Five Things to Know About the Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Five Things to Know About the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

 For the first time in North America, Toyota’s newest, stylish, and most technologically-advanced small car, the all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback, makes its debut at the New York International Auto Show. 

Unveiling of the 2019 Corolla Hatchback took place at the 2018 NYIAS.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback made its debut in March at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

Here are five things to know about Toyota’s newest hatchback:

  1. The Corolla Hatchback comes in two grades: SE or XSESE grade is equipped with single-zone automatic climate control, leather shift knob, and paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel. An electronic parking brake, three-door SmartKey system, automatic up/down windows, and two front USB outlets are standard as well. XSE grade builds on SE’s amenity palette by including dual-zone climate control, combination leather (leather with mélange-like fabric) seating, heated front seats, 18-in alloy wheels, LED fog lights, chrome front grille surround, and eight-way power driver’s seat. XSE’s instrument panel and doors receive unique stitching, and behind the multifunction steering wheel, a 7-inch TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) shows vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation, and various vehicle settings (including those pertaining to Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Blind Spot Monitor).
     
  2. The Corolla Hatchback’s seamless unification of comfort and sporty controllability begins with the Toyota New Global Architecture C (TNGA) platform. An all-new TNGA-based powertrain is the heart of Corolla Hatchback’s Fun-To-Drive identity. Its 2.0-liter Dynamic-Force direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine (M20A-FKS) adopts the latest in Toyota technology and structural efficacies for gains in power, fuel efficiency, and cleaner emissions. Continue reading

Next Generation Toyota RAV4 Tomorrow

Tomorrow, March 28, 2018, all will be revealed! The ALL-NEW 2019 RAV4 will make its international debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show broadcast on Livestream simultaneously. Stay tuned!

2019 RAV4 Coming Soon

Fifth Generation Toyota RAV4 to Debut at 2018 New York International Auto Show

The all-new, fifth-generation 2019 Toyota RAV4 will make its world debut on Wednesday, March 28, at 8:10 a.m. CST during the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Toyota will livestream the event and we’ll share that footage with you!

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The NEW Supra Has Arrived

Toyota Unveils the GR Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva Motor Show

The “will they?” “won’t they” cloud of uncertainty surrounding the production of a new Supra has officially lifted today.

On March 6, 2018, at the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota unveiled the GR Supra Racing Concept. Despite a 16 year gap since the production of a new Supra, the speedster has attracted a new generation of followers thanks to the popular video game Gran Turismo® and the movie franchise The Fast and the Furious.

Created by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (the international umbrella organization for Toyota’s global sporting program), the GR Supra Racing Concept is a compact, two-door car, with front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration. The large “90” race number on its doors is a historical reference to Supra’s codename and a big visual clue to the fact that this concept heralds Supra’s return in a fifth generation. (Photos on the next page!)

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Toyota Tops 2018 Consumer Reports Vehicle Picks

Congratulations are in order as Toyota takes the prize for most vehicles on Consumer Reports’ annual “Top Picks” list!

In their annual “Top Vehicle Picks” list, Consumer Reports bestowed four of the top ten picks to Toyota, the most of any car manufacturer. The winners were the Corolla for “Compact Car”, Camry for “Mid-Size Car”, Highlander for “Mid-Size SUV”, and Sienna for “Minivan”.

According to reporting from the USA TODAY, “The consumer magazine’s rankings are closely watched because it is known for being fiercely independent, buying its own cars for reviews at dealerships and tapping thousands of members for information on how their cars have performed.

Consumer Reports credits Toyota’s “dependability, mainstream design and safety,” for its success. Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports told USA TODAY:

“Part of what helps Toyota is just really impressive reliability across the board.”

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Amazon’s Alexa Joins the Toyota Team

Toyota announces a new partnership with Amazon’s Alexa service.

January 12, 2018

Toyota announces a new partnership with Amazon, introducing Amazon’s Alexa in Toyota vehicles later this year.

As consumers outfit their homes with “smart” devices at an increasing rate, tech companies ask “where else?” can they implement such technology. The answer? The car.

