Tips for Taking a Zero-Waste Road Trip

Woman and Dog on Road Trip | MIshawaka, IN

Budding environmentalists look for ways to reduce their impact on the delicate ecosystem of our beloved planet in every way possible. If you and your eco-buddies are looking to shirk the environmentally-detrimental airline industry taking outdoor adventures this fall, here are some strategies for taking a zero-waste road trip.

  1. Smart snacking: One of the highlights of any road trip is passing around delicious snacks while singing your favorite songs. Unfortunately, those gas station treats are typically packaged in single-use plastic. Pack your own snacks in reusable containers before you leave home to save money and minimize waste.
  2. Keep it hygienic: If you’re going to be on the road for multiple days, you’re probably going to need to bathe if you plan on having any companions on your trip. Rather than spending a ton of money on plastic-intensive travel-size toiletries or using the ones in your hotel, buy reusable travel-size containers. Better yet, if airline ounce limits aren’t an issue, bring full-size versions to reduce the chance of leaks.
  3. Fuel efficiency: Road trips typically require a lot of fuel, especially if your current vehicle has low gas mileage. Rent an affordable, fuel-efficient vehicle like a Prius from Jordan Toyota to save money on fuel and reduce your carbon footprint.

Start preparing for your zero-waste journey by calling Jordan Toyota’s service department to schedule a maintenance appointment. It’s an easy way to make sure your vehicle is healthy and safe for your upcoming trip.

The 2021 Toyota Camry is Safer and More Customizable

2021 Toyota Camry | Mishawaka, IN

Though the beloved Toyota Camry has been a popular sedan for decades now, it still manages to impress with high-tech connectivity gear, advanced driver awareness features, and sporty looks. For 2021, the Toyota Camry is safer and more customizable than previous model years.

A plethora of choices

In order to meet the wide variety of needs held by its extremely diverse users, the 2021 Toyota Camry has a total of 17 different powertrain and trim configurations. Drivers can choose from four powertrain choices that include a V6 gas engine, FWD and AWD four-cylinder engines, and a hybrid. Depending on which engine you select, you can choose from the LE, XLE, XSE, TRD, SE, and SE Nightshade trims. This much variety is not only unusual for a midsize sedan, but represents the most choices that Toyota has given Camry drivers to date.

Expanded safety technologies

The 2021 Camry will be the automaker’s flagship model for the all-new Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ package that includes several new and improved protective features. The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is now sensitive enough to detect bicyclists as well as pedestrians and vehicles. Additionally, the Rear Seat Reminder feature is now standard on all versions of the Camry.

Contact us at Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka for more information on the 2021 Camry as we wait for it to arrive on our lot. Or stop by to test-drive one of the 2020 models we have in stock.

Toyota Remains One of the World’s Most Valuable Automaker

2020 Toyota Prius Prime with Family | Mishawaka, IN

With the brand’s diverse lineup of affordable-yet-comfortable vehicles, significant advancements in the realm of fuel efficiency, and generous owner perks, it’s no wonder Toyota is one of the most beloved OEMs globally. According to the most recent BrandZ rankings, Toyota is one of the most valuable automakers in the world.

The “2020 Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands” list from BrandZ ranks Toyota as the 48th most valuable brand in the world. Toyota was the only automaker on the list to crack the top 50, which shows that Toyota’s brand valuation is similar to some of the biggest juggernauts in the corporate world. The ranking values Toyota’s brand worth at a whopping $28.4 billion.

Experts suggest that the most valuable automakers — including Toyota — clearly demonstrate to consumers a commitment to future alternative fuel technologies like hybrid powertrains and hydrogen fuel cells. The brand’s dedication to serving Toyota vehicle owners is the most important contributing factor to its high brand valuation. “Toyota is creating differentiation not necessarily from design, but what they do provide is outstanding customer care and value,” said Kantar’s Guillaume Saint.

Visit Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, IN, to see why Toyota is the most valuable automakers in the world. We’ll set you up with test drives of some of the newest models in our inventory.

Our Favorite Small Businesses in Mishawaka, IN

Chocolate Candy | Mishawaka, IN

In this global time of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to give back to the local businesses that make our small community great. Below, the team at Jordan Toyota has highlighted some of our favorite small businesses in Mishawaka, IN.

Practically Perfect: Bargain hunters and antique lovers alike will fall for Practically Perfect, a thrift store specializing in home décor and furnishings. The shop, located in Town & Country Shopping Center here in Mishawaka, IN, features a number of booths offering different wares to meet every style. Visit Practically Perfect today for all your vintage design inspiration.

