2019 Toyota Technology: Camry & Sienna Edition

One of my favorite things about the new Avalon is its technology. Toyota put a much-needed tech boost into the 2019 Avalon and it looks like they’re doing the same for two fan favorites. Joel Patel of Cars Direct reported that Toyota will include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration in the 2019 Camry and 2019 Sienna. 

According to Toyota’s official website, the 2019 Sienna will include “Apple CarPlay support so you can use your compatible iPhone to get directions, send and receive messages make calls and listen to your own playlist–all while maintaining focus on your drive. Plus, with Amazon Alexa compatibility, simply ask to play music, read the news, tell a joke and more.”

Toyota has confirmed that the 2019 Sienna will be Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay compatible.

Toyota has yet to release any official information about the 2019 Camry, but we’ll venture an educated guess that the Camry will include Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay integration. Stay tuned for the official word from Toyota…!

2018 Toyota Camry

Does This Prove the Camry is the Safest Vehicle on the Road?

Sparked by a viral Facebook post, here’s what we learned about the engineering marvel that is the 2018 Toyota Camry.

May 17, 2018

Over my thirty-one years on this Earth, my dad has proselytized to anyone within earshot about the Toyota Camry. My dad loves Toyotas (thank goodness that’s his brand of choice to sell) and what’s not to love? They’re reliable, sturdy, efficient, and long-lasting vehicles. But my dad’s particular fondness for the Camry is one I’ve met with slight skepticism. Of course, a person could love the Camry with ardent fervor but it’s not an overly exciting vehicle–it lives up to the tenets of the Toyota brand: reliable, sturdy, efficient, and long-lasting. Lack of cool factor aside (not counting the 2018 Camry because there’s definitely a cool factor in play), my dad hasn’t stopped telling friends and family members about the wonders of the Camry. Variations of “it’s the safest car on the road” and “just get the Camry, it will run forever,” have been uttered countless times in my presence. 

A few days ago, a friend of mine pointed me to a Facebook post from Toyota of Surprise, a dealer Northwest of Phoenix, AZ. The photos in the post are jarring at first glance, but curiosity prevails and upon further inspection, what’s gleaned from the photos can only be attributed to remarkable engineering. The aforementioned post includes three photos of the same 2018 Camry. The Camry is situated front and center on the dealer’s showroom floor but its paint has been chipped and the satisfaction of the new car smell long dissappaited. This Camry has been in an accident; the front end is crumpled like an accordion and the trunk is demolished into nothing, however, the cabin and four wheels of the vehicle sit atop the chassise as though nothing could disturb the integrity of the car. And that’s the EXACT intent of the Camry’s design and engineering. So how did this happen? Read about it after the post below.

Kyle Cheromcha of The Drive points out that the Camry did EXACTLY what it was designed to do under dire circumstances: 

 “…a whole lot of modern engineering went into preventing the Camry from becoming an accord-ion (zing). First, the 2018 Camry rides on a version of the new TNGA modular platform, which has been praised by auto journalists for its rigidity and strength. Then there’s the fact that the Camry’s crumple zones functioned exactly as designed, absorbing the kinetic energy of the crash to keep the passenger cabin wholly intact; the Facebook post sharing the story notes that all four doors still open and close like normal.”

For thirty-one years, my dad has been telling anyone who would listen that the Camry is the best vehicle on the road. Best? Well, that’s a matter of preference. But safest vehicle on the road? I think we have exhibit A documented here.

2018 Toyota Camry Wi-Fi Connect

I am obsessed with the next generation Entune 3.0 system with a Wi-Fi hotspot in the new Toyota Camry! This is a game-changer. It allows you the opportunity to hook up to the internet and read up on the day’s news or stream your favorite episode of that show you missed last night (raise your hand if you haven’t seen last night’s episode of Game of Thrones yet). Obviously, you would do this as a passenger and not as the driver. However, there’s nothing wrong with pulling over to the side of the road and responding to that work email you forgot to get to before you left the house. 

Enjoy your complimentary Wi-Fi hotspot trial for 6 months/2 GB of data (whichever comes first) in your new Camry. Connect up to 5 devices to the internet at the speed of 4G LTE.

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Exciting New Camry

Sneak Peak: 2018 Toyota Camry

Sneak Peak: 2018 Toyota Camry

Just before the end of the year, Toyota teased everyone with a snapshot of the next-generation Camry and while the Internet broke out in excitement, I was distracted trying to understand the point of the Mannequin Challenge…  Seriously, why did this thing catch on?! I digress, according to Digital Trends, the next-generation Camry is a sleek & sporty departure from Camry’s-past:

While the teaser only shows a sliver of the car,

we can see cues like thin LED taillights, a trunk-mounted spoiler, strong and swooping character lines, fake rear air vents, and large wheels

Styling aside, the new Camry will ride on the same modular platform that underpins the Prius – which is great news, considering that chassis is one of the best parts of the Prius – and will use both 2.5-liter four-cylinder and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. There are also rumors of a 3.5-liter, V6-powered TRD Camry to rival Ford’s Fusion Sport. The Camry line-p will be rounded out by a hybrid version due in 2018.

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You Ask, I Answer: First Time Car Buyer

You Ask

One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is the daily interaction I am able to have with readers like you.  Recently, I’ve received a lot of e-mails with questions–some of you want to know where I bought the sweater I’m wearing in a certain video while others have questions about Service Department specials…  A few days ago, I received an e-mail from someone and I want to share a portion of it, along with my answer, for you.  **If you have questions, feel free to e-mail me at christina.oaklawntoyota@gmail.com.  I LOVE hearing from you!**

Excerpt from Mrs. H.:

…my daughter is about to turn 18.  She’s a senior in high school and she’s working two jobs and maintaining her 3.7 GPA.  (Had to brag because I’m proud.) I want to help her find a safe, reliable, and good-looking car.  I’m going to pay for half of it.  Where do I start?  Do you have any tips for me?  What should we pay?  I’m trying to figure this out and I’m overwhelmed.  Do you have any advice for me?

Continue reading for my response to Mrs. H.!

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Cars.com 2015 American-Made Index

Toyota takes the top slots!

From Cars.com:

Cars with at least 75 percent domestic content are becoming an endangered species, and for the first time in the American-Made Index’s nine-year history, the list has fewer than 10 cars.  Cars.com’s American-Made Index recognizes cars that are built here, have a high percentage of domestic parts and are bought in large numbers by American consumers.

American Made

 

For the full list of American-made cars, click here.