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2016 Toyota Highlander Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

The 2016 Toyota Highlander midsize SUV earned the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, after earning a “good” rating in the small overlap front test.

The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.

“Toyota made structural modifications to improve small overlap performance for 2016,” said the Institute in a statement.

The Highlander improved from an “acceptable” rating in the small overlap front test to a “good” rating.

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Source: edmunds.com

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Is Toyota Planning a Performance Version of the RAV4?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

The Toyota RAV4 is just about the opposite of an enthusiast car, but Toyota might be intent on changing its reputation. At the launch of the Tacoma TRD Pro at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, Toyota Manager Bill Fay told Automobile that a TRD version of the RAV4 might be in the works.

“You might just find some of that TRD racing magic trickle down to a special production RAV4 model,” Fay told Automobile. “That would be awesome.”

Of course, this isn’t a direct confirmation, but a comment like this from someone like Fay means it’s almost a certainty. While a RAV4 seems as unlikely a candidate for a performance version as anything Toyota makes, there might be some sense behind this decision.

Toyota already has an unofficial rally version of the RAV4 in the form of a modified RAV4 built by Ryan Millen, which uses a stock drivetrain with a beefier suspension. Fay hinted the TRD’d RAV4 would take inspiration from Millen’s rally car.

Toyota has also had some success with its off-road-ready TRD Pro trucks, so there’s some precedent established, even if the RAV4 isn’t a truck as such. The success of the TRD Pro, along with the Ford Raptor proves that consumers do like the idea (and arguably, the look) of off-road capability for their road going vehicles as well. We also know that Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda is a serious car nut and has expressed the desire to build more enthusiast cars many times.

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Source: roadandtrack.com

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All-New Toyota Prius and Its Hybrid Legacy

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

No car has had as much of an environmental impact—and changed the way people think about green cars—than the Toyota Prius.

With the footprint of a compact but the interior space of a midsized car—plus best-in-industry fuel economy, bulletproof reliability, hatchback versatility, and a sticker price without the sticker shock—the Prius is a pretty sublime transportation solution.

Because it has been redesigned for the 2016 model year and is just reaching dealerships as of this writing, we couldn’t include it among our Top Picks because we haven’t tested it yet. But we drove a prototype, and it’s quite promising.

The Toyota Prius was derided as little more than a green-marketing science project when introduced to the U.S. market in 2000. But the high-tech, gas-electric hybrid parachuted into a cultural zeitgeist that was just beginning to grapple with environmentally conscious transportation.

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Source: consumerreports.com

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Restyled Toyota Avalon delivers on style, ride

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Toyota’s Avalon is a breath of fresh air, a full-size sedan with stylish lines and plenty of comfort and features at a reasonable price.

In the past, that would be enough to make it one of the top sellers in the marketplace, but modern times belong to trucks, SUVs and crossovers.

Still, if you enjoy a smooth well-controlled ride and a roomy quiet interior that will coddle five adults on a road trip, Avalon should top your shopping list.

Toyota restyled Avalon a couple of years ago, all to the good. It looks modern, youthful and sporty for a big sedan. Its 111-inch wheelbase gives it one of the most pleasant rides of any car, truck or SUV, no matter the price.

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Source: jsonline.com

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