You always want to get the best deal possible, but the price you pay for a new car is only the beginning. Fuel, financing and insurance are a few of the costs that add up every month, and the actual cost of the vehicle itself -- the amount you pay minus the amount you recover when you sell it -- is typically less than half of the total cost of owning a vehicle over five years. You can save a lot more money by simply choosing the right car than by working a great deal on the wrong car. That is why our team at Toyota of Elizabeth City is proud to announce Toyota has earned top honors in three categories in KBB.com’s 2014 Five-Year Cost to Own Awards.
Each of the Five-Year Cost to Own Awards is based on data from Kelley Blue Book for new cars after the five-year period of ownership, and we’re thrilled that three popular Toyota models were chosen this year. The Toyota Corolla won in the compact car category and the Toyota Prius c was awarded in the Hybrid/Alternative Energy segment. The Toyota Tacoma regular cab also received acclaim in the mid-size pick-up truck category.
Toyota is a brand that is already well recognized for reliable, family-friendly, and efficient models like the Corolla and Camry. At the Chicago Auto Show, the automaker revealed an all-new lineup that has already created waves among auto enthusiasts: the new 2015 TRD Pro series. Thanks to a number of upgrades and unique features, drivers will soon be able to choose from off-road-focused version of the Tacoma, 4Runner, and Tundra. Toyota of Elizabeth City has a closer look at what’s new.
With its unique block-letter grille, the Tacoma TRD Pro instantly differentiates itself from the pack of familiar off-roading vehicles. Backing it up is a heavy-duty front skidplate for tackling the most treacherous terrain. TRD Pro badges are also included throughout the Tacoma’s design, as well as floor mats with the TRD logo.
When it comes to functional upgrades in the Tacoma TRD Pro, there are enough to make an adventure enthusiast drool. These include BFGoodrich® All-Terrain tires, 16-inch beadlock-style wheels, Bilstein® remote reservoir shocks, a TRD exhaust, and a shift knob. The unique TRD-tuned springs also provide an additional two inches of front lift for a smoother off-roading experience than ever.
The 4Runner TRD Pro comes with all of the same upgrades as the Tacoma but with 1.5 inches of front lift, 17-inch wheels, and rear black bumper accents. Like the Tacoma, the Tundra TRD Pro offers distinctive reduced-rate springs for 2 inches of lift, Bilstein® remote-reservoir shocks, and a front skidplate. The interior of the Tundra is also decked out with one-of-a-kind red stitching.
Our team at Toyota of Elizabeth City is excited to see the new TRD Pro lineup for ourselves and will be following its progress. To stay up to date on these and other exciting new Toyota models, don’t wait to contact us today and schedule a test drive!
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Plus four models recognized on 2014 Top 10 Cars list
At Toyota of Elizabeth City, we take pride in helping our customers find vehicles to last them for years. The Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com Best Resale Value Brand Award recognize vehicles and brands that deliver when it comes to lasting value, and the 2014 awards highlighted Toyota as the Best Resale Value Awards Brand on the market, in addition to honoring several individual models.
The KBB Best Resale Value Brand Award is determined by a prestigious and skilled staff of automotive analysts, based on projections from Kelley Blue Book® Official Residual Value Guide. The vehicles that received an award were most likely to maintain the greatest proportion of their MSRP after five years of ownership.
Vehicle depreciation is a car buyer’s greatest expense and worry during ownership, so these awards can be a major factor in potential car buyers’ decisions. Toyota had four cars on the 2014 Best Resale Value Top 10 Cars list, including the FJ Cruiser, Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner.
The 2014 Avalon, Sequoia and Sienna also earned Best Resale Value in their respective vehicle categories. We at Toyota of Elizabeth City are proud to have these remarkable vehicles and more for sale at our dealership. Visit us today to get behind the wheel of an award-winning Toyota.
Each year, the Consumer Electronics Show is home to some of the greatest technological innovations in existence. And thanks to the stateside debut of the hydrogen fuel-cell-powered Toyota, the 2014 show was no exception. Toyota’s announcement regarding updates to hydrogen infrastructure also excited automotive fans in attendance. Read on to learn more about Toyota’s highly-anticipated fuel-cell vehicle (FCV).
The all-new Toyota FCV is set to have a 310-mile range between hydrogen refills, with a 100+ mph top speed. The environmentally-friendly vehicle promises a zero-to-60 time of just 10 seconds. The fuel-cell model is also equipped with a propulsion system, two hydrogen tanks and an electric drive system akin to the Toyota hybrid drivetrain.
