We talk of the Prius as the first hybrid to make it to market at a price we can all afford, but the reality is there was another unique hybrid on the market before the Prius showed up; the Honda Insight. This car was different from what the Prius would come to be but had the hybrid powertrain and enough intrigue to be interesting. Even though the Insight was offered for several years eventually Honda had not experienced enough sales to keep this model rolling and cancelled production after the 2014 model year as it has fought the good fight against the strength of Toyota and the Prius.
Each car show has its own variety of personality in order to allow car manufactures to know what they should bring to the show. The Detroit Auto Show is the one where the newest production models show up to be the spring start, the SEMA show is made for tuners and aftermarket parts creators and the Tokyo Motor Shows seems to be one where the futuristic models can showcase themselves without worry of ridicule. This year it seemed as if many of the vehicles that have adorned the screen in Japanese comics had jumped off the pages and made their way to the showroom floor, which certainly made for an intriguing lineup.
What do you love about a large SUV? If you enjoy the old school ruggedness of a large beast of burden that can carry lots of people and all the cargo at the same time the Sequoia continues to fit the bill. As one of the largest and most attractive versions of the large SUV the new 2016 version is attractive, powerful and capable, all features we love to enjoy on our SUVs. When you consider the competition this beast faces you know it has to be great to even be considered as it’s facing the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon and the Ford Expedition as competitors in this segment.
Driving a vehicle of any size comes with an array of inherent dangers, but many of us forget this when we get behind the wheel of our vehicle and head out for the day. Not only do we forget the dangers other drivers present to us along with the possibility of road debris, weather hazards and other obstacles, we also forget that we are setting examples as drivers for those who are coming after us and will be driving our cars in the near future. Continue reading
Batteries on hybrid vehicles lose their ability to maintain a proper charge for powering a vehicle over time, but that doesn’t mean they are useless. The nickel metal hydride battery packs used in Toyota vehicles can be put to use for other purposes. One of those purposes is to keep Yellowstone National Park lit up with solar power stored in donated batteries.
208 of these batteries are currently being used at Yellowstone to act as offline power for their solar power grid. These batteries, which came from Camry hybrids, are plugged into the system. Toyota has been heading in this direction since 2014 when they started solidifying deals with Indy Power Systems, Sharp USA SolarWorld, Patriot Solar, National Park Service and Yellowstone Park Foundation. Continue reading
The Toyota Camry has been a popular sedan in the Toyota lineup for decades. The 2015 Camry is no exception to this rule. With a beginning MSRP of only $22,970 and estimated MPG of 25 in the city and 35 on the highway, it sports a bold exterior and sporty interior that is ready for the fast lane. It has designer comfort, and innovative technology throughout the vehicle.
Truck enthusiasts are a unique brand of people. Most have a loyalty to one particular brand regardless of what others have to offer. Knowing this when they started launching the Tundra, Toyota has gained a great deal of its own loyalty due mostly to the amazing reliability and resale value that is offered on all their vehicles. The Tundra shows up with some added sophistication over previous models, but still has powertrains that need some work in order to compete in the fuel mileage race. This does however offer shoppers the continued ability to enjoy the big powerful V8 engines offered, especially if the owner does not value fuel efficiency.
Even though this truck carries the Toyota badge, it has always been designed and built in America making it as much a domestic truck as the offerings from Ford, Dodge and GM. For 2015 the lineup drops the base V6 engine and keeps the two V8’s. A TRD Pro Off-Road model has been added for more capability when on trails and a storage tray can be found under the rear seats of double-cab models to add some great storage options.
The Toyota Yaris has been a very popular choice for those who have a long commute, need a car that performs well in the city, or for those who just want a car that is great on gas and will help them be able to fully enjoy the great savings at the pump. As one of the first small hatchbacks on the market, the Yaris has been popular for many years. To keep up with the multitude of other hatchback vehicles on the market the Yaris has added a larger grill, sharper tail and an upgraded interior.
Because Toyota carries a reputation for longevity and quality having a lineup of some of the most reliable vehicles on the road that hold their resale value, the Yaris fits right in as a well-designed model that gives owners the confidence that comes with having a car that will not let them down. With the updated stylings added the Yaris appears more aggressive than before and much more comfortable from the inside.
After a full redesign for 2014, the Corolla comes in as a familiar and trusted name in the compact automotive segment giving owners a great deal of driving enjoyment as well as having a price that is very easy to enjoy. Continuing to offer the same well-designed and trusted engine under the hood as well as the twist-beam rear axle suspension, the Corolla continues to offer a great deal of fuel economy and affordability for owners to enjoy. In addition to this, the Corolla continues to offer what it has for so many years, a dependability that makes it very much a Toyota.
Because of the upgrades added during the previous model year, the Corolla only received a few enhancements including a new painted front grill for the LE and LE Eco models while the other models become mono-spec cars by adding the driver Convenience Package but no other packages or upgrades to add to the higher trim levels.