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24 MAR 2017

Toyota announced that it has achieved more than 10 million cumulative units of hybrid vehicle (HV) sales, including plug-in hybrids, as of January 31, 2017. The latest milestone was achieved just nine months after total sales reached 9 million units at the end of April 2016. Toyota Motor North America also saw its sales of hybrids and plug-in hybrids reach a cumulative total, exceeding three million units as of December 31, 2016. The Prius stands as an icon for sustainability and efficiency, and is a shining example of what you can achieve when you have the right idea ...
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Posted by Don Minikus in New Car Reviews /

17 MAR 2017

The Honda Accord Hybrid was named to the "Greenest Vehicles of 2017" list from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for being one of the most environmentally responsible nameplates available to consumers for the 2017 model year and for scoring in the top 1.3 percent of all vehicles scored. The Honda CR-V (1.5L FWD), America's most popular SUV, was also honored by the ACEEE in its "Greener Choices 2017" list for scoring in the top 11 percent of all vehicles.Vehicles that qualify for the "Greener Choices 2017" list are restricted to widely available gasoline-powered cars and light trucks ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

10 MAR 2017

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) in early March displayed its 2.0 generation advanced safety research vehicle at the company's Prius Challenge event in Sonoma California. The all- new test vehicle will be used to explore a full range of autonomous driving capabilities. Toyota's work on autonomous vehicles in the United States began in 2005 at its technical center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The company secured its first U.S. patents in the field in 2006. According to a report last year by the Intellectual Property and Science division of Thomson Reuters, Toyota holds more patents in the field than ...
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Posted by Don Minikus in New Car Reviews /

03 MAR 2017

Honda continues its launch activities for the all-new 2017 CR-V SUV (watch our VehiclesTEST video road test) with the debut of an inspirational social campaign that runs from March 2-31 on Honda's social channels: @HondaLatino Twitter and Instagram as well as Facebook to drive awareness of the 2017 CR-V. The campaign incorporates the brand's belief in "The Power of Dreams," which has been a key theme throughout the CR-V's marketing launch.The new CR-V Hispanic social campaign is brought to life through Honda's partnership with spcaLA and employs the CR-V to bring awareness to pet adoption. Through the 'CR-V Pet Adoption ...
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Posted by Don Minikus in New Car Reviews /

17 FEB 2017

On February 17, The California Energy Commission (CEC) posted a Notice of Proposed Award (NOPA) outlining subsidies to support hydrogen refueling infrastructure in California. Shell, in partnership with Toyota, will be considered for the installation of hydrogen refueling equipment into seven retail stations in the state of California and an award of $16,362,500 to develop those stations. The NOPA marks an important step forward in Californias aspiration for broader deployment of low-carbon fuels and vehicle technologies, via its CECs Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. Providing accessible, reliable and convenient refueling is key to mainstream ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

16 FEB 2017

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline, recently named 2017 North American Truck of the Year, is now the only pickup truck in America to earn the highest possible safety ratings from both the U.S. government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) (watch our VehiclesTEST Ridgeline video road test). The 2017 Ridgeline earned a best possible 5-Star Overall Vehicle Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with Ridgeline already ranking as the first and only pickup to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS.1The Ridgeline pickup achieved a 5-star Overall Vehicle Rating in the NHTSA's New Car ...
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Posted by Don Minikus in New Car Reviews /

08 DEC 2016

For the third year in a row, Toyota has topped the Insurance Institute for Highway Safetys (IIHS) annual list of safety awards. Twelve Toyota and Lexus vehicles won IIHS awards in 2017, with nine receiving its highest award, the TOP SAFETY PICK+, the most of any manufacturer. At Toyota, our focus remains on the safety and peace of mind of our customers, said Dino Triantafyllos, Toyotas North American Chief Quality Officer. We are proud that our commitment to developing safe and reliable vehicles resulted in such a strong showing in 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards. According to IIHS, ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

06 DEC 2016

A constant in Toyota's U.S. model lineup for more than 50 years, the Land Cruiser has evolved from a simple off-road utility vehicle into a premium-luxury, full-capability SUV with seating for up to eight and advanced chassis systems. A rare combination of power, room, towing capacity and Toyota reliability explain why the Land Cruiser has an extremely loyal following. VehicleTEST's Land Cruiser video road test shows just how well the vehicle performs. The Land Cruiser received exterior and interior design enhancements for 2013 and made all previously optional features standard. The customer has only to select exterior and interior ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

