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Toyota Lights Up Yellowstone with Old Hybrid Batteries

Yellowstone Toyota Hybrid Batteries

Batteries on hybrid vehicles lose their ability to maintain a proper charge for powering a vehicle over time, but that doesn’t mean they are useless. The nickel metal hydride battery packs used in Toyota vehicles can be put to use for other purposes. One of those purposes is to keep Yellowstone National Park lit up with solar power stored in donated batteries.

208 of these batteries are currently being used at Yellowstone to act as offline power for their solar power grid. These batteries, which came from Camry hybrids, are plugged into the system. Toyota has been heading in this direction since 2014 when they started solidifying deals with Indy Power Systems, Sharp USA SolarWorld, Patriot Solar, National Park Service and Yellowstone Park Foundation. Continue reading

Cool Car Spotlight: MKIV Supra with ADV.1 Wheels

MKIV Supra

Most cars start to appreciate in value after three or four decades. The MKIV Supra started becoming popular and gaining in value almost immediately after being discontinued by Toyota. Here’s a nice picture of one found on Reddit. You can also read more about it on Jalopnik. Otherwise, just take a moment to appreciate it.

2015 Toyota Camry Specs

2015 Toyota Camry by the Sea

The Toyota Camry has been a popular sedan in the Toyota lineup for decades. The 2015 Camry is no exception to this rule. With a beginning MSRP of only $22,970 and estimated MPG of 25 in the city and 35 on the highway, it sports a bold exterior and sporty interior that is ready for the fast lane. It has designer comfort, and innovative technology throughout the vehicle.

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IIHS Tests Minivans to See How They Stack Up

2015 Nissan Quest

Minivans have for many years been the vehicle of choice for growing families to offer the security of the safety offered for all rows of seats. We have all felt safe and secure on the road in a minivan knowing these vehicles were built to help keep our loved ones secure in case of a collision and offer the features needed to help avoid possible damage with on board warning and signals to let us know we might be heading into a dangerous place with the van. What if the feeling of security was taken away from the minivan?

In recent months the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested four minivans in the small overlap front crash test with some very disturbing results. For the vehicles we have all utilized for decades as the right and safe family hauler, four minivans were tested and all four performed fairly poorly in the test. In fact, three of the four were rated at poor rating and the four gained and acceptable rating, but for a vehicle that is meant to carry the precious cargo of the future of our families even an acceptable rating is just not good enough.

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Tundra Gives Toyota Full-Sized Power and Reliability

2015 Toyota Tundra Grey

Truck enthusiasts are a unique brand of people. Most have a loyalty to one particular brand regardless of what others have to offer. Knowing this when they started launching the Tundra, Toyota has gained a great deal of its own loyalty due mostly to the amazing reliability and resale value that is offered on all their vehicles. The Tundra shows up with some added sophistication over previous models, but still has powertrains that need some work in order to compete in the fuel mileage race. This does however offer shoppers the continued ability to enjoy the big powerful V8 engines offered, especially if the owner does not value fuel efficiency.

Even though this truck carries the Toyota badge, it has always been designed and built in America making it as much a domestic truck as the offerings from Ford, Dodge and GM. For 2015 the lineup drops the base V6 engine and keeps the two V8’s. A TRD Pro Off-Road model has been added for more capability when on trails and a storage tray can be found under the rear seats of double-cab models to add some great storage options.

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The 2015 Toyota Yaris Redesign Makes Perfect Hatchback Sense

2015 Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris has been a very popular choice for those who have a long commute, need a car that performs well in the city, or for those who just want a car that is great on gas and will help them be able to fully enjoy the great savings at the pump. As one of the first small hatchbacks on the market, the Yaris has been popular for many years. To keep up with the multitude of other hatchback vehicles on the market the Yaris has added a larger grill, sharper tail and an upgraded interior.

Because Toyota carries a reputation for longevity and quality having a lineup of some of the most reliable vehicles on the road that hold their resale value, the Yaris fits right in as a well-designed model that gives owners the confidence that comes with having a car that will not let them down. With the updated stylings added the Yaris appears more aggressive than before and much more comfortable from the inside.

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The New 2015 Toyota Corolla is a True Keeper

2015 Toyota Corolla

After a full redesign for 2014, the Corolla comes in as a familiar and trusted name in the compact automotive segment giving owners a great deal of driving enjoyment as well as having a price that is very easy to enjoy. Continuing to offer the same well-designed and trusted engine under the hood as well as the twist-beam rear axle suspension, the Corolla continues to offer a great deal of fuel economy and affordability for owners to enjoy. In addition to this, the Corolla continues to offer what it has for so many years, a dependability that makes it very much a Toyota.

Because of the upgrades added during the previous model year, the Corolla only received a few enhancements including a new painted front grill for the LE and LE Eco models while the other models become mono-spec cars by adding the driver Convenience Package but no other packages or upgrades to add to the higher trim levels.

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