Why is the 2017 Toyota 86 Better Than the Subaru BRZ?

The 2017 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are the result of a collaboration between Toyota and Subaru on the Scion FR-S. All three models were based on the same vehicle format, but only two remain, as the Scion brand was phased out last year. Fortunately, Toyota kept the FR-S in spirit as the Toyota 86. Now the question is, “What makes the 2017 Toyota 86 better than the Subaru BRZ?”

2017 Toyota 86 better than the Subaru BRZ

Style

The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ feature two distinct grille designs that can help drivers separate the two. The Toyota 86 features a slimmer, more aggressive front grille, while the Subaru BRZ’s front grille is more traditional and doesn’t stand out from the sports car crowd. The unique design aesthetic makes the Toyota 86 an easy model to spot on the road.

Technology

Both the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ feature their own blend of technologies, but only one goes the extra mile. The Toyota 86 boasts voice-activated controls across board. That isn’t an add-on feature; voice-activated controls come standard.

Performance

The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ feature the same mechanical design, which means performance remains the same in both models. Both models feature standard rear-wheel drive and a sport-tuned suspension. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers up to 205 hp when equipped with a manual transmission and 200 hp when equipped with an automatic.

While performance may be the same, the Toyota 86 offers more technology and identifiable styling cues, making we here at Capital Toyota proud to stock the 2017 Toyota 86 sports car.

Back-to-School Preparation Tips for a Stress-Free Return to Class

Back-to-school preparation tips

The beginning of a new school year can be a chaotic time for parents and kids alike. But, following these back-to-school preparation tips from Capital Toyota, you can cut down on the stress and make this year the easiest yet.

 

  1. Ease into a school year schedule

Make the first day of school less hectic by gradually getting the family back into a school year routine as summer comes to an end. As the school year approaches, get the kids to bed earlier, and wake them up sooner. Don’t forget adjustments to mealtime; give the kids time to adjust to new meal routines by planning snacks and meals around a typical school schedule.

  1. Create a shared calendar

Rather than letting chaos reign, get everyone on the same page by creating a shared calendar for everything from school functions to soccer practice. This could be a color-coded paper calendar or a shared computer document, as long as everyone can access it.

  1. Don’t shop blind

It’s easy to put off back-to-school shopping until it’s almost too late and then go into it without a plan. Planning before you shop will save time and money and will turn a hectic chore into a breeze.

  1. Do a practice run

Especially if you have kids of differing ages, don’t wait until the first day of school to make sure everything runs smoothly. Save yourself a major headache by making sure the kids know the route to school if they’re walking, where to catch the bus if they’re riding, and how to arrive safely if they’re driving.

 

If you need a new vehicle for taking the children to school or hosting the neighborhood carpool, find a fresh ride at Capital Toyota.

Honoring the Sacrifice – Supporting Our American Heroes

Here at Capital Toyota, we are all about giving back to the community and were absolutely honored to be able to work with Honoring the Sacrifice to supply Corporal Daniel Palmer and his family with a new Toyota Sienna van.

In 2010, Cpl. Palmer was serving with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment when his life was changed forever.  While on patrol in Afghanistan, he lost his right leg and sustained other life-altering injuries after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

According to Honoring the Sacrifice Board President Todd Smith, “this van will provide much needed, safe and reliable transportation for Cpl. Palmer, his wife, and their three young children.” It was a privilege to us here at Capital Toyota to be able to honor Daniel’s service and sacrifice.

While surprising the Palmer family with a Toyota Sienna of their own was very exciting, our F&I Manager, Mike Reno, set up another exciting adventure for Daniel – a tandem skydive. Check out Daniel’s experience falling from the sky in the video below.

We would also like to give a big shout out to WUSY US-101 for receiving the American Patriot Award from Honoring the Sacrifice during the annual American Heroes Dinner. This award is presented to a company, organization, or individual who demonstrates a commitment to supporting and assisting our nation’s wounded veterans.

