Samantha Fish headlines FREE festival in Louisiana

Lake Charles is the “Festival Capital of Louisiana”, hosting 75 festivals per year. In just three short years, This is Home Fest has seen a meteoric rise to the top as one of Lake Charles’s premiere cultural events each year. Born out of necessity, TIHF began in 2021 as a grassroots effort to rebuild the spirits of Southwest Louisiana residents after suffering a barrage of natural disasters; a 1,000-year flood event, Winter Storm Uri, and direct hits by two major hurricanes Laura and Delta, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. Planned in just a few short weeks, the inaugural festival in October 2021 would not have been possible without the support of the Tarver family and Lake Charles Toyota. By appreciating the tremendous value in events that create cultural experiences in the community for residents to experience and enjoy, they have improved quality of life for residents of Southwest Louisiana. In the three years since, Lake Charles Toyota’s ongoing support as the festival’s presenting sponsor has made it possible for growth and improvements, with the addition of a second stage in 2022, and an enhancement of the VIP experience in 2023.

What to expect from This is Home Fest 2023

This Is Home Festival is a celebration of Southwest Louisiana’s deep cultural roots, live music, food, and art that brings people from all walks of life to enjoy and celebrate together. Louisiana’s unique culture lies deeply rooted in music, and the 2023 lineup promises to be an incredible showcase of top local and regional talent. This year’s headliners include Louisiana multi-instrumentalist, Yvette Landry, Texas country star, Kate Watson, and the electric blues powerhouse, Samantha Fish. Other performers include the Lake Charles vocal group, Bonavox, SWLA’s Swampland String Band, Southeast Texas southern rockers, Ole Lonesome, as well as performances by local high school marching bands from LaGrange and Washington-Marion, and the St. Louis Show Choir.

“We choose to make investments in events that create experiences and memories for our community.”

Corey Tarver, Lake Charles Toyota General Manager

The festival is growing in 2023, with a new partnership with the Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival, a location change from Ryan St. near the Calcasieu Courthouse to the Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheater grounds is an exciting improvement. This will allow for a Kid’s Zone featuring several family friendly activities, as well as use of Millennium Park. This space will allow for more room for food and art vendors, and improved parking accommodations.

Festival Director, Jay Ecker, presents Corey and Eric Tarver with a signed festival poster.

“This is our community. We grew up here, and we’re raising our kids here,” says Lake Charles Toyota General Manager, Corey Tarver. “We can spend our marketing budget on traditional commercials, or we can choose to make investments in events that create experiences and memories; things that our kids look forward to and become traditions for our family. We believe This is Home Fest is one of those events.”

Festival Details

This is Home Fest will be held April 22, 2023 starting at noon. Admission is FREE and all ages are welcome. VIP tickets are available for purchase at thisishomefest.com and include a brunch at Panorama Music House at 10AM.

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Is the 2023 Toyota 4Runner safe? 

2023 Toyota 4Runner safety features 

For decades, the Toyota 4Runner has maintained the reputation of being an off-road icon. It has left its mark across the country with unique details and hi-tech features inside out. For 2023, Toyota designed the 4Runner with a legendary body-on-frame design, making it trail-ready. Under the hood, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner is powered by a 4.0L V6 engine to push out 270 hp and 278 lb.-ft of torque on the road.  

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Video: Overview of the 2023 Toyota RAV4

Check out the features of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 in this overview video!

This year the Toyota RAV4 pushes the formula even further with improved safety and convenience equipment, as well as breaking new ground with an all-new hybrid grade made for the outdoors. Let’s look closer at the 2023 Toyota RAV4 to find out why it’s spent the past five years as America’s best-selling SUV. For more details, contact us at the Lake Charles Toyota dealership in Lake Charles, LA.

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Toyota Sienna

Make Family Vacations More Comfortable in a Toyota Sienna

Do you plan to take more family vacations this year? If so, and you’re planning on driving to and from your destinations, you may want to consider buying a new Toyota Sienna

Not only does this vehicle offer excellent safety and convenience features, but it offers you and your family ample space and cargo room. A Toyota Sienna is the perfect vehicle to help you make memories that will last for years to come. 

