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2013 Toyota

There's no getting away from the fact that Toyota is a true giant in the US car market. Therefore, it's always a big deal when details come out of any new changes for a new model year. Recent times have seen Toyota expanding the amount of hybrids they have on offer, so, will 2013 see a further shift in this direction or will we see more innovation in the conventional vehicles?

Cars

The excellent Yaris was rolled-out in hatchback form to compliment the already available sedan in 2012. Therefore, there is little change for 2013 other than the possible introduction of the funky looking "Trend" edition. The ever popular and successful Corolla will also see little change for 2013 as a radical new Corolla is due as a 2014 model year. The Matrix hatchback remains part of Toyota's attempt to attract a more youthful customer, which is why the 2013 modifications are largely in the technological areas of entertainment systems. Bluetooth, audio streaming and touch-screens are added, as well as a Sport version of the S model. While the Camry may have been dumped in other markets some years ago, this mid-size four door sedan remains a roaring success in the US. After an all-new version was launched in 2012, the 2013 version will only get a couple of new exterior colors and some tech upgrades along the lines of those we are seeing in the Matrix.

Toyota's biggest sedan, the Avalon gets a whole new look for 2013. The new sleeker design looks like another attempt by Toyota to shake off the image of them being a manufacturer of cars for older customers. The new Avalon still has the same V6 engine as its predecessor, but a hybrid version is now available that will offer fuel consumption figures of 43/39 mpg for highway and city driving with a range of around 680 miles on one tank of gas.

Hybrids

Toyota is probably the only major manufacturer who deserves a special section simply for hybrids. The Prius is still the car that most people will think of when they hear the term hybrid car, and Toyota now offers four different versions of this iconic hybrid. With the recent introductions of the third generation Prius, the Prius V, the compact Prius C and the Prius plug-in it's understandable that 2013 will see Toyota take a bit of a breather from radical re-design of these vehicles. Nevertheless, you can be sure that as the competition heats up Toyota will be working on more inventive technology to keep them at the forefront of this market. Like much of the 2013 Toyota range, the Highlander Hybrid sees interior technology upgrades coming to the fore. The Toyota Entune system is being introduced for 2013 which will see the superb Highlander Hybrid stay up to date with the fast paced developments of in-car entertainment. Perhaps the highlight of the hybrid range for 2013 will be the first electric Rav4 since 2003, the RAV4 EV. With a comprehensive exterior re-design, the RAV4 EV is certainly one to look out for.

Crossovers and SUVs As just mentioned, the RAV4 will see a welcome re-design for 2013. Although the interior will remain similar to the previous model, the exterior really does bring this popular small crossover up to date in a big way. The FJ Cruiser , Venza , Highlander , 4Runner and Sequoia will mostly see modernisation to their internal technology. You will see the addition of Bluetooth, touchscreens, better sound systems and increased connectivity throughout many of these vehicles. 2013 does see the surprising re-introduction of the Land Cruiser after a year out from the Toyota line-up. The 2013 version gets all the optional safety and luxury items as standard, which may be a way of helping to ease the pain of what can seem like a hefty price-tag for this top-line off-roader.

Trucks No market in the world is more competitive for pick-up trucks than the US, yet despite this, the Tacoma remains a very popular choice for people wanting a smaller than full-size pic- up. The truck world seems to move slower than the rest of the market, and after some upgrades in 2012 the Tacoma will remain largely unchanged for 2013. The 2013 Tundra may see some extra color choices, but this full-size pick-up with a mind boggling array of versions will be much the same as the 2012 version.
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2013 GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon belongs to a seemingly ever dwindling group of full-size SUVs. The big SUV is no longer the fashionable must-have item that it once was, although it still retains an enthusiastic and committed following. If you are still enthusiastic for a full-size SUV, the Yukon remains one of the most popular out there. What's the secret of its success and longevity, and what does 2013 have in store for the GMC Yukon?