10 NOV 2016

Toyota will soon introduce vehicles globally with a series of newly-developed, highly efficient gasoline engines that achieve outstanding thermal efficiency and fuel efficiency improvements of at least 10%.The new engines leverage combustion and loss-reduction technologies Toyota has refined in its dedicated hybrid engines. Two engines will form the base of the new series. The first is a 1.3-liter gasoline engine using the Atkinson cycle normally used in dedicated hybrid vehicles that achieves a maximum thermal efficiency of 38 percent. The second is a 1.0-liter gasoline engine, jointly developed with Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd., that has achieved maximum thermal efficiency of ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

08 OCT 2015

At the recent Digital Dealer 19 convention in Las Vegas, Google gave a presentation to a packed house on what works well with online video. The #1 term car buyers enter is "Vehicle Test Drives," well ahead of vehicle walkarounds. This is why we encorage all Toyota and Honda dealers to quickly add our video test drives to their sites. Not only do they make you rank higher in Google searches, but the videos keep people on your site an average of 4 extra minutes PER viewer. We have some dealers that have more than 1,000 unique visitors looking at ...
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Posted by Chris Kelly in New Car Reviews /

02 APR 2015

The 2014 Honda Accord and Odyssey minivan have both been named to the 10 Best Family Cars list compiled by the experts at Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. VehiclesTEST has created video road tests on both the Accord and the Odyssey. The two family-friendly Honda vehicles each earning the highest possible rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) - were selected out of hundreds of models for excelling in the key areas of safety, convenience features, performance and value."The Accord and Odyssey lead their segments in the areas that matter most to the family buyer ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

26 MAR 2015

More individual Californians purchased a Honda Civic than any other vehicle in 2013, according to new-vehicle registration data now available from Polk, which was recently acquired by IHS. Individual California car buyers purchased 65,910 Civics in 2013, more than any other vehicle in the state when subtracting sales to government and corporate fleet buyers. California is the largest vehicle market in the United States.VehiclesTEST's Civic video road test highlights all the features of this sedan."Retail sales leadership is the ultimate seal of approval, and Californians have made Civic the clear winner," said John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

22 MAR 2015

The Toyota Camry takes to the road with more performance andstyle that ever before, and the current generation offers better aerodynamics,an eye-catching front grille and a refined interior.Today's Camry is justdifferent enough to set it apart from all of its predecessors, yet offersfamiliar attributes such as a seriously quiet ride that will keep the Camryfaithful satisfied. Watch the Camry video road test.However, Toyota engineers made design improvements thatmake a real difference, lengthening the Camry by two inches over the previousversion. The extra length, 17-inch alloywheels with graphite finish and stiffer body structure gives the Camry a moreconfident feel on ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

15 MAR 2015

VehiclesTEST's new 2015 Toyota Digital Magazine offers information on every new Toyota model paired with third-party video road tests.The Toyota Digital Magazine is customized for each dealer, featuring dedicated toll-free phone numbers that can be called with one-dlick from a smartphone. Also, QuickQuote hyperlinks allow customers to submit lead information directly from their phones.Customers can read all about the new Toyota they are interested in, and then watch the VehiclesTEST third-party video with a single click.
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

05 SEP 2014

The seventh-generation Camry puts a premium on today's latest information technology, while enhancing the safety and performance features that has made it a top-selling mid-size sedan.VehiclesTEST's Camry video road test resulted in an actual highway fuel economy number of 43.7 mpg, which is 45.7 percent better than the EPA estimate.During speed tests the Camry ran to a top speed of 87 mph over the quarter mile, and stopped from 70 mph to zero in 3.4 seconds and 173 feet.
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

24 AUG 2014

Bold and expressive, practical and elegant, the Honda Pilot presents its own unique blend of function and style. The Pilot's grille and front fascia feature a distinctive 3-bar horizontal design, while multi-reflector halogen headlights and integrated turn signals contribute to the premium look.Pilot LX models are equipped with 17-inch styled-steel wheels, while Pilot EX and above models have 5-spoke, 18-inch aluminum wheels. Touring models feature an exclusive 6-spoke alloy wheel design with a high-contrast machined surface.VehiclesTEST's video road test of the Pilot offers a good look at all the features.Eighteen cubic-feet of cargo space behind the third row seats matches ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

12 AUG 2014

With its unique combination of off-road heritage, capability and design, the Toyota FJ Cruiser maintains a loyal following. Fully capable of traversing Californias famed Rubicon Trail, the FJ Cruiser is also well suited for everyday driving, offering plenty of utility for all types of activities.For a complete review of the FJ Cruiser, please watch VehiclesTEST's thorough FJ Cruiser video road test.The FJ Cruiser borrows design cues from Toyotas famed FJ40 4x4 utility vehicle, sold in the U.S. from 1960 to 1983 and now sought after by collectors. The thoroughly modern FJ Cruiser updates the classic theme in a contemporary way. ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

