A Review of the 2013 Toyota Tundra

The 2013 Toyota Tundra brings class and a stylish appearance to the work site, and durability and capability for the long haul comes with it. With extended cab options, the small workforce needed for the job can catch a ride as well.

2013 Toyota Tundra Exterior

The Tundra is available in various colors for the 2013 models. These include Barcelona Red Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Pyrite Mica, Radiant Red, Nautical Blue Mica, Spruce Mica Super White, Black and Silver Sky Metallic. Interior choices include bucket seats with limited leather in Sand Beige, Graphite or Red Rock.

Multi-reflecting halogen headlights with manual level control, daytime running lights and a chrome rear bumper are some of the exterior features that are standard with all Tundra models. Fog lights are standard for the Limited and Platinum models and available for other models. An easy lower and lift tailgate and deck rails and tailgate caps come standard, as do a windshield wiper and solar absorbing glass. Variable intermittent windshield wipers are standard for all models other than the Regular Cab and the trucks with the Work Truck Package. Heated power outside mirrors are a nice standard feature on the Regular Cab, Double Cab and CrewMax models.

Standard interior features include a choice of bucket or bench seats, cruise control, carpet flooring and fabric-trimmed fold-up rear seats in the Double Cab or CrewMax and leather trim (CrewMax) model. Power windows – including a power vertical sliding back window in the CrewMax models, a console overhead that has storage space for sunglasses and dual zone climate control are also available. Dual front 12V power outlets come standard, with a third outlet in the Double Cab and CrewMax models. A front maplight also comes standard in all Tundra models, with an additional rear maplight for the CrewMax and the Double Cab trim models. .

Entertainment in the Tundra models varies from the standard AM/FM CD Player in the Regular Cab, Double Cab and CrewMax models to a system with Display Navigation and Entune with a 6.1-in. high resolution touch screen and SiriusXM Radio compatible features in the optional entertainment system for the Double Cab and CrewMax models. The Limited Double Cab and Limited CrewMax models add voice-activated navigation, 12 speakers with subwoofer and a four-disc CD changer, while the Limited models add a six-disc CD changer. The CrewMax models have a DVD entertainment system with a 9-in. display, RCA jacks and two wireless headphones available as an option as well.

2013 Toyota Tundra Interior

The 2013 Toyota Tundra comes with three motor options: the 4.0L-V6, the 4.6L-V8 and the 5.7L-V8. Respectively, this means 16 miles per gallon for city driving and 20 for highway with the 4.0L, 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway for the 4.6L and 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway with the 5.7L.

2013 Toyota Tundra Engine

The 26.4-gallon fuel tank helps extend those trips between gas station visits. The towing capacity for the V8s range from 9,000 lbs for the four-wheel drive CrewMax to 16,000 for all of the available models with the additional Tow Package added.

The Tundra is available with any of the above mentioned engines in a regular cab and Double Cab with two-wheel drive, while a CrewMax comes standard with a 4.6L-V8 and is available in the 5.7L-V8. The four-wheel drive models are available with either V8 engine and in regular cab and Double Cab. The 4.6L-V8 Double Cab comes standard with a long bed but is also available with a short bed. The regular cab seats three people, while the Double Cab and CrewMax each seat 5-6 individuals total. This number depends on whether the truck offers bucket seats or bench seats.

There are numerous packages – 23 actually – available for the Tundra. The Tow Package can be added to any of the available Tundras and comes standard on the V8 regular cab, the long bed Double Cab, the Limited Double Cab with a V8 engine, the Limited CrewMax with a V8 engine and the Platinum CrewMax. Other packages include the Work Truck Package, Chrome Appearance Package, Sport Appearance Package, Memory Package, TRD Sport Package, TRD Off-Road Package, TRD Rock Warrior Package, the Convenience Package, Upgrade Package for the CrewMax and the SR5 and SR5 Upgrade Packages.

The TRD Rock Warrior Package, for example, is for the Grade four-wheel drive models and includes 17-in., split six-spoke, gunmetal color-finished alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, shock absorbers, fuel tank skid plates and TRD Rock Warrior graphics. Exterior colors for this package are Black, Super White, Radiant Red, and Magnetic Gray Metallic only. Meanwhile, the Convenience Package adds fog lights (on standard bed V8s only), a sliding back window with privacy glass and an under seat storage tray, the Memory Package adds a two-position memory function for the driver’s seat and outside mirrors and the Sport Appearance Package adds color-keyed front and rear bumpers, cruise control, grille surround, front seats featuring four-way adjustment options, , remote keyless entry and a middle console shift lever. The standard tow equipment is not available with the Sport Appearance Package, however. All of these options mean the truck of your dreams is only a short negotiation away.

