Car-based vehicles in Toyota's 2007 line for North America encompass seven nameplates with sedans in three sizes, a sporty two-door coupe and convertible, plus a crossover hatchback wagon, two hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) that earns high fuel economy scores, and an eensy-weensy econo-car conformed as a wild-style three-door liftback or four-door notchback.
Toyota's best-selling mid-size sedan has been restructured and expanded for 2007 with concerns for passenger comfort and personal safety foremost in mind. The result is a larger Camry that's keen in style, invigorated with more powerful engines and laced with luxurious cabin features to position the car closer to the realm of Lexus, Toyota's elite line. Camry's standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 158 hp, while a new 3.5-liter V6 option leaps to 268 hp. The passenger compartment contains comfortable seats as trim tiers of CE, LE, SE and XLE apply more standard equipment.
Small is the theme for Yaris, Toyota's new subcompacts conforming as a three-door hatchback or four-door notchback sedan. The hatch, tall and stubby with arching beltline, has surprising space inside with seats for five. Power for both variations of Yaris stems from a highly efficient 1.5-liter four-cylinder plant pumping 106 hp with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Fuel economy scores run as high as 40 mpg. Standard features include air conditioning and popular gear groups in packages, while stand-alone options range from alloy wheels to curtain-style air bags concealed in headliners.
The full-size flagship sedan for Toyota is big and powerful but also plush in appointments and exceptionally quiet in the cabin. A sophisticated 3.5-liter V6 engine motivates Avalon with 268 hp through a five-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting. And elaborate safety systems are aboard. The spacious cabin contains bucket seats up front and a broad bench for three in back. A flat floor adds legroom for backseat riders and that bench may be adjusted for comfort. Toyota casts Avalon in four trims in 2007, including the Touring grade now with an optional navigation system.
Toyota's compact sedan comes together in California and at Toyota's Canadian factory in Ontario. Exterior styling seems shapely yet also athletic with muscular airs. For action, a 1.8-liter in-line-four engine hits 126 hp with Corolla's trims of entry-level CE, upgraded S and deluxe LE. Transmissions include the standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic. Even the base CE Corolla provides significant content. The list ranges from power mirrors to a tilting steering wheel, remote releases for trunk and hood and fuel door, intermittent wipers, a tachometer in the instrument cluster and a nice stereo kit.
This five-door hatchback is a crossover utility wagon which blends the sleek lines and nimble manners of a sporty car with the practicality of a SUV and the economy of a subcompact sedan. It looks wild but brings big space in a cabin that adapts to active lifestyles. The layout shows two rows of seats for five, plus a rear bay for gear. Standard edition and XR grade employ front-wheel-drive (FWD) traction and a thrifty four-cylinder engine which generates 130 hp. New M-Theory special issue sports 17-inch Caldina alloy wheels, Speedway Blue paint and a spoiler.
Slinky mid-size Toyota sports coupes and convertibles, riding on the platform of Camry, show stunning shapes highlighted by an aggressive face and sensuous body lines with redesigned front fascia and new LED taillamps. Solara's powertrains include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder plant at 155 hp and a 3.3-liter V6 for 210 hp. New Sport grade rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels and wears a spoiler on the tail. Solara's cabin adds new high-tech Optitron meters in the instrument panel, a mini-jack to the audio system and -- for the coupe -- curtain-style side air bags.
Toyota's HEV sedan ranks among the most aerodynamic production vehicles on the market. It fits in the mid-size class with generous space for five in a comfy cabin. And Prius contains Toyota's high-voltage and high-powered Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) powertrain that runs on a thrifty 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine or battery-powered electric motor. The HSD controls all energy produced by the two plants and applies it to turn front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. New Prius Touring Edition adds 16-inch alloy wheels, high intensity discharge headlamps and tight suspension tuning.
The HEV version of a redesigned Camry sedan applies Toyota's HSD powertrain with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine worth 147 hp and a high-torque electric motor that makes 40 hp, plus a CVT shifter. Fuel economy scores reach 40 mpg and the vehicle is certified to the strict AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) standard. New Camry Hybrid comes with extensive standard features -- power controls for windows and door locks and mirrors, eight-way power for the driver's seat, Optitron gauges, twin-zone climate controls and a premium AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer.