Thanksgiving Road Trip Necessities

Out-of-town Thanksgiving adventures mean road trips, and at Royal Palm Toyota, we are happy to give you the breakdown on all Thanksgiving road trip necessities to make your trip great. Check out our guide to keep your holiday trips fun, interesting, and safe.

Clean It Up

Before you take off on your Thanksgiving road trip, clean out your vehicle. Wipe down the dashboard, vacuum the interior, bring in anything you won’t need, and run it through a car wash. This can help keep the car clean and pleasant for your road trip companions, but removing excess items from your vehicle can actually help the fuel economy, saving you gas money.

Chargers and Adapters

iPads, laptops, phones, Kindles–whatever you and your family use in the car to keep boredom at bay, if it has a charger, make sure you bring it. If you can’t find a vehicle-specific charger, you can actually buy adapters at big box stores that will transform your wall charger into one just for vehicles. Getting down to twelve percent battery and realizing you can’t charge your phone until you arrive or not at all–gasp!–is not a great feeling, so be sure to pack your chargers first.

Emergency Kit

If you’re going on a road trip, it’s a good idea to keep an emergency kit with you. Along with a medical first-aid kit (bandages, antibacterial spray, painkillers), you’ll want to bring other items like jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares, any tools you may need like ice scrapers or crowbars, and bottled water. You can personalize your emergency kit to where you’re driving and also where you live, but it’s smart to plan ahead.

Snacks

Every road trip needs snacks and drinks! To keep from buying sugary items you don’t need at convenience stores along the way, hit up the grocery store the night before you head out for staples like granola bars, juice boxes, bottles of water, and fresh fruit. If you know you might be driving at night, grab a soda or a bottled coffee to keep in the car just in case.

Music

Music is a must for any road trip! Pick out your favorite CDs or make a Thanksgiving-centric playlist before you head out, and you and your family can enjoy listening to fun, upbeat driving music.

Your Dish

Bringing something to the potluck? Don’t forget your contribution! Bring your pie, casserole, or other dish along for the ride, and get ready for some of the best food of the year.

No matter your destination, you and your family are sure to have a great time on your road trip this holiday season. The team here at Royal Palm Toyota wishes you and your family a safe, fun Thanksgiving!

Stray Off the Beaten Path with the Toyota RAV4 Adventure Trim

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 just got a major upgrade thanks to the available Adventure trim. By choosing to add on this package of features, you’ll get a superior vehicle that can handle whatever off-road journeys you throw at it. Take a look below at what Royal Palm Toyota has to say about the beautiful new RAV4.

The first thing you might notice when looking at a RAV4 with the Adventure trim is that it sits higher than its companions. This version of the SUV gets a half-inch boost compared to the standard trim, which gives it the clearance it needs to avoid scraping against rocks or branches in your path. In addition, a set of 18-inch, five-spoke black alloy wheels add to the athletic look and feel of the car.  Paired with large over fender flares, rocker panel guards, and large mudguards, the RAV4 appears unstoppable.

As if that wasn’t enough, the RAV4 Adventure trim comes with a striking paint color to further separate it from the pack. Choose the Ruby Flare Pearl hue for an SUV that looks just as beautiful as it drives.

Off-roading isn’t much fun without towing along a side-by-side or ATV. Luckily, the new RAV4 Adventure can handle it all without breaking a sweat. The included Tow Prep package helps your RAV4 stay cooler even if you increase your load weight thanks to a higher-flow radiator and transmission fluid cooler.

There’s no doubt that your adventures will take you through muddy terrain. That is why the all-weather floor mats are essential. Plus, with a 120-volt power outlet, you can charge up all your equipment while on the go.

If you’re a fan of the outdoors, the Adventure package in the RAV4 is just what you need. Stop by Royal Palm Toyota today to see what awaits you off the beaten path.

Celebrate October Savings with Pink Ribbon Pricing at Royal Palm Toyota

Pink Ribbon Pricing is here at Royal Palm Toyota and it is time to make your purchase matter. Visit us throughout the month of October to find unbelievable prices on 2017 Toyota’s, including the Camry SE, Corolla LE, and RAV4 XLE!

Royal Palm Toyota knows how much of an impact breast cancer has had on millions of families so we want to make it just a bit easier with deals that you are sure to love. Have a look below at just some of the great deals you will find this month at Royal Plam Toyota.

The 2018 Toyota Camry Is Turning Heads and Changing Minds

The new 2018 Toyota Camry is taking a large step in the right direction with its bold styling that is taking the midsize sedan category by storm.

Bold and Beautiful

The Camry’s wheelbase has been lengthened by 2 inches, giving a more imposing look as well as providing more interior room. The lowered hood and broad front fascia make a large fashion statement, and the optional 19-inch wheels further assist in buyer customization. All of these factors lead to a sleek and sexier design, giving the Camry a bolder presence in the market and on the streets.

Trim Levels

There are 10 different trim levels available including the hybrid variants, ranging from the base model Camry L up to the well-equipped XSE V6. The more budget-friendly L model includes some great options like Toyota’s Entune™ and standard power features, while the options list gets broader the farther up the trim level ladder you go, adding more features like larger, sportier design elements, power adjustable seats, and Smart Key entry.

