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Introducing The All New 2018 Toyota Camry

June 23, 2017 lacarguy Green Auto Technology, High MPG Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica, Uncategorized Tags: , , , ,
The very first Toyota Camry to roll off the Georgetown, KY line and the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry
The very first Toyota Camry to roll off the Georgetown, KY line and the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry

Over the last 20 years, the Camry has been the franchise leader for Toyota.  When you sell 400,000 units of something year after year after year, you have to be doing something right.  However the Camry in its current guise has been around for quite a while, and it has been a decade since it was all new front to back.  In that decade America, and the world have moved from four door family sedans to crossovers as their vehicles of choice.  For 2017 the RAV4 will outsell the Camry, and by a fair number of units at that.

The family four-door sedan might not be the bread and butter for Toyota anymore, but the segment and the Camry specifically are still vital to the company.  That is why Toyota has launched the all new 2018 Camry, and the first full vehicle to be built on the company’s new TNGA platform.  The current Prius and C-HR share parts of the platform but the Camry is the first to employ it completely.  The new platform (all new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, all new chassis) allow for more interior room, a quieter more comfortable ride and significant weight savings.

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Exterior Styling:

The new Toyota Camry makes a much bolder more cohesive statement than the outgoing model.  That said Toyota knows that some customers would rather blend in, while others like to make a statement.  With the new Camry, both are an option depending on which trim level of Camry you select.

The L, LE and XLE models styling is sporty without being a boy racer.  The nose has an aggressive look, and from the side profile as well as the rear three-quarters view, it is muscular and handsome.  Choosing the SE or XSE there are more sporty styling cues to make the Camry really stand out. They include a different front end styling, large side intake vents, small rear spoiler, plus and option of two-tone paint that adds a black metallic color to the roof along with matching paint on the rear spoiler and the rear view mirrors.  SE and XSE come with 18” alloy wheels with 19” alloy wheels as an option.

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Camry Interior:

The all-new Camry is built around the cockpit theme.  Instruments, dials, knobs, and switchgear are all angled at the driver to make it as easy as possible to see, touch and feel exactly what you are looking for.

Materials have received a nice upgrade from the previous generation, and are now very competitive with the best in the segment.  L and LE trims have nice cloth seating, SE trim gets SofTex seating material, while XLE, XSE get leather seating with XLE receiving a quilting pattern to give it a more high-end appearance.

Toyota has also upgraded the trim materials as well with different wood or metal materials depending on trim level and packages.  SE gets embossed mesh interior trim while XSE gets textured metal materials.  L and LE have a layered wood trim, XLE receives “Tiger Eye” trim based off the Tiger Eye gemstone.  XLE and XSE interiors are very nice, and while they might not be at Lexus levels they aren’t far off and come at a much-reduced price compared to Lexus.

Standard on L, LE and SE Camry’s is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment screen in the center stack and a 4.2-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster.  XLE, XSE and V6 models receive an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the center stack and a 7-in multi-information display in the instrument cluster.

A new and exciting option on the new Camry is a 10-inch Heads Up Display.  The HUD can project audio, speed, driver assistance and navigation onto the windshield.

Powertrains:

The 2018 Toyota Camry offers you the choice of three powertrains.  Over 80% of Camry buyers are likely to choose an all new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.  While the displacement and number of cylinders may be the same as the outgoing Camry, this is all new engine.  The long stroke high compression engine with both direct and port fuel injection delivers 203 horsepower (a 25 horsepower jump over the old model) at 6,600 rpm and 184 lb/ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Next up is a 3.5-liter V6 engine.  This engine is a carryover with some technology upgrades.  New variable valve timing enables greater fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance.  The V6 is rated at 301 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 267 lb/ft of torque at 4,700 rpm.  Both the four-cylinder and the V6 use a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The final powertrain is the Hybrid system.  Total power between the engine and hybrid power is rated at 208 horsepower.  The big news with the hybrid is the fuel economy numbers.  in LE trim (lighter vehicle weight and more efficient battery pack) the Camry Hybrid is EPA rated at 51 city/53 highway/52 combined.  In SE and XLE it returns 44 city/47 highway/46 combined.  If you were looking at the Prius for fuel economy but were not taken with the new styling direction then the 2018 Camry Hybrid LE will return very similar fuel economy numbers in a more “standard” looking car for around the same money.

Fuel economy for the four-cylinder Camry is EPA rated at 28 city/39 highway/32 combined, while the V6 is rated at 22 city/32 highway/26 combined.

