A Sneak Peek of the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser offers comfort, safety and full-time four-wheel drive for a quality package. This vehicle has found a reliable market in over 180 countries worldwide. This vehicle comes standard with numerous amenities that guarantee comfort and style satisfaction for the most particular owner.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Exterior

The Land Cruiser is available in several attractive colors, including Classic Silver Metallic, Sonora Gold Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Amazon Green Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, Blizzard Pearl and Black. Interior colors are available in black and sandstone.

Standard exterior features include High Intensity Discharge headlights featuring automatic level control, automatic on/off, headlight cleaners and an integrated Land Cruiser logo to give them style. It also has fog lights, LED tail and stoplights with an integrated logo, heated automatic dimming exterior mirrors with memory features, 18-in. five-spoke alloy wheels, rain-sensing aerodynamic windshield wipers and an intermittent rear wiper. Other features include a windshield wiper de-icer, tinted glass on the back end, quarter and liftgate windows. A roof rack, back spoiler, front and back frame-mounted tow hooks and skid plates are installed. The vehicle’s transfer case add more storage capability, style and protection to an already quality package.

Interior standard features also scream luxury. These include a 4-zone auto front and back climate control that has an air filter with allergen filtration mode. Also, the driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers can choose separate temperatures to ride in their own personal ideal comfort. A premium HD Navigation system that includes Toyota’s Entune system, an 8-in. touch-screen, 14 speakers (including a subwoofer) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability are just the start of the interior luxury features.

The Entune system provides access to Bing and iheartradio for the ability to purchase tickets for a movie or make dinner reservations. This entertainment system also gives occupants the chance to listen to Pandora, while the XM Data services included in the Land Cruiser package provides access to traffic, weather, stocks and fuel cost information. With a 24.6 gallon fuel tank and a projected 13 miles per gallon for city driving and 18 mpg for highway travel, some forethought to fuel purchases can be a worthwhile endeavor.

Other features that make the Land Cruiser a truly admirable cruising machine are the multi-terrain monitor, with the choice of front, side or rear views. The perforated leather trim on all eight vehicle seating positions, multi-stage heated and ventilated front seats, a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, 8-way adjustable passenger seat and the two-level center console with a cooler box make this a comfortable ride. There are also 12 cup and container holders throughout the vehicle, front and backsub door storage pockets and maplights in both the front and second rows. Three 12V cigarette power outlets, two in the front and one in the back cargo area, keep all necessary electronics able to access power when required.

The multi-information display in the Land Cruiser includes the ability to select multiple terrains, view the shifter’s position, present and mean fuel economy information, average speed, steering wheel orientation and information from the parking assist sonar.

The standard entertainment system in the Land Cruiser boasts 14-speakers featuring a subwoofer, along with SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 3-month complementary subscription, High Definition Radio with iTunes, and a USB port featuring iPod compatibility. This vehicle also features a cutting edge voice recognition system and the ability to stream music through built-in Bluetooth technology. The eight-inch touch-screen with split screen capacity and integrated backup camera display increases the standards for visuals in the Toyota models. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system keeps back seat passengers happy with a nine-inch display, while a remote and two wireless headphones keep other passengers out of the loop as necessary.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Interior

The 5.7-litre DOHC V-8 engine has two independent variable valve trimmings with intelligence, and the six-speed electronically maintained auto transmission also has intelligence. These features help optimize fuel use and vehicle performance without additional effort from the driver.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Engine

The full-time four-wheel drive with Active Traction Control and Torsen limited-slip differential with a locking feature begin the impressive list of performance and safety features included in the Land Cruiser repertoire. Other safety features include the Star Safety System, drive and front passenger active headrests and an active seatbelt pretensioning system. 3-point seatbelts at all seating positions and an automatic/emergency locking retractor on ever occupants’ belts are standard on every model. The driver’s seat has an emergency locking retractor as well. There are movable front and middle-row outboard seatbelt anchors, child protector rear doorlocks and a power window lockout. The vehicle includes the driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, operator and front passenger seat-installed side airbags, knee airbags and all-row Roll-Sensing side curtain airbags.

A tire pressure monitor system, front and back parking assist sonar, a collision warning system, an off-road turning assist system, a trailer-centering system, and a Hill Start Assist Control up the ante slightly to provide comfort for drivers and passengers of the Land Cruiser. Ventilated disc brakes and a multi-terrain four-wheel drive ABS with Electronic Braking Distribution and brake assist also make for safer driving in all conceivable conditions. The mud-and-snow-rated, steel-belted radial Blackwall tires don’t hurt either when it comes to inclement weather or tortuous winter conditions in some notable countries.