Keep reading to find out why: 

A Luxurious and Comfortable Interior that’s Perfect for Long Hours on the Road

The Sienna is the epitome of comfort and luxury. One unique feature that helps this vehicle stand out from the competition is the available Captain’s Chairs in the second row. These long chairs come with built-in ottomans to store your bags, snacks, and anything else you don’t feel like having out. 

In addition, you’ll also have access to an available 1500W power outlet that makes it easy to charge up a hot plate or coffee maker when you stop off for a family picnic along the road less traveled. 

The Driver Easy Speak feature comes with a touchscreen display and built-in microphone so everyone can hear you, even if they’re in the furthest row in the car. The four-zone climate control makes it easy for everyone to stay comfortable, while you will stay cozy in the driver’s seat thanks to the available front heated and ventilated seats. 

Built for You, Built for Convenience

The Sienna is a convenient vehicle. It comes with Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking so you feel more comfortable behind the wheel, as well as seven available USB ports so everyone in your party can keep their devices fully charged. 

The Digital Rearview Mirror, which is mounted on the interior of your rear window, allows you to zoom in and out, so you have a clearer picture of what’s behind you. Additionally, the Power Lift-Up Seat, which can also be installed in the middle row, can help make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle. So if you need a little extra help, the Sienna has you covered. 

Toyota Safety Sense

Of course, one of the most important aspects of taking a family road trip is keeping everyone in the vehicle safe for the duration of the journey. That’s exactly what the Sienna offers, thanks to the available Toyota Safety Sense 2.0:

This beloved family vehicle is equipped with the following safety features: 

  • Rear-Seat Reminder
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Automatic High Beams 

LATCH, which stands for “lower anchors and tethers for children,” offers lower anchors on the second-row and third-row seats and passenger sides, so you can fully secure their safety seat. 

Toyota Sienna with Smartphone Capability that Helps You Stay Connected

Toyota Sienna

With a subscription to Remote Connect, you can use your smartphone to lock and unlock your doors, as well as start and stop the engine – all with a tap of your finger. This app even allows you to check on the health status of your vehicle. 

Furthermore, with an available Safety Connect trial, which is available for up to a decade, you’ll be able to get in quick contact with emergency personnel if you ever need it. This includes 24/7 roadside assistance. 

If you’re traveling somewhere new, you will get lots of use out of the available Destination Assist. It connects you with a live agent who will provide you with directions. Couple this with the available 4G Wi-Fi Connect subscription. That way, you’ll always be able to stay connected when you need it most. 

Experience the Comfort and Reliability of a Toyota Sienna! 

The Toyota Sienna offers ultimate comfort, convenience, and safety that makes any road trip more enjoyable. If you’re eager to experience the beauty of this vehicle for yourself, then head down to Lake Charles Toyota. 

But before you come, we welcome you to fill out our online finance application to get pre-approved. It only takes a few minutes to complete this form. And you’ll know instantaneously if you’re approved for a loan and in what amount. 

There’s nothing quite like getting behind the wheel of a Toyota Sienna. If you’re looking for a new car for your next adventure, look no further than the Sienna. Our dealership is conveniently located at 3905 Gerstner Memorial Dr, Lake Charles, LA. We’ll see you soon. 

Toyota Safety Sense

Everything You Need to Know About Toyota Safety Sense

When you’re on the road, the last thing you want to have happen is to get into an accident. Accidents can be traumatic, and even if you walk away without a single scratch on you, your vehicle might not be so lucky. What can you do to prevent an accident from occurring? 

Obviously, it’s important to adhere to the rules of the road and make sure that you don’t do anything that you’re not supposed to. However, no matter how responsible a driver you might be, you can’t always account for those around you. That’s why most current Toyota models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense

Read on to learn everything you need to know about Toyota Safety Sense and how it can help you on the road.

What is Toyota Safety Sense?

