2007 Toyota Yaris

The Yaris replaces the Echo in Toyota's lineup as the least expensive new Toyota you can buy -- with a base price just barely cresting $11k. The Yaris comes as either a three-door liftback or four-door sedan and features 40 mpg fuel economy capability with surprising room (and decent power, too). It has several large storage bins and rear seats that can be folded as well as moved forward and backward, to increase interior space/usability. The sedan rides on a longer wheelbase (100.4 inches vs. 96.9) and can be viable transportation for small families while the hatchback is ideal as a commuter that can also handle longer trips when the need arises. Standard under the hood is a 1.5 liter, four-cylinder engine producing 106 horsepower -- very adequate for a small, light car of this type. Buyers can choose either a five-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. All models come standard with 14-inch wheels and air conditioning; major safety features such as ABS and side-impact air bags may be ordered optionally.

2007 Toyota Corolla

With the addition of the subcompact Yaris to the lineup, Corolla becomes Toyota's second least-expensive passenger car. A major redesign is expected for 2008, however, so the changes to the '07 Corolla are minimal. The XRS model has been discontinued -- and the rated output of the Corolla's standard 1.8 liter, four-cylinder engine has been downgraded slightly, from 130 horsepower previously to 126 horsepower for 2007. The loss is "on paper only," though -- and reflects changes in the way engine power is measured and reported. The '07 engine is essentially a carryover. Front seat side and curtain airbags and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) are available as options for all model grades.

2007 Toyota 4Runner

Freshened with styling and interior enhancements for 2006, Toyota's truck-based mid-size sport-utility vehicle is largely unchanged for 2007. It is offered in both two and four-wheel-drive layouts, in SR5, Sport or Limited trim levels. The standard 4Runner engine is a 236 horsepower 4.0 liter V-6 with variable valve timing (VVTi); optional is a 4.7 liter V-8, also equipped with VVTi, which generates 260 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. Standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Hill Descent Control, Vehicle Skid Control, and traction control. An automatic Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) is standard on 2WD models for improved traction in slippery conditions. Toyota also offers off-road/activity equipment for the 4Runner, including underbody skid plates, roof rack, locking Torsen center differential and M/S-rated tires. The 4Runner remains true to its off-roading roots even as mainstream SUVs grow softer and more street-oriented.

2007 Toyota Camry

Toyota's top-selling front-drive mid-size sedan is thoroughly revised and updated for 2007 -- with revised exterior styling and interior changes as well as an available 268 horsepower, 3.5 liter V-6 tied to an all-new six-speed automatic transmission. The Camry's standard engine is a 2.4 liter four-cylinder good for 158 horsepower; it can be ordered with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. In addition, a hybrid gas-electric version of the Camry is now available as well -- and capable of delivering 43 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway. Camry may be the country's best-selling family car, but when equipped with the new V-6, it is also one of the quickest -- capable of reaching 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. All trim levels come with AC, power windows, door locks and a CD-playing stereo system standard. All Camrys come with knee air bag for the driver as well as full-length curtain and front seat side-impact air bags -- for seven air bags in total. Traction control is standard but stability control remains optional for 2007. A 440 watt JBL audio system (with BLuetooth technology) is available, as is a DVD-based navigation system -- putting Camry right on the entry-luxury line when so equipped.

2007 Camry Solara

The "two-door Camry" receives an exterior and interior makeover for 2007 -- but not the new Camry sedan's potent 3.5 liter V-6. It soldiers on with the same engine lineup it had last year, including the standard 2.4 liter four-cylinder and carryover 3.3 liter, 215-horsepower V-6. On the upside, all versions get the formerly optional Optitron gauges and backlighting. Sport models feature 17-inch rims, larger rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip. The optional navigation system has been revised, too -- and now includes voice activation. Bluetooth connectivity and a premium JBL stereo system are among the big ticket options. Rumor is a major redesign is in the works for 2008.

