What Can a Toyota Tow?

What Can a Toyota Tow?When one thinks of Toyota, the first thing to come to mind is likely fuel efficiency, quality, and cars. While it’s no secret that cars and crossovers are some of the brands bestselling vehicles, the Japanese automaker also produces two tough and capable pickups. The Toyota Tacoma and Tundra are perfectly capable of taking on extra cargo. That raises one question: what can a Toyota tow?

The smaller of the two trucks, the Toyota Tacoma offers a maximum towing capacity of 6,800 pounds when properly equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 engine and available Tow Package. Designed to handle rough terrain, this truck is capable of towing all-terrain vehicles, trailers, small boats, side-by-sides, and anything else you want to bring along. With a maximum payload capacity of 1,440 pounds, this truck is perfectly capable of taking on some extra weight.

Available in a total of 22 configurations, each and every Toyota Tundra is capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds. When properly equipped, the Tundra can tow up to 10,500 pounds with ease. Available TOW/HAUL mode holds lower gears longer, effectively increasing the throttle response and pulling power. That said, the Tundra is capable of taking on midsized boats, full trailers, and more. With capability like this, who needs to make multiple trips?

Here at Culberson Toyota, we have two of the best pickups on the market in stock and ready to hit the campsite!

Ferrari-Powered Toyota 86

Toyota 86Many drivers find that the Toyota 86 has just the right amount of power for the road. Professional drifter Ryan Tuerck thought otherwise and took a wrench to one of the above models. He switched out the engine for something much more powerful and it’s something enthusiasts can’t wait to see on the road.

Tuerck got his hands on a real Ferrari F136 V8 engine, the same engine that powers the Ferrari 458 Speciale. Considering that engine won awards like “Best Performance Engine” in 2011, suffice to say it packs a pretty hefty punch. Producing a whopping 597 horsepower, this isn’t something amateurs should be trifling with.

A standard Toyota 86 comes stocked with around 200 horsepower, making the additional sub-400 hp no laughing matter. While there’s no indication as to what model Tuerck is working with, odds are it won’t matter once that monster of an engine is up and running.

So, what’s the catch?

Ferrari supercars stock electronic safety features that are designed to handle too much power going to the rear wheels. This Ferrari-powered Toyota 86 has none of that, meaning this is a car best left to the professionals.

Scenic Drive Series: Explore Texan Landscape with the Canyon Sweep

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Caprock Canyon State Park, Photo By Leaflet 

This summer at Culberson Toyota, we want our customers to enjoy everything our area has to offer. Because of this, we’re offering a new set of blog posts, called the Scenic Drive Series, which details beautiful trips you can take in the area.

The Canyon Sweep will take you a mere two hours and 56 minutes to complete, while offering a gorgeous view of everything from Caprock Canyons State Park to Palo Duro Canyon State Park and in between.

The enormous canyons and the fascinating geology of the High Plains and the Rolling Plains will give insight into Texas that you will never forget. Plus, the trip is an excellent choice any time of the year.

The 119-mile drive begins in Quitaque, heading northwest to Canyon. Texas Highways 207 and 86 will support your entire trip, through various towns and regions. You can learn more about the trip specifics here.

Of course, don’t forget to make sure that all routine maintenance on your vehicle has been taken care of before the drive, and be sure to pack lots of fresh water and snacks!

The 2016 Toyota Tundra Family Pickup is Unmatched in Price, Performance

Toyota Tundra Family PickupIf you’re looking for the perfect vehicle for your family, don’t settle for a minivan or yet another SUV, opt for the best choice on the market: the 2016 Toyota Tundra.

 

This pickup truck can actually seat up to five passengers, while offering an unmatched amount of cargo space. The remarkably comfortable interior even has dual zone automatic climate control, so that both the driver and the passenger are satisfied.

 

Plus, your family will love the Toyota Tundra’s off-roading abilities, allowing you to embark on adventures previously thought impossible. No obstacle will stop you on your way to family gatherings. The Tundra is also one of the safest options out there with a standard Star Safety System™, which includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, and Smart Stop Technology, among other safety technologies.

 

When it comes to keeping family entertained, the Tundra is also easily one of the best family-friendly vehicles in the market. With available Entune™technology, drivers and passengers alike will easily stay connected while out on the road.

 

Lastly, the Toyota Tundra is ideal for families because it is affordable. No other pickup truck has been awarded and praised as much as the Toyota Tundra when it comes to resale value, overall value, ownership costs, repair costs, maintenance costs, and more.

 

To learn more about the Toyota Tundra family pickup or to take one out on a test drive, bring the whole family down to Culberson Toyota, anytime!

Toyota Looking Towards Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

The Toyota Mirai was the first mainstream hydrogen fuel cell car

Right now, long-range electric cars are all the rage in the automotive industry, but it’s possible that the end of an electric vehicle-focused era has come. That’s because there is now a better alternative to the electric vehicle, and it’s hydrogen fuel cells.

Toyota Chairman Takshi Uchiyamada believes that hydrogen fuel cells have the greatest long-term potential. This is the same man who is known as the father of the Prius hybrid, so he obviously has solid knowledge of alternative fuel. He believes that hydrogen fuel cells will more effectively reduce energy usage and emissions, as long as there is an adequate refueling infrastructure.