Thank you to Honoring the Sacrifice for allowing Capital Toyota to be supporter of your wonderful events for the last four years. And a huge thank you to all the men and women who have served and sacrificed so much – you and your families are all our heroes. “We owe a debt to the veterans that we cannot pay.”

 

Toyota Claims Having the World’s Fastest SUV

Here’s a new entry for the record books: the world’s fastest SUV.

Toyota claimed the title recently with a bit engineering prowess and the help of NASCAR driver Carl Edwards behind the wheel of a Toyota Land Cruiser. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to reach the Land Cruiser’s shocking top speed of 230 mph with the standard model, but all it took the team and Toyota test driver behind the feat was a few engine modifications and additional stability, and their little project became a world record-holder.

So, what did it take? Engineers behind the modified Land Cruiser started with the SUV’s mass-production 5.7-liter V8 engine that usually delivers 381 horsepower, but with the help of two additional turbochargers and other setup adjustments to the acceleration, handling, and stability, they were able to increase the Land Cruiser’s output to a whopping 2,000 horsepower. You won’t be able to get that kind of powerful off a production line.

While it took the team two tries in order to achieve that record-setting speed of 230 mph, what matters is that they got the job done, granting the Toyota Land Cruiser the title of world’s fastest SUV. We at Capital Toyota don’t quite have the ability to give you that kind of power, but if you’re interested in the standard Land Cruiser model, we’d be happy to get you behind the wheel for a test drive.

New, Compact Toyota CH-R Features Include Toyota Safety Sense and More

Toyota CH-R Features
Toyota C-HR On Display

The 2018 Toyota CH-R may have gotten its world debut at 2016 Geneva Auto Show, but fans recently got their first glance at the new, segment-defying vehicle on American soil at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where the vehicle was on full display.

This compact-sized vehicle has the makings of an SUV in a much smaller package, making it ideal for young drivers and small families. Its chief competitors are likely to be the Chevy Trax, Nissan Juke, and other similarly-sized models.

The new Toyota CH-R’s features include a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 144 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, and the new pint-sized sports utility vehicle is built on the same foundational structure of the much-loved Toyota Prius.

While we don’t yet know pricing for the vehicle, we do know that it will come with the many standard safety features that Toyota Safety Sense has to offer, such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

If you would like to learn more about the upcoming 2018 Toyota CH-R or would just like to check out the many other vehicles that Toyota has to offer, contact us or visit us any time here at Capital Toyota in Chattanooga, TN.

Toyota Sales Establish Company as World’s Most Popular Automaker

Another year has come and gone; another year has passed with Toyota as the world’s leading automaker.

That’s right, with both Volkswagen and General Motors in its wake, Toyota sold more vehicles than any other company in the world during 2015. As of the end of November alone, Toyota was 200,000 units ahead of Volkswagen.

most popular automaker

From January to November of 2015, Toyota reported selling nearly 9.3 million vehicles across the globe, a truly astonishing figure. Volkswagen reported selling about 9.3 million vehicles, while GM reported about 8.8 million.

Overall, the automotive industry sold slightly less this year than last, with even Toyota reporting about a 1.9% decrease, mirrored by Volkswagen and GM. However, we have seriously high hopes for 2016, with all the incoming models Toyota has prepared.

Want to check out a vehicle from the world’s most popular automaker? To learn more about Toyota’s current line-up or to explore the many vehicles we have available, visit us anytime at Capital Toyota.

Toyota Built a Car-Hauler that Runs on Compressed Natural Gas

Toyota drivers tend to be concerned with fuel efficiency and emissions, which is why they choose cars like the Prius or the Camry Hybrid when they shop at Capital Toyota. It’s also why they care about how the cars are made and where they come from.

Compressed Natural Gas

In its latest efforts to make the process of getting an efficient car into your hands, Toyota developed a car hauler that runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which emits about 85% less overall particulate matter, including 10% less carbon dioxide. In other words, it makes your Toyota cleaner before you even start it.

The truck was built as an experiment to evaluate its performance and efficiency compared to the current trucks, which run on diesel. Initially, the placement of alternate fuel tanks presented a challenge to the designers, as it interfered with the over-the-cab head rack, but they were able to get around it through some engineering wizardry.

