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A photo of a touchscreen used by several Toyota vehicles.

Toyota+Alexa app offers a new level of connectivity possibilities

2021 Toyota+Alexa App Setup Guide 

Not many automakers have been as committed to offering their customers access to as much advanced technology as Toyota. Some of the standard technology features found with most 2020, 2021, and presumably 2022 Toyota vehicles will include smartphone-compatible infotainment systems with broad access to both the Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ suites of applications, a high-speed Wi-Fi hotspot, and, of course, compatibility with Amazon Alexa. Our team has come to love using this feature in their personal vehicles and thought it would be helpful to provide a 2021 Toyota+Alexa setup guide for Apple iOS and Android users. Let’s see what they came up with.  Read the rest of this entry >>

The touchscreen available in a Toyota vehicle.

Smartphone-integration won’t cost you extra in Toyota vehicles

Does Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ cost extra in Toyota cars? 

Over the last couple of model years, almost the entire new Toyota vehicle lineup has gone through a technological revolution. Most 2020, 2021 and coming 2022 Toyota models will be outfitted with the latest connectivity technology, including smartphone integration and a high-speed Wi-Fi hotspot. Even though these features have been around for a while, the team of product experts still gets a lot of questions from customers asking, ‘Does Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ cost extra in Toyota cars?’ Unlike many rival automakers, Toyota includes access to these applications across the entire lineup of most available vehicles. Other companies will make buyers choose higher trim grades or purchase premium technology packages to make this technology available. Let’s take a look at a few things.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Have you picked out a place to eat for Mother’s Day this year?

Mother’s Day Restaurants with Outdoor Seating near Lexington, MA 

We are less than a month away from Mother’s Day 2021 (May 9). Hopefully, your family is in a position to celebrate it in person after a year where we had to do so many things via the internet. In honor of things starting to get better and more people getting their COVID-19 vaccinations, our team wanted to share a few options for Mother’s Day restaurants with outdoor seating near Lexington, MA. We made these inclusions to our list to ensure as many different tastes are included as possible and to encourage you to visit a place for the first time, while still being as safe as possible while eating out – weather permittingLet’s take a closer look at what our team came up with.  Read the rest of this entry >>

An overhead look inside the driver's cockpit of the 2021 Toyota Corolla.

Make your Toyota vehicle perform how you want it to perform

What do the Toyota Normal, Sport and Eco driving modes do? 

Toyota does its level best to design vehicles that will meet the needs of as many potential buyers as reasonably possible. One element that appears in every Toyota vehicle for sale or lease at the Lexington Toyota showroom is a dynamic and engaging handling profile. Sure, the Toyota Corolla is built to be affordable and efficient, but that doesn’t mean it destined to be boring. Over the years, the automaker’s engineering team has developed an innovative way to let drivers pick the kind of experience they want to have while they’re behind the wheel with different driving modes. So, what do the Toyota Normal, Sport and Eco driving modes do? Let’s take a closer look at this system and how it can make your daily commute what you want it to be.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Learn to use the Toyota tire repair kit before you need it

How do you use the Toyota tire repair kit? 

In addition to Toyota vehicles being efficient and reliable, as well as well-equipped, the automaker really goes out of its way to make its vehicles as convenient as possible to use. One of the quietly emerging trends in the automotive industry is to do away with spare tires that take up valuable cargo space and add unnecessary weight, which hampers performance and efficiency. Toyota has replaced the old donut spare with a largely self-contained repair kit. So, how do you use the Toyota tire repair kit? Our manufacturing partner produced a very handy video, which is embedded below. A few of the product experts working at the Lexington Toyota showroom wanted to share it with you as well as few important tips.  Read the rest of this entry >>

A photo of the dashboard in the 2021 Toyota RAV4.

Lexington Toyota introduces customers to new technology available in several models

Toyota Navigation and Smartphone App How-To Videos 

The ability to utilize several different kinds of technology and devices is a centerpiece of almost every new Toyota vehicle available at the Lexington Toyota showroom. These new Toyota navigation and smartphone app how-to videos will help the owners of new Toyota vehicles how to get started using two of the most exciting applications available, Waze crowd-sourced navigation and the Android Auto™ suite. The former utilizes input from other users in the area to give one of the most accurate traffic pictures available. Android Auto™ will give the users of Android phones access to almost every single one of the favorite applications. If you need more help, or you would like to see a live demonstration of these technologies, make an appointment with a Lexington Toyota product expert today.  Read the rest of this entry >>

A stock photo of oil being poured into an engine.

How bad could skipping oil changes really be? Bad. Very bad.

What happens if I don’t change my oil? 

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it millions of times: The best way to keep your vehicle in peak condition is to keep up with regularly scheduled maintenance. At the top of that list is getting the oil changed, on time, every time. It would really surprise a lot of people to find out how many times someone in our service department gets asked, ‘What happens if I don’t change my oil?’ This is as terrifying of a question as there is in the automotive industry. Basically, a vehicle that doesn’t get regular oil changes will eventually cease to work. The engine will literally explode to some degree and the driver will be stranded on the side of the road. Let’s take a closer look at a few other things that you should know.  Read the rest of this entry >>

A photo of the Toyota badge on a Toyota vehicle.

Put the power of Toyota in the palm of your hand

What does the Toyota app do? 

The intersection of Toyota vehicles and connectivity technology has been nothing short of a total game-changer. Things started to change rapidly when access to the Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ suites of applications became standard equipment on most of the automaker’s models. All of that connectivity is great, but Toyota has gone more than a bit further by making its own technology available to vehicle owners. So, what does the Toyota app do? Basically, the Toyota app (available on Android and iOS) puts the automaker’s entire world into the palm of an owner’s hand. Using a single application, people will be able to perform several functions including access to their vehicle’s owner’s manual, find the closest Toyota dealer and obtain 24/7 roadside assistance. Let’s take a closer look at a few more things you might want to know.  Read the rest of this entry >>

A photo of the dashboard in the 2021 Toyota RAV4.

Don’t miss out on some exciting features available with your Toyota vehicle

How do I set up Toyota connectivity features? 

Toyota offers as much advanced multimedia technology as any other automaker. People can do almost anything they want when they properly configure their equipment and pair compatible mobile devices to the native technology in a new Toyota vehicle. To be sure, it’s easy to become overwhelmed at what these features can do – especially if someone isn’t very tech-savvy. Nobody needs to learn everything the onboard technology can do. They only need to learn to do what they need it to do. So, if you’re wondering, ‘How do I set up Toyota connectivity features,’ the product experts at Lexington Toyota are here to help. They found these videos that will walk you through setting up Android Auto™ and the Audio Multimedia systems found in several 2020 and 2021 models. If you need additional assistance, make an appointment with one of our product experts today.  Read the rest of this entry >>

A right rear quarter photo of the 2021 Toyota Venza parked on the road.

Toyota introduces new convenience features on its new models

How do I use the Toyota hands-free tailgate? 

The Toyota class of 2021 has added some incredible new models to the lineup like the Venza and RAV4 Prime. Additionally, the Toyota Sienna was completely redesigned and is now exclusively powered by a hybrid powertrain. Not only do these vehicles all offer some of the best fuel economy scores in their respective classes, but they also all feature a rear liftgate that can be opened and closed without someone using their hands. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I use the Toyota hands-free tailgate,’ the team of product experts working at Lexington Toyota have some answers. For the most part, all three vehicles will use the same procedures. However, be sure to refer to your owner’s manual for more precise information. Let’s take a closer look at how this new and exciting feature works.  Read the rest of this entry >>