There’s an old saying – “Why would anybody in his/her right mind drive anything else but a pick-up truck? Well, only if the person is struggling with money”. Obviously, my grandpa told me that, and, even though I’m a grown man myself today, I still remember about this weird thing folks used to say. Well, it’s actually understandable, because back in the day, with the Great Depression crushing our economy and no light at the end of the tunnel whatsoever (or, at least, that’s what people thought), a pick-up truck could save a family’s life, quite literally. However, thankfully, the dark times passed, the country stood up, got itself back on that democracy saddle and turned into the Land Of Dreams, Opportunity and everything else in between. And when the 21st century took its rightful place on the pedestal, American folks finally realized what it feels like to live freely, happily, and with tons of pocket change in your wallet. And that’s when the markets of SUVs, compact cars, sedans and, of course, pick-ups (come on, the United States wouldn’t be what they are today without them) skyrocketed to the moon (or, rather, Jupiter) and billions of dollars worth of investments came to save the day. I believe the word “boom” is the perfect one to describe what happened to the automobile industry. And while the F-150 trucks were ruling the show, with the Prius just making its first steps and the crossover SUVs getting ready to make that jump of faith, the Camry, a Toyota sedan, has already managed to climb onto that sweat top of the tops and became the best-selling mid-sizer on the American market.
The Toyota Sedan Models – The Best On The Market, Period
Now, I don’t have to tell you how difficult it is to make it overseas (I mean it from Toyota’s point of view, an originally Japan-based company), so, that was a huge breakthrough not only for the big T, but also for the whole Japanese/Asian invasion that took place a little bit later. Right now we’ve got Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai, and Kia pretty much dominating the segment of mid-size/full-size vehicles, even though the Toyota sedans are still one step ahead of the game, simply because they started the movement and they intend to finish it :). I could go on and on about how the US manufacturers are trying to match up to that unprecedented level of finesse and tell you that our own Ford Fusion, Taurus, Chevy Impala, and the Cadillacs, Buicks and Lincolns can give the Japs/Koreans a kick up the butt, but the truth is, they are the trend-setters, not us, and the sooner the Detroit Giants realize that the sooner they’ll be able to turn the tide 180 degrees and take back the crown. Alright, so, today I wanna talk to you guys about the Toyota sedan models – the best of the best, the mightiest of them all. If you take a look at year-end sales charts, Consumer Reports ratings/stats, forum chatter and everything else you’ll see that the Japanese mogul truly is the leader of the pack – no exceptions. The modern-day drivers appreciate a company that can guarantee reliability, durability, safety, solid fuel-efficiency, good looks and comfortable interiors, preferably with tons of cargo space to fit all of that mighty luggage. That’s especially true if you’re a family man with a couple of kids running around.
The Best-Selling Nameplates In History – Camry And Corolla
When you’re a young lad/gal, all you care about is sporty looks, roaring engines, and horsepower, but, when you grow up and start a family of your own, all of that nonsense becomes irrelevant and you do everything in your power to keep your loved ones safe, cozy, happy and well-packed. That’s the main policy with the Toyota sedan cars, always has been, and that is exactly why they’ve been leading this highly-tasty segment for God knows how long. It takes commitment, dedication (no, that’s not the same thing), huge piles of money and all the talent you could find in this world. I mentioned the Ford Fusion a few minutes back, and, even though I do consider it to be one of the best offers in the industry, you just can’t match it with the line-up from the big T – you just can’t. So, in this article we’ll be discussing the mighty-mighty Toyota Camry sedan, one of the most iconic models to ever hit the streets, the no-less legendary Corolla (yet another big seller; 40 million units is no joke!), the Yaris, and the Avalon, the most luxurious non-luxury model from the company. Now, given the fact that we all love, respect and cherish the Camry nameplate (if not, you still know about it, right?), I believe it would be fair to start this review the right way and kick it off with the company’s most successful model to date. After all, we gotta show some respect to the elders :). I have this amazing pile of entertaining info for you at the article, but if you’re a bit slammed by the size of that article, you can follow up with me here – I promise I’ll try to keep it as brief as possible.
