Toyota Launches Free Navigation App for Smartphones | Calumet City, IL

By Toyota of River Oaks | Posted in Technology, Toyota News on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 5:24 PM


Toyota Launches Free Navigation App For Smartphones


Designed to provide you with real-time traffic and emergency information, TC Smartphone Navigation was made specifically to help Toyota drivers avoid congestion. Expanding on T-Connect, Toyota’s current navigation app, TC Smartphone Navigation collects traffic data using on-board data communication modules (DCM) to help steer you away from traffic jams. Thanks to the route history map, powered by “big data” and aerial disaster photograph technology, drivers will also be able to avoid traffic caused by emergencies.

With more updates said to be available in the coming months, there’s no telling what’s in store for the future of Toyota’s TC Smartphone Navigation, but we’re sure the pleasant surprises will keep coming.

For more information on Toyota’s free navigation app, reach out to Toyota of River Oaks through our website or by calling us at (888) 926-4570.

Toyota Has The Most IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Awards Of Any Brand | Calumet City, IL

By Toyota of River Oaks | Posted in Toyota News on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 4:56 PM

For three consecutive years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the Toyota Motor Corporation more Top Safety Pick+ awards than any other automotive brand. Though five of the seven vehicles Toyota entered received this prestigious award, the Japanese auto manufacturer has vowed not to stop until all of their vehicles are on the list. Based on results from five crash tests, the models tested received “good” ratings in each category to obtain a Top Safety Pick+ award.

2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick


2017 Toyota Top Safety Pick+ winners include:

If you would like to test drive some of the safest vehicles ever made, feel free to reach out to Toyota of River Oaks in Calumet City, IL, by filling out our online contact form or calling our team directly at (888) 926-4570.

Toyota’s Five Continents Drive Promises to be the Most Grueling Ever

By Toyota of River Oaks | Posted in Toyota News on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 4:27 PM

5 Continents Drive Project

The Toyota Five Continents Drive seeks to take full command over every major road on the planet. This seven-year, 130,000-mile worldwide conquest pits the very best that Toyota has to offer against the world’s most challenging terrains.

Each year, Toyota picks a new place to host their event, with the goal of traversing all five continents by 2020. In 2014, Toyota braved the deserts of Australia, home to 80 percent of the planet’s most demanding roads. In 2015, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing led a team of Toyota employees coast-to-coast through North America.

For 2016, it’s South America’s turn to take the helm and show Toyota what it’s made of. Starting in Sao Bernardo with courses spanning from treacherous jungle roads and winding mountain switchbacks to compact urban streets and densely populated cross-country highways, 2016’s Five Continents Drive promises to be a thrilling experience filled with action and adventure.

If you would like to take some of the models Toyota will be using in this year’s Five Continents Drive for a test-drive, reach our to our Toyota dealership in Calumet City, IL by using our online form or by calling (888) 926-4570.

Toyota Year End Sale | Calumet City, IL

By Toyota of River Oaks | Posted in Dealer Information, Local Events on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Toyotathon Is On Toyota River Oaks

Are you in the market for a high quality Toyota car, truck, or SUV but aren’t thrilled about paying full price? Then you’re in luck! This December, we’re rolling out the red carpet for our customers and providing some of the best deals the automotive world has to offer. With our end of year sale, you’ll have access to a full range of rebates, incentives, and deals on all of the new models available at our Toyota dealership in Calumet City, IL. Whether you are looking for the luxurious Avalon, the practical Camry, the powerful Highlander, or the convenient Sienna, Toyota of River Oaks in Calumet City, IL has a multitude of offers for drivers to immediately take advantage of.

For drivers that want additional information on our year-end sales event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Toyota of River Oaks through our website or by calling our team of specialists directly at (888) 926-4570.

Car Seats & Child Safety in the 2017 RAV4

By Toyota of River Oaks | Posted in Toyota Rav4 on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 at 1:45 PM

2016 Rav42017 Toyota RAV4 Recognized for Child Safety Seats

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a sound investment for families with children. The leading cause of injury for kids in car collisions is installing child seats improperly. Toyota has been continuously working to make proper child seat installing a seamless process, and their efforts are paying off. Toyota was recognized twice in September for their superior seat mounts, first by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and then

Seat mounts aren’t always easy to use, which is why the IIHS recognized Toyota for its Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system. It’s also best for kids to face the seat when riding in a vehicle, which becomes a problem as children grow. Out of the 84 vehicles tested by, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 was one of six to make their Car Seat Honor Roll because the 2017 Toyota RAV4 combats this issue with its large rear seats. Certified child safety technicians performed the tests with three different kinds of seats, and the new RAV4 got a 100 percent in each category.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into making installation of child safety seats easier, and we’re glad it’s working,” explained Jennifer Pelky, senior safety engineer at Toyota’s North American R&D Headquarters.

