Introducing the More Capable 2017 Yaris iA

May 16, 2017 lacarguy Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , ,

There are plenty of fans out there for the compact Yaris by Toyota, but for every person that likes the small footprint of the vehicle, or the rock-bottom price tag, there are nay-sayers that don’t like something about it. Maybe it has too few features, it could be too small, or it just isn’t sporty enough. For all those people the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA could be just the solution to that problem. It’s a more capable Yaris, that’s slightly bigger, equipped with more features and it still offers excellent efficiency levels all for a reasonable price that most buyers will be pleased with. There’s a lot to like about the Yaris iA, and we’re going to delve into some of those things right now.

2017 Yaris ia

An Automatic is Now Available

If you’re one of those drivers that simply doesn’t want to deal with a manual, or you want to take advantage of the superior fuel efficiency levels that an automatic transmission can offer, the 2017 iA comes with a capable automatic transmission as an option that you can add on if you like. This is different from the “only manual” approach that Toyota had towards the Yaris iA originally and we’re all for additional options so the addition is a good thing in our book.

Top Safety Features

Since the latest Yaris comes with Toyota’s full safety suite, you can enjoy things like adaptive cruise, lane monitoring, active brake assist and other advanced features on this affordable vehicle. That makes it even more desirable and something that many buyers will be considering when looking for a budget car that comes with modern safety features.

Excellent Fuel Efficiency

The Toyota Yaris has always been known for its fuel efficiency, especially in recent years. It’s a good little car that offers efficiency levels as high as 32 city and 40 highway if you opt for the six speed automatic transmission. If you have your heart set on the manual version of the vehicle you’ll have to settle for 30 city and 39 highway, and the four-speed transmission options come with lower efficiency levels still, falling at around 30 city and 37 highway, but each of those numbers is still pretty decent.

The 2017 Yaris iA is an affordable and capable vehicle that’s longer, more comfortable and outfitted with more features than the standard Yaris. It’s also the same vehicle as the Scion iA for any enthusiasts of the discontinued brand. It’s not a sports car, but it’s still quite a bit of fun to drive around while being practical at less than $16,000 minus the delivery fee.

Toyota Will Create a Flying Car for the Olympics

May 15, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , ,

For decades flying cars have just been the stuff of legend, until some manufacturers began coming out with the massive plane-car hybrids they are dubbing flying cars. While their creations are pretty cool, and definitely a proof of concept, it’s hard to consider them as a finished unit that’s worthy of any real excitement for the everyday consumer. That’s where automaker Toyota comes into play. The car company is planning a drone-car hybrid product release in 2018, and they want a working model in time to light the flame during the Tokyo Olympics that year.

Flying Car

How the Car would Work

While we don’t have all the details of the vehicle, Toyota has hired a firm called Cartivator to work on the project and develop a vehicle that relies on jet propelled tech to fly around in a way that’s similar to how drones move around. The vehicle would rely on a series of rotors to lift it up, and fly around. No doubt this technology will be used in a way that’s similar to helicopters today, but it could be just the tech that’s needed to create more wide-scale air transportation for more people.

A Capable Little Machine

The flying car would be just 9.5 feet by 4.3 feet in size and could achieve heights of about 33 feet in the air. The car is expected to attain speeds of up to 62 MPH while up in the air, making it a very capable way to move around a crowded city where streets are covered below.

There’s no guarantee that Toyota will have this tech ready by next year like the automaker is hoping, but with such heavy emphasis on the technology and other companies working ont eh same project it seems likely that the release will happen near the deadline, even if it is a bit late.

It’s a radical vision for flying cars and the tech Toyota is pursuing is something that many other companies are working on in one way or another as well. Many companies are looking into transport drones for mailing purposes, or for medical transport, and eventually that flying vehicles could be an everyday part of life for the average person. This is just the first step toward that new world, and it’s a pretty exciting one.

Porsche Rolls out the One Millionth 911 Sports Car

May 12, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

Still to this day the Porsche 911 is made mostly by hand, and it’s that attention to detail that creates such a high-quality product. Yesterday was a historic occasion, Porsche produced its one millionth 911 car and it just rolled off the production line. Porsche has been putting out the 911 sports car since 1963, and it finally hit a historic figure that rarely comes for exotic sports cars. The one millionth vehicle produced and it’s not so different than the original produced back in 1963. Sure there’s more tech crammed inside, the engine is significantly more powerful and advanced than before, but the makeup of the car itself remains the same. It’s a rear-engined sports car meant to go fast and offer excellent handling mechanics.

