Toyota – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:04:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 Hear the Toyota Supra Prototype Rev its Engine in New Video http://www.automobilemag.com/news/hear-the-toyota-supra-prototype-rev-its-engine-in-new-video/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/hear-the-toyota-supra-prototype-rev-its-engine-in-new-video/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:00:04 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=992920 The rumored Toyota Supra has been caught again and this time it’s on video. In addition to seeing the car in motion, the video gives us our first listen at the prototype’s engine note. Let the engine guessing game begin. According to the video, posted by enthusiast site SupraMKV.com, the prototype was caught leaving the...

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The rumored Toyota Supra has been caught again and this time it’s on video. In addition to seeing the car in motion, the video gives us our first listen at the prototype’s engine note. Let the engine guessing game begin.

According to the video, posted by enthusiast site SupraMKV.com, the prototype was caught leaving the BMW M Test Center at the Nürburgring in Germany. The driver pulls out of the driveway before pressing the accelerator just enough to hear the engine come to life. Is it turbocharged? Naturally aspirated? Hybrid? We can’t say for sure, but there’s a good chance it’s an inline-six, since the car is being co-developed with BMW.

The rumored comeback of the Toyota Supra picked up steam in 2013 when the automaker announced it was partnering with BMW to develop a sports car. Though both companies have been hush-hush about what will come of the project, it’s widely believed that it will produce the upcoming BMW Z5 roadster (successor to the Z4) and the Toyota Supra. Toyota’s trademark of the Supra name in the U.S. and in Europe has further fed speculation.

Toyota president Akio Toyoda is eager to see the return of the Supra, a model that disappeared from the automaker’s lineup almost 15 years ago. If this prototype is indeed the Supra, expect it to share some styling cues with the stunning FT-1 concept unveiled back in 2014.

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2019 Toyota Supra Spied (For Real This Time) http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2019-toyota-supra-spied-0916/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2019-toyota-supra-spied-0916/#respond Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:04:40 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=987466 The return of the Toyota Supra seems like an endless enthusiast tease, but we now have visual confirmation that an all-new Supra is on its way. (We promise it’s not a misidentified Lexus this time.) Our spy photographer managed to sneak a peek at the 2019 Toyota Supra, a joint project between BMW and Toyota....

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The return of the Toyota Supra seems like an endless enthusiast tease, but we now have visual confirmation that an all-new Supra is on its way. (We promise it’s not a misidentified Lexus this time.)

Our spy photographer managed to sneak a peek at the 2019 Toyota Supra, a joint project between BMW and Toyota. The front end looks like that of the current Toyota 86, perhaps with some vintage Supra cues mixed in. The hood extends well past its usual confines, blending seamlessly into the front fenders. There are also plenty of Toyota 86 design themes on the rear end but a close look at the decklid reveals that, unlike the 86, the Supra will be a liftback like the Chevrolet Corvette. Unlike the Corvette, though, the Toyota’s roof appears to be fixed in place, so a targa-top Supra revival seems doubtful.

Inside, the steering wheel and switchgear look straight out of the BMW parts bin. The tachometer redlines at 7,000 rpm, which is where BMW’s N55 turbocharged inline-six engine tops out. (The twin-turbocharged S55 in the M3 and M4 redlines at 7,500 rpm). An iDrive controller is clearly visible, as is part of BMW’s electronic shifter.

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Nobody outside of Munich and Toyota City knows what’s going on under the camouflage of this rear-wheel-drive, two-seat coupe. Power will almost certainly come from a six-cylinder, most likely a turbocharged inline-six from BMW that’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or (hopefully) a six-speed manual. A more powerful version of the Supra imbued with Toyota’s hybrid magic is likely to debut after launch.

The most logical place for Toyota to unveil the Supra is on home turf at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Another possibility it the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, which is home turf for BMW, though the Germans may use the opportunity to launch their version of the car, rumored to be called the Z5. Seems like this ongoing enthusiast tease will soon be coming to an end.

