Consumer Reports 2013 Top Picks

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Two weeks ago Consumer Reports published its 2013 Top Picks. For 2013, the Top Picks list has new winners in seven categories.  Toyota took two of the top picks and Scion took one.

Consumer Reports Stop Picks Saginaw MI

2013 Top Pick Sporty Car = Scion FR-S
2013 Top Pick Green Car = Toyota Prius
2013 Top Pick Midsized SUV = Toyota Highlander

The Consumers Reports Top Picks are as close as it gets to “no-brainers” in the auto market. They’re impressive all-around vehicles, chosen from more than 280 they have recently tested.  All Top Picks must meet Consumer Reports’ stringent criteria in three areas: road test, reliability, and safety. They must rank at or near the top of their category on overall road test scores; they must have earned an average or better predicted-reliability Rating based on problems Consumer Reports subscribers reported on 1.2 million vehicles in the latest survey; and they must perform well if included in crash or rollover tests by the government or the insurance industry.

Here’s what Consumer Reports has to say:

Scion FR-S

If you take your driving fun seriously, the Scion FR-S was built for you. Co-developed by Subaru and Toyota, which builds Scion vehicles, the FR-S is exhilarating to drive, with super-sharp handling, excellent braking, and ample acceleration. Other draws: impressive gas mileage and reasonable sticker price.

Toyota Prius

Sure, today’s electric cars are getting the equivalent of 100 or more mpg. But no current plug-in car can match the Toyota Prius hatchback for its blend of fuel efficiency, practicality, and affordability. Its 44 overall mpg is still the best we’ve measured in any five-passenger, non-plug-in vehicle. And its roomy interior, comfortable ride, and hatchback versatility make it easy to live with. Consumers Reports also gives a thumbs-up to the 41-mpg Toyota Prius V wagon.

Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is for people who want the practicality of an SUV with the refinement of a good sedan. It provides a quiet, well-finished cabin, as well as a cushy ride, sound handling, and a smooth powertrain. The Highlander has also consistently maintained above-average reliability. The V6 model delivers a competitive 18 mpg overall, and the Highlander Hybrid model tops all SUVs at 27 mpg.

Labadie Toyota Scion carries a large selection of Toyota cars near Saginaw and Toyota Certified Used Vehicles. Shoppers who have been searching for a Toyota dealership serving Saginaw MI will be happy to find an inventory that is as vast and expansive as any Toyota inventory anywhere. The sales staff here at our store will impress you with their knowledge of these cars, trucks and SUVs plus their customer service prestige. We want our customers to go home happy with the best Toyota they can have and we will do everything we can to make your experience memorable.

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Toyota Prius c in Midland MI

The Toyota Prius c has the highest EPA-estimated city mpg rating of any car that does not plug in. EPA ratings of 53 mpg city / 46 mpg highway / 50 mpg combined puts the Toyota Prius c out in front of the competition.

In fact, the 2012 Prius c has EPA-estimated (city/highway) fuel economy of 53/46, more than 2012 Honda insight, and significantly more than the conventional 2012 Ford Fiesta1.

The Toyota Prius c makes sure your driving fun goes farther. And besides, gas stations always look better when you’re driving past them.

So what drives the Toyota Prius c?

  • 1.5L Aluminum 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
  • EV/ECO/Normal modes
  • Sequential multi-point EFI with Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)
  • Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor
  • Sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) Battery
  • Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)

Starting at under $20,000 MSRP the Prius c is as affordable as it is practical.  Test drive one today at Labadie Toyota.

1. 2012 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

Toyota RAV4 Saginaw Driving Modes

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Saginaw
ECO Driving Mode

Customers will appreciate the thoughtful addition of an ECO drive mode, which further enhances the redesigned RAV4’s economy by regulating air conditioning and heat operation, and the moderation of the throttle opening by up to 20 percent, helping the driver regulate engine output.

Sport Mode

When the new Sport Mode is selected, torque transfer to the rear wheels will start from the moment the steering wheel is turned. The new Dynamic Torque Control AWD System, with the feedback from driver steering input, will adjust automatically a 90:10 front/rear torque distribution to reduce the load on the front tires. If later, an actual understeer develops, torque transfer to the rear wheels is automatically increased by up to 50%, further reducing front tire loading to provide improved lateral grip.

As well as activating the ‘Dynamic’ behavior of the system’s front to rear torque transfer, the new Sport mode also modifies the RAV4’s power steering, throttle and transmissions; decreasing power steering assistance, sharpening throttle response and offering higher revs’, for a more dynamic driving experience.

