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With 2017 around the corner, new cars along with their updates and upgrades are coming down the newswire. But not all of you are in the market for a brand new vehicle. In many cities, towns, states and provinces used car sales are surpassing the alternative. You may be among this majority on the hunt for a pre-owned car. And the experience, is no less exciting.
With the recent arrival of previously-owned gems coming across our own lot we were inspired to feature some great options out there on the Toyota market. Looking for a fun vehicle to join your household in the months ahead? Here are our top picks, for you.
Five Pre-Owned Picks for Your Next Toyota Purchase
2015 Toyota Yaris
2015 was a great year for this compact urban warrior. Bold improvements were made to the exterior to give it an eye-catching front and back-end design, providing a surprisingly powerful stance for the conveniently sized vehicle. The year also saw a redesign to the Yaris' rear suspension, complete with a new torsion beam, and softer coil springs in the front and rear. 2015 was a transitional year for vehicular tech, with the Yaris reaping the rewards with a crisp Bluetooth connected multi-information LCD display which conveys data that includes (but is not exclusive to) outside temperature, fuel efficiency, and detailed trip information. And as fun as this spry ride is, it continues to be one of the safest on the market. The model is designed with an impact-absorbing body structure that distributes impact energy to reduce cabin destruction. Prospective buyers are surprised to find out that Toyota has packed a total of 9 standard airbags throughout the compact vehicle. View more on our own certified pre-owned Yaris option here.
2011 Toyota Matrix
Enter the Matrix with this notable pre-owned machine from just 5 years ago. 2011 reshaped the car with a low, aggressive stance, sharp lines, and curves that exude a timeless cool, making it just as relevant today. Upgrades (from the years prior) are also found on the inside, as the front bucket seats, driver/front passenger recline, and 60/40 split rear bench seat with fold-down seat back add layers of comfort and convenience. This spirited compact is as fuel efficient as they come, and with a 7.8 City and 6.1 Highway (L/100 km) you'll see a return on your small investment in no time at all. The drive is a dreamlike state, but completely real, with 132 hp and a 1.8 litre, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, Dual VVT-i engine, offering front wheel drive, and standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission. The Matrix is a punchy ride on the road. View more on our own certified pre-owned Matrix option here.
2012 Toyota Prius
Do you feel that the Prius lifestyle is for you? Well, now that life is more attainable than ever before with a 2012 pre-owned Prius. And what a year 2012 was for this iconic hybrid. In its third generation, the eco-smart car added all sorts of cool tech. This Prius can cool (or heat) the cabin before you get in! Within 30 yards of the car, you can use your keyless entry fob to activate the A/C System (powered by the hybrid battery, of course) to achieve a preset temperature minutes before you turn the engine on. The updated sleek profile provides more than aesthetics, as countless hours in aerodynamic testing went into the process to attain an impressive 0.25 drag coefficient. This all adds to an EPA-estimated 50 mpg (combined) rating that receives an additional helping hand from the ECO/EVO/Power modes. Even more impressive, is that this streamlined shape allows for one of the most roomy and comfortable interiors in Prius history. Additional upgrades were made to improve and/or include a back-up camera, Bluetooth, a Smart Key system, Touch Tracer display, Digital Data, JBL GreenEdgeT Audio System, cruise control and more. View more on our own certified pre-owned Prius option here.
2012 Toyota RAV4
Step in to the world's leading crossover SUV. 2012 is a great place to start, as the RAV4 redefined the standard with standard tech features such as hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth, a USB port with iPod connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and Optitron instrumentation. The year sports a sportier new look, but the inside really stepped up the game. With the rear seats folded flat, the versatile compact SUV provides access to a cavernous 73 cubic feet of cargo space. If you're looking for a pre-owned vehicle to whisk away on weekend (or longer) adventures, this is it. And those extended drives will be a breeze with a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that provides an EPA-estimated 28 highway that produces 179 hp. View more on our own used local RAV4 and certified pre-owned RAV4 options here and here.
2013 Toyota Venza
In 2013 Toyota dropped a hefty dollop of fun into the sophisticated Venza. Today, it remains one of the most highly sought after pre-owned crossover SUVs. There is no denying the elegance on the outside, but things get exciting within. The Smart Key addition opens your world up to driver-focused tech and auto-infotainment that includes Bluetooth, navigation, a back-up camera, A/C, cruise control, climate control, heated leather seats and much more. The 2013 Venza's interior is as versatile as they come, with 60/40 split and fold-flat rear seats to offer an expansive 70.2 cubic feet of cargo space. You can transport any combination of passengers and payload in this model. The added convenience of a power lift gate and a low lift over height provide easy cargo area access. Performance on the road is bountiful, especially when you consider the available V6 with front-wheel drive that allows your 20-inch allow wheeled chariot to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a mere 6.7 seconds. View more on our own certified pre-owned Venza option here.