St. Cloud Toyota’s 5th Annual Chili Cook Off

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 5:07 PM
Image of a long table with crockpots full of chili lined up.

When the cold weather of January comes along, there’s nothing better than sipping a warm bowl of chili. Five years ago, our Toyota dealership in Waite Park, MN decided to share some coziness with the community by creating our Chili Cook-Off competition. Since then, it has become one of our favorite ways to give back to the community.

When and Where Will the Cook-Off Be?

The Cook-Off will be hosted this Saturday, January 19th at 11am. It will be hosted here at St. Cloud Toyota, and our staff members will be making the chili for you using their homemade recipes! If you’re looking for great comfort food in St. Cloud this weekend, our dealership is the place to be. We will have everything ready for you by 11am, so arrive around then. We will be packing up leftovers around 2pm, so we won’t keep you all day!

Best Chili Contest

Is this the year the streak will be broken?

Not only will our team members be cooking chili for you, but they’ll be competing against each other. You will be the judges, and whichever chili gets the most votes wins! What’s better than getting free food while pretending to be Gordon Ramsay for a day?

The winner of the contest will receive a chili trophy, one of the most prestigious awards here at St. Cloud Toyota.

As you can see, we have a win-streak currently ongoing. Will that streak be broken this year? One thing’s for sure; our staff members will be working extra hard this year to make the best chili.

The best thing about the Chili Cook-Off is not the free food or competition, though, but the community. Sharing a meal together as a community helps to give back to our valued customers during these harsh winter months. Besides, who doesn’t want to start off the new year with chili?

We look forward to seeing you then!

 

2019 Car Resolutions

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 4:51 PM
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The new year brings about opportunity for us to set goals. Of course, simply saying you’ll do something is only half the battle. Real changes take self-discipline and consistency.

At St. Cloud Toyota, our service center knows all too well how easy it can be to put off car maintenance. If you find you keep saying you’ll get your oil changed “next weekend,” or you keep forgetting to take that trash out of your car, these resolutions are for you.

Check Your Tire Pressure

It’s necessary to check tire pressure as often as once a month during winter time. Most people know that low tire pressure can lead to poorer fuel economy, but did you know that putting it off too long can cause your tire to blow out? Put this on your list of to-dos.

Stop Eating in the Car

While this may not always be possible, it’s good to avoid eating in the car when you can. Especially if you’re driving a new Toyota car, you don’t want that ketchup staining your seats. Plus, a buildup of crumbs can attract bugs.

Don’t Forget the Fluids

Whether you need an oil change, brake fluid change, or transmission oil change, these things can really sneak up on you. Pay attention to car fluid change schedules, because running low on any fluid can cause serious issues for your car.

Take Your Car in for a Checkup

Just like you have to go to the doctor for checkups, your car needs them as well. Sometimes problems can progress so gradually that you don’t even notice them sneaking up.

If you live near St. Cloud, MN, our Toyota dealership would love to help you stay on top of these new year’s resolutions. Stop by our fully staffed Toyota service center today!

Introducing the All-New 2019 Toyota RAV4

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 at 5:57 PM
Image of a red 2019 Toyota RAV4 driving on a road in winter.

St. Cloud Toyota is proud to announce that the new and improved 2019 Toyota RAV4 will be available in our lot soon. If you live in near St. Cloud, MN and are in the market for a high-tech, fuel efficient SUV, this one’s for you.

All-New RAV4 Special Upgrades

The all-new RAV4 will be available with several upgrades, including a Multi-Terrain Select system. Drivers can choose between three terrain modes: mud/sand, rock/dirt, or snow. The “snow” setting is especially beneficial for driving in St. Cloud, MN. These settings are available with the Toyota RAV4 all-wheel drive models. To prevent drivers from losing control on slippery roads, the vehicle activates a system that can detect slippage. When slippage is detected, the vehicle automatically adjusts engine throttle, brakes, and drive-force distribution – helping drivers maintain control on various surfaces.

