The Toyota Prius is Fourteen Years Old

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one of a kindSt Louis Toyota Cars are and have always been so proud of the Toyota Prius in their lineup.  Fourteen years ago, the Toyota Prius entered the scene as new cars on the block, and they have been going strong ever since.  They are unique new cars in many different ways and one baffling ability that these Toyota cars possess involves their uncanny ability to accelerate in very little time.  The question was posed in a recent Toyota cars press release concerning this very subject.  “So, how do you get a 3,000-lb. car that can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in under 10 seconds to also have a 50-MPG combined fuel economy rating?”  And so the question isn’t just regarding the awesome acceleration, but the ability to hold the best fuel economy in the entire industry while still able to zoom. The answer, according to your St Louis Toyota Car dealership near Alton, lies in something that Toyota calls the “Hybrid Synergy Drive” whereby the output of a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, 4-cylinder engine is combined with precision to an electric motor.  There are many factors that go into making this Toyota Cars system work well in a Prius.  Beginning with the system’s 134 net horsepower that ends up feeling like more simply because of the combo of torque from the gasoline and electric motor all through the use of a planetary CVT, the Toyota cars in the Prius collection start off providing more than expected. Then, for those of us who wish to choose between gasoline or battery operation, the new cars in the Toyota cars lineup of Prius, are true hybrid vehicles with no difficulty providing just that.  “A full hybrid, the Prius can run on the gasoline engine alone, battery alone, or a combination of both.”  There is truly so much to say about the Toyota Prius, that length of article becomes an issue.  Perhaps the best thing to do is come experience one of the new cars in this year’s Toyota Prius lineup in St Louis for yourself.  You will see first hand why America loves these Toyota cars.

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Safe Teen Driving and Toyota

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Used Toyota CarsDid you know that this is the 11th year that Toyota has offered a free driving skills program? And this isn’t just any program. It is design specifically to help parents steer their teens towards safety. The  TeenDrive365 platform gives families tips and resources for the critical first year of teen driving. This comprehensive program teaches defensive driving skills, crash avoidance techniques and the dangers of distracted driving. And your dealer of Toyota Cars near West County has all the details.

The leading cause of death among teens continues to be motor vehicle crashes. Something that Toyota recognizes is that the parents play a critical role when teens are developing their behind-the-wheel habits. That’s why this program from Toyota is designed to require the parent of guardian to actively participate in the event with the teen. This driving experience is available to pre-drivers and new driver as long as they have a permit of license.

This year’s event calendar look like this:

  • Pearl, Mississippi on Sept. 27 and 28 at Bass Pro Shops

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan on Oct. 4 and 5 at Washtenaw Community College

  • Honolulu, Hawaii on Nov. 8 and 9 at Aloha Stadium

You must register for this event. This can be done at

Michael Rouse, Toyota’s vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs recently said, “Toyota is committed to bringing parents and teens together to better navigate the important first years on the road. Through this year’s three hands-on safe driving programs around the country, coupled with our online TeenDrive365 resources, we hope to make the roads a little safer for everyone.”

The TeenDrive365 goes beyond what is taught in driver ed. We believe that parents and teen will make mutual driving agreements and learn to communicate with more tips even at home.

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Moms Choose the Toyota Sienna Minivan!

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Laughing Mother And Baby outdoors. Nature. Beauty Mum and her ChWhen you think about the word “minivan” you probably have one of two thoughts go through your mind…you either love it, or you hate it.  The truth is that most people who have experienced minivan ownership can’t imagine having anything but a minivan when they are ready for something new.  That being said, there are several minivans in the market to choose from and when moms get together, it is easy to find out what they love about their van and what they wished they had that their van lacks.  If you are considering buying a minivan, it is important to look at what the reviews are to determine which one will be the best for your family.  Reviews can go a long way!

So, if you are shopping for a minivan, the new Toyota Sienna is a top pick for families!  We have compiled some reviews of the new 2014 model of the Sienna from and here is something to consider.  The average customer rating is currently a 4.5 stars out of a possible 5. This is an excellent rating when looking at customer reviews overall in today’s automotive industry. People are choosing to be more picky about what they believe to be a “5-star rating” due to the crunch on finances. Everyone wants to ensure more bang for their buck!

Some of the overall reviews by customers stated that they valued the gas mileage of the Sienna. One customer said, “Our Sienna is the vehicle we should have gotten years ago instead of an SUV.” Another customer provided a review regarding the safety of the Sienna, which protected her family in an accident where her Toyota Sienna was totaled. Even her children encouraged her to get a new Sienna, which she of course did. She stated that, “The Sienna drives well and feels like a luxury vehicle (as far as minivans go!).”

Contact your local Ackerman Toyota Cars Dealer in St. Louis today to test drive a new Toyota Sienna minivan!

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