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COMPARING TUNDRA DOUBLE CAB VS FORD F-150 SUPER CAB

Thursday, April 29th, 2010
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Consumers cross-shopping the Tundra Double Cab against the Ford F-150 SuperCab will see two immediate advantages for the Toyota: size and power.

The Tundra’s cab is obviously a little bigger and inviting. A quick check under the hood reveals Tundra’s more impressive V8 engine lineup and the availability of a V6.

Here’s a closer look at the cab and additional convenience features:

  • Tundra has four forward-opening doors, Ford has just two with rear doors opening rearward (aka “suicide style”)
  • Tundra rear doors can open independent of front with the outside handles; F-150 front doors must be open before rear doors can be opened with their inside handles
  • Tundra has more legroom both front (42.5 in. vs. 41.4 in) and rear (34.7 in vs. 33.4 in.)
  • Tundra rear seat has the back angled at a comfortable 22 degrees
  • Some of Ford’s top-of-the-line packages are not available in SuperCab, like King Ranch, Platinum and Harley Davidson. All of Toyota’s trim levels and special packages are available in Double Cab, except Platinum.
  • Tundra offers entry-level navigation system on base trim level; Ford-150 owners have to order FX4 or Lariat trim level to get navigation
  • Even though Tundra Double Cab has a longer wheelbase than Ford SuperCab, the Toyota truck has a much tighter turning circle (44 feet vs. 47 feet)

Here’s a closer look at how Tundra’s engine lineup is more diverse and powerful: tundra pic

Additional advantages include:

  • Toyota engines are modern aluminum block/cylinder head construction while Fords still use heavy cast-iron blocks
  • Toyota engines are the more efficient DOHC, 4-valve-per-cylinder design while Ford engines are SOHC with 2- or 3-valve per cylinder

Closing thought: Ford may boast a slightly higher towing capacity for some of its models, but which engine would you rather have towing a full load up a mountain grade? Thirty-one horsepower and 36 lb-ft of torque can make a big difference up steep grades.

2010 CAMRY EARNS MOTOR TREND BEST BUY FOR 13TH TIME

Monday, April 26th, 2010
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Motor Trend recently gathered the Seven Top-Selling Mid-Size Sedans to determine which sedan deserves to be a best-seller by best delivering the space, utility, comfort, and quiet that today’s families expect.seven-sedan-comparison-group-front
The tight distinct group of solid-citizen sedans includes the new Subaru Legacy, the Chevy Malibu, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry. The Toyota Camry is a 12 -Time Best Seller over the past 20 years. Yet recalls, and mountains of both disturbing media and government attention have made the top-sales spot wide open to one of the Camry’s competitors in this white-hot segment.
 
With all the Competition from these other sedans and the recent Media pounding, Can the Toyota Camry be a competitor at this time?…
 
ANNOUNCING FIRST PLACE WINNER: TOYOTA CAMRY!!!  Here’s the Motor Trend Assessment…
 
Everybody wants to hate this car but they can’t… Everybody knows it’s an automotive appliance and appliances are not fun. They perform specific tasks without making the blood boil or the endorphins rush. Besides, we come to bury Camry not to praise him — er, it… which should be easy, considering it finished third the last time out, right? Well, not exactly… The 2010 Camry gets a powertrain upgrade to 2.5 liters and six transmission ratios, elevating output to 169 horsepower and 167 pound-feet (179 and 171 for SE models) and EPA fuel economy to 22/33 from 21/31 mpg. Other spiffs include a freshened grille and bumpers plus standard Bluetooth connectivity and stability control.

TOP 50 THINGS THAT KEEP TOYOTA ON TOP!!!

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
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*Fewer Recalls For 20 Years Than Any Brand*80% All Toyotas Still On The Road Today!
*Camry is Motor Trend's Top Mid-Size Car Again For 2010*Toyotas Typically Have The Shortest Stopping Distance
*Toyota Listed 5 Of Top 8 Best Value Rankings 2010*Camry Has A Shorter Stopping Distance From 70 MPH Over Accord And Others
*Toyota Listed 11 Of Top 31 Vehicle Segments Best Value Rankings 2010*Camry Has A 60/40 Folding Rear Seat & Trunk Pass Through
*Avalon Is The Best Full Size Car Value By Intellichoice*Toyotas Typically Have Better Maneuverability In Tight Situations
*Sequoia,Highlander,FJ All Top Value SUVS*Toyota Models Have No Maintenance Engine Timing Chains
*Tacoma Is Best Value Mid-size Truck*Toyota Engines Operate At Low Temps And RPMs For Longevity
*Sienna Is Best Van On The Market*Toyota Body Fit Tolerences Are Precise And Consistent
*Toyota Owners Most Satisfied And Repeat Buyers Of All*Toyota Models Have Excellent Body Aerodynamics
*Exclusive Driver Knee Airbag On Camry And Others*Toyotas Are Built Of Rust-Resistant Excelite II Steel
*Standard Daylight Running Lights*Toyota Bodies Are Dipped In Rust-Resistant Phosphate Baths
*Tilt-Telescopic Steering Wheel Std Most Models*Toyotas Have 4 Coats Of Paints
*Heat And Noise Reducing Glass On Most Models*Toyotas Have Anti-Chip Paint On Chip-Prong Areas!
*Unibody Construction For Strength, Safety On Cars*Toyota Body Structures Are Tight & Have Over 4000 Spot Welds!
*Body-On-Frame Construction On Trucks For Load Capacity, Towing*Toyotas Use Fluid Filled Motor Mounts That Eliminate Vibration
*Toyota Models Have Low Coefficient Of Drag For Greater Efficiency*Toyota Teflon Coats All Fastening Points, Everything Is 100 Times Tighter
*Exclusive Star Safety System Std On Toyota Models*Toyota Torque & Horsepower Are At The Top In Each Model Class!
*Multiplex Wiring, Allows Single Function, High Reliability*Toyota Uses Multistage Airbags That Gauge Seat Position & Impact!
*Tire Pressure Monitor System On Most Toyota Models*Toyotas Have A Protective Safety Cage Construction Much Like Race Cars
*Toyota Yaris Is One Of The Most Reliable Cars On The Road!*Side Impact Airbags Are Standard On All Toyota Vehicles!
*All Toyota Vehicles,Trucks Have High Reliabilities!*Toyota VVT Engines Have Teflon Coated Pistons For Long Life!
*Toyota has Accident Deflecting Frames Called Tailored Blanks!*Toyotas Have Dual Balance Engine Shafts, Eliminates Engine Vibration!
*Toyotas Are The Most Reliable Used Vehicles Reported By Consumer Reports*Toyotas Have Sound Deadening Asphalt Sheeting Around The Cabin
*Camry Awarded Best Car Over 20 Times By Consumer Digest!*Camry Has Power Seat & Keyless Entry As Standard Equipment!
*Camry Is The Quitest Car In It's Class!*Corolla Is The Most Reliable Name Plate Historically Over 35 Years

Rasmussen Poll Confirms Loyalty Among Toyota Customers

Monday, April 19th, 2010
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A new national telephone survey by the Rasmussen polling firm found that “64 percent of Americans who currently own a Toyota say they are at least somewhat likely to buy their next car from the troubled automaker, including 40 percent who say they are very likely to do so.” love toyota By comparison, 57 percent of current GM owners surveyed said they are at least somewhat likely to buy their next car from GM, with 32 percent saying they are very likely to do so.
 
Separately, the poll also found that “69 percent of Toyota owners have a favorable opinion of the automaker, with 39 percent Very Favorable.”

U.S. House Committee Has May 6 Hearing To Further Examine Toyota And Unintended Acceleration

Monday, April 19th, 2010
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has scheduled a May 6 hearing “to further examine Toyota’s inquiry into potential electronic causes of sudden unintended acceleration.”  

In preparation for the hearing, Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, D-Mich., sent letters Friday to Jim Lentz, president/COO of Toyota Motor Sales, and Paul Johnson, president/CEO of Exponent, Inc., seeking additional information about Exponent’s work for Toyota.

Toyota retained Exponent, a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm, in December 2009 to help the company evaluate reports of unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles equipped with electronic throttle control systems. Exponent’s preliminary work showed no problems with the throttles.

