2021 Toyota Sienna

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What Toyota Truck Suits You?

Choosing the perfect truck for your needs is a big decision: there are many capable options in the 2021 market, and with more powertrain, engine, and comfort choices than ever before, it can be intimidating. Luckily, Toyota makes two incredible trucks for sale in 2021, the Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra.

Between the Tundra and Tacoma, which is better for you depends on your needs. Let’s take a look at the differences in these trucks’ performance, capabilities, and style so you can make an informed decision at Midlands Toyota!

2021 Toyota Tundra: Power is the Name of the Game


If you regularly need to tow up to 10,200 pounds or load up to 1,730 pounds in your truck bed, and you want to look and feel good while you do, the 2021 Toyota Tundra is the truck for you. Its standard i-FORCE 5.7L V8 engine produces up to 381 hp and 401 lb-ft. of torque, which is more than enough to tow whatever you’ve got to haul.

Tundra doesn’t just do the big stuff right: several smaller accouterments work together to provide you the comfort and storage you need for long trips. Tundra’s available bucket seat option provides you a large center console with a covered storage compartment and 12V auxiliary power outlet. In the Double Cab and CrewMax Tundras, the rear seats fold up instead of flat, giving you even more room to store cargo you need to keep dry.

To keep your outside cargo secure, Tundra offers an available deck rail system for tying down up to 220 lbs. each. Once you get where you’re going, you can pull your tools out of the lockable bed storage boxes available on the Tundra Trail Special Edition.

Of course, you expect more than just a workhorse truck. The 2021 Tundra offers style and comfort in spades, from its available 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen display with Integrated Navigation to its Apple CarPlay™, Amazon Amazon Alexa, and Android Auto™ integrations, Multi-Information Display, available Smart Key, and more. No matter your style, there’s a Tundra for you, with six trims to choose from.

2021 Toyota Tacoma: A Mean Off-roading Machine


For an unrivaled mid-size off-roading experience, people have been reaching for the Toyota Tacoma for years. The 2021 Tacoma is no different, with two engine options to choose from, six trims, and an off-roading package on the Tacoma TRD Pro. If you still find yourself towing from time to time, Tacoma’s available Atkinson-cycle 3.5L V6 with direct injection perfectly blends efficiency and power, with the capability to tow up to 6,400 pounds.

Features like Hill Start Assist Control, available Multi-Terrain Select Bilstein® shocks, crawl control, and more make off-roading a breeze in every Tacoma, but for the ultimate off-roading experience, the Tacoma TRD Pro offers many extra features. These include the TRD Pro skid plate, Rigid Industries® LED fog lights, TRD-tuned FOX® Internal Bypass shocks, 16-inch wheels with Goodyear® Wrangler® All-Terrain tires, and more.

Just because you’re off the beaten path doesn’t mean you have to rough it in the 2021 Tacoma. Its tough yet refined interior features soft-touch materials, available leather-trimmed, adjustable seating, dual-zone climate control, an available power rear window, and more. It’s a comfortable and rugged ride that’s sure to leave you breathless.

Find Your Next Toyota Truck in Columbia

Whichever Toyota truck you decide is more your style, you’re sure to find it at Midlands Toyota, serving the Columbia, Lexington, St. Andrews, Dentsville, and Orangeburg areas. Our friendly sales staff will gladly help you find the new or used Toyota that’s perfect for you, and when you find it, our finance department will run the numbers to make sure you get the best deal. Come see us at our dealership, or give us a call or schedule a test drive online today!

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Toyota Tacoma vs Ford Ranger

2021 Toyota Tacoma vs Ford Ranger

If you’re looking for a capable truck that’s a bit more … wieldy than a full-size monster, a mid-size pickup truck like the 2021 Toyota Tacoma or new Ford Ranger is a great bet. Both trucks are strong, reliable machines that can handle most non-heavy-duty jobs. However, chances are that you only need one of these trucks, so which is the better choice? Read on to find out.

2021 Toyota Tacoma advantages over the Ranger

The Tacoma has been a best-selling truck for over a decade, and for good reason. Its 33 model configurations can fit pretty much any need, whether you tend toward towing, off-roading, camping, or construction. If you prefer a stick-shift transmission, the Tacoma provides a six-speed. And the Tacoma holds its value like Toyotas are known to do.

Technology Features

For driver-assistance technology, the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of features comes standard on every 2021 Tacoma. These features include front emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and more. Ford has a similar offering with its Co-Pilot 360 suite, but it’s an available feature that you have to shell out more for.

The new Tacoma also comes standard with a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. The Ranger’s standard screen, meanwhile, is a mere 4.2 inches across, and comes only with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. You can upgrade to an 8-inch touchscreen model with modern features, but honestly, those should be standard in 2021.

Price & Value

While the 2021 Tacoma tends to run a little cheaper than the equivalent Ranger, where the Toyota truck really shines is after your purchase. Toyotas are well-known for holding their value well, and the Tacoma has won the Excellent designation from MotorTrend’s IntelliChoice rating, the highest available.

In contrast, the Ford Ranger gets a Poor rating, which is the lowest. If you want a truck that you can use and abuse, and still keep on truckin’, the Tacoma is your best bet.

2021 Ford Ranger advantages over the Tacoma

In terms of raw engine power, the 2021 Ranger’s 2.3L 4-cylinder edges out the Tacoma’s engines, though the Tacoma does offer two: a base 2.7L 4-cylinder making 159 hp and 180 lb-ft. of torque, and a 3.5L V6 powering 278 hp and 265 lb-ft. If you love manual shifting, you’re out of luck with the Ford, which offers only a 10-speed automatic; the Tacoma, however, offers a 6-speed manual with its V6 option.

With a more powerful engine comes a higher towing rating. The 2021 Ford Ranger is rated to tow 7,500 pounds and has a best-in-class payload. The new Toyota Tacoma, by contrast, can tow up to 6,700 pounds with a payload rating of 1,155 pounds.

The one place where Ford prioritized technology is in its towing system. Its available, innovative blind-spot warning system integrates with a trailer, telling you if a vehicle is next to your trailer. That’s a safety feature we’d love to see other manufacturers imitate.

And the Winner Is …

While the Ford Ranger is a capable mid-size pickup truck, we think the 2021 Toyota Tacoma is the clear winner. Its updated interior, plenty-powerful capability, and top safety and resale ratings give it the edge over the updated Ford truck.

But hey – don’t take our word for it! Come test-drive a new Toyota truck today at Midlands Toyota in Columbia. We’ve got a wide selection of new and used Toyota trucks, cars, and SUVs, and our friendly sales staff will be glad to help you find your next Toyota. If you’re in the Columbia, St. Andrews, Dentsville, or Orangeburg areas, you owe it to yourself to try a new Tacoma today.

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Why the Toyota 4Runner is the perfect summer SUV

2021 Toyota 4Runner

If your summer involves hauling a boat to Lake Murray, off-roading around Sesquicentennial State Park, or just taking the kids or your friends out for a day around Columbia, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner is the perfect SUV for your needs. With its strong towing and off-roading capabilities, top-notch tech, and comfortable ride, the 4Runner excels in pretty much every metric. And with one of the best resale values on the market, you know it’ll be a solid SUV for years to come.

On- or off-road, the new 4Runner conquers it all

Every car can drive on a paved road, but few can make their home off the beaten path. The 2021 4Runner’s suspension, comprising an independent double-wishbone in the front and a 4-link and coil-spring in the rear, body-on-frame construction, and tough powertrain means it’s ready for any terrain. Meanwhile, available features like its locking rear differential, Crawl Control, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, and Multi-Terrain Select allow you to fearlessly enter any situation.

If your idea of a good time involves towing a boat or some ATVs, you’re in luck with this Toyota SUV. The 4Runner’s able to tow up to a hefty 5,000 lbs, meaning you don’t have to leave your toys behind when heading out to the country. Plus, the 4Runner adheres to SAE J2807, the standard for tow ratings, you can have the peace of mind that comes from an international standards body.

A comfortable ride inside the beast

The inside of the new 4Runner is as comfortable as it’s outside is capable. When you’re carrying passengers instead of gear, the 40/20/40 fold-flat second-row seats recline for extra comfort. With its available JBL 15-speaker audio system, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a spacious 8-in. touchscreen, and integrated power ports for USB and even AC devices, the 4Runner doesn’t skimp on the quality-of-life features.

Of course, the 2021 4Runner boasts all the great safety features that make a Toyota, well, a Toyota. Its Toyota Safety Sense P system is designed for safety on the road, with its Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Protection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and more. And with eight standard airbags, an advanced Tire Pressure Monitor System, and the famous ToyotaCare, you can worry about tackling the trail, not preparing for the unexpected.

The New Toyota 4Runner is available at your Columbus Toyota Dealership

At Midlands Toyota, we have a wide selection of used and new Toyota SUVs available for purchase. With our great deals on 4Runners, comprehensive service plans, and friendly, knowledgeable staff, you’ll be gearing up for your next off-road adventure in no time. Come see us off I-77 north of Columbus, and see yourself in a new Toyota 4Runner!

