As Hollywood continues to crank out more and more remakes, sequels and re-imagined movies, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find something truly original in Los Angeles. You might say that instead of rocking the boat, they prefer to be Chipwrecked. That’s why the debut of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 at this week’s LA Auto Show was so refreshing.
Back in 1995, the RAV4 started an automotive revolution as the first crossover. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 carries on the tradition of blurring the line between car and SUV by combining the best features of both platforms. This year’s version contains some significant changes.
One feature that remains is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s found in the 2012 RAV4. For 2013, the engine will produce 176 hp and fuel economy has been improved to 24 MPG in the city and 31 on the highway. As some people had speculated, the V6 engine will no longer be available. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 will be the first Toyota with Dynamic Torque Control, the ability to automatically activate all wheel drive when acceleration or poor traction demands it.
Also going the way of the dodo is the optional third-row of seating. On the plus side, those who purchase the 2013 Toyota RAV4 will enjoy more cargo space (73.4 cubic feet, to be exact) and leg room for passengers riding in the second row. Every new RAV4 will also have a rearview camera as standard equipment.
No official release date has been bandied about, but we’re expecting the 2013 Toyota RAV4 to make its way to our Toyota dealership near Huntsville shortly after the new year. Look for more information on pricing as that date approaches.
Excitement about the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show is palpable. Much like an extended family Thanksgiving dinner where the wine is freely flowing, you might know who is going to be there but nobody knows what is going to happen. The latest guest to confirm is the 2013 Toyota RAV4.
Toyota released the above teaser trailer for the 2013 Toyota RAV4 earlier today, less than two weeks away from its official debut on November 28. Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay will be on hand at the Los Angeles Convention Center to answer questions at 11:30, shortly after the official announcement of the new RAV4 at 9 a.m.
Because Toyota has remained rather tight-lipped about the 2013 Toyota RAV4, auto journalists and consumers alike aren’t sure what to expect. What we do know is that the new RAV4 will borrow some of its style and swagger from the recently redesigned 2013 Avalon, 2013 Venza and 2012 Camry. Below, you can view some potential Motor Trend renderings of what it could look like.
On the interior, Toyota has indicated that the cabin of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 will feature higher quality materials and its Entune system will be a focus. Whether the beloved crossover SUV will feature the three rows of seating and available V6 engine that some drivers cherish remains to be seen.
Look for more details to emerge as the start of the LA Auto Show draws closer. If you’re looking for a place to kill some time next week while the dedicated shoppers hit the mall for Black Friday deals, why not browse through some deals of your own by stopping in at our Toyota dealership near Huntsville?
2012 continues to be the year of being swept for the city of Detroit. After the Tigers had an unceremonious exit from the World Series, the Detroit automakers were dominated by Toyota in the 2012 Consumer Reports Reliability rankings. Scion, Toyota and Lexus all claimed spots on the podium, earning first, second and third.
The 2012 Toyota Prius c: so reliable that you might call it Old Faithful…even though it’s new.
The Consumer Reports reliability rankings are based on feedback gathered from readers and drivers. Over 800,000 people responded to this year’s surveys. These owners provided data on 1.2 million 2010-2012 vehicles in an effort to gauge how reliable the 2013 models will be.
In addition to the success for the Toyota brand, the 2012 Toyota Prius c earned an individual accolade by receiving the best overall score for any car. Since its introduction early this year, the newest Prius has sold over 26,000 units through the month of September. The data collected by Consumer Reports seems to indicate that its owners are continuing to love its blend of affordability and city fuel economy.
If you live in the area and want to test drive a Prius c, visit our Toyota dealership near Huntsville. We’re located on highway 431 in Boaz, but we’ll soon be moving down the road to Albertville. Sand Mountain Toyota and Scion is proud to carry new 2012 and 2013 versions of the top performers in the Consumer Reports reliability rankings.
Yesterday, Toyota announced that it would be donating $1 million to the American Red Cross and other charitable organizations in an effort to assist those adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy. This so-called Frankenstorm wreaked havoc along the eastern seaboard, damaging homes and lives in states like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
“On behalf of Toyota, we express our sincere condolences to the families affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Shigeki Terashi, president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor North America, on the announcement of the donation.”Since we have operations and many dealerships in the affected regions, we felt a special responsibility to lend a hand. In addition to this contribution, many Toyota employees are already involved in volunteer activities to support those in need. We very much appreciate their support.”
After experiencing the devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan last year, Toyota is a company that’s familiar with the results of severe weather. In addition to financial contributions, the Red Cross is asking for donations of time, effort and blood. Much of the nation’s supply was directed to the east coast in preparation for the storm and Sandy forced many blood drives to cancel. Toyota is encouraging its employees to volunteer and matching any donations from its workforce.
Those wishing to donate to the American Red Cross can do so by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999. Each text will result in a $10 contribution. Donations can also be made by calling 1-800-733-2767.
Learn more about how you can help those in the path of Hurricane Sandy by visiting www.redcross.org.
Winter is on its way. While the season tends to be milder here in Alabama compared to other parts of the country, it’s important to have confidence in your vehicle’s ability to perform on slippery roadways. Toyota recently posted the above video on their Youtube channel to prove that the 2013 Toyota Venza is up to the task.
The video was made by AMCI, an industry leader in unbiased testing of vehicle features. They recently took the 2013 Toyota Venza to a hockey rink to test out its traction control, Active Torque Control and All Wheel Drive (AWD) systems on one of the most challenging surfaces: glare ice. (Glare ice is sometimes referred to as black ice or clear ice).
The 2013 Toyota Venza, seen here in a happier, warmer climate, is capable of keeping its composure on even the iciest of roads.
