Everything You Should Know About Toyota’s Cars, Trucks and SUVs

Thinking of buying a Tacoma or a 4Runner? Here’s a guide with everything you need to know about 2020 Toyota models.

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Toyota is a Japanese automobile manufacturer based in Toyota City, Japan. It was founded as an independent company in 1937. Following World War II, Toyota built itself into one of the world’s largest automakers, initially specializing in small cars and purpose-built SUVs. In recent decades, Toyota has broadened its lineup, producing among the widest range of cars sold in America from any manufacturer.

Whatever the vehicle segment, the hallmarks of Toyota products have long been quality, durability and reliability. Competitors may be more capable, more efficient, or updated more frequently, but a Toyota will still be on the road long after those cars have gone to the junkyard. That build quality is a reason Toyota vehicles — its trucks and SUVs, in particular — have extraordinary resale value. Other characteristics of the brand’s vehicles nowadays include eccentric styling, infrequent model updates and hybrids vehicles over pure electric cars.

While Toyota is a Japanese company, “global brand” is not an empty turn of phrase. Many Toyota vehicles in the U.S. are designed for the American market and built at the company’s six (soon to be seven) American plants.

Toyota Terminology

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto: Toyota has lagged behind other manufacturers in implementing these smartphone-integration software suites; some vehicles lack one or both of these features.
Gazoo Racing: Toyota motorsport division that contributes engineering to road cars. The GR Supra is the first Gazoo Racing-branded model.
Entune: Toyota’s proprietary app suite and infotainment software.
Fuel Cell: Toyota has been a proponent of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Hydrogen is potentially a readily-available, zero-emission fuel source, but the production, storage and transportation are expensive and current infrastructure is lacking.
Taco: Affectionate nickname for the Tacoma midsize pickup truck.
TNGA: “Toyota New Global Architecture.” A modular unibody platform that underpins a range of Toyota and Lexus vehicles.
Toyota Safety Sense: Toyota’s proprietary system of active safety features. Newly redesigned vehicles typically include this as standard.
The Toyota Way: Toyota’s corporate philosophy based on continuous improvement and respect for people.
TRD: Toyota Racing Development. In-house Toyota tuner that produces specialized trims of off-road and road vehicles.

Buying Guide

C-HR

The C-HR is Toyota’s smallest and cheapest crossover; it debuted for the 2017 model year. According to Toyota, it can stand for “compact high rider” or “cross-hatch runabout.” It looks cool, aggressive and youthful. Look past that style, though, and you’ll find it has an underpowered engine and only comes with front-wheel-drive.

Body Style: Crossover

Models:

• LE
• XLE
• Limited

Engines:

• 2.0-liter inline-four

Base MSRP: $21,145

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RAV4

The RAV4 is Toyota’s compact crossover and the best-selling non-pickup truck passenger vehicle in the United States. The name stands for “recreational activity vehicle, four-wheel-drive,” though it is also offered with front-wheel-drive. The fifth-generation debuted for the 2019 model year with bolder, more aggressive styling. The hybrid version costs an additional $2,250, but adds 13 horsepower (for a total of 219 hp), 22 more lb-ft of torque (making 206 lb-ft), and 13 more miles per gallon (to an estimated 41 mpg) in city driving.

Body Style: Crossover

Models:

• LE / LE Hybrid
• XLE / XLE Hybrid
• XLE Premium
• Adventure
• TRD Off-Road
• XSE Hybrid
• Limited / Limited Hybrid

Engines:

• 2.5-liter inline-four
• 2.5-liter inline-four hybrid

Base MSRP: $25,850

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Highlander

The Highlander is Toyota’s midsize crossover. The Highlander transitions to Toyota’s TNGA-K platform for 2020; it picks up bolder styling and grows 2.4 inches longer for a bit more cabin space. The new hybrid may be down on power compared to the regular version, but it is six mpg more efficient in the EPA’s combined cycle (achieving 34 mpg).

