I had the pleasure to get away for a few days on a “mancation” to San Antonio recently with some of the boys from #MenWhoBlog. We had a blast and I have more to come of the sweet digs (I’m talking to you JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa) and the great city of San Antonio. It was a good trip for sure.
One of the highlights had to be the chance to tool around San Antonio in a really nice truck (we were in Texas of course), the Toyota Tacoma. If that wasn’t dope enough, I got to visit the awesome Toyota Texas manufacturing and visitor’s education center. It was…really impressive. We were there for hours and it just didn’t seem like enough time.
First off…the looks and the style of the Tacoma are pretty on-point. We had two great trucks, a red TRD Sport and an organge TRD Off-Road. So, people love trucks, especially in Texas. No joke, all the people in the airport lot were sweating my TRD Off-Road in a bad way. Serious love. The first thing I noticed, even my Off-Road, was the great ride and handling. It drove like a car, even though it felt very strong and stout on the road. It was a great and very capable mix.
When we hit the Toyota Texas manufacturing and visitor’s education center, you knew you were in Texas straight off. TX pride was everywhere, and so was the feeling of Toyota quality. Dude…cowboy hats for the restrooms signs? What? Awesome, that’s what.
Once we took a look around and learned about the amazing history of Toyota and learned all about Kaizen and how it is weaved into all that Toyota does, it was time for the factory tour. I couldn’t wait. I was like a kid in a candy store.
We got to check out this super tricked out, luxury Tundra 1794 Edition. The 1794 in honor of the original founding date of the ranch the factory is built on. Top drawer, baby.
Before entering the factory, we had to gear up and learn about being safe in the factory. Strict rules for transportation and even for walking were strictly adhered to. Hard hats, steel toes, reflective vests and goggles were requirements…and welcome at that. I don’t need to have any problems. I just wanted to enjoy and be in awe at all of the work being done. It was sick, sick, sick. So cool.
It was also great to hear that close to 80% of the parts used in this American-made truck is also American made. In this time of outsourcing and offshoring, it’s comforting to know that American labor and manufacturing is still going strong. I’m very happy…I promise.
Photos and videos are limited, so check out this quick video to get a little bit more from the tour:
I also really liked how there were interesting and quirky things are pretty much every turn…even high in the sky…
Toyota bills the Tacoma as, “Built for the endless weekend” and I can see that for sure. It was great for this weekend and it really was a pleasure to drive. No sight issues, no acceleration issues, it was easy to park and even the dashboard was pretty cool. The bright and airy feel of the outside and inside really matched the feel good, easy times feel of the truck. It was ideal for this trip, or for any trip.
This was a really memorable experience for me. I really enjoyed it and highly suggest it if you are in the San Antonio area.
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Guy and the Blog was provided a complimentary vehicle to use during this #MenWhoBlogTX Mancation weekend. All accolades and opinions are my own.