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2020 Supra 4×4 Concept Toyota Needs to Build Right Now

by Amee Reehal at TractionLife.com

Designer Rain Prisk puts his off-road spin on the new 2020 Supra, one month after Toyota officially debuted the iconic coupe. We need this in our garage.

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2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition

by News Editor at TractionLife.com

Celebrating over 60-year of adventure & globe-trekking, Toyota unveils the 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition ahead of Chicago Auto Show. Only 1200 units.

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New 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Pricing Announced

by News Editor at TractionLife.com

Toyota releases pricing for their new, redesigned 2019 RAV4 Hybrid. Starting at US$27,700 for the Hybrid LE in the U.S., and C$32,090 in Canada.

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An Icon Returns: Toyota Officially Rips Covers Off New Supra Alongside Pricing

by Amee Reehal at TractionLife.com

It’s finally here. Toyota rips the covers off the new Supra with pricing starting at $49,990 for the 2020 Supra 3.0 and $53,990 for 2020 Supra 3.0 Premium.

This feature An Icon Returns: Toyota Officially Rips Covers Off New Supra Alongside Pricing appeared first on TractionLife.com by Amee Reehal.


World Debut: New All-Wheel-Drive Toyota Prius Is All-Weather Ready

by Kelly Taylor at TractionLife.com

The overall shape remains, but some tweaks to the front end arguably improve the looks of the 2019 Prius, while the addition of available all-wheel drive offers additional traction for winter drivers. How the new AWD Prius moves The Prius AWD-e system powers the rear wheels exclusively with an electric motor, similar to the Lexus […]

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World Debut: 2020 Corolla Hybrid is Toyota’s New Stylish Prius Alternative

by Kelly Taylor at TractionLife.com

Toyota unveils the first-ever Corolla Hybrid in North America at the 2018 LA Auto Show. We get a close look – full details, release date, interior, & more.

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Innovative kartSTART Program Returns For 2018

Innovative kartSTART Program Returns For 2018

Start them young…behind the wheel of a high-performance kart. Toyota Canada has once again partnered up with the Russ Bond Agency to help give youngsters a hands-on introduction to driving and the basics of road safety

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2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review

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by TractionLife.com

     Toyota’s 4Runner is now in its fifth generation, which is quite a remarkable feat in this day and age, but what sets it apart from the majority of sport utility vehicles out there is the fact that it is one of the few that can still tackle the rough stuff with aplomb.

And for something smaller, the all-new 2019 RAV4 and its new rugged look and attitude will undoubtably make the 4Runner a proud older sibling.

2018 Toyota 4Runner Design

Most of the manufacturers have decided to focus their design and engineering dollars towards making their utility vehicles more civilized, with the goal being to maximize comfort, road handling and convenience.

In short, most of the 4Runners former rivals have been neutered to the point that they perform more like station wagons and minivans than adventure vehicles.

Toyota however, has remained keen on maintaining its stranglehold on this segment of the market, one characterized by active individuals who need a safe and roomy vehicle that is able to transport all their toys and gear to the slopes, mountains, or remote fishing hole.

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In short, most of the 4Runners former rivals have been neutered to the point that they perform more like station wagons and minivans than adventure vehicles. Unfortunately, TRD Pro buyers must make do with five seats, as the seven seat configuration is only available on the Limited model. Pic: Russell Purcell

The 4Runner features a body-on-frame design complete with a solid rear axle and one of the most capable (and proven) four-wheel-drive systems available. As a result, the five or seven passenger 4Runner is rugged and robust enough to plough through just about anything the adventurous consumer may ask it to do.

Unfortunately, TRD Pro buyers must make do with five seats, as the seven seat configuration is only available on the Limited model.

4Runner TRD Pro Off-Road Features

Our test unit was the top-of-the-line TRD Pro model, which comes equipped with beefier Bilstein high-performance shocks (with remote rear reservoirs), TRD -tuned front springs, and a more aggressive tire. Other TRD Pro goodies include a lever-type 4WD selector, 4-Wheel Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select, rear differential lock, automatic disconnecting differential, Multi-terrain ABS, 17-inch matte black aluminum wheels with TRD centre caps, black TRD badging, a TRD-stamped aluminum front skid plate, hood scoop, and a unique Heritage Toyota grille.

Interior upgrades include special black Softex seats with red stitching, TRD Pro shift knob, TRD floor mats, and Optitron instrument gauges.

Also see: 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review     

2018 4Runner TRD Pro Engine, Performance, and Handling

Under the hood resides Toyota’s 4.0-litre V6 engine mated to a five speed transmission. In an era when the majority of vehicles for sale feature at least six gears this might seem like a detriment to the model, and it is marginally when it comes to fuel efficiency, but the upside of this transmission is that it is one of the most robust and reliable gearboxes available in the automotive realm. 

