New Toyota Avalon – A Sedan That Works Hard & Plays Harder in Portland

New Toyota Avalon in Portland Review

Believe it? We do. This isn’t your grandma’s luxury Avalon. Learn more about the sporty sedan that knows how to have fun.

When it comes to luxury sedans in Portland, the 2019 Toyota Avalon is more hip than most. 35-54 year olds in America drive the most miles per year. For that age-range of car-buyers that many of us fall into, the Avalon may not be first on your list. Maybe, at some point in your life, a Toyota Avalon was just, to you, the car that the little old lady drove too slowly in the fast lane. Maybe it was the hand-me-down family car. A snooze-fest mobile when your dreams consisted of faster horses. Regardless, this car has always had a market, but now that market is bigger than ever. Portland Toyota lovers are falling in love when least expected with the all new 2019 Toyota Avalon.

New Toyota Avalon in Portland Brings ExcitementToyota set out to make the 2019 Avalon a car dedicated to “serious play”. The 2019 Avalon comes on strong with appealing exterior design, sleek curves that aren’t all business, but speak to professionalism. This car allows for a comfortable, no-fuss ride, with bold moments of surprisingly sporty personality. Top all of that off with a screaming V-6 engine, and ample fuel economy, and you’ve got a Toyota sedan that can take on pick-up lines and morning commutes, the same way it takes on a night in the city. It’s the ideal sedan for the busy, on-the-go Portlander with a full life and places to be. Kids in tow, or just the grown ups, this car is packed with excellent features and driver-centered comfort, and that’s only the beginning.

Why Portland Loves the New Toyota Avalon More Than Ever

Avalon has always taken notes from it’s predecessor Camry, but had a refined edge. But the 2019 Toyota Avalon is re-writing the script! Like 2018’s new Camry model, Avalon is thoughtfully build around the TNGA model base, which is also the standard for the Prius and many of Toyota’s new crossovers. With Avalon, the build allows you the aerodynamic efficiency of a smaller car, allowing for great gas mileage and speed, but also it gives you the size you need for style with personality, as well as cargo room. There’s a reason this build has become Toyota’s golden standard.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon is Serious About Play

Toyota’s marketing campaign for 2019 Avalon has been aptly named Serious Play with many great adds featuring current blockbuster films like “I, Tonya” and “Catch Me If You Can.” All of this hype is centered around the idea that Avalon gives you the ability to experience playful adventure behind the wheel of a sedan that is also built for your everyday life. Toyota cites authenticity as an important ideal for this model of Avalon- an ideal that is extremely integral to Portland living, as well.

New Toyota Avalon- All About the Power & Made in the USA

Portland Toyota Avalon owners get the satisfaction of a power hungry sedan made in the USA. Where does that playful power come from? Well, one bad-boy of an engine that isn’t all soccer practice and business meetings. Though Avalon has always been driven by a commanding V6 engine, it has recently gotten an upgrade. 2005- 2018 engines have been 3.5L 2GR-FE style. However, this Avalon is upgraded to the 2GR-FKS- the same used by Lexus models and the fan-favorite Tacoma pickup. The Toyota trademark D4-S System combines direct and port-injection to allow more capability. This engine gains 33 horses since 2018. We call that business in the front and party in the front.

New Toyota Avalon in Portland Made in America2019 Toyota Avalon is exclusively built here on American soil at a Georgetown, KY manufacturing center, where this build is a flagship for the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. This manufacturing right at home, as well as Toyota’s new initiatives, offer you the highest quality in craftsmanship and safety that you can feel great about driving. From hot off the line in rural Kentucky, to your Pacific Northwest life, this is a car with style, power, and the integrity to back it up.

What Firsts For Toyota Avalon Can Portland Drivers Expect?

