Toyota

Toyota Motor Corporation as we know it today is headquartered in Aichi, Japan. The world’s sixth-largest company in the world by revenue as of September 2018, Toyota is also the largest carmaker in the world. The company was founded back in 1937 by Kiichiro Toyoda as a car-flavoured business derived from his father’s company, called Toyota Industries. Today, Toyota has factories in most parts of the world from Japan to Australia to Bangladesh and Mexico, just to name a few. Some of Toyota’s most lucrative markets are the United States, followed by Japan, Europe, and Asia. With a hefty motorsport legacy behind, Toyota is also a spearheading company when it comes to alternative ways of propulsion, after launching the Prius in 2012 and continuing to refine the recipe to this day. Besides plug-in hybrids, Toyota, pretty much like most carmakers these days, is looking at ways to deploy the power of electricity in its lineup of vehicles. In this regard, the company experimented heavily with the RAV4 EV and the iQ EV, while also spreading its tentacles towards the hydrogen fuel-cell technology with a road-going sedan called Mirai (mirai means future in Japanese). The carmaker even released 5,600 patents for free use until 2020 in an attempt to bump up the development of hydrogen fuel-cell tech on a global scale.

2019 Toyota Prius - Driven

2019 Toyota Prius - Driven

The iconic hybrid still stands out from the pack

Every morning when I get to work, I wind my way up to the roof of a six-story parking garage. And every evening, I wind my way back down. It’s a good half-mile round trip at plodding speeds. In a normal car, I watch the trip computer’s fuel economy readout tick down as I circle round and round through the garage. But in the 2019 Toyota Prius, I can go all of the way down and even most of the way up using purely electric power — burning no gas at all.

That’s the beauty of a well-executed hybrid: It often uses the least gas in circumstances where normal cars would use the most: Bumper-to-bumper traffic, neighborhoods with a four-way stop at every corner, or crowded parking lots. As long as you keep a gentle touch on the throttle — and in these conditions, there’s no reason not to — you can watch your mileage rise rather than fall. And this isn’t a plug-in hybrid that costs more and requires charging infrastructure; the Prius’s battery recharges as you drive normally, capturing energy from the gasoline engine and braking friction.

To be sure, the Prius hatchback is hardly the only hybrid on the market on which such technology achieves similar results. The Hyundai Ioniq hatchback, Kia Niro wagon/crossover, and the Honda Insight sedan are all newer designs than the current Prius, which dates back to 2016. There’s even an all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, which puts the Prius mechanicals in the body of a brand-new sedan. All these models rival or even beat the Prius’s EPA fuel economy ratings, and they all cost a little less; the 2019 Prius starts at $24,725. But the Prius still has the best blend of real-world utility and efficiency. It’s impressively spacious, and it’s more willing to putter around with its gasoline engine shut off than the Honda, Hyundai or Kia are.

Toyota has added another unique strength for 2019: a class-exclusive all-wheel-drive system, which is optional equipment on certain Prius trim levels. The car’s controversial exterior design also got a makeover this year, though its equally contentious interior design (and aging infotainment system) did not. Nor did it get a horsepower boost to address complaints about leisurely acceleration. Let’s go through the full rundown on how the iconic hybrid fares in today’s marketplace.

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Sorry Toyota Supra Owners; You Got Played - the New Toyota 86 Will Be Better Than the Supra

Sorry Toyota Supra Owners; You Got Played - the New Toyota 86 Will Be Better Than the Supra

How’s that for a spin around the carousel?

Imagine a scenario where the shiny new toy you’ve been waiting years to own finally gets released. Your excitement levels shoot through the roof and you can’t wait for the day when you finally take ownership of that toy. Now, imagine the toymaker releasing the toy of your dreams and then following that up by announcing plans to develop a cheaper toy that will be better than the toy you’ve been waiting for years to own. Bit of a bummer, right?

