2020 Toyota Prius Adds Standard Apple CarPlay®

2020 Toyota Prius Adds Standard Apple CarPlay® | Toronto, ON

For the new model year, the world’s most popular hybrid car is receiving some attractive technological updates.

The 2020 Toyota Prius now comes standard with Apple CarPlay®, allowing you to connect your iPhone with ease. This smartphone integration technology lets you access your favorite apps and more directly on the car’s new 7-inch touch-screen display audio system. This system also offers Toyota Connected Services, Scout GPS® Link, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a USB audio input.

Along with this standard connective technology, the Prius is available with an electric on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD-e) system. Perfect for Toronto’s slick winter roads, this advanced technology provides instant torque to the rear wheels when more traction is needed and operates in front-wheel drive when it’s not.

The 2020 Prius comes with an array of standard and available safety technologies. A backup camera and eight air bags come standard on all models. For even more protection, there’s the standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P system, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Available safety features include a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and intelligent clearance sonar with intelligent parking assist.

Stop in at Downtown Toyota to learn more and take the eco-friendly 2020 Prius out for a test drive.

3 Reasons to Purchase the 2019 Toyota RAV4

Reasons to purchase the 2019 Toyota RAV4 | Toronto, ON

Are you looking for a crossover that can handle your family’s transportation needs or take you on new adventures? Here at Downtown Toyota, we’ve put together these three reasons to purchase the 2019 Toyota RAV4 — and that’s just for starters.

  1. A hybrid option. Get fuel efficiency wrapped up in the RAV4 package you love with the RAV4 Hybrid model. With four Hybrid trim levels to choose from, this model offers a combined fuel-efficiency rating of 6.0 L/100 km, while still offering the high-quality interior, versatility, and technology you want.


  1. More technology. When it comes to technology, the RAV4 has always offered a lot of options. This year is no exception. In fact, the 2019 RAV4 comes with more tech, including the standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver-assistance technologies. The Entune 3.0 infotainment system also comes with every trim, as does Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration.


  1. Trail-ready model. The 2019 RAV4 comes available in a Trail Edition. This rugged crossover uses Active Torque All-Wheel Drive to provide superior traction, along with Multi-Terrain Select so you can handle the roughest terrains. It also comes with Hill Descent Assist and Hill Start Assist, along with two-tone interior accents and a trailer stabilizer.

Shop the 2019 RAV4 at Downtown Toyota today!

All-New 2020 Toyota GR Supra Now Available

2020 Toyota GR Supra | Toronto, ON

Sports-car enthusiasts, rejoice. Toyota recently announced that the fifth-generation 2020 Toyota GR Supra is now available to purchase at select dealerships across Canada, giving you the opportunity to get behind the wheel of this powerful, fun-to-drive vehicle.

The all-new Supra combines legendary performance with precise, agile handling. It boasts a 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six engine that produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, allowing the Supra to deliver a zero to 96 km/h time of 4.1 seconds.

The Supra also offers a range of convenience and connective features. These include:

  • 8.8-inch touchscreen display with Navigation
  • Toyota Supra Connect
  • Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration
  • 12-speaker JBL audio system
  • Head-Up Display
  • Heated, leather-trimmed seats
  • Keyless Smart Entry
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Power-folding mirrors

A full suite of safety features comes standard:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Bicycle Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist
  • Automatic High Beams

Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Parking Sensors are offered as available features.

Visit us here at Downtown Toyota to learn more about the new 2020 GR Supra and hit the streets for a thrilling test drive.

Toyota Brings Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Vehicle to Canada

Toyota Brings Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Vehicle to Canada | Toronto, ON

Toyota is known for its eco-friendly vehicle options. From the Prius to hybrid variants of its popular vehicles like the RAV4, this Japanese carmaker is one to ensure its customers have plenty of options. Now, it’s expanding its green car lineup in Canada even more with the addition of the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle.

This fuel-cell vehicle emits zero pollutants, transforming hydrogen into water vapor in order to run. The water vapor then exits through the Mirai’s tailpipe. Because of its eco-friendly power, this Toyota model qualifies for a $6,000 zero-emission-vehicle rebate under Canada’s Clean Energy Vehicle Program.

The Mirai is currently only available in select markets around the world — Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, and in California. In a recent announcement, though, the brand revealed that it will be bringing the Mirai to dealerships across Canada over the summer.

With the addition of the Mirai to Toyota’s Canadian lineup, the brand will become the first automaker to offer a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to the Canadian market in large numbers.

We have a variety of eco-friendly models available here at Downtown Toyota. Come visit us to see which one is right for you.

