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2017 Toyota Sienna - Fuel Economy Review + Fill Up Costs

 In this episode, we test out the fuel economy in the all-new 2017 Toyota Sienna. One of the few remaining contenders in its class, the Sienna is a popular choice in the minivan segment offering ample space and comfort in a sporty package.

On a full tank, we were able to get 479km of driving at a fuel economy of 13.2L/100km. Filling the tank back up cost $70.56 for a full tank using standard gasoline at $1.04/liter. Watch the video below. 


Real world test results:

- Tested fuel range: 479km

- Fuel economy: 13.2L/100km

- Fuel economy (mpg): 17.8mpg


Closest competitors:

- KIA Sedona

- Honda Odyssey

- Dodge Caravan

- Chrysler Town & Country

2017 Toyota Camry - Fuel Economy Review + Fill Up Costs

 In this episode, we test out the fuel economy in the all-new 2016 Toyota Camry. In the hyper-competitive mid-size sedan segment, the Camry is a key player with its powerful, yet efficient engine choices (including a hybrid), generous dimensions and innovative safety features.

Our tester was equipped with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Our test yielded 267 kilometers on a half tank of gas and gave a decent average fuel economy of 10.8L/100 km.

After using up our tank of gas, we were able to fill it back up for $32.91 at a fuel cost of $1.009/litre




As-tested fuel range: 550km on a full tank

Fuel economy: 10.8 L/100 km

Fuel economy (mpg): 21.7 mpg



CAD $66 @ $1.009/liter



2.5-litre four-cylinder engine

Six-speed automatic

178 hp @ 6,000rpm

170 lb-ft @ 4,100rpm

Front-wheel drive

A double win for Toyota at AJAC's Green Car of the Year

In its third annual Automobile Journalists Association of Canada's (AJAC) Canadian Green Car of the Year awards, Toyota pulled a rare clean sweep at a press conference at the 2017 Vancouver International Auto Show.

The Toyota Prius with Technology Package took top honours as the 2017 Canadian Green Car of the Year, besting the 2017 Kia Optima HEV and the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

The 2017 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year award went to the 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid taking victory over the other two finalists, the 2017 Subaru Forester and 2017 Mazda CX-9.

“Toyota is committed to maintaining its leadership position in designing, engineering and building environmentally-advanced vehicles that meet the many demands of today’s drivers,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice-President, Toyota Canada Inc.

This was the second year that AJAC split the car and utility categories up. For 2016, the winners were the Chevrolet Volt and the Mazda CX-3; while in its inaugural year, the sole winner was the Kia Soul EV.

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2018 Toyota Camry walkaround at CIAS

We check out the 2018 Toyota Camry at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The Camry's closest competitors are:

- Honda Accord
- Ford Fusion
- Mazda6
- Hyundai Sonata
- KIA Optima
- Nissan Altima
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Chrysler 200
- Volkswagen Passat

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Toyota sets the bar high for new Camry


Detroit, MI - The Toyota Camry is on a roll, as the best-selling passenger car in the United States and the best-selling mid-size sedan in Canada. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the upcoming 2018 got a whole lot better.

The new version was highly anticipated thanks to Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) that will transform not only the Camry, but many of its other vehicles with a new dynamic, athletic and wide stance – a refreshing change away from its more conservative styling. The new construction increases the wheelbase by two-inches, as well as over an inch in the hood and roofline.

In developing the next-generation Toyota Camry, we were able to start with a clean slate, which allowed us to create a true driver’s car,” said Masato Katsumata, the Chief Engineer of the new Toyota Camry.

Under the hood will be three options: a new 2.5-litre inline-four, a retuned 3.5-litre V-6 and a hybrid version that will utilize that 2.5-litre unit along with its own electrification system. The two gas versions will be matched to a new eight-speed automatic transmission; while the hybrid will be connected to a continuously variable transmission that has a Sport Mode for quicker gear shifting when needed. Numbers haven't been released yet for the powertrains, but Toyota claims that the new engine will have higher torque, power and reduced fuel economy. In addition, the chassis will possess increased handling skills that can even be found on the hybrid, as the battery pack has moved from the trunk to below the rear seat.

As far as looks go, the Camry features a two-piece grille that works well with its lowered hood design. The whole package comes off as sleek throughout with sharp lines in the body to add to its character.

