Well, it had to happen; all that flying around I finally got sick and missed a day of driving Toyotas. I got to drive the fabulous new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid and sit in the product reveal for the other Toyotas, but after that, I was in bed. The Prius info is embargoed till next week (but I loved it), but I have info about the other Toyotas.
But first, I drove the 2016 Lexus RC 200t and loved it! The little 2-door sports car hugged the road and was incredibly fun to drive. A turning radius of 34.2 ft made taking those tight curves so much fun.
I drove a major competitor of the rear-wheel drive Lexus; the 2017 Infiniti Q60. I can’t compare the two of them because I drove the RC 200t which is around 244 horsepower. The Infiniti Q60 Red is 400 horsepower! Sa-weet. We tried it in every mode, and our favorite was standard sport dynamic. There is an eco mode, but it seemed like an oxymoron to put that in a sportscar.
The competitors for both the cars above would be Audi A5, BMW 4-Series, Nissan 370Z, Cadillac ATS, and perhaps a Porsche Boxster.
2017 Toyota 86
If you’ve driven the Scion FR-S and loved it, you will love this sportscar as well. Known in Japan, probably around the world actually, as HachiRoku (86). The AE86 was the global name for the Toyota Corolla GT-S that sold in the U.S. in the mid-1980s. The 2.0-liter aluminum boxer engine delivers 205 hp at 7,000 rpm and 156 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 6,400 rpm. (Automatic version: 200 hp at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb.-ft. at 6,400 rpm.) EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with the six-speed automatic transmission and 21 city/28 highway with the six-speed manual.
For all of you looking for a 3-row 7 or 8-passenger, there is the 2017 Toyota Highlander.
2.7-liter 1,500 lb. towing capacity (LE 4-cylinder) 185 hp @ 5,800 rpm, 184 lb-ft. @4,200 rpm (LE only)
3.5-liter (LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, and Limited) – 5,000 lb. towing capacity 8AT 8-Speed Automatic Transmission Improve Performance and Efficiency.
EPA fuel economy: LE: 30/28/29 XLE, Limited, Limited Platinum: 29/27/28
It comes in either front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD – V6 only).
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