Before we dive into the many features of Toyota Safety Sense, first let’s talk about what exactly it is. Toyota Safety Sense is a package of safety features that come standard with most new Toyota vehicles. 

This means you’re getting top-quality safety features that have made Toyota vehicles top safety picks according to IIHS for 2022. These features were built from the ground up to provide you with an extra level of comfort.

What is Included with Toyota Safety Sense?

Toyota Safety Sense

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There are 7 main features included with Toyota Safety Sense. Each of these features is designed to protect you and those around you as you’re driving. 

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

This is designed to help you detect a pedestrian or vehicle on the road ahead of you. As you’re driving, if a vehicle or pedestrian gets within a certain range of your vehicle’s sensor, you’ll first get an audio/visual warning. 

This alerts you to what’s coming up. If you don’t react in time, then the system will trigger the emergency brake to stop you from a potential collision.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

This is the next level of cruise control. While you’re able to maintain a certain speed like any normal cruise control, this system will detect vehicles in front of you and adjust your speed so it can maintain a certain amount of distance. 

This feature is a great way to use cruise control without having to switch out of it constantly in changing traffic situations.

Lane Departure Alert

We’re all used to trying to stay in our lane when we’re driving. While this can be easy, in some cases, it’s not as easy as it seems. Maybe it’s a little too dark out for you to read the lines on the road. 

Or maybe you’re more tired than you realize, and you start to veer into another lane. Whatever the case may be, this system is designed to give you an alert whenever you start to go into another lane.

Automatic High Beams

High beams are great when driving down an especially dark road, but remembering to turn them on and off at the right times is something that every driver has done at least once. 

This feature is designed so that your high beams turn on while driving on a dark road at more than 21 mph. To make things easier on other drivers, there is a sensor built in to detect incoming headlights or taillights. 

This will automatically toggle between your high and low beams to provide the proper amount of clarity for the situation.

Lane Tracing Assist

Much like the previously mentioned Lane Departure Alert, this is a system designed to help you stay in your lane. This system actually detects the lines in the road and will adjust your position to keep you centered. 

If you start to veer into another lane, it will steer you back into the correct lane and center you.

Road Sign Assist

Using an intelligent camera, this feature will detect any road sign and alert you to what it says. 

It detects speed limit signs, stop signs, yield signs, and even Do Not Enter signs, making it easier for you to keep track of what is allowed in an area.

Proactive Driving Assist

This last system uses cameras and radar to help assist in driving. This means that it will initiate brakes to help you slow down, and it will steer you if you start to leave your lane. It’s a cluster of a bunch of little things that will assist you to become a better driver.

If You Are Looking for a Vehicle with Toyota Safety Sense, Come to Lake Charles Toyota

Most new Toyota models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense. 

If you’re looking to take home a new vehicle with these awesome safety features, visit our dealership at 3905 Gerstner Memorial Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70607. Or you can give us a call at (337) 426-1691. We’ll be more than happy to help you find the perfect vehicle for you, including scheduling a test drive

Toyota Tundra

Make Moving Easy in a Toyota Tundra

Are you getting ready to move? If so, you may be looking for a new pickup truck to help make the process easier. Out of all the pickup trucks on the market, one of the top vehicles is the Toyota Tundra

Here’s everything you need to know about the Tundra:

Great Engine Performance in the Toyota Tundra

One of the greatest available features on the Tundra is the impressive engine lineup and towing capability. 

This pickup truck can be equipped with the available i-Force MAX hybrid powertrain engine. This beast of an engine offers 437 horsepower and a whopping 538 lb-ft of torque. Other available engines include the i-Force 3.4L Twin-Turbo V6 engine that’s either equipped with 358 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque or 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. 

When equipped with the right engine, this truck can tow loads weighing up to 12,000 pounds. That means if you’re moving, you can tow a small trailer behind you with ease. 

Multi-Terrain Select Gives You Greater Control of the Road Ahead

If you’re traveling on slick, muddy, or rocky roads, then you’ll benefit from the Multi-Terrain Select features that come standard on this pickup truck. 