Safety is, as always for Toyota, a main concern. With that in mind, the Tundra comes standard with the operator and front passenger airbags, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, child protecting door locks in the rear door in the Double Cab and CrewMax models, a built-in alarm and an engine disabilizer and LATCH systems (on front passenger and center seat of regular cab and outboard rear seats and rear center seats on Double Cab and CrewMax). A Trailer-Sway Control and a Tire Pressure Monitor System help keep conditions optimal for long-distance or short hauls.

Front and rear parking assist sonar is standard on the Limited Double Cab V8, the Limited CrewMax V8 and the Platinum CrewMax. It is an option available for the other models of the Tundra. This adds a feeling of safety for situations where visibility might be impaired in some way.

The price tag for a 2013 Tundra starts at $25,355 for a regular cab, $27,565 for a Double Cab and $30,535 for a CrewMax.


2013 Toyota Sienna – The Ultimate Mini Van

The 2013 Toyota Sienna is a family vehicle that provides great handling and all-weather capability while providing comfortable seating for a large group or family. It is also loaded with countless comforts to keep everyone satisfied.

2013 Toyota Sienna Exterior

The Sienna comes in a variety of colors to suit most families; Shoreline Blue Pearl (available December 2012) or Super White, Silver Sky Metallic, Pre-Dawn Gray Mica, Black, Sandy Beach Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Cypress Pearl and Salsa Red Pearl. These colors guarantee an owner a vehicle that will fade into the sea of colors in the lot or jump out at anyone looking –depending on their preference. High couture bumpers and body side moldings add to the stylish look of the Sienna, while halogen headlights have an auto-off feature. Daytime Running Lights can manually be turned on and off and an integrated color-key back spoiler featuring a center high mounted stop lamp make for increased style and increased visibility both for the driver and an increased presence for those traveling toward the Sienna.

The Sienna comes in a base model, an LE package, SE package, an XLE package, Limited Models package and the All-Wheel Drive option. The LE package adds a license plate garnish, a front grille that has ultra-stylish chrome, privacy glass and roof rails, to upgrade the aesthetics of the vehicle somewhat. The SE version, meanwhile, adds a Sport Mesh front grille with smoked chrome style surround, front and back underbody spoilers. The SE trim also has rocker panels on both sides, a power door in the back and a tow prep package – to appeal to a hardier or more work oriented geographic. The XLE has a slightly different appearance with a front grille and chrome accents, power sliding doors, a moonroof and a tow prep package. The Limited Models package adds a Satin chrome front grille; reverse-linked heated exterior power mirrors that feature a memory for more than one operator and integrated turn signal indicators. The tires for the AWD package are the notable difference.

The Sienna seats up to eight passengers, with a six-way driver’s chair and four-way front passenger chair. It has removable second row chairs with Tip Up and Long Slide features and a 60/40 Split & Stow third row seat. With 10 cupholders (12 for the eight-passenger model), power windows that has an auto down/up and jam protection, the Sienna is quite the car. With power door locks with anti-lockout, retractable assist grips at all outboard seating positions and remote Keyless Entry with lock, two-stage unlock and a panic function, the Sienna keeps passengers content in the vehicle. It also guarantees assurance for the driver that despite having several little passengers that might accidentally lock everyone out, it will be easy to gain entry regardless.

2013 Toyota Sienna Interior

The tri-zone manual climate control, AM and FM radio, CD Player with MP3 and WMA playback capabilities and SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability guarantees a great ride in comfort and complete with distraction. A six-disc CD changer is available in the Limited Models, and the LE, SE and XLE models add hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth.

Additional luxuries that come standard include dual adjustable sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, an overhead console with map lights, a conversation mirror, a center lower storage compartment and a floor tray. The Sienna has dual-level glove compartments featuring a lower level that locks for a secure feeling. These and seat back pockets on the captain’s chairs make for more than sufficient storage space for the entire group and plenty of little niceties that may not be essential but usually come in handy if they are present in the vehicle.

