2018 Toyota C-HR Test Drive

If we were going to give the new 2018 Toyota C-HR an initialism, we would call it an UAV (Urban Assault Vehicle) or perhaps a FUV (Fun Urban Vehicle). Toyota says the C-HR stands for Coupe High-Rider. It represents a stylish and sporty new design language and they’ve introduced it with some very cleaver fairytale-like…

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2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited Test Drive

“2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited” A 40 mpg Premium Hybrid The Toyota Avalon was a unique midsize offering when it debuted more than two decades ago, bringing class-above roominess and comfort to the segment, positioned between the Camry and models from Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division. The Avalon remains unique in its segment for 2017 with…

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2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition Test Drive

“2017 Toyota Corolla Celebrates 50 year anniversary” Corolla adds special touches to Special Edition The Toyota Corolla launched here in the U.S. marketplace in 1968 with its first generation examples, following two years of sales success in the Japanese market. Power for those first models came from a 1.1-liter SOHC 4-cylinder engine. The second generation…

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2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Test Drive

“2108 Toyota C-HR XLE” A Fun, Mischievous approach to the Subcompact SUV What’s in a name? In the case of the 2018 Toyota C-HR, the name is somewhat ambiguous and contradictory. “C-HR” according to the Toyota suits stands for “Coupe-High Rider” That’s all well and good, but names, even in the form of acronyms should…

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2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE AWD Test Drive

“2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE AWD” An attractive, affordable three-row Hybrid The Toyota Highlander pioneered the midsize crossover SUV category 16 years ago, getting a head start on becoming the class benchmark. The third-generation model, now entering its fourth year, provides room for up to eight, a choice of three powertrains and four model grades,…

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2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4×4 Double Cab Test Drive

“2017 Toyota Tacoma expands its roster” Joining Tacoma Ranks this year – TRD Pro model. Just like Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma offers 31 flavors based on two cab types, the extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab, each available in 4×2 or 4×4 configurations. Access Cab models provide under-seat rear storage space,…

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2017 Toyota Highlander Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When Barbara’s son-in-law, Todd, called Thursday and said he would be racing at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington on Saturday night we decided to go – we seldom get a chance to see him race and we were only four hours away — Seattle traffic proved otherwise upping our…

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2018 Toyota Camry Test Drive

By Bill Schaffer Newberg, Ore. –  Toyota has been a relatively conservative car company, never straying from the norm or pushing the envelope too far, but always striving to build excellent cars. However, the last five years, the changes have become bolder and more revolutionary, I think mostly due to the influence of their new…

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2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When it comes to hard core off-road vehicles two or three names stand out, but one of the most popular worldwide is the Toyota Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser has been around the U.S. market since 1957 and has gone through a multitude of iterations before ending up as the…

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