AWD Driving Modes

For added security while braking, the 2013 RAV4 automatically disengages all AWD operation in order to maximize the effects of its standard Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control.

In the all new 2013 Toyota RAV4, 2WD with Auto LSD is standard but Michigan drivers will love the optional Dynamic Torque Control AWD.

There are many new features to love in the 2013 RAV4.  Contact the sales professionals at Labadie Toyota today and schedule a test drive at 1-800-338-5751.

Toyota dealer serving Saginaw, Michigan

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Labadie Toyota wants to wish a special thank you to some of our recent Toyota customers in Saginaw!

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Dhirendra from Saginaw, MI 2013 Toyota Highlander in Saginaw, MI
Todd from Saginaw, MI 2012 Toyota RAV4 in Saginaw, MI
Jamie from Saginaw, MI 2012 Toyota Camry in Saginaw, MI
Gerald from Saginaw, MI 2013 Toyota Venza in Saginaw, MI
William from Saginaw, MI 2012 Toyota Camry in Saginaw, MI
Thomas from Saginaw, MI 2012 Toyota Camry in Saginaw, MI
Gurdial from Saginaw, MI 2012 Toyota Camry in Saginaw, MI
Richard from Saginaw, MI 2012 Toyota Sequoia in Saginaw, MI
Ralph from Saginaw, MI 2013 Toyota Sienna in Saginaw, MI

Labadie is a proud new Toyota dealer, located near Saginaw, Michigan. We service Saginaw, MI for all individuals looking to buy or service a new Toyota. Labadie Toyota carries a wide selection of new and used Toyota’s near Saginaw, MI. Using our website you can view our new Toyota cars or used Toyota cars view our quality used cars.

Toyota Dealer in Saginaw Toyotathon 2012

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It’s that time of year again where Toyota goes all out with Toyotathon.

Toyotathon mid-Michigan Dealer

Toyotathon Corolla Mid-Michigan

Toyotathon RAV4 mid-Michigan

Toyotathon Prius mid-Michigan

This year is winding down, but here at Labadie Toyota we are just getting fired up! With the End of the Year “Toyotathon” you are guaranteed to get some amazing deals on a new Toyota.  This is always Toyota’s biggest sales event of the year and the time to buy or lease is now.  Visit our website at or call toll-free 1-800-233-4015

2013 Toyota Venza High-Tech Features

2013 Toyota Venza Saginaw

Part of what makes the 2013 Toyota Venza so appealing is that, for almost any daily challenge, it offers an elegant solution. With its impressive array of high-tech features, Venza is all about helping you get things done while enjoying yourself along the way. From advanced multimedia systems to cutting-edge audio capabilities, this is one vehicle that can handle your to-do list as well as your playlist.

2013 Toyota Venza Features

The available Entune® multimedia system is a collection of popular mobile applications and data services. Entune® includes three years of complimentary access to apps and data services delivered via most smartphones and some feature phones. Once the phone is connected to the vehicle using Bluetooth® wireless technology or a USB cable, the features of Entune® are operated using the vehicle’s controls or, for some services, by voice recognition. Stop in Labadie Toyota and get a hands on demonstration.

JBL Synthesis® Surround Sound
The available JBL Synthesis® surround sound system features 13 speakers, a subwoofer and an amplifier — all acoustically optimized specifically for the 2013 Toyota Venza’s spacious interior — delivering brilliant clarity and great dynamic range. It is a system as refined as the vehicle itself.

iPod®/MP3 Player Holder With USB Port and Auxiliary Audio Jack
Dock your iPod® or MP3/WMA player in the special holder in the center console, then plug it in via the USB port, and an iPod® interface appears on 2013 Venza’s audio system display. On-screen, you can sort tracks in a variety of ways, including by song, artist, genre and playlist.

Smart Key System With Push Button Start
On XLE and Limited, the Smart Key System with Push Button Start lets you lock or unlock your vehicle while the Smart Key fob is in your pocket or bag. There’s also a touch-sensor feature that lets you lock the doors by touching the top of the door handle or unlock them by grabbing the handle.

Blind Spot Mirrors
New for 2013, the upper outside corner on each of Venza’s outside mirrors gives you a wide-angle view to help you detect vehicles that might be lurking in your blind spots.

