Toyota Tundra: 20 Years and Counting

This year, the Toyota Tundra marks a major milestone — its 20th birthday. Here at Capital Toyota, we’re saluting this beloved truck with a look at highlights from its first two decades.

Assembled in the U.S.

The Tundra was the first full-size pickup from a Japanese automaker to be built in the United States. After several years in Indiana, Tundra production moved to Texas in 2008, where it’s still going strong today.

Out-of-this-world capabilities

The Tundra’s impressive capabilities include the strength to haul close to a ton of cargo or tow up to 7,200 pounds. This muscle was on full display in 2012, when an unmodified Tundra CrewMax 4×4 towed the retired Endeavour space shuttle across a Los Angeles bridge using a special dolly.

Daring durability

For the past 20 years, the Tundra has become justly famous for its toughness and durability. Tundra owner Victor Sheppard racked up more than 1 million miles on his 2007 model, then exchanged it for a new one so Toyota engineers could study how it lasted so long. Tundra toughness was also on display during 2018’s deadly Camp Fire in California, when ICU nurse Allyn Pierce repeatedly drove his truck through the flames to save people trapped in a hospital.

Whether your next Tundra is destined for big accomplishments or simple everyday reliability, you can find a model that’s right for you at Capital Toyota.

Road Trip Maintenance Tips

Many families make road trips part of their annual traditions, whether it’s going to Grandma’s house for the holidays or someplace exotic for a summer vacation. If you have a road trip in your near future, you need to make sure your car is ready to go. Here are a few common road trip maintenance tips to keep everything running smoothly.

Inspect Your Tires

Give all of your tires a thorough inspection, including your spare. Make sure they are all properly inflated and have enough tread depth. If you see any uneven wearing or cracks in your tires, you might need a new set before you hit the road.

HVAC

No one wants to settle in for an hours-long ride in a hot car with no air conditioning. Get your HVAC system tested and recharged if it is feeling weak.

Routine Maintenance

If you’ve fallen behind on any routine maintenance, such as oil changes, tire rotations, or fluid top-offs, get your car back on track before you leave.

Check Your Battery

You don’t want to be left stranded with a dead battery in an unfamiliar location. Make sure your battery has enough power to make it through your trip.

Vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, and unexpected car problems are a surefire way to ruin that. To get your vehicle checked before your trip, set up an appointment with the service department at Capital Toyota.

Toyota Unveils Plan for Electric Vehicles

The future of the auto industry is vehicle electrification, and Toyota continues to lead the pack in innovative technology. This June, Toyota unveiled its plan for electric vehicles, showcasing its commitment to cutting-edge electric vehicle technology in the coming years.

Toyota’s plan reveals an expediated path towards vehicle electrification across its lineup. By 2025, Toyota plans on having half of its global sales numbers come from electric vehicles, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure EVs. Previously, Toyota had set the goal for 2030. The shift is prompted by the fact that battery electric vehicles are being more rapidly adopted, supporting greater sales.

In addition to the accelerated schedule of lineup electrification, Toyota set another goal. By 2020, the automaker hopes to debut a solid-state battery. Many automakers are pursuing such battery technology, as solid-state batteries are lighter and less expensive than the ones currently being used. In comparison to lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries will offer higher performance.

Preceding Toyota’s major EV announcement, Toyota and Subaru announced that they were working on an electric crossover. The collaboration is aimed at creating an electric vehicle platform for midsize and large vehicles. Eventually, such a platform will give way to a large variety of EVs from both automakers. With such exciting things planned, we can’t wait to see what Toyota has in store for us next.

Interested in learning more about Toyota’s current electric lineup, like the Prius and the RAV4 Hybrid? Stop by Capital Toyota to speak to one of our knowledgeable salespeople.

4th of July Activities in Chattanooga

Family-friendly fun, a dazzling fireworks display, and live entertainment make Chattanooga the place to be on summer’s biggest, most explosive holiday. For an Independence Day you won’t want to miss, check out the following 4th of July Activities in Chattanooga.

Pops on the River

On July 3, Coolidge Park will host Pops on the River, a free outdoor concert starting at 5 p.m. At 8 p.m. the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will take the stage. At 9:45 p.m. the spectacular fireworks show will begin. Remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair to take in the musical event and fireworks extravaganza.