Another notable improvement is the Toyota RAV4’s impressive fuel economy. It’s estimated that the hybrid Toyota RAV4 will achieve a combined fuel economy of around 37 mpg. This would give it best-in-class fuel economy for an SUV of its size.

Buying a New Toyota Rav4 at St. Cloud Toyota

The 2019 RAV4 is a tough, family-friendly car that offers options for various kinds of drivers. Whether you want a fuel efficient SUV, a car to take you through various terrains, or a capable family car; the Toyota RAV4 has options. This is especially true with upgraded versions.

The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 will be available here at our Toyota dealership sometime in spring of 2019. Be sure to regularly check our inventory of new Toyota cars to be the first to know when this stunning SUV arrives. Not only will you get excellent service at our dealership, but we also offer a convenient service center for regular maintenance needs.

Another Game We Can’t Name Event

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, December 17th, 2018 at 10:07 PM
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As your local Toyota dealership near St. Cloud, MN, St. Cloud Toyota loves to give back to the community. While we’re mostly focused on putting you in the perfect new or used Toyota vehicle, we consider ourselves much more than just a business. That’s why we’re pleased to announce a new ticket giveaway this month at our Waite Park, MN dealership. If you’re a hockey fan, this one’s for you. Starting December 17th, we’ll be hosting a giveaway called “Another Game We Can’t Name.”

Event Details

We will be giving away tickets to the Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks hockey game. 14 tickets total will be given away to our St. Cloud drivers. The tickets will seat you in a suite with an impressive view for the game on Saturday, February 2nd at 7pm. In addition to great seats, winners will also receive a buffet of food, water, soft drinks, and (of course) beer! One lucky winner will get to ride on a party bus with their friends to and from the Xcel in Saint Paul.

How to Enter

You’re probably wondering “How do I win?” Well, there will be a few different ways to enter. You can visit our Facebook page and follow instructions that will be posted there. Alternatively, you can stop by our dealership. If you’re searching for new Toyota cars anyways, what better way to kill two birds with one stone?

Every week of the giveaway, there will be 2 winners chosen. It will span from December 17th to January 26th. This is one event that you won’t want to miss, so be sure to mark your calendars! It’s just one more way that we at St. Cloud Toyota can say “Thank you” to you, our much-appreciated customers!

The 2019 Toyota Prius Goes AWD

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 8:47 PM
Image of a blue 2019 Toyota Prius in the rain.

Finally, what drivers in St. Cloud, MN have been begging for! An AWD Toyota Prius. Now that everyone’s in the winter spirit, the details of this upgraded sedan were released at the LA Auto Show. Not only will the 2019 Toyota Prius maintain its excellent fuel efficiency, but it will expand the conditions that the Toyota Prius is currently capable of driving in.

Model Details

Some may be worried that since the Toyota Prius will be AWD, its fuel economy won’t be as good. Toyota found a solution to this problem by creating an AWD-e system. This AWD-e technology uses an independent rear engine to power the vehicle. This electric motor is not dependent on a front-to-rear drive shaft, which helps maintain fuel economy. The new Toyota Prius is expected to produce over 50 mpg combined.

The Toyota Prius will also offer a winter-resistant battery. The battery will be made of cold-resistant nickle-metal hydride. What great news for our Minnesota drivers here at St. Cloud Toyota!

In addition to performance upgrades, the 2019 Toyota Corolla also boasts a more refined exterior. The head and tail lamps feature a sleek, more geometric appearance. The front bumper has also been modified for a sharper look. Overall, this year’s Toyota Prius will offer a more aggressive design without it being too dramatic.

Buying a 2019 Toyota Prius

While we don’t know exactly when this new Toyota car will hit our lots, we can’t wait to have it. This fuel-efficient yet cold-resistant sedan is exactly what we need at our St. Cloud Toyota dealership.

If you’re in the market to buy a new car in 2019, be sure to keep up with our new inventory. That way, you’ll be the first to know when the 2019 Toyota Prius arrives!

