2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

The 2022 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 TRD is a rugged and capable pickup truck that is designed for adventurous drivers.

This truck is built for tough terrain, with a powerful engine, capable suspension, and advanced off-road technologies. Whether you’re hauling heavy loads or exploring off-road trails, the Toyota Tundra TRD model is ready to perform.

The heart of the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD is its 5.7-liter V8 engine, which delivers a massive 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. This power is combined with a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission that provides quick and responsive acceleration. The 4×4 system on the TRD model also includes a locking rear differential and a transfer case that gives you added control when you’re off-road.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is built to tackle tough terrain, with a capable suspension that includes TRD-tuned Bilstein shocks, TRD front and rear anti-sway bars, and TRD-stamped aluminum skid plates. These components work together to provide a comfortable and confident ride, even over rough and uneven surfaces. Additionally, the TRD model comes with 18-inch TRD black alloy wheels and BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, which provide a strong grip in all conditions.

The interior of the 2022 Toyota Tundra is designed for comfort and functionality. The truck features premium materials, including leather-trimmed front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and metallic accents. Some of the aesthetic choices with the hidden camo behind the mesh layer in seats is a nice touch. In terms of comfort, the seats feel support and plush, with some of the rigged stiffness along the side panels to immerse yourself into the Baja feel. The truck also features a large touchscreen infotainment system that provides easy access to a range of features, including navigation, music, and climate control.

Safety features are an important consideration for any vehicle, and the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD is no exception. The truck is equipped with a range of advanced safety technologies, including a backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. Additionally, the truck has a five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, making it one of the safest pickup trucks on the market.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4×4 TRD pro is a rugged and capable pickup truck that is designed for adventurous drivers. With its powerful engine, capable suspension, and advanced off-road technologies, this truck is ready to tackle tough terrain and provide a comfortable and confident ride. Whether you’re hauling heavy loads or exploring off-road trails, the Toyota Tundra TRD model is a great choice.

Model: 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Crew Cab TRD Pro

Sticker Price (As tested): $82,795 

Engine: 5.7-liter V8 engine

Horsepower: 381 horsepower

Torque: 401 lb-ft

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Drivetrain: 4×4

Seating Capacity: 5

Dimensions:

Length: 228.9 in

Width: 79.9 in

Height: 76.2 in

Cargo Bed Length: 66.7 in

Maximum Towing Capacity: 10,200 lbs

Fuel Economy: 12.9L/100km City, 11.6L/100km Highway

Suspension: TRD-tuned Bilstein shocks, TRD front and rear anti-sway bars, and TRD-stamped aluminum skid plates

Wheels: 18-inch TRD black alloy wheels

Tires: BF Goodrich all-terrain tires

Infotainment: Large touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, music, and climate control

Safety Features: Backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, 5-star crash test rating (NHTSA)

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2023 Integra

2023 Acura Integra A-Spec

The 2023 Acura Integra is a highly anticipated compact sports sedan, set to hit dealerships later this year. This latest iteration of the Integra is set to offer drivers an exciting and thrilling driving experience, all while providing a level of comfort and luxury that is expected from a high-end sports sedan.

One of the biggest changes for the 2023 Integra is its powertrain. The new model will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces a healthy 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that provides quick and smooth gear changes, allowing drivers to make the most of the engine’s power.

The new Integra will also feature an updated exterior design, giving it a more aggressive and athletic look. This includes a new front fascia, larger grille, and slimmer LED headlights. The 2023 Integra will also feature a lower and wider stance, improving its handling and stability on the road.

The interior of the new Integra is also set to receive a significant update, providing drivers with a more modern and luxurious cabin. This includes a new infotainment system with a larger touch screen, as well as a new instrument cluster and high-quality materials throughout the cabin. Additionally, the Acura will feature a number of advanced safety technologies, including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

Finally, the 2023 Integra will also feature a number of driving modes that allow drivers to customize their driving experience. This includes sport, comfort, and eco modes, each of which adjusts the vehicle’s suspension, steering, and throttle response to suit the driver’s preferences. The Acura Integra is set to offer drivers an exciting and thrilling driving experience, all while providing a level of comfort and luxury that is expected from a high-end sports sedan. Whether you’re looking for a sporty daily driver or a fun car for weekend getaways, the Integra is sure to impress. 

