Remember how excited you were to get behind the wheel for the very first time? With the complete redesign of the 2015 Yaris, its exciting new attitude will make daily driving fun again. Equipped with more luxurious materials, and a bundle of slight improvements that make even it even more aggressive, you’ll have a hard time leaving it in the driveway. Here at Gray-Daniels Toyota, we feel that Toyota has truly outdone itself.
The fresh new look of the Yaris was designed in Toyota’s cutting edge ED design studio located in France. Notable features include its wide horizontal front grille made of chrome, new LED daytime running lights, and a single wide-sweeping windshield wiper. The results are obvious with a more menacing and confident look than ever before.
Not only does the new Yaris look sportier on the outside, softer and more luxurious materials complement its interior. With improved functionality, the inside is comfortable with a sporty look for a truly thrilling ride that engages the senses.
Under the hood you will find a 1.5L 16-valve four-cylinder DOHC engine with VVT-i technology. Its 106 horsepower and 103 pounds-feet of torque are accentuated by the 2015 model’s improved aerodynamics. Its handling is also spectacular with a 31.5 ft. turning circle–the best in its class. This makes it easy to zip in and out of tight spots, making U-turns a breeze. Other performance improvements include a more rigidly designed body structure and retuned suspension.
Whether you’re ready to test-drive the 2015 Yaris or want to view our extensive Toyota inventory, our team at Gray-Daniels Toyota will help you find the perfect model for your daily needs. No matter which Toyota you get, you can relax by trusting in one of the most reliable and enduring automotive brands in the world. Contact us today.
Don’t miss its bold new design and innovative XSE trim
As the best-selling vehicle in the country for 12 years running, there is no denying the Toyota Camry is a one-of-a-kind sedan. Our team at Gray-Daniels Toyota predicts that it is going to stay at the head of the pack, especially with its exciting new redesign for 2015. Without eliminating the qualities that we know and love, the new trims offer high-quality premium materials, features, and a more stylish and aggressive stance.
One of the first things you will notice about the new model is the body structure. Its slightly more rigid lines and contours reveal a Camry that looks younger and sportier than ever. Improved aerodynamics, a more rigid body structure, and fine-tuned suspension work together to improve performance fit for action seekers and family members alike.
For the really adventurous, there is an exciting new XSE trim. The sportiest Camry ever designed, its available 3.5L V6 produces 268 horsepower for a really exciting ride. It also comes with refined suspension tuning and large 18-inch wheels. A 2.5L four-cylinder is also available.
Inside, the 2015 Camry is more luxurious than ever before. Its available Ultrasuede and leather trims do a great job of blurring the lines between standard and luxury models. It also comes with the latest technological amenities including a 4.2-inch TFT screen, 3D gauges, and the latest in vehicle connectivity. Easily access your favorite music, navigation, and Camry’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System along with many other features.
One of the best parts about the inside of the new Camry is the incredible reduction of noise. Hear more of the music, and conversations, thanks to a quieter powertrain, better-sealed doors and windows, improved aerodynamics and carpeting that soaks up sound more than ever.
Of course, the 2015 Camry still offers the driving reliability and safety that millions of Americans love year after year. Now it is just fit for the 21st century. Contact us at Gray-Daniels Toyota to schedule a test drive immediately.
October is Fall Car Care Month, an annual event sponsored by the Car Care Council. During this month, the council recommends drivers make sure their vehicles are prepared for changing temperatures with fall service. At Gray-Daniels Toyota, our expert technicians are ready to help get your vehicle ready for winter—or simply make sure it’s performing at its best.
“The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather,” says Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Winter magnifies existing problems like hard starts, sluggish performance and rough idling.” The council created the Fall Car Care Month Checklist as a resource to help drivers know what to look for as the temperatures drop. Here are some of the highlights.
Get tires and brakes checked
- Make sure your tire treads are at an acceptable depth. If winter weather is expected in your area, consider special tires to combat the snow and ice.
- Check tire pressure weekly during the winter.
- Make sure your brakes (your vehicle’s most important safety device) is working properly.
Test heating, wipers, and lights
- Make sure these visibility-enhancing features are working properly before an emergency.
- Ask about winter wiper blades and cold-weather washer fluid.
Check gas, oil, and filters
- Keep your gas tank at least half full during cold weather to prevent freezing in gas lines.
- Change oil and filter when recommended and consider “winter weight” oil for cold climates.
