Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2018 Toyota C-HR is Getting Closer

When it broke cover at the 2014 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Toyota C-HR turned heads... and then it promptly went back into hiding. After a lot of speculation and anticipation, it resurfaced again last year, this time as a confirmed production prototype. After so many delays, the 2018 Toyota C-HR will arrive at Keyes Toyota later this year. We're excited to offer this new Toyota crossover to our Glendale and Los Angeles customers.

The model's name stands for Coupe High-Rider, which is a pretty apt description. Once you get past the ride height, what you're left with is an especially rugged-looking (and endearingly quirky) coupe. It's unusual for a crossover, in that there's no AWD available in the first year. What's also unique is that this is a "monospec" vehicle. There will only be two trims, each with a predetermined set of features. What you see is what you get. This is a similar approach to what we've already seen with the Toyota Yaris iA and the Toyota Corolla iM.

Monospec doesn't have to mean monotonous. There will be plenty of technology stuffed into both the XLE and XLE Premium trim levels, including the Toyota Entune infotainment system, active safety and driver assist features, and a perky 144 horsepower engine.

There's not a definite release date yet, but we expect to see the first Toyota C-HR arrive at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA sometime this summer. The Keyes Toyota staff is excited for the new arrival, and we're sure that our customers from Los Angeles and Glendale will like what they see, too. Visit us today to find out more, or to test drive a new Toyota SUV!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Toyota Research Institute Introduces Next-Gen Research Vehicle

Usually Keyes Toyota is excited to report on new Toyota vehicles we'll be able to offer soon to our customers in Glendale and Los Angeles. The Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle (AASRV) will never see the inside of a showroom, but we're no less excited for that. This obscure car is the only one of its kind, and in its second generation it could be the most important vehicle on the road right now.

The AASRV came out right before the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. It was a bit odd-looking, thanks to its arrays of HD cameras, LIDAR, GPS, and proprietary technology. It signaled to the world exactly how serious the Toyota Motor Corporation was about self-driving cars.

The years since have seen the R&D carried on with that unique car filter down to everyday cars like the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Camry in the form of innovative active safety features. Those safety features haven't just earned multiple Top Safety Pick Plus ratings from the IIHS. They've kept drivers safer.

The next-generation AASRV is the first "product" from the Toyota Research Institute, a billion-dollar initiative launched last year to research and develop new car technology. Like its predecessor, it's built on a Lexus LS 600 borrowed from the company's luxury car division. It uses many of the same kinds of technology. The difference is that this time, everything is modular (so components can be changed as new ones are developed), smaller, and more advanced.

The new AASRV will be used for two categories of research, named Guardian and Chauffer. Guardian is a set of semi-autonomous driver assist features that will be the next evolution of current active safety features. Chauffer is the next big step toward fully-autonomous cars.

A fully self-driving car is some way off still. The technology developed by TRI in the AASRV is closer to Glendale and Los Angeles than you might think. It's right here at Keyes Toyota. To find out more, visit us today at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Toyota Cars Awarded for Low TCO

What's a TCO? We're glad you asked. It's "Total Cost of Ownership," a metric that takes into account not just the price of a vehicle, but also all the other costs that go into owning and operating it. It's important to understand if you're trying to be smart with your money (and these days, who isn't?). Keyes Toyota shows one more way that Toyota vehicles outperform.

When most people shop for a new car in Van Nuys, they're looking at the sticker price alongside the usual concerns about body style, trim levels, and options. There's nothing wrong with that, but we'd suggest taking a deeper look. TCO helps you do that. Usually calculated on a five-year basis, total cost of ownership accounts for fees, insurance, fuel costs, and the cost to maintain or repair your vehicle.

When Kelley Blue Book evaluated brands' cars for their five-year TCO, Toyota cars came out on top in four categories:

·         Best Compact Car: 2017 Toyota Corolla
·         Best Sports Car: 2017 Toyota 86
·         Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car: 2017 Toyota Prius
·         Electric Vehicle: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The fact that two of the winners (the Toyota 86 and Toyota Prius Prime) are new vehicles speaks to the long track record of reliability and low ownership costs for Toyota cars. That let KBB extrapolate a lower TCO than they might otherwise do for a less-dependable brand.

