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Entries in Toyota (15)

Monday
Jul302012

RoAb #136 - Mrs. Ausfahrt and Mr. Auspuff

Toyota turns back the clock on race relations.  The City of Chicago moves a mountain of cars.  And our panelists play another game of LIE OF THE BEHOLDER!

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Featuring: Michelle Naranjo, Dave Sullivan, Steven Ewing, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

With additional research and assistance from: Mark Malonzo

RoundAbout records LIVE on Fridays at 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT. Visit RoundAboutShow.com and click Watch Live to watch our webcast and look in on all the antics.

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Monday
Dec262011

RoAb #110 - 2011 Year in Review

Coming up on RoundAbout . . . it’s time for our annual report card.  That’s right, how well did we predict what would happen in 2011?  Were the automotive tarot cards accurate?  Did palm reading come through for us?  Should we have consulted the bones?  Find out if we’re worth our salt as psychics by hitting that play button.

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Featuring: Colin Bird, Eric Trytko, Michelle Naranjo, Steven J. Ewing, Craig Cole and Ben Sanders

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Sunday
Sep182011

RoAb #97 - The ‘60 Cars, 90 Minutes’ Episode: Frankfurt 2011

Coming up on RoundAbout, a very special episode recapping the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.  We cover a whopping 60 vehicles in just 90 minutes.  If you need a Frankfurt fix this is your one-stop shop!

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Featuring: Michelle Naranjo, Steven Ewing, Mirko Reinhardt, Eric TrytkoCraig Cole and Ben Sanders

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Sunday
Nov072010

RoAb #57 - The 'DOA' Episode

This week we look at a lineup of stories that can only be described as “dead on arrival.”  GM executives wuss out and pull the plug on a commercial featuring Sarah Palin and Tina Fey (I guess it’s full-speed ahead on “Chevy runs deep”).  Honda showcases a lineup of pimped-out CR-Zs at the SEMA show in Las Vegas (need I say more?).  The “Critical Mass” bicycle rally is critically wounded as police in Long Beach, California cite cyclists and impound their rides.  Enjoy all that and more, plus we take a look at some revolutionary aircraft in the “Blind Spot” and delve into the inner workings of the human mind with another installment of “Psy-Car-Logy.”  The birdman Colin Bird from Cars.com is this week’s special guest.

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Thursday
Oct212010

A Closer Look - 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid

I'm no Jonathan Ive, but I'd like to think I know good design when I see it.  To my admittedly jaundiced eye, Japanese automakers -- with the exception of Mazda -- can't seem to build a beautiful car.  Sure, some of their products are decent looking, like the Honda Accord for instance, but as far as I'm concerned they've never produced a product that's stop-and-stare gorgeous like, say, an Audi S5.  If any manufacturer proves this rule it's Toyota, and its ever-popular midsize sedan is the poster child of this unfortunate ethos.

Something’s just not right about the Camry’s styling.  It looks like the product of one too many focus groups or corporate think tanks.  It’s not ugly, but it’s definitely odd – like a partially melted walrus, but with a much bigger underbite.  The hybrid model is particularly strange, with sharp corners molded into its low-hanging bumpers – add-ons for better aerodynamics that give it an almost tank-like heft.  The wispy brushed-metal accent piece above the grille opening brings to mind a mustached maitre'd at a fancy restaurant.  "Do you have a reservation?"

Popping open a door and sliding inside you’re greeted by an interior that’s rather plain.  Like the outside, Toyota played it safe.  Thankfully, what it lacks in pizzazz it makes up for with comfort.  The leather-trimmed seats are soft to the touch and long-haul comfortable, front or rear.  The cabin is as quiet as a nuclear submarine in enemy waters, even at freeway speeds.  But for all these plusses, I found a few surprising minuses.  Chiefly among these was the disappointing fit and finish.  There were several misaligned panels on the dashboard and the materials’ quality was nothing special.  Also, in a day when even bottom-rung economy cars offer attractive, woven headliners the Camry comes dressed with something resembling an old sweater. 

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