Toyota Debuts All-Electric bZ4X SUV

Toyota Debuts All-Electric bZ4X SUV | Toronto, ON

If you’ve been hoping for an all-electric Toyota SUV, your wait will soon be over. Toyota recently introduced the bZ4X EV, the first battery-electric vehicle in the “Toyota bZ” brand. This new model won’t be available in Canada until mid-2022, but here are some details to get you ready for its arrival.

“The bZ4x introduces yet another option for Canadian drivers looking to enjoy the benefits of electrification — including advanced performance and lower, or in this case, zero emissions,” noted Cyril Dimitris, Vice President at Toyota Canada Inc.

The Toyota bZ4X has a bold, futuristic design — inside and out. Its aerodynamic shape is accented by sleek headlamps in the front and a strong, trapezoidal rear end. This theme continues to the inside of the new bZ4X, with a streamlined dash featuring a large touch screen, elegant materials, and enough room for up to five.

When it comes to performance, the bZ4X is estimated to get a maximum range of 400 km, according to Toyota. This is thanks to a high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack. But that’s not all — this new Toyota SUV was crafted for the occasional off-road adventure. A new all-wheel drive system with available XMODE® provides a smooth ride and maximum control.

These are just a few of the highlights from this exciting new electric vehicle. To learn more about the upcoming 2023 Toyota bZ4X, contact our team at Downtown Toyota in Toronto, Ontario.

Winter Tire Tips for Toronto Drivers

Winter Tire Tips for Toronto Drivers | Toronto, ON

Believe it or not, winter is upon us once more. That means challenging conditions that can make getting around Toronto tougher. One surefire way to ensure that you’re ready for whatever lies ahead is to follow some key tire care tips — including considering a new set of winter tires.

Why consider winter tires?

Cold-weather or winter tires are a great option for drivers in Toronto, Ontario, because they’re specially engineered to endure low temperatures and deliver top-level performance. The unique rubber and tread patterns help provide better grip, maximizing your traction even on icy roadways.

If you purchase a set of winter tires from the Downtown Toyota Tire Centre, you’ll have your pick from a wide range of brands you know and trust. You can take advantage of special offers as well as great everyday prices, and we’ll make the process of installation and switching back to all-season tires in the springtime quick and painless.

General winter tire care tips

Buying winter tires helps keep you safer and extends the life of your current set of tires. But if you aren’t sure that you want to invest in a second set of tires, these tips will help you get through the winter.

  • Check the air pressure. Find the recommended PSI levels in your owner’s manual and make sure that your tires are always properly inflated.
  • Look for signs of damage. Be on the lookout for cracks, bubbling, or other signs that could indicate your tires are due for a replacement
  • Monitor your tread levels. If you notice that your tread levels look low, get a quarter and insert it between the treads with Queen Elizabeth’s head facing down. If you can see the top of her head, you don’t have enough tread to safely operate your vehicle

Looking to get new tires for the winter? Let the experts at the Downtown Toyota Tire Centre help.

Toyota Unveils Next-Generation Tundra Pickup

Toyota Unveils Next-Generation Tundra Pickup | Toronto, ON

Toyota is constantly making advancements with its vast lineup of vehicles. One of the most recent updates is that of the next-generation 2022 Toyota Tundra. This impressive pickup truck arrives with even more power, cutting-edge technology, and improved safety.

“We took a fresh, transformational approach to our truck development and had to rethink many things we’d previously done,” said Mike Sweers, Senior Vice President of Product Development Office and F1 Platform Chief Engineer. “Not only did we improve the performance and enhance the capability of this new Tundra, at the same time, we were certain to retain the strong quality, durability and reliability for which Toyota trucks are known.”

The 2022 Tundra comes with a new standard 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 that generates up to 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. However, the available i-FORCE MAX powertrain offers even more with up to 436 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. With all this power, the new Tundra can tow up to 12,000 pounds.

Inside, an expansive available 14-inch touch screen is the highlight of the Tundra’s upgrades. With this large screen, you can easily use the infotainment system as well as an available Multi-Terrain Monitor that checks for obstacles in your immediate surroundings while operating the truck.

Other tech advancements come in the form of safety, with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 standard on all models. This innovative system includes a handful of features like a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, and Rear Seat Reminder.

Our team at Downtown Toyota is excited to see all of these enhancements for the new Tundra truck. Visit us in Toronto, Ontario, to see the advanced Toyota lineup.

