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2015 Toyota Camry review: The best Camry ever facing the best competition ever

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The 2015 refresh of the Toyota Camry adds more tech and makes America’s best-selling car one of the very best cars, too. Adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and lane departure warning are all available. The tech doesn’t stop there: the Camry is one of the few cars offering Qi wireless charging.

The 2015 Camry offers the holy trinity of driver assist technologies: adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, and lane departure warning. In addition, there’s pre-collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, and OnStar-like onboard telematics. For that, you’ll need the higher trim lines. All Camrys get USB, Bluetooth, a rear camera, and a center stack display ranging from four to seven inches.

Camry is among the best and best-selling midsize sedans, meaning five-passenger cars of about 190 inches (4800 mm) length. It has always been the one that provides a smooth ride for drivers who want to get from A to B without drama. You can still do that. Now all 2015 Camrys are a bit tauter in handling and ride at the same time the cabin is markedly quieter. For those who want sporty, Toyota added an upmarket XSE (sport) trim line above the continued SE sport trim line. If that interests you, make sure to drive it along with your partner or spouse to make sure the ride isn’t too firm.

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Toyota unveils redesigned Tacoma

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Toyota hopes to maintain its dominance in the midsize truck market with the debut of the 2016 Tacoma — its first full redesign of the San Antonio-made pickup since 2005.

The Japanese automaker unveiled its new compact truck Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where Toyota competed for attention against the re-entry of General Motors into the segment last year.

Set to arrive in dealerships this fall, the 2016 Tacoma will feature a high-strength steel frame and a pair of six-speed transmissions. Toyota will make the pickup available with either a 2.7L four-cylinder or 3.5L V-6 engine.

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5 Reasons You Should Buy a Minivan (Especially a Toyota Sienna)

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Here are the top five reasons

1. The V6 is deceptively quick

While I love the fact that I live in an area with minimal speed enforcement, the lack of regular supervision means that if an officer of the law decides to randomly camp out, there’s a good chance that he’ll catch me going way faster than the law says I’m supposed to be going. I’m a big advocate of safe driving, but when speed limits haven’t been updated since cars all rode on suspensions taken off of tractors and had drum brakes at all four corners, what’s actually safe and what’s legally considered safe can often be one very expensive speeding ticket apart.

The 266 horsepower V6 that the Sienna packs isn’t exactly making Hellcat levels of power, but for some reason I kept finding myself driving faster than I intended. Once I noticed this phenomenon, I started paying closer attention to the speedometer, and even when I was looking right at it, the needle still climbed way faster than I was expecting.

You’re not going to be embarrassing Mustang GTs from stoplight to stoplight, but anyone who thinks minivans are slow clearly hasn’t driven one lately. If it helps with your pride, just remember that the Sienna makes more horsepower than an E36 BMW M3.

2. They’re the ultimate people movers

Yes, you can buy an eight-passenger SUV, but most of the ones that come with easy access to the back seat cost more than some yachts. I mean, no one’s really going to argue with you that the GMC Yukon Denali XL isn’t a spacious way to move people, but those things will run you something like three Siennas. At more normal-person levels of spending, three row SUVs tend to make it pretty hard to get to the back seat.

Minivans, however, are designed to move people as simply as possible. If you’re going on a roadtrip with more than four people, even if none of those people are kids, you’ll want to drive a minivan.

3. There’s storage for everything

Despite being perfectly suited for college students going on road trips, minivans are mostly designed for parents who need to transport large numbers of children. One of the most important things about children is that transporting them also requires transporting ridiculously large amounts of stuff. Whether it’s all the water bottles, pads, helmets, bags, snacks, and extra clothes that are part of making it to football practice or the eight hundred boxes of wrapping paper that have to be delivered after a school fundraiser, any vehicle designed to haul children is going to be designed to haul a ton of stuff.

If you’re not a child, that means there’s still storage for all of your stuff, too. Have you ever driven a car that has floor storage that perfectly holds a case of beer? I have. It was a Toyota Sienna. Instead of sliding around every time I went around a corner, there it sat, perfectly stored. I swear it’s like Toyota thought of everything.

4. You can haul everything

When you think about hauling things, you usually think of a pickup truck. Unfortunately, the secret that no one likes to tell you is that pickup trucks tend to be pretty limited in what they can haul. Sure, you can haul extraordinarily heavy things, and sure, you can tow even heavier things, but if you don’t live on a ranch, how often are you going to have to haul 8,000 pounds of fertilizer? The answer to that question is, “probably never.”

The hauling that you will probably end up doing with your pickup truck is the kind of hauling associated with helping people move. People love to ask friends who own pickup trucks to help them move. It doesn’t matter if you have a 30-year-old single cab Ford Ranger that can barely haul a dishwasher or if you have a brand new long-bed Toyota Tundra. If you have a truck, people will want you to help them move.

A minivan is almost guaranteed to be able to move more everyday stuff than a truck can. The truck might have the advantage if the object you’re trying to move is wide, thick, and exceptionally tall, but you better bet that if you’re trying to move a bed, a few sets of drawers, a nightstand and a dresser, your best choice is a minivan.

5. You’re mostly anonymous

It may be hard for some people to get their ego around being anonymous on the road, but for most people, it’s best not to attract attention while driving. I mean, when an officer of the law is deciding to pull someone over for speeding, is he more likely to pull over the bright yellow Lamborghini Aventador or the champagne Toyota Sienna? My money is on the Aventador. Make a lane change a little too aggressively and cut someone off? Who cares? You’re in a minivan. No one is going to unleash their road rage on a minivan. There could be a baby on board. Need to pack way more people into your car than it was ever designed to carry? No one is going to notice if you’re driving a minivan.


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The 2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Limited was my drive vehicle model and was most impressive. Besides all the items displayed in the first two models, the Limited adds SofTex-trimmed 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory function and power lumbar support, providing additional comforts.
The infotainment system also steps up to Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite. The Smart Key System and Push Button start, plus automatic height-adjustable headlights make RAV4 easy to start and easier for you to see. Height-adjustable power lift gate with jam protection allowed access to the trunk sporting 38.4 cu. ft. of storage.

The RAV4 handles well and easily parks while stroking your ego like a soft hand on the tummy of a fluffy kitty.

There is plenty of room, great visibility, and a remarkable price, which all add to good reasons for buying one.

Some SUVs give the feeling of being a box or top-heavy vehicle, especially on a curve or in high winds. But the RAV4 seems sure-footed, regardless of terrain or weather.


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