- Don’t forget to check fuel, air, and transmission filters.
The Car Care Council also recommends getting your charging, cooling, and exhaust systems checked and stocking your vehicle with winter essentials (including ice scraper, jumper cables, and flashlight).
The Gray-Daniels Toyota service department is here to make sure you’re confident about your vehicle’s performance in the months ahead. This month, we’re running a number of fall service specials to make taking care of your vehicle even more affordable and efficient. To learn more, contact us today.
The original FT-1 concept car debuted back in January and swiftly went about captivating the world at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. Comprised of a curvaceous exterior; draped in a stunning red color scheme; and sporting the sort of vibrant visual effects that would make even the most accomplished Hollywood studio brim with envy, the FT-1 builds on Toyota’s rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2, and most recently, the Scion FR-S.
Recently, at the Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival Gala held on California’s Monterey Peninsula, Toyota went about stunning the world once more, unveiling a second interior styling and exterior color for an upscale interpretation of its sensational sports car concept.
This time, instead of a ravishing red, the latest FT-1 sports a sophisticated graphite exterior. Inside, Toyota replaced the original concept’s masculine black with a rich saddled-colored leather, which Toyota says draws inspiration from the modern, high-tech performance materials used for today’s superhero costumes.
While enthusiast may have been particularly pleased with the original concept’s red and black pairing, Toyota believes the swap in color scheme not only showcases the concepts versatility, but may ultimately prove more pleasing to consumers that desire a more premium, athletic feel. Truth be told, we can’t see anyone taking issue with either model. In fact, we’ll take two of each, please!
Concept cars by their very nature are stunning examples of engineering. They allow automakers to dare and to dream. Concepts are designed to ignite the soul and catch the eye, but when one manages to evoke such raw response like the FT-1, it’s clear the fine folks at Toyota have exceeded expectations.
The FT-1 concept is a living, breathing example of metal and magic rolled into one cohesive, lip-smattering mold, and if this is indeed the north star by which Toyota will guide its future designs, the future looks incredibly bright for Toyota fans.
While it may be some time before we see a production version of the FT-1, feel free to stop by our dealership and explore the many great Toyota vehicles available today.
New for 2014
The 2014 Toyota Prius c remains the same nimble and fuel-efficient car as last year, with no major changes to the current model.
As the smallest and least expensive model in Toyota’s hybrid family, the 2014 Prius c proves that miserly fuel economy can be had at an incredibly attractive price.
Not only is the baby of the Prius bunch affordable, with a starting MSRP of $19,080,* its unique styling, seating for five passengers, and nimble handling make it an incredibly attractive proposition for nearly any budget.
Powertrains and Performance
Underneath the Prius c’s pinched hood lives a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor that is fed by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Total combined output for the Prius c is 99 horsepower, which is channeled to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
As with any hybrid model, the most important figures are that of its fuel economy. And when it comes to the Prius c, few are able to match it. That’s because the Prius c earns an EPA-estimated (and astronomical) 50 mpg combined.** Plan on driving in the city? The Prius c gets 53 mpg.** Feel like venturing out onto the highway? Well then satisfy your need for adventure and enjoy 46 mpg.**
While the bulk of your driving joy will derive from its miserly fuel economy, the Prius c acquits itself well out on the road. It’s small footprint means maneuvering in and out of tight corners and parking spaces is a breeze. It’s also quite sprightly, with driving manners that make for one fun city runabout.
Don’t mistake the c for some sort of pipsqueak Prius, though. It handles longer stretches of pavement with aplomb and passing power is more than adequate. Drivers keen to put their foot down with authority will be surprised by the vehicle’s impressive acceleration.
Features and Trims
With its versatile hatchback body style and four-door configuration, the 2014 Prius c is as practical as it is fuel efficient. It comes in four different trim levels named One through Four, and is roomy enough to seat 5 passengers
Standard highlights for One models include 15-inch steel wheels, a 3.5-inch multifunctional display, and Bluetooth® audio and phone connectivity. One models also come with full power accessories and a handy USB/iPod® port.
The Prius c Two adds to the base model’s impressive list with a height-adjustable driver seat, center console storage bin, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and six-speaker sound system.
Next up, the Prius c Three nets drivers keyless ignition/entry, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, and a navigation system. Of course, an advance car such as the Prius c deserves some advance features, and c Three models come with Toyota’s cutting-edge Entune® app suite, which includes access to Bing™, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable® and Pandora®, as well as real-time info including traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks.
