Here Are the Best Drive-ins in Illinois

 

The last days of summer are quickly approaching — how does your summer bucket list look? Did you check off most of those weekend getaways, trips to the farmer’s market, golden tans, and so on? Was an evening spent at an old-fashioned drive-in on your list? If it wasn’t, you might want to consider adding it. Or, if it was, and you still haven’t checked it off, we have a list to help you out!

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Here are the best drive-ins in Illinois (be sure to make it to one before the summer’s over!):

  1. Cascade Drive-In

Located in West Chicago, this old-time drive-in offers double features for just $10 per adult ($5 per child 5-11, free for kids under 5). Cascade Drive-In even has a ‘50s-era cafeteria, but feel free to bring in your own meals and snacks.

 

  1. McHenry Outdoor Theater

Here’s a bit of nostalgia for you: at McHenry Outdoor Theater, you need to call for showtimes! No more simply relying on Google! This drive-in has been a staple of the McHenry, Illinois, community for decades, and one trip there for a flick will tell you why. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids 11 and under.

 

  1. Harvest Moon Twin Drive In Movie Theatre

There is no other way to describe the Harvest Moon Twin Drive In Movie Theatre, except as an absolute classic delight. Located in Gibson, Illinois, you won’t want to miss a trip to Harvest Moon, or their well-stocked snack bar that offers a variety of goodies from pizza to pickles.

 

If you happen to be in the market for the perfect car to take to one of these drive-ins in Illinois, stop by Bill Walsh Toyota today and check out our huge selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs!

Toyota Named Top Automotive Innovator for 2016 by IPO

Toyota recently earned the IPO award for the third year in a row. IPO stands for the Intellectual Property Owners Association, an independent research association that publishes a yearly “Top 300 Organizations Granted US Patents.” Toyota has more patents—totaling 1,540 for 2016—than any other automaker, making it a leader in its industry.Top Automotive Innovator - Bill Walsh Toyota - Ottawa, IL

According to Toyota, several of these patents were filed with the creation of innovations like Toyota Safety Sense™, a suite of driver assist technologies that alerts you to dangers on the road. Entune 3.0 also utilized several new technologies, while Toyota also optimized hybrid and alternative-fuel options for several vehicles.

“As companies in the automotive industry transform themselves into broader mobility providers, no auto company better demonstrates innovation and technology for the future than Toyota,” said Jeff Makarewicz, group vice president, Toyota Motor North America Research & Development.  “Toyota’s industry-leading patent numbers illustrate the company’s continuous success as global mobility and innovation front runner.”

Toyota’s ranking as the Top Automotive Innovator for the third year in a row reflects the company’s dedication to providing customers with the best products possible. Not only are you certain to get a durable, high-quality vehicle when you shop Toyota, but you’re also bound to get one of the smartest cars on the market. Learn more about recent Toyota innovations by test driving a 2017 model at Bill Walsh Toyota today.

New 2018 Yaris Hatchback Comes with Upgraded Features

Toyota recently announced some final details about the new 2018 Yaris hatchback, including sporty features, added convenience, and upgraded technologies. The Yaris is the perfect car for city and highway, offering impressive fuel economy, a comfortable drive, as well as great handling and safety. Read on to learn about some of the latest features on this new hatchback.

According to Toyota, the new Yaris comes with a Toyota Safety Sense-C™ system, including three driver assist technologies: Pre-Collision, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams. This trio of safety systems is designed to keep you better protected in dangerous situations, alerting you to danger and watching your blind spots.

“The fuel-efficient Yaris represents a great value for buyers on a budget as it is the Toyota brand’s least expensive model, yet it is equipped with many standard safety and convenience features.  Among the many standard carryover safety features is Toyota Safety Sense- C™ (TSS-C), a trio of driver assist technologies that help drivers get from point “A” to point “B” with safety assurance,” reads the Toyota press release.

The new Yaris will come in three-door and five-door styles, as well as L, LE, and SE trims. You’ll find a contoured exterior, horizontal taillamps, a new front facia, and more. Intelligent features include LCD displays, an ECO-Driving indicator, and the Entune™ Audio system. The Entune™ system has a touchscreen display, smartphone connectivity, and more. Stop by Bill Walsh Toyota to test drive the latest Yaris today.Bill Walsh Toyota to test drive the latest Yaris today.