Safety:

The 2018 Camry comes with a standard suite of safety systems starting with Toyota’s Star Safety System which includes, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA)andSmartStop Technology®(SST) and 10 airbags.  Also available is Safety Connect® — includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification. Available by subscription. Complimentary one-year trial subscription. (XSE and XLE V6 models only) Toyota Safety SenseTM P (TSS-P) – Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross Traffic Braking (XSE and XLE grades only)

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Technology:

Toyota will offer their latest Entune 3.0 system.  Entune offers Scout GPS Link through an app on your phone for navigation and comes with a free three-year trial, Entune App Suite, Siri Eyes Free, Google Voice Control along with voice recognition and Bluetooth audio.

 Other trim levels and options packages offer XM Radio, HD Radio, Gracenote album cover art, Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote Connect and a built-in WiFi hotspot.  Available with the upgraded JBL Audio system is a feature called Clari-Fi.  Clari-Fi takes streaming audio from apps like Spotify, Pandora, Google Music and Apple Music and upconverts it to higher quality audio.

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2018 Camry Wrapup:

The 2018 Toyota Camry is really three different cars depending on trim and powertrain chosen.  The four-cylinder Camry feels light, composed and sporty.  While you would not call it a sports sedan it can certainly handle back roads without effort.  The ride is very composed and interior noise levels are very pleasant.  The V6 Camry drives and rides like a very substantial car.  The ride is still very composed yet it feels far more luxurious.  The car feels more planted to the road and solid overall.  That is not to say the four-cylinder is lacking in driving refinement, it’s that the V6 takes it to a higher level, near Lexus quality ride control.  Finally, the Hybrid Camry combines the best of both the V6 and the four-cylinder.  The overall feel of the car along with the ride quality is right in line with the V6, yet the steering is light as in the four-cylinder.  Where the V6 gets up to speed very quickly, far quicker than you’d expect, the hybrid is not far behind and is almost silent in doing so.

Pricing for the 2018 Toyota Camry is as follows:
Camry L            $23,495

Camry LE       $24,000

Camry SE       $25,200

Camry XLE       $28,450

Camry XSE       $29,000

Camry XLE V6   $34,400

Camry XSE V6   $34,950

Hybrid LE          $27,800

Hybrid SE           $29,500

Hybrid XLE        $32,250

 

Volkswagen Could Become the Largest Automaker in the World Very Soon

August 2, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Toyota has been able to stay ahead of Volkswagen for years as the largest automaker in the world, but all that could change in 2016. Volkswagen is ahead of Toyota currently by a decent margin, and that’s a trend that could continue throughout the rest of the year. Even with all the obstacles in its way, Volkswagen managed to outsell Toyota making it the biggest and most successful automaker in the world for the first two quarters of 2016. That’s big news for the automaker, and it’s one of the reasons that it’s still up and running even after a serious scandal.

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Volkswagen Beat Out Toyota by a Decent Amount

Volkswagen managed to sell a total of 130,000 more vehicles than Toyota did over the first six months of 2016. The total for Volkswagen came in at 5.12 million, while Toyota’s total was 4.99 million. That doesn’t seem like such a big difference when you look at in terms of millions, but even massive automakers pay attention to hundreds of thousands of vehicles, and that’s the difference between Volkswagen and Toyota today.

Could Volkswagen Take the Full Year Title?

While Volkswagen has already done something significant by coming out ahead of Toyota for the first six months of the year, that isn’t enough for them to call themselves the larges automaker in the country. To get that title Volkswagen needs to outsell Toyota throughout all of 2016. That’s something that Toyota has managed to do to all automakers for the past four years. The very first year that Toyota took the top title it beat out General Motors, which is now sitting in spot number three behind Volkswagen and Toyota.

For years General Motors was the top automaker in the world, and then Toyota took over that top position, and it looks like Volkswagen could take over that top spot soon. The automaker has been shooting for the top position by 2018 for a couple years now, and that still looks like a pretty realistic goal for Volkswagen. While the automaker is besting Toyota at the moment, that could change in the coming months. Either way Volkswagen is really proving that it’s one of the best and most capable automakers. There’s no doubt that the company will continue selling well for years to come, and it could even take over that top spot in the near future if it continues to grow in China and Europe as much as it has been recently.

Souped-Up Toyota Prius Becomes a GT300 Racer

January 28, 2016 lacarguy Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota Tags: , , ,

When you think about high-octane racing vehicles, chances are the Toyota Prius isn’t the first one to come up. After all, the Prius is known far and wide as the ultimate hybrid vehicle, not a gas-guzzling racecar. However, all that is about to change, as Toyota has just unveiled a high-performance version ready for Japan’s Super GT racing series. Introducing the 2016 Toyota Prius GT300!

