Feb 032017
 

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.

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!

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.

Sep 152014
 

high-tech safety features

While the rest of the new car industry seems obsessed with winning the race for the first autonomous car, Toyota is focusing on a more practical and reliable goal: simply adding more and more high-tech safety features to its vehicles. Some of those new features, of course, will be automated technologies, but the focus is not on creating an overall driverless car.

“At this point, it is difficult to realize driverless car safely ,” said Ken Koibuchi, head of Toyota’s intelligent vehicle division. “To realize driverless car at this moment, we need a very rich infrastructure.” Kristen Tabar, a Toyota vice president, added: “The human being is the ultimate in sensor fusion. We have the visual, audible advantage, all the different inputs to make the best judgments moving forward.”

So, look out for Toyota cars filled with more cameras, lasers, computers chips, and so on in the coming years—all technologies that will keep you safer in your own car and in relation to other people’s cars. Come see us at Hurlbert Toyota today to check out the current lineup of Toyota cars, which are already full of awesome features, safety and otherwise.

Apr 282014
 

In Control Crash Prevention

If you’re a teen or parent of a new driver, you’ll want to take advantage of the In Control Crash Prevention classes coming up at Pease Airport in Portsmouth this weekend. Thanks to sponsorship from Hurlbert Toyota and the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association, you’ll be able to save $200 on the defensive driving course by following these easy steps:

  1. Visit driveincontrol.org and click “Reserve a Course”
  2. Register
  3. Enter discount code: “EANCDA200

This deal is good for drivers under 20 years old. If you’re over 21 or want to attend the course with your teen, you can still save $75 by using the code “HurlbertToyota” when you register. You can also reserve a course online at 888-301-SAFE and mention the discount.

In Control is a non-profit organization that offers the first certified crash prevention training program in the nation. They’ve trained 25,000 students of all ages, many of whom enjoy insurance discounts after completing the course. Research has shown that graduates of the class have a 70% reduction in crashes compared to the average population.

This Sunday, May 4, the governor’s husband Tom Hassan plans on attending the 8am course, so it’ll be a great chance to meet him.

Regular price for this course is $350, so this offer is too good to pass up and you can’t put a price on the safety of your teen driver. You’ll also enjoy further savings on a car insurance discount that you may be eligible for after taking this certified course. Check out Channel 5’s piece on the class below. Feel free to contact us with any questions about the classes and check out the FAQ section of the website.

Mar 052014
 

The Star Safety System keeps you Safe during an Emergency

Toyota Star Safety SystemToyota is serious when it comes to safety. That’s why each and every new Toyota comes standard with the Star Safety System. But what is the Star Safety System, and how does it keep you safe when you’re in harm’s way?

The Star Safety System is a suite of six safety features – Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. Each part is designed to protect you and your passengers as well as the cars around you.

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