Thanksgiving Road Trip Games

Spending time on the road to visit your family can be a little boring, especially if you’re traveling for hours on end. We here at Krause Toyota have a few Thanksgiving road trip games that will help pass the time this holiday season.

I Spy

A true road trip classic, I Spy has been around for decades, which means almost every driver is familiar with it. Explaining the rules to kids is a pretty straightforward task. Simply start the game by saying “I spy with my little eye something that begins with (letter of an object or landmark).” The person who guesses the object or landmark correctly then makes their own I spy statement, and so on.

Geography

Older kids might get bored with I Spy after a few short minutes on the road, especially if you’re traveling through a dull landscape. Fortunately, the Geography game will help their minds stay active, even when they’re stuck in the car. Using geographic bodies, such as countries, the next player must follow another country that begins with the last player of the previous country. For example, France would be followed by England which would be followed by Denmark, and so on.

Two Truths and a Lie

Test your knowledge of your passengers by playing Two Truths and a Lie. Each player will make three statements, two of which will be true. Other passengers must then guess which statement is the lie.

Why October Is the Best Month to Buy a Truck

Wondering when the best time to buy a truck is? Multiple surveys say it’s right now, in October.

Better Deals on This Year’s Model

A lot of auto makers – Toyota included – are trying to clear their dealerships of this year’s models in order to make room for next year’s. As a result, a 2017 pickup truck will have some nifty incentives and deals on it that allow you to pay a lot less for a brand-new truck. Toyota also has a lot of good deals in general on trucks in October.

2017 Toyota Tacoma in Breinigsville, PA

Capable Driving and Safety for Winter

If you’re preparing for winter a few months in advance, you may as well grab yourself a ride that has a 4×4 drivetrain and enough ground clearance and traction to handle rough terrain. When road gets slippery, you’ll thank us.

Just In Time for Trunk or Treat – and Traveling

If you buy your truck in mid-October, you’ll have some time to get together some spooky decorations and make your pickup look all fancy in time for Halloween. Plus, after the Halloween season is over, your truck also makes a great traveling car when you’re roadtripping to see family for the holidays.

If you’d like to buy a truck this October, come to Krause Toyota and ask us about our deals.

Camping Near Allentown, PA

There are few times during the year when camping is better than in fall. The fall season brings cool breezes and less heat than summer, making it the prime time to pack up the Toyota Highlander and head out to the campgrounds. Camping near Allentown doesn’t have to be difficult, especially with a crossover like the RAV4. Here are some hot spots recommended by us here at Krause Toyota.

Quakerwoods Campground

The Quakerwoods Campground features a total of 170 spaces with electric and water hookups. Both campers and tents are allowed. Campers have the option of renting one of five cottage and cabin rentals. The park houses some of the most advanced features of any campground in the area. There are a total of 85 sites with WiFi connectivity, as well as classic camping activities, like fishing and horseshoes.

Camping near Allentown, PA

Evergreen Lake

Located in Bethlehem, Evergreen Lake is a fully-fledged campground with more than 250 spaces and a WiFi hotspot. Visitors are welcome to boat, fish, hike on nature trails, and more. The campground also features modern amenities, like an ATM machine, cable, and a snack bar.

Little Red Barn Campground

A small campground in Quakertown, the Little Red Barn Campground features just under 100 spaces. Most pets are welcome, WiFi connectivity is available, and there are plenty of family-friendly activities to take part in.

Pack up your Toyota SUV for a family night under the stars.

Updates & Info on a Few 2018 Toyota Models

The Toyota lineup for 2018 features tons of refreshes, new tech, and even new trim levels for drivers who love adventure. Here are just a couple 2018 Toyota models with exciting updates you’ll love.

2018 Toyota RAV4

The new RAV4 is a carryover from the 2016 model, which saw a substantial refresh and still looks as modern and stylish as any brand-new 2018 release. However, there are definitely reasons to check out the latest version.

The most exciting thing about the 2018 RAV4 is the addition of the Adventure trim, which offers dynamic torque control with AWD, a standard tow prep package with upgraded engine oil and transmission fluid coolers, special undercarriage guards, and much more. This makes the RAV4 Adventure the perfect SUV for family trips!