Minor additions to these niceties come in the XLE package (overhead console with side and rear door controls, wood grain-style middle console featuring lighted storage compartments) and the Limited package (wood grain, leather trim and more illumination as well as the same well-equipped overhead console). Push Button Start is another handy feature that is included in the Limited package.

The LE, SE and XLE models also offer a package with Entune and a navigation assist. An additional package at each of the aforementioned levels includes the Blind Spot Monitor. These models come equipped with a 3.5-in. multi-informational display with a back up monitor. However, the Blind Spot Monitor adds an extra level of security in those moments when vision is limited as the vehicle travels in reverse.

Another optional installation is a Dual-View Entertainment center with a 16.4-in. display, RCA jacks and 120V AC power outlets. This may be a worthwhile upgrade for parents that plan long trips with all kids in tow.

The 2013 Toyota Sienna gets an estimated 18 miles per gallon city and 25 mpg highway in the front-wheel drive model and 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for the all-wheel drive model. Both models have a six-speed ECT-i automatic transmission, independent front struts with a stabilizer bar and a back torsion beam stabilized with a bar suspension.

2013 Toyota Sienna Engine

Electric motor assisted rack-and-pinion steering, four wheel ABS, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution make for great handling. In addition, all-season steel belted radial tires for the front-wheel drives and run-flat all-season tires for the all-wheel drive models improve the already great handling and feel of safety in the Sienna. A battery-saver feature, tire pressure monitor system and a windshield wiper de-icer grid are small details that add reassurance for the driver. These features come in especially handy when busy owners who may be forgetful of such important aspects of cold-weather travel.

The vehicle increases the feel and reality of a secure ride with the STAR Safety System. Along with 3-point seatbelts at every seating position, a seatbelt warning system, active headrests, seat-mounted side airbags and an advanced airbag system, the operator can feel at ease. For both the operator and front passenger a driver knee airbag, 3-row side curtain airbags, CRS Latch system, child protector sliding door locks and side impact beams in the front and sliding side doors are standard on every model.

A base price for the Toyota Sienna is $26,435. The LE package adds roughly $3,000, while the XLE and SE packages each add about $7,000 to the base price. The Limited model comes in just under $40,000.


A Look At The 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Improvements are constantly being made to Hybrid cars on the market, and the 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is no exception. The Highlander Hybrid has improvements outside, inside and under the hood to provide better performance and visual appeal for the consumer.

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Exterior

The Highlander Hybrid has an estimated fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon. Permanent magnet motors to drive all four wheels, a sealed nickel metal hydride battery pack and an electronically maintained, continuously shifting transmission work with a 3.5-litre V-6 engine to provide a total of 280 horsepower. Toyota’s Highlander Hybrid electronically varies the torque throughout the car depending on present traction conditions. Also, with motors independently driving the front and rear axles, the need for a driveshaft connection between the two axles is negated. Also, a switch on the front middle console permits the operator to opt for operation using only the electric power in the vehicle.

The first motor generator in the Highlander Hybrid handles the generator, engine starter and transmission ratio control, with maximum voltage at 650V. The second motor generator drives the front wheels and provides 247 lb.-ft of torque, while the third rear motor generator that drives the rear wheels provides 96 lb.-ft of torque.

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Synergy Drive

The Highlander Hybrid is available in both a Base package and a Limited package. The Limited package adds multiple-stage heated front seats, a Smart Key system with push button start and remote illuminated entry, a steering wheel featuring leather trim and audio, climate, phone and voice control buttons, more leather trim and a rearview mirror with auto-dimming features.

The Highlander Hybrid comes in Predawn Gray Mica, Shoreline Blue Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Blizzard Pearl and Black. The interior seats seven and offers fabric-trimmed seats with the ability to fold seats flat, slide to adjust as necessary and adjust headrests. The first row middle console holds up to six cups and has a storage area for the second row Center Stow seat or Center Stow center console. An overhead console includes a conversation mirror, map lights and a sunglasses holder.

