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2011 Toyota Sequoia – Review Prices

October 18th, 2010 No comments

2011 Toyota Sequoia

Here are some quick questions about the 2011 Toyota Sequoia

Q. Who are the competitors of 2011 Toyota Sequoia ?
A. Chevy Tahaoe is a close competitor, though, Toyota Sequoia has more cargo space. Ford Expedition also give good competition to Toyota Sequoia.

Q. Who are different trims (models) of 2011 Toyota Sequoia ?

A. There are three models of Toyota Sequoia – the SR5 model, the Limited model and the Platinum model. The SR5 model comes in 4.6L V8 engine as well as the higher 5.7 Liter V8 engine. Both these trims come in 2WD as well as four wheel drive. The Limited version comes only with the higher 5.7L engine and does come in the 2WD as well as the 4 wheel drive. The Top of the line Platinum edition also come with sole 5.7L engine (V8) and has 2WD as well as 4WD. All 4 wheel drive models also come with FFV models. FFV or the Flexible fuel vehicles are designed to run on gasoline of up to 85% ethano.

Q. So What features do  Limited and Platinum Models add on the top of the SR5 model.

The Limited adds 20-inch wheels ( the SR5 has 18 inch wheel), has  leather upholstery, upgraded instrumentation. As an additional safety feature, the Limited model adds  a back-up camera into the rearview mirror.  It also has an upgraded 14-speaker JBL sound system.
The Platinum model has load-leveling rear air springs, adaptive shock absorbers, a power liftgate, a sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs,a navigation system, power-folding and -reclining rear seats, , a back-up camera and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

Q. Any pricing information about 2011 Toyota Sequoia ?
A. According to the Toyota website, the base SR5 model starts at $39,580. The Limited model is priced to start at $49,690 and the top of the line Platinum model starts at $56,730. These prices are manufacturer suggested retail pricing and does not include destination charge. It also does not cover that state sales tax which will depend upon the state you live in.

Q. What are the Fuel Economy figures for the 2011 Toyota Sequoia ?

A. The EPA mileage rating of the 2011 Toyota Sequoia is 14 miles per galon in city and 19 miles per galon on the highway. Off course, the individual mileage vary and it will depend upon your driving habits as well. There are slight variations between the different trims.
Toyota Sequoia is NOT a fuel efficient car.

Q. How does 2011 Toyota Sequoia fair on the Safety Fronts.
A. The 2011 Toyota Sequoia comes with antilock disc brakes in addition to the stability control, front-seat side airbags, and three-row side curtain airbags.

The Sequoia Platinum and Limited Edition comes with front and rear parking and also with a a back-up camera. These features do not come with SR5 models. NO government rating is available for the 2011 model about the government rating.

Q. Do you have information about the engine and transmission of the 2011 Toyota Sequoia ?

A. Standard Toyota Sequoia comes with 4.7-liter V-8 and has five-speed automatic transmission. It comes with RWD as well as All Wheel Drive. The bigger models come with 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8. It comes with six-speed automatic transmission and comes with two-wheel drive as well as four-wheel drive.

Q. What do leading car reviewers say about the 2011 Toyota Sequoia.

A. According to Edmunds – “currently in the process of reviewing the 2011 Toyota Sequoia. Please check back later for more up-to-date information.”

According to Automobile – “There are plenty of reasons why Toyota Sequoia remains a very popular choice for vehicle buyers. Its towing ability is at its best. Its pricing is affordable.Toyota Sequoia has  high resale value. On the down side – it lacks styling and eats up a lot of gas.”

Of course – it is not your turn to stand up and speak about Toyota Sequoia.

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2013 Toyota Corolla

August 12th, 2010 1 comment

2013 Toyota Corolla

We are still at least 2 years away from the launch of the 2013 Toyota Corolla. So this review is a kind of a preview and a placehoder for the discussion about the 2013 Toyota Corolla. It is expected the readers will pen down their expectation with the 2013 Toyota Corolla and their experience with the previous versions of the Toyota Corolla. These discussion will eventually form a user generated preview and the review about the 2013 Toyota Corolla.

A little bit of the History of the Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is one of the earliest cars that has longest record of continued production in its class. The Toyota Corolla was launched by the Japanese manufacturer in 1968 and it will be completing its 50th year of production in 2018. Toyota has continued to improve its quality and the demand for the Toyota Corolla has been growing leaps and bounds over the years.

In the most recent years, however, there has been a series of recalls that has dent in the reputation of the Japanese Manufacturer. It started with the floor mat recall in late 2009. Later on in the begining of 2010 unintended acceleration issued let to the recall of the several millions of Toyota.

A note on the Fuel Economy

The EPA economy of the present Toyota Corolla has the fuel economy of 26 miles per galon in the City and 35 miles per galon on the highway. Even though Toyota Corolla is an international vehicle, the fuel economy is quoted only in miles per galon in place of the kilometer per liter. For the readers who do not live in US and record the fuel economy in Kilometer per liter, the 26 mpg is equivalent to 11.05 kilometer per liter and 35 mpg is equivalent to 14.9 kilometers per liter. It will be interesting to see if 2013 Toyota Corolla can improve upon the fuel economy of the present Toyota Corolla. If the current trend of improving the fuel economy continues, we may expect to see some improved mileage in the 2013 Toyota Corolla.

Competitors of 2013 Toyota Corolla

If history continues, Toyota corolla will see most serious competition from the 2013 Honda Civic. Honda has relatively cleaner record of quality, however, it has recently seen some recalls with the 2003 and 2004 Honda Civic and Accord. Ford Focus has recently improved its quality in the recent years and is expected to become a serious competitor for the 2013 Toyota Corolla. Besides the Honda and Toyota, Volkswagon Jetta and Hyundai Elantra are also competing for the subcompact car. Hyundai has increased its sales and consumer base with its warranty programme and it still needs to be seen how other car manufacturers respond to it.

Pricing Movement

The existing pricing structure of the Toyota Corolla is as follows – The 5 Speed Manual Transmission Base model had  Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price close to  $15500. This is also the least priced corolla model.The base model with  Automatic Transmission model happens to have a MSRP of $16,250.  The more selling LE models have prices of  $16,850  and   $17,750 for manual and the automatic versions respectively. It will be interesting to see how the pricing movement takes place for the 2013 Toyota Corolla.

It is now time for you to pen down your own comments about the 2013 Toyota Corolla. Do you think the the 2013 Toyota corolla will be able to go past the recent the recall issues and re establish itself as the top quality car manufacturer.

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2010 Honda Odyssey vs 2011 Toyota Sienna

July 5th, 2010 No comments

If you are looking for buying then minivan there is possibility of getting confused, because so many vehicles are available in market and question like which make to buy, what the maker offers etc arises in mind. Though there are number of minivan models to choice with but the latest minivan from Honda and Toyota have gone beyond expectations. When it comes to compare 2010 Honda Odyssey and the 2011 Toyota Sienna, it seems that the duo secured the top place when style, comfort, and safety are the matter of concerned.

Let us see what 2010 Honda Odyssey and 2011 Toyota Sienna offers

The 2010 Honda Odyssey is a standard seating eight passenger’s minivan, having leather interior. The vehicle comes with GPS system and incorporates rear-seat leisure and it costs around $41,500.

While 2011 Toyota Sienna has similar specification that is eight passengers vehicle, interior is done with leather, incorporates GPS, and rear-seat amusement. But there is difference in costs.2011 Sienna will come at price of $42,300 approx.

Similarities between 2011 Toyota Sienna and 2010 Honda Odyssey

Both 2011 Sienna and 2010 Odyssey offers features like power lift gate, power seats with adjustment features, triple zone climate controls, blue-tooth connectivity, and back up camera sensors.

Dissimilarities between 2011 Odyssey and 2011 Sienna

The main difference between 2011 Honda Odyssey and the 2011 Toyota Sienna is the removal ability of second row seating in 2011 Odyssey. Consumers mainly opt for 2011 model of Odyssey over 2011 Toyota sienna due to its movability of second row seating. The removing job can be done by a teenager also; is that simple and it makes the vehicle light in weight.

After removing second row seating the passenger of third row seating will have access from the side door. This is one of the most determinate points while buying a minivan. Most consumers preferred this.

But we can’t ignore 2011 Toyota Sienna’s second row captains chairs reclining feature. However, one can remove these seats as well but the job is not that easy. It needs lots of effort to remove them.

2011 Toyota Sienna offers beeping feature. When the door of the vehicle will open or close, it will produce beep sound and also beeps when you put or deploy and seat. There is small delay in time while hatching or sliding door using remote feature.

2011 Toyota Sienna offers typical twin moonroofs that you will not found on 2011 Odyssey.  The moonroofs provide the backseat passengers a thrilling experience of open sky. It also offers keyless ignition and entry system which 2010 Honda Odyssey lacks.

For Manual gear selection 2011 Sienna is perfect for you.

2011 Toyota Sienna will provide optional cruise control where as 2011 Odyssey lacks the feature

2nd row storage feature is available in 2010 Honda odyssey while absent in 2011 Toyota Sienna.

Final thought

Both the 2010 Honda Odyssey and the 2011 Toyota Sienna minivans provide enormous interior space. Now it’s up to you which vehicle suited best to you. But Before buying the vehicles you must consider about your family needs and lifestyle. Both the minivans are highest rated vehicles in today’s market.

