RAV4 for 2013

All New Look
Gone is the gawky look of the third-generation RAV4; in its place is a cleaner design more in line with Toyota’s current portfolio. That’s not to say that the new RAV4 is prettier than the outgoing model, but the overall aesthetic is more coherent and generally inoffensive. It will look quite familiar to Japanese and European Toyota buyers, as the 2013 RAV4 recalls the recently-released Auris hatchback sold overseas. The most controversial aspect of the redesigned crossover is the front end: it looks as though Toyota tried to butch-up the Camry’s nose, but instead come away with a face that looks sort of like an Angry Birds character with an overbite. The Toyota emblem sits front and center on a triangular-shaped, body-color plastic piece in the middle of a slim black grille; the fake rubber skid plate comes about halfway up the front fascia in an attempt to make this soft roader look more trail-ready. The projector-beam headlights carry over a shape as seen on the Camry and 2013 Avalon and come with LED daytime running lights. Foglights and heated exterior mirrors with turn signal repeaters are standard on the XLE and Limited models.

A New, Yet Familiar Cabin
Anyone who has been in the current RAV4 will find themselves right at home in the 2013 RAV4. The new car is a clear evolution of the same theme, from the high-mounted audio controls, to the climate control “shelf,” to the large circular speedometer. A 6.1-inch LCD Multi-Information Display (MID) touchscreen is now standard on all RAV4 models, along with a backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity. XLE- and Limited-grade vehicles add the option of navigation and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system; an 11-speaker JBL sound system is option on Limited models. The steering wheel from the Camry and Avalon makes an appearance in the RAV4, as well; there are steering-wheel-mounted controls for the audio system, Bluetooth handsfree, and the MID. Toyota claims that the Clear Blue illumination on the gauges and center stack will provide crisp and clear visibility for the controls. Also new for 2013 is the availability of a blind spot monitor system (BSM) for the RAV4 Limited. The BSM system also includes rear cross traffic alert, to detect an oncoming vehicle when the car is in reverse.

Goodbye V-6
Toyota will again offer the RAV4 in three trim levels; however, they are now more in line with the rest of the brand building in ascending order from LE to XLE to Limited. Gone is the range-topping 3.5-liter V-6 engine and its five-speed automatic; also missing from the spec sheet is the old four-speed auto. The only powertrain is the 2.5-liter I-4 from last year rated at 176 hp (down two) and 172 lb-ft of torque; the four-cylinder is paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Compared to the rest of the class, the I-4 is one of the most powerful base engines, trailing the Honda CR-V’s 2.4-liter by four hp and matching the Kia Sportage’s 2.4-liter. However, the 2013 RAV4 is down by anywhere from two hp (from the Ford Escape 1.6 EcoBoost) to 84 hp (from the Kia Sportage Turbo) when compared to the competition’s strongest engines since it doesn’t offer an optional engine upgrade. The RAV4 makes up for the lack of extra power by adding extra miles -the front-wheel drive RAV4 will achieve 24/31 mpg city/highway, the second-best mpg rating of any automatic-equipped compact crossover. Only the Mazda CX-5 tops the RAV4 in frugality: it is rated at 26/35 mpg with a manual or 26/32 or 25/31 mpg with an automatic (front- or all-wheel drive). All-wheel drive RAV4s are rated at 22/29 mpg.

Ready for Off Road
All-wheel drive-equipped RAV4s now use a Dynamic Torque Control system with three modes – auto, lock, and sport. Auto does exactly what the name says: torque is sent to the wheels with grip automatically, and power is only sent rearward when it is needed. Sport mode can provide up to 50 percent of the torque to the rear wheels under acceleration and cornering, as well as during traction loss. The new six-speed automatic also has a sport mode which will sharpen shift action and timing, quicken throttle response, and add weight to the electric power steering assist. Lock mode will be interesting for those who want to take their RAV4s for more than a little light off-roading. At speeds below 25 mph, torque is split 50/50 between the front and rear axles to aid in finding traction in sandy or muddy conditions.

Ready Next Year
Pricing has not been announced yet for the 2013 Toyota RAV4, but the 2012 RAV4 starts at $23,495 including destination. A fully-loaded all-wheel-drive 2012 RAV4 Limited I-4 rings in at $30,985. The 2013 RAV4 goes on sale at the beginning of 2013

The New 2013 Toyota Sienna

New for 2013, the Toyota Sienna makes its powerful, 266-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine standard equipment on all trim levels and pairs it with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting. Not only is the V6 one of the most powerful in its class, it’s also one of the most fuel efficient, boasting 25 mpg highway. The 2013 Sienna also happens to be the only vehicle in its class to offer an all-wheel drive option, appealing to families who prefer the enhanced handling and year-round traction.
The Toyota Sienna was voted “Best Family Car” for 2012 by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com, and it was the top-rated minivan from U.S. News. Thanks to its flexible seating configurations for up to eight passengers, contemporary styling and next-generation technology, the 2013 Toyota Sienna is tailor-made for the growing family.
Available in Sienna, LE, SE, XLE and Limited trims, the Sienna comes with a long list of standard features, including cruise control, remote keyless entry, a four-speaker stereo, SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability, an auxiliary input and three 12V outlets.
Additional refinements for 2013 include easy-clean fabric seats in the popular LE trim, as well as an eight-way power driver’s seat, four-way power front passenger seat and three-zone climate control. Limited trims feature a standard Blind Spot Monitor that is available as on option in SE and XLE models.
The eye-catching style of the 2013 Sienna is also extremely aerodynamic, resulting in reduced wind drag, improved fuel economy and reduced interior wind noise at freeway speeds. The hushed cabin and refined, high-quality appearance of every interior surface give the Sienna a level of luxury not found in other minivans.
Convenient and innovative features are found everywhere on the Sienna, making life easier for even the biggest families. Dual power-sliding doors, a power rear door on the LE model and a low floor height help make loading the little ones less chaotic. A multi-information display with backup camera and Bluetooth integration for hands-free phone capability make driving safer, while XLE models add leather-trimmed seats, a sliding moonroof and a rear-seat Dual View Entertainment System for both luxury and advanced technology that everyone in the family can enjoy.
For the ultimate luxury minivan experience, the Sienna Limited features Lounge Seating in the second row, as well as a power 60/40 Split & Stow third-row seat, and Smart Key remote control that can open and close both sliding doors. The Sienna is the only minivan that features dual, independently powered moonroofs.
For those families seeking a little more sport out of their minivan, the SE model sits lower on a sport-tuned suspension for incredibly sharp handling. It comes in unique colors and features exclusive exterior styling with side skirts, 19-inch alloy wheels and smoked taillights.
Every Sienna offers a roomy cabin with available second-row captain’s chairs––with armrests and even leg and foot support (Limited models)––that slide 23 inches to accommodate even the tallest passengers. Second-row seats also feature Tip-Up and Long-Slide, enabling the seats to slide on long rails with one touch, for added cargo space or a walk-in aisle from the side doors. Even the front center console slides front-to-back, for enhanced access in both the first and second rows.
Cargo room in the Sienna is generous even with the third row seats in place, offering enough space to store four large suitcases. With both the second- and third-row seats removed, there is a cavernous 150 cubic feet of available space.
Every Sienna comes standard with the Toyota Star Safety System featuring seven airbags, Anti-Lock Disc Braking, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Traction Control, and enhanced Vehicle Stability Control. Advanced safety technology on Limited models includes Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, which controls braking, steering input and engine output to proactively enhance handling before the vehicle reaches traction limits. All of these advanced safety features helped earn the Sienna a prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick” award.
Offering an unmatched blend of power, fuel economy, styling, advanced technology, family-friendly features and class-leading safety, it’s no wonder the Toyota Sienna is so well-regarded. Round up the troops and come in today to test out the host of family-friendly features in the 2013 Toyota Sienna.

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Toyota Calls A Spade A Spade

Listening to demands for “compact cars with minivan-like features,” Toyota unleashed two truly mini minivans upon the Japanese public, with the aim of becoming the leader in that segment.
Powered by either a 1.3 liter or 1.5 liter engine, both mated to Toyota’s Super CVT-I, the mini minivans come with a “large, passenger-side remote-controlled sliding door. The door can be opened and closed using a wireless key or by the touch of a button from the driver or rear seats.”
The two minivans are actually one. Same body, same engine, trim, even price. What is different are the names and the channel. One minivan, called “Porte” is sold through “Toyota” and “Toyopet” dealers, the other, called “Spade” is available at through “Toyota Corolla” and “Netz” dealers.
Yes, they called it a spade. Toyota helpfully supplies the information that Porte is derived “from the French word for door”, whereas “spade” was “chosen as it contains portions of the words space and wide, key elements in the vehicle’s design, and also because it is the strongest suit in a deck of cards.

A peek at the 2013 Toyota Avalon – (with real pics)

In a world where cars keep getting fatter, it’s a surprise to learn the 2013 Avalon is more svelte than its predecessor. It’s more than two inches shorter, a tad narrower and lower, and has shorter front and rear overhangs. Estimated curb weight will be about 3,500 pounds, more than 100 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.

