2017 Toyota Tundra Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Toyota Tundra is full-size pickup that offers serious off-roading capability in a comfortable and quiet interior accommodation. Although it may not be as popular as its other American rivals, the Tundra offers plenty of reasons that should probably make you consider it on your shopping list. The Tundra release date is set for the 2017 summer, if rumors by those in the know are anything to go by.

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The winning formula that has been part and parcel of Toyota Tundra has more or less features strong V8 powertrains, an off-road themed capability, colossal CrewMax cab, and a large double cab. On the flipside, though, the Tundra fails to offer a V6 engine, impressive fuel economy ratings, and a smooth ride quality.

2017 Toyota Tundra front angle, headlights and grille

While the previous model gained an upgraded electronics interface, a standard integrated trailer brake control, and an upgraded front and rear fascia, the new model comes with a tweaked exterior, a more refined interior hosting upgraded technologies and materials, and better off-roading. Regardless of what happens on its facets, what remains as the denominator is its unabashedly American creation.

2017 Toyota Tundra rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

But it isn’t the only vehicle that has the American flare, trucks from GM, Ram, and Ford are serious contenders here, too. In fact, the Tundra is, in comparison, to these trucks, at a disadvantage if the sales volume is anything to go by. Mark you, it isn’t because the Tundra is Japanese, as it is built and produced in Texas. Much of what ails it is, by and large, its age.

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Although the new model has gained a substantial refresh relative to the outgoing model that has brought about updated features, an improved cabin, a revised styling, and better cabin layout, the changes are akin to a kitchen remodel as compared to building from scratch. Take for instance its rivals such as the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and the Ram 1500, which have improved in leaps and bounds. The Ford F-150 comes with strong turbocharged engines, a lightweight aluminum body, and redesign interior layout. The Ram 1500 gains an efficient and powerful turbo-diesel engine, a smooth ride quality thanks to the smooth-riding coil spring suspension system, and a slightly improved fuel economy over the previous model.

2017 Toyota Tundra rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Finally, the Chevrolet Silverado too comes with incremental changes over the previous model it is replacing. It keeps up with the Joneses thanks to a myriad of changes on its exterior, and interior. The output also sees fuel economy gains. While the Toyota Tundra is arguably among the best when it comes to off-roading, its fuel economy ratings and power don’t meet the required threshold to be noticeable in the segment. In all fairness, the new 2017 Tundra simply doesn’t make the cut given the available options available in the segment today. We find it extremely difficult to recommend it to shoppers looking for a serious, all-rounded pickup truck.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Release Date & Price

As already mentioned, its release date should be expected sometime in the summer of 2017. Toyota is yet to make the pricing details known, however, this hasn’t stopped the best brains in the industry from coming up with the best case scenarios. At its best, the Tundra will probably costs an MSRP starting from $32,000 – that is, considering Toyota actually makes substantial changes. On the other hand, minimal changes will stagnate the price at the current cost estimates at $29,900.

2017 Toyota Tundra release date

2017 Toyota Tundra Exterior

Rumors within the industry allege the new model will come with several key changes on both its front and rear fascia. The front end will probably feature a menacing chrome accented grille, larger air intakes, and redesigned headlights. All these should aid it in offering a better stance than before. Some of the highlights that the exterior will offer include a damped tailgate, heated mirrors, eighteen-inch steel wheels, off-road tires, automatic LED headlights, a sunroof (Platinum), and a skid plates.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Interior

Accessories available should include keyless entry and ignition, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a CD player, air conditioning, HD and satellite radio, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.

2017 Toyota Tundra interior, steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

Available Trims

Six trims, unless slightly changed on its release date, are available: SR, SR5, Platinum, Limited, TRD Pro, and the 1794 Edition.

Engine Specs

As of this writing, two engines are available for the Toyota Tundra 2017: a 4.6L V8 engine able to crank out 310 hp and 327 lbs. ft. of torque, and a 5.7L V8 able to send 381 horsepower to the wheels.

2017 Toyota Tundra engine

Safety

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In government crash tests, the new Toyota Tundra achieved four stars out of the possible five for frontal and side crash impact protection, five stars for rear impact, and four stars for overall crash impact protection.

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2017 Toyota Tundra interior, leather seats

2017 Toyota Highlander Release Date, Info & Specs

Pleasing and comfortable to ride, the new Toyota Highlander for 2017 isn’t a no-brainer pick for shoppers looking for a larger family crossover. Some of its strengths include a refined cabin, a functional cabin, seating capacity for up to eight people, a strong and smooth V6 engine, and a serene compliant ride. Its release date should be expected mid next year.

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The new Toyota Highlander for 2017, which is in its fourth year of the vehicle’s present generation, remains one our favorites in this segment. For a majority of shoppers who are turned off by the thought of owning a V8-powered toy-hauling juggernaut or minivans, the highlander, with its third rows of seating, undoubtedly hits the right spots.

