Toyota Safety Sense

Toyota Safety Sense

There’s little doubt that the Toyota Safety Sense suite is one of the most advanced safety packages on the road. Two available packages ensure that all vehicles in the Japanese automaker’s lineup offer the most innovative technologies in the industry. Toyota plans to bring the safety system to all of its vehicles in the United States starting in 2018. That raises the bar for the entire industry.

The Toyota Safety Sense P package is the most advanced suite available and features a whole host of active safety technologies. The available systems make use of an in-vehicle camera and millimeter-wave radar to offer pristine functionality.

The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection alerts the driver both audibly and visually to apply the brakes if a frontal collision is detected. If the driver hits the brakes, Brake Assist kicks in as well. Brake Assist will also activate if the driver fails to respond.

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist will help keep drivers in their lane should they begin to drift. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control adjusts the vehicle speed automatically to keep a set distance from vehicles ahead.

Automatic High Beams detect oncoming headlights or taillights and switch between high- and low-beam headlights accordingly.

We here at Allen Toyota are pumped to see such an incredible automaker working tirelessly to make the roads a safer place for everyone.

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

St Patricks Day

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated as a holiday since the mid-fifth century. That amount of time doesn’t go by without a few popular traditions taking root. Fortunately, many of the St. Patrick’s Day traditions are fairly straightforward. Here are the histories of a few St. Patrick’s Day traditions from us here at Allen Toyota!

Why Green?

Green is the color of St. Patrick’s Day largely due to the originating location, not because of the holiday itself. While blue was the original color of the holiday, Ireland’s nickname, “The Emerald Isle”, took hold and popularized green instead. The green of a shamrock may have played a role as well.

A lesser known legend is that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, rendering them unable to pinch you.


The shamrock became a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day largely through an unproven legend. It goes that St. Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to help explain the holy trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to those he was converting. While no real evidence seems to exist, the sentiment and reasoning behind it is clear. As a result, many people wear a shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day.

What Food?

As one would expect, many people eat foods of Irish origin on St. Patrick’s Day. These include chocolate stout cupcakes, vegetable shepherd’s pie, and Irish soda bread.


TRD Sport Models Added to Toyota SUV Lineups

The 2018 Toyota lineup will be more adventurous than ever. Toyota has introduced new TRD Sport models for the Tundra and Sequoia, and a new Adventure model for the RAV4. These models will offer superior off-road performance with more utility, towing abilities, and comfort.

Along with the new TRD Sport models, the 2018 Tundra and Sequoia gain new styling and more safety and convenience features for all models. This includes the Toyota Safety Sense-P system standard across the lineup.

The Tundra TRD Sport will be powered by a 5.7-liter i-Force V8 engine with 381 horsepower. To enhance its off-road performance, it will come equipped with Bilstein Shocks and front and rear anti-sway bars. Style features will include color-keyed mirrors, front and rear bumpers, and hood scoop.

On the Sequoia TRD Sport, performance upgrades are the same as the Tundra. Exterior features add metallic black mirror caps, 20-inch alloy black sport wheels, and more. Buyers can choose from among Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic exterior paint colors.

The RAV4 Adventure model will come with an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential on front-wheel drive models and Dynamic Torque Control when equipped with all-wheel-drive. Both will come with a Tow Prep Package along with some engine upgrades to make it more capable.

These new 2018 models will begin arriving at dealerships in September.

Tips for Visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras

Here in Gulfport, Mississippi, we are less than two hours away from New Orleans, undeniably, one of the most exciting places to visit, especially this time of year. If you’re considering heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, here are a few tips to help you along the way.

This year, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, February 28th. However, if you want to catch the Mardi Gras parade, you should head down earlier. Many visitors plan to arrive the Saturday before and then stay through Ash Wednesday.

There are parades and festivities for days in the city. Saturday and Sunday include the parades of Bacchus and Endymion. The Orpheus parade occurs on Monday night with the Zulu Lundi Gras festival lasting through the day. On Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras, plan to spend the day walking through the French Quarter seeing all the costumes.

There are parades all throughout New Orleans; however, the most popular parade runs down St. Charles and starts near Napoleon. And, despite what many believe, the parade is a family-friendly affair and many families stake out the Garden District for the best viewing surrounded by oak trees.

Have you ever made the trek to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? If not, you’re missing out on a memorable experience!

Proper Car Maintenance

Properly maintaining your car can be a hassle for those with limited time, money, or space. Fortunately it pays to keep your car in peak condition for a variety of reasons. Taking care of your car doesn’t have to be incredibly difficult either. Here’s a little of what you need to know about proper car maintenance from us here at Allen Toyota.

  • Owner’s Manual – Consider the owner’s manual the one and only guide to your vehicle. This book will show you the ins and outs of your car, help diagnose problems, and, most importantly, lists the routine maintenance service schedule. Simply reading through the manual once can give you some major insight to what your vehicle needs and how it works.
  • Inspection – It pays to take an hour every week to inspect your vehicle. Make sure all of your lights are working properly and that there’s enough tread for optimal traction. Check the tire pressure, listen for sounds, and keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. If you do spot something, contact a dealership service department.
  • Oil – Fresh oil is pertinent for drivers who intend to drive their vehicles for years to come. Old oil doesn’t lubricate, cool, or prevent carbon buildup as well as fresh oil. An oil change is cheap when compared to an engine repair so take the time to make an appointment and stop in!

Holiday Decoration Storage Tips

Now that the holidays have come and gone it’s time to clean up the decorations. Wait! Don’t just throw everything into a box and store it in the attic. Take some time to properly organize your decorations. Maybe it’s time to invest in some proper storage cases. Here are a few holiday decoration storage tips from us here at Allen Toyota!

