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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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A Guide to EV Tire Buying and Maintenance

The rise in popularity of electric vehicles can be attributed to various factors, such as a growing focus on environmental sustainability and increased availability of charging infrastructure. However, if we had to identify a single key factor, it would be the significant improvement in range capacity. Initial versions of EVs were constrained by limitations in battery technology, resulting in limited distances before requiring a recharge. Nowadays, the average range of electric vehicles has expanded substantially, spanning from 250 to 500 miles.

Just like with regular gas vehicles, there are many factors that can affect your car’s performance. But when it comes to maximizing the range of your electric vehicle, your tires play a major role. EVs perform at their best when the car and tires work together seamlessly, so when you’re in the market for EV tires, it’s important to consider their compatibility.

In this guide, Lithia Toyota of Abilene helps optimize your range by explaining what you need to know about EV tires. 

Switching From Your Original Tires: The Risks 

Keep in mind that the tires initially installed on your electric vehicle were specially developed for that specific car. EV manufacturers understand the unique requirements of their vehicles, so the tires are designed to maximize range while maintaining preferred performance.

With that being said, each and every car owner has their own personal preference when it comes to the accessories they choose for their vehicle. It’s completely fine to trade in your tires for ones that better suit your taste, but it’s important to be mindful of the potential performance changes that may result from such a switch.

Let’s say you want tires that provide better grip to improve performance and braking. This might come at the cost of a quieter driving experience, which is usually what you want in an electric vehicle. Plus, if you decide to switch to different tires than the ones designed for your EV, you risk reducing the vehicle’s range. On the other hand, if you go for tires with low wear to increase the range, you might notice a drop in performance.

Finding the perfect balance is definitely achievable. However, switching to different tires comes with its own set of unforeseen problems, diverging from the recommended EV tires. Reach out to our tire experts, who will guide you in selecting the ideal option that caters to both your needs and your EV.

Watch Your Tires’ PSI 

If you’ve ever owned a gas-powered car, you probably know that having low tire pressure can lead to increased fuel consumption. And the same idea applies to electric vehicles. Even a small decrease in PSI can greatly affect the rolling resistance of your EV, which directly impacts its range. That’s why many EV owners choose low friction tires—they decrease rolling resistance and enhance range, efficiency, and sustainability.

When it gets colder in winter, it’s crucial to keep in mind that tire air pressure fluctuates more. Make a point to check your car’s PSI levels at least once a month during this winter period, and even more often if possible. If you notice consistently low PSI levels, you might want to think about getting a portable tire inflator to keep at home.

And if issues still arise or persist, make an appointment with our Service Department as soon as possible.

Put a Charge in Your Life 

Here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene, we pride ourselves in being at the forefront of modern ingenuity, with electric vehicles and hybrids ranging from the 2023 Toyota Crown to the Sequoia to the Prius.

Whether you’re looking to join the EV revolution or are interested in our entire, vast inventory of new and used vehicles, we have everything you need to help you roll smoothly into 2024 and beyond.

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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!