Toyota Aristo Review

The Toyota Aristo is a mid-sized luxury car that is commonly referred to as a Lexus GS. This car is made for style, excellent handling, and speed while remaining a useable and reliable vehicle to get you where you need to go. If you are looking for a classy car that will also be functional for daily use, the Aristo is the vehicle you need.


Aristo Specs\

Wheelbase: 2,779 mm (109.4 in)

Length: 4,950 mm (194.9 in)

Width: 1,796 mm (70.7 in)

Height : 1,400–1,420 mm (55.1–55.9 in)

Transmission : 4-speed automatic

Engine: 3.0 L, Petrol


The Good

The Aristo has high quality interior made from excellent materials. There is no need to worry about having cheesy looking interfaces. This vehicle is also extremely reliable, lasting for a long time as well as being agile and equip to responding easily making it simple and relaxing to handle. It seats up to five people which means the family can fit in it if need be as well as making a great car for just the driver. There is no need to worry that the larger body will make it go slower however. With a 241-horsepower four-cylinder engine this car goes decently fast for a midsized luxury car. Not only is it fast but its mileage is not bad either coming to 22 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway. This car is stylish, comfortable, fits a lot of people, provides you with speed, and gives you decent gas mileage. Compared to many other vehicles, the Aristo holds up with an amazing amount of pros.


The Bad

The bad thing about the Aristo is that, while all its tech may seem interesting, it is an extremely cumbersome interface. For those looking to maximize their space, the Aristo may not be right for you. Not only is the tech interface cumbersome, but it is also noted to be extremely distracting with an in your face kind of design. For those easily distracted, having a tech interface like this may do more damage than good.  If your interface preferences are picky, you will want to research the Aristo to make sure it fits into your criteria as it may not work for you.


What Others Say


With its nimble handling, a premium and spacious cabin, excellent safety and reliability ratings, and a range of potent engine options, the Lexus GS (Aristo) is a well-rounded choice for your next – or your first – luxury midsize car. –US News Rankings and Reviews


Boasting a refined interior, plenty of high-tech features and class-competitive performance, the GS (Aristo) can go toe to toe with the historically strong competitors from Audi, BMW and Mercedes. –Edmunds


When stacked up against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series or Cadillac CTS, the GS (Aristo) proves a worthy competitor, offering similar levels of performance and technology plus superior long-term reliability and resale figures. –Kelly Blue Book


For those who demand even more luxury, Lexus (Aristo) delivers. –Car Guru

Toyota Cami Review

A tough little SUV, the Toyota Cami sure knows how to take a beating and keep on rolling.



Engine: 1.3i 16V 4WD Turbo; 1.3i 16V P4WD; 1.3i 16V P 2WD

Fuel Consumption: 7.14L per 100km, average tank is 46L

Curb Weight: 1040-1050kg, maximum weight ranges 1315-1325kg

Transmission options: 4-speed automatic or 5 speed manual


The Good

First released in 1999 as one of two offshoots of the Daihatsu Terios—the other being the similarly designed Terios Kid—the Cami was designed to be a mini version of some of Toyota’s larger SUVs through a partnership between the two companies. It’s smaller in most respects—its engine, body size, and style follows the compact format that Daihatsu favors with its vehicle. However, it boasts a lot of Toyota’s trademark safety and efficiency measures and actually has a rather positive safety rating that factored into the Cami’s popularity.

Primarily marketed as a family vehicle, the Cami has been known to pack a bit of a punch in terms of engine strength. Due to a lot of positive reviews about the Cami’s ability to handle itself outside of city roadways, a lot of drivers tested its off-road abilities for themselves. For the most part, the Cami proved itself more than capable of handling tougher driving conditions. As a result, Toyota released a limited sports edition of the Cami in 2001 that had amped up its rough terrain maneuverability. It didn’t do as well, sales-wise, as its standard issue counterpart but the act proved that Toyota was listening to its customers. Those aspects were retained in the Cami’s successor, the Toyota Rush, which was presented as a second generation member of Daihatsu Terios and Toyota’s lineup.