Lentz testified before the same subcommittee Feb. 23. Other Toyota executives testified before a different House panel Feb. 24 and a Senate committee March 2.

Toyota said in a statement Friday it was “more than willing to meet with the committee and discuss the ongoing testing related to our electronic throttle control system, as well as the steps we are taking to improve our quality assurance processes. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and reliability of the vehicles our customers drive.”

TOYOTA WHEEL AND TIRE CHART,WHEEL SIZE,TYPE,TIRE SIZE CHART

Sunday, April 18th, 2010
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WHEEL TYPE, WHEEL SIZE, TIRE SIZE

AVALONALLOY17"X7.0"P215/55R17,FULL SPARE
CAMRYLE/HYBRIDSTEEL16"x6.5"P215/60R16,TEMPORARY
CAMRY XLEALLOY16"X6.5"P215/60R16,TEMPORARY
CAMRYSEALLOY17"X7.0"P215/55R17,TEMPORARY
COROLLA,LESTEEL15"X6.0"P195/65R15,TEMPORARY
COROLLA XLEALLOY16"X6.5"P205/55R16,TEMPORARY
COROLLA SALLOY16"X6.5"P205/55R16,TEMPORARY
COROLLA XRSALLOY17"X7.0"P215/45R17.TEMPORARY
MATRIXSTEEL16"X6.5"P205/55R16,TEMPORARY
MATRIX SSTEEL16"X6.5"P205/55R16,TEMPORARY
MATRIX XRSALLOY18"X7.0"P215/45R18,TEMPORARY
PRIUS
PRIUS V
ALLOY
ALLOY
15"X6.0"
17"X7.0"
P195/65R15,TEMPORARY
P215/45R17,TEMPORARY
VENZA 2.7ALLOY19"P245/55R19.TEMPORARY
VENZA 3.5ALLOY20"P245/50R20,TEMPORARY
YARISSTEEL14"X5.0"P175/65R14,TEMPORARY
4RUNNER SR5ALLOY17"X7.0"P265/70R17,FULL SPARE
4RUNNER TRAIL EDITIONALLOY17"X7.5"P265/70R17,FULL SPARE
4RUNNER LIMITEDALLOY20"X7.5"P245/60R20,FULL SPARE
FJ CRUISER 4X2STEEL17"X7.5"P265/70R17,FULL SPARE
FJ CRUISER 4X4STEEL17"X7.5"P265/70R17,FULL SPARE
HIGHLANDERALLOY17"X7.5"P245/65R17,FULL SPARE
HIGHLANDER SPORT,LTDALLOY19"X7.5"P245/55R19,FULL SPARE
LANDCRUISERALLOY18"X8.0"P285/60R18,FULL SPARE
RAV4STEEL16"X6.5"P215/70R16,FULL SPARE
RAV4 SPORTALLOY18"X7.5"P235/55R18,FULL SPARE
RAV4 LIMITEDALLOY17"X7.0"P225/65R17,FULL SPARE
RAV4 V6ALLOY17"X7.0"P225/65R17,FULL SPARE
RAV4 V6 SPORTALLOY18"X7.5"P235/55R18,FULL SPARE
RAV4 V6 LTDALLOY17"X7.0"P225/65R17,FULL SPARE
SEQUOIA SR5ALLOY18"X8.0"P275/65R18,FULL SPARE
SEQUOIA LTDALLOY20"X8.0"P275/55R20,FULL SPARE
SEQUOIA PLAT.ALLOY20"X8.0"P275/55R20,FULL SPARE
SIENNA CE,LESTEEL16"X6.5"P215/65R16,TEMPORARY
SIENNA XLEALLOY16"X6.5"P215/65R16,TEMPORARY
SIENNA LMT,AWDALLOY17"X6.5"P225/60R17,TEMPORARY
TACOMA 4X2STEEL15"X6.0"P215/70R15,FULL SPARE
TACOMA P'RUNNER,4X4STEEL16"X7.0"P245/75R16,FULL SPARE
TUNDRA,REG/DBL/CREWSTEEL18"X8.0"P255/70R18,FULL SPARE
TUNDRA,LMT/DBL/CREWALLOY18"X8.0"P275/65R18,FULL SPARE

