The Benefits of Toyota Pre-owned

Do you want to save money on a used car, but not wind up with a lemon? Choose a Toyota Certified Pre-Owned car to get a like-new vehicle for a fraction of the price.

 

A Tradition of Quality

The Toyota Certified Pre-Owned program has been providing quality used cars to Toyota customers since 1996. All Certified Pre-Owned vehicles have been inspected by Toyota’s technicians to ensure that the vehicle still meets the manufacturer’s specifications. When the car checks out, Toyota issues a limited warranty. Only Certified Pre-Owned vehicles come with a warranty like this and help assure you o the quality of your purchase. Warranties cover the powertrain, guarantee roadside assistance, and are honored at thousands of Toyota dealers throughout North America.

 

Carefully Checked Out

Certified Pre-Owned cars must be six years old or less, show 85,000 or fewer miles on the odometer, and have clean CARFAX vehicle history reports. This indicates if a car has been in an accident and what kind of title it has. The most likely candidates are usually cars that have been leased. One reason for this is that detailed maintenance records are typically available for leased vehicles, and they’ve spent less time on the road than a vehicle that someone owned outright.

 

Stop by Capital Toyota today to learn more about Toyota Certified Pre-owned vehicles and browse our extensive inventory.

Toyota’s Focus on Efficiency

Toyota’s focus on efficiency has brought the world some of the most planet-friendly vehicles of all time, including hybrids and those that use alternative fuels. Today, its famous hybrid engines come with the satisfaction of a ten year or 150,000 mile battery guarantee, meaning that you can have the car you want and the performance you crave without hurting the world on which you live.

SUVs

The 2020 Rav4 and Highlander hybrids are the pinnacle of adventure and fuel efficiency. The Rav4 gets achieves a class-leading 40 mpg, and the Highlander gets an EPA-estimated 309 horsepower while employing a gas/electric combination1.

Sedans

The 2020 Camry, Corolla, and Avalon hybrids mix the style of their gas-counterparts with the fuel efficiency of hybrid engines, getting up to 53 mpg2. From parts that age slowly to timeless style and function, it’s easy to pick to the hybrid sedans from Toyota.

Prius

The Prius is the quintessential hybrid and it proves it with the powerful electric motor/Gas engine combination that offers up to 53 MPGE3. The Prius Prime outperforms with both hybrid and plug-in electrical components, getting 25 miles with just the EV mode.

The vehicles of the future are coming, and they’re coming from Toyota. Stop by Capital Toyota today for a test drive.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Technology is Something to Behold

Just because it’s a truck doesn’t mean it can’t come with a state-of-the-art cabin, and the 2020 Toyota Tacoma technology is proof. From its sonar-based parking sensor to its advanced infotainment system, there’s no shortage of modern toys in the midsize pickup.

It all starts with the seven- or eight-inch touch-screen, which comes with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone compatibility, an Amazon Alexa personal assistant, Bluetooth® wireless music streaming and hands-free calling, voice recognition technology, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Wi-Fi Connect, Safety Connect®, and six high-quality speakers.

Thanks to CarPlay® and Android Auto™, you can plug in your compatible smartphone and use it just as you normally would, all via the touch-screen interface of your 2020 Toyota Tacoma. It’s convenient and, more importantly, safer. And thanks to the two USB charge ports in the console, it’s easy to keep your smartphone charged while on the go even as you continually use its capabilities.

When you drive a truck, it pays off more than usual to know exactly what’s around you. 2020 Toyota Tacoma technology includes a panoramic view monitor that uses cameras all around the Tacoma to give you a 360-degree view of everything around you, making it much easier to park or navigate your way past off-road obstacles. Even better, there’s a sonar-powered integrated backup camera that lets you see everything behind your tailgate in high-resolution detail.

And we’re just getting started on 2020 Toyota Tacoma technology. Learn more about this incredible truck at Capital Toyota!

Car Maintenance and Driving: Prepare for the Fall

Preparing for Fall | Chattanooga, TN

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.

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.