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2019 Lexus LS 500h Review: A Hybrid of The Highest Order

95 excellent overall impression Quiet & luxurious cabin.Solid engine performance.Infotainment touchpad is difiicult. Pros Ride Quality World-Class Interior Cons Infotainment Touchpad Options Add Up Quickly If you think Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo have the market on the full-size luxury segment, Lexus is making a bold statement with the LS 500. When Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said he wanted to change the Lexus culture, he wasn’t kidding. The 2019 Lexus LS 500h says...
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2019 Toyota Camry Receives Updates Across The Board

The Camry, one of Toyota’s best-selling cars, soldiers on with new updates for 2019. Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite provides a number of advanced driver-assistance systems.  Three powertrain choices are available, including a hybrid with an updated Power Control Unit. If you’re looking for a car that is the automotive equivalent of a manila envelope stapled to a beige wall, then the new 2019 Toyota Camry is for you. Oh sure, Toyota seems to be serious when they say the Camry has an “Exciting St...
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Supra Vs. Z4: The Fine Line Between Toyota & BMW Sports Cars

The 2020 Toyota Supra is destined for greatness. But there’s a problem. The BMW Z4 M40i is basically the same car albeit with a more powerful motor. Which begs the question: when is a Toyota sports car not a BMW? Where does one end and the other begin? The much anticipated hype is over. In the immortal words of my colleague Tony Borroz, it’s time to stop frothing at the mouth since the 2020 Toyota Supra is finally here. And boy, what a journey it has been, huh? I’m pretty sure Toyota did ev...
Tags: Porsche, Autos, Fiat, Toyota, Bmw, North America, Subaru, Mazda, Supra, GTE, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Toyota Supra, Car News, Car Talk, Tony Borroz, BMW of North America LLC


2020 Toyota Supra: It’s Finally Here!

The 2020 Toyota Supra debuts at the North American International Auto Show. After a long wait – 21 years in fact – Supra fans finally receive their unicorn. Zero to 60 times are solid and the chassis setup is impressive.     Okay, just calm down, calm down I say! The 2020 Toyota Supra is here. You will get your chance to bask in its glory, including tons of specs and performance numbers, in due time, but until then, you are going to have to calm down. You have been frothing at the mouth for t...
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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review: Sporty & Safe

90 SOLID 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Overall Impression Plenty of standard equipment. Manual transmission version is fun to drive. Performance lacks in a few key areas, however. Pros Material Quality Safety Features Infotainment Features Cons Rear Legroom Cargo Capacity Those wanting a compact car with attitude should take a look at the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback. If you want a safe compact car, the Corolla gets a suite of safety features not typically found in t...
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2018 Lexus NX 300 Review: Steady, Simple & Comfortble

90 GOOD 2018 Lexus NX 300 Overall Impression Perfect for everyday commutes.All-wheel drive system didn't perform up to par. Pros Comfortable Fuel Mileage Interior Fit & Finish Cons Cargo Capacity Remote Touch Pad With the 2018 Lexus NX 300 you’re getting a small luxury crossover with mini-RX 350 styling. In addition, the NX 300 is a comfortable, around-town commuter. Buyers will enjoy plush seating, a quiet interior, and a suitably powerful, turbocharged fuel-effici...
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2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan: Still A Corolla, But Better

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan represents the 12th-generation of Toyota’s small car namesake. Overall performance and efficiency increases with Toyota’s optional Dynamic Force engine.   Since its introduction in 1966, over 46 million Toyota Corollas have been sold globally. The Toyota Corolla is the Coca-Cola of the automotive industry; it is easily recognizable around the globe. The Corolla was able to achieve all this not by being fast or sporty, but by being practical, solidly reliable, and ...
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Canine Car Seats & Rolling Refrigerators: Auto Trends Around the World

Some of the most significant trends in the automotive industry are also the most interesting.  Ridesharing and Artificial Intelligence rank high but consumers still want comfort and convenience.  In the United States, many worry about their pets when traveling; in Germany, electrification is key.  Beyond backup cameras, consumers around the world are asking automakers to expand their offerings and add on-the-go convenience. From enhanced entertainment options to extra comfort for our four-legg...
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2019 Toyota RAV4: Right Size Fits All

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 line includes both gasoline and hybrid models. The new RAV4 is built on Toyota’s TNGA-K platform for a lower center of gravity. For those on the go, the 2019 RAV4 has plenty of infotainment and safety features. I read recently that over 60 percent of new cars sold are SUVs and trucks. That explains why you see so many of them around; people want them. That also explains why GM, for example, is closing down lines, because sales of sedans are way down. That also explains wh...
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2020 Camry TRD & Avalon TRD: Toyota’s Idris Elba

Limited-edition Camry TRD and Avalon TRD are a first for Toyota.  Both feature a track-tuned chassis, cat-back exhaust, and matte-black 19-inch alloy wheels. Look, sometimes, all you want is good, dependable, solid transportation. The problem with that though is how good, dependable, and solid can be so boring. Nobody ever said, “Hmm, Idris Elba, or Jim, the balding middle-aged guy from accounting? I’ll go with Jim!” Which brings us to the automotive equivalent of Jim: Toyota’s Camry and Avalo...
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2019 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Edition: All About Dat Traction

