Toyota Dominates Cars.com’s Top 10 ‘American-Made’ Index with the Most Models for 2013!

Toyota Dominates Cars.com’s Top 10 ‘American-Made’ Index with the Most Models for 2013!

Toyota vehicles are more American-made than you might think! Toyota has dominated Cars.com’s Top 10 ‘American-Made’ index with the most models for 2013. Every year Cars.com recognizes a list of automobile brands that assemble vehicles in the United States. The Top 10 American-Made index follows strict guidelines to insure models exceed its domestic parts content rating of 75% or better.

Sales are another metric that Cars.com looks at when determining which models will make the list. As a result, Toyota is dominating their list! Don’t be fooled by other brands that claim to be produced in the U.S. Here are the stats on what Toyota vehicles made the ranks:

  • Toyota Camry is assembled in Kentucky and Indiana and ranks number 2
  • Toyota Sienna ranks number 5 on the Top American-Made index
  • Toyota Tundra was the only pickup to make the AMI, coming in at number 7
  • Toyota Avalon is assembled in Kentucky and ranked number 10

Here in metro Detroit we pride ourselves on buying American-made products. Therefore, you would support our country by purchasing one of the many Toyota vehicles available here at Suburban Toyota! Not in the market for a new vehicle? We have some great service specials going on now, give your Toyota the tune-up it deserves! We hope to see you soon, with any questions please call us at (888) 711-1560 or visit our website.

Keeping Your Teens Safe Behind the Wheel

Arrive in Style Campaign

This past April, Toyota partnered with Teen Vogue to create a Safe Driving Campaign for teenage girls, called “Arrive in Style.” Meant to educate and empower, this campaign was spurred, in part, by the results of a recent study conducted by Toyota and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (MTRI).

The disturbing results of the study indicated that 62% of teen girls use a cell phone while driving. Texting was also an issue; one in three girls reported regularly reading texts while behind the wheel, and another 23% admitted to responding to texts as they drive. That’s a lot of distracted driving going on among the nation’s teenage population.

Although the Safe Driving Campaign—which includes monthly advertorials, online videos and social media elements—focused on safe driving for teen girls, distracted driving is a major issue for all teens. Even though modern cars are much safer than their predecessors, auto crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers—killing an average of seven teens every day in 2010. As a parent, that’s a pretty scary statistic.

Fortunately, you can play a significant role in keeping your teens safe on the road. No, you can’t ban them from behind the wheel, but you can set a good example and help educate the nation’s newest driving population about safe driving practices. Toyota understands how important parent involvement is, which is why they reach out to ‘rents as well (in this particular case, moms).

The first step in keeping your teen safe on the road is putting your phone, iPod, or other distracting devices away when you drive, demonstrating for your teen that texting and driving and other unsafe driving behaviors are NOT okay. It’s also important to talk with your teens—gals and guys—about safe driving. No, yelling and aggressively nagging is probably not the best approach (those teens sure love to rebel!), but instating a rule (and enforcing consequences) regarding distracted driving can help limit your teen’s dangerous driving habits.

Not sure how to broach the topic? Look to Toyota’s “Arrive in Style” campaign for tips. The May 2013 print issue of Teen Vogue has some great tips and discussion topics, delivered in a format your teen girl is more likely to respond to than a boring parental lecture.

If you miss out on May’s issue, don’t despair, because social media elements of the campaign will run through February 2014. Teen Vogue’s website and Facebook page will continue to offer important info, including stories and videos from the magazine’s readers (and their moms) discussing their commitment to safe driving. Watch some with your daughter, and take the opportunity to come up with your own special oath swearing to “Just Say No” to distracted driving. Needless to say, phones should be set aside while you talk with your teen about this potentially life-threatening topic.

Keep in mind that you are your teen’s number-one role model (whether they’re willing to admit it or not). Many of your teens’ peers are likely texting and driving or chatting on the phone behind the wheel, which means it’s more than important than ever that you provide an alternative example. By doing so, you’ll also keep yourself and your family safe—so it’s a clear win-win.

 

Suburban Toyota (Suburban Toyota Scion of Troy) – Toyota Sequoia

Toyota Sequoia

Summer travel with family or friends is easier when traveling in the roomy Toyota Sequoia. Suburban Toyota in Troy features the Toyota Sequoia as well as other members of the Toyota SUV family. The 2013 Sequoia, a full-size SUV, allows you to transport passengers, luggage and more comfortably during your summer get-away.

The Toyota Sequoia, with seating for eight, now has the 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 engine as a standard feature on all 2013 models. The Sequoia’s fuel economy is an estimated 13 mpg for city driving and an estimated 18 mpg on the highway—comparable to the Dodge Durango. However, the Toyota Sequoia has more horsepower and torque than the Durango as well as more space in the interior cabin.

