Toyota is well known for developing safe, reliable, and efficient vehicles that people really want to drive. Although Toyota is known for focusing on these priorities, they have also turned out their fair share of powerful sports cars over the years. Many examples can be found of Toyota’s engineering and design prowess, but as a nod to our favorite brand’s need for speed, here’s a list of the “10 Fastest Toyota Cars of All Time,” according to their 0-60 acceleration times:
10. MR2 Spyder- 7.2 seconds
9. Celica 1.8 VVTLi T-Sport- 7.0 seconds
8. Corolla T-Sport Compressor- 6.9 seconds
7. Camry Solara SE Sport- 6.9 seconds
6. Supra Mark IV- 6.5 seconds
5. Celica GT-Four- 5.9 seconds
4. Camry SE V6- 5.8 seconds
3. MR2 Turbo- 5.7 seconds
2. Supra 3.0 Turbo- 4.9 seconds
1. Supra Twin Turbo- 4.6 seconds
Gray-Daniels Toyota is proud to represent a brand that has churned out so many impressive sports cars. Stop in today or call or contact us online to schedule a test drive and see what Toyota vehicles can do.
Pictured: 2014 Camry SE
End-of-summer maintenance at Gray-Daniels Toyota can help prepare your vehicle for winter
When it comes to your vehicle’s care, Gray-Daniels Toyota is your year-round destination for affordability, efficiency, and information. That’s because we know what your vehicle needs to run its best, and we’ll only recommend the services that will help get it there. As summer starts to wind down, it’s a great time to bring your vehicle in for preventative maintenance that will prepare it for the fall and winter seasons.
Check and repair engine issues now
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to replace that filter or to get that noise looked at, the time is now. Cold weather can make existing problems worse, so get any engine driveability issues resolved today. This is also a good time to replace dirty air and fuel filters, PCV valves, and other components that may have been worn out by the demands of summer driving.
Give your cooling system some TLC
You should flush and refill your cooling system on a regular basis according to factory recommendations (more frequently for severe drivers). Be sure to use a mix of one part anti-freeze and one part water to prevent freezing when the temperatures drop. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own, visit the Gray-Daniels Toyota service department. Our certified technicians can also check the condition of your drive belts, clamps, and hoses to ensure that everything’s in proper working condition.
Prepare for optimum visibility
Severe weather can make roads dangerous, and that danger increases when you can’t see the road ahead. Make sure that your heater and defroster are working correctly for both visibility and comfort. Replace your old windshield wiper blades, and be sure to carry extra wiper fluid and an ice-scraper for emergencies.
…and all the rest
At Gray-Daniels Toyota, we recognize that each vehicle is different, so we’ll check all of the most important parts of yours to make sure it’s ready for the road ahead. Ready to enjoy peace of mind in your vehicle? Schedule your service appointment today.
Toyota has long been a pioneer in the automotive industry. Why, just one look at its fuel efficient engines and hybrid lineup have been enough to cement Toyota’s place as a leader in automotive technology and engineering. However, Toyota isn’t ready to rest on its laurels just yet.
Like alternatively-powered vehicles, such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids, Toyota has been researching vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication for quite some time. V2V and V2I were once thought to be an idea of the distant future. But in the rapidly expanding technological sphere, the idea of cars “talking” to other cars and various pieces of infrastructure, such as roads, is becoming more and more a reality; and one that Toyota is keen to spearhead.
Recently, representatives from Toyota testified on the future of surface transportation before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology. In keeping with the company’s pioneering spirit, Toyota reconfirmed its commitment to ensure the next generation of vehicle communication brings the highest levels of safety, quality, and convenience to consumers.
“The automobile is currently undergoing a technological transformation that is reducing crashes, improving fuel efficiency, and bringing greater convenience and improved quality of life to drivers and passengers,” said Toyota vice president Kristen Tabar, from the Toyota Technical Center.
