Toyota increases prices on some of its models

Article by Christian A., on April 2, 2012

Toyota said that starting with the May production, the prices of some 2012 Toyota Prius, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid and Tacoma models, and the 2013 Scion tC sport coupe, will increase. Tacoma models will post the highest price increase with a $250 climb across the board. This means that the Tacoma series has a pricing range of between $17,935 and $28,895 (including an $810 delivery fee).

Meanwhile, the Prius v Two, Three and Five hybrids will be priced $150 higher and will now range from $27,310 to $30,900 (which includes a $760 delivery fee). The Camrys will get a $50 increase for the XLE model to $270 for the SE V-6 and XLE V-6 models. A $100 price increase is intended for the basic Camry L to $22,815 (with a delivery fee of $760). The XLE V-6 is the priciest Camry model.

It is now priced at $30,875, including the $760 delivery fee. A $175 increase is specified for the Highlander Hybrid and its LTD counterpart. These two models have a delivery charge of $810, bringing their new prices to $39,525 for the Highlander Hybrid and $45,180 for the Highlander Hybrid LTD.

The price of the Scion tC would be $150 higher. Its automatic transmission version has a starting price of $20,455 while manual transmission is priced from $19,455 (including a delivery cost of $730).

The Camry from Toyota has been considered as the best-selling car in the U.S. for 9 years straight and a total of 13 years out of 14. The first generation of the Camry was initially released in 1983 and would begin what would later be known as the midsize sedan class. This model even managed to set new standards as it relates to Dependability, Reliability, and Quality.

It also set the benchmarks for a quiet and comfortable ride. Since then, at least 15 million units of the Camry have been sold around the world. The latest Camry that the brand has debuted is the seventh generation of this line.

It offers a ride that is quieter than ever. In addition to enhancing the driving dynamics, the space on the interior has been made larger while being able to sport a design that is clearly more sophisticated. New multimedia technology has been equipped inside the 2012 Camry and it even has safety features that are the best in the segment.

All of these combined, plus the excellent fuel economy, make it clear that the 2012 Camry is the best version of this model range. Similar to the previous generations, three options for the powertrain are made available with the new Camry. The main difference is that for this new model, they have all been modified in order to allow for improved fuel economy. It has also become more responsive.

Fitted as standard to all the Camry models is the improved four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine which is able to deliver 178 hp, or 9 hp better compared to the previous model. Peak torque meanwhile has been measured at 170 lb.-ft. Fuel economy shows an EPA-estimated rating of 25 mpg for city and 35 mpg for the highway. Combined rating is 28 mpg, better by two mpg when compared with the prior generation. Since the engine utilizes the Acoustic Control Induction System, the torque is optimized over a wide range of engine speeds.

It has even been fitted with the Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent or Dual VVT-i. What this feature does is to control the valve timing not only on the intake but also on the exhaust camshafts. As a result, both efficiency and performance are optimized no matter what the speed is. Another powertrain is the 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine that offers output at 268 hp available at 6,200 rpm with top torque of 248 lb.-ft. at 4,700 rpm.

As a result of the various modifications, the brand expects that fuel economy would have EPA-estimated ratings at 30 mpg for highway and 21 mpg for city. These figures show that this is by far the best compared to the current crop of midsize V6 sedan. This engine though is only available for two grades, the SE and the XLE.

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