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.

2013 Toyota Yaris

The 2013 Toyota Yaris holds true with the advertising campaign introduced for 2012 – It’s a Car! The front-wheel drive subcompact can transport up to five passengers and still fit into the smallest parking space. It is a viable option for buyers seeking excellent fuel economy and a reasonable price with a smaller vehicle that handles well.

2013 Toyota Yaris Exterior

The 2013 Toyota Yaris is available in the eye-catching colors of Absolutely Red, Blazing Blue Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic and Wave Line Pearl. Interior color choices are subdued to counteract the magnitude of the outer color and include Dark Gray or Ash. Trim packages for the Yaris are the L, LE and SE. The LE and SE each have a three-door or five-door option.

Exterior features to note include multi-reflector headlights, a chrome license plate garnish in the back, color keyed exterior foldable mirrors, color-keyed exterior handles on the door, intermittent single-pantograph windshield wipers and a rear window wiper. A rear bumper protector, alloy wheel locks, a paint protection film and a rear spoiler are all additional enhancements available for the Yaris. However, these features do not come standard. Front fog lights do come standard on an SE model, while they are a $300 investment for the other two packages.

The lines and appearance of the 2013 Yaris continue the look introduced in 2012. This car looks more like a car and less like a toy to the discerning consumer. Angular lines and a sharp slope, along with a sporty aura, add to the overall appeal of the Yaris.

Interior comforts include air conditioning, an AM/FM CD player with MP3 sound enhancement, 6-speakers, SiriusXM Radio capability (with the purchase of additional hardware and a subscription), three USB ports and an iPod interface. Fabric trimmed front seats adjust four ways, it has fold-down rear seats, a metallic interior trim with black interior door handles and analog instrumentation that keeps the driver informed when driving. Instrumentation includes an odometer, trip-meters, a clock, an outside temperature gauge and an ECO driving indicator, among other warnings and informational gauges. Additional features available as options include cargo floor mats, tote or a net envelope, all-weather floor mats, door sill enhancements and emergency assistance kits.

2013 Toyota Yaris Interior

Auto sound leveling, hands-free phone capability, phonebook access and the ability to stream music using the Bluetooth wireless technology also add appeal to the subcompact with an attractive price tag. A tilt three-spoke steering wheel, fold-down rear seat, rear window defogger and a cargo area light are small but notable amenities included standard in the Yaris packages. With a low price and great fuel economy wrapped into one, noting the amenities that come with the price can make a difference to buyers that are on the fence regarding a Yaris purchase.

2013 Toyota Yaris Interior

Power door locks, a rear window defogger, liftback tonneau cover, four front and two rear cupholders and dual extendable sun visors with vanity mirrors allow this subcompact to offer a lot of amenities in a small package. With 15.3 cubic feet of cargo room, the Yaris can transport a small group and all related luggage with no hassle.

Available with a 1.5L engine that boasts 106 horsepower and 103 lb.-ft of torque, the Yaris averages 30 miles per gallon for trips through city traffic and 36 when taking to the highway for longer jaunts. An 11.1 gallon fuel tank means average time between stops for refueling. A five-speed manual transmission also means better control of shift patterns and timing. The manual transmission also helps the driver feel the car has sufficient power to get from point a to point b, something the automatic transmission – which is available – fails to do.

The Yaris is equipped with ABS, electronic brake distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, a suspension with independent front struts and a stabilizer bar. It also features coil springs and semi-independent back torsion beam suspension, also with coil springs. Electronic traction control via ABS and engine management also adds to the efficient handling the car exudes while out and about.

The Star Safety System, nine airbags, driver and front passenger whiplash-injury-lessening seats, front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters and the LATCH system are among the safety features any Yaris buyer can expect with their purchase. These features adequately deal with any unforeseen accidents. Included among the nine airbags are rollover-sensing, side curtain airbags for both front and rear rows along with a knee airbag for the driver. Without crash tests, it is hard to say, but consumers may feel much more protected in this subcompact thanks to Toyota’s meticulous attention to safety throughout their various vehicle lines.

