Introducing the 2021 Toyota Lineup

2021 Toyota Models | Dixon, IL
2021 Toyota Models | Dixon, IL

The 2021 Toyota lineup comes with a wide range of new offerings, technologies, and features. Earlier this year, the brand introduced the all-new RAV4 Prime and a revamped GR Supra that’s more powerful than ever before. Additionally, drivers will also find improved infotainment and safety, an expanded special edition lineup, and a new Venza crossover.

Technology is one key area where Toyota excels, especially for the 2021 model year. Virtually every model in the 2021 lineup will come equipped with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ to optimize connectivity. There’s also Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+, which comes with new features for better functionality and detection.

The Venza will also be returning in 2021 as a stylish crossover. While there are few details about this model’s features, we do know that it shares design cues with the RAV4 Hybrid. Drivers will also find new features on current vehicles, such as a mid-cycle refresh for the Camry, improved performance on the GR Supra, and the RAV4 Prime — a plug-in hybrid.

You’ll also get more options than ever before when you shop Toyota, particularly special edition models. This includes vehicles such as the Nightshade edition, the Corolla Apex Edition, and a Tundra Trail Special Edition. Other vehicles with special editions include the Highlander, Tacoma, 4Runner, Camry, and Sienna.

Experience the 2021 Toyota lineup firsthand when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive a shiny new model.

Details on the 2021 Sequoia Coming

Toyota Sequoia | Dixon, IL
Toyota Sequoia | Dixon, IL

The Toyota Sequoia has been a popular for families who shop at Ken Nelson Toyota looking for a large vehicle suitable for their busy commutes and travels. We’re excited to announce that the latest Sequoia will be arriving on our lot soon. So, if you’re planning on buying a new SUV for your family in Dixon, Illinois, here are the main 2021 Sequoia details you should know.

New for 2021, the Sequoia is offering some dazzling appearance options. Lunar Rock is a new body color you can order your SUV in. Its hue is like a milky, muted mint green. We’re big fans of it! You can also order the 2021 Sequoia Nightshade Edition, a new version this year with luxurious touches and unique visual accents.

Under the hood of the 2021 Sequoia is a 381-horsepower 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 engine, which makes it an excellent SUV for towing a boat or camper trailer on your next year’s camping excursion.

Toyota Safety Sense P is included on every version of the 2021 Toyota Sequoia. That means no matter how much you spend on a new Sequoia, you’ll receive the valuable active safety suite that includes tools like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert. You’ll also have Toyota’s STAR Safety System helping pilot this large SUV so you better retain control on slippery curves or steep hills.

If you’re interested in getting a new Sequoia SUV for your family, we recommend getting the 2021 version. Call or email us if you want to reserve your 2021 Sequoia! 

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.