Everyday reliability meets luxury in the 2014 Toyota Avalon

avalonThe Toyota Avalon has always delivered high-end comfort, a spacious interior and a stylish look. The 2014 version adds a plethora of luxurious features, making it more of an entry-level luxury car than a full-size sedan. The quiet and roomy interior, coupled with superior handling, make this a perfect option for the daily commuter who wants plenty of room to bring friends and family out on the town.

The 2014 Avalon is offered in four trim levels – XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring and Limited. The base XLE comes standard with a number of sought-after features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, full power accessories, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary input and a 6.1-inch touchscreen with a USB/iPod interface. Moving up to the XLE Premium gets you all this plus a sunroof.

The Touring trim level comes standard with 18-inch wheels, fog lights, paddle shifters, a navigation system and Toyota’s Entune smartphone app integration system. The Limited trim features everything above, plus xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a blind-spot monitoring system, rear-cross traffic alerts, ambient cabin lighting, tri-zone automatic climate controls, upgraded leather upholstery, heated rear seats and a 7-inch touchscreen.

The Avalon comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, generating 268 horsepower and 248 pounds to feet of torque. The V6 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 25 miles per gallon combined for the XLE and XLE Premium trims, while the Touring and Limited drop slightly to 24 mpg combined.

Peek inside a 2014 Toyota Avalon and take one for a test drive by visiting your local Minneapolis Toyota dealer today.

Options for the entire family in Toyota’s 2014 Sienna

siennaThe 2014 Toyota Sienna is unlike many minivans on the road, in that it promotes a bold style and offers sought-after luxury features throughout its five-trim lineup. A spacious interior, optional rear-seat entertainment system and one of the strongest engines in the minivan class – with available all-wheel-drive – combine to make the Sienna a top choice among minivans available today. Continue reading

Catalytic converter care

workUnderCar5The catalytic converter is responsible for controlling emissions from your vehicle. While the device typically lasts the lifetime of the vehicle, issues can arise and accidents can happen. Cars that run into issues with the converter tend to be older and are generally caused by a clog. The exhaust cannot expel itself through the muffler and air cannot get in for the fuel/air mixture that allows a car to run properly. Continue reading

Spark plugs

engine6A vehicle’s spark plugs are rather easy to replace, but sometimes they just need a good cleaning. If your vehicle is misfiring, you may want to pop the hood and take a look at the quality of the plugs. As the space for the current to jump grows, it will become ineffective and the visible erosion is a sign that you may need new plugs. This space may also just be blocked by debris or rust, so don’t waste labor and money replacing them if they need to simply be brushed. Continue reading

Power steering fluid

engine3The power steering of a vehicle is something we frequently take for granted. Powering steering makes maneuvering large vehicles – especially trucks and SUVs – much more manageable. Without power steering, every turn and curve in the road would pose a battle behind the wheel.

If you haven’t been keeping up with regular fluid changes and inspections, your steering wheel might start to make noises every time you turn. If your wheel whines, moans or squeaks while turning, Continue reading