Posts from ‘Toyota’

May
28
2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium

2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium in Phantom matte-gray paint (a $1495 option)

2015 Audi Q52021 Toyota Supra 3.0 Premium

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Cars

Miles driven: 255

Fuel used: 10.5 gallons

May
10

Cockroaches, Keith Richards, and the Pontiac Vibe I can’t track down the first  person to predict that only cockroaches would survive the next world war, but the would-be truism is well known at this point. Kudos to the comedian who would later add Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards to the short list of life forms expected to live through a nuclear apocalypse; his continued existence remains an inspiration to those of us who have only occasionally drank to excess and have largely passed on injected opioids. Though not a life form, I would like to add another icon of longevity and fortitude to the nukeproof list: the Pontiac Vibe.

May
05
1992 Toyota Supra

1992 Toyota Supra

Cheap Wheels

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2020 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The first two generations of the Toyota Supra were well-equipped, long-wheelbase, six-cylinder variants of the Celica hatchback. Then in 1986, the two cars went separate ways. Celica transformed into a sporty front driver, and Supra went off on a new rear-drive sports-car platform. It’s that first Celica-free Supra that we think would make for a nice set of cheap wheels.

Apr
22
1984 VK Commodore SS

1984 VK Commodore SS

For the month of March 2021, not one American-brand vehicle was reported among the top-ten best-selling vehicles in Australia. For folks not in the know, that might not seem so strange. Australia is a long way from the U.S., and very close to Japan, a country known for its automobiles. And in fact, except for a single Hyundai model, every vehicle on the Australian top-ten list is Japanese.

Mar
31
2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro in Lunar Rock

Quick Spin, Consumer Guide

2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax

Class: Large Pickup

Miles Driven: 351

Fuel Used: 27.4 gallons

Mar
05
1982 Chevrolet Citation X-11, Fastest Cars of 1982

1982 Chevrolet Citation X-11

What makes a car fast? Generally, more power means more go, but back in 1982, power was hard to come by. Weight matters too, but not as much as you might think, at least for the cars tested by Consumer Guide back in 1982. Unlike previous “fastest” lists I’ve put together, I’ve included the final drive ratio for each car listed below.

Mar
05
Toyota Hybrid Strategy

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

Feb
19
Test Drive: 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum in Ruby Flare Pearl (a $495 option)

Quick Spin, Consumer Guide Automotive

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 281

Fuel used: 7.3 gallons

Feb
18
1971 Toyota Celica ST Hardtop Coupe

1971 Toyota Celica ST Hardtop Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

In 1971, Toyota introduced its Celica sport coupe, a car that many automotive magazines compared to the original Ford Mustang. By 1971, Mustang had grown eight inches longer and 600 pounds heavier than the ’65 original. (Ford President Lee Iacocca realized this was too big for a “ponycar” and had a much smaller Mustang in the pipeline.) Meanwhile, import coupes such as the Celica, Opel Manta, and Mercury Capri catered to those who wanted a sporty car that was smaller than the early Seventies ponycars. 

Jan
27
2020 Toyota C-HR Limited

2020 Toyota C-HR Limited in Silver Knockout Metallic with Black roof (two-tone paint is a $500 option)

2020 Toyota C-HR Limited

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 232

Fuel used: 8.2 gallons