Toyota

Toyota RAV4 Prime — Power and frugality combined



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 22, 2021)The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in crossover hybrid comes with 302 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time in the mid five seconds, can tow up to 2,500 pounds, run up to 42 miles on pure electric, and has an astounding combined gas mileage rating of 38 mpg. Is this the perfect compact SUV, or what?

Toyota Sienna — Modern people mover



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 27, 2021) Toyota has redesigned its Sienna minivan for the 2021 model year turning it into a stylish curvaceous vehicle. The minivan's contemporary body, wide-mouth grille, and squinty headlamps give the van a more SUV-like persona. The traditional boxy people-mover appearance has been left behind with the fourth-generation Sienna.

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.