2018 Toyota Camry

The refreshed 2018 Camry features not just a great new look, but exciting technology that will eventually spread across the whole Toyota lineup. With a lower wheelbase and better aerodynamics, plus a wider stance and lower hood and roofline, the Camry offers not just better efficiency and visibility, but more sporty, exciting looks than ever.

Then there’s the tech. Dynamic Force is a new piece of tech that reduces engine emissions and improves efficiency by revising the intake system and other aspects of the engine. The new Camry is also the first to feature the next-gen Entune™ 3.0 infotainment system, so if you’re looking for a car with state-of-the-art features, this is the one for you.

There are plenty more exciting things coming out of Toyota for the 2018 model year, so for more information, or to test drive one of these great new cars, give us a call at Krause Toyota today.

Safe Adventures in Your 2017 Toyota RAV4

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 features standard Toyota Safety SenseP, a suite of active safety technologies designed to make the road a safer place. That means heading out on an adventure is now safer than ever before! Here are some fun family adventures to take in the safe 2017 Toyota RAV4, recommended by us here at Krause Toyota.

Camping

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers a spacious interior that’s perfect for packing away camping equipment. Heading out to your local campsite is a breeze at any time of the day thanks to the Automatic High beams. The active safety feature detects oncoming vehicles up to 2,000 feet away and switches the high beams on and off automatically.

Now you don’t have to worry about running into other drivers on backroads as you head to or from the campsite.

Road Trip

Long road trips can be a drag and cause fatigue. The RAV4’s Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist aids drivers in fighting fatigue by warning them when the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane. If the driver doesn’t respond, then the system corrects the vehicle’s course. Take the family on a road trip somewhere scenic, like the Appalachian Trail, this summer.

Kayaking

Trying something new is what summer is all about, and kayaking tends to land high on the list. It may be a long drive, but the RAV4’s Dynamic Radar Cruise Control maintains a set speed and safe distance between vehicles. That means there’s plenty of time for some road trip games as you head over to the river.

2018 Toyota Camry Upgrades

The Toyota Camry has long stood as the industry’s best-selling mid-size sedan. With more than a decade at the top spot under its belt, the popular model is due for a redesign, and that’s exactly what it’s getting. The 2017 model looked good, but the 2018 Toyota Camry exceeds expectations. Now entering the 8th generation, the successful model receives a variety of updates.

The 2018 Camry rolls out on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform and the result is glorious. The new model brings an adventurous style with an eye-catching design that’s sure to inspire drivers of all ages.

As far as measurements, the 2018 Toyota Camry is less than an inch wider and longer than the outgoing model. While crossovers are selling like hotcakes due to a higher ride height, the new Camry heads in the other direction, as the hood drops by more than one and a half inches, although a redesigned interior offers a more open cabin with a sporty feel.

The new Camry features three powertrain options: a 3.5-liter V6, a 2.5-liter four cylinder, and a hybrid version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder. As for technology, drivers can expect a new and improved infotainment system which offers a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with connectivity for up to five devices.

We here at Krause Toyota can’t wait for the arrival of the 2018 Toyota Camry!

Off-Roading Trails in Allentown, PA

Off-Roading Trails in Allentown, PA
Break in your new Toyota truck by taking it off-roading on one of these trails!

Taking your new Toyota truck off-roading is the perfect way to break it in for the upcoming seasons. Fortunately, there are a few off-roading trails in Allentown, PA that offer a perfect challenge for beginners and experienced off-roaders alike. Here are a few off-roading trails in and around Allentown, Pennsylvania that offer perfect weekend adventures as suggested by us here at Krause Toyota!

  • Rausch Creek Off-Road Park – Enthusiasts interested in riding the trails across more than 3,000 acres should pay a visit to Rausch Creek Off-Road Park in Pine Grove. Located about an hour away from Allentown, the off-road park boasts easy, intermediate, and difficult trails packed with obstacles like rocks, hills, and bowls. On-site camping is free, but there’s a two-vehicle minimum in the name of safety. The park also only allows trucks and SUVs, making the Toyota Tacoma perfect for a weekend adventure!
  • Lake Nockamixon Area Trail – Located just outside of Allentown, Nockamixon State Park stretches a massive 5,286 acres and includes a 1,450-acre lake. The park is also home to the Lake Nockamixon Area Trail. The five-mile loop holds a moderate rating and is best for drivers who have been off-roading before. The trail sees some traffic and is open to all off-roading vehicles, including full-size trucks like the Toyota Tundra.