Its advanced suspension system, with independent double-wishbone front suspension and four-link rear suspension, both with coil springs and a stabilizer bar, create a great base for off-road experience. That, coupled with the Crawl Control and aforementioned Off-Road Turn Assist, guarantee the adventures where the path is left behind are manageable and memorable at the same time.

Cargo volume in the Land Cruiser is also a notable factor when considering a purchase. Behind the third row alone, there is 16.1 cu. ft. of space. With the third row folded, that area increases to 43 cu. ft., while folding the second row and removing the third row altogether allows for an impressive 81.7 cu. ft. This means a great area for the camping gear or luggage for simple trips and a great amount of space for any major excursions that require a significant amount of paraphernalia.

Base price for the Land Cruiser is $78,255.  For the best savings, search for used cars.

A Review of the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser has the elements the public is looking for in an off-road focused vehicle. Add appealing color choices and some engaging interior features, and the FJ Cruiser comes out a winner to many potential buyers. This distinctive looking vehicle may steal the hearts of the unsuspecting consumer with its mix of rugged looks and inspired off-road handling.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Exterior

The FJ Cruiser is available in the natural occurrence-inspired colors of Black, Magma, Iceberg, Quicksand, Cavalry Blue, Army Green, Magma Orange and Cement Gray. Interior colors stick to subdued black or gray with some color-keyed elements.

Exterior features that catch attention include 17-inch tires on black steel wheels that give the FJ Cruiser a distinctive look in any group of off-roaders. Ailver painted exterior rearview mirrors, a 2-tone-exterior color (with the exception of Iceberg), black bumpers featuring metallic trim, Daytime Running Lights and power exterior mirrors with illuminated markers make this car a looker. Its 2 full doors and 2 access doors, all featuring silver accented door handles add to visual appeal. Black overfenders featuring built-in integrated mudguards add to the unique visual appeal of the Cruiser, while multi-reflector headlamps, a back window defogger featuring an intelligent timer, give this car a great look. Power exterior mirrors featuring lighted markers and washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers appeal to the practical side of any off-road enthusiast tired of the minute details losing out on attention.

Interior features appeal to any passenger who prefers comfort but is along for the ride nonetheless. These features include air conditioning that has an internal air filter and middle row vents, 4 cupholders in the center console and 2 bottle holders in the access doors. Door locks and power windows, 4 assist grips, 4 map pockets, and a key cylinder light are more great features. Long-lasting flooring and water resistant seat fabric are no-nonsense and acknowledge the fact that some days will require a good hosing down for both the exterior and interior of a well-run FJ Cruiser.

The all-important entertainment aspect of the FJ Cruiser does not disappoint, although it lacks in bells and whistles. The CD player with AM/FM radio reception has capability to play both MP3/WMA media. It also has six speakers, a USB outlet featuring iPod connectivity, along with hands-free capability for a cellphone and the ability to stream music over Bluetooth technology, as well as control audio and Bluetooth via steering wheel controls.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Interior

The FJ Cruiser cranks out 260 horsepower with 271 lb-ft. of torque. A five-speed ECT automatic and a six-speed manual transmission are each available for the 2013 models. A 4.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine with a four-valve valvetrain and a maximum towing capacity of 4,7000 lbs are some other intriguing statistics for the FJ Cruiser’s player card. The vehicle is available in two-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive and full-time four wheel drive.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Engine

There are also packages that can be added to the standard; the convenience package, the upgrade package, the Off-Road package, the TRD package and the Trail Teams Special Edition package. This optional package offers features including cruise control, a keyless entry system and a spare tire cover. The upgrade package adds 17-in. wheels, a traction control system for the four-wheel drive models, an electronically controlled locking back differential, a six entry -disc CD changer and eleven speakers in 7 locations (which includes a subwoofer). Other options include a leather-trimmed steering wheel along with a rear parking system with sonar to detect unseen objects behind your car.

The Off-Road package adds expertly engineered Bilstein shock absorbers, a floating-ball Multi-information display, a traction control system, a compass and an outside temperature display. The TRD package, meanwhile, adds TRD 16-in., six-spoke wheels with tires for any terrain, tires, high-speed-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers and TRD decals.

