New Automatic Features on the Toyota Lineup Coming for 2020

2020 Auto Features | High River Toyota | Calgary, AB

The Toyota lineup is about to get two new automatic features that continue its tradition of practical innovation and convenience: Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic Park.

Automatic Engine Shut Off will be available with most 2020 Toyota models. This feature will automatically turn off your vehicle’s engine after a pre-determined length of time if your Toyota is left running, helping reduce the impact its idling has on the environment.

Currently, Toyota has a two-step alert that notifies you when the engine is running, requesting the engine to be turned off. This new automatic feature is just the next step forward.

Starting with the 2020 Toyota models, the brand will also begin to phase in Automatic Park. This technology will help reduce the risk of roll-away, automatically shifting the vehicle into park and/or apply the electronic parking brake if the driver exits the vehicle without placing the vehicle in park. Automatic Park will be available in vehicles with electronic shifters.

Toyota currently utilizes audible and visual cues to warn drivers exiting the vehicle if their car is not in park.

When these new automatic features on the Toyota lineup arrive later this year, you’ll be able to test them out at High River Toyota. 

2020 Toyota Sienna Is Made for Your Family’s Adventures

If you’re looking for a new vehicle that will be perfect for your family, look no further than the 2020 Toyota Sienna. This minivan is back and ready to hit the road – no matter where your adventures will take you and your family.

For the 2020 model year, the Sienna will turn heads with a bold style, including sharply sculpted body lines, alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and heated side mirrors. The Sienna is also the only minivan in Canada available with all-wheel drive.

The Sienna can seat up to eight passengers with a range of standard family-friendly features, including one-touch 60/40 split-and-stow third-row seats, a three-zone independent climate control system, a conversation mirror, shopping bag hooks, and cargo area tie-down rings.

Each model also comes equipped with Apple CarPlay® and Connected Services by Toyota Audio with Scout® GPS Link navigation.

The 2020 Sienna also now can come in the new Nightshade Edition. This package shows off the minivan’s dark side, adding sophistication with black exterior accents, including on the outer mirrors, exterior door handles, window trim, rear spoiler, taillight surrounds, and badges.

High River Toyota will begin selling the 2020 Sienna this fall when it arrives. Call us to learn more.

Increasing Fuel Costs Affect Canadian Road Trip Plans

Rising Fuel Costs | High River, AB

Canada is lucky to have a wealth of wonderful road trip destinations, from Quebec City’s historical charm to the outdoor adventures Alberta and BC have to offer. For many Canadians, the summer has been about exploring what our great country has to offer – until now.

According to a recent survey completed by Ipsos on behalf of Toyota Canada, 47 percent of Canadians stated that an increase in fuel prices have caused them to put off their summer road trip this year. 27 percent of Canadians are even thinking of cancelling existing road trip plans to avoid having to pay extra at the pump.

Despite these high gas prices, though, many are hoping to get their Canadian road trip plans back on track, at least in the future. Toyota Canada Inc. noted that a record 16.7 percent of its total sales in April were for electrified vehicles, including the all-new RAV4 Hybrid. This is a sign that, rather than hoping that the gas prices will decrease in the future, Canadians are instead going green, reducing their carbon footprint while saving money at the gas pump.

This is good news, since Toyota is planning to expand its hybrid and electric lineup even more. Currently, the Japanese carmaker’s green lineup includes the RAV4 Hybrid, Prius Prime, Corolla Hybrid, and Mirai hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle.

High River Toyota is looking forward to having these eco-friendly models in stock for you. For now, we carry current hybrid Toyota offerings. Check out our inventory online.

All-New 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Makes Going Green Simple

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid | High River, AB

Over the past decades, the Toyota Corolla has made a name for itself as one of the most popular vehicles in the automotive industry. Now, it’s looking to continue that streak by appealing to a new audience: those going green.

Toyota has introduced the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid for the first time in Canada.

“We had a lot of requests on the previous-generation Corolla about, ‘Why do you not have a hybrid?’” said Scott MacKenzie, Toyota Canada’s senior national manager for external affairs. “We’ve had hybrid available on Corolla variants in other markets around the world, so they just decided it was an appropriate time to put one in North America.”

