Has Toyota's Styling Gone Too Far?

Toyota Mirai Styling

Hey Toyota, I'm very happy for you and Imma let you finish, but we need to talk about where the styling is going on some of your mainstream models. Perhaps it all started with the updated Camry, with its unfinished-looking grille, and we became slightly concerned. Maybe it was just a one time thing.

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Then the refreshed Prius c and Prius v showed up late last year, and we wondered about the Prius v's new nose job ... to say it was aesthetically challenging might be a little kind. But then, right around the Los Angeles Auto Show, we saw what had happened: The hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai was unveiled, and we realized that somehow this abomination had either infected the rest of the lineup with seriously unpleasant sheet-metal angles or it was the culmination of all those other designs.

By Aaron Bragman | March 2, 2015 | Comments (16)

2016 Toyota Avalon Video

Toyota updated its full-size sedan for 2016. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2016 Toyota Avalon got a grille that brings it in line with the updated Camry in terms of styling. Minor interior changes inside round out the car's light refresh this year.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

How New Is the New 2016 Toyota Avalon?

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Toyota shoppers looking for something a bit bigger and more upscale than the Camry have the Avalon sedan as their premium midsize sedan option, and for 2016 the brand has updated its flagship with some mild changes to keep buyers happy ... very mild changes you can read about here.

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Hopefully those buyers were already happy with the look of the Avalon, as the changes basically amount to flipping the front grille upside-down and adding some new headlights — and that's it. You'll be hard-pressed to visually identify anything else that's changed about the new Avalon, as most of the rest of the changes are limited to trim package combinations and a new base model interior color.

By Aaron Bragman | February 13, 2015 | Comments (4)

2016 Toyota Avalon: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Taurus, Kia Cadenza, Hyundai Azera, Chevrolet Impala

Looks like: Toyota turned the grille from a smile to a frown

Drivetrain: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 or 156-hp, 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder hybrid, six-speed automatic transmission or two-speed CVT (hybrid), front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2015

Toyota wowed crowds when it unveiled the last version of its Avalon large sedan at the New York International Auto Show in 2012, turning the big sedan from something frumpy and boring into a classy, emotionally styled cruiser. It's time for an update, so Toyota is trotting out the refreshed 2016 Avalon at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, giving the car a very, very mild makeover inside and out — good thing the current model already looks appealing.

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By Aaron Bragman | February 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

Toyota Camry and Corolla Special Editions, 2016 Avalon to Debut at Chicago Auto Show

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Along with a refreshed Avalon (above), Toyota will trot out two special edition models at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show next week: the midsize Camry and compact Corolla sedans. The 2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition and 2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition pair a unique feature package with aesthetic upgrades both inside and out; both models will have a limited production run.

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By Joe Bruzek | February 5, 2015 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Toyota Avalon

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 52,000 model-year 2011-12 Toyota Avalon sedans

The Problem: Toyota is reporting that if items in the trunk come into contact with one of the audio system's subwoofer wires, it could be dislocated and a short circuit might occur. This increases the risk of a fire. The automaker is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this recall.

The Fix: Toyota has not announced details of the fix but has said that in the interim, dealers will disconnect the rear subwoofer.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or visit www.toyota.com/recall for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid and Avalon, Avalon Hybrid

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,650 model-year 2014 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Avalon Hybrid sedans

The Problem: Toyota is reporting that the left front suspension lower arm may have an improperly manufactured bolt hole which could affect bolt clamping force. In the event of severe impact to the area, which could be caused by driving on rough pavement, the lower arm could separate from the ball joint, causing a loss of steering control. The automaker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this recall.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the left front lower suspension arm for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota is currently notifying owners via mail. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Sienna, Highlander and 2015 Lexus RX 350

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Vehicles Affected: About 20,000 model-year 2014 Toyota Avalon and Camry sedans, Sienna minivans and Highlander SUVs, and model-year 2015 Lexus RX 350 luxury crossovers

The Problem: Fuel may leak from one of the fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment; in the presence of an ignition source, this increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners Monday, and dealers will replace any of the suspect fuel delivery pipes for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

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"The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a modern automotive interpretation of the La-Z-Boy: smooth, comfortable and easy to drive or ride in as a passenger, if lacking in quickness or sporty style," says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Check out Varela's review for more.

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Cars.com photo by Kristin Varela

By Matt Schmitz | October 15, 2014 | Comments (3)

What's the Most Worry-Free Car You Can Buy?

What's the Most Worry-Free Car You Can Buy?

Car shoppers have a lot to sort through when looking for a new car. Is it big enough for the family? Does it have good fuel economy? Often, one of their biggest concerns is how much a car will cost to repair over time. We take a stab at translating a lot of information to give shoppers more peace of mind. That's why we came up with the Worry-Free Index.

By Kelsey Mays | September 29, 2014 | Comments (18)

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