Nothing makes passengers crankier when on a long drive to a vacation destination than being crammed into a vehicle with minimal space. Stop by Suburban Toyota in Troy to see the Sequoia’s spacious interior firsthand. The Toyota Sequoia boasts significant interior room including 38.3 inches of front head room, 38.9 inches of rear head room, 42.5 inches front leg room, 40.9 inches rear leg room, 66.4 inches front shoulder room and 65.6 inches rear shoulder room.

Entertainment features are abundant in the Sequoia. The 2013 Sequoia debuts the first Toyota Blu-ray rear seat entertainment—ideal for long trips with the kids. In addition, the SUV has the Entune™ Multimedia System, Sirius XM satellite radio, a USB connection, Bluetooth® and eight speakers.

The Toyota Sequoia also features several other features to help provide you with a comfortable, stress-free ride, whether it’s a daily commute or a trek across multiple states. Interior features include:

  • Power-adjustable driver seat
  • Captain chair-styled front seats, heated
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Split/fold-flat third row seating
  • Second and third row retractable sunshades
  • 16+ cup holders

Ample storage capacity also is available in the Sequoia with a large cargo area and even convenient grocery bag hooks. Safety features include a blind spot monitor, air bags, three point seat belts, the LATCH system for car seats, trailer sway control and Toyota’s Star Safety System™.

We invite you to visit us to see each of the Sequoia’s unique features in person. Suburban Toyota serves not only Troy but also Clinton, Sterling Heights, Warren, Waterford and the Detroit metro area.

 

You Make Toyota No. 1

2014 Toyota Tundra

It’s consumers like you who make Suburban Toyota Scion of Troy proud to be part of the Toyota family — the nation’s no. 1 retail manufacturer as of April 2013.

In March alone, your vote of confidence in our vehicles, such as our Avalon XLE Premium and Toyota Tacoma V6, and decision to purchase Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles helped  Toyota’s national sales to sail past the competition — NOS-style.

That means for the first quarter of 2013, Toyota sold nearly 529,450 vehicles, or a 10 percent increase compared to vehicle sales during the same time frame in 2012.  In March alone, sales were up 4.8 percent on a daily selling rate basis.

“The auto industry continued its string of impressive monthly results, and at Toyota we had our best month since Cash for Clunkers in August of 2009,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.  “A strong first-quarter close and increased consumer confidence continue to position the auto industry as a leader in the economic recovery.”

So what do our customers like?  Avalon and Corolla, undoubtedly.

Specifically, Toyota Corolla sales shot up 11.1 percent, with sales of 31,423 vehicles, which is why our dealership continues to offer folks a broad range of the model, from the 2010 Corolla LE to the 2013 Corolla S Special Edition.

As part of the Toyota family, Suburban Toyota Scion of Troy also encourages you to check out the 2013 Toyota Tacoma V6 to see exactly why so many customers bought the Tacoma series, increasing sales by more than 21 percent.

Not a 4.0 liter kind of car owner, but like the feel of a truck? No worries, Toyota Motor Sales also reported an increasing popularity of the RAV-4. In fact the small, 2.5-liter SUV, like our 2013 Rav4 LE, ranked as the best-selling truck with more than 75,000 vehicles sold — a year-to-year increase of 7.3 percent.

So next time you’re car shopping, come visit us at Suburban Toyota Scion of Troy. We won’t try to sell you on any hard pitches because we’ll just let this year’s quarterly statistics do the talking for us. That is, Toyota is the “No. 1 retail nameplate.”

 

Five Tire Maintenance Tips From Suburban Toyota

Tire Maintenance Regular maintenance of your vehicle’s tires helps you stay safe on the road, delivers better fuel economy and prolongs the life of the tires. We at Suburban Toyota try hard to put into practice these five tire maintenance tips from our service department.

1. Perform a monthly inspection. Look over each tire for embedded nails, screws and the like, and also keep an eye out for gouges and worn or separated tread. Tread qualifies as too low if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head when you insert an upside-down penny. Some tires also come with bars that appear when tread wears too low. Make an appointment with us if you need tire repairs or replacement or if you’re not sure about your tread depth.

2. Check your tire pressure monthly.

Get the correct inflation amount for your tires — measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) — from your owner’s manual or from a sticker on the driver’s door jamb or glove box. When cool to the touch, check the PSI and inflate or deflate tires to the recommended level. Make an appointment with us if your tires will not maintain the correct PSI, as a value or the tire itself might require repair or replacement.

