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2016 Toyota Corolla Features Outshine the Competition

2016 Toyota Corolla Features

Already one of the most popular cars on the market, the 2016 Toyota Corolla has some exciting new technology and amenities drivers will love. From infotainment to convenience, few sedans can match the 2016 Toyota Corolla features.

The new Corolla has twelve trim levels, so there’s plenty of opportunity for you to pick the trim with the right features for you. At various trim levels, you can get Siri Eyes Free technology, a remoteless key system, and integrated backup camera, and so much more. Higher trim levels even have both normal and sport driving modes for the very best performance.

This sedan is also pratical, comfortable, and stylish to drive. Every trim has 60/40 split seating so you can fold one or both sides down to maximize your cargo space, and you can get such exclusive features as the Special Edition floor mats in the highest trim. Heat passenger and driver seats will make your winter drive more cozy, and the climate control’s pollen filter will make your car’s cabin more hospitable!

Whatever you’re looking for in a new car, the new Corolla has it all, so stop by Haddad Toyota!

How to Choose Best Vehicle for a Young Driver

The Toyota Prius is a great car for a young driver.
The Toyota Prius is a great car for a young driver.

So it’s time to choose a vehicle for your teenage son or daughter. Although your child will be out on his or her own without your helpful guidance from the passenger seat, this doesn’t mean you can’t help them at all. The best way to do that is to choose the best vehicle for a young driver.

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety recommends that the vehicle you choose for your child have certain characteristics. And luckily, Toyota has vehicles that fit all of these criteria! Keep these in mind when shopping for your teen’s new car:

Lower horsepower. While it is good to have a little pep when you accelerate, too much horsepower can prove too tempting for young people, increasing the chance of them speeding. Autobytel recommends the Toyota Prius and Pruis Plug-In.

No minicars. Generally, the bigger and heavier the vehicle the safer that vehicle is. Look for a big vehicle to keep your kid safe out on the road. You can check out the Toyota Highlander or Sequoia!

Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC is built on the anti-lock brake system and any car built in the US after 2011 must be manufactured with these systems standard. If you purchase a vehicle made before that, make sure it has ESC.

Good Safety Ratings. This is a given.  The best vehicle for a young driver is the safest vehicle. The IIHS rates every vehicle on the market. See their list of recommend vehicles for young drivers here. Toyota cars that made the list are the Avalon, Carmy, Prius, RAV4, Highlander, Venza, Sienna, and Tundra.

2016 Toyota Camry Reviews

2016 Toyota Camry reviewsThe Toyota Camry is consistently one of America’s best-selling cars, so it’s no surprise that the 2016 Camry has been highly anticipated. Now that it’s been released, let’s check out what some of the experts had to say with these 2016 Toyota Camry reviews.

Kirk Bell from The Car Connection was appreciative of the 2016 Camry’s bold style: “The Camry’s look is modern, refined, and almost uncharacteristically bold. The front end is the most aggressive, with a wide maw, LED front running lamps, and available LED auto-leveling lamps for the low and high beams.”

Interior improvements impressed the experts at Edmunds: “With its recently improved cabin quality and handling, the 2016 Toyota Camry is a compelling and competitive midsize sedan.”

Kelley Blue Book cites the Camry’s timeless reputation: “The best-selling car in America continues to impress with racy styling, new features and the same old reputation for value and quality.”

Finally, AutoTrader was impressed by Toyota’s addition of the Special Edition trim: “Offered in just two colors (blue or white) with sporty interior accents and blue stitching, the new Special Edition model adds a little extra flair to the Camry’s excellent lineup.”

If these expert opinions have swayed you, stop in to Haddad Toyota today and test drive the beautiful 2016 Camry!

Haddad Dealerships Now Accepting Toys for Tots

Toys for TotsThis holiday season, amidst all the hustle and bustle of shopping and family get-togethers, we like to take some time to step back and appreciate all that we have, as well as give back to those who aren’t as fortunate.

So, for the 5th year in a row, the Haddad Dealerships are proud to serve as drop-off spots for the Toys for Tots program. There will be bins for toy collection at all 4 of our stores – Haddad Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, and Hyundai!

“We are happy to once again be a Toys For Tots drop off site.  It’s a wonderful organization with a fabulous mission and we’re honored to help in any way,” said Owner George Haddad

Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys before the holidays. The program then delivers these toys to less fortunate children all across the United States, spreading holiday cheer and happiness in the process.

There is no specific list of toys, so consider donating something you think your own child would like. The only toys not accepted are realistic-looking weapons and food gifts. The last drop-off date is December 13.

If you have any questions, stop by any of our stores or just give us a call!

Signs You Need New Brakes or Brake Pads

Signs You Need New BrakesWhile air bags and active driver assistive technologies have made the road safer, there are no safety features on your car that are more important than your brakes. There’s nothing that contributes more to the safety of your car’s occupants and to that of everyone else in the street than your brakes. Conversely, nothing is more dangerous than driving a car with bad brakes.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a brake expert to figure out if yours need replacing. In fact, if your brakes and brake pads are worn, you should be able to tell without so much as having to take a look at them. Here are some of the biggest warning signs you need new brakes.