The Toyota Camry Sedan – Everything You Need To Know
Well, the first thing you need to know is that the Camry was introduced to the world back in 1982, so, it’s 35 years old right now. The 1995 Toyota Camry sedan is probably one of the most recognizable ones here in the States because that was the first time the North-American market received the XV10 series, the widened version. Believe it or not, the marketing team told the heads at the company that the narrower body wasn’t gonna cut it over here as it did in Japan and the Asian markets, and that’s why Toyota decided to practically split the model in half and offer different editions for different regions. Next year the 1996 Toyota Camry sedan jump-started the V20, the second generation of the larger line-up, with updates to the front/rear fascias and a couple of changes on the inside, but generally, it was the same old V10 under a different name. Now, if you’re really into that old-school, retro, truly American stuff (even though Toyota is a Japanese company), and are looking for a used mid-size sedan, I would strongly suggest taking a look at the V10-V20 line-up, because after that the Camry kinda lost that boxy-yet-cool charisma and turned into a more round, smooth, refined model, which is great, but not “True Detective” enough, if you know what I mean. It all comes down to your wallet size, though – if you’ve got 7-12K, by all means, go with something more up-to-date (but still pre-owned). If not, well, a 1994 Toyota Camry sedan might just be your perfect pick. For example, you can get a car like that for 1.5-2.2K right now at www.Cargurus.com, with 80-200K miles behind its rusty back.
Shopping For A 1994 Toyota Camry Sedan And Moving To The XV30
It goes without saying that you gotta go in and check it out thoroughly first, otherwise you could very well be buying an old duck that will fall apart the second you leave the dealer/private seller. But come on, +/-2K is a bargain, folks, a big one! You’ll find pretty much the same pricing and everything at www.Carsforsale.com, by the way. How about a ’94 LE V6 for 2.6K American dollars? Sounds good, right? Or, you could go with Kelley Blue Book, www.Carsales.com or your favorite internet lot – it doesn’t really matter, as long as you know what you’re looking for and keep a cool head. But the greatest thing about the ones I mentioned is they’re the best out there, and even big-time dealerships post their offers, with detailed descriptions, including mileage, the powertrain specs, the location, the exact price, lease/loan options, and more. A quick note – if you want to own a Toyota sedan, you’ll have to cash in for the pricier V40 series – keep that in mind. Now, the most important thing to remember when shopping for a used car is you gotta know your stuff, or at least have it checked by a professional, otherwise bad sh*t could happen, like you losing your bucks and getting an old piece of trash. Alright, with that said, let’s see what else I can tell you about this legendary Toyota sedan. Well, as I just mentioned, with the XV30 the designers went for something entirely new and turned the old-timer into a brand-new thing, with sleek, round edges and a very nice, appealing character. The model was redesigned from the ground up for the first time since the V10, so, yeah, it was a big deal. Furthermore, the team finally switched to the highly promising K platform, reducing the production cost by 30 percent and the development stage to 26 months (used to be 36).
XV40 – Going For That Golden Medal
Plus, the station wagon was let go of, leaving the sedan as the only available pick and a lot of new, the fancy tech was introduced to keep up with the ever-growing and expanding market. If you’re a fan of this generation and want to learn all about it, please, go ahead and read all about it here. If not, well, let’s continue on with my Camry review, Ok? The journey of the Toyota 4 door sedan continued with the XV40 series, which grew even further apart from the Japanese edition. It was introduced at the North-American Auto Show 2006, and that’s when the company revealed the first-ever Camry hybrid. Again, we witnessed yet another major redesign, resulting in even more attractive exterior design and impressive interior features/equipment. XV50, the current generation, saw the light of day in 2011, with the exterior getting a brand-new sheet metal and a more in-your-face styling, while the interior went through a major restyling procedure and surprised the fans with a super-comfortable, cozy, spacious and enjoyable atmosphere. Forget about the old 1993 Toyota Camry sedan that had so little to offer in terms of comfort: this time around the Japanese really sealed the deal and showed the competition that they’re still running the show. By the way, check this out. Time flies, huh? I remember watching the ’93 model in a TV show Fox had back in the day and thinking it looked really cool and I wanted to own one just like that, so I could be as cool as the guy behind its wheel. Well, not anymore :).