Body Style: Crossover

Models:

• L
• LE / LE Hybrid
• XLE / XLE Hybrid
• Limited / Platinum Hybrid
• Platinum / Platinum Hybrid

Engines:

• 3.5-liter V6
• 2.5-liter inline-four hybrid

Base MSRP: $31,830 (2019)

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4Runner

The 4Runner is Toyota’s rugged, body-on-frame midsize SUV. The current fifth-generation model debuted for the 2010 model year. It’s formidable off-road and not that special on-road. Think of it as the Jeep Wrangler of the Toyota SUV lineup. Toyota is including Toyota Safety Sense technology for 2020.

Body Style: SUV

Models:

• SR5
• SR5 Premium
• TRD Off-Road
• TRD Off-Road Premium
• Venture Special Edition
• Limited
• Nightshade Edition
• TRD Pro

Engines:

• 4.0-liter V6

Base MSRP:$36,020

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Sequoia

The Sequoia is a Toyota full-size SUV built on the Tundra’s truck platform. The second generation debuted for the 2008 model year. The Sequoia is cheaper and less off-road-capable than the Land Cruiser.

Body Style: SUV

Models:

• SR5
• TRD Sport
• Limited
• Platinum
• TRD Pro

Engines:

• 5.7-liter V8

Base MSRP:$49,905

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Land Cruiser

The Land Cruiser is Toyota’s off-road icon. It has been in continuous production for more than 60 years; the current J200 generation was introduced for the 2008 model year. The Land Cruiser is known for its build quality and off-road prowess. It’s also known here in the U.S. for its luxurious interior, sheer bulk and expensive price tag approaching $90,000. Toyota introduced a pared-down (but more expensive) Heritage Edition for the 2020 model year.

Body Style: SUV

Models:

• Land Cruiser
• Heritage Edition

Engines:

• 5.7-liter V8

Base MSRP: $85,315

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Tacoma

The Tacoma is Toyota’s midsize truck. The third-generation model debuted for the 2016 model year. Popular with off-roaders and outdoors enthusiasts, the Tacoma is a perennial sales titan, possessing one of the best resale values of any vehicle in the United States. The Tacoma is a beast off-road, but is outclassed by the competition when it hits the pavement. You can still get a manual transmission on the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trims.

Body Style: Pickup Truck

Models:

• SR
• SR5
• TRD Sport
• TRD Off-Road
• Limited
• TRD Pro

Engines:

• 2.7-liter inline-four
• 3.5-liter V6

Base MSRP: $26,050

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Tundra

The Tundra is Toyota’s full-size truck. It debuted in 2000; the second generation launched in the 2007 model year. It is known for the Toyota strengths: build quality, resale value and off-road capability. It’s also a generation behind the full-size truck competition in terms of handling and efficiency.

Body Style: Pickup Truck

Models:

• SR
• SR5
• Limited
• Platinum
• 1794 Edition
• TRD Pro

Engines:

• 5.7-liter V8

Base MSRP: $33,425

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86

The Toyota 86 is a sports car developed jointly with Subaru, and is all but identical to the Subaru BRZ. It debuted for the 2012 model year. It is rear-wheel-drive, and offers one engine: a 2.0-liter inline-four paired with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. The 86 earns praise for its superb driving dynamics, but it’s not very quick in a straight line.

Body Style: Coupe

Models:

• 86
• GT
• TRD Special Edition

Engines:

• 2.0-liter boxer-four

Base MSRP: $26,655

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GR Supra

Toyota revived its halo sports car, the Supra, for the 2020 model year. It uses a BMW platform (the same one as the new Z4) and a BMW 3.0-liter inline-six engine. It officially makes 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, though independent tests have found it may well make more than that. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Controversially, Toyota decided not to include a manual transmission as an option.

