Sep 162016
 

FR-S becomes the Toyota 86

In 2003, Toyota introduced the world to a new brand of car—Scion. The Scion brand was built on simplicity mixed with fun. Models were usually sold in a single trim level, but could be easily customized with aftermarket parts. However, after 13 years, Toyota decided to absorb Scion back into the Toyota brand.

Now, one of the most popular Scion models is making the transition to Toyota. The Scion FR-S will become the Toyota 86 for the 2017 model year. But, it gets more than just a name change. The 86 will have new looks and better performance, but will keep the handling and affordability that has made it a hit with enthusiasts over the years.

Changes for the model

In the form of the Toyota 86, we will see more aggressive styling with a large center intake. The front end also comes with standard LED headlights, daytime running lights, and turn signals. Inside, buyers will find new seating material, a revised steering wheel, and a new “Granlux” material on the instrument panel.

Better performance for the 86 comes through revised shock tuning and a spring rate change. The manual version also has adjusted gear ratios and engine tuning to increase the torque to 156 lb-ft and horsepower to 205.

Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we are excited to welcome the 2017 Toyota 86 to our family.

Aug 052016
 

As one of the top-selling brands in the world, Toyota has a number of vehicles that not only appeal to mainstream drivers, but niche enthusiasts, as well. Several Toyota nameplates have been optimized in some trims for off-roading prowess. The latest vehicle to join the off-roading fray is none other than the new Toyota 4Runner. The addition of two 4Runner off-road trims adds extra performance and capability to this rugged SUV unlike anything drivers have experienced.

Toyota 4Runner Off-Road Trims

4Runner Trims

The two trims in question will be called the TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium. The new 4Runner trim levels will slot just below the Limited model and replace previous model years’ Trail trims. This 4Runner features everything from fancy TRD badges to new four-wheel drive technology that’s been tweaked for off-road capabilities. Aside from the new badges, other cosmetic touches will include silver wheels, black accents, and carbon-fiber-look trim in the cabin. The TRD Off-Road Premium trim will feature red lettering stitched into the head restraints.

Other features on the 4Runner off-road trims will include Toyota’s Crawl Control system, a locking rear differential. Also, there will be an available Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System for improving off-road wheel articulation. Pricing isn’t yet announced for the new models, but will join the 2017 Toyota 4Runner lineup. Visit our website for all of our new and used inventory. Call us with any question you may have about the new trims.

Apr 012016
 
Toyota self-driving cars

Could this be the future of Toyota’s self-driving cars? This Fv2 concept has no steering wheel on the inside!

Self-driving cars that anyone can buy are getting closer and closer, but for the moment, Toyota is more interested in developing autonomous “guardian angels” that help drivers rather than replace them.

Toyota’s top research executive Gill Pratt recently said that the automaker is approaching the concept of self-driving cars from two paths—one that removes the driver from the equation altogether and another that supports the driver instead.

That’s not to say that Toyota isn’t interested in making self-driving cars. However, properly functioning, production-ready autonomous vehicles are still a long ways off. In the meantime, developing a semi-autonomous “guardian angel” system is what Toyota sees as the best way to quickly reduce the 1.2 million traffic deaths that occur every year around the world.

“In the same way that antilock braking and emergency braking work, there is a virtual driver that is trying to make sure you don’t have an accident by temporarily taking control from you,” said Gill Pratt.

Jan 152016
 
Toyota autonomous vehicles

Will the new Toyota autonomous vehicles look similar to the current Prius? Only time will tell!

Many automakers are doing their best to put forth the next big thing in the automotive industry: autonomous vehicles, aka, self-driving cars. And, in fact, Toyota is no exception – having recently made a promise to get Toyota autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020.

 

A major component of Toyota’s plans is the Toyota Highway Teammate, which the automaker revealed a while ago. The kind of high-tech sensor technology required for autonomous driving is just what the Toyota Highway Teammate offers.

 

More recently, Toyota made headlines by purchasing a stake in a high-profile artificial intelligence firm, called Preferred Networks. No doubt, this pricey investment – roughly 3% of the company – will translate to top-notch autonomous tech.

 

What’s the next step in Toyota’s plan? Only time will tell.

 

As we approach 2020, hopefully more snippets and details of the upcoming Toyota autonomous vehicles will be revealed. But until then, to check out a regular ‘ole car, visit us anytime at Hurlbert Toyota.

Oct 232015
 

Toyota

After the sedan’s debut in 1955, the Toyota Crown has been a forerunner of many cars in Toyota’s lineup and is a much more seasoned veteran than most vehicles on the market. This year marks the sedan’s 60th anniversary of production, and in its honor, the company has given the Toyota Crown updates for the 2016 model year.

With the updates, Toyota wanted to focus on making the Crown more lively, fun, and stylish. Structurally, the company has engineered the new Crown to have better steering and handling, and the sedan comes with a new turbocharged engine for improved performance. The Crown’s color palette has grown as well, with a host of new color options for consumers to choose from.

The facelift also includes several technology updates with a suite of electronic safety features. Some of these features include adaptive cruise control mediated by radar, collision warnings and driver alerts, and a blindspot monitor.

The Toyota Crown updates were made not only in honor of the sedan’s 60th anniversary, but to continue providing Toyota’s consumer base with the highest quality cars possible, while minimizing potential accidents and improving the overall driving experience. Visit Hurlbert Toyota for more!