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Toyota Teases 3 Special Editions For Chicago

Toyota Teases 3 Special Editions For Chicago

The Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runners can be seen in the teaser photo

Toyota is gearing up for a busy weekend at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show that includes debuting a new lineup of off-road vehicles. The Japanese automaker released a teaser photo of its Chicago attendees, and we can clearly see that the three models are the Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner. It’s hard to make out the specifics because of the distance of the vehicles in the photo, but it is believed that all three models will come to Chicago sporting new off-road packages.

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2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Package

2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Package

More sport & added safety for Toyota’s aging Tundra

The current Toyota Tundra has been around since 2007 and has undergone only one update in the last decade. It was the 2014 model year that brought the upgraded styling and improved interior. Aside from that, the truck remains the oldest full-size pickup in the American market. Thankfully Toyota is giving the Tundra some attention for the 2018 model year, adding both new active safety systems and a new trim level – the TRD Sport.

These updates are a drop in the bucket compared to a full-scale update, but they certainly help keep the Tundra (and the 2018 Sequoia, which shares the updates) trekking in modern times. Of course, the off-road-focused Tundra TRD Pro is a newer development, but aside from its suspension, its bones haven’t changed. And keep in mind the Tundra’s competition: the perpetually updated Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, Ram 1500, and the all-new Nissan Titan.

Despite the updates for 2014, the Tundra continues to utilize the same underpinning from 2007. These include the C-channel frame, 5.7-liter i-Force V-8, and six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota Tundra head engineer Mike Swears says the 5.7-liter might not employ head-turning technology like turbocharging or cylinder deactivation, but the dual-overhead cam V-8 with variable valve timing is still an advanced engine with a clean reliability record. Reliability, after all, is what Toyota hangs its hat on.

So what are these changes all about? Keep reading for the full run-down.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure

2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure

It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.

When it comes to compact sport utility vehicles, the Rav4 is definitely one of the standard bearers. But with so many Ravs out on the road, it might seem difficult to stand out from the crowd. Luckily, Toyota is offering a new specially upgraded Rav4 trim level called the Adventure. The Rav4 Adventure just debuted at the Chicago Auto Show alongside upgraded versions of the Sequoia full-size SUV and the Tundra full-size pickup truck, but unlike those other two models, the Rav4 Adventure doesn’t get speedy performance-themed bits and pieces from Toyota Racing Development. Rather, the Rav4 Adventure is focused on utility, practicality, good looks, and all-weather rugged capability. It’s aimed at “young families looking for fun in out-of-the-way places, ” which means biking, kayaking, snowshoeing – you know, all the usual active lifestyle stuff.

Visually speaking, the Toyota Rav4 Adventure is decked out with unique exterior styling enhancements. For example, the rear fenders are flared out, sitting high above unique 18-inch alloy wheels with a five-spoke design and a black finish.

Wrapping the wheels are tires sized at 235/55R18, while along the outer edges of the vehicle, you’ll find lower body protection pieces. Up front are dark headlight bezels, plus dark surrounds for the fog lights. A long matte-black stripe is found on the hood, while roof racks are standard. There are also the requisite Adventure special edition badges, just in case there was any doubt as to what you were driving.

The body panels of the Rav4 Adventure can be had in one of five individual exterior colors, such as Black, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, and Super White. There’s also a new addition to the color lineup called Ruby Flare Pearl.

Inside, you’ll find more unique features added exclusively for the Adventure model. These include exclusive trim panels, a leather-clad shift knob, a 120-volt/100-watt power outlet located in the rear cargo area, Adventure-badged door sill kick plates, and sturdy all-weather mats for the foot well and cargo area, also completed with the same Adventure badging.

Look for the Rav4 Adventure trim level to arrive in dealerships this coming September.

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TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia

TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia

Finally! Updates come for the Sequoia and Tundra

Toyota joins every other automaker in the known universe by launching special edition versions of the full-size Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV. It’s called the TRD Sport and it brings new grille treatments, upgraded headlights, black wheels, and a TRD on-road handling package, among other small changes. What’s more, the Sequoia is finally getting an updated gauge cluster that replaces the archaic piece that’s been present since 2008. Both vehicles are also getting Toyota’s full suite of active safety systems, which rounds out nearly all of Toyota’s lineup with TSS-P coming as standard equipment.

The new TRD Sport trim alights with the existing Tacoma TRD Sport, which is a street-biased package that compliments the TRD Off-Road package and hard-core TRD Pro package on that Tacoma. Unfortunately, Toyota has not released a TRD Off-Road or TRD Pro version of the Sequoia. Then again, the TRD Sport package is the first major upgrade in the current-generation Sequoia’s decade-long life, so it’s not surprising Toyota isn’t showing it a ton of love.