Toyota Safety Sense™

Toyota’s Safety Sense™, which includes driving safety features like radar cruise control, pre-collision sensing and pedestrian detection, is now standard in the Camry.

V6 Engine Is Still an Option

While other manufacturers are leaning more towards turbocharged four-cylinder engines for fuel efficiency and power, the Toyota Camry sticks with its tried and true 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine for the base models, as well as the 3.5-liter V6 option. The V6 engine has gone through a bit of a makeover itself, boasting 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque.

A Worthy Choice. Check It Out at Royal Palm Toyota!

The 2018 Toyota Camry is all-new from the ground up. Come and check out the new features and styling in person at Royal Palm Toyota and find out why the new 2018 Toyota Camry in turning heads and changing the minds of the everyday consumer.

The Toyota RAV4 Is Ready for Some Adventure

For Toyota models, trim levels package features in a cost-effective way to make it easy for the consumer to pick which price point and model would best suit their lifestyle and budget. For example, the base-model RAV4 LE could prove more than enough for any minimalistic buyer only needing the bare essentials, while the top-of-the-line RAV4 Limited would cater more to those needing every bell and whistle to keep them satisfied on a daily basis. We have them all here at Royal Palm Toyota!

For any consumers with an active lifestyle, it could be a little tricky picking the right RAV4 trim level, until now. The new Toyota RAV4 Adventure features some new outdoor-themed upgrades with a sportier sense of style. The Adventure model comes equipped with large fender flares, black 18-inch wheels, a racing stripe, and durable lower body cladding to increase durability during light off-road driving. It sits about half an inch higher, too, which leads to just a little extra ground clearance over the other RAV4 models.

On the inside, there are faux carbon fiber panels, a leather-wrapped shift knob, all-weather mats, and a 120-watt outlet in the cargo area. A bevy of “Adventure” logos complete the outdoorsy look and further drive the point that this trim level is unlike the others. Standard roof rails and a Tow Prep package are also included, further increasing the RAV4 Adventure’s outdoor compatibility.

The engine and transmission combination remains the same, which is a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. However, buyers can choose between front or all-wheel drive.

Maintaining the notion of value packaging, the RAV4 Adventure’s bump in price could be worth it for those that like to hit the trails on the weekends. Check it out at Royal Palm Toyota today!

Toyota C-HR Named ‘Parkers New Car of the Year for 2018′

For the past decade or so, automotive manufacturers have been leaning towards the concept of blending futuristic styling with practicality in order to win over the minds and eyes of consumers. While it’s just about impossible to cater to everyone, it’s usually a safe bet to come up with an edgy design while throwing in some features that prove handy to every household. And we have it here at Royal Palm Toyota!

Toyota has always been great at carrying out this concept. The RAV4 and Camry have been fan favorites for decades and have topped sales charts year over year. However, when it came to the increasingly popular crossover category, it took a little more ingenuity to come up with a formidable competitor. Enter the Toyota C-HR.

C-HR stands for “Coupe High-Rider,” accurately describing Toyota’s low-slung compact SUV that sits a little higher than the typical compact car and boasts the storage flexibility and dimensions of a small SUV. It also has enough standard safety and entertainment features to keep the most discerning consumer happy.

The review website Parkers.co.uk also approves of the C-HR, as it just crowned the small SUV “New Car of the Year 2018.” The team applauded the Toyota C-HR’s bold design, hybrid ingenuity, and driving dynamics. According to the website, “the Toyota C-HR is a brilliant example of how the most functional of family cars can be spiced up with exciting detail, thoughtful touches, and intelligent design to become a true gamechanger.”

A game changer indeed, as the Toyota C-HR was pitted against the likes of the SkodaKodiaq, SEAT Ibiza, and BMW 5 Series Touring, besting them all due to its futuristic design, engine options, and low cost of ownership. If the 2018 Toyota C-HR can keep this momentum going, it could be a pinnacle player in ushering in a new era of car buying among up and coming generations. To learn more, visit Royal Palm Toyota today.

Take Advantage of Great Savings at Royal Palm Toyota’s Tire Savings Event

The right tires not only contribute to a smooth ride and superb handling, but safety as well. If your tires are showing signs of wear and tear, make sure you get your ride some new treads at Royal Palm Toyota. You can get exact replacements for the original tires at a competitive price, mounted and balanced by factory trained and certified Toyota technicians in one easy step.

For a limited time, when you purchase 3 General RTX Evertrek brand tires you will receive the 4th tire for $1.00*. So come down to Royal Palm Toyota to get your ride a new set of wheels!

*Restrictions apply.  Offer is from 10/1/2017-10/31/2017.

Toyota’s Automated Manufacturing Has a Human Approach

Time is of the essence when it comes to racing cars, and even more so when it comes to building them. While there are many factors in the whole process, such as supply and demand, materials, and labor cost, more time saved equals an increase in efficiency and an increase in production. While most manufacturers are turning to fully automated factories as a way to save time, Toyota is finding a balance between using man and machines.

