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Have You Seen the New 2017 Toyota 86?

Many people know that the Scion brand was once a sister brand to Toyota. Earlier this year, it was made known that Scion would cease production and merge with Toyota fully. In this switch, the 2017 Toyota 86 was born!

The 86 was initially one of Scion’s models – the Scion FR-S. This car is super sporty, something that the old Toyota lineup seemed to be lacking. The following graphic, courtesy of The News Wheel, will outline some of the main specs of this vehicle:

2017 Toyota 86 Infographic

Power: this car will have a 2.0-liter flat-four engine, which can put out 205 horsepower. It will also have the ability to go from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, which is pretty great!

Fuel-efficiency: sports cars are usually built for speed and not for great mileage per gallon. This model is ready to get you 32 MPG on the highway, which can save you money in the long-run.

MSRP: speaking of money, the price for the 2017 Toyota 86 is starting at $26,225. which is actually less than a 2017 Chevrolet Impala!

If you hadn’t heard about the new 2017 Toyota 86 before, we hope you’re excited about it now! This model is now for sale at both Joseph Toyota of Cincinati and Joseph Airport Toyota.

Toyota Automated Driving to be Available by 2020

Toyota Camry Interior

Despite the Google Car’s frequent appearances in the media, Toyota has been working on and testing the same technology since the 1990s (for nearly two decades). Today, the company expects Toyota automated driving to be a feature present in vehicles as soon as 2020.

Toyota originally referred to the feature as “advanced driver support,” but began using the term automated driving instead in order to compete with other companies who are testing similar technology. Instead of making vehicles that are entirely self-driving, Toyota seeks a more applicable approach that could bridge the gap between current vehicles and the automated cars of the future.

In Toyota’s version of automated car technology, both car and driver work together to minimize accidents and improve traffic flow. A prototype, termed “Highway Teammate” by the company, can be switched into a self-driving mode on the highway in which it can merge, change lanes, and depart via exit ramps without driver input. However, the driver must take control of the wheel when not in this mode.

Toyota automated driving is advanced technology that allows drivers to focus on other things due to innovative sensors and radar. Instead of being an entirely driverless car, it seamlessly switches between driving itself and requiring driver control to allow for a more futuristic, smooth driving experience. Visit one of the Joseph Auto Group Toyota locations for more!

Toyota Tacoma Sales Go Off-Road

2015 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota introduced the rugged Tacoma back in 2005 and since then it’s ruled the midsize pickup segment on- and off-road. Now, with General Motors and Chevrolet reintroducing their midsize pickups, the Tacoma’s getting an update. Toyota Tacoma sales haven’t been bad, even with the reintroduction of two large brand pickups, but the automaker isn’t taking any chances.

Tacoma sales were up 28.6% over July 2014 and sold more units than every competitor combined. That includes the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon, and Honda Ridgeline.

In all, the Tacoma sold just over 17,000 units in July 2015, bringing the year-to-date total to 105,984. Compared to last year, that’s almost a 20% increase.

The Canyon and Colorado sold 2,654 and 7,209 units respectively. They’re still a long way from matching the Tacoma sale for sale, with just under 60,000 units separating the Colorado from the Tacoma.

Still, Toyota’s giving the Tacoma a long overdue redesign for the 2016 model year. With a decade in its current design and new competition, a new look could be good. Word has it the new Tacoma will also see more off-roading features meant to appeal to a younger audience.

We here at Hurlbert Toyota are ecstatic to get behind the wheel of the new off-road-ready Tacoma!

Toyota Sienna Earns Place on List of 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles

2015 Toyota Sienna

The award-winning Toyota Sienna is adding to its collection with a nod from Kelley Blue Book®, the reputed auto resource known for its rankings and reviews. The 2015 Sienna was most recently awarded with a spot on the organization’s list of the 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles.

The award is given to the top three-row vehicles in the industry that provide comfort and convenience for seven to eight passengers at an affordable price.

“The Toyota Sienna was upgraded for 2015, bringing more features and a nicer interior. The Sienna has a comfortable ride, quiet cabin and enjoys Toyota’s reputation for rock-solid reliability. We like the Sienna so much, it also earned a spot on our list of 15 Best Family Cars for 2015,” said experts from®.

Some of the Sienna’s popular features include its dual-view Blu-ray entertainment system, Driver Easy Speak, Star Safety System™, and, of course, the Sienna’s Split & Stow 3rd Row™ seating.

For more information on the host of features offered on the Toyota Sienna, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the Joseph Auto Group. The 2015 Sienna is available with a starting price of $28,600.

Toyota Safety Awards Top Any Automaker for 2015


At the end of the year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety bestows awards on the safest, and therefore the best, vehicles that hit the road that year. This year, Toyota really hit the jackpot, as twelve Toyota and Lexus vehicles earned top safety awards from the IIHS for 2015. That’s more than any other automaker.

Eight of the Toyota Motor Corporation vehicles earned Top Safety Pick+ rating, while four more won Top Safety Pick ratings as well. Among those vehicles was the Toyota Sienna, which was the sole minivan to win the Top Safety Pick+ rating this year. “At Toyota, our focus remains on the safety and peace of mind of our customers,” said Dino Triantafyllos, Toyota’s North American Chief Quality Officer. “We’re pleased the IIHS has recognized the strong and improved safety performance of our vehicles in a range of crash tests.”

For a complete list of all the Toyota safety awards, just come see us here at Joseph Auto. We’ll give you the grand tour of all the wonderful, safe vehicles here in our inventory, and find the perfect one for you as well. The vehicles range from small cars to minivans, so there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy!

Toyota Wants You to Draw the Car of the Future

Toyota Concept

If you could design the car of the future, what would it look like? Toyota wants to know as it announces the return of the Dream Car Art Contest.

“Every year, it’s exciting to see how the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest inspires youth from around the world to design their vision for the future of transportation, and it’s inspiring to see so many also consider how technology can help address larger societal issues facing their generation,” said Mike Groff, president and CEO of Toyota Financial Services (TFS).

Kids between the ages of four and 15 are eligible to enter their drawings from now until December 13.

Nine winners from the US will be chosen in the spring of 2015 to advance to the World Contest where they will have a chance become one of the Thirty World Winners and earn a trip to Japan for the awards ceremony. The nine US winners will also receive an iPad.

Visit the TFS website for all the details; and, don’t forget to let us at Joseph Auto know that you’ve entered the contest. We’ll be rooting for you!