5 Simple Ways To Get Your Car Ready for Winter

For the majority of the year, driving conditions are pretty tepid. But the true test of your integrity as a car owner, and the quality of your car comes during the winter months. This is when you can truly get punished for not taking care of your car unless you take care of the necessary winter car prep. Between harsh winter weather and the toll the cold, ice, snow, and salt can take, you really have to step up your winter car care game to get your vehicle winter ready. 

Winter Car Care Checklist

We don’t want to see you or your car on the side of the road this winter season. The best way to avoid any issues is to make sure your car is ready to take on whatever the next few months have in store. So before things get really rough, here are 5 simple winter car care tips that will help you and your car be ready for the colder months ahead. 


Juice Up Your Battery

Auto battery test

Having to wait for a jump in the middle of the cold and possibly snow is up there with the worst things to happen in winter. If you don’t check your battery before the cold weather sets in, you’re really taking a gamble. The extreme cold that we tend to see can make it difficult for your battery to operate. And the last thing you want is to come back to your car left in a cold parking lot and find it dead leaving you with no heat. The best advice you’ll get today is to get a volt test on your battery now. This will tell you what the health of your battery looks like and whether or not you should invest in a new battery. 

Maintain Your Tires

Winter Tires

When it comes to driving in winter, the quality of your tires is paramount. But it’s not just about what kind of tires you have but keeping an eye on your tire pressure as well. Investing in winter tires or all-season tires is a great idea and one we highly recommend. You want something that you can rely on for snow, rain, mud, and anything else you may encounter this year. However, something that gets overlooked often is tire pressure. As the air gets colder, tire pressure can drop up to one pound per square inch with every 10-degree drop. Keep an eye on your tire pressure and make sure you fill them if they are looking low. 

Check Your Fluids

oil change

Every fluid in your car is going to help it perform the best it can during the colder months. For this reason, it’s very important that all of your fluid levels are good and fresh. Change your oil and filters if it’s coming near time, flush and refill your coolant/antifreeze, and fill your windshield wiper fluid. Doing all of these now will ensure that your car works the way it should even when temperatures drop. 

Wash Your Car

Car wash

This may seem like a weird thing to do, but it’s surprisingly important. However, this is something that you should do throughout the winter months. As more snow hits the roads, the county will salt those roads in an effort to keep them as clear as possible. But that salt will also end up on your car, especially all over your undercarriage. While the salt really helps the roads, it can wreak havoc on your car and cause rust. That is unless you give it a good wash after a big snow. Both an automatic and manual wash will work, as long as you can hit your undercarriage well. 

Pack an Emergency Kit

winter emergency kit

Everything is all fun and games until your car dies in the middle of a snowstorm. Whether you slid on ice or something happened with your engine, or maybe even ran out of gas, having an emergency kit may just save your life. Depending on the weather and where you are, you definitely need to be prepared for anything. Here are some things you should have packed: 


  • First-aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Snow brush and ice scraper
  • Flares
  • Multi-tool with a knife
  • Portable charger
  • Air pump
  • Shovel
  • Cat litter or sand
  • Candle and lighter
  • Thermal blanket
  • Snacks and water


Stay Safe Out There


Winter can be a crazy time, but making your vehicle winter ready ahead of time can go a long way. These are just a couple of things you can do, but there’s always more. Do your research and talk with our fantastic service technicians about what you should have done before the colder months are on top of us. Be smart and stay safe this holiday season!

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Helping Kids Reach Their Potential With The Boys and Girls Club of The Tar River Region

Children are our future. However, not all have the opportunity to reach their full potential, due to a number of factors. But that doesn’t mean they can’t, and The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region looks past their situations and sees the people they could become. The BGC works to create a safe, positive, and nurturing environment to help these young people reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Through afterschool programs and summer youth development programs, the Boys & Girls Club can guide young people towards the path of progress and success. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region boasts a 100% graduation rate, with 83% of their club members currently on track to graduate from High School on time, along with providing over 23,000 meals over the course of the school year.

