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Toyota unveils 2014 Tundra in Chicago

February 8, 2013

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Toyota took the old phrase “Don’t mess with success” and applied it to the new 2014 Toyota Tundra. Deep down, this is the same successful truck as before. That means the Tundra can tow up to 10,400 lbs and still comes with three powerful and efficient engine options: a V6 and two V8s.

Yet as good as the current Tundra is, it needed some tweaking in order to continue to succeed against the latest trucks from Ford and General Motors. To that end, Toyota has restyled the Tundra inside and out. A tougher, chiseled look comes courtesy of Toyota’s Calty Design Research centers located in California and Michigan.

A bold new grille and restyled rear end give the 2014 Tundra a distinct and attractive appearance that stands out amongst competitors in the crowded full-size pickup truck market.

Inside the 2014 Tundra sees dramatic changes. While the current Tundra’s interior is filled with quality materials, critics have been tough on the truck for its poorly placed stereo and climate controls. Toyota has solved this issue by redesigning the dashboard and limiting the reach to these controls controls by 2.6 inches. Knobs remain large so that drivers can easily operate the Tundra’s interior functions while wearing gloves. Meanwhile, a new display screen in the gauge cluster allows drivers to access multitudes of vehicle information without having to take their eyes away from the road.

Toyota also added a standard backup camera to the Tundra lineup and offers a segment first Blind Spot Monitor on top-level Tundra models – the Platinum and 1794 Edition. The latter model being new to the Tundra line and is Toyota’s way of commemorating the opening of the ranch in San Antonio, Texas that now serves as the location for the Tundra plant.

The Tundra continues to be offered in three different body styles: two-door, four-door Double Cab and the even more spacious four-door CrewMax. To learn more about the 2014 Toyota Tundra come to Richmond Hill Toyota today.

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Edmunds tests RAV4 EV

February 4, 2013

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We at Richmond Hill Toyota have already introduced you to the technologically advanced Toyota RAV4 EV. We guided you through the SUV’s unique aerodynamic design features and interior technologies, and we showed you the many features Entune offers owners of the RAV4 EV.

Now Edmunds has taken the RAV4 EV, and a number of other electric vehicles available to consumers, to the track and through a variety of range and efficiency tests.

After all was said and done, the RAV4 EV came out near the top of the group. No, the RAV4 EV doesn’t offer the 265-mile range of the nearly six-figure Tesla Model S, but for far less money Edmunds discovered that the RAV4 EV was able to go 144.5 miles (approximately 232.6 kilometers) on a single charge. This is far greater than the EPA estimated range of 103 miles (approximately 165.8 kilometers).

But the RAV4 EV’s extensive range wasn’t the only surprise Edmunds discovered while testing the car. At the track, the RAV4 EV ripped to 60 mph (approximately 96.5 km/h) in 7.7 seconds, meanwhile its floor mounted battery pack improves the RAV4 EV’s handling over the standard RAV4, though Edmunds is quick to point out that “the detached feel of the electric power steering and regenerative braking is something of a buzzkill.” Hey, it’s an SUV not a sports car.

With 73 cubic feet of cargo space available, over 200 kilometers of range, and confidence inspiring acceleration, the RAV4 EV continues to not only impress the press but consumers as well. To read the entirety of Edmunds electric vehicle comparison test go to edmunds.com and to learn more about the RAV4 EV stop by Richmond Hill Toyota today.

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Corolla Furia Concept Previews Next Corolla

January 21, 2013

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The Toyota Corolla is known for many things: reliability, quality and value are just the tip of the iceberg. Despite the Corolla’s many positive attributes, style has never really been one of the car’s noteworthy qualities.

It appears big things are in store for the next generation Corolla’s styling though, if the recently revealed Corolla Furia concept is anything to go by. Revealed in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, the Corolla Furia is a thinly veiled concept that shows off the future of Corolla.

