How the 2018 C-HR Compares to the RAV4

Toyota C-HR in blue, parked at a home with people walking nearby | Lake Shore Toyota When it comes to quality cars and trucks, one of the leading brand names that we can think of is Toyota. The company is dedicated to building cars that meet people’s needs, equipping each vehicle with sustainable mobility and state-of-the-art safety technologies.

Two of the latest models released by Toyota are the 2018 C-HR and 2018 RAV4. While both SUVs have advanced features, each car still has its own unique qualities that will make it hard for you to decide which one to bring home.

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5 Best SafetySense Features to Notice

Toyota Safety Sense logo and "Designed for safety" | Lake Shore ToyotaIn 2018, Toyota released the first generation of Toyota SafetySense (TSS), its suite of active and passive safety systems. It is designed to help protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians from accidents caused by a delay in the driver’s recognition of and reaction to unfortunate situations. Here are some of the SafetySense’s specific features that you should watch out for:

Vehicle Detection

One feature of its pre-collision system is vehicle detection. TSS includes an in-vehicle camera and laser that can detect a vehicle in front of your vehicle. If it determines a high likelihood of a collision, it emits audio and visual alerts. Depending on the braking force applied by the driver to the brake pedal, the system will provide additional braking force through Brake Assist. The Brake Assist will be canceled 2 seconds after the vehicle has been stopped. However, Toyota warns drivers not to completely rely on the system, because there are certain conditions where it will not work due to limited visibility.

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What is Toyota’s Direct Shift-CVT?

2018 Red Toyota Camry with CVT | Lake Shore ToyotaCVTs, or continuously variable transmissions, are typically more fuel efficient than regular automatic transmissions. However, many drivers complain that CVTs offer a disconnected feel when driving. Toyota is looking to change all of that with its new Direct Shift-CVT. Learn more about Direct Shift-CVT and how it differs from traditional CVTs.

How Traditional CVTs Works

Regular automatic transmissions work by meshing gears to adjust between wheel speed and engine speed. CVTs do away with these gears. Instead, a CVT uses two pulleys connected with a belt. As these pulleys change position, the CVT can constantly change the drive ratio rather than switching between fixed gears. This means that CVTs are almost always in the perfect gear, which results in better fuel economy. Unfortunately, that also means that drivers have to deal with some trade-offs.

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3 Local Banks Perfect for Your first Checking Account

Many stacks of $100 bills | Lake Shore ToyotaIf you’re looking for somewhere to open a checking account for your teenager or if you’re a young adult ready to open your first account, the process of opening a bank account can seem daunting. Here are three local banks to consider.

First Midwest Bank

First Midwest Bank is a Chicago-based bank that has branches in Indiana as well. They offer several different types of checking accounts:

  • Easy
  • Midwest
  • Diamond

All three offer free ATM transactions, and the Diamond offers a free World Debit MasterCard, while Easy and Midwest offer a standard debit card.

There are no fees for the Easy Checking account if you maintain a $100 average daily balance, make qualifying deposits of $100 or more per statement period, or are 65 years of age or older. Otherwise, you’ll pay $7.49 a month in maintenance fees.

Midwest Checking requires a minimum of $1,000 in direct deposits or a $2,500 minimum daily balance. Otherwise, you’ll pay $12 in monthly maintenance fees.

Diamond Checking requires that you maintain a mortgage, home equity loan, personal trust, or a $25,000 combined average daily balance in savings, money market, checking, or CDs. Otherwise, you’ll pay $20 a month in maintenance fees.

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3 Big Businesses That Got Their Start Near Chesterton

Close up of a folded newspaper | Lake Shore ToyotaChesterton is a town in northwest Indiana. It is part of the Duneland area, which is the heart of the Indiana Dunes that are situated on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. There are five towns that make up the Duneland region, which include Beverly Shores, Chesterton, Dune Acres, Burns Harbor, and Porter. A large section of the dunes runs for about 25 miles along the lakeshore and is part of the National Park System.

There is a lot of history in the area, including several notable long-standing businesses who began near Chestertown.

Bethlehem Steel (now ArcelorMittal)

Bethlehem Steel started construction of its Burns Harbor plant in 1962, bringing a number of steel-related jobs to the area. The company survived wars and civil rights movements, but it didn’t survive much past the turn of the century. They filed for bankruptcy and closed the plant, which caused unemployment to rise, as it was the largest employer and biggest taxpayer in the region.

Fortunately, the plant was purchased by I.S.G. in 2003, and the local economy slowly began to recover. In 2008, the mill was purchased by ArcelorMittal, one of the largest steel and mining companies in the world, which helped keep many local residents employed.