Toyota Celebrates 50 Million Corolla Sales

Toyota Celebrates 50 Million Corolla Sales | Toronto, ON

The Toyota Corolla was officially introduced in 1966 and made its way to Canada in 1969. Over the last 55 years, the sedan has proved its worth by constantly evolving to meet consumer needs. As a result, Toyota recently celebrated the 50 millionth sale of the Corolla.

When the Corolla debuted in Canada, it was entering its second generation and had been restyled to feature a more rounded body. Over the years, the Corolla continued to change its looks, powertrain options, and interior features. Now in its 12th generation, the latest Corolla is more advanced than ever.

The 2022 Corolla can be equipped with a spirited gas-powered engine or a hybrid that gets 4.4 L/100 km in the city.[1] Inside, the cabin offers an infotainment system with smartphone compatibility as well as convenient features like an available heated steering wheel for chilly Toronto mornings or an available wireless phone charger for when you’re on the go. With eight models to choose from, you can truly customize the new Corolla exactly to your needs.

With 1.6 million of those historic sales in Canada, the Corolla is clearly a popular choice. Interested in getting behind the wheel of this long-lasting sedan? The 2022 Corolla is on sale now at Downtown Toyota in Toronto, Ontario.

[1] Fuel efficiency estimates were determined using approved Government of Canada/Transport Canada Test Methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors.

Toyota Vehicles Collect 7 Canadian Black Book Awards

Toyota Vehicles Collect 7 Canadian Black Book Awards | Toronto, ON

When you purchase a new car, it’s important to choose one that hold its value over time. This is a good indicator of overall quality, and it also puts you in a good financial position if you plan to eventually trade in the vehicle. That’s where Toyota comes in. The carmaker recently earned seven awards from the Canadian Black Book 2021 Best Retained Value Awards, demonstrating how well its vehicles maintain their value over time.

Each year, the CBB evaluates and awards vehicles that retain the highest percentage of their manufacturer’s suggested retail price after four years. For the 2021 awards, CBB looked at vehicles from the 2017 model year.

Toyota earned a top spot in six of the 23 categories that CBB evaluated. The winners are as follows:

  • Compact Car: Toyota Prius V
  • Full-Size Car: Toyota Avalon
  • Small Pickup: Toyota Tacoma
  • Full-Size Pickup: Toyota Tundra
  • Midsize Luxury Crossover/SUV: Lexus GX460
  • Near-Luxury Car: Lexus IS Series

The brand also earned the title of Best Overall SUV/Truck Brand.

Seven other Toyota-made cars placed second in their segments, while five other placed third. This made Toyota the best-represented automaker in the awards. To check out the high-value cars, trucks, and SUVs in the Toyota lineup, call our sales staff here at Downtown Toyota in Toronto and we’ll set you up with a test drive.

Camry or Corolla: Which Toyota Sedan Is Right for You?

Toyota Camry | Toronto, ON

If you’re looking for a sedan to get you around Toronto, then it’s likely you’re considering the Toyota Camry or Toyota Corolla. But the big question is: which is right for you? Here’s an overview of these two models so you can decide which one is the best fit for your lifestyle.

Toyota Corolla

As a compact sedan, the Toyota Corolla is ideal for city living. Its smaller size can easily manoeuvre into tight parking spaces and through Toronto traffic — but it still boasts ample interior space. The Corolla can fit up to five passengers with up to 371 litres of cargo space in its trunk. The Corolla is also efficient, getting as low as 7.6 L/100 km in the city and 5.8 L/100 km on the highway.

Once you’re inside the Corolla, you will find an abundance of creature comforts and stylish accents. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration come standard, allowing you to access your smartphone’s apps directly on the 8-inch touch screen. The Corolla also comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 package of safety technologies to keep you feeling confident on the road.

With all of these features, it’s also important to remember that the Corolla has a lower price tag than the Camry, making it a good option if you’re on a budget.

Toyota Camry

If you’re looking for something spacious, the Camry is the vehicle for you. This midsize sedan offers up to 965 mm of rear legroom, while also fitting up to 428 litres of cargo in its trunk. It even comes standard with 60/40-split rear seats to expand your cargo capabilities.

The Camry is also elegantly designed both inside and out. Sweeping lines are highlighted by soft-touch materials, and ergonomic buttons and knobs throughout give the Camry a driver-oriented design that will keep you comfy throughout the day. Its two engine options offer more power than the Corolla, so if you want extra performance, the Camry should be your go-to option.

