08-24-21

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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04-30-21

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.

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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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03-18-21

The Toyota Tundra Sets the ‘Work Truck’ Standard

The Toyota Tundra Sets the ‘Work Truck’ Standard

Don’t leave things to chance when shopping for your next truck. Whether you’re searching specifically for a work truck, or you’re on the hunt for a pickup that can do it all, the new Toyota Tundra has got your back. Known for being reliable, the Tundra is packed with muscle and is just waiting to help you get the job done. Designed with sharp angles and the signature Toyota emblem, this Toyota was destined to stand out among the competition. Built with powerful and innovative features, you’ll find tackling your next project a breeze. Here at Midlands Toyota, we created our top 3 reasons we believe the new Tundra sets the standard. Follow along as we explore what defines a “work truck”.

Power

Whether you’re hauling some heavy machinery or heading off-terrain, you’re going to need some serious backup. With the Toyota Tundra, you can have all the power and control you need at your fingertips. Put the pedal to the medal with the Tundra’s i-Force 5.7L V8 engine. Robust and efficient, this V8 engine is able to deliver 381 horsepower with up to 401 pounds of torque. For added traction and control, each Tundra comes standard with Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD). with this feature, the brakes are applied to wheels with no traction, giving power where it’s needed most. 

Capability

For those moments when you’re having to haul a camper or a trailer full of heavy equipment to the worksite, make sure you’re putting your trust in a truck that’s guaranteed to get you where you need to go. When it comes to work, the Tundra has got you covered for all of your towing needs. With an integrated tow hitch receiver and trailer hitch, the new Toyota Tundra can tow up to 10,200 pounds, with a payload capacity of 1,730 pounds! When paired with the pickup’s heavy-duty battery and 38-gallon fuel tank, you’ll have no problem getting the job done, and getting it done right.

Functionality

When designing the interior cabin of the 2021 Tundra pickup truck, our Toyota experts carefully crafted an interior that was as functional as it was comfortable. Placed between the available front bucket seats, you will see a large center console with a covered storage compartment. A 12V auxiliary outlet is located within the storage compartment for when your smartphone needs a little extra juice while on the go. For more storage space, the rear seats in both the Double Cab and CrewMax models effortlessly fold up, creating more room while simultaneously making loading cargo an easier process. With the rear power window and deck rail system, objects stored in the bed of your Tundra are kept safe and secure. If you’re looking for more stability and storage, we recommend the Tundra Trail Special Edition, which comes equipped with Michelin tires over 18-inch alloy rims and lockable bed storage boxes!

Shop the New Toyota Tundra at Midlands Toyota in Columbia, SC Today

There is no limit to what you can do when you have the right work truck on your side. You deserve only the best, and for all your needs, the Toyota Tundra has got your back. We could keep telling you just how great this pickup is, but here at Midlands Toyota, we know that in this case seeing is believing. Shop our inventory online, give us a call, or stop by our dealership in Columbia today and test drive the 2021 Toyota Tundra!

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11-24-20

New 2021 Toyota SUVs for Sale in Columbia, SC

Toyota SUVs are recognized around the world as some of the most durable and capable vehicles available. At Midlands Toyota in Colombia, SC, we offer various SUV models, designed to traverse even the most difficult terrain and conquer any challenges that come their way! The Toyota SUVS are happy to hit the streets and prepared to take your family and friends on any adventure.

2021 Toyota 4Runner

The new 2021 Toyota 4Runner is ready for take-off and conquer the off-road! With the new 4Runner you will always be prepared for any condition. The newest member of the 4Runner team, the Trail Special Edition, which is specially built with black badges and dark gray wheels, enhances the durability and design of the 4Runner. The 2021 4Runner offers Power Rear Glass, Towing Capability, 15-speaker JBL audio system, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and more. The new 4Runner is always prepared for the unexpected, with eight standard airbags and integrated backup camera. We have models at Midlands Toyota that are outfitted for every occasion!

Toyota SUVs

Utility

The new 2021 Toyota 4Runner includes purposeful features that come in handy on any trip around Colombia and surrounding areas. LED headlights and fog lights shine bright for a clearer view, no matter the weather conditions, making it a more visible ride for drivers and passengers. The 4Runner has a power rear window that makes it simpler when you are on the move to retrieve your things from the cargo area. With 4Runner’s ability to tow up to 5,000 lbs, you don’t have to consider leaving things behind on your family adventure. A 120V AC power outlet is included which makes it very convenient when you are on the go!

