All Toyota models from 2018 and newer will have to make use of the subscription to continue using the functionality.

According to media reports, all Toyota models from 2018 onwards will need a subscription to use the key fob’s remote start functionality. Reports suggest that Toyota offers a range of connected services when purchasing a new model – one of them is the ‘Remote Connect’ which allows owners to start their cars using their key fobs.

While there is a free trial period, the ‘Remote Connect’ plan is interlinked with other connected and audio service packages as well. Post the free trial period, Toyota owners will have to shell out either US$8 / month or US$80 / year for the continued usage of the remote start function.

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