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The Toyota Tacoma Levels Up for 2024

The Toyota Tacoma has long been regarded as one of the sturdiest midsize pickup trucks on the market. However, it seems the Tacoma is no longer content with resting on the laurels of its reliability. Enter the 2024 Toyota Tacoma, which has received a notable glow-up, emerging as a faster, stronger vehicle by every measure.

At first glance, it may appear that little has changed with this year’s Tacoma. But while its cosmetic upgrades are subtle, this Tacoma is an feat of engineering ambition. In terms of comfort, performance, and technology, the 2024 Tacoma is a complete evolution from previous models. 

Overhauled and Ready to Haul 

The changes in the latest Tacoma may not be fully apparent when you see it, but you’ll detect them once you get behind the wheel. It sports a new i-Force turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With the same 278 horsepower, this 2.4-liter engine replicates the power output of the 3.5-liter V-6 it’s replacing. Additionally, the i-Force engine redistributes the torque dramatically, as the Tacoma is now able to hit 317 lb.-ft. from as low as 1,700 rpm. For the first time, the Tacoma feels nimble.

Most impressively, the midsize truck doesn’t sacrifice its hauling and towing numbers for the sake of its enhanced performance. If anything, the Tacoma’s payload ratings have also been elevated, now up to 1,447 – a 300-lb. improvement from the 2023 model. Towing, meanwhile, remains consistent with previous numbers at 6,400 pounds. 

And the Tacoma TRD Off-Road excels when it comes to off-road adventuring, as it’s able to easily traverse any terrain. From sand dunes to deep mud to uneven, rocky surfaces, there isn’t a challenge the newest Tacoma isn’t equipped to face. 

A Brand New Beast 

The cosmetic and interior changes to the new Tacoma may be less apparent than its performance enhancements… but that doesn’t mean they aren’t significant. For one, it marks the debut of Toyota’s new Audio Multimedia System, which runs alongside standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The high-mounted, 14-inch touchscreen features conveniently large app icons, perfect for on-the-move tapping.

The interior is noticeably more spacious than past models, with more lenient headspace for taller drivers. For a more decadent experience, consider the Premium package, which includes additional interior features such as:

  • Heated power front seats. 
  • A heated steering wheel. 
  • A sunroof. 
  • Surround-view camera system. 
  • 10-speaker JBL audio system. 

Drive a New Ride Into 2024

The Toyota Tacoma will continue to be known for its world-class reliability – but that’s no longer its sole, defining feature. By addressing and upgrading the Tacoma’s performance, driving dynamics, hauling, technology, and interior cabin, Toyota has created an evolved truck that looks like the 2023 Tacoma… but feels like the future.

Here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene, an evolutionary driving experience awaits you regardless of the type of vehicle you prefer, from the sporty 2024 GR Supra to the family-friendly 2024 Sienna. Abilene’s preeminent Toyota dealership also has you covered when it comes to servicing your current vehicle. Whether you need tires, brakes, batteries, or an oil change, we’ll keep you on the road until you’re ready for your next new car-buying adventure. 

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Checking in on the Toyota Corolla Cross

When Toyota unveiled their compact crossover SUV the Corolla Cross hybrid in 2020, it seemed to fill a logical hole in Toyota’s SUV lineup. Longer and wider than the subcompact C-HR and taller than the Corolla hatchback, the Cross was more akin to a hybrid version of the RAV4.

The Corolla Cross rolled out alongside a new Toyota motto: “everyday, reinvented.” Taken at face value, the slogan seems to promise excitement; here is a vehicle so dynamic that it has the capacity to change the very fabric of virtually any day.

But with nearly a half decade of hindsight, it’s easy to look at that motto another way. The Corolla Cross was never designed to reinvent life itself. Rather, it was meant to literally reinvent your everyday routine, offering a sustained measure of practicality that took all that was burdensome about life’s day-to-day trials and streamlined it.

Recently, MotorTrend completed their yearlong test review of the 2022 Corolla Cross. In the end, they also arrived at the same descriptor: practicality. Let’s look at where the Corolla Cross stands and where it figures to go from here.

The Year-Long Findings

Although the Corolla series launched way back in 1966, the Corolla Cross was the very first hybrid crossover introduced to Toyota’s lineup. Initially, it was powered by a standard 1.8-liter inline-four with 138 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque.

After spending a year with the 2022 Corolla Cross, MotorTrend kept coming back to the little details that coalesced into a practical whole: the enormous trunk and cargo capacity, the rubber floor mats, the wireless charger-storing cubby beneath the HVAC controls.

The magazine also praised the Corolla Cross’s lifetime fuel economy of 29 mpg, citing minimal spending at the pump and low maintenance costs. In terms of fuel economy, the Corolla Cross comfortably outpaced rivals such as the CX-30, Soul, and Mazda 3.

And while the Corolla Cross admittedly offered little in the way of surprises, MotorTrend deemed it a great fit for daily commutes and errands, as its slight frame made parking in tight spots painless.

Crossing Into 2024

Toyota has been a key part of the global movement towards electrification since its outset, and the latest edition of its crossover hybrid continues their green effort.

Since the 2022 model, the Corolla Cross has added standard all-wheel drive. Its engine has been upgraded to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with three electric motors combining for 196 horsepower. For the 2024 model, the Corolla Cross SE and XSE trims receive updated wireless smartphone charging pads.

Though changes to the Cross have been incremental, its foundation has held solid. You’ll still find the same affordable starting price, the same level of fuel efficiency, and the same level of dependability.

