A Look at the 2016 Toyota Yaris


Toyota has long been recognized as a leader in the competitive Asian market, but for the past decade the iconic Japanese automaker has been making inroads – and turning heads – in the world market as well. The forward styling and impressive fuel economy for which Toyotas are known has been creating fans in the United States and throughout the rest of the world.

With the 2016 Toyota Yaris, the Japanese car company has come full circle. This small and highly fuel efficient model may seem like a throwback to the good old days, but there is plenty of 21st  century technology under the hood.

Even though the Toyota Yaris is often thought about as a small economy car, Toyota actually classifies it as a sport sedan. Drivers may or may not agree with that assessment, given the fact that the engine under the hood is somewhat skimpy – especially by sports car standards.

The engine in the 2016 Toyota Yaris is a 4-cylinder model – pretty standard for vehicles of its size and pedigree. Some drivers may lament the fact that the standard Toyota Yaris engine is limited to 106 horsepower, but others will be happy to trade a bit of power for exceptional fuel economy.

No matter what side of the fence you find yourself on, the 2016 Toyota Yaris is well worth a test drive. Throughout the years, Toyota has proven again and again that it knows what its customers want, and modern drivers are looking for fuel economy, a low cost of ownership and a vehicle that is fun to drive. The 2016 Toyota Yaris fits the bill in all three categories, providing drivers with a fun vehicle that is safe and easy to handle. That 106 horsepower engine may not provide many thrills, but it is certainly powerful enough for daily driving. From highway driving and merging off the exit to driving around town, this vehicle provides plenty of energy for drivers to enjoy.

If you are shopping for a new vehicle and want to give the 2016 Toyota Yaris a test drive, you can choose from two different transmissions. The 2016 model Yaris comes with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Driving enthusiasts may prefer the fun of the standard transmission, but daily commuters may be more comfortable with the automatic.

No matter which option they choose, drivers will get plenty of mileage for their money. Fuel economy has always been a bright sport for Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs, and the 2016 Yaris is certainly no exception. With a fuel economy rating of 33 miles per gallon in the city and an impressive 42 mpg on the highway, the Yaris is one of the most economical vehicles on the market.

The Toyota Yaris may not be the only economical sedan in its class, but it is certainly one of the best. Whether you are looking for a daily driver, a safe car for a new driver or a replacement for an older Toyota sedan, the 2016 Yaris is definitely worth a look.

An Overview of the 2016 Camry Special Edition

The 2016 Camry Special Edition is an incredibly polished new vehicle that features 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, 268 horsepower, a smart key system, wireless charging for your Qi compatible device and much more.

The interior of the car features floor mats with the Camry Special Edition’s Logo and blue accents, a spacious trunk, a sports mesh front grille, 8-way power-adjustable SofTex- trimmed, heated front seats with sport fabric surfaces, blue seat inserts and blue contrast stitching.

This vehicle also includes a dual chrome tipped exhaust system and a moonroof. LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights are also available. The steering wheel buttons allow you to control your Bluetooth-equipped phone and audio system. Unlock the front doors and trunk, and start your vehicle by pushing a button, without ever taking your keys out of your pocket or purse with the Smart Key system.

The 2016 Camry Special Edition is designed to reduce outside sound, resulting in a quiet drive. An available traffic monitoring system, powered by HD radio, provides up-to-date information on traffic in your location. The available Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation system can assist you by predicting traffic and suggesting alternate routes. The Trip Information System provides useful information including your cruising range, average speed, elapsed time and fuel economy history.

The Entune App System allows you to access all your apps, make reservations, check sports scores, the weather, fuel prices, and much more. The JBL GreenEdge Audio system includes ten speakers in eight different locations, a subwoofer and an amplifier. The QI-compatible wireless charging system charges your Qi-compatible device when you simply place it on the charging area. All of these systems can be accessed through Camry’s voice recognition system.

Safety features include a backup camera, included in all Camry audio systems. The backup view will automatically show up on your screen when you put your vehicle in reverse. Lane Departure Alert means that when you stray out of lane, the system will issue an audible warning sound and show a warning message on your screen. When the Blind Spot Monitor senses a vehicle near you, it alerts you with a message on the relevant side view mirror in order to assist you in safely changing lanes. The Rear Cross-Traffic Alert System provides similar audible and visible warnings when you are pulling forward or backing out of a driveway or parking spot, for example.

The 2016 Camry Special Edition LE and XLE features available rich wood-grain-style accents. The SE and XSE feature race-inspired paddle shifters. Also standard on every new Camry is a Tire Pressure Monitor System, which can give you the tire pressure of each individual tire. If one or more tire becomes dangerously under deflated, the system will alert the driver. The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control automatically adjusts your speed in order to maintain an established distance between your vehicle and those ahead. Additional safety features include the Pre-Collision System (which anticipates if a frontal collision is coming and begins to apply the brakes) and the Star Safety System which includes the Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology. In addition to all of these safety systems, the vehicle also includes ten standard airbags, Safety Connect and whiplash-injury lessening seats.

Toyota Improves on the Tacoma for 2016

To call the Tacoma a near-perfect machine is pretty accurate, but even Toyota knew there were some areas of the truck that could stand some improvement. Now, the company has finally given everyone a peek at the 2016 model, which marks a significant redesign and the start of a new generation.

Instead of completely redoing the previous generation of the Tacoma, the 2016 model simply builds on what made the 2015 great. That means it has about the same dimensions as the previous model. Thanks to some aggressive, more angular exterior designs, the pickup truck looks significantly different and more modern, which increases its overall appeal.

The beauty of the 2016 Tacoma isn’t just skin-deep. Underneath the sheet metal might be the same frame as the one used for the 2015 version of the truck, but it does feature some improvements. Thanks to some high-strength steel reinforcements, rigidity has been improved. That boosts safety and performance. The suspension has also been re-tuned, making the truck more manageable on pavement and capable on trails.

Speaking of capability, the Tacoma TRD Off-Road is loaded with some standard equipment that’s perfect for tackling rugged terrain. Crawl Control helps drivers take on especially tough situations where lesser vehicles don’t even dare to venture, taking the whole thing in stride. The Multi-Terrain Select system also takes the guesswork out of dealing with different surfaces, such as sand or mud, allowing the driver to concentrate on the pathway and not as many details.

One big sign that Toyota crafted the 2016 Tacoma for modern drivers has to do with the front end. It comes with a standard GoPro camera mount. Owners can attach the popular camera to the vehicle and conveniently record all of the action on a trail or road, making it easy to create videos to be shared on social media.

One of the biggest set of upgrades comes with the updating of the cab. The base SR5 trim gains a full-color 4.2-inch info display, while the TRD Sport boasts a Qi wireless charging system for mobile devices. Limited models pump up the luxury factor with embossed leather treatments and a power moonroof.

Since the 2016 Tacoma was made for modern truck owners, it’s also packed with some impressive safety features. Projector-beam headlights perfectly illuminate the road at night, plus make it easier for other drivers to see the pickup. An optional Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert makes the driver aware of potential accidents that are out of sight.

Even the powertrain is getting upgraded. Specific output figures haven’t been announced by Toyota, but the Tacoma will be powered by either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter V-6 that uses an Atkinson power cycle for improved fuel consumption.

It might seem like an insignificant upgrade for the 2016 Tacoma, but Toyota has announced that the truck will come with a locking tailgate. This is an improvement over the last model, and will surely be a source of appreciation for Toyota fans.