Toyota Sequoia — Now with off-road chops

By Jim Meachen

(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.

Toyota Camry Hybrid — How to avoid gas stops

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 31, 2020) Perhaps the three most important statistics you will need when shopping the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid are — 51, 53 and 52. Those numbers represent the Camry LE's EPA-rated miles per gallon in city, highway and combined driving respectively. The Camry's sporty SE trim level falls off slightly to 44, 47 and 46. Those figures are probably fairly accurate regardless of your driving habits because we — as members of the "lead-foot club" — were able to realize 45 mpg in a combination of driving situations while behind the wheel of a SE and an XLE.

2020 Toyota Highlander

PHOENIX — The ubiquitous Toyota Highlander is the best-selling three-row crossover utility vehicle in the very crowded mid-sized segment. Facing stiff competition from superb all-new or redesigned competitors like the excellent Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, a new generation 2020 Ford Explorer, and others, Toyota has introduced its completely redesigned fourth-generation Highlander for 2020.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

PHOENIX — The Avalon, Toyota’s flagship full-sized sedan, was all-new for 2019. Now in its fifth generation, it was first introduced in 1994 as a 1995 model. Toyota made no secret that the Avalon was aimed those who were members of AARP, collected Social Security checks and had their health care handled by Medicare.

Toyota Supra GR — Sports car excitement photo

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Toyota Supra is back in dealerships 21 years after the previous Supra left the automotive scene. It returns for 2020 with new shapely sheetmetal and with considerable help from BMW. You read that right. There's a lot of the German Ultimate Driving Machine — seen and unseen — in the Supra GR. And that's a good thing.

Toyota Yaris Hatchback — Meaningful update

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Many people still have the perception that basic transportation means a stripped-down car carrying just the bare necessities minus any visage of creature comforts — a so-called entry level car that will take you from point A to point B in joyless fashion.

Toyota Land Cruiser — Large and capable

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Toyota's iconic Land Cruiser SUV is a full-sized body-on-frame go-anywhere vehicle that hasn't undergone a full redesign since 2008, an anomaly in an industry that churns out all-new iterations every five or six years. That aside, if you are looking for a leather-ensconced sport utility with a big V-8 engine that can haul up to eight people with true off-road chops and the famous Toyota reliability, then perhaps this is your vehicle.

2020 Toyota Camry TRD

PHOENIX — For Toyota to have the audacity and downright adventurousness to actually slap the TRD (Toyota Racing Development — the brand’s in-house tuner division) on a Camry, let alone an Avalon, is clearly considered getting out on the skinny branches. It’s more than common to see the TRD moniker (add no vowels here please) affixed to the rear fenders of the world’s largest automaker’s trucks and SUVs, making them more off-road capable.

2020 Toyota Supra

PHOENIX —  After a two-decade hiatus, the Toyota Supra makes a thrilling return as a fifth-generation two-seat coupe. Supras were originally sold in the U.S. from 1979 until 1998. The newest Toyota Supra was built as a collaboration between Toyota and BMW’s Z4 roadster, sharing the same platform and engine. It’s a 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline six-cylinder.

Toyota Corolla Hybrid — Gas mileage champ

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Toyota Corolla is an all-new compact sedan for 2020 — the 12th generation of what is regarded as the best-selling car of all time — with new styling inside and out and three drivetrain variants including a hybrid version that is EPA-rated at 52 mpg in combined city and highway driving.