OEM Accessories for Your Tacoma This Winter

OEM accessories for your Tacoma  - Dixon, IL
OEM accessories for your Tacoma – Dixon, IL

The Toyota Tacoma is an excellent option for winter travel. With these winter-ready OEM accessories for your Tacoma, you can get this full-size truck even more prepared for the coldest months of the year.

All-Weather Floor Liners

There are lots of interior accessories designed specifically for the Tacoma, and all-weather floor liners are a must-have for winter months. They’re easy to clean, and fit the Toyota interior perfectly, keeping snow, ice, and slush from damaging floors.

Low-Profile Soft Tonneau Cover

Work doesn’t stop in the winter, so having a Tonneau cover for your bed is essential if you want to keep your cargo protected from the weather. The cover is weather-resistant, so while it’s not completely weatherproof, it’s still enough to protect your things from snow and sleet during a day’s work and commute. 

Cargo Tote for Winter Emergency Kit

During winter, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for an emergency. In addition to regular emergency items, like those included in the Emergency Assistance Kit, it’s smart to add winter-specific things, like an extra ice scraper or extra warm clothing. You can buy a Toyota Cargo Tote for your Tacoma to help you keep everything together and ready in case of an emergency.

Call us here at Ken Nelson Toyota to find out which other OEM accessories would be perfect for your Tacoma this winter.

Premium Trims for Off-Road Tundra Models

Premium Trims for Off-Road Tundra Models |  Dixon, IL
Premium Trims for Off-Road Tundra Models

For the 2020 model year, Toyota introduces two new trim levels for the Tundra. This brings its total amount of model and trim configurations up to 17.

The two new trims for the Tundra full-size pickup are the TRD Sport Premium and the TRD Off Road premium. The new TRD Off Road Premium elaborates on the regular Off Road model by adding Connected Services by Toyota and other features like premium audio and navigation. Other upgrades include leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring and a spray-in bed liner.

Of course, the TRD Off Road Premium also comes with all of the features of the base Off Road trim, like the Bilstein shock absorbers, all-terrain tires and fuel tank protector plates.

The new TRD Sport Premium embellishes the TRD Sport trim. It adds many of the same features that the TRD Off Road Premium adds to the TRD Off Road, such as navigation and premium audio.

These two new trims are perfect if you want high-end luxury, but still need to have a TRD-level of off-road capability. However, if you prefer a trim with the most functionality, tech, and comfort on the inside, go with the range-topping 4×4 CrewMax Platinum trim.

Experience the two newest versions of the Tundra for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive them.

Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle

Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle in Rockford IL

If you love an off-road proficient vehicle or anything that shows off with unique styling, you’ll be drooling over the Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle. This quirky, capable SUV waves goodbye to classic curvy, car-inspired styling in favor of boxy, bold styling. Four doors make it easy for the whole crew to join in on an off-road adventure in this four-wheel drive crossover, but modern styling allows the back doors to blend in with the sporty silhouette, which includes rugged overfenders and large tires ready to venture off the pavement.

Inside, the Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle has a spacious and versatile space that can be used for passengers and cargo alike. The rear seats fold flat in order to make room for all your gear, and the rear cargo floor slides out to provide even more space. Topside tracks allow you to secure cargo, while the Multi-Hatch rear door provides easy access, with the ability to both swing open or fold up like a classic hatchback.

With a distinct exterior design, a spacious, versatile interior, and an off-road ready, highly capable performance, the Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle could be the perfect new crossover for those looking for something that can travel effortlessly both on and off the pavement.

Pay tribute to the progressive direction that Toyota is pursuing with the FT-4X Concept Vehicle when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to take a new 2020 model for a test drive.

New Toyota Solar Cells Add More Miles to Prius Plug-in

Toyota Prius Solar Cells | Dixon IL

The Toyota Prius PHV, a Japan-exclusive model of the hybrid, first came into the spotlight because of its mounted solar power cells built to increase power for the engine. Recently, Toyota unveiled a new design of its solar power cells, which not only enhances the car’s power supply but also extends its range.  

The batteries are positioned over a broader area of the body including the hood, top, and rear hatch door. The new technology includes a redesigned solar battery cell film that measures only 0.03 millimeters, or less than 0.0012 inches. The new version is capable of generating 860 W, about 4.8 times more than the current model on the market.

The technology is a result of the partnership between NEDO, a Japanese national research organization, and Sharp, the manufacturer of the cells. Together they were able to produce an updated prototype that converts solar energy at 34 percent efficiency, up from 22.5 percent for the current model. The increased power generation allows the vehicle to power its own battery, whereas the current commercial model was only able to power the onboard auxiliary battery, which runs the radio, air conditioning systems, and navigation.

Altogether, Toyota expects the new design to be able to add 27.7 miles of extra range for each day the Prius sits in the sun. The driving system and auxiliary battery can also receive an added 35 miles of power in the same situation.

Celebrate this expanded range of the Prius PHV when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive a shiny new Prius.

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