To view available 2017 Toyota RAV4 models, browse our new inventory and reach out to the knowledgeable product specialists at our Calumet City, IL dealership by calling (888) 926-4570 with any questions.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid | Calumet City, IL

By Toyota of River Oaks | Posted in Fuel Economy, Hybrid Technology, Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota Rav4 on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 3:43 PM

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 

Toyota invented the compact-crossover segment with the 1996 RAV4. Since then, the RAV4 has remained one of the most popular models Toyota has ever produced and has even been the top seller in America for the CUV segment for both 2014 and 2015, but for the 2016 model year, Toyota has decided to reinvent the popular crossover model by giving consumers what they’ve been clamoring for, a hybrid engine option.

2016 RAV4 Hybrid Engine Specs

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers the same powertrain of the Lexus NX300h; equipped with all-wheel drive, a 150-hp 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine drives the front wheels and is coupled to a 141-hp electric CVT motor. A second 67-hp electric motor was also added to power the rear wheels. This system is called AWD-I, and it provides the power you’d expect from a much larger SUV while offering the efficiency only a hybrid can deliver. Churning out a combined EPA fuel rating of 33 MPG, eight MPG higher than the standard RAV4. Even more impressive is that the Hybrid RAV4 is also 230 lbs. lighter than it’s gas-only counterpart and achieves a 0-60 MPH time of 8.1 seconds, making the hybrid crossover nearly a full second faster than the conventional model.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid MSRP

Starting at just $29,270 MSRP, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the premiere compact SUV for drivers in the Calumet City, IL area. Toyota of River Oaks has several new hybrid crossover models in stock in various colors and trim levels. Contact us for additional details about the latest crossover and SUV models, or schedule a test drive of your hybrid RAV4 through our online form or by phone at (888) 926-4570.

Trim Levels For The 2017 Toyota Camry near Chicago, IL

By Toyota of River Oaks | Posted in Toyota Camry on Monday, July 11th, 2016 at 2:24 PM

2017 Toyota Camry BlueTrim Levels Available For The 2017 Toyota Camry In Chicago

The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in America for almost two decades now. Boasting a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award, a Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating, and Kelley Blue Book’s Bust Buy Award Finalist ranking, it’s clear to see why. While every trim level of 2017 Toyota Camry is great, there are several trim levels and options that make it perfect for any new car shopper in the Chicagoland area.

Select Standard Features On The 2017 Toyota Camry LE

  • Heated power outside mirrors
  • EntuneTM Audio Multimedia Bundle with Bluetooth® wireless connectivity
  • Hands-free phone capability with advanced voice recognition
  • Rear backup camera
  • Fabric-trimmed front seats with eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • $23,070 MSRP

Select Standard Features On The 2017 Toyota Camry SE

  • Rear backup camera
  • Sport fabric SofTex®-trimmed seats with eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • Leather-trimmed tilting and telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifters audio and Bluetooth® hands-free and voice commands
  • Silver interior trim pieces
  • $23,840 MSRP

Select Standard Features On The 2017 Toyota Camry XSE

  • EntuneTM Audio Plus with auxiliary, iPod, and USB ports
  • 10 Speaker JBL® GreenEdgeTM speaker system
  • Seven-in. high-resolution touchscreen
  • Connected Navigation Scout® GPS Link App with HD RadioTM Traffic and Weather updates
  • Sport leather-trimmed Ultrasuede® multi-stage heated front seats
  • $26,310 MSRP

Select Standard Features On The 2017 Toyota Camry XLE

  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging
  • Leather-trimmed multi-stage heated front seats
  • Leather-trimmed tilting and telescoping steering wheel with audio, and Bluetooth® hands free phone and voice command controls
  • Wood-grain styled interior trim
  • $26,310 MSRP

No matter which trim level appeals to you, Toyota of River Oaks has the inventory of 2017 Camry models to satisfy any Chicago, IL driver in the market for a well-equipped sedan. Do you have any questions for our highly trained service professionals? Feel free to reach out to us at (888) 926-4570. If you’re just itching to check out the 2017 Toyota Camry first hand, then you are more than welcome to schedule a test drive with us through our online contact form.

