One of the largest companies in the world, Japanese manufacturer Toyota has become well known for making distinctive, eye-catching cars as well as being a market leader in innovative alternative fuels such as hybrids and hydrogen. Toyota owns Daihatsu and also holds a minority share in Subaru, while the company’s premium brand Lexus has firmly staked its claim in the luxury car market.
The thing that makes Toyota stand out from its competitors is what goes on under the bonnet. With most models across the range – including some of their SUVs - either available only as self-charging hybrids or with a choice of petrol or hybrid engines, a Toyota is a good choice for anybody looking for great fuel economy and lower driving emissions. The smallest Toyota is the Aygo city car, a compact but practical five-door that’s the perfect urban runabout, while the Yaris supermini boasts a bit more room, a high-spec and loads of safety features. The Corolla has three different body styles – hatchback, Sports Tourer (estate) and saloon – and whichever version you go for, it’s a great economical family car. If you’d like a bit of added luxury, take a look at the Camry, Toyota’s flagship executive saloon.
The Prius is perhaps the best-known hybrid on the road. With a self-charging hybrid, plug-in hybrid and a seven-seat version in the form of the Prius+, there’s bound to be a Prius to suit your lifestyle. And if that’s not enough, the Mirai, Toyota’s first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, is a practical four-door zero-emissions saloon. Toyota's SUV/4X4 offerings start with the C-HR, a sporty small SUV crossover that combines style with technology. The popular RAV4 is a compact SUV that offers off-road capability and an impressive level of luxury, while the rugged Land Cruiser is a large, well-equipped SUV with all-wheel drive as standard and the option of either five or seven seats.
Completing the range, and for those wanting thrills and excitement, the GT86 is a two-door coupe that showcases Toyota’s heritage in rallying and motorsports.