A photo of the touchscreen used by the 2021 Toyota Camry.

Toyota to debut updated safety technology with 2021 Camry release

How is Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ different? 

We have recently learned about some of the important changes that will be included with the release of the 2021 Toyota Camry (more on that soon). While reading the available information, something we didn’t know was coming jumped off the page – Toyota is introducing another new version of its suite of active safety systems. So, how is Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ different? The most important thing to point out is that the overall functionality of TSS 2.5+ will remain the same. Engineers and other safety experts really sanded off a few more rough edges of the system which had the effect of improving the systems’ overall performance. The new Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ features put the automaker even further ahead of the competition. Let’s take a closer look.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Should you change the kind of oil you’re using in your vehicle?

Is synthetic oil better for my vehicle? 

If the most important thing a person can do to make their vehicles last as long as possible is to change the oil, the second most important thing is to use the right oil. For the most part, modern automobiles, including most new Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs are built to run on synthetic oil. The owner’s manual is going to be filled with maintenance recommendations and our advice is always going to be to follow them. If you’re wondering, ‘Is synthetic oil better for my vehicle,’ the answer is maybe. Some vehicles might call for conventional motor oil, but their overall age and condition could call for a change in the type of oil that is used. A few of our service technicians found these videos that help explain the differences between conventional and synthetic motor oils. If you have any questions, make an appointment with us today.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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A new Corolla-based crossover SUV could be in our future

Is Toyota adding a Corolla crossover SUV to the lineup? 

A brief glance at the new crossover SUV lineup available at Toyota of Decatur will reveal some of the industry’s most capable and popular models. However, it appears that our manufacturing partner is poised to add another option to the roster. So, is Toyota adding a Corolla crossover SUV to the lineup? An article appearing on one of our favorite automotive news websites, Autoblog, on July 9 gives us hope that this could be true. The Toyota Corolla Cross is already going on sale in foreign markets and the automaker’s global newsroom has some preliminary information. In short, the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross will be classified in the same corner of the industry as the Toyota C-HR but with a more traditional exterior appearance. Let’s take a look at what else we know at this point.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Are you inadvertently causing damage to your vehicle?

Bad Driving Habits That Can Wreck a Transmission 

The longer we drive, the more bad habits we develop. Whether it’s sending the occasional text message or maybe accelerating too hard from a stop, these behaviors aren’t great and could have some pretty negative consequencesHowever, today we want to focus on bad driving habits that can wreck a transmission. Modern technology has made automobiles more reliable and resilient than ever. Although that isn’t to say damage can’t happen. Obviously, automatic and manual transmission have different modes of operation thus there are different things that can cause damage to them. Our team found a few videos that could be very helpful in holding off any surprise repair bills. If you think there is something wrong with your vehicle, make an appointment today before it gets worse.  Read the rest of this entry >>

New RAV4 Prime adds complementary technology to existing hybrid lineup

What is the difference between the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Prime? 

A strong argument could be made that Toyota is more well-known for its hybrid technology than any other automaker in the industry. As soon as the Prius was shown to be popular with customers, the manufacturer was quick to add its hybrid technology to more platforms each year. Considering the popularity of the Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV, it only made sense for a hybrid version of that vehicle to hit the market. In the 2021 model year, that hybrid crossover family is growing again. So, what is the difference between the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Toyota RAV4 Prime? Both will offer plenty of interior space and everything that has made the RAV4 popular in addition to excellent fuel economy. Let’s see how these vehicles approach that kind of efficiency.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Are you struggling with decisions about your car’s oil options?

Should I be using synthetic oil in my old car?

One of the best pieces of advice we can give anyone who owns an automobile is: Change the oil on time. A vehicle that is properly cared for will last for so much longer than a poorly cared for one. It seems overly simple and cliched but it’s true. Just like human bodies, the needs of a car’s engine can change over time. If you’re wondering, ‘Should I be using synthetic oil in my old car,’ the Toyota of Decatur Service Department is here to help. The most universally applicable advice is to always follow the recommendations in the owner’s manual. However, there are some scenarios where someone will need to make a tough call. These videos should help you make this important decision. If you have any additional questions about how to get the most from your car, truck or SUV, please make an appointment with our service department today. Read the rest of this entry >>

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If you graduated this year, you accomplished an incredible feat

Steve Serra Auto Group Congratulates 2020 Graduates 

Under the best of circumstances, getting through school is filled with challenges. Throw in a global viral pandemic and completing one’s studies can be all but impossible. The staff at Steve Serra Auto Group wants to congratulate everyone who graduated in 2020. In addition to handling the normal trials and tribulations that come with getting your education, you managed to reach the finish line during an unprecedented time in our nation’s history. Having to shift from traditional in-class learning to an online forum or any other method for attending school would be a struggle for anyone. Your dedication to making yourself better and preparing for your future needs to be applauded and our team at our family of dealerships wants to lead the way.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Certified pre-owned vehicles offer additional value, peace of mind

Benefits of buying a certified pre-owned Toyota 

Toyota is one of the most prolific producers of automobiles in the world. The manufacturer’s vehicles are routinely the best in each class they occupy. In fact, the reliable nature of Toyota vehicles is so ingrained that those cars, trucks and SUVs often go on to serve more than one owner. There are several reasons why purchasing a used car is a better option for a Toyota of Decatur customer versus taking a new model home. At the top of the secondary vehicle market available at the dealership is the lineup of Toyota Certified Used Vehicles. If you’re curious about the benefits of buying a certified pre-owned Toyota, the team at Toyota of Decatur is here to help. Let’s take a look at some information you might need.  Read the rest of this entry >>

A photo of all three 2021 Toyota Supra models lineup at a racetrack.

Toyota raises the stakes for the 2021 Supra family

New Upgrades for the 2021 Toyota Supra 

After nearly 20 years out of production, the Toyota Supra has roared into showrooms like Toyota of Decatur with authority. Its sleek lines and high-performing power plant have reinvigorated the automaker’s sports coupe lineup. The new upgrades for the 2021 Toyota Supra add a new chapter to the vehicle’s story which has only just begun. When the new model of the Supra arrives, it will feature a new entry-level trim grade that also employs an all-new engine platform as well as a limited-edition equipment package which will bring the refinement up another level or two. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to see when the 2021 Toyota Supra goes on sale at Toyota of Decatur.  Read the rest of this entry >>

A photo of the front seats in the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime.

2021 RAV4 Prime offers incredible efficiency and a comfortable passenger cabin

How many people can fit in the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime? 

We’ve been very excited about the 2021 version of the Sienna minivan and the all-new Venza crossover SUV joining the Toyota hybrid family. Before those models arrive, Toyota of Decatur customers will see the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime first. Not only will the 2021 RAV4 Prime offer incredible performance without sacrificing fuel economy, but it also features the same adaptable and easily configurable interior that the standard versions have made famous. So, how many people can fit in the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime? Like the standard model, it will be able to hold five passengers. Toyota has made the final official details about the latest RAV4 Variant available. Let’s take a look at what customers can expect to see when it arrives.  Read the rest of this entry >>