4 Reasons to Buy the 2019 Toyota Corolla

Here are some great reasons to buy the 2019 Toyota Corolla at Capital Toyota

The Toyota Corolla has been king of cars for decades; appropriately enough, its name actually means “crown.” For 2019, the Corolla continues its dominance in the sedan segment by making a great thing even better. Here are four reasons to buy the 2019 Toyota Corolla.

  1. It’s serious about safety. The 2019 Corolla offers a wide range of safety features, including standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P. This suite of safety technologies includes Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection.
  2. It seriously looks so good. The Corolla is offered in eye-catching colors like Barcelona Red Metallic and Blue Crush Metallic. If those bold colors don’t turn heads, the standard Bi-LED headlights and available 17-inch alloy wheels certainly will.
  3. The interior is sporty as all get out. Like to feel like a racecar driver when you get behind the wheel? The Corolla’s sporty interior has got you covered with a sport gauge cluster (SE and XSE models), Sport Mode (SE and XSE models), and paddle shifters.
  4. It’s efficient to boot. Thanks to the 2019 Corolla’s aerodynamic design and innovative engine technology, the Corolla can achieve up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 30 in the city (Corolla LE Eco).*

The best reason to get the 2019 Toyota Corolla? It’s just a ton of fun to drive. To experience this finest of qualities for yourself, stop into Capital Toyota for a test drive.

*EPA estimated.

Here’s What to Pack in Your Summer Car Emergency Kit

Be sure to include these essentials in your summer car emergency kit

We’ve all heard of winter emergency kits for our cars, but did you know that you should also pack a summer car emergency kit, especially here in the blistering heat of Chattanooga? Here are six essentials for your kit this summer:

  1. Water: In the scorching summer heat, there is nothing more important than staying hydrated, especially if your car breaks down and leaves you stranded. Keep a pack of bottled water in your trunk.
  2. Sun screen: If you are out on the road fixing your vehicle or waiting for a tow, be sure to protect your skin by applying sun screen.
  3. Blanket: It may be hot, but blankets will come in handy for providing shade from the sun if you are left stranded.
  4. Phone charger: Make sure you can call for help by keeping a phone charger in your car at all times.
  5. Visibility gear: Longer summer days mean we are more likely to stay out past dark. Pack a flashlight, flares, and hazard triangles, just in case you become stranded at night.
  6. Toolkit: Keep the essential tools for car repairs stored in your car. However, if you have zero car know-how, we recommend calling for roadside assistance instead.

These are just six of the many necessary items you can include in your summer car emergency kit. If you need a new ride to store it in, stop by Capital Toyota and see what we have on the lot.

2018 Toyota Camry Named on Wards 10 Best Interiors List

The 2018 Toyota Camry was honored with a spot on the Wards 10 Best Interiors list

Finding a vehicle that is both practical and good-looking can be difficult – unless you’re looking at the 2018 Toyota Camry. The mid-size sedan was recently honored with a spot on the prestigious Wards 10 Best Interiors list, which is put out by Wards Auto. This means it has one of the nicest, most comfortable cabins in the industry.

Superior Craftsmanship

The Camry made a lasting impression on the judges thanks to its “artistic approach, eye for detail, high degrees of functionality, and onboard technology.” Its seats were noted for its comfort and craftsmanship, while its interior’s signature lines and bold use of color – red in particular – showed off the model’s style. As one judge said, “Finally, an interior with some color that pops.”

Sporty Style

In addition to its compelling design, the Camry also earned notice for its sporty appearance. Its easy-to-read driver information system in particular was highlighted, particular the fact that the there were just enough “read outs and information not to put the driver into sensory overload.”

Unbeatable Value

Overall, the editors found the 2018 Toyota Camry to be an overall good value in the mid-size sedan segment. Toyota received the commemorative award earlier this month at the Wards Auto Interiors Conference at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

While awards might be nice indicators of quality, we think the best way for you to determine that the 2019 Toyota Camry is the best choice for you is to test drive one. Stop into Capital Toyota and feel the difference that quality makes.

3 Family-Friendly Road Trip Games

Keep your family fun and engaged with these great road trip gamesLong road trips can sometimes get a bit boring, which is why it’s important to have some fun, family-friendly road trip games in your pocket. Here are three games that are sure to keep passengers of all ages entertained when you next hit the open road.

The Animal Name Game

Have one person begin this game by naming an animal. The next person has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. Repeats aren’t allowed! Keep going until you can’t think of any more. Then, either start again or begin a new game.

