New for 2010-Toyota Cars and Crossovers

Jeff Youngs | Dec 31, 2009

Critical Knowledge

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Toyota Avalon: One new color-otherwise a carryover for 2010.

2010 Toyota Camry: The best-selling Camry receives a host of improvements including upgraded engines, new wheels, audio and Bluetooth updates, and standard traction and stability control.

2010 Toyota Corolla: New standard traction and stability control-otherwise a carryover for 2010.

2010 Toyota Highlander: Some of the exterior badging is removed, while the moonroof and back-up camera become optional on certain models.

2010 Toyota Matrix: New standard traction and stability control-otherwise a carryover for 2010.

2010 Toyota Prius: All-new for 2010, the Prius is roomier yet more efficient than its predecessor.

2010 Toyota RAV4: Facelifted in 2009, there are only minor changes to equipment levels and option packages for 2010.

2010 Toyota Sienna: With an all-new model arriving in 2011, the 2010 Sienna is a carryover.

2010 Toyota Venza: New audio USB port, iPod adapter and Bluetooth phone connectivity-otherwise a carryover.

2010 Toyota Yaris: New standard traction and stability control-otherwise a carryover for 2010.

2010 Toyota Avalon

The front-wheel-drive Avalon, the largest sedan in Toyota's model lineup, is now in its third generation. It was last redesigned for the 2005 model year. In 2008, the Avalon received a minor refresh and was fitted with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Touring model was dropped for 2009. With the exception of a new exterior color, the Avalon is a carryover for 2010.
  • Carryover for 2010
  • New exterior color: Sandy Beach Metallic

2010 Toyota Camry

For years, the Toyota Camry has been one of the best-selling cars in the United States. That should come as no surprise, as the 4-door sedan is well suited for family duty. Toyota offers the front-wheel-drive Camry with 4- or 6-cylinder power; a hybrid version is also available. For the 2010 model year, all Camry models receive standard vehicle stability control and power-operated windows. The engines have been refined for increased power and efficiency, and several of the standard equipment/option packages are reconfigured.
  • Standard 4-cylinder engine in base Camry, Camry LE and Camry XLE models gets size and power increase-to 2.5 liters (up from 2.4) and 169 horsepower (up from 158)
  • Camry SE 4-cylinder gets additional engine tuning, increasing horsepower to 179
  • New 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine now combined with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift capability
  • Non-hybrid Camry models get a newly designed grille and front bumper, enlarged lower air intake, larger projector headlamps, and restyled taillamps
  • Base Camry and Camry LE models feature restyled standard wheel covers
  • Camry XLE gets new 16-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • Camry SE gets new 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Camry Hybrid gets a unique grille, distinct front bumper, wider lower air intake, restyled fog lights, and 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Base Camry and Camry LE available with an optional audio system equipped with a new USB port for auxiliary music sources, Bluetooth, integrated satellite radio, single-CD, and MP3 and streaming music capability
  • Non-hybrid Camry models now equipped with standard vehicle stability control with traction control (previously an option)
  • Standard auto up/down power windows with jam protection on all four doors
  • Camry Hybrid adds a newly designed meter cluster and Fraichir, a combination of silk protein and synthetic fiber cloth seating surfaces

2010 Toyota Corolla

Introduced more than four decades ago, and often touted as the world's best-selling vehicle, the Toyota Corolla is a compact sedan with seating for up to 5 passengers. The front-wheel-drive Corolla is now in its 10th generation, last redesigned for the 2008 model year. The economy-oriented Corolla is offered in several trim levels, with two different engine choices. The big news for 2010 is the addition of standard stability control and traction control across the model range.
  • New standard stability and traction control on all models
  • Otherwise, carried over for 2010

2010 Toyota Highlander

Unlike the truck-based Toyota 4Runner, the gasoline- and hybrid-powered Highlander models offer a car-like ride with front- or all-wheel-drive drivetrains. This makes sense, as the midsize crossover SUV shares platforms with the Toyota Camry sedan and Toyota Sienna minivan. Last redesigned for 2008, the Highlander is essentially a carryover for the 2010 model year.
  • Removal of the rear "Toyota" badges on all models
  • Removal of the "V6" badge on 6-cylinder models
  • New optional moonroof (4-cylinder models)
  • New optional back-up camera (base 6-cylinder models)

2010 Toyota Matrix

Developed during a joint venture with General Motors, and sold by GM as the Pontiac Vibe, the Toyota Matrix is a compact hatchback sharing its basic platform with the Toyota Corolla. The Matrix is offered in front- and all-wheel-drive trim levels with two different 4-cylinder engines. Now in its second generation (last redesigned for the 2009 model year), all models receive standard traction and stability control for 2010.
  • Mostly a carryover for 2010
  • New standard traction control on all trim levels
  • New standard stability control on all trim levels

2010 Toyota Prius

Touted by Toyota as the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, and listed by the EPA as the most fuel-efficient gasoline car currently for sale in North America, the Toyota Prius is a midsize, hybrid gasoline-electric hatchback. In EPA testing, the Prius earns fuel economy ratings of 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway. Now in its third generation, the Toyota Prius is all-new and improved for 2010.
  • All-new for 2010
  • Roomier than its predecessor
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Simplified interior controls
  • Available solar sunroof
  • Available Intelligent Park Assist
  • Updated 98-horsepower, 1.8-liter gasoline engine and 80-horsepower electric motor
  • Electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission (CVT)

2010 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 was one of the first crossover SUVs on the market. Originally designed as a 2- or 4-door compact sharing platforms with the then-tiny Toyota Corolla, the current third-generation RAV 4 (last redesigned for the 2006 model year) has grown significantly and even offers an available third-row seat more than adequate for children. Facelifted for the 2009 model year, the 2010 Toyota RAV4 receives only minor changes to trim levels and option packages.
  • Base model now offers back-up monitor system
  • Sport Appearance package now available on Sport models with the 4-cylinder engine
  • Sport models now offer Bluetooth and JBL audio system
  • Limited model receives a new chrome parking brake and chrome vent trim
  • Net tray removed from the standard tonneau cover
  • Elusive Blue dropped from the exterior color chart

2010 Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna replaced the unusual mid-engine Toyota Previa as a conventional front-engine, front-wheel-drive minivan more than a decade ago. Sharing a platform with the Toyota Camry, the Sienna is offered with a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a choice between front- or all-wheel drive. The 2010 Sienna is offered in eight trim levels, with up to 8-passenger seating capacity. Toyota made no changes to the 2010 Sienna as an all-new model is arriving for 2011.
  • Carryover for 2010
  • All-new model arrives in 2011

2010 Toyota Venza

Based on the Toyota Camry platform, the Venza is a midsize crossover SUV with seating for up to 5 passengers. It is offered in either 4- or 6-cylinder trim levels with a front- or all-wheel-drive powertrain. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard. As the Venza was a brand-new model for 2009, changes for 2010 are limited to new standard iPod, USB and Bluetooth phone connectivity on all models.
  • New standard audio system USB port
  • New standard iPod connectivity
  • New standard Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity
  • Otherwise, Venza is the same as 2009

2010 Toyota Yaris

The smallest car in the Toyota lineup, the Yaris subcompact is offered in both coupe and sedan body styles, with seating for up to 5 passengers. Despite its entry-level pricing, the automaker has fitted the Yaris with a long list of standard safety components-improving on it in 2010 with the addition of standard electronic traction and stability control across the model range.
  • New standard traction and stability control on all models
  • Otherwise, carried over from 2009 without changes
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