Tabar went on to add that she had “no doubt” that technology such as V2V and V2I “will save lives,” as well as positively affect the environment and become an important contributor to the economic growth of the country.
Autonomous (driverless) cars and expanded V2V and V2I communications are no longer considered science fiction. And with Toyota’s testimony, it’s clear the popular automaker is committed to developing vehicles and technology that enrich consumer’s lives and operate on the cutting edge.
After all, if you’re going to purchase a car, wouldn’t you rather buy from an automaker with one eye fixated firmly on the future of mobility? If you’re like the millions of other Toyota owners around the world, we’re going to wager that you would.
For more information on any of Toyota’s exciting vehicles, be sure to contact our dealership today.
Those of us shopping for a small car need look no further—the 2015 Toyota Yaris has been completely redesigned. With sharper styling, added comfort, and a better price, the Yaris will give shoppers more bang for their buck. The price ranges from $14,845 MSRP* for a 3-door L trim to a 5-door SE trim for $17,620 MSRP.*
The exterior of the new Yaris is more aggressive and energetic with a larger, bolder grille; while the interior has been redesigned for comfort with premium seats, softer materials, and a sporty new dashboard. Safety, as always, is very important to Toyota, so the new Yaris still comes equipped with nine standard SRS airbags which include curtain shield airbags and front seat cushion airbags.
Not only will you look good driving the new Yaris, you’ll also have a ton of fun with the smooth 1.5-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder DOHC engine coupled with a five-speed manual transmission and an improved hydraulic clutch. Drivers will also enjoy Electric Power Steering and other features such as 15-inch wheels, remote keyless entry with an engine immobilizer, six speakers, HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, USB port with iPod connectivity and control, hands-free phone capability, voice recognition, and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology.
The Sales Team at Gray-Daniels Toyota is waiting to put you behind the wheel of a new Toyota vehicle. If you’re looking for a fun, sporty, and affordable ride, be sure to test drive the new Yaris when it becomes available? Call or contact us online today to learn more.
* Price varies based on Trim Levels and Options. See Dealer for in-stock inventory & actual selling price. All prices plus tax, title & license with approved credit. MSRP includes delivery, processing, and handling fees. Dealer doc fee $245.00 not included in price. Prices may be different outside of each advertised period and do not necessarily reflect cash price at any other time.
New for 2014
The 2014 Toyota 4Runner receives revised exterior and interior styling for the 2014 model year, as well as new audio system options, including Toyota’s Entune infotainment suite.
True to its Roots
In nearly three decades on sale, the Toyota 4Runner has seen the SUV segment expand from a well-loved niche into something decidedly mainstream. While other models have changed or died off as customer demand shifted, the 4Runner has stayed true to its roots as a sport-utility vehicle that’s equal parts “sport” and “utility.”
The 2014 4Runner not only offers a spacious cabin, plenty of cargo room, and the reassurance of four-wheel drive, but also the ability to go off road. A sturdy body-on-frame chassis and tough mechanical bits mean the 4Runner won’t be limited to school runs and trips to Starbucks; it’s prepared for any adventure you can think of.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2014 4Runner is only offered with one engine option, one that features plenty of grunt. The 4.0-liter V6 produces 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, and is coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission.
In addition, buyers get a choice of rear-wheel drive or two four-wheel drive systems.
The two-speed, part-time system offered in SR5 and Trail 4x4 models provides better control off road and ability to switch to rear-wheel drive for better fuel efficiency on road. Limited models feature a full-time system with a locking center differential and three modes for added confidence and convenience.
Other mechanical features include crawl control, which helps the 4Runner maintain a steady but slow speed on rough terrain, and a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) that increases this SUV’s sure-footedness off road.
Despite being a traditional body-on-frame SUV, the 4Runner returns fairly good fuel economy. The EPA rates the rear-wheel drive model at 19 mpg combined (17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway), while the four-wheel drive model is rated at 18 mpg combined (17 mpg city, 21 mpg highway).*
Features and Trims
Whether you want a tough off-roader or a well-equipped town car, there’s a 4Runner model that will suit your needs. This five-door SUV is even available with an optional third-row seat.
