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.

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.

All-New Toyota Highlander Commercial

All-New Toyota Highlander - Dixon, IL
All-New Toyota Highlander – Dixon, IL

The fourth generation of the Toyota Highlander is coming to dealership lots as soon as February. This next-generation midsize SUV is completely redesigned from the ground up. In order to kick off the new ad campaign, Toyota is debuting a 60-second commercial spot for the all-new Toyota Highlander during the Big Game. Football fans all over the U.S. will get the first glimpse of a new ad campaign set to run until July.

The new Toyota Highlander features practical family solutions such as the option of seven- or eight-passenger seating and a standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite of features. There’s also high-tech and performance-oriented features such as the new addition of an efficient hybrid powertrain and the inclusion of Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Waze and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Plus, with a bold new design set on the 2020 Toyota Highlander’s new TNGA-K platform, drivers will ride in style.

Toyota has a habit of debuting new ad campaigns for vehicles during the Big Game. In 2019 both the 2019 RAV4 and Supra made their TV debut at the same time, and Toyota also had spots during the 2012, 2015, and 2018 games. Keep your eyes peeled for the all-new Toyota Highlander while you tailgate.

Experience the latest iteration of the Highlander for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota for a test drive.