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There are a few key ingredients for a perfect night out: a great group of friends, an exciting destination, and tons of laughter. But time and again, what seems to be the lynchpin binding all these things together? An awesome meal, of course.

The next time you’re heading out to paint the town of Canonsburg, PA, red, let these four restaurants be the highlight.

Bado’s Cucina | Like on Facebook

Italian Restaurant

For: savory Italian

There’s something quintessentially rustic about wood-fired Italian cuisine. And no one in the area does it better than Bado’s Cucina.

Although the floor plan is refreshingly open, there’s still something distinctly intimate about a Bado’s meal. It could be the locally sourced fresh ingredients, or the sight of your food being prepared right in front of you. Either way, it’s got all the makings of a great evening.

The Capstone Grill | Like on Facebook

For: fresh seafood

It’s hard to find a place with legitimately fresh seafood, but at The Capstone Grill, you can really taste it. They source their seafood from all over the globe, bringing in some truly exotic and flavorful catches.

With both gluten-free and dairy-free options on the menu, there’s a little something for everyone at The Capstone!

Jacksons Restaurant & Bar | Like on Facebook


For: new American

Sometimes, all we really want is some classic American cooking with a little twist. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you visit Jacksons Restaurant & Bar.

This eatery deftly blends the casual with the chic, offering a gourmet menu in a warm, smartly decorated atmosphere. They’ve even got an extensive wine and craft cocktail menu to boot, so be prepared to get tipsy!

Los Chiludos | Like on Facebook

For: authentic Mexican

If you’re in the mood for a traditional Mexican dinner, then there’s no better restaurant around than Los Chiludos. This family-owned restaurant uses only fresh, local ingredients in their old-school cuisine.

They’re also said to have some of the very best margaritas in the area, with a new special every day. Stop in to see what they’re mixing up now.

Feeling Hungry Yet?

It’s hard to read through a list this good without your mouth watering just a little bit. But there’s no reason to deny yourself a good meal now. Check out any of these four fabulous Canonsburg, PA, restaurants for an unforgettable dish!

This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged on 07/20/2017 at 9:49 AM

There are a few things in this life that are quintessentially summer. Tented cook outs, muddy camping trips, and pool parties fall near the top of this list. But few can match the vibrancy of a great summer fireworks display.


July 4th won’t be your only chance to see fireworks in Washington County this summer. These other three events will be packed with just as much fun and some awesome explosions to boot.

Peters Township Community Day | June 24th, 9:30 PM

Where: Peterswood Park, 750 Bebout Road

If you live near Peters Township, then you know that this small community has some excellent small businesses and restaurants. All are more than deserving of a bit of celebration.

Come out to the Peters Township Community Day to support these great mom-and-pops. Between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM, there will be some exciting games and raffles with an awesome firework display to end the day.

Charleroi Community Day | July 1st, 10:00 PM

Where: Magic City Square, 5th Street

On June 30th and July 1st, you’ll have the opportunity to celebrate the Charleroi community and everything it has to offer. Both will be all-day events, so feel free to drop in at your leisure.

Throughout the event, there will be food, games, and live entertainment. It’s the perfect event for kids and adults alike. And the late-night fireworks display is shaping up to be pretty big!

Fredericktown Riverfest | July 1st, at dusk


Where: Along Water Street

Now, this is one Fredericktown event you won’t want to miss. Settled just along the riverside, you’ll have a beautiful setting to enjoy some live entertainment and food from local vendors.

The event will open at 2:00 PM and close at 10:00 PM, culminating in one incredibly colorful fireworks display—the very best that Fredericktown has to offer!

Support Your Community with These Great Fireworks Displays

It’s hard not to love a great firework display. But, it’s even better when it follows a long day of fun, games, and food.

Visit these three community events to support your town, and enjoy some awesome explosions in the process!

This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged on 07/20/2017 at 9:47 AM

When you think of the Steel City, you’re probably not thinking of mud, dust, and spinning tires. But with just a short drive outside of The ‘Burgh, you can hit the road less traveled for a day of thrills.

The next time adventure comes calling for you, be sure to check out these awesome off-roading destinations near Pittsburgh, PA!

Slippery Rock Dunes Outdoor Park | Connect on Facebook

144 Barron Road | Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Off Roading

Slippery Rock Dunes Outdoor Park is bit of a hike north from the city, but with the size of this place, it’s more than worth the drive. Riders will have more than four miles of trails total, interspersed with mud pits, hill climbs, and flat tracks.