Telephone

If you’re looking for a classic, there’s nothing quite like Telephone to keep people of all ages entertained. The first person should whisper a sentence in someone else’s ear. That person then has to whisper the same story – word for word – into a third person’s ear. Continue until everyone has heard the story. The last person should then repeat the story as they heard it and note the differences.

The Alphabet Game

This one is quite simple. Split the car into two teams. One team should take the left-hand side of the car, while the other takes the right-hand side of the car. Each player must look for letters of the alphabet that appear on signs or license plates on their side. The first team to get from A to Z in order wins!

There are plenty of games to play in the car on your next road trip, but there’s only one vehicle that’s right for the job: Toyota. Make your summer fun come—visit the Capital Toyota showroom and ride away in the new vehicle of your dreams.

3 Tips for Saving Money on Family Road Trips

Here are some great tips for saving money on family road trips

Family vacations can be important for family bonding and are a nice change of pace from the routine. But let’s face it: They can be expensive. That’s why we have compiled some of our favorite tips for saving money on family road trips.

  1. Meal prep ahead of time: Meals can be one of the most expensive parts of traveling, especially if you have a lot of mouths to feed. Skip the expensive restaurants and gas station snacks by packing meals for the whole family. You can pack sandwiches, fruits, veggies, and waters in a cooler, and bring along healthy snacks like protein bars, cereal, and trail mix to keep everyone from getting hungry.
  2. Skip the hotels: Instead of expensive hotels and potentially multiple rooms for larger families, try camping at a state park along your route. If camping is not your family’s idea of a good time, look for cheaper deals on Airbnb or consider staying with family or friends you know in other states.
  3. Stick to the speed limit: Speeding is not just unsafe; it also kills your fuel economy. For fewer trips to the fuel pump—and to avoid expensive speeding tickets—stick to the posted speed limits during your trip.

If you want to accessorize your Toyota to be even more useful for your upcoming road trip, stop into Capital Toyota to peruse our selection. Safe travels!

What Is Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)?

Toyota Safety Sense includes a broad range of safety features for you and your family

If you are thinking of purchasing a new Toyota at Capital Toyota, you might have come across the term Toyota Safety Sense™ (TSS) in your research. But what is this new feature?

Toyota Safety Sense includes a broad range of active safety features that are bundled together in one package on a wide variety of Toyota vehicles, ranging from the Corolla to the Prius to the Tundra.

What features are included in Toyota Safety Sense?

  • Pre-Collision System, which alerts you to a potential frontal collision—and brakes for you if necessary.
  • Lane Departure Alert, which alerts you if you have veered from your lane unintentionally.
  • Automatic High Beams, which helps you with nighttime driving by detecting oncoming vehicles (or vehicles that you are approaching) and toggles between high beams and low beams as necessary.
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which is an advanced form of cruise control that can adjust speed for you to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, which, like the Pre-Collision System, protects against frontal collisions, but also monitors for pedestrians.

Interested in learning more about TSS? Test drive one of the many Toyota vehicles equipped with the suite of technologies at Capital Toyota to experience them firsthand.

Toyota and Project Lead The Way Invest in STEM Students

Toyota and Project Lead the Way teamed up to donate almost $300,000 to STEM programs in Indiana
Photo courtesy of Toyota

Last month, Toyota announced that it, along with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), had donated $290,000 in grant money to 22 K-12 schools in Indiana. The southwest Indiana community is of special importance to Toyota, as it has a manufacturing plant there—Gibson County’s Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana. The grants are meant to provide education funding for those students interested in pursuing education and, ultimately, a career in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Funding Our Future Through Education

According to Toyota, these grants will help the schools shape curricula based on engineering, biomedical science, and computer science, and will help to create and provide hands-on classroom work. For example, one recipient school—Wood Memorial High School—plans to use its $20,000 grant to develop a computer science program that will help students learn the skills necessary to develop new technologies.

The Perfect Match

Toyota and PLTW have joined forces before. In 2017, the Toyota USA Foundation granted PLTW a $2 million grant to help bring STEM education to 115 K-12 schools throughout the country.

“By bringing new methods of learning to students, we can challenge their way of thinking and empower them with the key skills necessary to succeed and accomplish their dreams,” said Millie Marshall, who currently serves as the president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana. “Through this effort, we can help create the innovators and problem solvers of tomorrow, while uplifting Indiana communities.”

Capital Toyota is proud to represent an automaker so committed to improving the future of children in America. If your child has a bright future and needs a vehicle to take them safely down the road to success, stop into our showroom to peruse our selection of new and used Toyotas.

