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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Toyota Releases Pricing for All-New TRD Pro Series Tacoma and 4Runner

Let’s Get Dirty! The highly anticipated launch of the all-new TRD Pro Series from Toyota is coming soon.  Serious off-roaders, professional or amateur, young and old, will soon be able to drive over rough terrain with the most adrenaline-inducing lineup of off-road vehicles Toyota has ever unleashed. 

The Tacoma TRD Pro Series will start getting down and dirty when it reaches dealerships in early August, 2014 while the 4Runner TRD Pro will arrive one month later in early September.  The Tundra TRD Pro will arrive this fall.
Serious Specs for Serious Off-Roaders

With each part engineered, tested and tuned by Toyota and the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pro Series are packed with authentic off-road capability and built to be pushed to the limits.   Available on 4X4 models of Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, all TRD Pro Series vehicles will be equipped with:  
  • TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs in the rear, for increased oil capacity and suspension travel
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • Unique front grille with “TOYOTA” badging (pays tribute to early iconic Toyota models)
  • TRD floor mats
  • TRD shift knobs
  • Black alloy wheels
A hot new color, Inferno, is joined by Attitude Black Metallic and Super White, cool classics for off-road rigs.

Macho Taco

Building on the best-selling compact pickup in the industry, Tacoma TRD Pro beefs up its off-road spirit with:
  • 16-inch black beadlock-style TRD alloy wheels with BFGoodrich LT265/70R16 A/T tires
  • TRD-tuned springs with 2.0 inches lift for the front
  • Decreased spring rate
  • TRD Exhaust
  • Black “TRD PRO” external hard badge
Bold and Adventurous 4Runner

Adding to its off-road capability, 4Runner TRD PRO will be exclusively equipped with:
  • 17-inch matte black TRD alloy wheels with Nitto Terra Grappler P265/70R17 A/T tires
  • TRD-tuned front springs, which increases the front height by 1-inch
  • ¼-inch thick aluminum front skid plate with “TRD” stamped in large font
4Runner TRD Pro complements its extreme off-road capability with premium convenience features that include:
  • Entune™ Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite
  • Black SofTex®-trimmed seats with red stitching
  • Heated & power adjustable front seats
  • Homelink® universal transceiver
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Auto on/off headlights
Value Pricing
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Tacoma TRD Pro will range from $35,525 for the Access Cab with a 4.0-liter V6 and 6-speed manual transmission to $37,415 for the Double Cab V6 with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
The MSRP for the 4Runner TRD Pro will be $41,110.  Pricing for the Tundra TRD Pro will be announced in the near future.

The MSRP for the Tacoma TRD Pro and 4Runner TRD Pro does not include the delivery, processing, and handling (DPH) fee of $885.  The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.
86744RunnerTRD Pro 4x4 V6 5AT$41,110
7555TacomaTRD Pro 4x4 Access Cab V6 6MT$35,525
7556TacomaTRD Pro 4x4 Access Cab V6 5AT$36,505
7597TacomaTRD Pro 4x4 Double Cab V6 6MT$36,435
7598TacomaTRD Pro 4x4 Double Cab V6 5AT$37,415

 Tundra TRD ProTacoma TRD Pro4Runner TRD Pro
Wheels18” black alloy w/ TRD logo16” black beadlock style TRD alloyNew 17” black TRD alloy
TiresMichelin ORPBFGoodrich All Terrain KONitto Terra Grappler
ShocksTRD-tuned Bilstein High Performance
-Bilstein front and rear digressive piston and valve design
-Bilstein ZoneControl 3-stage, positive sensitive valve design is sensitive to suspension input speed
-Increased oil capacity for heat management and increased control of cavitation
- 2” of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 46mm OE
- 18mm shafts > 12mm OE
-“Piggy back” remote reservoir
- 1.25” of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 46mm OE
-“Piggy back” remote reservoir  
TRD-tuned Bilstein High Performance
 - Bilstein front and rear  digressive piston and valve design

