Route 44 Toyota Brings You Driving Tips for Fall!

Summer is gone and autumn is here. With the seasons and weather changing it affects how we drive. Here at Route 44 Toyota, we want to make sure you’re prepared for the changes that come with the fall weather!

Fall Driving Tips - Route 44 ToyotaLeaves

We love when the leaves change colors and create that picturesque moment but falling leaves can actually be dangerous. When the leaves fall and cover the road they make it very slick and cover traffic lines and pavement markings. When the leaves cover the roads, make sure you drive cautiously and slow down if you feel your vehicle sliding. You always want to leave enough distance between you and the car in front of you so you don’t slide and cause a fender bender.


The weather starts to get cooler, especially in Massachusetts, and we have a tendency to see fog in the mornings. Depending on how dense the fog is it can limit your driving visibility and perception of distance. Make sure you do not put your high beams on as they reflect off of the fog and make a glare. If there happens to be fog on your morning commute, slow down and increase the distance between you and the car in front of you.


With the dropping temperatures comes the frost during the night. The frost can lead to icy spots on the road and can cover your car. If you’re driving over bridges, over passes or areas of the road that are covered, make sure you slow down as the roads can be slick!

These are just some fall driving tips to help keep you safe this season! As always, you need to make sure your vehicle is in great shape so stop in our service department today! You can schedule an appointment right on our website or give us a call!

Best Toyota Vehicles for Tailgating this Football Season

The NFL season has started and the Patriots are looking strong. Everyone has their own traditions they do before a football game but one of our favorites is getting out and tailgating! There are definitely some vehicles that are more tailgate friendly than others. Here are some of the best Toyota vehicles for tailgating.

Toyota Tundra - Best Toyota Tailgating VehiclesToyota Tundra – To no surprise this pickup is on our list. It has an amazing towing ability so you can bring along a trailer with all your games, coolers, grills in it! Make sure you’re allowed to bring trailers where you’re tailgating first though. If you can’t bring a trailer, that’s not a problem! The Tundra’s truck bed is able to pack in all of your tailgating necessities, even the cooler packed with your favorite beverage!

Toyota RAV4 - Best Toyota Tailgating VehiclesToyota RAV4 – The Toyota RAV4 is the stylish option to take when tailgating. If you’re bringing along family or friends, we definitely recommend the RAV4. It’s comfortable for the ride over and has 38.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats!

Toyota Highlander - Best Toyota Tailgating VehiclesToyota Highlander – This SUV is bigger than the RAV4 so if you’re traveling with a larger crowd to tailgate, this is probably the best option for you. The Highlander can seat up to 8 and has 42.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the third row seats down. You can ride with more people and still take all of your tailgate necessities!

Some of our other favorite vehicles for tailgating include the Toyota Sienna, Toyota Sequoia and the Toyota Tacoma. We have all of these great vehicles in stock at Route 44 Toyota so come in and see us! Want to do more research first? No problem! Head over to our website to find out more on all the great Toyota models we have available!

Know How to Respond To an Overheating Engine This Summer

Overheating engineThis summer, make sure you’re prepared to react appropriately if your engine suddenly begins to overheat – a danger all the more prevalent during the summer months. Here are some basic steps to take if you notice an overheating engine:

  • Pull over if you are in a safe area, and put on your emergency lights.
  • Cautiously open the hood of your car to let fresh air cool down what is underneath.
  • In general, be careful not too touch anything that could burn you. If you’re unsure, hold your hand near it and try to sense its temperature.
  • Evaluate your level of coolant, and if necessary, refill it. Additionally, look for any leaks in your cooling system.
  • Afterwards, if the engine has not cooled down, it’s time to accept defeat and call for help. Never continue to drive if you’re unsure.

Do you have any other ideas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Route 44 Toyota Wins 7th Consecutive President’s Award

For the 7th consecutive year Route 44 Toyota has been awarded Toyota’s prestigious President’s Award, this award is the highest possible honor that can be bestowed upon a Toyota dealership. In order to qualify for this outstanding award, a dealership must meet and exceed the standard in a number of different areas including sales satisfaction, service satisfaction, market share attainment, vehicle delivery excellence, and employee training and certification.

President's AwardRoute 44 Toyota’s primary goal is to provide a positive customer experience throughout the entire car buying process and our ability to demonstrate excellence in every category is truly an honor and a testament to the dedication of our entire staff. More importantly, Route 44 would like to thank all of our customers for helping us earn this award.

Stop by and see us at Route 44 Toyota for all of your Toyota needs!


