Toyota Gets Help from Teens with the TeenDrive365 Video Competition

In this era of YouTube, Vines, and Podcasts, teenagers have access to all sorts of information and high-tech equipment. That’s why Toyota partnered with Discovery Education to create the TeenDrive365 Video Competition, which asked teens from around the country to put together their best short videos on how to keep teen drivers safe behind the wheel.

According to Toyota, more than 1,000 videos were submitted for this year’s competition. These were judged by two different groups: group one was Toyota and Discovery and group two was People’s Choice. Four different contestants were chosen, receiving an array of prizes.

“Each year we are impressed by the creativity and talent of the young filmmakers who enter the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge and this year was no exception,” said Michael Rouse, President of the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation. “At Toyota we believe that when good ideas are shared great things can happen.”

First place for people’s choice was $5,000 and a chance to go behind-the-scenes during a television broadcast. Toyota and Discovery awarded $15,000 to first place, $10,000 to second, and $7,500 to third. The first place winner in this category was also given the chance to work with a Discovery film crew to reshoot their entry video if they wanted to.

Toyota & The Muppets Are at It Again in New Highlander Commercials

The Muppets 2014 Toyota Highlander

The Fun Isn’t Over for the Muppets and the Toyota Highlander

Although the Super Bowl was two months ago, people are still loving Toyota’s Super Bowl commercial, featuring America’s favorite gang of Muppets, the all-new Toyota Highlander, and Terry Crews from FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Since that original commercial, Toyota has put out several follow-up videos in an effort to satisfy America’s craving for funny and heart-warming moments with the Muppets and their favorite car, the Toyota Highlander.

There are plenty of Muppet videos to choose from, but our all-time favorites have to be the Blooper Reels and a video simply titled “Boop!”  Between the laughter and the fun, it is clear that there is no room for boring in the 2014 Toyota Highlander. Let’s be serious, you can’t have boring when the Muppets are involved!

Here are our favorite new installments of the Muppets and the Toyota Highlander. Check out Toyota’s YouTube page to see all of the latest videos and commercials.

The Muppets Blooper Reel

“Boop!” Starring Animal, Dr. Teeth, and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker Blooper

Toyota Safety Features and How They Work

As an automotive manufacturer, Toyota is dedicated to developing the best safety features and safety-focused technologies available. In fact, Toyota has more 2013 IIHS Top Safety Picks than other car brand.

They have certainly come a long way from antilock brakes and front airbags; now Toyota cars come with things like stability control, blind spot monitor, and lane keep assist.

But what do these safety features do exactly? And how do they do them? Although you may have heard about these features and your car might even be equipped with them, chances are you aren’t sure exactly how they work.

Well wonder no more! Toyota has put together these great videos to help you understand how safety features like Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keep Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, and Pre-Collision Warning work. Check them and become a true Toyota safety expert:




The Dangers of Distracted Driving

We’ve all heard about how dangerous it can be to drive while distracted, especially since the era of cell phones, texting, and always-on-hand apps. But what about other types of distracted driving? Did you that simple tasks like messing with your radio or sorting through your purse can also pose a threat to your safety and the safety of others on the road?

Toyota Driving Expectations along with “Drive it” have put together this informational video to show the potential danger that simple tasks have on driving. Check out these real teenagers and parents as they navigate through the Distracted Driving Course:

The 2014 Toyota Corolla Reveal

We have all been patiently waiting for the redesign of the Toyota Corolla. Well, we’re happy to report that the wait is over. Toyota has introduced the 11th generation 2014 Toyota Corolla and honestly, you might not even recognize it.

Taking cues from the Toyota Furia concept car, the 2014 Corolla is more sleek, modern, and appealing than any Corolla we’ve seen. It encompasses the Furia’s concept of “iconic dynamism” which shows in the Corolla’s longer wheelbase and sweeping design accents. All in all, this is a Corolla you are sure to love.