Exterior

The exterior look of the Yukon is without doubt one of its strengths, which may account for why the styling has changed so little since its last major re-design in 2007. While many of its competitors have gone for rakish and modern lines to try to bring them up to date, GMC have remained faithful to the original two-box design of earlier SUVs. The serious, yet conservative look of the Yukon is somewhat timeless with seemingly never ending expanses of sheet metal. The Yukon retains the intensely practical large windows that allow for excellent all round vision while many other manufacturers are sacrificing vision for style.

Interior

Although the Yukon can still be a vehicle that you load up with ladders and tools, GMC has added more and more luxury to the Yukon for those that are willing to pay for it. There's a good choice of different trims available, which means you can get the Yukon that you need for your purposes. The interior is simple and spacious, which is exactly what you would want from a vehicle like the Yukon. One of the Yukon's greatest strengths is its ability to seat up to nice people, which sets it apart from a lot of the competition. The interior of the 2013 GMC Yukon isn't revolutionary or space-age, but it is big, practical and as luxurious as you want it to be.

Engine

While some SUVs and crossovers have sacrificed power and finesse for only marginally improved fuel economy; the GMC Yukon has engines that deliver good acceleration, excellent ride quality and a fantastic sound. Most of the Yukon range gets the 5.3-Liter V8, while the XL and the Denali versions get the awesome 6.2-Liter V8. The 5.3-Liter engine is more than adequate for most requirements, although the 6.2-Liter is the engine to have if you are going to be doing some serious towing. The 5.3 will only get you 15/21 mpg with city/highway driving and the 6.2 drops to as little as 13/18 mpg with AWD. However, if you want better economy and you are prepared to pay for it, there is a hybrid version of the Yukon that will get you 20/23 mpg while still being able to tow 5000 pounds.

Transmission

All Yukons come with a six-speed automatic box, which is pretty much what you get from SUV manufacturers these days. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the Yukon, although various forms of AWD and four-wheel drive are available throughout the range. It has to be said though, that the ride in the Yukon is excellent and few vehicles in its class will deliver a better overall experience. Manoeuvrability isn't the Yukon's strongest point due to its size, and you have to keep in mind that the XL is the longest vehicle of its type on the road today.

Overall

There is still very much a market for vehicles such as these, and the Yukon is a very good one indeed. The rear seats come in for a little criticism, but how many others can seat up to nine people? The whole experience of being in the Yukon is pleasurable; whether you are driving or simply a passenger. The GMC Yukon is a big SUV that is designed to do a big job, and it does it extremely well. There are more modern and more hi-tech vehicles out there, but there is something to be said for the traditional look and classic feel of this excellent full-size SUV.
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2013 Toyota Tacoma

Americans love the pickup truck, because they can do almost anything. And since most of us have so much to do, a truck's Can-Do attitude fits right in. Toyota, the harbinger of American transportation, decided to give us a "right sized" truck several years ago. Bigger than a small truck, and smaller than a big truck, the current generation Toyota Tacoma can seat up to 5 people, tow 6,500 lbs, and accomplish most any task we ask of it. While it hasn't seen a significant redesign in quite some time, the midsize Toyota Tacoma remains as relevant as it was the day they first launched it.

Car journo's have been wanton to say that the 2013 Toyota Tacoma "feels dated". They contend that the "hard plastic" interior is behind the times, the 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 drinks gas like a sailor on leave, and the cabin is "too noisy". But if you've ever owned an old Toyota truck, you recognize those complaints as part of the Tacoma's charm. This truck was designed to help you get stuff done, not coddle you in luxury. It feels unrefined, in a rugged sort of way. And that's what you want in a truck.

Since one-size-fits-all doesn't work in the truck world, the 2013 Toyota Tacoma is available in a myriad of configurations. There's a regular cab, an extended cab (2013 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab), a 4-door (2013 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab), a 5-foot or 6-foot bed (both feature Toyota's durable integrated composite "inner-bed"), 4-wheel drive or 2, 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual, and your choice of 4-cylinders or 6 (2.7 liter - 159-hp / 4.0 liter - 236-hp). There's even several TRD off-road packages, TRD models, and a sport-themed version called the 2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner. If you can't find a Tacoma model to suit you, just go buy a car.