Sometimes it’s better to know what to expect when tackling everyday life. The overtly practical Corolla Cross hybrid is peace of mind on four wheels. And as we get an early look at the redesigned 2025 model, it doesn’t appear as though that core philosophy is changing, regardless of how sleek the Cross becomes.

Your Next Toyota Experience Awaits

The new year is upon us, and that means it’s time for resolutions. In 2024, resolve to get behind the wheel of a new or used Toyota vehicle. Whether you’re interested in the Cross, new models such as the 2024 Toyota Tundra, or just in need of an oil change, Lithia Toyota of Abilene is here to keep for all your practical – and occasionally indulgent – auto needs.

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The New RAV4 Prime is the Hybrid of Choice

Having to make a choice can be a daunting proposition – but having the freedom to choose is part of what makes life special. From what you prepare for breakfast to what TV series you decide to stream before bed, our daily routines consist of a string of simple choices that coalesce to grant us the gift of autonomy within our own lives. 

Toyota understands that freedom of choice is a critical component to enjoying life. With the 2024 RAV4 Prime, Toyota is packaging that freedom in the form of a plug-in hybrid, compact SUV. With multiple ways to drive, two unique and sporty grades, and ever-expanding charging options, you’ve never been more in control of your driving destiny. 

Two Ways to Drive 

The RAV4 Prime is a true hybrid-electric fusion, offering two adaptable methods of transport capable of swapping between one another on the fly, depending on what the driver’s day entails. Its Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain enables the RAV4 Prime to be driven as an efficient hybrid on long journeys. For short trips and daily commutes, EV-only mode can be enabled, which eliminates all carbon emissions while offering the driver a manufacturer-estimated 42 miles of range. 

No special equipment is required for home charging. (Though the available level 2 charger can shave charging time from 12 hours to less than three, it does require a home installation.) Plugging the RAV4 Prime into a standard outlet overnight recharges its 18.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack, enabling the RAV4 to remain in EV mode during your commute. When charging outlets can’t be accessed, never fear – the RAV4 Prime can continue onwards as a hybrid.

Together, these two power sources compile four modes of hybrid system operation: 

  • EV Mode: relies solely on onboard battery to power vehicle. 
  • HV/EV Auto Mode: relies on electric-only mode to conserve fuel and reduce emissions while automatically turning on gas engine when needed. 
  • HV Mode: automatically switches between gas engine and electric motor. 
  • Charge Mode: RAV4 runs exclusively on 2.5L engine while the battery charges. 

Performance of a Lifetime 

Regardless of which driving mode you prefer, the RAV4 Prime was built with performance in mind first and foremost. 302 net combined horsepower makes it one of the fastest models in Toyota’s lineup, capable of reaching 60 MPH in just 5.5 seconds. The RAV4 Prime includes standard electric on-demand all-wheel drive, with a separate rear-mounted electric motor powering the real wheels when needed.

The 2024 RAV 4 will come in two sporty grades: the SE and XSE. The standard list of equipment and features for the SE includes: 

  • Heated front seats 
  • 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment 
  • 7-inch Multi-Information Display 
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert 
  • 8-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia touchscreen 

Meanwhile, the XSE comes equipped with: 

  • Exclusive 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels 
  • Vertical LED accent lights 
  • 10.5-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia touchscreen display with JBL speakers including subwoofer and amplifier is standard on the XSE grade. 
  • 12.3-inch digital Multi-Information Display (MID) with customizable settings

Charging Ahead 

Last week, Toyota announced a new agreement with Tesla, furthering its commitment to the electric vehicle market. As part of the deal, Toyota will adopt the North American Charging Standard on its battery vehicles starting in 2025. This will give Toyota drivers expanded access to over 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across North America.  

Add in the over 84,000 charging ports in North America Toyota users already have access to – including level 2 and DC fast charges – and the Toyota charging network has never been more all-encompassing.

It’s Prime Time 

Seamlessly blending powerful performance, SUV capabilities, roomy interior comfort, and multiple driving methods, the 2024 RAV4 Prime is the vehicle for the driver who wants a little bit of everything. Why agonize over choosing your next vehicle when you can select the one hybrid capable of identifying and acclimating to your specific, daily needs? 

Here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene, we’re your leaders for all things EV. Stop by today and check out our inventory of new and used hybrids today. At Lithia Toyota of Abilene, the choice will always be yours – we’re just looking to help make that choice a little easier.

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Electric Vehicles are More Practical Than You Think. Here’s Why

As fuel prices soar and climate change becomes a larger public concern, the need for electric vehicles becomes clearer and clearer. Despite the growing need for electric vehicles, there is no shortage of negative rumors surrounding the vehicles. You’ll hear about “range anxiety” or how rare materials are used to build batteries for EVs. The thing is, you could say many of the same things about gas-powered vehicles — without all the benefits of an EV.

Whether you’re considering an electric vehicle or flat out refuse to adapt, this blog will show you just how practical electric vehicles are. By the time you finish this blog, you’ll be convinced that electric vehicles are the future of automobiles — and that future is now. Once you’re done reading, make sure to pay a visit to Toyota of Abilene located in Abilene to test drive an electric vehicle today.

They Require Less Maintenance

One of the biggest reasons electric vehicles are more practical than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles is that they require less maintenance. With a gas-powered vehicle, you have to perform routine maintenance, such as oil changes and tune-ups — all of which are costly. Unlike gas-powered cars, electric vehicles require little to no routine maintenance and will only see a mechanic when it needs major repairs or servicing.

While electric vehicles will still need new tires, brakes and wiper blades throughout the year, you will still be performing less routine maintenance on them compared to a gas-powered vehicle. This means you’ll be able to save tons of money on oil changes, tune-ups, fluid changes and other routine maintenance that is associated with a gas-powered vehicle. With the money you save on both fuel and maintenance costs, owning an electric vehicle practically pays for itself!

