Toyota, one of the world's largest automakers, introduces major changes to several models including complete redesigns of the Corolla and RAV4, two of the best-selling models in any segment.
There are Toyotas in every corner of the world, but especially Corollas, which is a worldwide best-seller. It gets a complete redesign for 2014, with brand new, bold exterior styling and a slew of interior upgrades. Toyota has also installed a new CVT that improves fuel economy (all the way up to 42 mpg highway on some models), while slightly increased length and width increases interior room, especially for rear seat passengers. Bluetooth connectivity and a USB/iPod port are standard.
The Yaris subcompact was redesigned in 2012 and the diminutive hatchback offers air conditioning and auxiliary/USB jacks standard.
Toyota’s Camry midsize sedan soldiers on atop the sales charts. Its sharp exterior styling is highlighted by prominent bumpers and sharply angled taillights. Ten airbags come standard. The Camry Hybrid offers extra efficiency, which now features 41 combined mpg.
The full-size Avalon was completely redesigned last year, with modern, aggressive styling that renders it anonymous no more. It also adds standard features for 2014, with a rearview camera now standard on all trim levels. Much like the Camry, the Avalon has a hybrid model which adds even more fuel savings to the mix.
Toyota has been adding more and more members to the Prius family and now has four members: the Prius, Prius v, Prius c, and the Prius Plug-In. There is now a Prius for everyone - the Prius v adds on cargo and passenger room which makes it more ideal for families while the Prius c is a more minimalist solution for those looking for a commuter car or an urban specialist. The Prius Plug-in can operate on electricity alone for a short range (11 miles), so many small journeys will require no gas at all.
Speaking of families, the Sienna minivan seats up to eight passengers and is filled with family friendly amenities.
Toyota’s lineup is also well populated with various crossovers and SUVs. The smallest is the flexible RAV4, which was also redesigned in 2013. It offers plenty of utility, fuel economy (31 mpg highway), and plenty of standard features.
The Venza, a uniquely styled wagon/crossover, combines practicality with a sleek futuristic appearance.
The midsize Highlander and the eco-friendly Highlander Hybrid are being redesigned for 2014 and will roll to dealerships at the beginning of 2014. More details will be added as they become available.
Toyota also offers a trio of very capable off-road SUVs. The 4Runner seats up to seven passengers (the third-row is optional) and a pair of available four-wheel drive systems that make the 4Runner at home even in rugged terrain. For 2014, the 4Runner gets subtly altered exterior styling and some new interior features, including a new instrument cluster and a restyled center console.
There is also the FJ Cruiser which stands out with its white roof, hidden rear doors, and excellent ground clearance. Step up to the full-size Land Cruiser and its standard V-8, which combines ruggedness with a luxurious interior that will keep you comfortable no matter what is going on outside. Rounding things out is the full-size Sequoia, the largest SUV Toyota makes, which adds trailer-sway control as standard equipment.
A pair of durable pickup trucks complete Toyota’s lineup in the form of the midsize Tacoma and the full-size Tundra. The Tacoma is very versatile; a variety of cab and bed configurations along with several different available packages mean that whether you’re looking for a truck that’s more capable off-road or better suited for work applications, the Tacoma has you covered.
The Tundra full-size pickup gets a slew of updates, including a new grille and front exterior design, and a redesigned interior which now houses a long list of premium options. Choose between V-6 and V-8 power, and drive securely with a long list of added safety features like Smart Stop brake override technology, a rearview monitor, and eight airbags all standard.
The Matrix has been discontinued for 2014.