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2017 Toyota Tacoma | South Hills Toyota | Canonsburg, PA


The 2017 Toyota Tacoma’s supreme capabilities and the impact of racing

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma has it all. A 2016 Kelly Blue Book best resale value recipient, the Tacoma of 2017 surpasses last year’s mid-sized truck to deliver segment best power, performance, and capability.

In the Tacoma, it is mainly about capability. It has an available 3.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine that offers the perfect combination of efficiency and power.

Two different transmissions options are available depending on how much control you desire. The first is the 6-speed automatic transmission that comes standard on each model, but the other option is the 6-speed manual that puts you in complete control.

These powerful engine and transmission options allow the Tacoma to have some impressive capabilities including a towing capacity of up to 6,800 pounds.

Racing allows for great performance of the Tacoma as well as all passenger vehicles

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma is a top performing truck. But it didn’t get their alone. With a new start to the racing season, it is perhaps worth a look to see how the sport of automobile racing has impacted passenger vehicles.

Dangerous, heroic and exciting, racing in America and in the World, has not only inspired and transfixed racing fans addicted to its full throttle action, but it has also impacted our ever day lives in tremendously positive ways. It has done so by developing innovative technology. Technology that eventually found its way into our passenger vehicles.

The Indianapolis 500 is credited with the rearview mirror, turbocharging, and safety belts just to name a few. Turbocharging was first tried in 1952 at Indianapolis. The turbocharged roadster won the Indy pole in ’52 and finished well in the 500. Here is a closer look at the others and a few more to consider.

  1. In 1911, Indy 500’s first winner mounted a mirror to his race car as he opted to race without a riding mechanic, much the chagrin of his competitors. Upon reflection, it was a competitive edge that helped seal the victory.
  2. Indy 500 drivers of the 50’s took WW 2 aircraft pilot belts from Army surplus stores and had their mechanics install them in their racers. Safety belts became standard in vehicles in 1963.
  3. NASCAR is credited with improving the aerodynamics of passenger cars, the use of an inner lined tired that won’t burst when punctured, and improving fuel injection in engines. NASCAR has had a big impact on modern cars.
  4. Manufacturers have adopted Formula 1’s use of lightweight composite materials and having electronic driver controls engineered into steering wheels. Both seen in most of today’s cars.

All of them, and many others, were almost immediately adopted by automobile manufacturers throughout the world.

Now, you don’t have to go out and race your Toyota Tacoma to experience all its incredible features. Although you can pretend. But when you are out enjoying the 2017 Tacoma’s smooth performance, rugged capabilities, and advanced safety, remember, there was a wide-eyed racer in the past who sought a competitive edge or who simply longed to race again.

Visit  you local South Hills Toyota dealership and explore the 2017 Toyota Tacoma.

This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged Toyota, Tacoma, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Truck, Toyota Dealer on 03/03/2017 at 10:24 AM

 2017 Toyota Highlander | South Hills Toyota | Canonsburg, PA


2017 Highlander safety decades in the making

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 2017 in the 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 at Toyota Dealership today and explore the 2017 Toyota Highlander and remember the decades of safety innovation bred into it.

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This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged Toyota, Toyota Highlander, Toyota SUV, Toyota Dealer on 03/03/2017 at 10:20 AM

 2016 Toyota Tundra - Washington Toyota - Washington, PAThe Toyota Tundra has been one of the coolest pickups in the world for some time now because of its sporty and athletic build, luxurious interior and modern technology. Another trait that the Tundra has is its extremely powerful and economic engine that when mixed with all its advanced safety features, make $29,140 a very affordable price to pay. For those in South Hills, PA, Washington Toyota is a reputable dealership that offers all Toyota cars at cheap rates. Here is a closer look why this pickup is one of the coolest vehicles ever designed.


The 2016 Toyota Tundra receives a lot of exterior upgrades into its styling. It has a wide and pronounced front end bumper grille that sports multi-reflector halogen headlamps, daytime running lights, and automatic fog lamps. Moving to the sides of the pickup, the Tundra has four 20” steel alloy wheels that go with 2 power-heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators. It also has running boards located underneath its car doors to provide users with easier access into the vehicle’s cabin. In the back, the pickup has a sizable 6.5 foot bed space for transporting multiple cargo items. This bed space has a trailer hitch designed for towing heavy duty machinery of up to 10,000 lbs.

Moving inside the spacious cabin of the Tundra, there is enough space to transport 5 passengers on leather seats that allow adequate legroom and headroom. These seats have many features such as ergonomic lumbar support as well as power/manual adjustment functions to name a few. The cabin also features many instrumentation such as power windows and locks, storage compartments, plenty of cargo space, and multiple cup holders.


The 2016 Tundra is more than capable of towing machinery heavier than 10,000lbs. This is due to the pickups powerful 5.7 liter V8 engine that allows the Tundra to travel on maximum speeds of 381 horsepower with 401 pound feet of torque. The engine is also designed with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission that is coupled with variable valve timing.


Protecting the 2016 Tundra outside is Toyota’s legendary STAR safety system. This comes complete with features such as an anti-theft system that monitors all outside movement in the vehicle. This system automatically alerts users in the event of a vehicular break-in and even has its very own engine immobilizer that suspends its engine temporarily. In addition, the pickup also has other exterior features such as:

  • Tire-pressure Monitoring System
  • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control
  • Anti-lock Brakes
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Traction Control

Keeping all passengers safe inside the 2016 Tundra are essential safety features such as multiple airbags, front and rear seatbelts, child seat fasteners, and child safety locks.


One of the things that make the 2016 Tundra one of the coolest pickups ever is its advanced technology, inside and outside. On its exterior, the pickup has remote keyless entry system that automatically locks/unlocks car doors simultaneously. It also has rear view camera that captures clear video feed of the vehicle’s rear and transmits live video feed to the Toyota Entune Entertainment System for safe backup parking. In addition, the pickup also has features such as:     

  • Backup Sensors
  • Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Forward Collision Warning

The 2016 Tundra is truly a futuristic pickup as it has technology designed to provide entertainment, functionality, and practicality. It has features such as:

  • Multi-instrument Front Panel that includes
    • Entune Entertainment System
    • Navigation
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
    • Multiple fuel gauges and odometers
  • Steering wheel controls including cruise control
  • USB/Auxiliary Ports for Mobile Device Synchronization

South Hills Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Canonsburg, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Washington, PA, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia

This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged Toyota, Toyota Tundra, New Toyota, New Truck, Pickup Truck, Toyota Dealer on 10/18/2016 at 1:31 PM

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