The best part? If you make the drive up, you can stay the night in the Slippery Rock campground. Their facilities include indoor bathrooms, food vendors, and an 8-acre fishing pond.

Rocky Gap Trailhead | Connect on Facebook

Pleasant Drive | Warren, PA 16365

Deep in the Allegheny National Forest, off-roaders will find the incredible Rocky Gap Trailhead—a premiere destination for regional adventurers. With 22 miles of trails for ATVs, bikes, snowmobiles, and horses, you’ll be hard-pressed not to have a good time here.

Four Seasons Resort & ATV Adventures | Connect on Facebook

3 Camp Resort Road | West Finley, PA 15377

If you stand at one end of the Four Seasons Resort, there’s no way you’ll be able to see the other. This campground spans 850 acres in total, with a dedicated 35 miles of off-roading trails.

The ATV trails are neatly marked by level of difficulty. So, whether you’re just starting out or have been riding for years, there’s a trail here for you!

Marienville ATV & Bike Trail | Connect on Facebook

State Route 66 | Marienville, PA 16239

Nestled between the towns of Kane and Marienville is 37 miles of pure off-roading fun. The Marienville ATV & Bike Trail is split into two different tracks, each ranging wildly in difficulty.

Off Roading

It’s recommended that only experienced drivers take on the Marienville track, so rider beware! The 14.2-mile ATV loop is known for being especially difficult.

Switchback Raceway | Connect on Facebook

2469 William Flynn Highway, Route 8 | Butler, PA 16001

Around here, the folks at Switchback Raceway are known as the real experts of everything ATV and motocross. The course includes three tracks: two outdoors and one indoors. For this reason, Switchback is able to stay open year-round.

Both professionals and amateurs are welcome here, with a skill-appropriate challenge available for all. Stop on over in the summer or fall to see one of their famous Saturday night races!

A Little Mud Never Hurt Anybody

Honestly, we can’t think of a better way to get dirty than with some off-roading adventure. Fortunately, these off-road trails are close enough to Pittsburgh that the next time you need an adrenaline rush, fun is just a short drive away!

This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged on 07/20/2017 at 9:45 AM

The 2017 Toyota Corolla is a celebration of half a century of automotive excellence, and a continuation of an original concept that changed the car building industry – that of a small fuel efficient car, of high quality, that many could afford.

         When the very first Toyota Corolla rolled off the production line, Lyndon Johnson was the President, a US spaceship had just orbited the moon and miniskirts became the fashion statement – that was 1966.

        Now 50 years later the peculiar foreign car is still going strong, and still surpassing expectations year after year.

        Toyota founders were looking for something specific in the first Corolla: a vehicle appealing to customers, inexpensive to maintain but with many of the features of more expensive cars. They also wanted a comfortable ride, an element of sportiness, and for it to possess the latest in technology.

       The original Corolla was designed from that concept and after 50 years, much hasn’t changed.

        But the 2017 Toyota Corolla has expanded those categories in ways that the first designers couldn’t have imagined. The 2017 version is not only sporty looking but loaded with attitude. A newly designed front fascia highlights a fresh but familiar look.

            The 2017 Toyota Corolla is flush with the latest technology as well. Bluetooth®, rear view back up camera and voice recognition steering wheel command are standard. Available is the Toyota Entune™ Premium Audio and Audio Plus with Navigation and App suite with 7” touchscreen.

     As for safety, the 2017 Toyota Corolla takes it up a notch. It has 8 airbags, TPMS, Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats and LATCH: Low Anchors and Tethers for Children. It also comes with Star Safety System™ and Standard Toyota Safety Sense™. Both of which offers a host of features: enhanced traction and braking, Pre-Collison and Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert.

     So, if it is a car you want, Toyota says, it is a car you shall have. For 50 years, the Toyota Corolla has lived up to and exemplified that. Pouring more and more into its original concept for half a century has resulted into something truly special: the 2017 Toyota Corolla.

     Visit South Hills Toyota dealership and see what 50 years of excellence looks like in the 2017 Toyota Corolla. Tesla’s Elon Musk is on pace to achieve more than all auto manufacturers combined. And years quicker. See what he has been up to.        