2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro engine
Under the hood resides Toyota’s 4.0-litre V6 engine mated to a five speed transmission. Power is sufficient with 270-horsepower and 278 lb.-ft of torque, although acceleration when the vehicle is laden with a full complement of gear and passengers is constant, but far from brisk. Pic: Russell Purcell

Power is sufficient with 270-horsepower and 278 lb.-ft of torque, although acceleration when the vehicle is laden with a full complement of gear and passengers is constant, but far from brisk.

The part-time four-wheel-drive system on the TRD Pro allows for increased efficiency in every day driving, but when the pavement comes to an end, or the driver decides to travel off the grid, he or she can manually select Low4 or High4 settings based on vehicle speed, purpose and terrain.

4Runner TRD Pro Driving Impressions: On the Road

The TRD Pro rides relatively smooth while traveling on city streets and cruising on the highway, but the quality and engineering of the Bilstein shocks and TRD springs is revealed as soon as you venture onto rough roads, mogul fields or loose rocks.

The suspension takes hit after hit as the vehicle’s 17-inch alloys clamber over obstacles and debris without major drama, allowing the driver to maintain control of the vehicle and passengers to remain largely isolated from disruptive jolts and jarring forces.

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Ground clearance is a healthy 9.8 inches, while the departure and approach angles (26 and 33 degrees respectively) are impressive for a stock vehicle of this type. Protector plates help protect both the transfer case and the fuel tank. Pic: Russell Purcell

During my week with the 4Runner I travelled up above the snowline on largely unserviced fire roads and through over foot deep snow without missing a beat. Traction remained constant as the suspension sought to keep my wheels and tires on the ground while the four-wheel-drive system kept me moving forward.

I also explored the mud flats and forest trails surrounding Stave Lake (B.C.), and came away from the experience amazed at just how adept Toyota’s multi-terrain management program really is. It proved equally capable of taming mud, sand, snow or rock, combating slippage and wheel-spin and inspiring driver confidence.

Ground clearance is a healthy 9.8 inches, while the departure and approach angles (26 and 33 degrees respectively) are impressive for a stock vehicle of this type. Protector plates help protect both the transfer case and the fuel tank.

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The Cavalry Blue hue of the paint garnered countless comments and lots of raised thumbs, but it was the TRD Pro’s predictable handling and mountain goat-like abilities that captured my attention. Pic: Russell Purcell

The Cavalry Blue hue of the paint garnered countless comments and lots of raised thumbs, but it was the TRD Pro’s predictable handling and mountain goat-like abilities that captured my attention. I was most in awe at how easily the vehicle descended precarious slopes. Toyota’s CRAWL control system provides a safety net of technology to give you the confidence needed to navigate your way through treacherous terrain with relative ease. We make better choices when we are free from stress and allowing this system to regulate speed and braking allows the driver to concentrate on steering the 4Runner down the safest path.

2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Interior

While the cabin may seem dated with regards to the look, feel, and function of many of the switches and accessories, it is well constructed, comfortable, and spacious. Visibility is quite good due to the abundance of tall windows, and there is a back-up camera. Unfortunately a blind-spot monitoring system is not available.

2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Interior
Visibility is quite good due to the abundance of tall windows, and there is a back-up camera. Unfortunately a blind-spot monitoring system is not available. The cabin may seem dated with regards to the look, feel, and function of many of the switches and accessories, it is well constructed, comfortable, and spacious. Pic: Russell Purcell

TRD Pro Review Takeaway

While the Toyota 4Runner in any flavour may be missing many of the creature comforts and safety systems consumers now expect at this price point, in TRD Pro guise it is outfitted to take its occupants to places and adventures where other vehicles fear to tread,  and this is what sets it apart in the SUV category.

2018 Toyota 4Runner Technical Specifications:

Price (MSRP): C$45,440.00; C$52,920.00 (TRD Pro)

Price (as tested – Canadian $): $54,832.50 Includes TRD Pro Package ($7,480.00); Federal A/C tax ($100.00); Environmental tire handling fee ($16.50); Environmental filter handling fee ($1.00); OMVIC fee ($10.00); Freight and PDI ($1,785.00)

  • Type: Four-wheel-drive 5 or 7 passenger mid-size SUV
  • Engine: 4.0-litre DOHC 24-valve V6                          
  • Transmission: 5-Speed automatic 
  • Horsepower: 270 @ 5,600 rpm 
  • Torque (lb.ft): [email protected] 4,400 rpm
  • Brakes: Four-wheel ventilated discs
  • Towing capacity: 2,268-kg (5,000 pounds)
  • Fuel economy (L/100km): City 14.3; Highway 12.0 

This post 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review appeared first on TractionLife.com by Russell Purcell.