The 2020 Corolla Hybrid uses the same powertrain as the current Prius, which is 1.8-litre inline four-cylinder engine that works with two motors to put out a total system output of 121 horsepower. With this power, this eco-friendly sedan boasts a fuel-efficiency rating of 4.4 L/100 km in the city and 4.5 L/100 km on the highway.

Along with these better fuel-efficiency numbers, this all-new Toyota will also come standard with an eight-inch display, heated front seats, Toyota Connected Services, a Blind Spot Monitor, and the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 package.

We’ll have the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid here at High River Toyota when it’s released, as well as the standard Corolla for the 2019 and 2020 model years. Browse our inventory online here.

Don’t Drive Distracted: Tips for Safe Driving

Tips for Safe Driving | High River, AB

The number of collisions caused by distracted driving is increasing every year. Because distracted driving has become such a large issue, all 10 provinces in Canada have some form of cell phone/distracted driving legislation. In Alberta, that includes a fine of $287 and 3 demerits on your licence. Here, we look at some tips for safe driving that will help reduce distractions.

Put Your Phone Away

Texting and making phone calls when driving is dangerous. To avoid the temptation to do so, consider putting your phone in your glove box or centre console storage. That way, even if you get a message on the go, you won’t even know you have.

Don’t Eat While on the Road

Eating snacks while you’re driving might seem like a good idea – especially on long road trips – but it can pull your eyes away from the road ahead. If you’re hungry, consider parking in a parking lot or, better yet, taking an hour’s break from your drive and sit in at a local restaurant.

Set Your GPS Before You Leave

Fiddling with your navigation system when your car is moving is as dangerous as sending a text. Enter your destination into the system before you leave or pull over to do so.

Turn Down Your Music

There’s nothing more enjoyable than rolling the windows down and blasting some tunes when the weather’s nice. This can qualify as distracted driving, though, and make hearing emergency sirens difficult. Consider turning the music down to ensure you’re not distracted by your favourite song while behind the wheel.

Follow these tips to make driving much safer. Contact us at High River Toyota if you need a new ride to drive better in.

All-New 2020 Toyota Highlander Debut Takes Place in New York

2020 Toyota Highlander | High River Toyota | High River, AB

When it was first introduced in 2001, the Toyota Highlander redefined the midsize family SUV segment. Now, it’s continuing to do so again with the all-new 2020 model.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander, which debuted earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show, offers a bold new style, innovative safety features, a long list of technologies, and five trim levels to choose from, including the new base L grade, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum.

For the 2020 model year, the Highlander also comes with a new vehicle platform called the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K). This foundation is more robust and provides a smoother, safer ride for consumers.

The fourth-generation Highlander will offer two powertrain options – a V6 or a hybrid. The V6 engine will offer an estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 10.7 L/100 km combined,* while the hybrid powertrain will offer 6.9 L/100 km combined.

Safety-wise, the new Highlander will come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of safety technologies. This means every model will come with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and the new Lane Tracing Assist technology.

Other available features include a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, a new JBL Premium Sound System, and the choice of three available all-wheel-drive systems.

For more information about this brand-new model, contact us at High River Toyota.

*Fuel efficiency estimates are determined using approved Government of Canada Test Methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors.

Toyota Space Exploration A Possibility in New Partnership

2020 Toyota Sienna | High River Toyota | Calgary, AB

Toyota is going to space – maybe. The Japanese carmaker is joining forces with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in a joint study of a manned, pressurized rover that employs fuel-cell electric vehicle technologies and could be used in the future for human lunar exploration.

Currently, the rover will have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000 kilometres.

“Having Toyota joining us in the challenger of international space exploration greatly strengthens our confidence,” said JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa. “…Throughout our joint studies going forward, we would like to put to use Toyota’s excellent technological abilities related to mobility, and we look forward to the acceleration of our technological studies for the realization of a manned, pressurized rover.”

International space exploration looks to expand the ability for human life to live beyond Earth, specifically looking towards the moon and Mars. The Toyota space exploration partnership with JAXA could go a long way towards creating vehicles that can help humans do just that, providing lunar explorers with the pressurized vehicles they need to safely explore this new terrain.