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner receives a new Nightshade Special Edition trim.  Fox Internal Bypass Shocks are available for the 4Runner along with terrain control features.  Toyota calls the 4Runner a “Sherpa among SUVs.” Sherpa? Really? Sure, why not. You do you Toyota.  There’s a new Toyota 4Runner out, and I suppose that’s a good thing, but it also makes me ask: Why build new ones, don’t the originals last forever? I live in rural farm country, and the biggest slice of the vehicle ownership pie ...
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2018 Toyota Prius: Still Frugal After All These Years

The 2018 Toyota Prius “Remains A Hybrid Benchmark,” Toyota is quick to remind us. This is not just marketing puffery or corporate bragging. The little guys are amazingly fuel efficient, and since they were pretty much the first to market, they’re the yardstick against which other hybrids are judged. And good on Toyota for not resting on their laurels. They’ve updated the Prius with all the modes of the day – comfort, convenience, safety etc. – but have also upped the drivetrain. Performance & E...
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2018 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax Review

Even though it hasn’t had a major overhaul since 2007, the 2018 Toyota Tundra gets a minor refresh. Tundra deals in a very competitive environment with the top-selling Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan, and Ram 1500. The current generation Tundra was revised for 2014 but still brings some attitude, although the theme for 2018 is safety. This weekend, we drove the top trim Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax. What’s New For 2018 All 2018 Toyota Tundras get refreshed st...
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2019 Lexus ES: A Brief Walk Around

The 2019 Lexus ES enters its seventh generation with a number of improvements. Lexus says the ES resides in one of the industry’s most competitive segments and, as a result, the 2019 model gets a bump in luxury, performance, and fuel efficiency. An F SPORT variant is available for those who want a little extra spice. Here is a brief walk around the 2019 Lexus ES. Essential Foundations The new ES rides on the Lexus Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform, a rigid front-wheel drive chassis. The ...
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2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition: All About Dat Handling

Ah, yes: an improved Toyota 86! The 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition, the direct, linear descendant of the ToyoBaru 2012 sports car that everyone seemed to love, but everyone one said needed more power. And now? Better brakes, better dampers, better tires . . . better engine? No, but better is better, right? Full disclosure here: I have never driven one of these. And that’s too bad. Everyone seems to like these little guys. I sort of look at them as being the Miata coupe that Mazda never made....
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Michelin, North America, Subaru, Sachs, Mazda, Brembo, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Raven, Car News, Torsen, Michelin Pilot Sport, Tony Borroz


A Passion For Cars: Talking With AutoWise.com Founder Chris Riley

You might find this hard to believe, but true, dyed-in-the-wool gearheads are a dying breed. This explains why older cars and vintage automobiles are growing in popularity as we speak. It might have to do with the nostalgic appeal and analog feel, but it stems from the fact that old cars are easy to fix and easier to modify, not to mention working on older vehicles is the perfect breeding ground for the next generation of gearheads. Here at Automoblog, we welcome the opportunity to connect with ...
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2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab Review

For those wanting to get off the beaten path and away from civilization, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road is a mid-size truck that will fit perfectly. Get the Tacoma Double Cab and you can take all your friends, and have room for extra gear on the excursion. If you just need a commuter truck, the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, or Honda Ridgeline will be a good enough alternative to a car. This week, we’ve been driving the 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab. What’s New For 2018 Fo...
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Inside The 2019 Lexus ES: Can It Compete With Germany?

The latest Lexus ES recently debuted at Auto China 2018 in Beijing. That placement is significant, insofar as it is another example of just how important the Chinese market is for everyone these days. But it is also important because the ES has long been Lexus’ bread and butter in the performance sedan world. Waxing Poetics The Lexus ES is the Japanese car giant’s version of the BMW 3 Series, and very close in design goals to the vaunted M3. Apart from all the stuff that people negatively say ...
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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Marketing Jargon For Days

Wait, what year is this, 1985? Toyota is trumpeting their new hatchback? People still make hatchbacks as separate and notable things? I thought having a hatch out back is just what a car company does these days, what makes this 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback special? So, yeah, “the Hatch is back!” as Toyota claimed in a far too smarmy and familiar tone that, along with hideously contorted marketing prose, permeates their press materials. Waxing Poetics Toyota, in print anyway, is trying as hard...
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2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan: Mid-Premium Goodness

Here is the 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan . . . wait, they make a Yaris sedan? Why would you make a Yaris sedan? At this point, why would you make a Yaris? I keed! I keed! The Toyota Yaris is a perfectly serviceable car. No, it does not take you in Rolls-like comfort. No, it does not have Ferrari-esque power and agility. But it is a Yaris. And at a certain point in time, maybe a Yaris is what a person needs. If you can get past the looks – and you’re going to have to, because this thing is gruesomely ...
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Want Your Next Lexus To Start? Lick The Steering Wheel. No. Seriously.