As Bill Fay, Toyota division vice president and general manager, told the press in Detroit, “[The Corolla Furia] features a dramatically swept windshield, sloped roofline, pronounced fender flares, and a blazing custom color I call ‘Fuego Furioso.’”

Aggressive and expressive design features that Toyota refers to as “Iconic Dynamism” follows in the footsteps of recent Toyota designs like the all-new 2013 Avalon.

The Corolla Furia certainly grabbed the attention of the press too, as Cars.com’s Aaron Bragman noted, “As a concept car, this looks pretty good. As a production car, if the actual Corolla looks anything like this, I’ll eat one.”

Let’s hope Toyota holds Mr. Bragman to that statement by bringing forth a brand-new Corolla that looks just as good as the much loved Corolla Furia concept.

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2013 Toyota Avalon Incorporates Qi Wireless Charging System for Cellular Phone Devices

December 27, 2012

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Take one look at the 2013 Toyota Avalon, and it’s clear this is one stylish four-door sedan; however, it takes getting behind the wheel of the car to understand how much substance the Avalon now offers. Take, for example, the smooth and efficient standard 3.5-liter V6 engine, the available hybrid powertrain and the touch sensitive controls on the dashboard.

Yes, the 2013 Toyota Avalon offers owners both style and substance, and upgrading to the Toyota Avalon Limited gives consumers one other substantial piece of technology – Qi wireless charging.

An automotive industry first, the 2013 Toyota Avalon integrates a Qi wireless charging pad for select smartphone devices into the vehicle’s center console bin lid. Using a switch on the lid to turn on the system, charging can be completed by placing a Qi-enabled phone against the lid’s surface.

With 34 Qi-enabled mobile phones on the market and more to come, the 2013 Toyota Avalon is on the cutting edge of this new wireless technology.

To learn more about the 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited and its Qi wireless charging system, stop by Richmond Hill Toyota.

Toyota Models Awarded for their Residual Value

December 3, 2012

Not to be forgotten amidst Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value awards, ALG has released a list of vehicles it gave its Best Residual Value Award to over categorical competitors.

Larry Dominique, President of ALG, put it this way,”Residual value is a complete indicator of vehicle value, taking into account quality, durability and brand desirability.”

Not surprisingly, Toyota products took home the coveted award in nine different categories, with vehicles badged as Toyota’s taking home two-thirds of those wins.

Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus, took home awards for its LS460 and GS350 sedans in ALG’s premium fullsize and premium executive car categories, meanwhile the all-new Scion FR-S was deemed by ALG to offer the best residual value among sports cars.

Within the Toyota brand the Prius C won honors as having the best residual value among alt-fuel vehicles, while the FJ Cruiser, Sequoia, Tacoma and Tundra continued to be awarded in their respective categories.

Finally, ALG awarded the Land Cruiser for having the best residual value among premium full-size utility vehicles.

Toyota Redefines Avalon With New 2013 Model

November 29, 2012

If you were to rank all of the cars the Toyota builds and list them in order of “drivers car” the Toyota Avalon may rank at or near the bottom of that list. To most people, the Toyota Avalon was always the Buick Roadmaster that you would no longer built, a car for your grandparents.

With the 2013 model Avalon, Toyota’s looking to change the demographic for the Avalon buyers, as of now the average age of a Toyota Avalon buyer is 64, Toyota is looking to drop that to the mid-50s. How they are going to do that is by completely changing the nature of the car. In fact, as the title of this article suggests, the Japanese have come to America to build a German sedan.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon is the first car that Akio Toyoda oversaw from start to finish. When you drive this car, you will field his fingerprints all over it, in that his emphasis was to make Toyota’s cars that people would enjoy driving. The Avalon was designed in California, engineered in Michigan, and will be built in Kentucky, and when it goes on sale, it will have the highest US content of any vehicles sold in North America.

There will be two versions of the Toyota Avalon available, a V-6, and a hybrid version. There will be several modes in which you can drive in both cars. In the V-6 model you have ego, normal, and sports, while in the hybrid version you get those 3 plus an EV mode.

The V-6 model will definitely slant much more towards the “drivers car” then the hybrid. The V-6 will have 268 hp and 248 foot-pounds of torque, and can do a 0 to 100km run in 6.7 seconds. In eco-and normal modes the car feels very composed, switched into sport mode the steering firms up very nicely, the ride is just a bit more firm, and if you didn’t know, you’d think you were in a German performance sedan, and that’s no joke.

The hybrid version of the Avalon is geared much more towards comfort. It still handles well, steers well, but in driving them back to back, the differences are noticeable. The hybrid Avalon, while maybe not having the driving dynamics of its V-6 version, is still very composed, and does not feel like some boulevard cruiser.

There are some very interesting design dynamics going on with the new Avalon. It seems to borrow from quite a number of cars. In the front it has a trapezoidal grille reminiscent of some current Ford products, taken from certain angles in the rear, or the side, you can see design elements from the Mercedes-Benz S class, the Jaguar XJ, and even the Audi A7. All that amalgamation comes out very well and while some people may not care for the nose of the car, there can be few complaints about the design of the rest of the car, save the need for a larger wheel and tire package.

The interior gets a massive upgrade on the new Avalon from the previous model. Again with the German sedan theme, if you were familiar with the interiors of current Audi products, there are many similarities with the new Avalon. The use of materials textures and colors really make the interior standout, and give it a very high-quality feel. The stitching on the leather of the–Israel hand stitching. There are a select number of people in the factory in Kentucky who hand stitch these together on machines, there is no automation, and the attention to detail is obvious. The use of contrasting and complementary colors and materials again gives the car a very upscale look, in addition to a center stack that draws inspiration from modern midcentury design.

Many modern cars that have a swoopy rear end styling to give the illusion of a coupe, sacrifice rear seat head and leg room in the name of style. This is not the case with the Avalon. Toyota have done a nice job of creating space for rear seat passengers so that even those well over 6 foot will have plenty of room. Toyota feel so strongly about this design, that they are pursuing the livery market with the Toyota Avalon.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon is a major change in direction from its past models. No longer a Boulevard cruiser for the retirement community, the Toyota Avalon is now an upscale luxury sedan ready to challenge the Germans, but with the quality, dependability, and reliability that you would expect from a Toyota.

Kelley Blue Book Awards Toyota Best Resale Value Brand for the Second Year in a Row

November 29, 2012

There are a number of reasons to purchase a new Toyota. Some people buy a Toyota because of the company’s legendary reliability. Others buy a Toyota because of the quality craftsmanship Toyota puts into each one of its cars. And others buy a Toyota because of the generally high resale value Toyota models have.

For the second year in a row Kelley Blue Book’s website KBB.com has awarded Toyota with the Best Resale Value Brand Award. Though this award recognizes that the brand in its entirety generally offers above market resale values, KBB.com noted six Toyota models as offering the best resale value among categorical competitors, and named four of those models to its list of top 10 cars with the best resale values.

Among full-size cars, the all-new Toyota Avalon took the top spot. Armed with sleek looks, a powerful standard V6 engine and an available hybrid powertrain, it comes as no surprise that the Avalon’s transaction prices are sure to remain high on the used car market.

Toyota’s retro FJ Cruiser took top honors among mid-size SUVs and crossovers, while the Toyota Sequoia took top honors among full-size SUVs and crossovers. Unsurprisingly, the FJ Cruiser and Sequoia’s truck counterparts, the Tacoma and Tundra, also took the top spots for best resale value among mid- and full-size pickup trucks. All four of these vehicles were also listed by KBB.com as being among the top 10 cars with the best resale value.

Finally, the spacious Sienna overcame strong competition in the minivan category and was awarded the best resale value in its class as well.

As an innovator of hybrid technology, and known for its product quality and reliability, it’s no surprise that Toyota’s continue to offer some of the best resale value among competing automobiles.

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