Toyota Uses Robots for Rough Road Durability Testing

Toyota uses automated processes to help in its rough road durability testing

Toyota Testing and Development

Toyota maintains that, when developing and designing its new vehicles, the human touch is the most important aspect. That means that although Toyota uses a number of automated processes and machines, it is ultimately people who are assessing and making key decisions about Toyota vehicles.

So where do the machines come into play? One place for Toyota is in determining how its vehicles will handle rough terrains and roads, like a road littered with potholes. Toyota calls this its rough road durability testing, and robots are very important during this process.

Rough Road Durability Testing

To test out how a new vehicle will handle on rough roads, Toyota relies on the roughest of roads—one it created for this very purpose, full of dips, potholes, and other defects. Previously, Toyota engineers had to go along for the ride, assessing how a vehicle performed as it encountered each defect. Obviously, this made for a very uncomfortable ride for engineers.

Improved Safety and Efficiency

Now during Toyota’s rough road durability testing, engineers can use an automated system for evaluation, without a human having to be behind the wheel. For example, a robot recently took over the testing for the brand-new Toyota Avalon. Doing so, according to Toyota, “resulted in greater overall safety, efficiency, and reduced test times.”

“When our vehicle performance development (VPD) team began looking at testing for the 2019 Avalon, they developed a system that adapted and improved existing technology to allow the car to automatedly navigate around the course,” explained Avalon chief engineer Randy Stephens. “This not only saved the engineers and technicians from having to endure the grueling ride, it also provided a more accurate test cycle. The system was proven during Avalon development, and we plan to use it during all future North American vehicle development cycles.”

Because of these robots, you can rest assured that vehicles like the brand-new Toyota Avalon and other new Toyota vehicles are up to the task of handling whatever the road can throw at you. To experience the smooth ride of a new Toyota for yourself, stop into Capital Toyota for a test drive.

Spring Car Service Tips to Consider This Year

Get ready for the warmer seasons with these spring car service tips from Capital ToyotaAt Capital Toyota, we look forward to the coming of spring all year long. Not only is it a welcomed break from cold winter weather, it’s also the perfect time to hit the road for a scenic drive. Before you do, though, it’s important to take care of some seasonal maintenance. The following are just three of the springtime services you should be considering for your vehicle.

Replace Wipers

From road salt to snow and ice, winter can be extra hard on windshield wipers. At the start of spring, make sure your car’s wipers aren’t bent, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Replacing them now is easy, inexpensive, and makes your car much safer. Since you should be replacing your wipers every six months or so, the turn of spring is the perfect time to get into the habit. 

Monitor Tires

Rapidly changing temperatures can cause your tires to become deflated, so make a habit of keeping an eye on them throughout the winter. You should also be monitoring your tread level; consider replacing the whole set if any of your tires are looking particularly worn. Spring is also a great time to get your tires balanced and rotated. 

Hit the Carwash 

Doing a bit of spring car cleaning isn’t just a cosmetic measure. In fact, it’s important to wash your car after winter because it removes harmful salt and other corrosive materials that often build up on your vehicle during the winter. You’ll want to make sure that you pay special attention to the undercarriage, as salt can damage important suspension components and your muffler.

These are just three of the ways that you can ensure that you are taking care of your vehicle heading into the spring season. For more ideas, and to have these services performed by the experts, stop into Capital Toyota.

Best Scenic Views in Chattanooga to Check out This Spring

Check out some of the best scenic views in Chattanooga, presented by Capital ToyotaAre you considering going away this spring for a vacation? Sure, the allure of Florida or some nice place on the West Coast might be appealing, but why spend all the money for travel and board when you can enjoy some of the best scenic vies in Chattanooga? We’re quite fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best that Mother Nature has to offer, and these three scenic views are among the best you’ll find anywhere in the country. 

Sunset Rock

Located just 8 miles from downtown Chattanooga, Sunset Rock offers an amazing view of the city and the surrounding landscape. And since there is even a parking lot, it’s the perfect place to start off your spring driving tour staycation. 

Edward’s Point

Situated a bit further from the downtown area, Edward’s Point offers a more secluded view of the entire river valley. Off-road enthusiasts will be excited to learn that this overlook can be reached via ATV on a system of trails. 

Cloudland Canyon Overlook

About 30 miles away from the city, Cloudland Canyon Overlook is a great day-trip destination for those looking to hit the road and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. You can even make use of the park campgrounds and turn that quick trip into an affordable weekend getaway.

There’s a ton more to see and do in and around Chattanooga, and there’s no better way to get where you’re going than in the driver’s seat of a brand-new Toyota. To make that last part happen—and to get an additional tip or two on what’s worth checking out in the Chattanooga area—stop into Capital Toyota.