A right rear quarter photo of the 2021 Toyota Venza parked on the road.

Toyota introduces new convenience features on its new models

How do I use the Toyota hands-free tailgate? 

The Toyota class of 2021 has added some incredible new models to the lineup like the Venza and RAV4 Prime. Additionally, the Toyota Sienna was completely redesigned and is now exclusively powered by a hybrid powertrain. Not only do these vehicles all offer some of the best fuel economy scores in their respective classes, but they also all feature a rear liftgate that can be opened and closed without someone using their hands. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I use the Toyota hands-free tailgate,’ the team of product experts working at Lexington Toyota have some answers. For the most part, all three vehicles will use the same procedures. However, be sure to refer to your owner’s manual for more precise information. Let’s take a closer look at how this new and exciting feature works. 

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Toyota Hands-Free Tailgate Instructions 

In order to use the hands-free tailgate offered by several new Toyota models, you will need to have the key fob on your person. It can be in your pocket or in a bag, it just needs to be close to the vehicle so the RFID tag can be read by the computer. If you want to open a properly equipped vehicle’s tailgate follow these simple steps: 

• Stand behind your vehicle with your sternum lined up with the Toyota badge on the tailgate. Using one fluid motion, make a kicking motion with your leg so your foot goes under the rear bumper. Be careful not to actually kick the bumper. You will know that everything has worked properly when the liftgate opens. 

Can I close the rear door? 

If a person’s hands were full when they load their vehicle, it makes sense that their hands will be full when they unload it. Toyota engineers thought of this and have made closing the rear liftgate just as easy. With the key fob in your pocket and standing behind the vehicle, make the same kicking motion and the rear liftgate will close automatically. 

Make an appointment with a Lexington Toyota if you would like to see how this feature works in person.