Save on Fuel Costs

An obvious benefit to electric cars is the amount of money you will save by not purchasing fuel. If you own a fully-electric vehicle you won’t be hitting the local gas station to fuel up once a week. Instead, you’ll be able to “fuel” up at home as you can have a level 2 or 3 charger installed inside of your garage with relative ease. This means not only will you save money on fuel, but you’ll also save yourself some time as you won’t have to travel to the gas station.

Now, if you live in an apartment complex, charging your EV might be a bit more complicated if your complex doesn’t have on-site charging stations. In this case, you’ll have to figure out where the nearest charging station is and spend a bit of time charging up there. While the time spent charging may be a drawback, if you can combine it with other activities it is quite practical.

Whether you have the ability to charge at home will decide just how practical owning an EV is for you. However, as time goes on and EVs grow in popularity, more public charging options will become available and make owning an EV more practical than ever before. Even if you don’t have the ability to charge an EV at home, the amount of money you’ll save on fuel and maintenance is enough reason to make the switch.

Self-Driving Mode

A feature straight out of a sci-fi movie, self-driving technology is yet another reason owning an electric vehicle is more practical than you may think. We all know that driving is dangerous and combining human error with it only heightens the amount of risk — yet we all get behind the wheel each morning without a second thought.

With self-driving electric vehicles, that inherent risk of human error is eliminated, making the roads a safer place for everyone. Self-driving car technology allows you to commute completely hands-free as artificial intelligence makes driving decisions for you. You will have to remain alert at all times while using the self-driving mode just in case you need to take control of the vehicle at any time.

Not only do self-driving cars keep people and the roads safer, but they also make your daily commute easier than ever before.

Test Drive an EV Today at Toyota of Abilene

Now that you know just how practical owning an electric vehicle can be, it’s time for you to test drive one at Toyota of Abilene. At Toyota of Abilene, we offer the best deals on new and used Toyota vehicles — including the electrifying Prius. If you don’t want to overpay for your next car, you need to visit Toyota of Abilene today!

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The Manual Transmission isn’t Dead; Introducing the 2023 Toyota Supra GR

The Manual Transmission isn’t Dead; Introducing the 2023 Toyota Supra GR

Toyota’s legendary Supra GR is returning yet again for 2023, and coming along with it is a new six-speed manual transmission. Long-known for its motorsport prowess, Toyota is a beloved by car enthusiasts and motorsports lovers alike.

This is why Toyota has decided to give its fans what they’ve long been craving — a new manual-transmission Supra. The 2023 Supra GR will also feature Enhanced Drive Dynamics in addition to the manual transmission and will be available at Toyota of Abilene later this year.

If you’d like to get your hands on the new Supra GR, Toyota of Abilene can make it happen. At Toyota of Abilene, we stock the largest selection of Toyota vehicles in Abilene. — including the 2023 Supra GR. Come on down and we’ll put you behind the wheel of your dream car today.

#savethemanual

Highly coveted by Toyota-lovers and car-enthusiasts alike, the Supra has long been an icon in automotive history. As has the manual transmission — with many calling it the essence of sports cars. With this in mind, Toyota has joined the #savethemanual campaign, introducing the 2023 Supra GR with a manual transmission.

Re-introduced in 2019, the Supra GR was a fresh take on the legendary Supra sports car. Its arrival was highly anticipated by enthusiasts, especially those looking to scratch their Fast and Furious itch. Much to their dismay, however, it was only available with an automatic transmission.

The 2019 Supra GR still sold well, but fans were left hoping for more from Toyota. Now in 2022, Toyota has heard its fans and is planning on delivering what they have always wanted — a six-speed manual transmission Supra GR.

Available as an option on the 2023 Supra 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, the six-speed intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) will provide smooth shifting and ultimate control. The iMT was custom-engineered for the Supra GR by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing Division. It will be paired with the Supra GR’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, delivering 382-horsepower.

An intelligent Manual Transmission

The iMT takes the efficiency of automatic transmissions and combines it flawlessly with everything we love about manual transmissions. Specially designed software allows the iMT to provide a sporty experience each and every time you get behind the wheel.

With this software, the iMT optimizes engine torque during upshifts for precision gear changes when the clutch is engaged. When downshifting, the iMT software fine-tunes engine revs for perfectly timed downshifts and reliable performance.

The best part about iMT? Owners of the Supra GR will be free turn it off in Sport Mode for a more visceral experience. This is perfect for when you really want to get your Brian Spillner act going in full effect.

A Connection Like No Other

If you’re wondering why manual transmissions are so sought after by car enthusiasts, its quite simple — they offer unparalleled control. The amount of control and feel you get out of a manual transmission is astounding and oodles of fun. Many car enthusiasts describe it as being “truly connected” to the vehicle and it makes sense.

A shifter acts as an extension of your arm as you row through the gears. As you pump the clutch, your leg feels as if it intertwines with the mechanical workings of the vehicle. All of this provides an unmatched feeling of connection with the vehicle — of being one.

Having trouble grasping just how connected you feel when driving a manual? Then there is only one solution — drive one! Luckily for you, Toyota of Abilene has the largest selection of Toyotas in Abilene, including the manual Supra GR. Come on down to Toyota of Abilene to experience the thrill of a manual Supra GR today!

GAZOO Racing

The first global racing division in Toyota, GAZOO Racing is one of Toyota President Akio Toyoda’s greatest achievements. GAZOO Racing is aimed at delivering cars that perfectly convey the joy of driving.

