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2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander

A fourth generation for Toyota’s three-row mid-sizer

The previous third-generation Toyota Highlander debuted back in 2013, with a facelift performed in 2016 that added an eight-speed automatic transmission, an updated spec for the V-6 engine, and a few aesthetic upgrades as well. Since then, the Highlander has proven to be one of the brand’s most-popular nameplates, selling some 245,000 units in 2018. That means it’s time for Toyota to give the Highlander a full-fledged generation update for 2020. Making its big debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the latest fourth-generation Toyota Highlander brings new styling inside and out, a raft of fresh technology for infotainment and safety, and a number of powertrain updates as well. However, can it still stay at the top of the segment?

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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.

Update 10/11/2019: Toyota has announced the all-new RAV4 PHEV that will debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check out our new section below to learn more about it.

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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 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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2017 Toyota FT-4X Concept

2017 Toyota FT-4X Concept

A crossover built for Millennials escaping the city on short notice. Wait, what?

Toyota is stretching its legs and cracking its knuckles; the compact off-roading segment might just be its next target. See, Toyota debuted the FT-4X concept at the 2017 New York Auto Show mid-April, and it seems deeply researched and well executed. The outlandish flair of a concept vehicle is unmistakably present, but the FT-4X seems ready to tackle the light weekend excursion outside city limits. Oh, and guess what generation it’s targeting? Yeah, Generation Y – otherwise known as millennials.

Right from the get-go, Toyota defined its audience as “millennial-aged professionals confined to city limits who oftentimes take unplanned, casual trips into the outdoors.” Toyota’s Calty Design Research president, Kevin Hunter, said it this way: “As designers, we’re investing deep thought into the emotional connection with our cars. We focused on how a crossover vehicle can add fun and value to casual adventures both in and out of the city, thinking about how someone would use it, and what they would love to do with it.”

As if that’s not enough, Toyota defined this city-living, weekend warrior lifestyle: Casualcore Exploration.

With that in mind, Toyota designed the FT-4X to accommodate such folks. The 167.3-inch-long compact crossover with functionality baked into every nook and cranny. An innovative, dual-action rear hatch opens both vertically and horizontally, while the interior has space for five people and their gear. Storage compartments are color-coded and there’s even an intergraded North Face sleeping bag in the center console and resalable water bottles in the door panels.

Toyota hasn’t made an official promise as to when (or if) a production version of the FT-4X, or Future Toyota Four-wheel Drive Crossover, will debut. But with the America’s thirst for crossovers and SUVs growing evermore insatiable, there’s a good chance something similar to this will indeed make production. There’s plenty more details about the FT-4X below the break, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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2018 Toyota Sienna

2018 Toyota Sienna

A new exterior look could give the seven-year-old minivan an extended life on the market

The Toyota Sienna has been in its third generation since 2010. While models like the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica have since been updated and gone through generational shifts, the Sienna has soldiered on with relatively mild updates. In 2017, Toyota did upgrade the 3.5-liter engine and dropped the six-speed automatic for an eight-speed unit, but otherwise, it’s been pretty much the same van all this time outside of some minor changes to the exterior in 2015. Well, Toyota is bringing a revamped Sienna to the 2017 New York Auto Show, but it’s not a new-gen model. Instead, Toyota is adding new “swagger” with a new front fascia, new side skirts, some noise and vibration enhancements, and some additional technology like extra USB ports, an updated rear entertainment system, and a semi-digital instrument cluster.

But, don’t get it twisted. The Sienna may be pretty old, with the 2018 model year being the 8th year this generation is on the market, but it does pull its own weight as far as sales go. Sales have been well over the 100,000 mark from 2011 forward, with 2015 seeing 137,497 examples sold and 2016 accounting for 127,791 examples sold. That’s a pretty big deal considering the market it bursting with SUVs of every shape and size you can imagine. So, let’s see what these new enhancements do to liven up the third-gen Sienna and how it might help it stack up against some of the competition.

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2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Toyota Highlander

Toyota’s largest crossover gets a mid-cycle refresh

The crossover segment is on fire these days and Toyota is not letting its popular Highlander age out of the fight. Debuting at the 2016 New York Auto Show on March 23, the 2017 Highlander will boast several changes and upgrades for its mid-cycle update. The current, third-generation Highlander debuted for the 2013 model year and has done very well in the segment, posting record-setting sales gains in both 2014 and 2015 with 146,127 and 158,915 examples sold, respectively. Toyota is undoubtedly banking on these updates to further accelerate that trend.