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The First Toyota 86 With an R35 GT-R V-6 Puts Down 1,000 HP http://www.automobilemag.com/news/first-toyota-86-r35-gtr-v6-1000-hp/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/first-toyota-86-r35-gtr-v6-1000-hp/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:06:50 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=983910 If you’re chomping at the bit to see Ryan Tuerck’s Ferrari-powered Toyota 86, we’ve got the perfect stop-gap to tide you over until that build is completed. This 86 might have two-fewer cylinders than the 4.5-liter V-8 in Tuerck’s “JDM supercar,” but under the hood beats the twin-turbo V-6 from the R35 Nissan GT-R. According to the...

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If you’re chomping at the bit to see Ryan Tuerck’s Ferrari-powered Toyota 86, we’ve got the perfect stop-gap to tide you over until that build is completed. This 86 might have two-fewer cylinders than the 4.5-liter V-8 in Tuerck’s “JDM supercar,” but under the hood beats the twin-turbo V-6 from the R35 Nissan GT-R.

According to the build page, this 86 began life as a “mild” street/track car before blossoming into the 1,000 hp missile it is today. Australia’s StreetFX started with a turbo build on the stock FA20 flat-four engine, which was sending 545 hp to the rear wheels before it was swapped out.

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The owner decided to slot in the VR38DETT because tuning the FA past 21 psi didn’t result in any additional gains.  The 3.8-liter V-6 was stroked to 4.1-liters fitted with a heavy-duty build package from HKS, pushing the total output to over 1,000 hp.

Engine height was an issue due to the different layouts, so the front differential was ditched and a lower-profile sump was installed, cutting six inches from the total height. A six-speed sequential transmission was sourced, routing the power to a rear differential yanked from a Mustang.

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With so much power in such a small package, the so-called StreetFX WTF86 is hardly the perfect daily driver, but the owner has plans. He says he hopes for a combination of time attack, some street use, and “roll racing.”

Check out the full build details of the 1,000-hp, GT-R-engined WTF86 on the build page here.

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Her 2002 Toyota Corolla looks like crap. She tells me she doesn’t really care about the car any more, that it’s old, that she wants something new. I say that’s ridiculous, that her car is fine for what she needs, and that I’ll detail it for her on the weekend, promising she’ll feel different after she sees it anew. I call up friends at 3M and Meguiar’s, who say they’ll send me a box of cleaning supplies. She spends Saturday binge-watching Stranger Things on Netflix while I refresh her crappy Corolla. Here’s how the whole 13-step process goes down:

1. Purge. I empty out of her car, then ask her to throw out what can be thrown out. Everything else is organized into small bags or boxes that are stored in the trunk.

2. Wash. A light hose-down followed by lots and lots soap. I move the soap in big circular motions, making sure to work a bit harder near the bottoms of the fenders and rocker panels where grime tends to build up.

3. Brush. While the wheels are wet, I use a thick bristle brush to break up the tartar that has collected in the spokes’ crannies.

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4. Dry. A quick onceover with a chamois followed by a thorough wiping with a soft Meguiar’s microfiber. I open the trunk and all four doors to remove any filth from the jambs. I let the Corolla air-dry awhile before breaking out the rubbing compound.

5. Rub. This abrasive goo grinds away at surface layers of paint, so I move lightly in small circular motions, pressing harder only if a nick or scuff calls for it. Rubbing compound won’t remove deeper scrapes, which often require touch-up paint or the use of a scratch removal kit.

6. Wipe. Clean, transparent, streak-free windows can change the whole look of a car. I start by cleaning the door windows one at a time, inside and out. Then I do the rear window, inside and out, before doing the same to the windshield. Meguiar’s glass cleaner works as expected.

7. Shine. Tire shine is the automotive equivalent of face glitter—I don’t get it, but people seem to like it, so whatever. I spray some of Meguiar’s aptly named “Hot Shine” coating on the Corolla’s worn-out Michelin Defender tires.

8. Sand. I get my cordless drill and open 3M’s headlight restoration kit that promises to remove the yellow tinge from the Corolla’s headlights. I do a few passes on each headlight with a 500-grit pad on the drill, then an 800-grit pad, and finally a pad made out of something called Trizact.

9. Polish. The headlight lenses are cloudy and opaque. I attach the headlight kit’s buffing pad to the drill, douse it in rubbing compound, and work the drill.

