Memorial Day Weekend Driving Safety Tips

Learn About the 2020 Toyota Highlander, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, and the 2021 Toyota Mirai

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Are you excited about the Toyota 2020 Highlander and new fuel-efficient vehicles, the 2021 Mirai and 2021 RAV4 Prime? Details are coming out about these new vehicles thanks to their debut at the Washington Auto Show.

The Highlander, the best-selling mid-size SUV in America, will showcase its fourth-generation model, featuring a bold, distinctive new design with the familiar safety, comfort, and reliability of its predecessors. Additionally, the second-generation Mirai will make its debut, highlighting Toyota’s latest effort in hydrogen-powered full cell electric vehicles.

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The 2020 Toyota Highlander - Redesigned From the Ground Up


The Toyota Highlander is here and it’s been completely redesigned. It’s new updated look brings a new level of bold, distinctive design to a foundation that has been built on safety, comfort, durability, quality, and reliability.

When it arrived back in 2001, the original Highlander redefined the midsize family SUV. When it was introduced, most midsize SUVs were truck-based, however, the Highlander featured a unibody structure that had four-wheel independent suspension. This idea quickly became the template for a new segment of a more family-friendly SUVs. Nowadays, the 2020 Highlander amplifies those qualities all while taking on a…

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The 2020 Toyota Highlander - Completely Redesigned


The fourth-generation Toyota Highlander has been completely redesigned and with its newly updated look, it brings a new level of bold, distinctive design to a foundation built on safety, comfort, quality, durability and reliability.

The original Highlander redefined the midsize family SUV when it arrived back in 2001. At a time when most midsize SUVs were truck-based, the Highlander featured a unibody structure that had four-wheel independent suspension, which quickly became the template for a new segment of a more family-friendly SUVs.

Now, the 2020 Highlander amplifies all qualities while taking on a dramatic new design direction combining a powerful…

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Toyota Shows Off at the Los Angeles Auto Show


Toyota isn’t shying away from the spotlight. At the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the automaker debuted the first-ever RAV4 Prime and the next-generation 2021 Mirai along with the Camry AWD model. The goal is to provide consumers with more efficiency and versatility than ever before.

With the 2021 RAV4 Prime, Toyota continues to pave the way for hybrid vehicles all while establishing a new norm for fuel-efficiency that doesn’t limit the driver experience. The first RAV4 Prime is no exception, boasting surprising performance capabilities with 302-horsepower, making it the quickest as well as most powerful RAV4 ever…

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Toyota Extends Battery Warranty for Model Year 2020 Hybrid, Plug-in, and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles


With 20 years’ experience and more than three million alternative fuel vehicles sold in the U.S., Toyota is putting more power behind its hybrid battery and component warranty.

Toyota recently announced that they will extend its hybrid battery warranty from 8 years / 100,000 miles to 10 years from date of first use/150,000 miles, whichever comes first. This extension is valid for all new model year 2020 Toyota hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles. All other HV components will retain coverage under the Hybrid System Warranty at 8 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first…

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2020 Toyota Prius


The Toyota Prius is one of the world’s leading Hybrid vehicles with up to an EPA-estimated 58 MPG city, 53 highway, and 56 combined EPA-estimated mpg (L Eco grade. The Prius includes a segment-exclusive AWD-e model, featuring an electronic all-wheel drive system which, at speeds up to 43mph, helps give drivers more control when weather and road conditions are less than ideal.

2020 Prius models now come equipped with standard Toyota Safety Connect and upgraded audio with Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Previously, Safety Connect was available only on the top-line Limited grade. The system, which includes Emergency…

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2020 Corolla Family Adds Nightshade Editions


The new Toyota Corolla and sporty Corolla Hatchback are getting the Nightshade treatment! These special editions have been added to the grade lineup for model year 2020. Toyota now offers the Nightshade Edition package on six vehicles, with 4Runner, Camry, Highlander and Sienna.