2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Review

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by TractionLife.com

Editor’s note: all photos of the 2018 Camry SE non-hybrid model

Toyota’s hybrid models have become so numerous in its lineup and popular in the marketplace that these gas-electric vehicles are practically a brand apart from the company’s conventional gasoline-fueled models.

And though the Prius is the poster child for these ultra-efficient cars and crossovers — there are seven sold at Toyota stores and six under the upscale Lexus banner — the latest version of the Camry Hybrid is a particularly important piece of Toyota’s hybrid puzzle.

Camry 2018: Next-generation model

There’s a lot riding on this car, as a recognizable name competing in a market segment suffering shrinking sales, thanks to crossovers and SUVs. Toyota says it put a lot of work into making this latest Camry stand out, mainly for the way it drives.

Toyota built this Camry on an all-new platform shared with a range of its other models that promises more engaging performance, but we’re not sure the Hybrid (even in its more performance-oriented SE trim – reviewed here) is the best way to demonstrate that.

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Toyota’s hybrid models have become so numerous in its lineup and popular in the marketplace that these gas-electric vehicles are practically a brand apart from the company’s conventional gasoline-fueled models. Pic: Amee Reehal

New Camry Hybrid Power & Handling in Sportier SE Trim

The specs tell us the SE has a sport-tuned suspension, but this car’s ride is pretty much exactly as soft and cushy as we expected. We were more impressed with the powertrain’s responsiveness and power: The 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine works with an electric motor to make 208 hp, the most power a Camry Hybrid has ever boasted.

Acceleration is brisk, with plenty of electric-motor torque to boost city driving, and the gas engine’s higher-end power for highway acceleration. A continuously variable transmission once again leaves us cold, due to the way it allows the gas engine to drone in harder acceleration, but it does a fine job managing how the two power sources propel the car.

If you prefer a more laid-back pace, you’ll enjoy the Lexus-like quiet with which the Camry Hybrid gets up to speed.

Fuel Economy

Under my (generally) gentle right foot, the Camry Hybrid’s fuel consumption averaged 6.4 L/100 km in wintry city driving, against Toyota’s estimate of 5.3 L/100 km.

I had this car for a week-long loan, and it took me that long to get used to its brakes: they’re grabby at low speeds, a side effect of the way the Camry Hybrid’s regenerative braking system gives way to traditional friction brakes.

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Acceleration is brisk, with plenty of electric-motor torque to boost city driving, and the gas engine’s higher-end power for highway acceleration. Pic: Amee Reehal

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2018 Interior Impressions

Generally speaking, the Camry is a comfortable, spacious car, but in SE form the Hybrid gets heavily bolstered front seats that feel narrow even to those of slim build.

Other quibbles include interior front-door pulls that are a long reach from where you’re seated when the doors are wide open, along with front seat-heater controls placed too far back on the central console. Technophiles may find it odd there is just one USB port in the entire cabin, which I can only assume is a nod to our tester’s wireless smartphone charging pad.

Our guess is you’re more likely to notice the Entune smartphone integration system, which is exclusive to Toyota and displaces industry-standard setups like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That’s a shame, because it’s fussy and less intuitive to use than those better-known platforms.

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Technophiles may find it odd there is just one USB port in the entire cabin, which I can only assume is a nod to our tester’s wireless smartphone charging pad. Pic: Amee Reehal

2018 Camry Hybrid SE Price

From a starting price of US$27,800 / C$31,290, our Camry Hybrid’s MSRP swelled to US$29,500 / C$33,990 in SE trim, nearly $2,000 more than the previous version. If you’re expecting that extra money to buy you a car that lives up to the SE badge’s sporty pretense, you’ll be disappointed. But rather than misplacing their efforts to make it more entertaining to drive, they’ve improved on the things that were already good, making it clear the company knows its hybrid vehicles deserve all the attention they get.

Read past other Toyota Camry Reviews here.

For more info, pricing, photos visit:

Camry USA | Camry Canada

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Specs

  • Engine: 2.5L four-cylinder plus electric motor
  • Power: 208 hp
  • Torque: N/A
  • Transmission: Continuously variable automatic
  • Brakes: Four-wheel disc
  • Steering: Electric power-assist rack-and-pinion
  • Suspension: MacPherson strut (front); Double wishbone (rear)
  • Fuel economy, ratings (l/100km, city/highway): 5.3/5.0
  • Fuel economy, observed (l/100km): 6.4
  • Price (as tested, MSRP): US$29,500 in US; C$32,150 in Canada

This post 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Review appeared first on TractionLife.com by Chris Chase.


2019 Toyota RAV4 Finally Shows Up with All-New, Adventure-Ready Attitude

by News Editor at TractionLife.com

New 2019 Toyota RAV4 looks rugged and sports a 2.5L inline-4 engine offering true off-road capabilities. Release date set for 2018 winter & available now.

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