The 2016 Toyota Prius FAQ: What We Know Right Now

September 11, 2015 lacarguy Green Articles, Green Auto Technology, Hybrid Vehicles, Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , ,

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The big question: When is it coming out?

No firm date was given, but it looks like early first quarter of 2016

What is going to cost?

Again, no firm numbers were given, but we’d bet that it will be very close in pricing to the current one, even though there is more content and safety items available.

How big is it?

The new Prius is 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower than the model it replaces, providing a planted on-road presence while delivering more occupant and cargo room.

Will it get better fuel economy?

With an expected ten percent improvement in EPA estimated MPG on core models, Prius will offer best-in-class fuel economy among vehicles without a plug.  A soon-to-be unveiled Eco model will achieve an even greater improvement, strengthening Toyota’s leadership in hybrid fuel efficiency.

What is the interior like?

The Prius’ new, premium interior adopts advanced technology complemented by features that are functional, fun and have high visual impact. The wrap-around dash design, form-hugging seats, ease of controls and improved visibility put the driver in complete control.

What has Toyota done to make the Prius safer?

The new global architecture that the 2016 Prius is built on also provides a more rigid structural framework to help enhance occupant protection in the event of a collision. The high strength upper body is designed to distribute frontal collision impact energy. Plus, the Prius will be among the first U.S. models to offer Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), a new multi-feature advanced safety package anchored by automated pre-collision braking.  TSS bundles cutting edge safety technologies including:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beams

What inspired the design?

From the side, it is longer and sleeker with the overall outline evoking an athletic shape.  Inspired by a runner in the starting blocks, the sporty design conveys a feeling of forward motion.

The hood is lower and the distinctive roof peak has been moved forward. Bold character lines run along the side from the front fenders – one just above the sill that sweeps up towards the rear fender, while the upper crease morphs into the rear spoiler, which has been lowered.

The use of new standard LED headlamps minimizes the Prius’ front fascia and, at the same time, provides an arresting lighting display which helps define the vehicle’s character. The unique and striking rear combination lamps express the distinctive lines of the Prius from the rear spoiler to the trailing edges of the sides.

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Toyota Receives the Most IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards in 2014

December 24, 2014 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , ,

Not only are Toyota vehicles known for being highly reliable, but they are also very safe and recent tests performed by the International Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS) prove it. According to the 2014 study Toyota managed to take 12 Top Safety Picks, 8 of which were Top Safety Pick+ awards. That’s more safety awards than any of the other automakers in the world, and that’s something to be proud of.

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What the Ratings Mean

The IIHS give out two different safety awards, Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick plus. The former is for above average vehicles that meet a long list of safety requirements, and the latter is for exceptional vehicles that meet the same requirements while having additional preventative equipment for even safer driving conditions. There were 71 total awards given out by the institute and Toyota received 12 of them between their standard and luxury brands.

The Top Safety Pick+ Vehicles

Out of all the vehicles that were given a good rating, the most impressive are the ones among the Top Safety Pick+ ranks. The Prius, Prius V, the Lexus RC, the Camry, the Highlander, the Sienna, the Lexus CT and the Lexus NX all received this award. Each of these vehicles comes with an impressive level of safety equipment making them good family cars and cars for young drivers you want to keep safe.

Great Family Vehicle

If you’re looking for a solid family vehicle to ride around in with larger families the Toyota Sienna is an excellent option. Out of all the minivans sold this year the Sienna was the only one to receive the Top Safety Pick+ distinction. That’s huge for van owners and families who want to provide the safest environment for their children.

Overall the number of vehicles that are now getting the safety rewards went up dramatically this year, but that’s in large part because the automakers are getting used to the more stringent testing requirements that were implemented the previous year. In 2013 just 39 winners made the list, but that amount has gone up to 71 vehicles since then. That’s an increase of almost double.

Toyota has established itself as one of the top automakers in the industry as far as safety and reliability is concerned, but they aren’t the only automaker to get a high number of safety awards. Honda managed to get the award for ten of their vehicles, giving them the second highest of any automaker.

If you’re looking for a vehicle that you can trust while driving around, check out any of the Top Safety Pick+ vehicles from Toyota. Each meets a very stringent set of requirements and has been proven to handle crash situations very well.