In addition to attractive color schemes, the exterior of the Hybrid has a rear window with electric defogger, an in-glass antenna on the rear quarter panel window, projector-beam headlamps with an auto on/off feature that are blue-tinted, fog lamps, black roof rails and a lift-up glass hatch. Aluminum alloy wheels with all-season steel-belted radial tires add to the visual appeal and the handling of the vehicle. Color-keyed bumpers, door handles along with a rear spoiler that also has an LED center high-mount stop lamp continue the theme of style and utility. Outside mirrors are heated with a folding feature, and in the Limited package, the mirrors are also color-keyed. The Limited package adds chrome accents and bigger wheels (19-inch, 10 spoke, in contrast to the 17-inch, seven spoke alloy wheels on the Base model). A power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade and Smart Entry, as well as a power liftgate, add additional appeal to the Limited package in terms of ease of entry.

For entertainment in the Highlander Hybrid, the 6.1-inch Display Audio is standard for the Entune, a connection to Pandora, Bing and programs to make dinner reservations or snag those last two movie tickets, all while on the move. The display also shows footage from the back-up camera, which comes standard. The Limited package adds a three-month trial subscription to the XM Select Package of Sirius Satellite Radio for additional listening options, and it also has a back-row DVD entertainment package featuring a nine-inch display, back seat audio and two headphones. This makes a great distraction for younger travelers when the miles start adding up.

2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Interior

Six speakers in the Base package and nine JBL speakers in the Limited package provide quality sound throughout the vehicle. Music streaming via Bluetooth is an option, as is the use of an iPod through the USB port. The Limited package also has the option of HD Radio TM with iTunes tagging. The need to find a new station numerous times throughout a family vacation or long business trip has become a distant memory.

Integrated speakers, a storage pocket and 10 cupholders and four bottle holders make the doors more than just the entry and exit points. The second row seating has reading lamps, and there is a front and rear air conditioning system that has a filter and vents for the second and third-row seats.

All Highlander models come standard with a back-up camera and Hill Start Assist Control, as well as the standard Traction Control system, electronic steering, ABS, intelligent stop system and Vehicle Stability Control. Three-point seatbelts at all seating positions, triple-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags and LATCH system locations on the 2nd row seating keeps passengers of all ages secure during transit. An Advanced Airbag System, a driver’s knee airbag and driver and passenger seat-installed sidebar airbags add to the measures intended to prevent serious injury in case of an accident. Active head rests for both driver and front passenger and a collapsible steering column also are included to contribute to passenger protection.

In addition, a Direct-type Tire Pressure Monitor System, driver and front passenger seatbelt pretensioners that feature force limiters, side impact door beams and front and back row impact-absorbing crumple zones and energy-dissipating interior trim all work toward avoiding an accident or providing the best protection available in the case that an accident occurs. Meanwhile, an anti-theft system with an alarm and engine immobilizer protect against potential theft and vehicle loss both at home and away.

The Hybrid comes with On-Demand four-wheel drive with intelligence (4WD-i), 4-wheel independent strut suspension featuring front and back stabilizer bars, Electric Power Steering and an Electronically Controlled Braking System with power-assisted ventilated front brakes and solid rear disc brakes. These features mean not only assistance for the driver but also the reassurance that traveling in electric mode won’t affect any areas of the vehicle’s performance.

The base price tag for a Highlander Hybrid begins at $39,970. This is comparable to a BMW ActiveHybrid X6 at $88,900 and a Ford Fusion Energi at $38,700.

The 2013 Toyota Tacoma

The 2013 Toyota Tacoma offers style and reliability for workers and families alike. The new concessions to entertainment and comfort on the interior, with a nod to new style on the exterior, makes Toyota’s rough and tough truck another one to reckon with in transportation competition.

2013 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

There are three choices for cab size and three options for driver preference for the 2013 Tacoma, providing consumers with nine possible options. Tacomas are available in two-wheel drive, in a PreRunner model and in four-wheel drive. Each truck is available with a regular cab, access cab or double cab (X-Runner in the case of the two-wheel drive). The PreRunner model combines two-wheel drive drivetrain with a four-wheel drive style and riding stance. The PreRunner is distinguished by the same overfenders that signify the four-wheel drive models.

With this in mind, in addition to the fact that the truck can have an automatic or manual transmission, the estimated fuel economy is quite varied. For a 5-speed manual two-wheel drive Tacoma, city driving will average out to 21 miles per gallon, while highway travel will see 25 miles per gallon. In a 5-speed automatic four-wheel drive package, however, fuel economy is expected to top at 16 miles per gallon for city driving and 21 for highway travel.