3 Tips for Safe Back-to-School Driving

3 Tips for Back to School Driving | Toronto, ON

The beginning of school is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get new backpacks, school supplies, and clothes. You should also start thinking about how you can practice safe driving when you’re dropping the kids off at school in the morning. Here are some back-to-school safe driving tips to help keep you — and those around you — safer this year.

  1. Follow speed limit signs. School zones have specific speed limits that you should always strive to follow. These lower speed limits are posted to ensure that every child remains safe during school hours.
  2. Stay aware. Children can sometimes forget to look both ways before crossing the street. You need to be prepared for this to happen whenever you’re driving close to schools. Drive slowly and be prepared to stop quickly for a darting child.
  1. Be cautious around school buses. Whenever you see the red lights of a school bus flashing or observe its stop sign swinging out to the side, stop immediately. Don’t start up again until the driver turns off the flashing lights and the stop sign goes back to its original position. Even then, you should pull away cautiously in case there are straggling children nearby.

Stay Safe All Summer with These Road Trip Safety Tips

Stay Safe All Summer with These Road Trip Safety Tips | Toronto, ON

Summer has brought some beautiful weather to Canada, which makes it the perfect time for you to explore what our great country has to offer. That means one thing — it’s time for a road trip. As you head out on the open road, keep these summer road trip safety tips from Downtown Toyota in mind.

Be aware of wildlife. Animals are very active during the summer, which is why you need to keep an eye out for them as you drive. They are especially active at dawn and dusk, so watch out for flickering road reflectors, which can indicate animals moving, and make sure you continually check both sides of the road for critters.

Don’t let yourself get bored or fatigued. Drivers who get bored or tired are more likely to let their attention drift, which isn’t safe. That’s why you should take measures to stay entertained — and awake — during your long drives. Download podcasts or audio books to keep you alert on the go, and make sure you take frequent stops to keep fatigue at bay.  

Understand the road conditions and terrain. Even though it’s summer, you will still experience rain storms and inclement weather throughout Canada. Remember to drive for the road conditions you’re experiencing, lengthening the distance between you and the car in front of you on slick roads. Also, keep in mind that the terrain you’re driving on should influence the way you drive.

Are you ready for your summer road trip but your vehicle is not? Stop by Downtown Toyota for a service checkup before you hit the road!

Don’t Miss These Toronto Summer Festivals

2020 Toyota Sienna | Downtown Toyota | Toronto, ON

Spring is here and the weather is warming up. If you’re looking for things to do in the summertime, we have you covered! We’ve gathered a couple of ideas for Toronto summer festivals you should put on your calendar this year.

NXNE: North by Northeast

Music and technology come together in the North by Northeast (NXNE) festival. This festival stretches over 10 days from June 7 to June 16 and takes place all across Toronto. The schedule includes a three-day music festival in the heart of the city. This festival mostly focuses on introducing emerging musicians to the masses, though it also looks to incorporate music, gaming, comedy, and interactivity to highlight both technology and the arts.

Fan Expo Canada

From August 22 to August 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, you can get in touch with your nerdy side thanks to Fan Expo Canada. This four-day event will give you the opportunity to learn more about your favorite sci-fi, fantasy, comic, and anime worlds. You’ll even get the chance to meet celebrity guests. This year’s lineup will feature big stars like Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Levi, Jason Momoa, and David Harbour.

If you need a new ride for the summer, view our new inventory today at Downtown Toyota in Toronto, Ontario.

Benefits of Buying a Toyota Hybrid

Toyota Hybrid | Toronto, ON

Over the past few years, more and more consumers are looking to go green with a hybrid vehicle — and few brands do hybrids as well as Toyota. Here, we take a look at the benefits of buying a Toyota hybrid


Tried and tested technology. Toyota has sold over 12 million hybrids since 1997, which goes to show that the brand’s hybrid technology has been put to the test over the years — and continues to shine. Each model is designed to offer similar performance levels to its gas-powered counterpart, while increasing the amount of time between stops at the gas station. Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system even makes sure that your driving experience is no different than when you’re behind the wheel of a gasoline-powered engine — besides giving you better fuel efficiency, of course.


Plenty of choice. There are a range of Toyota hybrids to choose from — not just sedans. For instance, if you want something more family-friendly, you can opt for the RAV4 Hybrid crossover or the Highlander Hybrid SUV. The Prius C will offer you a compact option, while Prius Prime offers a plug-in hybrid variant for those who want a PHEV.


Peace of mind. When you purchase a Toyota hybrid, you don’t need to worry about plugging your car in every night unless you want a plug-in hybrid variant. The Hybrid Synergy Drive system utilizes a regenerative braking system to convert braking energy into a charge for your battery, which means you can charge your hybrid vehicle without even having to think about it.


Browse our Toyota hybrid inventory online and give us a call to test drive!

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