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2005 New Car Model Guide, Model Guide, New Car Reviews, Toyota Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


2005 Toyota New Car Model GuideToyota of Japan, outfitted with multiple engine and assembly plants in the United States and Canada, produces nine car-based nameplates for the North American market with sedans in four sizes, a pair of sporty two-door coupes, plus a crossover wagon, racy two-seat roadster and a hybrid gas-electric vehicle that scores super fuel economy numbers.

Toyota Prius
2005 Toyota Prius

Toyota's hybrid sedan, which morphed to a larger size last year, fits in the mid-size class with generous space for five in the comfortable cabin. A sleek design for the body features a dramatic sloped face that fashions the hood and windshield into a racked-back plane. Prius ranks among the most aerodynamic production vehicles on the market. It contains Toyota's high-voltage and high-powered Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) powertrain that runs on a thrifty but conventional 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a battery-powered electric motor of permanent-magnet design.

Toyota uses the HSD to control all energy produced by the two plants and apply it directly to the front wheels in infinitely variable measures through an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT). The system achieves high fuel economy figures -- up to 60 mpg for running on city streets for the class of a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV). A dashboard video screen illustrates energy management; with icons representing the gas engine, electric motor, drive wheels and battery. Arrows depict the energy flow, with one running from engine or motor to wheels when either plant supplies power, or back to the motor and on to the battery when recharging.

Toyota Solara Coupe
2005 Toyota Solara Coupe

Toyota's slinky mid-size sports coupe and convertible, spinning off the platform of Camry, present stunning shapes highlighted by an aggressive face and sensuous lines swirling around the body. Solara's powertrains come directly out of Camry. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder plant applies to the Solara SE, while the Solara SE V6 and deluxe SLE V6 draw from Camry's 3.0-liter V6. With the V6, Solara adds a five-speed automatic sequential transmission.

Standard safety items range from side-impact air bags to ABS, plus optional curtain-style side air bags for front and back seats in the coupe. An optional sports kit for Solara SE installs a five-piece body kit, sport gauges in the instrument cluster, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter cap plus aluminum pedals and sport tires mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Toyota Camry
2005 Toyota Camry

Toyota's popular mid-size sedan, built at a Kentucky assembly plant, accounts for a fifth of all Toyotas sold in North America. For 2005, Camry earns a stylish face-lift with revamped headlamps and grille plus new wheels. There are multiple models available with four-cylinder or V6 powertrains. Camry's 2.4-liter four-in-line base engine reaches 157 hp when tied to a new five- speed electronically-controlled automatic.

A 3.3-liter V6 for XLE and SE trims generates 225 hp through the automatic. Leather seats are the standard now on XLE V6 and Limited models, and satellite radio service is offered with any Camry rigged with a JBL six-disc CD audio and navigation system. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are now standard on every Camry, while a vehicle stability control (VSC) system is available on four-cylinder models but the stock item for V6 versions.

Toyota Avalon
2005 Toyota Avalon

As Toyota's expansion idea drawn from the mid-size Camry, the full-size Avalon sedan provides more of every asset inherent in a Camry -- more room, more comforts, and more security. With seats for as many as six riders inside and a big back seat with plenty of legroom, the Kentucky-built sedan expands the structure of Camry and shares some components, including a V6 engine.

Toyota Corolla
2005 Toyota Corolla

Toyota's compact sedan comes together in California and at Toyota's Canadian factory in Ontario. Exterior styling appears shapely and contemporary but also athletic, as issues of 2005 display a new front fascia with redesigned bumper and grille, headlamps and fog lamps. For action, a 1.8-liter in-line-four engine hits 130 hp for Corolla's primary trims of the entry-level CE, sporty S and deluxe LE. Transmissions include the standard five-speed manual stick or optional automatic three-speed for the Corolla CE and a four-speed automatic on S and LE.

Then check out the sporty new XRS flashing a spoiler, body-colored grille, blacked-out headlight extensions and 16-inch alloy wheels. It rides low on a sport-tuned suspension slammed down by half an inch; while in the cabin there are sport seats, silver-colored instrument plates with Optitron meters and a leather shifter knob. The Corolla XRS packs more power too, due to a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with Toyota's valve wizardry, labeled VVTL-i for variable valve timing and lift with intelligence. The plant produces 170 hp with a six-speed manual stick.

Read our Review: Toyota Corolla XRS

Toyota Matrix
2005 Toyota Matrix

Toyota pitches this five-door hatchback as a crossover utility vehicle that blends the sleek lines and nimble manners of a sports car with the practicality of a boxy sport-utility wagon and the budget-minded affordability of a subcompact sedan. It looks wild and feels fun to drive but also offers lots of room in a cabin that adapts to active lifestyles. A wagon-style layout contains two rows of seats for five, plus the bay in back for cargo. That bay, accessible from the hatchback-style rear door, has a flat floor and, with both rear seatbacks folded down, provides up to 53 cubic feet of storage space.

A track system in the floor adapts to various accessory kits to mount sports paraphernalia such as mountain bikes, snowboards or water skis. The price-leading Standard edition of Matrix and XR grade comes with either front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) traction and a thrifty four-cylinder engine. The front-drive Matrix XRS gets the high-performance 1.8-liter version that's good for 180 hp with a six-speed manual shifter. Curtain-style side air bags show up on the list of options as a new safety feature for all trims, with VSC now available on Matrix Standard and XR.

Toyota Celica
2005 Toyota Celica

Styled at Toyota's California design studio, Toyota's compact coupe in a daring design features a cab-forward format with distinctive angular character lines and curt overhangs that convey a muscular tone. An optional Action Package gets more gear, like front aero bumpers, side rocker panels and a rear wing.
Inside, Celica's 2+2 cockpit stocks sporty front bucket seats supported by bold side bolsters. Faces of gauges in the instrument panel are dark, while the LE trim has new Optitron meters. Toyota's dual-cam four-in-line engine whips the GT-S edition to 180 hp and links to a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Another four-pack plant rated at 140 hp, with five-speed manual or the automatic, works with other trims.

Toyota MR2 Spyder
2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder

Toyota's two-seat roadster with mid-engine placement frames the excitement of a sports car in the context of masterful Japanese mechanical technology. It's simple in design, direct in function -- and fun to drive. Spyder's four-cylinder engine, displacing 1.8 liters and fitted with dual overhead cams, runs to 138 hp. A manual five-speed stick is the standard, but a sequential manual transmission is optional with shift buttons on the steering wheel. Black leather seats are available and tie to a black top, as tan leather seats go with a tan top and the optional body color called Absolutely Red.

Toyota ECHO
2005 Toyota ECHO

Toyota's smallest car comes as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan. Each carves out surprising space for riders in a five-seat cabin, accommodates a load of luggage in back, then delivers a kick from a juicy little aluminum engine and somehow still manages to rack up high fuel economy figures -- more than 40 miles down the road for every gallon of the regular-grade fuel consumed. Echo dresses in a design that looks progressive, even daring.

Rather than the typical long, low and slinky shape of a conventional car, it stands tall in the aerodynamic format of a vertical bubble on wheels that seems to tip forward due to a high tail and low nose united by an arched roofline inset with a boldly raked windshield. Inside, the cabin floor droops low so you can step aboard easily, and the ceiling bows high to fit tall chair-like seats. Passengers in the two front buckets sit upright, with their heads positioned higher than normal for better visibility though the wrap of windows.