- 1.75” of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 36/32mm OE
- 18mm shafts > 12mm OE

- 1.5” of additional wheel travel
- 46mm pistons > 36/30mm OE
- Remote reservoir
TRD-tuned Bilstein High Performance
 - Bilstein front and rear  digressive piston and valve design

- 1” of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 32mm OE
- 18mm shafts > 12mm OE

- 1” of additional wheel travel
- 46mm pistons > 32mm OE
- Remote reservoir
SpringsUnique TRD-Tuned Front Springs

- 2” lift for the front of the vehicle
- Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
Unique TRD-Tuned Front Springs

- 2” lift for the front of the vehicle
- Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
Unique TRD-Tuned Front Springs

- 1” lift for the front of the vehicle
ExhaustTRD Dual Exhaust

- Stainless steel system
- Polished steel dual wall tips
- Reduced back pressure
- Throaty rumble sound
TRD Cat Back Exhaust

- Stainless steel system
- Polished steel dual wall tips
- Reduced back pressure
- Throaty rumble sound
No Change from OE
Skid PlateNew TRD Front Skid Plate
- 1/4” thick aluminum with oil pan access panel
 - Black OE front skid plateTRD Stamped Front Skid Plate
- 1/4” thick aluminum with venting for front differential
Exterior- Unique “TOYOTA” front grille
- “TRD Pro” quarter bed panel stamping
- Matte and Satin Black “TUNDRA” and iForce 5.7L V8 badging on doors
Multi-reflector halogen headlights with black sport bezels and manual level control
- Unique “TOYOTA” front grille
- Black “TRD PRO” external hard badge
- Black “TACOMA” badging on doors
- Unique “TOYOTA” front grille
- Black “TRD PRO” external hard badges
- Black front and rear lower bumper accent
Exterior ColorsAttitude Black Metallic, Super White, and Inferno (all-new exclusive color)
Interior- TRD Shift Knob
- TRD Floor Mats
- Unique seat color with red stitching
- Unique IP ornament insert
- TRD Shift Knob
- TRD Floor Mats
- TRD Shift Knob
- TRD Floor Mats

Special Edition Prius Takes on a New Persona for 2015

The best-selling hybrid in America is taking style to a new level. The 2015 Prius Persona Series Special Edition is tailored with elegant exterior and interior touches that make it unique. The special edition model will begin arriving in dealerships in September.

The Prius Persona Series Special Edition model adds exterior changes and equipment to a Prius Three to create a distinct visual package. Persona Series includes 17-inch alloy wheels with a premium dark metallic finish.  The special edition also comes equipped with premium heated power mirrors with turn signal indicators. The Persona model will be available in two exterior colors, Blizzard Pearl, and for the first time ever on this model, Absolutely Red. A “Persona Series” exterior badge on the rear of the vehicle also helps differentiate the model.

The Persona’s interior is trimmed in black SofTex® with gray stitching.  The steering wheel is also trimmed in SofTex® material and includes a dark chrome bezel that complements the new model’s dark chrome shift knob ring and door grips. To add to the luxurious visuals, Persona Series features blue driver and front-passenger foot area illumination. The new Persona Special Edition has a MSRP of $26,985. Blizzard Pearl exterior paint is accompanied by an additional $395 fee. 

The MSRP for the 2015 Prius Persona Series Special Edition does not include the delivery, processing, and handling (DPH) fee of $825. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Come Celebrate Burien Toyota's Annual Clearance Event!

It's that time of year again! Time for the Annual Clearance Event at Burien Toyota! We've got a ton of great deals on the cars that will fit your lifestyle perfectly.