The new Avalon includes quite a few first-time advancements for Toyota, including:

  • Available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) which controls dynamic handling
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and pairing
  • Available Engine Sound Enhancement (a push-of-a-button feature that gives you the audio experience of a sports-car)
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Toyota Entune infotainment suite with latest and greatest upgrades for connectivity
Fear Not Portland Avalon Lovers, There Is An Avalon For Every Lifestyle

The 2019 Toyota Avalon is already a very versatile car, but the options for which trim suits you best only sweeten the deal. There are four available grades to accommodate your individual needs. Sports Plus models, XSE and Touring offer a more sporty, adventurous experience, but XLE and Limited offer a more high-end everyday experience with added features. And it gets better! Hybrid models of XLE, XSE, and Limited are available. You don’t have to compromise with a car you don’t love to get the efficiency you deserve.

Looking for a 2019 Toyota Avalon in Portland?

Toyota of Portland is your on-stop place for all things Toyota in the Pacific Northwest! We are excited to offer Portland drivers the fun and versatility they deserve in the all-new 2019 Toyota Avalon. Let us know how we can help you.

New Toyota Tacoma Impresses Portland

New Toyota Tacoma in Portland is Impressive

Portlanders want fun and capability. How does the new Toyota Tacoma stack up? We’ve done the research to make your job a little easier.

Toyota Tacoma is a great truck, and one of the best off-roaders in its class overall. It’s as comfortable on your Portland I-5 commute as it is on an off-road adventure. It has great handling, a comfortable interior, and plenty of driver-focused extras and tech that we will dive into. See how the new Toyota Tacoma compares to rival trucks, as well as past Tacoma models and performance below!

Performance Matters in the New Toyota Tacoma in Portland

Roadtrip Ready Toyota Tacoma in PortlandThe capable Tacoma offers two powerful engine options that can help you tailor the truck to your specific work and play. The first is a 159 hp 4-cylinder base model engine, and if you want to take it up a notch, you can opt for the 278hp V6. Both perform well around town and on the highway, but the V6 noticeably enhances towing and torque, as well as hill climbing.

Toyota Tacoma ranks high in its class for towing capacity, but is practically the top of the heap when it comes to maximum payload. When equipped properly, you can haul up to a whopping 1,620lbs with ease, and trailers as heavy as 6,800lbs. Don’t leave the boat, ATVs, or jet-skis at home!

What about Toyota Tacoma Off-Road Performance?

Off-Road Performance of New Toyota Tacoma in PortlandWhen you outfit your new Tacoma with the 4WD, and particularly if you spring for the TRD packages, it’s more than ready for your next off-road adventure. In this regard, it’s best in class and the performance trims can handle and Pacific Northwest trail your heart desires to beat down.

All the Tech & Comfort Portland Needs in New Toyota Tacoma

Cockpit of new Toyota Tacoma in PortlandTacoma seats 4 people comfortably, and 5 in the Access Cab and Double Cab models. The legroom and visibility is excellent in the front, and not too shabby in the back of the cab, either. If children are in tow, the Tacoma is equipped across all trims with LATCH for added car-seat safety. The interior is well-made with a driver centered design and an appealing look. The seats are comfortable enough for long commutes and road-trips, offering supple support.

When it comes to cargo space, Tacoma has either a 5 or 6ft bed, dependent on the trim that you select. The bed is comprised of a durable composite, meaning you don’t need a bed-liner. If no one is riding in the backseat, it’s large enough to haul tools, luggage, or supplies for just about any job or weekend trip.

Infotainment, Connectivity & Navigation Options on Toyota Tacoma

Interior Features of New Toyota Tacoma in PortlandToyota Tacoma comes standard at the base-model with USB ports, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and the Toyota Entune infotainment suite with a 6.1 inch touchscreen display. Feature available on some models include dual-zone climate control, satellite radio. JBL audio premium system, as well as a further upgraded and larger Entune suite.

The list of features on the new Toyota Tacoma leaves a lot to love and little to be desired. The Entune suite is user-friendly and not distracting for the driver. Tacoma has even partnered with GoPro to provide a mount attached to the truck to capture your off-road adventures. A fan-favorite premium extra feature is wireless phone charging- no need for pesky cables.

New Toyota Tacoma in Portland Garners Top Marks in Safety

The Tacoma garnered top marks for every crash test conducted by the highly-regarded IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.) The IIHS also noted that the Tacoma is a standout for standard safety features, meaning that Toyota goes above and beyond – even on the base models. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Administration) also awarded high marks to the Tacoma with a 4 out of 5 in overall safety, as well as a perfect 5 stars in side-crash testing.

Standard safety features on Tacoma go above and beyond in the Toyota line-up, and in the entire class of compact performance trucks. A rearview back-up camera is standard, and- best of all- so is Toyota Safety Sense suite. TSS is a deluxe package, formerly reserved for higher-end trims, of fantastic and useful safety features. It includes lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam headlights, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and more! Available on some trims, you will find rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring.


Get your beautiful new Toyota Tacoma at Toyota of Portland today! This is a fan-favorite truck that won’t let you down.

Portland 2019 Toyota TRD Pro Series Will Go Beyond Just Off-Road

2019 Toyota TRD Series in PortlandFirst looks at the 2019 Toyota TRD Pro series already promises to get Portland enthusiasts more than just off-road. The heartbeat of Toyota adventure is returning in style this fall with the next generation of TRD Pro Series. We’ve got the details for Portland on TRD Pro Tundra, 4Runner, & Tacoma.

Each vehicle in the 2019 TRD PRO Series lineup will be available in three gorgeous colors: Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, or Voodoo Blue (TRD exclusive.) Having a vehicle that’s tough enough for Pacific Northwest off-road adventures doesn’t mean sacrificing style and color!

Suspension That Leaves No Suspense – Only a Great Ride.

Toya TRD in Portland Performance Tuned ShocksSeasoned Portland off-roaders know the true importance of great suspension and how it can make or break your adventure, or your daily drive. The entirety of the Toyota TRD Pro line-up rides seated on 2.5-inch TRD Pro-exclusive Fox® Internal Bypass shocks. These heavy-duty shocks are aluminum bodied and offer superior damping and performance for practically any situation or condition to help you remain comfortable and confident. The specially-tuned springs paired with these shocks give your TRD Pro a slight lift, that isn’t obnoxious, but adds a tough edge to your SUV or truck’s appearance. Rear Fox® shocks retain a reservoir for extra oil volume which can come in the clutch to assist in damping in extreme situations.

Toyota TRD Pro Series Desert Air Intake- Think Oregon Dunes

Across the entire TRD family, one of the most notable and driver-minded updates is Desert Air Intake, designed to keep passenger air clean no matter the conditions. Desert Air intake pulls the dust from the wheel well (where air intakes typically take place) during off-road modes. That way, air is only ingested above the windshield until you return to normal air conditions.

Portland is Getting Excited About the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro Off-Road Experience

Toyota TRD Series in Portland is AnticipatedPortland off-road enthusiasts can hardly wait for the changes coming to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro in 2019.  Tacoma TRD Pro takes many notes from TRD Off-Road grade, but ups the toughness with improved front shocks, paired with fine-tuned springs that add some sporty lift. The sway bar has also been sized up to allow for even more crisp and stable steering.

An offset of the 16inch wheels allows for an inch wider track in front and back for added stability, as well as a tougher prowess in appearance.

Inside the cabin, the audio is no slouch. Entune’s Premium suite infotainment is paired beautifully with Integrated Nav and your apps and it all sounds great coming through your JBL Audio speaker system and subwoofers.

Passengers in your 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro are treated to standard Entune Premium JBL Audio with subwoofer amplifier and Integrated Navigation and App Suite. Tacoma is equipped with TRD Pro-branded floor mats and leather-trimmed seats with TRD Pro emblems on the front headrests. Distinguishing the exterior are unique TRD Pro badges, projector-beam headlights with black sport bezels and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Rigid Industries LED fog lights, taillights with black sport bezels, and a black TOYOTA grille.

Heavy Duty 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Is More Than Just A Work Truck

TRD Pro Work Truck Toyota Tundra in Portland

While the Toyota Tundra has always been the go-to work-horse for your Portland jobsite, the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro offers an off-road element that goes beyond work. Toyota Tundra TRD Pro shares in the same fantastic upgrades to front and rear shocks, but gets an additional inch of front lift for 2 inches total. Tundra has also been given the high-performance LED headlights from the Tacoma line-up, as well as LED accent lights. A new front end design, as well as a vintage-inspired Toyota design within the grille give this truck serious classic vibes that leave you feeling like it will still look good 10 years from now

Inside the cab, tasteful TRD logos are artfully dispersed among the interior design. TRD Pro floor mats, quality interior materials, and an impeccable infotainment system and dash are the icing on the cake.

The tough TRD Pro series dual exhaust is fitted with new black chrome tips and new etchings and letterings signature to the TRD line and/or TRD Tundra are found in front and rear- even underneath- making this truck one of a kind. Some models include the option for a generous moonroof. Stargaze on your next coast trip, or just let the wind blow through your hair on your daily Portland drive!  

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Loads of Fun On and Off-Road in the Pacific Northwest

Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Series in Portland is More Fun4Runner is a Toyota SUV that hardly needs an introduction and evokes such a timeless image of off-road fun. This SUV has aged well and will continue to do so. But what’s new for 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Series? For starters we have the same updates to the front and rear Fox® shocks and fine-tuned springs for added stability and lift listed about some of 4Runners’ TRD Pro siblings. We also find a new roof rack that not only holds more, but adds more than ever to the outward appearance of the vehicle. Like Tacoma, 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro gives something for everyone with Entune infotainment, app-pairing and navigation, as well as incredible JBL audio speakers and subwoofers.

Powerful LED fog lights have a smoldering smoked-trim that evokes a great look on the front end, along side the new vintage-inspired Toyota grille. A host of driver-centered design features appear throughout the cabin. Whether you keep it for yourself or pack in the whole family- the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is the ultimate adventure machine.

Toyota Puts Safety First For All Your Off-Road Adventures in Your New TRD Pro SUV or Truck

Nowhere is safety more important than when pushing your Toyota TRD Pro truck or SUV to its limits off-road. Even for the most adventurous souls, safety should still remain at the top of the list. Toyota never ceases caring about your safety and confidence on the road. Here is a list of safety features you can find in the TRD Pro line-up (models may vary)

  • VSC—Vehicle Stability Control
  • TRAC Traction Control
  • ABS – Anti-lock Brake System
  • EBD – Electronic Brake-force Distribution
  • BA – Brake Assist
  • SST – Smart Stop Technology
  • PCS with PD- Pre- Collision System with Pedestrian Detection *
  • LDA – Lane Departure Alert *
  • AHB—Automatic High Beams *
  • DRCC – Dynamic Radar Cruise Control *

*symbol indicates may be Tundra and Tacoma exclusive/ standard

Toyota of Portland is Gearing Up for the 2019 Toyota TRD Pro Series

Whether you’re shopping for your first high performance off-road vehicle, or upgrading an old friend, we know you’ll love our selection of Toyota TRD Pro series trucks and SUVs. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Top 10 Reasons A New Toyota Camry Might Be Perfect For Your Portland Lifestyle

Reasons to buy a new Toyota Camry in Portland

The Toyota Camry is a car that spans generations and never disappoints when a new model hits the market. Maybe you’re a long-time fan of the model looking to upgrade an old friend, or maybe you are just trying to find the right car. From first cars to family cars, the Toyota Camry has always had Portland covered.

Changes and updates to the 2018 model make for an exciting test drive. Innovative features in connectivity, infotainment, cargo space and so much more make this a well-rounded car. It’s the Toyota Camry you know- only better than ever. Add a huge focus on safety in the mix, and you’ve got a sedan that meets all your needs.

What makes 2018 Camry special?

Updates to the 2018 Camry are more than just updates- it’s more of a complete overhaul! Though the model is still familiar to those who have owned or driven an older model, its gotten an exterior facelift, a beefed up suspension, and a slightly longer wheelbase. Toyota Safety Sense now comes standard on most Camry models, and many styling options have been added with additional trims. You can really get the Camry you love- no compromise.

Why Buy Camry? Here are 10 Reasons Portland will Love All 2018 Toyota Camry has to Offer

1. Bring it on – Camry has cargo room for days

If you’re after great cargo room, 2018 Camry is your ride. You have the option to split your rear seating 60/40 to extend the already plentiful trunk. The current trunk is also wider than its predecessor. This means your new Toyota Camry is more ready to accommodate larger items than ever before.

2. Stay Safe with Toyota Safety Sense

Toyota Safety Sense now comes standard as a part of all Camry packages. PCS (Pre-Collision System) helps to detect items or vehicles you may hit before an accident occurs, and includes PD (pedestrian detection). Dynamic Radar Cruise control makes your Portland drive smoother and more stress free than ever, always keeping your vehicle a safe distance from cars up ahead at cruising speed. Toyota is coming in on top of other car makers when it comes to being generous with base model features! A feather in the cap for Camry.

3. Bang for Your Buck – Fantastic Fuel Efficiency

Portland is a city that cares about the environment, as well as saving money. Though 2018 Camry is a spacious car with plenty of power and capability, it doesn’t have poor fuel economy. In fact, it does quite well! Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile with your 8-speed automatic transmission and 3.5L V6 or 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. This Camry is giving back better fuel economy than ever, and the hybrid model is one to check out, as well, for an even more eco-friendly Portland commute.

4. Nice and Easy – Enjoy Your Drive

Camry keeps its simple with intuitive and driver-centered infotainment, pairing and navigation that isn’t too fussy. Many sedans on the market offer a driving system that is so complex that it can be a distraction. The new Toyota Camry offers Portland owners the modern creature comforts, but fewer features that can go wrong. Also, the drive is simply pleasurable with very few surprises or guesswork. It’s a car you can depend on.

5. Keep Your Cool  – Intelligent Climate Control is here

The temperature control system is minimalist and sophisticated. The cooling of the cabin happens extremely quickly and the knobs and buttons offer a clear path to the temperature driver and passenger desire, without fussy digital systems.

6. Camry Can Handle It- Improved Handling for You

The drive-feel of the new Toyota Camry is spunkier than ever, but while it’s sporty, it feels tighter and more secure than previous editions. The handling and steering feels more athletic and high-end than before. Updates to suspension give the drive-feel a mature edge and cut down on road noise and bumpiness.

7. No More Scrunching- Tall Drivers Rejoice!

Updates to Toyota Camry make it more accessible than ever for drivers over 6ft, or simply for people who prefer more spacious head and foot room. There’s also plenty of room width-wise in the car for individuals with broader shoulders, or who like their space when driving. This also allows full range of motion when big and tall drivers are making wider turns with the steering wheel. Get the room you need and want!

8. Comfort is Key

Sure, Camry is a great looking car to look at on the streets of Portland, but it’s also a great car to ride in. You’ll want to take lunch breaks behind the wheel with these high-quality seats with added lumbar support. The versatile seats allow comfort for all shapes and sizes.

9. Quality – Toyota Knows How Much It Matters

When you slip behind the wheel of a new Toyota Camry, you can’t help but notice that this model is equipped with a smattering of gorgeous high-end materials that make up the interior. The design is mature and minimal in a modern way, but everything is done with the utmost care for quality.

10. A Spunky New 8-Speed Automatic Transmission

The all-new 8 speed transmission puts some serious pep in the 2018 Toyota Camry’s step, making a traditionally grown-up car feel a little more fun. It’s shift-feel is smooth and understated, but it adds tremendously to the overall spunk of this model. This is one new feature of the 2018 Toyota Camry you’re sure to appreciate on your daily Portland commute.

