2021 Avalon Will Offer All-Wheel Drive

2021 Avalon Will Offer All-Wheel Drive | Dixon, IL
2021 Avalon Will Offer All-Wheel Drive | Dixon, IL

For the 2021 model year, Toyota is introducing a long-awaited feature for the 2021 Avalon. Reports from Toyota confirm that the sedan will come available with all-wheel drive.

It will be the first time that this model offers an all-wheel drive option. This development is not entirely unexpected, however, as last year’s Avalon model featured a TRD performance trim, suggesting that more performance-based features could be making their way to the Avalon in the near future.

For drivers who are more concerned about efficiency than they are all-wheel drive, Toyota offers the 2021 Avalon in three different hybrid trims. Although the all-wheel drive feature is not available with any of the Avalon Hybrid models, these fuel-efficient Avalon variants achieve an estimated fuel economy of 44 mpg combined, making the Avalon one of the most efficient sedans in its class.*

Whether you are looking for a sedan that focuses on fuel economy or one that has the all-wheel drive capabilities to take on any on-road challenge, the 2021 Toyota Avalon is the model for you. Experience it for yourself when it arrives at Ken Nelson Toyota later this year. Until then, stop by to test-drive the other Toyota sedans we have in stock.

*EPA-estimated 43 city/44 highway/44 combined mpg for 2021 Avalon Hybrid XLE. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

Toyota to Provide Free Safety Software Starting Early Next Year

Toyota to Provide Free Safety Software Starting Early Next Year | Dixon, IL
Toyota to Provide Free Safety Software Starting Early Next Year | Dixon, IL

Starting in January 2021, Toyota will provide its Total Human Model for Safety software free for users worldwide.

Understanding THUMS

Toyota first launched this software system, often referred to by the acronym THUMS, in 2000. It was the world’s first software to simulate a virtual human body and analyze crash injuries.

Since that time, Toyota has updated THUMS to include human models of different ages, genders, and physical attributes. The company has also increased the fidelity of the software’s bone structure, musculature, internal organ, and brain simulations. This means that THUMS can now analyze potential injuries to both car occupants and pedestrians.

Representatives from Toyota claim that THUMS is a massive leap forward over physical test dummies, as the virtual simulations more accurately depict the particular shapes and strengths of different human body parts during an impact.

Influential tech for all

THUMS is currently in use at over 100 universities, suppliers, vehicle manufacturers and research institutes globally, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety considering making THUMS a part of their assessments.

Seigo Kuzumaki, Toyota’s head of advanced R&D and engineering, says the decision to make THUMS freely available is an attempt “to further enhance vehicle safety across the entire automotive industry and to help reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.” Toyota hopes making THUMS freely available will both further vehicle safety research and enable users to improve the system’s human models.

Celebrate the brand’s progressive technologies when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive a shiny new Toyota model.

The 2021 Toyota Sienna Gets Stunning Efficiency

2021 Toyota Sienna | Dixon, IL
2021 Toyota Sienna | Dixon, IL

The all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna comes with a refined design and exceptional gas mileage thanks to the Toyota Hybrid System II. This model achieves a manufacturer-estimated 33 mpg combined, making it a gratifying choice for your family’s transportation.*

Interestingly enough, the 2021 Sienna the hybrid powertrain is the only option for the new model year. This system has a 2.5-liter gasoline engine that’s paired with two electric motors. This powertrain will generate an impressive 243 horsepower, and it naturally increases fuel economy and reduces your carbon footprint.

Other features that will make drivers happy include features such as a four-zone climate-control system, seven USB ports around the cabin, and an entertainment system for backseat passengers. You’ll also find an optional JBL premium audio system, and you can opt for an onboard vacuum cleaner to make cleanup easier than ever.

Additionally, the suite of safety features on the 2021 Sienna keeps you safe on the road. The Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 system has automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and more. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat of the 2021 Toyota Sienna thanks to its exceptional fuel economy, interior amenities, and intelligent safety.

Test-drive this model today here at Ken Nelson Toyota. You’re bound to fall in love with this minivan’s efficiency and it’s bevy of family-friendly amenities.

*EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day - Dixon, IL
DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day – Dixon, IL

Father’s Day is just around the bend. Here are some DIY gift ideas that are easy enough for the kids to make for dad, if you want to give him something more unique than a store-bought gift.

Homemade Coasters

Country Living suggests two different types of coasters you can create. The first uses Mason jar lids lined with cork shelf liner. Use a stamp and acrylic paint to personalize them with a pattern or monogram. Or you can make DIY agate coasters with just some polymer clay and acrylic paint.

Lego Cufflinks

These Lego-themed accessories are perfect for the geeky dad that enjoys building masterpieces. Just spray paint similarly-sized Lego pieces and glue them to cufflinks.

Pre-Shave Oil

If you have essential oils on hand, you’ll only need two more ingredients to make homemade shaving oil. Simply mix the essential oil of your choice with grapeseed and olive oils to make an all-natural shaving product for dad.

Eyeglass Carrier

Transform an old neck ties into a cloth case for reading glasses with a just a few steps. It’s a great way to help preserve your dad’s eyewear in an attractive way.

Book Cover Boxes

Have those old Reader Digest books hanging around? Repurpose them into boxes he can use to keep desk items organized. (Use one book for the cover and cut up another book to make the box.)

Another way you can show appreciate to dad is to take his car in to Ken Nelson Toyota for a seasonal checkup. Call us to schedule an appointment with our Service Department.

Fun Games to Play at Home With The Kids

Fun Games to Play at Home With The Kids | Dixon, IL
Fun Games to Play at Home With The Kids | Dixon, IL

In these strange and uncertain times, family comes first. Staying at home with your little ones is important for their health and yours, but it means needing to get creative to keep everyone engaged. Trying out some of these fun games to play at home with the kids will help you ensure that everyone is smiling at the end of the day.

Get a new (or classic) board game

Nothing quite says family fun and togetherness like a board game, and since the medium is in something of a renaissance at the moment, you have a ton to choose from. The editors at New York Magazine’s “The Strategist”have assembled a whole list of great games perfect for kids that includes classics like Connect 4 and Guess Who as well as newer favorites like Catan and Ticket to Ride.

Try out a video game

Whether you grew up on video games or have never tried them in your life, gaming with your kid is a great way to bond (and show your little people that you’re hip and with it). CNETrecommends a wide range of easy-to-find and kid-friendly video games for all different consoles and devices. If you have your old console up in the attic, now might also be a great time to break it out and show your kid old-school cool.

Bring back an old favorite

With the weather starting to get nice in Dixon, going outside and enjoying the sunshine might be good for everyone. Take advantage of a clear, sunny afternoon with a game of catch, horse, hopscotch, jump rope, or whatever activities your kids are into. On a rainy day, you can break out a classic like hide and seek, Simon says, or hot potato.

The team at Ken Nelson Toyota in Dixon, IL, wants to make sure that you’re safe and healthy in this challenging time. If you need service done on your vehicle, we’re here and will even pick up your vehicle so that you don’t have to leave your kids. To learn more, call or email and schedule your appointment.