As the division has grown, they have introduced GR variations of popular models like the Yaris and the rear-wheel-drive GR86 coupe. These vehicles were built solely to show what GR is all about, an unbridled passion for driving and performance.

The GR division is inspired by the legendary TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, a championship-winning motorsport team known throughout the globe. It is this division that has worked tirelessly to deliver the Supra GR of every car and Toyota enthusiast’s dreams — the 2023 Supra GR.

Ready to Race?

Are you ready to be a part of the Gazoo Racing family? If so, you need to visit Toyota of Abilene located in Abilene. At Toyota of Abilene, we stock the largest selection of new and used Toyotas, including the new Supra GR. If you don’t want to overpay for your next Toyota, then you need to buy it here at Toyota of Abilene.

The best selection of Toyotas at the lowest prices are only at one place in Abilene — and that’s Toyota of Abilene. Stop by and test drive the thrilling 2023 Supra GR today!

 

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The Definitive Guide to EV Charging

The Definitive Guide to EV Charging

There are Levels to This

Ever since the first car was produced in 1886, internal combustion engines have been the driving force of vehicles. However, the search for an alternative has been underway for just as long and finally, we have an answer. Electric vehicles with electric motors.

Now, when most folks think of electric vehicles they imagine some futuristic-looking vehicle that will leave them stranded on the side of the highway with dead batteries — this couldn’t be more of a myth!

Electric vehicles, or EVs, have come a long way since the 1870s. They’re stylish, powerful, exciting to drive and most of all — reliable. Despite advances in EV technology, many people still doubt their practicality and cite range anxiety and lack of charging infrastructure.

This definitive guide to EV charging will teach you everything you need to know about EV charging, including how simple it is. Give this a quick read and then make sure to pay a visit to Toyota of Abilene to check out the electrifying bZ4X.

Level 1 Charging

The most accessible level of charging, Level 1 charging stations allow you to charge your EV by plugging it into your household 120V outlet. This means you’ll be able to use your vehicle’s charger on any outlet in your residence, making charging a breeze.

Commonly referred to as “trickle charging”, level 1 is the slowest charging method available for EVs albeit one of the most convenient. You will see around four miles of range added to the vehicle each hour when using level 1 charging.

With a slow charging time, Level 1 is best utilized when you’re able to let your EV charge up overnight. That being said, there are a few other methods of charging that are faster if you’re in a rush, keep Abilene to find out what they are.

Level 2 Charging

One of the most common forms of EV charging, Level 2 charging can be found in both residential and public areas. It provides a much quicker charge than Level 1 chargers, adding up to 12-30 miles of range per hour. A full charge can be completed in 6-12 hours — depending on battery size — when using a Level 2 charger.

If you want a Level 2 charger at your home, it is plenty doable as long as you have an available 240V outlet. In the event you don’t have a 240V outlet, you must have one professionally installed before you are able to take advantage of Level 2 charging.

While most electric vehicles come with a Level 1 charging cable included, Level 2 chargers come at an extra cost. Simply ask your sales professional for pricing on a Level 2 charging cable and they should be able to provide you with one at delivery.

Looking to have a Level 2 charger installed at your house? Companies like ChargePoint and QMerit can help! Having a Level 2 charger installed at home will not only save you time but some money as well. In some cases, you may even be able to claim tax benefits for owning an EV and investing in a charger, refer to your local tax code for more info.

Level 3 Charging

Often referred to as DC Fast Charging, high-powered Level 3 chargers are only found at public charging stations across the country. They are the fastest and most-efficient way to charge your EV, as they add around 3-15 miles every minute!

Level 3 charging uses powerful direct current (DC) power, which is not found in residential areas as they use alternating current (AC). This means you won’t be able to have a Level 3 charging station at home, but if you do some Googling you may find one nearby.

The best benefit of Level 3 charging stations is their ability to charge your EV battery up to 80% capacity in a matter of minutes. This makes charging up during lunch break or while running errands a breeze and allows you to live a range-anxiety-free life.

As the popularity of EV’s continues to grow, you’ll start to see more and more Level 3 public charging stations popping up across the country. If you already own an EV, chances are you know all of your local charging stations — but if you don’t — check out Plugshare.

Stations Near You

Looking for somewhere to charge near you? No sweat, we took the time and did the research for you. If you’re in the Abilene area and need to charge your EV, we’ve put together a shortlist of available public charging stations. Check out what we found:

While this list doesn’t have every charging station in Abilene on it, it’s a great starting point for EV owners in Abilene. As time goes on and more people adopt electric vehicles, charging infrastructure should start to increase — so keep an eye out!

Charged Up and Ready to Go

Now that you know all there is to know about charging an EV, making the switch doesn’t seem so scary now, does it? Despite what your octane-loving, mechanic cousin may say, electric vehicles truly are the future. With more home-charging options available and increasing public charging infrastructure, range anxiety is nothing more than a myth.

Whether you opt for a home charging station or you rely on public infrastructure, switching to an EV is the best option for the planet and your wallet. Owning an EV not only saves you at the pump it also saves you on repair bills too, as they require less maintenance than traditional cars.

Are you ready to make the switch to an electric vehicle? Then Toyota of Abilene can help! At Toyota of Abilene, we have Abilene’s best selection of Toyota vehicles, including the new bZ4X. Whether you’re switching to an EV or sticking with a traditional engine — if you want the best prices on Toyota vehicles — shop at Toyota of Abilene.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider an Electric Vehicle

As gas prices continue to rise with no end in sight, the appeal of electric vehicles is growing stronger with each passing day. Whether you have a short drive to work or an hourslong commute, chances are you are feeling the squeeze of surging fuel prices. Fret not, as there is a solution — an electric vehicle! That’s right, electric vehicles are the best alternative to skyrocketing gas prices and they’re environmentally friendly too.

