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2016 Toyota Tacoma Highlights—Adventure and Protection

The next-generation Toyota Tacoma is almost here. Ever since redesigned mid-size pickup debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, the automaker has been revealing snippets of information about it. Now, we have some of the best 2016 Toyota Tacoma highlights—ones that’ll hopefully get you as pumped as we are for the truck’s impending release!

GoPro Camera Mount

The 2016 Tacoma is designed to appeal to your sense of adventure. While you can buy a GoPro camera mount separately, Toyota is making it as easy as can be by making it a standard feature on the Tacoma. The truck is perfect for off-road adventures, so why not film your escapades so you can relive them later and show your friends how awesome your new truck is? Rumor has it you’ll even be able to buy the matching camera alongside your Tacoma from the dealership.

Locking Tailgates

For the first time ever, the Toyota Tacoma will feature standard locking tailgates. In past generations, Tacoma owners have sometimes taken to rigging their own locking mechanisms for their tailgates to avoid theft. But now, those tailgates will be safe as can be, so you won’t have to worry about anyone vandalizing your ride.

Updated Technology

The 2016 Tacoma will be the most tech-savvy variant yet. Qi wireless charging will allow you to keep your phone juiced up without worrying about remembering your charger. The cabin will be quieter than ever, with a multi-layer acoustic windshield, floor silencer pads, a sound-absorbing headliner, and enhanced seals. Toyota’s latest Entune infotainment system will also be available to help keep you entertained on the road.

Look for the Tacoma to appear later this year at Bill Walsh Toyota!

Coming Soon: Camry and Corolla Special Editions

Think you know the Toyota Camry and Corolla? Think again. The automaker will be releasing its Camry and Corolla Special Editions in mid-August, and it’s safe to say that both models will change your view of the two popular sedans in a major way.

Both special edition models made their rounds of the auto shows earlier this year, impressing us and making us excited for their release.

Now that the time is almost upon us, we’re learning the main details about these vehicles. The Camry Special Edition will be priced starting at $25,715 MSRP, and will feature a power tilt/slide moonroof, smoked taillamp treatment, Blue Stream Metallic and Blizzard Pearl exterior colors, Dark Blue interior trim, standard Qi-compatible wireless charging, and a whole host of sporty and unique features that’ll make you stand out on the road.

The Corolla Special Edition comes with an MSRP of $20,635. For that price, you’ll get a choice between three exterior colors: Absolutely Red (exclusive to this model), Black Sand Pearl, and Super White. Other features include a red-accented dash panel and door trim, black mixed-media seats with red contrast stitching, and a Smart Key System with push-button start.

Toyota will make a total of 12,000 Camry Special Edition units, and 8,000 Corolla Special Edition units between August 2015 and January 2016. Both models will be available soon at Bill Walsh Toyota, so hurry down and take one out for a spin before they sell out!

Toyota Helps Open Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center

Spinal cord injuries can be some of the most life-changing injuries—causing many people to become paralyzed. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently to some of our military veterans while fighting overseas. One veteran, Romy Camargo was paralyzed after a sniper’s bullet hit him in the neck.

After his injuries, he and his wife, Gaby, decided to help make the lives of other paraplegics and quadriplegics better by opening a spinal cord injury recovery center called Stay In Step.

Toyota donated $300,000 to help open the doors of the center in Tampa, Florida, that will be available to both veterans and civilians. In addition to the funds, Toyota donated a wheelchair-accessible 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan at the grand opening on June 20th.

“Supporting Stay In Step is aligned with Toyota’s corporate vision to lead the way to the future of mobility and enrich lives around the world with the safest and most responsible ways of moving people,” said Chief Administrative Officer Simon Nagata, in a statement. “Toyota is proud to support Stay In Step and the tremendous work of Romy and Gaby.”

Stay In Step will use intense strength and conditioning exercises to help patients on the road to recovery and will focus on a “never quit” mentality for its patients and families.

Wow! What amazing dedication from the Camargo family and Toyota to help people get back on their feet. You find more information online and make sure to visit us at Bill Walsh Toyota for all your Toyota needs.

Camping in Ottawa, Illinois

There’s nothing quite like spending a couple of days camping with your family—the delicious smell of the fire, roasting marshmallows, catching fireflies, fishing on the lake, and hiking through the forest. If these thoughts have you yearning for your next camping adventure, here are some great places to go camping in Ottawa, Illinois.

  • Buffalo Rock State Park. If primitive camping is what you prefer, this is a great park to visit. There are three primitive camping areas along the trail between Buffalo Rock and Utica. Keep in mind that the sites are not accessible by motor vehicle and do not have water or restroom facilities.
  • Starved Rock State Park. This large park has 129 premium campsites. At this park you can enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, and more. There are frequent special events at Starved Rock, so check the calendar to see what’s happening.
  • Illini State Park. This state park has campsites for every type of camper, including tent sites and trailer sites with both electric and sanitation services. You can even capture some breathtaking views of the beautiful Illinois River.
  • Matthiessen State Park. This is a great park for horse lovers. It includes nine miles of horseback riding trails and an equestrian campground located west of Route 178 between Route 71 and the Dells Area entrance. The campground and trails are open until October 31st.

Where is your favorite local camping destination? Let us here at Bill Walsh Toyota know!