Sep 262017
 
Best Toyota Vehicles

Best Toyota Vehicles

Toyota has long been known for producing reliable, fuel efficient cars, but in recent years it does so much more than that. Take a look at the best Toyota vehicles in the U.S. News rankings.

  • 2017 Toyota Avalon. This may not be the first model that comes to mind when you think about Toyota, but it is one of the best. S. News gives it a score of 9/10, and it delivers advanced features along with a roomy, premium cabin.
  • 2018 Toyota Camry. With a full redesign for 2018, the Camry is more impressive than ever. It currently holds the No. 1 spot in S. News mid-size sedan rankings with a score of 9.1/10.
  • 2017 Toyota Highlander. As one of the most value-rich options in the mid-size SUV segment, the Highlander earns a score of 8.6/10. Families will love its spacious interior with lots of cargo space.
  • 2017 Toyota Prius. If fuel efficiency is your top priority, the Prius will give you that plus sleek styling, an upscale interior, and great technology. S. News gave it a score of 8.6/10.
  • 2017 Toyota 86. If you want a sports car, but are on a tight budget, the Toyota 86 is what you need. Not only does it come with sporty looks and great handling, but you will also love its fuel efficiency and supportive seats. It scored an 8.5/10.

Come check out all of these highly-rated Toyota models available now at Hurlbert Toyota.

Aug 162017
 
Back-To-School Tips In Epping, NH

Kids Are About To Go Back To School

Back-to-School Tips

A new school year is almost upon us. Now is the time to buy school supplies, figure out drop-off times, and handle the unavoidable dread from the children. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help streamline heading back to school. Take these back-to-school tips from us at Hurlbert Toyota and get ready for a new school year.

Join Afterschool Programs

Check out what afterschool programs are available in your area. Find a few that might interest your kids, then allow them to pick which one (or more) they would like to take part in. Afterschool programs offer kids the chance to socialize, develop, and potentially find a new hobby. If your area doesn’t have any afterschool programs that interest your kids, it never hurts to inquire about starting something new.

Go to Sleep Earlier

Kids are notorious for wanting to skirt around bedtime, but that won’t go over well once school starts. Get your kids on the right sleep schedule a few weeks before school starts to avoid any struggles with getting the kids into bed.

Set a Schedule

Setting aside blocks of time for your children to do homework, study, handle chores, and relax is pertinent to their success. Organizing a set schedule will help streamline day-to-day activities before, during, and after school.

Aug 102017
 
History Of The Toyota RAV4 in Epping, NH

Current Model – Toyota RAV4

History of the Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 has made its mark on the industry as a versatile and affordable crossover. The customizable styling options and tech-savvy features have made it a favorite of drivers of all ages. The RAV4 has been through a lot in its near-25 years of existence. Here’s a brief history of the Toyota RAV4.

The Original

The original Toyota RAV4 debuted in 1995. The name itself stands for “Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive.” The first-generation model was boxy and designed for drivers who wanted the function of an SUV with the efficiency of a sedan.

Second-Generation

The second-generation RAV4 launched in 2000 and saw major styling changes that appealed to younger drivers. An electric model, the RAV4 EV, saw a limited run in the early 2000s. While less than 1,500 units were sold, a third of them were still in use as of 2012.

Third-Generation

Just five years later, the third-generation Toyota RAV4 hit the streets. It rode on a new platform and saw immediate success among more active drivers. The 2009 model year saw a refresh that included an all-new four-cylinder engine. A V6 engine was also available.

Today

The current fourth-generation model officially hit roadways in 2013. It’s curvier engines and smoother contours combined with an updated interior made it a hit among drivers. Sales leapt to 218,000 units in 2013 alone. By 2016, sales topped 350,000 units, making the Toyota RAV4 a major success on all accounts.

Find One

You can find the latest RAV4 here at Hurlbert Toyota.

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!

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!

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.
Oct 212016
 

fall driving safety tips - couple in convertible

Now that it is officially fall, it’s time to consider the unique hazards that the season brings to the roads. It may not be as hazardous as winter, but that doesn’t mean that fall is free from danger.

To prepare yourself for the fall season, check out these fall driving safety tips:

  • Make sure that your vehicle is up to date on oil changes and that any dashboard lights are addressed before the weather starts to dip.
  • Give your tires a good look, evaluating for air pressure, tread, and alignment.
  • In fact, if you live in a particularly snowy area or just want to be extra safe, consider switching to snow tires entirely.
  • Speaking of snow, don’t forget to get an ice scraper handy inside your vehicle. You may also want to keep a shovel available.
  • Any summer supplies you may have, such as swimsuits and flip flops, can certainly be switched out in favor of warm hats and gloves.
  • Lastly, keep a sharper eye out for pedestrians and animals than ever before, especially as dusk approaches, which comes earlier than in the summer.

For more safety tips or to start your season out with a brand new model, contact us or visit us anytime here at Hurlbert Toyota.