Elon Musk just won’t stop

Elon Musk. What’s with this guy? First, it was a car company based on the electric drive train in Tesla. Then it was the development of reusable rockets with his company SpaceX, and just a few days ago, he released footage of a contraption that catapults cars 125 miles an hour on a sled through a tunnel.

Makes you think of what new goals you've accomplished lately. Train the dog, organize the finances, talk more to the neighbors.

His most recent project? A technology that explores ways to connect the human brain with computers. Neuralink is the company’s name and making a human-computer hybrid is the game. Say what?

But before his company commences to digitize our domes, the start-up with Musk overseeing, hopes first to create computer implants that treat diseases – just a minor detour along the way to total technology take over.

Parkinson’s, epilepsy, prosthetics, and mental illness are the targets. Seems more like it. But anything meaningful in that area he says is 4 to 5 years away. As far as an era of artificial intelligence? When are those driverless cars coming?

Now, back to that 125 mile an hour sled. Musk hates traffic. To reduce it, he is planning on spelunking underneath the strata of L.A. in the form of an enormously long tunnel.

And going inside the tunnel is a system that lowers cars from street level onto sleds that travel at breakneck speed, bypassing the suckers er, uh, those stuck in traffic above.

Rocketing for miles, inside your own vehicle, underground on top of a sled, sounds both alluring and outlandish. Like the way we once thought of the all-electric vehicle.

This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged on 06/09/2017 at 11:00 AM

Nearly every aspect of the Rav4 has been refreshed by Toyota for 2017, most notably will be the implementation of Toyota’s new all-encompassing safety system. The exterior of the Rav4 is bolder for 2017 and the interior more refined.

Fuel efficiency and performance are also improved, making the Rav4’s sophomore season one to watch.

The Toyota Rav4 comes in three closely related models. All of them are equipped with 2.5 4-cylinder engine, and all come with Toyota’s All Wheel Drive with Intelligence. Higher trims add sports tuned suspension and increased luxury features like leather seats and integrated Navigation.

A Birds Eye View Camera is a highlight of the Rav4’s technology platform. It allows views of all sides of the Rav4 to detect obstacles to aid in driving and parking. It also come s with a backup camera with a 6.1’’ color touchscreen. Another highlight is a communication technology system that allows for hands free access to all information and can be mated to an iPhone.

The Rav4 comes with Toyota’s industry best Toyota Safety Sense, a comprehensive suit of advanced safety features. To name a few of the features, the Safety Sense comes with Pre-Collison System, Pedestrian Protection, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. The Rav4 hybrid also comes with an Advanced Airbag system with second row roll over sensing and Engine Immobilizer.

Visit South Hills Toyota and explore the 2017 Toyota Rav4. Also, prepare for summer driving by understanding the impact heat has on a vehicle.     

Summer versus winter driving, which season is harder on a vehicle?

Which season is harder on a vehicle, summer or winter?

The cold weakens batteries, ice and snow makes the vehicle work harder, not to mention winter’s many potholes damaging tires, rims and suspension, and the body and interior take a beating from all of it, too. Ice, cold temperatures, and heavy snow all take a toll on a vehicle.

Guessing winter is a sensible choice. So, if you said winter, you guessed well. But summer is actually the correct answer.

Summer’s ‘dog days’ are not only hard on people but punish our vehicles as well.

Just consider heats impact on our batteries. Heat evaporates water. Water in our batteries is key to its functioning. Summer heat can reduce battery fluid which damages its internal structure.

Overcharging the battery is another casualty of the heat. With less fluid with heat evaporation, the voltage regulator asks the electrical system for more charge, which results in an overcharge, lessening the life of the battery.

Tires are negatively affected by the summer as well. Because heat expands trapped air tire pressure can build. When pressure builds in a tire, the chances for a blowout are greatly increased. 

Another problem for batteries is dirt and grease buildup. Dirt and grease are conductors of electricity and result in overcharging. Corrosion on terminals is a problem too. Terminals covered in corrosion inhibits electrical flow, which can drain the battery.

It is also important to pay close attention to the cooling system of our cars in the summer. Using our AC’s makes the engine work harder. When it works harder, it generates more heat. Having a cooling system not working efficiently compromises an engine’s life.

The sun’s impact on the interior of our vehicles leads to cracked surfaces and discoloration, so be careful to avoid exposure to the sun as much as possible.  

This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged on 06/09/2017 at 10:56 AM

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