When we see a car on the road, we always think of Toyota. It is one of the top popular brands of vehicles in the automotive market when it comes to producing high-quality and best-selling cars worldwide. The car they made has always gained positive reviews and awards, as can be seen by the increasing popularity of the Toyota cars. Whether it’s a sedan, Kei car, trucks, vans, minivans, hatchback, or pick-up trucks, it’s the Toyota brand they pick. In this article, we will talk about the Top 5 Most Popular Toyota Models in BE FORWARD.
The Toyota Vitz or also known as the Toyota Yaris in other international markets is a three and five-door subcompact hatchback produced and manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation from 1999 to 2019. It has three successive generations and won the Car of the Year Award in Japan. The first generation XP10 Vitz series first debuted in 1998 at Paris Motor Show and released in January 1999 – 2006; the second generation with codenamed XP90 was launched in February 2005 – December 2010; and the third generation XP130 was introduced in December 2010 – December 2019. The third-generation Toyota Vitz is more sporty, spacious, modern, and stylish than the previous model. It offers new features such as the start-stop system, smart entry system, single-screen wiper, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and air-conditioning with a climate control system. It also comes with safety features including driver and front passenger airbags, a knee airbag for the driver, front-seat mounted side airbags, two front seat cushion airbags, and first and second-row side-curtain airbags. The Toyota Vitz is equipped with 1.0L (69 hp), 1.3L (95 hp), and 1.5L (109 hp).
Hiace Van (Van)
The Toyota HiAce is a light commercial van manufactured by Toyota which was first introduced in October 1967 up to the present. It has a large variety of body configurations including a minivan, minibus, pickup truck, taxi, and ambulance. With already six successful generations, it is one of the top-selling and popular vehicles nowadays. The fifth-generation Toyota HiAce is equipped with two diesel engines and two petrol engines: a 2.5L inline-4 2KD-FTV Low Version Intercooled / Non – Intercooled D-4D which delivers a maximum power output of 80 kW (109 PS; 107 hp) at 3400 rpm with maximum torque of 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) at 1600–2600 rpm and 3.0L inline-4 1KD-FTV Intercooled VN Turbo D-4D with a maximum power output of 106 kW (144 PS; 142 hp) at 3400 rpm and maximum torque of 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at 1200–3200 rpm. The 2.0L 1TR-FE inline-4 with a maximum power output of 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) at 5600 rpm, and torque of 182 Nm (134 lb-ft) and 2.7L 2TR-FE inline-4 with 118 kW (160 PS; 158 hp) at 5200 rpm maximum power output, a torque of 243 Nm (179 lb-ft).
The Toyota Ractis is a five-seater mini MPV that was first introduced in October 2005 and manufactured by Toyota. The first generation Ractis is equipped with two petrol engines: a 1.3L inline-4 2SZ-FE DOHC with a power output of 87 hp and a 1.5L inline-4 1NZ-FE DOHC with power output 110 hp / 105 hp, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The second generation was launched in 2010, also known as the Toyota Verso-S in the European market. The Ractis is fitted with a 1.3L inline-4 1NR-FKE petrol engine with a power output of 98 hp (99 PS / 73 kW) and a diesel engine of 1.5L inline-4 1NZ-FE with a power output of 102 hp (103 PS / 76 kW). The Ractis features a spacious cabin with a remote retractable lever in the rear seat as well as a 60:40 split-tilt down mechanism to give more space for luggage or personal use. Also, comes with a panoramic roof that offers a feeling of openness while in the car and driving on the road.
The Toyota Harrier, also known as the Lexus RX, is a five-seat mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by Toyota and produced since December 1997 up to the present. The first generation Harrier was equipped with a 2.2L inline-4 5S-FE which generates power of 137 hp (102 kW), 191 Nm (141 lb-ft) of torque, and a 3.0L 1MZ-FE V6, rated at 220 hp (164 kW), torque of 301 Nm (222 lb-ft). The second generation was introduced in February 2003 equipped with a 3L 1MZ-FE V6 DOHC (220 hp) with VVT-i continuously variable valve timing mechanism and a 2.4L (160 hp) straight 4 DOHC with a 5-speed / 4-speed AT transmission. The third-generation Harrier was released in 2013 with a codenamed XU60 and equipped with 2.0L 3ZR-FAE DOHC 16-valve EFI straight-four with Dual VVT-i and Valvematic with a maximum power of 149 hp (111 kW; 151 PS) at 6,100 rpm, a torque of 193 Nm (142 lb-ft) at 3,800 rpm, paired with Super CVT-i with 7-speed simulation.
The Toyota Allion is also called the Toyota Premio, as they share the same engine and interior. It is a 4-door sedan produced from December 2001 until 2021. It has a more youthful and sporty-looking design that fits younger buyers while the Premio is more classic and elegant in style. The first generation Toyota Allion is available in three engine sizes: a 1.5L and 1.8L are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, and the 2L is fitted with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The second generation was introduced in 2007 and received its facelifts in April 2010 which gives a more refined and sporty feel. It also offers new features such as the smart entry and start system, an HDD navigation system, color rear-view monitor, and the latest version of the G-BOOK telematics service. In the same year, the 1.8L 2ZR-FE engine was changed to the Valvematic 2ZR-FAE, improving the fuel consumption to 18.6 km/L while the fuel consumption for the 1.5L was improved to 20 km/L.
Toyota is always producing a dependable, reliable, durable, safe, and high-quality car that can last for many years. The increasing demand and good reviews of their cars are evidence of how popular the Toyota model is, whether it is a used car or the latest model. Nothing can go wrong with purchasing one of these models, for they are arguably one of the top popular in the market these days. For more information or questions, please visit our BE FORWARD store.
Written by: Esther Abranilla