Toyota 4Runner Utility

Technology

With the high-tech technology of the upcoming 2021 Toyota 4Runner, you will connect like never before. Introducing 15-speaker JBL audio system, 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android compatibility, two front and two rear USB ports, Amazon Alexa compatibility and SiriusXM, which all makes your adventurous family trip even more exciting, while your passengers enjoy every bit of the journey.

Safety

Safety is top priority for the new 2021 Toyota 4Runner! Always be prepared for the unexpected with features like eight standard airbags, integrated backup camera, side impact door beams, and tire pressure monitor system. The side impact door beams are meant to keep anyone protected inside by absorbing the energy generated from the side during a crash. The 4Runner’s safety features are designed to help keep you and your passengers safe as possible! The Star Safety System includes:

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Traction Control (TRAC)
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Smart Stop Technology (SST)

2021 Toyota C-HR

The new 2021 Toyota C-HR for sale at Midlands Toyota in Colombia, SC, launches its fresh sharp look. Black 18-inch sports alloy wheels are ideally complimentary to the exclusive look of C-HR.

2021 Toyota C-HR

Interior

The new 2021 limited edition Toyota C-HR features leather-trimmed seats that add a luxurious feel that help you at every corner! No more sliding while driving. The C-HR is designed to maximize the driver and passenger’s comfort, by adding an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Not agreeing with the climate’s temperature? Dual zone climate control is designed so your and your passengers can have it your own way, so everyone is comfortable.

Toyota C-HR Interior

Technology

Want to get more out of every ride? The 2021 C-HR includes convenient features like Apple Carplay compatibility, Android Auto, Safety Connect, Auto-folding outside mirrors, Smart Key System with Push Button to Start, and C-Hr puddle lights. All these features make it easy for the driver to compact everything in one.

Safety

The available Blind Spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, integrated backup camera, 10 airbags, Star Safety System, and high-tensile steel is designed to boost the driver’s confidence that they are in safe hands. The Blind Spot monitor is designed to help look out for your safety, while it warns you when a vehicle is in your blind spot before entering the next lane.

Toyota C-HR Safety

2021 Toyota Highlander

Available at Midlands Toyota, the latest 2021 Toyota Highlander, which is also available in Hybrid, offers seamless everyday efficiency! The Highlander’s advanced 3.5-liter V6 engine, the epitome of power and smoothness, produces 295hp and 263 lb-ft of torque, maximizing the performance of every journey around Colombia and surrounding areas.

2021 Toyota Highlander

Interior

The 2021 Toyota Highlander launches a two-tone XSE interior, which is available in red and black leather-trimmed seats, giving you the sporty vibe. The highlander features the Center console with Qi wireless charging is convenient to get rid of all the extra and unorganized wires. The panoramic moonroof and the third row seating in the 2021 Highlander brightens your visibility when going on a road trip.

Toyota Highlander Interior

Technology

The new Highlander features Apple CarPlay compatibility, Wi-Fi connectivity, 5 USB ports, JBL audio system, Digital rearview mirror and dynamic navigation. Having access to Wi-Fi and multiple USB while on a road trip is convenient to keep you busy on your road trip. The Dynamic Navigation gives drivers confidence that leads them the right way. It provides you with the updated map data and helps you find the best route to get to your destination.

Safety

The 2021 Highlander wants you to feel confident and safe with every drive. The Highlander features Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking assist with automatic braking. These features are built in to help assist drivers and are not to be used as a substitute for paying close attention on the road, but it will definitely help keep you safer on the road!

Toyota Highlander Safety

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser

The new 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser for sale at Midlands Toyota in SC, is a luxurious explorer and prepared for any adventure with your family and friends. The redesigned Land Cruiser, with its iconic off-road bold exterior details and LED lighting, makes an impact everywhere it goes.

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser

Utility

With standard Land Cruiser’s third and second row seats folded, you have 82.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity! You don’t have to worry about something large not fitting, it will most likely fit. The new Land Cruiser launched center console cooler box, moonroof, 40/20/40 split rear seat, and foldaway third row seats making it easy to adjust at your liking. These features result in flexibility and are easily accessible!