Irish Green Nostalgia

The one millionth 911 sports car was given the same Irish green paint job as the original 1963 model for nostalgia’s sake. The car also comes equipped with a steering wheel that’s partially made up of wood, and the dials are chrome capped just like the originals were. Overall 911 number 1 million looks very different from the original, but Porsche went the extra mile to tie the two together with décor.

The Power Gap

In terms of power and performance the 911 has come a long-long way. Consider this, the original 1963 model offered just 128 HP from its air-cooled engine. The current base model 911 Carrera offers 370 HP and they get much more powerful from there. The high-powered 911 Turbo S can go from 0 to 62 in just 2.9 seconds, a feat that likely seemed all but impossible back in 1963. The original 911 does the same thing in 8.5 seconds, something more akin to a modern-day family sedan.

Not for Sale

If you’re hoping for a chance to bid on the millionth Porsche 911, you’ll be sadly disappointed. No collector will have the opportunity to own the vehicle. Instead it’s going to take a tour of modern racing locations around the world, and it will be retired at the Porsche museum when it’s finished making its trip.

Few performance sports cars hit the one million production car mark, and that’s a real testament to the Porsche 911 and its longevity.

Big Changes are Coming to Volkswagen Including a Full Jetta Remodel

May 11, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

Volkswagen is one of the biggest automakers in the world, and at the moment it’s one of the most active and it’s headed toward some of the biggest transformations that we’ve ever seen from an auto company. While moving away from diesel Volkswagen is working hard toward a future based around electricity, with a goal of becoming the industry leader for hybrids and full electric vehicles. Volkswagen is also working hard to expand its lineup of SUVs and get the bulk of the SUV market. Finally Volkswagen is releasing a fully-redesigned Jetta for the 2018 model year, which promises a whole host of enhancements.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta

An Electric Future

Volkswagen has pretty much abandoned diesel technology and isn’t working nearly as hard to improve on its diesel platform as it once was. Instead the automaker is looking toward the future and it sees electric vehicles as the best option for future offerings. The company is focusing on offering hybrid vehicles and full electric models to the public and wants to be the market leader for those types of vehicles by 2025, with an average of 1 million models sold around the world by that time. That’s a pretty lofty goal, but it’s just one of the many goals that Volkswagen is currently pushing for.

More SUVs than Other Automakers

Volkswagen has been leaving behind a major portion of the market with its scant SUV offerings. That’s mostly why the automaker just released the Atlas and Arteon SUVs. Those aren’t the only new models to come though. Volkswagen wants to have a total of 19 different SUV offerings by 2020. That means that Volkswagen will have to put out a few more SUV models over the next few years, and the automaker may have to offer some additional variations on its existing SUVS as well.

The 2018 Jetta Should be a Major Improvement

The Volkswagen Jetta has only been receiving minor upgrades and enhancements since it’s full redesign back in 2011. The 2018 model year promises to be a special one though, since it’s when the Jetta is going to be fully redesigned. That means dramatic changes are coming. VW fans will likely see a bunch of cosmetic changes inside and out, including some major alterations to the body panels of the vehicle itself. The Jetta is likely to be altered from within as well, and will likely come with more tech features than before and a new layout for the center console. There’s no information about potential powertrain changes, or changes to the dimensions of the vehicle itself, but anything is possible on a full redesign, so Jetta fans should pay close attention to what is to come.

Volkswagen is focused on a lot of different areas and the massive automotive company is working really hard to innovate and offer more than the competition. That’s why it’s worth watching, and VW fans may have a lot to be happy about in the coming years.

The 2017 Corolla is One of the Safest Budget Cars Available

May 10, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

The Toyota Corolla has long been one of the most popular family sedans in the United States, and the 2017 version of the vehicle rolls out enough new features for that trend to continue on into the future. While the latest Corolla doesn’t offer the exciting driving dynamics that you would find behind the wheel of a sportier vehicle, it does pack a whole lot of functionality and safety into a pretty affordable purchase. In fact, if you were to write down all the standard features that come in the 2017 Corolla, you would be hard-pressed to come up with any other vehicle in the price range that can compare in terms of safety or tech.

