Posts tagged "Toyota"

2015 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD - Snow Days Dancer - Video Road Test

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“SNOW DAYS” imply that kids catch a break from school. Because roads are, at a minimum, slightly impassable. Forcing Mom or Dad to come up with a clever indoor activity plan. Lest they be driven “up the walls.” Last Monday, Chicago got its first “Snow Day” of this winter season. It came on the heels... Read more »

2015 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition 4x4 - At Home In Its Biome - Review

Out of "Good Ole San Antone'" comes the the 2015 Toyota Tundra half-ton pickup truck. Re-designed for 2014, the top-of-the-line 1794 Edition 4x4 comes standard in crew-max cab and standard 5.5 foot bed configuration.<br> <br>While pricing for a base edition Tundra 4x2 starts at $29,120, a fully loaded Tundra 1794 Edition with four-wheel drive, lists at just under $50,000.<br>
Riding the “Tail of the Dragon”  in the redesigned 2015 Toyota Tundra may have made “Drive…He Said” queasy. On Chicago’s very own “Yukon Trail” [short for this past "Winter of 2013-2014"] the Tundra made getting around pretty easy. (For a refresher of what that LOOKED like, please see the images below.) Go, Stop and Tow:... Read more »

2014 Scion FR-S - Tangerine Drift Dream - Review

Starting at $24,700, the 2014 Scion FR-S 2+2 rear drive sports coupe, done-up in Hot Lava, is a tangerine drift dream.
WANTED: -  ONE front-engine, rear drive 2+2 coupe sports car that won’t break the bank and can drift with the best of them. REPLY: - ONE Hot Lava 2014 Scion FR-S (Front engine, Rear-wheel drive – Sport) COMMISSIONED: -  by Toyota, in a nod to the AE86 Corolla GT-S, hence the GT86 model name outside... Read more »

Who Doesn't Like a Test Drive? - Toyota Brings It to Bolingbrook This Weekend

Who Doesn't Like a Test Drive? - Toyota Brings It to Bolingbrook This Weekend
          WHAT:  Toyota Drive Center brings new versions of their 4Runner, Camry, Highlander, Tacoma and Tundra for test drives. WHERE:  Bass Pro Shops parking lot [at the Promenade]: 709 Janes Ave. in Bolingbrook, Illinois WHEN:  June 19, 2014 12 pm – 6pm; June 20 – 22, 2014 10 am – 6... Read more »

2014 Subaru Forester + 2014 Toyota RAV4 AWD - DHS Compact Crossover Comparison

(TOP) 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i is far less the "box" it used to be. Though, the engine remains boxer in layout. Starting at $22,000 with 5-speed manual, a loaded Touring model with optional Eye-Sight Collision Avoidance runs $33,220.<br> <br> (BOTTOM): Swept back front of 2014 Toyota RAV4 makes it RAD4! In XLE AWD trim with Navigation the MSRP is $27,580<br>
What’s not to love about the compact cross-over utility vehicle?  Families are smaller these days. You say Fido is a St. Bernard? He’ll still have some sitting room in compact SUV. Equipped with rear-view cameras they are barely trickier to parallel park than a Smart For Two. Make that TWO Smart For Twos. Have you... Read more »

2013 Hyundai Azera and 2013 Toyota Avalon - Sumo-Sized Sedans to the Mat - Comparison Review

Never before have their been so many choices among  full-size premium sedans sold in North America.  From the Far East: (top) the 2013 Hyundai Azera starts at $32,250. Our Venetian Red Pearl tester from Asan, Korea went out the door loaded for $37,225.<br>  <br> (bottom) the new-for-2013 Toyota Avalon priced from $31,000. As tested our Limited model in Sizzling Crimson Mica (a reddish-brown) came in at $42K.  Actually, the Avalon is assembled in Georgetown, Kentucky with lots of parts from Japan.<br>
“Drive…He Said” stuck forks into two 40 oz. Porterhouses when we matched the  2013 Ford Taurus to the 2013 Chrysler 300S . And now, for an Asian take on extra automotive cholesterol at the buffet table, we have two Sumo-sizers from the Far East, the 2013 Hyundai Azera and the 2013 Toyota Avalon. The Taurus... Read more »

2012 Toyota Camry XLE - It's In the Special Sauce

The all-new for 2012 Toyota Camry XLE. Ours was a quest for the "Special Sauce" key to ranking this seventh generation of mid-size family sedan the third best selling vehicle in America only after the Ford F150 and Chevy Silverado light trucks.
Years of speculation and innuendo recently prompted the world’s largest fast food restaurant chain to release the recipe for the “Special Sauce” served on its famed “Big Mac” burger. A 2012 Toyota Camry XLE just spent a week with us at the friendly confines of “Drive…He Said. “  Unable to send the Camry to the... Read more »

2012 Toyota Yaris SE Hatchback - Breaking an Egg

2012 Toyota Yaris SE sizzling in "Blazing Blue"
When the Toyota Yaris subcompact was first dropped on Americans in 2006, eighties TV fans must have thought they found “Mork’s Orkan” space orb. Talk about laying an egg. A generation later Toyota has finally cracked the Yaris orb into the frying pan and added a splash of hot sauce. Behold the 2012 Toyota Yaris... Read more »

2011 Toyota Tundra Double Cab - Anyone miss the snow yet?

    With the snow white 2011 Toyota Tundra Extended  Cab pick-up truck in the “Drive…He Said” fleet this past week we hastily hunted for the last remaining mountains of snow here in the Chicago area. It was true. The colossal snow piles that were heaped onto Chicago on February 1st 2011 were melting and... Read more »