2007 Toyota Avalon

Toyota's full-size Avalon returns for 2007 with minor trim and other changes. A 3.5-liter V-6 engine that utilizes Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and a dual-stage variable intake manifold is standard; it generates 268 horsepower -- making it Toyota's most powerful V-6 ever. It drives the front wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission with a sequential shift function that allows the driver to shift gears manually. A six-speed automatic may become available later in 2007, according to preliminary reports but could not be confirmed at the time of this writing. XL, XLS, Limited and Touring versions of the Avalon are available. The luxury-trimmed Limited features in-glass LED turn signals and LED puddle lamps, while the enthusiast-oriented Touring model features a more firmly tuned suspension for added handling prowess. A new tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all trim levels. Head/curtain airbags, a driver's knee airbag, anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and available Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control with Brake Assist are standard. Major options include a DVD-based navigation system, 360 watt JBL premium audi system, Dynamic Cruise Control, heated and ventilated seats and a remote starter function.

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

A new-for-2007 Toyota Racing Development (TRD) off-road package heralds the changes/updates as the all-new retro-themed FJ Cruiser enters '07. The optional TRD package includes Bilstein off-road shocks designed to reduce brake dive and squat as well as enhance straight line stability, TRD-specific 160inch rims with BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, an all-black exterior paint scheme and TRD performance exhaust and rock rails. FJ's with the optional Special Edition package are equipped with seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags and a multi-informational display which includes compass, inclinometer and temperature gauge. The Special Edition package also includes a two-in-one AM/FM audio and six-disc CD changer, quickshifter (manual transmission models only) and all-weather front and rear cargo floor mats with a TRD logo.


2007 Toyota Highlander hybrid

A recently introduced hybrid-powered version of Toyota's mid-size crossover SUV boosts both the vehicle's performance and its fuel economy. This is the same Hybrid Synergy Drive system that's also available in the Lexus RX, with which the Highlander otherwise shares platforms and components. The Highlander Hybrid combines a 3.3-liter V-6 powerplant with a high-torque electric drive motor/generator to deliver the acceleration of a V-8 with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine (33 mpg in city driving, 28 mpg on the highway). A gearless continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and an electric power steering system are included. As in the standard versions, a choice of front or all-wheel drive is offered; the latter includes two separate electric motor/generators, one at each axle. Elsewhere in the line a fuel-efficient 160-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission remains the standard powertrain, while the conventional version of the aforementioned 3.3-liter 230-horsepower V-6, mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox, is optional. Toyota's Vehicle Stability Control system, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution come standard. A third-row seat is available to expand the Highlander's seating capacity to seven riders. Non-hybrid versions of the Highlander are mostly carryovers from last year.

2007 Toyota Land Cruiser

This full-size SUV's 4.7-liter V-8 engine is the same as before, but the rated power output for '07 is now 268 (vs. 275 previously) due to changes in the way horsepower numbers are measured and reported. A five-speed automatic transmission remains the only available gearbox. Eighteen inch, high-gloss alloy wheels are standard; a navigation system with integrated Bluetooth capability/backup camera and a rear seat DVD entertainment system are available as options -- as are a rear spoiler and an automatic height control and adaptive variable suspension system that adjust the vehicle's ride height for different loads and driving conditions. As before, four-wheel drive and a host of sophisticated chassis control systems, including four-wheel-disc anti-lock power brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution with Brake Assist, Vehicle Skid Control, traction control and a locking center differential, are standard. Front-side and side-curtain airbags remain optional.

2007 Toyota Matrix

A special edition Matrix M-Theory package is the big change for the otherwise carryover 2007 Matrix compact crossover. M-Theory come with 17-inch Caldina alloy wheels with P215/50R17 tires, strut tower brace, sport-tuned suspension, four wheel disc brakes, logo floor mats, rear deck lid spoiler, a large chrome exhaust tip and M-Theory badges. All of these special edition Models are painted Speedway Blue and come with individually numbered limited edition plaques. Only 2,500 of these will be built. The other big news for 2007 is that all-wheel-drive is now longer offered in the Matrix and the XRS model has been dropped.


2007 Toyota Prius hybrid

Toyota's once-frumpy hybrid sedan is becoming less and less of a compromise between great mileage and driving fun with each passing year. For 2007, Toyota is offering a Touring package that includes 16-inch wheels and a "European-tuned" (read: "sporty," or at least -- sportier than before ) suspension, along with exterior cues such as a rear spoiler, fog lamps and High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights. Also, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags are now standard. As previously, the 2007 Prius is propelled by a tandem gas-electric powertrain that can operate in pure electric mode at low speeds and while the vehicle is idling. The gas-burning 1.5 liter engine gets boosted by the electric motors when extra power is needed for passing. The Prius is rated by the EPA as being capable of achieving as much as 60 mpg in city driving (51 mpg on the highway). A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard and is operated via a small joystick mounted on the dashboard. The Prius is an almost mid-sized sedan that offers exceptional roominess compared with other cars in its class. It is also a "high tech" tour de force, with a large electronic display that shows from which source or sources the vehicle is currently drawing power. Anti-lock brakes, power windows, locks and mirrors and an electrically operated air conditioning system are standard -- with a keyless entry and startup feature among the Prius' optional features.

