Toyota: What’s new for 2010
By Aaron Gold. Cars Expert
Aaron Gold, About.com s Cars Expert, has been an automotive journalist for a decade and a half and has been writing for About.com since 2004. He contributes to several automotive publications and is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury.
Toyota is one of the best-selling brands in the United States. Here are all of the changes for the 2010 model year.
CONFIRMED FOR 2010:
4RUNNER: (photo ) The 4Runner is all-new for 2010. The fifth-generation 4Runner is taller, wider and longer than the vehicle it replaces, and it retains its body-on-frame construction for off-road ruggedness. In a return to its roots, the new 4Runner will offer a 4-cylinder engine (2.7 liters, 157 horsepower), though only on the basic SR5 4×2 model; most 4Runners will be powered by a 270 hp 4.0 liter V6.
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The V8 engine from last year s 4Runner has been dropped. Model offerings include SR5, Limited, and a new Trail model specially designed for off-road performance. The 4Runner Trail offers Crawl Control and Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, both of which, until now, were exclusive to Toyota s top-of-the-line off-roader, the Land Cruiser .
AVALON: Aside from a new color ( Sandy Beach Metallic ), the Avalon is unchanged.
CAMRY: (photo ) The Camry has been restyled for 2010 with new head- and taillights, bumper, grille, and wheels.
The four-cylinder engine is a new 2.5 liter unit that produces 169 hp, 21 more than last year; SE models get 179 hp. The new engine can be had with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The optional V6 is unchanged. New standard equipment includes electronic stability control and auto up/down windows on all four doors; new options include a USB input jack, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and keyless ignition.
CAMRY HYBRID: (photo ) Like the regular Camry, the Hybrid gets a new grille, bumper, and taillights and four auto up/down windows.
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The gauge cluster has been revised, as has the seat cloth.
FJ CRUISER: The good news is that the FJ s engine gets variable valve timing and other improvements, and now produces 20 more horsepower (259) while using a bit less fuel. The bad news: It now requires premium gas. Other news: Army Green replaces Voodoo Blue and the windshield washer tank is bigger. There s also a new Special Edition model, painted Sandstorm (beige?), including the roof, with a blacked-out hood. The Special Edition gets a host of comfort and convenience features as well as a Cycloe air cleaner, differential lock with A-Trac, Bilstein shock absorbers, all-weather floor mats, and TRD beadlock-style wheels with BFG all-terrain tires.
HIGHLANDER/HIGHLANDER HYBRID: A moonroof is now optional on the 4-cylinder base model, while a backup camera is optional on the V6 base model. Toyota and V6 badging have been removed from the tailgate.
LAND CRUISER: A tinted rear window, XM satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a USB audio input jack are now standard, and the optional navigation system now includes XM NavTraffic. Rain-sensing wipers are now part of the Upgrade Package.
PRIUS: The Prius is all-new for 2010, with revised interior styling, a roomier interior, and — most importantly — a cleaner, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient powertrain. A new Eco Mode helps the driver to get better fuel economy, while Power Mode makes the Prius respond more crisply to the throttle. The Prius is now available in four trim levels, and new options include a solar-powered ventilating fan that runs when the car is parked and the ability to run the air conditioning off the traction battery, allowing the driver to cool of the car before getting in.
RAV4: New options include a backup camera for the base model, a JBL stereo system for the Sport, and a cargo cover for both Base and Sport models. The Sport Apperance Package is now available on 4×2 4-cylinder RAV4s.
SEQUOIA: The 4.7 liter V8 has been replaced by a new 4.6 liter engine that cranks out more power while using less fuel. In some parts of the country, 5.7 liter 4×4 models will get E85 flex fuel capability as standard. New standard equipment includes driver and passenger knee airbags, daytime running lights, running boards, a moonroof, roof rack, rear spoiler, power driver s seat, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a towing package. Limited models add a rear-view-mirror backup camera, 20 wheels, and a power rear liftgate, and a navigation system is now available as an option. The Platinum model gets additional wood trim, a rear-seat entertainment system, and laser cruise control.
SIENNA: No changes. A redesigned Sienna is on the way for the 2011 model year.
TACOMA: No changes.
TUNDRA: The 4.7 liter V8 gives way to a new 4.6 liter unit which produces more power and gets better fuel economy. The taillights are new, and some models get a revised grille. New standard equipment includes knee airbags for the driver and front passenger and a power rear window for DoubleCab models; a rear-view-mirror backup camera, power folding towing mirrors, and two new stereos join the options list. A new base-model Work Truck includes vinyl seats, rubber floors, black exterior trim, and fewer comfort and convenience features. Meanwhile, the high end gets higher with a new Platinum Package, which comes with jazzier trim inside and out, heated and cooled leather seats, and special Platinum badging, including embroidered headrests.
VENZA: An iPod compatible USB port and Bluetooth phone connectivity are now standard.
YARIS: Electronic stability control now comes standard, as does a tachometer and a rear-window defogger. The 5-door version is now available with a manual transmission.
JOINT SUBARU/TOYOTA SPORTS CAR/FT-86: Toyota and Subaru are co-developing a rear-drive sports car, which is expected to debut in 2011 as a 2012 model. The car will reportedly be powered by a Subaru-sourced horizontally-opposed ( boxer ) engine. Toyota showed a concept version of the new car at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Show, dubbed the FT-86 concept (photo ).
SIENNA: Toyota s minivan will be redesigned for the 2011 model year.