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2016 Toyota Camry Overview

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Competent and mostly inoffensive, the Toyota Camry was the go-to driving appliance for 429,355 buyers in 2015, making it once again the best-selling car in the United States. Despite its appliance-like lack of verve on the road—which contributed to the Camry finishing last in our latest comparison test of family sedans—this is a sensible machine with lots of space for people and cargo, decent manners, plenty of available technology, and an optional hybrid powertrain that makes it an upstanding four-wheeled citizen for the environmentally conscious. A significant update for 2015 brought more aggressive styling, as well as numerous other tweaks aimed at honing its on-road character. A gaping maw with chrome grille slats dominates the front of most models, while the sportier SE and XSE trim levels call out their stiffened chassis underpinnings with a blackened mesh grille.

Nonhybrid Camrys employ six-speed automatic transmissions. The volume powertrain continues; it’s a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque.

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Source: yahoo.com

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2016 Toyota Prius: An eco-friendly smart car

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Go green in the perfect eco-friendly head turner. The 2016 Toyota Prius is not only long on great fuel economy, but also it looks good and behind the wheel it feels even better than ever before. The Prius has been redesigned for 2016 and you will definitely notice it is a quieter ride with a refined vibe both inside and out. There is definitely noticeable extra legroom in both the front and rear seats.

While the Toyota Prius has almost always been the eco-car that comes to mind when customers are thinking green, the competition can be found in the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

A hatchback hybrid that has four doors and seats five passengers, the 2016 Toyota Prius offers six trim levels; Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four and Four Touring. There are also the compact Prius C and Prius V options.

On the Two trim you get 15-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, taillights and headlights as well as heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a 4.2-inch information screen and cruise control with tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The upholstery is cloth and there is a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Safety options include a rearview camera and technology begins with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and audio connect as well as voice recognition Siri Eyes Free and a USB port and audio jack.

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Source: washingtontimes.com

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This 1976 Toyota Celica Is More Than Just an Old Japanese Car

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The first-generation Toyota Celica certainly isn’t the most expensive Japanese classic out there, but it might just be the prettiest. Introduced in 1970, the Celica was a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe aimed at North America. Toyota wanted to compete against cars like the extremely popular Ford Mustang, and establish itself in the western market.

Nowadays, though, the original Celica is among the many Japanese classic cars that enthusiasts wish they could own. With it’s striking looks, fantastic dual-carbureted four-cylinder motor, and fun-to-drive characteristics, the Celica has earned its spot in many people’s dream garages.

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Source: roadandtrack.com

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Toyota Hybrid number 8, the Rav 4 goes green

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

This year Toyota has introduced its 8th hybrid vehicle in the lineup with the arrival of the 2016 Rav4. Over the years Toyota has lead the way in the hybrid category starting with the Prius and now moving through 7 other vehicles, it’s easier to look at what is not offered as a hybrid and it’s pretty much the trucks and larger SUV’s that have not been added as of yet. We would be willing to bet that in the future they will use their hybrid technology to get even more mpg out of those too.

On their website Toyota claims to ‘Refine what a Hybrid can be’ with this years Rav4 – after a week with their best-selling SUV model, we had to agree that they had made the redefinition very clear indeed. Take a midsize SUV and give it over 33 miles per gallon for our week long drive, yeah, that is some awesome mileage for a vehicle of this size, seems like it should be classified as a small sedan to be in the over 30 mpg club.

So we had to know how it was possible to offer an all-wheel drive vehicle that would get these kinds of numbers on a consistent basis, and how did Toyota accomplish this? What they have done is include two electric motors in the hybrid system, one that adds extra power for the front wheels, and will allow the Rav4 to drive up to a certain speed in electric mode only. Then there is another electric motor that is used on the rear wheels only as needed, which is determined by the vehicles onboard computer if road conditions warrant their use or more power is needed.

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Source: heraldextra.com

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