Krause Toyota Wins Prestigious Leadership & Small Business Awards

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The Breinigsville community is proud to present Krause Toyota with not one, but two awards, which they well deserved; one for their excellence in leadership and the other integrity in running a small business. These are important awards because they are based on the honest opinions of their employees and customers.

 

Joe Harris

Joe Harris has been working in the automotive sales business for 31 years now, working at many different dealerships. Krause Toyota has been the best of them all according to him. “I never worked for an owner that appreciated me until I worked here, and that is because the owners are actually here every day working,” Harris said. “They see everything we go through on a daily basis.”

Vicki Phillips

Another employee, Vicki Phillip, who is an office associate, knew she would love this place during her interview to be hired. She remembered the occasion saying, “The women in accounting were the first people I saw. I knew right away that I would fit in with them. They were absolutely warm and welcoming. Everybody here is compassionate. They truly care about you and appreciate you and what you do for them. It’s very nice to feel appreciated. People aren’t down in the dumps here. When you come into work, you know you’re going to have a good day.”

Krause Toyota Found in The Morning Call
Krause Toyota Found in The Morning Call

Overall Caring Environment

In an industry that is putting more pressure to sell more and more, Krause Toyota makes it a point for their employees to have a balanced life. Most places in the area require employees to work on Christmas Eve at some capacity. Krause Toyota is closed for the holidays so they can spend time with their family.

It seems like one of the few places where all 39 employees work together to give the best experience not only for the customers but themselves as well. If you look around the dealership you will see so many smiling faces, and you can tell the people are happy to be there. It is because of this, that they have earned the Leadership Award, as well as the Small Business Award.

 

We recommend you experience this for yourself. Stop by Krause Toyota in Breinigsville, PA and see all the smiling faces. You will be glad you did.

Performance-Focused Yaris GRMN Set to Debut in Geneva

If you’re not obsessed with Toyota, the name “Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring,” shortened to GRMN, might sound unfamiliar to you. This performance division of Toyota has been restricted solely to Japan for years, never quite making its way into other markets. That time seems to be coming to an end with the upcoming debut of the performance-focused Yaris GRMN. Toyota is bringing this amped-up variant of the popular Toyota Yaris to the Geneva Motor Show for a worldwide introduction.

Performance-Focused Yaris GRMN
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 The lightweight, subcompact hot hatch will be powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter inline-four-cylinder engine that cranks out 205 horsepower, which is more than enough for the little Yaris. The Yaris GRMN will also feature other upgrades such as track-ready brakes, a tuned suspension, and cool wheels. Competitors at the Geneva show include the Ford Fiesta ST and VW Polo STI – however, the Yaris beats them when it comes to engine power, so it’s already set to take the world by storm.

 Krause Toyota doesn’t have any word on performance specs yet, but we look forward to the information being revealed at the upcoming auto show, when we’ll get a glimpse of the new performance-focused Yaris GRMN with its slick style and sharp graphics. Stay tuned for more info on different models and features for the production version.

2018 NASCAR Camry Make Debut in Detroit

At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held last month in Detroit, Toyota showed off both the production version of the all-new 2018 Camry and the 2018 NASCAR Camry.

2018 NASCAR Camry

2018 NASCAR Camry

The race car version of the Camry bears a lot of resemblance to its showroom counterpart. It also comes with a striking, sharp new design. The car will begin racing this year as Toyota defends its NASCAR Premier Series manufacturer’s championship. Its racing debut will be on February 18th in The Clash at Daytona. Then, it will defend its Daytona 500 title on Sunday, February 26th.

Ed Laukes, Vice President of Integrated Marketing Operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., said, “Reimagining both the Camry race car and its production counterpart has been a tremendous undertaking and our goal has been to maintain parallel design characteristics so our fans can enjoy driving a Camry that closely resembles the one their favorite NASCAR driver races each weekend.”

Toyota and NASCAR

Toyota first entered the NASCAR ranks in 2000 as part of the Goody’s Dash Series. Since then, it has seen a lot of success; Camry drivers have won 95 NASCAR Premier Series races over the past 10 seasons. Toyota won its first driver’s championship in 2015 and its first manufacturer’s championship in 2016.

If you’re anxious to drive something similar to what you see on the track, the production version of the 2018 Toyota Camry will be coming to Krause Toyota later this year.

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