2015 Toyota Prius C is still colorful, still gets 53 mpg [UPDATE]

2015 Toyota Prius C is still colorful, still gets 53 mpg [UPDATE]

November 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Budget , Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota UPDATE: A previous version of this story said the Toyota Prius C returned 53 miles per gallon on the highway and 46 mpg in the city. This is incorrect. The Prius C actually returns 53 mpg in the city and 46 on the highway. The text has been edited to reflect this. Few vehicles can match the affordable fuel economy of the $19,000, 53-mile-per-gallon Toyota Prius C , and that fact isn’t likely to change for 2015, as the Japanese company has issued a moderate refresh of its sub-compact hybrid. As mid-cycle refreshes go, this is a pretty standard affair, with a larger grille and tweaked LED headlights at the front of the Prius C, and more expressive taillights at the back. Toyota made some minor changes in the cabin, updating materials throughout, but not fiddling too much with the overall level of equipment. Aside from those modest changes, this is the same fuel-efficient five-door, retaining its 1.5-liter, 73-horsepower, 82-pound-foot four-cylinder, while an electric motor tosses in an extra 26 ponies, for a total system output of 99 horsepower. Along with the 53-mpg city rating, the C will return 46 mpg on the highway. Take a look below for the full press release from Toyota, and then be sure to check out the full gallery of live images, straight from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks

Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks

November 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , Technology , Toyota , Electric , Emissions Is there some rule that all cutting-edge, ultra-efficient or emissions-free vehicles need to look, uh, weird? No? Then would anyone care to explain the Toyota Mirai , a vehicle that for all it’s hugely, wildly promising technology, will forever be pigeonholed based on its odd styling? Looks aside, the Mirai represents a big gamble for Toyota , which isn’t only selling a hydrogen-powered car – a risky venture in itself – but teaming up with Air Liquide to build 12 hydrogen filling stations across the northeast . And once that’s done, it plans on leasing the $57,000 sedans for just $499 month , a figure that includes free hydrogen ( there is a reason for that, though ). Like we said, this is a big gamble. Of course, we still can’t get over its looks, which you can more closely analyze in our live gallery , available above. Have a glance. Continue reading Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

2015 Toyota Prius V gets updated looks and content

2015 Toyota Prius V gets updated looks and content

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Hybrid , Wagon , Toyota , Design/Style , Technology The Toyota Prius V is the most utilitarian member of the Prii family with a big jump in cargo space over the rest but maintaining the great fuel economy. For the 2015 model year, the company is giving the wagon an update with a big shift in front end styling and upgraded taillights to go with the revised look. Inside, customers also get a little new technology, as well. The biggest change up front is the reshaped headlights and new bumper that look almost identical to the recent restyling of the Prius + in Europe . Though, the latest parts might be a little polarizing and almost make the wagon look like it has gills at each corner. The top level Prius V Five trim also adds integrated foglights to the design and headlights with LEDs for the high and low beams. Toyota is offering three additional colors too: Attitude Black Metallic, Absolutely Red and Toasted Walnut Pearl. Inside, drivers can get a new, eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat on some models, and there’s now a 4.2-inch TFT screen situated between the gauges on the Three trim level and higher to display information like fuel economy, navigation instructions, climate control settings and more. The upper versions also get Toyota’s latest Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch high-res touchscreen with navigation. Finally, the Advanced Technology Package on the Five trim now includes Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beams.

Does Scion’s LA concept presage a US Auris?

Does Scion’s LA concept presage a US Auris?

October 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Wagon , Hatchback , Scion , Toyota When the doors open at the LA Auto Show in a few weeks, Scion will be on hand to showcase its new iM Concept . But considering what little Toyota’s youthful brand has revealed about the concept so far, it’s led to rampant speculation. And the prevailing wisdom seems to point towards a production iM arriving as a Scion-badged version of the Toyota Auris . For those unfamiliar, the Auris is to European (and other) markets essentially what the Matrix is ( was? ) to ours: a hatchback version of the Corolla . The model line was first introduced in 2006, looking in its first iteration like an overgrown version of the contemporary second-gen Yaris , and was replaced with the current model in 2012. It’s available as a five-door hatch or wagon, with a range of gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrains available. If the rumors – spurred by the similarity of the iM concept’s nose depicted in the teasers – prove accurate, and public reception to the idea ends up spurring Toyota to put it into action, it wouldn’t be the first overseas Toyota brought over as a Scion. The Scion iQ was sold as the Toyota iQ overseas years before it arrived here. Toyota and Scion are not, of course, the only automakers using such an arrangement to bring overseas models to the North American market in parallel to its US ones.

Toyota gunning for 200k RAV4 sales per year

Toyota gunning for 200k RAV4 sales per year

December 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , LA Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota Toyota just unveiled the 2013 RAV4 at the 2012 LA Auto Show , and according to a report in Ward’s Auto , the automaker already has high hopes for strong sales of its new model. Bill Fay, Toyota’s vice president of marketing, is expecting sales of 200,000 units in 2013 – a jump over the projected 170,000 RAV4 models expected to be delivered in 2012. Since 2008, the RAV4 has never sold anything close to 200,000 units; the model’s best year in recent times was 2010 when 170,877 models were moved. But with this all-new 2013 model, Toyota is hoping to capture a larger chunk of younger buyers – folks who might normally look at the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 . “It has an awful lot of capability for the younger buyer, so we’re hoping to get a little more share of that,” Fay told Ward’s Auto . In addition to completely new styling and better refinement, the RAV4 loses its V6 option for 2013. The only engine offered will be Toyota’s 2.5-liter inline-four, good for 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, and able to achieve highway fuel economy as high as 31 miles per gallon when paired with front-wheel drive. The 2013 RAV4 hits dealerships in January. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date. Toyota gunning for 200k RAV4 sales per year originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:29:00 EST.

