The decision of which vehicle to buy or lease is a big deal. And for many, their ride is more than just an appliance that parks in the driveway. It’s part of the family. So, it’s not a surprise when we hear people talk about their vehicles as if they are people, including giving them names:

“We’re taking (driving) Bertha to the grocery store.” Or, “Roxy needs a bath (car wash).”

If your set of wheels doesn’t yet have a name, this is the time! National Name Your Car Day—one of our favorite cultural days at Toyota—is here. So, get creative and let the personality of your car, truck, van or SUV really shine. If your ride already has a name, or you’re picking one in honor of the occasion, share it with us on Twitter or Facebook, #NationalNameYourCarDay.”

To get the name game going and to offer a little inspiration, we asked a few of our Team Toyota Olympic and Paralympic athletes to share the names they’ve given their Toyota vehicles. These elite athletes depend on their Toyotas to get them to and from training and competitions, as well help them move easily through their daily lives with family and friends. Just like us, Team Toyota names their Toyota vehicles as if they were a member of the family. Scroll down and check them out!

Team Toyota Athlete: U.S. Paralympian Jerome Avery
Sport: Track & Field (Guide Runner)
Vehicle: Toyota GR Supra
Vehicle’s Name: Jade
Favorite Vehicle Feature: Everything! The style, color, design – it’s a great conversation starter and definitely a fun car to drive.

Team Toyota Athlete: U.S. Olympian David Boudia
Sport: Diving
Vehicle: Toyota Tundra
Vehicle’s Name: Toothless
Favorite Vehicle Feature: When I am pulling something behind the truck, and I turn on the TOW/HAUL mode switch and hear the real power the engine has!1

Team Toyota Athlete: U.S. Olympian Laurie Hernandez
Sport: Gymnastics
Vehicle: Toyota Camry
Vehicle’s Name: Oliver Queen
Favorite Vehicle Feature: Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan. Being a beginner driver, it’s been awesome to have it help me, especially when I’m parking.2

Team Toyota Athlete: U.S. Paralympian Jessica Long
Sport: Swimming
Vehicle: Toyota 4Runner
Vehicle’s Name: Piper
Favorite Vehicle Feature: The space! My idea of a perfect Sunday is my 4Runner, a cute blanket, cards, snacks, and my husband.

Team Toyota Athlete: U.S. Paralympian Oksana Masters
Sport: Road Cycling
Vehicle: Toyota Highlander
Vehicle’s Name: Hybrid Heidi
Favorite Vehicle Feature: The comfort and convenience that comes in a Highlander Hybrid. Everyone has a happy place and mine is with Hybrid Heidi!

Team Toyota Athlete: U.S. Paralympian Melissa Stockwell
Sport: Paratriathlon
Vehicle: Toyota 4Runner
Vehicle’s Name: Giganto
Favorite Vehicle Feature: I live and train in Colorado so the 4Runner’s drivability up and down the mountains is important to me so I can enjoy the great outdoors.

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1Before towing, confirm your vehicle and trailer are compatible, hooked up and loaded properly and that you have any necessary additional equipment. Do not exceed any Weight Ratings and follow all instructions in your Owner’s Manual. The maximum you can tow depends on base curb weight plus the total weight of any cargo, occupants, and added vehicle equipment. “Added vehicle equipment” includes additional standard/optional equipment and accessories added by the manufacturer, dealers, and/or vehicle owners. The only way to be certain of your vehicle’s exact curb weight is to weigh your vehicle without passengers or cargo. See Owner’s Manual for limitations.

2 The Bird’s Eye-View Camera does not provide a comprehensive view of the area surrounding the vehicle and you should also look around the vehicle, using mirrors to confirm surrounding clearance. Environmental conditions may limit effectiveness and view may become obscured. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.

Updated October 27, 2021

Originally published October 2, 2020


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