This year The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region and Rocky Mount Mills teamed up to raise funding during their 3rd annual Derby Day at the Mills on May 7th. Attendees got to enjoy the Kentucky Derby races which saw one of the greatest underdog wins to date, along with a live DJ, food, and entertainment for everyone. The event was a huge success, and all of the funds raised will go towards supporting the over 1,200 young people that they serve throughout the year.

At Rocky Mount Toyota, we want to make sure our young generation has every opportunity to grow into the incredible people we know they can be. That’s why we are proud sponsors of The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region. If you would like to learn more about their organization and find out how you can support their mission, you can check them out here! A huge thank you to The Boys & Girls Club for continuing to support our youth!

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2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4’s ability to handle like a car despite being an SUV is one of the most important reasons for its success. This car is just as tough and dependable as any other Toyota or Honda on the market in the United States, and it has the aesthetics to match. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 on the 2021 RAV4 includes a number of driver assistance technologies that make it extremely safe. A performance plug-in hybrid is also available, in addition to the gas-powered variants.

What Trims Are There?

Understanding the many trim levels of a vehicle aids in selecting the ideal one as per needs. Here are the names of the six 2021 Toyota RAV4 trims:

  • Adventure
  • XLE
  • LE
  • XLE Premium
  • TRD Off-Road
  • Limited 

The XLE Premium comes with plenty of standard equipment, which makes it a great buy because many of these features aren’t available in the LE or the XLE. For 2021, the Super White shade has been replaced by Blizzard Pearl. A front skid plate has been added to the TRD Off-Road.

Exterior appearance of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Outward Appearance:

From the front, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 gets square-jawed looks that appear to be inspired by Toyota’s 4Runner and Tacoma models. It clearly appears to be tougher than the previous version. The front grille is trapezoidal and is slightly different than the TRD Off-Road. The lower fascia is coated in black, giving the vehicle a more aggressive appearance upfront. Full LED headlights and LED fog lights are visible.

The sides are covered in black claddings here. The TRD Off-Road comes standard with 18-inch matt black alloy wheels and red TRD springs that are exclusive to it. Roof rails and smoked taillights, which have been positioned high, receive black treatment. Dual chrome exhausts add to the car’s aggressive appearance.

Toyota vehicles are known for reliability and efficiency, and the 2021 RAV4 offers a superb combination of these to make it popular.

Engine appearance of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 available at Rocky Mount Toyota

What’s Underneath the Hood?

The front suspension of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 has been modified for best-in-class performance. It is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 203 hp of power and 184 lb-ft of torque. The above engine is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

FWD (Front-Wheel Drive) is the standard drivetrain for all trims, although AWD (All-Wheel Drive) is an option. AWD with Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD technology, as well as a Disconnect System, are offered on the TRD Off-Road.

Interior appearance of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Inside Appearance:

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 has 37.5 cubic feet of back cargo space, so the room isn’t an issue. A small cubby hole and a 12V outlet are also included in the cargo compartment. A privacy cover conceals items in the back. The following are some other interior features:

  • Cruise Control
  • Terrain Modes
  • Digital information gauge cluster in the center
  • Comfortably Thick Steering Wheel
  • 8.0-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Generous Legroom and Headroom
  • Rear USB Ports
  • 4 Cup Holders
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Funky Cabin Design
One of the safety features of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Safety Features:

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 on the 2021 RAV4 provides the following features:

  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Pre-Collision System
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
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2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Hybrid cars are still seen as unreliable and attractive by many, but the 2021 Toyota Avalon is set to surprise precisely this group. It’s big, comfortable, and unique, just as you’d expect from an Avalon, and it delivers up to 44 MPG, according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), which is almost twice the fuel economy of a 10-year-old Avalon. This generation of Avalon debuted in 2019, and the 2021 model is largely unchanged. The technology in the car has been improved with the integration of Android Auto and USBC ports. The hybrid’s old nickel hydride battery has also been replaced by a new lithium-ion battery. Toyota is a firm believer in its sedans and offers many of them to its customers.

Trims available at Rocky Mount Toyota:

Buyers will have three trims of the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid to consider, them being:

  • XSE
  • Limited
  • XLE

The same safety equipment is now available across all trims of the Avalon Hybrid. However, there is an additional Advanced Safety Package for the Limited trim.