2013 Toyota Tacoma - What's New?

In Toyota's endless quest to "be all things to all people" they've begat a new luxury-themed Tacoma for 2013. Called the Limited Package, this gussied-up 2013 Toyota Tacoma features heated front sport seats, upholstered in a durable new fabric called SofTech. There's also metallic instrument panel trim, a leather steering wheel with audio control buttons, dual sunvisors, outfitted with mirrors and extenders, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an integrated backup camera display. On the outside, the Tacoma Limited gets chrome 18-inch wheels, and lots of other chrome trim (mirrors, grill surround etc.).

Power windows / door locks, bucket seats, and a center console now come standard on the 2013 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab & 2013 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab.

And while that may be the extent of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma changes, it was already pretty good the way it was. Sure, it's pricey, and the V6 is a little thirsty. But it's a Toyota truck, and that by itself, is enough to absolve it from any sins.
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GMC Acadia

The GMC Acadia could be seen by some as a more muscular and masculine alternative to a minivan. While that may be true, the GMC brand is more synonymous with work trucks and burly SUVs. Despite that image, GMC have been making strides into the more family-orientated markets with some considerable success. The Acadia is actually classified as a full-size crossover and it was first introduced in 2006 as a 2007 model year. The Acadia has changed little in that time; however, the 2013 model is getting a light re-design that should see the Acadia's success continue.

Exterior

If you are a family guy that's looking to get in touch with your feminine side, the GMC Acadia probably isn't the vehicle to show off your touchy-feely side. The exterior of the Acadia has always been chiselled and muscular and displaying a very macho profile. The changes for 2013 only go to enhance this look even further. The 2013 Acadia gets the new three bar grille and a more upright profile than the previous model. The distinctive headlights are now flanked by the almost inevitable LED running lights and the rear lights get a new design to go with a new rear spoiler. The Acadia is a good looking, maybe even handsome looking vehicle that only improves with the 2013 facelift.

Interior

While the exterior may be opting for the rugged outdoor look, the interior of the Acadia goes for a much softer approach. The interior layout has always been simple and functional, and the 2013 version continues along the same lines with softer leather, French stitching and newer soft-touch materials throughout. The three-row seating layout allows great flexibility when it comes to the rear load-space, making the GMC Acadia a very practical, comfortable and overall very nice place to be. The 2013 model also get upgrades to the standard spec with rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, touch-screen audio, USB connectivity and leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

Engine

There remains only one engine available in the Acadia, which is a 288 horsepower V6 3.6-Liter direct injected power plant. While this engine is smooth and refined, the hefty weight of the Acadia means that you are not going to winning many standing-start drag races with it any time soon. Then again, that isn't the point of a vehicle like the Acadia and few people today would sacrifice even more economy for a faster take off.

Transmission

Once again, every Acadia has the same transmission, which is a really good six-speed automatic. The one area where you do have some choice though is whether to have your Acadia in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. There's not a huge difference in economy between the two, although the AWD version is worth the extra money if you are going to be towing anywhere near the Acadia's 5200 pound capacity or driving in challenging conditions.

Overall

The GMC Acadia is a really great choice for anyone needing a vehicle with an eight person seating capacity that can do a tough job in any kind of conditions. The upgrading of the interior and the more generous standard specification of the 2013 model, added to the even better looking exterior make this a stand out vehicle in its class. Admittedly, there is a price increase to cover these improvements, but this vehicle deserves careful consideration for anyone in the market for a full size crossover.
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GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain is the company's entry level vehicle and a mid-size crossover. The Terrain first came into being as a 2010 model year as a replacement for the GMC Envoy SUV. The Terrain shares a platform with a number of other GMC crossovers, so what makes the 2013 GMC Terrain stand out from the rest in the crowded crossover market?

