A Look At The 2013 Toyota Sequoia

The 2013 Toyota Sequoia is primed to offer not only comfort and new entertainment features for long road trips, but is also prepared to take a family or group of up to eight adults off-road to the best camping spots or nature walk locations.

2013 Toyota Sequoia Exterior

The full-size SUV comes standard with a 5.7-liter V-8 in the 2013 model, providing 381 horsepower at 5,600 RPM. With the ability to tow 4,700 lbs and a tow/haul mode to help optimize transmission shift points, the Sequoia is prepared to get cargo from Point A to Point B. One feature that can be considered both a benefit and a potential frustration is the fact that the Sequoia’s tow hitch is part of the frame, a single unit rather than complementary pieces.

The new model presents an eye-catching exterior, with eight snappy color choices: Silver Sky Metallic, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Black, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Sandy Beach Metallic, Pyrite Mica, Super White (not available on Platinum) and Blizzard Pearl – a color choice only available on the highest trim package for the newest Sequoia. There are three trim packages available in the 2013 Toyota Sequoia: the SR5, the Limited and the Platinum. The lowest trim package for the Sequoia is only available in three colors, while the other options are available on the Limited and as noted on the Platinum. All three packages offer interior color choices of graphite and sand beige. Red Rock is an option only for the Platinum grade.

Snow and mud tested radial tires, front and rear mudguards, an in-glass antenna and privacy glass on the rear side are standard.  Quarter and lift gate windows provide the sleek, yet rugged look some consumers have in mind when thinking SUV, while providing the necessary comfort and performance for the off-roading enthusiasts.

Some of the exterior features available in the SR5 package include heated outside mirrors, integrated fog lamps, a roof rack, power tilt moonroof and running boards. A peek into the interior shows three-zone front and rear climate control, cruise control, map lamps, a leather-trimmed steering wheel that both tilts and is telescopic. Other features include Bluetooth hands-free telephone controls and 16 cup and bottle holders.

The driver’s seat is 8-way power adjustable for the pickiest driver, while the front passenger seat is 4-way adjustable. The second row seat slides, reclines and lays flat. It also provides one-touch access to the third-row seating. The rear doors open at such a wide angle that not only can passengers enter and exit with ease, but the installation of a child safety seat is made simple. This is something every parent and grandparent can truly appreciate.

The CD player has standard AM/FM capacity, the ability to play MP3 and WMA files, is set up to handle Sirius Satellite Radio subscriptions and has 14 speakers and a subwoofer to provide optimal sound quality. Music streaming via Bluetooth technology is also an option, guaranteeing music no matter where your Sequoia is taking you.

2013 Toyota Sequoia Navigation

Additional highlights to the Limited package include map pockets in the door, more leather trim and a heated driver’s seat that adjusts two additional ways, along with a Homelink universal receiver integrated into the rearview mirror and retractable sunshades for the second and third row seating.

For the Platinum package, consumers can expect second row heated captain’s chairs, dynamic laser cruise control and a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, complete with two wireless headphones and a wireless remote for the nine-inch display.

For all three trim packages, Entune is available to provide an enhanced audio experience incorporating the ubiquitous smartphone, and navigation systems of various complexities can be relied on to keep those wheels turning and avoid confusion on any road trip. Bing, Pandora and real-time traffic and weather updates using the Entune connection with a smartphone makes conventional radio and its notorious unreliability a distant memory rather than a current frustration.

2013 Toyota Sequoia Interior

The six-speed automatic is available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive and offers reasonable EPA estimates for fuel economy, with 13 miles per gallon city and 18 highway for a two-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive option only drops the expected mpg for highway travel by one, keeping city driving expectations to 13 mpg.

Standard safety features for the newest model of Toyota’s off-road family SUV includes a four-wheel ABS with both Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution. The Sequoia also has ventilated disc brakes for both front and rear and a rack-and-pinion steering system that recognizes vehicle speed and has Variable Flow Control to respond in kind.

The Limited and Platinum packages for the Sequoia also offer front and rear parking sensors that recognize standing objects and their distance from the vehicle, relaying that information to the driver. These packages also have the option to include a back-up camera to further assist in parking safely.

With the safety ratings and quality standards consumers come to expect from Toyota, the Sequoia continues to be a solid investment in terms of SUV purchases. The Sequoia comes equipped with advanced airbags, knee airbags and seat-mounted side airbags for both the driver and front seat passenger. For the other occupants of the vehicle, all-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags are installed. The four-wheel drive models come with a cut-off switch for these airbags as well.

The seatbelt sensor for both the driver and front seat passenger makes forgetting that all-important safety measure difficult. Also, three-point harnesses for all seating positions mean no one is under-protected. The LATCH system for car seats provides anchors in all seating in the second row and also in the middle seat of the third row. In addition, the Sequoia is equipped with child protector rear hatch and door locks and a power window lockout feature.

The safety measures of the Toyota Star Safety System cannot be ignored. This includes the aforementioned ABS and ventilated disc brakes, in addition to Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Smart Stop Technology.

An anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, daytime running lights with an on/off feature and a tire pressure monitoring system all add to the assurance Sequoia owners can drive with confidence and know their vehicle won’t be stolen from the supermarket parking lot.

A Look at Toyota’s 2013 Corolla & Matrix Models

As one would expect the 2013 Toyota Corolla is a no-nonsense sedan backed up by its rock-solid reliability and incredible ability to stretch fuel. While the Corolla certainly provides a decent ride, American and European car makers are giving the 2013 Corolla some stiff competition in recent years. Those looking for a little more variety in their next car purchase might want to look at the Toyota Matrix along with the Corolla. The Matrix is the perfect mix of style and soul from a sporty vehicle while giving drivers the usefulness of a sport utility vehicle —  all while being priced at the level of a compact sedan. Some notable improvements for the Matrix include an upgraded speaker and sound system that is fully operational with no hands. The Matrix’s base trim is loaded with six speakers.

When it comes to the 2013 models, the Toyota Matrix is available in a wide variety of options. The Matrix is available in the L and S models, both of which come in the front-wheel-drive option, while the S model is only available in an all-wheel-drive design. Toyota decided to put a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine in the base models which gives drivers’ 132 horsepower. Those who purchase the S model are able to take advantage of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 158 horsepower.

2013 Toyota Corolla Exterior

No matter what model or drive-train one selects, there are many options available including a five-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode, a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual. Standard equipment includes 16-inch wheels, fog-proof exterior mirrors, climate and cruise control options and a CD player that is fully compatible with MP3 file formats. When it comes to safety, all models and trim levels have anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, curtain airbags in all rows, a passive tire monitoring system, driver and front passenger side-impact airbags and active head restraints. There is also a Vehicle Stability Control system (VSC) that features integrated traction control for any type of road condition.

Regarding the 2013 Corolla models, not much has changed from its 2012 model. The following models are still offered in a four-door sedan configuration: Base, S and LE. It is still built on a front-wheel drive-train and seats up to five people comfortably. Like the Matrix, the Corolla still lives up to its reliable as heck reputation along with being great on gas and looking not too shabby to boot. No matter the model one chooses, each car comes with a 1.8-liter engine that pumps out over 132 horsepower. Whether you like to drive stick or simply want the on-board computer to do the shifting for you, there is an available five-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Since the 2013 model is extremely similar to the 2012 model, this year’s Corolla has many of the same safety features. The safety features include side and front impact airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist technology and driver and front passenger passive whiplash protection head restraints. Additional optional features include climate control, traction control with the vehicle stability control system, cruise control, fog lamps, a tilt-and-slide power moonroof and generous 16-inch wheels.

2013 Toyota Corolla Interior

The Toyota Matrix is pretty straight forward when it comes to what is under the hood. Those picking up the L trim model will get the standard 1.8-liter I-4 engine that produces 132 horsepower, 128 lb-ft of torque and offers up to 850 pounds of payload. The S trim, in both front and all-wheel-drive, gives customers their 2.4-liter I-4 engine that is capable of 158 horsepower, 162 lb-of torque and offers up to 850 pounds of payload. Regarding fuel mileage, no matter what model, type of drive-train or the size of the engine, drivers will get an all-around 13.2 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway.

2013 Toyota Matrix Exterior

The Toyota Matrix is quite a spacious little vehicle for both storage and passenger and driver spaces. Along with the standard seating capacity of 5 persons, including the driver, the luggage and maximum cargo capacity measurements come in at 19.8 cubic feet and 49.4 cubic feet respectively. Other notable measurements of the interior are its rear leg room being 36.2 inches, its front leg room being 41.6 inches and its rear head room being 39 inches.

2013 Toyota Matrix Interior

When it comes to the 2013 Toyota Corolla, there are many notable things about this year’s model. There are three different trim levels for the Corolla and they are the L, LE and S. This year’s model comes only in a sedan design. The L trim has many standard features including manually operated front air conditioning, front fog lights and anti-lock brakes with driveline traction control. Additional features include a five-speed manual transmission with over-drive, driver and front passenger heated front seats, 15” steering wheels and a 1.8-liter I-4 engine. The LE trim model has a first row open/close sliding and tilting glass sunroof, upgrades to 16” steel wheels, includes a voice operated navigation system, and has a four-speed transmission, instead of the L trim’s five-speed transmission. The S trim model maintains the same glass sunroof, uses aluminum instead of steel for its wheels, and keeps the front fog lights and voice operated navigation system. Other standard features on this trim level include manually operated front climate control, a five-speed manual transmission with over-drive, front passenger and driver heated seats, keyless entry and a 1.8-liter I-4 engine.

When it comes to prices, there is a wide variety of prices for both the Matrix and the Corolla. For the Toyota Corolla, price varies based on the trim level and what options ultimately end up in one’s final car configuration. The L model is priced anywhere from the low $15,000s to the low $16,000s. The LE model has a bit wider range as it starts in the upper $16,000s and ventures into the low $18,000s. The S model is priced similar to the LE, with it priced a touch more on the lower end and almost approaching $19,000 on the higher end. Looking at the Matrix models, prices are about as variant as the Corollas. The five-door L model is priced anywhere from the low $18,000s to the low $19,000s. The five-door S model starts in the upper $18,000s and tops out in the low $20,000s. The top end model, the S five-door all-wheel drive starts off in the low $20,000s and tops out in the mid $22,000s.


