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.

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.


Check Out These Toronto Sights Safely

Check Out These Toronto Sights Safely | Toronto, ON

Around Toronto, people are exploring everything our city has to offering while staying socially distanced. If you’re wondering what things to do after staying home during lockdown, never fear — we’ve come up with some sightseeing options to consider that will allow you to enjoy the city while still keeping up with current guidelines.

Toronto Zoo Scenic Safari

Are you looking for something educational and fun to do? Head to the Toronto Zoo. The zoo is currently offering a Scenic Safari for people of all ages. It’s an experience that goes above and beyond the normal zoo visit. With this safari, you can check out all the animals you love without leaving your vehicle. Your family can drive around the staff-only roads and explore the zoo, while your very own zookeeper will tell you everything you want to know about the animals. This is truly an experience that will make lifetime memories for everyone.

Virtual Toronto Tour

If going out isn’t something you’re ready to consider, you can enjoy the city you love without having to leave the house. Head out on a virtual tour of Toronto. Air Pano gives you a chance to check out the city from a bird’s-eye view, allowing you to scan the harbour, see the skyline, and more without having to get up from your couch. You will even be able to discover some interesting history about the city as you explore.


Whether you’re going out or staying in, these ideas from Downtown Toyota will help you enjoy all the great sights Toronto has to offer.


2021 Toyota GR Supra Debuts Exciting Updates

2021 Toyota GR Supra | Toronto, ON

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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.


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.

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.