04 AUG 2014

Honda has joined a group of eight major automakers and 15 utilities organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to demonstrate a standards-based, open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The open platform will simplify and streamline vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in vehicles.There are more than 3,300 utilities in North America and various global automakers providing plug-in vehicles. Collaboration of this nature is necessary to maximize the potential of vehicle-grid integration."This project is an important step in enabling plug-in vehicles to reach their potential as ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

01 AUG 2014

The best-selling hybrid in America is taking style to a new level. The 2015 Prius Persona Series Special Edition is tailored with elegant exterior and interior touches that make it unique. The special edition model will begin arriving in dealerships in September. The Prius Persona Series Special Edition model adds exterior changes and equipment to a Prius Three to create a distinct visual package. Persona Series includes 17-inch alloy wheels with a premium dark metallic finish. The special edition also comes equipped with premium heated power mirrors with turn signal indicators. The Persona model will be available in two ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

23 JUL 2014

The Honda Accord and CR-V were each awarded a 2013 Polk Automotive Loyalty Award recognizing superior performance in owner retention for the 2013 model year. The Accord, America's best-selling car in retail sales, was honored for owner loyalty in the "Non-Luxury Traditional Mid-Size Car" segment. For the second straight year, the CR-V, America's best-selling CUV, captured the award in the "Non-Luxury Compact CUV" category.VehiclesTEST has created video road tests on both the Accord and the CR-V, and the videos show the unique features that make these two vehicles top performers."Model loyalty largely depends on long-term customer satisfaction and keeping each ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

21 JUL 2014

Toyota recently announced that the first commercial zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCV) will go on sale in the Japan domestic market before April 2015, and then summer 2015 in Europe and the state of California. The sedan will be priced in the Japan domestic market at approximately 7 million yen, or at more than $68,000 based on current exchange rates. Pricing in other markets has not yet been set. This is a zero-emission electric-drive, mid-size four-door sedan said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. It produces sufficient electrical power to ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

19 JUL 2014

The Accord Coupe is the most exhilarating 2-door Honda Accord yet. VehiclesTEST delivers a complete review in this Honda Accord Coupe video road test. The Accord Coupe's front end is set apart with a large lower radiator opening and twin faux brake scoops, which double as fog-light nacelles on all models except the LX. The large front wheel arches segue to deep character lines sweeping across the doors and back to the muscular rear wheel arches, while the flowing roofline draws the eye up and over the windswept cabin.Careful sculpting on the lower door sides continues the kinetic look of ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

12 JUL 2014

Building on a series of advancements aimed at improving the in-car technology experience for consumers, Honda will introduce select vehicles compatible with Android Auto in 2015. Honda is displaying a functional prototype at Google I/O 2014, the annual developer conference hosted by Google in San Francisco, CA. Honda and Acura models and trims compatible with Android Auto will be announced in the future.To initiate Android Auto, Honda drivers will simply connect their compatible Android smartphone to the vehicle's USB port using the cable that came with their phone, allowing them to intuitively access supported apps and features using the car's ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

10 JUL 2014

The Toyota Yaris, the brands fun, efficient compact model, offers the only choice of three-door or five-door liftback models in the segment. Both combine sporty styling with high value from a long roster of standard equipment and safety features, including nine airbags. VehiclesTEST's Yaris video road test provides a close look at all these features. The Yaris delivers a high level of refinement in the entry segment, making it an ideal commuter vehicle.. The Yaris offers younger, price-conscious shoppers a comprehensively equipped small car with big fuel economy numbers, a roomy interior and of course the brands well high ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

05 JUL 2014

The all-new, 270-horsepower Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle (SUV) is a no-compromise, midsize, three-row SUV that brings together the best in style, technology, comfort, capability, and safety. VehiclesTEST has covered all the new features in this thorough third-party Highlander video road test.Its exterior design conveys both refinement and strength, which complements a totally redesigned interior that raises the bar in its segment and is a huge hit with active families. With three-row seating for up to eight, an array of standard features, a host of available in-cabin technologies, and increased cargo capacity, the new Highlander offers a nuanced balance ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

03 JUL 2014

The 2014 Honda CR-V, the best-selling SUV in America for the past two years, has won a U.S. News & World Report "Best Cars for the Money" award. The highly-versatile and feature-packed CR-V (watch the CR-V video road test) was named "Best Compact SUV for the Money" among 2014 vehicles sold in the United States."The CR-V offers more quality, utility, comfort, fuel-efficiency, and fun-to-drive character than many more-expensive competitors," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Automobile Operations at American Honda. "Value for the money is one of the key things that customers expect when buying a Honda, and this ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