Toyota’s new fuel-cell vehicle is capable of seating four passengers inside, and impressing an inordinate amount of onlookers outside. Specifically, the FCV is replete with a well-sculpted exterior design and an enlarged grille that allows for efficient airflow among other striking features.
Though an official price has not yet been announced for Toyota’s hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, it is estimated to be in the $50,000 to $100,000 range.
For more information on this ground-breaking vehicle and other new Toyota models, contact us today.
More than a decade atop the sales charts means the Toyota Camry has become pretty much ubiquitous on our nation's roads, and no wonder. Good fuel economy, strong residual values, and a reputation for reliability make this four-door sedan a logical choice among family cars. But let's take a closer look.
Redesigned for the 2012 model year, the Camry offers conservative styling that succeeds in attracting attention without being polarizing. Headlights integrate neatly into the grille for a clean, unfussy look that continues along the flanks to the rear where horizontal lines create the impression of a larger, more expensive car.
It's a similar story inside, with horizontal lines dominating along the instrument panel and a prominent center stack presenting a 6.1-inch touchscreen between two columns of buttons. Seats are comfortable and large windows with relatively small "A" pillars create good visibility. Generous rear legroom, a 15.4 cubic feet trunk, and a 60/40 split folding rear seat ensure this sedan is a practical hauler of people and their gear.
The Camry comes in four trim levels, L, LE, SE, and XLE, and for 2014 the SE is also available as an SE Sport. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the standard engine, although the SE and XLE can be ordered with a 3.5 liter V6. The four-cylinder delivers 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels while the six outputs 268 and 248. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission and EPA mileage numbers are an impressive 25/35 for the smaller engine and a respectable 21/31 for the larger.
Those seeking to do even better in the fuel consumption stakes could look at the hybrid Camry. Available in LE and XLE trims, this marries an electric motor to a 2.5 liter four and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), for a total output of 200 horsepower. Gas mileage is 43 City, 39 Highway, in LE trim, dropping to 40/38 in XLE.
The L trim includes air conditioning, 16-inch rims, cruise control, and a four spoke steering wheel with controls for audio and Bluetooth. Stepping up to LE adds power locks and keyless entry, plus a bolder grille.
The sports-flavored SE is distinguished externally by 17-inch alloys, a chrome-tipped exhaust, and a discrete trunk-lid spoiler. Fog lights with additional chrome trim pieces and a sport mesh front grille also help set this trim apart from the rest. Inside, seats are trimmed with SofTex sport fabric, trim is silver-finish, and the driver holds a paddle shifter-equipped leather-trimmed sport steering wheel. To this the SE Sport brings 18-inch alloys and a moonroof.
The more luxury-oriented Camry XLE is the LE with wood grain-style interior trim, automatic air conditioning, a moonroof, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, and a leather-trimmed four spoke steering wheel. Wheels are 17-inch alloys.
Hybrid equipment levels are essentially the same, other than the Hybrid LE getting automatic air conditioning.
The LE can be ordered with a power-adjustable driver's seat and the moonroof while the SE and XLE are available with those plus navigation, the Convenience Package, the Leather Package, and the Blind Spot monitor. The SE V6 can also have an upgraded JBL audio system.
With prices starting at around $23,000, including delivery, the Camry presents a great value proposition. It's comfortable, reliable and inexpensive to own, and it's conservative styling will look good for years to come. Continued dominance of the sales charts seems assured.
The easy answer to what happens to car engines as they age is that they wear out. The much more complicated answer is exactly what begins to wear in an engine and when it does. The standard everyday vehicle engine is a reciprocating engine. This means that a series of pistons push down on a crankshaft, which changes the pushing and pulling motions of the pistons into a rotating motion that is passed on to the gearbox and then to the car’s wheels.
A lot of engine components either reciprocate or rotate at very high speeds and high temperatures, but modern-day engines are well built to handle this as parts that will wear out are usually easy to replace. The first thing likely to happen is the camshaft drive belt failing, and this can certainly damage your engine if the pistons smash into the valves, resulting in a big repair bill. All carmakers have a preset mileage at which the camshaft drive belt should be replaced, and some cars even have maintenance-free chain drives that do not have to be replaced.
Spark plugs are another thing that need to be replaced at a set interval, as the plugs themselves can burn out or become too dirty to work properly. These usually just screw in and out of the engine and are an easy fix.
