Navigation System 2015 Prius

The Navigation System in the 2015 Prius is like most technological gadgets, you must use it to figure it out.  Some of us are a little hesitate to sink our teeth into a gadget that beeps and chimes.

Prius Navigation

There are few of us that can find our way around a city without GPS, gone are the days of the Rand McNally map book that you kept in your car.  Getting  accurate directions from a stranger is a thing of the past. Many of you would not understand map coordinates or latitude or longitude.


If you were ever in Scouts reading a map was required to advance in rank. To a youth becoming an Eagle Scout was the ultimate, it was better than getting stars on your forehead in Catholic school.

Satellite technology has changed the world that we live in and for the geographically challenged individual it’s given them direction.

Navigation is one of the most popular options when purchasing a new car. The Navigation system of today is like the air conditioning option of yesterday, you must have it.

The Navigation system in the 2015 Toyota Prius is a very easy system to use, Toyota of El Cajon has produced a video that shows you the basics of the 2015 Prius Navigation system please take a look at the video.

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Toyota Prius Reliability

The Toyota Prius continues to rank high in reliability.  The Prius was first released in Japan in 1997, in 2000 the Prius was available worldwide.  Over 5 million Toyota Priuses have been sold worldwide,  making it the best-selling hybrid vehicle globally.  More than 2 million Priuses have been sold in the United States.  The Prius has been Japan’s best-selling car since 2009.

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It’s no secret that Americans have a long fascination with the internal combustion engine and many of us were reluctant to embrace the hybrid technology, but the Toyota Prius has set the standard and has been embraced by the public.  Whenever new technology reaches the masses there is a long list of skeptics that will wait a few years before purchasing, the Toyota Prius is now on the short list.

Using data from over 36,000 Toyota Prius hybrids, Consumer Reports has given the Toyota Prius high marks for reliability.  Prius owners also experience low ownership cost due to few repairs.

One of the questions that potential Prius buyers raised was the longevity of the battery, skeptics worried about the length of the battery life and its cost to replace it.

Prius battery

It is not uncommon to find Prius owners with over 200,000 miles on their cars, that are using the same original battery.  Many Prius-driving Taxi drivers have logged over 200,000 miles on their cars and reported no decline in vehicle performance.

Prius taxi

The Toyota Prius is now in its fourth generation model and has many happy customers throughout the world.  Toyota of El Cajon had the opportunity to profile one of our customers  Dana Stevens, who owns a 2006 Prius with  250,000 miles watch to her story.

The 2016 Prius has been redesigned for better aerodynamics and fuel efficiency and promises to raise the bar even higher for hybrid vehicles.  If you’re in the market for a reliable fuel-efficient car then test drive the Toyota Prius.

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Toyota and GoPro

You’ve probably heard of Simon & Garfunkel, Abbott & Costello now there is Toyota and GoPro.  Another great combination has teamed up to produce and capture adventure on video like never before.  Toyota and GoPro have formed a partnership that is unprecedented in the automotive industry.  The new 2016 Toyota Tacoma will come standard with a GoPro camera mount that will be mounted to the windshield just to the right of the rear-view mirror.

2016 Tacoma GoPro Mount

2016 Tacoma GoPro Mount

Since its debut in 2004, GoPro has become America’s fastest-growing digital imaging company.  Hollywood film directors, the NFL, The Rolling Stones, the US Military and millions of people worldwide are using GoPro cameras.  Sales of GoPro cameras have exceeded three million units annually with gross revenues well over $500 million yearly.  For the adventure seeker, the GoPro has become the camera of choice.  Skiers, skydivers, surfers, cyclist, snowboarders, dog owners, musicians and off-road truck enthusiasts have embraced the GoPro.

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It’s no secret that Americans love trucks, off-roading and fun and with the combination of GoPro and the 2016 Toyota Tacoma this is a match made in heaven.  If you search YouTube the list of videos from off-roading enthusiasts is too long to count.  2016 Tacoma owners will be able to mount their GoPro cameras onto the windshield and capture breathtaking video for the world to see.



From hauling materials to pulling a boat the Toyota Tacoma continues to be a very popular vehicle for truck owners and with the addition of the GoPro camera mount on the 2016 Tacoma, the adventure just went to a higher level. Are you in the market for some adventure, then the look into the Toyota Tacoma?

Toyota of El Cajon is an official distributor of GoPro products, if you need GoPro gear to capture your off-road adventures please stop by our Parts department, we carry a wide selection of GoPro products.

2016 Scion iM

The new 2016 Scion iM has arrived and its loaded with standard features and priced right. The Scion iM is a five-door hatchback that’s designed for versatility, it doesn’t matter if you’re going out to dinner or fishing the Scion iM meets the task.