 

Come meet SpongeBob Squarepants and see the all-new Highlander Hybrid at the LA Auto Show this weekend

November 28, 2013 lacarguy Charity, Green Auto Technology, Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY News & Events, New Cars, Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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Toyota’s Highlander Hybrid has always been a near-perfect combination of size, luxury, fuel efficiency and power, and for 2014 a dose of style can be added to its long list of positive attributes.

With the recent redesign of the gas-powered Highlander, the Highlander Hybrid benefits from fresh new looks. With an increase in length and width over the outgoing model, the new Highlander Hybrid has road presence like no Highlander before it.

Using the same powertrain as it predecessor, the V6-powered 2014 Highlander Hybrid should manage the same combined EPA fuel economy rating of 28 mpg.

The 2014 Highlander Hybrid will be available in two trims: Limited and Limited Platinum. Starting at $47,300, the Highlander Hybrid Limited comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen display with navigation and Toyota’s Entune system, eight airbags, and a backup camera among other things.

Moving up the Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum adds Safety Connect subscription emergency services, a radar-based cruise control with Toyota’s Pre-Collision safety system to help in avoiding accidents, a lane departure warning system, panoramic moonroof, and heated seats in the second row. The Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum will be priced at $49,790.

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Meet SpongeBob Squarepants

If the passengers you’re hauling in your 2014 Toyota Highlander or Highlander Hybrid happen to be children, be sure to stop by the Los Angeles Auto Show this weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) to meet SpongeBob Squarepants and see the SpongeBob Squarepants Toyota Highlander.

Teaming up with Nickelodeon, Toyota will offer a build your own SpongeBob booth, airbrush tattoo artists, and a chance to win a surfboard by Santa Cruz Surfboards from the non-profit environmental group Heal the Bay.

On top of this, Toyota and Nickelodeon will work together to donate $5 to Heal the Bay for each individual who Tweets or Instagrams a picture of the SpongeBob Squarepants Highlander with #SpongeBobHighlander up to $10,000.

To learn more about the 2014 Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, or the SpongeBob Highlander keep following LAcarGUY News.

Scion FR-S is Hottest Sport Compact at SEMA

November 7, 2013 lacarguy Concept Vehicles, FR-S, Scion, Scion of Hollywood, Scion Santa Monica, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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Scion presented four unique custom FR-S models to audience members of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, where the FR-S earned a repeat win as the event’s “Hottest Sport Compact” due to its mass appeal and seemingly limitless customization.

SEMA, CustomScion was able to showcase this wide appeal by showing off FR-S models that ranged from a 750-horsepower drift machine by GReddy Performance, to an FR-S that relayed the dreams of famed DJ Steve Aoki.Supra, SEMA

While GReddy removed the stock 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine of their FR-S to shove a turbocharged 2JZ-GTE six-cylinder engine from the legendary Supra under the hood of their car, Aoki used his taste for music to throw a complete mix table and custom sound system into his FR-S.

SEMAIn between these two extremes were the carbon fiber filled 500-horsepower Bulletproof FR-S Concept One and the Urban GT Sport Coupe; the latter of which features all-new front and rear bodywork that gives the FR-S a decidedly European look.

Scion FR-S, SEMAAnd if things work out, the FR-S’ versatility as a blank canvas for tuners and dreamers will go one step further with the anticipated inclusion of a convertible model.

Scion FR-S, Convertible, TokyoThough the reality of such a model is still up in the air, Toyota is re-introducing its Toyota FT-86 Open concept (i.e. Scion FR-S convertible) to the crowds of the Tokyo Motor Show.

Originally shown at this year’s Geneva Show, the FT-86 Open concept is abandoning its former white paintwork for a fresh coat of red. Toyota’s decision to continue to show and promote the FT-86 Open concept gives us hope that we may one day be able to drive a soft-top FR-S for ourselves.

For the latest Scion news, keep following LA Car Guy.

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Toyota Bringing Six Custom Cars to SEMA

November 4, 2013 lacarguy Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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Toyota will bring six vehicles to the Specialty Equipment Market Association show (SEMA) this week. All six are bespoke vehicles for the show; however, four of these vehicles will be going head-to-head in competition as part of Toyota’s Dream Build Challenge.

Based off of fan votes, one of these vehicles will be crowned victor by none other than Top Gear’s Rutledge Wood.

When marketing a competitive build-off, its best to enlist teams that are no strangers to competition: athletes and their corporate sponsors.

NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman and Kyle Busch Motorsports went the enthusiast route by turning a Toyota Camry SE into a functional rally car. Painted in classic Toyota Racing colors, the CamRally has a stripped away interior, fender flares to cover its wider track, and a big turbo mounted to the V6 engine.