Chattanooga Zoo

Spend Fourth of July with the furry, fearsome, adorable, and exotic residents of the Chattanooga Zoo. Special Red, White, & Zoo activities include the opportunity to learn about capybaras, sandcats, and tamarins. Also part of the holiday schedule are Zoo Choo train rides, animal meet and greets, and camel rides. Be sure to wear red, white, and blue as the patriotic colors will earn you $1 off the price of admission.

Creative Discovery Museum

The Red, White, and Blue Day at the Creative Discovery Museum in downtown Chattanooga starts at 12 p.m. on July 4. Guests can get into the holiday spirit with patriotic-themed crafts and activities. A balloon drop and kid-friendly fireworks show will have everyone cheering.  

Before you head out to celebrate our nation’s birthday, make sure your car is ready to go. Schedule a maintenance check at Capital Toyota.

How the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Stacks Up Against the Competition

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a popular model for good reason. It offers a responsive performance, advanced driver assist technologies, and impressive fuel economy on the highway. When parked next to the 2019 Nissan Rogue SL, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited drives away as the winner.

Both the 2019 RAV4 Limited and 2019 Rogue SL come with front-wheel drive, but the 2019 RAV4 Limited delivers a more powerful performance. Thanks to its 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine and Direct Shift eight-speed ECT-I automatic transmission with sequential shift mode, the 2019 RAV4 Limited generates 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The 2019 Rogue SL utilizes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an Xtronic CVT® with Sport Mode Shifter to crank out 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.

Safety features and technologies are abundant in both the 2019 RAV4 Limited and 2019 Rogue SL, but the RAV4 Limited adds steering activation to its standard Lane Departure Warning system, helping you to drive safely within the lines.

You get better fuel economy on the highway behind the wheel of the 2019 RAV4 Limited, as it earns an EPA-estimated rating of 35 mpg.* The 2019 Rogue SL falls slightly behind with a rating of 33 mpg on the highway.

Test-drive the 2019 Toyota RAV4 in Chattanooga, TN, at Capital Toyota.

*2019 EPA-estimated 26 city/35hwy/30 combined mpg for RAV4 LE FWD, XLE FWD, XLE Premium FWD and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined mpg for LE AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined mpg for XLE AWD, XLE Premium AWD, Adventure and Limited AWD; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg for RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XSE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid. Actual mileage will vary.

2020 Toyota Supra Preview: Race-Ready Power

Sports car lovers, rejoice: The Toyota Supra is back. Earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota unveiled the fifth-generation 2020 Toyota Supra.

This unique sports car, which is the first-ever global Toyota GAZOO Racing model, has finally ended years of speculation about its return, after its discontinuation in 2002.

Built on over 50 years of legendary performance, this brand-new Toyota is more than just a sports car. The 2020 Supra features a design that enhances your driving experience. Its cockpit has a low, narrow-section dashboard to give the driver plenty of visibility, while the racing-inspired seats hug you with comfort as you take corners.

The Supra’s rear-wheel drive has a low center of gravity and ideal 50:50 weight balance that streamlines tight turns. The 2020 model comes with a 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo six engine that produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. It will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, going from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

This sports car goes on sale this summer and will come in two grades: 3.0 and 3.0 Premium. Expect a Launch Edition as well.

Stop by Capital Toyota to browse our new cars in Chattanooga.

4 Tips for Test Driving a Car

If you are purchasing a vehicle for the first time — or if it’s just been a while — you might be feeling a little nervous about the process. Before heading to Capital Toyota, review our tips for test driving a car.

Come prepared

Know what vehicles you want to test drive by researching cars, trucks, and SUVs that fit your lifestyle and budget. Come with your driver’s license and proof of insurance, and consider scheduling an appointment to make sure you can get through all the vehicles on your list.

Inspect the vehicle

If buying used, do a thorough inspection of the condition of the vehicle before driving it. You can also drive it to a trusted mechanic during your test drive to have them look it over for you.