We need to clear out some space at the dealership to make room for next year's new models and you get to benefit with deals like this on the 2014.5 Toyota Camry:

  • Lease for $199/mo
  • Buy for 0% APR for 60 months and get $500 cash!
  • Get $1,000 cash back when you buy it!
Interested in a hybrid? Why not get one at a great deal?!
  • Lease a 2014.5 Camry Hybrid for $339/mo
  • Buy for 0% APR for 60 months and get $500 cash!
  • Get $1,000 cash back when you buy it!
And there's more. Deals on the 2014 Toyota RAV4, 2014 Toyota Corolla, and more! See all deals HERE or stop Burien Toyota soon to check them all out!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2014 Toyota Venza is "Comfortable," "Unappreciated"

Work with me here. You know that phrase from Superman, "It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Superman!!"? With that same enthusiasm, I want you to say, "It's an SUV! It's a wagon! No, it's a Toyota Venza!"

Because, yes, it's true. The 2014 Toyota Venza is not a compact SUV nor is a true wagon, but truly a hybrid. Some have compared it to a bigger, more spacious Camry because it drives like a mid-size vehicle, but offers much more.

"The 2014 Toyota Venza is an extremely comfortable vehicle," said Ted Klarich, general sales manager at Burien Toyota. "It's got tons of space and storage, but it's not bulky like some SUVs. It's a fantastic crossover that's perfect for small families or people with really active lifestyles."

In fact, the website, said "“Is it a wagon, an SUV or the definitive crossover? A name is just a name, like Venza. Whatever. Toyota’s ‘twiner’ just has a lot going for it . . . comfort, style, utility and it drives like a car, not a bulky SUV.”

The 2014 Toyota Venza offers a sophisticated profile and sleek design to make every arrival a powerful one, while a luxurious cabin and spacious interior provide plenty of comfort. Flexible seating and a rear liftgate make it easy to load that designer chair or gear for a training ride. Venza also offers a choice between 4-cylinder and available V6 engines, both of which offer robust passing power, and available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) to help enhance traction on most surfaces.

What are other websites saying about the 2014 Toyota Venza?

  • “If you’re in the market for a 2-row family vehicle with a little extra pizzazz, consider giving this underappreciated Toyota some love.” — AutoTrader.
  • “Bigger than the less expensive Subaru Outback but not quite as large as the 7-passenger Highlander, the Venza appeals to people who need the power and room of an SUV, but don’t really care to own an SUV. —Kelley Blue Book.
  • “Comfortable, competent, and confidence inspiring, the Venza offers more stable-seeming and car-like ride and handling than most crossovers. In many respects, it feels like a heavier, taller Camry wagon behind the wheel.” —
In addition to being extremely maneuverable, the 2014 Toyota Venza also comes with the technology every new car owner wants.
  • Entune® App Suite1
  • JBL Synthesis® Surround Sound
  • iPod®3/MP3 Player Holder With USB Port4 and Auxiliary Audio Jack
  • Smart Key System5 With Push Button Start
  • Blind Spot Mirrors6
  • Back-up Cameras
  • Multistage heated front seats
  • One-touch fold flat seats
And as with all Toyota vehicles, safety is industry-leading with the Star Safety System Toyota is known for.
Stop by Burien Toyota today to take the 2014 Toyota Venza for a test drive to see how it can fit into you lifestyle!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Three Reasons You Should Be Driving a Hybrid

You don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology.
  1. Help others breathe a little easier. Since 2000, the Prius family of vehicles has saved an estimated 26.5 million tons of COemissions in the U.S.
  1. Save gas. Prius family owners could drive around the earth 4.39 million times with the fuel saved.
  1. Save gas money. Over the last 14 years, the Prius family (compared to an average car) has saved Americans about $5 billion in fuel costs.
There are many other reasons to own a Toyota Prius (or any other Toyota hybrid or EV), including the fact that maintenance issues and costs tend to be much lower than regular gasoline-powered vehicles. 

What's your reason for owning or wanting to own a Toyota Prius or another Toyota hybrid?

Stop by Burien Toyota, your hybrid headquarters of the Puget Sound area, today to take any or all members of the Toyota Prius family for a test drive!