Finally, the Prius c Four gets a number of exterior enhancements, such as alloy wheels, heated mirrors, and foglights. Four models also come equipped with Toyota’s SofTex® simulated leather trim and heated front seats.
Traditionally, fuel-efficient cars aren’t known for their standout styling, but the Prius c happily adds to its fuel-sipping frugality with genuine good looks. Despite being based on the Yaris platform, the Prius c has an identity of its own. Strong visual cues include sweeping headlights and long, vertical taillights that help the Prius c “pop” in a crowed parking lot.
With space for five passengers, you may have already surmised the amount of cabin space on offer in the Prius c—a lot . The interior is also rather stylish, too, with a uniquely sculpted dash that cradles the center console and available LCD touchscreen.
There is even a multifunctional steering wheel, complete with steering wheel-mounted controls for added convenience. Meanwhile, like its larger siblings, the Prius c does away with the traditional analogue gauge cluster/instrumentation in favor of an all-digital make up.
Finally, we’ve touted the Prius c’s versatility already and we weren’t just blowing smoke up your tailpipe. The base Prius c One's rear seat folds down as one piece, but Two and above models feature a 60/40 split seat for greater versatility.
As with every new Toyota model, the Prius c comes with Toyota’s Star Safety System™, an advanced suite of six standard safety features. These consist of enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and Smart Stop Technology®.
The Prius c also comes with nine airbags as standard, including a driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System. Additionally, the c is equipped with energy-absorbing crumple zones that help disperse energy away from the passenger compartment.
Fun, frugal, and feisty in a curve, the Prius c proves that value and excitement can co-exist in sweet automotive harmony—and from such a wonderfully small package, to boot!
But don’t let its size fool you. With enough room for five passengers, the Prius c remains every bit as capable as its larger hybrid siblings.
It may be the baby of the Prius brood, but out on the road, the 2014 Prius c proves wise beyond its years.
For more information, or to schedule a test drive, be sure to stop by or contact our dealership.
* Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $825 for Cars, $885 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, RAV4 EV, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1100 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $925 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota's charge for these services is called the "Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee" and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota's overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary.
** 2014 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
A simple explanation of the relationship between your tires and your fuel economy
When you think of all the things that affect how much fuel your car uses, your tires may not sit at the top of the list. Most drivers assume that the way they drive has the biggest impact on fuel efficiency, but there are all sorts of variables that can actually affect this number. Car tires are an extremely important part of the gas mileage equation, which is why you need to make sure that your tires are fit for this purpose. Why do they make such a difference? Read on to find out more.
The tires are a vital part of any car. It's worth remembering that your tire rubber is literally the only thing that connects your car to the road. When you think of how many miles of driving this affects, it's easy to understand how this part of the car can make such a difference. The car's tires affect nearly every aspect of performance, from the speed you reach to the effectiveness with which your brakes can bring the car to a halt.
To get optimum fuel efficiency, the balance of the car's weight against the road surface needs to be right. Your car's manufacturer calculates the ideal pressure to inflate the tires, so that the tires make the most efficient contact with the road. It's important that the tires grip the road's surface, or the driver can't control the vehicle, and the handling suffers. Too much grip, however, increases the friction, and that means that the car has to work harder to accelerate. In these cases, the driver may not notice much difference when he or she pushes the accelerator, but the car is actually using more fuel than it needs to. Over many miles, this leads to a relatively significant increase in fuel consumption.
Low pressure in your car's tires magnifies the weight of the vehicle. Imagine the mass of the car pushing down on the tires, and you can easily see how this would slow the vehicle down. This wouldn't make that much difference if it happened for a couple of miles, but if you drive your car with under-inflated tires for weeks at a time, you could see quite a significant drop in fuel efficiency. Similar problems occur when the tread on your tires wears out. Without the right depth of tread, the tires can't grab the road's surface, which means they can slip on the road. Once again, the engine must work harder to allow them to gain traction, further increasing the amount of fuel you use.
Make sure your tires are correctly inflated whenever you drive your car. Take time to check your tire pressure at least once a week. You can buy a small tire pressure monitor for use at home, or you can find larger machines at the service station. If you want to know the correct tire pressure for the make and model of your car, check the owner's manual, or contact your dealer for more advice. It takes no time at all to check your tire pressure, but it could save you a lot of money in the long run.
Any questions? Ask your mechanic.
