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.

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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.

Tune Into This Fall Service Checklist For Your Toyota

Keeping your Toyota vehicle on the road for many years means there are certain things you must do as an owner. One of these things is maintaining a schedule for tune-ups and needed repairs. Now that we’ve entered a new season, here’s a fall service checklist to help you stay on track.

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Inspect the tires

Before getting behind the wheel, be sure to carefully inspect your car’s tires for signs of wear. This includes bulges or cracks, which could cause a flat or complete blowout. The tread, which helps with efficiency, should also be checked. If you notice any issues with the tires, contact our service team to advise you on the next steps.

Check fluid levels

You’ll want to check the owner’s manual, but needed oil changes typically align with the changing of the seasons. While you’re looking under the hood, check other vital vehicle fluids like coolant, transmission, brake, and windshield wiper fluid. Not sure what’s going on under there? Give us a call to schedule an appointment and we’ll take care of it for you.

Replace the blades

Fall in Alberta means the occasional rain shower and eventual snow when winter arrives. Get ahead of bad weather and stay safe by replacing your car’s windshield wipers, if necessary. Signs that your vehicle needs new ones include tears, cracks, or warped blades.

These are just a few things to check on your Toyota this fall. If you think your vehicle needs additional servicing, schedule an appointment with our team at High River Toyota.

Tips for First-Time Off-Roaders in High River, Alberta

Off-roading can be a thrilling way to test the limits of your Toyota here in High River, Alberta. To help you hit the dirt trails safely, the High River Toyota team has compiled some helpful tips for first-time off-roaders. Brush up on these guidelines before taking your Toyota truck or SUV on rougher trails to ensure that your excursion is as safe as it is fun.

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Know the terrain

You should never head into an off-roading excursion blind. Rock-crawling isn’t the same as climbing sand dunes, fording rivers, or ripping through mud bogs. Each terrain has its own qualities that can pose a challenge for your Toyota.

Before arriving at your destination, scout out what the landscape is like and prepare accordingly. Consider if you need any special equipment, to adjust the tires, or research your vehicle’s limitations. Plot out where you’re going to drive and research what the site is like to ensure your truck can handle it.

Have help

Never go alone when you’re off-roading in your Toyota. Bring a group of friends or family members to serve as navigation assistants and safety directors. It always pays to have a second or third set of eyes watching you and your vehicle. That way, they can call for help if something goes wrong.

If a friend has their own truck or 4X4, have them tag along. They can use recovery gear to pull you out when you’re stuck in the mud or in a ditch.

Prepare your ride

We strongly recommend bringing your Toyota model to High River Toyota’s service department for a maintenance inspection before and after hitting the trails. We can ensure your vehicle is safe to drive and isn’t harboring any unseen issues.

Contact our parts or service department reps here at High River Toyota in Alberta if you’re getting ready for your first off-roading adventure. It’s a great way to make sure you have the right Toyota model and equipment you need to conquer the rugged paths you want to explore. 

The Best Outdoor Accessories for Your 2021 Toyota RAV4

As the owner of a 2021 Toyota RAV4, you’re already equipped for exciting outdoor excursions in this rugged, capable SUV. For an even more adventurous RAV4 experience, take these helpful accessories with you on your next camping, fishing, or hunting trip.

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Roof Rack Cross Bars

With roof rack cross bars installed, you can take advantage of extra tie-down points to more securely carry outdoor adventure gear — like kayaks, snowboards, and bikes — on top of your 2021 RAV4.  

Exterior Protection

As you explore the great outdoors in your RAV4, you’ll probably end up driving through gravel, rocks, dirt, mud, and debris. Toyota offers a variety of accessories to protect your vehicle from paint chips, dents, and other damage. Shield the front fenders with a 3M Pro Series Genuine Toyota Paint Protection Film. You can also add a hood deflector and colour-matched body side mouldings to keep your vehicle looking new.

Cargo Liner

Sometimes your clothes and equipment get wet, muddy, or dirty during outdoor adventures. To protect the interior of your RAV4, consider investing in a cargo liner. This accessory for the cargo bay comes with an anti-slip surface and a split design that works even when the second row is folded.

These accessories are perfect companions for your outdoorsy lifestyle in High River, Alberta. To have any of them installed on your 2021 RAV4, give the High River Toyota service department a call.

Tips for Loading a Kayak on Your Toyota Vehicle

Here in High River, Alberta, there’s no shortage of regional kayaking opportunities — including nearby spots like Bow River and, a little further out, Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. With a few simple tools and tips, you’ll soon be ready to load your kayak atop your Toyota vehicle and head out on an adventure.

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Equipment You’ll Need

Before you load a kayak, you’ll need to add crossbars to your roof rack. Most Toyota models offer these as an accessory, and we’ll be glad to install them for you here at High River Toyota. You’ll also want to get rack padding to hold the kayak, a couple of cam straps to tie it to the rack, and ratcheting lines to secure the bow and stern. Depending on the size of your vehicle and boats, you might even be able to add a second rack or stacker bar to carry multiple kayaks.

Loading the Kayak

Once your crossbars and padding are in place, make sure the kayak is parallel to your vehicle and facing forward. With a companion, carefully lift it at both ends, set it down on the rack, and center it. If you’re alone, spread a towel on the back roof, lift the front of the kayak, and place it on top of the towel. From there, you can push the kayak onto the rack.

Securing the Kayak

Loop your cam straps under the crossbar and over the kayak, then buckle and tighten them. The kayak should feel snugly secured — not too tight or too loose. Then, using safe tie-down points on the kayak and your Toyota, carefully install the bow and stern lines. On your way there and back, stop every once in a while to make sure the kayak is still in place.

Have any questions about accessories or safety for outdoor adventures in your Toyota? Contact the experts here at High River Toyota.

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.

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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.

Totally Overhauled 2022 Toyota Tundra Coming Soon

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Get ready for the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, coming soon to dealerships across Canada. This full-size pickup truck will be completely redesigned, with a new look, new engineering, and tons of cutting-edge tech.

So far, Toyota has only released a few teaser photos and a brief video clip for the 2022 Tundra. Here’s what we know so far based on those images.

New front end

A couple of photos show clear views of the Tundra’s redesigned front end. Highlights include an enormous grille with an inset LED light bar underneath uppercase TOYOTA lettering, plus two smaller LED bars at the bottom corners. It’s not clear whether these features will be included on all Tundra models or just the TRD Pro.

New powertrain

One photo shows a new iForce MAX badge for the Tundra. This could indicate a new engine similar to the new global-market Land Cruiser, which offers a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Some publications have speculated that the Tundra might even offer a new hybrid engine option.

New interior features

A couple of photos hint at the Tundra’s renovated interior. We’re expecting an extra-wide center touch screen to replace the current infotainment setup. The Tundra will also offer an enormous sliding glass roof for crew cab models while keeping its current sliding rear window.

The 2022 Tundra will be fully revealed this fall, and we can’t wait to learn more here at High River Toyota in High River, Alberta.

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.

Gardens & Conservatories to Explore in Alberta

As the weather warms up, it’s time to start thinking of some great ways to get outdoors with your family. Luckily, Alberta is filled to the brim with beautiful gardens and conservatories that you can enjoy. Here are a few outdoor destinations to explore in Alberta.

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Conservatory & Gardens at Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo has more than just animals to offer. It also has flora from all over the world. Stretching across six acres, the Dorothy Harvie Gardens are filled to the brim with plants and trees from Alberta, while the indoor ENMAX Conservatory is home to tropical plants and shrubs, along with hundreds of butterflies.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Lethbridge

Step into the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden for a unique experience in Alberta. This four-acre garden was created in 1967 to celebrate the citizens of Japanese ancestry in Lethbridge. It has structural features that were crafted in Kyoto, Japan and will help you feel at peace as you walk through the beautifully designed gardens.

High River Community Gardens

We here at High River Toyota love to get back to nature close to home, and the High River Community Gardens are a great place to do so. These two gardens are located in McLaughlin Meadows near the Town Farm. Here, local gardeners can take a plot and grow whatever they please there. It’s a great place to walk through and simply enjoy the beauty of vegetables, fruit, and flowers growing.