One other notable mention before the dollar signs begin is the standard warranties for the Yaris. Included on all three trim packages are the following: a 24 month or 25,000 mile roadside assistance coverage, 60 months corrosion perforation warranty, a 60 months or 60,000 miles powertrain warranty, a 36-month basic warranty and a 24-month or 25,000 mile maintenance warranty. These warranties cover the What ifs and how did that happen scenarios car purchasers run through prior to signing the bottom line. This adds reassurance to a purchase that is steadily gaining momentum for someone seeking a subcompact that happens to be reasonably priced, visually appealing and also can reasonably handle a small group of passengers.

The 2013 Toyota Yaris starts with a price of $14,370 for the 3-door L, $15,955 for the 3-Door LE, $15,395 for the 5-Door L, $16,430 for the 5-Door LE and $16,480 for the 5-Door SE. The top price for a Yaris is $18,040.

These prices make the Yaris a contender in the market with fellow five-door subcompacts. However, features and style put the Yaris in the middle of a group when looking at comparisons. The style in particular seems to appeal to a specific age group (i.e. 20-somethings) and put off older generations that might be searching out a new car for a work vehicle or other solitary purpose. Taking into consideration the fuel economy of the Yaris and the size of the backseat for those times when additional passengers want leg room, the Yaris did come out ahead of such vehicles as the Honda Fit, Mazda2 and Kia Rio.

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.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon – What you need to know before you buy…

The 2013 Toyota Avalon is a visually attractive and comfortable answer to the family transportation experience. With improvements to style, performance and interior comforts, as well as a price cut for this model, its appeal has increased roughly $2,000-fold.

2013 Toyota Avalon Exterior

The Avalon is available in four trim packages; the XLE, the XLE Premium, the XLE Touring and the Limited. The Limited has an additional tech package option that adds passive high beams, active cruise control and a Pre-Collision System. The array of colors available for the 2013 models are Blizzard Pearl, Champagne Mica, Moulin Rouge Mica, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Attitude Black Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Cypress Pearl and Nautical Blue Metallic.

In addition to its color appeal, the exterior features of the Avalon draw attention from all angles. The XLE and XLE Premium are fitted with 17-in. silver-painted alloy wheels, while the XLE Touring and the Limited packages have 18-in. silver painted alloy wheels. All four packages come standard with LED taillights, color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, an acoustic noise-reducing windshield and a dual chrome-tipped integrated exhaust. The Limited has High Density Discharge Quadrabeam headlights with an auto on/off feature and LED Daytime Running Lights. The XLE package is equipped with Quadrabeam halogen headlights that also are equipped with the auto on/off feature. The XLE Touring and Limited add wide-angle fog lights to help with lower visibility situations.

The interior of the Avalon is comparable to a comfortable evening at home. The dash is covered with hand-stitched material that is soft to the touch. The aesthetic appeal of the dash set up is also notable, as the layered and sculpted surface of the dash creates a sense of seclusion for the driver while opening up the area the passenger overlooks. All packages of the Avalon have a leather trim, wood-grain style interior with smoked chrome accents and door handles.

2013 Toyota Avalon Interior

Comparable to a favorite armchair, the driver’s seat in the XLE package is eight-way power adjustable with power lumbar support. The driver’s seat in the Limited is 10-way adjustable with multi-staged heat and ventilation, as well as having power lumbar support and a power cushion extension. The front passenger seat in the XLE package has four power adjustment options, while the Limited’s front passenger seat is eight-way power adjustable. Seat comfort is not withheld from rear passengers either, as the rear seat has a center armrest with cupholders and folds down with a trunk passthrough for excursions with bigger cargo and fewer passengers.

The XLE and XLE Premium offer dual zone automatic climate controls, display audio with a 6.1-in. touch screen, have an AM/FM CD player with MP3 and WMA playback capability and features eight speakers to reach all passengers equally. A USB port and auxiliary audio jack allow for music input from other sources, as does the music streaming option using Bluetooth wireless technology. The inclusion of multi-information displays, Bluetooth hands-free controls, Optitron instrumentation, navigation with turn-by-turn directions and an ECO Drive Level Indicator make the car current in technological advances, keeping the consumer on the leading edge of vehicle technologies.

