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Corolla has space, efficiency

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The Toyota Corolla may be America’s best-selling compact car, but don’t tell rear seat passengers it’s a compact, because Toyota managed to give them the kind of legroom you’d see in a full-size car – 41.4 inches. That’s just one of the many “class above” features that make the Corolla a standout in its segment. The 42-MPG EPA estimated highway fuel economy for the Corolla LE Eco model is yet another.

Those figures put the Corolla at the head of its class in both areas, with the rear legroom giving a 5-6 inch advantage over most competitors, and the top fuel economy encroaches on some diesels. That makes the Corolla pretty special, something Toyota is celebrating with the aptly named Corolla Special Edition for 2016. Toyota will build 8,000 for the model year.

Based on the sporty Corolla S grade with the CVTi-S transmission, the Special Edition adds more driving excitement. Sporty styling features, inside and out, complement a spirited driving experience made possible with steering wheel paddle shifters, rear disc brakes and Sport Driving Mode along with an array of additional standard features.

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Source: siouxcityjournal.com

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2016 Toyota Tundra: An American pickup built in Texas

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The Tundra has been recognized with many awards over the last 14 years and now gets some updates. The third-generation 2016 Toyota Tundra has bold styling and a five-distinct-grade strategy. It was redesigned in 2014 with a modern industrial image; a distinguished selection of cabins; technology upgrades, plus new comfort and convenience features; an improved ride, and two new upscale, special edition trims: The luxury-level Platinum and the premium Texas-ranch-themed “1794”, named after the cattle ranch founded in 1794 near San Antonio, where Toyota builds the Tundra. Notable are the standard backup camera and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio-streaming on all grades and available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. There are unique exterior designs and interior trims for each of Tundra’s grades that include the “hard-working” SR; volume-leading SR5, Limited, and the two premium grades: Platinum and the 1794 Edition.

Tundra comes in three cab styles: two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab, and the four-door CrewMax; all are available in 2WD and 4WD. Regular Cabs and Double Cabs come with standard (78.7-inch) or long bed (97.6-inch) beds, while CrewMax comes with a 66.7-inch bed. All beds are 22.2-in. deep.

Tundra’s big face and wide stance are enunciated by a bold grille and strong character lines, which carry along the profile to the bed and tail gate; “TUNDRA” is stamped into the sheet metal, creating a forged look. Taillamps have a “tool-like” quality that matches the modernized, squared wheel wells. A spoiler in the deck aids fuel economy. Front and rear bumpers are a three-piece design. Interiors are styled for trim level or grade, with themes and cues that speak to “work truck”, “professional gear”, “active premium”, “upscale and urban”, and “western lifestyle”.

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Source: chron.com

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2016 TOYOTA RAV4 FIRST DRIVE

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Toyota likes to say that it invented the Compact SUV category in 1996 with the introduction of the RAV4. Whether you believe that or not depends on your definition of a Compact SUV. But if you add the qualifier “as the category exists today,” then Toyota’s claim is a lot stronger. The RAV4 certainly kicked off what has become the largest automotive market segment in North America, and Toyota works hard to keep the RAV4 relevant and competitive.

For 2016, Toyota has rolled out a mid-cycle refresh on the fourth generation of the plucky Recreational Activity Vehicle with a new sporty trim level and a host of new technology features. But what’s really new is that Toyota has given the RAV a state-of-the-art hybrid drivetrain in addition to the standard gas-powered model.

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Source: digitaltrends.com

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Toyota Prius v: A five-passenger minivan

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Toyota probably didn’t envision the Prius v as a replacement for a minivan but if you don’t need that sixth or seventh seat it’s nearly ideal as a daily runabout. With space, maneuverability, economy and apparent reliability it would make a good taxi, too.

It’s easy to mistake the v for a wagon version of the Prius but this is only partially accurate. The hybrid propulsion system is similar but the v has a longer wheelbase, different rear seat, different dashboard and so on.

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Source: vcstar.com

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