2014 Toyota Sienna – One of KBB.com’s Best Family Cars

2014 Toyota Sienna Limited
2014 Toyota Sienna

If you are looking for a great family car, your search is over. The 2014 Toyota Sienna Minivan is the vehicle for you. The Sienna was recently named one of the “12 Best Family Cars” for 2014 by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

The 8-passenger Toyota Sienna won points for its great interior, featuring reclining captain’s seats with a footrest, optional leather seating, and surplus of cup holders. No matter what you’re looking for, the Toyota Sienna has a trim for you, from the more “barebones” Sienna L, to the fully decked out, luxurious Sienna XLE.

With some of the most cargo room in its class, the Toyota Sienna won’t force you to choose between bringing all your needed luggage and having your kids sit comfortably in the back seat. In fact, the optional rear-seat entertainment system will have the kids entertained for hours. The wide sliding doors and the flip and slide second row seats make the Sienna easy to get in and out of, no matter how big, or small, your passengers are.

Not only that, but the 2014 Sienna received the NHTSA’s 5-Star Overall Safety rating making it one of the safest cars on the road. Combine that with its standard all-wheel drive, and you’ve got one of the best minivans to drive, no matter what the conditions are like outside.

Stop by Haddad Toyota and check out the 2014 Toyota Sienna for yourself and see how easy your car rides can be!

Classic Car Lovers Unite – New Toyota Supra Possible

 

FT-1 Concept Car - New Toyota Supra
This Ft-1 Concept Car shown at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year is rumored to be the predecessor to a new Toyota Supra.

 

In 1998, Toyota stopped selling the beloved Toyota Supra in the U.S., much to the chagrin of car lovers everywhere. Recently, Toyota renewed their trademark for the Supra which has car lovers looking hopefully towards the Japanese company for a new model of the popular car. While, Autoblog.com admits that this type of renewal is usual, even when the car maker does not intend to use the trademark, many believe that this renewal means the car will be made again soon, especially considering other moves made by Toyota such as their reveal of the FT-1 Concept car at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

While in production, the Supra won the Import Car of the Year award from Motor Trend magazine, made Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best car list multiple times, and won a Design and Engineering award from Popular Mechanics magazine. It’s been a part of various movies, video games, TV shows, and music videos including Grand Theft Auto, and the Fast and the Furious film series.

This popular car might also be a part of the BMW-Toyota sports car joint project announced at the end of last year.

While we can’t know for certain, we hope Toyota will give us something to cheer about in the near future. Check back with Haddad Toyota’s blog to learn more about a possible new Toyota Supra!

What do you think? Could this new FT-1 pictured below be a new Toyota Supra?

The 2013 RAV4 – Let’s Go Places

2013 RAV4

If you are looking for a great SUV that is big enough to carry all your belongings, yet compact enough to not guzzle gas and still be fun to drive, then the 2013 RAV4 is the car for you!

The 2013 RAV4 gets 24 MPG City and 31 MPG Highway,* which will help you cruise the highway while still having some money to spend when you get to your destination. It also has more standard features than most other compact SUVs including a stereo system with six speakers and a touch screen display, integrated back-up camera, hands free phone technology and USB connectivity.

The RAV4 also doesn’t skimp on safety. With its anti-lock brake system, brake assist, front and rear roll-sensing side airbags, whiplash lessening seats, side impact door beams, and front energy absorbing crumble zones, the 2013 RAV4 got the highest ranking in four out of five areas by the IIHS.  It was also given a 9.3/10 safety rating by US News & World Report, making it one of the safest cars in its class.

With 18-inch wheels and a noise reducing front windshield, the RAV4 is fun to drive. Combined with its top of the line safety ratings, large storage space, and easy to use rear liftgate, it’s plain to see that the RAV4 is in a class of its own.

Come by Haddad Toyota to test drive one of the 2013 models we have on the lot before they are gone!

 

*EPA estimates only

The Muppets Take Terry Crews for a “Joyride” in Toyota Highlander Super Bowl Ad

The Muppets are at it again! Everyone’s favorite puppets starred alongside Terry Crews—from FOX’s award-winning comedy, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”—and the Toyota Highlander in a sixty-second Toyota Highlander Super Bowl Ad this past Sunday. The spot, titled “Joyride,” featured more than a dozen of the Muppet crew commandeering Crews’ Toyota Highlander and taking it for a spin in order to “unborify” his life. The results are predictably unpredictable, as well as hilarious.

“Our game-day spot shows how Toyota Highlander puts the ‘fun’ in function,” said Jack Hollis, vice president of Toyota Division Marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Toyota vehicles are built to last and can even endure the most boisterous Muppets, a former NFL player as well as a center console full of chickens.”

The Super Bowl spot will mark the beginning of an extensive cross-marketing campaign between the 2014 Highlander and the new Disney movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” in theaters March 21.

We hope you kept your eyes peeled throughout the game’s commercial breaks for the world premiere of “Joyride.” If you didn’t you can still check out the video online and hit up @Toyota on Twitter with the hashtag #NoRoomForBoring to share your love for the Muppets, the Highlander, or both!

