Toyota Prius Equipped with New Technologies

Toyota PriusWhen the Toyota Prius first hit the scene in the automotive world, it was one of the most advanced vehicles ever created. Today, Toyota is making sure that the Prius stays ahead.

According to a Toyota press release, Toyota has equipped the Prius with new technologies.

These advanced technologies have been equipped to the newest Prius to help make the best hybrid vehicle around even better.

For starters, the Prius will receive a 1.8-liter VVT-i engine. This piece of mechanical engineering is capable of achieving a level of 40% thermal energy.

Also included in the newest Prius are lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride batteries, which help the vehicle achieve unheard of levels of energy conservation.

Finally, the hybrid components of the Prius have been reduced in size, helping reduce the overall weight of the Prius, allowing for a more nimble driving experience.

The Toyota Prius continues to be the most advanced vehicle of its kind thanks to the inclusion of Toyota’s latest technologies.

5 Different Ways to Make S’mores

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Photo by: Evan-Amos

If there is one snack that rally represents the season of fall, it would have to be S’mores. This classic is perfect during any camping outing or bonfire. However, you don’t always have to assemble the same boring old S’mores. Not while you have 5 different ways to make S’mores.

  1. S’more-dipped Apples

Combining the best aspects of both S’mores and candy apples, this treat captures the true essence of autumn.

  1. S’more Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re experiencing an especially warm fall that feels like summer, these Ice cream S’mores are sure to hit the spot!

  1. White Chocolate S’mores

Instead of using traditional milk chocolate, consider the substitution of white chocolate to make an especially sweet set of S’mores!

  1. S’mores Whoopie Pies

Your guests will yell “Whoopie!” when they get a taste of these S’mores that use chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers.

  1. S’mores Muffins

If you like S’mores and you like muffins, than you are going to love this recipe that combines the two desserts!

Vintage 1971 Toyota Celica ST on Jay Leno’s Garage

Say what you will about him as a TV personality, but Jay Leno knows how to appreciate good cars. In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the former host of The Tonight Show presented a vintage 1971 Toyota Celica ST, one of the vehicles responsible for popularizing Japanese sports cars in the United States.

The ’71 Celica is an attractive little coupe that looks even sleeker with the windows down thanks to the lack of a B-pillar. It’s not really seen anywhere these days—we’ve yet to see one ourselves at Phil Wright Toyota—and the one Leno drives comes straight from Toyota USA’s Automobile Museum in Torrance, CA.

Leno rightfully praises the car in a number of ways but makes one mistake when he calls it the automaker’s first sports car. Although it helped put Japanese sports cars on the map, it wasn’t the first: that was the Toyota 2000GT.

BMW and Toyota Sports Car Still Being Decided

It’s been three years since Toyota and BMW signed a memorandum of understanding to share technology and build a sports car.

In the former case, we know that the two automotive giants have been collaborating on fuel cell technology, lightweight components, and lithium-air batteries, but we’ve yet to see what’s come of it in the case of the sports car—but Toyota says that might soon change.

Toyota Sports Car - Toyota FT-1 Concept CarThe Japanese automaker told Automotive News Europe that “by the end of the year we will approve whether or not we will make it … The whole study before that, on what kind of platform, on what kind of architecture, that’s been progressing quite well. We haven’t yet decided to give the green light to the project, but it’s coming up.”

Little is known about the project, except that Toyota and BMW would get their own version of the vehicle. What kind of Toyota sports car should we expect at Phil Wright Toyota? A new Supra, a variant to the BMW Z4, or even a super-capacitor-powered plug-in hybrid? Looks like we’ll have to wait and find out!

All-New 2016 Tacoma is Perfect for Active Lifestyles

Toyota has launched the all-new 2016 Tacoma to revolutionize the mid-size pickup truck segment all over again. The Tacoma is already the best-selling vehicle in its class with more than a 50 percent share of the marketplace, and the 2016 model looks poised to help it continue to dominate.

all-new 2016 TacomaThis time around, the Tacoma’s emphasis is less on work capability (though it’s still a leader there too) and more on performance, appearance, and amenities. In fact, a new, sportier appearance and the ability to take on just about any off-roading challenge makes the Tacoma an ideal choice for customers with an active and potentially adventurous lifestyle.

