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.

May 202016
 
Toyota GT86 - Scion FR-S

The Toyota GT86 goes by many names, and this is Scion’s version – the FR-S.

The Toyota GT86 goes by many names including Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, and Scion FR-S. With Scion officially leaving the market and taking on new Toyota badging, the Toyota GT86 is officially back in the United States. That’s not the end of it. Toyota recently revealed a GT86 Shooting Brake Concept that’s sure to blow enthusiasts away.

Toyota’s global chief engineer Tetsuya Tada is the mastermind behind the Toyota 86 so when the automaker’s Australian design team presented a model of the concept, he was all over it. Upon his return to Japan, he handpicked craftsman to bring the hatchback to life.

The end result is a GT86 hatchback that maintains the sporty coupe styling the 86 is known for. The Shooting Brake Concept isn’t just for show either. The vehicle has made a few laps on Toyota’s test tracks.

There’s no specific powertrain details just yet. The Toyota 86 shares the Subaru BRZ’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 197 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque when mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota hasn’t confirmed a production model but they haven’t denied it either, leaving the Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake Concept’s future a mystery.

Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we can’t wait to see if the Shooting Brake Concept becomes a production model!

May 062016
 

blown engine - summer car preparations

The summer heat is right around the corner and that means any small problems your car has are likely to get bigger. The last thing you want interrupting your summer vacation is a mechanical problem. By starting your car preparations for summer now, you can reduce the risk of a breakdown. Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we have some great tips for summer car preparations.

  • Air Conditioning – The last thing any driver wants is to be stuck in a hot car with no air conditioning. Having your system looked at by a professional could keep you cool all summer long. If you have a newer car, check your owner’s manual to see if you need to change the cabin air filters.
  • Oil – As one of the primary functions of oil is to carry away excess heat produced by the engine, an oil change is highly recommended. Check your owner’s manual to see your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. If you plan on taking long trips, an oil change is a good idea.
  • Windshield Wipers – If your wipers survived winter and made it through the heavy spring rains, now might be a good time to replace them. While summer isn’t notorious for harsh storms, getting caught in the rain is the last thing anyone wants. Replace your windshield wipers and stay safe!
Apr 152016
 

family hiking trails near Epping, NH

Are you an avid hiker in the Epping, New Hampshire area, or new to the hobby? Luckily, we have some of the best hiking trails in the region! Thanks to TrailLink, there are ratings and maps for most of the trails present. Pick the distance that you would like to hike, and see which ones will give you the greatest views of the Epping-area natural landscape.

  • Amesbury Riverwalk – Essex, MA
    • This 1.3 mile hike is perfect for a relatively short walk through the wooded area along some former rail lines. With a rich history, this is a great stop to feel connected to the past!
  • Conway Branch – Carroll, NH
    • Between summer hikes and winter snowmobile-riders, this path is usually pretty busy! All 21 miles are very active when there is a ton of snow, which just makes it more fun.
  • Eastern Trail – Cumberland & York counties
    • With free parking areas near most entrances, this enormous trail system can lead to some amazing journeys. The entire network is 2,900 miles, so you can definitely pick whatever distance you feel like hiking that day.
  • Windham Rail Trail – Rockingham county, NH
    • Scenic only begins to describe this hike – the views are great, abundant wildlife, and historical 19th-century sawmill. It’s just about 4 miles long, so it’s great for a morning hike.

Remember, whenever you’re hiking, stay safe at all times. Hike with a buddy, and don’t forget to bring snacks and water! Even a short hike can take a lot of energy, so it’s best to be prepared. Always follow the trail rules, like not hiking while it’s dark – it can be very hard to see the hiking trails, and you don’t want to get lost!

Apr 012016
 
Toyota self-driving cars

Could this be the future of Toyota’s self-driving cars? This Fv2 concept has no steering wheel on the inside!

Self-driving cars that anyone can buy are getting closer and closer, but for the moment, Toyota is more interested in developing autonomous “guardian angels” that help drivers rather than replace them.

Toyota’s top research executive Gill Pratt recently said that the automaker is approaching the concept of self-driving cars from two paths—one that removes the driver from the equation altogether and another that supports the driver instead.

That’s not to say that Toyota isn’t interested in making self-driving cars. However, properly functioning, production-ready autonomous vehicles are still a long ways off. In the meantime, developing a semi-autonomous “guardian angel” system is what Toyota sees as the best way to quickly reduce the 1.2 million traffic deaths that occur every year around the world.

“In the same way that antilock braking and emergency braking work, there is a virtual driver that is trying to make sure you don’t have an accident by temporarily taking control from you,” said Gill Pratt.