Exterior

If you are looking for subtlety you are most definitely in the wrong place with the GMC Terrain. The only word that describes the design of the Terrain is brutal! This is a no holds barred, square jawed and heftily set brute of a vehicle. This car definitely makes a statement as soon as you look at it. It may not be for everyone, but the Terrain has a look that will appeal to a large number of potential customers in a way that very few other vehicles in this sector could ever hope to do. The upright, chunky and macho look is slightly softened in the look of the new for 2013 Denali version of the Terrain. The Denali gets a mesh grille and a satin texture to the metallic trim.

Interior

Despite this being the smallest vehicle in GMC's line-up, there's an impressive amount of space on the inside of the Terrain. This is largely due to the much-loved sliding and reclining rear seat that allows a degree of flexibility and comfort that many other vehicles in this class can only dream of. In line with many manufacturers, GMC have upped the game for 2013 as far as standard spec is concerned with the Terrain. You now get rear-view camera, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports as well as a six speaker audio system controlled from a seven inch touchscreen.

Engine

There are two engines available in the Terrain line-up. The first is a four-cylinder 2.4-Liter and a new 3.6-Liter V6. The four-cylinder gives you an acceptable 182 horsepower, while the V6 gives a much more impressive 301 hp. The real strong point of the four-cylinder is the class leading fuel economy of 22/32 mpg for city/highway driving with the front-wheel drive option. If you go for the V6 and AWD you will obviously lose some economy, however, the new for 2013 3.6-Liter V6 gives more power than the outgoing 3.0-Liter without sacrificing any economy.

Transmission

A six-speed automatic box is standard throughout the 2013 GMC Terrain line-up, which makes sense as anything less would not do justice to the engine and chassis combination. You can choose between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. This all adds up to a comfortable ride, although the overall driving experience is probably more truck-like than car-like. The Terrain is a fairly heavy vehicle, but the six-speed transmission seems tuned for the driving experience rather than purely for economy which helps the overall drive immeasurably.

Overall

The GMC Terrain is one of the most highly rated vehicles in its class, and for good reason. The 2013 Terrain line-up offers a good range of options for buyers to choose what they really want from the vehicle. You can go for the AWD and the V6 engine and enjoy all that goes with it, or you can get excellent fuel economy by going for the surprisingly good four-cylinder option. The look of the Terrain may polarise opinion, but you can bet that this distinctively macho crossover will have an army of followers for a long time to come.
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GMC Sierra

The full-size truck market is one where you would expect GMC to be traditionally strong. However, the competition in this sector is probably stronger in the US than in any other territory on the planet. For that reason, you really do have to be at the top of your game to maintain your market share, especially in the prevailing economic climate. So, has the 2013 GMC Sierra got what it takes to compete in this fiercely combative marketplace?

Exterior

You have to feel a little for the people that get the job of designing pick-up trucks. After all, a pick-up has to look like a pick-up and this puts constraints on designers that there car designing colleagues would have nightmares about. While some manufacturers have gone about as radical as you can with their recent trucks, GMC have remained steadfastly traditional with the design of their Sierra. The 2013 certainly looks every inch the hard working pick-up that it sets out to be, and while some may describe it as a little conservative or safe, many more are pleased to go to work in proper blue collar looking truck rather than something from a sci-fi film.

Interior

The interiors of the Sierra come in a number of different guises depending on what trim level you go for. The lower spec versions are beginning to look a little dated, while the higher spec ones are feeling more like the interiors of upscale, full-size SUVs. It all comes down to what you want from your Sierra; do you want tough and workmanlike or plusher and more refined like a car or SUV? There are many different versions of the Sierra, so at least you are not lacking in options.

Engine

While some vehicles only offer one engine, the GMC Sierra gives you the choice of four gas engines and a gas-electric Hybrid version to choose from. The base 4.3-Liter V6 is a little unrefined and is probably for fleet buyers and contractors who can put up with its 195 horsepower for price constraints. Next up is a flex-fuel 4.8-Liter V8 that gives you 302 horsepower that may once again appeal to fleet buyers while other consumers will probably go for the more powerful 5.3-Liter flex-fuel capable V8 that gives you 315 horsepower. This engine offers strong acceleration and the best fuel economy of all the non-hybrid engines. If you yearn for more power you can opt for the top of the range 6.2-Liter V8 that gives you 403 horsepower, mad acceleration and low fuel economy to match. However, if you are going to be doing some serious towing this is a great engine to go for.