2016 Scion iM

2016 Scion iM

The iM seats five and has a 60/40 rear fold-down seats which comes standard with a Cargo Cover. With ample room for groceries or golf bags the Scion iM rates a A+ for cargo area. One of the coolest features of the iM are the eight cup holders that are standard on the iM, no worries about spilling your coffee in the iM.

Scion iM Interior

Scion iM Interior

Scion iM Trunk

Scion iM Trunk

The interior on the 2016 Scion is stylish and  functional. Graced with a leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with controls for the 7 inch Pioneer Touch Screen Audio system, Bluetooth and Multi-Information Display the iM keeps the driver in control. The iM also is equipped with the Aha app that provides Facebook and Twitter feeds for the social media guru along with access to over 100,000 Internet radio stations. The list of standard equipment on the iM gets even longer with the Rear Backup Camera.

Scion iM Motor

Scion iM Motor

The Scion iM is powered by a Toyota 1.8L DOHC 4 cylinder motor that is rated at 137 horsepower with 126 pounds of foot torque. Owners have a choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVTi-S). With an estimated gas mileage rating of 32 combined city and highway the Scion is good on fuel economy.

Scion iM

Scion iM

The Scion iM has a double wishbone independent rear suspension that is seated on 17 inch alloy wheels with 225/45/17 series tires for exceptional agility and handling, all standard on the 2016 iM.

We could go on and on about the Scion iM and its standard equipment like Daytime LED Running Lights, heated outside power-folding mirrors, Sport Body Kit and Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control and LED Tail Lights but I think you get the point, the Scion iM is a great deal.

With a MSRP starting at $18,460 for the six-speed manual transmission and $19,200 for the seven-speed automatic the Scion iM is priced right. If you’re in the market for an affordable car that’s loaded with features then look into the Scion iM.

The Padres, San Diego River Park Foundation, and Toyota of El Cajon Team Up!

Forester Creek and the San Diego River require attention in order to keep it clean and Toyota of El Cajon has graciously offered their time to do just that! The San Diego River Foundation, Padres Volunteer Team presented by Toyota and Toyota of El Cajon will be working together on June 6th to create a better quality of life for our community through the conservation of San Diego River’s 52 mile river ecological, cultural and recreational resources.San Diego River Park Foundation

Let’s help make a difference as Toyota of El Cajon partners with the San Diego Padres and The San Diego River Park Foundation! Saturday, June 6th, from 9AM-11AM we will be hosting a river clean up exclusively for Toyota of El Cajon/Toyota Certified Center of Santee employees, friends, and family!

Simply visit and during the registration process be sure to choose Toyota of El Cajon as your group. If you have any questions or would like assistance with registration, you may contact Dana Sterpe at 619-270-3095 or

We’ll see you there!

DESCRIPTION: Padres Volunteers from Toyota of El Cajon will help remove trash and debris from Forester Creek in Santee. This is a great activity for environmentally-conscious individuals interested in clean water and a clean habitat for the plants and animals that call San Diego’s creek and river system home.

DIRECTIONS: We will start from the Santee Public Works building at 9534 Via Zapador Santee, CA 92071. If you type the address into Google Maps or GPS (9534 Via Zapador Santee, CA 92071) it will bring you to the Santee Public Works Building. You will see signage indicating that this is the San Diego River Foundation CleanUp location. Simply find a place to park within that parking lot and look for the pop-up tents and check-in table! Map of Location:

PARKING: Parking is free and readily available in the parking lot at the address provided.

ARRIVAL: Please check in with Allison near the Padres Volunteer Team and San Diego River Foundation set up tent. She will be there to welcome you and get you signed in.

ATTIRE: Please wear your Padres Volunteer Team T-shirt, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. No flip flops or open toed shoes are allowed for safety reasons. Unfortunately, volunteers may be turned away if not wearing closed toe shoes. Please also be sure to dress in clothes that can get a little dirty. Note: If this is your first event, you will pick up your tshirt upon check in.

MISC:  It is important to be prepared to spend time outside walking along the creek as be able to bend over to pick up trash as you see it! Have fun! We will have waivers available at the check in location, but if you prefer to complete in advance, please click on the download links and print below.

If you are 18 or older, please complete this waiver:

If you are under 18 please have your parents or adult supervisor fill out this waiver, and bring it with you.


CONTACT: Please call 619-346-0002 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

9534 Via Zapador Santee, 92071
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May is Bike Month. GO by BIKE!

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Join thousands of San Diegans and GO by BIKE for National Bike Month in May. With an average temperature of 71 degrees and more than 1,340 miles of bikeways, the San Diego region is one of the best places in the country for people to commute on two wheels.

