This past weekend, my friend and I took a 2018 Toyota Camry on a 1,700 mile road trip from Michigan to North Carolina to visit—and I know this may shock and surprise some of you—a Jeep junkyard. And while much of the trip was a complete disaster, and arguably pointless, I finally learned why the Camry is still the sedan king: because it’s multi-talented, and it just works. (Full Disclosure: Toyota supplied the 2018 Camry for a few days with a full tank of gas.) Ever since I realized my 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle’s true beauty, I’ve been spoiling the giant AMC SUV with new parts. So when I spotted online what looked like a nice bumper and radiator in North Carolina, it was road-trip time. My chariot? This brown, huge grille-having V6 Camry: My friend and I left Detroit at around five o’clock in the evening on Friday, which was way too late considering our destination—Pinetown, North Carolina—was 13.5 hours away. But alas, we … [Read more...] about 2018 Toyota Camry: Here’s Why It’s Still The Sedan King
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Jonathan moved from New York City to Los Angeles a few years ago and bought a 1998 Camry for $1,000. It was a smart and responsible move, but the old Toyota is showing its age it’s time for something new and fun. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: In 2014, I moved from New York City to L.A. with no job and a tight budget. That led me to buy my friend’s - and previously, her grandma’s - 1998 Toyota Camry for a cool $1000. It served its function perfectly, but now, as it approaches its 20th birthday and a wealth of fixes that seem cost inefficient, I’m looking to upgrade to something with more personality but is still reliable. The last car I drove before this Camry was a beat-up Plymouth Sundance America from the 80s. I drove that in high school, so basically, I’ve never in … [Read more...] about I Need A Fun Upgrade From My 20-Year-Old Camry! What Car Should I Buy?
The Lotus Evora is one of the greatest cars of the last decade. A reminder that light is right, bloat is bad, and that a raw connection with a machine eclipses anything that a computer can do to a car.But it's not perfect. It only has two doors. The mid-engine layout means that the rear seats are only suitable if your passenger is a contortionist with no legs. It's loud. The seats lack padding or any substance. The radio is something I could have sold you when I worked in the auto department at Walmart. This all combines to make it awful as an Uber. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Yet, there is a car that has a naturally-aspirated version of the engine from the Evora 400 as well as a roomy backseat, a radio that you can't buy from the Crutchfield catalog, and a quiet and comfortable interior. That car is the Toyota Camry, the choice of urban Uber drivers–and passengers–all over our great country.The newest Camry has an updated 3.5 liter V6, the 2GR-FKS, now with … [Read more...] about Toyota Camry Vs. Lotus Evora 400: Track Test
Like just about everyone else in the automotive industry today, the Japanese giant is working on engine technology towards gaining fuel efficiency, reducing emissions and increase performance all at once. Unlike most others though, Toyota isn’t planning to downsize and turbocharge its units across the board – in the United States at least, according to a report by Automotive News. Dynamic Force is the name it has given its new and upcoming range of naturally-aspirated engines, which debuted in the 2018 Toyota Camry in 2.5 litre guise producing 205 hp, with a EPA-rated fuel consumption of 41 mpg (5.7 l/100 km). All Toyota engines will eventually receive the same technology, said Toyota Motor North America’s powertrain executive programme manager Ben Schlimme. Key areas targeted for improvement in efficiency include friction reduction, exhaust flow, cooling and intake, and Toyota’s 2.5 litre petrol engine has managed to attain a high thermal efficiency of 40%. The … [Read more...] about Toyota stands by natural aspiration for its engines
For years, Kia has branded itself as an automaker that can compete with the big boys for a lot less. While the South Korean brand started off by targeting millennials, it’s moved to a different segment, the upscale luxury division to take on Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW. Unfortunately, as Doug DeMuro finds out in his latest video, the move hasn’t worked for Kia. The new Kia Stinger is a good car that has what it takes to take on rivals in the sporty sedan segment. But taking on BMW’s 3-Series, Mercedes’ C-Class, and Audi’s A5 Sportback is a different ballgame than taking on the 7-Series, S-Class, and A8 – heavyweights in one of the most loyal sections in the industry. To compete with the aforementioned luxury cars, Kia came up with the K900. When the car came out a few years ago, everything looked really good on paper. It was a large sedan with an available V8 engine at the front and drive going to the back. It also had Kia’s … [Read more...] about Was The Old Kia K900 A Complete Failure?
