Vehicle Comparison: The 2011 Toyota Camry vs. the Honda Accord

Why Camry is number one.

The Toyota Camry has been the number one selling midsize sedan for many years with the Honda Accord usually the runner-up. A comparison between the 2011 Camry and Accord shows why Toyota has long maintained this lead.

There’s a kind of art and science to comparing midsize sedans that you don’t need to apply when comparing, say, muscle cars or sportscars. With those, many buyers simply go for the fastest one they can afford or choose the car that elicits the strongest emotional response. Choosing the sedan you must rely on every day for many years, however, takes a more discerning approach. Held up to that scrutiny, the Toyota Camry shines.

Both the Camry and Accord offer a choice between four-cylinder and V6-powered models. That’s typical for midsize sedans. You’re not going to choose one over the other by comparing compression ratios and such. What’s most important is how these cars drive in every day situations, and here, the Camry offers a compelling difference.

First of all, both Camry’s standard manual transmission and optional automatic are six-speeds; both of the Accord’s transmissions are five-speeds. The difference goes well beyond any kind of bragging rights. A transmission with more ratios makes it easier for the engine to remain in its most efficient power range in all kinds of driving; a six-speed is likely to be in the “perfect” gear more so than a five-speed, especially when you’re driving in changing terrain such as going through hilly areas.

With its four-cylinder engine, the Camry offers an edge in torque, 167 lb/ft vs. the Accord’s four-cylinder’s 161 lb/ft. The Camry also delivers its peak torque at a slightly lower engine rpm than the Accord. Coupled with the added flexibility of a six-speed transmission, that difference can make the Camry feel more energetic in routine driving.

Other attributes become more appreciated over years of ownership. The Camry has a tighter turning circle than Accord (36.1 vs. 37.7 feet) and a larger trunk (15 cubic feet vs. 14 cubic feet). Camry gives rear-seat passengers more legroom, too.

Both the Camry and Accord offer a wide range of model trim lines, and here is where the Camry offers a significant advantage over its rival. With the Accord, to get certain features, you need to step up to a higher trim line, and that can mean a big jump in price. With the Camry, you can choose more stand-alone options, which results in better value.The picture becomes clear when comparing two of the most comparable and popular four-cylinder models, the Camry LE and Accord LX, both with an automatic transmission. With an MSRP of $22,985, the Camry is slightly higher than the Accord ($22,730). Yet, the more sophisticated transmission and a few extra standard items in Camry more than make up that small difference. The Camry LE also comes standard with a driver’s power-adjustable seat (including lumbar) and an outside temperature gauge, two items that, once you have them, you don’t want to do without.Now, consider options. If you want a power sunroof, you can get it in the Camry LE, and the option also includes an illuminated visor, vanity mirrors and rear-seat reading lights. To get a sunroof in an Accord, you must buy an EX model or above, starting at $24,905 with the automatic transmission. With the Camry LE, you can also order an accessory rear-seat DVD entertainment system, but not in the Accord. Camry would certainly get the kids’ vote.Not shown in any specification sheets is the overall smoothness and quietness that make commuting in a Camry so pleasant. In many road tests, critics usually call out the Accord for allowing too much road noise to intrude into the cabin. That’s something you have to live with on every drive. But why, when you can enjoy a quieter ride in a 2011 Camry?

Come in and experience firsthand why Camry continues to be America’s best-selling midsize sedan.

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Vehicle Comparison: The 2011 Toyota Camry vs. the Honda Accord
Why Camry is number one.





Pre-Owned Lexus at Wesley Chapel Toyota

Wesley Chapel Toyota stocks a wide selection of pre-owned Lexus vehicles. Our customers have been asking for Lexus, and we answered by filling our showroom with late model, low mileage Lexus vehicles.

wesley chapel toyota lexus is250
2009 Lexus IS 250

Why buy a used Lexus from Wesley Chapel Toyota? We have Lexus Master Certified technicians on staff, we perform a 125 point inspection on every Lexus, and we include a Lifetime Powertrain Warranty at no cost. Yup, that’s even better coverage than a Lexus Certified vehicle.

According to Patrick Abad, General Manager of Wesley Chapel Toyota, “The Tampa area loves Lexus, and we’ll do our best to keep up with the demand for high-quality pre-owned Lexus vehicles.”
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Wesley Chapel Toyota – Toys For Tots Drive

Once again it’s time for Wesley Chapel Toyota’s annual Toys for Tots drive. It couldn’t be easier to show your support — Simply place an unwrapped, new toy in the bed of the 2010 Tacoma in our showroom decked out in Toys for Tots banners and we’ll do the rest. If you want more information, just give us a call at 813-973-8888.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of a history buff — and the Toys for Tots program has a pretty interesting origin. Here’s some info about them that you probably didn’t know, courtesy of

Toys for tots Began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.  The idea came form Bill’s wife, Diane.  In the fall of 1947, Diane crafted a homemade doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas.  When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one.  He did.  The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.  That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located.  Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.  The initial objective that remains the hallmark of the program today is to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children”.  Bill Hendricks, a Marine Reservist on weekends, was in civilian life, the Director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio.  This enabled him to convince a vast array of celebrities to support Toys for Tots.  In 1948, Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo, which we use today.  Disney also designed the first Toys for Tots poster used to promote the nationwide program.  Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee and Vic Damone recorded the Toys for Tots theme composed by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster in 1956.  Bob Hope, John Wayne, Doris Day, Lorrie Morgan, Tim Allen, Kenny Rogers and Billy Ray Cyrus are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have given their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots.  First Lady Nancy Reagan served as the national Spokesperson in 1983.  First Lady Barbara Bush served as the national Spokesperson in 1992 and in her autobiography named Toys for Tots as one of her favorite charities.