2017 toyota corolla

Top Level Safety

One of the best features of the 2017 Corolla is all the safety tech that comes packed inside. The sedan comes equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense system as standard, so you get a bunch of preventative safety tech tools without having to pay extra for them. What that means is you’ll enjoy auto high beams, adaptive cruise, automatic emergency braking, a forward collision warning system and lane departure and lane keep assist. All these features will help ensure that you remain safe while out on the road and that most of the common causes of accidents are stopped before they can end up causing a problem at all.

New Enhancements

On the outside of the Corolla you’ll see that the front-end of the vehicle has been redesigned for an all-new look. The interior is also changed notably. There’s a remodeled instrument panel with a more modern look to it. The Corolla also comes with a new set of climate controls. Overall things aren’t too different, but most of the changes to the Corolla are enhancements.

A Comfortable Family Sedan

The Toyota Corolla prioritizes being a family vehicle over everything else. It offers more rear legroom than other sedans in the class, it offers more comfort features than most as well. There is an excellent amount of trunk space, making it easy to pack in important luggage for family trips or camping excursions.

A Real Budget Vehicle

The Toyota Corolla is the ideal vehicle to purchase when on a budget. With a starting price around $19,000 it’s hard to find another brand-new vehicle that’s outfitted as nicely in the price range. Even the top-end XLE that features a 7.0 inch Entune infotainment unit, heated front seats, a power sunroof and a smart key is available for just over $24,000. No matter what grade of Corolla you decide on, you’ll enjoy an affordable price tag on your purchase.

The 2017 Corolla isn’t for everyone. It isn’t a sports car, it doesn’t get fuel economy like the Prius, but it does offer top level safety features, a good set of tech features, and huge rear seating room, and it does all that on a budget.

Toyota Sets the Land Speed SUV Record with its Land Cruiser

May 9, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

One of the last brands that you might expect achieved a top speed world record this year and they did it using a Toyota Land Cruiser. That’s right, an enhanced Land Cruiser managed to take the top SUV land speed record, by traveling well over 200 MPH down a nice flat runway. This was a pretty impressive feat, and should bring attention to Toyota SUVs, but what’s more impressive than getting the record is how well many of the stock Land Cruiser parts held up during this achievement. While Toyota did make some pretty serious modifications to the power train of the SUV, the actual chassis received less attention and it held together just fine for the test.

2000 HP Land Cruiser

Not Your Average Land Cruiser

Toyota didn’t achieve this impressive feat by using a stock Land Cruiser, so don’t head out to your local air strip hopping to do the same with the model sitting in your garage. Pretty extensive modifications were made to the SUV in order to allow it to top over 200 MPH and get that speed record. For starters Toyota beefed up the powertrain with the addition of two huge turbochargers as well as some other enhancements. This bolstered the vehicle’s power from 381 HP to a massive 2,000 HP. That’s the change that largely made it possible for the Land Cruiser to hit 230 MPH, but it wasn’t the only enhancement that needed to be made.

Toyota also dropped down the Land Cruiser, making it lower to the pavement to reduce air resistance. The SUV also received modifications making it possible to attach wider wheels for improved traction and enhanced acceleration. Other than those major changes the Land Cruiser relied on most of the same parts to do the job.

Achieving the Record

Toyota brought the modified Land Cruiser out to the Mojave Air strip in California to take advantage of the 2.5 mile runway. This is where NASCAR driver Carl Edwards broke the record. He climbed behind the wheel and managed to get up to 211 MPH on his first attempt. After that first attempt engineers enhanced the turbocharger further for added boost and Edwards managed the 230 MPH top speed that beat the world record, putting the Land Cruiser at the top.

Bentley Holds the Unmodified Record

Even though Toyota nabbed the record for the top SUV speed overall, it didn’t manage to take the unmodified record. Bentley holds that with its Bentayga that has a total top speed of 187 MPH.

While the Toyota Land Cruiser is a very capable machine that’s obviously durable, it doesn’t sell that well for Toyota. With less than 4,000 models being sold throughout the US in 2016, there are many drivers missing out on this beast of an SUV. That’s probably due in large part to the $84,000 price tag attached, but you get what you pay for, and you get quite a lot with the Land Cruiser.