2013 Toyota Avalon Optitron

The XLE Touring adds Sirius XM satellite radio capability, an HD Radio and iTunes tagging for additional entertainment opportunities. The Limited package adds Entune and JBL to the mix, as well as a 7-in. high resolution touch-screen with split screen capability. The Limited also comes standard with 11 speakers in 9 locations, including a subwoofer and amplifier. Passengers will enjoy the ride in style amidst audio perfection. Entune access is complimentary with each vehicle for three years from purchase.

The 2013 models of the Avalon also have a covered center console with two front cupholders and eBin – a sliding electronic device holder with wire management and illuminated interior storage. There are three 12V auxiliary power outlets, two located in the eBin and one in the center console of the vehicle.

As is expected with a Toyota product, the Avalon is equipped with a wide variety of safety features. These include the Star Safety System, Whiplash-Injury Lessening seats, three-point seatbelts, 10 airbags and both the LATCH system and child protector door locks. In terms of support and exterior protection, the steering column is made to be energy absorbing and collapsible. The front and rear each has energy absorbing crumple zones. There is an anti-theft system with an alarm and engine immobilizer to deter today’s criminal element from targeting your vehicle.

The Avalon gets 25 miles per gallon combined in projected fuel economy. This translates to 21 miles per gallon in city driving and 31 mpg when hitting the highway. With a 17-gallon tank, this means less fuel stops on those family vacations, although pit stops will remain necessary for all the other typical reasons.

In terms of safety and handling, the Avalon boasts an impressive 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft of torque in a front-wheel drive car with a six-speed ECT-i automatic transmission. Electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering, ventilated disc front brakes, solid disc rear brakes and standard ABS enhance the control and confidence for the individual behind the wheel. Blind Spot Monitors and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert eliminate the dangers of a second’s distraction in a family neighborhood, something no one would ever want to experience.

The Blind Spot Monitor uses radar to warn of vehicles in adjacent lanes that might be out of view, while the Rear Cross Traffic Alert is enabled when the vehicle is in reverse and detects moving objects that enter the warning radius. All packages above the XLE also come equipped with a backup camera standard that shows a view of the area not easily monitored from the driver’s seat.

The price tag for the 2013 begins at $31,785, a $2,205 cut from the price for the 2012 model. This price is also cheaper than rivals in the midsize sedan category, such as the Buick LaCrosse or Nissan Maxima. It is, however, slightly undercut by the Ford Taurus, which is available with a base price tag of just over $27,000.

A Review of the 2013 Toyota Venza

The 2013 Toyota Venza is an aerodynamic attempt to cross SUV space, towing and performance with aesthetic appeal and a stylish exterior. The 2013 model improves on the standard conveniences and adds value and style to an already established norm, bringing more to the table than last year’s model.

2013 Toyota Venza Exterior

Three trim packages are available for the Venza, and those are the LE, XLE and Limited. Those packages all are available in the eye-popping and tongue-tripping colors of, Blizzard Pearl, Golden Umber Mica, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Sunset Bronze Mica, Cypress Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, Attitude Black and Cosmic Gray Mica.

This year’s model has radial tires on aluminum alloy rims, privacy glass on rear side, quarter and liftgate windows, and color-keyed exterior door handles and mirrors. With other features including chrome tipped exhaust (dual on the six-cylinder models), UV reduction glass, an acoustic designed front windshield and a blind spot mirror to minimize the chance of accidents during lane changes, this vehicle almost breathes class. Its windshield wiper comes standard with a de-icer feature — only adding to the feeling of luxury that comes standard in this SUV.

The outer lighting features of the Venza are nothing short of impressive. The vehicle has Daytime Running Lights that can be switched on and off, built-in fog lamps, puddle lamps, projector-beam headlamps, outer mirror turn signals (on heated outside mirrors, it should be noted) and a rear spoiler with an LED center high mount stop lamp.