Toyota FT-4X Concept

Toyota LogoThere are quite a few utility-driven vehicles getting released in the next few years and Toyota isn’t about to be left out of the running. The Japanese automaker announced that it would bring a new off-road concept to the New York International Auto Show. The concept, called the FT-4X, will offer the off-road capability that weekend adventurers love while maintaining urban versatility.

The Toyota FT-4X concept is widely considered to be the replacement for the FJ Cruiser, which left the market in 2014. Now, crossovers and SUVs are all the rage amid low gas prices. With close competitors releasing their own off-road utility vehicles, Toyota is clearly looking to grab its fair share of the market.

The FT-4X name stands for “Future Toyota – Four-Wheel Drive” and a teaser photo reveals just what that means. The concept vehicle rides on 18-inch wheels wrapped in 225/55R18 tires. Obviously a four-wheel drive model, the teaser photo shows that the display model will likely be bright orange.

While speculators believe this could be the successor to the FJ Cruiser, others are holding out in the hopes of a crossover or small truck. The Toyota FT-4X concept will make its public debut on April 12th at the New York International Auto Show.

We here at Bill Walsh Toyota can’t wait to see what comes from the inspiring FT-4X Concept!

Toyota Self-Driving Cars: Safer, Smarter, and User Friendly

The Toyota Research Institute is making headlines as it makes advances in autonomous vehicle technologies. The 2.0 advanced safety research vehicle was recently displayed in Sonoma California and have been dubbed the Chauffeur and Guardian technologies.

According to Toyota, the new Toyota self-driving cars operate by using a range of machines and systems. These include the LIDAR feature, a combination of radar and cameras that work to optimize the computer’s perception of environment. The autonomous Prius models also rely on high-definition maps to a degree, that, when combined with LIDAR, paint a clear picture for the computer.

“Basically, it is a smart vehicle designed to get smarter over time,” said Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute. “It will learn individual driver habits and abilities and will benefit from shared intelligence from other cars as data gathering, sharing and connectivity technologies advance.  We believe Guardian can probably be deployed sooner and more widely than Chauffeur, providing high-level driver-assist features capable of helping mitigate collisions and save lives, sooner rather than later.”

The Chauffeur system is a fully autonomous technology that can operate constantly, while Guardian is a high-level driver assist system. This means the car is able to always monitor what’s happening, helping to prevent crashes moments before humans are even aware of danger. You don’t have to give up your freedom behind the wheel with these self-driving systems—they just work when you need them. At Bill Walsh Toyota, we can’t wait to see what else the brand has in store for the future.

Exciting Toyota Concept Models and Production Models at 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Toyota is making an exciting showing at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show this week, where the brand will debut several concept vehicles, as well as the latest versions of popular models that will hit showroom floors later this year.

Toyota released details on the “sexy” new 2018 Camry and, at the time of writing, first glimpses of the 2018 Tundra TRD Sport at CAS have been announced on Twitter. Toyota’s enormous CAS display will include more than 50 vehicles, in addition to the new Camry and Tundra.

The Camry, America’s best-selling car for fifteen years running, was first shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January and is thrilling consumers thanks to its new sporty looks and energy. The Tundra TRD Sport’s premium design and rugged performance will satisfy any truck driver and the 2017 RAV4 and Highlander will give viewers an interactive preview of Toyota’s innovative safety technology.

Toyota’s 2017 CAS theme, “The Story of Go,” will present this safety technology through seven demonstrations, including GO CONNECT, which shows how vehicles connect to modern technology, and GO SEE THE UNSEEN, which demonstrates Automatic High Beams, Perimeter Scan, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The three Toyota concept models, the FCV+, i-ROAD, and FV2, cover a range of ecofriendly and mobility needs. The hydrogen-powered FCV+ can be used to generate electricity inside the home. The i-ROAD, which has been around for a few years, is a three-wheel personal EV with Active Lean technology. The FV2 uses an intelligent transport system to connect drivers to other vehicles in the area and is operated by the driver shifting their body to change direction.

Toyota’s massive CAS show will give the auto world a lot to talk about in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for news on more new Toyota vehicles.

45 Toyota Cars at NAIAS 2017, Including C-HR and New Camry

2018 Toyota Camry Announced At NAIAS 2-17

The North American International Auto Show ( NAIAS 2017 ) is still going on for a few more days, and by the end Toyota will have shown 45 vehicles. The big story is the new generation of the Camry, Toyota’s flagship sedan, as well as the C-HR crossover coupe that has been making its way around US auto shows in the last year before finally stopping in Detroit.