Exterior appearance of the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Exterior Appearance:

A completely unique front apron with full LED headlights and LED daytime running lights can be seen here on the Avalon Hybrid XSE. While it mimics the styling of the Avalon TRD, customers certainly won’t mind it. The body extends beautifully from the front air curtains to the sides. Buyers will see a wide mouth grill with the blue Toyota logo in the middle (blue indicates hybrid). You can see a very clear design on the hood of the vehicle. Customers will see 18-inch wheels with attractive rims on the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE. A hybrid badge is located near the front door. The exterior mirrors, painted in body color, have very small built-in indicators. The windows have a frame made of brushed aluminum for a stylish look. down by the door. A trunk spooler with a decline in the middle is available on the back, along with the LED taillights.

Engine appearance of the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Engine Specifications:

Toyota has installed a 2.5 liter naturally aspirated hybrid engine with an output of 215 hp and 163 lbs.-ft of torque in the Avalon Hybrid. This motor works in conjunction with a single electric motor and has been coupled with an eCVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The full-size sedan can deliver 43 MPG in the city and 43 MPG on the highway, which is excellent for its curb weight.

Interior appearance of the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Interior Appearance:

Toyota clearly brings a premium Lexus feel inside the 2021 Avalon Hybrid. Interior features include:

  • Soft Touch Door Panels
  • Two-Tone Interiors
  • 9.0-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Push Button Start
  • Heated but no Ventilated Seats
  • Dual Climate Control
  • 2 Cup Holders on Different Shapes
  • Drive Modes
  • Semi-Soft Armrest Console
  • Sunroof
  • Brushed Aluminum Brake and Throttle Pedals
  • Electrically Assisted Driver’s Seat
  • Excellent Legroom and Headroom All Over

Features at the rear include:

  • Rear AC Vents
  • Armrest with Cup Holders
  • 16.3 Cubic Feet of Rear Cargo Space
One of the safety features of the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Safety Features:

Toyota Safety Sense™ offers the following safety features:

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

For more information on the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid available at Rocky Mount Toyota, visit their website: https://www.rockymounttoyota.com/toyota-avalon-hybrid-rocky-mount-nc

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2021 Toyota 4Runner Vs. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2021 Toyota 4Runner Vs. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Toyota has always been able to deliver a very high level of reliability and excellent build quality, both of which can be seen on the 2021 4Runner. While the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a brand new vehicle that looks rugged, it’s still not quite up to date with the mark height. Expect the Toyota 4Runner to have higher resale value in the US market in 2021. Here is a comparison between the various parameters of the two SUVs:

  1. Off-Roading Ability- Both vehicles have strong off-road abilities, with them being able to tackle the toughest of terrains.
  2. Length and Width- The 4Runner is marginally longer than the Grand Cherokee, but the latter is wider. What this means is that there is a little more space to sit inside the latter.
  3. Seating Capacity-Although both are 4-door vehicles, the 4Runner can offer 7 seats, in comparison to 5 inside the Grand Cherokee. More family members will be able to travel comfortably in the former.
  4. Trim Levels- Buyers can expect the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee to be available in the following trim levels:
  5. Laredo E
  6. Summit
  7. 80th Anniversary Edition
  8. Laredo X
  9. Trailhawk®
  10. High Altitude
  11. Limited
  12. Overland

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner offers one more trim in comparison to the above. Names of the trims are:

  • Trail Special Edition
  • TRD Off-Road Premium
  • TRD Off-Road
  • Limited
  • TRD Pro
  • SR5
  • SR5 Premium
  • Venture Special Edition
  • Nightshade Special Edition
  • Drivetrain– Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Toyota 4Runner are available with RWD (Rear-Wheel-Drive) and 4WD (4-Wheel-Drive).
  • Engine Capacity– Expect the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee to be available with more engines as compared to the 2021 Toyota 4Runner. All these engines have been mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Here are the specifications for the Grand Cherokee’s powertrains:
EnginePower (hp)Torque (lb-ft)
3.6 liter V6 (Base Engine)295260
5.7 liter V8360390
6.2-liter Supercharged V8 (Trackhawk)707645
6.4 liter V8 (SRT)475470

