Five Essential Distinctions Between the Corolla and the Camry

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2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

The numbers are in; LMC Automotive has released the list of the top ten best-selling cars worldwide for 2013. Not surprisingly, Toyota claimed two spots on the list: the Toyota Corolla is the second best-selling car in the world, and the Toyota Camry is the sixth best-selling car in the world with a whopping 1,001,141 and 728,230 units sold, respectively.

 

In honor of Toyota’s recognition, we at Mungenast Alton Toyota compiled a list of our own about the two ranking vehicles.  Since the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Camry are top sedan choices for shoppers who value simplicity and dependability, some might have trouble deciding which of the sedans is best for their lifestyle. To help with your choice, we’ve assembled 5 differences between the new Toyota Camry and the new Toyota Corolla. Which one is better for you? Happy shopping!

1. Corolla vs Camry: Size

Toyota Camry Interior Space

2014 Toyota Camry

Let’s begin our Corolla and Camry comparison with the most blatant difference between the sedans. The Corolla is a compact sedan; the Camry is a mid-size sedan. Do you have a family to haul around? Do you frequently carpool? Then the roomier Camry will have more room to keep you and your fellow passengers more comfortable. Do you usually drive only yourself with minimal cargo? Then  the Corolla will be a comfortable, affordable, easy-to-drive car for your daily commute.

2. Corolla vs Camry: Safety

Both the Camry and Corolla come standard with Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control , Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. However, there are a few additional security features standard on the 2014.5 Toyota Camry, including two additional airbags, backup cameras, and a battery-saver feature that deactivates interior lights after 20 minutes.  The Camry SE and Camry XLE have an optional Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Of these additional features, only the backup camera is available, but not standard, on the 2014 Corolla.

If safety is your primary concern, and you have some wiggle room in your budget, a Camry beats out the Corolla hands down. And, if you really want to be taken care of, the Camry XLE offers optional Safety Connect (not available on other Camry trim level or on any Corolla trim level). Safety Connect includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification.

3. Corolla vs Camry:  Power

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

As expected, the larger Toyota Camry comes with a more powerful engine to carry the additional weight smoothly. The 2014 Toyota Corolla has two engine options: a 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder that delivers 132 horsepower (on the Corolla L, Corolla LE, and Corolla S trim levels) or a 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder Eco engine (on the Corolla LE Eco trim) that delivers 140 horsepower. The 2014.5 Toyota Camry, meanwhile, gives the buyer more power and more diverse options: 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder engines (on the Camry L, Camry LE, Camry SE, SE Sport, and Camry XLE trims) deliver 178 horsepower, while the significantly more powerful 3.5-liter V-6  engines (on the XLE and SE trims) deliver 268 horsepower.  Or, for the eco-centric, the Toyota Camry Hybrid comes equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-Clinder engine that delivers 200 horsepower (on all Toyota Camry Hybrid Trims: Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE, and Hybrid XLE). And speaking of eco-friendly. . .

4. Corolla vs. Camry: Fuel Economy

As expected, the lighter Toyota Corolla offers a higher fuel economy (between 30/40 mpg) than the heavier Toyota Camry (between 25/35 mpg).  Or, if you already decided on a Camry, you can spring for a Toyota Camry Hybrid to enjoy 39/43 mpg.

5. Corolla vs. Camry:  Price

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

We know that, for many shoppers, price is paramount. Since the Toyota Corolla is Toyota’s entry-level sedan, it will have a lower MSRP than the Toyota Camry. However, the Toyota Camry does come with more space, power, options, and features. That’s why both are excellent values, and it’s best to consider the primary purpose of the vehicle rather than make your decision on price alone. If your budget is limited, our team at Mungenast Alton Toyota would be happy to help you to find a used Toyota Corolla or used Toyota Camry that’s in your price range. Because they are known for their reliability and longevity, Corollas and Camrys make excellent used vehicle purchases.

 

In short, with either vehicle, you’re getting of the most reliable, affordable cars on the market.  Before you decide which vehicle is right for you, allow us to get you in the vehicles for a test drive to see which vehicle handles better for you personally. Plus, you might even win this month’s Test Drive To Win Sweepstakes. We’ll see you on the road.

 

i-Road EV Trials Begin in Tokyo

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In delightfully fun-sized vehicles news, Toyota Motor Corporation will begin running limited trials of their fully electric personal transporter, the “i-Road,” next week. 2.3 meters long and not quite a meter wide, this 3-wheeled, covered vehicle gives drivers the experience of driving a golf-cart without the polyester and a motorcycle without the helmet hair. Toyota will loan one of these extremely unique vehicles to 20 lucky people over a two week period to evaluate the i-Road experience in everyday city driving.

