The past few years have seen some exciting changes for the Japanese giant—as of fall 2016, Toyota was the ninth-largest company in the world based on revenue.
The Toyota lineup contains a few new additions—including Scion’s remnants—as well as models that are household names the world over. But if the newly redesigned Camry is any indication, Toyota isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo.
Toyota 4Runner - $34,210+
17/21-22 mpg - 4.0/10
In a world teeming with crossovers, the Toyota 4Runner is one of the last remaining SUVs to actually share most of its DNA with a pickup truck. In other words, it’s a great choice for off-roaders or drivers who need 5,000 lbs. of towing capacity. For those who’ve gotten used to the luxurious interiors and smooth handling of smaller, car-inspired crossovers, the 4Runner may easily fall short of expectations.
Toyota 86 - $26,255+
28 mpg – 9.2/10.0
Once known as the Scion FR-S, the newly christened Toyota 86 is now the only thing keeping the brand’s commitment to the sports car alive in a market crowded with crossovers. With a 205-hp 2.0-liter flat-four engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission that’s a pleasure to shift, the 86 is a powerful vehicle. The six-speed automatic takes the horsepower down to 200, but few will even notice. Driving enthusiasts beware—this is an addictive ride that’s bound to turn heads.
Toyota Avalon - $33,500+
30 mpg – 8.9/10.0
The Avalon boasts a sculpted, classy look and a swanky and contemporary interior; drivers may also be surprised at its agility, when compared to the competition. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 286 hp and a six-speed automatic that drives quite smoothly. The hybrid version is the only full-size sedan hybrid on the market—it’s also efficient. Not much beats either the Avalon or its hybrid sibling when it comes to cruising in comfort.
Toyota Camry - $23,495+
41 mpg – 9.7/10.0
The recently redesigned 2018 Camry offers an exciting new take on an tried, tested, and true car. With its slick styling and tighter, more reactive chassis, the Camry is poised to turn a few heads. Its inline-four engine offers 203 hp—or 206 in the XSE. There’s also a V6 option which fetches 301 hp. All engines are married to an eight-speed automatic transmission that does pretty well where fuel economy is concerned. The hybrid version fetches a whopping 52 mpg combined city and highway. A number of impressive safety features come standard. Though the Camry is pricier than it once was, it also has more to offer.
Toyota C-HR - $22,500+
31 mpg – 5.8/10.0
Toyota’s experimental “Coupe High-Rider” is too low to be a crossover and too high to be a coupe—it also has four doors, but who’s counting? Its 144-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four engine comes standard with CVT and front-wheel drive—all-wheel drive isn’t available. The vehicle features extensive safety technology, including adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, steering assist, lane-departure warning, and automatic emergency brakes.
Toyota Corolla - $18,500+
36 mpg – 6.2/10.0
The Corolla has long offered exceptional quality for the price, and the latest model doesn’t disappoint on that front. Though there’s not much to excite, here, the Corolla has plenty of features. Its 132-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine comes with front-wheel drive and a CVT or six-speed manual transmission. Inside, a sizeable touchscreen system that connects to Bluetooth comes standard—upgrade to a larger screen and you’ll get navigation, too. Modern technology, including automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and a lane-keeping assistant make this car a sensible choice.
Toyota Corolla iM - $18,750+
35 mpg – 5.9/10.0
With the demise of Scion, Toyota stepped up to transform the iM into the Corolla iM. This hatchback has plenty of attitude in its styling. With that said, the 137-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine powering the front wheels through a CVT or six-speed manual doesn’t quite live up to the car’s sporty look—if you’re in it for the driving experience, you might be disappointed. It does, however, offer a spacious interior and smooth ride.
Toyota Highlander - $30,630+
27 mpg – 6.1/10.0
The sensible, low-key Toyota Highlander boasts a silent ride and a spacious interior that can comfortably seat eight. Under the hood, a 185-hp, 2.7-liter inline-four engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic with 295 hp is optional, as is all-wheel drive for V6 models. Though the driving experience is far from exceptional, the Highlander’s creature comforts might be a draw for some.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid - $36,270+
28 mpg – 3.2/10.0
Like its sibling the Toyota Highlander, the Highlander Hybrid is an inconspicuous SUV with a luxury interior. The hybrid marries a V6 with a 167-hp motor and generator combination which powers the front wheels. The rear axle is powered by a second, 68-hp electric motor. Much like the Highlander, it’s not the most exciting vehicle to drive, and most will find shelling out the extra thousands for the hybrid pointless given the relatively small difference in fuel economy.
Toyota Land Cruiser - $84,775+
18 mpg – 4.6/10.0
A legend the world over, the Land Cruiser is one of the most reputable SUVs around. Its body-on-frame design and four-wheel drive make it a powerful ride both on and off-road. Adding to its capability is a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 hp and an eight-speed automatic transmission. With its swanky interior—including three rows of leather seats and total seating for eight—the Land Cruiser is the great machine.
