Toyota Vehicles Earn 2 IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards

IIHS Top Safety Pick | Toronto, ON

The 2020 Toyota lineup is starting off on the right foot. This year so far, a pair of Toyota vehicles have earned recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for their safety, earning IIHS Top Safety Pick awards.

Earning the IIHS’s highest award — Top Safety Pick+ — was the 2020 Toyota Camry. The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, when equipped with Optional LED Headlights, has earned the honour of being named a Top Safety Pick.

To earn recognition in the 2020 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards, each vehicle had to pass stringent crash tests and receive the highest rating of “Good” in each of them. These tests include passenger-side small overlap front, driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, roof strength, and head restraint tests. This is also the first time the IIHS has included pedestrian crash prevention ratings in its awards’ results.

For the Top Safety Pick+ rating, the vehicle also has to get a “Good” rating in headlight testing and an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for its available front crash-prevention technology.

The Top Safety Pick award requires either an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating in front crash prevention and an “Acceptable” or a “Good” rating in the headlight test.

To learn more about Toyota’s award-winning safety, visit Downtown Toyota to test-drive the 2020 Camry and 2020 Corolla Hatchback.

Start Fresh with These Spring Car Maintenance Tips

spring car maintenance tips | Toronto, ON

As the temperatures rise and the flowers start blooming, it’s time to start thinking about giving your vehicle a fresh start. Follow these spring car maintenance tips to ensure you’re ready for warmer weather.

Switch out your winter tires

With spring comes warmer weather, which means you’re less likely to find heavy snow fall on your morning commute. Because of this, now is the time to bring your vehicle in to Downtown Toyota so we can switch out your winter tires for fresh all-season ones that can take on spring rainfall with ease.

Give your car a cleaning

From road salt to icy windshields, winter weather can really damage your car’s exterior. Give your car a thorough exterior scrubbing to get rid of any salt and winter grime that could potentially cause rust. Make sure you clean out the interior, too, to start spring off on the right foot.

Check the fluids

Ensure your car will continue running smoothly throughout the new season and check your car’s vital fluids. This includes oil levels, coolant, and windshield-wiper fluid.

Get your brakes looked at

Make sure you can stop whenever you want to stop, and get your brakes checked regularly. Potholes and slick road conditions can put more pressure on your brakes, so having a professional check them over in the spring is a good idea.


As you prepare for warm-weather travel, following these tips will help improve your peace of mind and preparedness out on the road.

2020 Toyota Highlander Gets an Impressive Redesign

2020 Toyota Highlander | Toronto, ON

The all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander delivers the spacious comfort you expect from a three-row family SUV, but there’s more. The redesigned Highlander rides on a more responsive platform, offers an efficient hybrid powertrain, and comes with a suite of advanced safety technologies.

A New Platform

For the 2020 model year, the Highlander has undergone a complete redesign. It’s the first-ever Highlander to be designed with the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which increases its agile handling and offers a tighter turning radius. This new platform also allows the Highlander’s design to change, giving it a more powerful stance and a sophisticated silhouette that will turn heads on the go.

Top-Notch Efficiency

The Highlander Hybrid model is expected to provide consumers with a best-in-class fuel-efficiency rating of 6.7 L/100 km combined. The Highlander Hybrid model’s efficiency has increased 19 percent over last year’s model, while still generating as much system horsepower as the gas-powered Highlander. This means that you can spend less time — and money — at the gas pump without having to sacrifice power.

Standard Safety

The 2020 Highlander comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 package, giving you peace of mind out on the road. You will also receive standard safety features like a Blind Spot Monitor System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, a backup camera, and the Toyota Star Safety System.

Want to learn more? Stop in at Downtown Toyota to test-drive or purchase the 2020 Highlander.

Toyota Introduces AWD Camry and Avalon

AWD Camry and Avalon | Toronto, ON

With many consumers demanding all-wheel drive on their vehicles, Toyota has decided to introduce this system throughout its lineup. Now, the Camry and Avalon sedans will offer Dynamic Torque Control AWD to provide drivers with a better grip on the road.

The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system works to provide the best traction possible in inclement and slippery weather. It minimizes AWD’s gas-guzzling tendencies by essentially becoming front-wheel drive when the enhanced traction isn’t needed. Then, once the system detects that you need better grip, the AWD will re-engage in an instant. It’s the same system used in the newest Toyota RAV4.

This system will be available on the Camry LE, XLE, SE, and XSE trim levels, along with the Avalon Limited trim.

Originally, these sedans weren’t designed with AWD models in mind, but the engineering team at Toyota Motor North America Research and Development in Saline, Michigan decided to develop these models with the market demand in mind. This is the first all-wheel-drive Camry since 1991 and the first-ever all-wheel-drive Avalon.

AWD Camry and Avalon models will only be available in North America. While they won’t be ready for the current cold months, they’ll arrive at Downtown Toyota and other dealerships in plenty of time for next winter.

Go Green in Luxury with the 2021 Toyota Mirai

2021 Toyota Mirai | Toronto, ON

Toyota has been leading the automotive industry in alternative fuel vehicles since it introduced the first Prius hybrid in 1997. Now, it is continuing to advance the industry’s eco-friendly options with the unveiling of the second-generation Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle.


The 2021 Toyota Mirai features a coupe-like design that offers more passenger room and enhanced comfort. It also offers a new hydrogen FCEV powertrain that aims to offer a 30 percent increase in range. The new Mirai does so by improving the fuel-cell system’s performance and offering more hydrogen storage capacity.


“We have pursued making a car that customers feel like driving all the time, a car that has emotional and attractive design appeal, as well as dynamic and responsive driving performance that can bring a smile to the faces of drivers,” said Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer for the Mirai.


Design-wise, the Mirai utilizes a rear-wheel drive platform, which is different from the original front-wheel-drive model. This platform allows the body to be lower, longer, and wider, offering a more aggressive stance that is more aerodynamic. Its interior has also been redesigned, offering a more refined, clean, and modern layout that has a futuristic influence. It will also come standard with a Toyota Premium Multimedia system, including a 12.3-inch touch-screen display, navigation, and a JBL sound system with 14 speakers.


The 2021 Mirai will go on sale in late 2020, and we’re looking forward to welcoming this efficient vehicle to our showroom at Downtown Toyota.

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.