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by Tony West and Jamar Lee
Now that Auto Show Season is over, we picked out our favorite displays from the US Auto Show tour. Toyota had one of the best displays at the Chicago Show this year unveiling new models at every price point including revamped special edition models for the Camry and Corolla. In addition, their interactive driving experience in the 2013 Avalon was pretty fun.
Check out our video review featuring the latest and greatest from Toyota, including the 2013 Toyota Avalon, 2013 Toyota Corolla, 2013 Toyota Corolla Furia Concept, 2013 Toyota Camry, Camry Racecar, Bears Camry, and Camry Rowdy Edition.
2013 Toyota Avalon
The Toyota Avalon stepped its game up for 2013. The Avalon has a new look, premium features and fuel efficiency. The ride is smooth but it gets up, and the interior is spacious and schwazy. Toyota hopes this new design will help its flagship sedan compete in the premium mid-size segment among the Audi A6, Lexus ES, and the Acura TL.
The 2013 Avalon has a 3.5 liter V6 engine with 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel-drive Avalon has three drive modes, another great feature for optimized performance. Sport, Normal, and Eco modes regulate everything from air conditioning and Electric Power Steering, to throttle response. In Eco mode I’m able to conserve gas, reduce unnecessary engine revving , and regulate climate for efficiency. Sport mode is for with more agility, tighter steering and rigidity. The Avalon has McPherson strut suspension and dual link rear suspension. And with a combined EPA of 24mpg (21/31) the Avalon is a great in all three drive modes. Read more…
2013 Toyota Corolla
Toyota tries to answer the demand in the compact car market for luxury premium vehicles with the new Corolla. The 2013 Toyota Corolla comes in 3 grades, the base model L, the Corolla LE- which has more luxury features, and the Corolla S Sports sedan. In addition, 3 packages are offered with the LE and S model: Premium, Premium Complete, and Premium Interior. The best thing the Toyota Corolla has going for themselves is its fuel economy- 26 city and 34 highway for the 4-speed automatic transmission. With a decent powertrain and tech savvy interior, the Corolla should attract a younger crowd.
2013 Toyota Corolla Furia Concept
Toyota has an edgy new design for the 2013 Corolla. The Furia Concept rolled through the Detroit Auto Show with great reviews. The compact sedan has a new sporty look with dramatic sloping roofline, LED headlights and taillights and carbon fiber accents. The Furia also has a tricked out neon color –the “Fuego Furiso” to match its blacked out grille and 19 -inch alloy wheels. The Corolla is one of Toyota’s bestselling vehicles. Once reliability was the sole focus of the Corolla, now this sporty little fireball has efficiency and style. Read more…
2013 Toyota Camry
As expected, the Camry XLE is a smooth easy ride, with the gas mileage at 25 mpg city and 35mpg highway. The 4 cylinder engine is easy with maintenance. In terms of comfort the Camry hits it out of the park both for the driver and the passengers. Where some cars give most of the luxury to the driver, the new Camry is about maximum comfort for all passengers. The backseat of the 2012 Camry is roomier than the Lexus GS 350. The Camry’s interior is still very nice, especially the leather two-toned options. There’s also a 6-speaker surround sound system, and Smart-car technology utilizing navigation, Bluetooth, Pandora, and the backup camera all on a 6” touch screen. The 2013 Camry also has a wood grain accents, climate control, and 10 air bags in the cabin. Read more…