Apr 052019
 

A vehicle as comprehensively and thoroughly impressive as the 2019 Toyota Highlander makes it hard to distill its greatness into words. It is something you have to feel or experience first-hand. That is not to say that we can’t tell you some of what’s so great about this impressive SUV. We consider the following to be five of the best features of the Toyota Highlander.

  1. Power. The 2019 Toyota Highlander is available with a 3.5-liter V6 with direct-injection technology and a Direct Shift-8AT eight-speed automatic transmission, which deliver quick, spirited acceleration from a dead stop. Making the Highlander all the more fun to drive is the available Dynamic Torque-Control All-Wheel Drive powertrain, providing confidence in the corners and on slick roads.
  2. Safety. Every 2019 Toyota Highlander is standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P, a suite of cutting-edge safety tech. TSS-P includes Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, and Automatic High Beams.
  3. Spaciousness. The Highlander is the perfect choice if you have a growing family or expansive friend group. With comfortable seating for eight people, reclining third-row seats, available second-row captain’s chairs, and 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space, the Highlander offers many solutions for your active lifestyle.
  4. Luxury. You don’t have to pay top dollar to treat yourself like royalty. The affordable yet luxurious Toyota Highlander Limited gives you all the refinement and prestige you’d expect from a high-end SUV, including heated and ventilated front row seats and an Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio system, all for a surprisingly budget-friendly price.
  5. Efficiency. If you want to save more at the pump, the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid delivers an incredible EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city.* The Highlander Hybrid doesn’t just sip fuel, as its 306 horsepower also makes it the most powerful Highlander in the lineup.

These five points only scratch the surface of what makes the Highlander so special. For a first-hand experience, stop into Hurlbert Toyota and take one for a test drive.

*2019 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

Feb 182019
 
2020 Toyota Supra
2020 Toyota Supra

For years and years, folks have been asking when Toyota will bring back the legendary Supra performance car. If you’re among those who have been waiting with baited breath, wait no more: the 2020 Toyota Supra is coming, and it’s bringing 335 horsepower with it.  

The new Supra is not for the faint at heart. It will feature the B58 turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine from BMW, which churns out 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. Paired to this ferocious engine will be a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, providing smooth response and superior performance efficiency. It’s expected that this combination will deliver a 0-60 mph time of just 4.1 seconds, making it the quickest Toyota-brand production vehicle ever built.  

From front to back, the new 2020 Toyota Supra bespeaks high-end style and performance. It features standard 19-inch wheels, Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport summer tires, and adaptive dampers. Not to sacrifice form or function, the exterior is beautifully sculpted for optimized efficiency. The interior offers a driver-centric experience with controls intuitively laid out across the dash, including a large infotainment system with smartphone integration technology. To make your driving experience even more confidence-inspiring, the Supra offers a range of Toyota’s state-of-the-art active safety features.

As the senior vice president of Toyota operations stated, “When you boil it all down, the Supra delivers a certain level of excitement to the brand that you can’t bring with trucks and hybrids.” We couldn’t be more excited for the new Supra, and we think you should be too.

The new Supra is expected to arrive at Hurlbert Toyota this summer with a starting MSRP of $49,990. Give us a call or stop in to learn how you can be the first on your block to own one.

Jan 242019
 
Off-Roading in New Hampshire | Epping, NH

Vehicles like the Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, RAV4, 4Runner, and Land Cruiser make off-roading more fun. These adventure-ready rides are quite popular at Hurlbert Toyota because there are so many different places to go off-roading in New Hampshire. Not sure where to start? Here are some of our favorite spots.

Mountain Mud Terrain Park

Located in the White Mountain National Forest in Warren, Mountain Mud Terrain Park is a 63-acre plot of land that boasts 12 miles of trails for drivers at every skill level. The park is open all year long, even in the dead of winter, and they run competitions throughout the year, including two competitions for mud trucks.

Loop to Purgatory Brook Trail

This 2.8-mile trail doesn’t get much traffic, so if you’re looking for something more secluded, check it out. It’s a short trail that’s great for all skill levels, and there’s plenty to do besides driving the trail, making it a perfect destination for a family day trip. There’s even a waterfall!

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail

Auburn’s Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail is 27.3 miles of trail for drivers with moderate skills. It sits along a river and has plenty of beautiful views, and it keeps cool in the summer thanks to the shady forest. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to access.

Granite State Rail Trail

Granite State Rail Trail near Milford is another great spot for off-roading, with 13.3 miles of trails for all skill levels. This serene lakeside trail has plenty of ground to cover, plus plenty of other activities to keep kids happy.