Starting at $32,820** for rear-wheel drive or $34,695** for four-wheel drive, the SR5 comes with plenty of standard features. Among the highlights are a tow hitch, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a backup camera. A Premium trim adds Entune connectivity and navigation.
Stepping up to the Trail 4x4 for $35,725** adds several off-road specific features, including the crawl control and the option to add the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System.
The top Limited trim level starts at $41,365** with two-wheel drive and $43,400** with four-wheel drive. In addition to all of the applicable features of the SR5 and Trail 4x4 models, it has a leather-lined cabin, dual-zone automatic climate control, 20-inch wheels, and a heated and ventilated eight-way power driver’s seat.
For 2014, the 4Runner gets a revised exterior with bolder styling that help it stand out in the crowded SUV and crossover segment. The bold grille and angular headlights make quite a statement, as do the boxy, flared fenders. A hood scoop, silver bumper accents, and color-keyed bumpers and overfenders further dress up the Trail 4x4 model.
The interior gets a few upgrades as well, including added soft-touch material and standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. For Trail models, there’s also an overhead console with switches for the off-road functions.
There’s an equal measure of technology added to the mix. The 2014 4Runner gets a suite of new audio and infotainment options under the Entune brand, including an eight-speaker audio system, navigation, 6.1-inch touchscreen display, and hands-free phone capability, depending on the options selected.
The 4Runner is also prepared for anything the world can throw at it and its occupants. Standard safety features include eight airbags, the Star Safety System--which bundles stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and other features--and the Safety Connect telematics system (on Limited models). The subscription-based service puts vehicle occupants in touch with a response center in the event of an accident.
Many of today’s SUVs are really car-based crossovers that lack the off-road ability to back up their tall ride heights and bulked-up looks. That’s not the case with the 2014 Toyota 4Runner. This SUV stalwart is not only big on utility--including optional third-row seating--it can also keep going when the road stops.*2014 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
**Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $810 for Cars, $860 for Small/Medium Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), and $995 for Large Trucks (Land Cruiser, Tundra and Sequoia).
A change in the sounds a car makes can indicate a problem.
Not many people have medical training, but almost everyone can tell when there's something wrong with their body. They visit a doctor, describe the symptoms, and let him diagnose the problem.
Cars should be treated the same way. While they don't have aches and pains, they use noises to let their owners know that something's not right. That's why new sounds or changes in the regular noises should never be ignored. Many aren't serious but some can be a warning of impending doom. If in doubt, when a car or truck starts making a different sound, talk to a technician.
Just like doctors, though, technicians can't perform magic. They need some information to diagnose the problem. Here are four ways to help.
What does it sound like?
Don't feel embarrassed about trying to impersonate your car. If it's making a “tick tick tick” sound, say so. Same goes for a squeak, squeal, rattle, groan, or knock. Each one means something different to the tech and helps to isolate the problem.
Where is it coming from?
This will be the second question. Is it inside the cabin or outside? Front or back? Left or right?
As a general rule, even though squeaks and rattles from inside the cabin can be annoying, they're rarely serious. Often it's just two pieces of trim rubbing together; sometimes it's as trivial as a soda can trapped under a seat. However, if the sounds are coming from the front (engine, wheels, or suspension), it could be more serious.
When does it happen?
All the time? Only when braking? When hitting a pothole or turning left or right or, less obviously, does it change with vehicle or engine speed? If you're not sure, lower the window while stopped at a red light and gently depress the gas pedal. If the problem is engine-related it may speed up or get louder. Again, the answer completes part of the puzzle for the technician.
Any other symptoms?
Often an owner won't connect an unusual or different feeling to a particular sound, but they can be related. For example, steering problems can manifest as a knocking from the front plus looseness through the steering. The same goes for smells. Another example: a sweet odor along with a hiss from under the hood could mean a leaking radiator.
