How to Pack Light for a Spring or Summer Road Trip in Your Toyota

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With the weather improving here in High River, you might be looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors and see more of Canada. One way to do so is by taking a road trip in your Toyota! Our team at High River Toyota put together these tips for packing light for your next journey.

1. Leave Some Bathroom Items at Home

If you’re planning on staying in a hotel during your trip, there’s a high chance that you will find complimentary items like shampoo, conditioner, and lotion in your room. Rather than bulking up your bathroom bag, skip some of these items and others that you don’t absolutely need on the road.

2. Try the 1-2-3-4-5-6 Rule

If you’re going on a shorter trip, the editors at REI.com recommend the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule, which suggests bringing 1 hat, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 bottoms, 4 tops, 5 pairs of socks, and 6 pairs of underwear (plus a bra for those who wear one). While this requires you to wear some items more than once, it allows freedom to not lug around a large suitcase wherever you go.

3. Ditch the portable tech

Let’s face it; you’re not going on a road trip to stare at your laptop or portable gaming console, right? You want to enjoy the world around you and remove yourself from the internet for a bit. Rather than relying on all of that tech, only bring the essentials (like your smartphone, charger, and small headphones) to keep it simple.

These are just a few tips for packing light on your next road trip. Let us know if you have any additional tips when you stop by and see us!

Meet the First-Ever Toyota GR Corolla

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Pictured: 2021 Toyota Corolla

The Corolla has been part of the Toyota lineup for decades and has seen quite a few changes over the years. One of the most recent developments arrives in the form of the first-ever Toyota GR Corolla — a heart-pumping version of the already popular car.

The “GR” comes from TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, a team that prides itself on creating vehicles with outstanding performance, handling, and functionality. In fact, the new GR Corolla is powered by a direct/port-injected three-cylinder engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. That robust engine is paired with the GR Four All-Wheel-Drive powertrain to offer varying power distribution to the front and rear wheels for maximum control.

Along with playing the part of a performance vehicle, the GR Corolla is also incredibly stylish. The Core grade comes in white, black, and Supersonic Red colour options while the Circuit Edition will be available in white, Supersonic Red, and Heavy Metal. The Circuit Edition model also adds a forged carbon fibre roof, a rear spoiler, and a vented bulge hood. Inside, the Brin Naub® suede-trimmed seats with red accents round out the athleticism of this new car.

You don’t have to give up on a fun car when you’ve got kids, though! The new GR Corolla is also equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 system. This includes driver-assist features like Risk Avoidance Emergency Steering, Lane Departure, and more.

Pricing and availability for the all-new 2023 Toyota GR Corolla will arrive later this year. Until then, stay tuned and contact our team at High River Toyota in Alberta for more details.

Get the Best Deal on Tires with the Toyota Price Match Promise

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When it comes time to buy a new set of tires for your Toyota, you want to be confident that you’re getting the best value for your dollar. High River Toyota offers that assurance you crave with the Toyota Price Match Promise.[1]

Simply put, the Toyota Price Match Promise is that if you find tires at a better price anywhere, High River Toyota will match that price. Yes, it is that simple. This way, you can always drive out of High River Toyota knowing that you paid the best price available anywhere in Canada for your tires.

Better still, the Toyota Price Match Promise applies to some of the best and most popular brands available today. Names like Firestone, Goodyear, Continental, and Yokohama — all qualify for price-matching.

Buying new tires isn’t always the most desirable or exciting part of vehicle ownership, but High River Toyota and the Toyota Price Match Promise make it easier buy guaranteeing the best bang for your buck. And you’ll always receive the highest quality service when you bring your Toyota in for rotations, balancing, inflation, and other tire maintenance tasks.

Shop confidently at High River Toyota thanks to the Toyota Price Match Promise. And if you’re on the market for a new Toyota, be sure to check out our selection and visit our showroom in High River, Alberta.