  • Organize – It won’t take long to organize your holiday decorations, at least not as long as it will take to sort them out next year, anyway. Stowing your decorations away properly will allow you to take time (and money) when the holidays roll around next year. You also won’t run the risk of anything fragile breaking while in storage.
  • Decorations – Did you there are ornament cases designed to protect and keep fragile ornaments from getting damaged throughout the year? They’re relatively inexpensive compared to the price you might pay to replace all of the ornaments next year.
  • Tree – If you happen to have an artificial Christmas tree like many families, consider a Christmas tree storage bag this time around. The bag itself doesn’t cost much and it will keep your tree intact and ready to stand next year. Take the easy route next holiday season by preparing now!

Toyota 86 vs Scion FR-S: How the 86 is Already Better

Due to the demise of Scion, Toyota is now taking over the production of the automaker’s former models. One example of this is that the former Scion FR-S is now being produced under Toyota as the Toyota 86. The result? In the Toyota 86 vs Scion FR-S showdown, it turns out that everyone loves the former. And here’s why.

The change from Scion to Toyota just happened to coincide with an already scheduled change to the vehicle. Although most vehicles experience this type of change, these changes went just a little bit deeper than the typical cosmetic changes. In addition to the cosmetic changes, Toyota also added a stronger chassis and improvements to the powertrain.

Toyota’s goal in making these changes was to make the 86 drive just like a BMW M3 or a Porsche Cayman, which is a lofty goal for a vehicle that has an MSRP under $30,000. All of these changes should allow drivers to experience a car that’s more stable on bumps and turns, and you should also be able to push the car further before experiencing oversteer.

So far, the reviews have been excellent. If you’re looking for a fun, small, and relatively inexpensive sports car, there is no better deal right now than the Toyota 86. Test drive one today at Allen Toyota!

Toyotathon Holiday Deals Are Coming to Allen Toyota

It’s that time of the year again. The holiday season is notorious for featuring some of the best deals of the year, and it’s no different here at Allen Toyota. Toyotathon is back, and the deals are better than ever. If you are in the market for a car, here is everything that you need to know about this year’s Toyotathon holiday deals at Allen Toyota.


Who is Eligible?

The good news is that nobody is getting coal in their stocking this year at Allen Toyota. We’re offering these deals to all of our customers, so all that you have to do is check out our deals to see what you can afford this holiday season.

Our great representatives are always here to help you with any questions that you might have, so don’t be shy.


What Kind of Deals Are Available?

  • 0% APR for 72 Months, PLUS $1,000 Bonus on a New 2017 Camery*
  • 0% APR for 72 Months, PLUS $500 Bonus on a New 2016 Corolla*
  • 0% APR for 60 Months,  on a New 2017 RAV4*
  • 0% APR for 60 Months, PLUS $2,000 Special Edition Cash on a New 2016 Tundra Special Edition*
  • $6,200 off MSRP on a New 2017 Camery XLE*
  • $5,000 off MSRP on a New 2016 Jighlander Limited*
  • Lease a New 2017 RAV4 LE for $199 a month – 36 Month Lease, $1,999 due at signing*
  • New 2017 YARIS iA Manual for just $15,825*
  • And More!

*For qualified Buyers only


What’s the Catch?

Unlike some other dealerships, there are no catches to our Toyotathon deal. It’s simply a big thank you to both our loyal customers and the customers that decide to give us a try for the first time this holiday season.

At Allen Toyota, our priority is making our customers happy, so it’s important to us to offer some great deals at a time of the year where you’re already making other purchases.

New 2017 Toyota Corolla Sees Major Changes

The new 2017 Toyota Corolla may not be considerably powerful – it isn’t a sports car after – but it does offer a ride perfect for urban and suburban areas. The latest model boasts a number of changes that put it a step above the competition. Advanced safety features and a few interesting additions make this model all the more impressive. The Toyota Corolla is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary but this time around, most the changes come in the form of technology.

The new Toyota Corolla boasts 132 hp, a perfect amount for its sub-3,000 lbs. curb weight. While the steering is certainly responsive, it doesn’t provide the precision handling of its larger siblings.

For the 2017 model year, the new Corolla boasts several impressive additions to its list of standard features. For starters, the new Corolla comes stocked with LED headlights. As for advanced safety features, adaptive cruise control and collision prevention join the list as well.

Those safety technologies are normally included in the Safety Sense-P package which makes the addition an added value to an affordable car. On top of that, the rearview camera returns as a standard feature as well.

We here at Allen Toyota like what we see in the new 2017 Toyota Corolla201

New Toyota 86 Better Than Ever

Scion is officially off the market and most models have made the transition to the Toyota lineup. The iM and iA have joined the Corolla and Yaris lineups while the FR-S has become the stunning Toyota 86. The new Toyota 86 boasts a few changes over its predecessor but the sports car still delivers a thrilling ride that won’t break the bank.

The Toyota 86 boasts a sleek style with an athletic stance that screams “speed.” This performance-driven model comes stocked with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out an impressive 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can choose between a manual and automatic transmission.

Reviewers rate the manual as more fun but at the cost of lower fuel economy. A Toyota 86 equipped with a six-speed manual transmission runs in at an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 hwy mpg.

A Toyota 86 equipped with an automatic transmission with see a negligible difference in performance. The engine produces 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, the same specifications as the FR-S. The automatic transmission makes up the difference with an EPA-estimated 24 city/32 hwy mpg.

Considering the new Toyota 86 weighs in at less than 3,000 lbs., this sports car offers precision handling and a ride few competitors can match for the $27,160 starting price tag.

We here at Allen Toyota are hyped for the new Toyota 86