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17 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 314 views

 

By Don Hammonds

Want a glance into the automotive future?

We got your back.

The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is your ticket.

The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, which means that you can recharge at home or at a public charging station, which are becoming a lot more common nowadays. While it is indeed the top of the heap Prius, it doesn’t look like the other Prius models that are not plug-0in hybrids.  It has its own look–and given the potential of this …

Compact Cars, Toyota, Uncategorized »

8 Sep 2017 | No Comment | 540 views

By Don Hammonds

 

Looking for a bargain compact sedan with cool looks, unusually modern and enticing interior and a driving personality that invites you to be sporty?

Look no further than Toyota’s Yaris iA sedan.

This one, I will tell you, was a real surprise for me.  First, the styling.  Really well done with nice, flowing lines, appropriate character lines, and asignature front end look that stands apart from what everybody else is doing.  It looks quite a bit like the recently departed …

Auto Shows, BMW, Chevrolet, Family Sedans, Honda, Infiniti, Kia, Lexus, Luxury Cars, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

14 Jan 2017 | No Comment | 833 views
2017 North American International Auto Show: Families–rich or otherwise—rule!

By Don Hammonds

Most of us car writers usually try to pick a main theme every year following the 2017 North American International Auto Show, now underway in Detroit.

Sometimes it’s sports cars. Sometimes it’s sport utility vehicles. Other times it’s hybrid or electric cars. Whatever.

Well,  this year, it’s clearly family cars. And that means a totally new affordable family sedan like the 2018 Toyota Camry. Or the livery for the well-heeled family–the also all new Lexus LS500. Or a dependable ride …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

16 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 514 views
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid:  A breath of fresh, uncomplicated, enjoyable driving

By Don Hammonds

We are “ravin’ about the 2016 Toyota RAV4 around here these days–especially the RAV4 hybrid with its combination of economy, looks, class,  and one of the best interiors in the small sport utility field.

But some of the reasons we like it a lot are strictly psychic.  We think it is such a relief to get into a car where we don’t have to guess where anything is located. That is so not happening these days with so many …

Family Sedans, Toyota, Uncategorized »

8 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 811 views

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s all-new 2015 mid-sized Camry is proof positive that you can make substantial changes to a popular model, and still keep–even grow–your customer base.

Our road tests of the 2015 Camry XLE and the 2015 Camry Hybrid were some of the most surprising evaluations we’ve had from a Camry evaluation in years.  The new models are exactly as promised; new from stem to stern and back,   the only carryover piece, company officials said, was the  exterior roof. ”

And, for the …

Acura, Auto Shows, Buick, Chevrolet, Convertibles, Dodge, Ford, Hybrids, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Nissan, Toyota, Trucks, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

16 Feb 2015 | 3 Comments | 10,463 views
Detroit:2015 North American International Auto Show

This year’s North American International Auto Show—also known as the Dtroit Auto Show-took a U turn away from hybrids and compact cars–and unveiled a slew of big cars, huge trucks and flashy sport car with blistering performance. Everyone from Ford and Buick——that’s Buick’s stunning concept car, the Avenir, just above– to Acura and Lexus unveiled products that represented a huge departure from the sorts of cars seen at the last few Detroit Auto Shows.

Just about the only brands introducing products that …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 1,179 views
2014 Toyota RAV4: Good as ever, but competition is nipping at the wheels

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s venerable RAV4 isn’t so venerable any more–because it’s been heavily  transformed.

 

It’s got snappy new looks to entice buyers who may mistakenly think they will find the same model in Toyota showrooms that they’ve seen before.  It’s somewhat roomier than previous models. And the interior materials and presentation have been stepped up considerably.

Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. You will find that the  six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and  you …

Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

11 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 837 views
2014 Toyota Prius Three: Good car in search of an update

By Don Hammonds

 

I can remember when the Toyota Prius seemed to be such a futuristic car.

From the out of this world hybrid gas electric hybrid system to its exciting looking future world dash board to the shape of the dashboard to its gee whiz profile, the Toyota Pruis, seemed like it was from a galaxy far. awayNow, in the year of Our Lord 2014, theres little that differentiates Prius from other hybrids onthe road. And today, Little has changed with …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

5 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 1,022 views
2014 Toyota Highlander:  Putting on top hat and tails

By Don Hammonds

Wow, have things ever changed for the Toyota Highlander!

We just test drove the 2014 model, and it is vastly different from its predecessors. To be sure, its still quiet, utterly appropriate for family needs, and built to last. None of that has changed.

But what HAS changed is the demeanor and message that the Highlander puts out there.  It comes across as being a lot more expensive than it is, thanks to its elegant new design that has enough …

Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

26 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 1,101 views
2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE: Comfortable, familiar–and very economical

    By Don Hammonds

Okay. Let’s say you’re shopping for a hybrid family sedan.

We will assume, for purposes of discussion, that you’re not sitting on a pile of money, so we’re eliminating the luxury hybrid sedans.  We will also not include either the Kia or Hyundai  hybrid sedans, which don’t get nearly the mileage that our two top hybrid family sedans are able to achieve.

         The bottom line is that you mainly  have two high gasoline mileage options.  One is of course, …

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