Toyota Mirai - $57,500+
67 mpg – 6.3/10.0
The Toyota Mirai takes its name from the Japanese word for future. Running solely on hydrogen and emitting only water, the Mirai does seem like something out of the future. With a total range of just over 300 miles, the Mirai was designed with drivers in mind. It takes about five minutes to refuel, and fuel for the first three years of ownership is actually included in the price tag.
Toyota Prius - $23,475+
50 mpg – 8.1/10.0
With its stylish exterior and combined spaciousness and fuel efficiency, the Prius makes for an attractive vehicle. While it has an excellent EPA fuel rating—the Eco model also gets a slightly higher EPA fuel rating—it’s far from being the world’s most exciting car to drive. The brakes, for instance, feel slightly sub-par. For a hybrid, it’s got plenty of space—66 cu. ft. for cargo, to be exact. Like most of Toyota’s product line, it comes with a touchscreen infotainment system.
Toyota Prius Prime - $27,100+
133 mpg – 7.9/10.0
This plug-in hybrid model is the Prius’ slightly sexier cousin. Along with its electric motor and four-cylinder gas engine, this Prius features a larger battery than the standard Prius, meaning it can drive for up to 25 miles using only electricity. With its high mpg rating, it’s well ahead of the Chevrolet Volt. Inside, a 11.6-inch touchscreen and combined information/entertainment system comes standard. Most drivers will enjoy the handling of this Prius, which is smooth on curves and has some of the best steering around, regardless of its hybrid status.
Toyota Prius v - $23,675+
39 mpg -
When Toyota says the Prius v is “in a class all its own,” they really mean it: no one really knows which class this big-and-tall version of the eco-friendly Prius actually belongs to. Neither a conventional station wagon nor a crossover, it feels spacious, but it’s still small enough for city driving. It comes with an automatic transmission and an 1.8-liter inline four; the power source alternatives between the engine and two AC generators powered by a nickel-metal-hydride battery. For buyers who want high fuel efficiency and a spacious interior, the Prius v is a good choice.
Toyota RAV4 - $24,410+
30 mpg – 7.0/10.0
With its sharp styling and slanting headlamps, the RAV4 has an assertive, even overconfident look. But appearances can be deceiving, and all things considered, this is a comfortable and highly practical compact crossover. Its 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine comes with 176 hp; pair it with the standard, six-speed automatic with either all- or front-wheel drive. The RAV4 is also available in a hybrid version, which gets about 31 mpg. Inside, you’ll find a 6.1-inch infotainment screen that comes standard on all LE, SE, and XLE trims.
Toyota Sequoia - $48,300+
17 mpg – 3.8/10.0
Toyota Sequoia is an SUV frozen in time. Though it offers a relatively spacious interior and interesting cargo options, those are about the only pros to this cantankerous large-size SUV. The 5.7-liter V8 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission; buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive (standard) and four-wheel drive (optional). The Sequoia’s infotainment system is adequate when it comes to navigation and connectivity. All things considered, this model is due for an overhaul.
Toyota Sienna - $29,750+
27 mpg – 10.0/10.0
With its roomy interior, comfortable seating, and safe, smooth ride, the Sienna is an attractive family vehicle. It comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that gets 296 hp; the eight-speed automatic transmission can be front-wheel or four-wheel drive. Special features include an intercom that makes it easier for the driver to hear those in the back row, as well as a Blu-Ray entertainment screen that keeps kids quiet on long drives.
Toyota Tacoma - $24,575+
24 mpg – 5.9/10.0
With its rugged exterior styling and off-roading options, the Tacoma almost makes up for its snug interior and lackluster fuel economy. Toyota’s mid-size pickup offering comes standard with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 180 lb-ft of torque. The upgrade is a 3.5-liter V6 with 265 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are available with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota Tundra - $31,120+
19 mpg - 5.1/10.0
In spite of its brawny styling and luxe interior, the Tundra lacks an edge on the competition. It comes in a variety of bed lengths and body styles, as well as four- or rear-wheel drive. Buyers have the choice between the standard, 310-hp 4.6-liter V8 powertrain engine or an upgrade to a 381-hp 5.7-liter V8; both are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Tundra has a tow ranking of 10,500 lbs. and a 2,060-lb maximum payload.
Toyota Yaris - $15,635+
36 mpg - 6.2/10.0
A budget car with a budget feel, the Yaris has fallen behind its competitors in the subcompact segment. Buyers can choose between a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic; the Yaris comes standard with a 106-hp, 1.5-liter inline-four engine. Inside, Toyota’s infotainment system is among the Yaris’s main draws. At the very least, Toyota isn’t trying to fool anyone by marketing the car under the infamous slogan: “It’s a car!”
Toyota Yaris iA - $15,950+
39 mpg – 9.9/10.0
In 2017, the Scion iA gained a few bells and whistles and a new name: the Toyota Yaris iA. In truth, this car is less of a Toyota and more of a Mazda 2 playing dress up. With a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, it fetches 106 hp and comes equipped with either a manual or an automatic transmission, both of which are six-speed. On the dashboard, drivers will find a 7-inch touchscreen system, a low-speed automated emergency brake system, and standard Bluetooth connectivity for a high-tech ride.