4 Tips for Saving Money on Road Trips

Toyota RAV4 | Mishawaka, IN

If you’re considering an end-of-summer road trip but want to keep to a strict budget while on the road, there are several things you can do to save money while still enjoying a memorable adventure with your family or friends. Here are a few money-saving tips courtesy of your friends at Jordan Toyota

Travel With Friends

Rather than going it alone, pack a few of your besties into your RAV4 and hit the road. When you travel with multiple people, you can split the cost of gas, lodging, and meals between all of you, which means you’ll all save money.

Stick To Your Budget

Determine how much money you can spend each day on meals, entertainment, and lodging, and make sure you stick to it. Keep a spreadsheet where you can log your expenses; you can easily do this on the road using an app like Google Sheets.

Stay Close To Home

Sure, your Highlander can travel great distances, but you’ll save a lot of money if you stick close to home. Rather than traveling to places where you need to stay overnight and eat out for most meals, consider planning a series of family-friendly day trips so you can sleep at home and pack lunches to save money. Look for attractions like museums, zoos, and hiking hotspots that your whole family will enjoy.

Pack Your Snacks

Gas station snacks can be tempting, but by bringing your own you’ll save money and can plan to eat more healthfully.

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New Toyota Multimedia System to Feature a Virtual Assistant

Toyota Multimedia System | Mishawaka, IN

Over the last decade, in-vehicle technology has grown by leaps and bounds. Today’s infotainment systems prioritize convenience, ease of use, and user experience to ensure every trip behind the wheel is a good one. And now, Toyota is about to make your drive better than ever before with the introduction of its advanced new multimedia solution that includes user profiles, over-the-air updates, and the new Virtual Assistant.

The new multimedia system is designed to be utilized similar to how you use your smartphone. You can pinch, zoom, tilt, tap, and touch the screen using your fingers to see the information you need quickly and easily. The system will feature user profiles, which allows you to import your settings to another Toyota vehicle using your smart device or a manual login.

The system is also designed to receive convenient over-the-air updates. With other multimedia systems, you would need to visit a dealership in order to receive a system update, but the new Toyota system will automatically update through the cloud.

The Virtual Assistant works similarly to others like Siri or Alexa, but you’ll say “Hey, Toyota,” with your query instead. You may tell Toyota that you are in the mood for a coffee, or that you need to find the nearest gas station. The Virtual Assistant will find options close to you and provide you with turn-by-turn directions on how to get there.

The new multimedia system will debut on select Toyota models in the fourth quarter of 2021. Keep an eye on our blog at Jordan Toyota for more news nearer the time!

Toyota Unveils 2022 Corolla Cross

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota recently revealed the brand-new 2022 Corolla Cross, a versatile subcompact SUV that’s designed to fit between the C-HR and the RAV4 in the brand’s lineup.

The new family-friendly model will boast a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which will channel 169 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque through a Continuously Variable Transmission. It’ll offer both front wheel drive and all wheel drive, and is expected to be capable of towing up to 1,500 pounds.

On the inside, it’ll resemble its sedan sibling. Its dashboard will be just as functional and ergonomic as the one found in the popular Corolla sedan, and it’ll also boast many of the model’s standard features, including a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, rear-seat charging points, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity. Upgrade for available features, including a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an 8-inch touch screen, a wireless charging pad, and a moonroof to let additional light into the cabin. In terms of differences, the Corolla Cross will offer a power liftgate, which makes it easier to access the spacious cargo bay.

Much like the rest of the Toyota lineup, the 2022 Corolla Cross will boast Toyota Safety Sense driver-assist technology, making it ideal for families on the go. And if you’re looking to go green, you’ll be excited to learn that there’s a hybrid model on the way, too.

When it arrives, you’ll be able to find the 2022 Corolla Cross right here at Jordan Toyota.

Toyota Gives Hints to Appearance of Upcoming 2022 Tundra Pickup

2022 Toyota Tundra | Jordan Toyota | Mishawaka, IN
2021 Toyota Tundra Pictured

Toyota is getting ready to unveil the third-generation Toyota Tundra by releasing a teaser image designed to give small clues about what it might have in store for the popular pickup truck. The next-gen truck will be released in late 2021 as a 2022 model, but the specifics on what updates it will include are still unknown.

The teaser image is taken from in front of the truck. The Tundra has its headlights on, so all we can see are the lights and the grille. Neither provide much insight into what the truck will look like or what kind of powertrain and innovative features it’ll have, but that hasn’t stopped people on the internet from guessing.

The current generation Tundra has been sold since 2008 with only minor updates over the years. The new 2022 model will mark a new chapter in the Toyota Tundra’s history by potentially replacing the existing 5.7-liter V8 engine with a more efficient 3.5-liter V6. It’s also possible that Toyota will introduce an all-electric version of the Tundra for the 2022 model year or soon thereafter. Toyota has committed to releasing 15 new EVs by 2025, including an electric truck which could be based on the Tundra.

