Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Focuses on the Next Generation

Toyota has always been at the forefront of producing family-oriented vehicles. But after this past year, the brand looked to the children of Canada to see an even brighter, safer future. Thanks to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, nine children were recently recognized for creating new vehicles that they believe will help the world be a better place.

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“Over the years, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest has evolved from an art competition to an opportunity for children to bring forward their world-changing ideas,” said Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO of Toyota Canada and one of this year’s Canadian judges. “I’m truly impressed by their ideas — from making our planet more sustainable, to fighting virus and bacteria, to making the world more inclusive through physical accessibility.”

Many young Canadians shared their versions of a “dream car.” Three finalists were chosen from the three different age groups — each offering incredible inspiration and creativity. From a car that protects polar bears from global warming to a flying vehicle that purifies the air, the entries were truly amazing.

As a company that’s continuously looking to the future, Toyota knows how important it is to invest in the youth of Canada. After all, they are our soon-to-be engineers, artists, doctors, and maybe even car designers. Our team at High River Toyota is very impressed with the skills and thought these children put forth in their entries and we look forward to next year’s contest.

Toyota Looks to the Future With All-Electric SUV Concept

For many years, Toyota has been and remains a leader in the world of electric vehicles. Aligning with its goal of achieving carbon-neutral through its technology and vehicles, the brand recently debuted the Toyota bZ4X Concept. The all-electric SUV concept is a major step forward for Toyota and joins a large existing lineup of electric vehicles.

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“The Toyota bZ4X concept points to yet another option in our already robust electrified portfolio,” said Bob Carter, TMNA executive vice president of sales. “At Toyota, we are a human-centered company – the customer is our CEO and will ultimately decide which technologies will carry us toward a carbon-neutral future. With investments and product offerings across the spectrum of electrification, we intend to be there with products and technologies that meet the diverse needs of customers around the world.”

The new concept will sit under the “Toyota bZ” (or “Beyond Zero”) brand umbrella. The idea of “Beyond Zero” comes from Toyota’s commitment to creating 15 BEVs by 2025. The bZ4X is a joint venture with Subaru and was built on the new e-TNGA BEV-dedicated platform, which utilizes various battery units and motors for optimal efficiency.

While the Toyota bZ4X likely won’t go on sale until at least the middle of 2022, our team at High River Toyota is very excited to see this development in the works. If you’re interested in test-driving an electric or hybrid vehicle to see what the buzz is about, contact our team.

Upgrade Your Ride with These Toyota Truck Accessories

Do you want to go the extra step to make your Toyota pickup truck truly yours? Then you should consider some of these fantastic Toyota truck accessories. Whether you’re behind the wheel of the Toyota Tacoma or the Toyota Tundra, you can add these parts to make the truck even better for your needs.

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Enhance Your Truck Bed

When you own a truck, your truck’s bed is a handy tool to have for both work and play. To make it even easier to use, you should consider outfitting it for your needs. For both the Tacoma and the Tundra, you can opt for a bed divider to help organize your gear, extra bed lighting to make it easier to see your cargo in the dark, and a bed mat to help protect it. Other features like bed cleats, d-rings, and a bed extender will help make it easier to secure your items on the go. And, if you’re driving a Tundra, you can even opt for a power tailgate lock for quick hands-free access.

Interior Extras

Just because your Toyota truck is a workhorse doesn’t mean you can’t enhance the interior to increase comfort and confidence on the go. The available all-season floor mats will help protect your carpets, even when High River’s winter weather takes a toll. When you need to haul the kids around town, the universal tablet holder will ensure they stay entertained on the go. For more ideas on how to improve your Toyota truck’s functionality and convenience, contact us at High River Toyota.

2021 Toyota Sienna Proves Minivans Are Cool

Minivans are known for being the vehicle of choice of families, focusing more on the practicalities of parent life than anything else — until now. The 2021 Toyota Sienna is raising the bar in the minivan segment, making the minivan cool again.

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Now entering the four-generation, the Sienna boasts a more modern design that creates a sleek silhouette. Its muscular wheel flares add a touch of sportiness to its exterior, while LED lights give it a premium feel. The design was influenced by the iconic Shinkansen Japanese Bullet Train, boasting confidence and futuristic flair.