Toyota’s C-HR Interior is Out of This World

By Toyota of River Oaks | Posted in Concept Vehicles on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at 2:58 PM


Back in 2014, Toyota Motor Corp. stunned the world with its futuristic CH-R, or Coupe High-Rider concept. The edges and contours make it look more spaceship than CUV. Many professionals within the automotive industry have made assurances that this was just a concept car and that it would never hit production. However, Toyota remains determined to set the record straight, having just revealed the interior of the CH-R in June 2016.

Black leather and a blue swatch run across the length of the dash. The upholstery mimics the dash design and everything looks like it’s time traveled decades from the future that grace your eyes wherever you look at it. Toyota has also assured us that the blue accents from the concept will also be offered in dark grey, and brown color scheme options with the possibility of others to follow before the vehicle hits dealerships in the near future. The head unit of the CH-R sits at the very top center of the dash with a slight angle towards the driver for a more commanding view, and features Toyota’s latest multi-media ’16 navigation platform complete with various apps and enhanced connectivity.

If you can’t wait for the CH-R, be sure to check out our inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles. Toyota of River Oaks oak proudly offers drivers of the Calumet City, IL area the best cars at the best prices. Put us to work and see for yourself what makes us different. We’re confident that our carefully assembled team of automotive specialists can help you with whatever needs or questions you have.



Toyota Sells Over 9 Million Hybrids

By Toyota of River Oaks | Posted in Fuel Economy, Hybrid Technology, Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota News on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 2:37 PM
toyota hybrid emblem

Last month Toyota Motor Corporation proudly announced to the public that their hybrid vehicles have surpassed nine million units in total global sales as of April 30th. Leading the pack of hybrids is the Toyota Prius, a vehicle that’s seen many revisions and refinements since it first launched in 1997. The 2016 Prius remains one of Toyota’s hottest selling cars and even competes against iconic Toyota classics like the Camry and Corolla.

Toyota’s commitment to eco-friendly and efficient vehicles that mitigate harmful and polluting emissions has been the driving force leading to the creation of over 30 unique hybrid passenger cars and SUVs and even a plug-in hybrid (PHV) in over 90 countries and regions around the world.

The arrival of the 2016 Prius at Toyota of River Oaks brings a sharply redesigned vehicle that is both efficient and modern in looks and performance. Complete with added and improved technology and amenities, the 2016 Toyota Prius provides more added value with an increased combined mpg count of 52! Eight more than last year’s model.

If you’re looking for a new or new-to-you hybrid vehicle in or around the Calumet City, IL area, Toyota of River Oaks has you covered! We offer the best cars with the best deals, every time, on your time. Put us to work for you. We’re confident our team of specialists can assist you with any needs or questions you might have.

Toyota Kids Are Summer Ready!

By Toyota of River Oaks | Posted in Safety, Tips on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 2:22 PM
child safety toyota

FACT: A staggering three out of four car seats are incorrectly installed.

Toyota of River Oaks is here to help make sure your summers are about what they ought to be – Barbecues, fireworks, s’mores, theme parks, swimming, and road trips. Keep your children safe as you travel to your next fun-filled destination this summer with a few quick and easy safety tips.

  1. Inch and Pinch Tests. For the “inch test” grab the car seat from the back and bottom and tug from side to side and front to back. If the seat moves more than an inch in any direction, tighten or refasten until fully secure. For the “pinch test” simply pinch your car seat’s strap near the child’s shoulder, if you can pinch the wrinkle in the fabric the strap needs to be tightened until snug.
  1. NEVER add extra layers between your child and the seat. Car seats get hot in the summer weather, and piling on added bulky fabrics and materials won’t make things easier on your child. It’s vastly better to have a properly vented seat that can breathe in the heat than trying to work around a poorly designed one. Added bulk can often interfere with restraints and cause a malfunction of the seat in the event of a crash.
  1. NEVER rent a car seat. Renting a car seat means you have no history with it and don’t know if it’s ever failed or been seriously damaged before it made its way to you. This poses a serious threat to its abilities to protect your child as that weight of uncertainty will always be looming. Purchase a good seat new from a reputable manufacturer so you can spend more time having fun and less time worrying.

Following these 3 simple tips, you’re now better equipped to enjoy your summer and all the fun-filled family activities that come with it. Toyota of River Oaks proudly offers the best cars, the best deals, every time, on your time. Contact us for additional details about our new and new-to-you inventory of family sedans, trucks and SUVs. We’re confident that our team of automotive specialists can assist you with any needs or questions you have.