New 2017 Toyota Prius – Release Date and Info

If an outstanding fuel economy is what you are looking for, you shouldn’t look further than the new 2017 Toyota Prius. It also offers a significantly improved driving position, a better and quieter riding, and an ample cargo space. Its release date, although speculative at the moment, should be expected sometime in the middle of 2017.

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The mildly redesigned Prius further cements its reputation as one of the best fuel-efficient vehicle you can find in today’s segment with its appealing ad-ons. However, this doesn’t mean that the Prius is coasting on its fuel consumption success. Much has been done on its exterior and interior departments in order to make it appealing to its existing customer base.

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The exterior design remains much the same but a few tweaks can be seen on its front fascia especially the sharper creases throughout its outside. The changes may be challenging to like but they were nonetheless expected. The color palette carries over unchanged. Existing users of the Prius will find its interior intoxicating partly due to the technology galore available. The seats also receive additional bolstering and upgraded upholstery over the previous model.

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But let’s keep it real folks! Anyone looking to buy a Prius will not be interested much in the interior appointments or the exterior design but more on fuel economy numbers. That said, EPA says we should expected a combined city/highway rating of 52 mpg. Well, is that too much than you expected? Guess what, there is the Prius Eco trim model that returns a combined rating of 56 mpg. Whoa! Now we are talking, aren’t we!

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There is more to like on the Prius than the obvious one – fuel consumption. One standout that you’ll most definitely find compelling is the additional head-and legroom which is ample enough to keep 6-footers comfortable even on long trips. Also, it offers a more natural orientation than the outgoing model, which to some, offered a rather odd upright driving position.

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We could go on-and-on about the desirable credentials the Prius offers but the bottom line remains it’s an impressive hybrid vehicle that many people will without a doubt find desirable. Very few cars pose any real threat to the new 2017 Toyota Prius. Those that can dare though include the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid, and the 2017 Chevy Volt.

Offered Trims – 2017 Toyota Prius

Six trims are offered for the new 2017 Toyota Prius: Four Touring, Four, Three Touring, Three, Two Eco, and the base Two. Separate reviews are offered elsewhere on the blog for both the larger Prius V and the compact Prius C trim.

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Even though it’s released date is still a contentious issue at this point in time, our mules have compiled some of the features and accessories certain to be available on the Prius once it is offered.

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The Prius Tow base model offers standard accessories and featurs such as a 6.1” touchscreen display, cloth upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, LED running lights, 15-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, LED automatic headlights, a height-adjustable driver seat, voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, a CD player, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.

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The Two Eco steps up with a lightweight inflation kit, illuminated keyless entry, a lighter lithium-ion hybrid battery, and ultra-rolling resistance tires.

2017 Toyota Prius interior, leather seats, steering wheel

The Prius Three trim model gets you HD and satellite radio, white interior accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen, and smartphone app integration.

The Prius Four trim model offers pre-collision warning system, a full-speed adaptive cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a unique rear bumper styling, lane-departure warning and mitigation assist, and LED clearance lights.

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2017 Toyota Prius Engine Specs

Under the hood, both the 1.8L four-cylinder engine and the pair of electric generators work in synergy to yield an output of about of 121 horsepower which is then fed to the front wheels via the unique electronically controlled CVT.

2017 Toyota Prius engine

A time of 9.8 seconds, a few tenths quicker than the previous model, is required to get past 60 mph with the 2017 Prius Three model.

EPA projects the fuel economy will stand at 50/54/52 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the Three, and 53/58/56 mpg with the Prius Two Eco.

Price & 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-in Release Date

2017 Toyota Prius Release date

The 2017 Toyota Prius’ release date should be expected in the middle of 2017. As for its price, rumors allege the window sticker will feature a base MSRP of $24,200.

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2017 Toyota Prius exterior, front view, headlights and alloy wheels

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New 2017 Toyota Tacoma – Release Date, Specs & Info

Boasting of a refined V6 engine, an extensive list of options, a peerless resale value, an excellent off-road ability, and a responsive touchscreen, the redesigned 2017 Toyota Tacoma is a great choice for a midsize truck. We should expect its release date in October 2017 if online reports are anything to go by.