10. My Dyson V8 is very powerful and has lots of attachments that allow me to get between tight space and deep into seat creases. If only its battery lasted longer.

11. Scrub. Meguiar’s carpet and upholstery spray smells fantastic and can actually penetrate stains in fabric. I coat the car’s seats and carpets in a thin layer of white foam, then do long, broad strokes with soft-bristle brush.

12. Refresh. I turn the recirculating air to full blast so I can properly use Meguiar’s air refresh spray bomb. I crack open the canister, which sprays me directly in the face. I’m dizzy, and the smells is overwhelming. I roll down the windows to air the car out. Perhaps next time I settle for a couple sticks of cinnamon for the dashboard.

13. Update. I spend $25 on a dual-port USB charger and an Ion in-car Bluetooth cassette adapter. It not only allows wireless music streaming through the car’s audio system, it also functions as hands-free calling system since the cassette comes with an embedded microphone, which works surprisingly well.

She texts me the next day: “My car is so awesome. Thank you.”

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2017 Toyota Corolla Priced at $19,365, Corolla iM Hatch at $19,615 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-toyota-corolla-priced-19365-corolla-im-hatch-19615/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-toyota-corolla-priced-19365-corolla-im-hatch-19615/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=980706 Toyota has announced pricing for the 2017 Corolla sedan, which now starts at $19,365. The automaker also released prices for the newest additions to its lineup: the 2017 Toyota 86 and the 2017 Corolla iM hatchback, with starting prices of $27,120 and $19,615, respectively. The 2017 Toyota Corolla‘s base price represents a jump of $600...

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Toyota has announced pricing for the 2017 Corolla sedan, which now starts at $19,365. The automaker also released prices for the newest additions to its lineup: the 2017 Toyota 86 and the 2017 Corolla iM hatchback, with starting prices of $27,120 and $19,615, respectively.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla‘s base price represents a jump of $600 from the previous model year. As previously reported, the 2017 Corolla has been updated with revised styling, redesigned wheels, and standard back-up camera on all trim levels. Power still comes from a 1.8-liter inline-four making 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque (140 hp and 126 lb-ft for the Corolla LE Eco model). Gearbox choices include a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.

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Sitting above the base Corolla L is the Corolla LE priced at $19,800, while the Corolla XLE now costs $22,690 ($370 cheaper than model-year 2016). The Corolla L, LE, and XLE are only available with a CVT. Meanwhile, pricing for the sporty Corolla SE with the six-speed manual remains the same at $22,530, but the SE with a CVT jumps $380 to $21,310. The priciest model is the Corolla XSE, which is actually $445 cheaper than last year’s model at $23,545, while the Corolla LE Eco continues on for model-year 2017 at $20,200 ($200 more than before).

Both the Toyota 86 and Corolla iM have transitioned from the now defunct Scion brand. Changes to the 2017 Corolla iM hatchback include the addition of more safety features including forward collision prevention technology. Under the hood is a 1.8-liter inline-four that makes 137 hp. The 2017 Toyota Corolla iM costs $19,615 and $20,355 for the six-speed manual and CVT, respectively ($290 more than before).

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Meanwhile, the 2017 Toyota 86 rear-drive coupe also gets a mild facelift with a new front fascia and updated interior. The 86 is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four that now makes 205 hp and 156 lb-ft when paired with the six-speed manual (200 hp and 151 lb-ft with the automatic). Pricing for the Toyota 86 manual takes a relatively big leap to $27,120, which is $950 more than the 2016 Scion FR-S; the 86 with the automatic transmission is now $27,840, $570 more than before. Look for the Corollas to arrive in showrooms later this month, with the 86 coming a few weeks later.

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Toyota Chief Engineer Wants Supra Name for Joint Sports Car http://www.automobilemag.com/news/toyota-chief-engineer-wants-supra-name-for-joint-sports-car/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/toyota-chief-engineer-wants-supra-name-for-joint-sports-car/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=973294 There’s no question Toyota is jointly developing a new sports car with BMW. There is some uncertainty, however, about what it will be called. Many would like to see the Toyota Supra name return to the lineup, including Toyota’s own chief engineer Tetsuya Tada. In an interview with CarAdvice, Tada said, “I love the Supra...