 

You might remember something similar to the i-Road shown as a Toyota concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show last year, but the i-Road model going on trial has been modified with features to increase drivability and is now available in five spunky colors. Undeniable spunkiness aside, the i-Road solves a critical dilemma of automakers who want to offer buyers zero-emissions mobility while circumventing the bulkiness and high cost issues of four-wheeled EVs.Like a motorbike, the i-Road utilizes a gyroscope and allows the driver to lean into turns while offering the comfort and stability of a car. Unlike a motorcycle, however, the vehicle won’t get much faster than 38 mph, which makes it best for those who need to get around more efficiently in an urban environment.

The trial is also experimenting with the revolutionary Ha:mo system, which combines GPS and an itinerary calculator to evaluate the most efficient way of traveling to your destination using an eco-friendly and time-sensitive combination of the i-Road, rental bikes, public transportation, and legs.  The Ha:mo is not just created for the benefit of the driver, but for the benefit of the city itself. Efforts to incorporate walking and public transportation are a part of the Toyota effort to strive towards a low-carbon urban society equipped with advanced technological mobility.

 

If you want a detailed breakdown on the i-Road specs and technology, you can find it here. However, we’ve provided a stripped-down version of the details below:

    • The i-Road seats two passengers (in tandem to keep body narrow)
    • The i-Road has a fully enclosed body that protects rider and driver from the elements.
    • The i-Road does not require a helmet because it is fully enclosed.
    • The i-Road stays upright when at rest because of a trick front-wheel setup.
    • The i-Road is steered using a “squircle”-shaped steering wheel.
    • The i-Road has front-wheel drive and gets no power from the rear wheel.
    • The i-Road lithium-iron battery claims to last for 30 miles.
    • The i-Road lithium iron battery top-offs take three hours (but Toyota doesn’t indicate whether this is on Janpanese, European, or U.S. power standards.)
    • The i-Road price has not been announced or estimated. Neither has when and where the vehicle will be for sale.

 

Unfortunately for us, and for many of our readers and customers, these trials are only happening in Tokyo. Would these vehicles be beneficial to the St. Louis or Riverbend areas? Those who don’t drive long distances on an everyday basis might find this a cost effective option for daily errands. Alternatively, those who do drive long distances daily might still find this vehicle to be a fun alternative for their shorter trips. What do you think? Let us know! Post a response on our blog here, or find us on Facebook and join the conversation.

 

 

Source:  Toyota USA

2014 Toyota Highlander: Fun For The Whole Family

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The 2014 Toyota Highlander has been getting a lot of press this year. Toyota’s tagline for the Highlander – there’s no room
for boring – fits in well with the SUV’s new spokespeople (or should we say, spokesmuppets?).  The campaign with Jim Hensen’s Muppets began with a Super Bowl advertisement and several online episodic videos and culminated earlier this week at the Muppets Most Wanted Hollywood premiere in a stunt that had various Muppets rolling down Hollywood Boulevard in Toyota Highlanders.

 

 The Muppet/Highlander campaign is also appropriate for another big reason: both are family-oriented enterprises. The recent campaign presents us the perfect opportunity to highlight the features that make the 2014 Toyota Highlander more family-friendly than ever.

Why the 2014 Toyota Highlander is the Ultimate Family SUV

 

This updated mid-size SUV gained three inches in length, providing more space for extra passengers and an increased cargo capacity for those transporting groceries or equipment. Toyota redesigned the rear suspension, which widened the fold-flat third row seat to fit three. This results in total seating space for up to 8 and blurs the distinction between mid-size and full-size SUV. However, it should be noted that the seating in the third row is best for children, as an adult might their heads uncomfortably close to the roof of the vehicle on longer journeys.

 

Legroom for adults in the 2014 Toyota Highlander also expanded. There’s an increase in the amount of legroom for the front and middle rows to facilitate greater comfort for taller drivers and passengers. Also, the 2014 Toyota Highlander takes into account the needs of shorter drivers and passengers by installing an available height-adjustable power lift gate in the rear, which means that the vehicle owner can program the back door to stop opening at a height that can be reached by the whole family.

 

The huge storage bin in the center console of the Highlander is perfect to hold overstuffed handbags, and with the divided shelf beneath the dashboard, there’s always a place to keep important items handy while keeping the cup holders free for, well, cups!

 

As seen on comparable mid-size SUVs, the 2014 Toyota Highlander comes with the extended view review mirror that allows the driver to keep an eye on their more rambunctious backseat cargo. What makes the Toyota Highlander stand out in terms of driver access to backseat passengers, however, is the Easy Speak system, which uses a hands-free microphone to send audio to the speakers in the rear. This feature is available on the XLE grade and higher and is activated by a button on the 6.1-inch touch-screen display. It will be a smooth and quiet drive, as Toyota has implemented an acoustic windshield and expanded dashboard silencer to prevent engine noise from penetrating the cabin.

 

 

Those with their eye on the big-picture of their family’s future on our planet might be pleased to know that this vehicle, like earlier models, comes with a hybrid option. In this newest gas-electric Toyota SUV, the hybrid system offers combined horsepower of 280 and an impressive combined fuel economy of 28 – the best combined MPG of any mid-size SUV.

 

Want more details and specs about the Toyota Highlander? We have you covered on the Mungenast Alton Toyota website.
Interested in bringing in a Highlander into your family? Take a look at our Highlander inventory at Mungenast Alton Toyota. Then visit us in Alton, IL, for a test drive, and you’ll be toting your own family of Muppets around in your new Highlander before you know it.

 

Mungenast Alton Toyota is a part of the Mungenast Automotive Family. Learn more about our Alton, IL, and St. Louis, MO car dealerships on our website

Mungenast Alton Toyota Celebrates 25 Incredible Years

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For most, the year 1987 means something special – the birth of a child, or perhaps high school graduation.  For us, not only was it the year the Supra Turbo was introduced, but it was most importantly the year we opened our doors for business in beautiful, historic Alton, Illinois.  The Riverbend community has been very great to us, and we’re proud to have served and done business in this area over the last 25 years, and look forward to the next 25!

Photo Credit – Mungenast Alton Toyota-Scion

Automotive Summer Survival Guide

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Summer is in full swing, and if it’s one thing we know about Midwestern summers, it’s that they’re unpredictable!  Whether you find yourself under a scorching hot sun, or under a monsoon – here’s five things you can keep handy in your vehicle for when you’re ready to have fun in the sun!

Sunscreen:   With all the scientific evidence out there regarding sun damage and skin cancer, keeping a spare bottle of sunscreen in the glove box is an easy way to keep you and your family safe this summer.  Pay close attention that the lotion you’re using will protect you from harmful UV-A and UV-B rays.

Umbrella:  You never know when a storm might pop up, so you really can’t go wrong by keeping an umbrella inside the vehicle (and somewhere within reach).  Why not go the extra mile and keep a couple rain ponchos in the car, too?

Beach Towels:  These handy items just aren’t for poolside lounging – they’re actually great for a couple of different things.  Keeping a towel draped across your seats will not only protect you and your kids from the sting of a hot leather seat, but it will also help protect your upholstery from wet and muddy kids and pets.

Insect Repellent:  The mild winter we had means that insects have come back with a vengeance this summer.  Keep a can of insect repellent handy so that you don’t get eaten alive!

First-Aid Kit:  Not just for those of us with kids – keeping some bandages and antibiotic ointment on hand is a must, especially if you enjoy keeping active through running, hiking, biking, skateboarding, etc.

Is there anything else you would suggest keeping in your car this summer?  Tell us in the comment section below!

2012 Camry – America’s Favorite Sedan Reimagined

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Five months ago to the day, on August 23, 2011, the newly redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry was revealed to the world by way of a special event held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California designed to capture the hearts and minds of today’s proletariat in a way no other event held in any other venue could.  Well, five months later, Camry continues the success by building on that winning formula and simply giving consumers more of it for less money – adding real value to an already award-winning mix of dependability, safety, comfort, and practicality.

Having said that, there are still an overwhelming number of people who have never experienced being behind the wheel of a Camry before – let alone a Toyota.  For 2012, Toyota hopes to change some perceptions that the Camry is “vanilla” or “floaty” in any way, because the newest generation is anything but with the personality transplant it just received.  The first thing you’ll notice about the new Camry is how aggressively styled it is – the exterior lines are much more angular and masculine than in previous years, giving Toyota’s bread ‘n butter sedan a more muscular stance.  Although the Camry looks like it means business, Toyota didn’t install a race suspension.  While the ride quality and handling characteristics have improved tremendously, the Camry’s trademark smooth ride hasn’t been compromised in any way.

