Dec 222014

One of our most popular models at Hurlbert Toyota is the Toyota Tacoma, and with good reason. The 2015 Tacoma is a mid-size truck built to take on full-size jobs, available with a number of options and accessories, and offered at an affordable price.

Since it’s so popular, we keep hearing the question: when is the new Tacoma coming to Hurlbert? While we can’t say with certainty when you can drive it in 2015, we can tell you exactly when you can see it: January 12th, when it’s scheduled to debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

Toyota has released two teaser images to satiate us while we wait to get a good look at the 2016 Tacoma. Based on what’s there to see, we think that the new Tacoma is going to make quite a few folks happy in the very near future, whether for work or for pleasure.

Toyota has also released a super brief teaser video, which you can drink in below:

It’s fixing to be a hot time in the Motor City in January. Watch this space for the latest on the 2016 Tacoma!

Dec 082014

Toyota Mirai

If you’re looking for a new eco-friendly car, it’s likely that you’ve considered the all-new Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle. This was definitely the case for Marianne and David Ellis, the two lucky individuals who recently won a brand-new Mirai, making them the first ones to get behind the wheel of the brand-new vehicle.


These two Toyota Mirai winners have been supporters of going green for years and were recently looking for a new eco-friendly car. While at the annual Environmental Media Awards earlier this year, Marianne Ellis bought the winning ticket as a potential 30th wedding anniversary gift—and it looks like it was a great choice!


“For us, it’s about being at the cutting edge of change,” said Marianne Ellis. “It’s a chance to support environmental causes and clean energy, while showing it’s possible to make a car like this part of your lifestyle.”


The Mirai combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity to power the vehicle. With a range of 300 miles, the fuel cell vehicle only emits water vapor as exhaust, keeping the environment safe.


If you’re interested in going green like Marianne and David Ellis, come to Hurlbert Toyota. While we don’t have a Mirai to offer, we still have plenty of fuel-efficient models for you!

Nov 172014

Toyota TRD Pro Series Tundra

“Driving off-road is part of living the outdoors life.” This is according to a recent article in Gear Junkie. And according to the same article, if you are going to go off-road, best to do it with a TRD Pro package version of the Tundra, Tacoma or 4Runner.


How does the TRD Pro package actually enhance these trucks? Being that they are designed to go off-road “right off the lot,” much of these enhancements have to do with the TRD Pro’s exceptional ability to sustain itself over rough terrain.


There are “Bilstein remote-reservoir shocks at the heart of a professionally-tuned TRD suspension.” The wheels and tires are super high-quality and are an essential component to the superior suspension.


The TRD Pro package also gives these three trucks a unique look, setting them apart from their main-street counterparts. This includes a unique black grille, black aluminum wheels and a black bumper.


We here at Hurlbert Toyota agree that these TRD Pro models are the best vehicles to release the inner off-road guy in all of us!

Oct 202014

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept Car

We’re entering a new era in automotive history, and Toyota is leading the way. The automaker recently announced that they will become the first company to give away a hydrogen vehicle, dubbed the Toyota Fuel-Cell Vehicle (FCV). We’re excited at Hulbert Toyota for the new possibilities that come with fuel-cell technology.

At the Environmental Media Association (EMA) Award ceremonies at Warner Bros. Studio in California, Toyota will announce the lucky individual who gets to drive home in the FCV. Unfortunately, the hydrogen-powered car is only being offered in California because it’s the only state with a hydrogen-fuel infrastructure.

“Hydrogen fuel-cell technology is the next big leap in automotive history, and through this extraordinary drawing, we’re seeking bold drivers ready to embrace that future,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of Automotive Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

So what does this mean for you? In the immediate future, not much. However, this is just a preview of what’s to come: the quick accelerating Toyota FCV has a range of 300 miles, a quiet ride, and produces nothing but pure water from the tailpipe.

Toyota has been researching this technology for over 20 years, and many features that have come out of this process are featured on other cars. To see how this technology has been integrated into the 2015 model year, stop by Hulbert Toyota and check out our lineup.

Oct 132014

2015 Toyota Camry

You’ll be seeing some exciting new commercials on your TVs soon; in fact, you might have started to notice them already. The new commercials advertise the 2015 Toyota Camry, kicking off the all-new Toyota marketing campaign titled “One Bold Choices Leads to Another.” The commercials show off the completely redesigned Camry, and challenge viewers to live inspired lives, one great choice at a time.

The campaign features six different television spots—“Guitar,” “Breakout,” “Bucket List,” “Fix,” “Movie Premiere,” and “Park”—that each highlight a bold choice in a Camry customer’s life. Keep your eyes peeled for guest star B. B. King in one of the commercials—we’ll leave it to you to guess which one.

