Toyota has always been on the cutting edge of transportation technology and environmental friendliness. One of the first, truly successful, hybrid vehicles, the Toyota Prius, was a result of Toyota’s innovation and dedication to making quality products. Now, the car company has put out a new concept vehicle, the Toyota Me. We concept that shows how they think the future of transportation will look.
This concept features a lot of unique and innovative technology and shows some real “outside-the-box” thinking. In-wheel electric motors help this small bus-looking vehicle to achieve excellent interior space and great maneuverability. The floor-mounted battery pack is covered with a renewable bamboo panel. Interchangeable body panels make this a very customizable vehicle. An extendable rear-panel makes this a pickup substitute while a removable roof-panel makes it a convertible. Check out the video below and check out some of our current vehicle at Cumberland Toyota online.
It seems like every year there is a new midsize SUV on the road or a redesigned midsize SUV that claims better fuel efficiency, more space, and modern styling. One thing that usually gets swept under the rug is off-road performance, which is ironically one of the reasons most people buy an SUV. The newly redesigned 2014 Toyota 4Runner, however, achieves all of these goals without forgetting its roots.
The new 4Runner has a 4.0-liter V6 engine that pumps out plenty of power (270 hp & 278 lb-ft) while achieving EPA estimated fuel efficiency ratings of 17/23 MPG in 4×2 models and 17/22 MPG in 4×4 models. All-new exterior styling brings this classic SUV into the modern era and adds an athletic flare. Inside, quality materials, an optional third row, leather steering wheel & shift knob, and plenty of other touches of refinement step up the comfort level.
All the parts that really matter in an SUV like the 4Runner (chassis construction, suspension components, and driving aids) have been built to withstand demanding situations and to be comfortable on the road. Coil-over gas shocks at all four corners help keep the 4Runner under control and composed on any surface. In the rear, four-link suspension components allow for maximum articulation without compromising rear-passenger comfort. Limited models come with the X-REAS system which automatically monitors and adjusts shock damping for flatter cornering, and better handling on rough terrain. The A-TRAC system, standard on all 4×4 models, can distribute power to any single wheel for maximum traction. There are countless other features, like the CRAWL function, that make this one of the best and most comfortable off-road SUVs available. Check one out at Cumberland Toyota when they are available later this summer.
Graduation season is upon us and many young drivers will soon be looking for a car of their own. Whether you are in the market for yourself or for a loved one, price and value are always at the top of the list when considering important attributes. Luckily, the 2013 Toyota Yaris is affordable, reliable, stylish, modern, fun, fuel efficient, and more!
Starting at only $14,370 this subcompact hatchback is one of the easiest new cars to finance on the market right now. Since it’s a Toyota, it will also be inexpensive to own, with low maintenance costs and affordable insurance rates. With 37 MPG highway, it won’t cost much to drive either.
The reasons why young drivers love the Toyota Yaris are easy to see as well. It has a modern, sporty design that is as efficient as it is attractive. In both 3-door and 5-door models, there is plenty of space for cargo, groceries, friends, and more without being cramped. Since the Yaris is such a small car, its 1.5-liter engine makes for a fun ride when paired to either manual or automatic transmission. Handling is a dream as it takes very little effort to zip around traffic. The Yaris is safe as well. With 9 airbags, stability control, high-strength steel construction, and Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats, it is as responsible as it is fun. Stop by Cumberland Toyota and check out a new or used Toyota Yaris today.
Just earlier this week, WardsAuto World announced the winners of the “10 Best Interiors” list for 2013. Among the honored vehicles who made this list, the 2013 Toyota Avalon earned one of these coveted spots.
Each vehicle that is nominated for consideration by the Ward’s team is scrutinized on a number of criteria, including safety, fit and finish, ergonomics, value, materials, aesthetics, human-machine interface, and more. Vehicles that are featured on this top ten list show excellent qualities in each category and also have a cohesive and inviting feel about them.
The 2013 Avalon features an attractive interior design that makes extensive use of quality materials and space. Even in base trim models, the Avalon features leather upholstery and a soft-touch dash. The attention to detail for every seating position is far above average. Be sure to stop by the Cumberland Toyota dealership or check us out online for more information.
The Cumberland Toyota Community Charity Challenge in Cookeville, TN is in full swing now. With over 35 charitable organizations nominated in our Facebook contest and over a thousand new voters, the competition is very tight. Fans can still nominate a new charity or vote for their favorite nominee in the first round of voting until April 10, 2013 so be sure to check out the contest on our page if you haven’t already.
During the second round of voting, which will begin on April 12, the top 10 nominees will proceed to the final competition. This round will go until April 25 at which time voting will be closed. Finally, on the 26th, Cumberland Toyota plans to announce the winners of the 2013 Cumberland Toyota Community Charity Challenge. The four organizations with the most votes at the end of the second round will each win a share of the $10,000 in donations from Cumberland Toyota. Each of these four will win an equal share of $2,500 to help them fund operations and day-to-day expenses.
For more information about the Charity Challenge, contact Cumberland Toyota at 931-265-7972 or visit us online. Be sure to share the news about this competition with your friends on Facebook or on Twitter. We want to see these funds go to help deserving charities so help us by voting for your favorite.
Here at Cumberland Toyota we love giving back to the local community to help support charities. Once again this year we will be holding the Cumberland Toyota Community Charity Challenge to allow our fans to decide which charities we will support with donations.