Man Versus Machine

One would think that having a fully automated manufacturing plant would cut down production time; however, Toyota has found that notion to be quite the contrary. In fact, their automation workforce is the same as it was 15 years ago. The reason? Human efficiency. According to the Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky, “Machines are good for repetitive things, but they can’t improve the efficiency or the quality of their work. Only people can.”

Automation Leads to Efficiency

It’s easy to think that turning to automation would mean lower costs due to the ability to cut out some of the human workforce, however, Toyota leveraged the newfound efficiency by making the human workforce maintain and upkeep the automated machines, thus maintaining a number of jobs available. Employees are more likely to stay at these manufacturing jobs as well, since robots now do the once-tedious and physically intensive jobs.

Will the Robots Take Over?

For now, automation in the Toyota plant makes up for about 10 percent of the manufacturing workforce, with humans maintaining and innovating new ideas to assist in the whole process. While the automation will continue to grow, there will still be plenty of jobs in assisting these robots, as well as other areas, for people to strive for.

Visit Royal Palm Toyota for More Information

Curious what Toyota is up to? Head down to Royal Palm Toyota to test drive the latest models today.

How to Spot a Flooded Vehicle


While the damage caused by the recent hurricanes has been nothing short of horrific, some people are trying to capitalize on these unfortunate events. Hundreds of thousands of vehicles were flooded during the storms and many will potentially be sold where you live.

There is a process called “title washing” which is when a middleman intentionally buys a flooded vehicle and hides the vehicle history so no one knows, then they sell it for a large profit.

Electrical and mechanical issues are the most costly concerns with flood-damaged vehicles that often surface well after you have bought the car. Here are some tips provided by Royal Palm Toyota to help protect you from buying one of these flood-damaged vehicles:

Tip #1 – Check the VIN# and if you buy it from a used car lot, ask the dealer for the Carfax report. If you’re purchasing the vehicle from an individual, purchase the Carfax report.

Tip #2 – Smell inside the vehicle for mold or mildew as well as strong cleaning agents and air fresheners to mask the mildew smell.

Tip #3 – Check the oil indicator to see if it’s too high. That means there could be water in the engine.

Tip #4 – Look for new floor mats or rugs in an older model car and for discolored carpet or carpet that doesn’t match the upholstery.

Tip #5 – Examine the headlamps and taillights to see if fog has built up inside from trapped moisture.

Tip #6 – Walk around the entire vehicle and inspect it thoroughly for water lines in the engine compartment or trunk.

Tip #7 – Experiment with the electrical components to see if they all work (each window, door locks, radio, A/C, blinkers).

Tip #8 – Have a trusted mechanic look over the vehicle if you’re unsure to confirm.

We are proud to represent some of the finest Certified Pre-Owned and Used vehicles on the market. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we’ll gladly work to find it for you. Royal Palm Toyota is a dealer you can trust and we hope you pay us a visit soon.

Kickoff to Savings at Royal Palm Toyota

Football season is here and that means you can score a touchdown during our Kickoff to Savings event when you visit Royal Palm Toyota this September. With multiple deals across the board, you are sure to score big when you drive off of Royal Palm Toyota‘s lot.

Whether you are looking for a fuel-saving hybrid, a tough pickup truck, or a family-friendly SUV or minivan, come visit Royal Palm Toyota‘s Kickoff to Savings event.

Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 is one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market today, and the Toyota Safety Sense technology suite is now standard equipment across the board. A comfy cabin, plenty of cargo space, and a long list of standard features make the RAV4 a compelling buy. The all-wheel-drive RAV4 Hybrid delivers excellent fuel economy with an EPA rating of 34 city / 30 highway MPG.

Toyota Highlander

The three-row Highlander accommodates a growing family and is offered with conventional and hybrid drivetrains. The Highlander Hybrid 4WD LE Plus has an EPA fuel economy rating of 30 city / 28 highway MPG and is well-regarded for its upscale interior and 305 horsepower powertrain, which is both capable and fuel-efficient.

Toyota Prius V

The Prius V is the largest member of the fuel-efficient Prius family. The back seats are exceptionally roomy and the cargo area can accommodate an impressive number of items. With an EPA rating of 43 city / 39 highway MPG, your visits to the gas station will be few and far between.

Toyota Camry Hybrid

The 2017 Camry Hybrid earns high marks for its roomy interior, quiet ride, and exceptional reliability. It’s one of the top-rated mid-size sedans on the market today and a completely revised version is waiting in the wings for 2018. The Camry Hybrid LE is EPA rated at 42 city / 38 highway MPG.

Toyota Sienna

The Sienna minivan provides the ultimate in flexibility and is the only minivan sold in America with available all-wheel-drive. Your family will love the spacious and well-appointed interior. The EPA rates the Sienna at 19 city / 27 highway with front-wheel-drive.

So come down to Royal Palm Toyota today and experience the Kickoff to Savings event for yourself. You never know, you may just drive home in a brand new vehicle and score a touchdown for you and your family.