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Midsize Sedan Comparison: 2015 Toyota Camry

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Did you know the name “Camry” is derived from a Japanese word meaning “crown?” The name makes sense as the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car on our shores for the last 12 years. In fact, Toyota has managed to sell more than six million Camrys in the United States since the turn of the century. After going through an extensive redesign for the 2015 model year we expect Camry’s sales numbers to continue climbing. The Toyota Camry is one of the first vehicles people look at when exploring their options in the midsize sedan segment, and for good reason. The Camry provides a comfortable ride with ample storage space at an affordable price.

For years, Toyota has been known as the king of reliability and you just accepted that the vehicles were a little bland. Now you get the best of both worlds with the introduction of the 2015 Toyota Camry which features a sweeping redesign. For 2015, Toyota has attached the word “bold” to the Camry in marketing taglines and we’d be inclined to agree. The 2015 Toyota Camry is without question the boldest iteration yet. A gaping lower front grille swallows up air while pronounced side character lines and LED headlights pile on the aggressive look. Toyota sent us a Camry dressed in XSE trim and that brought features like a piano black mesh grille and LED headlights (standard on the V6 model).

Of the six vehicles included in our 2015 midsize sedan comparison, the Toyota Camry was the only one that came to the party with a V6 engine under the hood. A six-speed automatic transmission handles gear changes and helps the 2015 Camry achieve an EPA-rated 21 city/31 highway/25 mpg combined. During our time with it, we observed a combined mpg of 27.5 which bests the EPA’s ratings pretty soundly. We were impressed with this figure as the 3.5-liter V6 engine, when tasked to serve with the Camry, is rated at an adequate 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The other midsize sedans we tested achieved similar combined mpg figures with two fewer cylinders.

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The ultimate family do everything vehicle, 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited V6 AWD

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

It is a rare opportunity for us when we get to spend an extended period of time with a new vehicle, especially one as fitting for a cross country drive as the new Toyota Highlander. It just so happened that we were planning to attend the Denver Auto Show and Craig thought, “hey what if a manufacture were to allow us to drive a vehicle back to Utah, that would be a great way to really evaluate and get to know how a car would perform, especially one targeted right at a family of more than 4”.

The newly redesigned Highlander is more of a cross between a midsized SUV and a minivan, incorporating the best of both worlds into one great family vehicle. The rear doors are larger to allow easier access, but open and close in the normal way. The 3rd row seating is somewhat smaller than a minivan but also folds flat allowing a large amount of cargo to be stored in the back. We did find that the 3rd row seating really is designed more for kids than adults as the leg space is limited.

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2015 Toyota Corolla still the benchmark of its class

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

There are lots of good reasons why the venerable Toyota Corolla has been the world’s most popular compact for almost a half-century — in spite of ever stronger competition from South Korea as well as Japan, Europe and the U.S. Since debuting in 1966 as a roller skate-size compact, Toyota has sold more than 40 million Corollas worldwide, with sales continuing strong. The 2015 version marks the second year of Corolla’s 11th generation, which enjoyed its first redesign since 2008 in 2014.

Following Toyota president and CEO Akio Toyoda’s decree that Toyota “… will build no more boring cars,” the redesigned Corolla is certainly more stylish than any previous Corolla. The CEO keenly understands that every single upgrade, large or small, is critical to maintaining Toyota’s top position in the red-hot compact segment.

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Compact SUV Comparison: 2015 Toyota RAV4

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Roomy, comfortable and reliable, it’s no wonder the Toyota RAV4 is Toyota’s best-selling SUV. Even though the RAV4 is only offered with one engine and one transmission, there are three trim levels and a wide range of options that make it easy to get the configuration you’re looking for. Of the compact sport/utilities in this group, only the Honda CR-V outsells Toyota’s stalwart, and of this group, the RAV4 boasts the lowest as-tested price.

Our evaluation vehicle was an all-wheel-drive RAV4 XLE, considered the midlevel model in the line. This gave the Toyota an appealing mix of features, including the company’s Entune navigation, audio and app system; backup camera; moonroof; and dual-zone climate control. The intuitive Entune system contains a lot of functionality in a fairly compact system, making it easy to safely change audio sources, use navigation and access smartphone apps while on the road.

However, there were some things that were not a part of the XLE’s slate of creature comforts. The RAV4 was the only one in the group that used a key-operated start instead of pushbutton, and its seats were cloth, but more important than that, the liftgate didn’t have a power release to make it easier to close the cargo area after loading groceries or sports equipment, and that door is relatively heavy.

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