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Toyota Aurion Touring

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Car specifications

Price: $52,090
Engine: 3.5 litre V6, 200kW/336Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 9.3 litres/100km
Emissions: 215g/km
Equipment: Includes Bluetooth, audio streaming, reversing camera
Safety: Five-star ANCAP crash rating
Factory warranty: Three year/100,000km

Toyota’s having another run at the large-car market with the second generation Aurion, but does it have what it takes to win sales from the new VF Holden Commodore and Ford’s Falcon? And is it even worth bothering as the New Zealand market retreats from the large-car sector to into mid-size and small cars? From Toyota’s point of view, it might as well be in for a slice of the remaining pie because the Aurion is easy to source and prices-out quite well. The big difference between the Japanese sedan and its Australian rivals is that it’s front-wheel-drive, while the Ford and Holden are rear drivers. Dimensions are similar to and there’s not a lot of difference in interior room, except width where the Australians have an edge. Aurion is based on the Camry, a top seller in the mid-size category, and shares its drivetrain and centre bodywork. It comes in four grades, the AT-X aimed mainly at the fleet market at $49,690, the sporty Sportivo SX6 at $51,790, the luxury Touring, and the top Sportivo ZR6 at $58,490. Each uses the same 3.5 litre V6 and six speed automatic. It’s an engine shared with the Highlander people mover and is similar to the powerplant in such family members as Prado, Lexus RX350 and IS350. The engine’s claim to fame is to provide what Toyota says is the lowest fuel consumption and emissions of any 3.5 litre V6 in its class. Performance hasn’t been hobbled to achieve those goals; it manages a 0-100km/h time of 7.1 seconds. But handling is only average and the steering, now assisted by an electric motor, lacks feeling. Ride’s nothing exceptional, either. –

Good features
A large slice of Toyota quality

Not so good
Average ride, handling

Rating 7/10
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