We love our Toyotas here at Steve Landers Toyota of Northwest Arkansas, from the affordable Toyota Corolla to the family-friendly RAV4, to the iconic Toyota Tacoma. We like learning new things about every model and sharing them with the customers we're lucky enough to speak to here at the dealership. It just makes every vehicle on the lot a little more special. Seen below, check out a few of the terms behind the names of vehicles we sell here at Steve Landers Toyota NWA. And when you're ready to own one of those famously-reliable names, come see us today for a test drive, or check out our full selection of 2021 Toyota models at our website today!

TOYOTA TACOMA: A legend of reliability and longevity, the Toyota Tacoma is known all over the world as an icon for go-anywhere performance and long-haul dependability. Toyota's smaller trucks sold in North America have been named "Tacoma" since the introduction of their fifth-generation pickup in 1995. Previously, Toyota's small truck had been known overseas as the Toyota Hilux and in America as simply the Toyota Truck up until then. "Tacoma," a word Native-American tribes in the Pacific Northwest use for Washington State's Mt. Rainier, is shared by both the Toyota Tacoma and Tacoma, Wash., a city of 212,000 near Washington's picturesque Puget Sound.

TOYOTA RAV4: One of Toyota's most popular vehicles, the RAV4 was introduced in the U.S. in January 1996 after debuting in Japan and Europe two years earlier. It was an immediate hit with American families looking for more room and a more commanding driving position, and small crossovers like the RAV4 and truck-based SUVs soon became favorites with American drivers, ending the decades-long domination of passenger cars. The name RAV4, while common today, was a head-scratcher at the time and remains so for many people. Here's the scoop on that weird combo of numbers and capitalized letters: according to Toyota, it was originally an acronym that stood for "Recreational Activity Vehicle: 4-Wheel Drive." Now, according to Toyota, it stands for "Robust Accurate Vehicle: 4-Wheel Drive." We like Recreational Activities, so we'll use the original definition if it's all the same to you.

TOYOTA AVALON: Introduced in the U.S. in 1994, the Toyota Avalon is Toyota's flagship full-size sedan, replacing earlier models like the Cressida while giving those who need more room than they'll find in a Toyota Camry a larger and more luxurious option. Throughout the brand's history, Toyota has sought to connect many of their Japanese-marketed sedans with royalty by naming them names associated with crowns, including Toyota Crown, Corolla, Camry and Corona models. The name of the Toyota Avalon -- shared by a mysterious and magical island first associated with England's King Arthur in the medieval writer Geoffrey of Monmouth's "The History of the Kings of Britain" in 1136 A.D. as the place where Arthur's famous sword Excalibur was forged  -- is another classy, literary reminder that Toyota's largest sedan is fit for a king or queen.

There's always something new to learn about our favorite brand, but the best way to get to know today's Toyota is with a test drive! So come see us today at Steve Landers Toyota of Northwest Arkansas and take a spin in a hard-working 2021 Toyota Tacoma, a family friendly 2021 Toyota RAV4, or a luxurious 2021 Toyota Avalon today, or check out our full selection of beautiful 2021 Toyota models at our website right now.

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