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2011 Scion iQ Review and Prices

Reprinted by Wesley Chapel Toyota from
2011 Scion iQ Review and Prices
by Chris Poole
2009 New York Auto Show
Scion displayed an iQ concept at the 2009 New York Auto Sho
w.­Consumer Guide’s Impressions of the 2011 Scion iQ
Toyota is out to get Smart with a clever new microcar. Though designed for Europe and Japan, the iQ is coming stateside with Scion badges to help us cope with soaring fuel prices and growing urban congestion.


What We Know About the 2011 Scion iQ


As if to answer critics of its big, thirsty, and environmentally hostile trucks, Toyota is launching a thrifty Earth-friendly microcar called iQ. The petite 2-door hatchback bowed as a concept at the autumn 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany and was shown in production trim at the March 2008 Geneva Auto Salon in Switzerland. Billed as an “intelligent solution to urban transport,” the iQ was designed at Toyota’s ED2 studio in southern France, but is built in Japan. Toyota hopes to sell 100,000 in 2009. Europe and Japan are the intended markets, but the iQ is being whispered for U.S. sale as a 2011 Scion model. If it comes here, it would be our market’s first direct alternative to the Smart ForTwo from Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG, a car generating much interest amid soaring fuel prices and a worsening economy.




The 2011 Scion iQ uses a new, dedicated architecture and differs from the Smart in many ways despite a similar phone-booth silhouette and wheels way out at the corners. Where the German-brand mini drives its rear wheels with a small 3-cylinder engine mounted in back, the iQ has an up-front engine and front-wheel drive. The Scion is also larger than the Smart, standing some 10 inches longer, nearly 5 inches wider, and 2.4 inches lower on a 4.7-inch-longer wheelbase.

These larger dimensions combine with several packaging innovations to make the iQ a nominal four-passenger runabout versus the two-seat Smart. Toyota says the interior furnishes “3+1” accommodation, with room for one adult behind the front passenger and a second rear seat that can carry a small child or be folded up for cargo.
Updated by Don Sikora II 08.25.2009

Toyota 4Runner Backcountry

2010 SEMA Show: Four Wheeler Magazine Toyota 4Runner Backcountry

2010 SEMA Show - Toyota Four Wheeler 4Runner 001

Four Wheeler Magazine’s Project Toyota 4Runner Backcountry makes its world debut at the 2010 SEMA Sow.  This special 4Runner was built as a self-contained exploration rig to take the avid weekend adventurer far in to the backcountry to allow discovery of the roads less traveled and forgotten places in history. The modifications were carefully chosen to enhance the 4Runners signature style and capability without taking away from what the 4Runner is – all while maintaining the 4Runner’s comfort for daily driver use, if desired.
Starting with an Old Manu Emu (OME) suspension system, consisting of heavy-duty springs and OME NitroCharger Sport shock absorbers, the 4Runner was lifted approximately 2.5-inches. This not only allowed for increased load carrying ability and higher ground clearance, but also made it possible to fit P285/70R17 Falken WildPeak A/T tires mounted to 17×8 Teflon-coated ATX Mojave wheels. Overall, the 4Runner Backcountry sits approximately 3-inches taller than a stock 4Runner.
To stay with the theme of lone backcountry travel and prevent being stranded, the 4Runner Backcountry compliments the factory rear locker with an ARB front Air Locker. However, if the going gets tough and the 4Runner manages to get stuck, a Warn XD9000 winch is at the ready to self-recover, if necessary. The winch is mounted to an ARB Deluxe Bull Bar front bumper. Also mounted to the front bumper are two 6×9 KC HiLiTES HID driving lights.
No backcountry expedition is complete without accommodations. Mounted to the roof is an ARB Steel Touring Style Roof Rack, which is used to mount the ARB Series III Simpson Rooftop Tent and ARB Awning 2000.  The roof rack is also utilized as a platform for the four KC HiLiTES 5×7 front facing and two 2×6 rear facing lights. Together with the HID driving lights, the KC’s work together to pierce even the darkest of nights and provide additional lighting around the vehicle.
Out back, EVO Manufacturing has developed a rear tire and Expedition One Geri fuel can carrier that moves the spare tire from under the vehicle to the back. This frees up space for a custom 13-gallon water tank to be mounted where the factory spare used to reside. The custom water system uses a 12V inline electric pump to push the water out to a hose that can be used as a shower, as well as washing dishes or hands.
EVO Manufacturing also developed a set of rock sliders to protect the body of the 4Runner on the worst trails that an adventurer may come across away from civilization.
Inside the 4Runner Backcountry, the driver is greeted with a Cobra CB radio for trail communications and a dash-mounted Garmin GPS as a primary navigational aid. All of the accessory switches utilize the factory switch blanks for an uncluttered dash and all of the auxiliary electrical components are run through an S-Pod power distribution system to keep them separate from the factory electronics.
The 4Runner Backcountry also features a rear cargo area-mounted Power Tank on-board air system for airing up tires.  Finally, the factory slide out rear tray carries an ARB Fridge Freeze to help keep perishable provisions from spoiling.
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Four Wheeler Toyota 4Runner Backcountry Features
• Manu Emu (OME) suspension system
• OME NitroCharger Sport shock absorbers
• P285/70R17 Falken WildPeak A/T tires
• 17×8 Teflon-coated ATX Mojave wheels
• ARB front Air Locker
• Warn XD9000 winch
• ARB Deluxe Bull Bar front bumper
• Two 6×9 KC HiLiTES HID driving lights
• four KC HiLiTES 5×7 front facing and two 2×6 rear facing lights
• ARB Steel Touring Style Roof Rack
• ARB Series III Simpson Rooftop Tent and ARB Awning 2000
• EVO Manufacturing rear tire and Expedition One Geri fuel can carrier
• EVO Manufacturing rock sliders
• 13-gallon water tank with12V inline electric pump
• Cobra CB radio
• Garmin GPS
• Rear cargo-mounted Power Tank on-board air system
• ARB Fridge Freeze

