2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

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Remember when the Camry was the poster child of mobile conservatism? Its sole mission was to provide roomy, comfortable, reliable transportation to people who purposely wanted to attract as little attention as possible. Camry owners can't fly under the radar anymore. The only four-door sedan in the mainstream volume sector with a more conspicuous grille is the slightly larger Toyota Avalon that ... Read More

2017 Toyota Corolla Sedan XSE

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What is it about style? Why are most of us so susceptible to it? When the current 11th-generation Corolla was introduced in 2013 for the 2014 model year it was considered the most stylish car in its class. I was shocked by a progressive design that even made base models look both classy and sporty at a premium level, aided by complex standard LED headlamps and taillights. In comparison, previous ... Read More

2017 Toyota Corolla iM

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If asked to select new models for last year's car of the year awards, I would've put Scion's iM at the top of my list. I've always been more impressed by inexpensive practical cars done well than luxury sport models charging pricey premiums, and the iM did everything asked of it very well indeed. For 2017 it's mostly carryover except for two important features, the badge on the grille and a host ... Read More

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD

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Still my favorite midsize crossover from a styling perspective, the Highlander will soon get upgraded for the 2017 model year with a bolder, deeper and edgier version of the current grille, plus modified headlights, taillights and body panels, and a new direct-and-port-injected 3.5-liter V6 with as yet undisclosed output figures, not to mention a more efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. ... Read More

2016 Toyota Prius Three Touring

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Toyota's Prius has looked more or less the same since its second-generation was ushered in way back in 2003. Certainly Toyota updated it, with the third-gen model getting a revised nose and tail in 2009 and a mid-cycle refresh modifying the lower front fascia in 2011, but generally speaking its been the same wedge-like doorstop shape for 13 years, that is until now. Enter the 2016 Toyota Prius, a ... Read More

2016 Toyota RAV4 LE

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As a journalist, I've always wondered how someone can cross over to the "dark" side of automaker public relations, or worse, politics. If I ever found myself writing spin for an auto brand or on stage talking up the merits of a new model (and to be transparent I've been offered PR positions before) I think I'd like to work for Toyota as there's very little need to get flowery with the facts, ... Read More

2016 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 Double Cab V6 Limited

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There are a lot of reasons why Toyota is number one in mid-size pickup truck sales, and while rugged good looks, capability, durability, reliability and owner satisfaction are indeed high up on the list, you can't discount its longevity in the marketplace either. The Taco, as fans like to call it, had its 20th birthday this year, arriving on the light truck scene in 1995, and that was after 20 ... Read More

2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Limited

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This might only be a mid-cycle refresh on paper, but the RAV4’s frontal styling is radically new for 2016. This model year also represents the first time Toyota's offered its Hybrid Synergy Drive system in a compact SUV, and all I can say is it's about ruddy time. No, they're not exactly late to the party. Hard to believe considering hybrids have been with us for more than a decade and a half, ... Read More

2016 Toyota Camry XLE

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If current Camry sales are any indication, people really like the way the new model looks. After only 11 months it's already close to last year's final tally and may actually surpass it before the year is out. Now moving into its second model year after its extensive mid-cycle update, it still looks fresh and unique. The new Camry's deep front grille is almost aggressive in its visual ... Read More

2016 Toyota Avalon Limited

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I want to let you in on a secret. Last year only 60,063 Americans either already knew about this and came back for more or had an "aha!" moment and drove away a winner. Maybe it was you and now you're checking out this review for verification that you made the right choice. Of course, you already know you did and that’s why you smile every time you see a loaded Camry XLE driver pass by and grin ... Read More

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