Tag: Toyota

How old is your car? DC ranks high for keeping cars 15 years or more

WASHINGTON — Nationwide, the average length of vehicle ownership is at nearly seven years and rising, but in the D.C region, many drivers are keeping cars even longer. New and used vehicle marketplace and automotive research firm iSeeCars ranks Washington No. 9 among cities for long-term vehicle ownership. It says 11.4 percent of original owners have […]

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Junkyard Find: 1986 Toyota Tercel Wagon

Used-up examples of the 1983-1987 Toyota Tercel wagon (known as the Sprinter Carib in its homeland) still show up in junkyards today, but nearly all of them are the four-wheel-drive versions; the humble front-wheel-drive ones weren’t as desirable (once they became beaters, hoopties, and/or buckets) and mostly got crushed a […]

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Video: Toyota Touts ‘Sound of Supra’ in the Latest in a Never-ending Cavalcade of Teasers

I’ve reached a point where Toyota’s non-stop procession of Supra teasers has made me dead to the world… or so I thought. Since this summer, covering the Supra has become a chore, all thanks to Toyota’s absolute lack of restraint in preemptive marketing. I went from being enthralled — excitedly telling everyone […]

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Junkyard Find: 1984 Toyota Van

When Chrysler had such a smash hit with the K-derived minivans of the 1980s, Toyota USA needed some kind of family hauler bigger than the Cressida, Camry, and Tercel wagons. The solution, from the perspective of the suits in Aichi, was obvious: Americanize the TownAce mid-engined van and ship it […]

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Track Edition of Refreshed Lexus RC F to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

While Lexus has cranked out a few impressive sporting models over its lifetime, “performance” is not a term that’s synonymous with the brand. Instead, Lexus seems to evoke words like “reliability,” “luxury,” and “high resale values” from the collective consumer mindscape. However, the brand does do dynamics. You can log […]

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Next-generation Toyota Corolla Sedan to Bow in China

If you lose sleep this weekend, we’ll know why. Toyota plans to debut its next-generation Corolla sedan at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition on November 16th, completing a product revamp that began with this year’s introduction of the Corolla Hatch (formerly Corolla iM, formerly Scion iM). It’s expected the sedan, […]

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Upwards, Downwards: The Prices of Two Very Different Toyotas Head in Opposite Directions for 2019

It’ll be a sad day when Toyota parts ways with the 4Runner SUV, but at the present moment there’s no plan to strike the long-running, body-on-frame model from the lineup. You will, however, pay more to get behind the wheel of the 2019 4Runner’s ballsiest variant. At the extreme opposite end of the size scale, […]

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Toyota and Honda Have Good Reason Not to Abandon Sedans

Ford’s already brought the axe down on all but one of its car models, and General Motors looks ready to do the same. Other automakers, however, know that ditching sedans would mean abandoning key groups of customers. For Toyota and Honda, models like the Camry and Civic resonate far more among some demographics, and leaving […]

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Toyota Mulling a Different Kind of Small Hybrid – the Fun Kind

We’re a long way from any kind of confirmation, but Toyota’s upcoming Corolla Hatch could become something you’d want to toss around — assuming top brass listen to the brand’s chief engineer. With the Corolla iM hatch giving way later this summer to a vastly improved five-door that ditches the Scion-era “iM” designation, the automaker […]

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Unorthodox Flavor: A Nissan-Powered AE86

AE86 Praise for the AE86 as a chassis seems to be unending. Some people hold them in such high regard because of certain legendary drivers or iconic media, while others swear by them based off their experiences alone. Regardless of whether you like them or not, you’ll most certainly understand why they are coveted the […]

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Grab picks up $2 billion more to fuel growth in post-Uber Southeast Asia

Grab, the ride-hailing service that struck a deal to take Uber out of Southeast Asia, has pulled in $2 billion in new capital as it seeks to go beyond ride-hailing to offer more on-demand services. The $2 billion figure includes a $1 billion investment from Toyota which was announced in June, and it sees a […]

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2018 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 TRD Sport Review – Man About Town

2018 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 TRD Sport 3.5-liter V6 (278 horsepower @ 6,000 RPM; 265 lb-ft @ 4,600 RPM) Six-speed automatic, four-wheel drive 18 city / 22 highway / 20 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 13.2 city, 10.7 highway, 12.1 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km) Observed: 20.8 MPG (11.3 L/100km) Base Price: $33,140(U.S) / $43,650 (Canada) As Tested: […]

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Go-Jek kicks off Southeast Asia expansion with Vietnam launch

Go-Jek, the Indonesia-based ride-sharing company valued at $5 billion, has begun its ambitious plan to increase its rivalry with Grab by expanding into three new markets after it opened shop in Vietnam. The service — which is known as Go-Viet — covers an initial 12 districts in Ho Chi Minh City with a motorbike on-demand service. Rival […]

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A Foul Wind Blows… From the Toyota Camry’s Dash Vents, Lawsuit Claims

Toyota might have another stinky legal problem on its hands. A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in the US. District Court for the Southern District of Florida claims the automaker committed fraud by failing to properly address an HVAC problem that leaves Camry cabins in an unpleasantly scented state. Condensation is the culprit in this issue, […]

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Not Giving Up: Toyota Wants Mass-produced Mirai FCVs, Longer Range

Despite it being the most abundant element in the world — but one of the hardest fuels to source — automakers aren’t giving up on hydrogen. That group includes Toyota, which launched the world’s best-selling hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, in 2015. Early this year, the 3,000th U.S. Mirai found its way to the driveway of […]

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