In a statement made from CES this week, Toyota announced a partnership with Alexa, Amazon’s intelligent cloud-based voice service. Toyota’s with Entune 3.0 App will be the first to host Alexa later this year, followed by additional models in 2019. Toyota’s move is a clear sign that they’re shedding their bland image and gearing up for an innovative and exciting future. 

What is Amazon’s Alexa service?

Per Amazon: Using Alexa is as simple as asking a question. Just ask to play music, read the news, control your smart home, tell and joke and much more! Alexa is designed to make your life easier by letting you voice-control your world. Alexa lives in the cloud so it’s always getting smarter, and updates are delivered automatically. The more you talk to Alexa, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. 

What Does Alexa’s Addition to Toyota’s Mean for Me?

If you have an Amazon smart device at home that uses Alexa, you’ll be able to utilize those functions you love most from the comfort of your Toyota. Simply say, “Alexa, order me more toilet paper” or “Alexa, read me the news” and Alexa will seamlessly carry out those functions while you sit in rush hour traffic. If you don’t have a device that uses Alexa and you don’t plan on getting one–no worries–this news doesn’t affect you. You probably won’t even notice the button on the vehicle’s startup menu.

Once Toyota releases additional information about Alexa, including specific release dates, I’ll be here to fill you in!

Toyota Unveils the e-Palette

Toyota unveils the e-Palette concept car at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

January 9, 2018

Toyota unveils the e-Palette to an excited crowd at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show.

The future of ridesharing is uncertain as the once untouchable king of the game, Uber, continues its public mea culpa tour. As Uber addresses its many woes, automakers look to fill the void. Enter Toyota’s e-Palette concept vehicle.

Toyota took to the main stage at 2018’s Consumer Electronics Show, CES, and unveiled a modern concept that “harnesses the benefits of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, connected network, and electric vehicle technologies to get people where they want to go safely, conveniently and in an environmentally friendly way,” said Toyota’s senior vice president and chief information officer Zack Hicks. While the e-Palette remains in the “concept car” stage of planning, this is a clear indication of the future Toyota wishes to build for the consumer.

Chicago Celebrates National Cookie Day

Chicago Celebrates National Cookie Day.

Chicago Celebrates National Cookie Day.

December 4, 2017

We find Chicago’s best deals & steals in celebration of National Cookie Day. Plus, we shout out our favorite local bakeries and give you the 411 on the area’s best cookies.

All around Chicago, grocery stores and bakeries are rolling out their red carpets in celebration of National Cookie Day. These are the spots offering deals today:

  • Whole Foods is offering 50% off their delicious in-house cookies at their Cookie Bar.
  • In honor of today’s holiday, save up to 40% at Mrs. Fields
  • Insomnia Cookies is offering a free cookie with any purchase from their menu today.
  • The folks at Cinnabon are debuting a special treat today called the BonBite. The new creation puts their famous cinnamon roll inside of chocolate chip cookie, surely pleasing the sugar addict inside each of us.

After you visit the national chains, don’t forget to hit up local bakeries. Trust me when I say this–our local spots offer the yummiest cookies in the Chicago area. 

  • Iversen’s Bakery: pick up a dozen of their delicious (and adorable) smiley-faced cookies.
  • Wolf’s Bakery: their chocolate chip cookies are the closest thing to heaven on earth.
  • Tuzik’s Bakery: this famous southside bakery isn’t open on Mondays but treat yourself to an order of their assorted mini cookies on Tuesday and don’t forget the kolaches!
  • Talerico-Martin Bakery: their holiday-themed cookies are not only delicious but they are truly gorgeous. Bring a few dozen to your next Christmas party and grab a chocolate chunk cookie for yourself–you won’t be disappointed. 
  • D’Amato’s Bakery: if you’re in the city, don’t forget to hit up this Italian bakery staple for cannolis, cookies & SO MUCH more. 

Next up on the blog today? I’m including my favorite cookie recipes for you to whip up for the family today.