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Review: 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Evolves Again, Too Much?

For decades, the Toyota Land Cruiser has left its mark on the off-road landscape while creating nostalgic memories of leading caravans across the Sahari desert, exploring the U.S. Southwest and being the type of vehicle Indiana Jones himself would drive. Yet, with changes in consumer attitudes and needs, the Land Cruiser, well, really is no more. Now it is a family-friendly SUV, albeit still quite off-road capable, more suited for a trip to the grocery store than the badlands.

Review: 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Evolves Again, Too Much?

Another styling evolution comes to the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser and this time it is much more Lexus than Toyota.

Review: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited Adds More Style, Quieter Cabin Still Lacks Pop

When it comes to compact SUVs, the Toyota RAV4 stands out in many people’s minds due to its reliability and size. Yet, Toyota aims to expand this view with an upgraded exterior, improved interior and a hybrid option. All of these additions help increase the appeal of the 2016 Toyota RAV4, but borrowing a turbo-charged engine from Lexus would go a long way to really improve the SUV.
Review: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited

THQ on the Road

Readers may have noticed it has been quite around here. Where have I gone? I have been on the road a lot lately. Here is what is coming soon.

THQ On the Road

I have been on several planes and been driving lots of fun vehicles like a Tacoma TRD Off-Road and a Land Cruiser.

Review: 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO – New Color and Entune Audio Upgrades

Armed with a new color and upgraded Entune audio features, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO once again proves it is quite capable off the beaten path and on it. While I still hope for more powertrain performance, it is hard to deny the appeal of the body-on-frame SUV.

Review: 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO

The new Quicksand color may look awful at an auto show, but it shines outside.

Why Don’t Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra Trucks Use Existing 8-Speed Transmissions?

Yesterday we told you about the new Toyota Highlander set to be revealed at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Among its many changes is the addition of a new 8-speed automatic transmission with improvements to horsepower and fuel economy. This 8-speed joins existing Toyota products which use it like the all-new Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570 both out last year. This brings up an interesting question. Why doesn’t the Tacoma (recently redesigned) and the Tundra (in need of powertrain improvements) make use of the 8-speed transmission? Is profit to blame? The reason is likely more complex and here is what I think is going on.

Toyota Tundra 8-speed Transmission

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