Transmission

The transmission you get pretty much comes down to the engine you choose. The base V6 is only available with a four-speed automatic, while the 4.8-Liter V8 and upwards get the much smoother six-speed auto that makes a real difference to the drive of the Sierra. All the range is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive formats, further expending the versatility of the Sierra.

Overall

For anyone that needs a versatile pick-up truck that can do just about any job you throw at it, the GMC Sierra has to be on your list of trucks to consider. It may have looked pretty much the same since its last re-vamp in 2007, but the Sierra still looks very much the part. This is a big, tough truck that will take whatever you want to throw at it; although you can have a very nice interior space if that's the way you want to go. The competition may be strong in this sector, but the GMC is still very much a contender for a wide range of potential customers.
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2013 Kia Lineup

It wasn't so long ago that Kia was simply the maker of cheap and cheerful runabouts that perhaps weren't taken too seriously by the major manufacturers. To say that Kia has come a long way in recent years would be a massive understatement. Kia now produces a range of practical, stylish and great value vehicles that are increasing in popularity faster than many of their competitors. The challenge they face will be to keep up the impressive improvements for 2013 and beyond.
Cars

Kia's sub-compact car, the Rio, sees only minor specification changes for 2013 such as the stop/start feature which was delayed from last year. After such a major re-design last year, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the Rio remains largely the same for now.

The next car up in the Kia range, the Forte, also seems to be changing very little for 2013. This may add fuel to rumours of a substantial change to the Forte range for 2014.

Now in its third model year, the Kia Optima remains the car to beat in the affordable mid-size family sedan sector. Even though several of Kia's competitors will be unveiling complete re-designs of their cars in 2013, they are still going to have to go some to match the Optima. You only have to take a look at this car to understand how far Kia has come in recent years. With its looks, performance, economy and value for money, you have to feel sorry for the poor souls tasked with coming up with an all new Optima in the future.

The quirky Soul had a major re-design in 2012, but still sees a few changes for 2013. Bluetooth cell phone link is now standard on all models, with several other additions to the higher spec vehicles as well. The Soul+ will now be available in an Eco version with low-rolling resistance tires and an idle stop/start function. The grille surround on all models is also now finished in a more fetching dark chrome effect. This boxy but practical and fun car will continue to attract new fans for some time to come.

Crossovers

If Kia's car line-up wasn't impressive enough, their two crossovers really do show just how far Kia has come in recent times. The Sorento, which sees 2013 as its third model year, undergoes a mid-cycle facelift. There's nothing too radically new for this award winning vehicle as it is already simply superb. However, the exterior gets some minor tweaks that let you know that this is a new model year, and the interior gets some welcome refining and upgrading. The base LX now gets the voice activated infotainment system and there's also an LX Convenience Plus Package available.

The Sportage will remain largely unchanged for 2013, but then again, it recently underwent one of the most dramatic transformations of any vehicle in recent times. This second generation of the Sportage is as radically different from its predecessor as the B2 Stealth Bomber is from a B32. For looks alone, the Sportage is worth the price tag. However, every other aspect of this terrific crossover more than makes the grade as well. With a wide range of variations and options, there is a Sportage for just about everyone.

Minivans

With the Kia Sedona being the only vehicle in Kia's range that hasn't had the magic wand waved over it in recent years, you may think that a new version would be imminent. Unfortunately, there is going to be no 2013 Sedona on offer at all. It appears that an all-new Sedona will make an appearance as a 2014 model. However, if the sneaky peaks are anything to go by, it should be something that is more than worth waiting for.

