The Cars of Toyota

Here’s a look at some of the more popular Toyota models released this year:

The Yaris is a subcompact car that has been produced by Toyota since 1999. Also known as the Vitz in some markets, the 2012 Yaris models come in several flavours, including a three-door and five-door hatch, and a four-door sedan. The "regular" Yaris models come with sensor-powered vehicle stability control, airbags, power windows and a voice-controlled CD tuner. The more special models have cruise control, 6.1-inch touchscreen audio, and tilt and telescopic steering column.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 2012 Yaris models ranges from AUD14,900 to AUD21,700

The Prius is Toyota’s hybrid electric car, which was first sold in Japan back in 1997 and was eventually introduced worldwide in 2000. The Prius family now includes the Prius c, a subcompact hatchback and the Prius v, an extended hatchback wagon. The regular Prius and Prius c models also come with an i-Tech variant, which is equipped with LED headlamps, a four-cylinder engine, multi-point fuel injection, anti-skid brakes and traction control.

The MSRP for 2012 Prius models is from AUD33,900 to AUD45,900. The Prius c is worth around AUD23,900 to AUD26,900, while the Prius v is roughly around AUD35,900.

The Corolla is one of Toyota’s most popular brands throughout the world. The Australian models come in two general variants: hatch and sedan. However, the features vary, depending on the model. For instance, the Ultima comes with a 2.0L engine, front fog lights and auto-on HID headlights, while the hatch and sedan versions of Ascent Sport both have 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and cruise control.

The MSRP for the Corolla spans from AUD20,900 to AUD31,400.

Also known as the ScionxB in the U.S. market, Toyota’s Rukus is a five-door, box-shaped compact hatchback that comes in three builds. All builds are powered by a massive 2.4L engine and equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels and cruise control. The car is obviously built for young drivers as models come with six- or nine-speaker variants with subwoofer.

The Rukus has an MSRP of AUD27,490 to AUD32,990.

The mid-sized Camry in Australia come in two general variants: petrol-powered and hybrid. The hybrid models are powered by a monstrous 2.5L engine, while the petrol-powered models come with a variety of features, such as a reverse camera, dual exhaust and paddle shifters.

The Camry’s price range is from AUD30,490 to AUD41,490.

What’s In Store for 2013?

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Toyota's 2013 Hilux pick-up will include side-curtain airbags and electronic stability control (ESC) across all variants. ESC is said to improve a vehicle's stability by automatically detecting loss of steering control and braking. Side-curtain airbags, on the other hand, inflates at the window area to protect your head from hitting the window in side-impact collisions.
  • The 2013 70-series Land Cruiser will have a dual-cab version. TMR believes that next year's model will still be powered by a V8 D4D turbo-diesel engine.
  • The 2013 Corolla hatch draws heavily on the Yaris and Camry. The car will have a longer windscreen, a roof lower by 50mm, and a body longer by 30mm. And despite its size, the new Corolla will have a 1.8L engine.