The Trail Teams Special Edition Package, which is available in Cement Gray (outside color not available otherwise), boasts black bumpers, grille and door handles. The package includes TRD 16-in., six-spoke Special Edition wheels, wheel locks, cruise control, a remote keyless entry system, a traction control system and Bilstein shock absorbers.

The projected fuel economy regarding the FJ Cruiser is 16 miles per gallon for travel in the city and 20 mpg once the tires hit the highway for longer stretches. This is the average, with the two-wheel drive model expected to record 17 mpg city and 22 highway, the MT to record 15/19 mpg city/highway and the AT to rack up 17/21 mpg city/highway. A 19-gallon tank means significant time between stops for gas if the adventurer is on his game in terms of planning.

Safety features on the FJ Cruiser are up to Toyota standards, as the Cruiser has the industry’s cutting edge airbag system, active headrests, seat-mounted side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters – all for the driver and front passenger. Other safety features include 3-point seatbelts for all five passengers that optimally fit in the FJ Cruiser, a seatbelt warning with buzzer for both the driver and front passenger, an engine immobilizer and a Tire Pressure Monitor System.

It has gear rack-and-pinion steering, paired with ventilated disc front brakes, solid disc rear brakes and a high-mounted suspension in a double wishbone design. The suspension is built with lateral rods, coil springs and built-in stabilizers, making for a positive review in the performance aspect of the CJ Cruiser evaluation. Mud-and-snow-rated, steel-belted radial blackwalls and a full size spare tire mean inclement weather is handled with ease. In the case of a blowout, the driver doesn’t need to scramble to find a replacement the moment the spare is on the vehicle.

Cargo volume in the FJ Cruiser is a spacious 27.9 cu. ft behind the rear seat and 66.8 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded. This makes storage of any gear needed for those off-roading adventures more than manageable.

Warranties for the FJ Cruiser show Toyota’s pride in their product. A three-year, 36,000 mile comprehensive warranty is available, along with a five-year/60,000-mile power train warranty, a five-year Corrosion Perforation warranty that has no mile limit and the two-year/25,000 mile complimentary Toyota Care warranty that comes with each new Toyota purchase. This provides coverage for all normal scheduled service and 24/7 roadside assistance.

The FJ Cruiser has a base price tag of $26,880 for the two-wheel drive model. The four-wheel drive MT comes with a price tag of $28,060, while the four-wheel drive AT is $28,470.

A Look At The 2013 Toyota 4Runner

The 2013 Toyota 4Runner, the fifth generation of 4Runner, is ready for the off-road adventure of a lifetime – or for a lifetime of off-road adventures. You decide which sounds better.

2013 Toyota 4Runner Exterior

The 4Runner comes in a variety of colors, such as Black, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Shoreline Blue Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl and Blizzard Pearl. The interior sticks to the simple options of Sand Beige and Graphite. The 4Runner comes in three trims; the SR5, the Trail and the Limited. The SR5 and Limited are available in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, while the Trail is only available as a four-wheel drive model.

The 4Runner can carry five passengers maximum, or this number can be increased to seven with an optional third row of seating. The vehicle similarly is capable of towing up to 5,000 lbs and storing between 46.3 and 47.2 cu. ft. with the rear seats up (depending on the inclusion of a slide deck or not) and 88.8 or 89.7 cu. ft. with rear seats folded (again, dependent on slide deck). For those who choose to include a third row of seating, with all seats up, there is 9 cu. ft. of cargo space, while with the third row seats folded, there is 46.3 cu. ft. of storage area.

2013 Toyota 4Runner Towing

When taking a look at the overall picture for the 4Runner, exterior features worthy of a mention for the 2013 model are the front and back bumpers featuring chrome inserts, chrome door handles, heated exterior mirrors that feature easily visible turn signals, puddle lamps and chrome roof rails with highly detailed silver end caps. Other features include remote keyless entry, privacy glass, aerodynamic variable windshield wipers with a fully adjustable mist cycle and plates to prevent skidding on the engine and front suspension. Other notable features include a generous fuel tank and transfer case. The SR5 and Trail both have 6-spoke alloy wheels and a full size steel spare tire. The Trail package has black accents rather than chrome, while the Limited has 20-inch split 6-spoke wheels and a full size alloy spare.