The all-new 2020 Corolla sedan was introduced earlier this year with a new bold exterior styling and a sleek, driver-focused interior. Now, the Corolla is getting a Nightshade Edition on the SE grade with a CVT, with production starting this fall.

The Corolla Nightshade will feature blacked-out Toyota, Corolla and SE badging. The front will include a…

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Toyota Supports Gold Star Spouses and Families


Toyota Financial Services recognizes the sacrifice made by military service members and their families, introducing a new program that waives the remaining lease payments for military customers who die or become catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

The relatives of U.S. military members who have died while serving their country, for those who don’t know, are called Gold Star families. Toyota’s new program not only extends to Gold Star families, but it also includes service members who have been catastrophically injured.

If you are in need of utilizing this assistance, Toyota lease customers or their family…

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Make Sure Your Car Seat is Safe During National Safety Month


One of the leading causes of childhood deaths is preventable and you may be doing something incorrectly.  What if you found out that the problem is an issue with your car seat.

Buckle Up for Life is a national safety program from Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center that educates parents and caregivers about the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

Since launching back in 2004, Buckle Up for Life has impacted more than 100,000 people and given more than 60,000 car seats to families in need. But the work is far…

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The 2019 Toyota Sienna


The 2019 Toyota Sienna is a family van that has seen some exceptional updates. The Sienna features the latest technological advances, with Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay for all grades, as well as some new options available for the LE and SE grades.

For 2019, the Sienna receives an AWD drivetrain option for the SE grade. The Sienna SE AWD offers 18-in. 6-spoke gunmetal-finished alloy wheels, as well as 7-passenger seating with removable perforated leather-trimmed second-row lounge seat captain’s chairs with long-slide feature. The existing SE Preferred Package has been upgraded as well with Rear Park Assist Sonar and…

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This weekend is the Memorial Day holiday. Are you ready for the fun that is to be had? The grill is fired up, the pool is ready to be used, and millions of us will be hitting the roads to get to our holiday destinations.

Since Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, many Americans will be traveling for the weekend in near-record numbers. According to AAA, this year more than 41.5 million Americans will be traveling. That’s a nearly 5% increase over last year’s totals and the highest number of travelers than it has been in more than a dozen years. The increase in travelers is happening even despite the fact that gas prices are higher than they have been since 2014.

Still, the majority of travelers will be choosing to drive to their Memorial Day vacation destinations, which means that now is the time that you should start to make sure you are ready to make the drive. Therefore, we have some extremely helpful tips to make sure you have a safe holiday weekend.

If you’ve been neglecting your car, now is the time to get that tune up. You’re absolutely going to want to make sure that your vehicle is in tip top shape. So, make you get your oil changed, your tire pressure checked, and that all your other issues have been addressed and everything is running optimized. Looking to save on service? Check out our service specials page!

Avoid driving during peak hours. If you are driving to your destination, it would be best to not drive when everyone else is hitting the road too. So, if you can, try not to leave when everyone else is. Consider leaving early on Friday morning, or coming home on Sunday evening.

Take lots of breaks. While it may be easy to just keep wanting to drive to get to your destination, it’s going to be important to stop when you feel those tell-tale signs of fatigue. So, stop, grab a cup of coffee and stretch your legs. Driving is monotonous. Don’t let it get to you.

One variable that can’t be predicted is how other drivers are on the road, so make sure you are on high alert while driving this weekend. Defensive driving during busy weekends like this is going to be imperative. In addition, while driving, make sure the entire car is buckled up. No excuses. Oh and if you have little ones in the back seat, make sure they are in proper safety seats.

Don’t speed this weekend. The police are always out in full force during holiday weekends. The last thing you want is an expensive ticket to ruin the start or end of your vacation festivities.

While we know you are planning for a great Memorial Day weekend, therefore we want you to drive in a smart and cautious way. Making sure you are safe along the way is something that is so easy to do, but is also easy to take for granted.

Want to make sure your vehicle is in proper order? Schedule a service appointment at Courtesy Toyota of Brandon today!

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