2019 Toyota Buyers Guide

11 Feb 2019 | 499 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Toyota has transformed itself in recent years from a popular maker of pleasant, but nondescript products, to a leader in style, designs---and still kept its reliable, pleasant reputation. For 2019, that trend, which began with the ubiquitous Camry midsized sedan last year, now continues with fresh looks and features all around. Here's the scoop: Avalon, which pretty much has been the beauty queen in past years for Toyota's sedans lineup, continues that role with an elegant,contemporary luxury sedan with all kinds of interesting character lines, angles and curves--all of which give it a kind of Origami themed look. It has a more powerful powertrain for standard equipment--a 3.5 liter, 301 horsepower V-6, with an 8 speed CVT transmission.  Its features include Apple CarPlay, a 9 inch touchscreen and the Entune 3.0 infotainment system. With the more aggressive look, and from wat we hear, a more performance oriented driving feel behind the wheel, Toyota 's Avalon now has two levels of suspension tuning available--one is for performance driving in the XSE and Touring models, and a comfort oriented mode that comes in the Limited and XLE versions.  There also is a hybrid version of the Avalon available which gets around 44 miles per galloon, using a hub hybrid system consisting  of a 2.5 liter inline four and a two motor CVT transaxle that combined, make 215 horsepower. Price range is $36,420 to $43,720.  Mileage can be 22 to 43 in the city and 31 to 44 on the highway, depending on whether you get the standard or hybrid motors. Last year was a big one for the sleek, totally transformed bread and butter mid-Sized Toyota Camry, so the main changes are minimal.  They include the addition of the Amazon Alexa updated multimedia system that comes with CarPlay.   It also comes with Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 package, and a few more items.  Base engine is a 2.5 liter 203 to 206 horsepower four cylinder engine, with an optional choice of a 3.5 liter, 301 horsepower V-6, and a hybrid system that puts out  a total of 208 horsepower.   The Camry comes in a front engine, front wheel drive configuration.  City fuel economy can range between 22 and 51 miles per gallon in the city, and 32 to 53 horsepower on the highway. Two transmissions are available: an eight speed automatic and a CVT automatic transmission. The warranty is for three years/36,000 miles.  Prices range between about $25,00 or so to around $36,000 as the starting point for the popular Camry Hybrid. This is front and center year for Toyota's popular --and all new little Corolla four door sedan that has a vastly improved interior and a sleek four door sedan that looks a lot more expensive than it is. Toyota also is going with an awesome, all- new hatchback model that is getting all kinds of acclaim from auto writers. It has a revolutions-matching manual transmission, with a continuously variable automatic also available. It comes in a front engine, front wheel drive configuration., and is available in two versions including the SE, and XSE variant. Power comes from a 1.8 liter, 140 horsepower four, or a 2.0 liter 168 horsepower v four.  By the way, the manual transmission we mentioned earlier is completely new and there also is a new CVT automatic transmission performs quite a bit better than the old CVT.   Fuel economy ranges from 27  to 32 miles per gallon city and 35 to 42 miles per gallon on the highway.   Prices range between $19,620 and $23,910.  The warranty is for three years/36,000 miles. Wow! Wait until you see the all new Toyota RAV4!  the RAV4 has gone to a whole new level of style and ruggedness, along with being chock full of standard features.  We expect the RAV4 to sell like hotcakes as a result.   The square jawed, aggressive look in front, back and side really makes the new version stand out and draw attention.  The RAV 4 now gets Toyota's Entune 3.0 system with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration, along with Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 system.  Price range is $26,000 to $35,000 (both figures estimates) , with gas mileage estimated at 23 to 36 in the city and 31 Tto34 on the highway.   Toyota C-HR is mostly a carryover model from last year, but it does have a new LE base trim level and there's also a luxurious new Limited model at the top end. AppleCarPlay is now standard equipment,  and to distinguish the Limited from the others, it gets foglights, heated front seats, leather upholstery and an optional Entune 3.0 multimedia system.  There's a freshened, updated sound system, too. Mileage is 27 city and 31 highway.  Price range is just over $20,000 to around $27,000. The basic warranty is three years/36,000 miles. The other Toyota products--Highlander, Land Cruiser, Se2uoia, Tacoma , Tundra and 4Runner, Prius C, Prius, and Toyota Mirai--have only very minor changes or not at all this year.    

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