AUTO REVIEW—When it comes to user-friendly cars, it’s hard to do better than Toyota. Superb reliability, mild mannered, abundant cupholders, generous storage compartments, a place for everything, and everything in its place. It’s no wonder the brand continues to hover at the top of those Consumer Reports reviews. With this backdrop, Editor John-Fredrik Wright drove three popular Toyota cargo carriers—the RAV4, Highlander, and Sienna—back to back to back, and put them through the family test.
BOOK REVIEW—This is the latest in a seemingly endless parade of books about Carroll Shelby. One thing for sure about CARROLL SHELBY the Authorized Biography: It is, hands-down the longest. With 550+ pages of small point type, very narrow page margins and a 13-page index that tachs out at over 2,500 individual listings from ACOC to Otto Zipper, it’s the mother of all Carroll Shelby books. LA Car readers, get ready to be Shel-shocked.
AUTO REVIEW—The new 6-Series coupe is easily the best looking BMW in ages. The company with the spinning blue propeller logo has just introduced a four-door version of it—and it retains the good looks of its two-door counterpart. It’s called the 640i Gran Coupe, and BMW is offering the car in a stunning Frozen Bronze Metallic matte finish. LA Car Feature Editor Harvey Schwartz reports.
AUTO REVIEW—Long before Toyota produced hybrids, before it produced Scions, and before anyone ever heard of a Lexus, the car company produced basic but very reliable transportation—cars that last a lot longer than you want it to. It still does. Today, that car is called a Yaris. Reed Berry tests a 2012 Toyota Yaris SE 5-Door Liftback. See what Toyota is able to put forth in furtherance of the art of inconspicuous consumption.