2016 Toyota Tacoma

SEATTLE, Wash. — Now ladies and gentleman please closely observe our final — and best — magic trick of the afternoon. Our driver is about to drive the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma into this huge pile of loose sand where he will bury the truck up to its axles. Then we will hook a tow rope to the rear and pull the buried truck out of the mess it has created. Actually, ladies and gentlemen, no such assistance will be needed.

Toyota Camry — Featuring a host of improvements

By David Finkelstein
Special to MotorwayAmerica

With  notable bragging rights, the best selling car in the United States  for the last  12 years has been the popular Camry from Toyota Motors. The  Camry is now offered  with a host of new improvements for 2015.  The vehicle itself has been redesigned  to a point that it's obvious  that the new edition is far different in appearance  and overall  footprint when compared to the outgoing 2014 version.

Toyota Corolla — A fresh take on a best-seller

By David Finkelstein

Since 1968, well in excess of 10-million Toyota Corollas have been sold in the US alone. It's hard to wrap your mind around the fact that this model has been in the hands of consumers worldwide  for close to 50-years. The car itself was heavily refreshed back in 2008 and, quite honestly, has remained just about the same for the most part until last year's re-done 2014 version.

2015 Toyota Yaris

DETROIT — This is a funny little car. Though a mechanical carry over, the refreshed styling has given the Yaris a cheeky look that is youthful and —from the front — a bit avant-garde. You either love it or hate it, and I found it stopped just short of going over the top. Being a Toyota, reliability isn’t a problem, though — by the same token — it’s also not very likely to have much of a personality or be terribly fun to drive.

Toyota 4Runner — An off-road warrior

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The 2015 Toyota 4Runner feels exactly like you would expect a body-on-frame truck to feel — very truck-like. In fact, the 4Runner is one of the few sport utility vehicles left that harkens back to the 1990s possessing loads of utility including considerable off-road prowess. The two other contemporary vehicles in direct competition with the 4Runner that come immediately to mind are the Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Xterra.

Toyota Camry Hybrid — Satisfying frugality

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Has Toyota been hearing giant footsteps gaining on them, feeling the hot breath of segment competitors as they gain ground on the perennial best-selling mid-size Camry sedan? We ask this question because the lifecycle of most Toyota vehicles, including the Camry, is five to six years with only mild mid-cycle refreshes. Yet the current-generation Camry — only in the third year of its cycle — has been criticized for falling behind in styling, performance and personality, has been endowed with major updates for 2015 including new exterior styling, improved handling, and better interior materials.

2015 Toyota Camry

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Has Toyota been hearing giant footsteps gaining on them, feeling the hot breath of segment competitors as they rapidly close the gap on the perennial best-selling mid-size Camry sedan? The segment is, indeed, now filled with excellent, compelling choices and even as the Camry continues to maintain an edge in overall sales on the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion, it has been criticized for falling behind in styling, performance and personality.

Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid — Is it worth the extra cost?

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It's the iconic hybrid car, the first to combine a traditional gasoline engine with an electric motor powered by a battery pack. Since it hit U.S. showrooms in 2000, Toyota has very successfully advanced the hybrid hatchback Prius in performance, style and fuel efficiency, and it lives on today in various iterations.

Toyota Highlander — Storage and much more

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

There are a lot of things to like about the 2014 Toyota Highlander. This third-generation Highlander is the personification of what a family crossover sport utility should be, but that being said, it isn't as sporty as some. There are a couple of entries in the mid-sized segment that have more adult-friendly third-row seating, a few offer more overall cargo space, and several are arguably more stylish. What Toyota has done is build perhaps the best all-around family vehicle even if it isn't necessarily the best at any one thing.

Toyota Tundra — An attractive alternative

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Toyota's full-sized Tundra pickup has been spruced up with exterior styling updates and a reworked interior, but the "redesigned-for-2014" designation assigned to the truck doesn't include a new drivetrain or chassis, which remain relatively unchanged, so we'll call it a mild makeover.