Sticker Price (MSRP): $34,350

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4

Power: 300 horsepower

Torque: 295 lb-ft

Transmission: 10-speed automatic

Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive

Suspension: Sport-tuned suspension

Brakes: Four-wheel disc brakes, F/R: 12.3-in vented disc/11.1-in disc

Tires: Continental ContiProContact
235/40R-18 91W M+S

Fuel Economy: Combined/City/Highway: 7.8/9/6.5 L/100km 

Interior features: Large touch screen infotainment system, premium materials, advanced safety technologies

Exterior features: Aggressive and athletic design, LED headlights, lower and wider stance

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2022 Ford Mustang Mach E GT

The 2022 Ford Mach-E Mustang GT is a high-performance electric crossover that combines the sleek and aggressive design of the classic Mustang with the latest in electric vehicle technology.

This vehicle is a must-have for anyone looking for a sporty and environmentally-friendly ride.

Under the hood, the Mach-E Mustang GT packs a powerful dual-motor setup that delivers 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. This gives the car the ability to hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds, making it one of the fastest EVs on the market. The Mach-E also comes with a large 98.8 kWh battery pack that provides an estimated range of up to 300 miles on a single charge, allowing drivers to enjoy their high-performance ride without worrying about running out of power.

The exterior of the Mach-E Mustang GT is a true work of art, with a bold and modern design that pays homage to the classic Mustang. The front of the car features a sporty grille and sharp LED headlamps, while the rear is finished off with sleek taillights and a sporty rear diffuser. The car sits on 19-inch machined aluminum wheels, which add to its overall sporty appearance.

The interior of the Mach-E Mustang GT is just as impressive as the exterior, with high-quality materials and a state-of-the-art infotainment system. The car comes with a large 15.5-inch touchscreen display that controls all the major functions of the car, including climate control, audio, and navigation. The Mach-E also features Ford’s latest SYNC 4A infotainment system, which is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Mach-E Mustang GT is also loaded with a range of advanced safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. These features work together to help keep drivers and passengers safe on the road.

The Mach-E Mustang GT is an impressive electric vehicle that delivers both high performance and excellent efficiency. The car’s dual-motor setup and large battery pack provide the power and range that drivers need, while its sleek and aggressive design make it a standout on the road. Whether you’re looking for a fun and sporty ride, or a more environmentally-friendly alternative to a traditional gas-powered car, the Mach-E Mustang GT is a great choice.

the 2022 Ford Mach-E Mustang GT is a car that truly has it all. With its powerful electric drivetrain, sleek and aggressive design, and state-of-the-art infotainment system, it’s the perfect car for anyone looking for a high-performance EV. Whether you’re an environmentally conscious driver or just a car enthusiast, the Mach-E Mustang GT is a must-have.

Sticker Price: Starting at $56,995 (MSRP)

Power:

  • Dual-motor setup with 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque

Performance:

  • 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds

Battery:

  • 98.8 kWh battery pack
  • Estimated range of up to 300 miles

Exterior:

  • Bold and modern design inspired by the classic Mustang
  • LED headlamps and taillights
  • 19-inch machined aluminum wheels

Interior:

  • 15.5-inch touchscreen display
  • SYNC 4A infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Safety Features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Automatic emergency braking.
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2020 Lincoln Aviator – Automotive Review

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2020 Lincoln Aviator – Automotive Review

Refined luxury and top performance elevate this SUV to new heights over the competition

Taking some styling cues from its big brother, this sibling is ready to impress. The three-row SUV has plenty of room inside and small enough to be agile in tight places.

Aviator grille has the Lincoln logo prominently in the center with a field of repeating Lincoln logo like shapes. Brilliant design and adds class to an already classy vehicle.