Another big batch of redesigned Toyota RAV4 photos leaks out

Another big batch of redesigned Toyota RAV4 photos leaks out

November 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota The floodgates have opened. A slew of new 2014 Toyota RAV4 photos have hit the web hot on the heels of yesterday’s leaked shots. These new images give us a better idea of what the CUV will look like inside and out. While we’re told full details will be released tomorrow, word has it the RAV4 will make use of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower, though buyers may also be able to opt for a 3.5-liter V6 good for 268 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission is a likely choice for gear-swapping duties, and while base models will feature a front-wheel-drive configuration, all-wheel drive will also be available. Yesterday, a spokesperson with Toyota said the company could neither confirm nor deny the validity of leaked RAV4 images. We’re guessing the company will hold that line right up until the press conference at the 2012 LA Auto show . Another big batch of redesigned Toyota RAV4 photos leaks out originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2013 Toyota RAV4 loses V6, gains technology and utility

2013 Toyota RAV4 loses V6, gains technology and utility

November 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota Toyota , after a week of refusing to confirm or deny the validity of leaked RAV4 images , rolled out its all-new compact crossover under the lights of the LA Auto Show today. And, as is often the case in this industry, the real deal looks just like it did in those unconfirmed pictures. Yet there was more to learn than just confirming its new styling. As many suspected, Toyota will no longer offer six-cylinder power for the RAV4. The automaker announced that the standard powerplant will be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (rated at 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque) mated to a new six-speed automatic. Consumers will again be offered a choice between front- and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates are 24 mpg city/31 highway (FWD) and 22 mpg city/29 mpg (AWD). Some other notable details include the elimination of the RAV4’s side-hinged rear door and signature spare tire. It has been replaced with a rear liftgate (a space-saver spare is now stored beneath the cargo floor) to improve convenience and space. Standard features on all models include a Display Audio with a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen (with backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity), privacy glass and full power accessories.

Another big batch of redesign Toyota RAV4 photos leaks out

Another big batch of redesign Toyota RAV4 photos leaks out

November 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota The floodgates have opened. A slew of new 2014 Toyota RAV4 photos have hit the web hot on the heels of yesterday’s leaked shots. These new images give us a better idea of what the CUV will look like inside and out. While we’re told full details will be released tomorrow, word has it the RAV4 will make use of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower, though buyers may also be able to opt for a 3.5-liter V6 good for 268 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission is a likely choice for gear-swapping duties, and while base models will feature a front-wheel-drive configuration, all-wheel drive will also be available. Yesterday, a spokesperson with Toyota said the company could neither confirm nor deny the validity of leaked RAV4 images. We’re guessing the company will hold that line right up until the press conference at the 2012 LA Auto show . Another big batch of redesign Toyota RAV4 photos leaks out originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2014 Toyota RAV4 leaks out *UPDATE

2014 Toyota RAV4 leaks out *UPDATE

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota Toyota is ready to unveil the 2014 RAV4 at this year’s LA Auto Show later this week, but it appears a few photos of the new crossover have already hit the web. The crew at CarStyleBlog.com has gotten its hands on a small batch of interior and exterior shots that seem to detail the new Honda CR-V fighter. The site also has a few images of a lightly camouflaged version in what looks to be a production facility, complete with interior photos as well. Judging by the teaser video we’ve already seen, this looks to be the real deal. Buyers can expect to find substantially updated aesthetics inside and out. We’ve reached out to Toyota to confirm whether or not these photos are genuine. We’ll update this post as soon as we hear back. Word has it Toyota will abandon the V6 engine option in favor of a more efficient four-cylinder for 2014. Likewise, engineers have scrapped the old four-speed automatic transmission for a six-speed unit. Otherwise, details are scarce.

2013 Toyota RAV4 teased ahead of LA debut

2013 Toyota RAV4 teased ahead of LA debut

November 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Videos , Crossover , Toyota We’ll get our first glimpse of the all-new 2013 Toyota RAV4 at the Los Angeles Auto Show in a couple of weeks (unless the new crossover falls victim to a case of internet leakage), and to keep our interest piqued, Toyota has released this brief teaser video for its new small CUV. There really isn’t a whole lot to be seen in the video, save a few quick glimpses of the new car including the headlight/grille shot you see above. To hear Toyota tell it, the 2013 RAV4 is “a new generation rewriting the rules of style, embodying sophistication and strength – a dynamism that adapts to the changing pace of life.” Whatever that means. We’ve spied the 2013 RAV4 on a couple of occasions now, and even in its heavily camouflaged state, we can see that its design will indeed follow that of the 2012 Camry . As for other details surrounding the new model, we don’t have anything concrete. Powertrains are expected to be of the four-cylinder variety (including a possible hybrid), and new technology like Toyota’s Entune system will likely be worked into the redesigned interior. Stay tuned for the full details at the end of November, and scroll down to watch the 40-second teaser video for yourself. Continue reading 2013 Toyota RAV4 teased ahead of LA debut 2013 Toyota RAV4 teased ahead of LA debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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