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2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade is a minivan in a tuxedo
2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade is a minivan in a tuxedo

The 2020 Toyota Sienna SE Nightshade is all dressed up for a night out on the town... with the kids. The special-edition minivan will reportedly start production this month, according CarsDirect reported Tuesday, and it adds typical splashes of black as we've seen from other Toyota Nightshade...Read More»

2020 Toyota Highlander, 2019 New York International Auto Show
2020 Toyota Highlander unveiled: Crossover SUV juices up with thrifty, 34-mpg hybrid

With the 2019 New York auto show debut Wednesday of its redesigned 2020 Highlander, Toyota hasn’t built the Prius of three-row crossover SUVs. The automaker’s 34-mpg combined fuel-economy estimate for the 2020 Highlander Hybrid comes close, however. That figure is a hefty 6 mpg higher...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLE
Toyota to make its electrification tech open-source

the maker of the original mass-market hybrid car is feeling generous. The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that it will share its electrification tech with rival automakers in a bid to reduce vehicle emissions. The automaker said it will offer about 24,000 patents it currently holds for other...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius
2019 Toyota Prius, Prius Prime earn Top Safety Pick award

The 2019 Toyota Prius earned a Top Safety Pick award, the IIHS said last week. The hybrids almost aced the insurance industry-funded testing agency's barrage of crash tests. The Prius scored "Good" in every instrumented crash test except for an "Acceptable" rating in the challenging passenger-side...Read More»

2020 Toyota Yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback revealed: Boxcar blues begone?

The 2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback revealed Monday had few surprises for budget carbuyers. Gone is the frumpy three- and five-door hatches from Toyota's not-too-distant past, replaced this year with a sharper Yaris frame that's built by Mazda in Mexico—like the 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan. The new...Read More»

Toyota Lunar Rover concept
Toyota shoots for the stars, reveals its lunar rover

Toyota wants to take its vehicles to the moon. On Tuesday, the automaker announced an agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to potentially collaborate on international space exploration. The announcement also came with photos and videos of Toyota's proposed lunar rover. The...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4
2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2019 Honda CR-V: Compare Cars

It doesn’t have the ring of “Frazier-Ali”—or even Todd Bridges-Vanilla Ice—but the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Honda CR-V are automotive heavyweights that square off daily on dealer lots. They’re among the most popular crossover SUVs on sale today and it shows: the...Read More»

2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid's fuel economy rivals Prius, other models less impressive

Fuel economy estimates from the EPA for the 2020 Toyota Corolla range from below average to ultra thrifty depending on what's underhood. The EPA estimates 30 mpg city, 38 highway, 33 combined for what's likely to be the most popular version of the 2020 Corolla: the L, LE, and XLE trim level with...Read More»

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, 2019 Chicago Auto Show
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition looks back, seats just five

The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition unveiled Wednesday ahead of its Chicago auto show debut next month is a flashback in more ways than just its retro-inspired badging. The special edition marks more the 60 years of Land Cruisers in the U.S. Aside from some minor styling tweaks, its...Read More»

2020 Toytota RAV4 TRD Off-Road, 2019 Chicago Auto Show
2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road revealed: Crossover SUV with off-road potential

The butch, new-look Toyota RAV4 is getting some hardware to help match. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road that was revealed Thursday at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show is the automaker's first TRD treatment for the popular, small crossover SUV. When it goes on sale in the fall, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road...Read More»

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
2020 Toyota upgrades pickup trucks, SUVs with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, Toyota took the wraps off of updated versions of its pickup trucks and SUVs. Sure, they may have new headlights and wheels, but the big news comes inside where the 2020 Tacoma, Tundra, Sequoia, and 4Runner finally feature an infotainment system with Apple...Read More»

2018 Toyota Yaris, 2017 New York auto show
Toyota Yaris hatchback reaches end of the road in US

The Toyota Yaris hatchback has expired, a Toyota spokesperson confirmed to CarsDirect Wednesday. The automaker confirmed long-running rumors that the Yaris hatchback wouldn't be renewed for the 2019 model year. Demand for sub-compact cars has waned as more buyers flock to utility vehicles such as...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e XLE
Toyota's knocking on your door for your defective airbag

Toyota is eager to reach owners of vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators to alert them about free replacement, so much so that the automaker confirmed Monday that it will start knocking on doors. In an e-mail to The Car Connection, a Toyota spokesperson said that the automaker's...Read More»

2020 Toyota Supra, 2019 Detroit auto show
2020 Toyota Supra: Legendary two-seat sport coupe returns, with a European twist

Launching a new model name costs many millions of dollars, which is why automakers often bring back old names or radically alter the vehicles sold under an existing name. That explains why Toyota's new two-seat sport coupe is called Supra, reviving a name last used in 1998. The new 2020 Toyota...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna Limited
Toyota adds 1.3 million more vehicles to Takata airbag recall in US

Toyota on Wednesday added 1.3 million more vehicles to the Takata airbag inflator recall in the U.S., which comes a month after a follow-up recall for another 65,000 cars. The new recall adds the following vehicles to the list of recalled models with faulty airbag components made by Japanese...Read More»

2003 Toyota Highlander
Toyota, Honda, Subaru owners most likely to keep their cars for at least 15 years

Not every car buyer adheres to short-term leases to flip into something new every 36 months. A new study shows the brands and cars owners were most likely to keep for at least 15 years, and three Japanese brands came out on top. Toyota, Honda, and Subaru made up the entire list of cars owners were...Read More»

2019 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma recalled for brake fluid leak; Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 for seatbelt sensor error

Toyota on Thursday issued two new recalls for its pickup truck and its largest SUVs. The recalls affect the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, and the Toyota Land Cruiser and its Lexus LX 570 twin. The recalls are separate from one another; the Tacoma recall involves leaking brake fluid, while the Land...Read More»

2005 Toyota Corolla CE
Toyota to replace 65,000 defective Takata airbag inflators

Toyota on Wednesday issued a follow-up recall to replace defective Takata airbag inflators—again—on 65,000 vehicles. This time, however, Toyota said that it will replace the inflators with new units produced by another third-party supplier. The automaker announced the recall on...Read More»

2019 Toyota Prius
All-wheel-drive 2019 Toyota Prius to cost $1,400 more than front-drive model

Extra traction won't break the bank when it comes to the new all-wheel-drive Toyota Prius that was unveiled at the 2018 LA Auto Show last week. CarsDirect reported Monday the 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e will start at $27,300, which includes a $920 destination charge. In comparison to the standard...Read More»

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