While there are a number of reasons to purchase an electric vehicle in 2022, in this blog we’re going to list the five best reasons you should. Whether you’re budget conscious and looking for an alternative to these growing gas prices or you’re environmentally aware and looking for a way to benefit the earth, switching to an electric vehicle is one of the best decisions you stand to make. Gas prices aren’t going down any time soon, so don’t wait another minute, make the switch to an EV today.

Tax Incentives

One of the many reasons you may want to make the switch to an EV are the potential tax incentives you may qualify for from federal, local or state government. In attempts to draw the public away from fossil-fueled engines, the U.S. government has begun to offer tax incentives to help subsidize the cost of electric vehicles. Aiming for a population fully reliant on EVs, the U.S. government is offering a fairly large tax credit ranging from $2,500-7,500 for owners of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Some states and local governments may also offer tax incentives or programs for EV owners, such as California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). This program gives rebate savings directly to owners/lessees of qualifying electric vehicles, making them far more attractive to buy as opposed to a traditional internal combustion engine. If you want to find out more about your local and state government rebates and incentives for electric vehicles, all you have to do is visit their website for more info.

With so many rebates and incentives available, it is no surprise that there has been a major shift to electric vehicles by both consumers and automakers alike. Are you ready to save cash while saving the environment? If so, its time to stop by Toyota of Abilene and make the switch to an electric vehicle today.

More Affordable to Drive

Yet another great reason to switch to electric vehicles — they are far more affordable to drive than your traditional internal combustion engine. The cost of owning an electric vehicle is largely reduced due to it not needing any fuel or the regular maintenance a traditional internal combustion engine requires. In addition to not needing fuel, electric motors have far fewer moving parts than an internal combustion engine and do not require any oil changes.

Another reason EVs are more affordable is their use of regenerative braking. Regenerative braking uses the electric motor to slow down the vehicle, which lengthens the lifespan of your brake pads while also charging your EV batteries. This not only saves you from spending on brake pads, but it also keeps you from having to hit the charging station as well — saving you both time and money.

If you’re looking for a good reason to make the switch to an electric vehicle, all you have to do is look at your wallet. Whether it’s savings at the pump or at the mechanic, making the switch to an electric vehicle puts more money in your pocket while reducing your carbon footprint. Reduce your dependence on fossil fuels and the oil industry, make the switch to an electric vehicle — available here at Toyota of Abilene today.

Surprisingly Sporty Performance

Do you enjoy sporty performance each time you get behind the wheel? Then an electric vehicle is for you! Unlike regular engines, electric motors provide near-instantaneous torque when you step on the pedal. This allows you to experience the thrill of going 0 to 60 MPH in mere seconds, without putting a huge dent in your wallet.

Electric vehicles also boast incredible handling capabilities thanks to their lower center of gravity and impeccable weight distribution. Most EVs are designed with a battery pack positioned in the center of the vehicle, which increases handling, stability and cornering while also minimizing the potential for rollovers.

You don’t need a car with four rings or a horse on the front to enjoy a sporty driving experience — all you need is an electric vehicle!

Better Safety

Driving a car down a public road comes with it’s own set of hazards — hazards we typically tend to accept without even a second thought. When you really think about it, hurling down the road in a few tons of metal filled with a flammable liquid probably is not the best idea and is frankly, a bit anxiety-inducing.

Electric vehicles may not be the perfect answer when it comes to safety. However, they are far safer than a traditional car, truck or SUV that uses an internal combustion engine. Wondering how that is possible? It’s simple — electric vehicles don’t use gas and contain fewer components than traditional vehicles.

Being that electric vehicles have fewer components than traditional vehicles, manufacturers are able to approach vehicle design in a new manner. This new approach has led to improved crumple zones, stronger body design and improved overall safety. Remember the mention of battery packs in EVs being located in the center of the vehicle? That also provides extra safety as it lowers the EVs center of gravity and removes the use of gas, a very flammable substance.

Are you ready for a phenomenal driving experience but want peace of mind, knowing you and your family are safe? Then you need to make the switch to an electric vehicle today! Electric vehicles aren’t just better for the environment, they’re safer to drive as well.

Great for the Environment

One of the more obvious reasons behind buying an electric vehicle is the impact — or lack thereof — that they have on the environment. While internal combustion engines are gas-powered and require regular oil changes to operate, electric vehicles feature an electric motor that doesn’t need fuel or oil to run. This means not only will you save money on fuel and oil changes, but you’ll also be helping out the environment too.

The rise of electric vehicles has also sparked a rise in the use of solar panels in homes throughout the United States. Solar panels are great, they allow you to harness the sun’s energy and use it in lieu of traditional fossil fuels that harm the environment. Many owners of EVs are now installing solar panels on their homes in order to reduce their electricity bill — and further reduce their carbon footprint.

If you want to do your part in helping the environment, buying an EV is a great way to do so. Electric vehicles don’t need oil changes, don’t need gas and can even be charged up using solar power. Are you environmentally conscious? If so, then you need to switch to an electric vehicle as soon as possible.

Are You Ready?

Now that you’ve read through the top five reasons to purchase an electric vehicle, are you ready to make the switch? If so, then Toyota of Abilene is here to help. Here at Toyota of Abilene, we don’t just have Abilene’s best selection of new and used vehicles — we have the largest selection of electric vehicles too! If you want to eliminate your gas expense and reduce your carbon footprint then you need to stop by Toyota of Abilene and purchase your first EV today.