Headlining the changes is a refreshed front grille, a new 3.5-liter V-6, an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, available LE and XLE trims now on the hybrid, the sporty new SE trim level, and a host of safety features now coming standard. The Highlander will continue to offer seating for up to eight, a choice of a four-cylinder, hybrid, or V-6 powertrain, FWD or AWD, and a bevy of optional equipment. For those not smitten with the minivan segment, the Highlander is Toyota’s premiere people-hauler.

Updated 11/03/2016: Toyota announced prices on the 2017 Highlander. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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2017 Toyota 86

2017 Toyota 86

The 2017 Toyota 86 comes intact with a mild price increase

With the exception of the soon-to-be-released, limited production, Scion tC Release Series 10.0, and one final display at the New York Auto Show, Scion is pretty much history. Even though the brand will be no more, some of its cars will live on. The most exciting of the bunch – the Scion FR-S – will now wear a Toyota badge. The name is also changing, moving away from FR-S. Rather. The car is going to live on as the Toyota 86, and we’ve just received the first official information and images of the new 86, along with confirmation that it will debut at the New York Auto Show along with the Toyota C-HR Concept.

Toyota Division Group Vice President, Bill Fay, said, “When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86.” He continued, “Enthusiasts have a strong association with the front-engine, rear-drive heritage of the ‘hachi-roku’ and the dynamic performance it offers.”

So, will the 86 be all show and no go like the FR-S, or will Toyota step its game up and make the 86 the driver’s car it should be? Well, Toyota did mention some upgrades, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that. The Toyota 86 will hit Dealership showrooms this fall, but before then – and before its debut in New York – let’s take a good look at the pre-release materials that Toyota sent our way.

Update 08/22/2016: Toyota has announced pricing for the 2017 Toyota 86. Check out the "Prices" section below for details.

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2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition

2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition

The Corolla celebrates 50 years on the market with a limited-edition, high-trim model

With more than 40 million units sold since its introduction in 1966, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the world since 1997, when it surpassed the Volkswagen Beetle, and arguably the most iconic compact car in production. Its popularity is matched only by the mighty Ford F-Series in the U.S., which speaks volumes of the Corolla’s impact on the automotive industry in the last five decades. In 2013, the Corolla was redesigned for the eleventh-generation, a model that saw the nameplate once again sell more than 300,000 examples a year in the U.S. since 2008. Followed by a series of special-edition versions and even a TRD-made concept, the Corolla is celebrating its 50th anniversary with yet another limited-edition variant.

Dubbed 50th Anniversary Special Edition, this U.S.-exclusive sedan is based on the sporty Corolla SE and features a number of bespoke details designed to celebrate the massive popularity the car enjoys around the world. Both the exterior and interior have been tweaked, gaining features you can normally order with the SE trim as well as 50th Anniversary badges. Only 8,000 will be built, making it one of the rarest Corollas ever sold in the United States.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

More miles, more gear, and a new look

With more than 30 gas-electric models on the market, including the Prius (aka the first-ever mass-produced hybrid vehicle), Toyota is justified when it claims to be the “world’s hybrid leader.” But in order to maintain its battery-assisted superiority, the Japanese automaker must continually produce the bleeding edge of green technology and set the trend when it comes eco-oriented transportation. These days, that means the inclusion of a plug-in model. The previous Prius plug-in ended production in June of 2015, but now, it’s back, offering more MPGe, more standard features, and a new look, making for what Toyota calls “one of the most technologically advanced, best-equipped Prius in the model’s history.”

It’s called the Prime, and first things first – it offers upwards of 120 MPGe, which, according to the manufacturer, is expected to be the highest MPGe of any plug-in hybrid on the market. That in itself is a significant statement in the world of max-miler passenger vehicles, but this frugal fuel consumption is also backed by more all-electric range, with up to 22 miles of emission-free driving off battery power alone, effectively double the EV range of the previous model.

So then – the Prime sounds like it’s got the goods, but with gas prices remaining so low, is it enough to spark the interest of consumers?

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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Looking to cement its position as a global leader in hybrid cars, Toyota launched the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. For the 2016 model year, that means that seven out of Toyota’s 13 vehicles are offered with a hybrid powertrain. The introduction of the RAV4 Hybrid taps a surprisingly untouched market for a compact hybrid crossover. Small crossovers like the RAV4 are already efficient vehicles, so adding Toyota’s proven hybrid technology will give the RAV4 Hybrid an even bigger advantage at the pump.

Toyota has been discussing creating hybrid versions of all of its volume-selling models by 2020. We’ve already seen one SUV go that direction, with the Highlander Hybrid debuting in 2006, and now that trend will continue with the introduction of the 2016 Hybrid, which debuted at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

The big question with the launch of the RAV4 Hybrid is in regards to the hybrid marketplace as a whole. In 2014, hybrid sales fell by 8.8 percent and it hasn’t recovered yet. Only time will tell if Toyota’s gamble on the RAV4 Hybrid will pay off.

