Toyota Road Tests

Toyota's petrol Prado a serious off-roader

Toyota's petrol Prado a serious off-roader

Petrol power is back on the menu for New Zealand's best-­selling and recently facelifted large SUV, the Toyota Landcruiser Prado. David Thomson has been putting it to the test on Otago roads and trails.

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Brasher Highlander keeps US roots

Brasher Highlander keeps US roots

Look at the build plate on this generation-three Highlander line and you'll spot something not seen before on a New Zealand-new Toyota: A ''made in America'' stamp.

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Old-school Land Cruiser a serious off-roader

Old-school Land Cruiser a serious off-roader

Toyota's Land Cruiser 70 has been upgraded, with new safety equipment and a double cab option. David Thomson climbs into the latest version of this no-compromises workhorse to find out what has changed.

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Turbo-diesel lifts Toyota's RAV4

Turbo-diesel lifts Toyota's RAV4

Does the latest RAV4 have what it takes to remain a sales success in an increasingly crowded and competitive mid-sized sports utility segment? David Thomson takes the wheel of both diesel and petrol 4WD variants to find out.

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Toyota adds appeal in sporty new Corolla

Toyota adds appeal in sporty new Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has been New Zealand's top-selling new car for most of the past quarter-century. David Thomson muses on the appeal of the latest model.

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Toyota impresses with new Prius

Toyota impresses with new Prius

Toyota's expansion of its Prius nameplate has continued with the new Prius V. David Thomson surprises himself with his verdict after a week behind the wheel.

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Good sport - Toyota 86 lives up to the hype

Good sport - Toyota 86 lives up to the hype

It's been the most eagerly awaited new car of 2012 and David Thomson has finally managed a road test. Here's his verdict on the new Toyota 86.

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Toyota's VX Landcruiser still the king of the road

Toyota's VX Landcruiser still the king of the road

The big boy of Toyota's extensive 4WD line, the VX Landcruiser, has been the subject of a recent mid-life makeover which includes styling, specification and mechanical enhancements.

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Toyota delivers with new Aurion

Toyota delivers with new Aurion

The Toyota Camry and Aurion have so much common design and engineering DNA that when a new and much improved version of the former hits the streets, it's a pretty solid bet the updated version of the latter will also impress.

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Toyota's stunning sports coupe captures imagination

Toyota's stunning sports coupe captures imagination

This was a race Neal Bates was especially pleased to win, though he does not mind admitting it was close run - with the result hinging on a lucky call.

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Toyota delivers with new Prius C

Toyota delivers with new Prius C

A world in which hybrids are nothing out of the ordinary is closer with the arrival of the Toyota Prius C. David Thomson has been out and about in the supermini take on petrol-electric motoring.

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Toyota tilts at bigger slice of small car market

Toyota tilts at bigger slice of small car market

At a time when interest in small cars is on a rapid rise, David Thomson gets behind the wheel of the flagship variant of Toyota's prime contender, the new Yaris YRS.

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Upgraded Hilux stays true to its purpose

Upgraded Hilux stays true to its purpose

Since the current-generation Toyota Hilux was launched back in 2005, its rivals have become variously faster, fitter, larger and more generally car-like.

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Toyota still in Cruiser control

Toyota still in Cruiser control

Sam Stevens has been exploring Otago by four-wheel-drive since he was a kid, and a day behind the wheel of Toyota's new FJ Cruiser brought back memories as well as creating a few.

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Toyota: Discreet practical Camry takes hybrid mainstream

Toyota: Discreet practical Camry takes hybrid mainstream

Across the Tasman, Toyota officials refer to the Australian-built petrol-electric version of the Camry as their most important new model in 50 years. David Thomson has been gliding about on Otago roads in both the standard and flagship i-Tech variants.

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Toyota Prado VX Limited: Extra space and superb off-road technology

Toyota Prado VX Limited: Extra space and superb off-road technology

Bigger even than its mighty predecessor and jam-packed with advanced technology and luxury features, the flagship of the new Prado range is dressed to impress. David Thomson finds out what's on offer.

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Toyota Avensis 2010: Safety-conscious Avensis packed with features

Toyota Avensis 2010: Safety-conscious Avensis packed with features

The Avensis is often overlooked in Toyota's comprehensive new car line but, David Thomson explains, it is worthy of serious consideration.

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Toyota: Prius maintains its focus on the future

Toyota: Prius maintains its focus on the future

The packaging and dynamics have moved more mainstream, but the third-generation Prius remains a flagship for Toyota's ever-advancing hybrid technology. David Thomson assumes command.

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Toyota Hilux SR5: Keeps rugged reputation intact

Toyota Hilux SR5: Keeps rugged reputation intact

From lugging a full load to the landfill through to carrying bikes into the backblocks, the two-door $56,990 Hilux SR5 Extra Cab had a busy few days in the hands of Drivesouth.

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Toyota Prius : Upgraded hybrid puts on weight while drinking less

Toyota Prius : Upgraded hybrid puts on weight while drinking less

Pure electric or hybrid? No contest, says Toyota New Zealand chairman Bob Field.

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