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Toyota SUVs Safety

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Toyota SUVs are well known for both quality and technology. The Land Cruiser, Venza, Sequoia and Highlander are some of the remarkable SUVs of the Toyota make. Recently, Toyota has added another stunning SUV called “4Runner” to their SUV line up. The Toyota 4Runner 2009 is said to have equipped with the latest technologies. You may be aware of the fact that Toyota concentrates more on improving the safety features of the vehicles, and this approach is reflected in the Toyota 4Runner. With the Toyota 4Runner becoming more important in the automotive world, we decided to dive in to the new SUV and test some of its features. We were able to experience 3 stunning features made available in the Toyota 4Runner.

1. The Vehicle Stability Control System

The vehicle stability control system (VSC) is used in most of the Toyota’s modern SUVs. However, this system seems to be more effective with the Toyota 4Runner. This electronic system really helps to maintain the vehicle control even while driving on the roughest terrain. This vehicle stability control system used in Toyota 4Runner will be of much use to the novice off-road enthusiasts. By driving the Toyota 4Runner, they will be able to experience the thrill of off-road adventure safely than ever before.

2. The Full time 4-wheel drive with Torsion

If you are a WRC spectator, you should have noted that the recent FIA World Rally Championships were won by the full time 4-wheel drive vehicles with the Torsion technology. The Torsion differential used in rally cars provided the vehicles with increased stability. This same technology is used in the Toyota 4Runner.

3. The Assist Controls

Two types of assist controls are used in the Toyota 4Runner. The hill start assist control (HAC) helps the driver to prevent backward rolling of the vehicle while driving in steep hill stations. The downhill assist control play a vital part in maintaining the stability of the vehicle on steep downhill descents. This feature of the Toyota 4Runner will be a boon to the off road enthusiasts. People who like to enjoy the thrill of off-road adventure should definitely can opt Toyota 4Runner even for this feature alone.

Where to buy Toyota 4Runner

Buying Toyota 4Runner from the authorized Toyota dealers has many benefits. Some of the authorized Toyota dealers in Pittsburgh provide a lifetime warranty for all the Toyota vehicles. To the added advantage, you can find all the genuine accessories for the Toyota 4Runner available with these authorized Toyota dealers. You can also easily get financial assistance for buying Toyota cars from the authorized dealers. What are you waiting for? Grab the keys of the best SUV of the year “The Toyota 4Runner” today and experience the thrill of off-road adventure safely.

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Tims and Toyota Venza

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Recently, Tim Horton’s offered its Canadian customers the chance to win a Toyota Venza in the latest round of its “Roll Up The Rim To Win” contest. You know the drill: peel back the lip of your coffee cup and you could find yourself behind the wheel of Toyota’s newest crossover vehicle….apparently, 35 Venzas in total will be given away.

So what did you get if you were one of the lucky ones? I’m not sure, but it looks like a compact wagon with oversize wheels and tires, is available with all-wheel-drive, is manufactured in Kentucky, and built on the Camry platform.

There are two engine choices: a 2.7 litre four cylinder and a 3.5 litre V6, and you can choose from front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. My tester had the latter engine with FWD, but the former may be the largest in-line four-banger on the market these days. Normally, manufacturers run into all kinds of engineering issues when four cylinder engines get up into displacement this large….usually in the form of vibrations and harmonics. Big in-line four cylinder engines tend to rock and roll and often need internal counter-balancers to smooth everything out. I haven’t had the chance to drive the I-4 model yet, but I’d like to just to see how Toyota has dealt with this problem.

But back to the V6. This engine is used elsewhere in the company’s model line-up, and in this configuration, develops 268 horsepower. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission only, and features things like a transmission cooler, adaptive shifting, and a Hill-Start Assist Control. This last item prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when you’re stopped on a hill and has been used by Subaru for years, albeit in a slightly different form. It’s standard on all models. The adaptive shifting feature, meanwhile, will hold the transmission in a lower gear when climbing a hill under load as well as automatically dropping it down to a lower gear when descending. Also a common feature with many manufacturers these days, but welcome, just the same.

What struck me about this drivetrain was how lively it was. Despite its 1755 kilogram weight, the Venza is blessed with all kinds of snap and this engine redlines at 6200 rpm. Kick it down into passing gear and you’ve got a rocket on your hands, with maybe a titch in the way of torque steer when driven with enthusiasm. The V6 version can also tow up to 1587 kilograms and, like all Toyota V6 powerplants, is smooth, quiet, and civilized.

Reasonably high standard equipment level as well. For its just under $30, 000 base price, the V6 model comes with a climate control system, heated mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering, power adjustable driver seat, cruise control, power door locks, and a full tank of gas. All kinds of airbags to front, side, side curtain, and knee….front and back. Surprisingly, heated front seats are an option. My tester also had the “Premium” package, which includes a back-up camera, a decent-sized power sunroof, and power rear door.