2007 Toyota RAV4

The larger, updated, third-generation RAV4 rides on a wheelbase that's three inches longer than the previous RAV4, so it has substantially more interior/cargo space -- including an available third row and seven passenger seating capability. Driver and front passenger front-seat-mounted side airbags, along with first and second row roll-sensing side curtain airbags, are now standard as well. For the first time, a 3.5 liter V-6 engine is available -- and offers an impressive 269 horsepower, making RAVs so-equipped the most powerful vehicles in their class. The standard engine is a more fuel-conscious 2.4 liter four-cylinder rated at 166 horsepower. All RAV4s are automatic-only -- with V-6 models getting a 5-speed automatic while 4-cylinder versions use a 4-speed automatic. AWD remains available. All V6 RAV4 models, and all four-cylinder models equipped with a third-row seat come standard with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). The other big news for the new model year is the addition of Toyota's Active Drive System -- which integrates the all-wheel-drive, stability/traction control and electric power steering systems into a single, mutually complementary system designed to make the RAV4 as close to accident-proof as technology can make it. In addition to the base model, Sport and Limited trim levels are available,

2007 Toyota Sequoia

For 2007, the full-size Sequoia SUV receives standard driver- and front-passenger seat-mounted side airbags and two-row curtain/side impact airbags. These were formerly optional. Also, the rated output of the standard 4.7 liter V-8 dips slightly to 273 horsepower (vs. 282 previously) due to changes in the way engine power is reported. The engine itself is basically identical to the one used in the 2006 model.
Minor exterior trim changes for 2007 include a new color-keyed grille insert on the SR5 model and chrome rear view mirrors on the top-of-the-line Limited grade. Otherwise, the Sequoia is basically a carryover from '06.

2007 Toyota Sienna

The eight-passenger-capable Sienna minivan gets a larger, more powerful 3.5 liter V-6 rated at 266 horsepower for 2007 -- replacing last year's 3.3 liter, 215-horsepower V-6. The styling enhancements that appeared last year carry over to the new models. CE and LE versions get silver dash accents on CE and LE versions while LE an XLE trim levels get backlit Optitron instrumentation. The SIenna is a large, comfortable van ideal for big families -- or extended road trips. It can be ordered with a closed-circuit rear-view video camera, front/rear parking proximity warnings, laser-guided cruise control, a DVD entertainment system, satellite navigation system and surround-sound audio. All-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive is available. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC) is standard on the Limited grade and AWD models and available as an option on other models.

2005 Toyota Tacoma

Redesigned in 2005, the compact Tacoma pickup continues for 2007 with only minor tweaks -- including larger, redesigned seats, two-toned gauge panel and chrome trim. Also, the optionally Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system can now be turned off by the driver. The standard 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine produces 159 horsepower while the optional 4-liter V-6 comes in at 236 horsepower. Both engines appear down-rated compared with the '06 versions, but the differences are only "on-paper" -- and reflect changes in the way horsepower is measured and reported.

2007 Toyota Tundra

Like Nissan's Titan pick-up, the revised/updated '07 Tundra intends to be a legitimate player in the U.S. full-size truck truck market. This model is completely redesigned for the new model year and is available in Regular and Double cab versions -- with the Double Cab long bed (riding on a 165-inch wheelbase) being the longest pick-up truck in the Toyota lineup. It has room for six passengers and has a max rated towing capacity over 10,000 lbs. Three engines are available -- including a new 5.7 liter V-8. Further details were not available at the time of this writing, but every indication is the '07 Tundra will boast size, power, towing/hauling ability and bed/bodystyle configurations that match or exceed what's available from the Big Three's half-ton pick-ups -- and put Toyota squarely in the thick of a very hotly contested market. Expect it spring/summer 2007.


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