Toyota Prius — Original hybrid car is reinvented

By Jim Meachen editor

(June 25, 2023) Over the past couple of years the Toyota Prius — demonstrating underwhelming performance combined with rather frumpy styling — has been rapidly losing relevancy. What with the onslaught of full electric vehicles and the addition of high-mileage hybrid versions of popular compact crossovers and sedans, the nation's "original" hybrid car is fading.

2023 Toyota GR Corolla

PHOENIX — Hammering out 300 horsepower with 273 lb.-ft of torque to the all-wheel drive system through a six-speed only manual shifter, the all-new for 2023 five-door Toyota Corolla GR hatchback is the newest performance offering from the detail-obsessed TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team, with master driver Akio Toyota, a.k.a. Morizo promising to infuse excitement into the Japanese automakers brand. Few cars for the 2023 model year has generated as much buzz and hype.

Toyota Corolla Hatchback — Fun and affordable family transportation

By Jim Meachen editor

(June 11, 2023) We tend to discount the Toyota Corolla when discussing compact cars even though the Corolla is historically the best selling vehicle in the world. At the top of our list are the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra with a nod to the Mazda3 and acknowledgement of the outgoing Volkswagen Golf. Perhaps it's time to get our mind wrapped around the Corolla and give it the attention it deserves in 2023 — particularly in hatchback configuration. This conclusion was reached after a week behind the wheel of a Corolla Hatchback in top XSE trim.

Toyota Venza gets Nightshade Edition for 2023

By Jim Prueter

(April 7, 2023) We were impressed with the new Venza when it returned as a stylish all-wheel-drive hybrid only midsized, five-passenger SUV for 2021 after a six-year hiatus. 

2023 Toyota Sequoia

PHOENIX — The Toyota Sequoia has been around for over 20 years as an alternative to the Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet Tahoe. For 2023, the third-generation Sequoia has received a complete redo, well past its freshness date — the first time in the last 15 model years.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze — The number is 35

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(December 25, 2022) If you have decided on the purchase of a new 2022 Toyota Highlander, but are torn between the standard gas-engine model or the hybrid edition — maybe because of the price difference? We have three numbers for you that may sway your decision — 35, 35 and 35.

2023 4Runner 40th Anniversary

PHOENIX — We’ve been saying it for years — the 4Runner is well past its freshness date and more than due for a complete redo. Still, over the years I’ve grown to soften my critique of the “ancient” 4Runner, that continues to set sales records, and in a quirky way I've learned to love it for what it is — simple, rugged, dependable and still highly sought after whether new or used.

Toyota Tundra Capstone — The Lexus of Toyota pickups

By Jim Prueter

(August 1, 2022) In the world of super luxury pickup trucks Ford boasts the F-150 Limited, Chevrolet the Silverado High Country, RAM with its Limited and all-new for 2022 the Toyota Tundra Capstone driven here. Big expensive luxury trucks are a cultural awe in America, the very embodiment of an erotic fixation having magical potency with owners willfully throwing down $75 big and more eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect or devotion.

Toyota Tundra — All new and ready for action

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 10, 2022) With Nissan apparently planning to exit the full-size U.S. pickup truck market after two decades of attempting to crack the code of the Big Three manufacturers, Toyota is betting with an all-new full-sized Tundra pickup that it has the stuff to gain market share.

Toyota Sienna — It's all about the gas milage

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 26, 2022) When we first drove the newest generation Toyota Sienna minivan about 14 months ago we were impressed by a number of things Toyota had done to improve styling and update the vehicle with scads of storage, a user-friendly interface, and a large helping of new technology. We also praised its extraordinary gas mileage. We recently drove another Sienna, a 2022 Platinum Hybrid, this spring on a 350-mile round trip to our favorite beach and we have elevated the Sienna's exceptional gas mileage to the top of our list for reasons to purchase.