Mar 122018
 

 

Toyota Research and Development

Finding alternative energy resources is a major goal for most automakers, but few can match Toyota’s dedication. The Japanese automaker is opening a new research and development center that will include 11 tracks and employ more than 3,000 people. Once all said and done, Toyota’s research and development center will cost $2.8 billion.

Toyota’s investment marks heightened commitment for the automaker. While the Toyota lineup already features multiple hybrids vehicles, including the 2018 Prius, the new center will allow the brand to diversify the lineup even further.

One of the 11 tracks in the facility will be a miniature Nurburgring, also known as the world’s toughest test track. While the real track measures in at 12.9 miles, Toyota’s smaller track just hits 3.3 miles, and will test steering and braking stability in rigorous driving conditions.

Multiple tracks will be designed to specifically test electric vehicles and effectively create vehicles designed for specific markets. Toyota’s research and development center will put an emphasis on existing markets, like North America, but will also develop vehicles for up-and-coming regions, such as India.

The facility will open partially this year and will be fully operational by 2023. Initially, Toyota will employ a total of 3,300 people at the new center, but that number will rise as research and development continues to increase.

We here at Hurlbert Toyota are very excited to see what Toyota comes up with, and would be happy to show you what they already have.

Feb 212018
 

TRD Pro Trucks

Photo credit: Stephen Edelstein, DigitalTrends.com

The pickup truck segment is ripe for off-roading, thanks to the class’s combination of capability and power. With entries in the off-road pickup class such as the Ford F-150 Raptor and Chevy Colorado ZR2, even the big names in the segment are cashing in on the niche. However, nobody does recreational, all-terrain trucks like Toyota, and the brand brought their full lineup of TRD Pro trucks (that’s “Toyota Racing Development”) to the Chicago Auto Show recently to show off its upcoming 2019 selection.

Three different vehicles in Toyota’s model lineup got the TRD Pro treatment: the Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner. 2019 TRD Pro models will come with brand-new Fox Racing internal-bypass shock absorbers, which Toyota reps claim pairs the TRD Pro models’ trail-ready performance with a more smooth and enjoyable driving experience. The new models will also get exclusive tires in addition to a unique new feature – a snorkel – which will make fording through bodies of water easier than ever.

Cosmetic touches to the 2019 TRD Pro trucks include TRD badging, unique exhaust systems, and a roof rack on the 4Runner.

Toyota’s new models will be available in showrooms in fall of 2018, so keep an eye out for us here at Hurlbert Toyota. Don’t hesitate to call or contact us for more information.

Jan 232018
 

Increase Your Visibility in Winter Driving

Increase Your Visibility in Winter Driving

Poor visibility is often the cause of automobile accidents, especially during the winter. When roads are already slick, it’s imperative that drivers can see one another well. If you find you’re having trouble getting a clear view during the snowy season, read on to learn three tips for increasing your vehicle’s visibility in winter driving.

Clear Snow Completely

When it’s freezing cold outside, scraping your car is no fun. Still, it’s important to clear off more than just the windshield. You should be sure to brush off all of the snow from the roof of your car, as well as the hood and the headlights, to prevent snow from blowing onto either your windows or the vehicles around you.

Change Wiper Blades

 Changing your wiper blades is an easy DIY task that can make a big difference in visibility. You can also swap out your normal wiper fluid for winter wiper fluid for an edge against the ice.

Check Your Headlights

You want to be sure that you clear snow and ice off of your headlights, but also make sure that your headlights are new and shining brightly. Doing so will help other drivers see your vehicle, as well as letting you see them.

If you’re not sure whether your vehicle is set up for the best winter performance, stop in at Hurlbert Toyota and our team will be happy to give your car a winter check up.

Dec 192017
 
2018 Toyota 4Runner

2018 Toyota 4Runner

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is designed for drivers with a thirst for off-road adventure and a passion for thrilling driving experiences. If this sounds like you, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner might the right choice.

