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!

Dec 232016
 

New Year's resolutions for your car 2017

The New Year is right around the corner, which means it’s time to decide what your resolutions will be. However, if you’re tired of making the same plans every year and failing every time, we have a few resolutions for your car that we think you’ll be able to keep.

  • Put away the distractions. Decide that 2017 will be the year when you kick your in-car phone habit. Put your phone away and stay focused on your driving. In addition, don’t eat, put on makeup, or try to retrieve dropped items while driving.
  • Think safety first. If you plan to buy a new car in 2017, make safety a top priority. Look at ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA. In addition, Toyota is continually expanding its Safety Sense features into much of the Toyota lineup.
  • Seatbelts for everyone. Make seatbelts mandatory for every passenger in your car, even other adults. And, don’t forget about the family dog, either. Purchase a dog-friendly restraint so they can be safe in the car, too.
  • Learn basic maintenance. Use 2017 to learn how to do basic maintenance, such as changing a tire or changing your oil. You could save yourself a lot of time, frustration, and money once you know how to do it yourself.

What are your resolutions for 2017?

Dec 092016
 

travel tips for Christmas - keep your kids safe in carseats

The Christmas season is one of the busiest travel times of the year. This means, of course, that there will be more cars on the road than usual. Unfortunately, this can also lead to more accidents. If you and your family are planning on travelling this year, here are five travel tips for Christmas presented by Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota to make sure your children are buckled in correctly.

  1. Inch and Pinch. After you’ve installed the seat into your car, grab the seat at the bottom and attempt to move it side to side. If it moves more than an inch, tighten it up. Then, once you have your child buckled, try to pinch the strap near their shoulder. If you can pinch any fabric, tighten the straps.
  2. Secure extra items. You will likely have luggage and gifts travelling with you in the car. Make sure these extras are secure since anything in your car can become a projectile in an accident.
  3. Right way. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children under age 2 sit in a rear-facing seat.
  4. No coats. Yes, it’s winter and cold, but coats and car seats don’t mix. Take off your child’s coat before buckling him or her into her seat. You can then put the coat back on top or use a blanket to keep them warm. A think coat can prevent the harness from properly fitting your child.
  5. Don’t rent a seat. If you’re travelling by plane, bring along your child’s seat. Do not rent one when you arrive at your destination since you don’t know its history.

With these tips in hand, you can help make sure your children are kept safe while in the car.

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!

Nov 042016
 

Thanksgiving is a holiday where families and friends come together for a delicious meal but traveling can be a major hassle. Fortunately, there are several excellent ways to help reduce the hassle and make traveling this Thanksgiving a breeze. Here are some helpful Thanksgiving travel tips from us here at Hurlbert Toyota so you can arrive at your destination with less stress.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips - Epping, New Hampshire holiday season

  • Fly – Flying can be incredibly difficult around Thanksgiving. The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year. That means it’s important to plan ahead. Book your flight a few weeks in advance and arrive at the airport three or more hours early to ensure you make your flight in time.
  • Drive – Technology has come a long way, which means now is the time to use it for all of your traveling needs. Use navigation systems to plan your route to optimize fuel economy, time, or a balance of both. Most systems can help avoid obstacles like accidents and traffic jams as well.
  • Pack – Whether you plan on flying or driving, pack light. Doing so means there’s less work loading luggage into the car or no baggage fees to pay at the airport. Instead, ship your extra clothes and various other items to your destination by mail.