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Lithia Toyota of Abilene’s Top Tips for First-Time Car Buyers

When you’re on the search for a new vehicle, having an idea of how you will finance the vehicle is just as important as knowing which make and model you want. Just as you would shop around for the best price on that vehicle, you should look for the best financing options available for your purchase. This is why the most efficient way to handle your financing is by financing with the dealership you’re purchasing from.

Here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene we not only have the largest selection of new and pre-owned vehicles, but we also have an in-house finance team that works with the best lenders available to help finance your purchase. Financing your new or pre-owned vehicle is easy here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene, as most of our customers get approved and drive home the same day.

Pick from the widest selection of new and pre-owned vehicles and top financing options, only available here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

The Benefits of Financing at Lithia Toyota of Abilene

Purchasing a new vehicle, while exciting, can also be confusing to some, especially when it comes to financing. Finding the right lender to finance your new vehicle means filling out multiple applications, and waiting to hear back from those lenders as they make a decision, which could take days or even weeks. Financing your new vehicle here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene cuts out all of that hassle, as our finance professionals work with a variety of lenders, giving you plenty of options to choose from.

Plenty of Lenders to Choose From

One of the biggest advantages to financing here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene is our large portfolio lenders to choose from. Throughout our many years of operation, we have developed strong relationships with some of the top lenders in America. These strong, personal relationships with our lenders allow us to negotiate on our customer’s behalf, ensuring that our customers are getting the best interest rates and loans possible.

At Lithia Toyota of Abilene, we also have access to manufacturers’ financing companies, which aren’t typically available to the general public. Being able to access such a wide range of lenders means that we can always find the top rates and financing terms for you to choose from. Finding the right lender for your new or pre-owned vehicle is made easy when you let us handle the financing here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

Special Financing Terms

Another great benefit of financing here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene is we are able to offer special financing terms, that are only available through manufacturer lenders. Working closely with manufacturers gives us access to limited financing specials such as 0% interest rates, finance incentives and discounts, and even extended terms. A good way to save money on your next vehicle purchase is by taking advantage of special financing rates and terms that are only available by financing through the dealer. Choosing to provide your own financing means you’ll miss out on the great benefits that come with financing here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

Getting the best financing rates and terms on your new vehicle purchase is simple when you finance with us here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

Don’t Fear the Credit Check

The term “credit check” tends to put fear into most people, but here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene, there is nothing to fear when it comes to credit. A great benefit of financing with us at Lithia Toyota of Abilene is that we will work with you no matter your credit score, as we have a variety of lenders for every credit situation. We work with people in all types of credit situations, ranging from no credit history to folks with foreclosures and bankruptcies, no matter your situation we will have a solution for you.

At Lithia Toyota of Abilene, we want you to drive home happy, and that’s why we work tirelessly to secure financing for you no matter your credit score.

One-Stop-Shop

The best part of financing with us here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene is it makes us your one-stop shop for a new or pre-owned vehicle, saving you time and money. With the car buying process already being time-consuming, it makes sense to save time by financing in-house here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene. Trying to finance your own vehicle means filling out a ton of applications, and then waiting to hear back from each lender over the next few weeks, wasting your precious time. You’re already putting time into finding the right new or pre-owned vehicle, why invest more into finding the right lender when Lithia Toyota of Abilene will do it for you?

Here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene, we work closely with our lenders, which allows us to negotiate the top financing rates and terms for our customers every time. Because of our high standing with our variety of lenders, they make deals for us they wouldn’t make for anyone else, giving us access to special financing rates and terms not able to be had anywhere else! Take advantage of this by financing your new or pre-owned vehicle here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

If you’re in Abilene, TX, or the surrounding areas and looking for the top finance rates on new and pre-owned vehicles, look no further than here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

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Toyota of Abilene’s Top Tips for First-Time Car Buyers.

Purchasing your very first vehicle can be exciting, however, that excitement can quickly turn to confusion if you’re not prepared ahead of time. Confusion and uncertainty when shopping for a new vehicle can lead to poor, uninformed decisions, that ultimately end up costing you money. Avoid that confusion and uncertainty by reading this list of top tips for first-time car buyers before you hit the lot!

Once you read through this fantastic list of tips, come on down to Toyota of Abilene to use your new knowledge to shop for your new vehicle.

First-Time Car Buying Tips

Figure Out Your Budget

As with most things in the world, setting a budget is one of the most important things to do first before you make any other decisions. Defining your budget makes it easier to narrow down what vehicles you can afford, preventing you from falling into the trap of stretching too far for a vehicle you can’t afford.

Before you settle on a budget for a new car, make sure to evaluate your monthly living expenses and determine from there what you can afford monthly for a vehicle. Remember to include estimates for car insurance, fuel, and vehicle maintenance in this budget, because owning a vehicle is a lot more than a monthly payment.

Once you’ve figured out what you can afford, the hard part is done, now it’s time to start the fun by searching for the right vehicle at Toyota of Abilene.

List Your Needs

Now, this may seem like the first thing to do when you’re ready to buy a new car, but without a budget in mind, many “wants” become “needs”, skyrocketing the cost of the vehicle. Define your vehicle needs by taking into consideration your occupation, daily commute, and even things like the weather around where you live.

All of these factors not only determine what kind of vehicle you will need but also influence just how much maintenance the vehicle will need as well. Living in a snowy climate may mean you need a set of winter and summer tires, whereas living in a hot, dry climate means you’ll need to pay more attention to your fluids, hoses, and belts.

After you define your needs and budget, it’s time to find dealers that carry vehicles you may want. Make your choice easier by picking from the gigantic selection of new and pre-owned Toyota vehicles available here at Toyota of Abilene, located in Abilene, TX.

