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The 2023 Toyota 4Runner Is Here, Waiting for You

2023 Toyota 4Runner

The 2023 Toyota 4Runner has arrived, and it’s already making waves. High-powered, spacious, and accessory-filled, this SUV of the now is poised to hold up for years to come. To find out what the 4Runner has in store, check out our full model overview.

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Your Inside Look at the 2023 Toyota Prius

2023 Toyota Prius

The 2023 Toyota Prius sports some of the latest innovations in performance and design, making it a force to be reckoned with in its class. The car stands out by delivering drivers a comfortable ride, stylish design from the inside out, and inspiring performance capabilities. You can get more information on the new Toyota Prius when you read this model overview.

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Your Preview of the 2023 Toyota Corolla

2023 Toyota Corolla

If you're looking to learn more about a car that leaves the rest of its class in the dust, you need to keep reading about the 2023 Toyota Corolla. When you're looking for a car crafted from high-quality materials with exceptional performance capabilities, you can stop your search with this car. More details are included below in our model overview of the new Toyota Corolla.

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Say Hello to the 2023 Toyota Tundra

2023 Toyota Tundra

The 2023 Toyota Tundra excels in arenas where other trucks struggle to measure up. From the moment you get behind the wheel, you gain the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing your truck can go anywhere and handle anything. Read our model overview of the new Toyota Tundra if you're interested in learning more.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Toyota RAV4

2023 Toyota RAV4

The backroads rambler. The weekend thrill-seeker. The to-and-from commuter. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 welcomes them all. You've come to expect inside-out, top-to-bottom quality from Toyota and that's exactly what this CUV brings to the table. You can get more information on the new 2023 Toyota RAV4 when you read this model overview.

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Take a Closer Look at the 2023 Toyota Highlander

2023 Toyota Highlander

The 2023 Toyota Highlander may not know what the road holds tomorrow, but this CUV is ready for it all the same. You can expect reliable performance, smart features, and flexible cargo space in this CUV. The best place to get a look at the new Highlander is at our dealership, but you can get all the details in this model overview.

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Introducing the 2023 Toyota Camry

2023 Toyota Camry

If you're looking for a car that will never let you down, you want to look up the 2023 Toyota Camry. The new model leverages its spacious cabin, available contemporary tech, and robust performance capabilities to provide everything from a car that consumers want. Discover the ins and outs of the new 2023 Toyota Camry here in our model overview.

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Up Close and Personal With the 2023 Toyota Tacoma

2023 Toyota Tacoma

You need a truck that's built to tackle the challenges of the roads of tomorrow — you need the 2023 Toyota Tacoma. Capable performance, intuitive technology, and a striking design — these are the makings of an all-time great pickup. Get all the key details on the new Toyota Tacoma in this model overview.

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Here's Why We're Excited About the 2023 Toyota Sequoia

2023 Toyota Sequoia

In a day and age in which virtually every automaker offers a SUV, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia is able to separate itself with superior craftsmanship and mechanical engineering. This SUV offers the perfect marriage of curbside styling, everyday convenience, and on-road capability. Find out how the new Toyota Sequoia upholds this tradition below in our model overview.

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Say Hello To The 2022 Toyota Highlander

2022 Toyota Highlander

You'll find that nearly every nameplate offers a CUV, but only Toyota can bring it to you in its fully-realized state: the 2022 Toyota Highlander. This CUV has the flexible space, modern comforts, and intuitive technology you crave. The best place to get a look at the new Toyota Highlander is at our dealership, but you can get all the details in this model overview.

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A Buyer’s Guide for the 2022 Toyota Sienna

2022 Toyota Sienna

The 2022 Toyota Sienna may not know what the road holds tomorrow, but this minivan is ready for it all the same. Casual drivers and car enthusiasts alike have found their match in this minivan. To learn more about the new Sienna, continue reading below.

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What Makes the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback So Special?

2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is the kind of car that makes a number of promises and then proceeds to keep every one of them. Whether you have a need for speed, safety, or style from your next car, this Toyota car can't help but tick every box. Don't miss out on the best features of the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Continue reading our model overview below.

