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2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Engine Specs and Fuel Economy
The Highlander Hybrid is one of eight hybrid models that is offered by Toyota. Offering a hybrid midsize SUV opens doors for many customers wanting a vehicle with advanced fuel economy and hybrid technology but needing the larger size of a vehicle. For the 2017 model year, the Highlander Hybrid is even more attractive with its impressive fuel efficiency and increased power. As the most fuel-efficient Highlander, the 2017 Highlander Hybrid receives an EPA-estimated 30 city mpg and 28 highway mpg for a combined mpg of 29. (more…)
2016 Toyota Tacoma Specs and Features
The Toyota Tacoma still proves to be a popular purchase for those who don’t want the full-size truck or those who feel that the midsize Toyota Tacoma is the better option and fit for their lifestyle. You might be asking what’s new on the 2016 Toyota Tacoma? Well, Toyota has made some improvements from the previous model year to add to the Toyota Tacoma’s popular appeal. First things first, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma rid of the regular-cab 4×2 body style and now only the extended cab and crew cab body styles are available. If you are interested in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma for off-road reasons then you will be happy to know that Toyota added an integrated GoPro mount so you can record your adventures. (more…)
Despite the unseasonably warm weather and lack snow we’ve had in the Champlain Valley thus far this winter, it’s still time to decide whether you’re going to keep your all season tires on your car or put on some winter tires. Here at Heritage, we’re often asked why someone should switch over their tires and if they really need to switch to winter tires. Here’s our analysis of Winter Tires v. All Season Tires in Vermont.
First, winter tires were built for handling snow, much like many Vermonters. The treads of a winter tire are designed to push snow out on every rotation; therefore you always have clean treads to grip the snowy roads. The softer rubber used in these treads is designed to move and allow snow to filter through instead of trapping it. All season tires are made of a harder rubber and are great for gripping a dry, paved road, but once there is snow on the ground it fills the treads creating an extremely slick tire surface. Unlike winter tires, the snow isn’t pushed out of the treads and is packed down on every tire rotation until the treads can’t fill with any more snow.
Does this mean that everyone who may drive on snow should invest in winter tires? Not necessarily; the decision should also factor in your location. If you live in Chittenden County on a paved road, you can get away with all season tires much easier than someone who lives in Waitsfield or Jericho and relies on unpaved back roads.
The biggest resistance we receive when talking to customers about snow tires is regarding the price. Consider this, when you buy an additional set of tires that will be used for 6 months out of the year, your all season tires are also not being used for 6 months, it essentially doubles the life of both sets of tires. We hope you make the best decision for you, your wallet, and your car. If you have any questions regarding winter tire safety, please stop by or give us a call; we’re more than happy to help.
A New Service Building
Anyone who has visited the dealerships in the last several months knows 2011 has been a year of great change for the Heritage dealerships. New and different heavy-duty construction vehicles are arriving on what seems like a daily basis in preparation for the start of construction on the new 32 bay, 35,000 square foot service department for Heritage Toyota Scion. The new building will take the place of the longest standing building on our campus: the northernmost (and original) Toyota sales building. You can check out the artist’s renderings of the new building on our website. We’re also documenting the construction process on our Heritage Toyota Scion Facebook page.
Spreading the Christmas Cheer
Our staff is also getting in the Christmas spirit and spreading good cheer throughout the community. Two departments in the dealership have adopted area families with the help of the Salvation Army; they’ve all pitched in and shopped till they dropped to give a great Christmas to families in need.
The Penguin Plunge
The fundraising and goodwill doesn’t stop with Christmas though. You may have noticed brightly colored boxes filled with bottles around the dealerships if you’ve visited us recently. We are collecting bottles and cans to raise money for the Special Olympics of Vermont’s Penguin Plunge, taking place in February at Lake Champlain. For the second year in a row, Heritage will help sponsor the Plunge, as well as gather a group of hearty individuals to brave the chilly lake water as part of the event. If you’re interested in donating, or even joining the H-Team at the event, stop by our First Giving Team page.
From all of us on the H-Team, we’d like to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!