The new 4Runner is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine that lays out 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. It can also tow up to 5,000 pounds, meaning you can bring along your favorite camping gear or lake “toys” for your off-roading weekend getaway.

For pure off-road performance, the 2018 4Runner offers features like skid plates, standard Hill Start Assist Control, available Downhill Assist Control, and your choice between two 4WD systems with Active Traction Control. Further enhancing the off-road experience are the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) and Crawl Control (CRAWL).

The Toyota 4Runner is one of the only remaining SUVs to be built with a body-on-frame construction. It is this design that truly sets the 4Runner apart from the competition when you take it off the beaten path.

Stay safe on your off-road adventures with eight standard airbags, side-impact door beams, and Toyota’s Star Safety System™, which includes features like Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology® (SST).

Interested in learning more? Test drive the 2018 Toyota 4Runner at Hurlbert Toyota.

Nov 172017
 
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Black Friday Shopping

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Black Friday Shopping

When you go Black Friday shopping, keep these guidelines in mind for making your best decisions.

Buy Discounted Gift Cards

The website Raise sells gift cards at a discount, which gets you free money that you can use during your shopping trip. Stock up and take full advantage.

Sign Up for Mailing Lists

The best coupons get sent out behind the scenes to subscribed customers. By signing up for mailing lists, you not only get in on the ground floor for exclusive deals, but you’ll be the first to get the best deals with coupons.

Make a Shopping List—And a Plan

When you make your shopping list, make sure you’re also prioritizing which gifts you need the most, have backup plans in case they’re sold out, and know where to get the best deals on what.

Price Check Before You Buy

While you’re out on Black Friday, have your list in one hand and your phone in the other so that you can quickly and easily check the prices of the same product in other stores. Online retailers may often offer the best prices, and some stores will even provide price matches if you can compare their in-store price to that of an online outlet.

Shop Online

If you’re not one for the Black Friday rush, stay home and take advantage of deals online instead. Cyber Monday is becoming every bit as big a time to grab deals as Black Friday, and you don’t even have to leave your couch to save.

Watch for Late-Shopper Deals

Are you a late sleeper? Retailers want you shopping all day long, so many will offer new deals later in the day.

Use Reusable Shopping Bags, Not Carts

It’s hard to maneuver with bulky shopping carts, so make use of reusable bags instead. This makes you more limber and less cumbersome, like a lean, mean shopping machine.

Follow a Budget

This is a big one. No matter how good a deal is, you should be staying under budget. Don’t let your eyes get bigger than your stomach or you will have a heck of a credit card bill to reckon with at the start of 2018.

Black Friday shopping can be overwhelming, but if you have a plan, like Hurlbert Toyota suggests, you’ll feel much better about your decision to brave it.

Oct 232017
 
Camping in New Hampshire

Camping in New Hampshire

Fall is the perfect time to go camping in New Hampshire. The weather is cool but not too cold, and the foliage is a stunning sight to behold. If you have the time to spare, head out for one of these local New Hampshire outdoor getaways.

 

Bear Brook State Park

A large portion of Allenstown, New Hampshire is made up of Bear Brook State Park. This park is perfect for those near Hurlbert Toyota, as it’s just a 40-minute drive from Epping, New Hampshire. With over 10,000 acres to explore and 101 wooded campsites to choose from, you’ll have no trouble making yourself at home here.

 

Coleman State Park 

If you head north you’ll come across Coleman State Park, a charming sight situated on Little Diamond Pond. It’s a great spot for fishing, kayaking, and more. The park also has several cabins for rent, great for colder nights or larger groups.

 

Deer Mountain Campground

This campsite is way up north in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, just south of Canada. The 25-site campground is located in the gorgeous Connecticut Lakes State Forest. It’s the place to go if you’re looking for a primitive camping experience. It’s great for wildlife watching—you may even spot a moose if you get lucky!

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.

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.

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!

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?