The Prized Pig: If you thought delicious barbeque was only available in the deep South, you’ll be pleased as a pig in mud to learn that Mishawaka’s own Prized Pig restaurant is serving up delicious, authentic brisket, ribs, and wings on the daily. On top of scrumptious meat treats, The Prized Pig also offers homestyle sides like mac & cheese, corn bread, and baked beans.

Sanaa Chocolates: Looking for a treat to bring to a housewarming or on a first date? Sanaa Chocolates on Miracle Lane in Mishawaka offers gorgeous handcrafted confections to satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you are interested in their chocolate turtles, bonbons, or peanut butter cups, Sanaa Chocolates has something for everyone.

Jordan Toyota is proud to be a part of the Mishawaka small business community. Remember to call us for your vehicular needs as we transition into a new season of driving this fall.

Toyota Ranks on 2020 Top 50 Companies for Diversity List

2019 Toyota Lineup | Mishawaka, IN

When it comes to hiring a diverse workforce, Toyota is one of the best in the automotive industry. In fact, Toyota was recently ranked 10th among the 2020 Top 50 Companies for Diversity. It was the only automotive manufacturer in the top 10 and only one of two in the top 50.

Toyota was first included on this list in 2013, where it was ranked 48th. In 2019, it ranked as 18th. This forward progression over the years shows how committed Toyota is to diversity and inclusion.

Helping Toyota achieve such a high ranking is its dedication to supporting diversity programs like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America along with working towards closing the gender gap in STEM fields.

“Across North America, we are building and strengthening partnerships with allies who embrace a common goal — to create a more inclusive society that celebrates and is enriched by our differences, which we view as an especially important attribute during these challenging times,” said Sandra Phillips Rogers, chief diversity officer and chief legal officer at TMNA.

Toyota leaders and employees also dedicate themselves towards volunteering and community service. The company has more than 95 employee groups called Business Partnering Groups that work to encourage inclusion and diversity. More than 40 percent of employees at Toyota’s North American headquarters are involved with one of these groups.

Pay homage to Toyota’s diversity when you test-drive its diverse lineup of quality models here at Jordan Toyota.

2020 Indiana Bucket List

Washington Park Zoo Entrance | Mishawaka, IN

Indiana is a great state to live in. We love living and working here in the Midwest and the great diversity of people who call this place home. If you are looking for ways to get to know Indiana better, here are some great Bucket List items to check off your list.

Jackson Home

If you love the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson, head west to Gary to visit their childhood home. Sadly, you can’t tour the house’s interior, but you can share some special thoughts about the Jacksons on the landmark’s memory board.

Michigan City

Beautiful Michigan City is home to the Washington Park Zoo. Not only does this zoo have a spectacular collection of animals from all around the world, it also has some interesting historical buildings. While you’re in town, make sure to check out the restored pipe organ at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Toyota Visitors Center

If you are willing to make the drive, head to Princeton to explore the Toyota Visitors Center. Here you can learn all about how Toyota makes their vehicles to increase your appreciation for the brand’s production practices and models.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame

When there is not a race going on, you can learn about some of the most famous racers and car at the Hall of Fame Museum. It’s a rewarding stop that any gearhead should add to their Indiana itinerary.

Jordan Toyota wishes you and yours a safe and healthy rest of the summer. Remember to call us for any vehicular questions you have or to schedule a seasonal service appointment for your Toyota model. 

Our Favorite Northern Indiana Restaurants for Takeout

Seafood Gumbo | Mishawaka, IN

Hungry for something that’s different from what you can cook up at home? Here are three Northern Indiana restaurants that offer a diverse range of culinary delights.

Chicory Cafe

The Chicory Cafe is Mishawaka’s source for delectable New Orleans-inspired cuisine. If you’re hungry for a shrimp po boy, seafood gumbo, or some hearty cornbread, you can’t beat the Chicory Cafe. Luckily, your cravings don’t have to go unanswered in these uncertain times — this fine establishment offers both takeout and delivery options.

Caracas Bistro

Craving something a little special? Check out the Caracas Bistro, which dishes up Venezuelan street food. This eatery offers famous shredded beef empanadas, cheese-stuffed breadsticks called Tequenos, all sorts of sandwiches, and even tasty desserts. Best of all, the Caracas Bistro offers both takeout and delivery!