Interior

The leather-trimmed steering wheel of the Land Cruiser is not only heated, but also has audio system technology controls. From the convenience of leather-trimmed, multi-stage heated and ventilated front and second row seats, view your surroundings, so you and your passengers won’t be left cold. There is four-zone automatic climate control which is convenient for passengers to be able to control their own environment the way they like it for an enjoyable ride.

Toyota Land Cruiser Interior

Performance

Trust comes with strength. The new 2021 Land Cruiser offers 8-speed automatic transmission that is effective for power distribution in a range of conditions. The undercarriage of the Land Cruiser is fitted with strengthened skid plates to cover main areas such as the front suspension, exhaust, fuel tank, and transfer case.

2021 Toyota RAV4

In the sleek and flexible 2021 Toyota RAV4, get ready to see where the day takes you. The new 2021 Toyota RAV4 for sale at Midlands Toyota has redesigned to an all new distinct design. RAV4’s continues to stand out from the crowd out on the streets of Colombia and nearby areas. The RAV4 will make you look good wherever your adventure takes you.

2021 Toyota RAV4

Utility

The easy on the go Toyota RAV4 includes features powered to help you out. The accessible hands-free power liftgate detects the Smart Key Fob and opens automatically as you wave your foot under the bumper, making it easier when your hands are full with groceries or belongings you’re taking on the road trip. With over 8 inches of ground clearance the RAV4 makes your pathways easy to ride along. Do you enjoy camping? The all new RAV4 features accessory power outlet wherever you go!

Technology

The all-new 2021 Toyota RAV4 launched the first digital rearview mirror based on Toyota’s camera, designed to help drivers get a clear view with the flip of a switch! There is no need to fish for your keys in your pocket or purse, as the new RAV4 offers a smart key system with push button start, which makes it convenient for easy in and out of the car. The future is all about smart technology at hand. Locate your car, lock/unlock doors, all from your Apple Watch or Android Smartwatch, with the available Toyota Remote Connect.

Toyota RAV4 Technology

Performance

For All-Wheel Drive petrol models, the upcoming 2021 RAV4 features the optional Multi-Terrain Pick. You are able to choose from 4 different modes (Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, Snow, and Normal) for better traction. There are 3 separate drive modes that allow you to adjust the driving dynamics of RAV4 to your mood. The SPORT mode gives sharper acceleration, the ECO mode helps improve fuel efficiency, and the Regular mode integrates speed with fuel economy. The product of all these wonderful features is a convenient and effective adventure!

2021 Toyota Sequoia

Let your epic journey begin with the all new 2021 Toyota Sequoia for sale in South Carolina! Enhance your technology with Toyota’s Remote Connect that allows you to access your vehicle from anywhere, through your smart watch. Stay updated with the latest details about your 2021 Sequoia with Toyota’s Service Connect that provides you with data such as mileage, fuel level, and even service history.

Utility

For any adventure, the all new 2021 Toyota Sequoia is certainly your all in one vehicle! The Sequoia is spacious enough to fit up to eight people, which ensures you have room to leave no one behind. The Sequoia offers power reclining to a fold-flat third-row seat with a number of seating options and provides more cargo space. The accessible power liftgate of Sequoia is ready to give you a helping hand, just push a button within the cargo area and it immediately closes. This makes it perfect when your hands are full with groceries or just because it is more convenient.

2021 Toyota Sequoia

Technology

All easy accessible entertainment and high-tech technology, the new 2021 Toyota Sequoia features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Smart key System, Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w Clari-Fi, and even Amazon Alexa compatibility! Almost anywhere the road takes you, you have all this entertainment at your fingers and ready for use! Going on a long trip with your family and friends? Sequoia’s technology will provide you with the best entertainment to keep you entertained on the road.

Safety

The impressive level of safety system in the new 2021 Sequoia is outstanding. Toyota’s Sequoia model features Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert that is designed to help look out for you and your passengers safety. It alerts you when there is a vehicle on the next lane when they are in your blind spot. The Backup Camera is Sequoia’s standard feature, that helps drivers see what they might have overlooked or be out of view. LATCH stands for “Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children,” which is featured in the 2021 Sequoia to help keep children safe while driving, while allowing you to secure a child car seat quickly and easily.

Toyota Sequoia Safety

Midlands Toyota looks forward to showing you the different specifications and opportunities associated with the upcoming 2021 Toyota SUVs. For any questions, schedule a meeting with a sales agent. Shop or read more about the Outback features in our online inventory. Today, contact our Colombia, SC staff!

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