The new Toyota marketing campaign—the first campaign under the Total Toyota market model—doesn’t just feature the Camry at random. “The 2015 Camry launch campaign captures what the new Toyota brand is all about,” said Jack Hollis, Vice President, Marketing, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “When we created our new marketing model less than a year ago, our quest was to connect with guests in more exciting and relevant ways. This campaign is just the beginning, and we think our drivers will be able to feel the new energy we’re bringing to the brand.”

If you’re looking for a bold and inspired way to change your life, come in to Hurlbert Toyota to check out the Camry today. You’ll see that here at Toyota, we sell more than just cars; we sell lifestyles. So come test drive your new life today!

Oct 062014
2013 Toyota Prius

2013 Toyota Prius


The Toyota Prius is one of the most popular cars on the market thanks to its superior fuel efficiency and terrific features. Now, this hybrid might get even better. The rumor mill has been turning lately, and there is talk of the newest Prius being offered in two different editions, one of which will offer better fuel efficiency than any Prius we have seen so far.


The high mpg Prius Eco Edition, which will be the fourth-generation Prius’s alter ego, will come with a lithium-ion battery that will be rated more than 60 miles per gallon, according to a report from Automotive News. For the non-Eco Edition Prius, a standard nickel-metal hydride battery pack will come standard, boasting about 55 mpg. While the report of two different Toyota Prius versions has not been confirmed by the Japanese carmaker itself, it’s difficult not to be excited about a Prius model that is even more fuel-efficient than before.


For more information on the future of the Toyota Prius, make sure you continue to check back in with Hurlbert Toyota!


Sep 292014

2015 Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna is changing the minivan game for 2015 by introducing all-wheel drive performance to the segment.

Toyota’s latest family van will seat 8 in comfort, safety, and style. New safety tech includes an additional LATCH location in the third row seat for anchoring child seats, increased side airbag coverage, and a new front passenger seat cushion airbag.

A refreshed interior design also makes it easier to keep an eye on the kids while maintaining focus on driving. The Sienna will offer the all-new Driver Easy Speak option that uses the voice-command microphone to send your voice through the rear speakers. This, combined with the standard conversation mirror in the overhead console, will reduce the need to turn around and shout to be heard in the back seats, which distracts from driving safely.

The exterior of the 2015 Toyota Sienna also gets refreshed with a new front grille, slimmer headlights, and new LED daytime running lamps.

The Sienna will be powered by a 266 horsepower V6 engine with available all-wheel drive that gives drivers extra confidence in slippery conditions like snow or rain.

Contact us at Hurlbert Toyota to schedule your test drive of the 2015 Toyota Sienna!

Sep 222014

2015 Tundra Powertrain

Change is in the air for the Toyota Tundra. As the pickup truck enters the 2015 model year, Toyota has made a few tweaks here and there to satisfy Tundra lovers everywhere. While many of these changes seem rather small, there’s one that is sure to make a lasting impact—the 2015 Tundra powertrain options will no longer include the original base V6 engine.


This major change is due to the V6’s lack of popularity. While the V6 engine offers plenty of power by itself, the other V8 engine options—a 4.6-liter that generates 310 horsepower and a 5.7-liter that churns out a healthy 381 hp—have quickly overshadowed the less powerful V6. A spokesperson for the Japanese carmaker even stated, “The Tundra V6 take rate was significantly less than five percent.”


With this powertrain change, the Tundra is sure to be more powerful than ever before. For a glimpse at this new power, keep an eye on Hurlbert Toyota for the 2015 model’s arrival!

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.

Sep 082014

2015 Toyota Highlander

“There can be only one”

That’s the only line people remember from the movie Highlander, but it doesn’t apply to the Toyota Highlander. Toyota just hired 300 more people in Indiana to help make more of them.

After investing $100 million in the Princeton, IN factory, the plant should be able to produce 30,000 more Highlanders.

Since production of the latest generation of Toyota Highlander began in December 2013, Toyota sold around 90,000 by the end of July. The plant in Indiana is the only one in North America that produces the Highlander, where it is sold or exported to Australia, New Zealand, or Eastern Europe.

Why is the Highlander so popular? The crossover SUV perfectly blends efficiency with comfort, safety, and interior space thanks to 20 city / 25 highway mpg* and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. On the XLE and Limited trims, drivers will enjoy standard satellite navigation.

Test drive a Toyota Highlander at Hurlbert Toyota today to see why they’re so popular for yourself.