Toyota Wants Self-Driving Vehicle AI to Take a Cue From Racing

2021 Toyota 4Runner | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota has been a progressive brand since they day it first launched in 1937, and it has maintained that status by never settling for “good enough.” That attitude is still alive and well, as the automaker is making a substantial push into self-driving tech — and it’s drawing inspiration from professional racecar drivers.

Programming and implementing intelligent autonomous vehicle tech in cars is no small feat. To make it happen, Toyota is trying to learn from some of its most talented drivers. As reported by The News Wheel, the ultimate goal is to channel the lightning-fast reflexes racers possess in order to give self-driving cars “superhuman skills” and reduce the number of accidents in towns just like Mishawaka.

Gill Pratt, the CEO of Toyota Research Institute, said, “the reality is that every driver has vulnerabilities, and to avoid a crash, drivers often need to make maneuvers that are beyond their abilities. Through this project, TRI will learn from some of the most skilled drivers in the world to develop sophisticated control algorithms that amplify human driving abilities and keep people safe.”

For evidence of Toyota’s commitment to intelligent safety, look no further than some of the latest tech in its 2021 lineup. The 4Runner, for instance features driver-assist features like a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and more.

If you want to experience some of the best active safety features in the industry — and celebrate Toyota’s exciting, modern approach to automotive technology — schedule a test drive at Jordan Toyota.

How To Pack Light on a Road Trip Through Indiana

Woman On Road Trip | Mishawaka, IN

After a long winter in Mishawaka, we’re finally close to some warmer weather. At Jordan Toyota, one of our favorite ways to celebrate the changing of the seasons is to take a road trip across Indiana. So, we thought we’d offer a few tips for how to pack light for your next adventure so you don’t have to deal with all that clutter.

Check the weather

Clothing well-suited for colder or wetter climates are usually bulkier than summer-wear. Taking a look at the weather in your destination can help cut back on that. If you’re headed to somewhere a bit chilly, you can plan ahead. Or, you can take advantage of the space you saved if you’re trekking off to a warmer climate.

Roll your clothes

Whether you’re planning to pack a suitcase or a duffel bag, volume is always a concern. One of the best ways to conserve space is to roll your clothes tightly. If you fold them carefully beforehand, you can even avoid wrinkles.

Think about what you really need

Most of the time, we tend to bring more than we need on road trips. Try to focus on essentials like toiletries, snacks and clothing. There’s still plenty of room for conveniences like books, tablets, handheld gaming systems, and snacks — but this way, you won’t find yourself drowning in unnecessary items.

If your vehicle needs some attention before your next road trip across Indiana, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the service department at Jordan Toyota.

Toyota Releases 2020 North American Environmental Report

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota has taken many steps to address major environmental issues, and the automaker highlighted those efforts at going green in its 2020 North American Environmental Report. Toyota Motor North America focused its 2020 sustainability efforts on five key areas, including carbon, water, materials, biodiversity, and outreach.

Toyota’s water stewardship efforts mainly took place at a west coast regional sales office and Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico. Toyota will continue to expand its water conservation efforts over the near year by addressing water quality and local water conditions and hosting outreach activities with suppliers and local communities.

In Fiscal Year 2020, Toyota reduced absolute greenhouse gas emissions by nine percent when compared to Fiscal Year 2019. This achievement can be attributed to Toyota improving its energy efficiency, investing in renewable energy, and making changes in production volume and model mix.

Toyota also launched new electrified products, including the 2021 Toyota Mirai, RAV4 Prime Plug-In Hybrid, and Sienna Hybrid and Venza Hybrids. And the automaker plans to create an electrified version of its entire lineup by 2025.

The demonstrated effort by Toyota to promote awareness and model positive change for the environment is reflected in our dealership at Jordan Toyota here in Mishawaka. Stop by to take one of our hybrid or electric models for a test drive.

Prep Your Car for Warmer Weather

Checking WIper Blades | Mishawaka, IN

We all know how unpredictable Indiana weather is here in Mishawaka, South Bend. Warm weather might be around the corner in March, or we might not feel the sun until May. Either way, it’s never too soon to prep your car for warmer weather with these car care tips.

Check the tire pressure

Changes in the temperature can cause your tire pressure to fluctuate. As the weather starts to warm, check that the pressure is at your car’s recommended PSI. If you put on winter tires, you can also take those off and replace them with summer tires if you have them.

