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

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 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.

The LA Times Reviews the Toyota C-HR

Charles Fleming of the LA Times reviews  C-HR.

Charles Fleming of the LA Times reviews the 2018 Toyota C-HR.

Charles Fleming of the LA Times calls the 2018 Toyota C-HR “A lot of car for the money…a smart choice.”

The 2018 Toyota C-HR isn’t just any crossover in the Toyota family–it is one that drums up excitement by both consumers and automotive enthusiasts. In his review of the 2018 Toyota C-HR, Charles Fleming of the LA Times introduces Toyota’s crossover vehicle as a “welcome addition” to fan favorites like the Corolla, Camry, and RAV4–high praise from the esteemed automotive journalist who recently had the opportunity to test the $3 Million Bugatti Chiron.

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Toyota’s Flip Book in The Fader

The fall issue of The Fader featured a tiny surprise flip book animation courtesy of the Toyota C-HR.

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If you were flipping through the recent issue The Fader, you may have missed the C-HR circling the bottom right of the magazine’s glossy pages. Toyota’s creative team wanted to do something inventive & fun for the C-HR and saw the possibility for a flip book at Fader as the best way to recognize that atmosphere. The animation culminates in a full page ad featuring the Toyota C-HR.

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5 Reasons to Love the 2017 Toyota Highlander

The 2017 Toyota Highlander is one of my favorites in Toyota’s current lineup. So what makes it so special? Check out my guide below.

Five Reasons to Check Out the 2017 Toyota Highlander

  1. USB Ports for Everyone: if you’re anything like me (and I hope you’re not as bad as I am) but I’m attached to my phone 24/7 and as a result, my battery is drained by noon. The 2017 Highlander is an electronic-addict’s dream because it boasts five USB ports, three up front and two in the rear passenger area. Now your child’s iPad can stay charged in the back seat while they’re watching Kayou and you can continue charging your phone in the front. (Plus another three devices left to charge with the remaining USB ports.)
  2. Panoramic Moonroof: some nights are meant for quiet drives and watching the stars. You can catch a more complete show thanks to the Highlander’s moonroof stretching all the way into the back seat.
  3. Bird’s Eye Camera: You no longer have to ask your passenger to hop out of your car and direct you into a parking spot like you’re piloting a 737 into Gate C4. The new Highlander is equipped with technology called Perimeter Scan which utilizes four cameras to deliver a live, unobstructed, 360-degree view of the Highlander’s surroundings. 
  4. Three Zone Automatic Climate Control: remember road trips with the family when you were a kid? For us, this included two fights, one over which movie to watch *It was a toss up between Father of the Bride and Beethoven in our car* and the other fight over how hot or cold we wanted the temperature inside the car to be. Thankfully, the new Highlander solves the latter fight with its three zone automatic climate control feature. The driver, driver’s side passenger, and the second and third rows can enjoy their own climate zones without the hassle of fighting with the driver that it’s “too hot back here”. 
  5. New Engine with Giddyup: sometimes you want an SUV that packs more of a punch underneath the hood. Toyota heard your cries for something more and has delivered with a newly issued 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine is both more powerful and fuel-efficient that the previous generation’s Highlander. 

To learn more about the Highlander and to schedule your test drive, click here.

Explore every possibility in the 2017 Highlander.

Toyota Patent Catches Stuff

Toyota patents a device that catches the stuff you drop in between seats.

We’ve all been there: you’re driving along, the sun is shining, and you’re jamming to that one song you love (but you pretend not to know it when in the company of friends), you take a left turn–and just like that, you hear your phone sliding and listen for the barely audible clunk as it drops into the abyss. The abyss, or crack between the center console and your driver’s seat, is that familiar territory your change, lipstick, crumbs, and phone go to life wants to play a petty trick on you.

Fishing for the lost items is the most frustrating part–using the chair as a pendulum, pushing forward and then back–contorting your hand like an awkward skinny claw shape in an attempt to simply touch a piece of the object so you can push it or yank it or maneuver it in a way that will bring it back in your possession. It’s an ordeal. But a genius at Toyota just filed a patent to make that entire scenario a thing of the past.

According to The Drive:

Toyota’s aptly-named “under seat capture device” consists of a chute positioned on either side of the center console that can sense when something has fallen onto it, a platform that the chute funnels to, and an actuator coupled to the platform that delivers your fallen quarters/iPhones/taco crumbs to an easily accessible position.
The patent goes on to cover manually-operated under seat capture devices and also devices installed in between the seats and door sills.

So call off the search teams, Toyota will take care of the “into the abyss” items. PS. There is no date or timeline for when they will implement this nifty device, but we can all hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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Toyota 86 860 Edition

Motor Trend recently took the Toyota 86 860 Edition out on the road and writer Stefan Ogbac’s analysis can be distilled into two words: PURIST PERFECTION! 

On the road, the Toyota 86 reveals itself as a thoroughbred driver’s car—razor sharp and seriously fun to drive. The car’s chassis shines on the winding roads where you can explore its handling capabilities without the risk of losing your driver’s license. Through the twisting mountain roads of Southern California, the 86 stays planted and flat, and when combined with its precise steering, it feels like a scalpel slicing through the road with pinpoint precision. Along with its twin, the Subaru BRZ, the Toyota 86 gives the driver so much confidence that on twisty roads, you’ll find yourself taking corners at higher-than-normal speeds. Unlike the Mazda MX-5 Miata, there’s minimal body roll, but you still know exactly what the car is doing as it communicates with you.

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