2017 Toyota Tacoma front angle, grille and headlights

The Tacoma has been for decades now been the preferred option for shoppers who feel regular full-size trucks are just too big or too expensive. It then doesn’t come as a surprise when the same mechanical underpinnings are used during the construction of the new model. Away from the mechanical tidbits, there are several tidbits that Toyota has infused on the new model to make it look and feel fresh.

2017 Toyota Tacoma blue color, alloy wheels

Such changes are spread throughout the entire vehicle. For instance, it comes with a revamped interior design, an available tri-fold hard tonneau cover, and in the lockable damped tailgate. Other upgrades are inform of the overall performance such as in handling, and steering precision. Matters under the hood however remain unaltered.

2017 Toyota Tacoma rear view, taillights and tailpipe

In overall, we’d say the new 2017 Toyota Tacoma is well-positioned to retain its throne as the king of the segment. However, there are several rivals nipping at its heels and some of which can also be desirable options depending on your priorities. For instance, you may find the GM’s Canyon and Colorado to be appealing in terms of offering a comfortable ride and a stronger V6 engine.

2017 Toyota Tacoma exterior, front angle

Another capable truck would be the 2017 Nissan Frontier which offers an appealing refinement and fuel economy consumption advantage over other options.

2017 Toyota Tacoma exterior

Offered Trims – Toyota Tacoma

Five trims are available for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road, and Limited trim model. Additionally two cabs are offered: extended Access Cab, and Double Cab.

Interior Review & 2017 Toyota Tacoma Exterior Changes

The redesigned, base SR model features an adjustable tie-down, full power accessories, a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, a six-speaker sound system, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a sliding rear window, a cargo bed rail system, 16-inch steel wheels, a GoPro windshield mount, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface.

2017 Toyota Tacoma steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

Options available for the SR include 16” black alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, black plastic pieces, a sliding rear window, adaptive cruise control, and body-color door handles.

2017 Toyota Tacoma gear shift knob and leather seats

Stepping up to the SR5 model gets you a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome exterior accents, foglights, a 7-inch touchscreen display, body-color over-fenders, an upgraded infotainment bundle, rear parking sensors, auto-diming rearview mirror, a navigation app, a color trip computer, variable intermittent wipers, and a rear privacy glass.

2017 Toyota Tacoma interior, backseats

The TRD Sport trim model brings you a bed mounted 120-V power outlet, 17-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded infotainment bundle, a special upholstery, a leather-trimmed shift lever, keyless ignition and entry, a sport-tuned shock absorber, LED daytime running lights, a wireless phone charger, and an a unique exterior trim.

The TRD Off-road upgrades you with Bilstein shock absorbers, an electronic locking rear differential, a chin-spoiler delete, adaptive cruise control, and special 16-inch wheels. More details will be added upon its release date.

2017 Toyota Tacoma exterior, side angle

At the helm of the trim ladder is the Limited model which on top of what the TRD Off-road offers adds a unique interior and exterior trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, a leather upholstery, and an upgrade JBL stereo system.

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2017 Toyota Tacoma Engine Specs

A standard six-speed automatic transmission system is offered across all 4×2’s (rear-wheel drive models), and a six-speed manual transmission for the 4×4’s.

The base models get a four-cylinder 2.7L engine rated at 159 hp and 180 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA says automatic-equipped 4×2 models should return 23/19/21 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 22/19/20 mpg for the 4×4’s.

2017 Toyota Tacoma engine

On the other hand, top-of-the-line models get a six-cylinder diesel V6 good for 278 horsepower and 265 pounds-feet of torque. The 4×2’s with an automatic return 24/19/21 mpg, and 21/17/19 mpg for the manual-equipped Access Cabs.

A time of 8.5 seconds is required to lope from 0-60 mph with the TRD Off-Road Double Cab.

Price & 2017 Toyota Tacoma Release Date

2017 Toyota Tacoma release date

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is expected to go for sale for around $23,300, and $24,130 for the Tacoma Double Cab. Its release date although shrouded in mystery, should be expected in October 2017.

