One or two recalls do not bring down entire manufacturers. Ford Motor Company is proof of that fact and you can bet your bottom dollar that despite its current recall woes, Toyota is going to bounce back with a stronger resolve than ever regarding quality. The depth and breadth of brilliant vehicles that they currently sell proves that.
While much has been made in the media of late about sticking gas pedals in various Toyota products the general population needs to remember that modern automobiles are full of complex moving parts and electronics. They are designed by humans and to be honest, the sheer randomness of the problem with the Toyota brake pedals is not a problem the company engineers could have foreseen. Their PR department could have reacted more quickly but the fact remains: Toyota is here to stay and for good reason. They make excellent cars, trucks and SUVs.
2010 Toyota 4Runner
Still based on a trail ready truck chassis, the 2010 4Runner marked a return to styling form for the sometimes conservative Japanese manufacturer. Equipped in luxurious Limited trim, basic 4-cylinder form or with all the off-road gizmos, one thing is always certain: this SUV is built like a brick outhouse and has the macho styling to prove it. Bravo, Toyota, bravo.
2010 Lexus GX460
The luxurious Ying to the Toyota 4Runner’s Yang, this truck based lux-ute features ample seven passenger seating and the most stylish Lexus interior ever. The addition of an all-new more powerful and more fuel efficient 4.6 liter V8 is just icing on the cake.
2010 Toyota Prius
Despite the brake recall on this vehicle (a type of recall that happens to other manufacturers all the time yet was just poorly time for Toyota) the Prius still stands as the most reliable family car in North America according to Consumer Reports. Most reliable as in number one. Period.
2010 Lexus LS460h
Lexus invented the luxury hybrid and this sedan is the pinnacle that Mercedes and BMW are only now trying to emulate. You also just can’t go wrong with the bank vault solidity of a Lexus LS sedan. Even if it does scream Bank Manager.
2010 Toyota RAV4
In a crowded compact sport utility market the Toyota RAV4 not only stands as the originator of the species but also as one of the best. Toyota was also brilliant in selling the RAV4 in both economical 4 cylinder and powerful 6 cylinder forms. Do be aware that the V6 only gets one mile per gallon less in the combined EPA cycle so there is little point in getting the slightly overwhelmed 4.
2010 Toyota Land Cruiser
This massive brute is the vehicle you would want for crossing the Kalahari Desert or for valeting on Rodeo Drive. For the entirety of Toyota’s history this vehicle has epitomized “Toyota cool.”
2010 Toyota Yaris
Although it might be slightly more expensive than some subcompact competitors no one else gives you the number of standard safety features with stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution and six airbags all featuring. An economical best buy for sure.
2010 Toyota Venza
This wagon/SUV hybrid is stylish, has a roomy interior and is light enough that even the frugal four cylinder version can keep up well with freeway traffic. The dashboard design is also a delight as it makes the controls easily accessible even for the passenger. That is important with vehicles like these.
2010 Lexus RX350 and Hybrid
The Lexus RX created the luxury crossover genre and helped solidify its grasp on that niche with a hybrid variant. Either RX you choose you will get a spacious crossover with style, smoothness and sophistication in spades.
2011 Lexus LF-A
This V-10 supercar may only be available for purchase “by invitation only” and cost more than most people’s houses but it proves one thing. Toyota is back to making bad-ass automobiles. With the LF-A Toyota and Lexus are proving that the future is bright for both auto enthusiasts and this Japanese automaker.