Do A Double Take with Second Stunning Toyota FT-1 Sports Car Concept

  • Saddle Leather Interior Communicates Premium, Sporty Feel
  • Superhero Inspiration in Performance Leather and Details
  • Ultra High-Performance Race Version Coming Virtually to Gran Turismo® 6
Proof that its beauty lies on the inside and out, Toyota revealed today a second interior styling and 
exterior color for an upscale interpretation of its sensational FT-1 sports car concept. Developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the concept vehicle’s graphite exterior paint and light, saddle-colored leather went on display for the first time at the Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival gala held on California’s Monterey Peninsula.

The original FT-1 concept ignited sports car enthusiasts and the automotive world with its January debut at the North American International Auto Show. Labeled the spiritual pace car for the new direction of Toyota Global Design, the muscular, curved exterior builds on Toyota’s rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and most recently Scion FR-S. That first vehicle stunned in a bold red, while this second FT-1 impresses with sophisticated graphite. Both share the deeply sculpted intakes and outlets that support its track-ready nature and the dramatic lines seemingly shaped by the wind. It’s a look that gets the heart racing.

The color of the upscale leather changes between the first and second FT-1 vehicles, and the visual difference is striking. The first car was dominated by bold, masculine black that keeps the driver focused on the road, while red painted edges and raw metals provide intriguing accents. In the second, the natural leather on the seat is supple with an all-natural grain, giving it an authentic appeal. The painted edges that are red in the first concept are now subtly blended brown in the second. The intention is to bring in a more sophisticated feel and authenticity through color choice, showcasing the versatility of the FT-1 sports car concept. Enthusiasts who desire a more pure high-performance experience might choose the black-red pairing, while others may desire the premium, athletic feel of the saddle leather.

“From the start of the FT-1 project, we wanted the driver to have a feeling of flow while at the wheel – to be able to focus on the road and nothing else,” said Sellene Lee, the Calty creative designer who proposed both color concepts. “In the color studio we help create the atmosphere of the vehicle, and our aim was to ensure everything supported the driver through efficient choices. The saddle leather maintains that same ‘in the zone’ driving intention, while bringing in a more premium feeling.”

Superhero Inspiration for the Interior

Sellene Lee drew inspiration for the FT-1 interior from the modern, high-tech performance materials used for today’s superhero costumes. A movie poster drew her attention to the modern shift from past heroes’ bright tights and colors to today’s performance fabrics and function. To achieve the FT-1’s advanced-looking, intricately detailed interior, Sellene Lee and the team compared leather thicknesses, grain sizes and textures to find the perfect combination. Raised metal mesh provides ventilation for the seats while lending a more textural, bold effect that beautifully matches with the metal accents. A dimensional embossed pattern on the instrument panel leather brings in a 3-D, technical look.

“From color and trim standpoint in the FT-1, there was a laser-like focus on staying true to function,” said Wendy Lee, studio chief designer at Calty. “This project was very special, as the FT-1 stands apart in its performance-driven, authentic purpose.”

Beyond her superhero performance material concept, Sellene Lee moved away from the typical stitching or piping edge treatment found in many vehicle interiors. The painted red edges on the welded leather and painted brown edges on the second FT-1 were inspired by high-end leather bags she found in an upscale department store. When drivers sit in FT-1, they can feel the difference in materials, textures and color choices that resulted from the team’s work.

Double the Fun in Gran Turismo 6

This September, two new versions of the FT-1 will be available for download virtually inside Gran Turismo 6 (GT6), the latest iteration of the best-selling racing franchise exclusively on PlayStation®3. Like the red FT-1 introduced in January, the graphite FT-1 concept roars onto the Gran Turismo 6 racetrack as a downloadable vehicle for a limited time. Additionally, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo series, Calty has also designed an ultra high-performance race version of the FT-1 that inside the game is called the FT-1 “Vision GT.” This high-powered version interprets what a full-race FT-1 might achieve on the track. See how the FT-1 Vision GT came to life by watching this video:

The GT6 played an important role in helping key executives (including Toyota President Akio Toyoda) better experience the FT-1 concept prior to building the vehicle. Both virtual versions capture the same excitement, passion and performance the physical FT-1 vehicles inspire in those who see them.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014 Scion xD Fuses Road-Ready Utility and Style

Packed with attitude and versatility, the 2014 Scion xD offers new ways for drivers to enjoy city streets. This compact hatchback features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that constantly adjusts for the best performance. The engine puts out 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, perfect to navigate an urban jungle.

