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 2017 Toyota Avalon | South Hills Toyota | Canonsburg, PA

The 2017 Toyota Avalon is a full-sized sedan that offers more luxury than the popular Camry, while hovering just below the Lexus models in features and price. It fills a void for buyers looking for a great car, with great luxury, but who just don’t want stretch the budget any further than they must.

The Avalon has a nice style – straight forward, but still distinctive. It has refined performance features, and comes with one of the best safety platforms in the business.

Additions for 2017 are safety features, previously seen only in higher trims, now being standard on all Avalon models.  

The Avalon comes with a powerful 3.5L V6 engine generating 268hp and 248lbs of torque. While a hybrid engine is not in the cards right now, the 2017 Avalon still produces a very respectable 31mpg combined. Independent suspension increases handling and ride comfort, and two drive modes, Normal and Sport, automatically adjust to different road conditions. Steering is aided with Electronic Power Steering, and in Sport mode, steering and throttling get quicker.

Specially designed diffuser panels underneath the Avalon reduce turbulence and increase handling and damper wind noise.

Sleek and sculpted, the Avalon exterior is powerful and refined. It possesses a bold grille with Toyota’s signature pronounced black fin fascia. Chrome accents provide a nice contrast in the body to make the Avalon standout. Dual exhaust adds a sport dimension to the ear of the Avalon, and available LED head and taillights, and available black wheels increase the powerful look of the Avalon.

Visit a Toyota dealership and explore the 2017 Toyota Avalon. Improve yourself at the grille and on the road. 

Better Barbecue

 Looking to up your game on the barbecue this summer? By smoking your meat with wood chips, you can gain an added dimension to your meatman empire. But before you lay your first bag of wood chips over that glorious flame, you first must consider some very important wood wisdom.

Use and understand these woods and you’ll be well on your way to grilling glory.

Fruit bearing trees like apple, cherry, and peach are great for smoking meat. These woods impart a mild sweetness to the flavor of meats and are excellent choices for chicken and fish and pork.

Birch wood is considered a good mild wood to use and is great for salmon and pork. Mixing birch with fruit bearing woods can increase the flavor profile.

Medium woods to consider are hickory, maple, pecan, oakThey also happen to be the most available. These woods are the workhorses of wood smoking. Pork does excellent with any one of these and beef benefits from these medium woods by receiving a smooth, mild but rich flavor profile.

However, to kick things up a notch and go for grilling immortality, mesquite wood is the most intense and is the go to wood to smoke beef. 

So, enjoy your grilling this season and hope this bit of wood knowledge will help you achieve grilling mastery. Something else with elements of mastery that you can enjoy: the 2017 Toyota Avalon.     


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged 2017 Toyota Avalon, South Hills Toyota, Canonsburg PA on 04/19/2017 at 12:36 PM

2017 Toyota 4Runner | South Hills Toyota | Canonsburg PA

Body on frame construction of the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is still the standard but in return buyers get a real off road vehicle capable of dominating the most daunting terrain. At least some things are not getting soft.

So, if driving through muddy terrain, and in and around deep ruts, climbing hills, and blazing through winter wastelands is on the agenda, then the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is the one top get the job done.

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner sticks to its guns, at least for the time being, as it continues to emphasis off road performance over ultra-refined comfort and convenience. And why not? With so many other so-called off road vehicles turning themselves into grocery getters posing as weekend off road warriors, the 4Runner continues to dance with the one who brought it. And that is rugged, no holds bar, off road capabilities that still allows for excellent daily driving dynamics.

And not to worry when the fun is over, there will still be enough reliability and comfort to drive in the ways most people prefer.

A Capable off Roader and Refined Renegade, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner

Getting into the higher capabilities of the 4Runner’s four wheeled drive system, Toyota’s off road SUV receives ATRAC 4WD that has both full and part-time four-wheel drive settings. Going even further, and into the TRD Premium 4Runner, Toyota adds Bilstein® high performance shocks and X-REAS sports suspension.

But for most buyers, the standard 4Runner offers everything a truck enthusiast needs for fun and function.

The 4Runner’s capabilities begin with a single power plant offering, a 4.0L V6 DOHC with 270HP. A five speed Electronically Controlled Transmission is its rpm management system. To keep the 4Runner in line and wheeling at its best, Toyota has a myriad of standard performance features, including Automatic Slip Differential, Hill Start Assist, Coil Spring Suspension, Variable Flow Control steering, and Power Assisted Ventilated Brakes.

2017 4Runner Exterior Cues From Past Ruggedness

The 4Runner still looks the part of a rugged terrain renegade. Major elements of the iconic look of the of the 4Runner remain firmly present but with a few contemporary design cues added. As a result, the 4Runner is rugged looking, while exhibiting modern sophistication. Its projector beam headlights deliver higher and stronger lighting than regular headlights. 

Toyota 4Runner’s Interior is Stylish and Tough

Overall, the 4Runner’s interior is comfortable, stylish, and intelligently laid out to be both a daily driver and a versatile rough terrain performer. The 4Runner’s instrument panel is ruggedly designed and is a reminder of its road capabilities. A high rez 6.1 color touchscreen is standard on all models. Perforated leather and SofTex® are used on the seats in the 4Runners higher trims. All front seats have standard 8-way adjust and lumbar support. 

