The 2017 Toyota RAV4’s Bird’s Eye View Camera Is Looking Out for You

 Birds Eye View Camera

The 2017 Toyota RAV4‘s new Bird’s Eye View Camera is extremely helpful for drivers that have trouble with parking in tight spaces or parallel parking. The Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan allows drivers to have a 360-degree view of their surroundings, so that they can navigate turns more safely.

Here’s a list of step by step instructions on how to use the 2017 Toyota RAV4‘s Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan: 

 – Start your RAV4

 – Leave the car in park and turn on Park Assist.

 – Press the Bird’s Eye View button located just above the display. This results display shows a 360-degree moving view of your vehicle and the immediate surroundings so you can avoid an accident.

 – From here you can select Pause/Play.

If you shift into reverse with the Bird’s Eye View Camera on, the display will display the backup camera display on one side and the overview camera display on the other side of the screen. This way you know what’s ahead of you and what’s behind you. Once you shift into drive and press the Bird’s Eye View button, the front view will become a wide display as well as showing the overhead view. You can also have the screen show the vehicle’s side views as well.

Here’s a video that explores the new Bird’s Eye View Camera system in more detail:

Dare to Compare: 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2017 Honda CR-V

For decades, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 have been bitter rivals in the compact crossover segment. The 2017 editions of these two models are the pinnacle of the two models’ prestigious histories, but which one is the best for drivers looking for a reliable and versatile compact crossover SUV? Let’s compare the 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Toyota RAV4 to answer that question.

One category in which the RAV4 stands out is the quality of the ride. The Toyota RAV4‘s suspension is smooth and comfortable, while the Honda CR-V’s suspension is too stiff to provide the same quiet and effortless ride. The Toyota RAV4 also scores points over its rivals from Ford and Honda in terms of driver assist technology and advanced safety features. While the Ford and Honda both feature backup cameras and adaptive cruise control, the Honda CR-V requires drivers to activate a complicated sequence of inputs just to activate the lane departure warning system, something the Toyota RAV4 does not require.

The Toyota RAV4 has achieved high honors with its off-roading capabilities. The Toyota RAV4 is able to ascend a steep hill with ease, while the Honda CR-V doesn’t possess the same offroad grip or pulling power for steep, rocky terrain. Additionally, the Toyota RAV4 provides full support for all your devices, so you can take your smartphone on the road and stay connected wherever you go.

The 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Toyota RAV4 both have a great deal to offer, from sophisticated styling to the latest technology however, ultimately the 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes out on top. The RAV4 scores essential points in a number of major categories, From its exceptional cargo space to its generous fuel economy. The RAV4 is the standout leader in the compact crossover SUV market.

The Toyota Corolla Is Packed with Comfort and Utility Inside and Out

The 2017 Toyota Corolla is the perfect small sedan to usher in the new year; combining affordability with comfort and utility both inside and out. The 2017 Toyota Corolla is a departure from previous models, with its striking exterior, sleek lines, and brand new features. Many longtime fans of the Toyota Corolla have remarked that the 2017 version is the best one yet, and we agree!

There are plenty of new features that 2017 Toyota Corolla buyers will enjoy, starting with its new striking styling, aggressive front grille, and standard bi-LED headlights. The new 2017 Toyota Corolla also features an upgraded version of the popular Entune infotainment system, along with an integrated backup camera that uses the 7-inch heads-up touchscreen display. The latest Toyota Corolla comes with the latest Toyota Safety Sense-P system, a combination of features designed to make the vehicle safer and more comfortable to drive.

To experience more of what the 2017 Toyota Corolla has to offer, check out the series of videos below!

Make sure to visit us in person to take the new Corolla for a test drive. We promise you’ll be as enthusiastic about the Corolla‘s versatility as we are.

Toyota’s Automatic High Beam System Brings a New Level of Safety to Drivers

Toyota’s Automatic High Beam (AHB) System delivers a new level of safety and assurance to drivers everywhere. AHB automatically switches between high and low beams so that drivers can have increased forward visibility when driving at night.

According to Toyota Global, “AHB detects nearby light sources such as the headlights or tail lights of vehicles ahead. The system automatically switches between high beams and low beams to ensure optimum nighttime visibility. This also helps vehicles detect pedestrians at night from further away.”

High beams are automatically activated during the following conditions:

  – Vehicle speed is 30km/h or more

 – Area in front of vehicle is dark

 – No oncoming headlights

 – No tail lights in front of vehicle

 – No strong lighting, from street lights, etc., ahead of vehicle

High beams are automatically deactivated during the following conditions:

 – Vehicle speed is less than 30km/h

 – Area in front of vehicle is not dark

 – Oncoming headlights are detected

 – Tail lights are detected in front of vehicle

 – There are significant nearby lighting sources from street lights, etc.

Here’s an example of how AHB works in action.


Click here for the full breakdown on how Toyota’s Automatic High Beam System works.

Toyota Moves Closer to 2020 All-Electric Car Debut

Regardless of one’s views on climate change and oil consumption, automakers like Toyota have realized that most car buyers appreciate increased fuel efficiency. They are interested in the reduced impact on the environment, a concept first highlighted by the automaker when it released the Prius in the U.S. in 2000. Other carmakers have focused on all-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. Toyota is taking its time, determined to get it right the first time.

Battery Tech Is Still Lagging for Many Vehicles

The Toyota Prius Prime is the most advanced example of battery technology in the Japanese carmaker’s arsenal and gets up to 133 MPGe, second best in the U.S., according to Green Car Reports. Part of that is likely because, as the publication notes, it runs solely on electric power to start. Most other plug-in hybrids start with the gasoline motor and the batteries kick in later, and at low speeds.

One problem Toyota is facing is that in order to reach the admittedly high standards set by the Prius family, and even its Mirai FCV, it must first deal with battery technology that is years out of date. The lithium-ion batteries in use across every industry are similar to the ones found in laptops from the early 1990s.

Toyota Takes Individual Approach to Maximizing Battery Benefits

While the Japanese carmaker has not decided to avoid all-electric vehicles, it has focused on ensuring that each element, from drivetrain to battery, matches customer demands. One particularly important development is in the design of the battery. It uses different ionic compounds than other batteries; this means engineers can watch the flow of ions and energy while the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is already in use.

Batteries discharge energy as these ions travel from one side of the element to the other. However, to increase capacity, the two rods that they move between must allow for some “clumping.” This would be comparable to a group of children running from one sideline of a field to another. Eventually, they start running into each other or forming clumps, just like the ions.

This advancement in the research process gives Toyota’s designers the ability to see how changes in designs impact efficiency. This process, backed by a few years of effort, should ensure that any all-electric vehicles launched by Toyota in 2020 or beyond should be leaders in efficiency and performance.

Toyota Has Had a Substantial Impact on America’s Economy, According to New Study

We’re happy to report that the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has a new study out that reports the positive employment and economic contribution of Toyota to the U.S. economy. According to CAR, Toyota has a total employment impact of 470,100 jobs, $32.3 billion in private non-farm payroll (0.35 percent of total U.S. private compensation) resulting in $23.6 billion in net disposable income for individuals. Furthermore, each Toyota job creates employment for 6.1 people at suppliers or manufacturing support companies.

The above graphic further illustrates Toyota’s positive economic impact. Click here to view CAR’s complete report.