28 JUN 2014

On average, Americans drove away in a new Camry every minute in the month of May. Nearly 50,000 owners placed their trust in Camry's safety, reliability and long-term value, detailed in VehiclesTEST's Camry video road test. There is a reason Americans choose Camry, and it shows in sales month after month," said Bob Carter, vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. "It is America's best-selling car, but more important is the one Camry in the customer's driveway. The one Camry that gets you and your family to work, school, vacation, the Camry that works in ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

23 JUN 2014

The 2014 Prius v had earned the Automotive Science Groups (ASG) Best All-Around Performance Award, and is distinguished as a Best-in-Class for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Prius v also earned the Best Environmental Performance Award in the wagon class by making the smallest environmental footprint in its category in the North American market. Watch the VehiclesTEST video road test of the Prius v.ASG also honored the 2014 Toyota Yaris, Prius c, Prius, Prius Plug-in and Venza as a 2014 Best 5 All-Around Performance. This award recognizes an elite group of five vehicles in each class that achieve the ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

19 JUN 2014

The growing popularity of Twitter and Facebook have helped Honda and Toyota car buyers learn more about their next new purchase, and VehiclesTEST.com is helping educate buyers with new Twitter posts and Facebook pages.Using Twitter, vehiclesTEST will be posting tweets related to Honda and Toyota for the benefit of its followers at the handle @vehiclestest. New tweets will lead followers directly to relevant content that is constantly popping up online and on VehiclesTEST.com's blog.Facebook posts will function in a similiar manner, as friends of VehiclesTEST's Facebook page can learn about what new and exciting in the world of Honda and ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

13 MAY 2014

During our road test of the all new 3rd-generation Highlander, we recorded an actual highway fuel economy of 30.8 MPG, which was 23.2% better than the EPA estimate! The new Highlander is also bigger than the earlier version, with 3-row seating for 8 passengers, meaning you can take the whole team--and their gear--to the game in style!2014 Toyota Highlander review, 2014 Toyota Highlander road test, 2014 Toyota Highlander video review
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Posted by Chris Kelly in New Car Reviews /

13 MAY 2014

How does 20.6 MPG grab you from a full-size pickup truck? That's what we got from the new Tundra. Check out the full video review.
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Posted by Chris Kelly in New Car Reviews /

24 OCT 2013

The 2014 Toyota Corolla has been elevated to green heights. The Green Car Journal has named the eleventh-generation sedan a finalist for the 2014 Green Car of the Year award and one of its top 5 Green Cars for 2014. The Corolla also earned the magazines Green Car Product of Excellence distinction.VehiclesTEST recently completed testing of the new Corolla and the video road test will soon be live.Finalists were selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. One selection factor is the models availability to the mass market, giving it the potential to make a real environmental ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

06 APR 2013

The redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck went on display at the New York Auto Show in March, and VehiclesTEST's editorial team was on hand to offer this sneak peak video of the full-size pick up truck.The 2014 Tundra will be redesigned, inside and out, representing the first major change since the launch of the current generation for the 2007 model year. It will be launched in September 2013.The redesigned Tundra continues to be a truck with true American roots that was once again engineered by Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and its new look designed by Calty ...
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Posted by VehiclesTEST Staff in New Car Reviews /

15 MAR 2013

The Toyota Prius and Highlander Hybrid have garnered category honors as part of a U.S. News and World Report Best Cars for Families awards. VehiclesTEST has conducted video road tests on both the Prius and Highlander Hybrid.The 2013 Toyota Prius took top honors in the Best Hatchback for Families category, while the 2013 Highlander Hybrid won the Best Hybrid SUV for Families award for the third year in a row.The Best Cars for Families awards combine quality, size and family-friendly features into a composite score. Quality is measured using a weighted average of scores from the U.S. News rankings at ...
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Posted by VehiclesTEST Staff in New Car Reviews /

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08 MAR 2013

The 2013 Honda Fit, tested and reviewed by VehiclesTEST, has won two U.S. News & World Report Best Cars for the Money awards. The highly-versatile and fun-to-drive Fit was named Best Subcompact for the Money and Best Hatchback for the Money among 2013 vehicles sold in the United States."The Fit brings truth to the concept that big things can come in small packages," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "With an amazingly roomy interior, snappy styling, great driving dynamics and industry-leading Honda quality, Fit proves that small cars can provide value well ...
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Posted by Doug Thompson in New Car Reviews /

05 FEB 2013

Toyota has just started delivering the all-new fourth-generation of the RAV4 compact SUV. The biggest change (thankfully!) is that Toyota\'s engineers removed the spare tire from the back of the vehicle for a clean look, and a full-size spare tire is now neatly hidden beneath the cargo area.
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Posted by Chris Kelly in New Car Reviews /