Brakes – FAQs Answered

BrakesAt Route 44 Toyota we get that taking your vehicle to get your brakes changed can be at the top of your avoidance list. Or you might think you need your brakes or brake pads changed but in reality, they’re doing just fine. So how do you know when to bring in your car for new brakes? We answer some of the most common brake FAQs that people ask.

My brakes are squealing – do I need new brakes?

If your brake light is on and your brakes squeak/grind, it’s time to bring in your car. If your brakes feel like they are pulsing or grabbing or feel “soft” when you hit the brake pedal, these are warning signs that your brakes are going bad. It can be dangerous to ignore warning signs like this and turn small brake problems into more expensive damage if not properly handled.

My brakes squeak when I step on the pedal. Why?

A little bit of brake noise is unavoidable like those awkward junior high dances we’ve all tried to forget. Stop-and-go traffic, dusty conditions and humidity can all cause brake pads to harden or “glaze”. When this happens it makes the friction surfaces generate noise on contact. Brake noise can also indicate a weak link somewhere else in your brake system and the noise is just the first warning sign. If your brakes are consistently making a lot of noise, it’s time to bring in your vehicle and get it checked out and serviced if need be.

How long do brake pads and rotors last?

The lifespan of your brake pads and rotors depends on a variety of factors including the type of pads and rotors you have and how you drive. Most brake pad companies say that pads last anywhere from 30,000 to 70,000 miles. Your brake rotors can last almost three times as long as your brake pads but it really depends on your driving style and the driving conditions.

These are just some of the most common questions we get about brakes and when they should be changed. If you think your brakes need to be looked at, bring them in to our service department at Route 44 today! You can even schedule your service with us right on our website!

Oil Changes: Why Are They Important?

Oil ChangeHere at Route 44 Toyota, we understand that taking your vehicle to get its oil changed isn’t always at the top of your to-do list. You may even put it off longer than you intended to but in reality, it’s hurting your car. We explain some of the most FAQ’s about oil changes and why it’s important to change your vehicles oil often.

Why should I change my oil?

Oil is what lubricates the moving parts of your engine. It helps keep them cool by lowering the friction and carrying the heat away. Oil also keeps any tiny particles from scratching tightly-fit parts. The heat breaks down your oil. It makes the oil watery or gummy which makes it not lubricate your engine correctly. The longer it’s in the engine, the dirtier it gets and the more damage it can do to your engine.

How often should oil be changed?

Oil changes are recommended once a certain mile limit is hit or time limit has been reached. The most popular interval is 3,000 miles or three months. So which is more important; time or mileage? Experts have said trust the odometer and not the calendar. Driving your car has more impact on the engine and your oil consumption. If you only drive your car in the spring/summer months, you wouldn’t need to get it changed in the middle of winter.

Do I need to change my oil filter each time I get my oil changed?

Yes. The primary job of an oil filter is to remove oil contaminants. The filter allows oil to flow through and restricts any solid contaminants and keeps them from re-entering the engine lubricating areas. When the oil filter is full, the oil contaminants can flow around freely and return to the engine. These contaminants can cause damage to moving parts and speed up the formation of sludge.

What happens when I skip an oil change?

Not changing your oil might not seem like a huge deal and you think you can go another 3,000 miles or 3 months on the same oil. If you skip an oil change, there will begin buildup in the cooler parts of the engine which can cause carbon deposits or sludge coming out of the old oil. This could cause you to get an engine cleaning which can be expensive. Even worse is when the pistons seize or the camshafts get damaged. Neither of these is a cheap bill so getting a regular oil change can save you money in the long haul.

Those are just some of the most common questions we get asked about oil changes. You can schedule your next service at Route 44 Toyota online today or give our service department a call! Think of regular oil changes as cheap insurance for your engine!

Repurposed Toyota Camry Battery Packs Power Lamar Buffalo Ranch at Yellowstone

We at Route 44 Toyota are dedicated to sustainable energy – and for many of our patrons, the allure of a hybrid not only stems from cleaner driving, but also the appeal of better fuel economy.

Toyota Camry battery packsBut some may be wondering what happens when the battery comes to the end of its automotive life – and where does it go from there? Great question! Even when battery packs are no longer deemed useful for the cars they were made for, as the energy-storage capacity dwindles over time, they can still serve an alternate purpose.