Pledge to GO by BIKE on Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 15. Help the San Diego region log 25,000 miles – the equivalent of one trip around the world and one million calories burned! Log your Bike to Work Day trip in TripTracker at to make sure you’re counted toward the goal. Every time you GO by BIKE and log your trips in May, you will be entered to win prizes, including a new bike!

Pledge to GO by BIKE on Bike to Work Day, then roll into a pit stop on your way to work on Friday, May 15 to pick up a free Bike to Work Day t-shirt and snacks. We will be hosting a Pit stop and will be open from 6 to 9 a.m. Visit the Bike Month web page for a full list of pit stops.

Share how you GO by BIKE with @iCommuteSD on Facebook and Twitter or @SANDAGregion on Instagram before Bike to Work Day for your chance to win prizes, including a new bike! Then, share your Bike to Work Day experience by snapping a picture at a pit stop for an additional chance to win.

Don’t forget to share pictures of your time at our Pit Stop on our own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page!

Get ready to GO by BIKE with resources on the iCommute website, including the San Diego Regional Bike Map, bike safety and bike security guidelines, and tips on how to take your bike on public transit.

For more information on Bike Month 2015 activities, visit the Bike Month web page, or call 511 and say “iCommute.”

Celebrating El Cajon’s Tax Rollback!

Today, April 15th, we celebrated alongside Mayor Bill Wells (El Cajon), Jill Kobe (Parkway Plaza GM), Eric Lund (East County Chamber of Commerce GM), Chris George (Valley of Cars Dealers Association President) and the El Cajon community in celebration of the half percent tax cut made in El Cajon!

El Cajon has become the only city in the state of California to cut taxes in 2015 while 45 other cities have implemented a tax increase or renewed their existing tax rate.

Taxes were originally increased to improve safety facilities such as police stations and fire departments. With goals being met through the tax increase, El Cajon has implemented a tax rollback. Reducing taxes from 9.0 percent to 8.5 percent will create a savings of $8.6 million to El Cajon residents which was demonstrated by a giant check made out to The Citizens of El Cajon.

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Mayor Bill Wells addressing the El Cajon community.

Giant Check

Mayor Bill Wells and Parkway Plaza’s GM, Jill Kobe, presenting giant check.

Toyota is going to the Olympics!


We are excited to be part of the Toyota Motor Corporation and their exciting new sponsorship agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to become part of The Olympic Partner program!

This program is effective immediately in Japan, will expand globally in 2017, and will run through the end of 2024.

Toyoda commented on the new sponsorship agreement: “We will do everything possible to fulfill our new role in The Olympic Partner program, and justify the trust the IOC has placed in us. The addition of a mobility category to the TOP Partner field is an important recognition for our entire industry. Under this Olympic flag, let us today reaffirm the power of sports to bring people together. And let us dedicate ourselves to creating a better world by promoting sports in the Olympic spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.”

For even more information click here!

How the Toyota Mirai is Made

A production ceremony was held at Toyota’s Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Japan today to mark the milestone for the future of vehicles with the production of the Toyota Mirai.

The Motomachi Plant has over 50 years of production under its belt and has produced other great vehicles such as: “Corona”, “Soarer”, “Supra”, “RAV4”, and the Lexus “LFA” supercar – among others. The highly skilled craftspeople of the Motomachi Plant are no stranger to an intricate building process, hand-building the 500 series limited Lexus supercars to some of the highest standards ever seen in the industry.

The same detail oriented craftsmanship will be shining through the production of the Toyota Mirai with an estimated 3 units produced each day.

Take a look at the care used during the entire manufacturing process of the Mirai.

For more information visit the Toyota Global Newsroom.

Toyota Named One of “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies”

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Fast Company magazine has just named Toyota as one of the world’s most innovative companies as they lead the way in fuel-cell technology. As Toyota did with the Prius, the Toyota Mirai (Japanese for ‘future’) will be the future for zero-emission vehicles.


With 1,500 orders in Japan the first month of sales, Toyota is confident the release of this innovative vehicle in the fall of 2016 for California dealerships will have a similar success story. 3,000 units will be produced for California buyers priced at $57,000.

To fuel the Mirai, there is an obvious need for hydrogen fueling stations and it is roughly estimated for California to have 50 fueling stations by the release of the Mirai. Additional 12-25 stations are planned to be built by 2020 stimulating the growth of Toyota’s fuel-cell technology for the future. Developers are confident that 75 hydrogen fuel stations can sustain a population of 17,000 to 24,000 hydrogen-fueled vehicles.

Visit Toyota USA’s official site for more information on how this technology works!

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