2015 Toyota Camry XSE Test Drive

Exterior

2015 Toyota Camry XSE

2015 Toyota Camry XSE

Let’s start with the obvious, the new grille. It’s more aggressive with a wider, more prominent grille and a significant body line stretching from the front fender through the doors and rear quarter panel. Conveying a sense of motion. The headlights will be available in LEO low and high beams with an auto-leveling system. The 2015 model is longer than the outgoing Camry by 1.8 inches and features a 0.4-inch wider track.

Interior

2015 Camry Interior

2015 Camry Interior

Inside the new Camry are more premium and soft-touch materials, as well as a new 4.2-inch color screen between the gauges of SE, XLE and XSE models for controlling vehicle functions, audio, navigation, warnings and communications. The steering wheel has cool red stitching in the new XSE trim that gives it an edgier look compared to any Camry in the past.

One focus of the redesign was to quiet the cabin, by improving window and door seals and adding more insulating material to the carpet.

Engine

2015 Camry Grille

2015 Camry Grille

The 2015 Camry engine has pretty much remained the same as before. The 4 cylinder Camry has its 178 hp engine and the 6 cylinder engine still uses a 268 hp engine. The only difference between any of the Camry models is the brand new XSE trim level, which adds a stiffer sport suspension, unique steering tuning and 18-inch wheels.

 

 

Safety

2015 Toyota Camry Side

2015 Toyota Camry Side

The 2015 Camry will offer driving aids such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning, automatic high beams and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. It adds a backup camera to all models as well as optional adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert and a pre-collision system.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about the 2015 Toyota Camry or would like to take one for a test drive, please visit us at Toyota of the Black Hills today. Located at Exit 60, I-90 Rapid City, or visit us at www.ToyotaoftheBlackHills.com  to browse our Camry and new car selection.

Toyota Reveals Hydrogen Vehicle

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At CES this year Toyota will be unveiling the first ever Hydrogen powered vehicle by a major auto manufacturer.

At the opening of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest trade show in Las Vegas, Senior Vice President Automotive Operations, Bob Carter, shared the stage with Toyota’s latest concept fuel cell electric vehicle, the FCV.

“We aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel; just everything necessary to make them turn,” said Carter.  In extensive testing and extreme on-road testing in North America for more than a year, the FCV prototype consistently delivered:

·       a driving range of about 300 miles

·       zero-to-sixty acceleration of about 10 seconds, with no emissions, other than water vapor

·       refueling of its hydrogen tanks taking three to five minutes

 

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Carter admitted there are significant challenges facing hydrogen powered vehicles.  “The first is building the vehicle at a reasonable price for many people.  The second is doing what we can to help kick-start the construction of convenient hydrogen refueling infrastructure.  We’re doing a good job with both and we will launch in 2015.

 

 

What Vehicle Parts Are At Risk in the Summer Heat?

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America’s roads are always busy, but the summer months are particularly hectic. As millions of Americans head off for their annual summer vacation, you can expect long traffic jams and frustrated drivers.

Modern cars may be mechanically advanced, but they are still susceptible to heat, and the summer sun can be particularly hazardous for certain parts of your car. Allow our skilled service technicians to equip you with information pertinent to your warm weather journeys.

Hoses and Belts

Though it may seem rather obvious, it is very important to keep the engine cool when driving in the summer heat. Hoses help pump coolant to and from the engine while belts enable the fan to run effectively and continually cool your car’s engine.  In extreme heat, however, hoses can crack and belts can snap. You can check the hoses and belts yourself by looking for visual signs of wear or damage. If you are unsure, schedule an appointment with our service department before you set out on a summer road trip.

Cooling system

Modern cars have very effective cooling systems, which can counter relatively high extremes of temperature, but they have their limits. Aside from problems with hoses and belts, low levels of coolant, a leak in the radiator or a missing radiator cap can spell disaster if you are driving in hot weather.

Tires

Your car’s tires are vulnerable throughout the year, however, under-inflated, over-inflated or worn tires can be particularly dangerous during the summer. Tire pressure changes as the temperature increases. If the tire is under-inflated, it can bulge outward and put pressure on the sidewalls of the tire. If this continues, the tire can eventually burst. If the tire is overinflated, you are also at greater risk of hydroplaning in the event of a rain shower. Contact our tire center team to avoid potential road hazards.

