Introducing the Tundra Capstone

2022 Toyota Tundra | High River, AB

The introduction of the 2022 Toyota Tundra has been especially exciting because it marks the beginning of a new generation for this adventurous truck. Toyota is now debuting the new Tundra Capstone grade that elevates the truck-driving experience even further.

Leveled Up Luxury

On the outside, the Tundra Capstone is outfitted with eye-catching 22-inch chrome rims, a unique grille, chrome mirror caps, and chrome “TUNDRA” tailgate inserts, among other chrome detailing. To help you get inside, the automatic running boards will pop out for a step up. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a handful of luxury features made from high-quality materials, like semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, an open-pore Dark American Walnut finish on the centre console and dash, and a panoramic moonroof.

Toughness Comes Standard

Even though it sports a premium look, the Tundra Capstone is still a tough truck. It’s powered by the new i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain that generates up to 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbo V6 engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission for maximum efficiency and performance. All things considered, you can tow up to 4,690 kg with the Tundra Capstone.

The Security of Safety Sense

Just like all other 2022 Tundra models, the Capstone model is equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5. This includes driver-assist features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and many other helpful systems. Additionally, the Tundra Capstone comes with Toyota’s Rear Seat Reminder that lets you know if anything is still in the back when the engine is turned off.

These are just some of the highlights of the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone, arriving at Canadian dealerships this spring. Contact our team at High River Toyota in Alberta for more details.

Tips for Your First Time Snowboarding

Snow Boarding | High River, AB

With the Winter Olympic Games upon us, excitement surrounding winter sports is at an all-time high. If you’re itching to pack up your Toyota Tacoma or 4Runner and head out to the slopes, here are some snowboarding tips from our team at High River Toyota.

Get the gear

Safety is crucial when you’re gliding down the side of a mountain. While it may seem fun to just jump on a board and go, you need to be prepared with the right equipment. SnowboardHow founder Lorraine Lam suggests buying a helmet, knee pads, wrist guards, and hip pads in addition to your boots, jacket, pants, goggles, and base layer of clothing.

Hire a pro

There’s no shame in hiring an instructor to help you on your first few snowboarding outings. These trained professionals will teach you important lessons so you can stay safe and have fun. Even after you’ve got the basics down, it might be a good idea to take refresher courses at the start of a new season.

Prepare physically

If you’re not in great physical shape, it will be difficult to take on snow-covered mountains. Even though it looks like you’re just swaying back and forth on the board, snowboarding takes a lot of core and leg strength to succeed (and not fall down a hill).

The most important tip we can provide is to have fun! Getting out there and taking on a new skill can be daunting yet incredibly rewarding.

What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down This Winter in Alberta

Car breakdown | High River, AB

Even when you take precautions, your vehicle could still break down and put you in a risky situation during a frigid Alberta winter. It’s a good idea to have a plan in place so you don’t panic, and these tips are a good place to start.

Stay Put

If you get stranded in nasty weather, it’s usually best to stay put in your vehicle, call for help, and wait instead of getting out and exposing yourself to cold temperatures and blinding snow. If you can still run the engine, it’s OK to turn it on for a bit to operate the heater, but keep a window open and try not to empty the gas tank. If you do run out of gas, keep the windows shut so the cabin doesn’t lose all its warmth.

Conserve Your Energy

If your vehicle is stuck in snow, it’s typically better to wait for help and try to stay warm. Exiting the vehicle and trying to dig yourself out could sap your energy at a time when you really need it. If for some reason it’s unsafe to stay in your vehicle, cover your face and bundle up as securely as possible and seek shelter out of the wind.

Be Prepared

You can’t always avoid a breakdown, but you can be prepared for when it happens. Keep your vehicle stocked with blankets, flares, food and water, a charged cellphone, and other emergency supplies.

It’s also a good idea to stay up to date on maintenance during the winter months so your vehicle is in the best condition possible. For your safety and peace of mind, schedule an appointment soon with the High River Toyota service department here in High River, Alberta.

Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaways in Alberta

2021 Toyota Tundra | High River, AB

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to hop in your Toyota and take your partner on a romantic weekend getaway in Alberta. Need a few ideas? Here are some great destinations to consider.

Kananaskis Nordic Spa

Kananaskis Nordic Spa boasts beautiful mountain views and an array of pools, saunas, and steam rooms where you and your sweetie can soak away your cares. Located less than 2 hours from High River, it’s close enough for a day trip, or you could make a full weekend of it with a room at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and a ski date on one of the nearby slopes.

Lake Louise

If you and your partner love ice skating, drive up to Banff National Park and enjoy a day on Lake Louise, which transforms into an enormous, beautiful rink every winter. Afterward, you can relax at the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and enjoy lovely mountain views, delicious food and drinks, and luxurious accommodations.

Heritage Ranch

Heritage Ranch in Red Deer is an incredible spot for a memorable date night. Along with high-end dining at the on-site restaurant, you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides on the scenic ranch grounds, then retreat afterward to a romantic suite at the nearby Cambridge Red Deer Hotel.  

Wherever you decide to go this Valentine’s Day, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and ready by scheduling a service appointment here at High River Toyota!

Tips for Staying Safe on Fall Drives in Alberta

Now that the season has changed, you may be itching to get out on the road for a scenic drive. To help you stay safe during your fall drives in Alberta, our team at High River Toyota has put together some useful tips.

fall drives in Alberta

Watch out for animals and pedestrians

With the weather changing and getting cooler, more people — and animals — are likely to be out in nature. Be sure to keep an eye out for people walking or cycling alongside the roads, especially as the sun starts to go down and visibility gets worse. Watch out for animal crossing signs as well, as deer and other fauna may be looking for shelter.

Be aware of slippery leaves

As beautiful as they are when they fall from trees, brightly coloured leaves can be quite dangerous if they are on the road. In fact, when they hit the pavement, leaves can be just as scary as driving on icy or especially wet roadways. If you see a large pile ahead, slow down and approach with caution.

Adjust your eyes to the dark

It starts to get darker earlier in the day during fall and winter. As a result, your eyes may not be ready to drive when you get behind the wheel for an evening cruise. Instead of hopping in your Toyota and instantly pressing on the gas, sit in the driver’s seat for a bit and let your eyes adjust to the setting sun.

With these tips in mind, it should be a breeze for you and your passengers to stay safe during your scenic drives. If your vehicle needs any maintenance or repairs before you start traveling, don’t hesitate to contact our team at High River Toyota for assistance.

2022 Toyota Highlander Lineup Adds Stylish Bronze Edition

The Toyota Highlander will be available in an eye-catching new special edition for 2022. Available only with a hybrid powertrain, the Highlander Bronze Edition boasts exclusive exterior accents and interior styling details, plus a long list of deluxe advanced features.

2022 Toyota Highlander | Alberta, CA
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On the outside, the Highlander Bronze Edition is available with a Wind Chill Pearl paint job or the exclusive new Cement color. It rolls on striking 18-inch bronze wheels. Interior highlights include SofTex seats with bronze stitching, illuminated bronze door sills, and floor mats with a bronze logo. Padded, bronze-stitched surfaces predominate throughout the cabin.

Based on the Highlander Hybrid XLE, the Bronze Edition matches that trim with an array of high-end technologies and amenities. A digital rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, hands-free liftgate, and 10-way power driver’s seat with memory settings make the Bronze Edition especially comfortable and convenient. Other notable features include puddle lamps with a Highlander logo, LED-strip daytime running lights, and in-dash ambient lighting.

The Highlander Bronze Edition comes equipped with a hybrid AWD powertrain that runs on both gas and electricity. This system’s dual electric motors power the front and rear wheels independently to optimize both traction and efficiency.

The 2022 Highlander Bronze Edition will arrive this fall here at High River Toyota in High River, Alberta. Call us to learn how you can get behind the wheel of this exciting premium SUV.

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.

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest | Alberta, CA

“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.

Toyota bZ4X  | Alberta, CA

“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.