Research Time

Now that you have a solid idea of what your needs are and a clear budget in mind, it’s time to start researching what vehicles are available to you. Hop online and check out sites like Cars.com, KBB.com, or Autotrader.com to get a listing of all the vehicles in your area, with filters for makes, models, and features. The best option is to visit the website of local dealerships, like Toyota of Abilene, so you can see the most up-to-date inventory information.

During your research, be sure to check out consumer reviews and reports about the vehicle you have in mind. While everyone’s experiences and reviews are different, it is a great idea to at least see if there are any common experiences or trends shared amongst owners of the vehicle you like. Finding a vehicle and having a wealth of information about that vehicle has never been easier, so take advantage of it when searching for your next vehicle.

Is a new Toyota vehicle what you’re looking for? Take a look at our vast inventory of new Toyota vehicles available online and in-store here at Toyota of Abilene, located in Abilene, TX.

Time for a Test Drive

After you decide on the perfect vehicle for you, get out there and take one for a test drive! Test driving a vehicle is one of the most important steps in a purchase, as it really gives you a taste of what owning that particular vehicle is like. While you’re test driving, make sure to get comfortable as if it was your vehicle, and drive a route similar to your daily commute for the best comparison.

When you’re making a big purchase like this, it’s important to make sure the vehicle “fits” all aspects of your lifestyle. Certain dealerships may even allow you to drive the vehicle home for a short period of time, so you can see how it fits in your garage or parking space. Make choosing the perfect vehicle easier, test drive as many vehicles as you can before you decide on one.

If you’re looking for a Toyota vehicle, shop here at Toyota of Abilene and ask your sales professional about an extended test drive. Finding the perfect Toyota vehicle is simple when you’re choosing from our huge inventory here at Toyota of Abilene.

Figure Out Financing

Financing a vehicle tends to be when first-time car buyers get confused, as it can be a detail-heavy process. As a first-time car buyer, it’s important to not get flustered, just ask questions when you’re confused and remember the finance professional is there to help you. Keep in mind that you’re simply agreeing upon how much money you’re borrowing, and how quickly you’ll be paying it back, including interest. If you keep this in mind, financing is a lot less confusing as a first-time car buyer.

If you have your eyes set on a Toyota vehicle here at Toyota of Abilene, our in-house financing professionals will help you every step of the way. At Toyota of Abilene, we work with a variety of auto lenders to make sure you get the best financing possible for your new Toyota vehicle. Choose from the best selection of Toyota vehicles, and the best lenders, only available here at Toyota of Abilene in Abilene, TX.

Drive Home Happy

The most important step in buying a car for the first time is to make sure you drive home happy. After all of your online research and in-person test drives, you should feel comfortable signing on the dotted line, knowing that not only are you getting the best deal but also the perfect vehicle for you. Unlike most purchases, you can’t return a vehicle, so ensuring that you love the vehicle before you sign is highly recommended.

Guarantee that you’ll drive home a happy first-time car buyer, by purchasing your vehicle here at Toyota of Abilene. At Toyota of Abilene, we offer the widest selection of Toyota vehicles, a top-notch team of sales professionals, and the best financing options available in Abilene, TX. There is no better place to be a first-time car buyer than at Toyota of Abilene, located in Abilene, TX. 

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New Toyota Vehicle

New for ‘22, the Toyota Corolla Cross

Proudly assembled in the United States, the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross is ready to hit dealership lots soon, arriving this October. Based on the best-selling Corolla, the all-new Corolla Cross is an affordable all-wheel-drive small crossover, with class-leading safety features and performance. Arriving in October, the value-priced Corolla Cross lineup will soon be available at Abilene’s favorite Toyota dealer, Lithia Toyota of Abilene. 

The All-New 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

An SUV adaption of the world’s best-selling car ever, the Toyota Corolla, the all-new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross looks to carry on the historic Corolla name while making a history of its own. Available in both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD), the Corolla Cross will provide peak performance attached to a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine. High-quality performance isn’t all the Corolla Cross has to offer, it also comes with large cargo space to fit all of life’s adventures.

The all-new Corolla Cross will be assembled at the new Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama, a facility that’s capable of pumping out up to 150,000 Corolla Cross models each year. Are you ready for your new Toyota Corolla Cross? Stop in at Lithia Toyota of Abilene located in Abilene, TX, to preorder your new Corolla Cross today!

Affordable Luxury from Tip-to-Tail

Ultra-versatile and spacious, the Corolla Cross will be available in three high-quality trim lines, the L, LE, and XLE. The well-designed Corolla Cross boasts a beautiful, yet sleek exterior design with its black grille and body accents, perfectly balancing aggressive looks and sensible design. Continuing it’s sleek and sporty look, the Corolla Cross has LED lighting in both the front and rear, with a sporty spoiler and a variety of wheel options available. With many options spanning the three trim levels, here is a quick look at what is available on the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross:

  • Wind Chill Pearl ($425 extra-color cost)
  • Celestite
  • Sonic Silver
  • Jet Black
  • Barcelona Red Metallic
  • Cypress
  • Blue Crush Metallic

Alongside its spacious interior, the Corolla Cross will also offer many of the same desirable features as its sedan and hatchback counterparts, keeping you and your passengers safe and connected. Toyota’s all-new model will come standard with heating and air conditioning vents for rear-seat passengers, with available dual-zone climate control and a power moonroof. The Corolla Cross’ spacious new interior will be available in the following colors:

  • L: Fabric-trimmed seats in Light Gray
  • LE: Fabric-trimmed seats in Light Gray or Black
  • XLE: SofTex®-trimmed seats in Macadamia/Mocha or Black

If you desire an upgraded interior with features like a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and heated seats, you’ll have to bump up to the XLE model which also includes a rear-center armrest with two cupholders.