In the meantime, Kia is launching a new compact MPV called the Carens which is built on an all-new platform that may give some clues about the 2014 Sedona. The Carens will be available in both five and seven seat versions, although more details about how it will appear and what it will cost in the US are yet to be revealed.
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2013 Toyota Sienna

Once the darling of Suburbia, the minivan fell out of style long ago. Replaced by the less practical SUV, which was then replaced by the Crossover. And while the modern CUV has much in common with the minivan, it isn't perceived with the same ire. Most people these days, shudder at the thought of buying a minivan. It somehow screams diaper bags, and soccer camp. Which is unfortunate, and in the case of the 2013 Toyota Sienna, utterly ridiculous.

One of the last remaining bastions of minivan-ism is the 2013 Toyota Sienna. A carefully thought out transportation tool, that can appeal to more than just diaper chucking parents.

To keep the Sienna current, it was completely redesigned for 2011, with most of the concept and design work being done by Toyota's California-based Calty Design Center. They were able to tailor it specifically for the modern American family. For example, they fitted the most-popular 2013 Toyota Sienna LE with dual power-sliding doors, and a power liftgate that you can open with a click of the keyfob. They knew that managing a couple of kids, and that massive pack of toilet paper, would be an all-consuming event. So they made it easier to get everything loaded, and the standard (on the LE) backup camera will help you get out of the Costco parking lot...just in time to get stuck in traffic.

The 2013 Toyota Sienna Limited on the other hand, can appeal to Realtors, or any other professional that needs a luxurious way to transport clients. Designed to be the very definition of a Luxury Minivan, rear seat passengers are treated to their own power-sliding sunroof, a massive LCD screen that can display two video feeds side-by-side, a wood-trimmed cupholding tray that slides out from the center console, and Lounge Seating. Which consists of two supremely comfortable captain's chairs, fitted with their own La-z-boy-esque leg/foot rests. And there's even a power-folding 3rd row seat. So you can make room for all those For Sale signs.

2013 Toyota Sienna - What's New?

For 2013, the 4-cyl engine no longer available. Making the 266-hp 3.5 liter V6 (18/25/21) the standard engine. Toyota likes to remind us that the 2013 Toyota Sienna still offers All-Wheel Drive (16/23/19). Which makes it the only minivan on the market to do so.

Handy if you're ready to replace your AWD Chevy Astro.

The 2013 Toyota Sienna LE now comes standard with three-zone climate control, complete with a cabin air filter, and separate HVAC settings for all three rows. The 2013 Toyota Sienna XLE & 2013 Toyota Sienna Limited now have the Blind Spot Monitor, and a new acoustic windshield, to reduce cabin noise even further. And finally, the dad-approved, sport-themed 2013 Toyota Sienna SE now comes with chrome accented door handles.

Although the minivan may seem old fashioned to some people, it's still very relevant in the market. In fact, an average of 9,600 people bought a new Sienna each month in 2012. So there's no reason that you shouldn't consider the 2013 Toyota Sienna. You certainly won't be alone.
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2013 Toyota Lineup

When Toyota started selling cars in this country, their "little foreign jobs" weren't very popular. But today, Toyota makes some of the most popular cars sold in America. So let's see how they plan to update their wildly popular lineup for 2013...
Cars

2013 Toyota Yaris 
There isn't much new with Toyota's zippy little subcompact. The 2013 Toyota Yaris returns unchanged. However, a new hybrid Yaris is now available in Europe. But that Yaris won't make it over here, because it would compete directly with the Toyota Prius C. 
Prices start @:$15,000 est.

2013 Toyota Corolla 
With the competition heating up in the compact segment, Toyota decided to up its game with an all-new Corolla for 2013. Due to arrive later this year, the 2013 Toyota Corolla is lower, longer, and has a 10% stiffer body structure than the outgoing model. Using its new "Smart Dynamism" design language, Toyota gave the popular compact a chiseled front end, with aggressive headlights, and a protruding beltline. The interior is clean and modern, with sharp lines around the center stack, and a large touchscreen for the Entune system. Expect the 2013 Toyota Corolla to arrive in dealer showrooms later this year. 
Prices start @:$16,230

2013 Toyota Matrix 
Due to the arrival of the new Corolla, the 2013 Toyota Matrix returns unchanged. 
Prices start @:$20,000 est.