On the inside, family-friendly features abound. The available FridgeBox™ makes it easy to bring along refreshments on the go, while the ToyotaVAC™ built-in vacuum helps with snack time cleanup. With the ability to seat up to eight, this minivan is spacious and practical, but doesn’t sacrifice luxury.

Under the hood, every Sienna boasts a hybrid powertrain to give you the performance you want and the efficiency you need. It even comes with available all-wheel-drive, helping you take on Alberta’s winter weather with ease.

Finally, the 2021 Sienna will also help you feel more confident on the go with standard safety systems, including:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection/Low-Light Detection and Bicycle Detection
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Lane Trace Assist
  • Automatic High Beams

Experience all that the 2021 Sienna has to offer when you and your family test-drive it here at High River Toyota.

AWD vs FWD: What’s Right for You?

There many decisions that you need to make when buying a new car. In Alberta, one of the biggest choices is whether you need front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive on your new vehicle. This comparison will define each drive system option, explain their benefits, and help you pick which option is ideal for traveling through the High River area.

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All-Wheel Drive

All-wheel drive (AWD) sends the power from the engine to every wheel of your vehicle. Because of this, your wheels will compensate if one loses traction, allowing your vehicle to better grip slippery roads. There are a wide range of AWD systems to choose from and, luckily, many Toyota vehicles come equipped with varying versions of them. AWD isn’t only an option on SUVs; the 2020 and 2021 Camry are available with all-wheel drive, too.

Front-Wheel Drive

As you might guess from its name, front-wheel drive (FWD) sends power to the two front wheels. It’s a simpler system than AWD, which means it’s easier to maintain and tends to be more fuel efficient. FWD gives you solid traction when climbing hills and in rainy conditions, while additional features like anti-lock braking and traction control make them good in the snow as well.

As you can see, there are benefits to both AWD and FWD. It all depends on where you want to go in your new vehicle. Contact our team at High River Toyota to find out which vehicle is right for you.

How to Properly Insure Your Toyota in Alberta

Automotive insurance is mandatory in Canada, no matter what province you live in. That being said, the level of coverage that is mandatory varies greatly depending on your location. To help you better understand how to properly insure your Toyota, we’ve put together some tips for you.

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Understand the types of car insurance

There are three types of car insurance that you should be aware of.

  • The first is third-party liability insurance, which is compulsory in Canada. It covers any damage to any other party’s property that’s your own fault.
  • Collision insurance is the second type, covering damage to your own car if an accident is your fault.
  • The final type of insurance is comprehensive insurance, which protects against theft and vandalism when you’re not driving.

Research before you buy

Look at the rates and offers of various insurance companies to make sure you’re getting the best rate. If you are unsure, enlist the help of an insurance broker to get the best deal possible.

Have the right documents

If you’re looking for the best way to insure your Toyota in Alberta, make sure you have the right documents when you research. This means keeping the following close at hand:

  1. Driver’s license
  2. Name and address
  3. Current insurance company and policy number
  4. Traffic violations within the last three years, not including parking tickets
  5. Previous claims filed in the last eight years
  6. Vehicle make, model, and year

Being able to provide this data will give you a more accurate picture of insurance requirements and premium estimates. After you’ve purchased or leased a car from High River Toyota, we want to make sure you have enough coverage to cover your investment if it were to be damaged. It’s another way we at High River Toyota care about our customers.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Sporty & Efficient

Toyota has decided to shake up the crossover segment with its newest model: the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. This crossover SUV is the first plug-in hybrid crossover option from Toyota, offering you a sporty performance, advanced technology, and premium appointments that will make your daily drive much easier.

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The RAV4 Prime combines power and efficiency to make it a solid option for driving around Alberta. This eco-friendly crossover can put out a total 302 horsepower, while still boasting a total range of almost 1,000 km. That means a single charge can easily get you through your commute – likely for a few days.

Along with its impressive range, the RAV4 Prime also offers on-demand all-wheel drive during rough Canadian winters, and it even has a towing capacity of 1,134 kg.

Inside, this hybrid crossover is designed for families, prioritizing advanced safety features via the standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite. You can even easily stay connected on the go with a display audio system that provides you with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration.