For your next off-road vehicle, look no further than Hurlbert Toyota. Adventure awaits!

Dec 202018
 
 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e
Photo credit: Autoweek.com

The new 2019 Toyota Prius is taking the idea of going place to another level. The debut of the 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e system means that the world’s favorite hybrid vehicle is now capable of delivering better traction on slick roads and can even tackle off-road driving needs with deftness and skill.

The Toyota Prius AWD-e system debuted in November at the L.A. Auto Show, where it was announced that it will be the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive passenger var in the United States with an EPA-estimated 52 mpg in the city, 48 mpg on the highway, and 50 mpg combined. AWD-e will use a Toyota-first independent electric, magnet-less rear motor that eliminates the need for a front-to-rear driveshaft — when you need traction for the rear wheels between 0-6 mph and up to 43 mph, it kicks in automatically.

2019 Toyota Prius models equipped with AWD-e will feature distinct foglamps and a new LED accent lamp, and it will be available for the Prius LE and XLE, both of which will feature new two-tone 15-inch alloy wheels. It will offer up to 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space thanks to its 60:40 split rear seatbacks, and Genuine Toyota Accessory cargo crossbars make it the perfect adventure vehicle for biking, snowboarding, or kayaking.

Expect to see the exciting new 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e system in action at Hurlbert Toyota.

Nov 022018
 

free fall activities

Autumn is here, and the best way to celebrate is by finding fun things to do that won’t break to bank. Add these free fall activities to your family’s bucket list so you don’t run out of things to do this fall season.

Admire the foliage

One of the best parts of fall is being able to see the changing colors of the leaves. Why not take your family for a short hike through the woods to check out the red and orange hues? Put on a nice jacket, scarf, and boots and enjoy the crisp air.

Visit a pumpkin patch

It doesn’t cost anything to go to a local farm with a pumpkin patch open to the public. Oftentimes, these places also offer homemade pastries and products, as well as activities like corn mazes, so it’s a great place to go for a full day out. Don’t forget to bring some cash and pick up a pumpkin to carve at home. Speaking of…

Carve pumpkins

Did you pick up a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch? Have the whole family pitch in while you decorate and carve it! If you don’t have the fancy tools necessary, kitchen knives should do the trick. Be sure that you are as safe as possible when carving.

Have a bonfire party

Nothing says fall quite like having a bonfire in your own backyard. S’mores, hot chocolate, flannel blankets, and scary stories await. Be sure to invite all of your closest friends, and if you really want to keep it frugal, make it a bring-your-own.

If you want a great vehicle that won’t break the bank, stop into Hurlbert Toyota.

Oct 022018
 

Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Ready or not, winter is just around the corner. And before you’re stranded in the cold with a car that can’t handle it, it’s a good idea to take the milder autumn weather to perform some routine maintenance in order to get your car ready for winter. Not sure where to start? The following are some of the must-check boxes on your winter maintenance to-do list.

Tires

Especially in cold and potentially icy conditions, the health of your car’s tires is extremely important when it comes to overall vehicle safety. Make a habit of regularly checking your vehicle’s tire pressure as well as monitoring tread and alignment for potential problems. If something seems off, get in front of it before it becomes a major issue.

Battery

Cold weather puts additional strain on any car battery, which means a failing car battery can quickly become a dead car battery as winter rolls in. Make sure you check your car’s battery to ensure it is holding an adequate charge before winter officially arrives.

Oil

Routinely changing your car’s oil is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to keep your car in great shape year after year. Consider switching to a special winter-grade motor oil with a viscosity that allows for optimal performance in freezing temperatures and ensure that your vehicle is up to the task all winter long.

If you need any maintenance or services done before winter rolls in, don’t delay: Stop into Hurlbert Toyota and make the most of the milder season.

Sep 252018
 

Back-to-School Driving Tips

The last days of summer mean that the kids are heading back to school, but the weather is still nice enough that they’re still out enjoying as much fresh air as possible. At this time of year, it’s a good idea to brush up on some back-to-school driving tips that will help keep everyone safe.

