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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.

Redesigned 2015 Toyota Yaris Sub-Compact: Sharper Styling, More Comfort and Value Priced

Sharper Styling, More Comfort and Value Priced

A bold new look with a distinct European flavor.  A new, quieter interior crafted from improved materials. And a new attitude. The redesigned 2015 Toyota Yaris checks all of the boxes for small-car shoppers. And then it adds and checks two more boxes for fun and value. In 3-door or 5-door liftback models, the 2015 Yaris makes every day driving less every day

The 2015 Yaris, like the previous-generations, comes in 3-door and 5-door liftback configurations, but the style is all-new. The new Yaris combines an energetic shape with a more comfortable cabin. The 2015 Yaris receives an aggressive new look with a horizontal chrome grill treatment that appears to continue right in to the headlamp.  A larger, bolder grille opening gives this fun-to-drive car just the right touch of “attitude” in its look.

Newness permeates the Yaris cabin. Sitting in premium seats, the Yaris driver faces a sporty new dashboard design and touches new, softer materials throughout.

Retuned suspension, a more rigid body structure, additional sound insulation and attention to aerodynamic details all help to give the 2015 Yaris a smooth, dynamic and quieter ride. With safety always at the forefront, the Yaris continues to come equipped with nine standard SRS airbags, including curtain shield airbags and front seat cushion airbags.

Altogether, that’s a lot of new packed into an easy-driving small car with big fuel economy numbers and the brand’s penchant for high QDR (Quality, Dependability and Reliability).

The Value of Fun

Fun, functionality and value come together in the 2015 Yaris. The smooth-revving 1.5-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder DOHC engine equipped with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) produces 106 hp at 6,000 rpm and 103 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. The broad torque curve makes those numbers seem even bigger when you’re driving the Yaris, which offers snappy response with either transmission.

A smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission, made smoother by an improved hydraulic clutch, is standard. An available four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission features a compact, lightweight design and low friction for high fuel efficiency.
Toyota Value Through and Through 

The Yaris comes in base L, premium LE and sporty SE models, each a single-spec trim that eliminates option packages. Standard features on the L grade include air conditioning, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, new, quick ratio, sport-tuned Electric Power Steering with power-assisted rack-and-pinion, power windows with driver’s side auto down, three-spoke tilt steering wheel, power door locks, Daytime Running Lights, and 15-inch wheels with wheel covers.

The Yaris LE adds the convenience of cruise control, power mirrors, steering wheel audio controls silver/metallic interior accents and remote keyless entry with an engine immobilizer.  The LE rides in style on 15-inch alloy wheels.

The SE package turns the Yaris into an urban-cool sporty ride, with projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights, integrated fog lamps, rear spoiler and special gloss black with machine-surfaced 16-inch alloy wheels.   The SE adds a sport-tuned suspension, now with a solid stabilizer bar, and four-wheel disc brakes that are one-inch larger in the front.  

Inside, the SE is equipped with a leather-trimmed tilt three-spoke steering wheel and shift knob, sport meter and tachometer.  The SE has its own unique sport fabric and includes gloss black accents throughout.

All Yaris models get Entune Audio with a 6.1-inch touch screen, an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod® connectivity and control, hands-free phone capability, voice recognition, and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology.

For the first time in a Yaris, a navigation system is available as a dealer-installed option.

The redesigned mono-spec Yaris adds up to an excellent value.  The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 2015 Yaris will range from $14,845 for the three-door L with a manual transmission to $17,620 for the five-door SE with a four-speed automatic.   

The MSRP for the 2015 Yaris does not include the delivery, processing, and handling (DPH) fee of $825 for vehicles scheduled for processing on, or after, July 27, 2014.  The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Funny Road Signs!

Bears and playing children do not seem like a good mix.

Good to know that this metal sign has sharp edges, BEWARE!

Avoid this intersection at all costs!

I guess we'll just sit here and wait for directions...

This is needed to confirm total boredom for the next 30 minutes.

You can see more goofy signs here:

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Toyota has Hybrid for Everyone

Gone are the days when, if you wanted a hybrid, your only selection was the Toyota Prius. In fact, gone are the days when there is only one Toyota Prius (now there are several vehicles in the Toyota Prius family).

Toyota has designed and manufactured many hybrid vehicles, all with the same reliability and efficiency of the Prius, but now with very different external designs and targeted consumers.

This article highlights the variety of Toyota hybrid vehicles that diverse populations that can take advantage of Toyota hybrid technology.

"Here at Burien Toyota, we have all four members of the Prius family, including the Prius Plug-in," said Ted Klarich, general sales manager at Burien Toyota. "We also have several other hybrid options so that people can use hybrid technology in a vehicle that also fits their lifestyle perfectly. You don't have to pick a car that fits your lifestyle OR a hybrid. Toyota has it and Burien Toyota really is your hybrid headquarters of the Pacific Northwest. Not just because we have tons of hybrid models but because we have an experienced maintenance and repair team to help you every step of the way with your hybrid questions and needs."

So besides the traditional Toyota Prius, what other hybrids are there that could fit your lifestyle?

  • The Prius V-quite spacious and great for families.
  • The Prius C-a smaller Prius that take commuting to the next level
  • The Prius Plug-in-it's a plug-in!
  • Avalon Hybrid-an amazing meld of luxury, sophistication, and efficiency.
  • Camry Hybrid-an American favorite in hybrid form!
  • The Highlander Hybrid-obviously the biggest car and another American favorite because of its toughness and it's a hybrid.
"Price is obviously not the only difference with these hybrids," Klarich said. "They are aimed at very different groups of people because Toyota wants everyone to have access to hybrid technology because it better for the environment and the fuel efficiency is better for your pocket book in the long-run. Not mention the savings in maintenance costs."