Other options for fuel economy include the 5-speed manual 4×4 (18/20 miles per gallon); the 4-speed automatic (19/24 miles per gallon) and the 4-speed automatic 4×4 (18/21 miles per gallon); the six-speed manual two-wheel drive PreRunner (16/21 miles per gallon); the six-speed manual 4×4 (15/19 miles per gallon) and the five-speed automatic (17/21 miles per gallon). A 21-gallon gas tank, however, does mean longer distances conquered, although that does little for higher numbers on the monthly fuel bill figures.

Base price tags then, understandably, vary a bit as well. The regular cab two-wheel drive models start at the following prices: regular cab – $17,525; double cab – $22,425; access cab – $20,315; PreRunner double cab – $23,075 and the PreRunner double cab with V-6 engine – $24,510. The four-wheel drive models have the following base price tags: regular cab – $21,375; double cab V-6 – $27,585; and the access cab – $24,150.

The Tacoma is available in a variety of exterior paint choices, including Magnetic Gray Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic, Pyrite Mica, Spruce Mica, Super White, Black, Silver Streak Mica and Nautical Blue Metallic. Fabric trimmed seats are standard, with packages available to add such niceties as heated seats and different trim. Those packages include a Limited Package, offering SofTex-trimmed heated first row sporty seats, 18” chrome clad alloy wheels, a rear bumper completely in chrome, other chrome accents and mirrors with turn signal indicators, a metallic tone instrument panel trim and fog lamps. The TRD Sport Package offers cruise control, Sport seats that are engineered to have lumbar support for the driver compared to normal bucket seats, power mirrors and a sliding rear window with privacy glass. An intriguing feature of the TRD Sport Package is a tailgate-handle centric back-up camera linked to an auto-dimmin1g mirror with a monitor. The TRD Off-Road Package includes Bilstein shocks, off-road tuned suspension, Hill Start Assist Control, a tow hook, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and metallic tone trim on the instrument panel. The Off-Road Package also includes the tailgate-handle camera.

The six-cylinder Tow Package includes a Class 4 hitch, both transmission options and supplemental oil coolers, a long lasting battery and a 7-pin connector featuring a converter.

Standard exterior features for all models of the 2013 Tacoma include a deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats, a bed with storage compartments, rail caps and a removable tailgate. It also has 2-speed windshield wipers (not available on the X-Runner Access), two stationary cargo bed tie-down points and the all-important regular-sized spare tire. Towing capability for this truck is 1,335 lbs for the regular cab and up to 3,500 lbs for the access cab and double cab. Bed length for the regular cab and access cab is 73.5 inches long. For a double cab, bed length choices are either 60.3 inches or 73.5 inches.

2013 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

The interior of the 2013 Tacoma can fit from three passengers in the regular cab to as many as five in the double cab. All of the truck options are fully carpeted with LED-illuminated gauges that include a speedometer, tachometer, digital clock and trip meter. Air conditioning, power windows and door locks (with the exception of the regular cab models), sculpted door trim with two bottle holders and three front cupholders, two in the bench seat models, cover basic needs and hopes. There is one 12V power outlet in addition to the cigarette lighter in all models.

2013 Toyota Tacoma Interior

For consumers on the market for a truck that leaves the work noise outside, the Tacoma is ideal. New sound absorption material in the headliner and behind the rear seats, coupled with insulating carpeting, provides a respite from the noise of the construction site or other high-volume work location.

Despite the impression of a Tacoma as a work vehicle or as a hauling machine, the entertainment aspect of the amenities is not ignored. All models come with a 6.1-in. touch-screen AM/FM CD player that also handles MP3 and WMA playback, six speakers (four in the regular cab), an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port. Entune, Toyota’s new system that offers access to Pandora, dinner reservations and movie ticket purchases for the first three years after the vehicle purchase, is available in the two-wheel drive double cab and the PreRunner double cab only, and it is only available by adding the six-cylinder package.

Safety is another area that isn’t ignored in any of the 2013 Tacoma models. The Star Safety System, a Advanced Airbag System that protects both the front passenger during a collision, seat installed side-airbags protecting the driver and front passenger and front and rear side curtain airbags and three-point seatbelts for all seating positions means safety is a priority Tacoma buyers can check off the list.

Each Tacoma has a rear spring suspension with gas shock absorbers, an automatic limited slip differential and variable assist rack & pinion steering. This makes for reliable handling regardless of the season and despite any sudden storms.