2013 Toyota Camry 
America's favorite sedan got restyled last year, so the 2013 Toyota Camry returns mostly unchanged. The only difference is, the 2013 Toyota Camry gets the latest version of Toyota's Entune infotainment system. 
Prices start @:$22,000 est.

2013 Toyota Avalon 
Toyota's premium full size sedan gets a complete overhaul for 2013. With 2-inches deducted from both the height & length, the 2013 Toyota Avalon trades its mundane styling for classy, swept back lines. Similar in profile to an Audi A7, the 2013 Toyota Avalon boasts a larger interior, fitted with Lexus-grade materials. The suspension / steering is said to have a more "confident feel". And there's all sorts of newly available bells and whistles too. 
Prices start @:$34,000 est.

2013 Toyota Prius 
The 2013 Toyota Prius got a facelift last year, so it returns unchanged. The 2013 Toyota Prius V & 2013 Toyota Prius C were also introduced last year, so there's no changes planned for them either. Apparently, all is well in the Prius family. 
Prices start @:$23,000 est.

2013 Toyota Venza 
Toyota's Baby Boomer Activity Vehicle gets fresh front & rear styling for 2013. The revised 2013 Toyota Venza also gets the Toyota Entune infotainment system, and all Venza's still come with 10, count em'; 10 cupholders (presumably for the grandkids). 
Prices start @:$27,700

Minivans

2013 Toyota Sienna 
Now the only minivan to still offer AWD, the 2013 Toyota Sienna enters the new year with just a few changes. The 2.7 liter 4-cyl has been dropped, making the 266-hp 3.5 liter V6 the sole engine. The 2013 Toyota Sienna LE benefits from easier-to-clean cloth upholstery, and power front seats. And finally, the 2013 Toyota Sienna Limited gets the new Blind Spot Monitor system as standard equipment. However, you can option it on lesser trims. 
Prices start @:$26,435

Crossovers / SUV's

2013 Toyota RAV4 
A completely redesigned version of Toyota's popular Urban Utility Vehicle, the RAV4, will debut later this fall. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is larger than the outgoing RAV4, and it likely will be tuned for comfort, as opposed to off-roading. The interior has a more upscale look to it, and the new 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV (jointly developed with Tesla) promises a 100+ mile driving range. 
Prices start @:$23,000 est.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser 
The rough & tumble FJ is a serious off-roader, not a pose-mobile. Although the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser is mostly driven by teenagers and bald guys named Frank, the FJ is more at home on the trail, than sitting outside the gym. The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser only gets a few changes, including power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and standard daytime running lights. 
Prices start @:$27,000 est.

2013 Toyota Highlander 
Although the 2013 Toyota Highlander isn't the most exciting small crossover on the market, it is the most popular. A combination of smooth engines, a comfortable ride, and one of the best interiors in the segment, make the 2013 Toyota Highlander one of the best picks for family transport. The only change for the 2013 Toyota Highlander is the addition of a value-minded options package/trim level. 
Prices start @:$29,000 est.

2013 Toyota 4Runner 
With seating for up to 7, and some actual off-road capability, the 2013 Toyota 4Runner remains a true SUV. Changes for the 2013 Toyota 4Runner are limited to a relocation of the USB plug to the lower part of the center stack, and the 2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 now uses a button, instead of a lever to engage the 4WD system. 
Prices start @:$32,000 est.

