Jul 262017
New Hampshire Attractions Are The Best

Offering Everything From Beaches To Historical Places

New Hampshire Attractions

New Hampshire sits on a cozy spot along the coast, making it the perfect location for a summer getaway. Whether you’re looking for history, adventure, fun, or all of the above, there’s something for you in New Hampshire. We at Hurlbert Toyota know of a few New Hampshire attractions that will make this summer one to remember.

Strawberry Banke

Strawberry Banke was originally the first settlement in New Hampshire. Founded in 1623, the museum currently stretches 10 acres and features houses four centuries old. Some houses have been preserved in their natural state while others have been renovated. History buffs will enjoy the lifelike venture as actors and knowledgeable staff cook, craft, and perform other skills from the time period.

Mount Monadnock

It’s not Mount Everest, but Mount Monadnock is an attraction all on its own. The popular mount is easily traversable in a single day and multiple trails ensure there’s a path for hikers of all skill levels. Scenic, unobstructed views offer a breathtaking experience no visitor will soon forget.

Hampton Beach

Is there any that says “summer” more than a trip to the beach? Hampton Beach is a hotspot thanks to its family-friendly atmosphere. Live music and comedy shows are found on the boardwalk. Ice cream, parks, and deep sea fishing are just a few of the fun things that Hampton Beach has to offer.

Jun 272017
New Hampshire July 4th

New Hampshire July 4th

New Hampshire July 4th celebrations are plentiful. In fact, you might have a harder time deciding which ones you don’t want to go to than finding one in the first place.


15th Annual American Celebration in Portsmouth

On July 1st, 3rd, and 4th, the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth has a festival in honor of the country’s anniversary, featuring activities ranging from 1940s-style swing dance to a Naturalization Ceremony for new citizens to the Old-Fashion Field Day event.

2nd Annual Light Up the Sky in Salem

Nearby Salem High School celebrates its second year hosting this 4th of July event with food, drink, and activities that include dancing, fire safety trailer tours by the Salem Fire Department, and even the singing competition Salem Idol.

Big Island Pond Fireworks Show

A lake that stretches from Atkinson through Darry and Hampstead, the Big Island Pond is an awesome place to be for the annual fireworks show. The date is currently set for July 3rd, but if the event is rained out it will be moved to the next day on July 4th. The show begins at 9:15pm.

Fireworks Over Wolfeboro Bay

This one’s a bit of a drive from Hurlbert Toyota’s hometown of Epping—an hour drive, to be exact—but the spectacle of the July 4th  parade followed by fireworks over Wolfeboro Bay that evening is an event that can’t be missed.

We at Hurlbert Toyota picked out our favorite New Hampshire July 4th events for you to check out. Of course, these are only four of them, and there are plenty more out there.

May 162017
Toyota Supra Spy Shots

Toyota Spy Shots

Enthusiasts everywhere have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on the brand-new, upcoming Toyota Supra, the result of a partnership between Toyota and famed performance brand BMW. However, until now, information has been limited, with only foggy glimpses of camouflaged test cars giving fans and experts alike a closer look at the vehicle. However, recent Toyota Supra spy shots have given enthusiasts their clearest and most comprehensive look at the revived nameplate yet.


A photographer over at AutoBlog managed to nab a shot of the still camouflaged, but much more visible Supra parked at a fueling station. Design elements easily seen in the photos include a clamshell hood with two large air intakes on a smooth, pointed grille. Most of the design is exclusive to the Supra as well, though styling cues have been taken from the Z5. Experts speculate that the hood is hiding a six-cylinder turbocharged engine.


It’s likely that some elements of the Supra’s design as depicted in the Toyota Supra spy shots will be smoothed out and changed before it comes out for the 2019 model year, but this is the latest that we know at the moment.


Make sure you head to Hurlbert Toyota to get your hands on it as soon as it comes out!

Apr 182017
Fixing A Car

Spring Car Maintenance

Spring car maintenance is an important part of getting your vehicle back to tip-top shape after the rough winter months. There are a lot of tasks you should consider doing, but we’ve put together the most important ones.

First of all, check your fluids to see if any need topped off or even flushed and refilled. You should get an oil and filter change, and while you’re at it, have your tires inspected and rotated to ensure they wear evenly. You should also have your battery tested to see if it needs recharged or replaced, since winter can be seriously draining on it.

Next, gear up for summer by testing out your air conditioner. If no cool air is coming out, you might have a leak or need to recharge the cooling system. If there are problems, take it to your mechanic soon to get it changed—you don’t want to go without AC when it gets hot!

One of the most important things you can do is clean your car inside and out. Mud, snow, and salt get stuck to the outside of your car during the winter, and they get tracked inside. Prevent rust by thoroughly rinsing off your car, especially the undercarriage, and improve your safety by cleaning the interior of the windows and wiping down the floor mats.