TOYOTA CONSUMERS VOTE WITH THEIR WALLETS

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
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An excerpt from an article this weekend featured an interview about the current Toyota recalls with a Toyota owner and dealership customer. “They’re the best cars ever invented,” the customer noted in the article. “Don’t be fooled by all the bad news.” Many Dealership owners have reported positive supportive comments from many customers while they were in the dealership having the recall repairs completed.  “They all have said, “Thanks for getting it handled and moving on.” …and in March, Buyers Voted With Their Wallets! money out of wallet

Commenting that some media coverage perhaps hasn’t presented the full range of information related to the recalls, one dealer owner pointed out, “None of this makes the front pages.” Describing Toyota, he added, “They want to be careful.  They aren’t trying to hide something. All they are doing is looking for the right answers.”

Brand loyalty of Toyota customers and Toyota’s commitment to taking care of business is helping to turn things around following the negative publicity generated by the recalls. “We have a lot of repeat customers,” say Dealership Owners.There are many ways Toyota Dealers are keeping customer loyalty intact, from setting up a Web page dedicated to the recalls to spending a lot of time in the waiting room, speaking with customers and answering their questions one-on-one. 

All of these genuine efforts are paying off. In March, Toyota reported a whopping 72 percent jump in sales over the prior month and a 35 percent hike over the same period last year. About 60 percent of March sales were to Toyota owners, and the remaining 40 percent were conquest sales to owners of rival brands.

While buyers were obviously reacting to Toyota’s special offers, they were also showing their confidence in the Safety and Quality of Toyota Vehicles. No incentive would persuade someone to buy a vehicle they thought was unsafe.

Toyota was the top-selling retail brand for the month, and also the top-selling manufacturer, beating Ford and General Motors by nearly 40,000 retail sales. If anyone wonders whether Toyota will recover from the recent negative publicity, take a look at the March sales results; Consumers Voted With Their Wallets!

TOYOTA GAS TANK CAPACITIES AND MPG RATINGS

Sunday, April 11th, 2010
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VEHICLE , TANK(GAL) , MPG. EST.CITY/HWY.COMBINED

AVALON18.5 GAL19/28/23
CAMRY(4)18.5 GAL22/32/26
CAMRY(6)18.5 GAL19/28/23
CAMRY(HYB)17.2 GAL33/34/34
CAMRY(MT)18.2 GAL22/33/26
COROLLA13.2 GAL26/34/29
COROLLA(MT)13.2 GAL26/35/30
MATRIX13.2 GAL25/31/28
MATRIX(MT)13.2 GAL26/32/28
MATRIX2.413.2 GAL21/29/24
MATRIX2.4(MT)13.2 GAL21/28/24
MATRIX2.4(AWD)13.2 GAL20/26/22
PRIUS11.9 GAL51/48/50
VENZA17.7 GAL21/29/24
VENZA(AWD)17.7 GAL20/28/23
VENZA3.517.7 GAL21/29/24
VENZA3.5(AWD)17.7 GAL18/25/21
YARIS11.1 GAL29/35/31
YARIS(MT)11.1 GAL29/36/32
4RUNNER24.0 GAL17/23/19
4RUNNER2.724.0 GAL18/23/20
4RUNNER(4WD)24.0 GAL17/22/19
FJ CRUISER19.0 GAL17/22/19
FJ CRUISER(4WD)19.0 GAL17/21/18
FJ CRUISER(4WD,MT)19.0 GAL15/19/17
HIGHLANDER2.719.2 GAL20/27/22
HIGHLANDER3.519.2 GAL18/24/20
HIGHLANDE(4WD)19.2 GAL17/23/19
HIGHLANDER(HYB)19.2 GAL27/25/26
LANDCRUISER25.4 GAL13/18/15
RAV4 2.515.9 GAL22/28/24
RAV4 2.5(4WD)15.9 GAL21/27/24
RAV4 3.515.9 GAL19/27/22
RAV4 3.5(4WD)15.9 GAL19/26/21
SEQUOIA26.4 GAL14/19/15
SEQUOIA(4WD)26.4 GAL13/18/14
SEQUOIA(PLAT)26.4 GAL09/12/10
SIENNA20.0 GAL17/23/10
SIENNA(AWD)20.0 GAL16/21/18
TACOMAREG.21.0 GAL19/25/21
TACOMA(MT,REG)21.0 GAL20/26/22
TACOMA(4WD,REG)21.0 GAL17/22/19
TAC.ACCESS21.0 GAL19/25/21
TAC.ACCESS(MT)21.0 GAL20/26/22
TAC.ACCESS(4WD)21.0 GAL17/22/19
TAC.X-RUNNER21.0 GAL15/18/16
TAC.ACCESS3.521.0 GAL17/21/18
TAC.ACCESS3.5(4WD)21.0 GAL16/20/18
TAC.ACCESS3.5(MT)21.0 GAL15/18/16
TAC.ACCESS3.5,MT4WD21.0 GAL14/18/15
TUNDRA4.026.4 GAL15/19/16
TUNDRA4.0DBLCB26.4 GAL15/19/16
TUNDRA4.6REG.26.4 GAL15/20/17
TUNDRA4.6DBLCB26.4 GAL15/20/17
TUNDRA4.6CREW26.4 GAL15/20/17
TUNDRA4.6REG.4WD26.4 GAL14/19/16
TUNDRA4.6DBLCB.4WD26.4 GAL14/19/16
TUNDRA4.6CREW.4WD26.4 GAL14/19/16
TUNDRA5.7REG.26.4 GAL14/18/16
TUNDRA5.7DBLCB26.4 GAL14/18/16
TUNDRA5.7CREW26.4 GAL14/18/16
TUNDRA5.7REG.4WD26.4 GAL13/17/14
TUNDRA5.7DBLCB.4WD26.4 GAL13/17/14
TUNDRA5.7CREW4WD26.4 GAL13/17/14

