Tag Archive for Toyota

2014 Toyota Tundra

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One area where the Japanese have not been able to eat the proverbial lunch of Detroit’s Big Three has been full-size pick-ups. To date, none of the Japanese 1500s have been more than peripheral players. Why? Probably at least in part because when it comes to big trucks, American truck buyers are like Harley-Davidson owners…

2014 Toyota Corolla – Addendum

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The Age of the Economy Car is officially over. Try and find one. I mean, try and find a new car that has anything in common with a Chevette, a Pinto, an Omni Horizon. Ain’t no such thing anymore. I mean, beyond low price. Check out this ’14 Toyota Corolla. Stack it up against the…

Such a Deal!

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Toyota might want to consider packing up the plug-in version of its Prius hybrid and sending it off to the Land of Unwanted Toys. Though the regular Prius is popular, the plug-in variant languishes. Despite being able to go much farther – and lot faster – on just the batteries, the plug-in has been idling…

2014 Toyota Tacoma

2014 Tacoma rocks

Have you noticed? Mid-sized trucks are getting pretty scarce. Dodge dropped the Dakota. GM has put the kibosh – for the moment, at least – on the Chevy Colorado (and its GMC twin, the Canyon). Ford – like GM, like Chrysler (through its Ram spin-off) only sells 1500-series and larger trucks these days. That leaves…

Has Toyota Become the New GM?

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I used to (and still do) bash GM for having adopted the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” strategy when it came to “safety” features and – far worse – going farther (and sooner) than government demanded. Daytime Running Lamps, for instance. Not required by law – but force-fed to the American car buyer…

2014 Toyota Camry

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Is bland bad? Ask yourself how many gallons of vanilla ice cream get sold in a given year. Or Toyota Camrys. For the past 12 years, it’s been the best-selling mid-size/family car in America. There are more exciting “flavors” available now – but for literally hundreds of thousands of people every year, the Camry has…

2013 Toyota Prius V

Prius V side view

Most reviews of hybrid vehicles talk up their gas mileage – an important consideration, no doubt. But there are other considerations. Overall everyday usefulness, for instance. The Prius V – which is Toyota-speak for a Prius wagon – is such a for-instance. It’s the only mid-sized hybrid wagon out there – at least, the only…

2014 Toyota Corolla Walk-Around

Here’s a video walk-around of the new Corolla. It is heavily updated cosmetically, especially the interior – which is both much roomier and also much nicer – than the previous generation “A to B” Corolla. Take a look: Full review will be up shortly. PS: We have thrown Google – and Google ads – in the woods. They blacklisted…

2014 Toyota Prius

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Actually, there will be no 2014 Prius. The current model – the third Gen. Prius, last updated for the 2010 model year – will soldier on until next summer, when Toyota will replace it with an all-new fourth generation Prius. The 2015 Prius. But, you can get a preview of the ’15 by checking out…

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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Here’s what’s cool about the new Avalon hybrid: It’s a full-size car, with more spreading out room than other cars in its price range; it’s a fairly quick car (0-60 in about 7.5 seconds), it averages 40 MPG – and it costs a few hundred bucks less (to start) than its nearest direct competitor: the…