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2016 Toyota Yaris TRD Sportivo Gets Exterior, Interior Changes

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Toyota boasted its current models during the Bangkok Motor Show that run from March 23 to April 3, but the one that stole the limelight was the Toyota Yaris TRD Sportivo.

This Yaris model was finally touched by Toyota Racing Development, and it did get the TRD treatment both in the exterior and interior. However, don’t expect too much from the drivetrain as Toyota has completely left this aspect alone.

Although it’s easy to hark at Toyota for not being able to bring anything drivetrain-wise, it’s still a welcome sight to see the Yaris with the TRD treatment—aesthetically speaking.

Based on a report, the Yaris TRD Sportivo is based on the Yaris G except it has a few features such as the turn indicators on the sideview mirrors, a multifunction steering wheel, a multifunction information display, and an acoustic windshield.

The Yaris TRD Sportivo, on the other hand, also boasts of a slew of new features on the exterior, including a black front grille that extends down the lower fascia. This integrates into the black cadding that surrounds the entire bottom of the vehicle and the wheel arches.

The front has fog lights that are located into the corner fascia inserts. It also has a silver front lip to both fascias and the side skirts, as well as custom-looking wheels and a set of roof rails.

At the back, the black cadding covers the lower portion of the rear fascia. There’s also a silver insert in the middle. Overall, though, it has the same body as the current Yaris.

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Inside, there are a few modifications. You can find in the center a slew of things such as a double-din, seven-inch, touchscreen display with MP3, MP4, DVD, CD, and WMA compatibility. It also has USB, Micro HDMI, SD-Card, and Bluetooth connectivity with T-connect.

Currently, the base-level, three-door Yaris starts at $14,895 while the three-door LE is at $16,555. The five-door, on the other hand, starts at $15,995 while the five-door LE is priced at $16,930.

2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition Unveiled

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Since its introduction in 1966, the Toyota Corolla sold over 40 million units worldwide, making it the best-selling car in the world since 1997 when it surpassed the Beetle. In the US market, its popularity is only matched by the Ford F-Series.

When it was redesigned in 2013 as an eleventh generation, it sold again 300,000 units a year, pushing the brand to release a series of special editions and even a TRD-made concept. Now, for its 50th anniversary, Toyota came up with another special edition.

This US-exclusive sedan was dubbed the 50th Anniversary Special Edition, and would be based on the Corolla SE. It will feature a lot of customization, with both the exterior and interior tweaked for a sportier look. There will only be 8,000 units manufactured, making this even rarer than it already seems to be.

According to Toyota, the new special edition model will include the following features: 17” alloy wheels with dark gray inserts and machine finish, 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen, Entune Audio Plus with connected navigation, color 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display, smart key system with push button start and complex-LED headlamps.

Inside, it would also have black mixed media seats with Black Cherry contrast stitching, black interior with Black Cherry contrast stitching on steering wheel, shift boot and center armrest, Black Cherry accented dash panel and door trim, 50th Anniversary Edition floor mats, 50th Anniversary Edition exterior badge, and available Moonroof.

The 50th Anniversary Edition will come in three colors—exclusive color Black Cherry, Classic Silver, Blizzard Pearl. It will begin being sold this fall.

Under the hood, this special edition will have the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine offered in the Corolla SE. It delivers 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque with the CVTi-S transmission.

Pricing has yet to be released, but expect it to cost more than the SE, which retails from $20,635.

Enter Toyota GT86, Goodbye Scion FR-S

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Say hello to the new Toyota GT86, which looks quite like the car it will replace. Much can be said about how well loved the 86 is, especially because it won several awards since its conception.

According to Top Gear, there are mild updates in the GT86, the facelift of which coincided with the introduction of the Toyota 86 in the US. These are all ongoing amid the departing of the Scion FR-S.

If you’re looking for turbocharged cars, then this auto might not be the one for you as you will be left wanting for more torque and grip. That is, of course, if you’ve lived all your life with mighty fast vehicles since the GT86 has very decent speed as well.

There are upsides, though, for speed-loving car enthusiasts. The Toyota GT86 has a slick gearchange, and is agile as a light, simple rear-driven sports car. Also, it packs a decent 197 bhp, 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds with 140 mph top speed.

