2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid on the way

Toyota RAV4 HybridToyota has a number of hybrid and electric vehicles in its lineup. The first that may come to mind is the ever-popular, trend-setting Prius. However, with the release of the 2016 RAV4, another eco-friendly car is joining the green lineup in Toyota’s fleet. As of this fall, the Toyota RAV4 hybrid is coming our way, fusing a hybrid powertrain with more power and all-wheel drive.

The company first introduced the RAV4 hybrid at the 2016 New York auto show, where the hybrid was described as combining technology and style with the efficiency of a green car. Toyota calls the RAV4 “a smarter way to have fun.” With a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine capable of an output of 194 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque, Toyota seems to have accomplished its goal of creating a more capable hybrid car.

The Toyota RAV4 hybrid is now the eighth variation in the RAV4’s model lineup and is on its way to dealer lots sometime this fall. The hybrid will only be available for the XLE and Limited trims, with the Limited model featuring an additional safety package that comes standard with the trim level.

Toyota RAV4 Outsells the Camry

2016 Toyota RAV4It’s no surprise that one of the best-selling vehicles of all-time is the Toyota Camry. However, Toyota is reporting that the sedan might not be the top mode of transportation for much longer and instead their compact SUV, the Toyota RAV4, will be taking over.

The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling passenger car for the past 13 years. The Camry is estimated to reach 425,000 in sales by the end of 2015. Toyota’s RAV4 is slowly creeping up on the fun-loving sedan with predictions of finishing with 300,000 sold. This would be up 16% from last year.

SUVs or crossovers have taken the country by storm and are generally getting better mileage than the original truck-based SUVs came to market back in the 1990s. The millennial car buyers have grown up with these SUVs and are more inclined to buy one when purchasing a new vehicle.

According to Bloomberg, top Toyota USA executive Bob Carter, said, “Five years ago, if somebody would have said compact SUVs would be outselling mid-size sedans, I probably would have disputed that.” Toyota is ready for the change in market and provides lots of options for the car-based SUVs and crossovers like the RAV4.

No matter if you’re looking for a RAV4, Camry or Tundra, Route 44 Toyota has them in store and ready for you to purchase today!

Amazing Animals at the Roger Williams Zoo

So let’s say you just picked out your new Toyota vehicle and you want to take it on a road trip to somewhere wild on Route 44. Where should you go? What about the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island? There are plenty of amazing animals at the Roger Williams Zoo!

  1. Snow Leopard

The weather is getting colder here. However, that should be just fine for this group of frigid felines.

  1. Bald Eagle

A patriotic symbol that represents the pride of our country, the Bald Eagle is a majestic bird to watch take flight at the zoo.

  1. Emerald Tree Boa

Sporting a striking shade of green, this serpentine resident of the zoo is certain to captivate!

  1. Harbor Seal

If you’ve ever been to the Atlantic Coast, you might have had the chance to watch these playful aquatic animals in the wild. If not, you can see them at the zoo.

  1. Grant’s Zebra

From the plains of Africa, these black and white herd animals are a staple of any zoo.

A Closer Look at the 2015 Toyota RAV4

Every vehicle that Toyota makes is defined by quality. However, no vehicle captures that quality quite like the 2015 Toyota RAV4. This crossover is filled to the brim with excellent features and technologies that drivers are searching for today.

2015 Toyota RAV4There’s plenty of room inside the RAV4, which is fortunate as the crossover is overflowing with interior features. Bluetooth hands-free technology keeps drivers connected even on the road. And the technology is easily accessible via the RAV4’s steering wheel-mounted controls.

Dual Zone Climate Control keeps passengers comfortable. However, it is the safety technology that will keep drivers and passengers secure.

An integrated backup camera helps drivers navigate the RAV4 through crowded spaces with ease. Eight airbags placed in strategic areas will protect passengers in the event of a crash. Finally, for keeping the vehicle itself safe, ToyotaCare is ready to lend a hand.

When it comes to being the most advanced crossover in the industry, no vehicle comes close to matching the 2015 Toyota RAV4. Pick up one today at Route 44 Toyota!

Best Boston Radio Stations to Listen to While Driving

It happens to the best of us – we’re driving along, and suddenly there’s just nothing on the radio, no matter how many stations you click through. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular radio stations in Boston, and what you should listen to based on your personal tastes.

Boston Radio StationsIt comes as no surprise that the most successful radio stations also play the most popular music. Top 40s stations such as Kiss 108 and 103.3 AMP, as well as stations that play both pop-charting music and hip-hop like Jam’n 94.5, have garnered a good amount of listeners. Other stations within a similar vein include Magic 106.7, which plays both modern, contemporary hits, and popular songs of past decades – its slogan “Today’s Hits, Yesterday’s Favorites” is an apt description.

If pop music isn’t so appealing to you, Mix 104.1 provides a more adult contemporary experience, playing music that falls within the genres of easy listening, R&B, soul, and soft rock from the 60s and 70s. Classic rock stations like 105.7 WROR and Radio 92.9 also give listeners another more alternative option, with the latter station also including more contemporary rock music. If you’re more of a country fan, then Country 102.5 could be for you.

There is also a news station run by CBS Boston, WBZ NewsRadio 1030 (an AM station), and a sports station, 98.5 The Sports Hub. If you’re not in the mood for music, one of these options could make an excellent choice. Boston radio stations provide a variety of music, talk shows, and news for listeners to tune into on their daily commute. Take your pick!

