Toyota Urban Dictionary – car culture speak explained

The car scene is constantly changing and so too is the language associated by it. We’ve gathered a number of these phrases that have entered the car lexicon and Toyota-fied them to create the new Toyota Urban Dictionary.

We’ve adopted the International Phonetic Alphabet pronunciations to give them at least a suggestion of being official. So, class, are you ready? Then listen up.

Toyota Urban Dictionary #1. Squad goals [skwad golz]

Toyota Urban Dictionary

An automotive line-up to die for. For example you, your five mates and our six heritage liveried GT86.

Toyota Urban Dictionary #2. So much want… [so mətʃ wɑnt…]

Toyota Urban Dictionary

An aching desire for something on wheels. One of the rarest and most beautiful Toyota classics, this 2000GT went up for auction with Gooding & Co. recently. The guide price? A cool $750,000 to $950,000. Most of us can keep on dreaming…

Toyota Urban Dictionary #3. Rat look [ræt lʊk]

Toyota Urban Dictionary

Careworn, patinated appearance. Some fake the rat look. Others take a Land Crusier FJ43, then drive it 4,500 miles in one hit and end up with the real deal – every glorious mud splatter.

4. Got wing? [gɑt wɪŋ?]

Toyota Urban Dictionary

Fitting a huge, lairy wing. Rocket Bunny GT86 owner and instagrammer @mrkhalsey certainly has. We couldn’t miss his car at Japfest. The model is extremely popular with the car modifying community, of which this outrageous example is concrete evidence.

5. Stanced [stanced]

SEMA Scion 86

Some like to go low. Really low. We spotted some of the best examples at the SEMA show 2016 in Las Vegas, USA.

6. Pure skills [pjʊr skɪlz]

Polar Hilux blog uk

Pulling off an incredible feat. See – we told you the Toyota Hilux was a bit of alright in the rough stuff. Here’s our famous Polar Hilux in action in Norway.

7. G [ʤiː]

Prius G

On the streets ‘G’ means ‘gangsta’ but for us, it’s all about G-force. New Prius has a low centre of gravity and modifying this one takes it to another level: 0.99 G to be exact. Face-bending stuff.

8. Meet the fam [mit ðə fam]


When you totally appreciate your roots. GT86 meets its now legendary predecessor, the AE86 Corolla GT Coupe, for one incredible B-road blast.

9. Start ’em early [stɑrt |em ərli]


Indoctrinating your kids to love cars as much as you do. Aussie Toyota fan and dad Quentin builds epic scale Land Cruiser for his son Billy to drive the family dog round in.

10. Because Mirai rally car [bɪkɒz mirai ræli kɑr]


When something just works, even though it’s different. Toyota Germany entered the world’s first production hydrogen fuel cell sedan, the Mirai, into the ADAC rally.

11. Aygo on point [aygo ɑn pɔjnt]

Aygo Crazy

When your car looks just the way you want it. Take our one-off Aygo Crazy and you’ll understand.

12. The daily, the track [ðə deli, ðə træk]

BTCC Avensis pair

One for the everyday commute, one for the race track. Which Toyota pairing would you choose for your dream two-car garage? How about this Avensis and its BTCC sister car?

13. Project [prɑdʒɛkt]

Toyota Urban Dictionary

You tell your mates it’s nearly finished. Not likely! This one’s a perpetual project – and it’s glorious. Here’s a Toyota project car with a difference…

Toyota Urban Dictionary #14. JDM lyf [JDM lajf]

Toyota Urban Dictionary

JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market, with the addition of ‘lyf’ or life when it’s everything to you – a lifestyle. For many years Toyota owners have been fascinated by the world of home-grown Japanese tuning and many look to buy an imported JDM car to recreate this stylish look, as modelled by this stunning AE86 Trueno.

Toyota Urban Dictionary #15. Beast [biːst]

Toyota Urban Dictionary

Firstly, this is downright G (Please refer to number 7, above). But this is a beast, because like every Land Cruiser it’s a big SUV. But this particular one’s doubly a beast as it’s believed to be the fastest SUV on earth: 220mph anyone?

Toyota Urban Dictionary #16. ’86 owners be like… [|86 onərz bi lajk…]

Toyota Urban Dictionary

This one’s self explanatory. Yep, this is the now meme-grade mugshot of former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson in a GT86. As owners know and Clarkson summarised: “It’s a car designed for one thing only: fun.”

Think your Toyota Urban Dictionary reflects you? Or perhaps you have another to add to our list? We want to hear from you so get in touch:

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