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Freestyle skier Simon Dumont and Oakley worked to turn the 2014 4Runner into a skiers dream machine. With an iPad integrated into the dash, rugged roof racks, and knobby tires, Dumont and Oakley’s 4Runner promises to get winter sports fanatics to their mountain of choice in full warmth and comfort.

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Channeling both Kligerman’s CamRally and Dumont’s 4Runner, BMX rider Drew Bezanson and Skullcandy turned an everyday Corolla into the Crusher Corolla. With a slick paint job and rally wheels, the Crusher Corolla has the go-anywhere vibe of the CamRally; however, an integrated bike rack, center console mounted iPad, and headrests that mimic Skullcandy’s latest headphones provides the Corolla Crusher with the comfort and technology that the CamRally lacks.

SEMAFinally, Supercross riders Justin Brayton and Josh Grant worked with Joe Gibbs Racing to make a Toyota Tundra that caters to the dreams and needs of supercross riders. Unique to their Let’s Go Moto Tundra is this truck’s eight-foot bed and CrewMax cab. That huge bed houses three television screens, a videogame counsel, fridge, and a toolbox, not to mention enough space to transports a motocross bike. The truck was also lifted to ensure that it could make it through rough terrain.

Log onto ToyotaDreamBuild.com to vote for your favorite.

2013_SEMA_DC_Tacoma13_53021_2524_lowThough not part of the Toyota Dream Build, DC Shoes took on the task of outfitting a Toyota Tacoma to tackle any snowy road or mounted. The truck won its own competition, in which fans voted among a number of designs, with the winning design making it past the drafting table to be turned into a real show car. The truck includes a snowplow, a roof-mounted pop-up tent, and an LED light bar to provide plenty of light when parked in remote locations.

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Last, but not least, LifeTime Fitness worked with Toyota to create a RAV4 that’s perfect for any triathlete. With an integrated hot water shower, blender, refrigerator, and custom roof rack, the LifeTime Fitness RAV4 has all the tools any triathlete needs to remain cool and comfortable.

Keep an eye on LA Car Guy to find out which Toyota Dream Build is dubbed champion, and for the latest auto news.

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First Look At The 2014 Toyota Corolla

October 21, 2013 lacarguy High MPG Vehicles, Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

With the 2014 Corolla, Toyota brings to market a completely updated version of its bread and butter car.  Besides the Camry, the Corolla is the highest selling vehicle in the Toyota lineup with approximately 300,000 units sold per year.  Since entering the market in 1968, Toyota has sold 10 million Corolla’s worldwide. Meanwhile, Corolla is responsible for 38% of the company’s overall U.S. sales.
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The appeal of the Corolla crosses demographic lines. While its modest price makes it a desirable buy among younger shoppers, the Corolla’s inherent value has made the car a favorite among older buyers, as well as Hispanic and African American buyers, who have made the Corolla the #1 vehicle sold to both communities.

With the 2014 model, Toyota has done a 180 with the Corolla, turning the car into a purchase made out of passion and not just necessity.  This starts with an exterior design that is more dramatic than the 2013 model. It certainly makes a statement, as the Corolla will no longer blend in to the background of mall parking lots. Different trim lines are accompanied by different appearance packages.  The S model has a unique shape to the grill, grill inserts and fog lamps.  The LE Eco model offers a rear spoiler, low rolling resistance tires, and a smoothed out under tray to lessen aerodynamic drag.  LED headlights are standard across all models – a first for the compact segment.

The S model, with it’s blacked-out trim and grill, makes for a very striking vehicle, particularly in silver or blue.  Other trim lines are more conservative in their style, but still maintain a handsome look.

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The wheelbase of the 2014 Corolla has been stretched 3.9 inches, which leads to an additional 5 inches of rear legroom, giving the 2014 Corolla more legroom than some midsize sedans.  This added space means two adults will be able to fit very comfortably in the back, with enough headroom for a 6-foot tall person.

The dash area is all-new as well, with a horizontal design and a significant upgrade in materials.  While hard plastics are used throughout  most of the cabin, each piece has a solid look and feel to it.  The steering wheel has a nice thick design that’s very comfortable to grip, meanwhile S models come with a leather-wrapped wheel that gives a more premium feel compared to the standard steering wheel.

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Seat materials are also well done. The standard cloth seats offer a nice thickness that leads one to believe the material will stand up to the test of time.  Higher-end models use Toyota’s Tex Leather that also has a solid look and feel to it.