Beyond the suspension upgrade brought by the TRD Sport package, no mechanical changes are found for either the Tundra or Sequoia. Both still use the 5.7-liter i-Force V-8 with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, which mates to a six-speed automatic transmission. And as before, both Tundra and Sequoia can be had in RWD or 4WD, including TRD Sport models.

Want to know the details of Toyota’s TRD Sport package? Keep reading to find out.

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Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

Increased ride height and new features for young families looking for fun

Toyota has joined the ranks of automakers that introduced special-edition models at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. The Japanese brand joined the event with three models. The Tundra pickup truck and Sequoia SUV gained TRD Sport grades, while the smaller RAV4 showcased its new Adventure grade.

Described as a trim for "young families looking for fun in out-of-the-way places," the Adventure adds many exclusive features inside and out. The crossover rides on 18-inch, five-spoke black alloy wheels and features lower body guards, black headlamp bezels, black foglamp surrounds, and black roof racks. A few "Adventure" badges also set this RAV4 apart from the standard model. The new grade can be had in one of five colors, including Black Magnetic, Gray Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, Super White, and Ruby Flare Pearl.

The interior also received a lot of attention, now featuring unique interior trim panels, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a 120V/100W power outlet in the cargo area, and Adventure-branded door sills. a set of all-weather floor and cargo mats with "Adventure" logo round out the cabin.

Available in either front-wheel-drive guise with an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential or with Dynamic Torque Control AWD, the RAV4 Adventure features a standard Tow Prep Package that includes an upgraded radiator and supplemental engine oil and transmission fluid coolers, as well as a suspension system with a higher ride height. Much like all RAV4 models, the Adventure grade also comes standard with Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and TSS-P.

Pricing information is not yet available, but Toyota says that the RAV4 Adventure will arrive in showrooms this September.

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2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Toyota reunites the TRD Pro trio

Toyota debuted its TRD Pro series in 2014 with versions for the Tundra, 4Runner, and Tacoma. While the Tundra and 4Runner have soldiered on unchanged since then, the Tacoma underwent a generational change for 2016, losing the TRD Pro option along the way. Now the option is back, and more ready to hit the high-speed off-road course with a vengeance.

Introduced for the 2017 model year, the TRD Pro package expands from the Tacoma’s TRD Off-Road package on 4WD Double Cab Short Bed trucks. That means the TRD Pro series enjoys all the same off-road equipment as the already-rugged TRD Off-Road trim, while adding additional hardware for tackling terrain.

The Tacoma TRD Pro continues to use the new 3.5-liter V-6 developed for the 2016 Tacoma. Both a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic are offered here, making this one of the few vehicles to combine an off-road package with a manual transmission.

Hardware isn’t the only addition Toyota gave the Tacoma TRD Pro. Leather seats with embroidered headrests, the Entune infotainment system, TRD-branded floor mats and a shift knob, and the standard TRD Pro “TOYOTA” front grille, unique wheels, fender flairs, and TRD Pro badges.

Update 08/02/2016: Toyota has announced pricing for the Tundra TRD Pro. Check out the prices section below for all the details.

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2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

Winners and losers from CAS 2016, plus what went missing

The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.

There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.

So, without further ado…

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Toyota Teases Tacoma TRD Pro Before 2016 Chicago Auto Show

Toyota Teases Tacoma TRD Pro Before 2016 Chicago Auto Show

The Taco Supreme Rides Again!

Today Toyota has teased the industry with a single photo, zoomed way in with few overall details. Thankfully, however, the photo reveals just enough information that we know what’s going on. This is the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

You’ll notice the large, block TOYOTA logo in the honeycomb grille. That’s a signature trademark for TRD Pro models. Only the Tundra, 4Runner, and previous-generation Tacoma TRD Pro models have such an emblem. Next you’ll see the hood scoop. This is undoubtedly the scoop from the new Tacoma, introduced for the 2016 model year. Compared side-by-side with the 2016 Tacoma Sport, the hood scoop are identical, securing the Tacoma TRD Pro’s identity. Let’s just hope the TRD Pro’s hood scoop is actually functional.

Beyond the grille and hood scoop, the paint color is the only other telling feature. It looks to be Silver Sky Metallic hue currently offered on the 2016 Tacoma. Toyota will likely restrict the TRD Pro’s color choices to two or three. Expect white, black, and perhaps the now-iconic Inferno orange.

We fully expect the 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission to be only powertrain choice for the Tacoma TRD Pro. That’s in combination with the electronic, two-speed transfer case for the 4WD system. Expect Toyota’s Crawl Control, Multi-terrain Select, and electronically locking rear differential to be present. Of course, the TRD Pro will come with upgrades wheels, tires, and suspension components, making it a hard-core desert runner. Extra skid plates and exposed tow hooks help protect the undercarriage while providing an extra level of utility.

