When your brand mate is the most prolific hybrid vehicle in the world you know at some point the hybrid powertrain will make its way to your lineup. This is the case for the new Toyota RAV4 which enters its third generation on the market in 2016 with new updates and a hybrid powertrain for us to enjoy. This new system will be the gasoline electric Hybrid Synergy Drive system that has been developed by Toyota. This is a system that will primarily drive the front wheels and offer AWD as an on-demand feature that is standard for this powertrain which will engage an electric motor in the rear when the AWD is needed.
For years cars have gotten heavier because the new technology installed adds more heft to a vehicle, especially when you add a battery pack to a hybrid. In the past few years many automakers have worked to bring some of these weights down for the purpose of maximizing power and adding more fuel efficiency. You can enjoy more from a car with lower weight from every aspect, more power, more performance and certainly better fuel mileage and automakers can offer you smaller engines to increase the fuel mileage even more. To go along with that when a car is lighter and has turbochargers attached to the engine the horsepower can match higher cylinder numbers with smaller engines, giving us the best of both worlds. Read more
Like it or not it’s really hard to sell the Corolla as anything more than it actually is and that is a commuter car. The Corolla is great as a car that works well for the carpool or makes for a comfortable and fuel efficient ride that is perfect for anyone who needs a great car for traveling around the country and their job requires many miles of driving. For the driver the Corolla can be one of the best places to sit for long periods of time, but if you expect this car to win races or take corners at high speeds you need to look elsewhere for the excitement you seek.
Even though most of us don’t think about the Corolla gaining any benefit from the Prius, they are both made by Toyota and what Prius adds to the Corolla is the benefit of being an extremely efficient car. The Corolla has been a leader in its class and comes in for 2016 offering more space in the back seat to give us what we want in the car, which is space that matches up well with the fuel efficiency we already enjoy. Showing up in a class that includes the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and others, the Corolla is a sensible choice that can be fun to drive. Read more
Is it a stud or is it a dud? That is as simple as the question gets but for many automakers this is what faces them when they are ready to take a car from concept to production. The idea behind a particular car is sometimes more enticing and alluring than the car itself. Other times we see production models that have too many problems right from the start, causing the manufacturer to need to go back and try again. There are still several auto shows yet to take place this year and many of the concepts offered may be case studies that are being done to gauge reaction while others are possibly the answer an automaker thinks they have for previous problems. Take a look at these concepts that turned out to be duds and see if you see a few duds coming out of the upcoming auto shows. Read more
We are in the midst of what could easily prove to be the single largest US auto sales year in history. If trends are correct the US market will hit 17.7 million units sold before the calendar turns to 2016 which is simply amazing considering only a few years ago the industry was struggling to project even 10 million. This is of course new car sales and doesn’t account for the certified preowned or other markets, which is even larger, but with such amazing sales we can certainly appreciate the awesome numbers we are seeing right now. Read more
Why has the Toyota Tacoma been the same truck for nearly a decade? Because nothing else has challenged its dominance in the midsized truck segment for that time. After the big three Toyota is the best-selling truck maker in the industry with a huge lead over Nissan. With no midsize offering from Ford or GM for several years the Tacoma was able to continually be the leader when its next competitor was the Nissan Frontier. This meant only keeping up with the new tech that was going in and Toyota could keep using the same platform and building the same truck over that time. Read more
In a class of vehicles that easily sees more sales than any other segment in the entire market each year the sedan class is one of the most competitive and hardest segments of vehicles to keep updated and properly refreshed. In this class of vehicles the Honda Accord has been one of the most popular models for many years and across several generations in order to give us a car that has been a favorite of the daily commute. This mid-cycle refresh now offers a more advanced technology package than ever before and brought safety to the forefront of its focus along with an improved driving dynamics.
We keep getting bombarded with the latest in automotive technology. Apple has introduced CarPlay, Android has Android Auto, AT&T has announced the connected car, Google has built an autonomous prototype car, and simpler things like infotainment centers, and other car gadgets keep evolving at epic proportions. So is gesture based software in our automobiles the next big thing to hit the automotive market? Read more
What do you do when with the best-selling sedan? You find a way to improve it, offers something that may be limited, and give it some treatments that just might drive some great sales of a trim level that will easily entice and excite the public. With Toyota you know this is the direction they have gone with something new and interesting for the Camry. This new version will allow a select number of 2016 Camry owners to take full advantage of what Toyota can offer on this great new car and have bragging rights over their coworkers and neighbors who were not quite so fortunate with their Camry selection. Read more