Drive it how you would drive your daily driver

That means test it out on the highway at highway speeds, test it out in city and suburbs driving (paying attention to how it brakes and accelerates at intersections), and try parking in it in a lot or on the street.

Try out the features

Finding the right match isn’t just about exterior color and horsepower. Also try out the infotainment system, climate control, and sound system to ensure they all meet your needs.

If you’re ready to take a test drive, stop into Capital Toyota and we’ll make it happen.

Why We Love the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser

The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser at Capital Toyota in Chattanooga

Whether you have a big family, regularly travel with lots of luggage (or dogs), or just need a vehicle that does the heavy hauling for your boat or trailer, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is the best choice — and it’s available now at Capital Toyota. Here are just a few reasons we love the new Toyota Land Cruiser:

  • The Land Cruiser means business. Its 5.7-liter V8 engine is ferocious. Featuring Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and partnered with an eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence, this engine serves up 381 horsepower, produces 401 lb-ft of torque, and offers a max towing rating of 8,100 pounds.
  • The Land Cruiser makes your family’s safety a priority. The luxury SUV comes with so many standard safety technologies, it’s easy to lose count. The Land Cruiser has 10 standard airbags, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and the Safety Sense P suite of technologies, like Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. And that just barely scratches the surface.
  • The Land Cruiser is spacious: Inside the 2019 Land Cruiser, you can comfortably seat up to eight occupants. Or, make use of the 40/20-40 split second-row seat and foldaway third-row seats, and unlock up to 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

There’s plenty to love about the new Toyota Land Cruiser, but only one way to learn everything there is to know about it: in person. Stop into Capital Toyota and let us show you everything the new Land Cruiser can do.

Road Trip Destinations from Chattanooga, TN

For your next adventure, check out one of these road trip destinations near Chattanooga

At Capital Toyota, we are proud to call Chattanooga our home. Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a beautiful place to live and work, and it has so many other cities within driving distance. After you take home your new vehicle from Capital Toyota, consider one of these road trip destinations near Chattanooga.

Nashville

There’s no question that Nashville, Tennessee, is a popular place to visit in the area. Nicknamed Music City, Nashville is a 2-hour drive from Chattanooga. If you’re interested in country music, you’ll definitely want to visit the Grand Ole Opry while you’re in town.

One of the busiest places in Nashville is Lower Broadway. You’ll find a handful of famous bars and restaurants there, including Honky Tonk Central and Tootsie’s. Lower Broadway is the ideal place to hear up-and-coming Nashville musicians play live. 

Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is only a three-hour drive from Chattanooga and serves as a peaceful, scenic getaway. Sitting in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg has plenty of cabins and homes you can rent in the area. Enjoy outdoor sports like skiing and tubing in the winter and hiking and whitewater rafting in the summer.

If you’re hunting for that road trip-ready vehicle, visit our showroom at Capital Toyota to find the perfect car for your lifestyle.

2019 Toyota Highlander Interior: Luxury, Comfort, and Entertainment

Check out the luxurious 2019 Toyota Highlander interior at Capital Toyota in Chattanooga

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is known for its brute strength and pure towing power — it can tow up to 5,000 pounds with its V6 engine. It’s also known for its advanced safety offerings, like its eight standard airbags, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert Steering Assist. But it is perhaps most loved for its comfortable interior with an abundance of technology.

Passenger Comfort

The 2019 Toyota Highlander interior offers seating for up to eight passengers. If you fold down the 60/40 split third-row seat, you can use up to 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Keep passengers comfortable with available three-zone climate control and active noise-cancelling materials for a quiet ride. On nice days, let in the sky via the available panoramic moonroof.

Tech Features

Technology is perhaps the most important aspect of the 2019 Highlander, which boasts the Entune™ Multimedia bundle with an 8-inch high-res touchscreen display and the available rear-seat entertainment system for the kiddos in the back. This system includes Blu-ray Disc™ playback, two wireless headphones, and a 9-inch display screen.

The Bird’s Eye View Camera makes navigating tight spaces easy — giving you a full view via the 8-inch screen in the center stack.

Test drive the 2019 Toyota Highlander at Capital Toyota. Once you experience how easy the Highlander can make your driving experience, you’ll never want to get behind the wheel of anything else.