The 2014 And 2015 Toyota Camry Sedan Models – Something New
With the current gen, you have a choice between three engines: the entry-level trims come with a 2.5-lit 4-cyl unit, good for 178HP and 170 lb-ft of torque, while the hybrid models are packed with a…hybrid powertrain, pumping out 200 Horses. The ultimate engine is the 3.5-lit V6 that’s putting out 268 Horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. As for the 2014 Toyota Camry sedan, the shoppers got pretty much the same deal as with the 2012 and 2013 editions, which is kinda ok, because at least they introduced a new SE Sport trim to keep the fans of the legendary Toyota sprinters happy. On the other hand, the 2015 Toyota Camry sedan was all about changes and went through a serious overhaul, only 3 years after the complete redesign. I talked about this a lot, actually, noting that the Japanese giant must’ve been a bit nervous about the competition becoming stronger than ever (see Honda’s Accord, Hyundai’s Sonata and Ford’s Fusion), so, they decided it was time to shake things up a little bit and update the old-timer a bit ahead of the schedule. The shoppers got an all-new, edgy and aggressive exterior styling (I really loved it, by the way), improved ride quality and handling, an updated cabin/interior with tons of standard-level and optional features/equipment and better materials. All of that made the Camry look and feel young again and more appealing to the young couples who put exterior design and interior comfort first, as opposed to the elder couples who appreciate fuel-efficiency, back-seat coziness (for the kids to enjoy), generous cargo capacity, attractive warranty deals and a strong resale value – you know, that boring stuff, that grown-up stuff :).
Toyota Corolla Sedan – The Second-Best In The Line-Up
Check out the article if you wanna learn more about the Camry, and/or this one to see what the Japanese major has cooked up for you in 2015. You’ll find a lot of useful info out there, so go ahead! And now let’s talk about this Toyota sedan: not a lot of folks know this, but it’s actually way older than the “elder brother” and was introduced to the world in 1966, 16 years before the Camry made that legendary debut. And it was the best-selling car by 1974, worldwide. How about that? Wait, the best part comes next: by ’97 it became the best-selling NAMEPLATE in the world! I bet you didn’t know that, did you? Well, if you read the post, you will! 🙂 But let me at least give you a few pointers, to get you started, so to speak. The Corolla has gone through 11 generations, and the upcoming 2017 edition still looks as fresh and exciting as ever, thanks to smart designing/engineering that reminds us of the old days but still keeps it hip, dope and up-to-date, so that the new kids on the block can appreciate it. By the way, the first 8 gens looks nothing like the last 3. Aha, the 9th generation flipped the switch and went for a completely different look, with the next one perfecting it and the latest one choosing edgy shapes and contours as opposed to that rounder, the smoother design that used to rock the show. So, you could imagine why picking a Toyota Corolla sedan for sale would be a pretty overwhelming thing to do, as you’ve got SO MANY models/editions/configurations to pick from. For example, a 1994 Toyota Corolla sedan looks nothing like the 2015 edition and vice versa.
