How do manufacturer’s come up with tow ratings for their 1/2 ton pickups?
The answer: we don’t really know. The automotive industry has not yet standardized any test for manufacturers to follow regarding towing capability; meaning, car companies can say whatever they’d like.
The Society of Automotive Engineers has a test that they are pushing to create a standard in towing numbers and, so far, Toyota is the ...
Want to buy your next car like a pro? Do what the car people do.
We spend all day helping/watching/anticipating car shoppers. We’ve seen every kind of trade-in. We’ve seen great buys and terrible decisions–and we have learned from all of it. Here are some tips:
1) We don’t buy black vehicles.
We buy colors that won’t show dirt and scratches as easily. Down the road, a scratched up truck may be worth less on ...Continue Reading →
I love custom vehicles. My favorite build is the Toyota Tacoma. So take a look at a recent TRD Sport Edition build we did and contact us directly for more information on Toyota Tacoma Accessories.
Old Man Emu lift. 2.5” lift. We use Old Man Emu largely because it is the reliable branch of the popular ARB bumper. This lift will not affect the truck’s warranty as it does ...Continue Reading →
Today marks 3 years in the car business for me! Three years is longer than most salesmen last in this business, but most importantly it just feels like an accomplishment. Here are the four things I’ve learned:
You need a vacation. Or, at least, I did. I read an incredible story about Etinne Stephane Tarnier, an Obstetrician who took a day off to visit the Paris Zoo in 1860. He noticed the ...Continue Reading →
The Toyota Prius has become a pop icon; an awkwardly styled and yet equally celebrated ‘green’ hybrid. But how green is the Prius, Really? Let’s look at three main components of the Prius that make it an extremely green and responsible hybrid to own.
The materials. Hybrids aren’t just about mileage. They’ve gone beyond the power train to be eco-friendly all ...Continue Reading →
New for 2014- The Toyota 4Runner Limited has a beautiful new interior option. Redwood is a rich brown interior available with perforated heated and cooled seats and unique wood trim touches.
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Take a look at the new color on the redesigned 2014 Toyota 4Runner.
Nautical Blue Metallic, previous featured on the Tacoma and Prius, looks fabulous on this Limited 4Runner. Paired with the sleek black leather interior, this might be one of my favorite 14s yet.
Some additional changes for ...Continue Reading →
These machines we drive transform us. Here are the five ways I recognize driving a Prius has changed my thinking. I believe these lessons may transcend to genuine advice for anyone on the road.
There’s no hurry. Although you’ll never catch me going way under the speed limit, I’m no longer driving any faster than the posted speed limit. Especially around town, speeding ...Continue Reading →
It’s Front Wheel Drive 65% of weight is in the front of vehicle; giving the driver an amazing amount of control on slick roads. Kelley Blue Book Says “Front-wheel drive has some operational advantages. With all that weight concentrated over the driving wheels, it offers very good traction on slippery surfaces at relatively lower speeds. Thus, front-wheel drive cars perform very well in ...Continue Reading →
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a descendent of a rugged off-road legacy now known for capability AND luxury. The Land Cruiser is Toyota’s longest running series, built since 1951. The 2015 model comes standard with many luxury options like moonroof, Rear DVD, and much more. Here are my 5 favorite Toyota Land Cruiser features:
JBL sound. As a premium upgrade to the ...Continue Reading →
Toyota’s full size pickup has been on sale in the U.S. since 2007 and has a very strong following. It was the first full size pickup to be chosen by the IIHS as a top safety pick, and is what J.D. Power and Associates consider the most reliable full size pickup 7 years in a row. Here are some other key advantages of the Tundra over its competition:
The engine can ...Continue Reading →
The Toyota Avalon has been radically redesigned–and it looks fantastic.
Here are some key changes for redesigned Avalon:
Styling: Created by Toyota’s U.S.-based design and engineering staffs, the Avalon is marked by a long roofline that flows to the back edge of the sedan. Styling changes include a lowered beltline, flared front fenders and a smaller gap between the body and tires. The new Avalon also gets a wider ...Continue Reading →
Toyota is the #1 manufacturer in worldwide sales and production again for 2014! This is the third year in a row Toyota holds the crown of World’s largest automaker.
to me (a Toyota salesperson) #1 means..
people are doing their research when shopping for a new or used vehicle. Whether you consult Intellichoice, KBB, Consumer Reports, or IIHS–all roads point to Toyota. Recent awards ...
Prius owners have some things figured out: they get great gas mileage, they’re shrinking their carbon footprint, and then there’s that HOV thing. New studies also show that the demographic of a Prius driver, although varied, also points to some VERY admirable attributes.
Higher income: J.D. Power reports that hybrid incomes are $100,000 a year vs $85,000 a year for the average buyer. In fact, 42% of hybrid owners make $100,000 or ...
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