Green, reliable and – in the main – a little boring, Toyota cars are nonetheless strong sellers and strong cars in their own right.
Selling a car in virtually every passenger car market in the UK, Toyota is a genuine automotive giant and can stake a claim to being the largest car manufacturer by volume in the world.
While Toyota is perhaps best-known for its Prius hybrid and its petrol-electric powertrains now available on a number of Toyota models, the brand has had a strong reputation for build quality and reliability – despite recent highly-publicised safety recalls.
Toyota has been criticised for making boring but worthy cars, with its UK line-up devoid of performance models or coupes for some years – despite recent dalliances in Formula One.
However, the forthcoming Toyota GT 86 coupe is set to change all of that, adding some much-needed sheen to the Toyota range, while the dinky Toyota iQ city car won plaudits for its styling and clever packaging.
The modern Toyota range consists of small city cars, hybrids, MPVs, SUVs, vans, sports cars and coupes; the Japanese manufacturer has model in most automotive sectors and they’re available in more than 140 countries worldwide.
That means Toyota’s net is cast far and wide, so it’s no wonder Toyota reviews and Toyota ratings are frequent and positive and that’s even before its luxury-arm manufacturer is brought into consideration.
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Toyota reviews tend to focus on two main areas. The first is fuel economy and efficiency where it is regarded as one of the leading manufacturers in the world, if not for building the first mainstream hybrid in the form of the Prius and its Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) powertrain also seen on the Auris, then for its impressive range of efficient engines under its Toyota Optimal Drive moniker.
Toyota Optimal Drive dominates new Toyota reviews and is basically the manufacturer’s eco-signature for its standard combustion engine models and includes several fuel-saving technologies such as Stop & Start systems, where the engine is switched off when it’s idling before being turned back on as soon as the accelerator is applied.
Alongside Toyota’s Optimal Drive eco-signature is its HSD technology, something that was first seen on the Prius hybrid when it launched in 1997. It’s the label Toyota slaps on its hybrid powertrains, which utilise a petrol engine and a smaller electric motor.
Since 1997 – and after selling more than two million Prius - the Japanese manufacturer’s hybrid range has expanded to include two MPVs, a hatchback and a supermini.
With the technology, Toyota has received some brilliant new Toyota reviews and seen its Toyota ratings steadily improve off the back of its low CO2 emissions and impressive fuel economy figures.
Traditionally, Toyota reviews and Toyota ratings have been dominated by the manufacturer’s impressive reliability scores and in the JD Power reliability survey in North America, it’s received more awards than any other manufacturer for reliability.
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