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A Buyer’s Guide for the 2022 Toyota Tacoma

2022 Toyota Tacoma

The new Tacoma accelerates quickly and can hold its own in adverse driving conditions. You can go almost anywhere and haul practically anything thanks to the Tacoma's standard 2.7 L 4-cylinder engine engine. When properly configured, it delivers a maximum towing capacity of up to 6800 lbs.. The new Tacoma matches this spirited powertrain with a refined ride quality and improved handling. The Tacoma isn't limited to the above features, though.

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What You Can Expect in the 2022 Toyota RAV4

2022 Toyota RAV4

There are a lot of reasons to like the 2022 Toyota RAV4, and we want to share just a few of them with you. Whether it's in the showroom or out on the open road, this CUV is the definition of a head-turner. Looking for the scoop on the new RAV4? Keep reading this overview.

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Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota – St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

March 2, 2021

Blog | St. Jude

In the summer of 2020, Mike Johnson and the crew at Hickory Toyota participated in the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway with WBTV, by donating $20,000 toward a Dream Car! Rick Linville, of Monroe, NC, was the lucky winner who took home the prize - a 2021 Camry XSE Camry.

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Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota – Golfing In and Around Hickory

Jan 24, 2020

Blog | Golf

For golf lovers, there is nothing better than a good game of golf on a beautiful golf course. With six golf courses in Hickory, North Caroline itself and another 11 within a 20-mile radius of Hickory, one is spoiled for choice. The problem is which golf course to choose to play at. In this article, we’ll take a look at five great golf courses in and around Hickory.

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Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota – Exploring the Museums of the Hickory Metro Area

Jan 17, 2020

Blog | Hickory Museums

Do you enjoy learning about different areas of life and culture? Take a trip around the Hickory Metro Area and enjoy a wide variety of museums

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Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota – The 2020 RAV4 Is Ready to Explore

Jan 11, 2020

2020 RAV4

Life’s an adventure. Why not take its challenges head-on with rugged styling and plenty of standard safety technology? Are you ready to explore? The 2020 RAV4 is — and we’re about to reveal why.

Available Trim Levels

One of the country’s best-selling SUVs, the RAV4’s rugged design is at home on pavement or in the dirt. Part of the fifth generation, it was fully redesigned just last year. The 2020 variant offers drivers an impressive six trim levels, including LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited.

Take the scenic route with the new-for-2020 TRD Off-Road model. It delivers improved capability on the trails thanks to 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires and a unique suspension kit with red coil springs. The 2020 RAV4 Adventure trim is equipped with an advanced all-wheel-drive system that can disconnect the rear axle to improve fuel economy.

Price-leader LE models are pretty basic, while the high-end Limited variant challenges many luxury brands. Toyota throws in a few perks on the XLE trim, such as a moonroof, and the mid-range XLE Premium gets niceties like faux-leather upholstery. The hybrid trims are also a compelling choice.


No matter which RAV4 trim you decide to drive home, it comes with a 203-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood. Toyota paired this peppy powerhouse with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive on the 2020 Adventure trim.

The Latest Technology

Toyota’s Entune infotainment system features a suite of advanced technology that starts with a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a six-speaker audio system. This automaker added Android Auto smartphone integration capability standard for the new model year, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio, while the Limited trims now come with the premium, 11-speaker JBL sound system, and wireless device charging. All the controls are easy to use, and it ranks among the best in the class thanks to its intuitive interface and responsive touch screen/

Advanced Safety Features

If a slew of standard driver assistance feature availability is tops on your priority list, then rest easy knowing that the 2020 RAV4 delivers. Get a rearview camera, automatic high beams, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and traffic sign recognition. Why not opt for Toyota’s Safety Sense complete suite of driver assistance technology that includes even more innovations?

Attractive Interior

RAV4 touts a quiet interior, and plenty of passenger room and cargo space. There’s even a useful shelf that spans the dash and complements the large center console. XLE models now come with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, while the mid-range Adventure variants add posh amenities like the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, plus an optional power liftgate.

An appealing choice in this crowded segment, the RAV4’s broad lineup is an attractive option for nearly everyone. Compact-SUV shoppers will want to schedule a test drive at your local Toyota showroom today and get ready to explore.

No Treadmills, Please: 3 Different Ways to Get Fit in Hickory

Dec 27, 2019

You’ve committed to your health this year, and you’ve decided to get fit. If you’ve vowed to avoid the treadmill, you’re not alone. More and more people are getting off the belt and looking for new activities to get lean. Try these three different ways to get fit in Hickory, North Carolina.