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2015 Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of the hottest sedans out there, leading the sales category for sedans for the last 12 years. Being around since 1979, the Camry has been through a total of 10 generational changes with the most recent taking place in 2011. A refresh came just a couple years later, but for 2015, Toyota put the Camry through a redesign that is worthy of being the next generation. All told, the new Camry is more exciting to drive, has a quieter cabin, and is far more appealing to look at. Highlights include new fascias, new body panels all the way around, a newly designed grille, and new exterior lighting. Inside, the car got better materials and an inductive charger dock for properly equipped smartphones. Changes were limited to the interior and exterior, with the same drivetrain components carried over from the 2011 generational shift. That isn’t necessarily bad, though – all three engines perform well for what they are and offer pretty impressive fuel economy as well.

Needless to say, the Camry doesn’t exactly set any records on the race track. But, for what it is, it’s rather luxurious inside and offers upscale passenger comfort and predictable technology. Stepping into the sales discussion, Toyota has sold a total of 1,235,351 Camrys in the U.S., Canada, and Australia between the 2011 and 2013 model years. That’s pretty impressive, right? So will the heavily refreshed Camry ready to continue on where the 2014 model left off as one of the best-selling sedans in the world? Well take a look at our full review of the 2015 – 2016 Camry below to decide for yourself – it certainly won’t disappoint.

Updated 09/02/2014: Toyota announced prices for the 2015 Camry set to be put on sale in late September. Prices will range from $22,970 for the LE trim and up to $29,980 for the Hybrid XLE version. Details after the jump.

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2014 Toyota Highlander

2014 Toyota Highlander

The world first laid eyes on the Toyota Highlander back in 2000 at the New York Auto Show and, being built on the Toyota Camry platform, it was one of the first car-based crossover/SUVs. The first generation model ran until 2007, and the second generation ran until 2013 when Toyota finally ushered in the third-generation model that was longer, wider, and more crossoverish than ever before. Highlights included a larger grille, and lower-mounted fog lights, and much more rounded body. Inside, it offered three rows of seating for up to eight passengers, a host of safety equipment, and Toyota’s Entune multimedia system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display. Under the hood, one could find a 2.7-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic and front wheel drive, or a 3.5-liter with a six-speed automatic and the option for all-wheel drive.

With a more upscale interior, decent power delivery, and a refined exterior, the third-generation Highlander was able to increase sales for 2014 and 2015, with more than 300,000 examples sold over the two-year span. Of course, all of the changes to the Highlander did look pretty familiar as a similar redesign of the Toyota Rav4 had already received similar design cues. Either way, the new Highlander can be chalked off as a success as of the time of this writing, so take a look at our full review below to see all of the fine details.

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2013 Toyota Venza

2013 Toyota Venza

The Toyota Venza was launched for the first time back in 2008, but it’s preparing to enter the 2013 model year with enhanced exterior styling, added value through several new standard convenience features, and updated option packages. Its official debut was made at the 2012 New York Motor Show and sales are scheduled to begin later in 2012.

At the front, the new Venza has received a new upper and lower grille, fog lamps, and rear taillights. Toyota is also offering a new set of 19" wheels and a choice of the new exterior colors: Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl, and Cosmic Gray Mica.

Like the previous version, the 2013 Venza will be offered in LE, XLE, and Limited grades, with a choice of four-cylinder or V6 engines. Both front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations will also be offered.

For 2013, the list of standard equipment will include, depending on the trim level: Driver Memory Seat, Reverse Tilt Outer Mirrors, Display Audio with Navigation and Toyota Entune, LED Daytime Running Lights, and Premium HDD Navigation with Entune and JBL.

UPDATE 04/03/2012: This review has been updated with the official images and specs for the Toyta Venza.

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2013 Toyota Avalon

2013 Toyota Avalon

Toyota Avalon has been firstly unveiled in 1994 and until know we have seen three different generation. Today, at the New York Auto Show Toyota has unveiled the fourth generation Avalon, a model that comes with a progressive and emotionally styled exterior design, improved dynamic performance, a greater degree of refinement, and a highly spacious, comfortable interior.

The model has been designed to attract younger buyers and features a sleek and expressive profile with a longer, sloping roofline, flared front fenders, and reduced front and rear overhangs. The car’s interior combines comfort, convenience and technology. Toyota opted to combined premium materials with smoked chrome-metallic accents. The new Avalon has been crafted with innovative technologies such as advanced capacitive touch switches, a three color display screens that support the multi-information display, the audio/navigation interface, and the climate control panel.

Toyota did not offered any details on the car’s engine just yet, but we expect to see the same 3.5-liter V6 engine maybe with improved output and fuel economy.

Updated 04/05/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

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