Pros Smooth Practical Cheap to run Cons Dull to drive Poor infotainment Limited towing ability Large estate cars have largely disappeared from top-selling lists, but smaller estate models based on popular family hatchbacks have remained more popular. Even against the onslaught of crossovers and SUVs flooding the market, models like the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports can prove enticing, and for good reason. Being lower to the ground and often lighter than SUVs, small estate cars are often more fun to drive and cheaper to run, all while offering just as much boot space. Some versions like the Touring Sports Trek even get a rugged look and handy features like roof rails for mounting bikes and roof boxes. It's a hotly…
When we took delivery of our long-term 2021 Toyota Venza, we asked ourselves if luxury could be mainstream. With its upscale exterior design and polished interior, the Venza could easily be confused for a Lexus, but its attractive price says otherwise. After 12 months with us, the Venza delivered comfort and luxury in a compelling and affordable package. As a midsize two-row SUV, the Venza sits between the RAV4 and Highlander in Toyota's SUV lineup, but as a hybrid-only SUV, it plays a different game in its segment. Some of the competition includes the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Volkswagen Atlas, Chevrolet Blazer, and Honda Passport, with every player tackling the segment in its own way. Whereas Toyota took the…
The Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover SUV with great styling and equipment, while offering a gem of a plug-in hybrid called the Prime. For 2022 the interior and styling have been tweaked, namely with upholstery and headlight changes. The base engine is a 203-hp inline-4, which does the job although it’s raucous when pressed hard. But it shifts smoothly, and the handling of the RAV4 isn’t boring. Things get interesting with the 219-hp Hybrid, with its battery pack and electric motor; it sacrifices almost nothing to the driving experience. And things grow to be downright compelling with the 302-hp Prime, which uses a big battery pack to accelerate to 60 mph in less than six seconds, while still providing…
Overview Toyota has a history of capable off-road SUVs, from the FJ Cruiser to the 4Runner to the luxurious Land Cruiser. While the Land Cruiser is leaving the American market starting in 2022 and the FJ Cruiser hasn’t been sold here since 2014, Toyota is intent on staying competitive in the off-road space as the market transitions to electric vehicles, and will launch a tough compact electric SUV in the coming years. Previewed by the Compact Cruiser EV concept, the SUV will get boxy styling and rugged bumpers and body cladding. Very little is known about the electric powertrain, but the instant torque of electric motors should make it decently quick and adept at navigating rough terrain. What's New for…
Bold new electric SUV from Toyota with 280-mile range At a glance New price £41,950 - £51,950 Lease from new From £526 p/mView lease deals Used price £34,530 - £45,100 Used monthly cost From £862 per month Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards View pre-2017 economy specs PROS Two- and four-wheel drive available Industry-leading warranty Big model range, good value CONS Driving range could be longer No high-performance version There's still a wait to buy one The bZ4X is Toyota's first purpose-designed electric car, and joins the fastest growing market sector – the electric SUV. It's underpinned by an all-new platform co-developed with Subaru, and the headline figures are its claimed 280-mile range and super-long warranty covers its battery…
Toyota has been making hybrids for well over 20 years, but the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra's i-Force Max hybrid powertrain is something new, at least for Toyota. While Toyota's other hybrids (most notably the Prius) use a parallel system (where a gasoline engine and two electric motor-generators connect to a planetary gearset transmission), the i-Force Max—which will also serve as the sole powertrain for the upcoming 2023 Sequoia—is a series system, sandwiching a 48-hp electric motor between a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-6 and a traditional 10-speed automatic transmission. Why the change? According to Toyota, one limitation of the parallel approach is that it cannot deliver continuous maximum torque to the ground because the engine must always route some of its power…
Overview The Toyota Sequoia has always been a full-size, three-row SUV based on the same platform as the Tundra pickup truck, and that won’t change with the new generation set to arrive for the 2023 model year. The new model looks to be far more modern than the outdated second-generation Sequoia it replaces, which has been around for more than a decade. It should use the Tundra’s twin-turbo V-6 and is likely to offer the same iForce MAX hybrid powertrain as an option. Inside, we expect to see a large touchscreen with the latest software, along with a spacious cabin with space for up to eight passengers. This should all help the Sequoia be more competitive with rivals such as…
The Toyota Tundra is old. How old? It's so old, when it was introduced, the Dead Sea was just getting sick. It's so old, if you park one outside an antiques store, people will try to buy it. It's so old, it was introduced in 2007. Which is, uh, 14 years ago. The fact that Toyota still sells more than 100,000 Tundras a year is a testament to the effort it expended on that mid-2000s redesign—a 381-hp V-8 was killer then and still relevant now. But it's (long past) time for an update, and so the 2022 Tundra gets a thorough overhaul that sets Toyota up for another long production run. Maybe not 14 years this time, though. Gone is…
Overview Toyota has a history of capable off-road SUVs, from the FJ Cruiser to the 4Runner to the luxurious Land Cruiser. While the Land Cruiser is leaving the American market starting in 2022 and the FJ Cruiser hasn’t been sold here since 2014, Toyota is intent on staying competitive in the off-road space as the market transitions to electric vehicles, and will launch a tough compact electric SUV in the coming years. Previewed by the Compact Cruiser EV concept, the SUV will get boxy styling and rugged bumpers and body cladding. Very little is known about the electric powertrain, but the instant torque of electric motors should make it decently quick and adept at navigating rough terrain. What's New for…
We put the baby Supra through our testing regimen to see how it stacks up. Drive enough cars, and you come to realize the biggest and most powerful versions aren't necessarily the best. In fact, many of history's most celebrated cars have prioritized a balanced driving experience over outright power and speed. We wondered if this would be the case with the 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0, the entry-level version of Toyota's recently resurrected sports car. The Equipment The 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 is so named because it is powered by a BMW-sourced, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine developing a punchy 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Before you jump to call it underpowered, we managed to hit 60 mph…
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