The Aviator is equipped with Co-Pilot360, which is a technology that has your back while driving. It includes evasive steering assist, reverse braking assist, active parking assist, lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. Pixel LED adaptive headlights to shine further while driving on the highway and at slower speeds the ability to cast a larger light pool helping to illuminate potential hazards. The adaptive dynamic bending lighting uses camera technology to read road signs and lane markings to pre-illuminate the direction the road is heading. I drove by a sign that said Cliff, and I was worried about what it might do! You can sync your smartphone with the Lincoln app and utilize your phone as a key. As you approach the vehicle, the headlights, taillights, and a welcome mat is projected under the doors, all done in sequence, gradually reaching full illumination. The interior is well laid out and very comfortable, typical of what you would expect from a high-end SUV, but wait, there is more. The warning chimes are musical notes by the Detroit Symphony orchestra. You can smell the luxury as you drive down the road. I was so wrapped up in it. I rolled down the window and asked the car next to me if he had any gray Poupon. Ok, maybe not. A lot of thought went into the design of the interior, excellent use of wood styling and easy to use buttons are well placed, except the touch screen. At first, I thought someone left their iPad in the dash, but no, it’s the infotainment system. That’s about the only thing that looked out of place. Everything else looked great.

Mileage numbers are 13.7 L/100km City / 9.7 L/100km Highway

The Aviator comes standard with a Twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engine that creates 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Touring model comes with the same twin-turbo 3.0L V6 but adds an advanced electric powertrain that combines to produce 494 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque.

If you are looking for luxury without sacrificing performance, then take a test flight; I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

2 models to choose from. Lincoln Aviator reserve with a starting price of $63,821 and the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring. $75,083.

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Yamaha Roadstar Warrior – Guest Review

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Jamie Burgis

Jamie Burgis

Yamaha Roadstar Warrior – Guest Review

Guest writer Jamie Burgis take us for a cruise on the powerful, yet comfortable Yamaha Roadstar Warrior

I start with a quick walk of the vehicle. My first impressions of the motorcycle; I noticed the long sleek lines, curvature of the body, and powerful stance. It looks fast standing still. This motorcycle would fall in the class of sport cruiser, trying to offer a good amount of power along with comfortability for longer rides. When you first get on the bike, you notice it feels like a hefty bike with a long wheelbase and a substantial weight. I find the saddle large, comfortable, and they make you feel secure. This model also includes a small stock passenger seat. The handlebars are quite agreeable, just below shoulder height for me. The mirrors are reasonable in size and are well-positioned, which is essential as it provides excellent visibility. Seeing well and being seen are important parts of feeling confident on any bike. The rest of the controls and display are well laid out and easy to read but sadly no gas gauge.

I headed out on a beautiful spring morning, the feeling of the crisp, clean air and the sun on my shoulders was invigorating. Feeling free as a bird as I glided along, secure in the comfort of the symbiotic relationship between man and machine. A feeling of peaceful joy came over me, rolling down the twists, turns, and straightaways of a long scenic country road. Childlike glee as I twisted the throttle braced against the wind. It was such a relaxing feeling being able to live in the moment, only focusing on the ride and the road ahead. All the stresses of daily life quickly melting away. Peace and solitude are rare and valuable things in today’s world, so finding them wherever you can is vital for everyone. I, as many others do, find it in the open road and through my unique experience of riding.

With such a large displacement, I immediately noticed this is a very loud and powerful motorcycle. The throttle response is incredible and could be a little bit scary for some people. I found it had excellent torque and acceleration all the way through the gears at low or high RPMs. This is not a bike for beginners. Be prepared to have to hold on tight with a bike like this. I found the handling to also be exceptional for a bike of this size and weight. It leaned over smoothly and effortlessly. I could feel it gripping the road in the corners. The braking threshold was great on this machine, which is super important when riding with this kind of power.

Overall, this was a very fun bike to ride. A very powerful yet relaxing ride, with a very capable engine, nice upright riding position. I could comfortably ride this all day. Some of the drawbacks I found were having absolutely no storage and very limited options available for this bike, and yes, the aforementioned missing gas gauge! Some of the pluses are the cost and reliability of this model. If speed and comfort are important attributes for you, then I would definitely rank this among the more interesting models in the sport/cruiser class

Make: Yamaha

Model: Roadstar Warrior

Engine: 1698cc Fuel injected, belt drive, air-cooled

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2020 Toyota Supra – Video Review

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2020 Toyota Supra – Video Review

Introducing the all-new BMW Supra... Wait, I meant to say Toyota! Check out our video review below!