So, what are the changes? You can see all these changes on how aesthetically appealing the new GT86 is. It has new LED-equipped lights, more dramatic bumpers and air intakes, as well as new and flashier alloy wheels. Compared to the older version, the new 86 looks a bit more on the luxurious side. It looks more assertive than before too.

Inside, Toyota promises to provide “improved sensory quality, leather interiors, Alcantara, and a new sports steering wheel. That same wheel now comes with audio controls—a first for the 86. Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the GT86’s interior yet to prove these features.

Toyota has yet to release the prices and full specifications for the new 86, but sources said it won’t go more than the £25,000 range for the entry level. Sales will supposedly begin by fall.

More information about the Toyota GT86, as well as the car itself, will be revealed during the New York Auto Show.

2017 Toyota Highlander Boasts a New V-6

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The crossover segment is getting into a tough fight this year, and Toyota’s not letting their Highlander just go by without a bang. The new 2017 Highlander is expected to debut at the New York Auto Show on March 23, and will highlight some new mid-cycle updates Toyota has been boasting about.

The current Toyota Highlander has done very well in the segment. It has record gains in both 2014 and 2015 with 146,127 and 158,915 examples sold, respectively. With these upgrades, Toyota is expecting for a boost on this trend according to a report.

The new Highlander has a refreshed front grille, a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, LE and XLE trims on the hybrid, the sporty SE trim level, and a host of other safety features on the standard variant.

It will continue offering eight seats, a choice of a four-cylinder, hybrid, or V-6 powertrain, FWD or AWD, and other optional equipment. Those who are not a fan of the minivan can get the Highlander instead—Toyota’s premiere people hauler.

On the exterior, the new Highlander will change nothing from the 2016 version except for the front grille and a larger and more SUV-ish appearance. There are three new color options available—the Celestial Silver Metallic, the Toaster Walnut Pearl, and exclusive on the SE is the Salsa Red Pearl.

The SE, by the way, will also come with trim-exclusive, 19-inch alloy wheels, dark paint treatment on the front grille and roof rails, as well as smoked headlight lenses.

Inside, Toyota is offering a new brown leather color for the Limited Platinum trim. On the SE, the new black leather seats will come with silver inserts and stitching. The Highlander will still come with eight seats, thanks to second row seating. But on the Limited and Limited Platinum, the second row can turn into captain chairs.

The new Highlander will most likely have these features under the hood: 290 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing for the 2017 Highlander has yet to be announced, but expect it to start at roughly $30,990.

Here’s to Toyota Land Cruiser 2016 – Truly the Unmatched Machine

Who could ever complain about anything that Toyota has offered to us, so far? Really, think hard. Haven’t we all loved absolutely everything from the looks to performance. You name it and Toyota has presented a better version of our imagination almost all the time. So, if you really are a great fan of the trailblazing motor company, we have got news that is going to rock your world, for sure. No rumors, we have some solid news. All those who thought that the present model is some serious vehicle phenomenon, wait till you hear about the upcoming Toyota Land Cruiser 2016. It has been said that it is going to turn all those quiet who ever thought that there weren’t going to be any more pieces that could match the current model.

When talking about the fans of Toyota Land Cruiser, well they do have a point. One can’t deny that. They certainly do have a point. It is actually quite understandable that a vehicle that has existed for almost six decades appears to be unmatched. And the six decades that have gone by were those that established its performance. These were the years of a formidable road presence and hence, winning of trust. However, wait till the upcoming Toyota Land Cruiser 2016 makes an entrance, it is sure to change the perception that many people have and win their hearts eventually. Come on, it has got the town abuzz with all kinds of possibilities and that is why we love this one so much. So, imagine, there is no official confirmation in this regard but there are so many news stories floating around! One is bound to think that there has to be some potential in the one that is about to come up. It sure must be packed with some potential. While one portion of motor lovers is wondering if it will be a Land Cruiser, others are betting on it being more in the lines of Land Cruiser Prado. Who knows? And it is this ‘who knows’ part that we like the best, don’t we?