The 4Runner comes equipped with a 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission with ECT that puts out 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft of torque. The double-wishbone suspension that is constructed with a stabilizer bar in the front and coil springs in the rear, along with variable rack-and-pinion steering and ventilated disc brakes in front and rear enhance performance and handling during off-road excursions, make it the bread and butter of a 4Runner’s existence.

Standard ABS, Brake Assist and Vehicle Stability Control contribute equally to the off-road success of any 2013 4Runner. Mud and snow radial tires don’t hurt in this case either.

The projected fuel economy for the SR5 and the Limited is 17 miles per gallon for city driving and 22 mpg for highway driving, while the Trail looses 1 mpg for highway travel (17/21 city/highway). With a 23.0 gallon fuel tank, trips to the gas station can be semi-regular.

Interior comforts for the 4Runner include air conditioning, Toyota’s own sound optimization technology that is ideal for a tailgating, a second-row middle armrest featuring cupholders, and a keyless remote entry system. Other notable features include a power sliding back liftgate window featuring an automatic up/down button and jam protection, power door locks, a HomeLink universal transceiver, two front and one back 12VDC cigarette power outlets, a middle-console storage area for money, tissues and pens, and a parking brake that is easily engaged with the press of a foot.

The Trail adds additional benefits like water-resistant fabric-trimmed seat material and a backup camera linked to an electrochomic mirror.  More features include Active Traction Control, VSC cutoff, a Crawl Control switch and – the piece de resistance, a sliding back cargo storage area capable of supporting up to 440 lbs. This is an ideal addition for those tailgate parties. The Limited, meanwhile, adds leather trim, cruise control, audio, Bluetooth hands-free controls and a push button start. Both the Trail and Limited boast 400W standard household power outlets as well.

The SR5 has a standard audio system with AM, FM and MP3 capabilities along with a CD player for its eight speaker system. Other entertainment features include a USB port with iPod connectivity and a hands-free voice calling option. The hands-free phone option, along with its streaming music, is available through its integrated Bluetooth technology. The Limited package adds a navigation system with Entune on a 6.1-inch touch-screen that has display technology and a built-in backup camera, Hight Definition Radio with iTunes and text-to-voice with customizable text responses.

2013 Toyota 4Runner Interior

Safety with the 4Runner, as with all Toyotas, is impressive. In addition to its own safety system – which includes many braking, stopping, traction and engine supporting systems, the 4Runner most notably has the Advanced Airbag System. This system protects the driver’s and passengers’ thorax, abdomen and pelvis through front seat-mounted side airbags, knee airbags, active headrests and seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters. There are three-point seat belts for all seating positions, the LATCH system, child-protector door locks and power window lockout for younger passengers. It has an anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer (Trail and Limited only) and Rear Parking Assist Sonar on models without a backup camera installed. The Limited has an option for Safety Connect also, which provides Emergency Assistance.

Featuring both an acceleration and deceleration system, through its traction system (4×4 models SR5 and Limited only) and an integrated weight carrying Tow Hitch Receiver, the 4Runner won’t be going anywhere the driver doesn’t want it going. These features can be helpful in a variety of ways.

There are various packages that can be added to the SR5, Trail or Limited. These include a voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system with an integrated backup camera for the Limited, as well as the sliding rear cargo deck with a sub-floor storage area and auto running boards. For the Trail, additions include the 6.1-inch touch-screen with integrated backup camera display, Navigation and Entune and the ability to have a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System installed.

The Premium Package for the SR5 includes leather trim, heated seats, a moonroof, the 120V AC power outlets the other packages come with standard, the 6.1-inch touch screen with Entune and Navigation. The text-to-voice option and music streaming via Bluetooth features are standard in the Trail package.

The 2013 Toyota 4Runner has a starting price tag of $31,340 for the SR5, $37,005 for the Trail and $38,845 for the Limited.

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.


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.

New Car Prices

For every financially fit person, driving around in a dream car is a worthy aspiration that needs to be attained in time. One may have to take up the responsibility of drawing out an appropriate plan on how to purchase that new car, while paying keen attention to the market prices of the models they fancy, preference and intended purpose.

When looking for a trouble-free luxury drive, with the new Jaguar model XF, you need not rack your brain hard because this car is just a sight worth beholding. It goes for a market price of $60,000.This model has a six-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, it also offers a stability control system.

2012 Jaguar XF

Due to the advanced features that are tested and optimized for real life sporting performance, many may not be wrong to classify this car as a sports car. But, the Jaguar XF is fashioned exceptionally as a luxury and a personal use automobile.