While the Cami was discontinued in 2005 and there are no new vehicles being released under the Cami model, used ones that are still available are still as reliable as they were when they first rolled off the lot. Their dependability and efficiency have continued to make it a popular option for drivers looking at mini SUVs. With regular maintenance, even the older Cami model years are able to keep going strong.


The Bad

The Cami does boast some comforts, but they haven’t stood the test of time as well as the rest of the vehicle has. When the Cami was first introduced, it was loaded with all the top notch bells and whistles of the time that Toyota could cram into it. A central locking system, full stereo, electric control over the windows and mirrors, and a fairly snazzy navigations system were some of the built-in features that were available in brand new Camis. However, they pale in comparison to the standard features found in current Toyota vehicles. Mainly, those features lack the quality and compatibility of their present counterparts.

Toyota and advertisers made a lot of claims about the comfortable ride that the Cami offered drivers and their passengers. Most drivers agree that those claims are accurate…to a point. Drivers who were used to smaller vehicles tended to be a bit more positive about the comfort level of the Cami’s cabin, but they often agreed with other drivers that it was not best for long rides. Even with its proficiency with off-roading, the Cami is highly definitely a bumpy ride for anyone not in the driver’s seat.

Due to the limited market that the Cami operated in when it was an active model—isolated to dealers only within Japan during its six year run—owners may find problems with repair work. The model was exported to other countries under a multitude of different names in addition to the Cami name, with associated, but minor, changes being made for each release. The variations have resulted in some owners having difficulty finding parts and knowledgeable mechanics when they need repairs or maintenance. Changes in location also shined a light on some flaws that were not as noticeable in Japan. Russian drivers and owners, for example, found that the Cami’s terrain mobility was significantly disappointing when it came to soft terrain, like snow and sand. It may be able to handle mountains without breaking a sweat, but the Cami can be dragged to a halt by six inches of snow on a paved street.


What Others Are Saying

“Both Daihatsu Terios and Toyota Cami were specially designed for the comfort and safety of the people travelling. They ensured no difficulty when it came to long journey or the distance travelled. The comfort of the people and the peace of mind to the driver when he is at the steering wheel was the prime concern when planning to produce such car.”


“The fun-loving Toyota Cami boasts, first of all, that famous Toyota dependability and so much more! The Cami is a four-wheel drive, designed to get you out of sticky situations.”

-SBT Global Car Exporter


Toyota Hilux Review



  • JDM Engine Option 1: 0 L 1TR-FE I4 Petrol
  • JDM Engine Option 2: 7 L 2TR-FE I4 Petrol
  • JDM Engine Option 3: 0 L 1GR-FE V6 Petrol
  • JDM Engine Option 4: 2.4 to 3.0 L GD or KD-FTV I4-T Diesel
  • Fuel Consumption: 3 L /100 km
  • Curb Weight: 1.750 kg
  • Size: L 5,335 mm x W 1,855 mm x H 1,820 mm

The Good

The Toyota Hilux has reached its eight generation in 2015, now being assembled in Thailand and Argentina. This, along with a few other models, is one of the manufacturer’s most known models. Its popularity had exploded when the British car show “Top Gear” put an old Toyota Hilux to its limits, as they tried to destroy it in a more comical, British style, but in reality the car actually survived most of the abuse. Then again, the Hilux’s popularity exploded again when the Top Gear team took it to the North Pole in a race against a dog sled.

Truth be told, the Hilux didn’t need any extra commercials. It is one of the toughest and most reliable pickup trucks in the world. Its build quality and engines are legendary, while the suspension can take a lot of abuse.

The 2015 model comes in a lot of versions, but we are going to recommend just the one that we consider best. To be fair to everybody, we are going to select one diesel engine and one petrol engine.

The winner for the petrol engine is going to be the 4.0L V6 and not because it’s the biggest engine, but because it’s the only engine that in our opinion can handle what the Hilux was built for. The diesel engine of choice is the 3.0l 1KD-FTV Turbo. Regarding the cabin, it really must be the 4-door model, alongside four-wheel-drive and honestly, for the transmission, it really doesn’t matter, the automatic version is actually good for going off road.

The looks of the 2015 model are decent. It’s not very pretty, but is far better looking than the older models. The options list for the interior trim isn’t pretty large, but good looks and options aren’t some of this car’s pluses. Toyota Hilux is the car that you want by your side when going on the African Safari. It’s the car that can tackle the Australian outback with ease and, believe us, this means something!

