Interior front cabin of a 2020 Toyota Corolla, with Apple CarPlay on the infotainment screen.

Does the 2020 Toyota Corolla have a CD player?

CD Player/Infotainment in the 2020 Toyota Corolla

We know, we know; you’ve spent years building an extensive CD collection, and you enjoy listening to them in your automobile. You’re even probably in the habit of getting books on CD and listening to them on long drives. It’s just so straightforward. It’s what you’re used to. You want it to continue in your next car.

But those pesky automakers keep getting in the way. They’re trying to push all this new audio tech on buyers, but that requires subscriptions, and smartphones, and figuring out yet another new thing. Can the 2020 Toyota Corolla please just have a CD player?

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No, the 2020 Toyota Corolla does not come with a CD player. 2020 is the first year that Toyota is blessing this model with standard Apple CarPlay compatibility, and they’re celebrating by “yeeting” (as the young folks would say) the CD player.

What can I do if I want a CD player in my 2020 Toyota Corolla?

Corolla fans who remain big compact-disc-aficionados have a few options: they can opt for a Toyota Corolla from a past model year that still retained a CD player (which was in there all the way up to at least 2018), but that means they miss out on all the latest touches and additions that were thrown in for this fully redesigned latest model.

They could simply get a 2020 Corolla, which would include all the latest amenities, but would force them to evolve to the newer systems of imbibing music. Finally, they could go for a different model entirely, searching out a new car that does indeed possess a CD player. Oh, and an aftermarket CD player for the 2020 Corolla may be an option as well.

What’s new on the 2020 Toyota Corolla?

The Corolla sedan is fully redesigned for 2020. It has been applauded for its excellent predicted reliability rating, tasty fuel economy, and plethora of active safety features.

What are the infotainment features of the 2020 Toyota Corolla?

Standard infotainment on the 2020 Toyota Corolla includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

Going above the base level, buyers will get an 8-inch touchscreen paired with upgraded Entune app functionality. Optional additions include HD Radio, satellite radio, a 7-inch digital driver information display, navigation, wireless device charging, and a JBL premium stereo with nine speakers.

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Is it okay to shift an electric car into drive when reversing?

Electric/Hybrid Gear Shift and Transmission

If you’ve been driving an electric or hybrid vehicle, you may have noticed that you can easily change gears when in motion. Unlike in an ICE vehicle, shifting while going in an opposite gear won’t send you into a spazzing vehicular seizure. So does that means it’s okay to do?

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Shifting an electric car into drive when reversing shouldn’t cause any damage to the vehicle. This is because electric cars don’t have separate gears in the traditional, physical sense. Though it may appear that you’re using a standard gear selector, it’s actually an electric input switch. Instead of interacting with a physical transmission, you’re interacting with a computer. Trippy!

Do hybrid cars have an electric transmission? Hybrid cars sometimes have an electric transmission, and sometimes use the traditional version. Proceed with caution.

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What happens if you shift gears when driving in an electric car?

Different EVs respond in different ways to an in-drive gear shift. Some will refuse to shift and tell you you’ve done something naughty. Others will take into account what you’re doing and smoothly head into the process of shifting.

If you are reversing out of your driveway and shift into drive while you’re still going backwards, your vehicle will likely wait until you hit the brakes before it truly shifts into going forwards. This enables drivers to get a handy time-saving jump on their gear shifting. If you’re heading down a road at 30 mph and switch to reverse, a smart vehicle will begin auto-braking in a smooth fashion until the car is stopped, and then begin reversing.

These are just a few of the benefits of using an intelligent electronic input device rather than an unintelligent old mechanical selector.

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Why do electric cars only have a single gear ratio?

Electric motors deliver their best torque at zero RPM. They have a much larger RPM range than a typical internal combustion engine. An electric engine also produces its best power output when utilizing a broad RPM range. This is different from the way a gas or diesel engine works. These are the reasons electric motors only use a single gear ratio.

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Why aren’t all cars all-wheel drive?

A lot of people have the notion in their heads that all-wheel drive is always, automatically, superior to 2-wheel drive. If every wheel on a car can be powered, why not have it be so? Why aren’t all vehicles all-wheel drive these days?