Compared to the above, the 4Runner is available with a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 270 hp of power and 278 lb-ft of torque that has been paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission:

  • Basic Warranty- Both vehicles get the same Basic Warranty, which is 3 years /36,000 miles.
  • Rear Cargo Area- Clearly looking like the bigger SUV, the 4Runner easily beats the Grand Cherokee in terms of overall size. This translates into a bigger cargo area too, with the 4Runner offering 88.8-89.7 cubic feet in place of 68.3 cubic feet inside the Grand Cherokee.
  • Towing Capacity- The Grand Cherokee has an advantage over the 4Runner in terms of towing capacity, as its 3.6-liter base engine can pull an impressive 6,200 pounds when upgraded to the 5.7-liter V8 that Trailer load increases to 7,200 pounds. You will be impressed with the 4Runner’s 5,000-pound trailer load.
  • Tech-Savvy– The Grand Cherokee is also the most tech-savvy SUV here, featuring a new UConnect 5 infotainment system with a 10.1-inch screen and HUD (Heads Up Display). The 4Runner offers an 8.0 infotainment system. Inches without a HUD. optional high-quality Mcintosh audio system.
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2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry is a mid-size sedan that has firmly established its customer base through virtues of reliability and value; virtues further heightened with the arrival of the 2021 Camry Hybrid, which offers significantly lower fuel economy, offers a combined city and motorway kilometers of more than 50 MPG. For 2021, this vehicle will be available with new XSE equipment and a larger touchscreen infotainment system. This is the first time that the sporty styling and the truck are available as a hybrid.

Available Trims at Rocky Mount Toyota:

Toyota dealerships will be able to offer the following four trims of the 2021 Camry Hybrid:

  1. LE Hybrid
  2. XLE Hybrid
  3. SE Hybrid
  4. XSE Hybrid

Hard plastics have been used in the cabins of lower trims. The top-notch safety score of this mid-size sedan is also a major reason to buy it.

Exterior appearance of the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Exterior Appearance:

Expect a new front apron on the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid; This looks much better than the lower rack in the older version and the design is less in the face than before. While the LED daytime running lights of the XSE Hybrid have seen design changes, the design has become very clean. There is no question that the lower panel looks sporty and aggressive. The lower opening of the front grille has been enlarged, with the logo in the middle. The lines of the sliding body are collected on the bonnet. They measure 19 inches for the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE. The shock absorbers have been modified to give a sporty feel when driving the sedan. There is a hybrid emblem on the fender, followed by color-coordinated side mirrors with indicators, integrated. The clear and attractive design lines make the car appear athletic on the sides. There is a small spoiler and a shark fin antenna on the trunk lid. The LED taillight designs look good, but the chrome finish can be omitted here. Buyers can also see a sporty rear diffuser at the rear, the vehicle looks more elegant than before.

Engine appearance of the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Engine Specifications:

The 2021-Toyota Camry hybrid is available with an inline 2.5-liter engine, which is coupled to an electric motor to provide a total of 208 hp power and 163 LBFT torque.

Interior appearance of the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Interior Appearance:

The clean and flowing design is visible on the door panels that get soft-touch materials. Not too much space is available in the door pockets. Features inside the XSE include:

  • Stylish Dashboard Design
  • 9-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System (brand new)
  • Push Button Start
  • Dual Climate Control
  • Wireless Charging
  • Storage Cubby at the Front
  • 12V Outlet and USB port
  • Eco, Normal, and Sport Drive Modes
  • Massive Armrest Console
  • Electric Assist Seats for Driver and Passenger
  • Adequate Legroom and Headroom
  • 7-inch Digital Display on Instrument Cluster
  • Rear AC Vents
  • 15 Cubic Feet of Cargo Space
One of the safety features of the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid available at Rocky Mount Toyota

Safety Features:

  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection
  • Forward Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Warning

For more information on the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid available at Rocky Mount Toyota, visit their website: https://www.rockymounttoyota.com/2023-toyota-camry-hybrid/

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