Posts Tagged ‘Future Toyota Models’
July 22nd, 2012
With the Ford Ranger now no longer offered for U.S. sale, the Toyota Tacoma is our new favorite among compact pickups. Many buyers simply don’t need a fullsize truck, finding a smaller vehicle like the Tacoma will save fuel and parking headaches while living up to their work-a-day needs. The Tacoma carries over for 2013, but Toyota keeps things interesting with a few key changes.
First, a big upgrade in the audio department: all 2013 models now come standard with the brand’s excellent touchscreen 6.1-inch Display Audio system, with easy connections for iPod and Bluetooth. Daytime running lamps now come standard as well.
The Limited Package, available on DoubleCab 4×4 and PreRunner models, adds Display Audio with Entune and JBL for a more fully-featured infotainment experience, plus SofTex heated leatherette upholstery, rear sliding privacy glass, a HomeLink rearview mirror, 18-inch chrome wheels and special trim and badging.
The TRD Sport Package has been discontinued, though Toyota will presumably continue to offer the new-for-2012 offroad-minded Tacoma T/X models, including the extreme TRD T/X Baja.
Pricing starts at $17,520 for the 4×2 Regular Cab (plus $845 in destination), topping out at $28,090 for the DoubleCab 4×4 Long Bed with automatic transmission. Production begins this August.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Quick Facts
Base MSRP Price: $17,520
Release Date: August 2012
Engines: 2.7-liter four-cylinder (159 hp, 180 lb-ft. torque); 4.0-liter V6 (236 hp, 260 lb-ft. torque)
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic
Drivetrain: RWD or 4WD
MPG: Up to 21 city/25 highway mpg
Body Styles: Regular Cab, Access Cab, DoubleCab
Bed Lengths: 73.5 inches (Regular, Access, DoubleCab Long Bed), 60.3 inches (DoubleCab)
Towing Capacity: Up to 6,300 lbs.
July 17th, 2012
Toyota has dropped the four-cylinder engine option on its comfortable and spacious Sienna minivan for the 2013 model year, leaving the brand’s fine 3.5-liter V6 making 266 horsepower as the sole engine choice. Before you get your green feathers all ruffled, note that in the 2012 model, both engines provide an identical 21 combined mpg. Predictably, pricing will go up significantly to go along with the new more-powerful standard engine, rising $1,390 to a new base MSRP of $26,450 (plus destination).
Otherwise, the Sienna is mostly a carryover, though we do see a few interior upgrades: LE models see new easy-to-clean fabric seats with an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and a 4-way power adjustable passenger seat, plus 3-zone automatic climate control. Blind Spot Monitoring now comes standard on the Limited, and is optional on the SE and XLE.
2013 Toyota Sienna Fuel Efficiency
FWD: 18 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg
AWD: 17 city/23 highway/19 combined mpg
Northern buyers: the Sienna is still the only minivan on offer with available all-wheel drive for added safety and surefooted handling in poor weather. The 2013 Sienna will go on sale in August.
July 16th, 2012
The Toyota Corolla is the world’s all-time best-selling vehicle for good reason, bringing ultra-reliable daily transportation to a comfortable and carefree compact sedan. Though at 27 city/34 highway mpg it no longer leads the fuel efficiency pack, the Corolla is still inexpensive, relatively good on gas and features a couple of key changes to keep things interesting for 2013.
Visually the Corolla has a new grille design this year, with upscale LE models receiving added chrome accents for that luxury look. LE and S models now come standard with Toyota’s Display Audio System with six speakers. Here you’ll find Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming support, a USB/iPod jack with integrated iPod control and a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Toyota’s Entune smartphone pairing infotainment system with navigation is an optional add-on.
Pricing goes up ever so slightly for 2013, now ringing in between $16,230 for the 5-speed manual “L” to $19,060 for the “S” grade with a four-speed automatic (plus $795 destination). The new Corolla should hit the streets this August.
2013 Toyota Corolla Quick Facts
Base MSRP Price: $16,230-$19,060 (+$795 Destination)
Release Date: August 2012 (Estimated)
Engine: 1.8-liter VVT-i four-cylinder (132 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
Fuel Efficiency: 27 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg
Seating: 5 passengers
Cargo Capacity: 12.3 cu.ft.
February 22nd, 2012
The 2012 Toyota Prius c is all set to release this month, bringing greater affordability to the Prius line in a smaller, lighter and dare we say better-looking package. The subcompact hybrid hatch can boast the best city fuel economy of any car without a plug (53 mpg), and matches the 2012 Prius Liftback’s 50 combined city/highway mpg.
Autoblog testers recently put the Prius c through a full road test, and found the car to be just a bit more engaging to drive than the standard Prius, lighter on its feet though still pokey to accelerate and not exactly a sports car in the corners. Most Prius c shoppers don’t care much about 0-60 times and should be pleased with the car’s upscale interior, which features Toyota’s new Entune voice-activated and data-connected infotainment system.
At under $20,000 including destination the c should open up the Prius line to a whole new group of buyers as the garden variety Prius has crept up in price over the years. Those who bite the bullet will be rewarded with a highly efficient and attractive hatchback that brings a bit of driving fun to a ho-hum segment. But not too much.
Fuel Efficiency: 53 city/46 highway/50 combined mpg
Hybrid Powertrain: 1.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (99 peak combined horsepower)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive, CVT transmission
0-60: 11.5 seconds
Seating: 5 passengers
Curb Weight: 2,500 lbs.
Cargo Capacity: 17.1 cu. ft.
Base Price: $18,950 + $760 destination
Release Date: March 2012
January 11th, 2012
Toyota’s new Prius c subcompact hybrid hatchback broke cover at the Detroit Auto Show, a compelling new addition to the Prius lineup that now also includes the Prius hatch, Prius V MPV and Prius Plug-in range-extending hybrid. The c is around the size of the new Toyota Yaris, but features high-end standard and available features in an attractive, high-tech interior to go along with its thrifty powertrain.
Fuel efficiency is rated at 53 city/46 highway/50 combined mpg for the highest city mpg of any production car without a plug. The cheeky little subcompact won’t be a speed demon, though: a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder and electric motor mate in Hybrid Synergy Drive to output a combined 99 peak horsepower. That isn’t much, but at just 2,500 lbs. the Prius c should make the most of every horse. Toyota promises a more-engaging driving experience than the standard Prius.
Pricing will start at under $19,000 when the Prius c sees its release date this coming March.