The scene, the experts believe, isn’t going to be the same every where in the world, even though the vehicle is extremely popular. What is being said is that the hybrid versions might be the rage right now, it doesn’t hold true for America. So, majority of American populations still would go with large capacity engines and not really prefer hybrid creations. This has certainly affected the excitement of many in the country. However, let us stay thrilled about the upcoming Toyota Land Cruiser 2016! While the present model might be ruling the hearts as well as the roads, it is not going to really cast its shadow on the one that is coming up. It is going to be powered with 5.7 L V8 engine with specifications of 381 hp and 401 pound-feet of torque. We needn’t say any more beyond this. Let the beauty do the talk!

 

2015 Toyota Venza: It’s All About Safety, Comfort and Design

Taking a big leap in 2015, Toyota is all set to launch its 2015 Toyota Venza, which is loosely based on its FT SX concept introduced long back in 2006. Japanese automaker Toyota produced this concept and gained momentum in market as one of the most prestigious auto maker. The car maker has taken a step ahead with its innovation and is going to launch the upgraded version of Toyota Venza during its premier this year. 2015 Toyota Venza is basically a midsized four wheeler SUV designed specifically to meet the requirements of a family. While upgrading this car for 2015 market, the company has kept all its stakes in improving its comfort, safety, design and efficiency.

Talking about the specifications of 2015 Toyota Venza, the first thing that we noticed about this newly redesigned SUV is its availability in variety of engines depending on individual requirements. The first type of engine that we came across is a utility based 2.7 liter 4 cylinder engine with the ability to provide 181 to 268 horse power of energy. The second type of engine is a V6 program version 3.5 liter engine and has the ability to provide power efficient for a midsized SUV. It completely a customers’ choice which engine they wish to buy but going by the experience, it is usually said that the second engine version is the restricted edition from the organization rest it’s your choice.

The outer body of 2015 Toyota Venza has been completely redesigned and has become more attractive and thinner if compared to its previous versions. The new version comes with Firefox facility and the changed light design to give an improved cabin look to the insides. The company has paid great attention to passenger comfort and has designed seats by maintaining proper spaces to make them comfortable for all. The redesigned interior adds to the comfort level of its cabin. The Japanese car maker has introduced 2015 Toyota Venza in market in three color options namely Cypress pearl, Cosmic Gray Mica and Attitude Black, all are considered to be classic for Toyota and look highly aesthetic for an SUV of this class. Safety has also been given the top priority and with that company has managed to fill the loopholes of its previous versions.

The expected price of 2015 Toyota Venza can be approximately $30000 and is also expected to launch by the end of the year. So if you are on a budget of $30000 and is constant search for comfortable family SUV car, then there can be no better option than 2015 Toyota Venza as it is the best available bet in the market at this price range. It will be a complete waste if you buy an outdated version SUV with moderate variation in price because the price you will pay for its features and specifications is worth of every penny you spend on it. Still the final choice is yours and it depends on your preferences what kind of family SUV you wish to spend on.

2015 Toyota Prado: A Delight to Drive Cruiser

In 2015 Toyota is all set to hit the SUV market in the beginning with its Toyota Prado, which belongs to its land cruiser range and is produced by the Toyota Motor Corporation. Being an upgraded version of Toyota land Cruiser series, the all new 2015 Toyota Prado is completely redesigned to shed off all the drawbacks that have hampered the sale of its predecessors. The outer body has been redesigned completely with several noticeable changes along with improvements in cabin to make it even more comfortable for the passengers. The use of modern technology has resulted in the Prado’s increased efficiency and improved strength.

The attractive exterior of 2015 Toyota Prado can surely give its current model a run for its money because in the new design company has sharpened its lines along with its front grill, which is also enflamed to make it look dapper. Hot and cold seat facility has been added in 2015 version along with food and drinks storage boxes in the car cabin. Its redesigned interior has played a great role in increasing comfort level to many notches up also its new furniture has soft edges that make seats highly pleasant.

If we talk about its under the hood features, you will find that company is offering Prado with two engine options wherein the first engine is 2.7 liter four cylinder whereas the other is one based on V6 program and is also more power efficient is compared to the first one. The car maker has designed the sitting posture of the inside cabin in such a way that it will ensure not only comfort for the passengers but also safety. LED lamps and LED lights play a major role is designing its attractive interior making it highly apprehensive. For providing entertainment to its passengers, 2015 Toyota Prado has included LED screen on the dashboard which included DVD facility making it a complete entertainer for a long trip. Because the car maker has reduced the weight of Prado almost by 60kgs for 2015, the car has become even more fuel efficient for the buyers.