Making The Right Pick Is Half The Deal
Me, I always tell my friends and mu blog’s audience to go for the golden middle, because that way you’ll be able to get the best bang for your bucks. For example, a 2012 Corolla LE Toyota sedan seems to me like the perfect purchase if you wanna save a few hard-earned bucks but would still like to keep up with the latest trends. Given the fact that the aforementioned 2017 model is well on its way (see my fresh-outta-the-oven review here), the price on the older edition will drop 60 to 70 percent, which is pretty cool :). Trust me, this method will work with pretty much EVERY model out there, not only from the Toyota line-up. A car loses 50% of its value after 3 years and about 70% after being half a decade out there on the streets, and by “car” I mean a model year. As for the next edition, the Toyota Corolla sedan 2013, it received a revised front grille and introduced a brand-new Special Edition for the LE/S trims. Yep, that was pretty much it. Take a look at the 2015 Special Edition if you’re into that kind of stuff. On the other hand, those readers who love to compare all kinds of models against each other would have tons of fun here (domestic rivalry) and here (comparing the Japanese compact sedan with the US-made Ford Focus). The 2015 Toyota Corolla sedan is considered to be one of the best compact cars on the market right now, so, you should definitely include it into your list of possible picks.
The Toyota Yaris Sedan – Before Turning Into A Hatchback
Ok, people, we talked about the world-famous Camry, the Corolla, and I’ve got the full-sizer coming up next – the mighty Avalon. So, it that the whole Toyota fleet? Nobody else to hold that victorious flag? Well, there is one more, believe it or not, and it’s the Toyota Yaris sedan. Wait, isn’t it a hatchback? Yep! Hey, it’s complicated, let me walk you through it. So, in 1999 the North-American market received the Echo, the Toyota sedan version of the Yaris, and in the first year on sale, the model managed to sell 50K units. The Echo was a part of the company’s big plan of catching the younger shoppers’ attention here in the United States. The car also had huge sales in friendly Canada, thus practically taking over the North-American market, the one that it was initially intended for. These two countries had a Toyota Yaris sedan for sale in pretty much every corner of every block – that was a part of the huge “takeover” strategy by the big T. Next, the company brought the hatchbacks to Canada, with the coupe also being available over there. It was kinda like the predecessor to the current Yaris that we’ve got at the American dealerships, with many identical features, equipment, and design solutions. Then, the Japanese market received the Beltra, and we, the North-Americans, got the brand-new, redesigned and refreshed 2007 Toyota Yaris sedan (aha, under a new name). The funny thing is, it was available along with the three-door hatchback, but from 2009 and on only the 5-door hatchback remained on sale. I also have to mention that the traditional trim levels were gone, and three packages were offered, including Convenience, Power and All-weather Guard.
The 2008, 2009 and 2010 Toyota Yaris Sedan Models
The Canadian version, on the other hand, was pretty standard. The 2007 edition was quite impressive in terms of fuel efficiency and returned 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 34MPG in the city. Pretty decent, right? However, next year EPA dropped a bomb on it and changes those estimates to 36MPG hwy/29MPG city because of the new approach to calculating mileage. So, yeah, as funny as it might sound, the 2008 Toyota Yaris sedan was actually worth in terms of fuel economy than the previous edition. By the way, if you’re interested in this little guy’s powertrain, I can tell you that it’s got a 1.5-lit 4-cylinder engine under that tiny hood that’s capable of pumping out 106 Horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. I know it’s not a lot, but for a car that size, this is actually pretty good. So, next year, with the 2009 Toyota Yaris sedan the customers got new, updated styling, including a brand-new grille (looked pretty cool), improved interior materials/finishing and more technological features, plus, anti-lock brakes and side curtain airbags became standard equipment. Yeah, it was like a mid-cycle refresh, and everybody was happy with where the model was going. After that, we received the 2010 Toyota Yaris sedan (4-door) and 3-/5-door hatchback, both available on the US market. This time around we got stability/traction control as entry-level equipment, with a manual transmission now being offered with the 5-door hatch. Plus, a new Sport package was introduced for all the hot-hatch fans out there.