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There’s no question Toyota is jointly developing a new sports car with BMW. There is some uncertainty, however, about what it will be called. Many would like to see the Toyota Supra name return to the lineup, including Toyota’s own chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

In an interview with CarAdvice, Tada said, “I love the Supra and I love the Supra name.”

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The global engineering chief and father of the Toyota 86 continued, “It’s historically important to Toyota. We’re pushing for the name Supra for the new car we are developing with BMW.”

We know that Toyota at least wants to reserve the Supra name as a possibility, as the company recently filed a trademark application for the nameplate in Europe. The Toyota FT-1 concept of 2014 is believed to preview the next-gen Supra, despite not being badged as such.

As we’ve reported previously, the partnership between BMW and Toyota will yield a successor to the BMW Z4 (believed to be named Z5) and a new Toyota sports car. The cars will share a platform, but the drivetrains could be unique. According to Tada, the joint sports car development is going smoothly.

“I’d say the partnership is going well, very smooth,” Tada said. “We’re testing all over the world too, not just Fuji or Nürburgring, but all [around] the world.”

We haven’t caught a Supra prototype testing in the wild yet, but we have seen the BMW version. The Z5 will ditch the retractable hardtop in favor of a lighter softtop. Drivetrain options aren’t yet known, but we expect both turbocharged four- and six-cylinders to be available. No engine details were given when the FT-1 concept debuted two years ago, but a hybrid drivetrain has been rumored.

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2017 Toyota 4Runner Gains TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium Trims http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-toyota-4runner-gains-trd-off-road-trd-off-road-premium-trims/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-toyota-4runner-gains-trd-off-road-trd-off-road-premium-trims/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:00:20 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=969883 Building on the past success of the off-road SUV, Toyota released information on two new trim levels making their way to the 2017 4Runner. Slotted in between the SR5 Premium and the Limited trims, the new 4Runner TRD Off-Road and Off-Road Premium bring rugged looks and capability to the body-on-frame SUV. To kick things off,...

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Building on the past success of the off-road SUV, Toyota released information on two new trim levels making their way to the 2017 4Runner. Slotted in between the SR5 Premium and the Limited trims, the new 4Runner TRD Off-Road and Off-Road Premium bring rugged looks and capability to the body-on-frame SUV.

To kick things off, the TRD packs the 4Runner’s Multi-Terrain Select system and Crawl Control program offered as an option on the regular SR5 model. These systems work in tandem to keep things shiny side up when the going gets rough and rocky. The Multi-Terrain Select system will tailor the SUV’s onboard chassis control systems to a specific environment, like a sandy desert or a muddy field. The Crawl Control system allows the 4Runner to maintain a constant rate of speed, so the driver only has to worry about steering. In addition, the TRD Off-Road is available with the optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, offering increased wheel travel at low speeds.

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Of course, this being a TRD model, the trims pack a healthy dose of visual upgrades to both the interior and exterior. Outside, TRD badges are slapped onto the C-pillar and the floor mats for both trims, and the TRD Off-Road Premium trim receives red embroidered “TRD” stitching in the headrests. Both the TRD Off-Road and Off-Road Premium sit on deep-dish wheels.

The hierarchy changes slightly, with the addition of these new trims. The 2017 Toyota 4Runner will be offered in SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro. Don’t worry, the badass TRD Pro doesn’t change aside from a new optional paint color.

Look for pricing info for the 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD later this year.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime First Drive http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-toyota-prius-prime-first-drive/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-toyota-prius-prime-first-drive/#respond Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:00:19 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=965619 Is the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid irrelevant? It seems as if the car that became the darling of Hollywood Greens and early-adapter proletariat more than a dozen years ago with the advent of the MkII has evolved into just another high fuel-mileage car competing with a growing number of conventional-looking hybrid-powered midsize four-door sedans. Though...