Toyota has been researching the benefits of hydrogen fuel cells and has emerged as an industry leader. The Toyota Mirai was the first mainstreamed hydrogen fuel cell car which was introduced and sold in California. This vehicle has a range of 300 miles with zero emissions. Perhaps even more impressively is that it only takes three minutes to refuel.

Toyota has openly shared the patents related to hydrogen technology, and want others to help in creating a hydrogen society. Uchiyamada states that “by engaging our collective brain power these possibilities [of hydrogen technology] can become reality.”

We at Culberson Toyota are proud to be part of a company that encourages society to come together and find solutions to make our world and our transportation cleaner and more efficient.

Toyota Uses an Entire Town for Testing Self-Driving Vehicles

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Ann Arbor, MI, where Toyota will test self-driving cars. Photo By Traveler100

Does a town filled with driverless cars seem like a distant future? Well, it is actually happening in the near future as Toyota is turning Ann Arbor, Michigan into a testing ground for autonomous cars.

Ann Arbor will be the third US city that Toyota is using as a research station, but it is the first one to have its streets transformed into global site for testing self-driving vehicles.  Toyota will be partnering with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to make this transformation happen.

The streets of Ann Arbor will become the world’s largest operational, real-world deployment of autonomous vehicles. This will also mean that the infrastructure will be changed to support the self-driving and connected cars.

Overall, the goal of this project is to have 5,000 cars in action and communicating with each other and the roadways. These cars will be using safety technology and wireless communication devices to connect with other cars and things such as traffic signals.

Toyota recognized the lack of real-world testing and is taking their vehicles beyond closed circuit testing. This will work to bring the future of autonomous vehicles into more of a reality.

To check out all of Toyota’s current technology, take a look at our inventory!

Pros and Cons of Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids

pros and cons of electric carsElectric cars are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason—most people like knowing their carbon footprint is a little lower than it could be. But electric cars and plug-in hybrids aren’t perfect, so don’t jump into owning one without getting the facts on the pros and cons of electric cars.

The main flaw of electric cars is that they still aren’t all that convenient to own. If you have a manageable daily commute and have a charger at home, it’s no problem, but if you want to take that electric car out of town, you’ve got another thing coming.

To be fair, though, this isn’t so much a fault of EVs as it is the current infrastructure, and their popularity is growing quickly enough that more and more charging stations are bound to pop up. For now, though, it can be tricky.

On the other hand, EVs cost much less to charge than it costs to buy gasoline, and you can’t beat zero carbon emissions! Plug-in hybrids are the best of both worlds for now, until we can make batteries last longer and charge quicker.

All-New Toyota Prius Prime Unveiled at New York Auto Show

Toyota revealed the all-new Prius Prime at the 2016 New York International Auto Show this month, a replacement for the Prius Plug-in which ceased production in 2015.

While the original Prius Plug-in’s extremely limited electric range didn’t earn it much popularity with consumers, the Prius Prime has an MPGe rating of 120 or more, the highest in the plug-in segment. With gas and electric range combined, Toyota estimates the Prius Prime can drive over 600 miles with regular charges without having to stop for gas.

According to Toyota, the Prime’s 22-mile electric range is high enough for 50% of Americans to drive to work without switching over to the gas engine, and if they have access to EV chargers at work, 80% of Americans would be able to make their commute without using any gas.

On top of that, the Prime is just as sporty looking as the 2017 Prius, which was updated with a more versatile, refined design for the new model year.

In addition to the Prius Prime, Toyota also debuted the new Highlander and the all-new 86, inspired by the integration of Scion into the current Toyota lineup.

Where to Spot the Best Wildflowers in Texas

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Texas Bluebonnets
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There aren’t many natural sights as breathtaking as a field of Texas wildflowers, and we’re inching in on this most beautiful of seasons. So start planning that long-delayed spring road trip, because here’s our list of the absolute best wildflowers in Texas:

  • First off, pay a visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin. I mean, their website’s name is “wildflower.org;” this place is wildflowers.
  • In the Big Bend region, a usually arid place, you’ll get an explosion of bluebonnets, marigolds, and cacti blossoms thanks to spring rains. More specifically, check out the Trans-Pecos area.
  • You can’t pass up Hill Country, either. Here in the Texas woodlands, you get amazing rocky vistas along with your bluebonnets and lemon mint blooms. Whether you’re just driving through or you stop and lay out a blanket for that long-awaited picnic, you’ll nearly be overwhelmed by all the amazing color around you.

The real secret is that the best wildflowers in Texas are just everywhere in Texas; but it’s always nice to have an excuse for a road trip, right?

Toyota Injector at Daytona Leaves a Big Impression

Toyota Injector at DaytonaEvery automaker wants to do something memorable during Daytona, and Toyota really pulled it off.

The Toyota Injector at Daytona was a four-floor, 166,000 square-foot fan entrance filled with a wealth of racing and Toyota-themed activities, events, and displays. It even had  a whole Toyota Roadhouse restaurant space with Tundra-based bench seating.

The Injector featured a tilting Toyota Camry ride meant to mimic the actual motion of banking on a NASCAR track, along with a replica nosecone from the Endeavour Space Shuttle, which was towed through Los Angeles by a Toyota Tundra in 2012. There is even a replica of Kyle Busch’s championship Camry from the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and more.

The Toyota Injector at Daytona is just one example of Toyota’s involvement in the new “Daytona Rising” initiative started by the Daytona International Speedway. Daytona Rising’s goal is to build the world’s first motorsports stadium, a $400 million project.