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Lease a new 2017 Toyota Prius for $338 per month with $0 down

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This is a new 2017 Toyota Prius available at Squamish Toyota.

This is the recently redesigned 2017 Toyota Prius. This one is finished in Blizzard Pearl White with a black interior and it is impressive from every angle.

It is substantially improved from the previous generation Prius and is right at home on a winding road. The new seats are superb, among the best ever fitted to a Toyota automobile.

Of course the Prius is legendary for fuel efficiency and this new generation is both quicker and more efficient. This one is rated at 4.4/4.6 L/100 city/highway which is 64/61 mpg.

New for 2017 are heated seats made standard in all models. Also added is the Toyota Safety Sense System standard on all models. The Safety Sense System includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beams.

This Prius can be leased for $338 per month ($378.51 with taxes included) with ZERO down. This is a 60 month lease at 2.99% with an option to purchase at lease end for $12075.80.

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Supremely comfortable driver’s seat with height adjustment and terrific support.

Welcoming back a 2012 Toyota Prius C

 

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This is a local, one owner Prius C which was just traded in for a new Toyota Tacoma 4X4.

We sold this car new to a local Squamish couple and we have a full Toyota service history on file. It is accident-free and looks extremely good both inside and out.  The pride of ownership is evident.

The Prius C is the most efficient compact car we offer, delivering an astonishing 3.5/4.0 L/100km or 81/76 MPG. There are few very few vehicles in the world which cost less to drive than a Prius C.

It is a fun car to drive, very easy to park yet it feels secure on a winding road.

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This car comes equipped with Bluetooth capability, USB and AUX audio inputs, it has air conditioning, power windows, power heated mirrors, power door locks with keyless entry and cruise control.

The cargo area is spacious and goods are easily hidden under the luggage area cover. The rear seat backs are 60/40 split and can fold forward to create an impressively large storage space.

A check of the CarProof Vehicle History Report identifies this car as both a one owner and accident-free.

We have comprehensively inspected, serviced and detailed this Prius. Four new all season tires were just installed.

This is a Toyota Certified Used Vehicle with Toyota power train warranty coverage is in place to 100,000 kilometres or until April 19, 2018.

Odometer reading: 51,125 kilometres. Offered at $15,800 with financing available at 2.9%.

 

Thoughts on the new RAV4 Hybrid

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Toyota introduced a Hybrid version of the RAV4 to Canada in December.  Since our first one arrived (a Limited model ordered by a local Toyota Highlander owner) on December 4th, six more have found new homes in our community.

Traditionally the Hybrid models represented a rather considerable step up in price but with the RAV4 XLE AWD, the step is modest at $2815.  In the case of the Limited, the hybrid carries a $3440 premium though it adds features not offered in the non-hybrid.

The Hybrid has more power than the regular RAV4 yet it uses significantly less fuel.  It has greater performance, better handling, a 250 lb higher (now 1750lb) towing capacity and a hybrid system warranty that stretches to 8 years or 160,000km.

How much more efficient is the Hybrid?  Combined fuel economy of 7.2L/100 km (39 MPG) vs 9.4 (30 MPG).  The city fuel savings are even more dramatic: 6.9 (41 MPG) vs 10.6 (27 MPG).  Assuming one drove 20,000km per year using fuel costing $1.09 per litre, the RAV4 will consume $2071 worth of fuel, the Hybrid $1570.

Toyota Canada has allocated us quite a number of RAV4 Hybrids to arrive over the coming months so waiting times are quite tolerable.  Please drop by for an evaluation drive.

Eco-Friendly Customer Spotlight: Green Clean Squamish

Recently, our friend Amy Remark from the local business Green Clean (based in Squamish, BC) purchased a new fleet vehicle for her business. Squamish Toyota and Green Clean share similar values about helping the environment and working smart, so we felt she would be an obvious addition to the Squamish Toyota blog! Here is what she had to say:

Green Clean Speaks with Squamish Toyota
Q: When did you come down to purchase your vehicles from us here at Squamish Toyota?

