2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Preview Reveals Affordable Technology Upgrades

The updated 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid has finally arrived in Canada, and it offers even more features than before. This hybrid car offers innovative features at an affordable price tag to make it a solid option for those looking for an everyday driver.

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For the 2021 model year, the Corolla Hybrid will come with both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, helping them seamlessly connect their smartphones to their vehicle’s infotainment system for easier access. Every Corolla Hybrid will now come equipped with additional safety technology, including the Blind Spot Monitor system and the Rear Cross Traffic Alert System.

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid technology applies to the vehicle’s 1.8-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine, producing a total system output of 121 horsepower. It will boast a combined fuel-efficiency rating of 4.5 L/100 km, making it a solid option if you want an efficient daily driver.*

“Corolla drivers know where they’re going in life, and love the combination of driving fun and easy ownership that the world’s all-time most popular car delivers,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President of Toyota Canada Inc. “For 2021, we’ve enhanced every model with new features – making it a perfect time to enjoy the winning combination of the legendary Corolla and Toyota’s hybrid powertrain technology.”

If you’re ready to own an eco-friendly, gas-saving hybrid car, check out the 2021 Corolla Hybrid coming to High River Toyota in Alberta.

*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.

Best Places for Coffee Near High River, Alberta

As a parent, driving your children around town can be tiring – especially if someone in your family has kept you up all night. Luckily, High River has a lot of coffee places nearby that you can grab a pick-me-up from to help get you through the day. These are some of the convenient options we at High River Toyota suggest.

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Evelyn’s Memory Lane Café

Whether you’re running local errands or planning a road trip across Alberta, consider stopping at Evelyn’s before you head out. This diner is old-school, offering a relaxing, 1950s-inspired experience when it’s open to sit-in. Right now, you can pick up a coffee with ease, along with home-baked pies, desserts, salads, comfort food, and more via takeout. Even if you have a picky eater, they will likely find something they love here.  

Oxford Bakehouse

Pick-me-ups have never tasted as good as they do at Oxford Bakehouse. Inspired by English cuisine, this café offers great coffee – or tea – as well as a range of savoury pies, sausage rolls, and other foods that are easy to eat on the go.

Whistle Stop Café

Next stop, delicious coffee from Whistle Stop Café! This local diner calls an old train car home, making it a unique spot in High River. Add the fact that it has loads of delightful specials, outdoor dining options, and is currently offering delivery – not to mention fresh pies baked daily – and you can’t go wrong making a pit stop here while running errands.

Drink some tasty coffee in your new Toyota from High River Toyota as you head to work or drop off the carpool crew at school.

Tips for SUV Maintenance from High River Toyota

Like any vehicle, your SUV needs to be cared for so it continues to run smoothly. Whether you’re driving a Toyota Highlander or a Toyota RAV4, there are ways that you can make sure your vehicle stays in tiptop condition. These tips for SUV maintenance are a good place to start.

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Keep an eye on your tires. The tires are an important part of your SUV. Check tire pressure regularly, and fill them up if the pressure is above or below the recommended range. Also, keep an eye on your tires’ tread, verifying that they still have the depth to drive safely.

Don’t forget about routine maintenance. Every car needs to have a routine oil change and tire rotation, and your SUV is no exception. Keep up with your SUV’s recommended maintenance schedule, which can be found in your owner’s manual. This will keep it running like new.

Pay attention to your engine. If you’ve been driving your SUV for a while, you know what it’s supposed to sound like. Listen for any obvious changes in your engine’s sounds. Also, if the check engine light comes on, make sure you bring your Toyota in to our service centre at High River Toyota for repairs.

Change out the cabin filter. Your cabin air filter is there to keep the air clean, collecting any pollutants that might be trying to enter your SUV. Make sure you clean or replace it every few months for good air quality in your vehicle.

Give your interior a cleaning. Over time, snack crumbs, sticky hands, and dirty shoes can cause your interior to start looking a bit mucky. Give your cabin a good vacuum and wipe down every now and then to ensure your SUV continues looking like new.