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The Benefits of Purchasing a Toyota Truck

When searching for a new truck, Toyota truck drivers visit Midlands Toyota! Midlands Toyota is here to help make your decision-making process smooth and the truck-buying process enjoyable. The Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra are both great choices in their class of trucks. The Tacoma is a tough, midsize pickup truck with excellent off-road capability. The Tundra is a full-size pickup truck with the strength and towing capabilities for even the toughest jobs. Regardless of your needs in your next truck, Midlands Toyota has the right choice for you, and truck drivers in the Columbia, Orangeburg, Lexington, St. Andrews, and Dentsville areas.

2021 Toyota Tundra

The Tacoma is Perfect for Off-Road Adventures

The Toyota Tacoma allows for an amazing off-road experience. No matter the obstacle, Tacoma’s TRD Off-Road Crawl Control crushes off-road obstacles like they are nothing. It regulates the throttle and brakes on five different low-speed settings, so your eyes can stay on the road while Tacoma takes care of business. On the new Toyota Tacoma, there are two different available engine selections. The first is the 2.7 Liter DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder that has VVT-i; 159hp with 5200 rpm; 180lb.-ft. with 38000 rpm. This roaring engine will take you anywhere you want to go. Moreover, the 3.5-Liter V6 DOHC 24-Valve direct-injection Atkinson- cycle engine blows away the competition and gives your truck the competitive edge off-road. This engine exemplifies Toyota’s scientific method for finding the perfect mix of efficiency and power.

When it comes to safety, the Toyota Tacoma looks out for your best interest on the road. It has an available built-in pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. If an upcoming collision is detected, the Toyota Tacoma will alert you to various audio and visual alerts. Also, the Tacoma can apply additional braking through its Brake Assist to ensure you stop in time. It may even automatically engage the brakes to reduce your speed.

2021 Toyota Tacoma

New for 2021 is a limited run (only 7,000 produced) Tacoma Trail Edition. This package includes rugged 16-inch TRD wheels with all-terrain tires, a unique grille, and black exterior badging. Around the back, the new Tacoma features a 120-volt outlet and a lockable storage unit. The Tacoma interior cabin of the 2021 Trail Edition has rugged luxury detailing, including its upscale black upholstery with tan stitching accents, and all-weather floor mats. The 2021 Tacoma Trail Edition will tackle the toughest South Carolina conditions. Furthermore, the Toyota Tacoma’s sharp interior also reflects its rough nature. This beast of a truck is built to handle any job you throw its way. The interior has a tough look with a comforting feel. Its soft-touch materials ensure maximum comfort.

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Toyota Tundra Hauling Capabilities

The Toyota Tundra rocks the world with its various innovations in style, power, and comfort. On the interior, the Tundra comes in six grades fit to your every desire. For example, the Platinum with black leather-trimmed seats is sure to turn heads and garner questions. The looks in the Tundra aren’t all that makes this full size truck a customer favorite. With its available deck rail system, raising and lowering the tailgate has never been easier. Plus, it has an available 10,200-pound towing capacity to help with all your towing needs in Columbia. The four-piston front brake calipers with the available i-Force 5.7L V8 give the best edge to all your needs.

The Tundra comes with the Star Safety System to ensure the safety of you and your passengers. This is an armory of six advanced safety features – Vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and smart stop technology. You will never have to question the safety of your truck once you get behind the wheel of the Tundra. Plus, the Tundra also has the standard Toyota Safety Sense with a pre-collision system and pedestrian detection. Your truck is always keeping an eye on the road to ensure you are going at the right speed even at the wrong times.

2021 Toyota Tundra

Just like its little brother, the 2021 Toyota Tundra also has a limited run (5,000 produced) Tundra Trail Edition. Featuring the same black upholstery with tan contrast stitching, all-weather mats, lockable storage, and a 120-volt truck bed outlet. The Trail Edition Tundra trades 16-inch TRD wheels for 18-inch wheels. A new appearance package aptly named “Nightshade” is now available for the limited trim. The Nightshade Tundra features black exterior accents for the 20-inch wheels, badging, and black leather upholstery.

Toyota Trucks in Columbia

Stop by Midlands Toyota Today

With the purchase of a Toyota truck, customers will receive all of the premium comfort, impressive performance, and safety you could ask for. Stop by Midlands Toyota today to test drive a Toyota Truck, and get the Midlands Toyota Advantage!

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