A rich, feature-oriented, detailed interior and a glossy, eye-catching exterior is the beauty of this breathtaking model. With the full leather studded interior and hard switches for the air conditioning system, this one is undoubtedly the control center for excellence and class. It has an automatic sports steering wheel and is fitted with a cruise control provision. The upgraded and modern sound system will make you feel at ease when enjoying your ride. You will be able to know your location because it has a navigation system that allows you to keep track of where you are, the distance covered and the remaining miles of your trip.

For those who like acquisition while saving concurrently, buying this car will have you pocketing a $4,000 savings over the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP). Then you will have extra cash for fuel to enjoy your ride.

When buying a passengers car, one can choose between a sporty car, a mid-size car and a compact one, according to the buyer’s taste and preferences. The 2013 Acura ranks among the best upscale small cars. This new Acura ILX is the smallest among the sedans in the Acura lineup of vehicles. Reviewers say that the car has a solid base engine that is suited for everyday driving. This is a good choice if you value more driving. This mode trades its power for fuel economy and this allows you to go longer between fill-ups. The new Acura ILX goes for an average price of between $26,000 and $35,000.

2012 Acura ILX

The Audi A5 is another impressive car in terms of good fuel economy and an attractive interior design among the upscale midsize cars. This car offers economy in terms of its fuel consumption. The Audi A5 has the option for a convertible body or the normal full body. The advantage of this model compared to other convertible designs is its higher luggage capacity. The Audi A5 comes in three different variants, the premium, premium plus, and prestige. The price of this high performance car ranges from $36,000 to $43,000.

The 2012 Jeep Patriot ranks among the most affordable SUVs. At a cost of between $16,000 and $25,000, this is a relatively good deal considering the features that this car has to offer. This is mostly a popular option for the people who would like the feel of the Jeep Wrangler, but have financial constraints to meeting its high cost.

Among the compact pick-up trucks, the 2012 GMC Canyon is a very viable option. Reviewers contest that this model outdoes a large number of its rivals in a number of ways. The GMC Canyon is especially useful for people who prefer large cargo carrying capacity and seating for four people. If you prefer a sharp looking truck with good value then this is the best option for you. With improvements from the original design in 2007, the number of improvements has lifted the value of the vehicle. The price of this new truck ranges from $18,000 to $32,000.

The 2012 Ford F-150 is a catch for those people who love the feel of a full-size car while they would still like to have more space to carry cargo. The truck comes in either two door or four door varieties. This truck has a powerful engine with 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6, or a 5-liter V8. Its prominent features include good in-class towing, a rear view camera, in-cab storage, and an optional super crew rear seat. The safety of the car is well taken care of with the inclusion of anti-lock braking, advanced air bags, roll stability control, and a system that monitors the pressure of the tires. This vehicle comes with a 36,000 miles, 3-year warranty. At a price range of between $27,000 and $33,000 this sure is a good deal for those who value quality.

2012 Ford F-150

The 2012 Mazda 3 is a powerful four-wheel drive available in hatch back levels and sedan. The Mazda 3 may be equipped with a variety of engine/transmission combinations, which makes it a relatively multipurpose vehicle. Some distinctive features of the vehicle include bi-xenon HID headlights, 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, hands free phone capability, a powerful sound system with 10 speakers, and a push start button. The safety needs of the users of the vehicle are well provided for with the anti lock braking system, a brake assist, a system to monitor the pressure of the tires, a system that detects blind spots, and an electronic brake distribution system. At a price range of between $17,000 and $23,000, backed by a three-year warranty, this vehicle can be yours.

2012 Mazda 3

Many of the car deals are executed out there are deceptively stale and some seemingly valid. But, singling out an excellent car that fits your tastes and preferences, duty and purpose will entirely rely on your skills as the buyer and the amount of information that you have collected over the available deals and the steps to be taken. It is therefore most important to make prior arrangements and spend your good time thinking over a car deal that will deliver, meet up to your defined standards, fit your taste and purpose and withstand the test of time. This will ensure that you reap the best from your car shopping efforts.


Best Car Deals

Owning a car is every persons’ dream, but that dream doesn’t come around easy. Before buying a car, a person should check for the best deals around, and then decide where to buy. What should a person consider when purchasing a new car? A buyer must take into consideration the manufacturer of the automobile he/she wants, the specifications of the car, the price and the function of the car; either for commercial purposes or for personal use.

