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The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Proves Efficiency Can Look Good at the Paris Motor Show

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Proves Efficiency Can Look Good at the Paris Motor Show

Toyota’s iconic crossover just sips

Toyota brought the new RAV4 to the Paris Motor Show, and while there will be a regular gasoline-burning model on offer, the automaker mainly focused on the new hybrid version.

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Video of the Day:Watch This Hayabusa-Powered Toyota Starlet Attack A Hill Climb At 11,400 RPM

Video of the Day:Watch This Hayabusa-Powered Toyota Starlet Attack A Hill Climb At 11,400 RPM

Light, agile, and very quick

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again - we here at TopSpeed love ourselves a tasty engine swap, especially when it involves head-spinning redlines. That’s why we’re going a bit gaga over this one - say hello to the Toyuki Starbusa.

Rocking 200 horsepower and just 780 kilos (1,720 pounds) of curb weight, this RWD three-door is a mighty impressive little machine. It’s certainly got the goods to embarrass all kinds of bigger, more expensive machinery, especially when you put it on a twisting, challenging hill climb course.

That much is obvious from this 2-minute, 14-second video clip, which shows the Toyuki Starbusa sprinting up the course at the 2018 Leadfoot Festival like a scalded mountain goat. The video includes both an in-car point of view and shots from along the course perimeter, and with that little Suzuki engine at full song, it’s a feast for both the eyes and the ears.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback - Driven

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback - Driven

Adding some extra spice to the recipe

Toyota first introduced the Corolla nameplate way back in 1966, and since then, an incredible 11 generations have come and gone. The latest twelfth-generation broke cover in March of 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show, and with it, Toyota unveiled a fresh hot hatchback iteration that promises more fun thanks to sporty suspension tuning, a rev-happy 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an available six-speed manual transmission, and snappy good looks.

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The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Tickles Our Hot Hatch Fancy

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Tickles Our Hot Hatch Fancy

Ticking all the right boxes

While there are more than a few high-end hot hatchbacks out there these days (Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, and Volkswagen Golf R, to name a few) not all enthusiasts can justify the 40-grand entry fee. Luckily, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback provides loads of thrills for roughly half the cost.

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The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback's Manual Gearbox Is Extremely Newbie Friendly

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback’s Manual Gearbox Is Extremely Newbie Friendly

Passing the torch to a new generation

Three-pedal transmission options are few and far between these days, but luckily, Toyota is keeping the hope alive with its new 2019 Corolla Hatchback. Not only does this five-door bring the sporting hotness thanks to its sharp styling and nippy handling, but its six-speed gearbox is extremely forgiving to those new to ways of the stick shift.

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The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Actually Looks Great With A Huge Grille

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Actually Looks Great With A Huge Grille

“Under Priority” seems to work well… on the right machine, that is

Earlier this year at the 2018 Geneva International Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the new Corolla hatchback, bringing glad tidings of sport compact driving fun and three-pedal engagement the world over. To sweeten the deal, the new hatch even looks pretty snazzy, using the Japanese brand’s latest design language to give it a little extra curb appeal.

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2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan

2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan

New name, same subcompact

The Toyota Yaris (alternatively known as the Echo) first arrived in 1999, but it didn’t head stateside until 2007, with a second generation debuting for the 2012 model year. Framed as an entry-level subcompact, Toyota says the latest refreshed model seeks to combine “efficiency, fun, comfort, and safety all at a reasonable price.” Previously titled the Yaris iA, the four-door is now simply called the Yaris sedan, and it brings a charming attitude and a decent list of equipment for a reasonable price tag.

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2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4

A crucial next-gen update for Toyota’s CUV icon

Originally arriving in 1994, the Toyota RAV4 is one of the Japanese brand’s older nameplates, especially within the crossover segment. In the quarter century since the debut of the original RAV4, demand for crossovers has grown substantially, and sales of the compact Toyota have grown with it, eventually becoming the Japanese brand’s number-one seller in the U.S. However, the RAV4 last got a redesign in 2013, so to keep it fresh, Toyota just pulled the sheets on a new fifth-generation at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, bringing updated exterior styling, a redesigned interior, the latest safety tech, and a new architecture under the skin.

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The Toyota RAV4 Could Go All-Electric or PHEV, and a Seven-Seater Model Isn't Ruled Out Either

The Toyota RAV4 Could Go All-Electric or PHEV, and a Seven-Seater Model Isn’t Ruled Out Either

It’s possible but we don’t suggest holding your breath

Since the world has gone all crazy like over SUV’s, Toyota couldn’t even get the sheet off of the new RAV4 before folks started asking about if it will eventually offer seating for seven, if it will be offered as a plug-in hybrid, and if it will be offered in all-electric form. The truth is that Toyota doesn’t even know that answer. But, Vice President and General Manager of the Toyota Division, Jack Hollis, has essentially said that nothing is off the table, by saying that he will “keep us waiting for answers” and confirming that the TNGA platform of which the RAV4 is built on does give Toyota the ability for “just about anything.”

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Sweet Moses! The Toyota Corolla Hatchback Looks...Awesome!

Sweet Moses! The Toyota Corolla Hatchback Looks...Awesome!

Aggressive styling and a manual transmission? Is this even a Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla may be Toyota’s best-selling model in history, but it’s had its share of ups and downs throughout the course of its history. For one, the Corolla has rarely been described as a trendy fashion model, and we have years of evidence backing that up. I say all of that because the 2019 Corolla Hatchback appears to be an outlier. Not only does it look aggressive, but it also comes with a manual transmission. It’s too early to tell if that’s going to translate to some delicious driving, but the mere fact that we’re here mentioning it points to a rather exciting future for the new Corolla hatch.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Small, fun, practical, and standard with a stick

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the world, with a total of 11 generations coming and going since its introduction way back in 1966. The latest 12th generation broke cover earlier in 2018 at the Geneva International Motor Show flying under the Auris badge, and now it looks like the Japanese brand is bringing the icon to the 2018 New York International Auto Show in an updated hatchback format. Highlights include a fresh exterior style, an incredible amount of technology, sporty chassis tuning, and a standard six-speed manual transmission. But the question is this - does it have what it takes to pique the interest of enthusiasts?

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A New Toyota Yaris Sedan will Take on the Kia Rio and Nissan Versa Without an iA Badge

A New Toyota Yaris Sedan will Take on the Kia Rio and Nissan Versa Without an iA Badge

Better looks, move variety, and a simpler name are probably what the doctor ordered for the 2019 Yaris

The Toyota Yaris will be ditching the “iA” badge for the forthcoming 2019 model year. That’s one of the many changes we can look forward to when the 2019 Yaris Sedan arrives sometime in the fall. In addition to the simpler and more direct name, the new Yaris will also be offered in three different trim levels, a big improvement from its predecessor, which was only offered in one specification. The sedan will also get a good diet of stylistic improvements that should get potential customers excited about what it has to offer.

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