The Corolla Cross won’t be short on space, with 60/40-split folding rear seat standard on all trim levels for maximum cargo space. Accessing your Corolla Cross’ roomy cargo space will be a breeze with the available power liftgate with height adjustability.

Stay adventure-ready with available accessories such as a roof rack with crossbars, an activity mount for things like bicycles, a tow hitch, and even all-weather floormats. Order your all-new Toyota Corolla Cross and accessories at Lithia Toyota of Abilene located in Abilene, TX.

Big Power in a Small Package

Not short on power nor excitement, the Corolla Cross comes standard equipped with Toyota’s Dynamic Force four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, 169-horsepower engine. The small but mighty four-cylinder engine is mated to a CVT transmission with a physical first gear, creating an efficient yet exhilarating driving experience with every mile driven.

Capable of towing up to 1,500 lbs, the Corolla Cross will take you to your waterfront adventures with its ability to tow a trail and personal watercraft. True adventure begins when you get behind the wheel of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross.

Available with AWD, the Corolla Cross takes advantage of Toyota’s Dynamic Torque Control system, capable of directing up to 50% of power to the rear wheels when needed, being completely disengaged when not needed. Effectively operating in FWD in most instances, the Corolla Cross is able to get great fuel economy, with the AWD model getting 30 combined MPG.

In addition to its incredible powertrain, the Corolla Cross boasts a fully independent suspension system on AWD models, while the FWD models feature a brand-new torsion beam system in the rear. Making for a smooth, comfortable ride with sporty capability and ultimate safety.

Small yet mighty, the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross is built to take you anywhere. Stop in today at Lithia Toyota of Abilene located in Lithia, TX, to preorder your all-new Toyota Corolla Cross.

Stay Connected

The 2022 Corolla Cross makes staying connected simple with its Apple Car Play and Android Auto-enabled touchscreen multimedia system. Available on the L trim in a 7” touchscreen with the LE and XLE featuring an 8” touchscreen, the Corolla Cross’ multimedia system is sure to keep passengers entertained, even on the longest of trips.

Keeping your devices charged has never been easier, with all Corolla Cross models coming standard with a USB media port, with the LE and XLE models offering wireless charging and two rear passenger USB charging ports.

Corolla Cross will be available with Audio Plus multimedia with Remote Connect and a nine-speaker JBL sound system, making road trip playlists that much better with crystal clear audio. Hands-free driving is made possible with the available Amazon Alexa option, putting Amazon’s digital assistant in the virtual front seat with you. A standard three-month SiriusXM Platinum subscription will be part of the other connected features.

If you opt for the top XLE trim, you’ll receive the 7” multi-information display which displays a variety of vehicle and systems information.

Here is a standard list of features broken down by trim line:

L Grade:

  • 7” Multimedia Display
  • 4.2” MID
  • Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and Amazon Alexa
  • SiriusXM® trial
  • Rear HVAC Vents
  • TSS 2.0
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Two USB ports
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • 17″ Steel wheels with silver wheel covers

LE Grade – L features plus:

  • 8″ Multimedia display
  • Qi-wireless charging
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • 17″ alloy wheels
  • Roof rails
  • Smart Key with Push Button Start
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Auto climate control
  • Three USB ports
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signals

XLE Grade – LE features plus:

  • 18” alloy wheels
  • 7” MID
  • SofTex®-trimmed seats
  • 10-way power driver seat with lumbar
  • Heated front seats
  • LED DRLs and fog lights
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Brake
  • Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Rear folding armrest with two cup holders
  • Leather shift knob
  • Tonneau cover

Options:

  • LE:
    • Audio Plus with JBL® 9-speaker system
    • Moonroof package
      • Moonroof
      • Tonneau cover
  • XLE:
    • Audio Plus with JBL® 9-speaker system
    • Convenience Package
      • Moonroof
      • Power rear liftgate
    • Adaptive Front Lighting System with auto-leveling

Sensible Safety

As always, modern safety is a top priority for Toyota with the all-new Corolla Cross. All trim levels will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of advanced active safety features combined with Toyota’s STAR Safety System, providing safety and peace of mind to every driver. All trim levels will come standard with nine airbags throughout the cabin, protecting every passenger.

Advanced safety features like Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert will be standard on the LE and XLE trim levels, with Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking will only be standard on the XLE.

Toyota stands by safety, protecting their customers by equipping all trim levels with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 and Toyota’s STAR Safety System, here is a breakdown of what all is included:

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection (PCS with PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)

The Toyota STAR Safety System includes:

  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (Enhanced VSC)
  • Traction Control (TRAC)
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Smart Stop Technology (SST)

With such a wide array of standard safety features and advanced safety systems, Toyota aims to keep its customers safe behind the wheel while providing an exhilarating driving experience. The 2022 Corolla Cross is packed full of great safety features, preorder your Corolla Cross today at Lithia Toyota of Abilene located in Abilene, TX.

Toyota Guaranteed

Toyota takes pride in their build quality, backing every new Toyota up with a 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty that covers all components except wear and tear and maintenance items.

The 2022 Corolla Cross will also come standard with ToyotaCare, which covers normal factory-scheduled maintenance for 24-months or 25,000 miles, free of charge. Toyota will also be including two years of Roadside Assistance, regardless of mileage. These complimentary plans not only are convenient for the customer, but they inspire confidence in the customer, who knows Toyota always has their back.

Stop in at Lithia Toyota of Abilene located in Abilene, TX, today to order your all-new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross.