On June 21st & 22nd – bloggers, readers & friends embarked on a Summertime journey to take on Coney Island and Six Flags Great Adventure theme park. Driving the 2013 Toyota Prius C… This is our #ToyotaFun story…
Thursday’s heatwave continued with highs in the 90’s and there was no better place to be than the beach! The Toyota Prius C tossed up great gas mileage in the city (up to 53 mpg) while coasting on the highway was comparable with up to 47 mpg.
Waking bright & early, there were only a few things on Friday’s agenda… fun, Fun and more FUN! Hopping in the ‘Habanaro’ colored Prius C was surprisingly quick, easy and fun! See, you had myself (a 5’10”, long-legged driver) alongside three passengers of all widths, sizes & lengths fit comfortably inside of a compact city hybrid – that just doesn’t happen (outside of television commercials anyways…)
While en route to the New Jersey Turnpike – headed to Six Flags, the real Prius C lessons were learned by drivers’ trial & error.
LESSON 1: Explaining to an State Trooper that you’re driving over the speed limit because you’re odometer is in KMH vs MPH won’t save you from a ticket.
I did not, (I repeat) DID NOT get caught speeding by a New Jersey State Trooper. However, driving at 220 KMH while trying to convert KMH to MPH is asking for a speeding ticket & one way ticket to jail. Somehow, I’d been driving the first full day in KMH but after realizing that the Prius C has an abundance of customization in it’s dashboard system, pressing & holding the “Trip” button on the steering wheel made it easy to switch from KMH to MPH (of course having that option is cool simply because you never know when you’ll need to monitor your KMH speeds in the US…LOL).
LESSON 2: LIFE IS BETTER WHEN IT’S ENTUNE…
From searching for a local Chick Fil La to listening to Pandora stream though your car speakers, Toyota’s Entune system let’s you connect with your vehicle in a whole new way.
LESSON 3: A TECHIE’S DREAM HYBRID…
The Prius c comes decently equipped with features you might not expect in a sub-$20,000 car, including Bluetooth, hill start assist and USB inputs. With a 3.5-inch screen that serves as your control center in the instrument panel, it depicts the typical trip computer that hybrid drivers will recognize, including a graphic to show whether your driving style is using engine power or electric power, or if it’s recharging the battery. The Prius c also features a new driving “score” to show how efficiently you’re driving.
All in all, the experience opened our eyes to the efficiency, style & the fact that owning a small compact hybrid like the Toyota Prius C doesn’t limit your adventures, it actually allows you to create new ones that perfectly fit you!
If you could go anywhere in the world in a Toyota, where would you go?
Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota. #ToyotaWomen #ToyotaFun
It’s been two weeks since I’ve enjoyed the sunny weather of Southern California, all courtesy of Toyota! The beautiful beaches, delectable dinners & fabulous fashions of Beverly Hills are all but a distant memory until next time. As a member of the Toyota Women’s Leadership Influencer Network (TWIN), I got the inside look & input on Toyota’s social media, philanthropic & diversity initiatives.
Did you know that Toyota is leading the way in efforts to create a pleasant shopping process by making the shopping experience more desirable for women. Think about it. When was the last time you’ve been to a car dealership? As a woman, did you feel “looked over”? Were you asked “Where’s your husband?” or “Is He going to need time to make the decision?” During the Toyota TWIN experience, women bloggers from across the country were brought together to discuss the buying habits, expectations, fears & triumphs of women consumers. As the discussions carried from the classroom to the road, we learned about Toyota’s long-standing commitment to making it’s shopping experience social, seamless and flexible for it’s consumers.
During the ride & drive experience at Toyota’s North Campus in California, I had the opportunity to speed through the streets of LA in a variety of Toyota vehicles. One of my favorite experiences included the (ever so matching) Toyota Camry SE. Designed to fit you and your 21st century lifestyle, check out my behind the wheel Camry SE experience below…
Are you interested in your own Toyota driving experience? Check out DivasandDorks.com soon the latest in Toyota Driving Experiences coming to a town near you or visit your local Toyota dealer today!
What do you like/dislike about the car buying experience? How would you like to see dealers and brands cater to you (the consumer) better?
Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota. #ToyotaWomen
As you know, we know a thing or two about cars and how women feel about them! From the buying process to the styling process – we try to keep you up to date with the latest automotive news from technology enhancements to lifestyle partnerships and beyond. Naturally, the good folks at Toyota values the female consumer and enlisted DivasandDorks.com to be apart of the Toyota Women’s Influencer Network.
What is TWIN? TWIN is a cool new advocate discussion group focused on cars, car shopping, driving, and the Toyota brand.
Toyota has been part of many major milestones in our lives, from our first family road trips, to getting our driver’s license, to buying our first car. Toyota wants to hear about your experiences, learn from your history, and know what you think about their brand. And their cup holders. And their interiors. And what’s under the hood. And technology. And going green, saving money, family fun, vacations… pretty much everything about cars, car shopping, driving and what’s important to you.
We know you have opinions to share, and we’re here to listen!
While at TWIN Camp this month in Los Angeles, CA we’ll get the latest in style and technology news from Toyota as well as have a few exciting opportunities for our readers to get to know Toyota in a new and exciting way! Want to keep up with the TWIN experiences as they happen? Be sure to follow the #ToyotaWomen hashtag on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to see all the exciting behind the scene events & more!