Toyota Road Tests

Current thinking

Current thinking

An increase in electric cars on the scene does not mean hybrids have had their day.

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Toyota takes steps forward with new Hilux

Toyota takes steps forward with new Hilux

The new Hilux range has more than 20 variants: petrols, diesels, two-wheel-drives and four-wheel-drives, single, extra and double cabs. David Thomson dodges possible confusion by checking the heavyweight towing choice, the SR5 double cab diesel manual.

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Toyota looks to past with new Fortuner

Toyota looks to past with new Fortuner

Even with demand for vehicles with any degree of all-terrain persona at an all-time high, it seems a little weird to find a new SUV that conforms to design principles that once seemed set to become extinct.

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Range riders - Toyota's new Hiluxes up to the task

Range riders - Toyota's new Hiluxes up to the task

Toyota might have chosen to skip the first part of its two-day launch exercise for the latest Hilux, but I'm glad they didn't.

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Toyota Prado at its best when the going gets tough

Toyota Prado at its best when the going gets tough

Toyota's go-anywhere SUV has been updated with a new engine and gearbox. David Thomson heads off the beaten track to put it through its paces.

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Toyota gives torque tweak to Land Cruiser Prado

Toyota gives torque tweak to Land Cruiser Prado

Facelifts that fail to deliver any visual change whatsoever aren't common, but that's exactly what has happened to the Land Cruiser Prado - unlike the impending upgrade for the big brother 200-Series, there's no new change to the now quite old (last revised in 2013) look.

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GT86 still a treat from Toyota

GT86 still a treat from Toyota

Built by Subaru with extensive engineering and mechanical input from Toyota, the endeavour that spawned the Toyota 86 and its identical twin, the Subaru BRZ, has been one of the few joint-production success stories of recent motoring history.

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Last Toyota Camrys reveal secret SX appeal

Last Toyota Camrys reveal secret SX appeal

A derivative for younger buyers originally kept secret from head office and another with high-end crash avoidance technology are intended to help the Toyota Camry cast off any ''cardigan car'' image and maintain decent sales during the final part of its life.

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Toyota's 2WD workhorse gains extra appeal

Toyota's 2WD workhorse gains extra appeal

In one of those odd ironies of life, at the very time Toyota has been promoting the Hilux as New Zealand's top-selling four-wheel-drive utility, a two-wheel-drive variant of the same machine was dispatched to Drivesouth for appraisal.

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Yaris face freshened for European tastes

Yaris face freshened for European tastes

The mid-life update for the Toyota Yaris is an intriguing story; it's a facelift of a Japanese staple mainly paid for in Euros.

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Corolla sedan a smooth move from Toyota

Corolla sedan a smooth move from Toyota

There's a new Corolla sedan in town and David Thomson has been behind the wheel.

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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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