8 Most Popular Toyotas in the World
Toyota is undisputedly the world’s most popular automotive brand. It is often said that the car before you is a Toyota and this is true across the globe. There is no area where Toyota has not reached and this can be attributed to the reliable and affordable cars that the automaker has produced over the years. The following are some of the most popular car models that Toyota has produced over the years.
The Toyota Fortuner is a mid-size SUV that was first assembled in Thailand in 1994. Based on the Toyota Hilux pickup truck platform, this four-wheel drive SUV with three rows of seating was initially offered in Thailand only under the Toyota IMV project. Following its success in global markets, Toyota has since upgraded it and now offers it in several other countries. It was the best selling SUV in its category in both the Philippines and Thailand. Production of the second generation Fortuner begun in 2015 in Australia.
The Toyota Yaris has been in existence since 1999, replacing the famous Starlet. So far three generations of the subcompact car have been produced in different body forms including hatchbacks, sedans and a 2-door coupe. The third generation Yaris also comes in hybrid version. 2018 Yaris has been upgraded with more stylish features including a more defined exterior with bolder colors as well as a standard Toyota Safety Sense feature in all models. Yaris is popular because of its reliability, affordability and stylish looks.
The Toyota RAV4 is the first SUV that Toyota ever produced and the only compact crossover SUV by Toyota to date. From its debut in 1994, the five-door RAV4 was marketed as a spacious, affordable SUV with full-time four wheel drive option. These features have popularized the vehicle in many global markets. In 2012, Toyota worked closely with Tesla to produce the RAV4 EV (electric vehicle).
1966-present Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is somehow responsible for Toyota’s fame. Ever since beating the Volkswagen Beetle as world’s best-selling car in 1997, the Toyota has retained this position for many years. With eleven generations produced and more than 40 million cars sold, the Toyota Corolla has undergone several changes since it debuted in 1966. Despite the redesigns Toyota has retained the Corolla’s affordability, reliability, safety and fuel economy. This explains why the changes have not affected the brand’s success in the global market over the decades.
The Toyota Camry only comes second to Toyota Corolla in popularity. It is renowned for being the family car amongst many households because of somewhat boring features like spaciousness, reliability and fuel efficiency. What began as a compact car has now evolved into the mid-size car full of upgrades to keep up with the time. Changes notwithstanding, Toyota has been consistent in providing a roomy, fuel efficient and reliable vehicle for all Camry fans. It is no wonder that the 2018 Toyota Camry was voted the best mid-size car.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is a 5-door mid-size SUV that has been in production since 1984. This model is the smallest of the models in the Land Cruiser series. Over the years, three generations of this four-wheel drive SUV have been produced but as of 2009, every Prado was modelled after the J150 platform. Toyota Prado is also sold under different nameplates in North American markets. The 2018 Toyota Prado is currently the latest model in the market and comes with four trim levels. Although critics are still peeved by the lack of CarPlay and the Android Auto features, the 2018 Prado has received major upgrades in its interior and infotainment as well as modern safety features. The best part for Toyota fans is that the base model of the 2018 Toyota Prado comes at a reduced price.
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Even though the FJ Cruiser was designed by Jin Won Kim in 2002, it was only introduced into the auto scene in 2003 when Toyota exhibited it as a concept car during the North American International Auto Show. Following great consumer response, Toyota proceeded to produce the mid-size SUV in 2006. Based on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado model, the FJ Cruiser quickly gained popularity for its off-road abilities and its semblance to the FJ40 which was quite a hit in the 1960s. This car also had an upgraded interior with modern technology. In 2013, Toyota announced that the 2014 FJ Cruiser would be the last production with the ‘Final Edition’ of the model going on sale in 2017. Earlier in 2018, Toyota discontinued the production of the FJ Cruiser.
1951-present Toyota Land Cruiser
This four wheel drive off-roader is Toyota’s longest running series. Even though Toyota first produced the Land Cruiser as a Jeep-like car in 1951, it has since made several body modifications, producing station wagons, vans, pickup trucks, cab chassis, hardtops as well as convertible versions of the model. Although the Toyota Land Cruiser is quite popular across the globe for its off-road performance and reliability it is especially loved in Australia due to the rough terrain and extreme weather conditions of the country.