Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Toyota in Dixon, IL

The frigid winter tearing through Illinois will soon be over, and spring will arrive. It’s important that you prepare your Toyota for warmer weather in Dixon. To keep your car running in 2021, follow these spring service tips, as suggested by our service technicians at Ken Nelson Toyota.

Toyota Maintenance Tips | Ken Nelson Toyota | Dixon, IL

Schedule an oil change

The primary maintenance task you need to do every season is scheduling an engine oil change. No matter how often you drive, the engine oil needs to be flushed every 3-5 months and replaced with clean oil that won’t mess with the inner workings of your Toyota.

Check the air conditioning

As temperatures rise, you’ll begin running the A/C system again. Make sure that cool air comes out as it should. If it doesn’t, your car might need a new cabin air filter, a refrigerant refill, or even climate control system repairs.

Replace the wiper blades

When you drive through spring showers, you need clean, working wipers that can cut through the rain. If the wipers are more than a year old, replace them with new clean blades and check that the wiper fluid is filled up.

Wash and wax

Rinse off all the corrosive road salt and put a new protective coat of wax on your car. It’ll look nicer and will be less prone to premature rusting.

Ask for a thorough inspection

Many vehicle components can deteriorate during winter, so you’ll want to have our technicians perform a thorough bumper-to-bumper inspection. This includes checking the battery’s charge, examining the tire tread depth, verifying all lights and bulbs are working, and evaluating the condition of other fluids, belts, and parts. Don’t wait until summer to give your car a proper checkup. Bring it to Ken Nelson Toyota in March or April so it’s ready to hit the road again.

2021 Venza and RAV4 Earn Top Safety Awards from IIHS

2021 Toyota Venza | Dixon, IL
2021 Toyota Venza | Dixon, IL

If you’ve been eyeing the 2021 Venza or 2021 RAV4, you now have one more reason to bring either model home. The 2021 Toyota Venza and 2021 Toyota RAV4 recently earned top safety awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2021 Toyota Venza and RAV4 are both all-new electric SUVs complete with stellar efficiency numbers, intelligent technologies, and an emphasis on safety. That dedication was rewarded with a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick for the 2021 Toyota Venza LE. The Venza XLE and Limited did even better and both drove off with the highly coveted Top Safety Pick+ Award.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 shared a similar experience. Its SE and XSE trim levels both earned Top Safety Pick awards, while the XSE complete with the comprehensive Technology Package earned the Top Safety Pick+ award.

All vehicles vying for a Top Safety Pick need a “Good” rating in a series of crash tests that evaluate everything from overlap front crashes to rollover tests.

Thanks to the standard Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assist features, the Venza and RAV4 also excelled in the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention tests with the highest possible “Superior” ratings.

Celebrate these model’s recent achievements when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota in Dixon to test-drive some of the Venza and RAV4 models in our inventory.

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.