Oil filter

The car you drive relies heavily on oil, as this substance allows car parts to run efficiently. Heavy driving during the summer puts additional pressure on the oil, and on the oil filters in your car. Aim to change your oil filters as often as the owner’s manual recommends, and certainly get them checked before you head off on a summer expedition.

Whether you are staying local this summer or driving hundreds of miles, we encourage you to contact us soon to protect your car from the rigor of summer heat.

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Win a STRIDER™ – Guess how many bikes fit in the back of a Prius v Two?

Submit your guess below to win a new STRIDER™ Bike.
One online entry and one in store entry will be chosen for winners.
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The contest went great and we received a total of 163 entries. That may sound like a lot of competition but we only had 15 correct guesses.
The correct number of Striders in a Prius v Two was ……drumroll please………………….. 18 Striders!

There can be only one! At least one online and one in store. Here are the winners!

Online Winner : Jenny Crotty of Rapid City
Instore Winner : Donna Russo of Deadwood

Congratulations to both of the winners and thanks for playing to everyone!

The Redesigned 2013 RAV4

Go Places with the 2013 RAV4. Whether you’re looking for a reliable ride to work every day or transportation to your favorite golf course, this adaptable vehicle has everything you need to get you to your destination. With 73.4 cu. ft. of cargo space and rear folding seats, the 2013 RAV4 has ample space for camping gear, golf clubs, soccer equipment, or whatever your extra-curricular activities may be. If your driving conditions are less than perfect, the AWD system and traction control is a plus.

Rollout for the new Rav4 will begin in February and it features a complete redesign of the vehicle. Changes include a sleek and modern appearance, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, and a new 6-speed automatic transmission. The interior has soft-touch accents and available French stitching as well as comfortable seating for 5.

Be sure to check out toyotaoftheblackhills.com and browse through our new RAV4 selection and also accessories for your new RAV4. Just click here or hover over the “Service and Parts” tab and click on “Shop for Parts and Accessories” link. Next, choose the vehicle you wish to shop for and you will receive results for accessories ranging from audio and video to wheels. If you are shopping for parts, there is a form at the bottom of the same page which you can fill out to request a specific item.

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What do the sidewall markings on my tire mean?

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English: tire identification diagram showing various labeling features, English terms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

September 25 2012 • toyota.com frequently asked questions

The sidewall markings on a tire provide descriptive information about the tire’s design.

Step by step let’s interpret the sidewall markings on the tire image example below by reading clockwise from P215/65R16, which is located on the lower left-hand corner of the tire illustration:

  • P - Passenger vehicle tire
  • 215 - This number specifies the width in millimeters (i.e. 215 mm)
  • 65 - This number is the Aspect Ratio, the ratio of sidewall height to width
  • R - Radial
  • 16 - This number designates the tire’s diameter in inches (i.e. 16″)
  • 89 - This number indicates the tire’s load-carrying capacity, known as the Load Index; as the number for the load index increases so does the load-carrying capacity (All passenger car tires in the U.S. are also marked with their actual load limit in pounds)
  • H - This letter denotes the Speed Rating, the maximum tire speed under controlled test conditions (H” in this example is one of several types of speed ratings)
  • Treadwear - Wear rate of the tire determined by field testing following a government specified course
  • Traction - How well the tire stops on wet roads in government tests, graded using the letters AA, A, B, or C with AA being the highest in performance
  • Temperature - The tire’s resistance to the heat generated by running at a high speed in government tests, which is also graded using A, B, or C with A being the best
  • psi (pounds per square inch) - The maximum cold inflation rating for the tire
  • DOT (Department of Transportation) - This symbol indicates the tire meets or exceeds United States DOT safety standards; the letters and numbers following the DOT symbol provide information about the tire manufacturer, tire size, and the date it was manufactured

For information on tire size and pressure specific to your vehicle please refer to Tires in the index of your owner’s manual for the appropriate page numbers. Additional tire information is also available in the tire section of the DOT website.

 

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5 car noises you should not ignore

It’s easy to say that you don’t have money to fix some of these small problems now, but wait a little while and these small problems turn into money hungry monsters. You’ll be paying a lot more later on down the road.

1. Increased thwacking sound as your vehicle accelerates.

Your tire is dying. The tread on the tire is departing and pieces of it are whipping the inside of the wheel well.  In some instances, large pieces can become dislodged and mangle the exterior or underside of your vehicle, causing more damage.