3. Rotate, balance and align your tires regularly.

We can tell you the exact mileage recommended for rotation of your specific tires, but it generally ranges between 5,000 and 8,000 miles. Our service department also can ensure you do not have an unbalanced wheel and tire assembly or poorly aligned tires, both of which can contribute to uneven or faster-than-usual tread wear. If you feel a wheel vibrating, pulling or other unusual issue, bring your vehicle in as soon as possible to avoid further problems.

4. Do not overload your vehicle.

Your owner’s manual also includes the recommended load for your vehicle. Stick to it, as an overloaded car or truck can result in faster-than-usual and/or uneven tread.

5. Drive with your tires in mind.

Starting, turning or stopping too quickly shortens the life of your tires. Also, avoid hitting potholes, objects in the road and curbs that can cause damage.

Our service department at Suburban Toyota is your best partner in keeping your tires driving smoothly for as long as possible. We also offer a wheel and tire warranty with all new vehicle purchases from our dealership.

 

2014 Toyota Highlander

2014 HighlanderThe Toyota Highlander has been completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. Everything has been updated from the fantastic curves on the outside, to the spacious interior. Not one stone was left unturned, and you will like what you see.

The cultured exterior lines of the Next Generation Toyota Highlander are meant for a night out on the town, but they’re also rugged enough to carry you through the roughest terrain. You’ll definitely want to take advantage of the available 4WD to help cope with the long, white winters we get here in Troy.

Perhaps the biggest changes come with the interior. Once again, everything is updated. In addition to the normal trunk space, both the second- and third-row seats fold down, creating enough room to put just about anything. What’s more, passenger capacity has been upped from seven to eight passengers due to the widening of the third row. All seats fold and even recline independently of each other. This allows for the maximum amount of comfort for all passengers. The inclusion of an under-dashboard shelf makes it easy to charge and stow your cell phone, your sunglasses or anything else that you may want safely secured.

Engine options remain unchanged for the Next Generation Highlander. If something works well, why change it? The 2.4-liter four-cylinder and the 3.5-liter six-cylinder work flawlessly with the Highlander. To improve upon the already excellent fuel economy, a brand new six-speed auto transmission will be mated to the six-cylinder.

If you are concerned about the environment and miles per gallon but still want the capability of an SUV, you could always opt for the Highlander Hybrid. The Highlander Hybrid offers excellent fuel consumption at 28 mpg through the city, and 28 on the highway. Whatever option you choose, you really cannot go wrong with the Next Generation 2014 Toyota Highlander.

For more information about this, or any of the other updated Toyota’s, contact Suburban Toyota Scion of Troy.

2013 Camry Hybrid is hot now at Suburban Toyota

2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE

It’s no secret that consumers are leaning toward a greener life. Between local recycling efforts and green initiatives to the fuel efficiency in our modern vehicles, there’s always a way to help the earth.

With Earth Day around the corner, the team at Suburban Toyota of Troy is excited to share the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid. You can save money but keep the luxury of one of Toyota’s best-selling models.

Experience Earth-friendly energy efficiency

At an estimated 43/39 mpg for the Hybrid LE, there’s little doubt that you’ll be saving money at the pump. Hybrids from Toyota started with the Prius, but with the release of the Camry Hybrid, family driving and its roomier ride have made it a top seller.

The Hybrid LE, the base model hybrid, starts at just over $26,000, while the XLE — with more advanced features, including dual-zone climate control — starts at $27,670. Technology that once was only for the wealthy has become an affordable convenience for almost any consumer.

Fantastic features for a perfect drive

It’s easy to feel safe and secure in the Camry Hybrid. All models come with 10 standard airbags, with an option for a back-up camera for safer driving. Enjoy the quiet cabin space, and let the little ones sleep, thanks to the Camry’s typically smooth ride.

A 6.1-inch touchscreen navigation and audio system also take the 2013 Camry Hybrid to the next level. The 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine delivers 156 horsepower, adding to the Camry’s already gentle but powerful drive force.

A legacy that keeps growing

Ninety percent of Camry’s sold 10 years ago are still on the road today, illustrating its quality and longevity. Toyota’s reputation for powerful engines and long-lasting vehicles doesn’t stop with the Camry Hybrid. When you’re ready, stop in to Suburban Toyota and take an enjoyable family ride in the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

 

Coal-powered green cars can still be a good option

coal-powered Car Prius c

Here at Suburban Toyota in Troy, Mich., we like everything to do with cars. With Earth Day right around the corner on Monday, April 22, we’ve been thinking a lot about energy-efficient cars, especially our hybrids. There has been some discussion in certain car circles lately about whether cars that are all- or part- electric really help the environment if the energy that powers the batteries comes from coal. So what’s the deal?