Drivers will enjoy a smooth ride on the MacPherson® strut front-suspension and compact torsion beam rear suspension. A roller-rocker system and lightweight pistons contribute to better fuel economy, while a piston-cooling oil jet brings better efficiency. The 2014 xD has earned an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with both the five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmission.

Aggressive Styling

The bold look of the 2014 xD comes from its sharp character lines, rectangular lower and upper grille, wide stance and high shoulder line. Horizontal halogen headlamps, a honeycomb grill and strongly sculpted fenders add strong style to its muscular body. The side power mirrors have built-in turn LED turn signals and fold in easily when a tight parking spot is the only option.

The xD rolls on 16-inch wheels, and wheel cover options come with five, six or seven spokes to create distinctive looks. Alloy wheels are an option. Additional standard exterior features include a chrome-tipped exhaust and a color-keyed rear spoiler.

The xD is available in seven colors and – new for 2104 – select two-tone combinations. The colors are Super White, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, Nautical Blue Metallic, Black Currant Metallic and the paired combinations of Sparkling Sea Metallic/Classic Silver Metallic and Black Sand Pearl/Magnetic Gray Metallic. The two-tone paint options are available for $500 above Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).

Interior Details

Drivers will slide into the sleek, simple interior of the 2014 xD and notice a number of pleasing features. The unique combined speedometer and tachometer is the centerpiece of the modern instrument panel, surrounded by indicator lamps, an LCD fuel gauge and odometer. The three-spoke steering wheel has a high-end look thanks to titanium finish trim. Front sport bucket seats have thick padding and contours for comfort and support.

All around the xD, smart storage meets driver and passenger needs. Consumers will find both an upper and lower glove box to hold more items, along with a spot in the center console to tuck away portable music players or cellphones. Additionally, there’s hidden storage space located below the rear-cargo area.
The xD also features the convenience of 60/40 fold flat rear seats. When the rear seats are up, passengers can recline up to 10 degrees with 10.5 cubic feet of storage space behind them. They also can slide up to 6 inches. When seats lay flat, there’s 35.7 cubic feet of cargo space for suitcases, sports equipment and other bulky gear.

Sound of Convenience

A standard touchscreen and impressive audio technology make driving the xD even more fun. All members of the Scion family feature a Standard Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen. Modern tools for Scion drivers are there: Bluetooth® hands-free and audio streaming connectivity, HD RadioTM and USB connectivity. The 160-watt Pioneer sound system features six speakers: a tweeter and a speaker in each front door panel, plus two full-range speakers in the rear.

Additional on-the-go connectivity and on-board navigation is available with the optional BeSpoke Audio system. Push-to-talk voice navigation and geo-located points of interest add convenience to any drive. Aha™, available on iTunes® and Google Play®, provides access to 100,000 free audio stations, including Scion’s own seven signature music channels. Drivers can also find local restaurants, coffee, hotels, and weather updates through location–based services like Yelp and TripAdvisor, along with popular social media applications, sports, news and entertainment.

Standard Safety Features

All 2014 xD vehicles come standard with eight airbags, including driver and front passenger airbags; driver
and front-passenger front seat-mounted side airbags; driver and front-passenger seat cushion airbags; and front and rear side curtain airbags.

Like all Scions, the 2014 xD comes standard with the STAR Safety SystemTM which features an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TRAC), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).


The 2014 Scion xD brings together comfort, utility, safety and technology at a great price. The 2014 Scion xD has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $15,920 with a five-speed manual transmission or $16,720 with a four-speed automatic transmission. The delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee for all Scion models is $755 and is not included in the MSRP.

Limited Warranty

Like all Scion models, the xD is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. It also comes with Scion Service Boost, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of 24-hour roadside assistance.