That’s the predicament prospective owners of the Toyota Supra now face after Toyota’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, indicated that Toyota is looking to create a new 86 sports car that could surpass the recently launched Toyota Supra. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Toyota finds a way to flip the narrative once again.

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Ford Mustang GT vs. Toyota Supra vs. BMW Z4 - Who Wins?

Ford Mustang GT vs. Toyota Supra vs. BMW Z4 - Who Wins?

The two inline-six cousin roadsters get a taste of America...sort of

Carmakers like to pound their chests with Nurburgring lap times when it comes to how fast their cars are, while automotive journos tend to take those cars and measure them against each other in perhaps the most telling form of competition: the good ‘ol drag race.

Naturally, such a staged drag race isn’t always about gas-guzzling muscle cars or heavily-modded vehicles that put out in excess of 1,000 horsepower. We’ve seen econoboxes taking forever to complete the quarter-mile all in the name of fun, so when someone pits the Ford Mustang GT Fastback against the new Toyota Supra and BMW Z4, all we can do is watch and enjoy.

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2020 Toyota Corolla TREK

2020 Toyota Corolla TREK

It’s not the type of Corolla we’re used to, but it’s the type that we can get excited about

The Toyota Corolla is one of the last cars you’d think of as being special. But something about the new Corolla TREK variant qualifies as “special.” It’s the latest addition to the Corolla Touring Sports estate lineup, and it’s a promising showcase of the Corolla Touring Sports’ understated versatility as a personal ride and a family hauler for those weekend adventures away from the city.

The Corolla TREK comes as a result of a collaboration between Toyota and bicycle manufacturer Trek. It’s a partnership that stems from a recent partnership between the two companies at this year’s Vuelta a Espana cycling race where 16 Corolla TREK models were used as support vehicles.

Well, they’re not support vehicles anymore. The Toyota Corolla TREK is now available for public consumption. Pricing details will be announced in the coming weeks — it’s estimated to cost around £29,000 ($36,00) — but order books are now open with the initial batch of deliveries scheduled to begin sometime before the year ends. Unfortunately, the Corolla TREK isn’t headed to the U.S. market.

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Think Driving Nannies Are Bad Now? Toyota Wants to Tell You When You Can and Cannot Drive

Think Driving Nannies Are Bad Now? Toyota Wants to Tell You When You Can and Cannot Drive

It’s like communism for a car, really

Driving nannies are already starting to get a little ridiculous. If you try to take a turn too quickly, your car’s advanced stability control system may automatically apply the brakes and keep you in check. Perhaps the car doesn’t think you brake soon enough, so it brakes for you – hell, there are even situations where autonomous braking systems have been accused of braking for no reason. What if your car could evaluate your driving skills and determine what you’re able to do? What if your car can determine whether or not you drive on the freeway, in snow, or in the rain. What if your car determines how close to the imposed speed limit you can get? Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, Toyota thinks that’s the answer to driving safety.

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Someone Is Preparing a Widebody Toyota Supra For SEMA and We Can't Get Enough of It

Someone Is Preparing a Widebody Toyota Supra For SEMA and We Can’t Get Enough of It

We’re literally counting down the days until SEMA 2019 finally kicks off

The new Toyota Supra has been one of the most hyped-up new cars to hit the market in recent years, for various reasons. One of them has to do with its legacy and the huge popularity of the 2JZ-powered fourth-generation Supra and the entire cult that surrounded the Japanese sports car.

Another reason is the partnership between Toyota and BMW, whose fruits are the said 2020 Supra and its cousin, the new BMW Z4. The third argument, which also happens to be strongly related to the first, comes from the Supra’s suitability for tuning jobs. Engine boosts, unique body parts, neon lights, huge wings, you name it. There isn’t a single thing that hasn’t been tried on a Supra.

So, whenever someone like Evasive Motorsports announces a widebody Toyota Supra based on the new model that’s also coming to SEMA 2019, our interest naturally piques. Read on.