To conclude the review, it can be said easily that 2015 Toyota Prado belongs to that class of SUVs, which have been redesigned specifically in 2015 to increase its efficiency if compared to their current available versions. This is among the cars that have the power to offer best driving experience on road as well as off road. The 2015 Toyota Prado is likely to hit the market by end of this year or maximum by the beginning of 2015 and is expected to price around $ 80000, the company has not announced any official date yet and the price is still speculated going by its plethora of features. No doubt 2015 Toyota Prado is a bit expensive and not meant for those looking for a futuristic SUV on a tight budget. But of you are in search of a good SUV then this surely makes a safest bet with fuel efficiency and attractive styling difficult to find in this class.

2014 Toyota Sequoia: Remains Unchanged

In today’s world there will hardly be anyone who will deny the captivating appeal of crossover SUVs as they have become the most preferred mode of luxury transport for those who love to spend on vehicles. In such appeasing market of small crossovers, Toyota has come forward with its traditional style SUV 2014 Toyota Sequoia to challenge the mass appeal of crossover SUV as still there are handful of buyers who love to take a ride in old school SUVs which are a beautiful amalgamation of towing muscle and seating capacity for a big family. This truck based SUV from Toyota has been given thumbs up by some of the critics for its refinement and powerful packaging which surely make it a worth purchase of this kind.

To keep things simple and unchanged, Toyota has used the platform of its Toyota Tundra to build the modified version of Sequoia for 2014. The new 8 passenger 2014 Toyota Sequoia comes with the powerful 318 horsepower 5.7 liter V8 engine, which is uncommonly smooth for a crossover of this kind and delivers robust acceleration when driving on busy streets during weekdays. It also has the power to tow trailers up to 7.400 pounds during the weekends if looking for a tough and long weekend getaway. With decent handling performance, Sequoia offers comfortable ride to make it worthwhile. Inside the Sequoia you will find comfortable and spacious cabin and to make things more interesting for passengers, Toyota has made the seating flexible and has enough room to accommodate 8 passengers comfortably. Even the base model of 2014 Toyota Sequoia comes well equipped with all the standard features that a Toyota comes with, whereas the higher trim levels of Sequoia offer a host of standard features which are at par if compared with a upscale luxury sedan.

If you are among those SUV lovers who have almost no liking for the towing capabilities of 2014 Toyota Sequoia, then lighter duty three row crossover SUVs are the ideal option for you. Such SUVs are easier to live within day to day life and also offer excellent fuel economy as compared to the likes of Toyota Sequoia.

When it comes to the alternative for 2014 Toyota Sequoia the list is quite impressive as the SUV market is flourished with midsize as well as traditional SUVs that are far better than Toyota’s version. The closest competitor for 2014 Toyota Sequoia is 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, which is roomier than latter and the second one is Dodge Durango, which has more towing capacity even with its small size. In traditional full size SUV segment the nearest competition for Sequoia comes from Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and Ford Expedition as they all come with their own distinct appeals, but lack the features package that comes handy with Sequoia. Even though 2014 Toyota Sequoia is not meant for every SUV lover, but we still recommend it to those who give importance to a vehicle that can provide comfortable seats to small crowd, tow big trails and most importantly do both the things at the same time.

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

As the market bids adieu to the Toyota FJ Cruiser this year, the automaker is set to bid adieu back by releasing a special edition of the FJ Cruiser. The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser will be an off roader at its heart. This Ultimate Edition of the Cruiser will be limited, translating to only 2,500 vehicles of the type. Dipped in the hue of Heritage Blue, this limited edition of the Toyota FJ Cruiser will feature a color matched roof as well.

Toyota has been an automaker known well for its safe playing, incorporating more conventional designs in its releases. In a scenario like that, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is an oddity, and a nice one. The FJ Cruiser is a funky coupe that still proudly boasts the retro and quirky styling even after eight years since its debut. And don’t let that fun styling fool you. The emblematic styling of the Toyota FJ Cruiser conceals some amazing off road potential. This makes the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser an amazingly uncommon vehicle, not just among all the other Toyotas but also among all the SUVs in the market. It is extremely sad to watch such a wonderful vehicle leave.

