When purchasing a new vehicle, you have three options for paying for your vehicle: paying cash, financing it, or leasing it. While most people might say that paying cash is the first choice so you own your vehicle outright, not everyone has that much money to spend on a vehicle purchase. One option in this situation is to finance the vehicle, where you receive a loan and pay it back to the bank over time, at a certain interest rate. The third option is leasing, which is essentially a 2-3 year rental of the vehicle, where you'll be paying less than if you bought the car and sold it after the same time period.
Toyota officially unveiled its hotly anticipated FT-1 sports car concept Monday at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. This front engine, rear-wheel-drive concept car represents a pinnacle of sorts in Toyota USA's recent shift back to a bolder and more sporty brand image that started with Scion, progressed with the FR-S/FT-86 sports car, and is culminating in the FT-1. This car is widely thought to be the successor to the legendary Supra, and builds upon Toyota's rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the Sports-800, 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2, and FR-S.
Winter is just around the corner in New England, which means it's time to gear up for some not-so-fun driving conditions. While you can't control the weather, there is a lot you can do to be prepared for whatever comes your way. So, let's go over the essential maintenance tips and driving strategies to follow as you get ready for some stormy road conditions ahead. We may have written about some of these in the past, but you can never be too safe with winter driving:
The 43rd annual 2013 Tokyo Motor Show will be held this year from November 20th to December 1st and naturally, Toyota will be a big player at their hometown auto show. This year, they are primed to impress in a big way with five world-premier concept vehicles. Under the slogan "Fun to Drive, Again", these concept vehicles will show the company's future vision to bring the joy back into driving a Toyota. The concepts include a groundbreaking next-generation fuel-cell vehicle, a compact sports hybrid vehicle, and the "FT-86 Open concept", which is a convertible version of the popular rear-wheel drive Scion FR-S (known as the FT-86 outside of the US).
Not too long ago, the automotive industry experienced a major shakeup when a wave of new hybrid vehicles hit the market, headlined by the popular Toyota Prius. These gas-electric hybrid vehicles offered drivers the chance to cut down significantly on gas expenditures and reduced the amount of CO2 emissions -- in other words, a real win-win for consumers and the environment alike.
Whether you spend most of your time driving in Boston or one of the numerous busy highways nearby – I-93, I-95, Route 1, Route 2 or the ever-trafficky Mass Pike – there's always the possibility of a collision. That may mean with another car, a pedestrian or even an animal, depending on where you are. But with so many people and vehicles in such a confined space, it's always a risk.
Since their debut in 1977, all-season tires have served as year-round rubber for many drivers, but do they truly have what it takes to get you where you need to go when winter's worst weather pays a visit? The answer is far from cut-and-dry, and the difference between the best all-season tires and dedicated winter tires in some instances is small. To help shed more light on the matter, we've created a guide to help Massachusetts Toyota drivers see the differences between all-season and winter tires.
It's nearly fall in New England, which means beautiful scenery, fresh picked apples, and shorter days. It also means cold, wet weather that can make getting around a chore. Fall weather doesn't have to mean car trouble though, and a little seasonal maintenance will keep you driving with confidence.
Pack your ice scraper. Once it starts frosting up in the morning, you'll definitely want to have it handy. Plus, we've all experienced unexpected New England snow and ice storms in October, and you can never be too sure that a dash of winter weather won't roll in. It's better to be safe than sorry, so toss your ice scraper and snow brush in the car now so you won't be caught off guard.