I made my first purchase in 2011 and altogether have purchased 6 vehicles – most recently I traded in two vehicles for two different ones so we have a fleet of 4 vehicles.

Q: That’s fantastic, what did you buy?  

Originally I purchased a 2010 Yaris and 2011 Tacoma and then added on a Swift (which I’ve recently traded in for another Yaris) and a Rav 4. This summer I traded in the Tacoma for a 2013 Prius V – which I absolutely love driving!

Q: Sounds like you DO love driving! What brought you to Squamish Toyota?

I know Toyota makes excellent cars and I was most impressed with their overall value and fuel efficiency. Also, I’ve had nothing but great customer service and a good experience at the Toyota dealership here in Squamish.

Q: We’re happy to hear about that! So, who did you deal with when you came to look at vehicles?

I think I’ve talked to everyone who works there and they all know me when I come in. It’s nice to hear staff call you by your first name.

Q: How do you use your vehicle?

I own an eco friendly cleaning company and 3 out of the 4 are dedicated work vehicles. The Prius V is also my personal vehicle.

Q: So, why is finding a car that is eco-friendly an important part of your vehicle purchase?

Green Clean is eco-friendly so it’s important that we are true to our values and driving eco-friendly vehicles falls in line with that. The Yaris’s are so fuel efficient, it’s amazing. We needed a larger vehicle as well for work in Whistler and I couldn’t justify driving a van, so the Rav 4 suits are size needs without being a total gas guzzler.

Q: What are some basic eco-friendly tips for our readers? Green Clean and Squamish Toyota serving whistler, pemberton and vancouver

Well, the number one and most important – reuse whenever possible!! And vinegar works on everything. It’s biodegradable, easy on the wallet and is safe for pets and people. And lastly, rather than spend oodles of money on vacuums, cleaners, mops etc. hire Green Clean and we bring everything so it saves money, space, and time 🙂

Haha, nice plug! Thanks for chatting with us, Amy!

Is Your New Year’s Resolution To Be “Greener” in 2013?

Squamish Toyota of the Vancouver and Squamish Areas and going green for new years

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Year after year we make resolutions that are tough to keep. This year, make a plan to help the environment and your community by taking simple steps and ensure you keep your promise. Here are 4 ways to get started:

1.  Supermarket Savvy: Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled in North America, the rest

shopping bags squamishend up in landfills, or the ocean – taking up to 1,000 years to decompose. Your solution? Turn down plastic bags and opt for reusable ones. The bonus is that reusable bags often hold more and are quite a bit more durable. For more information on how Squamish and the Sea to Sky areas are supporting this movement check out the non-profit Greener Footprints. They distributed one shopping bag per household in 2009 to our entire community.  http://www.greenerfootprints.com/

Eat-Local Squamish Toyota2.  Eat local: Purchasing food that was made, grown or raised within your province or better yet locally will help support your local economy and the farmers and establishments that are producing humane, environmentally conscious products. Your solution? Try opting for a delivery service like Sea to Sky Organics. you can pick out the green or organic version of nearly everything on your shopping list and have it delivered once a week to your door. http://seatoskyorganics.ca

3.  Go Easy on The Gas: Each year cars emit more than 300 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere in the Unites States alone. The pollution causes hazy smog to form in the air and has devastating affects on our ecosystem. The solution? One method is to try electric. The Prius plug-in is a serious way to cut down on emissions. Short range a commuter may not even need to use a drop of gas to get to work. Secondly, opt for the wide variety of hybrid cars available in Squamish and Vancouver such as the compact Prius C or the family sized Highlander Hybrid. If your not ready for a hybrid or electric car, there are many ways to drive around Squamish and Vancouver with fuel efficiency in mind. Check out the Pollution Probe and Canadian Toyota-Prius_Plug-in_Hybrid_2013 Squamish Toyota Automobile Association’s “Busting Myths About Fuel Efficiency and Driving” guide: http://www.caa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/busting-myths-eng.pdf

