TOYOTA NEW CAR MODEL GUIDE
Car-based vehicles in Toyota's collection of 2009 consist of seven nameplates. The line includes sedans in three sizes, a crossover hatchback wagon, a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), which earns high fuel economy scores, and an eensy-weensy econo-car conformed as a wild-style three-door liftback or four-door notchback. Then Toyota rolls out a new five-passenger crossover utility vehicle (CUV) called Venza.
More standard safety equipment drop into Toyota's full-size flagship sedan, such as VSC (vehicle stability control), which corrects lateral skidding, and TRAC (traction control) to check wheel spin. A 3.5-liter V6 engine motivates Avalon with 268 hp through a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting. The spacious cabin contains buckets up front and a bench for three in back. Toyota builds Avalon in three trims which culminate at the Limited grade with lavish luxury features. Active headrests for front seats are now standard in all trims and for Avalon XLS the eight-way driver's seat adds a memory option.
Toyota's best-selling mid-size sedan was restructured and expanded in 2007, and it repeats in 2009. Camry is grand in scale, keen in style, invigorated with power and laced with luxuries to position Camry closer to the realm of Lexus, Toyota's elite line. The exterior package appears sleek and shapely, yet it reflects subtle lines and subdued paint shades in the manner of a sophisticated — and expensive — vehicle. Powertrains includes a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 hp and a 3.5-liter V6 option rated at 268 hp. Trim tiers are CE, LE, SE and deluxe XLE.
Toyota adds new Venza, a five-passenger CUV assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, to the Class of 2009. Combining the comfort and easy-driving performance of a four-door sedan with the cargo space, utility and trailer-towing capacity of a SUV, Venza features sleek body styling, a spacious passenger compartment with room for riders and all their gear, and sure-grip tire traction from the standard AWD system. Two powertrains apply — a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine designed to provide excellent fuel efficiency or a 3.5-liter V6 that develops 268 hp. A panoramic roof shows up on the option sheet.
Toyota's best-seller HEV ranks among the most aerodynamic production vehicles. It's a mid-size sedan with generous space for five in a comfortable cabin. Prius contains Toyota's high-voltage and high-powered Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) powertrain, which employs a thrifty 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a battery-powered electric motor. The HSD controls all energy produced by the two plants and applies it to turn the front wheels through an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT). Prius Touring Edition has 16-inch alloy wheels, high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and suspension tuning, while a Standard Package is the price-beater.
Small is good for Yaris, Toyota's subcompacts, which divide as a three-door and new five-door liftback and a four-door notchback. The liftbacks, tall and stubby with an arching beltline, have surprising space inside with seats for five. Power stems from an efficient 1.5-liter four-cylinder plant pumping 106 hp with a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic. Fuel economy scores run high. Standard features include air conditioning and popular gear groups in packages, plus new standard safety items like curtain-style air bags and ABS. New body paints for liftbacks include Yellow Jolt and Carmine Red.
Toyota's compact sedan receives a new design for 2009, which improves Corolla in every aspect, from the overall size to the performance of a new fuel-efficient engine, the proliferation of standard safety features and a new chassis and suspension for an enhanced ride quality. Exterior styling looks shapely and contemporary but also athletic, even muscular. Five trims are listed — Corolla Standard, the upgraded LE, luxurious XLE, sporty S and top-model XRS, which totes a bigger engine with stronger brakes and larger tires. All get ABS (anti-lock brake system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution).
This sporty new CUV with its unusual canted roofline disguising boxy parameters of a hatchback-style wagon was created in conjunction with the Corolla notchback sedan and you might think of Matrix as a hatchback wagon variation of the Corolla sedan. Toyota builds four different models of Matrix for 2009 with two powertrain choices and front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction. Trim tiers are Matrix Standard, the upgraded Matrix S (with optional AWD) and top-model XRS. Matrix S and XRS issues carry a bigger engine with stronger brakes and larger wheels/tires.
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