Posts from ‘Toyota’

Apr
26
2017 Toyota Yaris iA

2017 Toyota Yaris iA in Graphite

2017 Toyota Yaris iA manual    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles Driven: 481

Fuel Used: 11.5 gallons

Apr
25
1970 Chevrolet Impala

1970 Chevrolet Impala

Robert De Niro was cruising the Boroughs of New York City long before he played a mentally ill cabbie in the 1976 Martin Scorsese classic Taxi Driver–six years before, to be exact. Taxi Driver hit theaters in 1976. De Niro, however, shows off an AMC Ambassador in this forgotten ad from way back in 1970.

Apr
21
1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruise

1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

Sometimes hindsight plays tricks on us. I have always been uncomfortable that the Talking Heads’ seminal album More Songs about Buildings and Food was available on 8-Track tape.

I associate the 1978 album with a progressive musical movement that endured through the Eighties. That fact that that same music could be purchased in a lousy, short-lived format known for premature failure is difficult for me to square.

Apr
20
2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited

2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited in Electric Storm Blue

2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact crossover

Miles Driven: 599

Fuel Used: 19.3 gallons

Apr
19
1979 Ford Pinto

1979 Ford Pinto

Have you noticed that the term “economy car” seems to have fallen out of common use in recent years? We think there’s good reason for that. With the average transaction price of a new vehicle hovering around $36,000, and the even the least-expensive new rides going for $18,000 or better, there isn’t much out there that feels economical.

Apr
12
Toyota FT-4X Concept

Toyota FT-4X Concept

New York Auto Show

Toyota calls it a “four-wheel-drive toolbox,” and that seems an appropriate description of the company’s FT-4X concept shown at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Mar
24
2017 Toyota Corolla iM in Barcelona Red Metallic

2017 Toyota Corolla iM in Barcelona Red Metallic

2017 Toyota Corolla iM    Consumer Guide Automotive

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 234

Fuel Used: 8.6 gallons

Mar
13

Consumer Guide Fuel Economy Champions

At Consumer Guide®, we take pride in not simply reporting the fuel-economy number provided by a given test vehicle’s trip computer–and we don’t blindly accept the EPA’s numbers. Instead, we buy our own gas and do the math.

Mar
09
2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR

Consumer Guide First Spin At first blush, Toyota’s 2018 C-HR looks all the world like a rakish new entry in the compact-crossover segment, but it’s not. At least, not in the traditional sense.

However, that may depend on how one defines a “crossover.” Despite the fact that roughly 40-50 percent of small SUVs are purchased in front-wheel-drive form, Consumer Guide’s definition has traditionally included the mandate that it has to at least be offered with all-wheel drive, and the C-HR is not … at least, not yet.

Feb
27
1984 Toyota Van

1984 Toyota Van

America is rich with historic auto brands. Ford, for example, goes back in time nearly as far as the car itself. Likewise, Chevrolet has existed for longer than most people have been alive.

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