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The Daily Drivers: 2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Toyota’s RAV4 has been around since the beginning of the SUV trend — indeed, it may have started it. For 2016, it gets a slight refresh inside and out. Our RAV4 was the XLE model, which is nicely equipped for a mid-level trim.

Appearance: Toyota has tweaked the exterior, most notably giving it a more chiseled front fascia whose headlights now appear to extend out of the grille. It’s a more sporty look, which goes along with the rest of the automaker’s recent surge of style. Our tester was came in the new Electric Storm Blue — a brilliant hue that was a hit with Lyra — and set off by 17-inch twin five-spoke alloy wheels. The front and rear bumpers have silver-painted “skid-plate garnishes” that are more cosmetic than functional. Let’s face it: The RAV4 is not much of an off-roader.

Performance: The RAV4 has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that produces 176 horsepower and is paired with a smooth 6-speed automatic transmission. There are three drive modes: ECO, Sport and Normal. Overall, this pairing is more than adequate in most driving situations — from commuting to highway driving — with a light, responsive feel to the electronic power steering. The suspension has also been tweaked with comfort being the goal. In that, it succeeds. Our XLE trim came with standard FWD; AWD is optional.

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Source: tampabay.com

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2016 Toyota Prius earns Top Safety Plus honor from IIHS

Monday, April 4th, 2016

The 2016 Toyota Prius earned a Top Safety Pick+ award in the latest crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new hybrid might have a polarizing design, but it’s safe enough to get the organization’s top honor.

The Prius earned the top “Good” score in the notoriously difficult small overlap front test because the driver’s survival space maintained its shape, including just two inches of maximum intrusion into the cabin. The front and side curtain airbags also kept the head well under control and protected it from the vehicle’s structure. The agency found the risk of injuries to the legs and feet was also low. The results were an upgrade over the previous-gen Prius, which had an “Acceptable” score in the same test.

The IIHS gives the 2016 Prius’ optional front crash prevention system with the organization’s top “Superior” rating because the tech can avoid collisions at 12 and 25 miles per hour. Either an Advanced or Superior score is necessary to earn Top Safety Pick+ honors. It judged the last-gen Prius’ active safety equipment as “Advanced.”

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Source: autoblog.com

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Toyota’s RAV4 Hybrid Is an All-Wheel-Drive Beast

Monday, April 4th, 2016

The RAV4 Hybrid definitely wins sleeper SUV of the year. We want one.

The Engine

The RAV4’s 2.5-liter engine puts out 150 horsepower and powers only the front wheels. A separate electric motor powers the rear wheels and is called in to help with acceleration or when the front wheels slip. The electric motor runs by itself when the vehicle turns over to electric vehicle mode, which happens on residential streets at up to roughly 20 miles per hour or when the car goes downhill. It’s a cool concept but doesn’t appear to do much to boost fuel economy. That said, like most hybrids, the Toyota did great in stop-and-go city traffic—a trip downtown produced my best numbers of the week, at 34 miles per gallon.

Performance-wise, the two engines spirited me up to 8,000 feet on the interstate at 70 miles per hour without a hitch, although the gas engine and transmission had to work hard to maintain speed, as evidenced by the 20 miles per gallon I averaged. It’s no sports car, but it gets the job done.

The Ride

The RAV4 Hybrid’s wheel has a soft feel. There’s no visceral connection to the road through the tires; however, it rolls smoothly for a small SUV, which I attributed to the hybrid being 320 pounds heavier than the nonhybrid. The downside is that on twisting roads and in high-speed corners, that weight produces more side-to-side body roll.

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Source: outsideonline.com

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Toyota celebrates the 50th anniversary of Corolla with special edtion

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Toyota threw a party to unveil a special-edition Corolla to commemorate the car’s 50th anniversary.

More Corollas have been built since 1966 than any other model, surpassing the Volkswagen Beetle in 1997. There have been 43 million Corollas sold.

Jack Hollis, marketing chief for the Toyota brand, says Corollas continue to attract drivers of all ages.

Toyota also says it plans to offer an updated version of its standard Corolla with a redesigned front end and a package of safety features that includes automatic emergency braking.

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Source: usatoday.com

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