2015 Toyota Yaris 5-door

Mar 31st
Among the more memorable advertising slogans of recent years—at least to us—was the “It’s a car!” tagline that Toyota attached to its 2012 Yaris, which was initially advertised exclusively online. Here was pure truth in advertising, with absolutely zero overstatement. It should have won an award.At the same time, the sleeping giants that are Toyota’s design and engineering departments were…
2015 Toyota Yaris 5-door

Mar 27th
The midcycle refresh is aimed at keeping a vehicle line on shopping lists until the next major makeover. It’s often confined to cosmetics, but there are times when the investment would be more effective upgrading elements of the car that are invisible but tangible.Case in point: the 2015 Toyota Yaris. It does a fair impression of being a new car…
2017 Toyota Corolla IM

Mar 26th
Those paying attention will recognize this snappy-looking compact hatchback, sold overseas as the Toyota Auris, as the same car that made its U.S. debut badged as the 2016 Scion iM. Soon after the iM appeared in showrooms, the Scion brand was snuffed out, so it has been absorbed into the bosom of Mother Toyota as a 2017 Corolla variant.It adds…
2016 Toyota Mirai

Mar 21st
Mirai is Japanese for “the future.” This is Toyota’s way of saying that its sedan most resembling SpongeBob SquarePants on a skateboard runs on hydrogen and produces no emissions. The Mirai is the first fuel-cell car offered for sale, not just lease. (The conceptually similar Honda FCX Clarity and Hyundai Tucson FCEV remain corporate property through and after the duration…
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Mar 2nd
Low gas prices have begotten hard times for hybrids. Even today’s most efficient gas-electrics—the Toyota Prius, the Kia Niro, and the Hyundai Ioniq—don’t pencil against less efficient but much less expensive nonhybrid counterparts in the same general class. And those are hybrids that top 50 mpg. The Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV is in an even tougher spot, given that its…
2016 Toyota Corolla

Feb 29th
Despite the Toyota Corolla’s sensible-if-dull persona and minimal evolution since its last overhaul in 2014, the compact sedan’s 363,332 U.S. sales last year show that it remains a popular transportation commodity. While fancier S variants attempt to up the Corolla’s fun factor with a slightly sportier chassis tune and some visual accessories, that model has previously failed to impress us…
2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Feb 29th
A decade ago, Toyota added a gas-electric hybrid powertrain to its best-selling Camry mid-size sedan. It offered 34 mpg combined, according to the EPA, 10 mpg better than the conventionally powered Camry four-cylinder and with minimal compromise in cargo space or comfort. Other manufacturers quickly joined the hybrid mid-size-sedan class, but few could keep up with the Camry’s straight-A grades…
2016 Toyota RAV4

Feb 27th
With its 2016 mid-cycle enhancement of the fourth-generation RAV4 that was introduced in 2013, Toyota has expanded the appeal of the range to both environmentalists and enthusiasts alike. For those whose mien leans green, there’s the new RAV4 hybrid we recently reviewed; for those more interested in driving satisfaction, there’s the machine shown here, the new RAV4 SE.While the SE…
2016 Toyota Avalon

Feb 26th
Whereas hybrid powertrains are relatively common among mid-size family sedans (including the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and even the latest Chevrolet Malibu), go up one level and they’re suddenly very hard to find. There’s no hybrid version of the Ford Taurus, the Dodge Charger, the Chevrolet Impala, or the Nissan Maxima. The Buick LaCrosse offers the “eAssist” mild-hybrid…
2017 Toyota Sienna

Feb 23rd
In the face of fresher competition from Chrysler and a new version of the Honda Odyssey, the Toyota Sienna remains a popular choice, as Toyota’s well-earned reputation for reliability is a compelling notion for buyers of a hard-use vehicle like a minivan. There’s also the fact that Toyota has strived to keep the Sienna in the hunt.For 2017, that effort…
2017 Toyota Tundra

Feb 17th
Back in 1961, oil geologist Robert Liscomb discovered a large fossil in the Alaskan tundra. A year later Liscomb perished in a rock slide, and his fossil sat in a Shell warehouse until the early 1980s, when it was rediscovered and sent off to the United States Geological Survey. There, scientists determined that it was indeed a dinosaur bone, triggering…
2017 Toyota 86

Feb 16th
Although the FR-S nameplate is dead, euthanized by Toyota along with the whole Scion brand, the vehicle lives on as the 2017 Toyota 86—the same moniker the car has always carried in several markets outside of the United States. Further muddying its identity, the 86’s name change coincides with a mid-cycle refresh it shares with its mechanical twin, the 2017…