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.

Under the Hood: Engine Options for the 2019 Toyota Corolla Engine

The 2019 Toyota Corolla engine is sure to impress

For decades, the Toyota Corolla has been revered for its fuel-efficient yet sporty engines. Toyota continues to push the envelope for 2019, offering two efficient and peppy powertrains that offer balanced performance.

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i): Most trims of the 2019 Corolla — Le, LE, XLE, SE, and XSE — are powered by the 1.8-liter four-cylinder with VVT-i, which is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S). On select trims, the engine can instead be linked to a six-speed manual transmission for a more hands-on experience. This engine serves up 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. With the CVT, it achieves up to 28 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway; with the manual gearbox, it earns up to 27 mpg and 36 mpg in the city and on the highway, respectively.*
  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with Valvematic technology: Exclusive to the LE Eco model, this efficient powertrain achieves up to 30 miles per gallon in the city and 40 on the highway.* Despite this boost to fuel economy, the engine is still quite potent, pumping out 140 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque.

Outside of performance and efficiency, there’s quite a lot to love about the 2019 Toyota Corolla. To experience all of that good stuff for yourself, stop into Capital Toyota and take one for a test drive.

*2019 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

These Are the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Performance Stats

Study up on the 2019 Toyota Tacoma performance stats

The Toyota Tundra is Toyota’s full-size pickup truck, which offers massive amounts of power and towing capability. But some truck drivers don’t need that much power and would rather have a nice blend of efficiency and solid towing capability: That’s where the 2019 Toyota Tacoma comes in.

Think the Tacoma might be right for you? Here are the 2019 Toyota Tacoma performance stats you can expect:

  • The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-I is matched to a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), generating 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the Tacoma achieves up to 20 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway.*
  • Offering more power and surprisingly improved fuel economy is the 3.5-liter V6 with VVT-iW and VVT-I exhaust, which is matched to that same gearbox. This engine cranks out 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque and enables the Tacoma to tow up to 6,800 lbs when properly equipped. This engine yields up to 19 miles per gallon in the city and 24 on the highway.

You can test drive the new 2019 Toyota Tacoma with either engine option in six trim levels (SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro) at Capital Toyota.

*EPA estimated.

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.

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.

Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle Dominates Competitors

The Toyota Mirai is one of the best-selling fuel cell cars in the country.

The Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle launched in the United States for the 2016 model year, marking the Japanese automaker’s entry into an emerging market. Having just passed the two-year mark, the Toyota Mirai stands as one of the best-selling in its class.

What Is A Mirai?

Initially launching in a single package, the Toyota Mirai featured seating for four and the Toyota Safety Sense Psuite of systems. An interior designed for comfort, complete with upscale upholstery, makes the Mirai a great choice for a comfortable commuter car.

The model runs entirely on hydrogen and its only emission is water, meaning it’s more efficient than almost every other vehicle on the road. Refueling takes just five minutes. Additionally, Toyota offered three years of complimentary fuel for three years, or up to $15,000. With an EPA-estimated 312 mile range, the Mirai is more capable of longer trips than electric competitors.*

Where Can I Find Them?

Making up more than 80% of all hydrogen fuel cell cars in the United States, the Toyota Mirai is only available in California. While you can’t currently test drive the Mirai here at Capital Toyota, increasing customer interest could change that.

In expectation of increased consumer demand, Toyota, in partnership with Shell and FirstElement Fuel, is working to expand the current hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The automaker is also working with Air Liquide to establish a dozen fueling stations between New York and Boston.

So, with sales rising and fueling stations expanding, we are excited to see just how Toyota and the Mirai tackle a future of zero emissions.

*2017 EPA-estimated 67 city/67 highway/67 combined MPGe for Mirai and 312-mile driving range. Actual mileage will vary. Range measurement pursuant to SAE J2601 standards (ambient temperature: 20°C; hydrogen tank pressure when fueled: 70 MPa). Fueling time varies with hydrogen fueling pressure and ambient temperature.

Toyota’s Olympic Sponsorship: “Start Your Impossible”

Toyota is once again sponsoring the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2018

It has become common to see Toyota sponsoring major sporting events, so it comes as no surprise that the company will be sponsoring the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. Toyota’s Olympic sponsorship focuses on the ‘Start Your Impossible” campaign. As a part of the campaign, 16 athletes will play a role in Toyota’s “Mobility for All” ad spot.

Start Your Impossible

The “Start Your Impossible” campaign reinforces the Japanese automaker’s commitment to creating a society that’s inclusive for all. Toyota will also push its own values, namely humility, hard work, never giving up, and, ultimately, overcoming challenges.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games align with Toyota’s values and are platforms to showcase our global commitment to the concept of mobility for all,” said Susumu Matsuda, Marketing Division General Manager, Toyota Motor Corporation.

Mobility For All

All 16 athletes will take part in the first ad spot, dubbed “Mobility for All.” The spot focuses on Tatyana McFadden, who has won 17 medals in five Paralympic Games, and Brad Snyder, three-time gold medalist at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.

In order to launch its global campaign, the company held the first-ever Toyota Mobility Summit in Athens, Greece. Akio Toyoda led the summit with the help of Didier Leroy, Toyota Executive Vice President. There, attendees discussed the future of mobility, something we here at Capital Toyota are excited for. Toyota also covered the social and physical well-being of athletes in the upcoming Games.

Make sure to keep an eye out for the Toyota ads and the star athletes in the “Mobility for All” campaign!

In-Car Amazon Alexa Coming to Toyota

An in-car Amazon Alexa is coming soon to Toyota models.

If you are an Amazon fan, then you likely own what an Echo or other device that uses Alexa. This is Amazon’s cloud-based voice-activated assistant that you use in your home. Now, though, Toyota has announced that an in-car Amazon Alexa will be coming to its lineup starting with select vehicles equipped with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite this year.

Amazon Alexa Features

In your home, Alexa can quickly turn your kitchen into a dance party, tell you some jokes, add items to your shopping list, play some games with you, and so much more. Many of these features, plus some new ones, will be available with the in-car version, including on-the-go directions.

“Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go,” said Zack Hicks, senior vice president and chief information officer of Toyota Motor North America and chief executive officer and president of Toyota Connected.

Extra Functionality

With Alexa in your Toyota, you will be able to ask her to adjust your smart thermostat before you arrive home, add items to your shopping list on the way to the store, or listen to a great selection of audiobooks from Audible.

At Capital Toyota, we are excited about this new tech addition and can’t wait to give it a try.