One Of The Greatest Sub-Compacts On The World-Wide Market
The greatest features of this subcompact cutie included a comfortable, refined ride quality, a cozy and attractive interior, even though it never offered anything even close to luxury, solid fuel-efficiency and tons of space. Nothing new was available with the 2011 model, so, let’s just move on to the 2012 Toyota Yaris sedan, shall we? I gotta admit: my lovely niece owns a 2012 model, and I even got to drive it a couple of times, like any good uncle should :). It was a blast, trust me! After being used to all kinds of big-bad “dude cars” I instantly fell in love with it. Well, that love faded away pretty quickly, but still, that first impression was pretty awesome. The thing is, we don’t have a sedan available on the American market anymore, only the 2-/4-door hatchback. So, how did I drive a Toyota sedan? Well, my niece was in Singapore at that time, and I was visiting her, and they call it Vios over there. It was a second-gen car, a truly solid vehicle. The third generation was introduced in 2013 at the Bangkok International Motor Show, and the company had one goal with this new release – to make it a worldwide champ, a global success. The body was enlarged a bit, but the width remained the same. The interior became bigger, too, and it still looked a lot like the American hatchback model. As for the Toyota Yaris sedan 2015, it was available in Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and, of course, Singapore. There’s nothing more to tell, really, but if you wanna learn about the North-American edition, check out my review. Ok, now let’s take a look at king Avalon.
Toyota Avalon – Not Your Regular Toyota Luxury Sedan
Fun fact: if you’re looking for, say, a luxury Toyota sedan, you won’t actually find anything pricier than the highly capable Avalon, and you can cop the entry-level XLE edition for just 32K. On the other hand, the Limited trim costs 40K, and that’s entry-level luxury right there. Overall, you’ve got 5 trims to pick from, and that’s yet another great fact about the Japanese major – their cars are always flexible and versatile and you’ll most definitely find your perfect one. So, the ultimate trim will please you with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED head-/tail-lights, tri-zone (automatic) climate control, superb leather upholstery, an 11-speaker sound-system (the JBL), and more. Plus, if you go with the Safety Sense Package you’ll get lane departure warning/lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning and pretty much every single technological feature/safety equipment you can buy on the market right now. Bottom line is, if you’re looking for an exceptional Toyota Sedan 2015 or 2016, this is your best bet if you put class, interior quality and solid, trademark looks ahead of everything else. Speaking of the interior, let me tell you a few key elements: first of all, on the inside, the latest Avalon is roomy, elegant and “royal”, with top-quality materials and finishing throughout. The front seats are God-sent, with a great driver’s view and tons of that leg- and head-room even for the tallest folks. As for the rear seat, given the fact that this is a full-size Toyota sedan we’re talking about, you can expect to have tons of fun back there: nobody will feel cramped or squeezed in, and that’s not something I can say for a lot of modern-day offers on the market.
Toyota + Lexus = Love (Class-Leading Luxury Sedans)
By the way, take a look at my comparison and find out about the strong and weak sides of both models. If you’re interested in the powertrain specs, under the hood you’ll find a 3.5-lit V6 engine that’s capable of 268 Horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD (front-wheel drive). Furthermore, it’s quite the race-track stud, too, and goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in quick 6.4 seconds, which makes it one of the sprinters in the class. If you want to learn more about this highly capable vehicle, please, make sure to check out my overwhelming review. You’ll learn everything you need to know, and then some. Disclaimer: even though the Avalon is pretty much the king of the in-city roads, the Toyota sedans list is pretty tight, so, if you wanna go for real luxury, you’ll have to take a look at the friendly Lexus line-up, which is essentially Toyota’s premium brand, with the same class-leading reliability, durability, and awesomeness. But, that’s a completely different story. I’ll make sure to keep them Lexus reviews coming, but for now, let’s close the books and call it a day. I’ll be seeing y’all in a second, my friends, so, don’t you go anywhere! 🙂
See this video: 2015 Midsize Sedan Comparison Test – Kelley Blue Book