Body Style: Coupe

Models:

• 3.0
• 3.0 Premium
• Launch Edition

Engines:

• 3.0-liter inline-six

Base MSRP: $49,990

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Yaris

The Yaris is Toyota’s subcompact vehicle, available as both a sedan or a hatchback. It has been redesigned for the 2020 model year. It’s the cheapest Toyota and one of the cheapest new vehicles on sale in the United States. It can be fitted with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

Body Style: Sedan, Hatchback

Models:

• L
• LE / LE Hatchback
• XLE / XLE Hatchback

Engines:

• 1.5-liter inline four

Base MSRP: $15,650

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Corolla

The Corolla is Toyota’s compact sedan. It has been a mainstay in the lineup since its introduction in 1966. The 12th generation debuted for the 2020 model year in sedan and hatchback versions. The 2.0-liter gas engine can be equipped with a six-speed manual instead of the otherwise-standard CVT automatic.

Body Style: Sedan, Hatchback

Models:

• L
• LE / LE Hybrid
• SE
• XLE
• XSE

Engines:

• 1.8-liter inline-four
• 1.8-liter inline-four hybrid
• 2.0-liter inline-four

Base MSRP: $19,600

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Prius

The Toyota Prius became the first mass-produced hybrid car when it debuted in 1997. The fourth generation, now a mid-size car, launched in 2015. It is known for its eccentric styling and staid performance. Upper-level trims earn about 52 mpg combined. Buyers can opt for all-wheel-drive enabled by a small electric motor attached to the rear axle, called AWD-e.

Body Style: Hatchback

Models:

• L Eco
• LE / LE with AWD-e
• XLE / XLE with AWD-e
• Limited

Engines:

• 1.8-liter inline-four hybrid

Base MSRP: $24,200

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Prius Prime

The Prius Prime is the plug-in hybrid version of the Prius. The second generation arrived for the 2016 model year. It earns 54 mpg combined in hybrid mode, and has a 25-mile electric-only range. A 2020 facelift adds a third seat in the second row.

Body Style: Hatchback

Models:

• LE
• XLE
• Limited

Engines:

• 1.8-liter inline-four hybrid

Base MSRP: $27,750

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Camry

The Camry is Toyota’s mid-size sedan, known for reliability and durability. The eighth-generation came out for the 2018 model year. It comes with three engine options: a fuel-efficient four-cylinder, a four-cylinder hybrid and a powerful V6. A sportier TRD trim is new for the 2020 model year.

Body Style: Sedan

Models:

• L
• LE / LE Hybrid
• SE / SE Hybrid
• XLE / XLE Hybrid
• TRD
• XSE

Engines:

• 2.5-liter inline-four
• 2.5-liter inline-four hybrid
• 3.5-liter V6

Base MSRP: $24,295

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Avalon

The Avalon is Toyota’s largest sedan. The fifth-generation version came out for the 2018 model year. It uses the same platform as the Lexus ES. Like the ES, it is front-wheel-drive and oriented toward comfort and luxury more than performance. It comes in both V6 and hybrid editions.

Body Style: Sedan

Models:

• XLE / XLE Hybrid
• XSE / XSE Hybrid
• TRD
• Touring
• Limited / Limited Hybrid)

Engines:

• 2.5-liter inline-four hybrid
• 3.5-liter V6

Base MSRP:$35,800

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Mirai

The Toyota Mirai is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. It debuted for the 2014 model year. It’s sold in low volume and only in California, which has more hydrogen infrastructure than other states. A new (and much better-looking) generation of the Mirai will arrive for the 2021 model year.

Body Style: Sedan

Models:

• Mirai

Engines:

• Electric fuel cell motor

Base MSRP: $58,500

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Sienna

The Sienna is Toyota’s minivan. The third generation emerged for the 2011 model year. It lacks some of the luxury and features of competitors. But it’s spacious, and it’s the only minivan on sale today with available all-wheel-drive.

Body Style: Minivan

Models:

• L
• LE
• SE
• XLE
• Limited

Engines:

• 3.5-liter V6

Base MSRP: $31,565

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