Study Finds Toyota Has Most Reliable Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota Has Most Reliable Hybrid Vehicles - Dixon, IL
Toyota Has Most Reliable Hybrid Vehicles – Dixon, IL

Over the years, hybrids have become less of a niche vehicle. In fact, Toyota has many hybrid variants of its most popular nameplates available. A recent study from iSeeCars.com also confirmed that many Toyota nameplates are the most reliable hybrid vehicles on the road. They last longer than most of the competition.

The iSeeCars.com study looked at more like 15.8 million used cars on the road. Their verdict? The longest-lasting hybrid of all time is actually the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. 4.2 percent of them are still running even at the 200,000-mile mark. The Highlander Hybrid was also in the top five four longest-lasting vehicles overall, not just hybrids.

The next two most reliable hybrid vehicles after the Highlander were the Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry Hybrid. Toyota has a monopoly on the top three longest-lasting hybrids on the market.

Having a reliable hybrid vehicle that lasts a long time means the amount of fuel emissions saved by your vehicle greatly outweighs the increased energy it takes to manufacture them. And with options on the road like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, families have better access to a more sustainable, fuel-efficient hybrid model that won’t break down in a few years.

Stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test drive one of these models today!

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All-New Toyota Highlander Commercial

All-New Toyota Highlander - Dixon, IL
All-New Toyota Highlander – Dixon, IL

The fourth generation of the Toyota Highlander is coming to dealership lots as soon as February. This next-generation midsize SUV is completely redesigned from the ground up. In order to kick off the new ad campaign, Toyota is debuting a 60-second commercial spot for the all-new Toyota Highlander during the Big Game. Football fans all over the U.S. will get the first glimpse of a new ad campaign set to run until July.

The new Toyota Highlander features practical family solutions such as the option of seven- or eight-passenger seating and a standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite of features. There’s also high-tech and performance-oriented features such as the new addition of an efficient hybrid powertrain and the inclusion of Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Waze and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Plus, with a bold new design set on the 2020 Toyota Highlander’s new TNGA-K platform, drivers will ride in style.

Toyota has a habit of debuting new ad campaigns for vehicles during the Big Game. In 2019 both the 2019 RAV4 and Supra made their TV debut at the same time, and Toyota also had spots during the 2012, 2015, and 2018 games. Keep your eyes peeled for the all-new Toyota Highlander while you tailgate.

Experience the latest iteration of the Highlander for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota for a test drive.

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Premium Trims for Off-Road Tundra Models

Premium Trims for Off-Road Tundra Models |  Dixon, IL
Premium Trims for Off-Road Tundra Models

For the 2020 model year, Toyota introduces two new trim levels for the Tundra. This brings its total amount of model and trim configurations up to 17.

The two new trims for the Tundra full-size pickup are the TRD Sport Premium and the TRD Off Road premium. The new TRD Off Road Premium elaborates on the regular Off Road model by adding Connected Services by Toyota and other features like premium audio and navigation. Other upgrades include leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring and a spray-in bed liner.

Of course, the TRD Off Road Premium also comes with all of the features of the base Off Road trim, like the Bilstein shock absorbers, all-terrain tires and fuel tank protector plates.

The new TRD Sport Premium embellishes the TRD Sport trim. It adds many of the same features that the TRD Off Road Premium adds to the TRD Off Road, such as navigation and premium audio.

These two new trims are perfect if you want high-end luxury, but still need to have a TRD-level of off-road capability. However, if you prefer a trim with the most functionality, tech, and comfort on the inside, go with the range-topping 4×4 CrewMax Platinum trim.

Experience the two newest versions of the Tundra for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive them.

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New Toyota Solar Cells Add More Miles to Prius Plug-in

Toyota Prius Solar Cells | Dixon IL

The Toyota Prius PHV, a Japan-exclusive model of the hybrid, first came into the spotlight because of its mounted solar power cells built to increase power for the engine. Recently, Toyota unveiled a new design of its solar power cells, which not only enhances the car’s power supply but also extends its range.  

The batteries are positioned over a broader area of the body including the hood, top, and rear hatch door. The new technology includes a redesigned solar battery cell film that measures only 0.03 millimeters, or less than 0.0012 inches. The new version is capable of generating 860 W, about 4.8 times more than the current model on the market.

The technology is a result of the partnership between NEDO, a Japanese national research organization, and Sharp, the manufacturer of the cells. Together they were able to produce an updated prototype that converts solar energy at 34 percent efficiency, up from 22.5 percent for the current model. The increased power generation allows the vehicle to power its own battery, whereas the current commercial model was only able to power the onboard auxiliary battery, which runs the radio, air conditioning systems, and navigation.

Altogether, Toyota expects the new design to be able to add 27.7 miles of extra range for each day the Prius sits in the sun. The driving system and auxiliary battery can also receive an added 35 miles of power in the same situation.

Celebrate this expanded range of the Prius PHV when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive a shiny new Prius.

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