Category Archives: Destination Toyota, Burnaby

Toyota related blog posts for Brentwood, Lougheed, Burnaby and Greater Vancouver areas.

Toyota Evergreen

Toyota has teamed up with Evergreen; a national non-profit organization looking to inspire cities to go green. Their vision of green cities and a healthy planet combined with their values of collaboration, innovation, accountability and a systems approach that allows them to enables cities to lead a greener lifestyle.


In 2000, Toyota partnered with Evergreen and created the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program.  They both shared the desire to create sustainable cities by planting greens and transforming barren school grounds into natural environments.

Over the past decade, Toyota has contributed over 6 million into the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds. This amazing initiative has been able to:

  • Transform over 3,000 school grounds
  • Provided outdoor learning opportunities to over 1.4 million students across Canada
  • Held 1,000 workshops that reached over 36,000 teachers, educators and designers to promote and implement outdoor classrooms and natural learning spaces.


Assistant General Manager, Jeff Polo at Destination Toyota and the Marketing Team had the honor of helping Moscrop Secondary School and Forest Group Elementary School in Burnaby transform their schools into green grounds. Their plans for a sustainable green environment for the next generation can be realized thanks to the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds Program.

For more information on the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds initiative, visit

Toy Mountain | Destination Auto Group

‘Twas the Night before Toy Mountain…

Santa’s auxiliary shop (aka the Marketing Department) at Destination Auto Group was busy the last few weeks preparing for the Salvation Army’s 2013 Toy Mountain event, which took place on December 13, 2013 at the Brentwood Mall in Burnaby.

Moved by the spirit of the Season, this is the second year that Team Destination Auto has participated in the event. With hopes of creating smiles and memories to last, the Team raised over $3,000 and delivered 4 truckloads full of toys this year!

We’d like to CONGRATULATE the Salvation Army team and its partners for the great success of Toy Mountain this year!

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Check out the coverage on the the BEAT 94.5′s Facebook page!

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2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

5 Reasons Why You Gotta Love the 2014 Toyota Corolla

With 10 generations of Corolla models preceding it, the all-new, re-designed and re-engineered 2014 Toyota Corolla is more stylish and edgier than its predecessors, though it has retained it’s easygoing nature. Introduced in 1968, the Corolla nameplate has reached more than 40 million customers, and this year, set to reach many more! For those who value dependability and simplicity, the 2014 Corolla will not disappoint; good performance, comfort, fuel economy, and reliability are just a few elements that will appeal to everyone from the conservative commuter to the first-time car owner.

Here are 5 things you gotta know about the re-designed 2014 Toyota Corolla:

1. Brand new look

Noticeably sleek and sporty, the 2014 Corolla features a rounder shape based on the Corolla Furia concept, which unveiled at the 2012 NAIAS in Detroit. The new Corolla’s design is not just about looks—handling, fuel efficiency and stability were defining principles used by Toyota’s design team. Long gone are the days of the 2-door and hatchback versions; instead Toyota has favored a 5-passenger only base model with a variety of trims (L, LE, LE Eco and S). The new Corolla is also lower, longer, and wider, and features an exterior look that is more aggressive than the 2013 model.

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2. More space inside

With its slightly elongated body, the 2014 Corolla features more space and increased comfort, especially for taller drivers. With 41.4 inches of legroom in the backseats, passengers have more room to play with than most of the Corolla’s competitors. Trunk capacity of the Corolla is approximately 13 cubic feet; loading and unloading is easier given the wide opening, and increased capacity can be found by folding down the rear-split seats.

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

3. Enhanced safety and performance

The Corolla’s standard set of safety features include stability and traction control, front side airbags, antilock brakes, a driver knee airbag, a passenger seat cushion airbag, and side curtain airbags. There is also a rearview camera available standard on all trims, except the base L.

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

Compared to the 2013 model, the 2014 models offering CVT transmission feel much smoother, and run more efficiently and quieter than ordinary automatic transmission. The new Corolla also features better sound-insulation, which helps to reduce outside noise, particularly when driving on the highway.

4. Improvements to fuel economy*

Toyota has been an industry leader in fuel economy and the new Corolla is no exception. If fuel economy is your motivation, the LE Eco would be your best option: its EPA combined rating is 35 mpg, with a highway rating of 42 mpg. The standard model with CVT will get you an average of 32 mpg (28 mpg city/38 mpg highway).

5. New interior and infotainment features

The seats of the new Corolla are soft and comfortable, but are more firm and sporty in the “S” trim. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the instrument panel and asymmetric center stack follow the curve of the steering wheel, evoking a more spacious feel in the cabin.

2014 Toyota Corolla interior | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla interior | Destination Toyota Burnaby

The controls are user-friendly and easy to find, and the new audio system features touchscreen controls with large buttons and clear graphics.

The verdict?

With precise steering, a new look, better fuel economy, a roomier interior and with no compromise on Toyota’s top-level safety standards, the all-new 2014 Corolla is a great addition to Toyota’s 2014 line-up. With a starting price of $15,995, and currently available with 1.9% financing from 36 months on select models, how can you go wrong?

Visit us at Destination Toyota Burnaby (4278 Lougheed) to learn more, or click here to book a test drive today!

2014 Toyota Corolla Quick Facts:

Price Range $15,995 CE trim to $22,200 LE trim
Engine 132-hp 1.8L 4-cyl (CE) / 140-hp 1.8L 4-cyl (LE)
Transmission 6-speed manual, 4-speed auto, CVT
Fuel economy L/100km 7.1 km city / 5.2 hwy L/100km (CE)
Available features & equipment (depending on trim) Bluetooth, LED Headlamps, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls, Power Door Locks, Power Windows, 8 Airbags, and the Star Safety System. ECO model features VALVEMATIC engine technology and is Canada’s most fuel efficient gas powered compact sedan*

*Fuel efficiency estimates were determined using approved Government of Canada test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors



Destination Auto Group offers the CarProof Advantage

Ever have that feeling like you’ve been led-on to make a purchase without knowing ALL the details? At Destination Auto Group we take transparency very seriously—in fact, this is how we measure our success. Not only are our Pre-Owned Sales Teams trained to research and identify the best pre-owned vehicles on the market for our customers, but all our dealerships are Dealer Members of CarProof, Canada’s top provider of vehicle history reports.

What is a CarProof report?

CarProof reports offer full insight into the lifetime of a pre-owned vehicle, and promote the highest level of transparency between the buyer and seller. Data collected and used for the reports are curated from the widest range of sources, including CarProof’s vast North American database and network, police reports, and insurance claims companies, among others, and the product is a comprehensive, impartial, accurate and real-time report of the vehicle’s history.

There are several types of reports, including: Claims (and Claims BC), Verified (and Verified BC), and Quickproof. Click here to see more details.

The most comprehensive “Verified” report provides the following details:

  • Vehicle details
  • Report details (date of report, sources and completeness of information)
  • Summary (snapshot of any records that may exist about the vehicle)
  • Report findings (vehicle’s life and records)
  • Accident/collision report (compiled from estimate facilities, and police reports)
  • Lein status (any legal claims on the vehicle)
  • Where the vehicle has been registered and status in jurisdictions
  • Stolen vehicle check (if the vehicle was registered as stolen by a previous owner)
  • Import/export record (if the vehicle has cross national boundaries)
  • US Search for vehicle records (if the vehicle has any records in the USA)

CarProof sample report

How can you be sure the information is accurate?

Vehicle data collection is driven by the VIN (Vehicle Information Number), which is essentially like a car’s fingerprint. Virtually impossible to fabricate or alter, the VIN provides authorities, agencies, insurance companies, dealerships, etc. a standard method for vehicle identification.

Peace of mind comes standard with every Pre-Owned vehicle from Destination Auto Group

All of our staff at Destination value the relationships we establish with our customers. To achieve this we actively pursue a simple, seamless and transparent purchase process. A CarProof report comes standard with every Pre-Owned vehicle we sell, and with it, the peace of mind that your vehicle is safe.

For any questions about CarProof reports please visit us or contact your nearest Destination Auto Group dealership today.

5 Reasons Why You Gotta Love the 2013 Toyota RAV4

Written by: Destination Toyota Staff, Vancouver, B.C.

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Introducing its 4th generation RAV4, Toyota has made significant changes this year. The 2013 RAV4 is offered in 3 trims: LE, XLE and Limited, with the LE and XLE available in all-wheel drive (AWD). The new model boasts a complete make-over and takes fuel efficiency, style, and comfort to new heights.

Here are 5 reasons why you gotta love the 2013 Toyota RAV4:

1.       Bolder & sleeker exterior

The 2013 RAV4 represents a new design direction by Toyota for its compact SUV. Its bold design places more focus on aerodynamics, a departure from its more conservative predecessor—in some ways the new RAV4 more closely resembles the look of its bigger brother, the Highlander. Most significant of all changes is the removal of the rear spare tire, which is now located under the cargo area inside the vehicle. As shown in the video clip below, drivers have the convenience of a new rear lift-gate design with a power switch, which allows for easy opening and closing. There is also a memory function that enables you to set a preferred height for the door (this comes standard for the Limited trim).

2.       Enhanced driving experience

The RAV4 is all about adventure and excitement. With its Advanced Drive Mode Select, you can tailor driving through a choice of Normal, Eco, and Sport modes. The new All-wheel drive system with Dynamic torque control provides greater control in any weather, for on- or off-road conditions. You can also choose between three control modes: Auto (switches between all-wheel and front-wheel drive), Lock (fulltime all-wheel drive), and Sport (sharper shifting and response times). The following video provides a more intimate look at the RAV4’s performance features.

3.       Fuel Efficiency

The RAV4’s upgraded 2.5 liter, 4-cylinder engine, with 6-speed transmission and sequential shifting provides greater flexibility; drivers also have the option of selecting a manual or automatic configuration. The eco-drive indicator informs you when you’re in the most fuel efficient zone, a feature that has helped the RAV4 maintain its status as one of the most fuel efficient SUVs on the road.

4.       Interior comfort, versatility and features

Through the use of sound-proofing materials designed to reduce noise from road and wind drag, the new RAV4 offers quieter ride than the 2012 model. Another notable enhancement is the large amount of cabin space. With the removal of the 3rd row seating, passengers in the back seat have almost as much space as those in the front. The rear seats of all RAV4 trims fold down with a 60/40 split, allowing the space to be transformed into a respectably-sized cargo hold.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 has an impressive array of features, some of which include rear and passenger seat adjustment options, Bluetooth controls, a 12-volt accessory power outlet, and many more. The limited model comes complete with a smart key system, auto dimming rear-view mirror, illuminated front-cup holder, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob.

5.       Safety technology & Reliability

The RAV4 is also loaded with Toyota’s leading safety technology. The Star Safety System is designed to help drivers avoid collisions through its suite of features, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA)and Smart Stop Technology (SST). If you’d like to know more, your Destination Toyota Product Advisor can provide additional information on the benefits of each safety system. The RAV4 has received various awards for value and reliability, specifically for maintenance costs, retained value, and Best Overall Value 7 years out of the last 8. RAV4 Awards and Ratings

For a more in-depth look at the 2013 RAV4 and its features, check out our video below:

With its bolder look, enhanced performance, increased comfort and space, and high standard of reliability and safety, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is a great all-round vehicle. There’s no better way to experience the new RAV4 than to try it out for yourself – book a test drive online today at or visit us at our dealership (4278 Lougheed in Burnaby) and we’d be happy to show it to you!

Getting Your Car Ready for Spring: Service Tips for your Toyota Vehicle

Though you may be ready for those extra rays of sunshine, how ready is your Toyota vehicle? Three tips on getting your car ready for Spring include: check your brakes, change your tires, and a give your vehicle a good cleanup.

As Spring represents different things to different people, vehicle maintenance may not always be top of mind. Vancouver’s moderate winters should not be underestimated; even slight changes in temperature and road conditions can have major effects on your vehicle. Knowing how to keep your car healthy through these changes can help save you money on service in the long-run.

Here are three tips for getting your Toyota ready for Spring:

1. Put your Winter tires into hibernation
If you installed Winter tires on your vehicle at the beginning of the season, make sure to switch them back to all-season or Summer tires. Winter tires are made from a softer rubber compound suited for temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius, offering greater flexibility and grip. When temperatures rise above this level, it causes accelerated tire wear, something you can easily avoid by ensuring timely removal. So, once the snow is gone, make sure to change your tires.

2. Pay attention to “detail”
Winter conditions can do significant damage to both the interior and exterior of your vehicle. An important element of your vehicle spring cleaning plan should include ensuring salt is removed from your vehicle. Detailing generally includes cleaning, polishing, and protecting of the car’s exterior, as well as thorough interior cleaning. You can do some detailing conveniently at home, such as vacuuming and cleaning of the trunk; other jobs such as waxing, paint correction, and more importantly, an engine shampoo, should be completed by a professional Service Advisor.

3. Give your car a “brake”
Slush and salt take their toll on many components of your vehicle, and disc brake mechanisms are some of the most critical parts affected. Winter driving can cause corrosion issues inside the braking system – if you haven’t had your car’s brakes checked in the last year, now is the ideal time to do so. Your Destination Toyota Service Advisor can ensure that the brake caliper sliders are moving freely and are well lubricated. If these stick or seize, they can cause a hard brake pedal and accelerated lining wear.

Spring is a great time to take extra care of your vehicle. By following the above three tips, you can enhance your vehicle’s safety, improve performance, and make your car look great at the same time!

For more information on how to prepare your car for Spring, check out our YouTube video on Spring vehicle Maintenance for some advice from one of Destination Toyota’s trusted Service Advisors. To learn more about our services, visit us at

General Toyota Service TIps

Do you want the very best care for your new Toyota vehicle?

At Destination Toyota Burnaby, our dealership offers a factory-specification Lube, Oil, Filter and Multi-Point Maintenance Inspection for the same (and sometimes cheaper) price than non-dealership service shops.

Why do we do it? Simply because it doesn’t make sense to break the continuity in your servicing. Maintenance needs? Simple repairs? Large jobs? Doesn’t your vehicle deserve the very best?

For more information on our services, visit our YouTube channel and our website at

2013 Toyota Corolla Review

In the recent years there has been a revolution with the introduction of some high end cars boasting exotic features and exceptional performance. Toyota is one such company that is known to manufacture adorable cars with higher efficiency. One of the latest introductions by this car manufacturer is 2013 Corolla, which is similar to that of its previous model but is brought into the market with some modifications and revisions. The finest modifications in this sedan car include an upgraded and advanced audio system with touch screen display and a revised grille.Check out this review in order to know more about this appealing car.

Body Styles and Trim Levels

The 2013 Corolla is beautifully designed to accommodate five passengers and is available in three trim levels, LE, L and S.
The L base model of this sedan comprises of steel wheel of 15 inches, powerful accessories, air-conditioning, keyless entry, a telescoping and tilt steering wheel, trip computer, adjustable and split folding seats, advanced CD player with audio jack.
The LE based modelboasts steel wheels of 16 inches, heated mirrors, cruise control, six-speaker audio system with tough screen display screen of 6 inch, Bluetooth, USB/iPod connectivity and audio controlled steering wheel. The S model also comprises of the same features butyou will notice some additional ones including fog lights, rear spoiler, metallic interior and a sporty look body kit.

Power engine and Performance

Powered by a 4 inline 1.8 liter engine, every 2013 corolla produces a torque of 128pf and a power of 132 horsepower.It also comprises of an option but automaticfour-speed transmission and a standard five speed manual transmission.
The performance testing of this sedan reveals outstanding results. The EPA rating of the car is 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with manual transmission. With automatic transmission the results change to 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.


2013 Corolla is well packed with effective safety features like traction and stability control, front and side airbags, antilock brakes and curtain airbags in the side.With respect to frontal safety, this sedan has achieved four stars and five stars for side safety.

Interior Design

The 2013 Corolla is well equipped with outstanding interiors offering high level of comfort to the driver and passengers. The front seats are spacious providing high level of comfort to the driver. The rear seats are also provided with decent roomfor legs which is about 36.3 inches. The seats are comfy and soft and provide a high level of comfort during long distance journey.The interiors are amazingly designed in traditional pattern using black and white colors.

Driving Impressions

Driving 2013 Corollawill be great fun for the drivers as it offers a perfect ride without any road or noise disturbances. The electric power steering of the car offering higher speeds to the wheels and allows the drivers to stay ahead of their competitors. It also offers the feature of crash resistance making it a complete entertaining ride.