These are only a few of the hundreds of features available on the 2013 Toyota Venza.  Stop into Labadie Toyota and take one for a test drive.  What have you got to loose?  You may get a whole new perspective on how good a driving experience can be.

Labadie Toyota is conveniently located just one mile off the I-75 and US25 exit in Bay City MI.  Only minutes from Saginaw and Midland. The 2013 Toyota Venza is available with three different models starting at $27,700.

2013 Toyota Corolla Safety

2013 Toyota Corolla Saginaw Safety

On the 2013 Toyota Corolla safety is not an option . . . it’s standard equipment. Every Corolla is built with Toyota’s advanced integration of safety technologies, including Enhanced 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). Armed with these active safety features, the 2013 Toyota Corolla can actually help you avoid accidents in the first place. It’s not every car that provides this level of safety.

But the 2013 Toyota Corolla doesn’t just stop and good enough.  Toyota has put many other safety features into the Corolla that you may have not thought possible in a sedan that starts as low as $16,230.  Some of these additional advanced safety features include:

Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones and a collapsible steering column are designed to help dissipate impact forces in a collision and help protect occupants.
A driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, front seat-mounted side airbags for
the driver and front passenger, and front and rear side curtain airbags are all standard.
Corolla comes standard with active headrests in the front seats that adjust to better support
the front occupants’ heads in the event of certain lower-speed, rear-end collisions.
Corolla provides 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions. The front seats are equipped with the added safety of pretensioners with force limiters.
(Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) helps protect the smaller members of your family. LATCH includes lower anchors on outboard rear seats and tether anchors on all rear seats.
Proper tire pressure is always important for safe driving.  TPMS evaluates the pressure of the tires and issues a warning if the pressure becomes critically low.

These are just some of the safety features that made the Toyota Corolla a 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick with the “highest-possible frontal and side crash test ratings in its class.”

Why spend top dollar on a luxury car when all you need is a safe family sedan.  Test drive the 2013 Toyota Corolla at Labadie Toyota in Bay City MI.  Labadie is conveniently located just off the I-75 and US-10/25 exit only minutes from Midland and Saginaw.

0% Toyota Financing mid-Michigan

October Deals Michigan ToyotaLabadie Toyota has the best incentives available that we’ve seen . . . well ever!

Most Toyota models can be purchased at 0% APR for up to 60 months.  Check out these great deals – but hurry these low finance rates only last until November 5, 2012.

Make Year Model APR Term
Toyota 2012 Avalon 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2012 Avalon 0.0% 48 Months
Toyota 2012 Avalon 0.0% 60 Months
Toyota 2012 Camry Gas 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2012 Camry Gas 0.0% 48 Months
Toyota 2012 Camry Gas 0.0% 60 Months
Toyota 2012 Corolla 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2012 Corolla 0.0% 48 Months
Toyota 2012 Corolla 0.0% 60 Months
Toyota 2013 Corolla 0.9% 36 Months
Toyota 2013 Corolla 0.9% 48 Months
Toyota 2013 Corolla 1.9% 60 Months
Toyota 2012 Highlander Gas 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2012 Highlander Gas 0.0% 48 Months
Toyota 2012 Highlander Gas 0.0% 60 Months
Toyota 2013 Highlander Gas 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2013 Highlander Gas 0.0% 48 Months
Toyota 2013 Highlander Gas 0.9% 60 Months
Toyota 2012 RAV4 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2012 RAV4 0.0% 48 Months
Toyota 2012 RAV4 0.0% 60 Months
Toyota 2012 Sienna 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2012 Sienna 0.0% 48 Months
Toyota 2012 Sienna 0.0% 60 Months
Toyota 2013 Sienna 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2013 Sienna 0.9% 48 Months
Toyota 2013 Sienna 1.9% 60 Months
Toyota 2012 Tundra Crew Max 0.0% 36 Months + $1400 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2012 Tundra Crew Max 0.0% 48 Months + $1400 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2012 Tundra Crew Max 0.0% 60 Months + $1400 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2013 Tundra Crew Max 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2013 Tundra Crew Max 0.0% 48 Months
Toyota 2013 Tundra Crew Max 0.0% 60 Months
Toyota 2012 Tundra Double Cab 0.0% 36 Months + $1300 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2012 Tundra Double Cab 0.0% 48 Months + $1300 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2012 Tundra Double Cab 0.0% 60 Months + $1300 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2013 Tundra Double Cab 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2013 Tundra Double Cab 0.0% 48 Months
Toyota 2013 Tundra Double Cab 0.0% 60 Months
Toyota 2012 Tundra Reg Cab 0.0% 36 Months + $1300 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2012 Tundra Reg Cab 0.0% 48 Months + $1300 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2012 Tundra Reg Cab 0.0% 60 Months + $1300 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2013 Tundra Reg Cab 0.0% 36 Months
Toyota 2013 Tundra Reg Cab 0.0% 48 Months
Toyota 2013 Tundra Reg Cab 0.0% 60 Months
Toyota 2013 Venza 0.0% 36 Months + $250 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2013 Venza 0.0% 48 Months + $250 Subvention Cash
Toyota 2013 Venza 0.0% 60 Months + $250 Subvention Cash