  • The brake pedal vibrates. A pulsating or vibrating pedal, which feels a bit like when the ABS kicks in during a panic stop, is a sign of warped rotors. If you are certain your wheels isn’t out of alignment, and if you have recently
  • The brakes make a squealing noise. Don’t worry about it if it only happens once or on rare occasions. But if your brakes squeal regularly, that’s a sign your brake pads need to be replaced. Do so quickly before the problem gets worse.
  • The brakes make a grinding noise. That’s when the problem is worse. If your pads are excessively worn, the brake disc and caliper will rub together and make a terrible grinding noise. You’ll need to replace the rotors in addition to the pads.
  • The car pulls to one side. If the car pulls to one side while braking, this is usually a sign that the pads are wearing unevenly and need to be replaced.

If any of these are happening to you, visit Haddad Toyota at once to get your car back into shape!

Why You Should Buy Winter Tires

winter tiresSome of you might be wondering why anyone would buy winter tires when all-season tires exist. But there are actually several good reasons why you should buy winter tires, and fewer downsides than you might think.

To begin with, winter tires provide more grip on wet or snowy roads than all-season tires, reducing braking distance and increasing cornering ability. It’s not just more fun for the thrill seekers out there: it’s also safer.

Secondly, summer tires, which you would likely use when not using winter tires, provide more grip on dry roads than all-season tires. All-season tires provide a compromise between the two, one ultimately driven by cost and convenience. It’s cheaper to just use one set of tires all year round… isn’t it?

Well, not really. Yes, buying two sets of tires will be more expensive at first. But because you’ll use each set about half as long per year, by the time you buy a new set of all-seasons, your summer and winter tires will still have half their life ahead of them.

The only real downside? It’s about an hour out of your year to change the tires. If that’s too much of an inconvenience for you, we’d be happy to help change your tires at Haddad Toyota!

What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down

what to do when your car breaks downSometimes unexpected things happen. Even if you keep up with your routine maintenance on your car, you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road in a car that won’t start.

Knowing what to do when your car breaks down can save you time and money, so remember these tips if you ever find yourself on the side of the freeway with engine troubles.

If you can pull over and off the road, do so, or park it in the middle of the street if you can’t, but either way turn on your hazard lights so other cars will know to go around you or switch lanes so they don’t get too close to you.

Next, call for help, preferably your roadside assistance provided either by your insurance or through your manufacturer, and tell them your location so they can come and give you a tow or try to help you fix the problem.

Also, don’t leave your car! Roadside services may take a while to show up, but you have to be with your car when they do, so even though it’s not ideal, you can’t have a friend come pick you up and wait for roadside assistance to show.

And finally, be wary of strangers. Police officers are one thing, but some good samaritans aren’t necessarily good.

Toyota TeenDrive365 Campaign Puts New Spin on Texting and Driving

TeenDrive365 Toyota vehicles are family-friendly have passenger safety as a top priority. Toyota’s latest TeenDrive365 campaign aims to further increase passenger safety through spreading awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.

Along with dosomething.org, Toyota has introduced The Driving Coach. Instead of putting texting in an entirely negative light, this campaign aims to raise awareness of distracted driving through text.

The idea is that teens develop their driving habits based on what they see their parents doing. This latest campaign puts all of the power in the teen’s hands, and they get to show their parents a thing or two.

Here’s how it works: teens enter their phone numbers on the website, and Toyota comes up with fun, unique ways to help the teens coach their parents into “not doing ridiculous things (like eating) behind the wheel.”

Another added bonus: teens that play the game get entered to win a $5,000 scholarship! It’s a fun, unique way to raise awareness and promote safe driving habits.

Under Construction

Haddad Toyota Construction

Some of you may have recently noticed a bit of a mess around our store on Pittsfield-Lennox Road. Well, if you didn’t know already, we’re under construction!

One of the main goals of our dealership construction is to make the design more in line with other Toyota dealerships across the country. The look Toyota endorses is streamlined and modern, and our new building will align with those standards.

Speaking of streamlining, another benefit of this construction will be to unify all of the parts of our dealership.

“Back in 1968 my father and grandfather built this building,” owner George Haddad said. “In 1988-89 we renovated this building again and basically doubled its size. In between that we’ve added some service stuff and some offices. There’s a hodgepodge of everything. So what we decided to do was virtually clean everything up.”

Our $5 million renovation project is expected to be finished in February 2016. Stay tuned – we’ll give you more updates as we have them. As always, thank you for being a loyal Haddad customer, where we keep your business in the Berkshires!

How Can You Tell When You Need New Tires?

16215274363_b7d721bcde_z (1)Your tires are a very important part of your car, but they can wear out pretty quickly. Imagine running thousands of miles while barefoot. Your feet would be pretty damaged. That’s what can happen if your cars’ tires don’t have enough tread!

There are plenty of ways to tell if your tires need replacing. First, check your tire pressure using a gauge. If your tires are low (according to your owner’s manual), you can give them some air. If your tire isn’t holding air, you definitely need to come to the service center to get it repaired or replaced.

Also check your tires regularly for bulging or cracking, and also for nails or other things sticking out of them.

Finally, if you need to know whether your tread is too low, go for the penny test. Find a penny and place it in between your tread, with Abe’s head pointing downward. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, your tread is too low and the tire needs to be replaced.

If you’re unsure whether you need new tires or not, come over to Haddad Toyota’s service center and we’ll help you out. We also have great deals on new tires!