While many people think that winter is the most dangerous season for driving, it’s important to know that autumn can be hazardous as well. Wet leaves, fog, and sun glare can cause serious issues, especially if you’re not prepared or if you’ve fallen behind on your car’s maintenance. From changing your driving habits to performing routine service, there are tons of easy ways to drive into the changing seasons well-prepared.
According to Safe Bee, one of the most important things to remember is to avoid braking on leaves. Leaves can be almost as slippery as ice, and they can also prevent you from seeing lane markers. If you do have to drive over leaves, do so slowly and carefully, especially on curvy roads.
Sunlight can also be a major issue, especially because the sun tends to set and rise earlier as winter approaches. You should be prepared with a quality pair of sunglasses, but also be sure to keep your windshield clean and smudge-free. If possible, adjusting your commute to a route that runs north to south can mitigate this issue.
Fog can be particularly hazardous in the fall, especially after it rains. You should never use your high beams in the fog, as it can reflect back towards you and dramatically reduce visibility. Only use low beams, and consider slowing your driving speed significantly.
Fall is a beautiful time of year, and all of us at Capital Toyota want to make sure you enjoy it safely. If you’re due for maintenance or want to look into glare-reduction options, stop by our service department and let our experienced staff take care of your ride.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.