you know which tire is low. This data is sent wirelessly to your dashboard and illuminates as well. This feature is pricier, but also more accurate. The battery lasts about ten years, and if you opt for this feature, be sure to have an experienced and licensed technician perform the installation.
INDIRECT METHOD detects apparent air pressure and the differences between tire pressure. It measures how fast the tires are rotating and sends a signal if something is amiss. These wheel speed sensors also work with the anti-lock braking system. You must reset after every tire rotation or inflation, and it may be inaccurate if the tires are a different size.
So how will you know if your tire pressure is low? You will see an indicator light illuminate on your dashboard instrument panel. It is yellow and in the shape of a horseshoe with an exclamation mark in the middle. If you do see this light, head to Toy Car Care to check your tires immediately and avoid potential accidents.
Proper air tire pressure, believe it or not, can save you 3.3 percent fuel consumption, according to the Department of Energy. Improper inflation puts unnecessary wear and tear on your tires, as well as affecting the tread and performance.
Toy Car Care knows how important it is to do a visual check on your vehicle tires daily, especially if you are planning a long road trip, and with this technology you now have even more backup. Now that you know how does the Toyota Tire Pressure Monitoring System work, you can be even safer and confident while experiencing the joy of the ride.
What is Toyota Safety Sense?
December 18, 2016
Can cars get any smarter? Apparently so, and Toyota is proving that in leaps and bounds. At Toy Car Care, we know all about Toyota's Safety Sense features, and we want our customers to be aware of how Toyota has taken steps in improving your safety in all driving conditions. What is Toyota Safety Sense, you ask? Well, it's technology from a company that is always raising the bar on safety standards.
The Toyota Safety Sense system offers a broad range of features compacted into one group to help the driver be more aware of their surroundings while driving, parking or backing up. It helps with avoiding being rear ended, lane swerving and better awareness of pedestrians, and animals or objects that you possibly cannot see at night. Safety packages will be offered at low rates in the hopes that drivers will be able to avoid and prevent crashes from ever happening. Let us break down the different safety features.
Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS-C) (for Compact Cars)
Pre-Collision System-Vehicle Detection:
- In-vehicle camera with a laser to detect the vehicle in front of you.
- Uses an audio and video alert to caution driver to brake if it detects a frontal collision.
- The system may assist in braking if necessary.
- Operates when the vehicle is approximately 7-85 miles per hour.
- If the driver does not brake, the system will take over and assist in the braking if a collision is detected.
Of course, there are many other precautions to be aware of, and it is best to read the owner's manual for the complete usage to understand fully and be aware of what is happening.
Lane Departure Alert: (LDA)
- Camera inside detects white and yellow lane markings and the position of the vehicle when driving.
- Alerts the driver with video and audio to correct the situation.
- Functions at speed approximately 32 miles per hour or higher.
Check out an online video for a visual instruction, and of course the owner's manual.
Automatic High Beams: (AHB)
- In-vehicle camera detects objects at night and adjusts the high beam lights accordingly without blinding the other driver.
- 25 miles per hour or greater.
- Can be turned on or off if desired.
Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) (for Mid-sized, Large and Premium Cars)
Added wave radar on the front grill makes this package much more precise with a few more added features worth mentioning.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist Functions:
- All the same great stuff as above but with the added feature of steering assisted help from the computer if lane crossing detected.
- Vehicle sway warning.
- May be turned off if required.
- Be sure to check owner's manual.
In-vehicle camera and front grill-mounted millimeter-wave radar.
Computer will detect and assist in braking if necessary.
The 2016 Prius, Camry, and Avalon are equipped with this new technology, so if you're wondering what is Toyota Safety Sense, hopefully we covered all the bases here. Toy Car Care is proud to be your service center for all safety concerns and repairs. We're here to help you with all the information you need, as well as expert maintenance and repairs.
December 1, 2016
With today's fuel prices all over the board, Toy Car Care wants you to know about the 4 most fuel efficient 2017 Toyota vehicles on the market. Of course, we all know how classy and well respected the Toyota vehicle is when it comes to innovation and reliability. But Toyota has brought something to the table that we can all enjoy – savings at the fuel pump, which means we have the freedom to go further and save money in the long run.
