Recall Alert: 2009-2010 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Tacoma, 2008-2010 Toyota Highlander, 2006-2008 Toyota RAV4, 2006-2010 Toyota Yaris

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1.3 million Toyota vehicles including model-year 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris

The Problem: Electrical connections to a spiral cable assembly can be damaged when the steering wheel is turned. This could lead to the driver's airbag being deactivated, failing to deploy in a crash. If this damage occurs, an airbag warning light will illuminate in the instrument cluster.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the spiral cable assembly with an upgraded version.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will notify owners by mail, but no date has been given for when the notices will be sent. Concerned owners can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By David Thomas | April 9, 2014 | Comments (7)

Toyota Recalls 1.8 Million Vehicles in U.S.

Update: Links to both U.S.-related recalls are listed below.

Original Post: Toyota is recalling 1.8 million cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. and 6.39 million globally over two separate issues.

The larger recall includes popular models like the Toyota Corolla, Highlander and RAV4 over a cable assembly that connects to the driver's airbag. If it fails the airbag might not deploy. This recall also involves the Pontiac Vibe, built alongside the Toyota Matrix, but is unrelated to GM's recent ignition switch recall.

A separate recall involves the Toyota Yaris and Scion xD and could lead to a driver's seat not staying in place during an accident.

You can read more about the recalls at USA Today and get full details on the U.S. models recalled at the links below.

Recall Alert: 2009-2010 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Tacoma, 2008-2010 Toyota Highlander, 2006-2008 Toyota RAV4, 2006-2010 Toyota Yaris

Recall Alert: 2006-2010 Toyota Yaris, 2008-2010 Scion xD

By David Thomas | April 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota RAV4: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Toyota RAV4, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Plenty of small families flock to the compact crossover class for a comfortable, capable vehicle to safely haul the kids and all their gear. The redesigned-for-2013 Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular crossovers in the compact segment. Easy-to-access Latch anchors and a wide, flat seat meant this crossover handled two child-safety seats without a problem.

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The RAV4 only seats five passengers this year, however. The optional third row was dropped for 2013.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | March 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma, 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 260,000 2012 Toyota RAV4 SUVs, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks and 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350 SUVs.

The Problem: An electronic circuit condition can cause vehicle stability control, antilock brakes and traction control to turn off intermittently. Basic braking would still function but not the added safety systems in these conditions. There are no reports of accidents or injuries due to the malfunction.

The Fix: The cars will receive a software update at the dealer.

What Should Owners Do: A time frame for the recall has not been released yet, but Toyota will contact all owners by mail. Concerned owners can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331, Lexus at 800-255-3987, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Additional reporting by Kelsey Mays.

 

By David Thomas | February 12, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Toyota RAV4 Cargo Capacity Breakdown

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The Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market. Toyota sold more than 200,000 in 2013 after a major redesign that saw the end of the swing-out tailgate with its spare mounted tire, but what about all the cargo room it had?

By David Thomas | January 7, 2014 | Comments (2)

Does Passenger Volume Measure Trunk Space?

"Does passenger capacity include the trunk area when the seats are folded?"

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By Rick Popely | November 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan returns to the top of the heap for its third week in a row, landing at No. 1 on our list of most-read reviews. The only other movement of note on this week’s list came courtesy of debuts from the 2013 Volkswagen Passat sedan and 2013 Fiat 500e electric car. They could only muster Nos. 8 and 10, respectively, but rest assured, the Passat did so without offending anyone with its tastefully un-showy style and the 500e with zero emissions. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
2. 2014 Subaru Forester

3. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
4. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4

6. 2014 Mazda3

7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

8. 2013 Volkswagen Passat

9. 2013 BMW 328i

10. 2013 Fiat 500e
By Matt Schmitz | October 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Toyota RAV4 Video

With the redesigned-for-2013 Toyota RAV4, what the automaker giveth doesn't quite make up for what it taketh away. On the plus side, the compact crossover has improved ride quality, fuel economy and ease of cargo loading. But Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger couldn't muster much more than "meh" in the face of subtractions like optional real-leather upholstery for cheesy-looking faux leather, a peppy V-6 for an adequate (read: boring) four-cylinder and a useful, if unpopular, third row. Watch the video and consider whether you'd still opt for the passable RAV4 over likable competitors.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014MercedesBenzCLAClass

After making No. 1 its "entry level" on our list of most-read reviews last week, Mercedes-Benz's new entry-level luxury sedan, the 2014 CLA-Class, returns to the top spot this week. The CLA-Class' encore is followed by two 2014 debuts in the Mazda3 compact car and Kia Soul hatchback, bowing at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Meanwhile, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover rejoins the list at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2. 2014 Mazda3
3. 2014 Kia Soul
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
6. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
7. 2013 Toyota RAV4
8. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

9. 2013 BMW 328i
10. 2014 Nissan Versa Note

Editor's note: This post was updated on Oct. 14 with the correct photo of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

By Matt Schmitz | October 13, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

It's another truck-tastic week on our list of most-watched videos. Last week's No. 4 — in which PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams gets the scoop on the Ford's 2015 Power Stroke engine from technical specialist David Ives at the 2013 State Fair of Texas — motors into first place. Meanwhile, the week's only non-truck offering, our 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited all-wheel-drive exhaust-note video, makes itself heard at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power
2. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
3. First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
4. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD Exhaust Note
By Matt Schmitz | October 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

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