[1] Should you find a lower Canadian advertised price or Canadian internet quote on tires within thirty (30) days before or after the purchase of qualifying tires from a participating Canadian Toyota Dealer, present the Toyota dealer where you purchased or intend to purchase qualifying tires with proof of the Canadian advertised price or Canadian internet quote. They will verify the price and that the item is in stock and available for immediate sale and delivery, and then match the lower price. Canadian advertised or Canadian internet quotes are eligible from local tire retailers only within an 80km radius of your dealership’s location. “Price Match” DOES NOT apply to advertising errors or misprints, sale pricing, Boxing Day prices, special educational prices, restricted offers, mail order offers, competitor rebates, coupons, premiums, free or bonus offers, limited or minimum quantity or limited time offers, close-outs, liquidations, clearances, financing offers and 3 for 1 offers. Offer does not apply to advertised prices or internet quotes from outside Canada, online retailers, liquidators, commercial or fleet accounts, clearance houses or other sellers that do not install tires do not qualify. Handwritten or verbal estimates/quotes will not be considered. Subject to stock availability. The advertised item must be an in-stock brand sold by the Toyota Tire Centre and be the same size, model, sidewall, speed and load rating. Qualifying tires must be purchased and installed at a participating Toyota dealer in Canada. Price Match Promise does not apply to costs associated with labour, valve stems, mounting/balancing, disposal fees and taxes. Offer valid on the following tire brands: MICHELIN, BFGOODRICH, UNIROYAL, BRIDGESTONE, FIRESTONE, GOODYEAR, DUNLOP, KELLY, CONTINENTAL, GENERAL, PIRELLI, YOKOHAMA, TOYO, GISLAVED, HANKOOK, LAUFENN and FALKEN. Offer subject to change or cancellation without notice.

How to Transport a Paddleboard on Your Car

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Paddleboarding is an amazing way to relax on the water and explore new places. But before you can get your board on the water, you need to bring it there — and loading a non-inflatable paddleboard onto a car can be a tricky job.

With a Roof Rack

The best way to transport a paddleboard is with SUP-specific rack mounted on your vehicle’s crossbars. There are many paddleboard-compatible racks on the market, including some that enable you to carry more than one. For safe transport, make sure to read directions closely.

Without a Roof Rack

It’s possible to transport a paddleboard without a rack or even without crossbars. In the former case, you can tie the paddleboard directly to the crossbars, but you’ll need to add padding to ensure the bars don’t damage the board. If your car has a smooth roof, then you can consider investing in a soft inflatable roof rack, such as one made of foam.

In a Truck

If you drive a truck, your paddleboard likely extends past the length of the bed. Put padding over the tailgate and then tie the board down as close to the tailgate as possible using side rails or your truck’s tie-down mounts. If the paddleboard extends past the tailgate by more than a few feet, you should hang a red or orange flag from the board. It may be required by law.

At High River Toyota, you can buy genuine Toyota parts and accessories that make it easier to mount paddleboards as well as other equipment. Visit our website or our store in High River, Alberta, for a closer look!

Introducing the Tundra Capstone

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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 Spring Cleaning Your Car

Spring has sprung, so it’s time to start the warmer weather out on the right foot. So, why not give your car a good spring cleaning? Here are some tips to help you get your car clean for spring drives in High River, AB.

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Give the exterior some love. From salt to hail to general winter grime, your car’s exterior has undergone a beating during the winter. One of the big ways you can spring clean your car is to clean its exterior. This can help reduce the damage winter can do to your vehicle over time, reducing the likelihood of rust and more.  

Don’t forget the car’s undercarriage. Over the winter, salt can sit on the bottom of your car. This can cause it to rust down the road, so while you’re spring cleaning your car, make sure you give the undercarriage a thorough cleaning, too.

Tidy up your interior. Trash can gather over the winter, especially when it’s too cold to clean out your vehicle regularly. Gather any rubbish that’s littering your cabin, then give it a thorough vacuuming. Also, don’t forget to take out your floor mats and clean them as well, using a carpet cleaner if you have carpet or warm, soapy water for rubber mats.

Make sure your vehicle is as safe as it is clean this spring when you schedule a seasonal service appointment with us here at High River Toyota.

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.

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.

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.