Byline: Dave Boe
Toyota Motors Sales U.S.A. announced pricing for two all-new models arriving later this spring at dealers. The all-new 2007 FJ Cruiser, which debuted at last year's Chicago Auto Show as a 'concept vehicle' (although it was all but a foregone conclusion that it was just a champagne pop away from being christened a go- head production entry) and is influenced by Toyota's legendary FJ 400 truck. The FJ Cruiser is an off-road designed sport utility with a 4.0-liter six cylinder engine generating 239 horsepower. Exterior nuances include rounded headlights, an upright windshield and white cap roof.
It's available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The lowest-priced version 4 x 2 with four-speed automatic transmission starts at $21,710. A 4 x 4 with six-speed manual transmission starts at $22,890 while a 4 x 4 with five-speed automatic starts at $23,300.
At the other end of the spectrum is Toyota's all-new Yaris, a subcompact taking place of the departing five-year-old Echo. When it arrives later this spring, it will represent Toyota's lowest- price offering available in the United States. Yaris will be available in a sedan platform as well as a two-door liftback. Powered by a 1.5-liter four cylinder engine generating 106 horsepower, Yaris is projected to generate 34 miles per gallon in city driving and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
Yaris liftbacks start at $10,950 with manual transmission and $11,850 with automatic transmission. For sedan shoppers, $11,825 will get you into a manual transmission version while automatic transmissioned versions check in at $12,550. Sedan versions are also available in a higher-trim 'S' version starting at $13,325 with manual transmission and $14,050 with automatic.
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During media preview days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week, the folks at Honda walked away with two prestigious awards. The Honda compact Civic drove away with 2006 North American Car of the Year honors while the Honda Ridgeline received special recognition for grabbing the 2006 North American Truck of the Year award. …