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2013 Toyota Tacoma Takes the Work out of Play

In lesser trucks, getting your many toys to and from the “playground” can make your weekend feel like a workday. Not with the 2013 Toyota Tacoma now available at Labadie Toyota in Bay City MI. Complementing its tough composite bed is a range of innovative features to help you secure your payload — pronto. So don’t hesitate grabbing whatever gear your weekend calls for.  The 2013 Toyota Tacoma has the equipment available to keep all of your fun intact.

Secure Your Cargo Michigan 2013 Toyota Tacoma’s fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite (SMC) bed features a standard Deck Rail System with four adjustable tie-down cleats to help ensure your gear stays put.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Saginaw MI The fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite (SMC) material in the bed of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma isn’t just a bedliner, it’s the bed itself. And while it may be handsome, it’s not there for looks. This rugged material actually provides better impact strength than steel.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Power Outlet Mounted in the bed of 2013 Toyota Tacoma models with the available TRD Off-Road or Sport Packages, this 115V AC outlet enables you to pull power when and where you need it. Even when you’re miles from civilization.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Storage While there’s plenty of storage inside 2013 Toyota Tacoma, this handy in-bed storage compartment is perfect for stashing dirtier items like rags, spray lube or miscellaneous tools.

These are just a few of the features of the best-selling compact pickup in America.  For the biggest selection of Toyota Tacoma’s available in the Saginaw, Midland and Bay City area stop into Labadie Toyota or shop online at

2012 Prius c Advantages

With fuel prices likely to stay high, small cars will likely stay near the top of many shoppers’ lists.  Introducing the Toyota Prius c, the newest member of the Prius family. It brings Prius heritage and Toyota innovation to the small hybrid sector.

Toyota Prius c Midland MI


Prius c brings traditional Prius virtues to a new class of vehicle. You can expect all the efficient design and economical operation the Prius reputation promises.

  • All Prius models are known for their outstanding mpg, and Prius c is no exception. It boasts manufacturer estimates of 53 mpg city, 46 mpg highway.
  • Another Prius hallmark is efficiency, and one aspect of this is curb weight. Toyota hones and refines every part of a Prius, always looking for ways to save weight and materials. The result shows in Prius c’s light weight, including its batteries.
  • Adding to Prius c’s economical operation is Toyota Care, Toyota’s complimentary maintenance plan.


Prius c Three has sophisticated features normally found only on much larger cars.

  • Prius c Three owners enjoy the luxury of automatic climate control.
  • Prius c Three drivers enjoy quick-access controls for some HVAC functions, right on the steering wheel.


  • Prius c Three has Toyota’s innovative Touch Tracer Display, which places a duplicate image of the steering-wheel-mounted controls in the instrument panel.
  • Prius c Three comes standard with navigation and Entune, including popular mobile apps and services.


  • Prius c’s smaller turning circle can make it easier to slip in and out of small parking spaces. Other times, it may allow the driver to make a U-turn instead of a three-point turn.
  • Another key to Prius c’s excellent maneuverability is its overall length, which is shorter than its challenger’s. This may make a difference in parallel parking or changing lanes.


Prius c Three is small on the outside, but it’s big on comfort and convenience inside. You don’t have to trade these features for economy.

  • The 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks in Prius c greatly increase its versatility.
  • For a car as small as Prius c, it sure carries a lot of cargo. In fact, it has about two-thirds more cargo volume than Civic Hybrid, which is a larger car. Think of the added utility and convenience this adds on weekend shopping expeditions or road trips.

2012 Toyota Prius c Michigan

Take a test drive of the new affordable (starting at under $20,000!!!) 2012 Toyota Prius c at Labadie Toyota today.  Once you try it you’ll want one of your own.