Oct 212016

fall driving safety tips - couple in convertible

Now that it is officially fall, it’s time to consider the unique hazards that the season brings to the roads. It may not be as hazardous as winter, but that doesn’t mean that fall is free from danger.

To prepare yourself for the fall season, check out these fall driving safety tips:

  • Make sure that your vehicle is up to date on oil changes and that any dashboard lights are addressed before the weather starts to dip.
  • Give your tires a good look, evaluating for air pressure, tread, and alignment.
  • In fact, if you live in a particularly snowy area or just want to be extra safe, consider switching to snow tires entirely.
  • Speaking of snow, don’t forget to get an ice scraper handy inside your vehicle. You may also want to keep a shovel available.
  • Any summer supplies you may have, such as swimsuits and flip flops, can certainly be switched out in favor of warm hats and gloves.
  • Lastly, keep a sharper eye out for pedestrians and animals than ever before, especially as dusk approaches, which comes earlier than in the summer.

For more safety tips or to start your season out with a brand new model, contact us or visit us anytime here at Hurlbert Toyota.

Oct 072016

2016 Toyota Mirai - human waste into fuel - hydrogen powered

When it comes to fuel-efficient technology, it is clear that there’s no path Toyota won’t take. In fact, their new, hydrogen-fuel-powered Toyota Mirai vehicles can even be powered by – believe it or not – human waste.

The automaker is utilizing a wastewater processing plant in Fukuoka Japan to turn what was originally human waste into pure hydrogen, which is one of the cleanest ways to fuel cars. Hydrogen-powered cars do not even produce greenhouse gases.

In the United States today, there are about 30 different hydrogen-fueling stations available across the country, most of which are concentrated in New York and Los Angeles. But if there is one thing that all Americans truly have in common, it’s their ability to produce waste.

Sadly, it doesn’t look like there are currently any plans to turn human waste into fuel for Toyota Mirai cars in the United States, but that could change. What other resource is so plentiful? It just makes logical sense to turn waste into energy whenever possible.

Want to learn more about what technology Toyota is working on? Contact us or just visit us anytime at Hulbert Toyota, where we can show you all the newest Toyota tech, and maybe even take you out on a test drive!

Sep 162016

FR-S becomes the Toyota 86

In 2003, Toyota introduced the world to a new brand of car—Scion. The Scion brand was built on simplicity mixed with fun. Models were usually sold in a single trim level, but could be easily customized with aftermarket parts. However, after 13 years, Toyota decided to absorb Scion back into the Toyota brand.

Now, one of the most popular Scion models is making the transition to Toyota. The Scion FR-S will become the Toyota 86 for the 2017 model year. But, it gets more than just a name change. The 86 will have new looks and better performance, but will keep the handling and affordability that has made it a hit with enthusiasts over the years.

Changes for the model

In the form of the Toyota 86, we will see more aggressive styling with a large center intake. The front end also comes with standard LED headlights, daytime running lights, and turn signals. Inside, buyers will find new seating material, a revised steering wheel, and a new “Granlux” material on the instrument panel.

Better performance for the 86 comes through revised shock tuning and a spring rate change. The manual version also has adjusted gear ratios and engine tuning to increase the torque to 156 lb-ft and horsepower to 205.

Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we are excited to welcome the 2017 Toyota 86 to our family.

Sep 022016

unique uses for honey - smore's with honey marshmallows

Honey is a delicious, wonderfully sweet, natural food that is a great addition to a cup of tea, bowl of oatmeal, and other foods. But, did you know there are a lot of other ways to use honey? Here are five unique uses for honey for you to try during Honey Month in September.

  1. Sore throat remedy. Instead of taking traditional cough syrup, try a concoction of honey, fresh lemon juice, and hot water to soothe an aching throat. Aside from the soothing effects, honey has natural antibacterial qualities to help boost your immune system.
  2. Baking alternative. Swap out refined sugar for honey. You’ll need less honey to make your dish just as sweet, and you’ll gain its natural antioxidants.
  3. Boost before a workout. Take down a tablespoon of honey before a workout to help boost your performance.
  4. Preserve fruit. Mix one part honey with 10 parts water to create a “honey sauce.” Fill a jar with your favorite summer fruits, add the honey sauce, seal the jar, and open in the winter to enjoy a preserved summer treat.
  5. Make marshmallows. Yes, you can make your own marshmallows. Use this recipe for fluffy goodness sweetened with honey.

What is your favorite way to use honey?

Aug 192016

August is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to waste the rest of your summer. Take one last day trip to the beach and embark on a adventure to Appledore Island, just a half hour outside of Epping. Located among the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire, Appledore Island walking tours continue throughout August and welcome guests aboard a ferry out to the beauty of this idyllic island.

Appledore Island

What do the tours include?

The tour departs from the UNH Pier at 10:00 AM on any of the chosen dates (make sure to register in advance, however, as tickets are selling fast). Children must be at least 10 to come along, with ticket prices coming out to $50 per adult and $40 per child. The tour itself consists of guided, educational experiences in which guests will learn about the importance of fishing among the Shoals Isles and the natural flora and fauna which live on the island. You’ll even get to visit the Shoals Marine Lab and view microorganisms underneath a microscope.

The Appledore Island walking tours span several miles of wild terrain and last for several hours, so make sure you keep water on you and pack a big lunch. You certainly won’t want to miss having a picnic lunch on the acres of scenic ocean views and natural beauty the island provides you.

Aug 052016

As one of the top-selling brands in the world, Toyota has a number of vehicles that not only appeal to mainstream drivers, but niche enthusiasts, as well. Several Toyota nameplates have been optimized in some trims for off-roading prowess. The latest vehicle to join the off-roading fray is none other than the new Toyota 4Runner. The addition of two 4Runner off-road trims adds extra performance and capability to this rugged SUV unlike anything drivers have experienced.

Toyota 4Runner Off-Road Trims

4Runner Trims

The two trims in question will be called the TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium. The new 4Runner trim levels will slot just below the Limited model and replace previous model years’ Trail trims. This 4Runner features everything from fancy TRD badges to new four-wheel drive technology that’s been tweaked for off-road capabilities. Aside from the new badges, other cosmetic touches will include silver wheels, black accents, and carbon-fiber-look trim in the cabin. The TRD Off-Road Premium trim will feature red lettering stitched into the head restraints.

Other features on the 4Runner off-road trims will include Toyota’s Crawl Control system, a locking rear differential. Also, there will be an available Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System for improving off-road wheel articulation. Pricing isn’t yet announced for the new models, but will join the 2017 Toyota 4Runner lineup. Visit our website for all of our new and used inventory. Call us with any question you may have about the new trims.

Jul 222016

It’s summer, and you’ll definitely want a break from the heat. Thankfully, there are plenty of refreshing reprieves in New Hampshire. Here are some awesome lakes near Epping that you can relax at.

Lakes near Epping, NH

Wason Pond

Chester, New Hampshire

This isn’t quite a lake, but you can still swim and fish in Wason Pond. There’s also a great playground for kids and you won’t find the beach too crowded.

Lake Winnipesaukee

Alton, New Hampshire

This lake is well-known and very popular. That’s because it’s in a beautiful area and plenty big. It’s truly a “great lake” in New Hampshire, and you won’t only find pristine beaches and water; there are great hiking trails, too.

Freeman Lake & Varney Playground

North Chelmsford, Massachusetts

You won’t only get swimming and a lake here. There’s a super-cool Medieval-structured playground that’s fun for the kids, plenty of lifeguards for safety, and a baseball field and tennis and basketball courts to stay active!

Pine Island Park

Manchester, New Hampshire

Here you’ll find hiking paths leading to a small pond and rope swing. There’re also two different-sized playgrounds for toddlers and bigger kids and lots of picnic tables.

Check out all of these places to find your favorite lake!

Jul 082016

Every year, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America team up to host the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. And this year, Toyota is the host of this wheelchair multi-sport event.

In their 36th year, these annual games take place to give veterans a chance to get out and get active! More than 600 participants took place in this year’s games, which occurred in Salt Lake City in late June. Another fun fact – these games are the world’s largest annual wheelchair multi-sport event!

Toyota Wheelchair multi-sport event - basketball

This isn’t Toyota’s first year sponsoring these games. It’s actually their 17th year participating. They get to cheer on veterans as they compete in 19 different events. These include sports like handcycling, quad rugby, swimming, basketball, and archery.

A word from our VP

“We are honored to sponsor the 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games and celebrate the brave men and women who have served their country in the name of freedom,” said Simon Nagata, executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Toyota will host the table tennis and track events. They will also provide a complimentary fleet of vehicles for the staff of the games. A wheelchair-accessible Toyota Sienna was also donated to the Paralyzed Veterans of America headquarters.

You can find out more about the games here.

Jun 172016

Summer is in full swing. If you’re a parent, this means you are probably spending a lot of time in the car heading from one summertime event to the next. Here are a few summer essentials for your car to make sure your summer rolls smoothly on.

summer essentials for your car

Vehicle Must-haves

  • Sun protection. The summer rays from the sun can be brutal. Keep a stash of sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats in your car to prevent you and the kids from getting burned.
  • Window shade. Nobody likes climbing into a sweltering car after a hot day in the sun. Use a window shade in your front window to block some of the heat and help your car cool off faster.
  • Water bottles. Keep a stash of reusable water bottles in the car to keep everyone hydrated. Add a few cardboard juice boxes in case you can’t find a water fountain.
  • Heat resistant snacks. Kids seem to be perpetually hungry, especially when they’re running around playing all summer. Keep snacks, such as graham crackers, granola bars (without chocolate), nuts, and other foods that won’t melt in your car.
  • Paper towels. You’re going to need to clean up a spill at some point, so be ready by keeping a roll of paper towels in your car.

What are some of your summer essentials that you keep in your car?

Jun 032016

There’s no denying that the minivan is the ultimate family hauler, but if you’re looking for the best minivan for your family, take a good look at the Toyota Sienna. Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine recently named the Toyota Sienna as one of the 10 best family cars of the year. The Sienna was also named 2016 Best Minivan.

2016 Toyota Sienna - 2016 best minivan

2016 Toyota Sienna Overview

“The endlessly roomy Sienna stands above its competitors for two reasons: It’s the only one with available all-wheel drive, and the especially user-friendly controls help you stay focused on the road,” Parents Magazine writes.


In addition to its class-exclusive available all-wheel drive, the Sienna will impress you with its available Driver Easy Speak. This reduces the need for drivers to shout all the way to the backseat. There is a microphone located near the driver that conveys the driver’s voice through the speakers in the back.

Another great family friendly feature is the Dual-View Entertainment Center. The 16.4-inch widescreen display can simultaneously display two videos. It is compatible with Blu-Ray and comes with an HDMI input and an SD card reader. The screen can be operated from any seat in the Sienna by using the remote control. It also comes with a pair of wireless headphones.

Test drive the 2016 Toyota Sienna today at Hurlbert Toyota to see if it is the perfect fit for your family.