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2016 Toyota Tacoma a Favorite Among Texas Writers

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The mid-size pickup truck market is an interesting one. The top sellers, the Toyota Tacoma and GM Colorado and Canyon twins, are sell-outs. Meaning that both Toyota and GM sell every truck they make. So comparison tests of the two brands’ trucks are more an exercise in pointing out which features the tester prefers. The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) prefer the new Tacoma TRD Off-Road and Sport Limited, though in fairness, the GM Colorado Diesel Crew Cab was a close second.

Being the home team never hurts. Toyota makes all of its trucks in North America with a substantial part of its operations in San Antonio, Texas. Toyota of North America is also located in Texas in a suburb of Dallas.

There is more good news for Toyota’s Tacoma. Aside from taking home the top slot for Mid-size trucks it also came in third overall in the truck voting. It was behind the new Nissan Titan XD and Ford F-150. The Tacoma’s crawl control also drew praise and was second in the “Best Technology” category.

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Source: torquenews.com

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2016 Toyota Prius: Sportier and More Fuel Efficient?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The upcoming 2016 Toyota Prius is arguably the most radical redesign of this ubiquitous hybrid car since the second-generation model made its debut in 2004. While we had a preview last month, Toyota has recently shared more details about the upcoming 2016 Prius.

Bumper-to-Bumper Redesign

Automakers are just as footloose with the word “new” as are software companies, but the 2016 Prius really has received a wheels-up redesign. Key to the new is an all-new platform with a promised sportier feel. Toyota also lowered the front seating position by 2.3 inches, redesigned the seats, and repositioned the controls to make the Prius feel more like a conventional car.

Improved Engine, More Power

The 1.8-liter gasoline engine has been redesigned for greater efficiency; in fact, Toyota claims its 40 percent maximum thermal efficiency is the highest level in a mass-produced gasoline engine. Specs have not been formally announced for U.S. versions of the 2016 Prius, but a power increase over the outgoing model is expected.

Improved Fuel Economy

Toyota has promised a 10 percent increase in the Prius’ fuel economy. Reductions in both the weight and complexity of the hybrid powertrain are largely responsible for the increases. Innovations with the heating system also contribute, with active shutters opening and closing the grille as necessary in response to outside temperatures.

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Source: consumerreports.org

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On the Road Review: Toyota RAV4 XLE

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Twenty years later, we have the fourth-generation RAV4. America gets only the long wheelbase five-door model that now features a conventional rear liftgate (height adjustable), while Toyota has elected to drop the former V-6 engine and only offer a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine. Some markets get a turbo-diesel engine option; we will get a RAV4 hybrid powertrain later this year, one of a very small, select group of vehicles that offer soft off-roading ability with an electric motor package that improves power and economy. Think Prius with big snow tires, more space and real winter prowess.

Along the RAV4’s maturation, Toyota has kept pricing realistic and content level competitive but unpretentious. There are some spartan surfaces still apparent inside, yet the intuitive controls and switches are user-friendly and most welcome. The front seats are supportive — in grippy cloth here in XLE trim. Rear seating is spacious — and comfortable — while expanding to improve cargo versatility. Visibility is very good, road manners composed, and the cabin is quieter than several rivals are.

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Source: ellsworthamerican.com

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Revised 2016 Toyota Avalon Smoothens the Ride

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

With its 2013 redesign, the Toyota Avalon compromised its ride in an attempt to improve handling, sacrificing a coddling characteristic that defined this large, front-drive sedan. While trying to steer the Avalon toward a more youthful buyer, this decision alienated some traditional customers and jostled others. With the 2016 update, it is clear that Toyota learned its lesson the hard way and rectified the car with a significantly improved ride.

Toyota engineers explain that returning customers were critical of this dynamic shift. This audience is vital to the manufacturer, as the Avalon enjoys an exceptionally high 40 percent model loyalty rate. Those dedicated drivers weren’t alone in their criticism.

Consumer Reports states in our road test: “The redesigned 2013 Avalon has lost the supreme ride comfort and isolation that once set it apart from most other cars. Touring and Limited trims have a stiff, brittle ride that’s completely out of character for an upscale car. Bumps and ruts strike through with pronounced impacts that can hit home hard.”

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Source: consumerreports.org

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