The Venza is available in both a four-cylinder and six-cylinder in the LE and XLE models, while the Limited is available only with a V6 engine. All three are available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). For those requiring significant towing power, a tow package is available for the V6 that allows a maximum towing weight of 3,500 lbs. The four-cylinder, which does not have the additional tow package available, can tow up to 1,000 lbs. This is more than sufficient for the average camper or traveler’s needs.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine offers 268 horsepower and 246 lb.-ft of torque, while the four-cylinder boasts 181 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft of torque. The V6 with FWD is expected to get 19/26 mpg for city and highway travel respectively, while the AWD option has a projected 18/25 mpg ratio for city and highway travel, respectively. The expected fuel economy for the four-cylinder FWD model is 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg for highway travel. The four-cylinder AWD loses only slightly in comparison, with 20 mpg expected in city traffic and 25 mpg for longer highway excursions.

These engines may or may not be a little too smart for their drivers, however, as a technology known as ECT-i, or electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence, it not only chooses the right gear for uphill and downhill portions of the drive, it also provides moderate engine braking for the downhill segment. The AWD system also includes Active Torque Control that distributes the torque optimally between the front and rear wheels, with the intended result of better corner handling. Smoother transitions during acceleration are also projected thanks to the Active Torque Control feature.

The Venza also provides a substantial level of comfort for up to five adults. The vehicle comes standard with power windows that feature an automatic up/down and jam protection design, power locks with a shift-based automatic lock/unlock feature, an above the head console with lights for map reading and sunglass storage. It has a center console with a dual storage compartment, two front lighted cup holders, an iPod and an MP3 player holder and wire management features. There are also rear reading lights, a cargo light and three 12V auxiliary power outlets, two in the front and one in the cargo area.

2013 Toyota Venza Interior

The Venza also comes standard with Bluetooth technology that permits drivers to use their cell phones hands-free phone with voice-command controls in the steering wheel, an outside temperature reading, a clock and fuel economy information, average speed and trip distance displays. The interior for the LE is fabric-trimmed and includes an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat and four-way adjustable front passenger seat. Both the XLE and Limited offer leather trim, and the eight-way adjustable driver’s seat also offers memory function, heat and power lumbar support. All three offer one-touch fold-flat rear seats.

Each model of the Venza comes with an entertainment system that puts the E in enjoyment. A 6.1-inch touch screen is standard, with an AM/FM CD player that is capable of MP3 and WMA playback, six speakers and a USB port to connect smartphones or other music devices. The XLE and Limited models also have Entune, which provides access to features like Bing, OpenTable, MovieTickets and Pandora. This allows the trip to reach an unplanned destination without an interruption to search for phone numbers and make last-minute reservations or ticket purchases.

2013 Toyota Venza Interior Touchscreen

Seven airbags, including driver and front passenger seat-installed side air bags, the Advanced Airbag System, a knee airbag for the driver and front and rear side curtain airbags, are the initial reassurance that Toyota takes safety seriously. Its comprehensive seating positions offer 3-point seatbelts and there are front and back force-absorbing crumple areas with side-impact door beams. Add that to the already commendable STAR Safety System Toyota installs in all its vehicles, and this SUV provides great style, handling and reassurance of safety when taking to the roads. Toyota also includes an Anti-Lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Smart Stop Technology.

In addition, Brake Assist, Traction Control and enhanced Vehicle Stability Control provide assurances to drivers and passengers alike that road conditions will be less of a determining factor in the handling of their vehicle. All Venza models also have Hill-Start Assist Control, so that starting on a hill can be done with no chance of rollback and potential contact with other vehicles. In addition, for the safety-conscious parent, the LATCH system is installed on outboard rear seats, and there are child-protector rear door locks.

Pricing for the Venza begins at $27,700 and can go to roughly $38,800 with the higher class luxury add-ons. A higher price for the V6 may be a concession interested buyers seriously consider, as the power of the V6 is not to be taken lightly.