2013 Toyota Sequoia A throwback to the glory days of the fullsize SUV, the 2013 Toyota Sequoia is still an 8-seat people/trailer transporter that can muscle itself into any crowded lane. The only changes to the 2013 Toyota Sequoia is the deletion of the 4.6 liter V8 from the options list. Making the 381-hp 5.7 liter V8 the sole powerplant. The Entune distraction system will also be available this year. Rumors suggest that we'll get a new Sequoia in the next several years. Prices start @:$41,000 est.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser 
In other parts of the world, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser is the go-to off roader. In this country, it's the go-to transporter for the country club set. For the new model year, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser gets more luxurious standard equipment including; rear-seat entertainment, and heated second row seats. There's also new LED running lights, new tail lights, new wheel designs, and the Entune system is now available too. 
Prices start @:$78,255

Trucks

2013 Toyota Tacoma 
This year, a new luxury-themed model joins the Tacoma lineup. The 2013 Toyota Tacoma Limited gets heated sport bucket seats, more chrome, and special interior touches. Entune will also be available across the lineup 
Prices start @:$17,525

2013 Toyota Tundra 
For 2013, luxury is the name of Toyota's truck game. The new 2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum Grade has morphed this year from an option group, to a distinct model. Air conditioned seats, navigation, and a sunroof with side window sun shades come standard. But why put sun shades on a truck? One word; Grandkids... 
Prices start @:$26,000 est.
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Kia 2013 Lineup

It wasn't so long ago that Kia was simply the maker of cheap and cheerful runabouts that perhaps weren't taken too seriously by the major manufacturers. To say that Kia has come a long way in recent years would be a massive understatement. Kia now produces a range of practical, stylish and great value vehicles that are increasing in popularity faster than many of their competitors. The challenge they face will be to keep up the impressive improvements for 2013 and beyond.
Cars

Kia's sub-compact car, the Rio, sees only minor specification changes for 2013 such as the stop/start feature which was delayed from last year. After such a major re-design last year, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the Rio remains largely the same for now.

The next car up in the Kia range, the Forte, also seems to be changing very little for 2013. This may add fuel to rumours of a substantial change to the Forte range for 2014.

Now in its third model year, the Kia Optima remains the car to beat in the affordable mid-size family sedan sector. Even though several of Kia's competitors will be unveiling complete re-designs of their cars in 2013, they are still going to have to go some to match the Optima. You only have to take a look at this car to understand how far Kia has come in recent years. With its looks, performance, economy and value for money, you have to feel sorry for the poor souls tasked with coming up with an all new Optima in the future.

The quirky Soul had a major re-design in 2012, but still sees a few changes for 2013. Bluetooth cell phone link is now standard on all models, with several other additions to the higher spec vehicles as well. The Soul+ will now be available in an Eco version with low-rolling resistance tires and an idle stop/start function. The grille surround on all models is also now finished in a more fetching dark chrome effect. This boxy but practical and fun car will continue to attract new fans for some time to come.

Crossovers

If Kia's car line-up wasn't impressive enough, their two crossovers really do show just how far Kia has come in recent times. The Sorento, which sees 2013 as its third model year, undergoes a mid-cycle facelift. There's nothing too radically new for this award winning vehicle as it is already simply superb. However, the exterior gets some minor tweaks that let you know that this is a new model year, and the interior gets some welcome refining and upgrading. The base LX now gets the voice activated infotainment system and there's also an LX Convenience Plus Package available.

The Sportage will remain largely unchanged for 2013, but then again, it recently underwent one of the most dramatic transformations of any vehicle in recent times. This second generation of the Sportage is as radically different from its predecessor as the B2 Stealth Bomber is from a B32. For looks alone, the Sportage is worth the price tag. However, every other aspect of this terrific crossover more than makes the grade as well. With a wide range of variations and options, there is a Sportage for just about everyone.

Minivans

With the Kia Sedona being the only vehicle in Kia's range that hasn't had the magic wand waved over it in recent years, you may think that a new version would be imminent. Unfortunately, there is going to be no 2013 Sedona on offer at all. It appears that an all-new Sedona will make an appearance as a 2014 model. However, if the sneaky peaks are anything to go by, it should be something that is more than worth waiting for.

In the meantime, Kia is launching a new compact MPV called the Carens which is built on an all-new platform that may give some clues about the 2014 Sedona. The Carens will be available in both five and seven seat versions, although more details about how it will appear and what it will cost in the US are yet to be revealed.
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