What should be your takeaway? First, if you're buying a new car, don't just look at the sticker price. Second, if you're buying a new Toyota car, look for a Toyota dealership that takes care of the total ownership experience. That's what you'll get at Keyes Toyota. To find out more, visit us at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA today.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Toyota Named to 12 Best Family Cars of 2017

These days the family car is just as likely to be a minivan or an SUV as it is to be a sedan, hatchback, or station wagon. For decades, North Hollywood family car shoppers have looked to Toyota -- and specifically to Keyes Toyota -- when the time came to find the perfect family vehicle. That's why we're proud to find two great Toyota vehicles on the annual Kelley Blue Book list of the best family cars.

KBB evaluated dozens of contenders across SUVs and minivans. Their criteria were based on the same kinds of things the average person with a spouse and kids would be considering when they look for a family car. Their criteria included overall value (including long-term total cost of ownership), Safety, reputation, drive quality, available technology, cargo space, comfort and convenience features, and ease of use with child seats.

2017 Toyota Highlander

KBB took note of the 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV due to its "unique fusion of form and function." Like many Keyes Toyota customers, the reviewers liked the redesigned interior and exterior, Toyota Entune infotainment system, and multiple USB ports. Also worthy of mention: easy access -- thanks to the power-activated liftgate available on all but the base trim -- to a cavernous cargo area, the 5,000 pounds of towing capacity, comfortable seating for eight, and 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway EPA-estimated fuel economy.*

2017 Toyota Sienna

There's a lot to recommend the 2017 Toyota Sienna. For many drivers, the fact that it's the only minivan offering all-wheel drive is enough. But there's more, like the optional Advanced Technology Package with smart cruise control and automatic braking, plus ample cargo volume. An added bonus (for some drivers) is the optional factory-installed Auto Access Seat. When installed, it lowers the second-row seat to street level.

One more thing to consider: these Toyota vehicles both come with peace of mind as standard equipment. Both are five-star NHTSA safety picks, with the 2017 Toyota Highlander also earning an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus. If you're looking for the perfect family car, these (and many other) Toyota vehicles found at Keyes Toyota deserve a closer look. Visit us today at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA today to find out more.

*When properly equipped. Speak to your Toyota dealer serving North Hollywood for details.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 Chicago Auto Show: New Toyota Vehicles

The Keyes Toyota staff takes as much pride in the Toyota vehicles we sell and service as the Toyota Motor Corporation takes in building them. The company gave us even more to be proud of at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. They showed up in force with new vehicles, new trim levels, and some interesting concept cars, giving us a sneak peek at what's coming to the Los Angeles area in 2018 and beyond.

2018 Toyota Camry: You've seen the Toyota Camry, but you've never seen it quite like this. It made its American debut in Detroit last month and it's a welcome addition here. The best-selling Toyota sedan enters its eighth generation with a sporty and bold redesign that matches its looks with higher performance.

2018 Toyota Tundra: The Toyota Tundra enters next year with new safety features and some stylistic tweaks. Just as importantly, it (and the Toyota Sequoia) receives a TRD Sport trim level. We've already seen this on the 2017 Toyota Tacoma. It gives you off-road features at a lower price point than the higher TRD Pro trim.

2018 Toyota RAV4: The popular compact crossover gets a new adventure trim in the 2018 model year. Opt for the new trim level and you'll get more ride height, as well as a tow package that adds transmission and oil coolers, plus an upgraded radiator. On an AWD-equipped Toyota RAV4, that means a 3,500-pound towing capacity, which is 2,000 pounds more than the other trim levels.

Other Models: We've seen the Toyota Prius Prime and Toyota C-HR already, but their return appearances are no less welcome for that. Likewise, even though the three concept vehicles on display (FCV+, i-ROAD and FV2) will likely never be seen on the streets around Los Angeles, they're a preview of the kinds of technology we might see in future Toyota cars.