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2012 Toyota Matrix Review and Price

July 4th, 2010 2 comments

About the 2012 Toyota Matrix

When the Toyota Matrix series was first introduced into the market, it was better known as Toyota Corolla Matrix. This range eventually evolved until the Matrix lineup was made official and the first generation models was sold in the year 2002, to be specific in February 2002. Hence, the unveiling of an all-new 2012 Toyota Matrix gains a lot of attention in the auto industry as it marks the long history of this vehicle model series. Does it still appeal to modern consumers? Will this new model have what it takes to compete?

The 2012 Toyota Matrix, which is manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation, is a compact hatchback vehicle. The Matrix has a comparable mechanical and exterior design from the Pontiac Vibe from GM due to the joint venture of these two giant manufacturers. It is therefore made out of different sheetmetal with a quasi-SUV appeal due to its narrow but tall station wagon design. Needless to say, the design seems like this vehicle model is targeted toward the youthful market segment. In fact, this vehicle is often described as a sport wagon type.

The 2012 Toyota Matrix will deliver a minor refreshed stying from its predecessor. Meanwhile, there are three choices available for the trim levels on this vehicle: the standard base model, S model, and the XRS model.

When it comes to the engine choice, there are two engine options available to choose from: 1,797 cc (for the base model) and 2,362 cc (S and XRS models). The base model engine will incorporate either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic transmission, while the S and XRS model engine will have both five-speed manual or automatic transmission. The S trim level is unique though as it provides you with the opportunity to drive with an all-wheel drive system and four-speed automatic. The actual figures on fuel economy rating has not been released, although the manufacturers have promised the engine choices are designed to deliver fuel efficiency.

Despite the fact that Toyota has been met with recall controversies as of late, the 2012 Toyota Matrix prides itself for offering a wide range of safety features. Some of the standard ones include side curtain and side torso airbags, electronic brakeforce distribution, and anti-lock braking. Meanwhile, it has earned a “good” rating on the crash tests for both the front and sides of the vehicle.

Pro’s of 2012 Toyota Matrix

*2012 Matrix will come with good crash test rating;

*One will see range of safety features in 2012 Toyota Matrix

*Classic exterior styling;

*Variety of trim level and engine options.

Con’s of 2012 Toyota Matrix

*Since the pricing and fuel economy figures have not been issued so far, it remains to be seen whether these two factors could work towards the vehicle model’s favor.

Pricing Details

The pricing information on the 2012 Toyota Matrix has not been released yet. However, you can expect this information to be revealed shortly before the vehicle hits the retail market.

The Bottom Line

The 2012 Toyota Matrix offers a brand new start for this long-running vehicle series. And it has managed to address several aspects that had issues from the past with a wide range of safety features, increased engine options, and impressive crash test ratings.

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Toyota RAV4 2011 Review and Price

April 28th, 2010 1 comment

The 2011 Toyota RAV4 was officially revealed during the 2010 Geneva Motors Show. And now, car fanatics are slowly getting more information about this brand new car model to watch out for from one of the industry’s leading auto manufacturers. To see whether this is a must-have for this new year, find out more below.

About Toyota RAV4 2011

In order to fully understand the wide range of features for 2011 Toyota RAV4, let’s look at each of them closely. In terms of design and styling, this one is basically a redesign for the earlier models of Toyota RAV4 series that offers a chrome-accented front design that delivers sophistication. When you examine the interior, it is equipped with the Easy Flat seating system to ensure that the passenger remains fully relaxed throughout the ride. However, you will notice that this one offers a wider stance a more compact version of  SUV. The seat upholstery is made out of leather/Alcantara for durability and for more aesthetic appeal.

There are options for 2WD and 4WD, which also determine the type of engine that your vehicle is equipped with. But still, this one is equipped with the Toyota Optimal Drive technology to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. It also comes with multidrive S and manual transmission to adjust to the driver’s skill level and make your driving experience more efficient. In addition, you can choose from four grades for this vehicle model that will determine the choice of engine – UP1, UP2, Premium, and Leather/Alcantara.

Toyota RAV4 2011 Pro’s

*Toyota RAV4 2011 comes with a sophisticated exterior design that is well complimented by superb interior!

*It still boasts the image of durability that this famous car manufacturer has been delivering to the market for years.

*There are up to ten body colors to choose from, enabling you to pick one that would suit your own personality.

*It offers car buyers the opportunity to ride a vehicle marketed with sustained mobility and eco-friendly engine technology.

Toyota RAV4 2011 Con’s

*Apart from the exterior style and a few additional features, there does not seem to be a standout feature that would distinguish the 2011 edition of Toyota RAV4 from other models in the series.

The Bottom Line

The Toyota Optimal Drive technology is what sets this model and all other models in the Toyota RAV4 series remain competitive in the market. It’s skillful combination of wide-ranging technologies and practical features that would deliver comfort and efficiency to its driver. For all of these desirable features, then Toyota RAV4 is one of the must-have new vehicles for 2011.