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The car gets retuned electric steering, along with a stiffer body structure and suspension components, which Toyota says will increase agility and reduce body roll. The new Avalon will roll on 17- or 18-inch wheels.

More aggressive styling aims the 2013 Toyota Avalon at a younger set than the model it replaces. With a hood line that looks like it could come from Honda and a huge lower front grille reminiscent of the all-new Ford Fusion, the 2013 Toyota Avalon looks like an amalgamation of many current mid-priced full- and midsize sedans already on or about to hit the market. The 2013 Avalon also uses styling cues we’ve seen in other recent debuts, including wraparound headlamps and tail lamps with LED lighting.

Other notable changes include a larger trunk and a quieter interior. Options will include those often found on luxury vehicles such as heated and cooled front seats and heater rear seats, as well as electronic driver aids like dynamic radar cruise control and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

 

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Butler Toyota Named Best Of The Best Import Car Dealer In Macon,GA

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The Macon Telegraph has announced the winners of it’s “Best of the Best” competition. This yearly event highlights what readers around middle Georgia see as businesses that are above their peers in service to the customer.
- Jul 05, 2012 -
The Macon Telegraph has announced the winners of it’s “Best of the Best” competition.  This yearly event highlights what readers around middle Georgia see as businesses that are above their peers in service to the customer.
Butler Toyota topped the the list in the “Best Import Car Dealer” category.  John Smith, General Manger at Butler Toyota in Macon said, ” We are very pleased to have been recognized with this award. Our customers are the most important thing to us and we work hard to show it.”
Butler Toyota is a mid-sized Toyota dealership in Macon,GA. Serving the mid state to include, Warner Robins, RAFB, Perry, Byron and McDonough.
Known for the very best in customer service to anyone in the market for a new or used car, truck or SUV. Our state-of-the art facility makes it easy to access the service and parts department.  For over 40 years, Butler Toyota has been a stable part of the middle Georgia business landscape.  The friendly atmosphere ensures visitors leave completely satisfied.

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Toyota unveils electric SUV

 

Hybrid Toyota RAV4

Toyota unveils electric SUV – May. 7, 2012.

Toyota unveiled its new electric Rav4 crossover SUV at an event in Los Angeles Monday but said it will be available only in four California cities for the time being.
Toyota plans to sell only 2,600 of them over the next three years, the automaker said.

They will cost $49,800 each, Toyota said, but will be richly equipped with features like heated seats and an eight inch touch-sensitive computer screen. The price does not factor in a $7,500 federal tax credit for purchasing a plug-in vehicle. It also doesn’t include a $2,500 state tax credit.
The Rav4 EV will have a driving range of approximately 100 miles, Toyota said, with an expected 6 hour charge time on a 240 volt charger.
“It’s designed for consumers who prioritize the environment and appreciate performance. We look forward to seeing how the market responds,” said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of Toyota Motors Sales U.S.A.’s Toyota division.
The most expensive gasoline-powered Toyota Rav4 has a base price of less than $29,000. Toyota sold over 15,000 gasoline-powered Rav4 SUVs last month, or almost six times the number of Rav4 EVs it plans to sell over the next three years.
The Rav4 EV will help Toyota meet electric vehicle requirements in the state of California. Automakers have to sell a certain number of “zero emission” vehicles in order to be allowed to continue selling vehicles in the state.
The vehicles will be built by Toyota but the batteries and electric drive systems will be supplied by the California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors
Toyota’s plans for the Rav4 EV were revealed in the summer of 2010, shortly after it was announced that Toyota would invest $50 million in Tesla Motors and that Tesla would build its next vehicles in a former Toyota factory in California.
The front-wheel-drive Rav4 EV will have two different drive modes. In its normal mode, the SUV will go from zero to 60 miles per hour in as little as 8.6 seconds and will have a top speed of 85 miles per hour, according to Toyota. In “Sport” mode it will be able to get to 60 mph in 7 seconds and will have a top speed of 100 mph.
Toyota has long been cautious in its approach to purely electric vehicles in the belief that the market for such vehicles is limited because of their high cost and limited driving ranges. The Japanese automaker has been much more aggressive in pursuing gasoline-electric hybrid technology.
Toyota recently began selling a new Prius plug-in car but that vehicle can travel only about 11 miles before it begins burning gasoline. Toyota also plans to market a purely electric car called the Scion iQ EV which will have a range of less than 50 miles. That car won’t be sold directly to the public, however, but will be used in car-sharing programs in big cities.
Toyota joins a growing list of automakers selling at least some plug-in vehicles.

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