We have $10,000 set aside for donations this year and at the end of April will be dividing these funds amongst the top four most voted for charities in the contest. During the period of April 1 – April 12, fans can go on our Facebook page and nominate any local charity to be included in the challenge. Once a charity is nominated, fans can submit their vote for that charity up to one time each day per fan! During the second round of voting, which will last until April 26, fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite charity again. In the end, only four charities will win so be sure to vote early and vote often.
If you want to participate in our contest or nominate a charity for others to vote on visit the Cumberland Toyota Community Charity Challenge here. Be sure to share the page with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social media site you use and ask them to support your charity! Here at Cumberland Toyota we really want these funds to go to a good charity so tell us who you think deserves it most.
Toyota has just announced that the 2013 Toyota Corolla Special Edition will become available for customers on dealership lots by late April. Both the Corolla LE and the Corolla S will be available with the Special Edition treatment, each offering drivers a unique driving experience and excellent value.
The 2013 Toyota Corolla LE Special Edition will be targeted to drivers who expect a higher level of comfort and a greater amount of convenience and technology. In addition to the standard LE trim equipment, this model gets Toyota’s upgraded Display Audio (with integrated navigation and a 3-year subscription to Entune), Special Edition Floor Mats, Special Edition exterior badges, 16-inch alloy wheels, power/heated leather seats in light-beige, and a unique paint color called Black Currant Metallic.
For drivers more interested in a sporty and engaging driving experience, the 2013 Toyota Corolla S Special Edition add more features to the more energetic S trim. This model is upgraded with the same Display Audio, Navigation, Entune, Special Edition floor mats, and Special Edition badges. Unique to the S trim is the Hot Lava exterior paint hue and its 17-inch alloy wheels.
Both models will be offered with a starting price of $20,550 and a delivery fee of $750. For more information about the Corolla Special Edition models or any of our other great Toyota vehicles, stop by Cumberland Toyota in Cookeville, TN or visit us online.
With drivers these days demanding more and more fuel efficiency out of new vehicles, automakers like Toyota are coming up with innovative ways to reduce waste. Overall vehicle fuel efficiency can be reduced by any number of methods. Smaller engines paired with forced induction and direct injection can reduce the amount of fuel required to achieve similar power. Efficient transmissions can also make better use of lower amounts of horsepower and torque. Low rolling resistance tires can also improve efficiency. One direction that Toyota is experimenting in is aerodynamics.
By reducing the effect of drag on its vehicles, Toyota can further improve fuel efficiency, especially at highways speeds. Aerodynamics are one of the most crucial components of a high MPG vehicle and here are a few of the tricks that Toyota uses the most.
In order to make airflow over the top of the car less turbulent, vehicles like the 2013 Toyota Prius C make use of rear spoilers. These help the air leave the body of the vehicle smoothly and without creating much drag around the back of the car. They look great and improve fuel efficiency by extending the drop-off angle at the back of the vehicle as well.
Many people think that modern cars are low to the ground just for looks. While most cars do look nice when the body extends further to the ground, it can really help with aerodynamics too. On cars like the 2013 Toyota Avalon, a low front chin spoiler keeps a lot of the wind from getting under the car. Low side skirts and an aerodynamic rear bumper also help to redirect air away from the underside of the car. All of the exposed components and machinery on the underside create a lot of drag compared to the smooth top and sides of modern cars.
Certain parts of a car, like outside mirrors, can create a lot of drag by directing air where it is not wanted. In order to combat this effect on vehicles like the 2013 Toyota RAV4, Toyota makes use of Vortex Generators. These small, fin-like body components help air to slide off of the RAV4’s mirrors and away from the body. By reducing turbulence outside the windows, these fins make for less wind-noise at highways speed in addition to reducing drag! They may not look like they do much, but these tiny pieces are the finishing touch to an aerodynamic and efficient profile.
This year at the Geneva Auto Show, Toyota introduced the i-Road concept vehicle. With a tandem, two-seat cabin and a three-wheeled stance this vehicle is unlike anything else on the road today! In fact, the i-Road is probably more like a motorcycle than a car. However, drivers of this vehicle would enjoy a fully-enclosed cockpit that can protect from weather and allows for helmet-free cruising.
While the Toyota i-Road certainly looks different and exciting at first glance, there are several more exciting features one might not notice at first. The vehicle is entirely electric with a quick-charge and a range of 30 miles. While it may not seem like much, that is usually more than enough for a small city-car like this. It also uses rear-wheel steering and articulating front wheels that allow it to lean into corners! If this thing doesn’t scream futuristic, I don’t know what does.
Check out the video below for a better look. While it may not come into production any time soon, it’s still fun to imagine how life might be five or ten years down the road.
These days, competition among car companies is fierce. Higher build quality all around is making it tougher and tougher to gain recognition in the market. The market for pickups and full-sized trucks is even more competitive, thanks to a smaller number of big players. Even so, Toyota trucks managed to earn recognition for its two pickup offerings, the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma!
The pickup truck category for this list has a spot for compact trucks and for full-size trucks and Toyota earned the top spot for each. The Toyota Tacoma earned the title of “Best Compact Truck for the Money” for the second year in a row for 2013 while the Tundra earned “Best Full Size Truck for the Money”. Each was recognized for their “outstanding value and critical acclaim” among many other criteria.
Each year, the vehicles on the market are judged by U.S. News & World Report based on a combination of more than 21 unique categories. The vehicles with the highest combined scores are recognized as the best in their category. Variables such as reliability, safety, 5-year cost of ownership, industry expert opinions, and more are compiled to get these scores.
To check out the 2013 Toyota Tundra or 2013 Toyota Tacoma, stop by Cumberland Toyota in Cookeville, TN or give us a call at 931-265-7972.