If you believe virtue is its own reward, the Camry Hybrid may be the car for you. Rather than being an ostentatious hybrid icon like the Prius, the Camry Hybrid masquerades as a standard Camry sedan, beyond a few subtle badges. But in traffic it does the hybrid dance, shutting off its gas engine when it isn't needed and seamlessly transitioning between gas and electric power. Its big disadvantage is older cabin tech, which lacks modern conveniences such as iPod integration and traffic reporting in the navigation system.
It's always funny when middle-class suburbanites rap. Always. And that's what makes Casual Mafia's video, In My Prius, work. Well, that and all the lyrics about the positive attributes of the Toyota Prius. Favorite line: "mad room for my knees."
When people think hybrid, they think Toyota Prius. This iconic car popularized hybrid powertrains more than any other model. This week, the newest version, the 2010 Toyota Prius, starts to show up at dealers. Although not a radical update, the 2010 Prius gets more power and improved fuel economy over the previous model, a double-win by any measure.
But Honda attempted to usurp the Prius' place as premier hybrid earlier this year by letting loose the 2010 Honda Insight. Although coming in 8 mpg lower in fuel economy than the 2010 Prius, the new Insight undercuts its price by $2,… Read more
Electric cars have been getting plenty of buzz lately, but the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is still going strong. The California Fuel Cell Partnership, along with Powertech Labs, National Hydrogen Association, and U.S. Fuel Cell Council, will seek to regain the spotlight with a road trip to demonstrate the practicality of these vehicles.
Twelve fuel cell cars from seven automakers will drive from Chula Vista, in Southern California, up to Vancouver, Canada, a trip of 1,700 miles. Vancouver was chosen for the destination because it will play host to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, where a … Read more
I hope you've enjoyed all of this week's video of amazing World Rally Championship racing. I thought a good way to close this series would be this tribute video dedicated to the history of WRC and how it's changed throughout the years--how the cars have changed, and it even includes historical data at the end detailing what cars have won the title and in which year. It's great for knowledge hounds as well as anybody who just wants to see some fine automobiles kickin' up dust and sliding on the asphalt.
The Toyota Camry set a standard for the car as appliance, an unexciting machine that got you from point A to point B without hassle, a car for people who don't particularly like cars. The Toyota Yaris can be seen as a stepping-stone to the Camry, an unexciting car that will do its job and do it well, demanding minimal investment from its owner, both in initial and running costs.
The unassuming little Yaris that arrived in our garage was a 2009 sedan model, featuring Toyota's unique design language with the badge pushed out from the hood, over a narrow grille. Inside, the ergonomics are a little weird. Lacking a wide range of adjustment, the steering wheel sat at lap-level. The seat doesn't have height adjustment, either, dictating a somewhat odd driving position.
As a car designed to be easily convertible from right- to left-hand drive at the factory, the instrument cluster sits in a pod at the center of the dashboard, leaving a sweep of empty plastic in front of the driver. The stereo and climate controls also seem unbiased toward the driver or passenger.
Our model came with the optional Power package, equipping it with an upgraded stereo capable of playing MP3 CDs and ready for satellite radio. Suggesting how basic the Yaris can get, the Power package also upgraded the windows to power operation, no cranking required.
Browsing MP3 CDs is made easy by simple controls to sequentially choose folders and tracks, and the stereo display is nice and big. The only other digital music option was an auxiliary input jack, mounted on the side of the console conveniently in a pocket, making a good storage area for an MP3 player.… Read more
The weather's nice, and the kids are out of school. Time to pack up some gear and head out on the open road for summer fun. But what sort of car will hold the family and luggage for a weeklong excursion without costing an arm and a leg to gas up? We scoured our recent car reviews to find the best cars with modern tech to load up for a summer road trip.
Toyota and 24 participating Audubon sites nationwide will host TogetherGreen Volunteer Days in celebration of Earth Day to provide thousands with opportunities to take hands-on, local conservation action.
Activities will take place on April 18, April 25, and May 2. Activities will include habitat and trail restoration, river and lake cleanups, invasive species removal, nest-box building, wildlife, and plant surveys.
To date, 5,850 TogetherGreen volunteers have donated more than 28,000 volunteer hours at 40 Audubon locations. More than 40 partner organizations, including the Sierra Club, AmeriCorps, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Toyota employees and their … Read more
Bigger really is better when it comes to driver safety in a head on collision. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, minicars and microcars take a lot more damage than their midsized counterparts do in 40 mph car-to-car collision tests.
The IIHS this week published its findings, and posted a Web video on YouTube.
Although smaller cars are a lot safer than they were just a few years ago, they crumble and buckle in head-on collisions. The smaller, lighter weight cars are also propelled backward during a crash, causing further damage to the car.
According to the test … Read more
In the battle of the ultimate hybrid, whose green will reign supreme? The new Prius and the Honda Insight go head-to-head in this Web video. The reviewers look at handling, design, miles per gallon, and overall value. Although the Insight has a lot of personality and is less expensive, the reviewers picked the Prius.