2017 4Runner Safety

Toyota offers the most complete safety system among all car manufacturers. Toyota Safety Sense™ is standard on all Toyota models and it includes features such as Pre-Collison Sytem, Lane Departure Alert, and Dynamic Cruise Control. An Advanced Airbag System in the Toyota allows for front side mounted driver knee front seat cushion airbags and Roll-sensing air cutrtain airbags. Star safety system is standard as well includes Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB), Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM),7 Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC),19 Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA)44 and Smart Stop Technology® (SST)10.

2017 4Runner Technology

Audio Display and Back up camera are standard. The Multi-Information displays all the information in easy to view gauges with brightly lit symbols and numbers. The Available Entune™ is a hub of technology features. It has integrated Navigation and App Suits. And all can be accessed with Bluetooth® hands free communication.    

Visit a South Hills Toyota in Canonsburg, PA and explore the 2017 4Runner.


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged 2017 Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Dealer, South Hills Toyota, New Truck on 04/13/2017 at 2:04 PM

2017 Toyota Highlander | South Hills Toyota | Canonsburg, PA

Mid-sized SUV buyers receive updates in looks, power, and safety in the 2017 Toyota Highlander from a year ago, and the results are an incredible amount of value that is rarely found in one vehicle.

Safety becomes paramount for the 2017 Toyota Highlander. It takes on features that are usually only found in upper tier trims and makes them standard. Increased horsepower, along with a composed ride are other highlights and with comfortable three row seating, SUV buyers receive a vehicle that represents all the key qualities that make the SUV the most popular vehicle choice for most buyers.  

Vehicle safety can be taken for granted these days with our rear-view cameras and lane change assist technology, but there is another part of the story that is often forgotten. There is a long history of innovation that has pushed our cars to an unbelievable level of safety, unimaginable to our motoring forbearers of years gone past.

Three Leaps in Vehicle Safety Innovation      

Here are three safety improvements leaps from the past. Because of these innovations, today’s vehicles need only take small steps to deliver gains in safety.

1. Seat Belts

      An obvious improvement, but for the automobile’s first 40 plus years, drivers and passengers were left woefully unprotected from what damage could occur when a two-thousand-pound vehicle, traveling as fast as a train, suddenly came to a halt.

      The automobile seat belt was invented early, at about the same time as the car itself, but was not implemented until Volvo installed the first three-point safety belt in the mid ‘50’s as a part of offering an extra incentive to purchase one of its vehicles.

     Offering it as an option in the ‘60’s, American automobile manufacturers were finally required by US Congress to make seat belts standard in all vehicles in 1963.

2. The Safety Cell

     What is a safety cell? It is an essentially a roll cage for a car. It is made of strengthened steel, and its job is to protect passengers in the milliseconds following a collision after crumple areas have absorbed most the force of a crash. First developed by Mercedes, it has been a feature in luxury vehicles for decades. It is now a standard feature in nearly all modern vehicles.

3.  Radial Tires

     Often not thought of as a safety feature, the invention of radial tires has not only helped greatly increase the speed and performance of modern vehicles, it has also contributed greatly to preventing drivers losing control and crashing their vehicles. Before radial tires, cars were essentially bouncing around on rubber balloons that could fail at any time.

      The radial tire changed that by constructing the tire’s rubber core diagonally from the center outward. Non-radial tires were built with core sections going across.   

                

Visit our Dealership in Canonsburg, PA today and explore the 2017 Toyota Highlander and remember the decades of safety innovation bred into it. 


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged Toyota Dealer, New SUV, 2017 Highlander, Safety on 04/12/2017 at 2:09 PM

2017 Toyota Prius V | South Hills Toyota | Canonsburg PA 

 

Minus a hybrid van in the lineup, or even in the vehicle market, Toyota comes as close as anybody with its 2017 Prius V Hybrid. Straddling in looks between a station wagon and small passenger van, the Toyota Prius V Hybrid offers buyers the amenities of a full-blown min-van, with the features of a fuel sipping hybrid, underlain with the Prius’ cutting edge performance, technology, and safety.

For those looking to haul a lot of people and a bunch of things, the 2017 Toyota Prius V can do it while making nearly 50 mpg, while delivering comfort, precise handling, and the benefits of high torque acceleration via its electric motor.  

Spaciousness, Fuel Mileage, and Performance comes in the Toyota Prius V

The highest Prius V trim model has unique and advanced sport tuned suspension for even more performance. The engine platform and the Prius V’s aerodynamic exterior deliver a staggering 50 mpg combined.

A 1.8L 4-cylinder aluminum motor with intelligence is the main power source of the Prius V. A permanent magnet AC synchronous motor is the electric part of the hybrid system and the pair combine for a net 121HP. The system produces zero emissions and each of the four Prius V trim’s engines are managed with an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission.

The Prius V’s innovative double wishbone rear suspension and MacPherson front struts combine to deliver the most responsive and best handling Prius yet. Advanced metals and smart construction produces increased body rigidity in the Prius V for added performance.

