The Latest from Toyota’s 2016 Line-up
Toyota has carved out its own global niche with a big footprint in America. Consumers are provided with a wide berth of options in six classes. Cars, minivan, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, and hybrids offer over three dozen trims. Innovative features are flawlessly integrated with each category with drivers and occupants being the beneficiary. This brand has a reputation for delivering fuel economy, affordability, and reliability for generations. It is not uncommon to have customer loyalty demonstrated by owners with repeat purchases each time they need a new car. The Corolla, Camry, 4Runner, and Land Cruiser have been consistent favorites in their class. Here is a look at what Toyota is up to in 2016.
Starting with the car class is where Toyota hit the scene in the United States. Today there is the Yaris, which is the latest addition to the line-up with consumer demand for more fuel efficiency. Corolla was the first to stake its claim and standard Bluetooth, paddle shift, and a 60/40 split bench rear seat are examples of its evolution. Camry is the full-sized sedan with creature comforts including driver seats with eight positions, wireless charging and Entune app-suite. Avalon is the next full-sized sedan with more of what Camry offers plus room to really stretch out. Voice activated controls, heated and cooled front seats, and ambient lights in the interiors and dual exhaust exteriors make this a luxurious choice.
There is only one minivan trim with the Sienna encompassing the ideal concept for this class. This includes the exclusive Auto Access where second row seats seamlessly dismount from the interior. Leather and lounging positions seat eight comfortably with two moon roofs overhead. There is sliding consoles and a Blu-ray entertainment system. Innovation comes with standard back-up sensors and cameras.
Drivers have two choices of trucks with the smaller Tacoma and larger Tundra. The difference is in the towing, cab and bed dimensions, and off-road capability. Tacoma carries a robust 1,440 pound payload and tows a respectable 6,800 pounds. A3.5L V-6 performs with agility using crawl control, multi-terrain select, and Hill Start Assist control. Tundra takes things a step further with up to 10,500 towing capacity and an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller. More convenience includes three-way towing mode, and Trailer Sway Control to harness the 4.6L or 5.7L V8 engines. Finally, along with the deck rail system and multi-functional tailgate in the Tacoma, Tundra adds folding rear positions and three beds. Tundra also comes with five packages that fit any taste.
When the crossover class was introduced, Toyota jumped in with the RAV4. It has all the cargo of a SUV with the handling of a sedan. This is no compact design with adjustable lift-gates, 60/40 split seats, and a cargo net package. Drivers are treated to memory and heated front seats. Technology has SIRI, HomeLink rear-view mirrors, and several standard cameras. The rest of the SUVs include the Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, and Land Cruiser. Each adds features the competition cannot match. They include up to 8,100 pounds towing capacity, innovative off-terrain monitor technology, and TRD tuned performance. There are conversation mirrors, auto four-zone climate control, and projected path cameras used for backing up.
A hybrid exists in every 2016 class with a Camry and Avalon, RAV4 and Highlander, and a full-suite of Prius. The Prius started the revolution of hybrid technology and continues to fan the flames with three trims. Head-up technology comes in color with heated front seats and a 60/40 split in the rear. A sportier model called the Mirai has the performance of any coupe on the road with hydrogen fuel cell technology that was unthinkable just two years ago. Drivers can order this cutting-edge class with three years of fuel included in the package. This brand delivers again with Eco-friendly vehicles accessibility.
Back-up cameras are standard for Toyota with brake assist systems that are ventilated and regenerative. Blind-spot and lane assist is standard in most models and available in all others. DRCC (dynamic radar cruise control) uses more than sensors to alert drivers, brakes and suspension about changing road conditions. Sienna is an example of trend setting with four-wheel drive. Up to 10 airbags come standard with a minimum of eight in most trims. Safety Connect is Toyota’s emergency assistance system that brings help and recovers stolen vehicles. The Toyota Safety Sense Package was developed to ensure the ultimate peace of mind.
In 2016, performance and comfort rule the day for this brand. Drivers that compare it to the competition will be impressed enough to own any model in the showroom. Pricing, leases, and specials make this a must-buy for those in the market for a new vehicle.