On the inside, the Camry will have Toyota's Human Machine Interface with the latest technologies added. Three interlinked displays will show off the upgraded look with a 10-inch colour Head-Up Display, a 7-inch multi-information display that's capped off by an 8-inch infotainment screen.

Not lost on the Camry is Toyota's Safety Sense P that comes standard. This suite of safety technologies enhances the value of the mid-size sedan that includes: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Automatic High Beams. Other optional features include Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The 2018 aggressively-styled Toyota Camry is expected to arrive in showrooms in late 2017.




2016 Toyota Yaris Sedan - Fuel Economy Review

In this episode, we test out the fuel economy in the all new 2016 Toyota Yaris Sedan. Drawing platform similarities from the Mazda 2 (not sold in Canada), the Yaris offers a peppy driving experience with impressive fuel economy numbers.

Our tester was equipped with a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine. Our tests yielded 262km on a half tank of gas and gave a decent average fuel economy of 6.4L/100km.

After using up a half tank of gas, we were able to fill it back up for $24.72 at a fuel cost of $1.02/liter. At that rate, expect to spend around $50 for a full tank of gas.




Tested fuel range: 262km on a half tank

Tested fuel range: 524km on a full tank

Fuel economy: 6.4L/100km

Fuel economy (mpg): 36mpg



CAD $50 @ $1.02/liter



1.5-litre 4-cylinder (DOHC)

4-speed Automatic

106hp @ 6,000rpm

Front wheel drive



Scion FR-S becomes the Toyota 86

Toyota has announced that the Scion FR-S will become the Toyota 86.

After the discontinuation of Toyota's youthful Scion brand, we always new the vehicles that were continuing on would be re-badged. The one thing we didn't know was that they would be given new names.

For now, the FR-S is the Toyota 86, which is not a big change considering that the 86 is the name of the FR-S in other parts of the world.

"When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn't planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86," said Bill Fay, Toyota Division Group Vice President.

The 86 will come to light in North America as a 2017 model year car with the same rear-wheel drive sports car setup, but with other enhancements. According to Toyota, the 86 will receive a more aggressive front fascia, a new rear bumper and LED headlights and taillights. The bold look is finished off with new alloy twist-spoke wheels and the 86 logo on the front fender and front headlamps.

Inside, new “Grandlux” material will be added on the instrument panel, accompanied by new seating materials with silver stitching and a sporty steering wheel also donning the 86 logo.

The looks are a big factor for this car, but it will also receive some enhanced performance, well at least for the manual version. For the manual option, its 2.0-litre boxer-four engine will increase production to 205 hp and 156 lb.-ft. of torque, which is an uptick of 5 hp and 5 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition, Toyota has setup new gear ratios for the six-speed manual transmission in order to enhance its performance.

The new 2017 Toyota 86 will be on display at the upcoming 2016 New York International Auto Show, alongside the Toyota C-HR crossover concept.

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Many automakers pay up for Super Bowl ads

Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco is only a few days away, and now we have the complete schedule of automaker television spots that will be featured on American tubes. Yes, unfortunately Canadian commercial coverage continues for one more year before we get to see the million dollar American ads.

The lineup for 2016 includes nine automakers: Acura, Audi, Buick, FCA, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mini and Toyota. Most of them feature celebrities and athletes, so let's take a closer look at a few of them before you get to check them out on YouTube after the game. 

Acura will showcase its NSX supercar to the delight of many who've been waiting for years to get their hands on one. Sales start shortly and Acura will take the opportunity to present it to the world featuring Van Halen music.

Hyundai is the new automotive NFL sponsor, so you knew they would have a big spot when it came to the big game. Hyundai will actually have four commercials total throughout the game. Two of them will feature celebrities in Kevin Hart and Ryan Reynolds. Hart plays a meddlesome father that attempts to track his daughter on her first date, while Reynolds attempts to distract a woman driver in various guises.

Kia will utilize Christopher Walken's skills in a spot called “Walken Closet.” It will feature the 2016 Kia Optima and sock puppets performed by Walken.

A first-timer to the Super Bowl party will be Buick. Buick's ad will showcase the Cascada convertible and feature New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. And actress/model Emily Ratajkowski.

The Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will begin its coverage this Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 ET on CBS.

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