The sedan comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite that includes a precollision system, dynamic radar cruise control on highways that will maintain preset distances between vehicles, and lane-departure alert.
The L, LE and XLE trims feature the 1.8-litre engine found in the previous generation, "yet with more horsepower and better fuel efficiency," Toyota says. The XSE and SE grades are powered by a new 2.0-litre dynamic-force direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine that delivers more performance while using less fuel.
The design crew sought a robust stance that "inspired confidence," Toyota says, but the automaker didn't rework styling to the detriment of practicality. Designers tried to maintain ample space in the vehicle for real-world use.
Designers went for a simple yet inviting interior that was warm and sensuous. The outcome is what Toyota calls "sensuous minimalism."
Toyota says the instrument panel lends an "open, harmonious feeling" with a slimmer upper surface featuring character lines that "interlock with the door trim to convey an airy atmosphere." Passengers will control the cabin through an 8-inch touch screen that gives access to audio controls, navigation and vehicle settings.
Toyota says that compared with the previous version, the instrument panel, cowl, hood and beltline height are lower to increase visibility and create the interior's open feel.