One automotive manufacturer which definitely stood out amid the 2009 San Francisco Auto Show, sort of like a roaring tiger at the top of Mt. Everest, was Toyota. It seems like they’ve got everything right – a well priced hybrid, a solid off road machine, solid work trucks, safe and reliable family transportation, and a good future. The FJ Cruiser seems solid, simple, easy to work on, and full of great features for 4×4 off road use. The 2010 Prius seems like a promising and solid car, and according to company reps, the 2011 Prius will use Lithium batteries and will be plugged in overnight. Toyota’s lineup of minivans, sedans, and SUV’s seems very promising and reliable as well. If you’re thinking about a new car, Toyota is one brand to definitely consider. The following photos were taken December 2009 at the San Francisco International Auto Show.
Toyota FJ Cruiser
The 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser starts at an MSRP of $25,270 and is powered by a 4-liter V6 DOHC 24-valve Dual VVT, 258 horsepower, 270 lb-ft of torque engine. Included is a 5-speed automatic transmission, part-time 4WD, Variable Gear Power Steering, Cyclone Air Pre-Cleaner, and 17 inch black steel wheels with P265/70 R17 tires. The FJ gets an EPA estimated fuel economy of 17 MPG city and 21 MPG highway.
The 2010 Toyota Prius starts with a $25,800 MSRP and is powered by Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive System, which includes a 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT 4-cylinder engine. 4-wheel disc brakes and front independent suspension is also included. EPA estimated fuel economy is 51 MPG city and 48 MPG highway.
Toyota Prius Hybrid Plug-In
The 2010 Toyota Tacoma starts with an MSRP of $26,750 for the Double Cab 4×4 4-liter V6 5-speed automatic transmission version. It’s powered by a 4-liter V6 DOHC 24-valve VVT engine producing 236 horsepower. The 5-speed automatic transmission is part of the 4WDemand system, which is Part-Time 4×4 with a 2-speed electronically controlled transfer case. It also has an Automatic Limited Slip Differential, coil over shock double A-Arm front suspension, multi-leaf rear suspension with staggered outboard mounted shocks, and power assisted front disc and rear drum brakes. EPA estimated fuel economy is 16 MPG city and 20 MPG highway.