2017 Toyota Highlander side view, silver color

Whichever the trim level you choose, the vehicle has a long standing in terms of a comfortable and spacious cabin. You also have the option of reducing the seating capacity to eight people if you opt for the second-rose captain’s chairs. Driving the Highlander has never been this better. It comes with a V6-powered engine mated to a six-speed auto transmission that makes the driving experience smooth and effortless.

2017 Toyota Highlander side view, taillights

Interior wise, Toyota has provided lots of contemporary smartphone-integrated services and tech tools that make life inside the Highlander bearable for long distances. Unlike other vehicles in its segment, the vehicle packs enough goodness that has made it difficult for us to recommend any other vehicle. Nonetheless, it is always great to sample other vehicles in the segment before making you ultimate decision. As such, some of its alternatives include the 2017 Ford Explorer, 2017 Dodge Durango, and the 2017 Honda Pilot.

Available Trims – Toyota Highlander

The midsize three-row crossover is offered in a walloping five trims: base LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and the top-rated Limited Platinum trim. The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is reviewed separately.

Interior Changes & Exterior Review – 2017 Toyota Highlander

The refreshed base LE trim offers standard cloth seating, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 60/40-split third-row seating, a CD player, USB/iPod interface, a six-speaker audio interface, manually-adjustable front seats, 18” alloy wheels, a 6.1” central touchscreen interface, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, adaptive cruise control, heated outside mirrors, reclining and sliding 60/40-split second-row seats, and voice controls.

2017 Toyota Highlander steering wheel, lcd screen, gear shift knob

Opting for the LE Plus gets you a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8” display screen, HD and satellite radio, an eight-way power driver seat, an adjustable-height power liftgate, a flip-up rear hatch window, foglights, and an automatic climate control (tri-zone).

Upgrading to the XLE adds a 110-V power outlet smartphone app integration, driver voice amplification for rear passenger communication, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, a navigation system, an 8” central display, leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, roof rails, a sunroof, and retractable second-row sunshades.

2017 Toyota Highlander interior, leather seats and dashboard

At the top of the food chain is the Limited trim that offers driver memory settings, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, rear parking sensors, a blind-spot monitoring system, LED running lights, 19” wheels, rear-cross traffic alert, a four-way power passenger seat, ventilated and heated front seats, ambient interior lighting, a blind-spot monitoring system, and second-row captain’s chairs.

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The trim above can also equipped with the optional Driver Technology package which offers automatic collision notification system, stolen vehicle location, a frontal impact crash mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning system, and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Toyota Highlander Engine Specs

A 2.7l four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower and 184 lbs. of torque comes equipped under the hood of the base 2017 Toyota Highlander LE trim. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system which transfers the power to the front wheel. Its fuel consumption according to EPA stands at 20/25/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Toyota Highlander engine

Optional for the LE and standard for the rest of the lineup is a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 270 hp and 248 lbs. of torque. Again, the power here is transferred by the six-speed automatic transmission system to either the front-or all- wheel-drive system. The EPA ratings for the V6 are 19/25/21 mpg for the FWD, and 18/24/20 mpg with the AWD.

2017 Toyota Highlander Price & Release Date

The redesigned Toyota Highlander for 2017 will probably hit our dealerships mid-next year according to online sources. And with just $29,990 to spare, you will be riding one of the Highlanders home.

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2019 Toyota Corolla

Newest 2019 Toyota Corolla Release Date

Toyota is continuing on its line with the upcoming 2019 Toyota Corolla car. Although this news is relatively fresh, it is something that we have been expecting to get for a while now. It is no secret that the Corolla is one of the most sold Toyota models. It is due to its reliability and people often view it as a sure thing. This has always meant that the Corolla has sold well and it is an established model in its segment both in the home country and in the US.

With the 2019 Toyota Corolla we are getting a bit more of the same old same old. This means that they are not changing the formula and are bringing us all the things that we have been expecting to get. This is not a bad thing and some drivers are used to getting a secure option that they can rely on. If you are looking for more excitement, than the 2019 Toyota Corolla is not for you. It still does not have an exceptionally advanced output and will give you standard capabilities of the model.

The newest 2019 Toyota Corolla is making its appearance in the third quarter of 2018. The vehicle is being built and developed and will come just in time for the release as a 2019 model.

What is the Expected Price of the 2019 Toyota Corolla?

One of the advantage with the 2019 Toyota Corolla is a similar price compared to last time. This is due to the fact that the vehicle has not changed so much and they actually not changing so much. The people that are in need for reassurance and reliability will gladly accept having this kind of an offer on their hands. The price is in that case pretty standard. It will not go beyond the base MSRP of $16,800 that the base model is currently priced at. The 2019 Toyota Corolla is once again a cost-effective car as both its initial price is followed with decent fuel economy that will make your whole experience pretty economical. The most expensive model is the ECO Plus trim, which is offered at $20,100. There are also a few packages in preparation which are going to further your offer.