Sunny’s Korean Restaurant

Sunny’s Korean Restaurant is a family business that’s dishing up delicious, authentic cuisine for the past 28 years. With a menu that includes gluten-free and vegetarian options, you can’t go wrong by choosing Sunny’s. Just keep in mind that Sunny’s is only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, the restaurant offers contactless takeout and delivery through DoorDash.

At Jordan Toyota, we’re proud to be northern Indiana’s premier Toyota dealership. Call us for more recommendations on where to find yummy eats near Mishawaka — or if you have any questions about car care this summer.

3 Simple Hobbies You Can Do At Home

Woman crafting with child | Mishawaka, IN

If you’re finding yourself bored and stuck in your house during these uncertain times, consider dipping your toes into a new hobby. For your consideration, here’s a quick list of easy, affordable hobbies you can do at home.

Take in some documentaries and podcasts

If you’ve run out of shows to binge, check out some documentaries. Streaming services and online video platforms are full of interesting and informative films on fascinating subjects. Podcasts are also a great way to learn new facts and stay entertained — plus, you don’t have to look at a screen, so they’re easy to enjoy while you do household chores.

Try your hand at a new craft

Learning a new craft doesn’t have to be expensive — you can find online video tutorials for everything from drawing and origami to sewing and knitting. In addition to using cheap or readily available supplies, a craft can help you focus and keep your mind off the stresses of everyday life.

Play games with housemates

Stuck indoors with family or roommates? Pass the time with cards or board games. A pack of playing cards only costs a dollar or two, and there’s a seemingly endless variety of games you can play with them. While some board games can be a little pricy, they also provide plenty of at-home fun.

Caring for a vehicle can also be a fun hobby — if you’d like to get behind the wheel of a new car, contact us at Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka.

How to Safely Handle a Tire Blowout

2020 Toyota Tacoma Tire | Mishawaka, IN

One moment, you’re driving around the South Bend area without a care in the world. The next moment, your tire has blown out and you’re losing control of your vehicle. What should you do? To prepare yourself for — and prevent — this dangerous situation, review these tips on tire blowout safety.  

Recovering from a tire blowout

If your tire blows out, do your best to stay calm. Panicked braking, acceleration, or turning could send your car spinning out of control. Keep your hands on the wheel and steer the vehicle straight, then gently push down on the gas pedal to keep up your forward momentum.

If you’ve regained some control over the steering, ease up on the gas and let the car slow down. If you can, activate the emergency blinkers. Once your speed is under 30 mph, carefully apply the brakes. Pull off to the side when you’re going slowly enough to do so safely.

Preventing a tire blowout

Not every tire blowout can be prevented, but a few simple precautions can greatly decrease your odds of experiencing one. Start by checking your tire pressure regularly, either with your own pressure tool or at a gas station. This is especially important during hot Indiana summers, when extreme heat can cause your tire pressure to rise too high.

You can also prevent tire blowouts by making sure your tires are in good condition. If they’re worn or cracked, you’ll face a greater blowout risk.

Here at Jordan Toyota, our service staff is ready to give you the help you need to prevent tire blowouts. Bring your vehicle in soon for a pressure check, an inspection, or a new set of tires — and leave with greater peace of mind.

Helpful Tips for Organizing Your Car

Couple packing up a 2020 Toyota Prius | Mishawaka, IN

Save time — and your sanity — by taking a few minutes to organize your car. It’s a great way to keep messes at bay and ensure that you can find what you need when you need it. 

Glove compartment organization

If your glove compartment is a bit chaotic, there’s an easy fix for that. Purchase some small folders, label them, and use them for insurance information, service records, and other papers. An expandable organizer or folder would also be a good solution.

Center console organization

Is your center console overflowing with loose change, pens, charging cables, and other random items? Impose some order by placing a handbag organizer on the console. You could even make your own center console organizer using a cardboard box. 

Back-seat organization

Whether you’re hauling kids or traveling solo, it’s easy for the back seat to fill up with everything from trash to toys. Keep a tote or plastic box on hand to organize your children’s stuff. You could also hang a shower caddy or remote holder on the back of the front seat to keep important items in one spot. For trash, a plastic bag tucked inside a cereal container makes a handy receptacle.

Trunk organization

To organize the tools, jumper cables, and emergency kit items in your trunk or cargo hold, grab a box or tote. You may also want to stash a laundry basket back there — it’s a great way to keep groceries secure, and you can also use it to reduce back-and-forth trips between the vehicle and the house.

At Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, we want you to get the most out of your time behind the wheel, and these tips for organizing your car are a great place to start.