TOYOTA NEW CAR MODEL GUIDE
vehicles for Toyota's 2008 collection
include sedans in three sizes sporty,
two-door coupes and convertibles, crossover
hatchback wagons, and two hybrid electric
vehicles (HEV), which earn high fuel economy
scores. Additionally, there is an eensy-weensy,
econo-car masked, three-door liftbacks
or four-door notchbacks.
Toyota's full-size flagship sedan is not
only big and powerful, but also exceptionally
quiet and plush in appointments. A 3.5-liter,
V6 engine motivates Avalon with 268 horsepower
through a new six-speed automatic with
sequential shifting. The spacious cabin
contains buckets up front and a bench
for three in back. For 2008, Toyota casts
the Avalon in four trims including the
Touring grade with an optional navigation
system. Dark wood grain and chrome shine
come in the Avalon XLS and Limited editions,
as the sleek body reveals fresh styling
with a new bumper, grille and headlamps.
Toyota's best-selling, mid-size sedan
was restructured and expanded last year,
and continues the look for 2008. The Camry
is grand in scale, keen in style and invigorated
with power. Laced with numerous luxuries,
the Camry closes in on Lexus, Toyota's
elite line. The exterior package appears
sleek and shapely, yet it reflects the
subtle lines and subdued paint shades
of sophisticated and expensive vehicles.
The powertrains includes a standard 2.4-liter,
four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower
and a 3.5-liter, V6 option rated at 268
horsepower. Trim tiers available are the
CE, LE, SE and deluxe XLE.
The Camry's HEV version applies Toyota's
Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) powertrain
with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle
engine worth 147 horsepower and a high-torque
electric motor that makes 40 horsepower
with an electronically controlled continuously
variable transmission (CVT). Fuel scores
are high for the hybrid, certifying the
vehicle to the strict AT-PZEV (Advanced
Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle)
standard. The Camry Hybrid stocks extensive
features including 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 audio kit with six-disc CD changer.
Toyota's slinky, mid-sizesports coupes
and convertibles ride on the Camry platform,
and show stunning shapes highlighted by
an aggressive face and sensuous body lines.
The Solara's powertrains include a 2.4-liter,
four-cylinder plant at 155 horsepower
and a 3.3-liter V6 for 210 horsepower.
The Sport Grade rolls on 17-inch alloy
wheels and sets a spoiler on the tail.
The Solara's cabin adds Optitron meters
in the instrument panel, a mini-jack to
the audio system and for the coupe
curtain-style side air bags.
Toyota's best-seller HEV ranks among the
most aerodynamic of production vehicles.
The mid-size Pruis sedan is generous with
space, offering comfortable seating for
five. The Prius contains Toyota's high-voltage
and high-powered HSD powertrain, which
employs a thrifty, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder
engine and a battery-powered electric
motor. The HSD controls all the energy
produced by the two plants, applying it
to turn the front wheels through a CVT.
The Prius Touring Edition has 16-inch
alloy wheels, high intensity discharge
(HID) headlamps and tight suspension tuning.
The new Standard Package becomes a price-beater
entry edition for 2008.
Small is good for the Yaris, Toyota's
subcompact split as a three-door hatchback
or four-door notchback. The hatch
tall and stubby with an arching beltline
has surprising space inside with
seating for five. Power for the Yaris
stems from an efficient, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder
plant pumping 106 horsepower with a five-speed
manual or optional four-speed automatic.
Fuel economy scores run high for the small
car. Additionally, standard features for
the Yaris include air conditioning and
popular gear groups in packages. Stand-alone
options include alloy wheels and curtain-style
air bags concealed in the headliners.
The new Sport Grade applies spoilers,
Optitron gauges and a leather-wrapped
Toyota's compact Corolla sedan comes out
of plants in California Toyota's Canadian
factory in Ontario. The model's exterior
styling looks slick, yet has athletic
build with muscular airs. For action,
a 1.8-liter, in-line-four engine hits
126 horsepower in Corolla's entry-level
CE, upgraded S and deluxe LE trims. The
transmissions include a standard five-speed
manual or optional four-speed automatic.
Even the base CE Corolla provides significant
content ranging from power mirrors, to
a tilting steering wheel, to remote releases
for the trunk, hood and fuel door. Intermittent
wipers, a tachometer in the instrument
cluster and a nice stereo kit are also
The five-door Matrix hatchback is a crossover
vehicle that blends the sleek lines and
nimble manners of a sporty car with the
practicality of a boxy SUV. It may an economic vehicle, but brings big space inside. The model's layout shows
two rows of seats for five, plus a rear
bay for cargo and gear. The standard edition
and XR grade employ front-wheel-drive
(FWD) traction and a thrifty four-cylinder
engine which generates 130 horsepower.
The M-Theory special issue sports 17-inch
Caldina alloy wheels, Speedway Blue paint
and a spoiler.
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