If you can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one of these gorgeous 2018 Camry models, stop by Toyota of Portland today!

Keep Portland Weird. Keep Portland Green. Details of Toyota Prius- Then VS. Now

Fuel Economy of the Toyota Prius in Portland

Toyota Prius has been on the market since the turn of the century in 2000, being introduced in Japan a few years before. Since then, it’s lead a legacy of eco-friendliness, safety, and comfort that green-lovers, penny pinchers, and families alike have enjoyed. Portland is a city that loves our environment. It’s important to reflect on changes in the hybrid world and learn more. This article aims to shed light on the fuel economy of the all-new 2018 Prius model, as well as how it stacks up to the competition.

2018 Toyota Prius- What’s New and What Has Stayed The Same?

Fuel Economy of Toyota Prius in PortlandPrius fuel-economy ratings are essentially unchanged from the 2017 model, still garnering 54mpg in the city and 50mpg on the highway- no better and no worse. It’s notable that a hybrid such as Prius allows better fuel efficiency in the city for your everyday commuter who needs to run errands, get the kids to school, and spends time in stop and go traffic. The main selling point of Prius has always been the powertrain, giving fuel economy that makes it a true marvel. However, achieving the EPA’s fuel economy numbers in your everyday life means driving with slower accelerations and decelerations. At times when driving your hybrid differently than a regular car aren’t possible, the economy may vary. Still, with ever model Prius becomes more sophisticated and well-rounded across the board, keeping that incredible fuel efficiency in check.

New Toyota Prius EPA Rating Confirms Outstanding Fuel Economy for Portland Drivers

The EPA’s rating evaluation of all Prius models (1.8 L, four-cylinder, two electric-motor-power train) proves that it will earn estimated 54mpg city and 50mpg at highway speeds. Prius Two Echo excludes the spare tire to reduce a bit of weight and even has a solar-reflecting windshield that reduces the need to cool the cabin, thus reducing electrical pull. Also, it’s tires are inflated at a higher PSI than the other Prius models. Prius Two Echo brings home 58mpg city and 53mpg at highway speeds.

Toyota Prius Prime in Portland Fuel EconomyDrivers who have been on the hybrid train for a long time already know that these cars are going to work for you the most at city speeds and lower speeds in general. Though Prius still delivers 46mpg on the highway, this model is more geared toward inner-city Portlanders, not highway commuters. Other Toyota models offer great fuel economy at highway speeds, as well. Still, if you’re eco-conscious you cannot go wrong with the latest Prius, which looks and drives better than ever.

There has never been a car more synonymous than the Prius when you think of a hybrid. You picture, feel, and hear Prius. It has been leading the charge for nearly 20 years in the United States, and even though the economy has changed little in the last two years, what’s under the hood, as well as inside the cabin continues to become more driver-friendly and sophisticated.

New Toyota Prius Under The Hood- And in The Cabin

Under the hood, Prius packs it’s punch of efficiency in a standard 1.8-L 4-cylinder 16-valve engine. It’s driving modes include EV, POWER, and ECO, which help you to customize your Portland driving. This engine gets you from place to place- especially in the city- with quiet ease that has a long legacy of being easy on your wallet, too.

Prius ranks in US New’s top compact cars, noting it’s impressive improvements to cargo space and techy features. Though many new hybrids have made it on the scene, Prius remains a standard. With 27.4 cubic feet of cargo room, storage room, high-tech display for music and pairing, SofTex-trimmed seats and steering and so much more, this is the fuel economy you’ve always loved, but it feels better than ever. Why change what’s great? Toyota aims to keep it simple, but to make Prius the best experience possible for 2018 drivers.

Fuel Efficiency of Toyota Prius in Portland

Learn More About the New Toyota Prius at Toyota of Portland

Whether you’re looking at your first Prius or upgrading an old friend. We aim to keep Portland eco-friendly with our knowledgeable Toyota team. We will answer all of your Prius questions, and be glad to take you for a test drive!