Toyota’s slot at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is at 1:30 p.m. central time on Thursday, February 11. You can watch the live unveiling by following the link below.

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2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition

2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition

Continuously produced since 1966 and now in its eleventh generation, the Corolla has not only become Toyota’s most popular product, but also the best-selling automotive nameplate in history. The model snatched that title from the Volkswagen Beetle back in 2013, with no less than 40 million Corollas manufactured up to then and plenty more since. With the 2015 Chicago Auto show right around the corner, Toyota decided to bring a number of limited-edition models to the event to accompany the refreshed Avalon, among which will be a Corolla Special Edition.

While Toyota hasn’t said what the special occasion is, the upcoming 50-year anniversary of the Corrolla nameplate makes sense. Based on the sporty Corolla S Plus trim level, the 2016 Corolla Special Edition will have a number of unique features as standard, most of which improve either comfort and functionality or add a slightly sportier flavor to the otherwise bland compact model.

Updated 07/17/2015: Toyota revealed prices for the 2016 Corolla Special Edition, which will be produced between August 2015 and January 2016 and will be limited to approximately 8,000 units. Prices will start from $20,635.

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2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition

2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition

For the past 13 years, the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in America, thanks to a well-appointed interior, non-offensive exterior design, acceptable performance figures, and of course, bulletproof reliability.

But to stay at the forefront of vehicle sales for that long requires a constant cycle of refreshes. For 2015, Toyota rejuvenated the Camry by re-engineering nearly 2,000 parts, leaving “only the roof” unchanged. These alterations included new interior materials and equipment, an updated suspension, and revised exterior styling.

Now, Toyota is ready to debut a limited-production, special edition of America’s favorite four-door at the Chicago Auto Show next week. On top of the 2015 redesign, the Japanese automaker hopes to inject the Camry with “an extra dose of both aggressiveness and technology.”

Based on the new Camry SE, this special edition adds several new features to both the cabin and exterior, creating a Camry that, Toyota feels, should stand above the rest.

Updated 07/17/2015: Toyota announced prices for the Camry Special Edition, which will be produced between August 2015 and January 2016. Prices will start from $25,715 and Toyota will build only 12,000 units.

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2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 Toyota Avalon

Back in the 2013 model year, Toyota fully redesigned the Avalon, giving it a sleeker, sexier, and more luxurious look. Along with this redesign, Toyota made the Avalon’s body slightly shorter and wider, improving its stance and giving passengers more shoulder and hip room. Despite being the third-best-selling full-size sedan in 2014, Toyota unveiled a refreshed version for the 2016 model year at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

With the Chicago Auto Show’s opening in the books, we now get to see what the refreshed Avalon looks like. I honestly expected a little more from Toyota, but considering its place in the sales list and the fact that it has no hopes of catching up to the Impala, which more than doubled the Avalon in 2014 sales, I can’t say I’m surprised the refresh was so minor.

Updated 02/13/2015: We’ve added a series of images taken during the 2016 Avalon’s official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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2014 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

2014 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

We’ve already brought you all the details on Toyota’s new TRD Pro edition for the 2015 Tacoma and 4Runner, but now it’s time to dive into the 2015 Tundra’s TRD Pro updates.

The first noticeable feature on the truck is its large, TOYOTA grille scripted in silver with a black background. The rear of the bed gets the same type treatment, only it displays TRD Pro and its literally stamped into the sheet metal, much like TUNDRA name on the tailgate. Those two features really set the truck apart from less capable Tundras.

Giving the Tundra its added capability are remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks at all four corners with an added two inches of suspension lift at the front wheels. The two work together to make the Tundra a formidable off-roader in most every situation, especially high-speed desert running. Thick aluminum skid plates protect the important oily bits under the truck and Michelin-spec all-terrain tires provide the grip. Those tires are wrapping unique black wheels with TRD logos embossed on the center cap.

Helping the stock 5.7-liter V-8 breathe is a TRD dual exhaust system. No real word on how much the exhausts system helps, but the 5.7-liter normally makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque.

Inside the cabin, Toyota treats the Tundra to a few added cosmetic pieces. A unique red and black seat color is new along with red stitches holding the materials together. A special “instrument panel ornament insert” and TRD Pro floor mats finish off the look.

The Tundra, along with its TRD Pro cousins, the Tacoma and 4Runner, will go on sale this fall starting at $41,285 for the Double Cab version. Buyers can also get the Crew Cab model for $43,900.

Update 08/28/2014: Toyota has revealed the pricing details for the Tundra TRD PRO. You can see all the details above.

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