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Is the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid irrelevant? It seems as if the car that became the darling of Hollywood Greens and early-adapter proletariat more than a dozen years ago with the advent of the MkII has evolved into just another high fuel-mileage car competing with a growing number of conventional-looking hybrid-powered midsize four-door sedans. Though the Hollywood types in particular are resistant to mainstream American brands, the Chevrolet Volt pushed the conventional hybrid Prius out of the Green limelight five years ago. As for Hollywood, there is Tesla.

Toyota presented its own solution just a couple of years ago. The first plug-in hybrid Prius was available only in California plus 16 East Coast states following the Air Resources Board zero-emissions mandate. Before the third-generation Prius was replaced with the MkIV, which launched about a year ago in conventional hybrid form, the last-generation plug-ins could be had for not much more than the standard MkIII Prius thanks to state and federal incentives.

The new plug-in, called Toyota Prius Prime, launches this fall in all 50 states with unique front and rear fascias and taillamps, a carbon-fiber hatch deck, and a double-bubble rear window. Not only does it look primed (sorry) to become the Prius standard bearer, it seems just the sort of thing to replace Camry as the brand’s primary family sedan as buyers abandon that segment for smaller crossover/utility vehicles. Cheap gas or no, Toyota made a commitment a decade ago to become 100-percent hybrid by 2020. It looks likely there will be no new Prius v or Prius c, so the Prius, Prius Prime, and Mirai fuel-cell car will be Toyota’s greenest models going forth as the rest of the lineup presumably gets hybrid power options.

The hatchback Prius/Prius Prime has had midsize sedan interior space since the second-generation. Now, it finally has a richer, more comfortable interior, a stiffer body structure, and a double-wishbone rear suspension instead of the economy car beam rear axle that cheapened the first three generations’ ride quality. The front suspension is MacPherson strut.

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We took a Sunday drive in the Prius Prime on a country road-like test track outside Tokyo. Toyota asked us not to disclose the test track’s location, though we can tell you this: It would have been a hoot in the GT86 sports car.

First, we got a lap of the test circuit in the old Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid – a good thing, considering how little stick-time this reporter had in the car when it was first in the press fleet. The old plug-in Prius produced lots of clicking, whirring, tire noise and head toss. It’s a bit of a buckboard on the circuit’s rougher, roly-poly roads.

A drive in the latest conventional hybrid Prius prior to driving the Prime served as a reminder of how much better the new car’s platform is. It’s as if Toyota used all the money saved with by too-modest recent Corolla and Camry updates on this car.

The 121-horsepower, 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine and continuously variable transmission are carryover from the standard hybrid and previous Prius. An 8.8-killowatt-hour battery pack juices two electric motors, and it’s all governed by a one-way clutch connecting the motor-generator and the bottom of the crankshaft. The battery pack is 77 pounds heavier than the old Prius plug-in’s, but also has twice the capacity.

The driver may choose from three modes: pure EV, which operates electric-only up to 84 mph with a 22-mile range; Hybrid mode; and EV Automatic, in which the system chooses the best combination of hybrid or pure-electric, depending on driving conditions. The gasoline engine kicks in while in EV mode if you exceed 84 mph or drain the battery.

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While the 22-mile pure EV range falls far short of the Chevy Volt’s 53 miles, the Toyota Prius Prime is a more balanced and more efficient car for a variety of driving conditions. Take the Volt on a longer trip, and once its battery is discharged, fuel mileage falls to an average of 42 mpg combined, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Toyota expects the Prime’s combined EPA number to exceed the Prius’ 52 mpg, and says the Prius Prime will achieve an EPA estimated 120 mpg-e, which compares to 106 mpg-e for the Volt. Total range will be 600 miles. Expect to wait 5-1/2 hours for a full recharge at 110 volts, or less than 2-1/2 hours at 240.

“The goal was to create a PHEV that does not need to be charged,” says Kogi Toyoshima, chief engineer for the Prius and Prius Prime. Toyota began developing the new Prime plug-in in 2012, and more comfort was among Toyoshima’s goals. The automaker is “seriously considering” making solar roof panels available in the U.S. They will be available, again, for the European and Japanese markets, but at an option price of about $3,000. Pricing for the Toyota Prius Prime will be announced closer to its fall introduction in the U.S.

