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.

Driving Safety Tips for Rough Alberta Winters

Winter driving can be precarious, especially when the snow begins to accumulate throughout Alberta. If you’re wondering how you can stay safer during these chilly months, consider keeping these winter driving safety tips in mind.

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Keep a light touch on your brakes

Slamming on your brakes when roads are slick can cause a number of things to happen — including a skid. If you find yourself needing to stop quickly, remember to pump your brakes to help you stop without sliding.

Know your skids and how to get out of them

No matter how good you are at winter driving, you still may find yourself skidding on icy roads. If your front wheels have lost traction, simply ease off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you want to go and don’t touch any of the pedals.

If you find yourself in a rear-wheel skid, you’ll want to turn your steering wheel into the direction the rear of the vehicle is moving, allowing your vehicle to straighten out. Once again, try not to use the pedals until you’re out of the skid.

Space yourself out from other vehicles

Increase your following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so you’ll have time to stop in case anything happens with the vehicle in front of you.

Ensure you have good visibility

Before you head out, clear off your vehicle’s windows, hood, taillights, and headlights. This will help you see while driving. Be sure to clear off as much of the roof as possible so that you don’t send sheets of snow or ice at the vehicle behind you when driving.

Here at High River Toyota, we know it can be stressful to drive through our harsh Canadian winters. But with these tips, we hope you’ll have a safe experience on every journey.

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.

Last-Minute Toyota Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you stumped when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the Toyota lover in your life? Never fear — High River Toyota has just what you need. To help make your search easier, we’ve put together a list of last-minute gifts for people who love Toyota.

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Toyota Apparel

If your family or friend really loves Toyota, why not let them rep the brand on their clothing? Toyota has a range of clothing options, including jackets, polo shirts, and hats, that have the Toyota logo on them, making the ideal gift.

Convenient Tools

Make sure your gift recipient is prepared, no matter what adventure they head out on, with a Toyota tool or other convenience gift. For instance, you can opt for a multi-tool to keep in the car or a small first-aid kit. You can even purchase a Toyota umbrella to keep in the vehicle for those unexpectedly rainy days.

Sports Gear

Whether you have an avid golfer in your life, someone who enjoys hockey, or a hiker, there’s plenty of sports-related Toyota paraphernalia for you to choose from while shopping for gifts. Toyota sells branded golf balls, hockey pucks, and much more.

Whether you’re looking for gifts, in need of service, or seeking out a new ride, High River Toyota is the best destination for all your Toyota needs in High River, Alberta.

2021 Toyota Highlander Is Sportier, Safer

When you have a busy family, you need a vehicle that is versatile, spacious, and efficient to help you get around with ease. The 2021 Toyota Highlander is just that. This midsize SUV combines seating for up to eight passengers, advanced technologies, and new trim combinations, making it an excellent everyday driver.

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For the 2021 model year, Toyota has added a new model to the Highlander lineup: the Highlander XSE. This sporty Highlander has a specially tuned suspension, second-row captain’s chairs, and athletic design features that give it a stylish look both inside and out.

The Highlander is one of the first Toyota models to offer the updated Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ suite of driver-assistance technologies. This package builds on the previous generation, adding new features like intersection support, which helps you make left turns, and Emergency Steering Assist, which assists you in crisis situations.

Under the hood of the Highlander, you can opt for either an efficient 3.5-litre V6 engine, which puts out 295 horsepower, or a hybrid powertrain that pairs a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. The Highlander Hybrid boasts a fuel-efficiency rating of 6.7 L/100 km combined while giving you a total system output of 243 horsepower.

Other features that come standard on the 2021 Highlander include Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and Push Button Start.

To learn more about the 2021 Toyota Highlander or to set up a test drive, get in touch with us here at High River Toyota in High River, Alberta.

Keep Warm This Winter in Alberta with Toyota Heating Accessories

Frigid, icy, snowy, harsh – these are all words that can describe winter in High River. Just because Alberta winters are harsh doesn’t mean you can’t stay warm in your Toyota during the cold months. These Toyota heating accessories will help you stay cozy throughout the winter season no matter how low the temperature dips.

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Block heater

Cut down on the time it takes to warm up your vehicle with a block heater. With this tool, you simply attach it to your vehicle so the engine and the motor oil pre-heat before you start your car. Not only will it let you heat your vehicle faster, it will also protect your engine from working too hard, keeping it from wearing down.

Cabin heater

Avoid that annoying window ice and fog that covers the windshield when you’re preheating your Toyota with the cabin heater. This warmer can be mounted in your Toyota vehicle’s cabin, lowering the heating system’s energy output to save on electricity. It allows warm air to build up inside the cabin, combating the ice and snow that build up on the glass.

Trickle charger

Getting stuck with a dead batter in the dead of winter isn’t fun. A trickle charger is designed to keep an optimal charge level in your 12-volt vehicle battery, extending its life and making sure your battery has the ideal charge at any time.

If you want any of these accessories for winter in Alberta, contact High River Toyota. We can order and install them for you right away.

How to Protect Your Toyota from Road Salt in High River

Snow and ice are prevalent in High River every winter, and with these come plenty of road salt. While road salt is a friend to drivers, it can really do a number on your vehicle, since it can cause it to rust over time. Here’s how you can protect your Toyota from salt rust in High River this year.

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Protect your exterior. Before it gets too cold, give your vehicle a wax and polishing to protect the paintwork. You can even go a step further and get your vehicle sprayed underneath with a protective coating.

Clean it regularly. While heading out into the cold with a bucket and sponge isn’t exactly practical in the winter, you should still make sure that you’re regularly cleaning your vehicle. Budget for regular trips to the drive-thru car wash when there’s salt on the road so that it doesn’t have time to sit on your vehicle’s undercarriage and exterior. This will help prevent rust in the future.

Avoid street parking. The streets are where all the salt is laid – and where salt trucks regularly frequent – so try to avoid parking there if you can. Instead, park in a driveway or garage to reduce your vehicle’s exposure to salt.

Get your vehicle inspected regularly. If you’re worried that your Toyota is starting to rust, bring it in to High River Toyota for a rust inspection. Our expert technicians can see where rust is forming beneath the surface and give you advice on how you can slow its development or stop it completely.

The best way to prepare your vehicle for winter is to have it serviced at High River Toyota. An oil change, heat system checkup, and winter tire installation are musts for cold weather.

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.

2021 Toyota Camry Offers More Variants, Advanced Safety

The Toyota Camry is turning 37 – and this year might be its best yet. Toyota recently introduced the 2021 Toyota Camry, offering ground-breaking driver-assistance technologies, new styling, and even more trim options.

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For the 2021 model year, the Camry will come with a newly restyled front end. It will have a more defined lower intake area, while the SE and XSE grades will flaunt a honeycomb-style grille and side vent inserts. The 2021 Camry will also come available as a new, eco-friendly trim: the XSE Hybrid.

Along with more trim configurations and a new look, the 2021 Camry will now offer the all-new Toyota Safety Sense® 2.5+ package – and is the first Toyota to do so. This suite of safety technologies offers enhanced features beyond the prior package, including the addition of intersection support for the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, so that the system can detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian when turning left. The 2021 Camry will also come standard with Rear Seat Reminder and Automatic High Beams.

Other updates for this Toyota sedan include floating seven- and nine-inch touch screen displays, luxurious herringbone pattern seats on the XLE trim, a revised interior design, and new exterior colours.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Toyota Camry, which is just one of the many sedan options in the Toyota lineup we have in stock, visit High River Toyota.