I know this isn’t an opinion shared among all of the Speedhunters, or even many of you reading this, but I genuinely enjoy car shows. During the summer months it’s not uncommon to find me taking photos at two shows a weekend. Heck, even two shows a day if they’re close enough in proximity. Some of the shows I go to are lowrider focused, some are hot rod. Some are trackside, others are in a parking lot. I enjoy variety so I mix things up as much as possible. Truthfully though, my favorite shows are ones that cater to enthusiasts at large rather than a specific niche. That’s why I enjoy events like the recent Toronto Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo so much. This is an all-encompassing event and a welcome reprieve from the Canadian winter doldrums. Held early March, just outside of Toronto, it’s an event where the initiated show off what they’ve been working on all winter, while the rest of us try and forget how little we’ve … [Read more...] about Hunting Speed & Style At Toronto Motorama
Por Enrique Kogan – Puros Autos Con $40,000 dólares te puedes comprar el Toyota Camry bien cargado, pero si tus sueños es tener un auto realmente exótico, con el mismo presupuesto del Camry, lo pudieras tener. Claro, no es muy cotidiano que una persona invierta en un exótico auto clásico, ya que el mantenimiento de estos vehículos es realmente costosos. Pero si te animas, quedaras impresionado con los modelos de autos que puedes adquirir por menos de tu presupuesto y que sin duda alguna siguen siendo excelentes vehículos.Sin embargo, te presentamos 10 autos que son clásicos, deportivos, exóticos y que no serán un dolor de cabeza para tu bolsillo tanto al momento de adquirirlo, aunque debes de tener un resto para su mantenimiento. Ferrari 308 del 1975-1985 Este un automóvil deportivo fabricado en la década de 1970 y 1980, es el modelo menos cotizado de la gama del fabricante. Este modelo sustituyó al Ferrari … [Read more...] about Cuales súper autos te pudieras comprar con el presupuesto de un Toyota
Yesterday, Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 in a snazzy new Chevy. For this race season, GM has selected the Camaro ZL1 nameplate to represent the brand in NASCAR.Of course, it’s been ages since any stock car bore more than a passing resemblance to its showroom counterpart. After all, rear-drive V8 Toyota Camry sedans are in notably short supply at my local dealer. The scourge of stage racing and a dwindling fan base are topics best left to another day.This brings us to our QOTD for today – does a manufacturer’s investment into racing have any bearing on your buying decisions?The production Camaro ZL1 is a superb beast, cranking 650 horses out of its supercharged V8. Two-door, rear-drive, and with a trunkload of bad-ass, it cuts the proper figure for NASCAR in this author’s opinion. I may have been excited last year upon learning Chevy was bringing the Camaro name to Cup-level NASCAR, only to weep upon viewing the number selected for its blue flanks. … [Read more...] about QOTD: Win on Sunday, Sell on What Day?
For the first time in it’s 24 year publication history, the WardsAuto ten best engines in the world award is recognising four electrified powertrains. The 150kW Chevrolet Bolt battery electric vehicle (BEV), the Chrysler Pacifica V6 MPV plug-in hybrid (PHEV), the hydrogen fuel cell Honda Clarity EV sedan, and the Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan were all recognised by the WardsAuto judging team. “The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an affordable, world-changing vehicle that delivers on the promise of an electric car for the masses,” says WardsAuto senior content director Drew Winter. “It is quick and smartly designed and its official range of 383km (238 miles) makes it attractive to a wider audience. Its 360 Newton metres of torque delivers thrilling acceleration, which makes it fun to drive every day, and it is available now in dealerships in all 50 states,” says Winter. The Ford Motor Company received accolades for the twin-turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 engine … [Read more...] about Four of the world’s best ten engine are electrified says WardsAuto
Autoweek in review is where we bring you the biggest stories in the car world that you might have missed this week. Whether you were actually getting some work done or you stepped away from your computer for a moment, here's your chance to catch up and have something cool to talk about over the weekend. 2018 Detroit auto show: Everything we saw Detroit auto show media days are winding down as the international journalists escape to warmer climes, like Sweden and Canada, and this means that public days are approaching. We've seen just ... 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt rolls on stage before Detroit auto show Ford let out the world’s worst-kept secret Sunday night, revealing the 2019 Mustang Bullitt before its debut at the Detroit auto show. It appeared on stage with a surviving dark Highland green ... Mercedes-AMG ups its EQ with 2019 CLS53, E53 Coupe and Cabriolet at NAIAS It wasn’t all Gelandewagen … [Read more...] about Autoweek in review: Everything you missed Jan 14-19, 2018