Toyota 4Runner

Base Price: $32,000-$41,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 4Runner is largely unchanged after minor updates for 2012. The base SR5 model with 4WD loses its lever-type transfer case control system and receives the same switch-style system found in Trail and Limited models. The switch is located on the center console in front of the gear selector.

Driver's Choice: The Trail Edition is the true off-road king, especially when fitted with the optional electronically operated anti-roll bars.

Sum Up: Staying true to its roots.

Star Rating: ****

Toyota 4Runner
Base Engine 4.0L/270-hp/278-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 5A
0-60 MPH 7.5-7.8 sec
Tow/Payload 5000/1500-1700 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/22-23 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Toyota FJ Cruiser

Base Price: $27,500-$28,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A new Trail Teams Special Edition features minor upgrades that help the FJ become an even more capable off-roader. It includes rock rails, 16-inch TRD beadlock-style rims, BFGoodrich tires, and wheel locks. The exterior is painted in an exclusive Cement Gray and the interior is finished in the same shade. All trim levels get new daytime running lights and power outside mirrors.

Cool Fact: The FJ Cruiser features three windshield wipers.

Sum Up: Capable off-roader with retro styling.

Star Rating: ****

Toyota FJ Cruiser
Base Engine 4.0L/270-hp/278-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6M/5A
0-60 MPH 7.2-7.4 sec*
Tow/Payload 5000/1250 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-17/20 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Toyota Highlander

Base Price: $29,500-$46,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: New Highlander Plus trim level includes black roof rails, backup camera, tilt/telescope steering wheel, power adjustable lumbar for the driver's seat, foglamps, cold-weather package (for V-6), and a lift-up glass hatch. The four-cylinder engine is no longer available on SE models. V-6 models get a standard tow package. On hybrid models, an available Leather Premium package replaces the Leather package.

Best Buy: Limited model is a Lexus RX on the cheap.

Sum Up: Well-built crossover in a crowded segment.

Star Rating: ****

Toyota Highlander
Base Engine 2.7L/187-hp/186-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/270-hp/248-lb-ft V-6; 3.5L V-6 + elec, 280 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5A/6A/CVT
0-60 MPH 7.1-8.7 sec
Tow/Payload 3500-5000/1755 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-28/22-28 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Toyota Land Cruiser

Base Price: $78,765
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Chrome accents on the doors, redesigned front grille, new HID headlights and LED daytime running lights, and new 18-inch wheels. Interior changes include ventilated front seats, upgraded leather seats, and a revised instrument panel. Adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, and Toyota's new Entune infotainment system are standard.

Cool Fact: New Multi-Terrain Monitor provides a 360-degree camera view displaying off-road obstacles.

Sum Up: Toyota's oldest and best SUV gets better.

Star Rating: ****1/2

Toyota Land Cruiser
Base Engine 5.7L/381-hp/401-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec
Tow/Payload 8200/1500 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13/18 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 10; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A


Toyota RAV4 (2014)

Base Price: $23,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The RAV4 is expected to receive a comprehensive redesign for the 2014 model year that should feature a more aggressive front fascia with styling cues cribbed from the refreshed Venza. Rumors also suggest Toyota will drop the RAV4's available 269-hp, 3.5L V-6 and go with a 4-cylinder-only powertrain lineup. No official word yet if the base 4-cylinder engine will be the 179-hp, 2.5L unit or a new mill. A hybrid is a possibility.

Look For: Official details to surface by the end of 2012.

Sum Up: Fighting to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive segment.

Star Rating: (not rated)

Toyota RAV4 (2014)
Base Engine 2.5L/179-hp/172-lb-ft I-4*
Opt Engine None*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A*
0-60 MPH N/A
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy N/A
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
* Estimated


Toyota Sequoia

Base Price: $43,000-$63,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The big news for the 2013 Sequoia is the discontinuation of the 310-hp, 4.6L i-Force V-8. The 381-hp, 5.7L V-8 will serve as the lone engine choice for the base, Limited, and Platinum trim levels. Inside, the Sequoia gets an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-Ray DVD. A new navigation with Toyota's Entune infotainment system is available.

Cool Fact: Toyota claims the Blu-ray option is an industry first.

Sum Up: For the minivan averse.

Star Rating: ***1/2

Toyota Sequoia
Base Engine 5.7L/381-hp/401-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.2-7.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 7100-7400/1300-1350 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13/17-18 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Toyota Sienna

Base Price: $27,295-$42,085
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: The four-cylinder Sienna, powered by a 187-hp, 2.7L engine, is discontinued. The 266-hp, 3.5L V-6 carries over unchanged. LE models get new front seat fabric, three-zone automatic climate control, and an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat. XLE and Limited models get blind-spot monitoring. Chrome-accented door handles are added to the SE model.

Driver's Choice: The SE sports a revised steering ratio and a stiffer suspension.

Sum Up: Get the family there with plenty of cargo room to spare.

Star Rating: *****

Toyota Sienna
Base Engine 3.5L/266-hp/245-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.1-8.0 sec*
Seats/Foldaway 7-8/3rd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-18/23-25 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Toyota Tacoma

Base Price: $18,365-$28,935
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: The new Limited Package includes SofTex-trimmed and heated front seats, 18-inch chrome rims, chrome exterior accents, color-matched front bumper, leather-trimmed steering wheel, auto-dimming mirror, Homelink, and Limited badges. All trim levels get daytime running lights and steering-wheel switches. Entune-equipped Tacomas come with a display audio screen.

Driver's Choice: X-Runner is sold with a 6M and sport suspension.

Sum Up: Lots of goodies for the Limited.

Star Rating: ****1/2

Toyota Tacoma
Base Engine 2.7L/159-hp/180-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 4.0L/236-hp/266-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5M/6M/4A/5A
0-60 MPH 6.3-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 3400-6500/900-1450 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-21/18-25 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Toyota Tundra

Base Price: $28,500-$44,500*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: The Tundra is now available with Toyota's Entune, which features such mobile apps as Yelp, Bing, and Pandora. New chrome package has the option of 18-inch chrome-clad steel wheels, 18-inch alloy wheels, and 20-inch machined alloy wheels. Limiteds are available with the TRD Rock Warrior Package, includes Bilstein shocks, TRD rims, and unique visual touches.

Cool Fact: The CrewMax has a vertically sliding rear window for better ventilation and visibility.

Sum Up: When your projects outgrow the Tacoma.

Star Rating: ***1/2

Toyota Tundra
Base Engine 4.0L/270-hp/278-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 4.6L/310-hp/327-lb-ft V-8; 5.7L/381-hp/401-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6M/5A
0-60 MPH 6.7-8.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 4500-10,400/1450-2100 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-16/17-20 mpg*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Toyota Venza

Base Price: $28,510-$38,450
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The updated 2013 Venza has a new three-bar grille that is more subdued than the outgoing model, while the headlights and lower bumper have also been restyled. Inside, the entry-level LE now comes standard with puddle lamps and side rearview mirror turn indicators. The XLE now gets a driver memory seat and navigation. The Limited gets LED daytime running lights.

Avoid: Pairing the four-cylinder with AWD if you want decent acceleration.

Sum Up: Minor freshening for Toyota's small crossover.

Star Rating: ****

Toyota Venza
Base Engine 2.7L/182-hp/182-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.5L/268-hp/246-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.5-9.1 sec
Tow/Payload 2500-3500/1200 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-20/25-26 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A