Replace windshield wiper blades

If you did a lot of driving in the snow, your windshield wiper blades might be worn down from scraping off all that snow and ice. You should also make sure your wiper fluid is topped off so you can keep your windshield clear of summer bugs.

Get a car wash

Driving through the snow can result in road salt and grime on your car’s undercarriage. A fresh car wash in the warm weather can get rid of the remnants of winter and also protect your vehicle’s paint job.  

Double check the brakes

Your car brakes might be a bit worn out from driving on slippery roads. If you feel like your brakes are making weird noises or aren’t responding properly, bring your car into Jordan Toyota to get it checked.

Call us at Jordan Toyota to schedule a seasonal service appointment for your Toyota.

‘Car and Driver’ Recognizes Toyota Supra on its 10Best List

2020 Toyota Supra | Mishawaka, IN
2020 Toyota Supra | Mishawaka, IN

In 2020, the Toyota GR Supra nameplate made a big comeback. Now, the Supra is continuing to make a splash with its second consecutive appearance on the Car and Driver 10Best list. The 2021 Toyota GR Supra was chosen out of 57 contenders this year.

The 10Best list is reserved for vehicles that deliver fun, great overall value, and fulfill their mission. The Supra squarely hits all of those checkpoints as a fun, affordable sports car with a mission to make high performance more accessible.

The fifth-generation Supra may have just made its debut in 2020; however, Toyota is already updating the model for 2021. This year, it comes with some engine upgrades including a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 3.0-liter engine is also more powerful with up to 382 horsepower.

Both engines are paired with a performance-tuned ZF eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers well-timed shifts for maximum performance. The Supra can reach 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, while also offering an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway*.

With the new base 2.0 trim level, the Supra comes with 18-inch wheels, an 8.8-inch central touch screen, LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a USB port. Higher trims add more performance features like adaptive suspension dampers, Brembo® four-piston front brakes, and a front strut tower brace.

The 2021 Toyota Supra is one of the most talked-about models of the year. If you want to learn more about it, contact our team at Jordan Toyota.

Toyota Sienna Brings Home Family Green Car of the Year Award

2021 Toyota Sienna | Mishawaka, IN
2021 Toyota Sienna | Mishawaka, IN

The Toyota Sienna has long been a family favorite. Now, it is entering its fourth generation for the 2021 model year. This all-new design promises to deliver modern features including a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain. Thanks to that hybrid system, the 2021 Toyota Sienna has earned the Family Green Car of the Year award.

“The fuel efficiency of this all-new 2021 Sienna makes it a cut above the rest,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) executive vice president of sales. “This award just further highlights our dedication to hybrids in North America and we’re humbly honored to have the new Sienna be recognized as the Family Green Car of the Year for 2021.”

Powering the new Sienna is a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with a total output of 245 horsepower. When equipped with front-wheel drive, the Sienna returns an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined*. Like previous model years, the Sienna is also available with all-wheel drive on all trim levels. When properly equipped, the Sienna can even tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Along with its impressive efficiency, the redesigned Sienna also comes standard with family-friendly features like thee-zone automatic climate control, power-sliding side doors, seven USB ports, and second-row sunshades. You can also feel safe and protected with the standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite of advanced driver safety aids.

If you want to learn more about this family hauler and how it fits with your family’s lifestyle, contact us at Jordan Toyota of Mishawaka.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

Ways to Save on Car Expenses in 2021

Oil Change | Victoria, TX

The new year is a great time to hold yourself accountable to a financial plan. As you work out your budget for 2021, here are two simple ways that you can save on car expenses.

Maintenance

When you keep good care of your vehicle, you can save big on maintenance costs in the long run. Keep your car properly tuned, since a poorly-tuned car will use more gasoline and cost you more than the tune up.

Stay on top of maintenance by changing your car’s oil and oil filter regularly. Frequent oil changes not only help extend the life of your engine, but they also pay off when it comes to less repairs and engine wear.

When it comes to your tires, check the tire pressure often and have them balanced. In addition, sure to regularly check your car’s fluids and air filters.

Gas

Develop gas-saving driving habits that will boost your vehicle’s efficiency and save you money on fuel. It takes more gas to accelerate to normal speed from a full stop, so make sure to accelerate gently instead of abruptly.