Our Review on the 2017 Lexus RC Coupe

May 8, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized

The new Lexus RC coupe is a stylish performer from Lexus, and it’s a good entry-level luxury vehicle for buyers interested in the finer things in life, without taking out a second mortgage. The coupe comes in many power levels, but each one is outfitted with the same style and high quality materials that set this luxury coupe apart from the competition.

2017 Lexus RC

Choose the Engine for You

The Lexus RC coupe comes with a good selection of engine options to choose from. It’s possible to get a turbocharged four-cylinder, two different V-6 engines or a V-8 depending on the model RC that you decide on. The car features rear wheel drive as standard, but it can be outfitted with all-wheel drive on many of its models. With so many different power options, it’s simple to achieve just the right level of power that you’re looking for.

It offers All Wheel Drive

If nothing else sells you on the Lexus RC coupe, the fact that it’s available with all-wheel drive could get some people excited. After all, there’s a short list of luxury coupes that are designed to do well in the snow, and the RC is one of them, provided that you opt for the V6 model with all-wheel drive.

Affordable Luxury

With luxury coupes coming in at $60,000 to $100,000 from many automakers, the starting price of $40,945 from the RC200t seems very reasonable and even the higher trim level versions of the coupe are pretty affordable coming in at mid 40’s. Of course the V8 powered RC F is a whole new story with a price tag of $63,755, but that’s still more affordable than the Mercedes C63 AMG that stickers for $3,000 more.

2017 lexus rc interior

Upscale Interior Furnishings

When you climb inside the 2017 Lexus RC you might be convinced that you’re climbing into the cockpit of a luxurious jet. The seats are contoured for maximum comfort, the gauges and media screen are recessed back into the dash, creating an orderly and segmented layout. A mix of soft touch materials and neutral tones come together to create an upscale feel in the RC, making even the low trim levels feel far more expensive than they really are.

Room to Stretch up Front

Luxury coupes aren’t known for space, and I’m not going to lie and say that the RC offers the space of a minivan within, but it does offer a bit more wiggle room than many other vehicles in the same category. Take the BMW 2 for instance. There’s 5 more inches in the cabin than that car has to offer. There’s even 3 more inches than the BMW 4 series, giving passengers just that little bit of extra space for comfort. That’s not to say that the space is well distributed, because there’s less legroom for rear passengers in the RC than there are in those vehicles listed up above. What that means is that any rear passengers will hate you, but you’ll be incredibly comfortable up front while driving around in the Lexus RC.

 

Why the e-Golf is the Practical Man’s EV

May 5, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

With so many high-end electric vehicles being released onto the market by the likes of Tesla, Porsche, and quite a few others, it can be easy to overlook the smaller guys, or in this case the less exciting and more practical guys like the e-Golf from Volkswagen. That could be a big mistake to make though. Sure the e-Golf isn’t flashy, it doesn’t offer sports car performance and it won’t take you around the country on a single charge, but it is practical and relatively affordable as well.

2017 VW e-golf

Decent Range and Recharge Times

One of the most important considerations to make when shopping for an EV is how long it takes to charge, and how far it will take you once it is charged. These are two areas that the latest e-Golf does pretty well in. The range of the vehicle on a full charge is over 100 miles, and a standard 240V charger will refill the car in about 6 hours, while the more powerful charging system that costs extra can get the car 80% full in just an hour offering around 100 miles on that single fast charge. For the everyday commuter or town driver the e-Golf makes good sense, and according to Volkswagen, when paying $0.13 per Kilowatt of electricity, the average user will only spend about $550 to drive for the year. That works out to around  $46 a month, which is pretty darned good for the everyday commuter.

It’s Surprisingly Affordable

The e-Golf can be had for as little as $29,000 not including any tax credit, and it is available for as little as $21,495 including the $7,500 tax credit offered by the Federal government. That makes it awfully easy to build a case for the full electric vehicle. After all, it will get you where you need to go the same as any gas powered vehicle, and it will likely cost the same as any other efficient new car that you’ve been eyeing. When compared to Tesla’s current offerings, it’s easy to see how the e-Golf just makes sense.

Speedy and Fun to Drive

The e-Golf is also pretty fun to drive, though it’s not going to compare with a sports car. The car speeds up pretty quick, with 0 to 60 times in 9.6 seconds. It offers good driving dynamics with reliable braking and responsive steering. The only quirk that you have to deal with while driving is the pulsing of the regenerative brakes, but it’s not too bad, and it means that you’ll go through brake pads far more slowly than the average driver would.