To properly service your SUV on a regular basis, make an appointment with High River Toyota.

Toyota Canada COVID-19 Response: How the Brand Is Helping Communities

For the past month, the world has ground to a halt. Countries around the world have gone on lockdown due to COVID-19, disrupting lives and affecting communities. Toyota Canada is making strides to help support their own communities, though. These are some aspects of the Toyota Canada COVID-19 response.

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Offering payment relief. Toyota Financial Services is helping their customers in these exceptional circumstances, allowing them to request payment relief. Simply call the customer service department at 1-800-661-3062 to see if your case is eligible. The company is also being flexible in granting lease-end extensions if your lease is coming due.

Donating medical necessities. With the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment around the world, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada has donated approximately 1,000 NIOSH-certified N95 ventilator masks to four local hospitals. The carmaker has also donated gloves, protective eyewear, and sanitary boot protectors.

Manufacturing necessities. TMMC is also working with a 3D printing company called Inksmith to create protective face masks using six 3D printers. It’s also connecting with industrial partners and governments to come up with a plan to produce components used in medical equipment, including ventilators. 

Developing infrastructure. TMMC is also offering the expertise of its Toyota Production System to help manufacturing and technology companies improve the testing infrastructure for COVID-19.

High River Toyota in Alberta is dedicated to your safety and well-being. If you need vehicle service or transportation solutions, please call us to set up an appointment.

How to Prepare Your Toyota for an Alberta Road Trip

When you’re getting ready for a long drive around Alberta, it’s important to think ahead and prepare your car. If you’re stumped on how to do so, we’ve put together these tips on how to prepare your Toyota for an Alberta road trip.

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Check the tires.

Before you head out on your road trip, make sure the tires are in good condition. Check the air pressure and, if it’s not in the manufacturer’s recommended range, add air accordingly.

Also, make sure the tires have a good amount of tread left. To do so, simply place a penny with the Queen’s head facing down into your tire’s tread. If you can see the top of the Queen’s hair, you need to get your tires replaced.

Don’t forget about routine maintenance.

If your car is due for an oil change soon, make sure you take care of it before driving a long distance. You should also make sure the tires are rotated so they wear evenly.

Get the battery inspected.

No one wants to find themselves stranded on the side of the road when they’re supposed to be travelling. Check the battery terminals for corrosion and have the battery’s charge checked, as well.

Fill up the windshield wiper fluid.

Visibility is important whenever you’re driving, so make sure you can clean your windshield at a moment’s notice. Fill up the windshield wiper fluid and make sure the spray mechanism works so you don’t have to worry about visibility.

We at High River Toyota are here to make sure your car is ready for a road trip once it’s safe to travel again, so schedule a service appointment now and be ready to hit the open road later this year.

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.

2020 Toyota GR Supra Earns Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada Title

Toyota is determined on breaking records in the performance vehicle market with the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. That’s why it comes as no surprise that, earlier this year, the 2020 GR Supra earned the title of Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, putting it in the running for the 2020 Canadian Car of the Year trophy.

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“The 2020 Toyota GR Supra is the sports car that enthusiasts were waiting for – with an exhilarating combination of power, precision, and agility wrapped in aggressive coupe styling and enhanced with an impressive list of premium comfort and convenience features and technologies,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President of Toyota Canada Inc.

To earn the title of Best Sports-Performance Car, the GR Supra beat out its competitors in a comparison that examined the eligible vehicles’ styling, cockpit, entertainment features, cargo, performance, and vehicle dynamics. It beat out the second-place Hyundai Veloster N by a solid 15 points, highlighting its superiority.

The Supra first returned to Canadian showrooms in 2019 after a 20-year hiatus, turning heads with its fully loaded athleticism and breaking records on Track Days. Its aggressive styling helps the GR Supra stand out from other performance vehicles.

