What do the current Toyota Model names mean?

Toyota models name meanings 

Toyota has a lot of vehicles in their line up but have you ever stopped to wonder what each of the model names mean? We have created a list of their current 2020 model lineup and defined each of their names. Keep reading to see what they mean.  

white 2020 Toyota 86

86 

This name has been passed down from the “AE86” Corolla GT-S, which is where the 86 has been inspired from.  

2020 Toyota 4runner driving through water

4Runner 

The name is from the combination of four-wheel drive and off-road runner. 

front of red 2020 Toyota Avalon

Avalon 

The word “Avalon” gives the portrayal of spaciousness, comfort and sophistication.  

front view of the 2020 Toyota C-HR

C-HR 

Coupe High Rider 

red 2020 toyota camry

Camry 

Means “crown” in Japanese. 

front view of the 2020 Toyota Corolla

Corolla 

This is the outer portion of a flower. 

front view of the 2020 Toyota Highlander

Highlander 

Taken from inspiration from the Scottish Highlands, the Highlander was designed to convey power, energy and ruggedness.  

white 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

Land Cruiser 

This name was created to imply the ability to drive anywhere and everywhere. 

white 2020 Toyota Prius

Prius 

Created from the Latin prefix “to go before.” 

front grille of the 2020 Toyota Rav4

RAV4 

This name is an acronym of Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive. 

front view of the 2020 Toyota Sequoia

Sequoia 

To convey longevity, strength and beauty, the name is a reflect on the Sequoia trees. 

front view of the 2020 Toyota Sienna

Sienna 

This name is from the Italian city, Siena. 

front view of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma

Tacoma 

The name “Tacoma” is from the Salish tribe in Washington, which they named the mountain that provided water to their land.  

front view of the 2020 Toyota Tundra

Tundra 

This name was to convey strength and ruggedness.  

front view of the 2020 Toyota Yaris

Yaris 

Stems from the Greek goddess, Charis, who was the symbol of beauty and elegance. 


Read more about Toyota vehicles: What to expect in 2021 from Toyota 


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