Early attention means prevention
A technician won't laugh while you try to impersonate the strange sound your car has started making. A good technician will take it seriously and ask questions. Some noises are of little consequence but others indicate it's time for some maintenance work. By responding quickly to a new sound it's often possible to avoid breakdowns and the expensive bills that may go along with it. So don’t hesitate to ask a technician, "What IS that sound?"
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There are lots of different ways to celebrate Labor Day, but most people see this event as a way to mark the end of the summer. Whether you've been on a road trip, or a family vacation, the chances are that you've been putting your car through its paces. As the warmth and light of summer starts to fade, why not give your car a Labor Day cleanse so that it's ready for the autumn and winter? Here are some the things you might want to consider doing.
Start by ridding your car's interior of unwanted clutter and rubbish. You'll be surprised what you might find under the mats and tucked in the cup holders, so grab a trash bag and get ruthless. Start by emptying trash that you can find on the seats, then check under the seats and in every compartment, cubby-hole, or pocket. Empty the glove box and only put back the essentials. Have a look in the trunk, too. You'll probably find many remnants of your vacation lurking there, so get them out and get rid of them. With all the junk removed, you can start the hard work.
Detailing inside your car can be time-consuming but the results speak for themselves. A clean, fresh-smelling car is going to be much more appealing to both driver and passengers alike. Use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the carpets and upholstery, paying attention to remove dust, dirt, and animal hairs. You may be surprised just how much dirt your cleaner picks up. Make sure you clean in a well-ventilated place with plenty of room to move, or you'll quickly get hot and bothered. Shake out car mats and leave them to air in a well-ventilated space so that they smell and look fresh.
Now you can turn your attention to the rest of the interior. Remove stains on your upholstery with the appropriate cleaners. Pay attention to particularly difficult grease-based stains, such as lipstick, which may be harder to remove. Remember to physically remove as much of the stain as possible with tweezers, a butter knife, or a dry cloth. Use rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth by dabbing gently to gradually lift the stain, without grinding it further into the fabric. Use a specialist cleaner for your dashboard and other parts of the car interior that may be made from plastic, leather, vinyl, wood, or chrome. If you are unsure which cleaner to use, consult your dealer for advice to ensure that you don't cause further damage.
Cleaning the inside is only part of your Labor Day cleanse, however. Take time to thoroughly wash the exterior of your car with a car shampoo and a clean cloth. Your service department will be able to recommend good cleaning materials. Don't use any old sponge or cloth. Even if it feels relatively soft, it may actually scratch your paint work. Feel free to use a pressure washer, but be careful not to use equipment this powerful around the under-carriage or on the engine, as the pressure of the water can cause more damage. Windows should also be cleaned with a specialized cleaner.
Polishing and waxing your car's paint work makes it look great and provides a protective layer for the months to come, when grit and ice on the roads, and cold temperatures may start to take their toll. Use a good quality wax product and always follow the manufacturer's instructions for best results. The rule of thumb when it comes to polishing and waxing is that the longer you take and the more you polish, the better the finish. You can also buy specialist products for your wheels and tires. Take the opportunity to give them a Labor Day polish too!
If all that sounds like a lot of hard work, then remember that you can always book the car in for a professional detail at your local service department. If you have plenty of time, and enjoy a bit of hard work, however, you may find that a Labor Day cleanse is a particularly satisfying way to look after one of your most valuable assets.
Renting an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t own a pet unless, of course, your landlord forbids them. Many apartments that won’t allow a dog or cat may be willing to allow other types of pets. The trick is to find the one that best fits into the size of your apartment, and the amount of time you have to devote to its care.
You might find a match from the suggestions below for “best pets when you’re renting an apartment.” Some of these pets are specific breeds of dogs and cats that have good track records as apartment pets, while others are more exotic suggestions.
Birds of a feather
The top two apartment birds are in the parrot family: parakeets and cockatiels. The smaller parakeet makes a good choice if you have never previously owned a bird. Their cages aren’t very big, they come in a variety of bright colors, and caring for them is relatively easy. Cockatiels are also favorites for similar reasons, but they are also larger and more talkative. These highly intelligent birds are calmer than the playful parakeet, but their whistling ability enables them to learn songs that usually entertain their owners.
The cat’s meow
British shorthairs have a solid reputation as apartment pets. Quiet, friendly, and loving with their owners, this breed is also very healthy and hardy. The gentle temperament of the Ragdoll breed also makes them a perfect choice for apartment living. These undemanding lap cats with unaggressive personalities should never be allowed to roam outside, which makes them a perfect indoor pet.
The type of fish you choose depends upon the size of the tank you can afford and the size of your apartment. While the benefits of fish ownership are obvious, their tanks do require regular cleaning, and some knowledge is needed to establish a balanced environment inside of their tank. Fish are fascinating, beautiful, and can be very relaxing to watch at the end of a long, hard day. With a little research, you can determine which species make the best pet fish for beginners.
Exotic animals as pets
More people are turning to exotic animals as pet choices for apartment living. Many are sociable, even affectionate. For many years, chinchillas, ferrets, gerbils, hamsters, mice, and rabbits have been popular choices for apartment dwellers. If adopted at a young age, some can even be litter box trained.
If you don’t want a warm and fuzzy mammal, the not-very-sociable lizard, gecko, bearded dragon, or anoles have become popular choices for beginner reptile owners. Snakes aren’t for everyone, but apartment dwellers find that corn, king, and milk snakes are adaptable when you understand the unique requirements for snake ownership.
Man’s best friend
Pekingese rank high as dogs that quickly adjust to life in apartments. They enjoy unhurried outdoor walks, but can be just as happy playing with you indoors. The Basset Hound is a laid-back and friendly dog breed that also rates high for apartment life. While they do need a little more exercise outdoors, once back home again, they are quite content watching television with you.
No matter which pet you choose to accompany you in your apartment, it’s important to remember that you will become responsible for the care and feeding of this animal. Get all the facts about the pet before you adopt or make a purchase, and then clear it with your landlord to be sure there will be no objections.
This savory, nutty pasta dish is so quick and easy-to-make that it is sure to become a standby for unexpected guests. It’s hearty enough to stand alone as a one-dish meal, but when combined with a lovely salad, crusty bread, and a glass of dry white wine, it makes a rustic meal with a special touch of elegance.
This forgiving recipe allows for a wide variety of substitutions and still stays tasty. Fresh sliced crimini mushrooms work well in place of the porcinis and won’t need reconstitution. The pasta of choice is a fiber-rich whole wheat cheese tortellini, but penne, fettuccini, or bow tie pasta also holds the sauce. Walnuts can be a healthy and less expensive stand-in for the pine nuts. One-inch chunks of chicken or salmon can be added for additional flavor and protein.
Tortellini with Porcini, Pine Nuts, and Garbanzos
Total Prep Time: 35 minutes
Active Time: 35 minutes
Yield 6 servings
4 cups (1 32-ounce container) low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1 pound whole wheat tortellini
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large shallots, peeled and finely chopped
1 cup sliced zucchini
1 cup sliced yellow squash
2 cups fresh spinach, washed, stemmed, and shredded
1 (14-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
Bring the stock to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer and add the dried porcini mushrooms. Simmer about 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Remove the mushrooms but reserve the stock; chop the mushrooms and set aside.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the tortellini, cooking according to the package instructions.
In a large pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the shallots until they are just tender, about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and yellow squash and continue cooking 3 more minutes. Add the spinach and garbanzo beans and cook until the spinach has just wilted.
Take 2 ladles-full of the reserved stock and add it to the vegetables. Add the mushrooms and stir until well mixed. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste and remove from the heat. Add the pasta and toss gently to coat. Top with pine nuts and shredded parmesan cheese and serve warm.
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