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, stop into High River Toyota. We’ll show you it and Toyota’s other hybrid and plug-in electric models we have in stock.

The 2021 Toyota GR Supra Is Coming to High River

There are few cars that can offer you a better, more affordable driving experience than the 2021 Toyota GR Supra. Toyota is offering this performance-oriented car in three trim levels at competitive prices, making it possible to get track-honed power without sacrificing your budget.

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For the 2021 model year, the GR Supra 3.0’s engine has undergone a rebuild with its engineers adding a new piston design and a dual-branch exhaust manifold. With these enhancements, this turbocharged engine will put out up to 382 horsepower – an increase from last year’s 335 horsepower. It is also expected to lower the Supra’s 0-96 km/h time to 3.9 seconds. Toyota has also retuned the GR Supra 3.0 handling, allowing it to take on corners tighter and with more control.

Joining the Supra 3.0 this year will be the GR Supra 2.0. This all-new model is the entry-level option, giving you an option between the Toyota 86 and the GR Supra 3.0. It has a 2.0-litre inline-four turbocharged engine that yields 255 horsepower. This model also weighs approximately 200 pounds less than the GR Supra 3.0.

Inside the GR Supra, a driver-focused cabin enhances the driving experience. Its open, roomy design has seats with integrated head restraints and adjustable side bolsters for optimal comfort. This model also comes with a range of connectivity features, including the game-changing Toyota Supra Connect.

The 2021 Toyota GR Supra will be available at High River Toyota, so visit us for the ride of your life.

2021 Toyota Venza Crossover Unveiled

Finding the perfect family vehicle that is good for driving around Toronto can be a challenge – unless you’re looking at the all-new 2021 Toyota Venza. This brand-new midsize crossover, which will be available at Downtown Toyota this fall, combines the fuel-efficiency of a hybrid with the practicality of a SUV, making it a solid option for everyday driving.

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The 2021 Venza was recently unveiled to the public, showcasing its intuitive performance and family-friendly features. It’s a dedicated hybrid model, using the Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain and an advanced Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive, so you can commute even in the slippery snow. The Venza is expected to get a fuel-efficiency rating of 5.9 L/100 km combined city/highway — indicative of its fuel-sipping hybrid powertrain.

This crossover can seat up to five passengers, while offering everyone a host of tech-savvy features, such as an available 12.3-inch touchscreen display, a nine-speaker JBL® audio system, and a 10-inch colour head-up display. Other highlights include a Star Gaze™ panoramic glass roof (which is a first-ever for the Toyota brand) and heated and ventilated front seats.

For the 2021 model year, the Venza will come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 package of safety technologies, which includes

  • Pre-Collision System with Daytime/Low-Light Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection, plus Daytime Bicycle Detection
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Lane Tracing Assist

Contact High River Toyota to find out more about the 2021 Venza and reserve one for your family when it arrives. It’s a great model for your active life in Alberta.

2021 Toyota Mirai Debuts at Quebec City International Auto Show

Canadians just got an all-new option for going green. During the Québec City International Auto Show last month, Toyota held the all-new 2021 Toyota Mirai debut, which introduced the newest generation of the brand’s hydrogen-powered sport sedan. This is the first time that the new Mirai has made an appearance in Canada.

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The 2021 Mirai is the second generation of the brand’s hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. It offers a dramatic style with a coupe-inspired body that is longer, wider, and lower than the last generation’s model. This allows it to be more aerodynamic for increased efficiency, while still turning heads on the go, highlighting the fact that you can still be stylish while going green.

For the new generation, Toyota has given the Mirai a real-wheel-drive configuration instead of front-wheel drive. That will offer better handling and acceleration, while also providing a quieter ride and increased hydrogen storage. That means this new model is projected to have 30 percent better range than the current Mirai model, especially since it also comes with a new fuel-cell system.

The Mirai is currently on sale in Québec, first introduced to the Canadian market in early 2019. Now, Toyota continues to showcase its hydrogen power in the country in hopes of increasing the eco-friendliness of Canadian roads.

For a fuel-efficient ride like the Mirai or one of many hybrid models, shop at High River Toyota in Alberta.