The main wear inside the engine comes from all the moving parts. When correctly maintained, the oil in a car’s engine fills the tiny spaces between the moving parts so the parts themselves are not actually touching. Some wear does occur, especially in the early days, when the engine is “breaking in.” This is merely the process where all the different parts wear ever so slightly so that they all work smoothly together. That is why most automakers suggest that you not treat the engine too harshly or run it to extreme speeds for the first 1,000 miles or so.
In the long run, the cylinder bores will wear out the piston rings. These rings keep the oil in the engine from getting into the top of the cylinders where the fuel is being burned. That’s one of the main reasons why old or poorly maintained cars have a dark smoky exhaust – it is oil that has gone through the cylinder heads and out the exhaust.
The engine’s bearings can also wear out. These are metal inserts in the rods that connect the pistons to the crankshaft. If they begin to wear out, it’s easier and cheaper to replace the bearings and not the entire rod.
These last two types of engine wear should occur over a very long time period, unless there is some sort of manufacturing defect or a lack of maintenance, such as not changing the oil and oil filter at the prescribed intervals. Oil collects all the tiny bits of metal that can wear away in an engine and the filter removes those bits from the oil flow. So not only does oil keep your engine running smoothly, it also keeps it clean and free of stuff that can increase the wear rates.
Engines do wear out, but unlike in the old days, modern ones can last for a significant length of time if proper maintenance is carried out.
5 ways to help you protect the environment when washing your car
Washing the car is often a bit of a chore, but it can be much nicer during the summer when the sun is shining and the temperature is warm. Indeed, many people find washing the car to be a relaxing weekend pastime, and it can also ensure that your car stays in top condition. Of course, everyone is under increasing pressure to act in a more environmentally-friendly manner, and washing the car is no different. Here are some ways to be "green" when you wash the car.
Wash the Car on a Permeable Surface
Try not to wash the car on the pavement or on a driveway. Concrete surfaces repel water, forcing the excess water into the storm drains. This means that any oil or cleaning fluid in the water runs straight into the water system. Washing the car on a permeable surface like grass or dirt will allow natural microbes in the soil or sand to break down some of the chemicals.
Use a Bucket Instead of a Hose
Using a hose may be simple and efficient, but it also uses a lot more water than you need. If you want to save water and energy, revert to a traditional bucket. This will reduce the amount of water that you use enormously, even if you change the water a couple of times. A quick rinse with a hose may be a good way to remove excess detergent, but use sparingly. If you must use a hose, always choose one with an adjustable nozzle so that you can reduce the amount of spray to a minimum.
The Right Time to Wash
Choose the right time to wash your car. During the summer, for example, it really isn't necessary to clean the car daily or even more than once a month. A good cleaning once a month will help protect the paint and keep the car gleaming while reducing water and detergent consumption. As much as you may like the look of a freshly cleaned car, it really doesn't need to be done that often.
Reduce the Usage of Detergents
You should also aim to reduce the usage of detergents. Generally speaking, clean, warm water and a good cloth will be able to shift normal dirt and dust and will reduce the amount of harmful chemicals that you are sending into the environment. If need be, use a small amount of detergent on particularly stubborn stains or marks.
Look for Natural Alternatives
Try and look for natural alternatives to detergents and cleaning chemicals. For example, a cloth soaked in vinegar can be used to remove dead bugs from the front of the car. Denatured alcohol may be used to remove tree sap. Sprinkle baking soda on the car seats and then allow it to rest for thirty minutes before vacuum cleaning to freshen up the upholstery too.
Cleaning the car may be satisfying but it can also take its toll on the environment too. Use these simple tips for a greener, cleaner experience.
Fans of the classic Reuben sandwich will go gaga over this rich, cheesy Reuben casserole. Like its namesake sandwich, the Reuben casserole features flavor-packed layers of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and caraway seeds, all topped with crunchy rye bread crumbs. Even better? This melt-in-your-mouth indulgence is as easy to make as it is to eat.
Total prep time: 45 minutes
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Yield: serves 12
1 (27-ounce) can sauerkraut, drained
4 tablespoons Thousand Island dressing
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 pound thinly sliced corned beef
2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
2 cups rye bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
Preheat the oven to 425˚F. Prepare a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Spread the sauerkraut evenly over the bottom of the baking dish. Spread the Thousand Island dressing.
