In 2017, after the demise of Scion, Toyota began marketing the FR-S under the 86 moniker in America. Toyota initially sweetened Scion’s recipe a bit. The Dirt on Cars reviewed that early effort but very little has changed since then. So how does the Toyota 86 feel today?
For 2019, Toyota unveiled the latest generation of their largest sedan. Now in its fifth iteration, the Avalon has grown both in proportion and refinement. The comfortable cruiser came with a touring badge on the back. I knew the only way to cover this car righteously was to tour it. The decision was made, we would have to cruise it to the coast.
The Toyota Highlander represents an SUV for those of us who don’t necessarily want to drive a serious off-roader everyday. Normal folks who don’t need 4×4 capability for the commute to their nine-to-five, and don’t have to drive down fire roads out of the hills to fetch groceries from town.
The Toyota CH-R didn’t begin life as a Toyota at all. It started as a design project by Scion way back in 2014. Since then Scion has died, but the little C-HR lives on under the Toyota marque.
Before driving it, I had preconceptions of what a Camry was. Terms like dependable, practical, and reliable come to mind. Those are all good things, but exciting and fun? Not really. I was expecting plain vanilla ice cream. But what I got was bananas flambe.
The 4Runner got a facelift in 2014 and the results look good. But the Chassis was release eight years ago and it feels like it.
The Toyota Yaris is nestled comfortably in the subcompact class of cars. But just because this car is little doesn’t mean it’s small on charm. Economy cars call to mind memories of stripped out rental cars with spartan interiors, uninspired exteriors, and acres of molded plastic.
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia, like the tree it’s named after, is freaking huge. This 6,000 pound heavy weight is the largest SUV offering from Toyota. It’s big, powerful, and comfortable with seating for seven. But what’s it like to drive?
Scion is dead, long live Toyota. Like the millennials to which Scion attempted to appeal, the company was a drain on their parent-company’s resources. So, for 2017 the Scion FR-S is rebadged and worked over as the Toyota 86. Those outside of Canada and the United States have had the 86 for years.