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New 2017 Toyota Sienna – Release Date and Review

The new 2017 Toyota Sienna is an excellent choice for families mostly because of its copious amounts of interior space. Other desirable features include an available all-wheel drive, a far-sliding and comfortable second-row seating, an available eight-passenger seating, user-friendly controls, and several different trim levels. More information on its date of release, exterior and interior styling, and price estimation is covered below.

2017 Toyota Sienna front view, headlights and grille

The Sienna is one of the best minivans in the market today which you can never go wrong with especially if family transportation is atop your list of priorities. It offers an exclusive all-wheel drive and a seating capacity enough for eight people as an icing on the cake as well.

The interior is heavily updated and now features a feature galore and quality materials even for its base model. The audio and climate controls are now intuitive and driver-oriented than the previous model’s that were considered by many to be rather flimsy. In a nutshell, Toyota has invested a lot of effort in trying to get value for your money.

2017 Toyota Sienna exterior, white color

One of Sienna’s high point has always been about delivering a comfortable ride, and that’s what the new 2017 model offers. The suspension and structural improvements have also gone a long way in trying to improve the handling and ride quality than before. For those who’d rather spend more to get a more controlled suspension and sharper steering, the SE version should be their aim. But don’t expect anything sporty here – it’s a minivan for goodness sake!

2017 Toyota Sienna rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

Nitpicking has revealed the Sienna is pricey than most of its direct competitors, and the second-row seats are somehow awkward and don’t alloy for easy ingress and egress. Thus, you should find out what the competition offers before ultimately making your decision. Options available on the market include the top-value 2017 Ki Sedona. The funky and efficient 2017 Nissan Quest, and the well-appointed and efficient 2017 Honda Odyssey. We however recommend you steer clear of the aging 2017 Chrysler Town & Country and the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Offered Trim Levels – Toyota Sienna

All trims are offered with a standard FWD, but top trims such as the LE, XLE, and Limited are available with an optional AWD. Trim models offered for the 2017 Toyota Sienna include the base L, LE, SE, XLE, and the limited.

Interior Changes & 2017 Toyota Sienna Exterior Review

2017 Toyota Sienna steering wheel, gear shift knob and dashoard

The base L, upon its release date, will offer automatic tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio control, rear manually sliding doors, 17-inch wheels, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a windshield wiper de-icer, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, and a height-adjustable driver seat.

2017 Toyota Sienna interior, lcd screen and steering wheel

Stepping up to the LE gets you an eight-way power driver seat, a body-color exterior trim, a rear privacy glass, side power-sliding doors,  a 7-inch touchscreen interface, an eight-way power driver seat, floor-and overhead-mounted consoles, a six-speaker sound system, heated mirrors, satellite and HD radio, and 18-inch wheels.

2017 Toyota Sienna front angle, grille and headlights

The SE gets the same accessories as the LE but further adds a perforated second-row leather upholstery, a larger driver information screen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED running lights, a sport-tuned suspension system, lower body-skirting, a sharper steering, a power liftgate, and a unique front fascia.

The XLE adds a faux-wood trim, keyless ignition and entry rear-cross traffic alert, a navigation system, upgraded steering, suspension, and styling.

2017 Toyota Sienna exterior, side view

Finally, the Limited shares most of the basic accessories found on the base plus a heated steering wheel, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, a rear seat entertainment system, LED daytime running lights, an upgraded 10-speaker sound system, driver memory settings, rear and front parking sensors, and an upgraded leatherette upholstery.

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Spy shots of the new Sienna
Spy shots of the new Sienna

Engine Specifications – 2017 Toyota Sienna Van

2017 Toyota Sienna engine

Under the hood of the redesigned 2017 Toyota Sienna is a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system, which then forwards the power generated – 266 hp and 245 lbs. ft. of torque to the standard front wheels. The Sienna LE, XLE, and Limited however get an AWD.

2017 Toyota Sienna Release Date & Price

2017 Toyota Sienna release date

Its release date should be expected in early 2017, probably in February. As for its price, online reports have alleged we should expected something in the neighborhood of $28,850.

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