Since the end of the fourth-generation Supra in 2002, fans have been begging for a return of the Supra. While in between, we were given a severely insufficient Toyota 86 to hold our tongues; finally, the Supra has made its return. An exoskeleton of the BMW Z4, Toyota has built upon that along with a little Toyota flare to become the by-product of the next great sports car.

Underneath, the Supra shares a platform, running gear, engine, gearbox, and large chunks of the interior with the latest Z4. Not being the first example of Toyota partnering with others to collaborate on a version with a Toyota badge. (Subaru BRZ/Scion FRS/Toyota 86).

But this partnership is different because the Supra is a huge deal. It’s not a run of the mill newly introduced small coupe. The Supra badge has a history as a staple in Japanese car culture alongside the greats like the Honda NSX, Nissan Skyline, and Nissan GT-R.

While the DNA is the same, The Supra, in my opinion, is better looking than the Z4, no doubt about it. It’s well proportioned, striking, and eye-catching throughout.

Under the hood sits BMW’s B58 single turbo 3.0-liter straight six, developing identical power figures (335bhp and 369lb ft of torque) to the Z4 M40i. This is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. 0-100km takes 4.3 seconds. The body is more rigid than the Lexus LFA’s, weight distribution is 50:50. Leaving aside the BMW controversy, you’ve got to admit it looks good on paper.

It’s excellent to drive. The Supra is crisp, responsive, well connected, confidence-inspiring, and quick. The fact that Toyota has been able to take the same mechanicals as BMW and shape them into a proper sports car that’s perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Supra. But it is not all entirely successful, so let’s start there. The paddle downshifts can be a fraction delayed and upshifts can surge on you.

Similarly, the engine has plenty of mid-range shove, but at higher RPM’s there’s not much point. The brakes do fade, but it does have bigger brakes, using 13.7-inch vented discs in front and 13.6-inch vented discs in the rear, 1.0 inch and 0.8 inches larger than the old car (which also had vented discs). But it’s the good stuff that dominates the experience. The front wheels unfailingly go where you aim them, and the rear axle is communicative and well supported. What this means is that the Supra moves into corners well, and it gets out of them well, too. The steering set-up – especially in Sport (that or Normal are your only choices) – is lovely, well-weighted, and responsive. It’s too light in Normal. Turning is decisive, and it feels agile, thanks to its short 2,470mm wheelbase.

Here is the thing; we can forgive the non-Toyota engine, but it’s hard to forgive the lack of innovation in the cabin. The Supra is a BMW inside. Of course, this means it’s got the material quality and tactility it wouldn’t have had otherwise, and some people will see that as a plus. And once again, if you aren’t familiar with BMW, it’s not going to offend you. But here’s Toyota, the world’s largest car company, having slapped a body on top of a BMW, It’s just an odd thing to do with a brand with such history for Toyota.

The rev counter is Toyota’s own, but the steering wheel definitely isn’t. The same goes for the heating controls, graphics, USB slots, switchgear, door handles, etc. Ignoring the BMW influences then: the driving position is excellent. You sit low, the standard seats wrap around your back as bucket seats do, however over the shoulder visibility is horrible. Two seats and two people have adequate space inside. The infotainment is intuitive as BMW’s go. No complaints as the rotary are easy to manage and operate.

After all is said and done, it’s like BMW built a better Toyota. It’s impossible to separate the new Supra from its underpinnings – not least because they are always staring you in the face when you get in. But in the end, Toyota has built a very talented driver’s car. It’s a very complete coupe. Big enough inside, well equipped, handsome, rapid, and good-natured. It’s grown-up yet compact, agile, and smooth. It’s a smart piece of engineering. A car you’d enjoy driving anywhere, a car that probably strikes the best compromise of GT and sportiness of any car in its class. 

