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Toyota Skills for Amazon Alexa are a game-changer for owners

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
A stock photo of various Amazon apps displayed on a smartphone.

What are Toyota Skills for Amazon Alexa? 

The ability to integrate our favorite devices into our daily commute has become the latest must-have accessory matching previous innovations like Bluetooth connectivity and FM radio. Connectivity to smartphones through the Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ suites of applications. With more and more people adding Amazon Alexa to their homes to make their lives easier in several ways, it was only natural that Toyota looks for ways to expand its suite of compatible technology. So, what are Toyota Skills for Amazon Alexa? Basically, Toyota owners with vehicles that feature this capability can link their car, truck or SUV to their Amazon digital home assistant. Let’s take a look at a few things you’ll be able to do through this ground-breaking partnership.  (more…)

You will want to get to know the 2021 Venza before it goes on sale

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
A photo of the Venza badge used on the back of the 2021 Toyota Venza.

2021 Toyota Venza Specs and Available Features 

Ever since Toyota announced that it was adding a new crossover SUV, everyone in the Serra Toyota showroom has been very excited. Following the announcement, our team of product experts immediately hit the internet to find out as much information as possible about the 2021 Toyota Venza specs and available features. Future owners of the 2021 Venza will be getting a very exciting hybrid crossover SUV that will be equipped with some of the most innovative equipment the automaker has available. There is a lot to learn about the 2021 Venza and we don’t currently have a full picture. This is what we can tell you right now.  (more…)

Toyota is expanding smartwatch-compatibility to more models, are you using it?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
A stock photo of a person wearing a smartwatch.

How do I use Toyota Remote Connect on my smartwatch? 

Toyota vehicles have often been on the cutting edge of automotive technology. Lately, Toyota has been putting a lot of effort to get its vehicles to be compatible with other popular digital devices. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I use Toyota Remote Connect on my smartwatch,’ Serra Toyota has a few answers for you. Our team has found a few videos that will walk people through the process of connecting their compatible Apple and Android smartwatches to their properly equipped Toyota vehicles. Once your device and vehicle are linked via the smartwatch, you’ll be able to start the engine, check the fuel status, control the door locks and so much more. Take a look at these videos today! If you have any additional questions, call 205-847-1841 today.  (more…)

Get to know the latest Toyota technology before you visit our showroom

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
A photo of three vehicles using technology inside of a Toyota vehicle.

How-To Videos for Using Toyota Apps and Features 

The 2020 lineup of Toyota vehicles available at the Serra Toyota showroom all share one common thread – technology. Almost all of the 2020 Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs that have been delivered to our showroom can be integrated with several different popular digital devices. Additionally, Toyota has released a proprietary application that will extend the range where owners can interact with their vehicles. The how-to videos for using Toyota apps and features will give people who are new to the brand an idea of what they can do with them once they get home. Serra Toyota customers can see a live demonstration of any of these technologies or features when they schedule an appointment with one of our product experts today.  (more…)

Activate Your Toyota Vehicle’s Connected Services with the Toyota App

Friday, January 24th, 2020
Smartphone with Toyota logo on screen next to "How to Use the Toyota Connected Services Smartphone App" white text

How Do I Use the Toyota Connected Services App With My 2020 Toyota Vehicle? 

The available Toyota connected services app allows you to stay connected to your vehicle no matter how far you travel from it. This smartphone app gives you the power to check your vehicles current health status by accessing maintenance information, view active recall alerts, check service deals, and more. Not only can you check how your vehicle is doing but you can also find where you last parked, start or stop the vehicle’s engine, lock the doors, and roll the windows up all from your smartphone app. Do you have a smartwatch? You can connect link your Toyota app to your watch too. Check out the Toyota USA YouTube video below to find out how to set up and use the Toyota Connected Services app with your 2020 Toyota vehicle. 

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What Toyota Models Offer Amazon Alexa Connectivity?

Friday, January 3rd, 2020
Interior view of Toyota model with Amazon Alexa on infotainment screen

Setting Up Toyota+Alexa® in a New Toyota Model 

In the hunt for a new vehicle, one of the selling points is often what infotainment features are available in each model. Whether you’re looking for the best sound system or the most connectivity features, the available options can make or break your decision when it comes to choosing a new set of wheels. One of the connectivity options many Toyota models offer now is Toyota+Alexa®. This feature is something you may have come across during your search, or maybe you’ve heard about it and want to know what Toyota models offer it. Whichever question you’re looking to answer, this guide is here to help. Keep reading to find out what Toyota vehicles include Amazon Alexa connectivity and to find out how to set up Toyota+Alexa® in a new Toyota vehicle.   (more…)

How Safe is the 2020 Toyota Highlander?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
Silver 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander Standard Safety Technology Lineup 

When it comes to shopping for a new vehicle, safety should always be at the top of your checklist. The 2020 Toyota Highlander is sure to check all of the boxes when it comes to what you’re looking for in your next vehicle. This Highlander is focused on safety and delivers top safety performance in every model. In this guide not only are we going to look at what the standard safety technology lineup is for the 2020 Toyota Highlander, but we’ll also take a look at how some of its features work. Keep reading to learn more about the safety technology available in the 2020 Highlander.   (more…)

2020 Toyota Avalon Standard and Available Safety Features

Saturday, September 7th, 2019
White 2020 Toyota Avalon driving

Does the 2020 Toyota Avalon Have a Bird’s Eye View Camera?

Drive with peace of mind behind the wheel of the safety-focused 2020 Toyota Avalon. The suite of standard safety features in the 2020 Avalon put this sedan above the rest. If you have been wondering if the 2020 Toyota Avalon has a Bird’s Eye View Camera, then continue reading this guide from Serra Toyota to find out. (more…)

How to Use Toyota Remote Connect with a Smartwatch (Apple Watch/Android Wear)

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
The Toyota Remote Connect app on an Apple Watch

Toyota infuses its vehicles with state-of-the-art technologies, enhancing our driving experience with a high level of convenience, enjoyment, and safety. New Toyota vehicles also offer many advanced connectivity technologies, including Remote Connect. Available for select 2018 model-year and newer Toyota vehicles, Remote Connect enables you to remotely perform many functions for your vehicle, including lock and unlock the doors, start and stop the engine, monitor guest drivers, and find where your vehicle is parked. You can also use Toyota Remote Connect with a compatible smartwatch (Apple Watch/Android Wear). View here to learn how to do it.  (more…)

How do I dim the display screen in my Toyota?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Toyota driver alerted to a pedestrian via Toyota Safety Sense on their dashboard

Toyota drivers have the ability to brighten or dim their Toyota center displays based on need. During daylight driving, brightening the display can help drivers view important information even with glaring sunlight and dimming the display can help to avoid eye strain during night driving. Learn more about how to change the screen brightness levels in your Toyota below. (more…)

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