2021 Toyota Tacoma and Tundra Get Exciting Updates

2021 Toyota Tacoma | Spirit Lake, IA

For the 2021 model year, both the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra are gaining new features to enhance the ride. The latest updates to these trucks help them stand out from the crowd by giving them stylish appearances.

2021 Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is already a popular option in the midsize pickup segment and is known for its rugged personality. For 2021, the TRD Pro model is available in a new Lunar Rock color. A new Tacoma Trail Special Edition is also available for better storage options and improved style. This model is based on the SR5 trim and comes with 16-inch TRD Off-Road wheels, black badging, lockable bed storage boxes and a 120-volt power outlet in the bed.

2021 Toyota Tundra

If you need a dependable full-size pickup, choose the Toyota Tundra. It comes standard with a powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine that delivers 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Like the Tacoma, the TRD Pro model also comes in the Lunar Rock color, and a Trail Special Edition is available. The 2021 Tundra Nightshade Edition gives the truck a bold look and features black mirror caps, black door handles, black badging and a dark chrome grille.

Want to learn more about these capable models and how they enhance drives in Iowa? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Toyota Introduces 2020 RAV4 Prime PHEV

2020 Toyota RAV4 | Spirit Lake, IA

If you don’t want to compromise on either quickness or efficiency, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Prime is a thrilling development. Arriving at dealerships this summer, this plug-in hybrid compact SUV comes with a 302-horsepower engine that can go 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds — and it also yields up to a manufacturer-estimated 94 MPGe in combined city and highway driving.

The RAV4 Prime pairs a retuned 2.5-liter gas engine with electric motors, an enlarged underfloor lithium-ion battery, and an efficiency-enhancing heat-pump HVAC system. This powertrain offers outstanding range, letting you drive the RAV4 Prime for up to 42 miles in all-electric mode.

The RAV4 Prime also comes equipped with electronic on-demand AWD, which uses an electric motor to send power to the rear wheels as necessary to provide superior traction. This system also features a selectable Trail mode to reduce wheel spin if the vehicle gets stuck.

Toyota is offering the RAV4 Prime in a pair of sporty trims: the SE and the XSE. The SE comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, unique exterior accents, and interior features like heated front seats and a power liftgate. The XSE offers available two-tone exterior colors, 19-inch wheels, a moonroof, and an expanded 9-inch touch screen.

Each RAV4 Prime model also features a suite of standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 systems, including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

The 2020 RAV4 Prime will be available soon at Iowa’s Motor Inn of Carroll, and we look forward to getting you behind the wheel of this advanced SUV.

Toyota LQ Concept Car Looks to the Future

Toyota LQ Concept Car | Spirit Lake, IA

Autonomous driving and artificial intelligence are no longer material from science fiction novels – and Toyota is ready to highlight how much this advancement can improve everyday life.

The Japanese carmaker recently introduced the all-new Toyota LQ Concept Car. Displayed earlier this year at the “Future Expo” special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, this concept car looks to take the bond between car and driver to an entirely new – and more emotional – level.

“With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver,” said Daisuke Ido, LQ development leader.

The Toyota LQ combines automated driving options with “Yui,” an artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent designed to discover the driver’s habits, learn from them, and provide a personalized driving experience for each individual driver. Yui looks to engage the driver in a variety of ways, including interactive voice communications, lighting, fragrances, air conditioning, and in-seat functions that reduce stress and increase the driver’s alertness behind the wheel.

The AI will also choose the music you want to play based on the driving environment, and will even give you real-time information on topics you’re interested in. With this driver-focused, emotion-based AI interface, Toyota is changing the way we think of our vehicles, bringing us into the future of transportation.

For the latest available safety and driving assistance technology from Toyota, visit Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Development of New Toyota Human-Assist Robots

Toyota Develops New Human-Assist Robots | Carroll IA

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has been working tirelessly on the development of new human-assist robots. These robots will be designed to help humans with basic daily tasks such as cleaning, folding laundry, and putting away groceries. The advancements Toyota plans on making with these new robots could revolutionize convenience and independence in humanity.

The TRI has been developing a robot specifically built for loading a dishwasher. Using stereo-cameras placed around the sink, the robot can develop a deep algorithm which enables it to identify the objects in the sink and if they must be loaded into the dishwasher.

The possibilities offered by the existence of human-assist robots are endless. Advancements like this can make things much easier on the elderly or the disabled, who can enjoy greater independence in their daily routines.

Toyota is taking painstaking measures to certify that its robots are as accurate and safe as possible. With enough progress and development, the TRI is hoping this technology can soon be applied in the field of self-driving cars.

For more information on the brand’s human-assist robots, or to find out more about the 2020 Toyota lineup, visit us here at Motor Inn of Carroll.