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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.

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Changing Tires with the Seasons.

Different Tires for Different Seasons.

Looking for new tires this season? Call Lithia Toyota of Abilene today!

At the Tire Shop

It’s 4pm on a Friday afternoon and you’re in line at the tire shop anxiously awaiting the enormous bill that you’re about to incur. “Next!” yells out the middle-aged service writer, motioning from amongst a whirlwind of paperwork, for you to come to the counter. At the counter you tell the service writer that you need four new tires and he asks you “Summer, winter, all-season?” and it dawns on you at that moment that you’re totally unprepared for this question. “There’s a difference in tires?” you think to yourself, and your mind begins to wonder how you’ve gone so long not knowing there were different tires, let alone what those differences are. Being in a position like this isn’t all that uncommon, unless you’re a car enthusiast or a mechanic yourself, chances are you were never told about the differences in tire compounds and why there is even a need for different tires. They say you learn something new every day, and today’s lesson is on the various tire compounds and their specific uses, so buckle in and come along for the ride.

Different Tires, for Different Seasons

Both the summer and winter are filled with their own unique wonders and magical times, but also filled with their own unique challenges at the same time. Winter can be cold, harsh, and unforgiving, both to humans and machines alike. While the summer may not come with ice and snow like winter, it can still be host to poor or dangerous driving conditions just like winter is. With the winter and summer being total opposites, it makes sense that there isn’t just one tire to handle both seasons. Tire manufacturers nowadays have tire offerings in three different categories, Summer, Winter and All-Season, each boasting their own advantages and disadvantages. Now you may be wondering, why not just buy all-season tires for all the seasons? Stick around and read about why all-season tires aren’t necessarily for all of the seasons, and why winter tires should be kept to colder temperatures.

Summer Tires

Summer tires are excellent dry and wet condition tires in warmer weather, making them perfectly suited for rainy summer evenings and sweltering hot afternoons. In order to gain superior traction and handling that summer tires are known for, they were designed with less grooving for water clearance and even have a more streamlined tread pattern which increases the amount of tire in contact with the road, ultimately providing better traction. On top of the increased traction and handling, summer tires also boast better fuel economy due to their reduced rolling resistance. While summer tires are great because of their increased traction and handling, the technology used to achieve those results ends up being detrimental to the car and driver if driven in cold weather conditions. Because of the summer tires’ streamlined tread design, they become much more brittle in cold weather and therefore are considered unsafe in winter driving conditions. Purchase your summer tires and have them mounted and balanced at Lithia Toyota of Abilene located in Abilene, TX, then hit the roads in confidence with your new tires.

Winter Tires

Cold weather brings a plethora of problems, from snowfall shutting down roads to black ice causing accidents, the winter is no joke. That is why it’s imperative to head into every winter prepared for the challenges the cold weather forces you to encounter daily. One way to fight back against the cold, cruel beast that is winter is with winter tires. Winter tires are designed with more natural rubber in the tire compound, allowing the tire to maintain flexibility even in temperatures below freezing. In addition to the unique rubber compounding, winter tires boast more aggressive tread patterns that help dig into the snow and ice, providing traction and handling without having to stud the tire. While winter tires are great in cold weather, it’s not a great idea to keep them on during the warmer months as the softer rubber compound will cause accelerated wear and tear of the tire and pose handling and traction issues as well. After running winter tires during the cold weather months, make sure to switch off to a good summer tire or a set of all-season tires. Before winter sneaks up on you, make sure to drop by Lithia Toyota of Abilene Service Center to get your winter tires and winter car servicing.

All-Season Tires

All-season tires means they can be used in all seasons right? Unfortunately, that is a common misconception amongst drivers today, with most drivers believing they can run one set of all-season tires year-round with no issues. While all-season tires sound like they can do it all, they really just excel at being mediocre in all seasons. With winter tires sporting extra rubber to maintain a softer compound for the cold weather conditions, and summer tires boasting a stiffer tire that provides better traction in warm weather, all-seasons take a bit of inspiration from both which results in a hybridized version of summer and winter tires. All-season tires sacrifice a bit of the warm and wet weather traction in favor of being able to grip in ice and snow, making them a great choice for those that live in climates that don’t drop below freezing often or if at all. The true way to determine if an all-season tire is the right tire for you is to base it off of your local climate, a very neutral climate area is the best place to use all-season tires in. If you’re looking for a great middle ground between summer and winter tires, purchasing all-season tires at Lithia Toyota of Abilene is a great option.

Which Tire is Best for Me?

Choosing a tire seemed simple before all of this info, right? While there are many factors that go into purchasing a tire, you don’t have to be an expert to make a choice, as our parts experts at Lithia Toyota of Abilene will guide you in choosing the right tire for your vehicle. In order to make it a little easier to select a tire, consider your climate and daily driving conditions first, then make sure to stop by Lithia Toyota of Abilene to speak with a parts professional and order your tires today!

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2021 Toyota Sequoia Debuts With Nightshade Special Edition, New Color

The Toyota Sequoia is one of the oldest SUVs in North America having been around in it’s current iteration for nearly 13 years. The time has come for Toyota to freshen up the SUV and as a result we will be receiving a 2021 Toyota Sequoia Nightshade special edition.

Potential buyers can get the Sequoia Nightshade Edition in Midnight Black, Magnetic Gray, or Blizzard Pearl, with all versions featuring darkened chrome badging, fog light surrounds, lower grille, & body moldings. Inside, the special version of Toyota’s body-on-frame SUV features black leather upholstery to round off the dark look.

For more information and staying up to date on upcoming Toyota models, feel free to reach out to the team at Lithia Toyota of Abilene today.

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2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Red Special Edition

Toyota has something special in store for sport hatchback fans who like their cars with expressive styling and bold colors. Dressed out with an exclusive body kit and striking Supersonic Red paint, the 2021 Corolla Hatchback Special Edition looks like it just rolled out of a Southern California custom shop. And, because enthusiasts who buy factory customs don’t like to see themselves coming and going on the road, Toyota will offer just 1,500 of these red-hot hatches for the 2021 model year.

The Special Edition, which arrives in late summer, makes a powerful style statement while adding the safety and convenience upgrades common to the rest of the 2021 Corolla Hatchback line. All 2021 Corolla Hatchback models add rear seat-mounted side airbags, bringing the car’s total airbag count to 10. In addition, the 2021 Corolla Hatchback makes Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Blind Spot Monitor standard on the XSE grade and optional for the SE grade with the SE Preferred package.

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition Highlights

  • Custom body kit and Supersonic Red paint create a knockout look
  • 1,500 Special Editions available for model year 2021
  • All 2021 Corolla models add new safety features
  • Enhanced Cargo Space option, available for no extra cost

For more information on both the upcoming 2021 Toyota Corolla Special Edition & Regular Edition, feel free to contact Lithia Toyota of Abilene today. We’re located in Abilene, TX, also serving Dyess AFB, Clyde, Sweetwater, Anson, and the surrounding areas.

Source: Toyota Newsroom