Here are the 4 most fuel efficient 2017 Toyota vehicles, in no particular order, of course.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2017: Want utility and sporty looks? Well, you can with this spacious, powerhouse of a hybrid. That's 194 net horsepower to be exact and acceleration that may make you feel like you are driving something other than a hybrid. It offers an EPA rating of 34 mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway. At just over $28,000 MSRP, this is an affordable head-turner for sure.
Toyota Prius 2017: This car has always held its prestige among Toyota lovers, and the 2017 version is making us smile even more with its 54 mpg in the city, and 50 mpg on the highway, this is most definitely the king of fuel efficiency. Starting at just over $24,000 MSRP, this is affordable luxury and savings you just can't beat. Let's not forget all the high-end safety features that rank this car a 9.3 out of 10 on the safety chart, including Toyota Safety Sense-P, Lane Detection, and Pedestrian Detection to name a few.
Toyota Corolla 2017: This car has always been a favorite for the abundant legroom, and this year is even roomier. With multiple packages available, you will get some unique features such as Toyota's Entune system which connects with wireless devices and Bluetooth, so you are always in touch with the people that matter. You also can enjoy superior audio and in-dash navigation features. The car has yet to be rated by EPA, but we are confident it will be as good or better than its 2016 counterpart that achieved 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Not too shabby indeed.
Toyota Yaris 2017: At just over $15,000 MSRP, this fuel saver is perfect for the college kids, or people that rarely leave their vehicle and are on the go. With an EPA of 30 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, you'll be amazed at all the extra money you have left over. With its x-shaped front end and compact yet roomy interior, this is a great choice for around campus or darting in and out of the city.
If you decide to go with one of the 4 most fuel efficient 2017 Toyota vehicles, Toy Car Care is here to provide all the services needed to keep your fuel-efficient purchase in tip top shape and performing optimally. Of course, if you're not in the market to buy, we have any make or model of Toyota covered as well with expert repair and maintenance.
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Vehicle
Nov 15, 2016
What has Toyota been up to lately? Well, the new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in vehicle is very cool, to say the least. At Toy Car Care in Centennial, we're stoked about this new car and all the innovative ideas that Toyota has put into designing it. This car is the most efficient in America to date, with an EPA estimated 133 MPGs. It is efficient, lightweight, and advanced in almost every way possible.
Let's break it down, and tell you what is available for your driving pleasure. The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Vehicle comes in 3 different models:
1. PLUS: starts at $27,100
- Quad LED projector headlights for great visibility
- Carbon fiber reinforced polymer rear hatch
- Remote A/C System
- Smart Key System drivers side
- Push button start
- Toyota safety sense
2. PREMIUM: starts at $28,800
- Adds to or replaces features offered on Plus
- 11.6 in. HD multimedia display
- SofTex® trimmed heated front seats
- Qi compatible wireless smartphone charging
- Smart charging cable lock
3. ADVANCED: starts at $33,100
- Adds to or replaces features offered on Premium
- Color Head-Up Display
- Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Intelligent Parking Assist
- Blind Spot Monitor 6 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Integrated LED fog lights and LED accent lights
So, there are your choices! Now, you can see what you can afford and what options you love. Of course, let's not forget about the colors you get to choose from to personalize your Prius. The following colors will surely bring out your unique driving personality, as well as demand attention when you're out on the road in your cool new Prius:
- Magnetic Grey Metallic
- Titanium Glow
- Classic Silver Metallic
- Blizzard Pearl
- Hypersonic Red
- Blue Magnetism
Let's take an in-depth look at some of the features that the new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in vehicle has. We're confident you will be impressed with this innovative car.
- Aerodynamic sleek lines and lightweight material that allows you to maneuver swiftly
- Front grille shutter that closes at high speeds for aerodynamics
- Underbody covers
- Optimized component placement opens up the rear cargo space
- Side body fins cut through the air
- Dual wave rear glass design makes it sleek and efficient
- Quad LED projected headlights, fog lights and accent lights that are bright and efficient and consume less energy
- Carbon fiber reinforced polymer rear hatch for the utmost in aerodynamics and space
- 11.6 inch HD multimedia display gives a smart phone like experience with swipe, tap and pinch features
- Beautiful interior with body molding comfort for the ultimate driving experience
- 60/40 split fold-down rear seats with 19.8 cubic feet of space and versatility for all your storage needs
- Heated front seats and an option for heated steering wheel keep you warm and toasty
- Color Head-Up display gives information about your drive directly in front of you on the windshield
- 4.2-inch multi-information display with mounted controls on the steering wheel to track fuel economy, energy use and more
- Toyota's first dual motor drive system using both motors to propel it while offering a boost in acceleration and efficiency
- Double wishbone rear suspension for a smooth ride, tight corner hugging, and better suspension
- A solid chassis offers torsional rigidity from laser screw welding, high-strength steel, and structures for a stable ride
- Lower center of gravity for a well-balanced and agile vehicle, as well as driving comfort
- Simple home charging with a regular outlet and included plug – "full" in 5 1/2 hours
- Charging schedule option available to save money
- No anxiety with a low battery and a full tank of gas because of its gas hybrid engine
- Public Charge point stations allow you to plug-in, while out and about, search for stations, using your multimedia display
- Smart charging cable lock allows you assurance and no interruptions while publicly charging, which unlocks with your smart key
- Scheduled charge app allows automatic charging, so you don't have to worry
- Charge point stations are free to use, and Toyota offers free charging as well
- Control the climate inside your car with one touch of your smartphone or Prime apps (Safety Connect) and (Entune App Suite)
- Prius Prime Apps give you accessibility from your smartphone – schedule a charge, adjust climate, locate your vehicle and more
- Clearance sonar with parking assist practically parks the car for you with "eyes and ears" of its own and "control"
- Qi compatible wireless charging lets you charge your devices without messy cords in the way
- Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) is a safety package built in to help keep you safe and will detect any problems and assist when needed
- Pre-Collision System and Pedestrian Detection are used to detect pedestrians or collisions using radar and cameras capable of shape recognition – if you don't react, automatic braking engages
- Full Speed Range Dynamic Cruise Control will detect the speed of the car ahead of you and adjust automatically
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist warns when you are veering out of a lane and will compensate gently
- Automatic High Beam system detects vehicles as far as 2000 feet and will automatically adjust
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert sends a warning signal and flashing side mirror light to warn you of a vehicle approaching
- Blind Spot Monitor gets your attention quickly by flashing light in the side view mirror
- Back up camera allows for precise parking and guidance
- Safety Connect allows you 24/7 help in emergency situations
- Star Safety System includes stability control, traction control, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, smart stop technology
- Toyota Care is Toyotas way of saying thank you, by providing a proper vehicle maintenance plan free of charge for 2 years or 25,000 miles when you purchase or lease the Toyota Prius Prime
EVEN MORE EFFICIENCY
- EPA estimated total driving range of 640 miles
- Predictive Efficient Drive will help boost fuel efficiency by predicting and learning your routine stopping patterns and assisting
- Automatic driving mode controls let you choose either highway driving efficiency, combining gas and power from the battery if needed
So, Why Choose a Hybrid?
Now that we've got you excited about the Prius, let's talk about hybrids in general and why they're in such high demand. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, plug-in hybrids can save over 5,000 lbs. of CO2 equivalent per year compared to gas powered vehicles. This is quite appealing to drivers who are concerned about the earth's future. There is a lot of data out there if you wish to do some homework on the subject. For example, the EPA has a plug-in hybrid comparison calculator that is very useful when trying to choose your model, and the PHEV operational cost calculator is a great place to see just how much your annual fuel costs are.
Now, assuming your daily commute stays mostly in the e-zone, plug-in hybrids operate like part-time electric cars for the most part.
Electric operation produces zero emissions, and conventional hybrids are rarely zero emission vehicles. The small batteries may allow a mile or more at lower speeds of a pure electric drive, but they often run with intermittent EV mode working with the gas engine. About 75 percent of Americans drive within an e-range state so that it may run as a pure EV the majority of the time.
Plug-in hybrids do not have tailpipe emissions when running on electric, but plug-in hybrids have to be recharged, and electricity can be generated by a lot of different sources. A plug-in running on power collected from a hydroelectric plant has a smaller footprint as one energized up by power generated from a coal plant.
So, there you have it! Toyota has outdone themselves with this superbly energy efficient car for 2017. Toy Car Care is looking forward to getting to know it better. Our technicians are constantly trained and updated on all the latest Toyota trends and vehicles to ensure that our clients are receiving the optimal customer service they deserve in an automotive center.
Our prices are fair and competitive, and we offer large, clean bays when working or maintaining your vehicles. Being the specialist in Toyota vehicles puts us ahead of the competition, and that makes us stand out every time.
There are so many other benefits and incentives involved when you purchase the new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in vehicle. For example, did you know that you can receive up to $4500 in federal tax credit, a $100 Charge Point credit, and depending on where you live, even more benefits? When you commute with Prius Prime vehicles, you simply get a ton of built-in savings, and Toy Car Care is just as excited to help out in that equation by providing exceptional prices on maintenance for your new hybrid Toyota Prius Prime, no matter what model you purchase.
So, which Prius will you consider for purchase? Well, you've read the facts above, so the best course of action might be to compare the models side by side to see which appeals most to you. Perhaps, you won't need some of the bells and whistles that go along with the advanced or premium models.
Toy Car Care knows the demands of our customers. This new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in vehicle is something to be excited about. We can't wait to see what our customers think of this new technology and are looking forward to much more innovation from Toyota in the coming years.
Toyota Aims to Assist, Not Replace, Drivers
Nov 1, 2016
Teenagers can't wait for their 16th birthday. They can finally apply for their driver's license and feel the freedom of getting behind the wheel in their own car. No more being shuttled around by a parent. So, what is all this talk about future cars being autonomously driven by computers? Luckily, one brand isn't caving to industry peer-pressure, which is why Toyota aims to assist, not replace, drivers in the future.
Toy Car Care certainly has an interest in this new technology, as well as a ton of questions regarding safety and how it will affect the cars we take care of here at the shop. Whatever the future may hold, you can bet that our team will be there for you along the way, servicing and maintaining these future vehicles.
Toyota has always been about safety, so an entirely self-sufficient vehicle without the need of a driver at any time, is probably not going to happen very soon. Right now, self-driving taxis are being tested by Uber, Google, and Delphi Automotive in Singapore. These are in the early stages, so it will be interesting to see how the results influence the different brands' moves to expand autonomous vehicle technology to more markets and eventually consumer-purchased vehicles.
People must understand that this can only be done in controlled situations and specific areas and may not be feasible or convenient for all drivers.
With this in mind, Toyota aims to assist, not replace, drivers. We see it as a smarter, more conservative approach. Currently, they have technology set to debut in 2020 that will allow the vehicle to accelerate, brake, and steer on long stretches of highway. While Toyota also has plans for a system that assists in urban environments, there's no launch date.
The biggest issue that Toyota is currently addressing is how to hand control of the vehicle back over to the human behind the wheel. Lighted warnings? Vibrating seats? Alarms? Various methods have been tested, and they are still working the bugs out to ensure excellent communication between the driver and the vehicle system.
Unlike Toyota, Google has eliminated the steering wheel, brake pedals, and accelerator, so if a problem occurs, the vehicle pulls over to the side of the road. To us, that sounds like it could be dangerous if you are on a steep mountain cliff with a convoy of semis behind you. And Delphi will incorporate a trained driver to make sure no malfunctions occur, and then try to eliminate the security driver by 2019.
So, there you have it, a lot of exciting and interesting autonomous vehicle technology coming our way in the not so distant future.
However, Toyota still caters to drivers who appreciate the thrill and freedom of the driving experience. That's why Toyota aims to assist, not replace, drivers. And Toy Car Care aims to keep your vehicles in tip top shape with superior repair work at honest prices. Stay tuned for more updates about the future of Toyota vehicles!
Oct 15, 2016
It's always good to have a glance at the Consumer Reports Magazine from time to time when buying or thinking about purchasing a new vehicle. This year, Toyota again leads U.S. auto reliability survey, Buick surprises us all by being the first American brand in 35 years to place in the top 3.
When surveys like this come out, it makes our Toy Car Care team proud to be the largest, independent Toyota and Lexus service facility in Denver. And if you drive one, we'd be more than happy to help maintain your vehicle, ensuring you also enjoy the reliability they're famous for providing.
As you might know, Consumer Reports has been tracking brand reliability since the early 1980s, and most people take to heart what the reports say, especially when it comes to the reliability factor.
Now, Buick is a semi-luxury vehicle catering to a particular demographic that really enjoys driving them. While owned by GM, the Buick brand doesn't have an extensive product line, nor does it offer pickups or truck-based SUVs like other brands (Chevrolet and Cadillac) from its parent company. With so few models to judge, perhaps its ranking isn't all that surprising.
Meanwhile, Toyota produces all types of vehicles, from small compact cars to heavy-duty pickup and work trucks for commercial fleets. So, when Toyota and Lexus rank in the top 2 for auto reliability for the last four years in a row, it makes people take notice, especially when there has been a steady rise in the reliability of other brands.
In fact, there have been improvements with different manufacturers across the board, especially U.S. manufacturers like Ford, Chrysler, GM, and Nissan, to name a few. For example, the Nissan Infinity was named most improved and gained a whopping 16 places in the overall Consumer Reports survey.
As for ever-popular SUVs, Toyota RAV4 and Toyota 4Runner were named best in their respective size categories. No surprise there!
Everyone has a style and brand of vehicle to which they tend to gravitate. While it's easy to go out and test drive a new model for power, performance, and aesthetic quality, how do you test reliability? You really can't. That's why reports from the industry are an excellent way to get a feel for what has a solid reputation and won't leave you stranded on the side of the road.
While the Consumer Reports data shows Toyota again leads U.S. auto reliability survey, Buick surprises with a third place finish. But the bigger picture shows that Buick's small stable of vehicles and devoted fan base might give the brand an edge. It's just a little something to think about if you're eyeing a Buick.
Of course, Toy Car Care is a great place to bring your Toyota or Lexus if you want to ensure its reliability. While they're rock solid vehicles, basic care and maintenance like oil changes affect their performance. Together, we can make sure Toyota and Lexus top the reliability charts again next year.
Oct 1, 2016
You know the saying, "better safe than sorry," and that's why Toyota recalls the 2016 HIGHLANDER for disconnected wiring harnesses. No one wants to see themselves in an unfortunate situation such as a crash because of a faulty system, and no one knows better than Toy Car Care how to deal with this recall. Call today to get your situation resolved immediately, ensuring a safe ride and peace of mind.
Below is information on why Toyota needed to issue the recall and inform their drivers of the 2016 HIGHLANDER problem.
The wiring harness is pretty much the overall electrical lifeline component of your vehicle; it is what makes everything function correctly; kind of like the "brains" of your vehicle. If all the information is not being received or registered, then disaster can strike, as malfunctions are a reality.
Toyota's primary concern regarding this recall is the area of the harness that connects to the brake fluid reservoir, which may or may not have a sensor plugged in. The warning light may not illuminate and in turn, places the Highlander in violation of federal safety standards.
We all know just how important our brakes are when driving. In relation to this recall, if the brake fluid is too low and cannot reach the brake calipers, a warning light will pop up, advising the driver that it needs to be attended to immediately. Without the wiring harness connector, there will be no warning signal at all, and this could lead to a potential crash.
Just over 7,100 examples of the HIGHLANDER crossover are being recalled, which relatively speaking, is a small number of affected owners, thankfully.
To make this situation right, dealerships and service centers such as Toy Car Care have offered their services and will do complete inspections on brake fluid reservoirs, and if necessary, plug in the wiring harness correctly.
Of course, this may be something you could tackle on your own if you have any mechanical background or experience, but usually, the norm with recalls is straight forward and simple. You will be alerted via mail of the type of recall along with the make, model, and year of the truck in question. You will also be given instructions on what to do to repair it.
Most repairs are paid for by the manufacturer and will say so in the letter. So why worry about doing the repair yourself when it truly is not necessary and covered by the manufacturer?
Save yourself some of the time, effort, and hassle of doing it yourself and drop on over to the friendly people at Toy Car Care who specialize in all things Toyota.
When Toyota recalls the 2016 HIGHLANDER for disconnected wiring harnesses, we are one of the first to know. We understand how important it is to not only inform our customers of the situation, but provide a quick repair that gets you safely back on the road. At Toy Car Care, our priority is our clients and the vehicles they drive. Let us help you today!
Toyota Engine Trouble Codes
Sept 15, 2016
At Toy Car Care, we are more than just familiar with Toyota engine trouble codes; we can help repair any issues you may be having with your vehicle when the check engine light illuminates on your dash. Engine trouble codes are just guidelines to narrow down what your check engine light or other indicators may be presenting, but they are a great place to start the process.
Here are just some of the Toyota engine trouble codes to get you started:
P0100 - Mass Air Flow Circuit
P0101 - Mass Air Flow Circuit Range/Performance
P0105 - Manifold Absolute Pressure Circuit
P0106 - MAP/BARO Circuit Range/Performance
P0110 - Intake Air Temperature Circuit
P0115 - Engine Coolant Temperature Circuit
P0116 - Engine Coolant Temperature Range/Performance
P0120 - Throttle Pedal Sensor Switch "A" Circuit
P0121 - Throttle Pedal Sensor Switch "A" Circuit Range/Performance
P0125 - Insufficient Coolant Temperature for Closed Loop Fuel Sensor
P0130 - Heated Oxygen Sensor Circuit - Bank 1 Sensor 1
P0133 - Heated Oxygen Sensor Circuit Slow Response Bank 1 Sensor 1
P0135 - Heated Oxygen Sensor Circuit - Bank 1 Sensor 1-indicates a problem with the front oxygen sensor on bank 1
P0136 - Heated Oxygen Sensor Circuit - Bank 1 Sensor 2-indicates a problem with the rear oxygen sensor on bank 1
P0153 - Heated Oxygen Sensor Circuit Slow Response - Bank 2 Sensor 1
P0170 - Fuel Trim malfunction
P0171 - System too Lean
P0172 - System too Rich
P0201 - Injector Circuit - Cylinder 1
P0202 - Injector Circuit - Cylinder 2
P0203 - Injector Circuit - Cylinder 3
P0204 - Injector Circuit - Cylinder 4
P0205 - Injector Circuit - Cylinder 5
P0206 - Injector Circuit - Cylinder 6
P0300 - Random Misfire
P0301 - Misfire Detected - Cylinder 1
P0302 - Misfire Detected - Cylinder 2
P0303 - Misfire Detected - Cylinder 3
P0304 - Misfire Detected - Cylinder 4
P0305 - Misfire Detected - Cylinder 5
P0306 - Misfire Detected - Cylinder 6
P0325 - Knock Sensor 1 Circuit
P0330 - Knock Sensor 2 Circuit
P0335 - Crankshaft Position Sensor "A" Circuit
P0336 - Crankshaft Position Sensor "A" Circuit Range/Performance
P0340 - CMP Sensor Circuit Malfunction
P0385 - Crankshaft Position Sensor "B" NE2 Circuit
P0401 - EGR Flow Insufficient
P0402 - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Excessive Flow Detected
P0430 - Catalyst System Efficiency below Threshold - Bank 2
P0440 - EVAP Control System Malfunction
P0441 - EVAP Control System Improper Purge Flow
P0442 - Small EVAP System Leak Detected
P0446 - EVAP Control System Vent Control
P0450 - EVAP Control System Pressure Sensor
P0451 - EVAP Control System Pressure Sensor Range/Performance
P0500 - Vehicle Speed Sensor
P0505 - Idle Speed Control System
P0510 - Close Throttle Position
P1125 - Throttle Control Motor Circuit
P1126 - Magnetic Clutch Circuit
P1127 - ETCS Actuator Power Source Circuit
P1128 - Throttle Control Motor Lock
P1129 - Electric Throttle Control System
P1130 - Air/Fuel Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P1133 - Air/Fuel Sensor Circuit
P1135 - Air/Fuel Sensor Heater Circuit Response - Bank 1, Sensor 1
P1150 - Air/Fuel Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P1155 - Air/Fuel Sensor Heater Circuit
P1200 - Fuel Pump Relay Circuit
P1300 - Igniter Circuit - Number 1
P1310 - Igniter Circuit - Number 2
P1335 - No Crankshaft Position Sensor Signal - Engine 1
P1349 - Variable Valve Timing System Malfunction - Bank 1
P1400 - Sub-Throttle Position Sensor
P1410 - EGR Valve Position Sensor
P1500 - Starter Signal Circuit
P1520 - Stop Lamp Switch Signal Malfunction
P1565 - Cruise Control
P1600 - ECM
P1630 - Traction Control System
P1656 - OCV Circuit
P1780 - Park/Neutral Position Switch
Toy Car Care is here for all your Toyota engine trouble codes. When you bring your vehicle to our Centennial shop, we'll start with the error code, then dig deeper to find the exact issue that triggered the light. From there, we'll provide an estimate and explain what's going on with your Toyota. And with the green light from you, we'll make the repairs and get you back on the road.
2016 Prius in Review
August 7, 2016
It's time to review the 2016 Prius and see what people loved and what they did not. Of course, the experts at Toy Car Care can also give you some valuable information on this car as we are the specialists and know a thing or two about how it handles and what it can offer you, good and bad.
The 2016 Prius is a sensible and efficient car that appeals to many because of its low cost in driving and maintenance. So far, there have been varied reactions to the new features, with previous Prius owners and new owners divided in their opinions. Let's talk about what's new with this model.
This new Prius is longer, lower and wider than previous models and has an independent rear suspension that allows for more responsive handling and a steadier ride. It gets 52 miles per gallon, which beats the previous 44 miles per gallon. It also has a colorful digital dashboard that is both fun and informative.
It feels more like a sports car versus the typical family van or sedan, with a sleek new hood design that allows an aerodynamic feel. One of the coolest features is the rear lights. Instead of going with the standard regular square lights, Toyota outdid themselves and installed LED zigzag lights that zig out at the rear spoiler and continue downwards making it a cool night feature for anyone driving behind you.
The spoiler is now part of the rear window and hatch, which is good because it allows you more visibility out of the back window than the older models. Plus it's designed to keep the driver's headlights from behind blinding you when looking in the rear view mirror, brilliant!
Not all people, however, are thrilled with the look of the Prius, especially the back end. Some feel that Toyota went too far in making it look so modern, but many people stop, stare and smile at what they see. The side view is just so-so, nothing spectacular and slightly rounded.
Moving onto the interior, now this is something worth seeing. This car has great illumination, colors and simplicity, a definite conversation starter for both drivers and passengers alike. Bluetooth, streaming and "hands-free" are part of the package, which are great features to have. The strategically placed steering wheel buttons make a lot of sense and allow for easy navigating so that you can keep your eyes on the road. The only problem regarding the steering wheel is that there is no gap at the bottom. This takes away that convenient spot where you would typically allow your hands to rest on long drives. It's a pretty minor adjustment to get used to, just odd to not find it there.
As for the air conditioning buttons, they have gone with a rather retro look with the buttons, but it offers an amazing ECO mode air conditioning button that is energy efficient, sacrificing fan speed when necessary to reduce energy. Additionally, there is a button that will control whether the air is routed to the entire cabin or exclusively to the front seats. So, whether you have two passengers or four in the new Prius, these controls offer yet another way to conserve energy.
The shifter knob has also been moved, and that is a good thing. Where it was located in the older models in comparison to how often it was used, did not justify it being in the way.
The newer generation Prius does not seem to have all the storage space of the later models, but in general, it has some great storage features and uses the space well. It may take some time finding the hidden features throughout this car, but they are all strategically placed and smart. As for the plastic accents around the interior, you will either like them or not, and thankfully there will be aftermarket covers to change the look.
The dash and gauges are easy to read, nicely illuminated, and an especially nice feature for keeping track of all your input and output. It really provides a lot of information for that inquisitive person Prius owner. The dash design is one feature of many that we feel the 2016 Prius did right.
So how does it drive, you ask? Well, for one of the smoothest rides ever, this is the ticket without a doubt. The 2016 Prius is quiet, comfortable, sleek and sporty. You may even feel like a race car driver behind the wheel. Some would say a quiet ride is hard to find in something so sporty, but Toyota has made it happen with the Prius 2016. The transition from gasoline to the battery is also smooth, quick and nimble, making switching up a breeze.
You can also choose from Normal, Power or Eco mode by using the toggle button in the center console, another nice feature. These modes are mostly self-explanatory, but if you always want it to feel sporty, keep it in Power mode. The Normal mode is where most people will likely keep the gauge for everyday in-town driving, and for the best of fuel mileage, switch it to "Eco" mode.
All in all, this car is going to turn heads everywhere it goes, because it looks great and gives you unbelievable miles per gallon ratio. It's functional and full of cool features (that may take some time getting used to). If you take one of these Prius for a test drive, be sure to take it all in because there really is a lot going on both inside and out.
So, that's the 2016 Prius in review! As far as maintaining your new ride, you can always count on Toy Car Care in Centennial for the best equipment, diagnostics, knowledge, and experience to help keep your 2016 Prius looking and feeling its absolute best. The team at Toy Car Care looks forward to helping you see the many benefits of this amazing little car with a sporty attitude.
Toyota Oil Change Coupon
July 14, 2016
At Toy Car Care, we have a Toyota oil change coupon ready for you to clip and bring down. We love to save you money and time by providing great savings, and that is exactly what we do on a daily basis. Come on down to Toy Car Care today with your Toyota oil change coupon and we will treat you like royalty because our customers mean the world to us. We offer everything a large dealership provides without the hassles and long waits including, brakes, transmission, tuneups, timing belts, engine repair and more. Check out our complete list of services online and give us a call today.
When you bring in your Toyota oil change coupon we check everything from top to bottom ensuring that you are topped up and ready to roll. It is always important to keep your fluids clean and regularly serviced. We look forward to helping you at Toy Car Care and providing excellence on a daily basis. Our service bays are clean and organized and our technology is up to the latest standards with factory trained technicians. Start your day off right at Toy Car Care and expect the best each and every time you walk through our doors.
Toyota Corolla Repair
June 14, 2016
Toy Car Care has a Toyota Corolla repair or service that is sure to impress you and leave you feeling fantastic about the service center you chose. We are experts in Toyota, Lexus and Scion and that is why people trust our ways and fantastic prices. We are affordable and fair when it comes to your Toyota Corolla repair and our service men and women are standing by to answer all your questions and concerns regarding your Toyota Corolla repair. Remember we can also help you buy or sell a vehicle if you are in the market. Toy Car Care cares about the work we provide and the customers we satisfy.
When searching for the right service shop it is important to consider the reputation and workmanship of the business. We have some superb reviews and testimonials we would like you to read about Toy Car Care, and while you are browsing be sure to check out our complete list of services from oil changes, engine repairs, tires, exhausts, brakes and everything in between. We know you will be more than impressed with our style and sense of service. Our technicians are highly trained and certified in what they do and we look forward to meeting you.
Toyota Camry Repair
May 12, 2016
For your next Toyota Camry repair we suggest coming and visiting our service center at Toy Car Care. We pride ourselves in the fact that we are a specialized service center in Lexus, Toyota and Scion. We take our work very seriously and want you to leave here feeling confident and satisfied that you received the best Toyota Camry repairincluding our outstanding guarantee. Our certified ASE technicians are extremely knowledgeable in these types of vehicles and will ensure a superb Toyota Camry repair or service every time. Give them a call today and let's get started on being your go to center for all your vehicle needs at Toy Car Care.
At Toy Car Care we care about providing proper and detailed inspections, fluid changes, transmissions, brakes, factory warranty, extended warranties and more. We are open 6 days a week for your convenience and have an early bird drop off system, same day service in most cases and a service staff that cares. We know you will be impressed with the expert professionals at Toy Car Care who have years under their belts, so be sure to tell all your friends about us too. We count on it and look forward to being here for you at Toy Car Care.
Scion xB Repairs
April 11, 2016
At Toy Car Care, our staff is dedicated to providing the bestScion xB repairs for your entire family and we know what it is all about because we are the specialists in Scion, Toyota and Lexus repairs and services. Get you Scion xB repairs at affordable prices from knowledgeable staff that have the technology backing and expertise in these vehicles. Toy Car Care is your one stop shop for Scion xB repairs and maintenance. The staff will work quickly to get your car back on the road so you can get back to what matters most in your day. We are standing by to help out.
At Toy Car Care, we can also help you buy or sell a vehicle because we have many contacts in the business and we love to help out a loyal customer. Schedule your service or repair online today using our convenient form or stop in and see us today. Customer service means everything to us at Toy Car Care, because without satisfied customers, we would not be here. You know your car better than anyone else, so if something doesn't sound right bring it to us immediately for an inspection to ensure the safety of your family and yourself.