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A white 2022 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road is shown driving on a dusty trail.

Toyota’s Best of the Best

Customers value cars that are reliable, long-lasting, and fun to drive. That’s why they choose Toyota! You can expect great reliability and resale value with pretty much any model in the Toyota lineup. Toyota has built a reputation for building dependable models that can last far into the hundred thousand miles mark without major issues. That’s why customers continue to choose Toyota vehicles time and time again.

Toyota dealers around the country carry a wide selection of fan-favorite Toyota models, including the largest range of hybrids available from any manufacturer. This versatility is one of the things that has led Toyota to be a standout brand here in the U.S. Toyota actually ranks higher in the percentage of American-sourced and manufactured cars than many domestic brands. Several Toyota models, from the full-size Tundra and Sequoia to the sporty GR Corolla, were designed specifically for American drivers. Pairing these award-winning vehicles with customer-focused dealers, Toyota has been an icon in customer service and reliability, all packaged in fun-to-drive and exciting cars.

RAV4: America’s #1 SUV

The RAV4 is America’s top-selling SUV for many reasons. It is versatile, economical, and fun to drive. With options ranging from the more refined XSE and XLE to the TRD Off-Road and Adventure trims for trail-hopping weekend warriors, there’s a RAV4 made for everyone. It’s no wonder there are so many fans of this Toyota model.

The available powertrains in the 2023 RAV4 include a standard 2.5L four-cylinder with 203 hp, a 2.5L hybrid with 219 hp, and an incredible plug-in hybrid with 302 hp. The refined hybrid powertrains are a Toyota signature and allow this compact SUV to achieve excellent fuel economy ratings of up to 40 MPG combined. The RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid can even travel on electricity for miles without switching on its gasoline engine.

Other appealing options include a power-lift tailgate, panoramic view monitors for avoiding obstacles, and the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite of advanced driver-assist features. Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging with a charge indicator light and a 12.3-inch driver multi-information display are also available options for those who opt for the XLE trim.

For those rugged enough to venture into the wilderness, the TRD Off-Road Grade Weather Package includes amenities such as a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers with de-icer functions to help adjust to any climate you may encounter.

Toyota’s generous 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and 96-month/100,000-mile hybrid warranty make the RAV4 an economical choice for adventurous types and weekenders ready to conquer any terrain. An estimated fuel economy of 30 MPG combined for the base model also makes this a great buy for those seeking a utility vehicle without the high operating cost.

Corolla: Compact, Yet Charismatic

The Corolla has been a sensible option for customers seeking a long-lasting, reliable car that is fun to drive and affordable to own. It is the second best-selling sedan in America, right behind its bigger sibling, the Toyota Camry. The focus of the Corolla is to offer an affordable driving experience that appeals to different styles. Across five distinct models, there is a Corolla for everyone.

Corolla & Corolla Hybrid

First introduced to the world in 1966, the Corolla has become the best-selling car of all time, with over 50 million units sold. Across 12 generations, it combines all the comforts of driving into one simple, affordable, and reliable platform. The 2023 Corolla’s 2.0L offers a solid 35 MPG combined with its continuously variable transmission, while the Corolla Hybrid provides an outstanding EPA-estimated 50 MPG combined and is available with all-wheel drive.

Corolla Hatchback

While it offers almost all the same features as the standard Corolla sedan, the Hatchback variant aims to provide more practicality. It offers 35% more space in its rear cargo area than the sedan has in its truck, and you can fold down the rear seats in the Hatchback to easily fit much larger items. The 2023 Corolla Hatchback offers utility and function that other compact cars do not and has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

A silver 2023 Toyota GR Corolla is shown kicking up dust after leaving a Toyota dealer.

GR Corolla

The rally-inspired GR Corolla sports a feisty 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that produces an even 300 hp with a six-speed manual transmission and a sophisticated all-wheel drive system. Appealing to a louder audience, the GR model proves that the Corolla can break boundaries and is far more than just an affordable and practical car. The GR Corolla maintains street-cred as a formidable opponent in the “hot-hatch” category with technology borrowed from the Toyota Gazoo Racing team.

Corolla Cross

The Corolla Cross is a subcompact SUV that offers even more cargo space and practicality than the Corolla Hatchback. Manufactured in the United States, the Corolla Cross debuted in 2021 and is one of the best buys in Toyota’s extensive lineup of SUVs. Starting at a reasonable $23,060, the 2023 Corolla Cross is a great choice for Corolla fans looking to upgrade to an SUV. It is even available with all-wheel drive for superior bad-weather traction.

Sienna: A Pioneer in Form and Utility

In 1998, Toyota introduced the Sienna as a practical option for families on the go. Since its debut, the Sienna has established a reputation as the top-selling minivan in America. The sport-meets-luxury styling can impress even the most skeptical car buyer. Well-optioned trims include super-long-slide captain’s chairs and connectivity through a rear-seat multimedia system that supports nearly any subscription service.

Safety is paramount with the 2023 Sienna. Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 includes features such as a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beams, Road Sign Assist, and more to help keep you and your loved ones safe. With these features, it’s no wonder why the 2022 model was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

A grey 2023 Toyota Sienna Platinum is shown parked near a modern house.

Catering to Drivers’ Needs

Toyota is the brand that caters to all drivers’ needs and has done so successfully for many decades. The brand has been an industry leader in fuel efficiency, cost of ownership, and quality. It has also put fuel efficiency at the forefront with a variety of hybrid options. Since the brand essentially created the hybrid segment with the introduction of the Prius in 1997, it has continued to innovate and refine its tech with each new model.

From the versatility of Toyota’s expansive SUV lineup to the award-winning Corolla and Sienna families, Toyota has a car for everyone! Toyota’s consistent innovation in hybrid technology has also bled over to its infotainment and comfort tech, with new models being outfitted with exciting features every year. You have a user-friendly infotainment interface in newer models, and with the Toyota App, you can stay connected to your vehicle from your phone. Not to mention, you can easily connect your phone to your vehicle through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to be able to play music, answer texts, and take calls while you are out on the road.

While Toyotas are known for their reliability, you will still be happy to know they are eligible for free maintenance visits. Every new Toyota comes with ToyotaCare, a maintenance plan that covers scheduled service for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. You will also have 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years with unlimited mileage.

Still not sure what Toyota fits best for your lifestyle? You can always head to your local Toyota dealership to take a few test drives and try out some different options before you decide. Reading about a reliable brand is a great place to start, but nothing beats getting behind the wheel and discovering what these vehicles can do for yourself. New or used, ICE or hybrid, sedan, SUV, minivan, or truck, Toyota has an option that will work for you.