Recently, the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus within Yellowstone has implemented an alternate energy system of 208 nickel-metal-hydride battery packs from used Toyota Camry hybrids. With 85 kilowatt-hours of storage capacity, the Toyota Camry battery packs store the energy generated from solar panels powering the ranch’s five buildings, which is enough electricity annually to power six average U.S. households, according to Toyota.

We at Route 44 Toyota are proud to be part of a company dedicated to sustainable and renewable energy. And while we can’t help you build your own power system out of used battery packs, we can definitely offer you the finest, most efficient fleet of hybrid vehicles! So be sure to come visit us, today!

It’s a “Pimped Out” Dad Van Fit for an Entourage – The Mark Wahlberg Toyota Sienna

Turns out one of Boston’s favorite sons has one of the coolest dad-vans around!

Called the “mint mobile” by his kids, due to the plethora of Life Savers always supplied, Mark Wahlberg recently, and proudly, revealed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show that he has “pimped out” his Toyota Sienna minivan!

Mark Wahlberg Toyota Sienna“I like my car because it’s very unassuming,” says Wahlberg, “It’s got rims on it. Direct TV. Tinted windows. My kids love it!” And after seeing its picture, Ellen agrees, “That’s a nice lookin’ minivan!”

Termed the “Original Swagger Wagon” by the Japanese Auto maker, the 2015 Toyota Sienna features a stylish interior with a wraparound dashboard design, seating for eight passengers, ample storage capacity/versatility, and a 3.5-liter V6 engine ready to take you where you want to go!

The Hollywood star also appreciates the reclining seats so he can relax while being driven home from the airport – but not too many people get the privilege of driving the decked out van, as it’s his “new baby.”

If you too are in the market for a Mark Wahlberg Toyota Sienna – like van for your own entourage, be sure to come visit us at Route 44 Toyota, today!

Toyota Sienna Takes Best in Class Minivan Award at NEMPA

The original swagger wagon has been collecting awards and accolades since the 2015 model was introduced. The latest award the 2015 Toyota Sienna claimed was at the New England Motor Press Association, NEMPA, for Best in Class Minivan! The technology conference was organized by NEMPA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

2015 Toyota Sienna - Best in Class Minivan AwardThis isn’t the first award for Toyota to walk away with from NEMPA. In the past Toyota has taken home the Wheels TV Previously Owned Vehicle Award for the RAV4 in 2006-2012. The RAV4 is the sporty and comfortable SUV from Toyota and is still a leader in the compact crossover segment.

This year at the technology conference there was a heavier focus on green vehicle technology and they even had a panel of experts who examined fuel economy, innovation in green vehicles technologies and emissions reduction to name a few. Director of Energy & Environmental Research at Toyota Manufacturing North America, Robert Wimmer, discussed details about the hydrogen fuel cell technology from Toyota.

The recently redesigned Sienna has a more stylish interior with a more comfortable and entertaining cockpit area. It has up to 150 cubic feet of cargo space making it easy for all of your storage needs. With its new intelligent infotainment system you’ll be able to enjoy the available Entune App Suite and your favorite apps to help you stay connected while you’re on the road. The 2015 Sienna is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive in its class. It has an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg (city/highway) allowing you to go longer between your trips to the gas station.

Here at Route 44 Toyota, we love the swagger wagon and think that the 2015 Sienna makes a great family vehicle. Interested in more information on the 2015 Toyota Sienna? Visit our website for more details. We’re glad the Sienna took Best in Class Minivan at the NEMPA Technology Conference right here in our home state!

Getting the Most Out of Your Summer: Road Trip Tips

For some, warmer weather means more road trips. That’s why we’ve put together a list of road trip tips to help you get the most out of any long-distance excursions you might be planning this summer.

Summer Road Trip TipsThe most important thing to do before you go is make a checklist. According to the Travel Channel, you should secure a reliable cell phone (in addition to the one you may already have), get your vehicle serviced, and check your spare tire. By having doing an overall checkup and staying prepared, you’ll avoid ending your trip early.

Adding up fuel mileage is also important, as this is one of the major costs for your road trip. By filling up your car, resetting the odometer, and then recording how many gallons you’ve used when you fill up next, you can calculate your actual fuel mileage. Simply divide the miles by the gallons of gas, and that’s your vehicle’s mpg. By taking the average from multiple calculations, you’ll get a more accurate readout.

Though this may be a given for most, make sure to bring something to keep the kids entertained. Nothing drains the life out of a road trip like unhappy travelers. Bring games, snacks, and plenty of music for the trip.

Last but not least, pack light. Fewer bags mean more space, plain and simple. By following these tips, you’re bound to have a great road trip.