While the Camry’s exterior styling has been tremendously improved, the real treasure might just be found inside, where you will find a revised, much more luxurious interior than you’d expect this side of a Lexus ES.  The controls are still conveniently placed within reach, and this year, Toyota has revised the steering wheel controls to be more like what you’d find on a video game controller’s “D-pad” (we had to insert the obligatory “gen-Y” reference in here somewhere), making operation simple and functionality easily memorable.  On SE models, drivers will be treated to steering wheel mounted paddle shifters to operate the new six-speed automatic transmission as well as Alcantara-like cloth inserts available with the Leather Package.

Above all, those looking for an American car need not look any further, as the Camry is the most American-made car, having been manufactured in Georgetown, Kentucky for the past 25 years with over 80% of its parts content being manufactured here in the United States by Toyota and numerous American suppliers – something that cannot be said for the competition.  Whether you’re a current Camry driver or if you’ve never considered a Toyota before, you owe yourself the experience of taking a test drive today at Alton Toyota-Scion.  Until then, check out our high-resolution photo gallery to hold yourself over until you can get your hands on the real deal.

IMAGE CREDIT – Toyota Newsroom

The 2012 Toyota Prius c Debuts In Detroit – Coming This March

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Credit: ToyotaWhile news and other information has been available on the Toyota Prius c in Japan (aka the Aqua), no official information had been released about the North American version – until today.  The Toyota Prius c will offer buyers shopping the subcompact segment a unique choice that offers them unparalleled fuel economy with a combined estimated 50 mpg and enough space for five adults and their stuff with a starting price that’s reported to be south of $19,000.  Sounds like a real winner, but the more you read about the Prius c, the sweeter it gets.

The Prius c is more than just a subcompact car – it’s packed with premium features, like a standard 3.5-inch TFT multi-information display, a USB port for iPod®/MP3 player connectivity, hands-free calling, and an available Display Audio system with Navigation and Toyota’s exclusive Entune™.  And it’s certainly a subcompact, with an overall length that’s approximately 19 inches shorter than the Prius, a height that’s about two inches shorter, and also two inches less in width than the regular Prius.  The biggest (and most pleasant) surprise is its weight, which tips the scales at only 2500 lbs. – over 500 lbs. less than the standard Prius, which certainly helps it be more efficient, but more importantly – more fun to drive.

However, with the reduced weight comes reduced horsepower.  We’re talking a combined output of 99 hp from the Prius c versus the larger Prius’ 134 hp.  35 hp can make a difference, but remember – it’s with a weight savings of nearly 20%, so the overall driving dynamic won’t suffer.

The Prius c will be coming to showrooms starting in March, and we certainly hope to have one by then.  For more information about the Prius family of vehicles, check out our other blog posts or visit our dealer website at www.altontoyota.com.

CREDIT:  Toyota USA Newsroom

IMAGE CREDIT:  Toyota USA Newsroom

Toyota Debuts NS4 Advanced Plug-In Hybrid Concept In Detroit

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Credit: ToyotaAny of us who have been driving for a while undoubtedly are more amazed each year with advancements in automotive technology – from innovations that include hybrid powertrains and wireless connectivity, to greener building practices and improved vehicle recyclability.  All of these things have been heightened in the Toyota NS4 Advanced Plug-In Hybrid Concept that debuted in Detroit earlier this morning.  Now, Toyota have no plans to actually build a production version of this exact vehicle in its entirety, but rather use it as a way to present to its commitment to consumers – a commitment to producing engaging, green transportation now, and into the future.

Toyota have drowned the NS4 with technology that includes high-tech automotive glass designed to improve UV protection and cellular reception, advanced lane departure warning and pre-collision systems, rear-end pedestrian collision avoidance, and even a pop-up hood system to reduce pedestrian injury in the event one may be struck with the vehicle at low speed.

The coolest feature inside the NS4 is probably its HMI, or Human-Machine Interface – which includes a multi-touch display that allows occupants to interact with it in a natural way, just like you would use a smartphone.  It will interact with the navigation screen (mounted high in the dashboard) allowing you to synchronize information between the two screens in a way that’s very intuitive.  The applications of this technology are seemingly endless – perhaps you want to find a contact in your phone through the HMI, and once you’ve located them on the lower screen, you could “flick” that information up to the in-dash screen and maybe the navigation would automatically set their address as a destination – who knows.

