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.


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.

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.

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!