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG – Automotive Video Review

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG – Automotive Video Review

"With the new 53-series models we are extending our portfolio in a first step towards a hybridized future with a leading-edge combination of sporty design, performance and efficiency… “ - Tobias Moers

The most impressive innovation found in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG is the new, electrified 3.0-litre engine that offers twin-turbocharging by way of a traditional exhaust gas turbocharger and the new electric auxiliary compressor. This provide almost instantaneous boost, as when the CLS 53 is starting at zero, the electric auxiliary compressor can immediately build up a high-pressure charge, delivering a faster increase in torque for acceleration until the large conventional exhaust gas turbocharger is deployed. As a result, the CLS 53 is able to zip around, with a glorious turbo lag-free response. It is as if this car gets all the benefits of both a supercharger and a turbo for all our lead foot needs. The new 3.0 L. engine provides the CLS 53 with 429 hp and a maximum torque of 384 lb-ft. The electrified EQ Boost starter-alternator briefly provides an additional 21 hp, plus 184 lb-ft of torque while still feeding the new 48 V on-board electrical system. This impressive new system clearly works as the CLS 53 4MATIC+ rockets from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.

The newly available 48 V on-board electrical system is also available to provide the CLS 53 with more robust traditional functions like; shifting, gliding and restarting of the engine by the start/stop function.

The new Mercedes CLS 53 features the twin-blade, silver chrome radiator grille, previously reserved for the V8 Performance models. As standard, the CLS 53 comes with 19-inch light-alloy wheels with optional 20-inch wheels available to add another layer of opulence if you so wish

The optional ENERGIZING comfort control is another interesting highlight on this vehicle. It links together the numerous comfort systems in the vehicle and harmonizes their specific functions such as; air conditioning and seating heating, cooling, and massaging, steering wheel heating, lighting and audio. Depending on your selection it generates a unique environment that Mercedes claims can enhance well-being and the drivers experience.

Finally, the CLS 53 4MATIC+ features the latest generation driving assistance systems pioneered in S-Class. Standard features are Active Braking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and ATTENTION ASSIST. Other standard features include PRE-SAFE®, the occupant-protection system, and the new PRE-SAFE® Sound, which prepares your hearing for any accident noise when the car believes there is a risk of a collision.

Key Features:

  • MSRP $92,000
  • 3.0-litre 6-cylinder in-line engine
  • 429 hp at 6100 rpm with and additional 21 hp of boost
  • 384 lb-ft at 1800-5800 rpm with an additional 184 lb-ft available
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.5 s
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2020 Mercedes-Benz E 450 – Automotive Review

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2020 Mercedes-Benz E 450 – Automotive Review

With over 14 million cars sold globally since 1946, the E-Class represents the best-selling model series in the history of Mercedes-Benz.

Overview/Summary

The Mercedes E-Class is available in Coupe, Sedan, Convertible, and Wagon… you want it; they got it! While this car does sit on the higher end of the price tag with a starting MSRP of $72,300 CND if you are in the market for a high-end luxury sedan, the E 450 is certainly worth checking out.

(+) – When one wants comfort, style, speed and luxury the E 450 Sedan easily fits the bill

(-) – Jack of all trades often means the master of none

Highlights

Only slight modifications from the last years refresh. Maintaining the 2019 name change from the E 400 sedan to the E 450, accounting for the larger V6

Comparisons

  1. 2020 BMW 540i xDrive Sedan – $74,499.26 CND
    1. 335 hp
    2. 9.5 l/100 km.
    3. 4.7 s 0-100km/hr
  2. 2020 A6 Sedan – 55 TFSI Quattro Technik S Tronic – $ 76,750.00 CND
    1. 335 hp
    2. 9.7 l/100 km.
    3. 5.2 s 0-100km/hr
  3. 2020 Genesis – G80 3.3T SPORT AWD – $62,000 CND
    1. 365 hp
    2. 11.9 l/100 km.

Options

  1. Technology Package ($2700) – HUD, 360 Camera, Active LED system
  2. Premium Package ($5000) – Panoramic Sunroof, Burmester Surround Sound system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Added Comforts and Conveniences
  3. Comfort Package ($3900) – Climate Comfort/Drive-Dynamic multi-contour front seats, ENERGIZING Comfort, Air Balance cabin air purification and fragrance system

Driving

The 3.0L V6 Biturbo engine generates 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, which in the larger E 450 sedan allows you to still feel the acceleration when hammering it to pass someone on the freeway. The drive feel on this car is exceptional with minimal negative feedback like noise, bumps, and over/understeer, providing you the ability to entirely focus on the pleasures of driving a luxury automobile. For example, technologies like the Electromechanical Direct-steer feature automatically varies the ratio based on how aggressive you are on the wheel, providing tight, responsive feedback at higher speeds and minimal effort in low-speed activities like parking.