4.  Recycle Clothes: Turn old clothes into new ones by donating and shopping at local thrift stores. Check out Tourism Squamish’s website for details on shopping local: http://www.tourismsquamish.com/activities/shopping

Some great places to shop and donate to, in and near Squamish:

  1. The Salvation Army in North Vancouver
  2. The SPCA Thrift Shop in North Vancouver
  3. Re Use-It Centre in Whistler
  4. Pearl’s 2nds in Squamish
  5. St. Joseph’s Thrift Shop in Squamish 

The Green Sea to Sky Commuter

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Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Corridor are making change a reality by taking part in some unique options to make work and play a little more eco-friendly. Check out these three contributions to the green effort:

Sea to Sky Clean Air Society:

Thanks to the Sea-to-Sky Clean Air Society our communities have access to eco smart forums, news, bike to work initiatives and more. With an area like Squamish known as the “recreation capital” it’s important to think ahead about preservation. Recently, the S2SCAS brought together citizens spanning all the Sea2Sky clean air society helps Squamish and Vancouver go green_Hybrids article_Squamish_Toyotaway from Metro Vancouver to weigh in on the future of our regions public transportation in a forum known as ‘Compute the Commute“.

SeatoSky_Trail_ helps Squamish and Vancouver go green_Hybrids article_Squamish_ToyotaSea to Sky Trail:

In an area known for it’s incredible mountain biking, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District has taken bike (and hiking) travel to a whole new level. Their website sums it up best: “This 180 kilometre, non-motorized, multi-use trail is being built right now for everyone to enjoy. The trail is optimized for mountain bikes and will provide users with a full outdoor experience of the landscape and the natural and human history of the Sea to Sky corridor.” Why is this trail groundbreaking? It’s users can ride, walk or run along it and access any town from Squamish to D’Arcy.

Hybrid Taxis:

Taxi companies in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler are taking the extra step to go green by using hybrids like the Toyota Prius (many actually come from Squamish Toyota) to shuttle passengers. Hybrid Taxi owners such as Frank Ryan of Howe Sound Taxi are embracing the trend and setting a standard for the corridor.”As gas prices rise, Ryan said he will suffer less at the pump. The goal is to save money, but Ryan said purchasing the hybrid is also about shrinking the Howe Sound Taxi carbon footprint.” Other companies using hybrid taxis include:

Vancouver and Sea to Sky Auto Consumer Evolves – For The Environment & the Bottom Line

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Squamish Toyota has seen a large shift in customer needs over the last 10 years. The CBC News Vancouver, reports gas prices have peaked earlier and faster than any year in the past decade. As these prices continue to grow, commuters in the North Vancouver, Squamish and Sea to Sky Corridor are changing their priorities when purchasing a car.

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Que Hybrid Technology: Squamish Toyota among other Vancouver area dealerships began selling the Toyota Prius as a line of defence  against high fuel costs and the toll gas propelled cars take on the environment. The first generation Toyota Prius seated 5, and was one of the primary cars to be rated an “Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV)”.

The need to have a kinder impact on the environment stems from the discovery that “the earth’s atmosphere is rapidly changing,” reports a Worcester Polytechnic Institute study. “This change is largely due to human activity; industry, transportation, waste and everyday living.”

Buzzle.com suggests that Hybrids like the Prius serve as a positive influence on the environment in a few ways: Primarily, these cars cut down on chemical and smoke emissions into our atmosphere a large contributor to global warming. Secondly, these cars cut down on noise pollution, an often-overlooked factor that contributes to preserving the serenity of Squamish, the Sea to Sky Corridor and the entire Vancouver area.The Modern Squamish Toyota Prius

Squamish Toyota suggests that although the Prius is a strong solution to the many qualms of car consumers it will continue to evolve. The Toyota Prius Hybrid is now in it’s third generation and features a family of vehicles including the more spacious Prius V, the smaller city car known as the sea to sky highway from Vancouver to Squamish Toyota Prius C and the most recent addition: The Prius Plug-in Hybrid.