Check out this Auto Guide Video to find out more about the 2014 Corolla and to see its new style for yourself:



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2014 Toyota 4Runner Reveal

Revealing a new and redesigned model is always exciting. Car manufacturers usually do such reveals at big Auto Shows were industry experts and media alike can see firsthand the changes and updates that have been made to the model.

When Toyota set out to unveil the new 2014 4Runner for the first time, they went with this typical route, showing it at the New York Auto Show. But they took it a step further and made sure that regular people, people who would be the ones buying the car would be able to get a sneak peak of the 2014 4Runner.

And what better time to show off an awesome new car than at a concert? Toyota took the opportunity to show the crowd the redesigned 2014 4Runner at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival during Dierks Bentley’s performance. Let’s just say, it was quite a show!

Watch these videos to see the 2014 Toyota 4Runner’s reveal and to take a look at the new features found on this 2014 model:

Latest Toyota RAV4 “Wish Granted” Commercial

Toyota’s Super Bowl commercial this year featured actress and beloved public figure Kaley Cuoco as a genie who granted wishes while effortlessly toting around her beret-wearing Chihuahua.  Of course one of the wishes that she granted was an all-new Toyota RAV4, with a new, more modern rear liftgate.

Well, the RAV4 genie is back with a new installment of “Wish Granted.” Check it out below to see not only the all-new Toyota RAV4 but also Kaley as the purple-clad genie.

2014 Toyota Tundra at Chicago Auto Show

One of the things that people love about their car is the comfort and convenience that it provides. Until now, you might not think of a pickup truck when the words “comfort and convenience” are mentioned. Well, think again.

The 2014 Toyota Tundra features just that: the comfort of a CrewMax body style with four doors and seating for five, the convenience of blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection, and the comfort of additional cab space. Plus, it is bolder and more aggressive looking than ever.

See the all-new 2014 Toyota Tundra for yourself, revealed at the Chicago Auto Show in February.

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Toyota Concept Cars: The Corolla Furia & Fun Vii

It is auto show season and you know what that means: tons of new cars and concepts being revealed! There are two concept cars in particular that caught our attention: the Toyota Corolla Furia and Toyota Fun Vii.

The Corolla Furia was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show last month. This new concept vehicle is designed to look and feel younger, fresher, and more appealing. This is thanks in part to the Furia’s short overhangs, long wheelbase, sweeping windshield  and fender flares. Although this is just a concept, Toyota explains that the Furia represents their plans and efforts for all future cars: vehicles that allow drivers to expressively “Go Places.”



Next is the Toyota Fun Vii concept, a totally innovative and far-reaching idea. When designing this car, Toyota tried to imagine what a car 20 years from now would be like. So they created a car that is unlike anything you’ve seen, something that connects the driver to the car in revolutionary ways. Just to give you an idea, the entire body of the car is a LED-screen. Intrigued? Watch this video to see the Fun Vii for yourself:



All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 Has Arrived

2013 Toyota RAV4Toyota is making sure that 2013 is a year to remember: first the all new Avalon and now the RAV4. Entering the market as a fourth-generation compact crossover, the 2013 RAV4 features a completely new and more modern exterior and tons of new features. It’s like a totally new car.

Revealed at the LA Auto Show a little over a month ago, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 has now arrived at dealerships and can be found in Columbia SC at Dick Dyer Toyota. Just by looking at it, you can see the contemporary styling and flawless design. Not only does it look good, it is also more aerodynamic than its predecessors.

2013 Toyota RAV4 Interior

Take a look at the backend and you will be surprised by the RAV4’s new liftgate. Forget the side-mounted door; this crossover now has a power liftgate that makes it easier than ever to load and unload cargo. And that bulky spare tire? It’s been relocated and is now situated under the cargo area.

Some other standards: a class-leading 8 airbags, French-stitched leather seats, display audio with Entune, a dynamic dashboard with convenient, user-friendly features, and push-button start.

Check out these videos to see the all-new RAV4’s reveal and see some of its awesome features in action: