2020 Toyota Lineup Updates Show Eco-Friendly and Trendy Side

2020 Toyota Lineup | Calgary, AB

The New Year is almost upon us, which means car brands around the world are introducing their newest models — and Toyota is no exception. From an increase in eco-friendly models to more vehicle options, these are some 2020 Toyota lineup updates you can expect this year.

An Eco-Friendly Corolla

For the 2020 model year, you will have more Toyota hybrid options than ever before. That’s because the world’s most popular sedan — the Toyota Corolla — is now available as a hybrid model. The 2020 Corolla Hybrid combines an electric motor with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine to offer 121 horsepower and a 4.5 L/100 km combined fuel-efficiency rating.*

The Super Supra

After being discontinued 16 years ago, one of Toyota’s most beloved performance options is back. The brand reintroduced the Supra to its lineup, offering state-of-the-art features and technologies in a sporty package. This vehicle comes with a front-mounted 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine, providing you with the power you expect from a performance-oriented ride.

Going dark

Select models in the 2020 Toyota lineup are now available as Nightshade Editions. This special-edition model offers dark interior and exterior accents to add an intimidating look to Toyota vehicles. The models that this is offered on include the Corolla, 4Runner, Highlander, and Sienna.

See the entire 2020 Toyota lineup at High River Toyota.

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

How to Practice Defensive Driving

When you’re behind the wheel, it’s important that you follow the rules of the road. You should also drive defensively, which means anticipating potential hazards. But how do you practice defensive driving? These tips should help you become a better defensive driver.

Stay alert and avoid distractions. To drive defensively, you need to be aware of your surroundings. That means you shouldn’t drive when you’re not alert, so avoid any possible distractions. This includes your phone, radio, or eating while driving.

Keep a safe following distance. You need plenty of space between you and the car in front of you so you can stop with enough space to avoid a collision. Consider following the three-second rule. It should take you at least three seconds to catch up with them if they come to a full stop. Increase this time to six seconds if it’s nighttime or if there’s bad weather.

Drive at a safe speed. Speed limits exist to keep you safe. Staying within this range will allow you to anticipate potential hazards easily.

Check your mirrors. Being aware of your surroundings is imperative to defensive driving. Continually check your mirrors so you know where pedestrians, other vehicles, and other obstacles are at all times.

The vehicles at High River Toyota have many safety tools installed to help you become a safer driver.

2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade Edition Goes Dark

The Toyota Corolla is the brand’s best-selling model. It’s been in the Canadian market for more than 50 years, offering spunky performance, sporty style, and innovative technologies.

For the 2020 model year, the Corolla wants to show off its dark side. Toyota recently announced the 2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade Edition, the newest styling that offers an intimidating silhouette for the compact car.

This head-turning version will come with blacked-out badging all around, while also boasting a black grille surround and black-painted rocker panels. The black side mirrors will have integrated turn signals and will also be heated and power-adjustable. Other black accents will be noticeable on the window trim, door handles, rear spoiler, and lower diffuser area.

Blacked-out 18-inch alloy wheels will complete the Nightshade package, along with a black roof-mounted shark fin antenna. You can opt for this model in one of three exterior colours: Super White, Classic Silver Metallic, or Black Sand Pearl.

The Corolla is the fourth Toyota model to offer a Nightshade Edition. The 4Runner, Highlander, and Sienna are also available with these blacked-out accents. Toyota has yet to release the

Corolla Nightshade Edition’s Canadian price tag, but we should expect to get more information on this soon. Until then, you can find other versions of the Corolla here at High River Toyota

2020 Toyota GR Supra Shows Off Performance Heritage

2020 Toyota Supra | Calgary, AB

When it comes to Toyota performance, few vehicles do it better than the Supra. With its low-slung silhouette, athletic styling, and powerful powertrain, this sports car has made a lasting impression on the automotive industry. Now, the fifth-generation model is here – and it’s better than ever.

The 2020 Toyota GR Supra combines legendary performance with agile handing, making it a fun-to-drive option in the brand’s lineup. This sports car comes equipped with a 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six engine, which pumps out 335 horsepower and 365 lb.-ft. of torque.

It comes paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, allowing the engine to get a zero-to-96 km/h acceleration time of just 4.1 seconds.

The 2020 Supra also comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration, a Head-Up Display, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Keyless Smart Entry, Toyota Supra Connect, and more. It also comes with a full range of safety features, including

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Bicycle Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist
  • Automatic High Beams

Available safety features include Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Parking Sensors.

You can order the 2020 GR Supra at High River Toyota.

Increasing Fuel Costs Affect Canadian Road Trip Plans

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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

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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

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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.