We are excited to have the Toyota Supra in stock at High River Toyota. Browse our inventory and take one for a thrilling test drive.

Road Trip Prep Tips to Ready Your Toyota for Adventure

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to start planning for your next big adventure. If you’re thinking about exploring the beauty of Canada this year via road trips, then there are some road trip prep tips that you should keep in mind before you head out.

Road Trip Prep Tips | High River, AB

Check Your Tires

Your tires help keep your car connected with the road, giving you the traction you need on winding Canadian roads. Before you hit the road, make sure the tires are tiptop condition. Check the tread depth using a nickel, inserting the coin with the Queen’s crown facing down. If you can see the top of the crown, then your tire depth is too shallow, and you need to replace them. Also make sure each tire is in your manufacturer’s recommended pressure range.

Fill Up Your Fluids

Make sure your car has all the fluids it needs to function properly. Check the oil levels, top off the washer fluid, and make sure it has the right amount of coolant.

Remember Routine Maintenance

If you’re due an oil change or tire rotation – or will be due one soon –get this task completed before you head out. Bring your car into the High River Toyota service centre. Also, make sure you check the battery to ensure that it is has a full charge. After all, nothing can ruin a road trip quicker than a car that won’t start.

If you need Toyota maintenance to prepare for a summer road trip, contact High River Toyota.

Toyota Canada Foundation Donation Highlights Importance of STEM

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There’s no doubt that children are our future, which is why it should come as no surprise that the Toyota Canada Foundation has decided to invest in the youth of Canada. The Foundation recently announced a $150,000 investment in Let’s Talk Science, a program that helps educate kids across Canada in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

“In a rapidly changing, complex world, it is critical that we ensure all children and youth remain curious, ask questions, and have the skills required to participate, thrive, and lead,” said Bonnie Schmidt, president of Let’s Talk Science. “Toyota recognizes that Let’s Talk Science experiences support talent development required for Canada’s future success.”

The Toyota Canada Foundation donation will help the program continue to provide Canadian youth with access to free, hands-on STEM-based programming in both English and French. It will especially allow the program to engage parts of the population that are currently underrepresented in the STEM field – particularly girls, Indigenous youth, rural and remote youth, and youth with socioeconomic challenges. Doing so is a priority for the Toyota Canada Foundation.

Along with the $150,000 donation, Toyota Canada Foundation also gave a $50,000 investment to help the Let’s Talk Science outreach program expand in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Woodstock, and London, Ontario, making its total donation hit the $200,000 mark.

At High River Toyota, we’re proud that our company supports STEM initiatives. It can only lead to better technology and engineering in the automotive industry’s future. 

Tips for Teaching Your Teen to Drive

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Whether your teen driver is starting off right at 14 with his or her permit or waiting a bit longer to get behind the wheel, good driving habits can go a long way towards giving both of you peace of mind when they’re out on the road. Here are some tips for teaching your teen to drive.

Go through the vehicle. Before your teen even touches the gas pedal, make sure you give him a tour of the vehicle. Show him the basics, including how to adjust the seat for their perfect position, and show him the controls and features of the car.

Pick a safe place to start. It’s important that your teen doesn’t start right away on busy roads. Instead, try to let her get a feel for the vehicle in a location like an empty parking lot. This will allow your teen driver to practice using the gas and brakes, turning, and backing up before there’s the added pressure of traffic.

Build up to the big stuff. Once you’ve practiced a bit in a safe place, don’t immediately go to the highway. Instead, start out in slow, less populated areas, eventually getting to the point of highway driving.

Correct by asking questions. Rather than being forceful with your feedback, in non-emergency situations, try taking a question-asking approach. For instance, instead of saying, “Slow down, you’re going to get a speeding ticket!” simply ask, “What’s the speed limit here?” This will help your teen become more aware of surroundings and stay relaxed behind the wheel.

If you’re looking for a car to keep your teen safe on the roads, come talk to us at High River Toyota to learn more about our inventory.