This allows you to customize your driving experience by adjusting the engine throttle and regulating your tires’ wheelspin. Depending on the road conditions, you can toggle between multiple settings, such as mud, rock, and sand, to give you better traction. 

Load-Leveling Suspension

Another feature that comes in handy is the load-level rear height control air suspension. 

If you’re traveling with a heavy load in the bed of the truck, the rear air suspension will adjust the rear so your vehicle stays level. This is just another one of the many ways that the Tundra was designed with you in mind. 

Technology for the Drive Ahead

Toyota Tundra

Whether you’re moving across town or past state lines, the right technology can make your drive more enjoyable. 

Inside this truck, you’ll have access to the 14” multimedia touchscreen to access your apps and see what’s behind you, thanks to the available Multi-Terrain Monitor. This comes in handy if you’re towing a small trailer behind you. 

You’ll also have access to wireless charging stations, Blind Spot Monitoring with Trailer Merge Warning, and the ability to remotely lock and unlock your doors when you hook up your truck to the available Connected Services through the Toyota App. 

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 Gives You Greater Confidence Behind the Wheel 

Last but not least, the Tundra comes with a slew of safety features that can aid in your driving, keeping you and your loved ones safe as you move. 

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 comes with the following: 

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control 
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Road Sign Assist

These safety features are technological marvels in their own right. The Road Sign Assist feature uses a smart camera to scan and detect local speed limit signs, stop signs, and yield signs so you can always be alert, even when driving in an unfamiliar area. 

The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is designed to detect a potential frontal collision with either another vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian. If you do not react to the audio and visual warnings given to you, the Pre-Collision System will actually engage the brakes for you to help you avoid a crash. 

With the Lane Tracing Assist feature, you’ll have some help when it comes to making sure your vehicle stays in its lane. This offers additional protection to offset the dangers of fatigued driving. 

These features are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the Tundra can offer you. If you’re ready to experience this vehicle for yourself, head on over to Lake Charles Toyota. 

Make Your Big Move More Enjoyable in a Stylish, Powerful, and Capable Toyota Tundra!

Are you ready to move? The Toyota Tundra can make your transition to a new town, city, or state more enjoyable. 

Contact us to schedule a test drive. Our dealership is located at 3905 Gerstner Memorial Dr, Lake Charles, LA. We’re open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 7:00 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you drive home in a brand-new Toyota Tundra. 

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Where can you get the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross in Lake Charles, LA?

Buy the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross in Lake Charles, LA!

Belonging to the Corolla family, the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross is an excellent compact SUV. It is stylish, modern, well-equipped, safe, and comfortable. There are several features in the SUV that offer convenience on the road. The vehicle is spacious and provides a passenger capacity of five. If you want to buy the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross in Lake Charles, LA, please read this blog post by our team at the Lake Charles Toyota dealership.

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Discovering Updates to the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid  

What Are the Notable Interior and Technology Features Offered by the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid?  

Toyota has recently introduced the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid, a crossover SUV that offers a variety of impressive features. This vehicle combines an SUV’s practicality with a hybrid engine’s fuel efficiency, making it a good catch in the segment. Continue reading below to learn more about its key specifications. Furthermore, individuals living in Lake Charles, LA, can get a detailed tour of their preferred Toyota vehicle at Lake Charles Toyota.     

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How Lake Charles Toyota’s Experts Ensure Your Windshield Repair is Done Right

Safety is essential when operating a vehicle. Windshields are no longer just a piece of glass to shield you from the wind and flying objects, thanks to driver-assistance safety technologies that are increasingly widespread in cars. Windshield repair plays a crucial role in your ability to react more quickly to the dynamic driving environment.

Windshields are also more complex than they once were. Modern safety systems rely on sophisticated cameras mounted on the windshield to work correctly. These cameras are essential for keeping an eye on the road and assisting you in maintaining control and awareness while driving.

Selecting a qualified service provider who understands the intricate connection between the windshield and your car’s sophisticated safety systems is crucial if your windshield is damaged and needs replacement.