The Bad

We are really disappointed that Toyota offers only one decent petrol and diesel engine for the Hilux. We couldn’t believe that the lowest power is 102hp for the diesel and 139hp for the petrol. If you are deciding on buying a Hilux, please consider the top of the range engines. We tried the middle petrol engine and if felt incredibly slow and very down on power, it didn’t feel like a Hilux should feel.


The Hilux is every truck lover’s dream. It should be the absolute standard for well-built and reliable tough machines. Personally, we would fancy going on a 2 weeks to one-month off road adventure with the truck’s latest generation model!

What others say “Car-like cabin design, comfortable ride for a pick-up, more practical than old Hilux.” “Its build quality and off-road ability is second to none, and combined with a 3.5t towing capacity, the eighth-generation Hilux is still – despite fierce competition – one of the best proper pickups on the market.”

Toyota Avensis Review


Comfortable and well-equipped with a long warranty, the Toyota Avensis is a mix between the hatchback and saloon models.

Toyota Avensis Specs

  • Engine: 1.8-Litre Petrol / 1.6 or 2.0-Litre Diesel
  • Fuel Consumption: 62.8mpg
  • Curb Weight: 1,480kg
  • 4,710mm L x 1,480mm H

The Good

Like most Toyota cars, the Avensis is keenly priced and covered with a five-year/100,000 mile warranty that is alluring to those looking for a long-term vehicle. While it is not as spacious as the Skoda Superb or the Ford Mondeo, it is comfortable for the passengers as well as the driver. The boot is also spacious at 509-litres, but it is styled much like the saloon in that there is no handy hatchback. The range is also simple for the consumer to understand because the Avensis only had four trim levels and there are only three engines for the consumer, which makes choosing much easier. The Avensis was designed for longer trips with its softer suspension to give the driver a smooth and comfortable ride on the highway. Though the 2.0-litre engine may not be as quick as others, it seems to be the best choice for the Avensis, as it offers the most flexibility from the low rpm. The driver’s seat and steering have plenty of space for movement and though the earlier models do not have it, most active models are also equipped with an adjustable lumbar support. The visibility in these cars is also good, as the view to the rear is much clearer than that of the Avensis’ rivals.

The Bad

While the suspension is built for long trips, larger bumps, expansion joints, and sharp ridges are generally spread throughout the cab, which risks unsettling the car.  Bends can also make drivers wary, as the Avensis will lean in a little with the precise enough steering that yields little in the way of feedback. While the gearbox can be pleasant to use, it can also feel awkward to move around. Diesel engines are also a concern because they are behind the refinement of those found in cars such as Skoda Superb and can sound gruff when they are idling or at a higher rpm. These engines may also cause vibrations through the pedals and steering wheels, but they tend to settle down more while on cruise. The noise can also become loud when the Avensis is run over rougher surfaces and there may be some wind noise. Petrol may seem like the cheaper option to buy but it is used up faster and unfortunately, it is the only option for those who are looking to have a gearbox. While the 1.6-litres can offer better emissions, it tends to be underpowered for a car that is the size of the Avensis, which makes it a difficult choice for the modern consumer. Inside, the Avensis is made of hard plastic where passengers interact regularly, including the handbrake switch that feels cheap and not as well hidden as with other cars of its type. There are areas of soft plastic, but overall the cabin tends to look dated, including the infotainment system, which makes it slow and dark while switching between screens.
What Others Say

“The facelift in 2012 seems to have worked for Toyota’s Avensis. Tragically dull, but not without merit.”

Top Gear

“While the 1.6-litres can offer better emissions, it tends to be underpowered for a car that is the size of the Avensis.”

What Car

“Toyota has thankfully vanquished the previous Avensis generation’s dowdy, cheap-looking styling in favor of a far sleeker look that’s not that different from that of our new Camry.”

Car and Driver

“The Toyota Avensis is a comfortable, safe and reliable long-distance motorway cruiser, but it’s some way off the best saloon cars on the market.”

–  Car Buyer

“Quiet, refined and comfortable – that describes the Avensis. It’s certainly not a thrilling drive.”

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