2. High-pitch screeching sound under hood

A high-pitched screeching sound that comes from under your hood and matches engine speed is often a serpentine belt in its last hours of life, but there are many other belts which may also be the culprit. Belts which power many other devices including water pump, power steering, air conditioning compressor, and alternator. A screeching belt will eventually break and leave you stranded. Fix this if you want to use your vehicle to get you from point A to point B.

3. Squeaky brakes

When your brakes are screaming at you every time you use them, the brake pads or shoes are at the expiration date. The screeching comes from a tab of metal built into the pad that becomes exposed as material wears away. If you do not replace the pads or shoes and this noise goes away, head to the service department today because a new noise will begin…

4. Grinding noise

Now the squeaky brakes have stopped, but you haven’t fixed them. The next sound will be a powerful grinding sound which means the last of the pad has ground away and the metal backing plate is now pressing directly onto the brake disc. Your safety has now been compromised because trying to slow down your car will be less effective. The repairs will now be more expensive now because the discs will have to be replaced as well as the pads and or shoes.

5. A loud sucking sound

When you’re at a gas station and begin filling up your gas tank, you may hear a sucking sound coming from your vehicle. This is due to a gas guzzling monster that is your vehicle, slowly sucking your bank account dry and replacing it with empty fumes. Do yourself a favor and visit us at toyotaoftheblackhills.com and find a gasoline sipper. It will definitely save you money down farther the road.

Toyota Helps College Graduates with Rebate

Graduating college is a great accomplishment, but where do you go from there? Finding a job in today’s economy can be a real struggle, but once you get hired, getting there just got a little easier. Toyota  Financial Services and Toyota Motor Sales provides a $1,000 rebate to qualified college graduates on a list of new vehicles. The Prius C is the latest and first hybrid available for this Graduate Rebate Program. Other vehicles on the list include: Camry (excluding Camry hybrid), Corolla, Matrix, RAV4, Tacoma, Yaris and new Scion models.

Graduates who qualify for the $1,000 rebate will also be eligible for the College Graduate Finance Program (applicable for all new Toyota/Scion models) which offers other incentives like:

  • No money down when financing and no monthly payments for the first 90 days on select finance programs on all new untitled Toyota vehicles
  • Competitive APRs on all new untitled Toyota vehicles and Toyota Certified Used Vehicles
  • Waived security deposit on lease
  • And of course, Toyota Care: a 2-year/25,000-mile, whichever comes first, complimentary worry-free maintenance plan with roadside assistance

To learn more, visit www.toyotafinancial.com/collegegrad or www.scion.com/college.

Graduates within the last two years, or within the next six months who qualify are eligible for The College Rebate Program until January 2, 2013.

Raising the bar on technology – 2012 RAV4 EV

Coming to a select number of Toyota stores in California later this summer, the RAV4 EV has an approximate driving range of 100 miles. It charges in about 6 hours with the use of a 120V/40A battery charger. It’s an all-electric SUV in which the driving performance and load capacity is equal to and exceeds in some areas when compared to its gas powered counterpart, the RAV4 V6.

This creation is the result of a collaboration between Tesla Motors and the Toyota Motor Corporation. The design team has focused on producing an electric vehicle with remote charging capabilities, advanced interactive displays and aerodynamic styling for the most enduring EPA estimated driving range rating of any non-luxury EV. This SUV also achieves 0-60 MPH in seven seconds.

With the contribution of Tesla’s technology savvy and Toyota’s design, engineering and production mastery, the RAV4 EV is a powerful addition to the Toyota inventory which was developed in just twenty two months.

 

What is Traction Control?

ImageIf you were expecting a cloud of artificial smoke to conceal your vehicle from onlookers or nitro boosters to shoot your car up to unfathomable speeds after pressing this button, then you are wrong. What it does do is help your vehicle accelerate without spinning the wheels on slippery surfaces.

In the winter months when roads are covered with ice and snow or whenever tires find it hard to grip the surface on which they are traveling upon, this option applies a brake to the spinning wheel and allows the other wheel, which has traction, to proceed. This is similar to the anti-lock braking system, but in acceleration scenarios only. Special sensors determine if the speed of one tire is rotating faster than the other and apply brake to the proper wheel. Some vehicles reduce engine power to the wheels that are slipping.

Traction Control is a safety option and the only reason I believe the option should be turned off is if your vehicle is stuck it snow. If your vehicle loses engine power to the spinning wheels, that could make it harder to dig your way out. The same goes with braking spinning wheels, as the wheels may be able to dig down to the gravel or whatever is under the snow to gain traction. Check out some great vehicles with Traction Control here.