The Prius V’s Exterior New and Modern 

The rear spoiler of the Prius V gives it the whole visual package a more sporting and balanced look. Mostly, the Prius V exterior features serve to contribute to maximum airflow for better fuel mileage, but Toyota has managed to mold it all into a well-crafted, modern, and cutting edge visual masterpiece.

The unmistakable Prius V exterior still maintains its wedge shape for optimum aerodynamic flow but now a day’s, with Toyota taking some of the awkwardness out of the design, the Prius V is a true looker. The front is shaped and has a fuller, more athletic look. Aerodynamic shapes and more dramatic lines, create a more intricate and sophisticated appearance throughout the body.

Cargo Space and the Prius’ Spacious Interior

The Prius V has 34.6 cubic feet of cargo space, enough to haul items large and small. Clever storage spaces aid in further storage and year seats fold flat and recline for easy configurations.

The visual appeal of the Prius V continues into the cockpit. More space, less clutter, the futuristic looking Prius interior is minimalist, intelligently designed, and highly functional. The center console area is sharp and clean, as it does without a mechanical handbrake thanks to Toyota’s use of an electronic brake system.

Electronic visual information is positioned in the center of the Prius V’s cockpit, so that drivers spend less time looking down. 

Available feature like 8-way adjustable front bucket seats, Soft Tec fabric, and moonroof add to the comfort and ambience of the Prius.

Toyota Prius V Safety

Toyota offers the most complete safety system among all car manufacturers. Toyota Safety Sense™ is standard on all Toyota models and it includes features such as Pre-Collison System, Lane Departure Alert, and Dynamic Cruise Control. An Advanced Airbag System in the Toyota allows for front side mounted driver knee front seat cushion airbags and Roll-sensing air curtain airbags.

Star safety system is standard as well includes Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB), Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), 7 Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC),19 Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA)44 and Smart Stop Technology® (SST)10.

Toyota Prius V Technology

Audio Display and Back up camera are standard. The Multi-Information displays all the information in easy to view gauges with brightly lit symbols and numbers. The Available Entune™ is a hub of technology features. It has integrated Navigation and App Suits. And all can be accessed with Bluetooth® hands free communication.    

Visit our dealership today and explore the 2017 Toyota Prius V. 


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged 2017 Toyota Prius V, Toyota Dealer, Canonsburg, Hybrid on 04/12/2017 at 11:31 AM

2017 Toyota Yaris

A punchy 4-Cylinder and a host of advanced safety and technology features elevate the 2017 Toyota Yaris above what buyers might expect. A capable and comfortable cruiser on the highway, the Yaris is a diminutive but undaunted sub compact hatchback that refuses to be left behind.

Surprising interior room, a high-quality build, and spirited driving characteristics describe the Yaris, putting it in line with much more expensive vehicles.

Performance of the Yaris is Fun

Coming in four models, in either a 3-door or 5-door configuration, the Yaris possesses a 1.4L-Cylinder engine producing 106hp and 103lb-ft as the sole powertrain. To shift the Yaris into gear, drivers have a choice of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission.

Handling is more than satisfying in the Toyota Yaris due in part to the standard Sport Tuned MacPherson strut front suspension and rear torsion bar.

Aiding drivability is Sport Tuned Electric Power Steering that is standard in the 2017 Yaris.

Restyled Exterior and Roomy Yaris Interior

The European inspired exterior of the Yaris is sleek and aerodynamic. The Yaris also possesses Toyota’s wide open grille design with black air fins, which adds a strong contrast in area of the bumper. The interior is sports styled with available white stitched seats, leather trimmed steering wheel and shift lever. The instrument panel is organized in a simple but modern manner. It also makes good use of available space by stacking various compartments and function knobs vertically.      

Extra Emphasis on Safety in the 2017 Toyota Yaris

The 2017 Toyota Yaris shines and delivers beyond measure in safety. Toyota must recognize the importance of delivering a strong safety platform in a smaller vehicle because in the Yaris, it is al there.

Nine advanced air bags protect the front and sides of the front passengers. Front and side curtain airbags complete the package. Highlighting the Yaris’s standard safety features is Toyota’s Safety Sense™, an extra protection system previously offered only is Toyota’s higher end models.

Also, standard in the Yaris is the Star Safety System. It enhances the overall safety of the Yaris with Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Smart Stop Technology.

Technology in the Yaris is in Line with more Expensive Options

Everything today’s hi-tech driver requires is standard in the Yaris. Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity, HD Radio™ technology, and Toyota’s Entune™ Audio are all standard. Entune™ comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and has voice recognition. A USB port and auxiliary input jack are also standard.

Stop into a Toyota Dealership and Check out the 2017 Toyota Yaris

Loaded with safety and technology features, the 2017 Toyota Yaris is an entry level, sub compact that is small, but as complete as any vehicle in Toyota’s lineup. Stop into a Toyota dealership and check out the 2017 Toyota Yaris.    


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged New Car, Toyota Dealer, 2017 Toyota Yaris on 04/12/2017 at 10:33 AM

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