To learn more about the Camry and the Corolla, you’re invited to stop in at Downtown Toyota in Toronto and take both these sedans out for a test drive.

Cool and Convenient Accessories for Your Toyota SUV

Toyota SUV Accessories | Toronto, ON

Here at Downtown Toyota in Toronto, we offer a wide range of helpful accessories that you can add to your Toyota SUV. Whether you drive the Toyota RAV4, Toyota Highlander, or Toyota 4Runner, these are just a few of the accessories available to make every day a little easier and more convenient.

Roof Rack

Whether you’re going kayaking or simply need some extra storage on top of your Toyota, a roof rack is an accessory you should consider. With this piece of equipment, you can simply strap down whatever you need to carry and be on your way.

Cargo Additions

When you’re hauling groceries, camping stuff, and more in your trunk, you want to make sure everything stays organized and safe. Toyota offers a range of options that allow you to do just that. A cargo cover can help hide any valuables from the eyes of passersby, and a cargo net will keep your items from shifting while you’re driving. You can even opt for a cargo liner to protect your trunk from any spills or scratches.

Family-Friendly Features 

Toyota offers family-oriented accessories to keep the kids entertained — and messes contained — on the go. For instance, you can opt for the universal tablet holder to keep your children’s tablets secure. You can also opt for all-season floor mats to help keep your kids’ dirty soccer cleats or camping gear from getting the carpets dirty.

 

Contact our service department at Downtown Toyota to learn more about ordering and installing these handy SUV accessories.

 

2021 Toyota GR Supra Debuts Exciting Updates

2021 Toyota GR Supra | Toronto, ON

[Photo: Toyota Canada Newsroom]

If you love to take on the streets of Toronto behind the wheel of a performance-oriented ride, then we have great news for you — the 2021 Toyota GR Supra is now available. This sports car combines track-honed power with an affordable price tag to make it an appealing option for driving enthusiasts across Canada.

 

The 2021 GR Supra lineup has undergone multiple changes for the new year. For instance, the GR Supra 3.0 model has received a rebuilt engine. Toyota engineers have added a new piston design to it, alongside a dual-branch exhaust manifold. These enhancements mean more power from this turbocharged engine. It now puts out 382 horsepower, which is a solid increase from last year’s 335 horsepower. It also boasts a 0 to 96 km/h time of just 3.9 seconds.

 

This performance-oriented lineup also has a new addition. The all-new GR Supra 2.0 is an entry-level model for those consumers that wanted an option between the Toyota 86 and the GR Supra 3.0. It uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four to produce 255 horsepower, while also boasting a weight loss of 200 pounds compared to the GR Supra 3.0.

 

Along with its performance, the GR Supra will also offer a driver-focused cabin that has a roomy, open design. Its seats feature integrated head restraints and adjustable side bolsters for superior comfort. The GR Supra lineup even comes available with connectivity technologies like the Toyota Supra Connect.

 

Contact us here at Downtown Toyota in Toronto to learn more about the exciting 2021 GR Supra.

 

2021 Toyota Venza Hybrid Crossover Makes Its Debut

2021 Toyota Venza Hybrid | Toronto, ON

Toyota has added another family-friendly vehicle to its SUV lineup. The all-new 2021 Toyota Venza offers the fuel efficiency of a hybrid and the space you need from an SUV, making it a good option for those who need a new family hauler.

This midsize crossover highlights Toyota’s move toward having a fully eco-friendly lineup. It is only available as a hybrid, utilizing the Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain to offer an estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 5.9 L/100 km combined. The Venza also comes with an advanced Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive, making it easy to tackle the roads when Toronto gets snow and ice.

With seating for up to five passengers, the Venza is ideal for a small family. It has a number of available tech-savvy features, including a 12.3-inch touch screen (an eight-inch touch screen is standard), a JBL® premium audio system with nine speakers, and a 10-inch colour head-up display so you can keep your eyes on the road.

You will also find other available features like Star Gaze™ panoramic glass roof and heated and ventilated front seats. The Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 package comes standard and includes the following safety technologies:

  • Pre-Collision System with Daytime/Low-Light Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection, plus Daytime Bicycle Detection
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Lane Tracing Assist

The 2021 Venza is expected to arrive at Downtown Toyota later this summer, so you’ll soon be able to experience it for yourself.