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2021 Toyota Sienna



PHOENIX — With its completely redesigned Sienna minivan for 2021, Toyota takes a bold new step by making it exclusively a four-cylinder hybrid through all five trim levels — LE, XLE, Limited, Platinum and our tested mid-level XSE. As a hybrid, the Sienna is the most fuel-efficient minivan in America with a combined EPA fuel rating of 36 mpg. By comparison, the 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan gets 22 mpg in city-highway combined.

Toyota Camry — Now with AWD option



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Joe the car shopper who lives in a cold-weather state tells the Toyota salesman that he loves the current-generation Camry, but he's forced to choose a RAV4 or a Highlander SUV crossover because he absolutely needs all-wheel drive to negotiate his long driveway during the winter snows. Hold on a minute, the alert salesman says, you CAN have your Camry and all-wheel drive, too. Is this a great time to buy a car or what?

Toyota Tundra — A resale value winner



By Jim Meachen
MotorwayAmerica Editor

(March 17, 2021) It's not much of a secret that Toyota is finally coming out with an all-new Tundra pickup truck for the 2022 model year. It's a big deal because you have to travel back to 2007 to witness the last time Toyota engineered an all-new truck. Since then the Japanese automaker has merely thrown in updates here there and added a few special editions while its chief competitors at Ford, Chevrolet and Ram have gone through at least two new iterations.

Toyota Venza — Hybrid batteries included



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Toyota has brought back the Venza nameplate attaching it to a new mid-sized two-row crossover that comes exclusively with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine, and three electric motors — one attached to the rear wheels and the other two assigned to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is standard across the lineup.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid — Fuel efficient performance


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Many things have changed in the nearly two-and-a-half decades since the original RAV4 kicked off the crossover craze — including the RAV4 itself, which entered its fifth generation with the 2019 model. It has reinvented itself with a bigger, more fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine; a more rugged appearance; more driver assist technology; and with a new very fuel efficient hybrid powertrain that feels quicker than the gas-only version.

2021 Toyota Sienna



INDIANAPOLIS —  Despite having a six-year-old daughter and wandering intentions that often take us on long drives, my husband refuses to drive a mini-van.  I tried to talk him into one a few years ago, but we ended up with a crossover instead.  His reluctance is not exactly fair.  The Chrysler Pacifica is a plug-in dream, Honda’s Odyssey reliably conquers our continent, and the new Kia Sedona is a real art piece.  It’s against that backdrop that the stylish and high-tech completely redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna landed in our driveway.

Toyota Corolla — A well-rounded compact sedan



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman



(November 8, 2020) We've driven all three versions — sedan, hybrid sedan and hatchback — of the current-generation Toyota Corolla and it is the best Corolla we've ever driven from the standpoint of drivability, infotainment and safety technology, performance, and gas mileage. Whichever Corolla version suits your tastes we feel you will not be disappointed. And you will be driving what is regarded as the best-selling car of all time, and one of the most affordable and reliable compacts on the planet.


Toyota Supra 2.0 — A rewarding 4-cylinder


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(October 25, 2020) The Toyota Supra returned to dealerships last year — 21 years after the previous Supra left the automotive landscape. The latest Supra comes with shapely sheetmetal and with considerable help from BMW, which donated the engine, transmission and interior bits and pieces. The two-seater was a hit in 2020 with its stupefying collection of curves, creases, and body moldings, and its willingness to eat up curving mountain roads with aplomb.

Toyota Highlander — New and improved



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Toyota Highlander has been the best-selling mid-sized three-row crossover utility  since 2016 in what has become a very crowded segment. Facing strong competition from all-new and redesigned vehicles it was time for a new and improved fourth generation Highlander. And Toyota answered with the 2020 version, a vehicle that takes a new design direction while building on the qualities of the third generation.

Toyota Sequoia — Now with off-road chops



By Jim Meachen
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 3, 2020) It's hard to imagine a nameplate going more than 10 years without a major change. But there's a sport utility vehicle on the market that's in the 13th year of its second generation — the 2020 Toyota Sequoia. The full-sized Sequoia has been employing the same body-on-frame design and same 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired with the same six-speed automatic transmission since 2008. Little has been done to alter the Sequoia's exterior appearance and the cabin layout is showing its age.