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The Toyota FT-4X Concept is a Millennials’ toy truck made real

The Toyota FT-4X Concept is a Millennials’ toy truck made real

Toyota clearly hasn't given up its toy box, as a Tonka truck come to life is really the best way to describe its FT-4X concept at the NYIAS 2017 this week. Pitched as an "always ready" SUV for city-dwelling Generation Y drivers, the chunky 4x4 can't resist every automaker's current obsession: Millennials. As Toyota sees it, they're looking for "Rugged Charm".

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Toyota turned a HiLux pickup into a real-life Tonka Truck

Toyota turned a HiLux pickup into a real-life Tonka Truck

At some point growing up, most kids spent some time playing in sand or dirt with big yellow toy trucks — more thank likely those from Hasbro's Tonka Trucks line. Those with fond memories of those times are just who Toyota is looking to appeal to with its latest concept: a 2016 HiLux pickup designed to resemble a life-sized Tonka Truck. Outfitted with plenty of off-road gear, it looks just as if a kid's toy was brought to life.

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2017 Toyota 86 Review: A lesson for supercars

2017 Toyota 86 Review: A lesson for supercars

The Scion FR-S is dead, long live the 2017 Toyota 86. Claiming a new badge and assuming the same name as the affordable coupe already sported outside of the US, the refreshed version of the 2-liter two-seater sticks with its winning formula. In the process, it underscores a lesson many more expensive sports cars could do worse than learn.

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Desert storm: Catching air in Toyota’s TRD at the 2017 Mint 400

Desert storm: Catching air in Toyota’s TRD at the 2017 Mint 400

There's more than one way to get to Las Vegas from downtown Los Angeles. You could hop on a jet at LAX and be there before you're half-way through your in-flight movie. There's always I-15, that shimmering ribbon of sun-baked asphalt that takes you through Barstow and Baker before spitting you out across the Nevada line within spitting distance of Sin City. Then there's the road less traveled - where's there's not really any road at all - that runs you through the network of casually-maintained desert paths frequented by utility companies, park rangers, rattlesnakes, and in my case, a pack of brand-new 2017 Toyota TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro pickups.

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Forget Millennials, Toyota’s funky 2018 C-HR is really all about safety

Forget Millennials, Toyota’s funky 2018 C-HR is really all about safety

You'd be forgiven for thinking the 2018 Toyota C-HR was the Japanese automaker's play for car-eschewing Millennials, but really the crossover curiosity is the first major push in its safety tech offensive. Originally revealed as a Scion concept back in late 2015, and then promptly rescued by the mother-brand after the Scion nameplate ended up in the dumpster, the C-HR certainly fits a gap in Toyota's line-up. After all, while other automakers have plenty of compact crossover options, Toyota's ever-enlarging RAV4 may have grown itself out of the segment.

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Toyota’s new autonomous test platform gets smarter over time

Toyota’s new autonomous test platform gets smarter over time

Toyota Research Institute's autonomous driving tests seem to be moving right along, with the auto maker today introducing its 2.0 generation autonomous test vehicle. The plug-and-play test platform has been built on the back of the Lexus LS600hL, and is designed to explore two important facets of autonomous driving.

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Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

GM and Toyota will pressure lawmakers to loosen rules on self-driving cars, arguing that restrictive current regulations are leading to thousands of preventable deaths. Representatives from the two automakers will appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday this week, and according to prepared remarks will criticize existing laws on autonomous vehicles and the testing of such vehicles. Among their complaints are restrictions that demand traditional controls must be available.

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Tesla and BMW EVs miss top scores in shock safety tests

Tesla and BMW EVs miss top scores in shock safety tests

Tesla's 2017 Model S has failed to score top marks in auto safety crash testing, with the electric sedan falling short of IIHS' 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's trials sit alongside - and in some cases are more stringent than - the US government's own NHTSA crash testing. It's one of the organizations most notorious challenges that the Model S struggled in, though the automaker says a fix is in the works.

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5 SUVs You Can Still Actually Take Off-Road

5 SUVs You Can Still Actually Take Off-Road

SUVs might have taken over the sales charts, but over the past two decades they’ve evolved to the point where only a few models have stayed true to their go-anywhere off-road roots. Most sport-utility shoppers snap up these practical daily drivers for their generous cargo and passenger space, not to mention the added security of all-wheel drive, but there's still a shortlist out there searching for a trail-ready champion that they can get muddy on more than just a gravel road. Check out these five SUVs that you can actually take off-road.

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5 Mid-Size SUVs under $40,000 to watch out for in 2017

5 Mid-Size SUVs under $40,000 to watch out for in 2017

Mid-size SUVs are the 'next step' in almost every family's automotive evolution. With enough room to handle a growing brood - especially when trying to fit lanky teenagers in the back seat - along with the kind of cargo space that lets you haul all of your gear at the same time, mid-size sport-utility vehicles are versatile and in many cases surprisingly affordable additions to any driveway.

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This is the new 2018 Toyota Camry: You’ll buy thousands of them

This is the new 2018 Toyota Camry: You’ll buy thousands of them

Nobody has ever felt their breath catch in their throat at the sight of a Toyota Camry, but that hasn't stopped it from becoming the best-selling car in America for the past fifteen years. Now, Toyota is aiming to "stir the soul" for its eighth generation, with the 2018 Camry promising not only the dependable functionality of its predecessors but some excitement too. Here's how they'll do it.

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Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car winks at you, remembers the minutiae of your interests, and suggests detours to hang out with your friends: all in the name of getting you to trust its self-driving talents. Revealed at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, CA. this week, on the one hand it's a striking design study intended to explore the new possibilities unlocked when you're liberated from the tyranny of everyday driving. At the same time, though, it addresses a more fundamental issue, around trust in technology and the fear of the expert. I caught up with Ian Cartabiano, lead designer at the Toyota CALTY studio, and William Chergosky, interior lead designer, to find out why Concept-i is so important.

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