The Venza seats five, and the back seats fold down 60/40 fashion, either via a couple of levers located on the sides of the rear cargo compartment or by pulling up on a lever on the sides of the seats themselves. Again, kind of cool and simplicity itself. So many vehicles of this stripe make you struggle when you want to open things up and I’m surprised someone hasn’t thought of this before. Full marks here.

In fact, there’s isn’t much to complain about inside, period. The shift lever is set halfway up the centre console and is easy to get at and quite usable. I was slightly surprised Toyota hasn’t installed a column shifter here, but it doesn’t seem to make much difference either way. A multi-information display is located atop the dash and it tells you things like outside temperature and whether or not one of the doors is ajar. You can also adjust the size of the display itself, which is kind of cool. After I had driven this car for awhile, it struck me how thoroughly Toyota has mastered the craft of making automobiles. I’m not sure the market needs a rig like the Venza, but either way, Toyota knows what customers want and gives it to them. In this case, I suppose the Venza is aimed at those folks who want a bit more room to carry stuff, but have had it with mini-vans and oversize SUVs.

Aside from the fact that the wheels look kind of freakishly large and the V6 is a little headstrong under hard acceleration, I can find little to complain about with the Venza. It’s easy to get in and out of, comfortable once you’ve settled in, reasonably roomy, and smooth in operation. Some may find the interior fittings a little on the bland side, but that’s not news. Toyota has always aimed for the middle ground and mainstream buyers; it knows its markets and the current economic downturn notwithstanding, has the numbers to prove it.

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Toyota Venza – Future of the SUV

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Many of the luxury or large sized SUVs are filling up dealership lots, while some of the best downsized SUVs continue to sell. Many of these smaller, car-based vehicles are good alternatives to larger models since they get better gas mileage while delivering the same level of amenities, power and practicality that consumers expect.

Three small upscale SUVs like the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Land Rover LR2, and the Infiniti EX35 are at the top of many review panels. The Tiguan and the EX35 have great performance and exceptional handling. The Land Rover LR2, in comparison, out-performed all other similar sized vehicles in off-road tests without any low-range gearing. The Tiguan and the EX35 are new models, while the LR2 replaces the Land Rover Freelander. New prices for these three vehicles range from $35,000 to $40,000.

Some less expensive small SUVs would include the new and redesigned Subaru Forester XT and the Toyota RAV4. Both of these models were given a better crash test rating than any other similar vehicles of this design.

When it comes to downsized SUVs, with its latest revisions, the Murano offers a more defined ride and a newly designed interior. Although it is a less sporty vehicle compared to its original model, the price is much less than the other models, which contain comparable equipment, such as the Lexus RX350, while scoring just as well.

The latest Toyota Highlander model, which is another downsized SUV, is currently the top-rated vehicle of its class in all venues. In performance, crash test, maneuverability, and other road-worthy tests, it stands above and beyond any other comparable SUV in its class.

Future downsized SUVs include the sporty, redesigned 2009 Honda Pilot as well as the all-new Ford Flex. Sporty mid-sized SUVs of the future include the BMW X6, the Infiniti FX, and the Toyota Venza.

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Venza Leasing

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During the late 1890s and the early 1900s, the concept of cars was still unknown. However, this man spent his life building and creating the technology that would become so famous worldwide until today. An A1 prototype was built in 1935, thus began the history of Toyota Motor Corporation.

These days, people are given wider choices and more options with regard to cars and vehicles. Car leasing or contract personal hire has now become a common term for business men, individuals on travel , and even for families.

Toyota is still considered to be one of the most sought cars in the field of car leasing. The main reason is its reliability on the road combined with elegance. Toyota car leasing is in demand these days and more hundreds of Toyota cars are available for leasing. Most personal contract hire companies offer a wide range of cars to customers.

Toyota leasing and Toyota personal contract hire is going up because more and more people are getting aware of the advantages of leasing. Great financing terms are available based on the purpose of the customer. Most car lease companies open their services to businessmen, travelers, and individuals who simply find leasing more convenient than purchasing one. The concept of personal contract hire for cars first became well known in USA and in the United Kingdom.

The most common Toyota cars available for leasing and personal contract hire are the Toyota Auris, Avensis, Corolla, Land Cruiser, Rav4, Yarso and the Verso. An upcoming model of Toyota for the year 2009 is the Venza 2009.

Most car lease companies offer contracts that range from 24 to 36 months. One great advantage in leasing is that there is no high cash out. Most companies offer affordable monthly terms and there is no obligation to purchase the rented vehicles.

In the United Kingdom, for example, the average monthly payment needed for leasing a Toyota car ranges only from 100+ to 300 pounds depending on whether it is for business or personal use – still quite low compared to the expenses incurred in purchasing one. Aside from lower monthly payments and zero cash out, another advantage is the low maintenance needed for Toyota personal contract hire.