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

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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

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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.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Gets Numerous Upgrades

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Despite increased competition from segment newcomers, the Toyota Tacoma continues to lead the midsize truck segment thanks to superior performance, styling, and features. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma will boast a number of new upgrades that should keep it at the head of the pack.

The 2020 Tacoma ushers in the third generation of this efficient and advanced pickup. As part of this new generation, the Tacoma will boasts a new grille design and wheel design on almost all trims. Toyota has also upgraded the multimedia system, now with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration for easy access to apps on the go, as well as Amazon Alexa™ compatibility.

TRD Pro models in particular will get a number of new features, including a sequential LED headlights, a new wheel design, and a new exclusive Army Green colour. Inside, TRD models get new 10-way power seats and Smart Key functionality.

TRD Pro models aren’t the only Tacoma grades to get specific upgrades for 2020. The Tacoma SR model, for example, gets an intermittent wiper and new grille design, as well as a larger touchscreen (7 inches). Tacoma SR5 models get a new 160-inch dark satin wheel colour and upgraded fabric design for the seatbacks.

Visit High River Toyota for details on all the 2020 Tacoma upgrades.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Joins the Lineup

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The Toyota RAV4 revolutionized the crossover segment when it first joined Toyota’s lineup, and now the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid seeks to be just as groundbreaking. The RAV4 Hybrid is available across five models and delivers best-in-class fuel economy from the 2.5-litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle Engine, which makes 219 net horsepower. Specifically, this engine delivers 5.8 L/100km in the city, 6.3 on the highway, and 6.0 combined.

“As we launch this all-new, sporty and advanced RAV4 Hybrid, it’s easier than ever for Canadians to embrace the future of the automobile,” remarked Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “With competitive and affordable pricing on the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid line-up, we addressed any reservations that Canadian drivers may have on paying a premium for hybrid technology.”

The lineup of RAV4 Hybrid models includes the following:

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE: Comes standard with a 7-inch display audio system with Entune 3.0 Audio, as well as Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.
  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE: Adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a power back door, a power moonroof, projector LED headlamps, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE: Offers sporty performance thanks to 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and more.
    • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE with Technology Package: Adds a number of technologies to the XSE grade, including a nine-speaker JBL Premium audio system with Clarify technology.
  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited: Adds numerous luxury features, including chrome exterior door handles, hands-free gesture power back door, and heated and ventilated front seats.

Stop in at High River Toyota this spring to test-drive the new RAV4 Hybrid lineup.

2020 Toyota Supra Goes On Sale This Summer

After a 21-year hiatus, the Supra is returning to North America. Though Toyota teased this last year in England at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the automaker officially confirmed the 2020 Toyota Supra at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, last month.

Toyota promises the new Supra will nod to the 1967 2000 GT and the Supra that lived from 1993 to 2002, both in design and mechanics. But the 2020 Supra will also be a model all of its own. The new Supra will take its power from a 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbo six-cylinder, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. This engine will throw down 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque and enable the Toyota Supra to rocket from 0 to 96 kilometers an hour in just 4.1 seconds.

But the Toyota Supra has always been about design as much as it’s been about performance. Toyota promises eye-catching colours like red, yellow, and blue hues, though you’ll also be able to get the Supra in traditional colors like white and silver.

The interior of the Supra is wholly race-inspired, including sports seats with integrated head restraints.

The 2020 Toyota Supra will go on sale here at High River Toyota this summer.

2019 Toyota Highlander SE Gets Nightshade Special Edition

Early this year, Toyota announced that its 2019 Toyota Highlander SE — the sportiest trim in the Highlander range — would get a new special edition. This model is called the Nightshade special edition, and it injects a new pop of fun into the Highlander lineup. According to Toyota, the Nightshade special edition will be offered in three colors: Blizzard Pearl, Midnight Black Metallic, and Salsa Red Pearl.

What special design features does the special edition model include? The 2019 Toyota Highlander SE with the Nightshade package will ride on 19-inch black alloy wheels. The black accents continue with black outer mirrors, a black trunk garnish, black window trims, a black Highlander badge, black door handles, a black rear spoiler, a black SE badge, a black all-wheel drive badge, and a black rear taillight.

“The Highlander is the perfect choice for family adventures, but this winter, we’re giving Canadians a new look,” said Cyril Dimitris, vice president of Toyota Canada. “Dressed to impress, the Nightshade special edition is the best complement for families looking to start the year with a unique, fresh and sleek style that comes packed with Toyota’s performance, technology, safety, and comfort.”

The 2019 Highlander, which can seat up to seven or eight passengers, is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Highlander, including the SE model, prioritizes safety with Toyota Safety Sense.

For more information on the Highlander, contact us at High River Toyota today.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Created the Segment — And Now Evolves It

It’s no secret that the Toyota RAV4 carved out the compact crossover SUV segment when it arrived in Canada 22 years ago. But now, the 2019 Toyota RAV4, heralding in the fifth generation, seeks to revolutionize the segment with some major updates to improve versatility, handling, fuel economy, and comfort.

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For starters, the new powertrains offered on the 2019 RAV4 boost performance while simultaneously improving fuel economy. The new powertrains include the Dynamic Force 2.5-liter engine the Toyota Hybrid System powertrain.

In addition, second-generation Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0) is standard across the RAV4 lineup. This includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam, and Lane Tracing Assist (new). In addition, Toyota has added even more features and functionality to the standard Entune™ 3.0 system, which now boasts Apple CarPlay™ compatibility.

Toyota has “refined” and “re-defined” the 2019 RAV4 with an updated interior that feels more upscale and “premium” than ever before. The interior boasts user-friendly multimedia technology, sophisticated interior materials, and comfort and convenience features such as standard two-zone front heated seats and a wider centre console. The RAV4 is even available with a wireless charging pad for smartphones.

Test-drive the 2019 Toyota RAV4 at High River Toyota.