Toyota Reveals Improved Fourth-Generation Prius

Toyota has made an impression on the auto industry with the unveiling of its newly updated fourth-generation Prius. The 2016 Prius is nearly an all-new car and has been completely redesigned with a sleek, more athletic look. The makeover is the biggest change in the Prius design since the second-generation 2003 model.

As mentioned before, the exterior has been redesigned to have an overall longer, more dramatic, sweeping shape. However, that’s not the only positive to the 2016 Prius’ new style. Underneath the body is Toyota’s New Global Architecture, which will serve as the platform for many of Toyota’s new models in the coming years. The new platform will be more rigid, more simplistic, and lighter, which will make the new Prius safer and more efficient, as well as providing smoother handling. Additionally, the cost of the new platform is lower, allowing Toyota to add more standard equipment and features to the base model.

2015 Toyota Prius - fourth generation PriusThere is no word yet on what the pricing will be like or what features will be offered, but the fourth-generation Prius has already made an impact among potential car buyers.

In the meantime, head over to our website and check out the 2015 Prius vehicles we have in stock! We have the Prius, Prius c and Prius v all on our lot!

Route 44 Toyota Brings You Driving Tips for Fall!

Summer is gone and autumn is here. With the seasons and weather changing it affects how we drive. Here at Route 44 Toyota, we want to make sure you’re prepared for the changes that come with the fall weather!

Fall Driving Tips - Route 44 ToyotaLeaves

We love when the leaves change colors and create that picturesque moment but falling leaves can actually be dangerous. When the leaves fall and cover the road they make it very slick and cover traffic lines and pavement markings. When the leaves cover the roads, make sure you drive cautiously and slow down if you feel your vehicle sliding. You always want to leave enough distance between you and the car in front of you so you don’t slide and cause a fender bender.

Fog

The weather starts to get cooler, especially in Massachusetts, and we have a tendency to see fog in the mornings. Depending on how dense the fog is it can limit your driving visibility and perception of distance. Make sure you do not put your high beams on as they reflect off of the fog and make a glare. If there happens to be fog on your morning commute, slow down and increase the distance between you and the car in front of you.

Frost

With the dropping temperatures comes the frost during the night. The frost can lead to icy spots on the road and can cover your car. If you’re driving over bridges, over passes or areas of the road that are covered, make sure you slow down as the roads can be slick!

These are just some fall driving tips to help keep you safe this season! As always, you need to make sure your vehicle is in great shape so stop in our service department today! You can schedule an appointment right on our website or give us a call!

Best Toyota Vehicles for Tailgating this Football Season

The NFL season has started and the Patriots are looking strong. Everyone has their own traditions they do before a football game but one of our favorites is getting out and tailgating! There are definitely some vehicles that are more tailgate friendly than others. Here are some of the best Toyota vehicles for tailgating.

Toyota Tundra - Best Toyota Tailgating VehiclesToyota Tundra – To no surprise this pickup is on our list. It has an amazing towing ability so you can bring along a trailer with all your games, coolers, grills in it! Make sure you’re allowed to bring trailers where you’re tailgating first though. If you can’t bring a trailer, that’s not a problem! The Tundra’s truck bed is able to pack in all of your tailgating necessities, even the cooler packed with your favorite beverage!

Toyota RAV4 - Best Toyota Tailgating VehiclesToyota RAV4 – The Toyota RAV4 is the stylish option to take when tailgating. If you’re bringing along family or friends, we definitely recommend the RAV4. It’s comfortable for the ride over and has 38.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats!

Toyota Highlander - Best Toyota Tailgating VehiclesToyota Highlander – This SUV is bigger than the RAV4 so if you’re traveling with a larger crowd to tailgate, this is probably the best option for you. The Highlander can seat up to 8 and has 42.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the third row seats down. You can ride with more people and still take all of your tailgate necessities!

Some of our other favorite vehicles for tailgating include the Toyota Sienna, Toyota Sequoia and the Toyota Tacoma. We have all of these great vehicles in stock at Route 44 Toyota so come in and see us! Want to do more research first? No problem! Head over to our website to find out more on all the great Toyota models we have available!

Know How to Respond To an Overheating Engine This Summer

Overheating engineThis summer, make sure you’re prepared to react appropriately if your engine suddenly begins to overheat – a danger all the more prevalent during the summer months. Here are some basic steps to take if you notice an overheating engine:

  • Pull over if you are in a safe area, and put on your emergency lights.
  • Cautiously open the hood of your car to let fresh air cool down what is underneath.
  • In general, be careful not too touch anything that could burn you. If you’re unsure, hold your hand near it and try to sense its temperature.
  • Evaluate your level of coolant, and if necessary, refill it. Additionally, look for any leaks in your cooling system.
  • Afterwards, if the engine has not cooled down, it’s time to accept defeat and call for help. Never continue to drive if you’re unsure.

Do you have any other ideas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Route 44 Toyota Wins 7th Consecutive President’s Award

For the 7th consecutive year Route 44 Toyota has been awarded Toyota’s prestigious President’s Award, this award is the highest possible honor that can be bestowed upon a Toyota dealership. In order to qualify for this outstanding award, a dealership must meet and exceed the standard in a number of different areas including sales satisfaction, service satisfaction, market share attainment, vehicle delivery excellence, and employee training and certification.

President's AwardRoute 44 Toyota’s primary goal is to provide a positive customer experience throughout the entire car buying process and our ability to demonstrate excellence in every category is truly an honor and a testament to the dedication of our entire staff. More importantly, Route 44 would like to thank all of our customers for helping us earn this award.

Stop by and see us at Route 44 Toyota for all of your Toyota needs!