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September eNews – Wesley Chapel Toyota

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010



A Cross Trainer Wins the Medal
The 2010 Toyota Venza V6 vs. the Nissan Murano S AWD.
The Toyota Venza and Nissan Murano are surprisingly similar,
though the Murano is clearly intended as an SUV. In contrast,
the Venza fits in a new niche between sedan and SUV. Both the
Venza and Murano are technically crossover vehicles, repurposing
bits and pieces from other vehicles in their respective family
lineups with nary a truck bone in sight and when compared side
by side, the Venza edges out the Murano on numerous accords.


Still Running Hardcore
The 2010 Toyota 4Runner.
The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is the freshest execution of a theme
established decades ago. This time around, the 4Runner manages
to combine the divergent disciplines of off-road capability and
on-road prowess. The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is a true off-road
warrior that plays nice for every day use.

Such Bounty
Enjoy some fun and freshly-grown goodness at Florida’s farms and
If you like to be picky when it comes to produce, check out
what’s cropping up at local farms this autumn. You can make a
day of it at a pick-your-own orchard, or just enjoy the fruits
of the farmer’s labor.


Bleach-free Care for your Sparklers
These simple tricks will leave you with whiter, brighter teeth.
Whether you’re seven or seventy years old, you know that teeth
don’t last forever. Fortunately, however, there are ways to keep
your current set bright and white for a long time. Although
whitening treatments and products can bleach teeth super white,
there are actually many easier and cheaper ways to enhance your
smile. You can start with some of these tricks, but just be
prepared to turn some heads afterwards:


Maintaining Your Ride
Keep your paint in great shape by selecting advanced, modern car
The longer you own your car, the more likely you are to have
encountered them, hiding just below the surface and waiting to
make their presence known as soon as they are hit by the bright
rays of the sun-swirl marks in your automobile’s finish.
Especially if you own a dark-colored car, these nefarious paint
defects mysteriously appear on almost every vehicle out there
and can be as difficult to remove as they are disheartening to
look at.


It’s an Art Movement on Wheels
Cars take creativity for a drive at California’s ArtCar Fest!
You’ve probably seen your fair share of custom cars while on the
road, but have you ever pulled up to a stoplight and looked over
to see a drivable silver shark with sculpted fins, or a cherry
red high-heel on wheels? If not, California’s ArtCar Fest is the
place to see some of the strangest “street legal” works of art
ever to roll down the road.


Greenest Cities in the World
Green goes global.
With so many individuals taking the go-green pledge, you might
wonder which cities are making strides to protect the
environment. With sustainable energy sources, decreased
eco-footprints and user-friendly green initiatives, here is the
list of some of the greenest cities in the world.


Getting Schooled
The top five must-haves for back to school.
Long gone are the days when a 12-pack of number two pencils, a
couple of spiral-bound notebooks and a new pair of Keds were all
you needed to be ready for back-to-school. Today, students are
always on the lookout for the next wave of products to help them
get a leg up on their peers. Luckily for you, we have a cheat
sheet of the top five latest and greatest back-to-school items
that all the kids are raving about (just make sure the teacher
doesn’t see you copying our paper).


Need a New Game?
If every day sports leave you bored, these games play by their
own rules.
Are you tired of playing – and watching – the same old sports?
Can’t decide between a game of hockey or a few laps around the
pool? If your interests vary from boxing to chess and soccer to
gymnastics, check out a couple of lesser known, yet rather
challenging sports from around the globe.


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