Stop by Burien Toyota, your hybrid headquarters, to take one of these hybrids for a test drive to find which one fits your lifestyle best!

From Here to Outer Space: 2015 Toyota Sienna Inspires Unexpected Adventures, New Online Commercials

A toddler rockets into space. A family’s imagination runs wild. A father begins a curious conversation. With a little creativity, some CGI effects and a bit of ironic humor, the redesigned 2015 Toyota Sienna is the star of the show. For the first time, Toyota is revealing a new vehicle completely online, introducing the 2015 Sienna van today through the eyes of three creative, social media-savvy parents. In a series of custom videos, these parents bring to life the everyday and sometimes unexpected adventures possible in and around the Sienna.

Creative parents have lit up the Internet with modern takes on kids’ antics, family experiences and the world around them. To show how the spirit of the 2015 Sienna inspires real families in their daily lives, Toyota enlisted parents from the “Action Movie Kid,” “Eh Bee Family,” and “Convos with My 2-Year-Old” to spend time in the new Sienna “Swagger Wagon” and create their own unexpected adventures.

“Today’s parents are embracing their life stage and those relatable family moments that make us laugh and feel connected,” said Jack Hollis, vice president of Toyota Division marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “The 2015 Toyota Sienna seizes that same spirit of fun, everyday experiences with family and fits into the modern family dynamic. That is why Toyota chose to introduce the newest ‘Swagger Wagon’ to the world through a creative lens.”

Check out the super cute 2015 Toyota Sienna "Tractor Beam" commercial HERE.

Check out the sometimes cringe-worthy, but still pretty adorable "Conversations with my Sienna 'Dance Machine'" commercial HERE.

The 2015 Sienna offers something for everyone with a more upscale interior, better handling and family-focused, smart technology. The available Driver Easy Speak feature uses the vehicle's built-in microphone to amplify the driver's voice through the rear speakers so parents don’t have to shout to passengers in the back. The available Dual-View, Blu-Ray rear seat entertainment system makes the Sienna a kid-favorite destination. More soft touch materials throughout and an optional black leather interior help families embrace the minivan lifestyle.
Sienna is One of the Family

To showcase the updated Swagger Wagon, Toyota partnered with creative parents and invited them to debut the Sienna’s new features and functionality using their own brands of imaginative storytelling.

The “Eh Bee” family of Andres, Rosanna, Gabriela and Roberto post six-second Vine videos that have earned them social media fame. The snappy mix of family dynamics, humor and wholesome parodies poke fun at modern parenthood. When the Eh Bee Family tried out the Sienna, they created funny moments about falling in love with “Sienna” and an over-eagerness to take it on a road trip.

“We loved goofing off in the Sienna and exploring the funny ways family vehicles fit into our daily lives,” said dad Andres. “Our videos embrace all the hilarity that comes with being a family in today’s world, and the Sienna fit right into those stories.”

Dreamworks after-effects artist Daniel “Hashi” Hashimoto transforms home videos of his son, James, into the viral YouTube sensation “Action Movie Kid.” Special effects allow James to perform virtual stunts like jumping over hot lava and wielding a working lightsaber. The adventures only got better when Hashi used the Sienna to virtually take his son into space and underwater.

“Working with the Sienna inspired me to imagine how James might look at everyday driving adventures and share that fun perspective with other parents,” said Hashi. “As a dad, I love watching my son explore his world, and the Sienna gave us a new avenue to check out.”

“Convos with My 2-Year-Old” took the Internet by storm when dad Matthew Clarke re-enacted conversations with his two-year-old daughter Coco, replacing her in videos with a grown man. The series documents chats about cookies, princess dolls and the ever-present desire to press the elevator button. Clarke and creative partner David Milchard reimagined the current format for a series of three videos titled “Conversations with My Sienna,” bringing the absurd tone to the minivan experience.

“It’s amazing how many people love the random conversations I have with my daughter, so it was fun to bring that sense of humor to the Sienna,” Clarke said. “Being a parent has made me much more observant of the little details in life and this campaign made me realize how much a vehicle is really an extension of the family.”

In addition to the reveal video series, the Sienna marketing campaign will center on social video content featuring the redesigned model as it rolls through the streets and cul-de-sacs of America.

Getting Inside the New Sienna

Even more parents will have the opportunity to meet the 2015 Sienna when it goes on display for the first time at Artscape in Baltimore. The free arts festival will be held July 18-20 and will host a collection of artists, exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, children's entertainers and street theater. Visitors will be able to take in all of the vehicle’s newest features, including:
  • An optional 4.2-inch, color multi-information display can put turn-by-turn directions right in the driver’s instrument panel for the best viewing.
  • Available LED daytime running lights and headlights contribute to the redesigned front grill.
  • Capacitive switches on the optional 7-inch touchscreen allow users to swipe items on and off. It’s also customizable to place selected features on the home screen, such as music channels, available Driver Easy Speak and optional navigation.
  • An optional pull-down, conversation mirror lets the driver check on passengers without turning around.
  • Available black leather interior with white contrast stitching.
  • Gauges in the instrument panel have a new, modern look.
Safety remains a top priority for families, and the 2015 Sienna brings features to help provide peace-of-mind. With eight airbags, the 2015 Sienna has the most airbags in its class. The available panoramic backup camera now comes standard and has virtual guidelines to help navigate the driveway with greater confidence. It’s also easier to securely install children’s car seats with four LATCH locations.

For more information about the 2015 Toyota Sienna, visit and look for it to land at Burien Toyota later this year!