If you were to make a list of 100 things you wanted to do today, there's a good chance that "take your car in for a service appointment” is not on it. But why not? There's no need to waste time.
Here are some good questions to ask to get the most out of your next service appointment.
Are you ASE certified? An ASE certified mechanic has fulfilled the voluntary requirements of the US National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. To become certified, a mechanic must have at least two years of experience and pass at least one specialty test. ASE certified mechanics must renew every five years. You want your mechanic to be ASE certified much in the same way you'd like your doctor to have a medical degree.
Are you familiar with this make and model? There are plenty of good mechanics properly trained to handle routine maintenance and repairs on most vehicles. But your vehicle is not routine. It's yours. It gets you to and from work. It gets your kids from one activity to the next. It, therefore, behooves you to make sure your good mechanic has experience working with your non-routine vehicle. The best place to start for expert mechanics on your vehicle is to check out the service department where you bought it.
How much do you charge to diagnose the problem? It's hard to fix your car's problem if the mechanic doesn't know what the problem is. In order to find out what the problem is, the mechanic needs to diagnose the problem. This takes time. Find out beforehand what the diagnostic costs are. Quite often, the service department will waive the diagnostic cost if you opt to have it fixed there.
Are you clear on why I brought in my vehicle? Remember when you were in middle school and you were given an assignment and you got home and realized you weren't entirely sure what you were supposed to do? Chances are you didn't do the assignment, did poorly on it, or ended up having to do it late. You don't want the mechanic to be like a lost student who's not quite clear on what it is you want done. Before you leave your vehicle, make sure the mechanic can clearly state what the plan is. Also, make sure he has a phone number in case clarification is needed.
How did you arrive at this estimate? A good, honest mechanic will have no trouble explaining how he or she arrived at your vehicle's repair or maintenance estimate. Most will volunteer estimate basics without needing to be prompted and most will go into more detail if asked to do so. Don't be afraid to ask for clarification or explanations for specific items if you're not sure what's going on or if you think something just doesn't sound right. It's the mechanic's responsibility to make things clear.
Asking the right questions gets you the service you deserve and helps the mechanic provide the best service based on what you want.
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Are you tired of the same old die-hard fall recipes that come around every year? There are ways to indulge in the tastes of the season without making the same pie over and over again. If you love pumpkin, but you’re looking for something different, check out this quick and easy recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They’re a delicious, cake-like, sweet (but not too sweet), new fall staple to add to your recipe box.
(Makes 2 dozen cookies)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 (16 oz) can 100% pure pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 (12 oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and grease two cookie sheets.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice together in a medium bowl.
- Beat the butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring as you add to make a smooth batter. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
- Drop tablespoon-sized spoonfuls of the batter on greased cookie sheets and bake until edges are golden, 10 to 20 minutes.
Show everyone this Halloween that two costumes are better than one
References to famous pairs from movies, TV, fairytales, and other sources always work, as long as they’re fairly recognizable. Fantasy couples are often better material than real-life couples simply because they’re already exaggerated, and easier to duplicate. You can choose to be topical or classic, but it’s always a good idea to pick something you and your costume partner both love so you can really sell it.
Adam and Eve
This standby is fairly simple to execute and works well for maximum recognizability. All you need are two flesh-tone shirts and pants or tights, some fake leaves/flowers, and a hot glue gun. Attach the leaves in their appropriate places, and you’re ready to go. Props like an apple and a snake will give your costume a little more of a wow-factor.
Mario and the Princess
Video game references are solid couple costume choices, but Mario and the Princess is one of the best because the characters are so recognizable. Creating Mario’s outfit is easy. All you’ll need is a pair of overalls, a red T-shirt, and a red hat. Cut felt or paper yellow circles for overall buttons, too if you so desire. For the princess, you might have to scour the Internet/thrift stores for a poofy pink dress, but once you find that you just need to add a few key accessories and you’re done. Not a fan of dresses? Mario and Luigi works, too.
Pac-Man and Ghost
This idea is great for a couple or a whole group, it’s a crowd-pleaser, and it’s a cinch to make. Cut the classic Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-Man and Ghost shapes out of sturdy cardboard, twice. Paint the shapes to reflect your chosen character, on both copies. Securely connect the two shapes with string and slip it over your head so the strings rest on your shoulders. Now, chase each other around a bit to get in character. Want to take your costume above and beyond? If you’re the ghost, paint one side your normal color and the other side in blue. That way you can switch just like in the actual game.
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