Bluetooth is standard on all models, as well as eight airbags, power windows, and the aforementioned first-in-class LED headlights.  LE trimmed Corolla’s add Entune audio with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, as well as a backup camera with dynamic glide slope guidance.  For 2014 Entune has been upgraded with a simpler user interface, an improved voice recognition system, and additional apps. Unlike in previous years, Entune is now a subscription-free service, allowing all 2014 Corolla owners to enjoy the service.
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There are three transmissions available on the 2014 Corolla.  Base L model’s come with a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic transmission.  LE and LE Eco models come only with a CVT that is available on the sportier S model with integrated paddle shifters. A six-speed manual is standard fare on Corolla S models.

The CVT transmission is a Toyota designed and built unit that is programed to simulate a seven-speed gearbox.  Most of the “shifting” is felt only under heavy throttle settings, otherwise the transmission provides the seamless drive and feel associated with CVTs.

From behind the wheel, the Corolla offers a rather firm but very comfortable ride that soaks up bumps and potholes well at normal city speeds.  As you approach highway speeds, the suspension transmits more road imperfections into the cabin. It’s not jarring, but it is noticeable.
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One item that drivers will immediately take note of is that the Corolla gives you the feeling of going much slower than the speed you are actually traveling at.  Going 70 mph, gives you have the perception that you are actually going 50-55 mph.  This speaks to the quality of the Corolla’s chassis and sound deadening materials.

This also translates to the feeling of acceleration in the 2014 Corolla. Between the quiet cabin and the dynamics of the CVT, the perception is that the Corolla is accelerating rather slow; however while not quick, Corolla’s available power is more than adequate for all driving situations.

The LE Eco is unique over other Corolla models in that it employs Toyota’s Valvetronic system.  While the standard VVT system adjust the opening and closing of the valves for maximum efficiency, Valvetronic goes one step further in adjusting valve lift and allows Toyota to maximize the engine’s efficiency. The net result is a Corolla with 8 extra horsepower and an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway.

The 2014 Corolla will come with two additional airbags over the outgoing model, raising the number to eight.  Toyota has also increased side impact resistance by incorporating a new support beam for additional safety protection.

Available in four trim levels, the 2014 Corolla L has a base price of $16,800, while the LE stickers at $18,300, the LE Eco at $18,700, and the S at $19,000.  Option packages have been simplified into two categories: Plus and Premium. Toyota made the decision to simplify the Corolla’s option packages from customer feedback and observed buying dynamics.

Toyota knows its customers very well, and the latest Corolla will appeal strongly to them.  The core essentials that have made the Corolla so popular are still the cornerstones of the 2014 model; however the car’s dramatic new styling and modern interior that challenges that of the Sentra, Civic, and Forte, give the car a newfound glory.  The Corolla continues to fall short of being an all-out “driver’s car” but it is a very competent compact car. With the Corolla entering dealership lots, Toyota’s challenge is to see if the 2014 model can increase the car’s customer base, as Toyota wants to increase Corolla sales by 10%.

Toyota Debuts Race-Ready GT86 at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

July 15, 2013 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

A year ago, Toyota launched the Toyota GT86 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year, the brand returns with a race-ready version of the multi-award winning sports coupe. Dubbed the TRD Griffon Project, the special edition GT86 has been tweeked and customized by Toyota Racing Developments specifically for track driving. Modifications were made to reduce weight, strengthen the chassis, and introduce racing specification TRD accessories.

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Most of the overall body shape remains the same except that the hood, roof, doors, trunk lid and rear wings have been moulded out of lightweight carbon fiber. Further weight reduction can be attributed to the use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the bumpers, wide front wings and rear diffuser. All windows are made from polycarbonate rather than glass.

Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter boxer engine normally found in a stock GT86, but the six-speed manual gearbox features a shorter final drive ratio for improved acceleration. Other components have been strengthened or upgraded such as the standard Torsen limited-slip differential has been replaced by a TRD mechanical LSD and the suspension has been significantly reinforced.

A number of performance-enhancing modifications can be found including an oil cooler for the engine and a TRD mono block brake caliper kit with racing spec brake pads. The TRD Griffon Project rides on TWS 18-inch wheels and Yokohama Advan tires. On the inside, the cabin features a TRD seat, shift knob, ignition button, auxiliary gauges, and a  Momo steering wheel. And finally, a Takata harness keeps the driver in place.

Watch the following video for a glimpse of what the car looks like in motion:

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