The Toyota-JAXA rover will be able to accommodate two people – four people in the case of an emergency – and provides 13 square metres of living space. It will be 6 metres in length, 5.2 metres in width, and 3.8 metres high.

While our Toyota models at High River Toyota won’t get you to space, they will help you cruise around town. Browse our new inventory if you need a new ride to hit the road with!

Residents Warned of Alberta Insurance Fraudsters

2020 Toyota Camry | Calgary, AB

The Insurance Bureau of Canada is looking to increase the awareness of a scam that could be costing you money. Throughout Alberta, people are staging automotive collisions in the hopes of getting insurance money back – but they’re not just affecting those that are involved in the accidents.

In this scam, a driver will deliberately cause an accident by stopping quickly with no indication of doing so, causing the driver behind them to hit them from behind. The aim of this swindle is to collect insurance money for the victim.

It can become costly for you, though. If you factor in the emergency services, towing, insurance, and medical claims made in regard to the accident, the money can really add up – even if you’re not part of the accident itself.

“These collisions are false, they are fabricated, and they translate into Albertan’s paying a price in the form of higher taxes to pay for police, fire, [and] ambulance to attend the scene,” said Henry Tso, vice president of investigative services. He also pointed out that it results in significantly higher insurance costs.

So, how can you avoid this scam? One of the best ways is to practice defensive driving and keeping plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Another way is to utilize a dashboard camera to capture any potential collisions for evidence should this incident occur.

Contact us at High River Toyota if the worst happens and your Toyota needs repairs.

Why You Should You Buy a Toyota For Your Family

Why Buy A Toyota For Your Family | High River Toyota | Calgary, AB

You’ve decided that you want to purchase a new vehicle, but there are so many options out there. How do you know where to start? We suggest you start by looking at the Toyota lineup. From its innovative safety technologies to its eco-friendly models, Toyota is a solid choice for families. Here, we look at some of the reasons why you should buy a Toyota for your family.

Top-notch safety features. Safety is a top priority at Toyota, which is why many of its vehicles come standard with active safety features. This includes the Toyota Safety Sense™ packages, which offer driver-assistance technologies like a Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, a Pre-Collision System, and more.

Stay connected with ease. The majority of Toyota models come standard with a version of the Toyota Entune™ technology. This infotainment system utilizes smart apps and connective services to make it easy to stay connected on the go. From music streaming to getting directions to your destination, there are a multitude of ways this technology can help make your life easier.

Going green made easy. Toyota has been a leader in the eco-friendly powertrain arena since it introduced its first hybrid engine decades ago. Now, the Japanese carmaker continues this tradition, offering innovative powertrains that offer both performance and fuel efficiency. Whether you opt for one of the Toyota Hybrid models or simply a gasoline-powered version that will save you money at the pump, you can’t go wrong with this brand’s green performance lineup.

To learn more about the available Toyota models and figure out which one suits you, contact us at High River Toyota.

Toyota Camry Awards Cover Safety, Innovation

2019 Toyota Camry Awards | High River Toyota | Calgary, AB

When you’re shopping for a new vehicle, it’s likely you want a car that’s the best of the best – and what better way to judge a vehicle than by the awards it has received? If you happen to be looking for a midsize sedan, then look no further than the Toyota Camry. This car has earned many accolades over the past few years. Here are just a few of its more recent ones.

2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick

Safety is a top priority for Toyota, which is why it should come as no surprise that the 2019 Toyota Camry was recently given the title of Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Winning vehicles must earn ‘good’ ratings for five of the six crashworthiness tests the IIHS puts them through and an ‘acceptable’ or higher on the newest passenger-side small overlap front crash test.

2019 Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards

The Toyota Camry was recently awarded the top spot in the midsize car segment in the Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards. This is the fourth year in a row that the Camry has been honoured with this award in its segment. To earn this award, a vehicle must demonstrate its ability to keep its value over the course of four years.

To learn more about the Toyota Camry, browse our inventory and contact the team here at High River Toyota.