Toyota Prius v and Avalon Honored on KBB’s List of 10 Best Family Cars

2013 Toyota Prius v

2013 Toyota Prius v

Families need a family car. It is as simple as that. With that being said, there are tons of family cars out there to choose from. Ok, maybe not literally tons, but you get the point.

So how do you choose? Advice and suggestions from big wigs in the auto industry certainly help and that is where Kelley Blue Book comes in. KBB is a trusted and known name for everything cars so it is only natural that they put out a list of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013.

2013 Toyota Avalon

2013 Toyota Avalon

And is it any surprise that not one but two Toyotas appeared on that list? That’s right – the Toyota Prius v and Avalon got props on their ability to fit perfectly into the crazy life of a family.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon was #6 on the list and was praised for its specious cabin, super comfortable seats, reliability, and fuel economy.

Kelley Blue Book places the 2013 Prius v at the honorable #3 spot, commending it for coming “jam-packed with all the Prius-ness you crave while also offering roughly 50 percent more cargo space.” And since it is a Prius, fuel economy is outstanding compared to other hatchbacks and crossovers.

Looking for a great family car? How about the Prius v or Avalon? Stop by Dick Dyer Toyota in Columbia to get yours today!

Toyota Avalon Wins 2013 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Award

2013 Toyota Avalon Interior

There are a lot of automotive awards out there – some that focus on safety, some on affordability. But what about the portions of the car that you have to see, feel, and experience every time you drive? We’re talking about the interior. 2013 Toyota Avalon DashOf course safety and reliability are important, but buyers also want to know about the aesthetics of the car and the luxurious standard features they can expect.

Enter Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Award. For this award, WardsAuto editors set out to scrutinize and compare the interiors of countless cars, looking for outstanding candidates in the areas of comfort, materials, fit, control layout, ease of use, technology interfaces, safety, value, and overall design.

And is it any surprise that the 2013 Toyota Avalon was among the winners? This full-size sedan was completely revamped for the 2013 model year and features plenty of high-tech features and high quality finishes.

As WardsAuto states, “ The Toyota Avalon takes the traditional full-size sedan interior to a new level with impeccable build quality, advanced connectivity, benchmark materials and a layered instrument-panel design that appears 3-dimensional, with gauges and the center stack seemingly floating in front of the dashboard.”

2013 Avalon DisplayThey even venture to that “the visual effect is exquisite, making the Avalon the most luxurious non-luxury car tested in the competition.”  And you know what? We have to agree.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon is everything you can ever want in a full-size sedan. Stop by Dick Dyer Toyota to see the Avalon’s award-winning interior for yourself! We have a feeling you’ll be impressed.


Toyota Rocks the 2012 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

When it comes to awards, Toyota is no stranger. And it is no different with the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Initial Quality Study. Both Toyota and Lexus earned five segment awards and five manufacturing plant awards, boasting more awards than any other automotive brand.

2012 Toyota Corolla

2012 Toyota Corolla

During their Initial Quality Study, J.D. Power ranked 15 Toyota, Lexus, and Scion models in the top three spots, including the:

  • Toyota Yaris
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Tacoma

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Toyota Tops the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Dependability Study

According to J.D. Power and Associates, Toyota is the most dependable non-premium nameplate.  During this year’s Dependability Study, the motor company tied for third overall and improved by 18 fewer problems out of 100, compared to last year.

Every year, J.D. Power and Associates completes a Dependability Study of new vehicles that have been driven for three years.  Drivers are asked to report problems they have had in the last 12 months with their three-year-old vehicle.  Their responses are then used to determine which vehicles are the most dependable.

A total of eight Toyota vehicles were among the top three most dependable vehicles in their segments.  These vehicles include the Yaris, Prius, Corolla, Camry, Highlander, Sienna, Avalon, and Tundra.  In addition, the Yaris, Prius, and Tundra were ranked number one in their segment.

So come to Dick Dyer Toyota to get your highly dependable car today!

Toyota Prius Boasts Title of “2012 Best Green Car to Buy”

It’s safe to say that nearly everyone has heard of the Toyota Prius. This hybrid vehicle has become synonymous with fuel efficiency and saving money at the pump. But now, you may have more of a reason than ever to buy this hybrid.

The Toyota Prius was just named the 2012 Best Green Car to Buy by And the best part? The Prius alone did not win, but rather the whole Prius family, set to be released in 2012. GreenCarReports sought out several components when making their decision, including price range, availability, and of course environmental-friendliness.

The Toyota Prius family will include four vehicles. Here is a breakdown of each model’s highlights:

  • Prius Liftback: 50 mpg combined
  • Prius V: 58% more cargo space than the Liftback, 44 mpg city
  • Prius Plug-in Hybrid: seating for five, 87 mpg combined in electric mode, 49 mpg combined in hybrid mode
  • Prius c: spirited driving dynamics, estimated to deliver more than 50 mpg city

Since the Prius was named the Best Green Car to Buy, stop by Dick Dyer Toyota today and get your efficient and green Toyota Prius!