2013 Toyota Camry Review

Those looking for the crown jewel of reliability, fuel efficiency and a great overall car, the 2013 Toyota Camry is the car to buy. In fact, “Camry” in Japanese translates to “crown.” For the 2013 Toyota Camry model year, virtually everything has been changed. Toyota engineers decided to revamp the Camry from bumper to bumper. It really shows because everything is more efficient and has made the 2013 Toyota a much better product. As some car enthusiasts put it, the 2013 Toyota has only built upon its Toyota reliability and has become the industry leader in the four-door, mid-size sedan class. In fact, the fully re-designed 2013 Toyota Camry will only keep it on top and further catapult it into converting more sales.

2013 Toyota Camry Exterior

Compared to other models, the 2013 Camry might be slightly lacking compared to some cars in limited respects, but when it comes to features that really matter, the Camry comes out on top by leaps and bounds. When looking at the Hyundai Sonata’s YF, the Camry is said to be slightly aesthetically challenged, however, that is a subjective comparison. When it comes to features that really matter, the Camry has it all over its competitors such as the 2013 Hyundai Sonata YF, the 2013 Honda Accord, the 2013 Ford Fusion because it offers a more comprehensive design, selection of safety, comfort and convenience features along with its ultra-competitive prices.

Looking at the 2013 Toyota Camry, one will see that it is a midsize sedan offering a spacious interior featuring plush and forgiving seating. This year’s Camry model has both a conventional gas model and two versions of the gas-electric hybrid models. Both hybrid engine options feature 6-speed automatic transmissions that feature manual type controls that are fully adjustable through its floor-based shift lever. Industry experts believe the availability of the two new gas-electric hybrid models will enable Toyota to further expand its Camry dominance in the growing hybrid market.

When it comes to conventional gas models, the base 2013 Camry model features front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The standard trim also packs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The four cylinder engine produces ample power for this comfortable sedan, yet its efficient engine gives great fuel efficiency of 25 miles per gallon around town and 35 miles per gallon on the freeway. Reviewers have tested the 2013 Camry on the road and are happy to report that it is very agile, turns on a dime and takes off like a rocket for a family sedan, going from zero to 60 in only 8.1 seconds.

If one desires to upgrade their Camry with a little more power, higher trim options offer consumers a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. This engine is perfect for cruising fun on country roads or highways. This engine takes drivers from zero to 60 in 6.6 seconds. However, it is still a fuel sipper when taking into account the almost 50 percent increase in the engine size because it gets 21 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon on the highway, for a combined mpg rating of 25.

Different trims have different wheel options. The L and LE trim models have 16-inch diameter wheels, while the XLE trim model and four-cylinder SE trim model both have 17-inch wheels standard, and the six-cylinder SE models have 18-inch wheels.

Regardless of the model or trim level chosen, the 2013 Toyota is very generous with options including: the Entune, which is an upgraded audio system from previous year’s models. It combines a fully setup suite to integrate one’s smartphone via Bluetooth with the Pandora music system and the Bing-supported search engine control panel. When it comes to music, one has the option of listening to satellite radio or hooking up their iPod either wirelessly or through the standard iPod connect. The Entune system is fully integrated with Internet service that offers drivers and passengers alike the ability to search for their favorite destination, restaurant, etc.

The 2013 Camry is loaded with safety features, building upon past standard features. This year’s model includes the following safety features: side and curtain airbags as part of a comprehensive 10 airbag standard design, a passive stability control system, traction control and door panel controls that are able to be moved higher. Pillars are now sleeker because past models had thicker designs which clouded the view, getting in the way of driving safely. Other safety features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist and a blind-spot monitoring system to ensure one can keep their eyes safely on the road.

When taking a survey of the Camry’s interior, one really sees the value of this car. Depending on the model one chooses, options include luxurious cloth covered seats with a leather accented shift knob to complete leather seats, console and dashboard. Toyota has really stepped it up and offered its customers a wide variety of options to cater to a wide variety of tastes.

2013 Toyota Camry Interior

When it comes to pricing, the Camry is very competitive and is priced to go toe to toe with the competition. Available in four different trim levels, starting with the L, and moving higher in price with the LE, SE, and XLE models, it ranges anywhere from $22,055 to $22,995 to as much as $24,775. Obviously, price will vary upon one’s own geographic location, negotiations and any potential discounts and/or trade-ins.

As one can see from the review of the 2013 Camry, Toyota is continuing its improvements on the interior greatly, but has not forgotten the exterior with minimal adjustments to its already classic, yet modern exterior. Toyota does have competition from both domestic and foreign car makers that have similar sized and designed cars, but as one can see from their 2013 models, the only thing Toyota has to worry about is subjective aesthetic challenges; when it comes to what is under the hood and within the interior, the competition has nothing to show.