Blog | Join a Sport League

Join a Sport’s League

Adult sports leagues around Hickory start-up during the fall season in September, and include softball, dodge ball, outdoor soccer, and kickball. While the winter season consists of the church and industrial basketball programs that begin in December. Youth leagues also include tackle football and indoor soccer programs.

The Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th Street Drive NE offers a wide variety of sports teams for all ages to join, including pickleball, volleyball, home school PE, and basketball. Meet up with the hiking club and explore different locations in beautiful Western North Carolina for just $4 per person.

Karate is a terrific activity to join for both children and adults. Head to the Westmont Recreation Center 1316 Main Avenue Drive NW and learn from the 2001 World Karate Hall of Fame inductee, Master Johnny Stinson.

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DIY Arts and Craft Workshops near Hickory, NC

Dec 20, 2019

DIY Arts and Crafts

From relaxing with a palette of paint to updating your home decor, there are so many reasons to indulge yourself with an art project this season. Get crafty at one of these DIY workshops near Hickory, North Carolina.

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Oil Change Guide | Hickory, NC

Dec 13, 2019

Oil Change Guide

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3 Easy Car Maintenance Procedures Every Teen Driver Should Know

Dec 9, 2019

Maintenance for Teens

Has your teenager started driving? As parents, we want to know that our kids are safe and secure at all times, especially out on the road. That’s why it’s important to teach them some basic car maintenance when they start the important milestone of driving a vehicle. The following are some easy maintenance procedures that every teen driver should know.


There are three important factors to know when it comes to tires. They include:

  • Checking the pressure
  • Checking the tread
  • Changing a flat

Checking the tire pressure is an easy way to make sure your tires are properly inflated. This will help reduce the risk of getting a flat, in addition to maintaining better gas mileage and extending the life of your tires. Make sure your teenager knows how to use a tire pressure gauge and that they know what psi is needed for the specific tires on their vehicle.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the 2020 Avalon

Nov 29, 2019

2020 Avalon

The 2020 Toyota Avalon combines sleek and sophisticated good looks on the outside with plenty of impressive features on the inside. If you’ve been thinking about getting the new Avalon, learn what you can expect when you get behind the wheel of this polished sedan.

Stunning Good Looks

The outside of the 2020 Toyota Avalon showcases smooth lines and angles that give the sedan a contemporary look. You’ll also find plenty of outstanding standard features that simply add to the modern feel of the vehicle, including heated and power-adjustable side mirrors with turn signal and blind-spot warning indicators, dual exhaust chrome tips, high solar energy-absorbing glass, automatic LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights. The Avalon is also available with a power tilt and slide moonroof with a sliding sunshade and a rear spoiler.

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Check out Toyota’s Lineup of Alternative Fuel Cell Vehicles

Nov 22, 2019

Alternative Fuel Cell Vehicles

If you’re interested in switching to an alternative fuel cell vehicle to cut down on emissions and help save money at the pump, Toyota has plenty of excellent options in its lineup. From sedans to SUVs, learn more about the alternative fuel cell vehicles you can enjoy driving when you choose a Toyota.


The Toyota Mirai is an innovative vehicle that’s powered by hydrogen, which means its only emission is water. Not only is the Mirai efficient, but it’s also safe. It comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, road sign assist, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with road edge detection and steering assist, automatic high beams, and a sway warning system.

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Where to Enjoy a Craft Brew in Hickory

Nov 15, 2019

Craft Brew in Hickory

Not only is Hickory, North Carolina, known for its charming downtown and beautiful natural surroundings, but it also has a growing craft beer scene. If you’re interested in enjoying some unique craft beers around Hickory, then be sure to check out a few of these top destinations.

Blowing Rock Brewing Company

While Blowing Rock Brewing Company is located about 37 miles north of Hickory in Blowing Rock, you don’t have to travel that far to appreciate some of these excellent brews. Instead, just head down to Blowing Rock Draft House near downtown Hickory. You can hang out with friends and family in the large taproom or outdoor beer garden to savor your drink and enjoy live music and a game of cornhole. If you’re feeling hungry, the brewpub also has a great menu that offers delicious pub food, wood-fired pizza, and more.

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