Tag: Toyota

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: A tight fit for the city

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: A tight fit for the city
It was only after I pulled the ticket out of the machine and started to proceed through through the gate that I looked up and realized maybe this wasn’t such a great idea.  I held my breath as the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, with roof rails, cleared the cement beam as I started to... Read more »

Podcast: Toyota 4Runner, Detroit 3 Covid-19 Response & Auto Industry Shutdown

Podcast: Toyota 4Runner, Detroit 3 Covid-19 Response & Auto Industry Shutdown
This week was the first week we weren’t able to go into the studio to record the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast. So, we used a nifty app called CleanFeed to help with sound quality. I think it mostly worked. We started out discussing the cool things the Detroit Three are doing to help with... Read more »

2020 Toyota Highlander gets major overhaul

2020 Toyota Highlander gets major overhaul
You may not see a lot of three-row SUVs on the streets in Chicago, but if you have a family, you’re likely looking for a seven-passenger vehicle of some sort.  So, if you’re opting for an SUV over a minivan, is the all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander a good place to start? It depends. The Hits... Read more »
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Photo gallery: 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in

The Toyota Prius is the quintessential hybrid. It was the first and is still arguably the best hybrid on the market currently. So, how do you make it better? By adding a plug-in charge option? Well, it depends. In a place like Chicago for the majority of people, it’s not going to make sense because... Read more »

2013 Chicago Auto Show: Toyota Tundra reveal

Today at the Chicago Auto Show, Toyota revealed their redesigned 2014 Tundra. This new Tundra gets styling changes inside and out and comes equipped with several segment-first amenities including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic, standard back-up camera and standard Bluetooth. Something else of note: When equipped with a tow package, Tundra can tow up to... Read more »

Today's Rave: Toyota Prius c trip summary

Today's Rave: Toyota Prius c trip summary
My first drive in the Toyota Prius c was a 300-mile straight shot between Chicago and Lima, Ohio. And I was more than ready to get out of the car by the time I got there. So, I missed the Trip Summary that appears when you shut off the car. Then every time I shut... Read more »
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Whadahyawannaknow? 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Per usual, when I swapped into the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, I asked my Tweeps: Any questions? Two of my followers came back with: What’s the view out the rear like? I don’t think it’s that bad–certainly not as bad as the new Land Rover Evoque, and probably about on par with the Toyota Prius. The... Read more »

Toyota Corolla S rises above the vanilla

Toyota Corolla S rises above the vanilla
I have to admit, I’m typically not a fan of Toyota. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t bad cars. They’re perfectly reliable, perfectly functional and perfectly boring. But they’re not ugly and they get good fuel economy. I’ve even recommended them to friends for dependable transportation. They just don’t sing to me. However, in a... Read more »

Today's Rave: Toyota RAV4 rear-view camera

Rear-view backup camera in the 2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport.Imagine that. Putting a camera in the rear-view mirror. You know, where your eyes naturally go when you’re backing out of a parking spot. Sometimes you have to wonder why this didn’t catch on sooner. I have seen this feature in Ford and GM vehicles, but this... Read more »
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ROFL: Have you met Doug the Ford Focus spokespuppet?

OK, I have to admit, automakers are starting to get creative with their marketing. And they have to in this world of DVRs, Hulu and Roku. I mean, who doesn’t know about the Swagger Wagon or the Suzuki Wicked Weather? How about the Passat commercial that aired during the Super Bowl with the little Darth... Read more »