Toyota, as befitting one of the world’s largest automakers has a range of vehicles that cover virtually every motoring niche and segment that there is. Being introduced this year the Nav1 is its eastern entry into the mid to up market MPV sector and if initial impressions are anything to go by it should prove to be very successful.
The first thing that should be said in any 2013 Toyota Nav1 review is how appealing its overall design is and in particular it’s body shape. If you had to design or better still if you asked a child to design a vehicle that moved a number of people in the most compact shape, they would design this car.
Fairly boxy in profile, check. Wheel in each corner, check. Nice and tall for good visibility, check. Stylish grille for road presence, check.
It’s all there; everything you need to move a large family around the modern urban area speedily and in comfort. Talking of families, the Nav1 can seat seven, so that can be quite a big family.
Like any vehicle the 2013 Toyota Nav1 review needs to have a section detailing the engine power plant options. Let’s be realistic, if you are transporting seven people and all their luggage around then you will need some power.
Luckily Toyota has got you covered in this department also. The Nav1 is supplied with a 4 cylinder, 16 valve, 2 liter petrol engine that gives a little below 160 bhp. Most manufacturers these days have some form of valve technology with a fancy name and Toyota’s is called Valvematic!
Like most fancy valve technology it makes the valves open wider and for longer at high revs; in simpler terms it means that it gives the car more ‘go’ just when you need it. It is not going to win any medals in the traffic light Grand prix but the Nav1 has plenty of performance even when it is fully loaded and never feels underpowered.
The interior is luxurious enough without going over the top. There are pleasant enough plastics and stylish trim on all the hard surfaces and the seats are beautifully trimmed and very comfortable; ideal if you are planning on a longer trip.
One further feature that is sure to appeal to families is that the middle row of seats can be turned through 180 degrees to face the back row of seats. If you are off on that longer journey just mentioned this feature would be ideal if you stopped off for a picnic on the way.
Toyota is very good at judging the level to aim for with their interiors and they have done it again here. They haven’t tried to make it too luxurious and have just aimed for an attractive hard wearing interior that will last.
That last sentence is probably the most important one to consider when reading a 2013 Toyota Nav1 review as it is the one that most people would associate most closely with Toyota. Whilst we can wax lyrical about their beautiful design what keeps most people coming back time after time is their bulletproof reputation for reliability. With the launch of this new car that won’t be changing anytime soon.