Overall the e-Golf just makes good sense. It’s the most obvious EV choice for a buyer on a budget, and it has a lot to offer.

The Lexus RX Leads Canada Sales Surge for Good Reason

May 3, 2017 lacarguy Lexus Tags: , , ,

While many of Toyota’s vehicles are experiencing a decrease in sales in Canada, Lexus is actually experiencing a serious surge in sales. So much of a surge in fact that records are being set. During the month of April Lexus set the tenth consecutive monthly sales record and had the biggest month of sales to date with a total of 2,651 Lexus vehicles sold. Much of this is due to the latest RX SUV that’s selling like crazy all over Canada. Let’s dig into why that is.

2017 Lexus RX

Why is the RX Selling so Well?

Canada itself is well-known for having rough terrain that’s a bit more difficult to traverse than other countries, and that’s partly why SUVs are so popular in Canada, but that doesn’t explain why the RX is selling so well over other models. Lexus has an excellent reputation in Canada, but the RX is standing on its own in terms of quality and features offered. The SUV comes with an excellent selection of safety features that make driving more convenient and crashing much more difficult to do. The SUV is known for its reliability, it’s designed with a rugged platform that can stand up to harsh weather conditions such as snowy roads or mountain driving. The SUV is also highly luxurious.

Luxuriate While Off-Roading

While we don’t recommend taking the RX through tough off-road courses, there are likely some that it could handle just fine. It’s a pretty tough vehicle, but it also comes with all the comfort and aesthetic features that you would expect out of a Lexus. It’s fitted with carefully sculpted heated and cooled seats that are designed to make your drive as enjoyable as possible. The SUV itself looks stunning, and there’s ample space within for five passengers to ride around comfortably.

The 2017 RX is just a good solid vehicle to tackle the elements in style. That’s probably why 966 units were sold in April, a major increase of 11.2% over the previous April’s sales figures. That’s a significant increase and it shows that more people than ever before are interested in the RX and what it has to offer.

Canadian buyers are realizing the value of the RX, whether it’s the 350 or the 450h hybrid model, there’s a lot to like about the vehicle and how it handles in a variety of different driving conditions.

Porsche Cayenne Tows Jumbo Jet

May 2, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

There are some critics out there that talk about towing capacity and how it’s not always accurate. There are some companies that reportedly overstate the towing capacity of their vehicles to the displeasure of the vehicle owners, and then there are companies like Porsche, that are apparently quite conservative when it comes to the tow rating of their vehicles, or at least for the rating of the Porsche Cayenne. Just a few days ago Porsche made headlines all over the world, for doing something that seems impossible. The automaker used a couple different Porsche Cayenne’s to tow a 314-ton jumbo jet a total distance of 140 feet. That seems completely impossible when you consider the vehicle has a tow rating of a mere 7,700 pounds.

porsche cayenne jumbo jet

Setting a World Record

While towing the Airbus A380 jumbo jet down the tarmac, Porsche set a new world record exceeding the old production car tow record by a staggering 127 tons. The feat was accomplished at the Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport, and it’s going to be something that ever Porsche Cayenne owner takes pride in.

You Can Trust in that Tow Rating

With such a heft accomplishment under its belt, you shouldn’t have any trouble trusting in the pretty conservative 7,700 lb. tow rating put on the Porsche Cayenne. We’re not recommending that anyone go over that limit, but Porsche drove the two Cayenne’s away from the event and they both functioned fine, so owners that go above and beyond the rating occasionally probably won’t suffer from any issues as long as they are careful with how they drive. Either way, it’s an amazing feat, it’s something that every Porsche owner should be interested in, and it shows that good engineering makes it possible to accomplish much more than you think.

Not Just a Diesel Thing

First Porsche relied on a Cayenne S Diesel to complete the feat, but before you go ahead and say that it’s a diesel thing, Porsche also did the same exact thing using the Cayenne Turbo S, a gas-powered vehicle. It’s all in the Porsche engineering, not the type of fuel running the vehicle.

If you’ve been looking around for a rugged SUV to tow stuff with, it’s hard to argue against the stylish and well-equipped Porsche Cayenne. Just don’t expect to tow your jets with it, this was a carefully planned feat and probably isn’t that easy to reproduce by just anyone with a Cayenne and a jet sitting around.