‘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.

Toyota Expands Certified Technician Program

Toyota Certified Service Technicians | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota is expanding its certified technician program to ensure that when you bring your car in for service, it gets the best possible care — whether it’s at a Toyota dealership or not.

The automaker’s T-TEN program (Technician Training & Education Network) works with local organizations and schools to offer students training that meets the highest standards in the automotive industry. Students can attend the program at 36 locations in the United States, which is now being expanded to another eight locations.

Students attending Toyota’s certified technician program not only learn how to work on Toyota and Lexus vehicles — they also earn an associate’s degree and ASE certification. The program takes about two years to complete, though a 12-week crash course is offered to veterans and active-duty service members.

Since the program was founded in 1986, nearly 12,000 students have graduated. And while it acts as pipeline for new Toyota and Lexus service technicians who really know what they’re doing, students are free to apply for any other automotive service operation.

At Jordan Toyota, our technicians pride themselves on their expertise. It’s nice to see that Toyota is working to train the next generation of technicians.

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.

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.

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.