Feb 222017
 
2017 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia TRD Sport models

Pictured is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport, so we can expect some similarities in the 2017 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia TRD Sport models.

When outdoor adventures call you name, you need a vehicle that can get you there. At the Chicago Auto Show, Toyota showed three new, adventurous models capable enough for even the most outdoorsy family.

Both the Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV will gain new TRD Sport models for the 2018 model year. In addition, the popular RAV4 gains an Adventure model. These adventure-driven models will all come with performance upgrades.

The Tundra and Sequoia TRD Sport trims will be powered by the 5.7-liter i-Force V8 engine. In addition, they will get TRD Sport Tuned Bilstein Shocks and TRD front and rear anti-sway bars. Both models will also come with unique exterior styling elements to set them apart from other models. The Tundra will get 20-inch alloy silver sporty wheels and a mesh grille with body color surround. On the Sequoia, buyers will see darkened rear tail light housing, metallic black mirror caps, and a new front grille insert.

On the RAV4 Adventure model with front-wheel drive, it will have an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential. The all-wheel-drive models will come with Dynamic Torque Control. Both will feature a Tow Prep Package along with an upgraded suspension system and more.

These adventurous 2018 models will begin arriving in dealership this September.

Jan 232017
 

For many car shoppers, safety is a top priority. And, with so much advanced technology, cars are safer than ever. That is why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) scores individual models on numerous safety attributes to help discerning shopper find the best of the best.

The IIHS has two levels of safety awards: Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+. To earn the Top Safety Pick accolade, a vehicle has to achieve the top Good rating in all crash tests. In addition, it has to earn an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention technology.

Toyota’s Top Safety Picks this year include the Toyota Yaris iA and Avalon.

To earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle also has to achieve a Good or Acceptable rating for its headlights. This year, Toyota brought home five Top Safety Pick+ honors. These models include the Toyota Prius v, Camry, RAV4, Prius, and Corolla.

Ever since the IIHS introduced its Top Safety Pick awards in 2006, Toyota has worked hard to make sure as many of its models are eligible for this award as it can. The Top Safety Pick+ designation was introduced in 2013 to give the best of the best their own category.

Come check out all of these excellent and safe Toyota models today at Hurlbert Toyota.

Nov 182016
 

It’s no secret that Volkswagen sold the most vehicles between January and June of 2016, narrowly knocking Toyota out of the top spot. Fortunately the Japanese automaker still have some fight left in the form of the Toyota Corolla. Put simply, the Toyota Corolla is the world’s bestselling car for the 2016 model year.

Reports state that the 2016 Toyota Corolla sold more than 634,000 units over the first six months of the year. That number is actually down 1.2% from the previous sales, but the Corolla outpaced its closest competitors by a long shot.

World’s Bestselling Car - 2017 Toyota Corolla - blue, couple walking away

The Volkswagen Golf found itself in second place with just over 500,000 units sold during the first six months of the year. That large gap is followed by the Ford F-Series pickup trucks with over 478,000 units sold.

Ford also nabbed fourth place with the Ford Focus with 367,479 units sold. Finally, the Hyundai Elantra closed out the top five with over 363,000 units sold.

The Corolla wasn’t the only model to make the Top 10, though. The Camry came in eighth with 339,611 units sold. The Toyota RAV4 moved up from 10th place in 2015 to 7th place in 2016 with 346,791 units sold compared to just under 313,000 units, nearly an 11% increase, in the previous sales period.

The Toyota Corolla remains popular among drivers thanks to its attractive design, peppy engine, upscale interior, and high fuel economy.

We here at Hurlbert Toyota couldn’t be happier to see the Toyota Corolla holding its best-selling title for the 2016 model year!

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.

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.

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.

Mar 042016
 

2017 Highlander design

The new 2017 Highlander design is bound to impress virtually any driver, with a new Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission, a 3.5-liter V6 engine, Stop and Start technology, standard Toyota Safety Sense, and a refreshed exterior.

According to Toyota, the Highlander has three-row seating to provide plenty of seating and tons of comfort. You can fit up to eight passengers with this new design, and there will be up to six trim levels to choose from. Owners can also opt for available all-wheel drive to increase performance and capabilities.

“Toyota will be debuting the significantly enhanced 2017 model year Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the upcoming New York International Auto Show,” said Toyota in a press release. “The popular Highlander will receive an array of new and updated equipment and technology, inside and out, including a new Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission.”

The 2017 Highlander design also comes with a tasteful and luxurious exterior, including exclusive colors like Celestial Silver Metallic, Walnut Pearl, and Salsa Red Pearl. Inside, the design comes with available brown leather and chrome trim as well. Nothing says comfort more than the new Highlander.

Oct 232015
 

Toyota

After the sedan’s debut in 1955, the Toyota Crown has been a forerunner of many cars in Toyota’s lineup and is a much more seasoned veteran than most vehicles on the market. This year marks the sedan’s 60th anniversary of production, and in its honor, the company has given the Toyota Crown updates for the 2016 model year.

With the updates, Toyota wanted to focus on making the Crown more lively, fun, and stylish. Structurally, the company has engineered the new Crown to have better steering and handling, and the sedan comes with a new turbocharged engine for improved performance. The Crown’s color palette has grown as well, with a host of new color options for consumers to choose from.

The facelift also includes several technology updates with a suite of electronic safety features. Some of these features include adaptive cruise control mediated by radar, collision warnings and driver alerts, and a blindspot monitor.

The Toyota Crown updates were made not only in honor of the sedan’s 60th anniversary, but to continue providing Toyota’s consumer base with the highest quality cars possible, while minimizing potential accidents and improving the overall driving experience. Visit Hurlbert Toyota for more!

Oct 142015
 

Toyota Mirai FCV Concept

When Toyota began making plans for the release of the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel cell car, the company predicted it would only need to allocate 1,000 units for the US market. Instead, the US Toyota Mirai demand is far higher than anticipated, causing some customers to have to sign up for a wait list.

In total, Toyota has received over 1,900 orders for the 2016 Mirai from the US market. However, due to the limited amount of models set aside for the US market, not everyone will be receiving their Mirai on time. The website that had been used to place orders only two months ago is now presenting potential buyers with the opportunity to sign up for a wait list. These wait list consumers will be notified when production is available.

Toyota already announced this past January that the company would need to increase production of the 2016 Mirai in an attempt to scramble to keep up with overwhelming global demand for the fuel cell hybrid. One thing is for sure, global Toyota Mirai demand spells success for the hybrid and for the company as a whole. Learn more about the ground-breaking car at Hurlbert Toyota!