Negatives of All-Wheel Drive

All-wheel drive actually has some downsides that don’t get talked about as much as the heavily-advertised positives. While it’s true that AWD offers better traction than 2-wheel systems on slippery surfaces and rough roads, it also demands higher fuel consumption, a significantly more complicated drivetrain, heavier vehicle weight, and a greater cost.

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Why does all-wheel drive cause worse gas mileage?

On an all-wheel drive vehicle, every wheel is now screaming to be fed by the precious milk of the fuel system. With four wheel-mouths to feed instead of two, fuel gets gobbled down at a faster rate. The more complicated drivetrain also takes more effort to power and increases the vehicle weight. All of this together causes a dip in fuel-economy.

Why does it matter that all-wheel drive needs a more complicated system?

Sure, a two-wheel drive vehicle is obviously simpler, but why is this a good thing? Well, one reason is the gas mileage mentioned above; it takes more effort to power a complex drivetrain, and it also weighs down the whole vehicle.

There are also more moving parts, so more can go wrong and it’s harder to fix. This is especially a factor to consider if you’re buying a used vehicle. One with all-wheel drive might end up racking higher repair bills.

Why are all-wheel drive vehicles more expensive?

This is a pretty straight-forward downside. Putting in the AWD system, along with everything that goes into the additional parts and technology involved, costs money. That cost is then passed onto the consumer who buys the vehicle.

In conclusion, we don’t recommend getting four-wheel/all-wheel drive just for the fun of it. This is a great system if you actually need it, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that it’s always better in every situation. Even for winter driving, snow tires have been found to be far more helpful than AWD.

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What is the Auto LSD dashboard light on a Toyota RAV4?

Toyota RAV4 Auto LSD System

When driving your Toyota RAV4, you may have noticed a light on your dashboard that says, “Auto LSD.” While this may seem like a very mysterious moniker, it’s actually the indicator for a helpful system in your vehicle. So what is Auto LSD on the Toyota RAV4?

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The LSD in Auto LSD stands for, “Limited-Slip Differential.” This is a traction control system that controls engine output and begins braking when one of the drive wheels begins to slip. When used in the right situation, this improves vehicle control.

When should I use Auto LSD?

Auto LSD should only be used when wheel slip occurs in very severe conditions, such as off-road or in deep snow. The Auto LSD system is intended for use only in extreme conditions. Don’t turn it on when the vehicle is in motion or when wheel-spin is occurring. It should not be left on during normal driving.

When using Auto LSD, increased steering effort may be required. You may have to be more careful to keep control while cornering. If the vehicle begins to slip while the system is engaged, the Auto LSD icon will begin flashing, indicating the system is working to control the slippage.

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How do I turn on Auto LSD?

Auto LSD can be engaged by pressing the “VSC Off” switch. This button has an image that looks like the silhouette of a vehicle with two wavy lines behind the wheels, and the word “Off” beneath. When pressed, the VSC Off and Auto LSD indicators will light up on the instrument cluster, confirming that the system is engaged. To turn the system off, press the “VSC Off” button again.

Traction Control and Auto LSD

Traction Control works to optimize control during normal driving conditions. It reduces engine power when a wheel slips and applies braking to that wheel. When you turn on Auto LSD, Traction Control turns off. Auto LSD sends power to the wheel with the greatest traction, rather than reducing engine power to send the wheel forward.

Why does Auto LSD automatically shut off?

If the brakes become overheated during operation, the Auto LSD system will automatically shut off. However, it will be restored automatically after a short time. The system will also shut off automatically when the engine is turned off and will remain off when restarted.

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How much can the 2019 Toyota Highlander tow?

2019 Toyota Highlander Towing Capacity

SUVs are popular not only because they’re stylish and practical, but because they can be capable as well. Though many SUVs and crossovers walk the utility walk but don’t talk the utility talk, the 2019 Toyota Highlander boasts some real potential for bold adventures and hearty tasks.

One use for the capability of an SUV is in towing. How much can the 2019 Toyota Highlander tow?