And refrain from slamming on the brakes suddenly, to further conserve gas. Regularly monitor traffic ahead and minimize distractions in the cabin, so you can anticipate when to slow down. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to bring the vehicle to a fall halt you need to.

Another way to save money on car-related expenses is the new year is to get a great deal on a new or leased vehicle here at Jordan Toyota. Stop by to speak with one of our friendly sales reps who will be happy to match you with an affordable Toyota model that suits your needs and lifestyle.

Tips for Keeping Your Toyota Clean This Winter

Man cleaning vehicle interior | Mishawaka, IN

Mishawaka winters can get messy. Road salt can cause slush on roads, which can coat your vehicle’s exterior and interior with a layer of grime. Here are some tips for keeping your Toyota clean this winter until spring arrives.

Snow foam

If you are washing your car over the winter, you want to be sure that you remove every bit of grime to avoid rust and corrosion. Use a layer of snow foam to soak off the grime in order to keep your exterior cleaner.

Wax

Wet, snow, and icy roads lead to dirt collecting all over the body of the car. Applying fresh wax can help protect the exterior of your Toyota vehicle. Whenever you hit the road in the winter, that extra layer of wax will help repel water and road salt.

Floor mats

One easy way to keep the interior of your Toyota clean is to use rubber or plastic floor mats instead of the fabric ones. Rubber mats are waterproof so they can easily keep water from soaking into the carpet when snow and grime find their way into the cabin. They’re also a lot faster to clean since you can just hose them off or rinse them down.

Jordan Toyota wishes you and yours a safe and healthy season of winter driving. Remember to call us if your vehicle is in need of service.

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 Standard on 2021 C-HR

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 | Mishawaka, IN

The suite of advanced driver-assist technologies from Toyota, Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5, will be standard on the 2021 C-HR. The C-HR, which blends elements from several body types — hatchback, compact crossover, and sport coupe — optimizes its bold, sporty look with a special edition for 2021.

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5

Updated to monitor bicyclists in the day and detect pedestrians in low light along with emergency steering assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection alerts you to potential dangers and engages the brakes to help minimize a collision under proper conditions. Other systems in the safety tech suite include Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beams, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Keeping technology. Under proper conditions, these systems help you focus on the rules of the road, see your path ahead, respond to the traffic around you, and maintain a safe lane position.

2021 Toyota C-HR highlights

New for the 2021 C-HR is the special edition model, Nightshade. This model clads the 2021 C-HR in black for a moody, no-nonsense exterior look. It features door handles, badges, a chin spoiler, lug nuts, alloy wheels in black. The interior fabric is black, too, with a trim of gunmetal. If you’re not into the Nightshade edition, you still have new color choices to choose from for the 2021 C-HR — Oxide Bronze with Black Roof, Oxide Bronze, and Magnetic Gray Metallic with Black Roof.

Stop by to experience the brand’s technologies like the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 when you take one of our shiny new Toyota models for a test drive at Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Toyota’s New 2021 Venza Campaign Focuses on Adventurers

new campaign for the 2021 Venza | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota’s new 2021 Venza campaign appeals to the adventurers of the world. Dubbed “Seekers of New,” the campaign spotlights the travel-ready features of the all-new 2021 Venza.

The campaign

“The new campaign beautifully highlights the best that Venza has to offer,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “Complete with advanced vehicle technologies and hybrid performance, Venza upholds the impeccable quality, style, and handling our customers know and expect from Toyota.”

The first hero spot of the “Seekers of New” campaign is called “Lifesaver.” The 30-second video, which centers on a couple’s journey to find their lost dog, showcases the responsive performance, agile maneuverability, and all-weather capability of the 2021 Venza. Integral to the success of the couple finding their dog is the SUV’s available Digital Rearview Mirror with HomeLink®. After they catch a glimpse of the pup in the mirror, the driver reroutes in the right direction. Ultimately, the family is reunited.

2021 Toyota Venza

The elegant 2021 Venza offers three well-equipped trim levels, LE, XLE, and Limited. Each trim delivers the advanced suite of driver-assist technologies, Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, along with impressive EPA-estimated fuel ratings of 40 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and a combined rating of 39 mpg.*

Contact Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, Indiana, to learn more about the 2021 Toyota Venza. Or better yet, stop by to test-drive it.

*EPA-estimated 40 city/37 hwy/39 combined mpg of 2021 Venza. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.