While we still don’t have the details about the next-generation Toyota Tundra, we will be sure to cover that news once it’s released. Until then, stay tuned with Jordan Toyota.

Toyota Indiana to Build Two New 3-Row SUVs

Toyota Indiana SUVs | Jordan Toyota | Mishawaka, IN

It seems that Toyota and Indiana go well together. The automaker announced it is investing $803 million and creating 1,400 new jobs at its plant in Princeton, Indiana, to support the production of two all-new, all-electric three-row SUVs.

Leah Curry, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, says that this kind of decision isn’t made lightly — but that the Indiana plant’s ability to launch the all-new 2021 Sienna minivan showed Toyota it had the ability to handle more.

“They know they can see that our capability was there, our heart was there, our passion is there. And our workforce is up for the challenge,” Curry said. Currently, the Princeton plant already employs nearly 7,300 Hoosiers.

Toyota has yet to reveal details about what the SUVs will be like, other than that one will boast the Toyota badge while the other will be a Lexus, and that both would be “designed with the active Gen Y American Family in mind.”

In any case, family-friendly SUVs are practically Toyota’s bread-and-butter, as are electrified vehicles, so we can’t wait to see the kind of innovation that Indiana will bring to the world with these new rides. Make sure to visit Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, Indiana, for a closer look at the new EVs when they go into production!

Check Out Toyota’s Brand-New Car Seat App

Whether you’re just starting your family or dealing with a gaggle of young kids, car seat safety is probably at the front of your mind. Car seats are a vital part of keeping your crew secure on the road, but they can occasionally be a pain to install. That’s why Toyota — a brand that has always prioritized family-friendly features — recently released a new car seat app designed to make securing them easier than ever.

You can access this unique technology via ToyotaOwners.com or as a function in the convenient Toyota Owners App, which is available for free. Once you access it, all you need to do is input your vehicle’s VIN and describe where you plan to place the car seat. Then, the app will show a video and display written instructions on how to appropriately secure the chair. Since no two children are the same, Toyota built a “help-me-choose” feature that will provide expert recommendations on the best car seat options for your youngster.

At the moment, the new app is only compatible with the 2021 Sienna, but you can expect to see the tech roll out to other models in the next few years.

If you want to demo the new car seat app on a 2021 Sienna — or just see the other results of Toyota’s relentless ingenuity — don’t hesitate to contact us at Jordan Toyota, right here in beautiful Mishawaka, IN.

Toyota Built a WHO-Certified Land Cruiser to Deliver Vaccines

Toyota Land Cruiser

There are two core values that define everything Toyota does: caring about drivers and building vehicles that go above and beyond. The latest example of that commitment takes the form of several custom Land Cruiser SUVs designed to transport COVID-19 vaccines to under-serviced areas.

In order to transform these commercial commuters into immunity mobiles, Toyota outfitted a set of Land Cruisers with 14-cubic-foot refrigerators that can store both COVID vaccines and other medicine — especially for children — at the appropriate temperature. The cold storage units were provided by B-Medical Systems, and each one can hold up to 400 doses. Better yet, the setup was officially certified by the World Health Organization.

It should come as no surprise that the Land Cruiser is more than up to the challenge of distributing vaccines, even in harsh conditions. It boasts four-wheel drive, a 4.5-liter turbo-diesel engine, and a pair of sturdy axles. It’s also the sole source of power for the refrigerator, which says a lot about its overall capabilities. You may not be able to snag one of these custom vaccine-delivery machines for everyday use around Mishawaka, IN, but you can check out some other exceptional vehicles at Jordan Toyota. Trust us; they’re all designed with you in mind

Toyota’s New Fuel Cell is So Good That Other Companies Can Buy It

Toyota Fuel Cell | Mishawaka, IN

Toyota is one of the world’s most prominent developers of hydrogen fuel cell technology, which will help contribute to a zero-emission future and promote long-term sustainability. As part of the automaker’s efforts to create a greener tomorrow, Toyota has designed a new fuel cell module that’s so impressive it will be available to other manufacturers to help lower their carbon footprints.

The conversation around efficient powertrains tends to focus on electrification, but Toyota is tackling the situation from multiple angles. It already produces two fuel-cell-powered vehicles — the Mirai sedan and the SORA bus. This new module will take things to another level, offering compatibility with everything from generators to ships.

Toyota will sell its module to customers who can choose the output and voltage range to meet their needs. They can choose between a vertically or horizontally packaged model, voltage outputs ranging from 400 to 750 volts, and the ability to generate either 60 or 80 kilowatts.

The idea is to help other companies with less advanced fuel cell tech up their eco-friendliness without needing to develop their own technology from scratch. According to Toyota, it’s easy to install, low-maintenance, and boasts “world-class, top-level output density per unit volume.”

To see some of Toyota’s innovations in action, schedule a test drive at Jordan Toyota.

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.

‘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.