2.06.2016

What's In A Name? The 2016 Honda Accord Sport

Front 3/4 view of 2016 Honda Accord Sport
The 2016 Honda Accord Sport.
You could be excused for thinking the phrase "Honda Accord Sport" is an oxymoron.  Some of you might think the words "Honda Accord" and "Sport" would act like magnets that push each other apart.

As with most things in life, and especially in automobiles, the word "Sport" here is relative.


Unbroken. Unbreakable: The 2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail

2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail.
The old saying goes "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".  Fortunately, Toyota has heard the old saying and the 2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail is proof that they take it to heart.


2.03.2016

Scion Folds


Another nameplate is headed to the dustbin of automotive history.  Toyota says it will shutter Scion at the end of this model year, moving most of its models to the Toyota brand for the 2017 model year.

That includes the iA, the iM, and the FR-S (one of our Top Ten Cars listed on the right side of this page). The C-HR concept, which was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, will also see production as a Toyota.

The Scion tC will have a final release series edition and wrap up production in August.  The xB is already out of production but still featured on Scion's website as dealers try to clear unsold 2015 models.

While most observers see this as another in the long list of brand failures, Toyota says it is actually "mission accomplished"...that Scion has brought younger people to the company's vehicles that would not otherwise have considered Toyota products over the past 13 years, and now they and the vehicles they like can be transitioned to Toyota.  Read the full press release here.

1.31.2016

Another Step: The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0t

Side view of 2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0t
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0t.
Certain things in the car business are like clockwork.  It was a year ago this week that I wrote about the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0t, calling it "the car you'd have never bet they could build".


Addition Through Subtraction: The 2016 Lexus IS 200t

Front 3/4 view of 2016 Lexus IS 2006
The 2016 Lexus IS 200t.
Ours is a numbers-oriented society.  And the bigger the number, usually, the better.  It is certainly that way with car model numbers, with the number generally corresponding in some way to the size of the engine under the hood.

So why did Lexus make the IS 250 the IS 200t and how is that actually an improvement?