Auto shows can be crazy places with half-thought out ideas all over the place. Gyroscope-stabilized briefcase warmers for the back seat. Cop cars with integrated doughnut dispensers. Turbine-powered iPad docks. Lots of nutty stuff that will (thankfully) never see the light of day. Sadly, Lexus and their new partner, genetic screening company 23andMe have teamed up for “Genetic Select” and it looks like they’re “serious.” Lexus made the announcement in conjunction with the 2018 New York Internati...
Tags: Lexus, Autos, 23andMe, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, New York International Auto Show, Car News, New York International Auto, Tony Borroz, 23andMe Lexus


2019 Lexus UX: At Home In Any Concrete Paradise

The 2019 Lexus UX, the SUV/crossover for well-heeled Urban eXplorers (get it?) just hit the stage at this year’s New York International Auto Show. The UX rides on two powertrains that show it’s for the city, not the country, and definitely not for going off-road in any serious way. Basically, there are two kinds: the front-wheel drive UX 200 with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a Direct-Shift CVT, and the UX 250h, which has an Atikinson Cycle version of the same 2.0-liter gas engine, c...
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Inside The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Hot hatch fever is going around and Toyota has caught the bug! Meet the 2019 Corolla Hatchback in advance of its debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show. Toyota says the Corolla Hatchback has “flair extraordinaire” and indeed that seems to be the case, especially in that bright blue. The new Corolla Hatchback has Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, a revised sport-tuned suspension, and a host of advanced safety features. Platform & Architecture The 2019 Corolla Hatchbac...
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Lexus Debuts “Urban Explorer” In Geneva

Lexus has just shown its first-ever compact luxury crossover, the UX, at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The UX, according to Lexus, aims to introduce a bold new design, efficient powertrains, and innovative luxury features all in a smaller, more compact package. And it seems like Lexus is on a roll, as the unveiling of the UX comes after the recent launch of the new LC flagship coupe, LS flagship sedan, and the re-done RX “luxury utility vehicle.” New Architecture The UX is the firs...
Tags: Feature, Lexus, Autos, Geneva, Geneva Motor Show, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, CVT, Car News, Tony Borroz, Lexus UX


Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept: The New Supra Perhaps?

Man, Toyota has been drawing this out seemingly forever now. A certain stripe of gearhead has been hovering all over this since it was a mere rumor months and months ago. At first it was all “deny-deny-deny” and then it was all “maybe-maybe-maybe,” and that turned into “possibly, but we won’t show you” and now, this final tease. So what is here? What is Toyota showing us, and what does it portend for the upcoming Supra? World Performer No, this is not the new Toyota Supra that you lot have bee...
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These Special Lexus Models Will Be Rare

Did you know Lexus has been making “F” cars for ten years? Wait, did you know that Lexus was even making F cars? I did but I didn’t know that. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew Lexus had this F designation, but I never knew what it designated. So here we are, ten years on, and we get to celebrate, what, exactly? According to Lexus, that F badge means the car has “the purest expression of Lexus performance.” Sure, whatever. Essentially F is to Lexus what M is to BMW and S is to Audi. F is ...
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Inside The 2019 Toyota TRD Pro Lineup

Toyota Racing Development, more commonly known as TRD, has created architectures, engines, and parts for a variety of Toyota vehicles. TRD supported off-road legend Ivan “Ironman” Stewart for three decades on his path to multiple championships and race victories in Baja, U.S. off-road desert, and short-course off-road races. TRD most recently celebrated CJ Greave’s 2017 Pro 4 Championship in The Off-Road Championship Series (TORC). And now, coming to a driveway near you – or perhaps your own – t...
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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Defined As “Flagship Luxury Crossover”

With the LF-1 Limitless concept, Lexus aims to introduce a new genre of luxury vehicle: the flagship crossover. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept combines high performance with unrestrained luxury and is a showcase of technology, innovation, and the latest evolution of design at Lexus. But is this exactly new? Aren’t there “flagship crossovers” already? What makes the Lexus LF-1 Limitless so special? Power & Performance For starters, Lexus (nee Toyota) says the LF-1 concept could be a fuel cel...
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2019 Toyota Avalon Appears In Detroit

Well, here it is, the all-new 2019 Toyota Avalon, which, to be honest, is the automotive equivalent of saying “here’s the all-new 2019 jar of mayonnaise!” I’m not trying to imply that the 2019 Toyota Avalon is a bad car, not at all. It’s not. What I am saying is that it is boring. Sure, sure, it has adequate power and handling, and enough comfort and convenience features and room to make you feel like you’re driving down the road in a medium-sized Tokyo apartment, but it is as exciting as getti...
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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Review

Sedans are losing their appeal in America as SUVs and crossovers take a lion’s share of the market, but this sedan will get you to look twice. The 2018 Toyota Camry has received a complete makeover and it’s a good one. Camry needed a redesign and Toyota engineers excelled with the popular sedan,   with new styling inside and out, and improvements to bump up fuel efficiency. If you don’t need a lot of cargo-carrying room, this newly-redesigned sedan will save you boatloads of money at the pump....
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