  • Respect school zones and speed limits: During the summer months, it might be easy to forget the need to respect school zone speed limits and rules since you don’t encounter them so much. This September, always slow down in school zones, be patient, and pay attention.
  • Organize a carpool: To reduce vehicle congestion in school drop-off and pick-up areas, organize a carpool with fellow parents. When it’s your turn to drive, respect the school’s drop-off rules, which are in place to keep everyone safe. In general, you should not double park or drop off/pick up kids at a spot where they have to cross traffic to get to the school entrance or to your vehicle.
  • Respect walkers: Do not block crosswalks and always yield to pedestrians. If a crossing guard is present, you should follow their directions.
  • Respect buses: It can be frustrating getting stuck behind a bus if you’re in a hurry, but you should never illegally pass them. If yellow or red school-bus lights are flashing, all traffic must stop. In addition, buses can block your line of vision, so you will want to be extra careful when close to a bus.

If you want to head back to school in style and make sure that your kid is the talk of the carpool pickup, stop by Hurlbert Toyota and check out our selection of stylish new Toyotas

Aug 092018
 

mountain driving safety

Summer is the perfect time for adventuring, and some of the most beautiful and unique spots to explore in America are the mountains. Driving in the mountains comes with its own set of risks, though, so follow these mountain driving safety tips to stay safe and stress-free.

Have your car inspected first

Make sure your brakes, battery, windshield wipers, heat and air conditioning, and exhaust system are all in good condition. Air pressure and weather change the higher you go, and it can have a negative effect on your car.

Be cautious of overheating on hills

When you’re going up a steep incline, shift into a lower gear and be mindful that the car could overheat. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge as you climb the hill.

Maintain consistent speed

Even though your car will naturally go faster downhill, don’t go faster down the mountain than you went up it. But make sure you don’t ride the brake, either. Shift into a lower gear to keep the car from going too fast.

Cars going uphill have the right of way

If you’re going downhill, give cars going uphill space to pass you safely. Going uphill is harder for cars than going downhill, so they need the extra help.

Keep to the far side of the lane

If you stay too close to center line, when the time comes to pass another car you could overcorrect by swerving to the right, which can be dangerous. Be cautious and avoid hugging the center line.

If your car needs an inspection before you head up into the mountains, visit us at Hurlbert Toyota. Our service team will be happy to take a look at your car to make sure it’s in peak condition.

Jul 152018
 

summer car care

We’re finally getting a break from the cold weather, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect performing routine car maintenance until another winter rolls around. Here are five crucial summer car care tips you shouldn’t forget.

Air Filter

Decomposing winter leaves can clog up your car’s air filter, so make sure you have your filter checked as summer begins. Filters are relatively inexpensive and are important for ensuring optimal performance, so it’s a good idea to replace them annually.

Tires

Changes in temperature can cause fluctuations in the pressure of your car’s tires. This summer, keep an eye on your vehicle’s tire pressure and consider replacing the whole set if they’re not looking threadbare.

Air-Conditioning System

A properly functioning air-conditioning system can make all the difference between and excellent and a miserable driving experience. If your air-conditioning isn’t pumping out cool air like it used to, see a technician to have it checked before the hottest days of the year arrive.

Windshield Wipers

Between ice, snow, freezing temperatures, and salt, the winter can do a number on your car’s wiper blades. If any of your vehicle’s wiper blades look bent, worn, or damaged, replace them now before they become a safety hazard.

Wash and Wax

Finally, don’t forget to hit the car wash this summer. Washing your car removes harmful corrosive residue that tends to build up over the winter months, while a high grade wax seals your car’s exterior, protecting it from the elements.

If you are concerned about your car’s air-conditioning, windshield wipers, or anything else, visit us at Hurlbert Toyota; our service team will be happy to help you.

Jul 032018
 

Road trip travel tips

It’s official: summer is finally here, and with it comes the perfect conditions for the road trip of a lifetime. If you’re new to extended drives, though, be sure to check out these important road trip travel tips before you hit the road.

Vehicle maintenance

 Maybe it sounds like a no-brainer, but we can’t stress enough the importance of making sure your car is road-trip ready before you embark. Check your vehicle’s tires, battery, oil, coolant system, and windshield wipers about a week before you hit the road. You should also give your car a good cleaning, inside and out. Once you’re on the road, make a habit of routinely cleaning out the vehicle to avoid unnecessary clutter.

 Plan ahead

Of course, every road trip needs an initial plan — even if it is just the basics. We suggest scheduling where and when you’ll make big stops, but remaining open to improvisation if you change your mind while you’re on the road.

 Get off the beaten path

 Finally, remember that a road trip is all about discovering something new; you probably won’t discover much of anything if you only stick to major highways. At some point, spend some time driving through back country roads, as this is where you’ll often find the most memorable stops of your trip.

If your vehicle needs any pre-road-trip maintenance, visit our service department at Hurlbert Toyota.