The best car deals could offer low interest rates, discounts off the sticker prices, cash back/rebates, among other incentives. Toyota is one of the oldest automobile manufacturers, originally from Japan.

Other car manufactures such as Buick, General Motors Corp., Ford, KIA, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volkswagen are potential buyer choices. They all come from remarkably successful companies. German owned Volkswagen produces quality vehicles with fair pricing both from the company and also from car sellers all around the world. Subaru being a Japanese car is not so easy and cheap to maintain, though it is made for speed and comfort and price ranges from $8,000 – $25,000. The Subaru Legacy comes with a stunning V-6 engine and a 2.0cc capacity. Its fuel consumption is manageable and it has a sleek design, which shows the beauty of the car in every aspect.

KIA purchase offers are pretty competitive for their 2012 Sorento SUV. Mitsubishi also produces a wide range of cars from SUV’s to sedans. It outputs tremendous power for the user. Though expensive to maintain its fueling is not an issue because its gasoline consumption rate is tolerable. A famous model of a Mitsubishi can go for about $18,000. A person saves up to $2,000 in a deal like this. Diesel automobiles are commercially manufactured due to their cheap maintenance cost and economical fuel consumptions. Diesel engines also produce remarkable power that helps in the execution of designated tasks. This type of car includes the SUV’s. Having a price range of about $10,000 – $50,000, these types of cars are quite powerful and important for carriage purposes. Most of them have engine capacities of 3.0cc and this is quite a pull.

The 2012 Lincoln MKS is among the best luxury large cars. It has a comfortable interior with a large list of standard quality features. If you are in search of a spacious luxury car with a stylish exterior setting, a low base price and a wide range of amenities, then the Lincoln MKS is your best deal. Many test drivers have concurred that this is among the most comfortable sedans they’ve driven. It offers leg enough room from all the sitting positions. At an average price of $43,000 you can have all these wonderful features.

2012 Lincoln MKS

With an option of paying in installments of up to 48 months with no financing, you can have the Mitsubishi Outlander in your dock. The Outlander has been considered to be very economical on fuel and this comes as a good deal for the shoppers who are economically conscious with regard to fuel. The Outlander also ranks high when it comes to interior space. It has enough passenger space and adequate space for your extra suitcases. The car is designed to suit both the tall and the short drivers and passengers. This is a good deal for those with drivers varying in height. The Mitsubishi Outlander is a perfect deal for shoppers who would like to spend less than $20,000 on a vehicle with excellent fuel economy and gives ample space to fit all your luggage, as well as passengers.

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

Some of the more affordable cars that have been put forward include Mazda CX-9, Honda Fit, Toyota Sierra, Toyota Avalon, and the Ford Escape. These models come with various incentives ranging from low financing rates to rebates. The affordable cars range from small, medium to large sizes with a few compact and subcompact makes. On most car deals, the dealers offer 0%, 0.9% and 1.9% financing, which may be accompanied by another incentives or a buyer may be given the choice between two or more options of purchase. There are those dealers who have provisions to finance the buyer rather than the buyer having the purchase financed through their own banks. In a majority of these dealer-financed offers, the buyer often ends up paying less. Cash backs are always an attractive offer for any class of purchaser and for some models, one can save as much $3,000.

2012 Ford Escape

Leasing options are also available on cars and the lease offers have been getting sweeter and sweeter due to competition, economic situations and the introduction of newer technology that is geared toward models such as hybrid cars. Hybrids are expected to change the face of the automotive industry. A good lease offer is one that has a longer pay period and better lease conditions in terms of interest, monthly installments and the initial deposit demanded. For instance, the Mazda CX-5 and 2012 Nissan Rogue S are both worth mentioning because of their availability for leasing. Comparison of lease deals is a wise thing to do as opting for the better deal may save you as much as $1,200 after all payments are made. Car deals can be found on both direct purchases and lease terms.

From sedans, compact cars, sports cars, hybrid cars to SUVs, available car deals should be considered in addition to other information such as safety and fuel consumption. The information is given readily on the specific models at your dealer of choice. Luxury, safety, comfort, economy and reliability are factors to consider in the choice of car deals, with some factors holding more weight than others do. For those who want to put family first and want a good, roomy car that can carry their members comfortably there are good deals on cars that have third row seats. Narrow down the deals and once they are down to two or three as your possible ‘dream car,’ take a test-drive and then make the best choice between your alternatives. Then enjoy your new asset and the money you saved.