A fully loaded Prius Prime with leather interior, optional 11.6-inch high-definition multi-media screen with multi-touch and swipe features, heated front seats, optional heated steering wheel and optional color head-up display looks and feels richer than any top-spec Camry or Corolla that comes to mind. It’s a four-seat car, with a tall-ish load floor to make space for the batteries. Toyota says the 2+2 seating configuration was dictated by weight considerations. The Prime also comes with a heat-pump system and a battery warmer to toast the interior temperature during cold, Michigan-like winters.

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Additionally, the Prius Prime also gets the full host of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) features, which include automatic high-beam headlamps, advanced cruise control, pedestrian detection and lane-keeping alert with steering-assist.

On that 86-friendly country road-style test track, the Prius Prime felt planted, calm and smooth as we followed, more or less, the speed limits imposed on the various surfaces, conditions and corners. The Prime’s dash scored us a 40 out of 100 in standard hybrid mode, 47 out of 100 in EV mode and 44 out of 100 in the EV auto mode, each after taking one identical lap. But then, Your Humble Servant was driving the car like gas was cheap (a lap in a Mirai earned a grade of 69/100).

If you’ve ever run on pure electric power with no radio on, you know how extraneous noises become obvious. The only thing the ear could detect in the Toyota Prius Prime was the squeal of the high fuel-mileage tires betraying the impending understeer before we could feel the understeer from the electric-assisted power steering. Transitions between electric and gas power were almost imperceptible. This is one quiet car.

Based on a limited drive at least, the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime has everything traditional consumers of quiet, comfortable, even premium midsize family sedans could expect, with the added feature of uber fuel mileage. The only concession to enviro-conscious convention is the origami fold sheetmetal and distinctive double-bubble rear hatch window. Toyota officially considers this styling handsome — an unmitigated hit. Whatever you think of the Prime’s design, you can’t accuse this midsize Toyota of being vanilla. With careful pricing and continuing state and federal tax credits, the Prius Prime should become Toyota’s mainstream passenger car for the coming decade.

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If you’ve ever wanted to move sideways into and out of a parking spot or have a much smaller turning radius, Liddiard Wheels may soon have your answer. Inventor William Liddiard posted a video of what he claims is the first set of “bolt-on” omni-directional wheels for any wheeled vehicle.

In order to showcase his new invention, Liddiard bolted his prototype omni-directional wheels onto his personal Toyota Echo coupe. Liddiard says that “unlike other omni capable wheels, my wheels do not require the vehicle to be built around them. This is a world first bolt-on application for anything with wheels.” He even asserts that the wheels can be used in any weather or road conditions.

Advantages of the omni-directional wheels include the ability to drive in all directions or rotate the vehicle 360 degrees. The tires can be had with various tread patterns and with different siping and grooves.

While Liddiard says his design produces 24,000 pounds of torque, he says the production versions would likely be offered with a taller gear specific to the application.

Check out the video below to see what is claimed to be the first universal set of bolt-on omni-directional wheels.

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For the first time, Toyota is showing off the interior design of its C-HR compact crossover. The new model hits global markets later this year, and it should arrive in the U.S. by spring 2017.

The Toyota C-HR interior offers a variety of different surfaces, including piano black and satin silver accents. A bold dash of color runs through the doors and up the dashboard to break up the dark colors. Leather-like surfaces mix with smooth Nappa grain for a layered look; the seats get a two-tone design with a slender, supporting upper section and a bolstered lower section. The C-HR will be available in three color schemes: Dark Grey, Black/Brown, and Black/Blue.

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An 8-inch touchscreen sits upright above the dashboard like on certain Audi and Mercedes models. The infotainment system features enhanced connected services and Toyota’s new navigation platform for 2016. Closer to the driver, the instrument cluster shows off a circular design theme showing speed, fuel, and charging information. Note: These new pictures show the hybrid C-HR coming to the European market.

We don’t know much about the C-HR destined for the U.S., as Toyota hasn’t revealed the powertrain lineup. But don’t expect to see the same 122-hp 1.8-liter gas-hybrid or the 115-hp 1.2-liter turbo four that will be available in other markets.

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