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Introducing the all-new 2015 Toyota Venza

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The five-seat Venza’s appeal should improve slightly with more convenience and safety features.

In a shrinking world, it seems like Toyota is well positioned to sell even more Venzas. And while the Camry sedan it’s related to is completely refreshed, the Venza’s interior remains unchanged. There are storage spots throughout the cabin, and the shifter was relocated to the upper portion of the center console.

The split-folding rear seats fold flat, but they also recline up to 14 degrees for extra comfort and can be manually folded from the open liftgate using levers located on either side of the cargo bay.

The Venza is fitted with a 181-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or an optional 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 matched to a six-speed automatic transmission (also Camry sourced). Power goes to the front wheels, but all-wheel-drive is available at extra cost. The Venza line consists of base LE, mid-spec XLE and the Limited. Standard equipment is still generous and includes a back-up camera added for 2015, which joins the dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls and a six-disc CD changer for the audio package.

Nineteen-inch wheels are also standard, and 20-inchers accompany V6 models. Heading the options list is an upgraded interior with leather seats and wood-style trim, satellite navigation, rear-seat entertainment and premium audio systems plus automatic headlights that use sensors to switch to low beams from high when vehicles approach in the oncoming lane.

Source: richmond.com

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Toyota Prius is the Swiss Army knife of hybrid cars

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Reliable, affordable, fuel efficient and spacious: The 2015 Toyota Prius is a dream machine for many car buyers.

Just before I sat down to write this review of the 2015 Toyota Prius, I got what little hair that remains on my head cut. Sylvia, the woman who has been chopping my noggin for years, is in the market for a new car. She’s going to drive it for a year, and then her 21-year-old son is going to take over the payments. Her budget is modest, and the son seems only to care that whatever she gets is a hybrid in order to save money on gas.

My recommendation was easy: Get a Toyota Prius!

I’ve long held the belief that the Toyota Prius is the perfect car for most of the people most of the time. The problem is that people have misconceptions about hybrid vehicles, and the Prius in particular.

“A Prius is too slow.”

Not really. While it certainly won’t win any drag races, unless the car in the other lane is a Mini Countryman with an automatic transmission, a Prius actually feels peppy in the city because the powertrain’s electric assist motor supplies extra torque right from the moment the driver steps on the accelerator pedal.

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THE 2015 TOYOTA SIENNA CREATES NEW BENCHMARK FOR ITS RIVALS

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The 2015 Toyota Sienna is the only minivan available in the market today with all-wheel drive functionality. The Sienna is the most fun to drive MPV and stands out on its own! There was a time when minivans were a favorite mode of transport for families across the United States. However, in recent times, crossovers and SUVs seem to have overshadowed the “soccer-mom’s favorite ride”.

However, in terms of practicality and reliability nothing beats the minivan. Where else could you fit your entire family along with the monthly groceries and still have space for the extra crate of beer! Minivans are easier to handle within the city limits and are quite agile as compared to the larger SUVs.

To be honest, the minivan segment does not feature much competition at the moment, a few exceptions being the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona and the Chrysler Town and Country. The 2015 Toyota Sienna is unlike a typical minivan. It is more of a cross-breed between an SUV and a family wagon.

The Toyota Sienna comes in six variants, namely the Sienna LE FWD, SE FWD, Limited FWD, LE AWD and the XLE AWD. The vehicle further features creature comforts that can make any family could ask for! The list includes a navigation system, Blu-Ray Entertainment system, a sliding centre console and an audio system with steering-wheel mounted controls, etc.

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Toyota Camry Remains America’s Best Selling Car

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Toyota (NYSE: TM) Camry held its position as America’s best selling car last month, just below the three full-sized pick-ups which dominate U.S. vehicles . Camry kept its place because it is designed for the part of the market most popular to drivers and its extremely high reputation for quality.

Despite its popularity, Toyota has struggled to push Camry sales higher, at least so far this year. Sales for the first four months were up 1.7%, reaching 134,571 cars sold, according to Motor Intelligence. April sales fell 10.4% from the same month last year to 34,066, most likely because the market for mid-sized sedans is very crowded.

Toyota’s top ranking in consumer research on car quality is a strong factor in car buyer’s decisions. In the new 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, Toyota ranked third among all brands, behind its own Lexus luxury division and Buick. Toyota has been at, or near the top of this and other car quality surveys, for decades.

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