Toyota Social Safety Campaign Aims to Keep Kids Safe

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Despite my desire for a more meaningful Christmas, my family usually goes down to the wire frantically trying to fill shopping carts and stockings. I'm probably not alone with this hectic holiday hullabaloo, but even with all the activity there should be enough time to take part in Toyota's child safety campaign.

Related: How to Transport Your Christmas Tree

Toyota's #BUCKLEUPFORLIFE campaign uses social media to buckle up many children who otherwise would be without child safety seats this holiday season.

By Kristin Varela | December 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Toyota Sienna: Is It New or Just More of the Same?

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Toyota has advertised its Sienna minivan as a "swagger wagon," but the family hauler was short on bravado for many families. For 2015, Toyota has refreshed the Sienna, but is it enough to put a little strut in its step, err, ride?

Related: 2015 Toyota Sienna Price Jumps $1,680 Over 2014 Model

After driving it at a Toyota event in the Los Angeles area, the 2015 Sienna touts enough improvements to keep up with the competition — the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country and even the all-new Kia Sedona — but it's not a class leader.

Toyota says that most of the changes for 2015 are to the Sienna's interior. It now has soft-touch materials on the dash and upper door trim that blow away the hard-plastic wasteland found in past Siennas. Upgrade to the highest Limited trim level to find the new Chestnut Brown premium leather front seats, but even the midlevel SE and LE trims have leather-trimmed front seats and feature a lot less of the dreaded hard plastic and a lot more thoughtful design details.

By Carrie Kim | December 1, 2014 | Comments (5)

2016 Toyota Mirai Video

"Toyota delivers on a mission announced in 2010 to deliver a hydrogen fuel-cell electric sedan by 2015 priced around $50,000. Well, here it is: the all-new Toyota Mirai," Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays said last week as he got up close to the model-year 2016 fuel-cell electric vehicle at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Watch the video to see what Mays found out.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Toyota Mirai Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Looking dead-on at the 2016 Toyota Mirai is like coming face to face with a giant manta ray. The all-new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle — bowing this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show about four years after Toyota originally announced it — bears the visage of a sinister sea creature, thanks in large part to those inverted-triangular grilles underneath the Mirai's narrow-eyed headlights. The rest, as we've previously described, resembles a Toyota Corolla viewed through a funhouse mirror, all swooping lines and bulging rear fenders.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Inside the Mirai is seating for four and a host of safety and tech features, including precollision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, Toyota's Entune multimedia system with three years of Safety Connect and a hydrogen station map app. Also, ownership has its privileges, namely a 24-hour concierge service hotline, roadside assistance and complimentary maintenance.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

Toyota Prius c, Prius v Get Styling and Tech Updates for 2015

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Toyota has unveiled restyled versions of its Prius c subcompact hatchback and Prius v wagon for the 2015 model year. The Prius v hits dealerships in December with a slightly lower starting price of $27,500, including the destination charge. Estimated gas mileage for the cars is unchanged at 53/46/50 mpg city/highway/combined for the Prius c and 44/40/42 mpg for the Prius v.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

The 2015 Prius c has new LED headlights as part of the standard equipment list, but the car’s face is dominated by a new hexagon grille with available piano-black finish. It also gets LED taillights with integrated light pipes. New LED fog lights go on the upscale Four trim level.

By Mike Hanley | November 19, 2014 | Comments (5)

2016 Toyota Mirai: First Look

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Competes with: Honda FCX Clarity fuel-cell, Hyundai Tucson fuel-cell

Looks like: A Toyota Corolla viewed through a fun-house mirror

Drivetrain: 153-horsepower hydrogen fuel-cell electric drivetrain

Hits dealerships: Fall 2015; California only

With the 2016 Mirai, Toyota finalizes a plan officially announced way back in 2010: to have a hydrogen fuel-cell electric sedan in the Toyota lineup by 2015 for a sticker price around $50,000. Mission accomplished. The 2016 Mirai goes on sale in fall 2015 with a $57,000 starting price, not including available state or federal tax incentives. A leasing option of $499 per month for 36 months with $3,649 due at lease signing is also available.

Related: Toyota Previews Production Fuel-Cell Sedan

The fuel-cell-powered Mirai combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity that drives the electric motor, unlike a typical electric car's primary power source, a large battery. The main emission of a fuel-cell vehicle is simply water vapor. Toyota says the Mirai has a range of up to 300 miles on a full tank of hydrogen, and the carbon-fiber tanks can be refueled in about five minutes. As an added bonus, Toyota will cover hydrogen-fuel costs for up to three years as part of an extensive list of ownership perks.

By Joe Bruzek | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Best Resale Values

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Today, automotive forecast company ALG released its annual list of the best resale — or residual — values broken down by segment. The list, now in its 15th year, highlights the model-year 2015 vehicles across 26 segments expected to retain the highest percentage of their retail price after three years. 

Related: 2014 Best Resale Values

This year, Land Rover and Toyota topped the list in the Premium Brand and Mainstream Brand, respectively, with Toyota taking home five segment awards. The Mini Hardtop (Premium Compact Car) and Subaru Outback (Midsize Utility Vehicle – 2-row) are back on the list despite full redesigns, and several cars made the list for the first time, including the Dodge Charger (Full-Size Car), Porsche Macan (Premium Compact Utility Vehicle) and Ford Transit Connect (Midsize Commercial Van). Continue below for the full list of winners broken down by segment.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Survey: Recalls Influence Car Shoppers

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If you're weary of the nonstop recall coverage lately, we don't blame you. It's been an unprecedented year for them. Tallying recalls is a dubious task, given the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's counts a vehicle recall as anything from passenger cars to garbage trucks and motorcycles. But the Detroit Free Press counted 56.1 million auto recalls year to date on Oct. 20 — a figure that thumped NHTSA's prior record of 30.8 million vehicle recalls set in 2004, according to annual totals obtained by Cars.com. And that was two days before NHTSA added another 3.1 million cars to a widespread airbag recall.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

Meanwhile, new-car sales at GM are up 3.9 percent through October. That falls short of the industry's 5.5 percent gain, according to Automotive News, but it's better than you'd expect for an automaker whose 25.6 million recalls top other automakers by a mile. Other recall-heavy automakers have had mixed years: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is up 15.8 percent and Toyota is up 5.8 percent, but Ford and Honda are roughly flat.

Still, a new survey suggests that car shoppers do, in fact, care about recalls — and most of them know about this year's largest ones. How that influences shoppers' decisions, on the other hand, is up for debate.

By Kelsey Mays | November 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

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)

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