Styling

The Mercedes E-Class Sedan features the standard wide grille with the iconic logo front and centre. While style is always something of a personal taste, I like the direction Mercedes has taken in recent years. Even without the dinner plate-sized logos manufacturers are using these days, the car looks like a Mercedes from every angle. Even better is the changes to the grille in the Luxury Package, as remove the logo cleaning up the lines, and add the famous Three-Pointed Star on the crown of the hood, where it rightfully belongs

Tech & Safety

As expected at this price point, the Mercedes E 450 comes loaded with options and tech features. Starting front and centre with a standard 12.3-inch central display, and an available second 12.3-inch screen as a customizable instrument cluster. The available Head-Up Display projects a 21x7cm full-colour graphical display showing information like navigation, driving speed, cruise-control settings, and more. Upgrade to the Burmester® 3D system for a 1,450-watt amp powering 23 speakers, including a trunk-mounted subwoofer with its own 400-watt amp. The E 450 is fully equipped with a slew of safety technology and features noteworthy available options like Route-based Speed Adaptation. This feature automatically adjusts the car’s speed in anticipation of curves, traffic circles, and highway interchanges, then resume up to the posted speed limit afterward.

Key Features

  • Starting at $72,300 CND
  • 3.0L V6 Biturbo with 9-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission
    • 362 hp and 369 lb-ft torque
    • TBD l/100 km.
    • 5.0 s 0-100km/hr
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • 5 Passenger capacity
  • 530 L Cargo capacity
  • 3-inch high-resolution central display
    • Apple CarPlay / Andriod Auto
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2020 Toyota Corolla – Automotive Review

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2020 Toyota Corolla – Automotive Review

Regarded as the best selling car of all time, the 2020 Toyota Corolla gets its most dramatic transformation in recent years.

The Toyota Corolla has always been an easy choice for compact vehicles. It’s the highest selling vehicle of all-time. The reliability, affordability, and efficiency easily have people knowing what they are investing in when purchasing a Corolla. This new 2020 segment has left nothing to suggest that will ever change; even after undergoing the most dramatic transformation in recent memory.

The transformation began with a bit of cosmetic work to the shape and under belly of the new Corolla. New underpinnings to the body as part of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) helps deliver that smooth drivability. Notably the new 2020 Corolla will offer a new engine option and Hybrid-engine capability. This giving users the optimum fuel efficiency whilst reducing carbon emissions. Ever evolving the Corolla will always deliver to get you from place to place, efficiently and reliably.

The exterior as I mentioned got the sharp feature treatment as opposed to last year. The outside features provide a competitive design finally that seemed to be lacking within the Corollas of years past. Boasted as longer, lower, and wider; the Corolla measures out to be 182.3 inches which is in fact .7 inches shorter then it’s predecessor. The width is increased by .2 inches to 70.1, and lower stance by more than an inch and a half. The Nightshade Edition has that marvel villain name to go along with its dark side. Flairs of black features include 18” black alloy wheels, mirror caps, door handles, front and rear spoilers, skirt, and badging. Complete with availability as a sedan or hatchback to fit your need, the Corolla has more glamour than ever before.

The interior remains rather unchanged from the previous year. Inside, the Corolla hatchback and sedan share a streamlined dashboard and soft-touch materials. Every model has passive entry and push-button start, but certain Corollas can be upgraded with ambient interior lighting, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats. Those who regularly have back-seat passengers should consider the sedan over the hatchback since it has considerably more legroom behind the front seats.

Every Corolla has a touchscreen infotainment system with a mobile hotspot, Apple CarPlay capability however Android Auto is shockingly absent. The rather large 7-inch touchscreen dominates the dashboard, but its numerous buttons, rotary volume, and tuning knobs help keep the driver’s eyes on the road during use. Top options include wireless charging and an upgraded JBL audio system.

 

Prices starting at

  • L sedan: $18 990
  • LE sedan: $21 790
  • SE: $22 290
  • Hybrid: $24 790
  • XLE sedan: $26 990
  • XSE sedan/hatchback: $28 490

 

With a plethora of selection, each model has noteworthy safety features and options to suit your needs best. Leaving the choice for the best suited Corolla totally up to your own presences. While the hatchback has tighter rear capacity and less cargo space; the hatchback look feels sportier and drives as such. The luxury XSE has all the glitz and glamor but, with the extra cost. The phenomenal fuel efficiency of the Hybrid LE sedan is tough to ignore as well.