For more spring cleaning tips, give us a call at Hurlbert Toyota!

Apr 182017
2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback


The New York International Auto Show sees two Toyota debuts in April. Toyota is holding the new 2018 Sienna and Yaris Hatchback debuts at the show, two opposite-sized hatchbacks that have their great looks, practicality, and smart features in common.

The 2018 Yaris Hatch brings a sportier style for the model year, with a new front fascia and grille with chrome accents, a piano black mesh grille for the SE trim, and a restyled rear-end to complement the front-end updates. The Yaris also gets plenty of updates to its interior, with new audio features, an ECO driving indicator, and a standard Entune Multimedia bundle.

The 2018 Sienna improves even further on the much-improved 2017 Sienna with styling updates and technology additions. Toyota Safety Sense P will be standard on the new Sienna and will include a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and more. The Sienna will also come standard with an enhanced Entune 3.0 multimedia system with App Suite Connect and available 4G LTE.

For more information on the upcoming Toyota model year or to test drive the 2017 Yaris Hatchback or Sienna, give us a call at Hurlbert Toyota!

Mar 292017
Toyota Sports Car Lineup - © M 93 / Wikimedia Commons

Toyota GT86 – © M 93 / Wikimedia Commons

Some folks might say that three’s a crowd. But those people clearly weren’t referring to the resurgence of the Toyota sports car lineup. The automaker, content with its accomplishment in the family-friendly segment, has turned its attention and talent to designing and engineering a triumvirate of sports cars, what Toyota engineer Tetsuya Tada calls “the three brothers.”

Toyota Supra

In a collaboration that easily justifies an immature fit of ecstatic squealing and hand-waving, Toyota engineers have been fraternizing with BMW engineers to produce a common platform that will underpin the all-new Toyota Supra (as well as the upcoming BMW Z5). The Supra will be “lighter than its rivals,” according to Tada. He also alluded to taking inspiration from the Porsche Cayman.

Toyota GT86

Of course, the GT86 has already been on the road for years. It’s still got those low-profile, athletic good looks. The GT86 also features a 2.0-liter flat-four engine, with horizontally-opposed pistons, that sits low—all for enhanced driving dynamics. The GT86 stays as-is for now, and why not?

Toyota MR-2 Replacement

Toyota is working on a replacement for the MR-2, meaning a compact sportster in line to compete with the likes of the Miata MX-5. Perhaps the most exciting news about the MR-2 replacement is that engineers are “working very hard” to make a hybrid sports car.

There’s nobody more excited than those of us here at Hurlbert Toyota about the “three brothers” of Toyota’s sports car department!

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.

Feb 062017

2017 Toyota Mirai - Toyota’s hydrogen-powered car

In 2014, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota unveiled its Mirai hydrogen-powered car. Since then, it has been offered for sale in certain parts of the United States along with Japan, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, and Norway. However, it seems Toyota’s hydrogen-powered car may be heading off to new parts of the world soon.

Toyota is collaborating with top energy companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to start testing the use of hydrogen-powered vehicles in the region. The first hydrogen station will be built in the country, with construction to begin in May. Once the station is finished, the Toyota Mirai will undergo intense testing in the UAE’s hot climate.

The introduction of the Mirai is part of the UAE’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions. The Mirai only emits water. In addition, it fuels up just like a traditional car instead of needing to be plugged in. Along with that benefit, the Mirai has a longer driving range than traditional EVs. It has an estimated driving range of 312 miles with a full tank of hydrogen.

Along with its worldwide expansion, Toyota is working with energy developers here in the United States to increase the hydrogen infrastructure. In fact, hydrogen stations are under construction right here in the Northeast.

Would you ever consider driving the Toyota Mirai?

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.

Jan 092017

winter survival kit - scraper

Living in New Hampshire, we all know that winter is a harsh and unforgiving time of year. Winter storms can arrive at any time and if you’re not prepared, you can be left cold and stranded on the side of the road. That is why having a winter survival kit in your car is an important part of living in New Hampshire.

To get you started, here is a list of some key materials you need to have in your kit.

  • Small snow shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Spare cell phone and charged battery
  • Warm blanket
  • Extra winter gear (hats, gloves, socks, etc.)
  • First aid kit with needed medications
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • High energy snacks like dried fruit, jerky, and energy bars
  • Water and/or Gatorade
  • Flashlight and extra batteries

If you do happen to find yourself stuck in your car during a storm, the most important thing to remember is to not leave your car. Assess your situation to see if you think you can get yourself back on the road. However, do not over exert yourself trying to dig through the snow as this can make you sweaty and wet clothes won’t help you keep warm. The best thing you can do is to call for help and do what you need to do to stay warm and alive.

Do you have any other things in your winter survival kit that we missed? Let us know by leaving a comment below!