That's got to be the longest free trial anywhere.
Toyota and Lexus have both announced an extension to the pair's Safety Connect and Service Connect systems, likely in the hopes of drawing more customers into their plans. Both are relatively similar, with some nice advantages if you happen to own, say, a Lexus NX as opposed to a Toyota Tundra.
You'll be able to sample either Toyota's or Lexus' safety systems for up to ten whole years depending on the model. For Lexus, that's a raft of 2023 models, as well as the 2022 NX and LX models. If you're a Toyota buyer, a number of 2023 cars will come with the extended trial, in addition to the 2022 Tundra.
Before we get any further, we're just going to dump the full list of 2023 and 2022 Toyota and Lexus models here. Toyota's models are as follows: The bZ4X, Corolla/Corolla Hatch, Corolla Cross, Crown, GR Corolla, Highlander, Rav4, Sequoia, Tundra (both 2022 and 2023), and finally, the Venza.
Lexus' models are as follows: The ES, NX (both 2022 and 2023), LS, LX, RX, RS, and the UX. Again, the LX will also receive an extended trial period for both Safety Connect and Service Connect.
As you can see thanks to the surrounding diagrams, both Toyota and Lexus offer the same things under the "Connected Services" automotive subscription service. That includes enhanced roadside assistance, which uses GPS and an emergency assistance button to connect drivers with 24/7 roadside assistance at no cost.
The service can provide jumps, fuel delivery, tire repair/replacement, and towing as needed. There's also an SOS function, which connects you to a response center agent. Again using GPS, the agent can send emergency services to the car's location while staying on the line with you until help arrives.
Both Toyota and Lexus will also offer automatic collision notification services. If you smack into someone, or someone smacks into you, the car will know. It'll automatically notify Lexus or Toyota'sSafety Connect response center in the event of an airbag deployment or severe rear-end collision. From there, things function largely the same as the SOS button described above.
The two brands will also offer maintenance reminders and vehicle health reports. Lexus specifically can monitor items like fuel levels, vehicle mileage, and battery status through a Vehicle Health Report.
Finally, both brands offer stolen vehicle locators. Here, response center agents will use GPS to assist the authorities in finding your vehicle after filing a police report. Note you must go through the authorities on this one. The Japanese won't help you play Taken with your Tundra.