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A Look Ahead to the 2021 Toyota 86

Close up of Toyota Logo | Lake Shore ToyotaToyota confirmed that it’s working with Subaru to offer a new generation of the sleek and stylish Toyota 86 sports car and the Subaru BRZ. The Japanese carmaker believes the redesign will hit the market in 2021. Until that time, read on to learn more about the new style and features, at least what we know so far.

New, Larger Engine

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this latest development for the Toyota 86 is that the vehicle should get a new engine, most likely a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. While no definitive performance numbers are known, keep in mind that Subaru recently introduced a new 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.

If the new engine in the 86 is anything like this current offering from Subaru, it equals a significant improvement from the engine in the current Toyota 86, which is a 2.0-liter that produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

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5 Most Interesting Facts About Chesterton, Indiana

Big Fire Chesterton, Indiana | Lake Shore ToyotaChesterton, Indiana, is a small town about 47 miles southeast of Chicago. Although small in size, the town has a fascinating history. Keep reading to learn more about the five most interesting facts about Chesterton.

Jesse Morgan Built its First Cabin

When Indiana became a state in 1816, most of the area around Chesterton was a dense forest inhabited by Potawatomi and Miami. Jesse and Jane Morgan and their seven children were the first non-Native American settlers to build a cabin in what would eventually become Chesterton. They built their house in 1833 on the stagecoach road and cleared their land for farming. Although the Morgans were the first to build a cabin in Chesterton, the Thomas family, who built in the area one year after the Morgans, gets credit for founding the town.

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5 Luxury Inspired Features Available on the 2018 RAV4

2018 Red Toyota Rav4 hauling  Kayak on top with two Rav4s behind it on a trail in the forest | Lake Shore ToyotaThe 2018 Toyota RAV4 comes with plenty of impressive features that add luxury and performance. If you’re thinking about upgrading to a new vehicle, take a look at the RAV4 and learn more about the available features that will make you fall in love with the crossover.

Excellent Style on the Outside

The Toyota RAV4 comes with plenty of standard exterior features to add extra style to the vehicle, including daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, LED brake lights, privacy glass on the rear windows, a shark fin antenna, and power side mirrors. However, it’s some of the available features that really add a bold look to the vehicle. Go up in trim levels and you’ll also enjoy LED headlights, integrated fog lights, integrated turn signals on the heated side mirrors, roof rails, and a power tilt and slide moonroof.

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5 Fanciest Restaurants in the Chesterton Area

A beautiful plate of sushi rolls with green masago on top with a side of sauce as well | Lake Shore ToyotaWhether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for a place to enjoy a delicious meal, you’ll discover several fine dining options around Chesterton that offer incredible cuisine and atmosphere. Keep reading to discover your options and decide which restaurant is perfect for your next evening out.


Volstead is a modern restaurant that serves progressive American cuisine and craft cocktails. Consider starting your meal with the Brussels sprouts or burrata cheese plate. Popular menu options include the half duck in a cherry sauce, skate wing, pork in a milk braise, and a dry-aged steak served with garlic mushrooms. The restaurant is closed on Monday but is open until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 2 p.m. on Sunday. The dress code is casual.

Lucrezia Café

Lucrezia Café brings the tastes of Northern Italy to Chesterton. You can choose to dine in the beautifully converted home or on the lush patio. The restaurant is open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The dress code is casual. Along with classic pasta dishes, like the three meat lasagna and penne primavera, you’ll also find delicious entrées that include the braised lamb shank, stuffed pork chop, and chicken piccata.

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4 2018 Camry Upgrades Worth Splurging On

2018 White Toyota Camry with 2 people getting stuff out of the trunk | Lake Shore Toyota The 2018 Toyota Camry is the latest iteration of the popular vehicle model in the carmaker’s lineup. It’s been redesigned for the 2018 model year and includes plenty of upgrades for the modern driver. Here are four must-have upgrades to splurge on.

  1. The XSE V6 Trim 

Toyota approached the 2018 Camry by creating a distinctive and luxurious XSE V6 trim. Available options for the trim include a panoramic glass roof that allows even more light to filter through compared to a moonroof. It’s accompanied by a power-retractable sunshade to ensure a comfortable temperature. The XSE’s interior also has leather seating options in various colors in addition to metal accents. As the name indicates, the XSE V6 has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine in it.

The exterior has also changed for 2018 with powerful styling, including a rear integrated spoiler and side rocker panels that mix a sports car’s style with Toyota’s reliability. This continues with the seamlessly integrated LED taillights and smoke-tinted LED headlights with daytime running lights. Put this trim together with one or more packages to create your Camry experience.

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