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Depending on which powertrain it’s equipped with, the 2019 Toyota Highlander can tow up to either 1,500, 3,500 or 5,000 pounds.

2019 Toyota Highlander Engine Options

Two engines are available for the gas-powered 2019 Toyota Highlander. They are a:

2.7-liter 4-cylinder

  • Up to 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque

3.5-liter V6

  • Up to 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque

2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Engine

The hybrid engine option for the 2020 Highlander is a 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor combination that manages produce 306 hybrid system net horsepower. This powerplant gets 30 miles-per-gallon in the city and 28 on the highway, numbers which earn it a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) rating. All-wheel drive comes standard on the hybrid 2020 Toyota Highlander.

Why buy a 2019 Toyota Highlander?

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is an overall great value. It has long-term durability, a smooth ride, and a healthy array of driver-assistance features. The first and second rows are delightfully roomy, and a generous amount of standard equipment optimizes the vehicular experience. There is also a surprising amount of cubby storage inside, providing plenty of room for all sorts of gizmos and knick-knacks.

The 2019 Toyota Highlander comes in six trim levels: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum. As we explained in greater detail above, it also comes with the option of a hybrid powertrain.

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What colors does the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid come in?

The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid remains one of the best hybrid sedans around. For 2020, the model continues to get great gas mileage (up to 51 mpg in the city and 53 on the highway) while still pumping out 208 horsepower. The whole model is rife with unrivaled attention to detail.

In addition, the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid continues one other proud tradition of the model: looking great. This includes its slew of vibrant color options. What colors does the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid come in?

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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Color Options

The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes in ten different exterior color options:

  • Supersonic Red
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Super White
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Predawn Gray Mica
  • Galactic Aqua Mica
  • Brownstone
  • Blue Streak Metallic

Note: Unlike the standard 2020 Toyota Camry, the 2020 Camry Hybrid does not come with the option of a Midnight Black Metallic roof in combination with select colors.

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Shiny white 2020 Toyota Supra cruises down a street drenched with golden sun.

Who makes the 2020 Toyota Supra engine?

Fans of the Toyota Supra have spent nearly two decades in a dark and aimless valley. Their fearless leader, the Supra, took its leave in 2002 and was afterwards known only in whispered rumors. Finally, Toyota has rewarded their loyalty with the birth of a fifth generation Toyota Supra for the 2020 model year.

But these same fans also tend to be hesitant. Like any passionate followers, they want to make sure the new Supra does justice to its vaunted model line. One aspect that has received some attention is the engine. The Toyota 2JZ-GTE machine that powered fourth generation of the model (and helped to make it the fastest Toyota of all time) still basks in well-deserved legendary status.

Like parents concerned about their child’s choice of Homecoming date, Supra acolytes everywhere are inquiring with pointed curiosity: who makes the 2020 Toyota Supra engine?

Toyota Supra Engine Manufacturer

The 2020 Toyota Supra engine is designed by BMW and manufactured by a third-party assembly group called Magna Steyr. Magna Steyr engineers, develops and assembles automobiles for other companies on a contractual basis. They assemble the 2020 Toyota Supra alongside the G29 BMW Z4 in Graz, Austria.

What engine is in the 2020 Toyota Supra?

The 2020 Toyota Supra uses a BMW 58 straight-six engine. This innovatively engineered powerplant features an exhaust manifold cast directly onto the cylinder head. It has two exhaust ports, and an efficient water-to-air intercooler incorporated directly into the plastic intake manifold.

A teardown of the 2020 Supra reveals that the BMW 58 engine boasts a robust crankshaft, strong connecting rods and high-quality pistons. The block is capable of handling even higher amounts of horsepower than already provided with its closed-deck design.

Though some die-hard Toyota fans were skeptical of the automaker using a BMW engine, the performance provided by this powerplant shows that Toyota still knows what they’re doing. The 2020 Toyota Supra is exceptionally quick and capable, both on the street and the track.

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A Brief History of the Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra kicks off a fifth generation for the acclaimed machine. The original model began production in 1978, working its way up to a fourth generation that was discontinued in 2002. During that time, it gathered legions of ardent followers and made many memorable appearances in video games, movies, music videos and TV shows.

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