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Toyota Has Hiked The Prices of The 2020 Tacoma And It Has Gotten All The More Dearer Now

Toyota Has Hiked The Prices of The 2020 Tacoma And It Has Gotten All The More Dearer Now

Folks will still shell out the premium because the Tacoma is a legend in its own right

When you are the market leader and basically run the show, you can do whatever you want. Well, at least that’s what Toyota is doing with the Tacoma. The Tacoma has been the segment leader for 14 years in a row now and the sales are only growing every year. Although the base Tacoma received a moderate price hike, the Tacoma TRD Pro is what caught our attention. According to CarsDirect.com, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will get a $1,000 price tag hike, whereas the base 2020 Tacoma will be dearer by only $200.

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10 Surprising Vehicles with More Power than the 2020 Toyota Supra

10 Surprising Vehicles with More Power than the 2020 Toyota Supra

Speaking of surprises, there are a number of them in this list

It seems fair to say that many people were underwhelmed by the Toyota Supra. People knocked Toyota for the Supra’s looks. Some were upset about its high pricing. And a lot of other people didn’t think too kindly to the engine choices that Toyota prepared for its returning sports car. A base version that produces less than 200 horsepower? Really? The range-topping version of the Supra does have 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, but even that came from a BMW-sourced engine. Truth be told, the Supra’s 355-horsepower output isn’t that bad. But it also could’ve been higher, especially when you consider that so many other models from different segments can carry that much power without having to be a sports car, specifically one that has to carry the legacy of one of Toyota’s most iconic nameplates. If you’re wondering how many vehicles have more power than the 2020 Supra, we compiled a list made up of 10 of them. And, if for nothing else, this list may surprise you.

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An Unlikely Partner Could Help Toyota Revive the MR2

An Unlikely Partner Could Help Toyota Revive the MR2

First it was Subaru, then it was BMW, so who’s next?

The Toyota MR2 was a legendary mid-engined compact sports car that instantly developed a cult following thanks to its impeccable design, mid-engined layout, and overall driving dynamics. Auto enthusiasts everywhere shed a tear when Toyota discontinued the compact sports car back in 2007 after three generations and 23 years on the market. As was the case with the Toyota Supra, old-school fanboys have been scratching at the door begging Toyota to bring back the MR2. It worked for the Supra, it worked for the 86, but can it work for the MR2 as well?

When the 2020 Toyota Supra launched, Tetsuya Tada made it clear that he wanted the “three brothers” back in the Toyota family once again. We have two, and we’re waiting on a third; the MR2, of course. Much like the Toyota 86 (twined with the Subaru BRZ) and the Toyota Supra (twined with the BMW Z4), Toyota can’t justify building another sports car on its own. The Japanese brand needs to branch out and partner up yet again. Tada has someone very unlikely in mind.

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Someone Spotted the 2020 Toyota Supra at a Fast and Furious 9 Filming Location, But There's Something Even Better There Too

Someone Spotted the 2020 Toyota Supra at a Fast and Furious 9 Filming Location, But There’s Something Even Better There Too

We see the Paul Walker tribute, Universal!

The production of Fast 9 has begun, and it looks like we’re about to see a handful of new characters in the fold. While most of the cast — sans Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham — will return for the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, two new additions to the movie are making headlines in the automotive world. No, it’s not John Cena, who, by the way, is in the movie. It’s not even Michael Rooker, who was recently announced as the newest member of the Fast family. The headline grabbers are a pair of cars, specifically a 2020 Toyota Supra Mk5 and a heavily modified, blacked-out Dodge Charger. If the additions of these two beauties aren’t enough to get you excited for Fast 9, then the thought of seeing them in action should get those juices flowing.