The CNG truck is expected to run an average of 7,000 to 8,000 miles per month. After enough tests, Toyota may elect to convert all of its car haulers to CNG power. Incredible!

Toyota’s 2015 SEMA Lineup Has a Few Surprises

When you think about the Toyota lineup, what is the least likely vehicle that you would expect to see sport-tuned? If you said the Sienna minivan, you would be wrong. For Toyota’s 2015 SEMA lineup, it displayed a Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept.

Toyota’s 2015 SEMA Lineup

SEMA is the Specialist Equipment Market Association, and each year it holds a fantastic event in Las Vegas to show all that the custom world has to offer.

This R-Tune Sienna takes the “Swagger Wagon” to a whole new level with performance tires, wheels, brakes, double-adjustable shocks with racing springs, and a clutch-type limited-slip differential. All this combines to deliver a performance like you would never believe from a minivan.

Even with the stock 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission, the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept outpaced a 6.2-liter V8 Camaro SS. At the Streets of Willow Springs, the Sienna R-Tune posted a 1:27 lap time around the 1.7-mile course—this was a full second ahead of the Camaro.

“When we produced the Sienna SE, we started moving in the direction of more sportiness beyond what you would find in a family hauler,” said Andrew Lund, chief engineer for the Sienna at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a statement. “With the Sienna R-Tuned, we wanted to see if we could create a vehicle that would push the limits even farther. We definitely proved that it’s possible.”

While you won’t be seeing the Sienna R-Tuned on any showroom floors, this might make you rethink what you’ve always thought about minivans! Come see the new Toyota Sienna today at Capital Toyota.

The 2016 Toyota Prius’ Style goes Sporty

Toyota has unveiled its new 2016 Prius, and forget for a moment its great fuel efficiency—this car boasts serious style. Say goodbye to the Prius of days past – in an effort to breathe new life into the efficient and wildly-successful hybrid, the 2016 Toyota Prius’ style is sleek, edgy, and modern.

2016 Toyota Prius’ style

Because gas prices are at the lowest level seen in years, consumers don’t necessarily need super-efficient vehicles. Instead, Toyota hopes that a refreshed design and long list of exciting features will make the Prius desirable not only for its incredible efficiency, but for head-turning, modern style.

“We’ve got the whole package now,” said Bill Fay, general manager of the Toyota Division in the United States. “People will want to buy this car for more than just the fuel efficiency.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, the 2016 Toyota Prius will earn about 55 mpg in combined driving, a 10 percent improvement over the 2015 version. It will be 2 inches longer than the current car, it will sit almost an inch lower, and get a new suspension which will give it a lower center of gravity. Drivers should expect sportier handling and a smoother, more refined ride.

Look for the 2016 Toyota Prius to arrive at Capital Toyota early next year!

Join Us for our Special Olympian Party July 14th

Special Olympian Party

With the Special Olympics World Games rapidly approaching on July 25th, we here at Capital Toyota will be working in conjunction with the Special Olympics of Tennessee to host a Special Olympian Party where we’ll be honoring and raising funds for the Special Olympics.

The event will be held on July 14th at 1:00 PM here at Capital Toyota in Chattanooga where our owner Bob McKamey will present a donation check to Nicole Gonzales, a Special Olympics athlete competing in the 100 meter run, 400 meter relay, and shotput events. Also, Capital Toyota will be making a $20 donation for the first 100 service customers on that day, so be sure to come out and see us and help us with a great cause!

“We hope to see as many people as possible in here on the 14th,” says Jim Taylor, our Internet Sales Director here at Capital Toyota. “We want to make the largest possible impact for the Special Olympics, as well as encourage our Team USA Special Olympics athletes as they prepare for the World Games.”

All community members are welcome to attend! There will be food, goodies, and lots of fun! Don’t miss out on this honorary ceremony.

If you would like to learn more about the program or donate online, visit the Toyota Cincinnati Region’s support page.