Toyota has enjoyed huge success in Australia across their extensive range of cars. They have easily outperformed many of their closest competitors when it comes to sales figures on both new and used vehicles. Here are some of the best Toyota models ever designed.
For many years, the Camry has been the car of choice for anyone needing a quality sedan with smooth performance, comfortable ride suspension, and plenty of room inside for both passenger and driver alike. With a spacious boot, the Camry has been a firm favourite with families looking to have enough space to go for a weekend away without having to sacrifice the benefits of their everyday run-around car.
It is also popular with business people who have to travel huge distances for work, due to capability of the engine, reliability, and the comfort that the Camry offers even after several hours behind the wheel.
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One of the most iconic utes in Australia has to be the Hilux. Designed to be tough and capable in almost any situation, the Hilux is offered in a range of engine sizes and transmissions. The 4WD equipped vehicles are popular teamed with the unbreakable turbo diesel engines, while the 2WD option is a great road ute and is often used by tradesmen favouring a petrol engine. There is truly a Hilux for every application, and it isn’t hard to see why they are one of the most popular Toyota models ever built.
The Landcruiser is the big brother to the Hilux, and has earned a reputation for being both a serious off-roading vehicle as well as a great family car. With a range of options such as wagon or ute, petrol or diesel, you can find a Landcruiser to meet your needs. Balancing comfort with reliability and an extreme tenacity for tough 4WD trails, the Landcruiser will take you from the school run to the stickiest off-road situation and back with ease.
The Prius was an important step for Toyota, as it represented the first mainstream shift in direction towards eco-friendly driving. The Prius is an ingenious combination of electric power and petrol engine, and focuses on low emission driving without sacrificing performance and driver satisfaction. With unique styling and the quality fit and finish that Toyota is famous for, the Prius appeals to a growing market of environmentally conscious individuals.
This is one of Toyota’s most exciting recent releases, and was greeted with much anticipation when it hit the Australian market. For under $30 000, these sporty and beautifully designed cars not only look great, but have performance to back it up. Between the naturally aspirated 2.0L engine delivering exhilarating torque-driven performance, and the rear-wheel drive set up, the 86 is purely designed for fun.
Going back to its racing roots and inspiring the design of the 86 from the 2000GT, AE86 and the Sports 800, Toyota manages to pay homage to the greats without imitation. The 86 is truly the pinnacle of Toyota’s current sports offering, and it won’t fail to impress even the most discerning driver.
With these models and so many more, it’s easy to see why Toyota is one of the leading modern car manufacturers. Their versatility, reliability, and ability to design cars to meet a specific demand all contribute to the reason why more and more Australian’s are choosing Toyota for their daily drive.
Written by Kobe Brooke
Kobe is a motor enthusiast who also works in Toyata dealers in Perth, Australia. He also organizes regular driver meet-up in his local area.