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The BMW-Sourced Engine in the 2020 Toyota Supra Might Have More in Common with the 2JZ Than You Think

The BMW-Sourced Engine in the 2020 Toyota Supra Might Have More in Common with the 2JZ Than You Think

It could handle 1,000 horsepower, says experienced engine builder

When Toyota unveiled the fifth-generation Supra most complaints were centered around the fact that it has a BMW engine. Purists consider that a BMW-powered Toyota can’t be a true Supra and that’s not necessarily related to how much power it delivers. BMW’s turbo six-cylinder engine is powerful enough for the Supra at 335 horsepower. The issue, according to the gearhead community, is that it can’t match the iconic 2JZ unit in the previous Supra. Well, at least an engine expert claims that the BMW-sourced engine could be better than the 2JZ in terms of aftermarket tuning.

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Toyota Boss Shoots For Porsche's Overall Nürburgring-Nordschleife Record

Toyota Boss Shoots For Porsche’s Overall Nürburgring-Nordschleife Record

Rob Leupen, Toyota’s LMP1 Team Boss, reckons an unrestricted TS050 could smash the 919 Evo’s record of 5:19.55

Toyota and Porsche did battle in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship between 2014 and 2017 when Porsche abruptly decided to pull the plug on its LMP1 program as the whole VAG Group was looking at ways to reduce costs post-Dieselgate. Shortly thereafter, Porsche unveiled the 919 Evo, an unrestricted version of the company’s Le Mans-winning car that went on to better Porsche’s very own record around the Northern Loop of the Nürburgring circuit. Now, Porsche’s old rival, who’s still in the FIA WEC and has won Le Mans two times on the trot already reckons it could better the 919 Evo’s record around the Nordschleife through the voice of Rob Leupen, the LMP1 Team Boss. The sad part is that Toyota isn’t committing to a record attempt just yet.

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What is the Cheapest Toyota?

The cheapest Toyota is the 2019 Yaris, with a starting price of $15,600. But that’s in the US. Europe’s cheapest Toyota is the Aygo supermini, priced from €10,190 in Germany.

What is the Sportiest Toyota?

The sportiest Toyota is the Supra, developed in partnership with BMW. The Supra relies on a six-cylinder turbocharged engine making 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. However, its sporty nature is not dictated by just the powerplant. Toyota and BMW were able to infuse a lot of composure into the Supra, making it a compliant sports car that handles sharply and is capable of putting down power efficiently thanks to a crisp eight-speed automatic transmission. The cabin is also very driver-centric, a quintessential trait of a proper sporty vehicle.

What is the Most Popular Toyota?

The most popular Toyota right now is without any doubt the RAV4, if we are to look at it from the recent sales standpoint. All in all, from January 2019 to March 2019, Toyota pushed 83,820 RAV4 units in the US alone. Moreover, March sales amassed an impressive 33,166 RAV4 models that reached their new owners. Nevertheless and also sales-wise, it is worth mentioning the die-hard Toyota Corolla, which sold in excess of 44 million units from 1966 to this day. On the other hand, sales aside, one can see the Supra as the most popular and loved Toyota, and we’re not necessarily talking about the new generation.

What is the Most Expensive Toyota?

The most expensive Toyota is the 2019 Land Cruiser, which in the US wears a starting price tag of $85,165. Things are different in Europe, where the most expensive Toyota is the Supra, priced at €62,900 in Germany.

What is the Fastest Toyota?

The fastest Toyota is the Supra. Powered by a BMW-sourced twin-scroll inline-six engine packing 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque twinned to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The resulting figures involve a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint time of just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

Are Toyota Cars Reliable?

Yes, Toyotas are still pretty reliable cars. In a survey by The Telegraph, Toyota took the 9th spot when it comes to dependability, with an average of 96 problem per 100 vehicles. Back in 2017, Toyota and Lexus managed a one-two positioning in Consumer Reports’ reliability rankings - making it five years in a row for Toyota as occupant of the first position. Moreover, ReliabilityIndex places Toyota in 4th place on its scale thanks to an index of 59. To put things into perspective, the industry’s average reliability index is 118.