Dealership Introduces Strategy to Make Car Shopping More Enjoyable

For many consumers the thought of purchasing a vehicle is daunting. Haggling with a dealer and being at the mercy of the dreaded “finance manager” in order to avoid being ripped off is a situation that most shoppers would rather avoid altogether. The excitement of driving a new car is often tempered by the hoops one must jump through in order to attain it. Attuned to this sentiment, Toyota of Seattle and Honda of Seattle, a large dealership within the Emerald…

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Shopper’s Guide to Popular Compact Cars

When searching for a compact sedan or hatchback, most shoppers are looking for a good value, strong fuel-efficiency and a roomy interior. The four top-selling compacts offer those qualities in spades. The Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra and Chevrolet Cruze all come in a variety of trim lines ranging from basic to sporty and luxurious. Today’s compacts can be equipped with the latest infotainment and advanced safety features. Generally compact cars will have a louder and busier ride and…

2018 Toyota Prius

The 2018 Toyota Prius is a mainstream mid-size four-door hatchback equipped with a hybrid powertrain. Famous for delivering excellent fuel mileage, the Prius is also a practical and comfortable car. Prices start from an MSRP of $23,475. For a more mainstream design and larger interior, check out the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Pros: Excellent Fuel Economy, Roomy Cabin Cons: Ungainly Styling, Road Noise, Leisurely Acceleration Looks Best In: Sea Glass exterior/Harvest Beige interior   Competition: Honda Insight, Hyundai Ionic, Chevrolet Volt Safety…

2018 Toyota Sienna

The 2018 Toyota Sienna is a minivan that competes with offerings from Kia, Honda, and Chrysler. With prices starting from an MSRP of $30,750, the Sienna stands out in its segment for being the only minivan that has available all-wheel-drive and for offering the factory installed “Access Seat”, which is a motorized seat that moves outside of the cabin to facilitate entry/exit for passengers with special needs. Pros: Available All-Wheel-Drive, Available “Access Seat” Cons: Fuel-Economy Lags Behind Competitors Looks Best…

2018 Toyota Tundra

The 2018 Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup truck that slots below the mid-size Toyota Tacoma in the brand’s pickup line. Designed to compete with the established best-sellers from Ford, Ram and GM, the Tundra notably features a standard V8 engine at a time when some competitors utilize smaller, albeit more fuel-efficient, base engines. Prices start from an MSRP of $31,120. Pros: Standard V8, Composed Ride Quality, Multiple Configurations & Trimlines Available Cons: Bland Styling, Less Fuel-Efficient Than Competitors, Looks Best In:…

2018 Toyota 4Runner

The 2018 Toytoa 4Runner is a mainstream truck-based mid-size SUV. Designed to handle off-road conditions, the 4Runner has a high ride height and extensive hardware to handle low-traction situations off the beaten path. Within Toyota’s SUV lineup, the 4Runner slots above the car-based, and more family-friendly, Toyota Highlander and below the truck-based full-size Sequoia. Prices start at an MSRP of $34,610. If the 4Runner has piqued your interest but you’re not a fan of the bland styling, then consider the…

2019 Toyota Avalon: What If…

We’ve dialed down the strangeness and gave the 2019 Toyota Avalon a more conventional front fascia. What do you think? For more design analysis from Third Auto check out another re-imagined ride with our April 2018 headline story “2019 Cadillac XT4: What if…”. 

2018 Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is a three-row crossover style SUV that slots between the compact Toyota RAV4 and truck-based Toyota 4Runner in the brand’s SUV lineup. The Highlander is a mainstream version of the upscale Lexus RX and competes in the hotly contested midsize family SUV segment. With seating capacity for up to seven and an available hybrid variant, the Toyota Highlander has mass appeal for shoppers seeking a practical SUV. Prices start at an MSRP of $31,030. Pros: Seating…

2018 Toyota Tacoma

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is a mid-size pickup truck, slotted below the full-size Tundra in Toyota’s pickup truck lineup. With a starting MSRP of $25,200, the Tacoma is a capable off-roader and is also offered with a manual transmission, which isn’t available on some competitors. Shoppers who don’t regularly venture off-road who aren’t in need of major towing capabilities would be better served by looking at the Honda Ridgeline, which is car-based and so rides and handles more comfortably, and…

2018 Toyota C-HR

The 2018 Toyota C-HR is the newest member to the Toyota family and serves as its entry-level sub-compact crossover. For shoppers who do not need the space or amenities featured in the larger Toyota RAV4, the C-HR provides a higher riding position than a sedan, but not much more in the way of utility or capabilities.  Pricing starts at an MSRP of $22,500.

2018 Toyota RAV4

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is the brand’s popular compact SUV. With good passenger and cargo room, along with a suite of standard safety features, the RAV4 has wide appeal. With larger wheel sizes, the ride can be a bit jarring and some newer competitors offer more upscale interiors and more stylish exteriors, however the RAV4 remains a solid choice for shoppers looking for a competent no-frills SUV. Since this is an older design discounts may be available at the dealership….

2018 Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is a popular sedan that competes with the Honda Civic and other compacts. Priced from $18,550, the Corolla is slotted above the subcompact Toyota Yaris and below the midsize Toyota Camry in the brand’s lineup. The Corolla is a basic and reliable choice, but not very engaging. As an efficient commuter car it does its job well, however this might not be the best choice to take on a long road trip. Pros: Efficient, Low Price, Roomy Interior, Durable,…

2018 Toyota Camry

Third Auto reviews one of the most popular midsize cars, the 2018 Toyota Camry. See how it stacks up against the competition.