One thing’s for sure – Toyota is committed to remaining a technology leader in the automotive industry, which is a good thing.  After all, Toyota themselves recognize that the car is becoming the third most connected device, right behind smartphones and tablets.  Check out the gallery below for images from Toyota’s official press release on the NS4.  For more information regarding the Toyota lineup, or the Prius family of vehicles, read other articles on our blog or head on over to our website, www.altontoyota.com.

 

CREDIT: Toyota USA Newsroom

IMAGE CREDIT: Toyota USA Newsroom

2012 Toyota Prius V – That’s “V” For Versatility

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Come see the all-new Prius V at Mungenast Alton Toyota

Come see the all-new Prius V at Mungenast Alton Toyota

 

If you’ve ever looked at a Prius and said to yourself “I really want this, but I’m afraid it would be too small for me and my family”, then you might want to check out the new Prius V – it packs the same fuel-sipping technology that the standard Prius is renowned for, but it offers much more space and versatility (that’s our buzzword for the day).  The new Prius V still retains the sleek, aerodynamic shape and relative exterior dimensions that the original Prius sedan is known for, which is fantastic for buyers in this segment – they want a sedan, but need a CUV, but simply don’t want one – they want something in the middle, more of an MPV of sorts.

For the most part, the new Prius V has the same tricks up its sleeve – great fuel economy, silent starts in EV-Mode, lots of storage cubbies, and a smooth, quiet, and confident ride characteristic.  While the fuel economy is good, an estimated EPA rating of 44mpg city/40mpg highway/42 combined figure puts it slightly behind the more parsimonious Prius sedan’s numbers, but factor in that the Prius V offers more interior volume then about 80% of the SUVs out there.  Factor in that it gets better fuel economy than 100% of the SUVs on the market, and the Prius V proves to be a win-win for both the fuel-conscientious and family-oriented drivers out there.

Inside, the Prius V is packed full of available premium features, including leather seating, a Panoramic View Moonroof with power sliding sunshades, navigation with Entune™ with an integrated backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming capability, phone book access, advanced voice recognition,  and six speakers.  The available Entune™ includes apps like Bing™ and Pandora®, real-time updates on traffic, area fuel prices, sports, and stocks.  Available this spring will be more choices like iHeatRadio, MovieTickets.com, and OpenTable®.  Access to Entune™ will be offered to Toyota customers at no charge for the first three years of service.

The Prius V has turned out to be quite a popular vehicle with hybrid buyers, and for good reason.  For more information on the Prius V, or to schedule a test drive, please visit our website – altontoyota.com, or check out our blog at altontoyota.net.

SOURCE: Toyota USA

IMAGE CREDIT: Toyota Pressroom

Scion iQ – The Smarter Way to Tackle Your Commute

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If one thing’s for certain about the recession, it’s that people have been trying to save money and conserve resources anywhere they can, whether it’s at the supermarket or the gas pump.  In years past, small cars’ reputations had been smeared with all sorts of negative connotations (my personal favorite is the term “penalty box”) but with new innovative thinking brought forth from automakers, people’s opinions are beginning to change.  Not only are people taking to hybrids like the Prius and all new Prius V, but they’re also looking for something more fun, yet efficient – like the Scion vehicle lineup.

With more and more “micro cars” on the roads, people have been adopting what seems to be an automotive minimalistic approach to transportation.  They’re choosing “penalty boxes” over something slightly more comfortable.  What’s more, Scion recognizes that a market exists for micro cars, but choosing a micro car should be rewarding in other places besides the gas pump.

The new 2012 Scion iQ offers buyers a fun alternative with its unique combination of an attractive exterior and stylish interior (with room for up to four people) – and customers can also choose from a plethora of Scion and TRD accessories to customize their vehicle as they desire prior to final delivery through Scion’s unique buying experience.

Scion is rolling out the new iQ one region at a time over the course of this year.  It went on sale December 1st, 2011 on the West Coast, and no official release dates have been announced for the “northern” region (as defined by Scion – it includes states from Maine all the way down to Kansas and includes all of the Midwest).

Mungenast Alton Scion looks forward to bringing you more information about this fantastic little car as soon as we have one available, and you can stay informed with the latest news on the new iQ, and all of the other new vehicles in the and Scion vehicle lineup as well as dealership offers by following us on Twitter and joining us on Facebook.

 

SOURCE – Scion

IMAGE CREDIT – Toyota Pressroom