2019 Toyota Corolla Rumors and News

The rumors about the 2019 Toyota Corolla stated that they are upgrading the safety system. The current Corolla model did not have a shabby safety and security system at all. But it is always better to have something more and get a new kind of a system. Once the model has been confirmed for release, the rumor about it was that they are going to update and offer advanced safety. This is in a sense true and they are going to update it. But it is not close to the initial thoughts that the people had in mind. Adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, pedestrian detection and blind-spot monitoring are still a standard set of equipment that the 2019 Toyota Corolla will have. But don’t expect them to go crazy over this and provide a grander offer.

2019 Toyota Corolla and Newest Exterior Changes

The newest 2019 Toyota Corolla is adding some elements to improve the exterior style. But this is by all no means enough to change the face of Corolla completely. It is a foreground of what people were hoping to get and wanted to see out of the newest vehicle. But the Corolla still looks very much like its old nerdy self. But there are some changes and updates which make some difference possible. For instance, the large gloss black trapezoid on the front end of the car and forming the grille is one part of the update. The lower grille adds some chrome elements that update the vehicle’s front but not really set the car apart form the usual kind of a look. It is still pretty much a Corolla and not an Audi, although the elements are strangely similar.

The hood is also positioned lower, and gives a futuristic kind of a style that you would not expect to see with this kind of a car. The LED low-beam headlights come as standard and are a surprising addition. The profile does not really state that eh car has grown, even though it has. The dimensional changes are more noticeable within the wheelbase of the car. But the rear end of the car is the weakest part. It does not really look exciting at all and they have just copied what they had. This leaves us with not a special kind of a model that does not really go too far away in updating its looks.

Newest Colors Choices

The 2019 Toyota Corolla is adding some colors. This is not really going to make the car any more exciting. But it is better to have some changes than have none at all. The vehicle will this way give added options to the driver and buyers will feel as if the car offer much more than it actually does. For now expect that the color specter of the vehicle is improving. It also means that there are ultimately more options available for the vehicle.

New Size and Dimensions

Strangely enough, the part about the 2019 Toyota Corolla that does change is its size. The vehicles is getting updated and will be larger. The size of the model is growing in order to accommodate the people inside and add more comfort for the passengers. But on the other hand, the 2019 Toyota Corolla visually does not seem so larger. It has grown four inches in its overall length but the only noticeable changes are seen in the wheelbase size. This is of course only visually, but when you look at the stats of the car you see that they are completely different. This means that the car is now 183.1 in long, has a wheelbase of 106.3 in. The overall width is 69.9 in and the height is 57.3 in,

Some Interior Changes for the 2019 Toyota Corolla

The interior changes for the 2019 Toyota Corolla are much larger than its exterior. They did not only make things more comfortable, but also more technologically advanced. The newest car is characterized by having an abundance of updated features. These are supposed to make the whole of the inside seem perfect compare to the older model. It will enable you to enjoy the drive and give you the necessary equipment to enjoy it.

Thus you get a new touchscreen infotainment interface which comes with new and updated gauge cluster. The dashboard is also completely changed and you will see the new crucial air vents and redesigned automatic climate controls that are going to define the latest vehicle. The steering wheel is adding an integrated multifunction control pad which enables much more ease in use. Also, the vehicle is advancing connectivity as it gives us the full extent of the newest and latest technology that will fit all the modern drivers.

No Changes Under the Hood of the 2019 Toyota Corolla

With all of the other changes the 2019 Toyota Corolla has gone through, the powertrain is not one of them. Actually, the vehicle is going to keep the same set of powertrains as the last time and it will even transfer the same kind of output that we used to have before. Thus the entry models come with a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder that makes 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. With the LE Eco trim, the models using those have a 1.8-lite engine that gives us a power output of 140 hp. The base engine is a VVT-i engine while the secondary one is a Valvematic engine. Both are pretty reliable and have worked well for the vehicles in the past. But the thing is that it still does not make for an exciting drive.

0-60 mph and Top Speed

With the same kind of engine setup transfer for the 2019 Toyota Corolla, we also have the same kind of performance numbers for it. This means that the same kind of a lack lustered performance is expected to be seen here as the car accelerates to 0-60 mph in about 10 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph, as estimated. The numbers are not at all bad and they still prove to be somewhat good for the car, but they are not convincing and it actually does not bring something that a lot of fans would prefer. For now it remains this way.

2019 Toyota Corolla Fuel Economy

The same kind of fuel economy ratings are given for the 2019 Toyota Corolla. They are not improved in any way or form. They are revealed to be quite the same in terms of fuel usage. The EPA gives a combined rating of 26 mpg, with 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Not really something that we expected to change. But it would be good that they at least look at it and try to fix it for the future.