 

How to Drive During Winter

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Image of a red Toyota RAV4 on a snowy city street.

Winter time is coming, and our roads in St. Cloud are already feeling the effects of the ice. While snow may be a beautiful thing, it can also be very inconvenient during snow days. Even if you drive a sturdy all-wheel drive Toyota car, like the Toyota RAV4, it’s easy to lose control.

At St. Cloud Toyota, it’s important to us that drivers stay safe. That’s why we not only provide winter-friendly Toyota cars, but we also know the best ways to avoid an accident during winter.

Drive slowly

When driving on snowy roads, your car will take longer to decelerate, turn, and stop. Drive with an 8 to 10 second distance apart from the car in front of you rather than a 3 to 4 second distance.

Turn off cruise control

While cruise control is a convenient feature, it should never be used when driving on icy roads. That’s because drivers need to be in complete control of the vehicle.

Keep your lights on

Even when driving during the day, you should turn your lights on if it’s snowy or very cloudy. Snow can have a blurring effect that will make your car blend into the background, so it’s important to make sure other drivers notice you.

Have the right tires

If you’re a driver in St. Cloud, MN, it’s a no-brainer that you need studded tires or snow tires. These will help maintain traction on the road.

When in doubt, don’t go out

When winter time arrives in Minnesota, driving on snowy or icy roads is inevitable. However, drivers should know their limits. If you feel that you aren’t able to control your car, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Overall, it’s important to anticipate dangers while driving on wintery roads. Our staff here at St. Cloud Toyota wishes you a happy and safe holiday season!

Future of the Toyota Corolla Goes Hybrid

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 9:27 PM

The Toyota Corolla is a classic sedan, perfect for a variety of different drivers. As a result, its built up a reputation of reliability and a loyal fanbase. The problem is, unlike other Toyota models, it doesn’t offer a hybrid engine option – yet. Read the rest of this entry »

LA Auto Show May Debut an AWD Toyota Prius

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at 11:14 PM

It’s pretty much winter in St. Cloud, MN, and that means it’s the time of year when driving in Minnesota becomes a disaster. Everyone knows it’s great to have a good all-wheel drive Toyota SUV during the winter time, but what if drivers could have the same handling with a hybrid sedan like the Toyota Prius? Read the rest of this entry »

The Toyota Corolla Gets a New Look

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at 9:50 PM

Now that the 2019 Toyota Corolla is on the streets, Toyota has already given us some details about the 2020 version. Full details will be released later this week when the vehicle debuts. Read the rest of this entry »

2020 Toyota Supra to Debut Soon

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 5:43 PM

While we’ve already seen the 2019 Toyota Supra hit the race track; information about when the vehicle will hit the road has been conflicting. Thankfully, Toyota News recently gave us a press release confirming the arrival of this long-anticipated car. According to Toyota, the first 2020 Toyota Supra will be up for auction this coming January at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.

This is incredibly exciting for  Toyota fans. The Toyota Supra hasn’t been manufactured since 2002 – until now. So, what will it be like, anyways? Your local St. Cloud, MN Toyota dealership is here to give all the details.

2020 Toyota Supra Overview

The 2020 Toyota Supra proves that Toyota’s still got it when it comes to sports cars. This new Toyota car is expected to achieve a horsepower between 360-380 horsepower, although specific details haven’t been confirmed. What we do know is that it offers a powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged engine for ultimate fun.

It also offers two suspension options; a standard and a Sports version. The sports version is optimized for better handling, which helps drivers to have greater control over the powerful vehicle.

The actual chassis of the 2020 Toyota Supra is the same as the BMW Z4. This is no surprise, considering BMW teamed up with Toyota to create the new Toyota Supra. The interior of the car also looks very BMW-esque. We don’t know about you, but here at St. Cloud Toyota, we appreciate a luxury-like interior.

Buying a 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra likely won’t be hitting local dealerships in the near future, but keep an eye out next year. If you live in the St. Cloud, MN area, be sure to regularly check our new Toyota cars. It may arrive sooner than you think!