When not driving on dirt, mud, or gravel, you can expect one of the most comfortable rides on the market, complemented by the latest in-car technology, including advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera.

We can’t wait for you to check out the all-new 2016 Tacoma at Phil Wright Toyota!

New 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Unveiled

Toyota has unveiled the new Land Cruiser that will launch later this year across the world. New for the 2016 model year are upgraded engines, heavily revised styling inside and out, and plenty of advanced safety and convenience technologies.

New 2016 Toyota Land CruiserFor instance, the interior now features a wireless phone charger, a new center console with an integrated cooler box and extra USB ports, and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens. Also standard are numerous driving aids like Blind Spot Monitor, Front Collision Mitigation, Frontal Collision Avoidance, and Lane Departure Alert.

Under the hood, the new 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser will be powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine producing 381 horsepower and 401 lb-feet of torque, sent to all four wheels through a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Whatever you throw at it, it will be able to handle.

The exterior changes are our favorite at Phil Wright Toyota. Integrated LED daytime running lights, new door handles, two new paint choices, fresh alloy wheel designs, a revised bumper, and a brawny-looking chrome grille make the Land Cruiser look as tough as they come.

Prevent Your Engine from Overheating With These Easy Steps

If your engine’s temperature gauge suddenly starts creeping higher, do you know what to do? As hot as the weather has been this summer, you won’t want to find yourself stuck with an overheated engine.

prevent your engine from overheatingHere are some steps to prevent your engine from overheating:

  • If it safe to do so, pull over. If necessary, put on your emergency lights for visibility.
  • Carefully open the hood of your car, to let air flow throughout the area and cool things down.
  • Whatever you do, do not touch the radiator pressure cap, which is likely very hot. In general, allow your hand to hover over anything before you touch it, searching for heat.
  • Check to see if you have enough coolant, and if not, refill it.
  • Look for any associated leaks with the cooling system.
  • Lastly, call for help. Don’t mess around with anything you’re not familiar with. Instead, call a professional.

Do you have any other tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

Be Prepared For Anything With These Summer Car Essentials

Summer Car Essentials - Phil Wright ToyotaWhether you’re on a road trip or a trip to the grocery store, make sure you are ready for anything by stocking your vehicle with this summer car essentials:


  • Sunscreen: make sure any sunscreen you keep in your car isn’t expired, as tempting as it may be to keep last year’s bottle.
  • Fresh water: in the event of an emergency (or really just if you get thirsty), you will be more than happy you have water stocked away.
  • First-aid kit: it’s always a good idea to keep a quality first-aid kit somewhere safe in your car; you just never know when you might need it.
  • Cell charger: even if you already have a cell phone charger in your car, consider a spare; what would happen if you were relying on the GPS, and your charger broke?
  • Sunglasses: never underestimate the importance of a good pair of UVA/UVB-blocking sunglasses when protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays.


Do you have any other ideas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

New Images Released of the Toyota Plano Plant

Recently, Toyota released a teaser image of its $300 million new North American corporate headquarters that will be located in Plano, Texas.

A new video from the Japanese automaker shows a series of three images. The first image is a large open-air walkway that connects two of its seven main buildings. The second image shows a multi-story building (there will be five stories total) with a floor to ceiling glass façade. And the third image reveals the front of a long covered rectangular building with big TOYOTA letters underneath and an awning peaking under the draping.

Toyota Plano Plant - 2016 Toyota AvalonThe Toyota Plano plant, located on a 100-acre lot, is expected to employ 5,000 workers and will consolidate the automaker’s marketing, sales, finance, engineering, and corporate service divisions. Construction of the plant has already commenced, with its completion expected for the beginning of 2017.

We at Phil Wright Toyota look forward to the ingenuity, concepts, and vehicles that are sure to be born at this new Toyota North America headquarters. But until then, come visit us to see Toyota’s current cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs available to you today!