AMCI put the Venza through its paces by testing the vehicle’s capabilities with four, three, two and one wheel on the ice. So how did the 2013 Toyota Venza perform? About as well as anything without skates. Equipped with unstudded, all-season tires, the Venza always managed to properly distribute available torque and grip, accelerating without much of a delay. Its success was attributed to a combination of its Active Torque Control and Traction Control systems.
Learn more about the all-wheel drive performance of the 2013 Toyota Venza by taking a test drive at our Toyota dealership near Huntsville. We may not have any glare ice available, but you’ll feel confident and comfortable chilling in this crossover.
Love can drive you to do crazy things. In the above Toyota commercial from New Zealand, a cat is willing to do anything for the chance to ride in its owner’s 2013 Toyota Corolla.
It starts out with a trip to the veterinarian for an injured paw. Once the cat experiences the interior and ride quality of the 2013 Toyota Corolla, it becomes obsessed with the idea of riding in the car. The feline is willing to get hurt as a result of various self-destructive behaviors just to achieve the catatonic bliss of the Corolla’s backseat.
The 2013 Toyota Corolla is incredibly well-furnished on the inside. It’s even more enjoyable outside of a cat carrier.
An increasingly concerned vet sees the cat return after incidents involving a lawnmower, cement mixer, angry dog and street sweeper. Just when you think the cat has exhausted all of its nine lives, a paw reaches out from a freshly-dug grave, suggesting that even death can’t keep kitty from the 2013 Toyota Corolla.
We love the 2013 Toyota Corolla as much as anybody, but this dark commercial gives us paws…we mean pause. You don’t have to harm yourself to ride in one. Just schedule a test drive at our Toyota dealership near Huntsville.
It’s becoming difficult for those who say “10-4” to find a 9 to 5. To help veterans returning from service overseas find gainful employment, Toyota is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant Dakota Meyer to promote the Hiring Our Heroes program.
“Articulating the skills learned in the military to employers remains one of the greatest challenges for our nation’s newest generation of veterans,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (Ret.), executive director of the U.S. Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes program. “With Sgt. Dakota Meyer and Toyota’s help, we can make great strides in bridging the gap between veterans and employers.”
A new Personal Branding initiative was announced by Toyota and Hiring our Heroes back in August. Soldiers resuming civilian life will be given a guide that informs them how to effectively market themselves as a potential hire. The guide will be distributed at 400 job fairs across the country and will be made available online.
Have you ever thought that backing up your car would be a lot easier without all those pesky seats, metal and people in the way? A new technology being developed in Japan called the “See-Through Prius” suggests that you were on to something.
At the 2012 Digital Content Expo in Tokyo, this system will be displayed by researchers at Keio University. It employs technology similar to the kind used in invisibility cloaks and other camouflage devices to make the rear end of a Toyota Prius seem to disappear.
If researchers in Japan are able to market an “invisible car” maybe this rendering of the 2012 Toyota Prius will become reality.
“The driver will feel like he’s driving a glass car,” said Masahiko Inami, one of the researchers working on the project. “Sir Arthur C. Clarke said, ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’ I want to develop technology like magic that general people can use easily in the future.”
Watch the video below to see a demonstration of the type of technology the system will demonstrate and visit Sand Mountain Toyota to see an opaque version of the 2012 Toyota Prius. It may not be a glass car, but it’s still one of the safest vehicles for both the driver and the environment.
For many high schools and colleges, fall is the season for football and homecoming games. This tradition apparently even takes place at fictional institutions of higher learning like Toyota University.
Our old friend Coach T returns in this new Toyota commercial and welcomes back former Camry standout Eli Manning. We previously mentioned Coach T and his legendary recruiting classes back in March during basketball season. The Super Bowl-winning Giants quarterback and Coach T briefly reminisce about the good old days and discuss the latest Toyota point of pride: the 2012 Toyota Camry SE Sport Limited Edition.
Here’s a shot of the top recruit in the country, the 2012 Toyota Camry. This model can get 35 MPG on the highway.
Manning proves that he still knows his way around campus and demonstrates his knowledge about the new 2012 Toyota Camry. He also makes it obvious why he didn’t play wide receiver by dropping the keys when Coach T tosses them over for a test drive. “I would stick to QB, my friend,” says Coach T.
Drivers looking to apply for the fall 2012 Toyota Camry class should know that our Toyota dealership near Huntsville is still accepting applications for enrollment. Visit our website to view our available inventory of classes (vehicles) and stop by the dealership for a walkthrough. Below is another video of the master at work, firing up two team members to drive the 2012 Toyota Prius.
The next time you use your 2012 Toyota Tundra to take your boat to the lake, you can use it confidently knowing that you’re driving the same truck that was used to tow the space shuttle. Yes, you read that last sentence correctly.
On October 13, the space shuttle Endeavor will travel 12 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center in Exposition Park. A standard, unmodified, off-the-lot 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax will transport the 300,000 pound spacecraft for the final quarter mile of its journey. It will be powered by 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Both the Tundra and the Endeavor will be on permanent display after they complete this herculean effort.
The 2012 Toyota Tundra (seen here dealing with smaller matters), will tow the space shuttle Endeavor for one last mission.
“There is no larger or more recognizable icon of the U.S. space program’s success than the shuttle, and to have it towed by the Toyota Tundra is not only an incredible example of the capabilities of the truck, but an honor to be part of history,” said Ed Laukes, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A vice president of marketing communications.
Watch the video above to learn more about how the 2012 Toyota Tundra is working with The Sarens Group in preparation for the towing of NASA’s precious cargo. Customers who would like to test drive the Tundra at Sand Mountain Toyota should visit www.sandmountaintoyota.com or contact our Toyota dealership near Huntsville. We are located on Highway 431 in Boaz, Alabama.