Besides the sportier options like the SE and XSE, the 2020 Corolla is equipped with a 139-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Front wheel drive power is delivered through the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) which provides smooth operation. However, with any sudden pressure to the gas pedal you will find the Corolla bellowing a loud hum throughout the cabin. The for-mentioned sport options boast a 169-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder to pair with the CVT or optional six-speed manual. While the hatchbacks do have the larger engine, the hybrid powertrain is strictly limited to the sedan. Which ever your mood and style, Toyota has it covered with its multiple models, personally my eyes are drawn to the hatchback XSE.

Fuel efficiency in the 2020 Toyota Corolla is varied throughout the engine selections. The Hybrid will net you a combined 4.5L/100km. The L and LE model will give you about 7.1L/100km, XLE sitting around 7.3L/100km, SE being a little less at 6.7L/100km, and the XSE possessing 7L/100km.

Safety features included in the Toyota Corolla continues to be its namesake. For years the Corolla has been synonymous for reliability and safety. The 2020 Corolla sedan has earned a five-star crash-test rating. Driver-assistance features include pre-collision pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, and traffic sign recognition.

The all-new 2020 ToyotaCorolla attempts to enhance its reputation with flashier styling inside and out, more desirable features, and an improved driving experience. While it’s left to the eyes of the beholder; Toyota – more specifically the Corolla will continue to always see success amongst those who simply want a safe, well equipped and competitively priced car; one with a name synonymous with reliability.

 

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2019 Toyota RAV4 – Automotive Review

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2019 Toyota RAV4 – Automotive Review

The 2019 Toyota Rav4 Trail AWD is ready to hit the dirt.

Looks:

The 2019 Toyota Rav4 is here in a fifth-generation model, with a bold new design, one that many people are happy to see. The Toyota RAV4 has been one of those vehicles that people see on the roads every day and it started to blend into the background. Over the past few years, the Canadian built Rav4 has kept the competition at bay and has been the best-selling vehicle in its class. This Rav4 is quite exciting, sleek body lines, lower, a little wider and longer making this more aerodynamic. Swept-back headlights and a more aggressive front end are just some of the changes made. The rear lift-gate features a one-touch operation that has selectable memory height settings, perfect for my family where my wife had it set so low I could barely get my arm in and I had it set so she would need a step ladder to close it.

The Trail edition takes the Rav4 a little further into the backcountry so the average outdoor enthusiast can enjoy what others have and still have a comfortable vehicle on the road.                                       

In The Cab:

Ample use of soft-touch materials used throughout the interior. Comfortable front seats and rear seats that take in to consideration the comfort of your passengers. 60/40 split fold-down with reclining seatbacks that are just as comfortable as the front seats and lots of legroom too. The driver’s seat is a six-way power-adjustable, and the cargo area has a capacity of 1.09m and 2.08m with the rear seats folded down.

Safety first:

Many safety items are standard in this Rav4. Dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, driver knee airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, roll-sensing front, and rear head/ side curtain airbags. Star safety system includes vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and smart stop technology. There are also lane departure alert, blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert available as an option, which I think should be standard on all new models.

Roadworthy:

I am impressed with how comfortable the interior is. You can hold a conversation with your children in the back without having to yell over the road noise. I found the 4 cylinder engine to be smooth and responsive although when the Rav4 is called upon to pass or travel up a hill under load, the engine does make a whiney roar and is very noticeable in the cabin.

Verdict:

Improving upon a vehicle that has a proven track record, while keeping up with the latest technologies, one reason Toyota continues to be so popular today.

Power:

A 2.5 Litre, 4 cylinder gas engine with 203 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8 speed automatic electronically controlled transmission with sequential shift mode.

Pump frequency:

9.2/7.1 L/100 km (city/highway) 

Warranty support:

Basic 36 months/ 60,000 km

Powertrain 60 months/ 100,000 km

Corrosion peroration Unlimited km

Sticker price:

Trail Edition $38,960 CAD

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