The fact is, few electric cars or hybrids are powered entirely by coal. It turns out that only 45 percent of electricity in the United States comes from coal-fired power stations. Most power companies, in fact, use a combination of different energy sources, from wind, solar and hydro to nuclear, coal and natural gas. By 2020, the state of California plans to have a third of its power derived from renewables such as wind, geothermal and waste.

But say a driver DOES get all his car-power energy from a coal-fueled power plant. One curious driver put that assumption to the test. By his calculations, an electric car charged entirely from coal-powered electricity creates 15 percent less carbon dioxide that a similar-sized gas-powered vehicle.

With Earth Day coming up, now is a great time to investigate the 2013 all-electric and hybrid options available at Suburban Toyota, including our Avalon Hybrid Sedan, Camry Hybrid Sedan, Highlander Hybrid SUV and our many models of Prius—including a plug-in hatchback.

If you want to do even more for the environment, consider taking part in the Earth Day Network’s goal to have the country commit a billion “acts of green.” You might plant trees, become a climate reporter or even recycle your electronics. Visit Earth Day Network’s website to find out more.

Whether you wait until Earth Day or come see us now, we here at Suburban Toyota are eager to get you into a vehicle that best suits your needs and budget. If it helps the environment, all the better!

Suburban Toyota is in the Troy Motor Mall on Maplelawn Road, north of Maple and west of Crooks Road.

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Two Toyota vehicles awarded ‘Best Cars for Families

Best Cars For Families 2013Every year, U.S. News and World Report honor a handful of vehicles with its “Best Cars for Families” awards. Judges consider the size of the vehicles, quality and special features that make the cars top choices for families.

For 2013, Suburban Toyota of Troy is pleased to point out that two family-friendly Toyota cars won: the Toyota Prius and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Each of these popular vehicles has something different to offer families, and each is also available in your own back yard at Suburban Toyota of Troy.

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius w2013 Toyota Priuson the Hatchback category of the awards, but not just for its hatchback shape. A roomy interior means it has plenty of room to cart the kids around, and the big trunk allows plenty of space for snacks, sports equipment and all other stuff families cart around.

By alternating the hybrid’s electric motor and four-cylinder engine, and getting fuel economy of up to 51 mpg, the car keeps busy families from having to stop for gas as much. High reliability rating for its class means that this is a family-friendly Toyota you can trust.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

In the Hybrid SUV category, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid nailed it, combining the best features of a hybrid with the space required for larger families. The Highlander Hybrid seats up to seven people, kicks butt with a powerful V6 engine and twin electric motors, but still gets up to 28 mpg. This balance of power, efficiency and space is appealing to families that need more room than the typical hybrid has to offer, but who still want quality or fuel efficiency.

2013 Toyota Highlander HybridFans of the Highlander can look forward to the 2014 model, which will have a larger third-row seat, making room for a total of eight passengers in the vehicle. When it comes to being family-friendly,

Toyota cars have proven their worth year after year in the Best Cars for Families awards. If you’re looking to see the award-winning vehicles in person, be sure to stop by Suburban Toyota to see how your family likes all the features of these favorite cars.

 

Hit the Open Road With the 2013 Toyota Prius C

Toyota Prius-c in Troy

When the weather starts warming up and the grass is turning green, why not save some green of your own with a fuel-efficient vehicle that can take you anywhere? At Suburban Toyota, you’ll get to see our new model — the 2013 Prius c.

Toyota expands on its popular, earth-friendly hybrid model with an even sportier (and more affordable) edition.

Toyota Prius c – Get to spring break in style

Aside from its 53/46 estimated mpg — which is impressive on its own — you’ll get to your hot vacation spot with help from the display audio with navigation and Entune, a social media lover’s dream.

Don’t forget to crank out tunes on Pandora with your Entune, or browse Bing for local eateries.

Give the Earth a taste of something sweet

Toyota Prius c 2013The Prius c is rated as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) because of its fewer smog-forming emissions. Choose your power source by switching between EC/ECO modes, letting you choose between gas and electric.

And at 53 mpg on the highway, don’t aim low for your spring getaway. Go the distance in comfort and style.

Be safe while you’re out there…

With the Prius c’s 5-star safety system, you can rest easy with the antilock brake system, traction control, enhanced vehicle stability control, break assist and smart stop technology, among other great features.

The cozy Prius c also has nine airbags for optimal passenger protection.

Consumers love them, and there’s a reason it’s one of Toyota’s best-selling models. Between its gas efficiency, electric option, optimal safety features and tech-savvy additions, you’ll love every second you spend in your new Prius c, with the base model starting at less than $20,000.

Stop in to Suburban Toyota for a quality test drive in a new Toyota Prius c.