FEWER SEQUOIA, TUNDRA, AND 4RUNNER MODELS COULD BE AROUND THE CORNER

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
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A little publizied act occurred this week that went largely unnoticed and could affect the future availability of Sequoia, Tundra and even 4 Runner . sequoia grillePresident Obama has forced the big three US carmakers, and their unions, to accept tough mileage rules for cars and SUVs. The rules will cut emissions from vehicles by more than a third over the next four years.

Whether the new rules end America’s love affair with huge cars like Sequoia remains to be seen. But they are being introduced at a time when SUV sales are at a fraction of their peak level five years ago. Their demise coincides with the country’s first mass-produced “plug-in” electric car, which finally rolled off a Michigan production line this week.

From 2016, new cars and SUVs will have to deliver an average of 35.5 miles per gallon, comparable for the first time with European and Japanese requirements.

SUV mileage under the new regime is expected to average 28.8mpg, or nearly three times that of the Hummer H1 that Arnold Schwarzenegger once drove into Times Square in New York to begin the vehicle’s transition from armoured personnel carrier into celebrity runabout.

The new rules end a notorious loophole in US law by which SUVs were exempt from emissions standards that applied to cars. This made them so much more profitable that at the peak of the sport utility boom, a single Ford plant was generating up to $15 million a day in pre-tax profits.

The rules were welcomed yesterday by the industry and environmentalists. Of course, The US Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, had little choice but to accept the standards after the $25 billion bailout of Chrysler and General Motors.

The Big Three producers will have to spend about $52 billion to upgrade engines, power trains and air-conditioning systems to meet the requirements. The average cost of a new car or SUV is expected to rise by $1,000 as a result, meaning that the future of American motoring depends on consumers’ willingness to pay a modest premium for old-fashioned cars — or a larger one for something very different. Higher prices and an uncertain economy under our present government will most likely cause manufacturers including Toyota to be very cautious with inventory levels on the large vehicles like Sequoia, Tundra and 4Runner.

US motorists have shown repeatedly that their affection for big cars rebounds as gas prices fall, but the new regulations reflect a long-term trend. On average, Ford sold 412,000 Explorer SUVs each year from 1995 to 2003. By 2008 sales had slumped to 78,000. GM has sold the Hummer brand to a Chinese rival and SUV sales fell overall by 52 per cent last year alone.

The new standards are based on a 2007 Supreme Court Ruling that reclassified carbon dioxide as a pollutant. They will be enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency, whether Congress approves or not.