Final Verdict

The 2013 Toyota Corolla is a sedan with appealing looks, excellent fuel economy and high level of comfort. The modifications made in this model are appreciating and has provided an opportunity for the drivers to talk to the winds. The robust features of this car make it the first choice of the middle car society who looks forward to get style and luxury at affordable prices.

2013 Toyota Camry Review

2013 Toyota Camry

2013 Camry Review

If you are really in love with cars then the all-new 2013 Camry is going to amaze you at every point. The brand new 2013 Camry boasts of several new features such as it comes with a 4 cylinder V6 engine and seats 5 people. The hybrid model comes with standard automatic transmission.

2013 Camry boasts of plenty of new and improved features. Toyota is a popular brand name, which has gained a lot of prominence worldwide. It has ensured that all its consumers are able to drive the car of the year!

Some of the finest features of 2013 Camry are:

  • Attractive dashboard
  • Passing power
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Ride comfort

2013 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is a really popular vehicle, especially in Canada. The elegant engineering and styling features of this car are definitely going to amaze you in every sense. This is a dependable vehicle that is going to serve you for a long period of time. It will offer you some high-end features and specifications that will make your driving experience a great one. The best thing about this car is that it is absolutely fresh and innovative when it comes to performance.

The price of this car is about 22, 000 dollars and the fuel economy is also quite good. You are definitely going to love this vehicle due to the amazing features and benefits that it offers you. The Bluetooth and iPod input offered here is quite amazing. The large collection of CDs will ensure that you have all the entertainment at a single place. The car’s road test has shown that the car works smoothly under all weather conditions. It is a customized vehicle that can easily suit any particular lifestyle.

2013 Toyota Yaris Review

2013 Toyota Yaris Review

The introduction of the third generation 2013 Toyota Yaris has added a new phase in the success story of the company in the subcompact segment. This hatchback car provides an economical and reliable transportation and is best suited for those willing to purchase a luxury car at economical prices. This Japanese car showcases a perfect combination of comfort, fuel economy, space and traditional touch of the brand. The 2013 Yaris is the result of modifications made in Yaris 2012. The addition of some tweaks to this model has resulted in a highly appreciating ride that can easily fetch a large segment of the market. Available in a 3 or 5 door hatchback and three trim levels, the Yaris offers something excellent to the customers.

Salient Features

The Yaris is available in three trim levels including, L, Le and SE (sport tuned). The L trim is a low price model comprising of standard equipment, electric power steering, power door-locks, power assisted front disc brakes, USB connectivity and air conditioning. The L model comprises of some impressive features like a six speaker stereo system supported by HD radio, Bluetooth and hands-free phone calling. Another trim level LE is value packed with power mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, driver auto down and Engine immobilizer. The most amazing level introduced by the company is the SE level that is sport tuned. It comprises of outstanding features similar to that of a sports car. These features include a quick ratio steering wheel with 15-16 inch tires wrapped in 50R16/ P195 tires. It offers more comfort to the driver and is equipped with both rear and front disc brakes.

Dazzling exteriors

The exteriors of the 2013 Toyota Yaris will surely make you fall in love with this car. The make of the body is similar to that of 2012 Yaris. The new one is comprised of 16 inch alloy tires with smoked headlamps, fog lights, rear spoiler and power side viewing mirrors.



The interiors of the cars are designed to offer a high level of comfort to the drivers as well as passengers. With leather strapped seats, manual windows, folding seats, soft touch dashboard and cruise control it makes for a fun ride! Other impressive features include air conditioning, power locks and a CD stereo supported by iPod connectivity.


The 2013 Toyota Yaris is provided with a 1.5 liter engine supported by four cylinders. It produces a torque of 103 pound feet and makes 106 horsepower. The fuel economy is superb with 38 mpg on highway and 30 mpg in the city. The automatic four-speed or five-speed manual transmission enhances the performance of the vehicle.


2013 Toyota Yaris is well-equipped with standard safety measures and includes nine airbags, Electronic stability system, Star Safety System, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, Stop Technology and brake override system. The brake assist feature is capable enough to bring the car to halt no matter how fast it’s going.

Final Verdict

The 2013 Toyota Yaris is a complete package of outstanding features and is also pocket friendly. The modifications made in the 2012 model of the Yaris have led to the development of an outstanding model meeting the needs of the riders.