Full-size pickup trucks are about as American as it gets. If there's one thing we need, and one thing we know how to produce, it's a truck. That's why it's hard to justify buying an imported truck, and sales numbers clearly show that it's a feeling that permeates throughout the American truck-buying market. That's why Toyota pulled out all the stops for the 2014 Tundra refresh, and the result was a big, burly truck that - upon first glance, at least - looked like it could go head to head with the best from the Big Three.
This is a Volkswagen Passat. It is a car. It has an engine. If our prose needed to match the general feeling we received from any given car, the line above is how we'd have to write about the Volkswagen Passat TDI. It's a great car, for many reasons that we will explain below, but heavens to Betsy, it's boring. It's just so ... German. It's precise to a fault; when it calls a phone-sex hotline, it asks the person on the other line to read Excel spreadsheets.
The Yaris, Toyota's entry-level econobox, got a whole new design attitude for the 2015 model year. The exterior and interior were updated, with the former getting a more aggressive front fascia, and the latter getting a built-in touch screen. But despite the upgraded fit-and-finish, it's still clear that this car's primary mission is cost-savings.
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