The 2018 Camry

The eighth-generation Camry, which will go on sale with 2018 models, was built on the TNGA, or “Toyota New Global Architecture,” which was also used in the new Toyota Innova Crysta and the Fortuner, and utilizes sharp, bold styling and defined lines for sporty, aggressive looks.

The Camry’s new sloping roof and sleek profile give a more luxurious impression than previous generations, which is matched by its superior driving dynamics, a redesigned cabin with seamlessly integrated touchscreen, and a unique center console.

The Camry Hybrid will also get a redesign, with some minor differences from the gasoline Camry, including a backlit blue Toyota symbol and a different grille. It will also include the next-generation Toyota Hybrid System.

 The 2018 C-HR

The C-HR is set to go on sale in 2018 as well. Originally meant to be part of the Scion lineup, the C-HR takes obvious design cues from the funky, youth-oriented Scion styles. Its deep curves and sharp lines perfectly combine the TNGA design philosophy with the crossover coupe style, giving Toyota a great contender for the subcompact SUV market.

Toyota Partners With Startup to Improve Autonomous Vehicle Systems

The automobile market has stretched far beyond just building and engineering reliable, long-lasting cars, with more automakers than ever dipping their toes into the world of technology and investing in futuristic features like autonomous vehicle systems. Toyota is one of these companies, having recently announced a partnership between the Toyota Research Institute and Allianz Ventures. The collaboration will give rise to Nauto, a data-collection startup that will use human driver data to improve autonomous driving.

Toyota isn’t the only one cashing in on Nauto. BMW i Ventures and another unnamed auto manufacturer also have stakes in the startup, as they seek to use the system’s technology for the same purpose. The anonymous data collection is done using a small box containing a camera and computer that attaches to a vehicle’s windshield. The camera will then monitor the driver’s habits, learn how to navigate complicated roads, and collect traffic data.

Eventually Nauto would like to program its technology into all vehicles in order to collect even more data for future autonomous vehicle systems, but for the moment, Toyota, BMW, and another manufacturer are the only ones involved in the startup. BMW and Toyota have worked together in the past and are currently also said to be developing a vehicle together, so they’re no strangers to collaborating.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the Perfect Road Trip Car

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the perfect combination of features and performance for an incredible road trip. Forbes.com says that the Highlander is probably the best road trip vehicle available if you want to avoid minivans, and the Highlander Hybrid offers the same performance and technology with a boost in fuel economy.

The Highlander is the only mid-size SUV on the market to be offered with a hybrid option, mostly because the difference in fuel economy doesn’t look as good as it does in smaller cars, where the difference tends to be much greater. The Highlander Hybrid’s 28 mpg on the highway may not look like much, but compared to the regular Highlander’s 20 mpg, the hybrid is a surprising improvement.

And since SUVs and minivans are the preferred road trip car of families everywhere thanks to their superior seating and cargo volume, it makes sense to offer a car that also saves you money and time on your road trip because you don’t have to stop for gas as often. The Forbes.com writer who reviewed the Highlander Hybrid said that on his road trip they averaged 30.8 mpg on the highway, which is almost three mpg higher than the EPA estimate.

The Highlander Hybrid also comes with such comforts as a rear-seat Blu-ray player, and V6-equipped Highlanders come with a standard towing package with engine-cooling systems. The Highlander and Highlander Hybrid have everything you need for the perfect road trip!

Toyota Supra Spy Pictures Released

Finally, Toyota Supra spy pictures have surfaced! The Supra, which Toyota is producing in conjunction with BMW, looks just like the Supra that went out of production in the early 2000s, and fans are thrilled. The iconic Supra sports car seems to have taken some inspiration from the FT-1 concept Toyota introduced at the Detroit Auto Show.

First announced in 2012, the Toyota-BMW partnership to produce a sports car hasn’t technically been named, but enthusiasts have long speculated that the car will be a remake of the Supra. Hints from the engineers working on the project have furthered rumors, and with these new photos, it’s all but confirmed.

BMW and Toyota will eventually produce a Z5 released under the BMW name as well as what is speculated to be a new Toyota Supra. This isn’t the first time two automakers have come together to produce low-volume, high-price models they would struggle to fund individually—Mazda and Fiat partnered to produce the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Fiat 124 Spider.

In other Supra-related news, MotorTrend released a recent article that suggested the Supra may eventually include a hybrid model. The Toyota Europe CEO said he does not “have any doubt whatsoever that in the long-term future there will be a real Toyota sports model using electrification,” but nothing has been confirmed.

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