The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser boasts a 4.0 liter V6 engine that is good for 260 ponies and 271 pound feet of twist. The standard FJ Cruiser comes with a five speed automatic transmission coupled with a rear wheel drive. The all wheel drive systems come in two options. While one is a four wheel drive system clubbed to the five speed automatic, the other is a full time all four wheel drive system coupled with a six speed automatic transmission along with a rear locking differential.

There are no trim levels for the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser. This unique vehicle remains unique in every possible sense. The five passenger vehicle cruises on 17 inch steel wheels. Taller than the conventional five seater SUVs, the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruises looks interesting due to its distinctive doors. In its very modest modeling, the Toyota FJ Cruiser sports full power accessories along with every other feature one could ever need. The Infotainment system of the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser is also an impressive collection of features. The additional features, according to one’s need, can be availed in form of packages. There is the Convenience package that adds features like enhanced traction control, leather covered steering wheel and an 11 speaker JBL surround sound system. An option of 16 inch alloy wheels also prevails.

The Trail Teams Ultimate Edition package will make a grand entry later this year and it will add to the FJ Cruiser, a tuned TRD suspension, especially for the model. This model would roll on 16 inch bead-lock tires that compliment the off road terrains beautifully. The Trail Teams Cruiser will be painted in Heritage Blue and will encapsulate a majority of the features from the above told packages.

The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser seems to have gotten the best it could be. While the news of a such a vehicle taking retirement, left many SUV lovers crestfallen, the fact that it leaves with a bang, is a happy note to say goodbye on.

2014 Toyota Sequoia

While there is a fair share of customers who would drool over the crossovers that are in rage today, there still remain a whole lot of customers that would never compromise with their tastes for a conventional truck-like SUV. There is a sort of old world charm about these humungous vehicles, their strength like Hercules, to tow up a million pounds and their amazing capacity to seat a fair number of passengers. No crossover, no matter how big, can provide the same essence of a traditional SUV. The Toyota Sequoia is one such traditional SUV. Built on an enhanced version of the platform that underpins the Toyota Tundra, the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is a perfect blend of power and sophistication.

The eight-seater is powered by a 5.7 liter V8 engine. The grunt produces about 381 ponies which is a fine amount of power for a vehicle this size, along with 401 pound feet of torque. The transmission mated to the engine of the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is a six speed automatic, coupled to a rear wheel drive. Since the SUV is truck-based, an available four wheel drive model with low range gearing is somewhat like a protocol. The monstrous SUV takes a sprint time of merely 6.7 seconds to accelerate from rest to 60 mph, which is pretty quick for a vehicle in this niche. The fuel economy for a rear wheel drive model is rated at 15 mpg combine, and that for all wheel drive is 14 mpg combined, sadly low. The 2014 Toyota Sequoia offers its driver with an impressive and vigorous acceleration and its engine drives amazingly smooth, to a lot of people’s surprise. The beast carries strength to tow up to a whopping 7,400 pounds. The handling is fine and the ride, comfortable.

The comfort that the SUV offers doesn’t come from just the ride quality it sports, but also from the spacious cabin and the seating inside the vehicle that is as roomy as to comfortably accommodate eight passengers. Available in three trim levels viz. the SR5, Limited and Platinum, the 2014 Toyota Sequoia comes fairly well equipped even at the base level. As the luxury quotient of the SUV rises up, in all its glory, a 2014 Toyota Sequoia offers features and comfort that are comparable to a lot of luxury sedans. The interiors sport fine quality material and elegant styling, thus balancing the truck based genesis of the SUV. The infotainment system has been upgraded for this model year and that remains the only change in the 2014 Toyota Sequoia as compared to the last model year.

For those who don’t feel much need of a vehicle as heavy duty as a 2014 Toyota Sequoia, there are other options available in the market, such as the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, which too, is a three row crossover. Or if you look for a vehicle even more powerful that the Sequoia, the 2014 Infiniti QX80 is more beastly, more luxurious and more athletic. However, the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is a perfect choice for old school SUV lovers.

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