To guarantee that all safety features are operating correctly, our team of qualified technicians has the expertise to properly replace and calibrate your windshield. No matter your car’s brand or model, we have the most up-to-date equipment and technology to handle any windshield.

Trust Lake Charles Toyota’s Service Center professionals if you want windshield replacement services. Our crew is here to ensure that your vehicle’s safety features can keep you safe while driving. Contact us to make an appointment.

The Complexity of Modern Windshields

The windshield of a modern vehicle is no longer just a simple sheet of glass. Windshields are now an integral part of the car’s safety features and must follow exact specifications.

Today’s windshields are light while still being sturdy and long-lasting. They consist of several layers of glass and a layer of plastic that keeps broken glass from flying around. Modern windshields also have cutting-edge sensors and cameras as part of their driver-assistance safety systems.

The cameras installed on the windshield help the systems detect and respond to the active driving environment. These systems include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

It’s essential to choose a service provider when you need windshield replacement. Our trained professionals at Lake Charles Toyota’s Service Center have the skills and understanding to replace and calibrate your windshield accurately. Before handing back your car to you, we ensure all safety systems are up and running properly and only use premium OEM windshields.

Recalibrating Safety Systems After Windshield Repair

One of the most important things to remember regarding windshield replacement is the need to recalibrate the advanced driver-assistance safety systems after replacement.

These safety systems are designed to help you stay safe on the road, but they rely on the proper functioning of the cameras installed on your windshield. Without proper calibration, the safety features may not work as intended.

At Lake Charles Toyota’s Service Center, we recognize the significance of thorough ADAS recalibration following a repair. To ensure that all safety systems are operating as intended, our certified experts are trained to readjust the cameras. This applies to any other advanced safety systems your car may have, such as Emergency Brake Assist, Collision Avoidance System, Lane Departure Warning System, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

It’s crucial to remember that mobile installers cannot carry out ADAS recalibration. That’s why it’s best to use a reputable service provider like Lake Charles Toyota’s Service Center if you require replacement and ADAS recalibration services.

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The Risks of Using Non-Professional Windshield Installers

While hiring a non-professional installer for your windshield repair may appear to be a cost-effective option, there are significant risks. These dangers include the poor installation and calibration of the ADAS (advanced driver-assistance safety systems) found in newer cars.

The ADAS is a crucial component of modern vehicles’ safety systems. It gives drivers information about their surroundings and aids in keeping them safe while driving. These systems, however, rely on the windshield-mounted cameras’ reliable operation. The safety features may not function as intended if these cameras are not appropriately calibrated after a windshield replacement. This might put the driver and passengers at risk of harm in a collision.

Additionally, improper windshield installation can cause leaks, wind noise, and even windshield failure in the event of a collision. You may also be endangered by poor-quality materials. Lower-quality glass may not be as strong or long-lasting as OEM windshields.

At Lake Charles Toyota’s Service Center, certified technicians can install and calibrate windshields with ADAS. We stand behind our work with a satisfaction guarantee, so you can trust that your safety is our top priority.

Visit Lake Charles Toyota for Your Next Windshield Repair!

We recognize the significance of correct windshield replacement and ADAS recalibration at Lake Charles Toyota’s Service Center. We understand that windshield replacement can be a stressful experience. That’s why we work with your auto insurance company to make the process as easy and hassle-free as possible. Our team will handle all the paperwork and take care of everything. That way you can focus on getting back on the road safely. Don’t take any chances with your safety. Choose the experts at Lake Charles Toyota’s Service Center for all your windshield replacement needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and experience the difference that quality workmanship and exceptional service can make.

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Introducing the Ultimate Family SUV: 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander    

What Can I Expect from the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander?  

The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander recently made its debut and is the ultimate family vehicle. It has all the space and power to handle your ambitious plans. This vehicle has three engine options, so customers get what they want. Read ahead to learn more about the Grand Highlander key specifications. Individuals living in and around Lake Charles, LA, can take a detailed tour of their preferred Toyota vehicle at Lake Charles Toyota.  

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