We always look forward to new Toyota vehicles. Judging by the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the 2018 model year is going to be even better than usual, and that's saying something. While we're waiting on these new models, see what Keyes Toyota has to offer right now by visiting us at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA.

Monday, February 13, 2017

ToyotaCare: Peace of Mind Comes Standard

If you're looking for a new car, truck, or SUV, the reasons to choose a new Toyota vehicle are legion. Not least of these is the fact that Toyota vehicles are known for their reliability. Toyota Motor Corporation sweetens the pot for new vehicle buyers and lessees with a no-cost maintenance plan called ToyotaCare that helps the Van Nuys customers served by Keyes Toyota have a long and happy life with their Toyota Corolla or 2017 Toyota Prius.

Any Toyota vehicle that's purchased or leased new is eligible for ToyotaCare. Your coverage term will be the first of either two years or 25,000 miles. The exception is the included 24-hour roadside assistance, which is active for the whole two-year term regardless of how many miles you put on your vehicle in that time.

So what, exactly, is covered by ToyotaCare? Each Toyota vehicle has a slightly different maintenance schedule. The techs at your Van Nuys Toyota service center will keep track of what your vehicle needs and send you a reminder when your vehicle's due for scheduled maintenance. Among the items covered:
  •      Checking fluid levels and changing or adjusting as needed
  •      Replacing filters on schedule
  •      Rotating the tires
  •      A multi-point vehicle inspection

Of course, not all of your needs will happen on schedule. That's where 24-Hour Roadside Assistance comes in handy. If you've run out of gas unexpectedly, gotten a flat, locked yourself out of your Toyota Tundra, or need a jump start, ToyotaCare has you covered.

Here's the mandatory disclaimer: terms and conditions apply. ToyotaCare is only applicable to normal factory service. New Toyota Prius models are covered for three years rather than two. These offers are only good in the lower 48 United States plus Alaska. Your Van Nuys Toyota dealer has details about all exceptions and conditions.

For new Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs, the best feature isn't the engine, transmission, or infotainment system. They're nice to have, but the best thing is the peace of mind knowing you've got a vehicle that's got your back. ToyotaCare ensures that you'll get many years of faithful service. For questions, visit the Keyes Toyota showroom at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA today.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Test Drive at Keyes Toyota

To the usual certainties about death and taxes, we can add one more thing you can be sure of: you'll never find the right car without a test drive. Those of you shopping for a new Toyota SUV or car around Los Angeles have probably done many of the right things -- talking to friends, researching online, comparing prices -- but until you actually get behind the wheel, you're missing out. Keyes Toyota explains why.

Why Test Drive a New Toyota Car?

If you've ever bought clothes or shoes online only to get them in the mail and find they didn't fit, you've already got some idea of where we're going with this. Cars are a bit like pants. You may think you know your "size," but you really don't know if the fit is right until you've tried on a Toyota Yaris or a new Toyota Sienna. What fits someone else perfectly just might not be right for you, regardless of how good the reviews are.

What Do You Need?

Taking a test drive is easy with a little preparation. First, think about how you drive (where you go most often, and who's with you when you do). Consider your budget. Narrow down a type of vehicle, like a sedan or an SUV. Gather any questions you might have come across in your research. Pick two or three new Toyota vehicles to compare, choose options you'd like to have so you can figure out a trim level, and then bring yourself and your license and registration to the Keyes Toyota showroom at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA.

Our sales staff will get you behind the wheel of the right model and trim that fits your budget. If you're trying to economize, we'll also help you get the most out of our used and pre-owned Toyota cars. Remember, we're here to help you. Be sure to ask about incentives, trade-ins, financing, and anything else that comes to mind.

If you've visited our blog or our website before, you know what comes next: we welcome you to your Los Angeles Toyota dealership for your test drive, especially now that you're fully equipped to do it the right way. Questions? Stop by today!