Spread the Thousand Island dressing evenly over the sauerkraut and dot with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Sprinkle the caraway seeds over the dressing, then top with the corned beef and Swiss cheese.
Spread the bread crumbs over the casserole and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter.
Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve warm.
Standard gasoline is a finite resource, which has scientists and drivers starting to pay attention to the alternative fuels of the future.
Solar recharging is one alternative to internal combustion that has been around for a long time. Solar-powered cars have been in development for decades, but solar batteries have not so far proved efficient or powerful enough to power a modern car at a significant speed for any great distance under normal weather conditions. Efficiency of solar cells is being improved all the time, however, and solar power could still have its “day in the sun” as an alternative fuel of the future.
Biodiesel is another area where a significant amount of scientific research and development has already been invested. Crops including corn, wheat, and sugar cane can be harvested and converted into “biofuel”—usually ethanol-based. In fact, the enthusiasm for biofuels has created its own problems, as in some areas it has reduced the amount of farming land available to produce food for local populations. Biodiesel also has some of the same environmental implications as gasoline, releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere (although it contains far less of other polluting chemicals). Thus, while it is certainly a renewable energy source, there is disagreement among scientists and motorists about whether biodiesel is truly an alternative fuel of the future.
But if solar recharging and biodiesel from ground crops don't sound as though they're quite going to replace your unleaded gasoline any time soon, there are other options. Scientists have been excited about algae for a long time. As the world's population grows, and natural resources dwindle, many believe that simple algae, which grows abundantly in our oceans, could point the way both to alternative fuels of the future, and also to potential sources of food for future generations. It could be a practical, if not exactly appetizing, solution.
Hydrogen fuel cells are another potential fuel of the future, and one which is already being taken very seriously indeed. Hydrogen is a “lighter than air gas” which is estimated to make up as much as 75% of all matter in the universe. It's therefore both abundant and fairly simple to derive from both water and air. The widespread uptake of hydrogen fuel cells would, however, require massive investment in transport infrastructure: first, in terms of transporting and storing hydrogen gas, and second, in converting cars to run on the material, which differs from ethanol in that it requires making major changes to cars' engines.
There's also some concern over the safety of hydrogen as a widespread fuel. It is highly explosive when mixed with oxygen, which is why we don't use the gas to power airships anymore! Any new technology will bring its own challenges, and sooner or later we will have to choose one option or the other to replace dwindling reserves of crude oil.
States are going bankrupt. States provide money for schools. It doesn't take an 'A' in math to realize this equation equals zero when it comes to school funding. What, therefore, is a parent to do?
Where government has failed, corporate sponsors and other entities have gotten involved to make sure your child's education doesn't get an ’F’. They can't do it alone. Here's how you can help.
- A Direct Donation - The great thing about donating money to a school is you get to choose what it's used for. Don't think the club your son or daughter wants to join has enough funding? Donate. Think the basketball team needs new uniforms? Buy them. Don't like your daughter's science teacher? Well, there's not much you can (legally) do about that.
- Business Fundraisers - Find stores that contribute a certain percentage of their sales to a particular school. In the past, many nationally prominent retail outlets have designated a portion of money used to buy school supplies toward the school of your choice. Find out which these stores are and patronize them.
- Business Partners - Partner with a local business and ask it to donate a percentage of one day's profits to your school. Here's how it works. Your school, club, or organization distributes fliers to bring to a particular restaurant on a particular day. Anyone bringing in a flier has a certain portion of the money spent that day go to a specific school or club. It's a win-win. The business gets more business and the school or club gets more money.
- Recycling - Earn green by going green. Regardless of which "green" you prefer, schools can raise money by recycling old ink cartridges, cell phones, and other electronics. A simple Internet search will provide numerous organizations that accept used electronics and give money or supplies to any registered school.
- Leading the Charge - A portion of your credit card purchases can be given to the school of your choice. Some stores already have a program in place--Target, for example. Find out which stores in your area have a program, register and shop there. There are also numerous e-shopping outlets that have similar programs.
- Corporate Sponsors - This is similar to teaming up with businesses. Schools can gain sponsorships from computer stores, local TV networks, or home improvement outlets to receive heavily discounted items. The corporate sponsor, in turn, gets good publicity.
- Fundraisers - Children have been raising money for their school for years by selling magazine subscriptions, useless doodads, or buckets of cookie dough. If you really want to help out your child's school, buy some fundraising items.
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