 

Crossing a Frozen Landscape in the Toyota Tundra

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It was a cold New England Friday… nothing out of the ordinary this year, but still a good day to have a rain, snow, and ice-busting truck with heated seats at your disposal.

The shear magnitude of the 2014 Toyota Tundra made for a great cold-weather traveling vehicle when crossing the state for a weekend trip to visit family. At the height of the holidays, my passenger, Ben, and I loaded up the back seat of the Tundra with our weekend bags, a smattering of gifts, and a few bags of food and beverages, and headed three hours East to Cape Cod.

The first clue that we’d also be traveling in comfort were the heated seats with lumbar support, and the 2014 (the third generation) Tundra’s interior has been redesigned as well. The 3.5 inch information screen that leads to a navigation system, audio panel, back-up camera, and more is large enough to view without moving from your driving position, and the cab also had updated ergonomics and a reworked dashboard that add to that insulated feeling inside the truck. I didn’t feel cramped, but I didn’t feel as though I was piloting a tank, either.

The Tundra feels grounded to the road without the bouncy, ‘floaty’ feel that some large pick-ups have, and Vehicle Stability Control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and electronic brakeforce distribution are all standard. I was able to appreciate each of these in my own way as I rumbled down familiar Berkshire roads, long stretches of highway, and the narrow streets of Cape Cod, my destination.

There’s much to be said for the safety features and their effects on comfort; it’s much easier to feel at ease in a large vehicle knowing that you’re flanked by dual front airbags, front row side torso airbags, and rollover sensing side curtain airbags for both the front and rear rows. In fact, I learned after testing the Tundra that it was the first full-size pickup to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick accolade.

We had a smooth ride for the bulk of the trip to Cape Cod, and towards the end of the route, the Tundra got its first test from the elements. The rain had been beating down on the lower Cape for most of the day, and as is bound to happen, some of the lower-lying stretches of busy Route 6 were obscured by inches of rainwater that couldn’t escape fast enough into the drains and run-offs. Traffic slowed and some cars pulled over precariously to the side of the road, unsure of how much success they’d have plowing through.

Indeed, as we barreled through near-flooded conditions, the subsequent splash reached the side windows of the Tundra, but we moved on without a problem. In fact, we seemed to be clearing the way for several of the smaller cars behind us.

We arrived at my parents’ house having made great time, and parked at the top of their long gravel driveway to make sure other relatives had plenty of space to park. The position created quite the viewing area for the truck; one-by-one, aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws arrived to be greeted by a sparkling new truck with its redesigned grille and body (Toyota calls it ‘American-style). Throughout the day, relatives took mini-field trips up the drive to have a look, and dinner conversation was peppered with comments about the Tundra’s distinction as the only pick-up to have successfully towed the Space Shuttle Endeavour across a bridge in 2012.

A little driveway-level boasting wasn’t enough action for the Tundra, though, and the next day we set out for the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for a woodland hike that features the broad marshes of Cape Cod Bay, only accessible by hearty trucks with great wheels and plenty of gumption. We couldn’t help but giggle as the Tundra dwarfed most of the other trucks on the marsh, driven by stalwart fishermen and clammers who knew the landscape as well as the deep lines on their palms.

Adventures aside, however, the best gift the Tundra gave us was space and hauling power on the way back to Western Massachusetts as we prepared to depart. Our every day cars are fuel-efficient hatchbacks that usually serve us quite well, but preclude us from ever traveling with anything larger than an end-table stowed in the back.

It only took three Bungee cords and a little bit of help from the brawnier members of my family to fill the massive bed of the Tundra with more furniture than we’ve ever moved without the help of a rented moving truck. My parents had been hoping to unload much of it for years to make space in their 1786 farmhouse for some more modern trappings, and Ben and I were more than happy to replace our sagging mattress and over-flowing chest of drawers with some new-to-us pieces.

In went a mattress, a bureau, a desk, some assorted bedding, and the gifts we’d accumulated, along with a cooler of leftovers, without anything jutting, protruding, or smashed into the back at a worrisome angle. Even our vision wasn’t obstructed through the rear window, and we made use of the bed-light to get everything in as dusk (and out later at night) without stumbling.

Our final review is that, while we were a little scared of driving such a big, formidable vehicle at first, that fear soon subsided when we realized we were well protected in a truck that handles well – smoothly and quietly, not like a roaring behemoth. As a small-car driver, I also appreciated that feeling that other drivers were well aware of me on the road; the Tundra does indeed have a presence that’s hard to ignore, and it handles the ever-changing New England weather with ease. In the rain, it cuts through puddles without any hesitation. In the snow and ice, it’s steady and feels ‘sticky’ without a hint of slip and slide.

And in the shining sun, it rolls along easily, the driver supported by warm, adjustable seats and soothed by any number of tunes coming from the multi-source sound system. On a weekend trip in New England, it’s not surprising that we were able to test the Tundra in all of these conditions, and then some.

Jaclyn Stevenson is a guest blogger and driver for Haddad Toyota.