We may be in the first week of November, but it's not too late to start holiday shopping, especially if you've got a new vehicle in mind for that someone special.
Giving a car (or tuck, SUV, etc.) as a gift is a pretty big deal and most certainly requires a lot of thought. And while it is said that it's the thought that counts, picking the right vehicle for someone else is a big responsibility as you're essentially making a lifestyle choice for them. To help you out this holiday season, Westminster Toyota is breaking down our top picks of vehicles as they apply to that unique individual in your life.
Top 5 Toyota Vehicles to Give as a Gift this 2017-18 Holiday Season
1. 2018 Camry / Corolla - For Mr/Mrs Sensibility
It's a tie between the new Camry and Corolla when it comes to a vehicle for that no-nonsense individual that you hold so dear. As two of the top selling vehicles in North America, you simply can't go wrong with either.
For starters, the 2018 Camry has changed the game for what is considered a sensible vehicle. The aesthetic upgrade has made the car more muscular and sporty while the interior with available red leather trim and textured metal moldings exudes both luxury and comfort. But don't worry about these exciting new enhancements, as the Camry continues to be one of the most economical vehicles on the market. And if you opt for the hybrid, the new owner can boast an EPA-estimated 51 (city) / 53 (highway) mpg which adds up to real dollars and cents savings, something that those with good sense and sensibility will appreciate. View more on the 2018 Camry.
Then there is the iconic Corolla, which like its cousin Camry, has refreshed its image with a sleeker and sportier look. The car also has a more advanced cabin which is fully equipped with auto-infotainment and navigational technology that will help keep its new driver well connected on the road. Enhancements include everything from Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition to steering wheel controls and an integrated back-up camera. Factor in other sensible conveniences such as 60/40 split rear seats, automatic climate control, and an available Smart Key System and your loved on will want for nothing more. View more on the 2018 Corolla.
2. 2018 Sequoia - For Young (and Modern) Parents
One of the more common recipients of a vehicle given as a gift during the holidays are young parents. What could be a better way to express understanding for the life-changing experience of parenthood?
We've got to go with the new Sequoia on this one. The great thing about this SUV, is that it bucks the preconception that young parents have about the whole "family SUV lifestyle". While the Sequoia provides for all of the conveniences new parents need, from a rear-seat BluRay player and sliding second-row fold flat third-row seats to 120 cubic feet of family room and standard safety packages (Toyota Safety Sense / Star Safety System), it also comes with many features that allow today's young parents to keep their image cool. These include a JBL Synthesis audio system with 14 speakers, available 381-hp 5.7L V8 with 401 lb ft of torque that delivers a 7400 lb towing capacity, and a TRD Sport model for those families that plan on many adventures in the formative years to come! View more on the 2018 Sequoia.
3. 2018 Toyota Tundra - For Those that Work (and Play) Hard
Are you looking to reward someone for all of their hard work, be they in construction or some other trade that has them barreling from site to site with gear and/or crew in tow? Do these tireless souls take full advantage of their free-time, turning from foreman or forewoman to weekend warrior at the drop of a hardhat? Then the new Tundra is the gift for them.
It doesn't matter what BC (and beyond) roads they plan on tackling, as the full-size pickup has been designed with two torque-heavy, fuel conscious engines - the 4.6 L i-FORCE V8 with 310 hp and 327 lb ft of torque, and the available i-FORCE 5.7 L V8 with 381 horsepower and 401 lb ft of torque. The interior was designed with much-needed relaxation in mind, so your hardworking loved one can enjoy the comforts of available features such as leather surfaced, heated and ventilated driver / front passenger seats, dual zone climate control, and a power tilt/slide moonroof. The beast of a truck has plenty of space for work and play, as the Double Cab offers a 6.5-foot standard bed or a 8.1-foot long bed, while the CrewMax is built with a short bed but spacious cabin that seats five full-bodied souls in comfort. Thanks to available features such as an integrated towing hitch receiver, a tow/haul mode, and trailer sway control, the Tundra can manage up to 10,000 lbs, no matter the conditions. View more on the 2018 Toyota Tundra.
4. 2018 Toyota Prius - For the Eco Conscious
Every family or group has one, that individual who is quick to call you out on where (and how) you throw out your waste and keeps a watchful eye on everybody's earth-conscious (or lack thereof) practices. Show them that you appreciate their efforts to make the world a better place while recognizing that they can't get by on a Shaw Mobi Bike Share program alone.
For this conscious individual, the new Prius c is the see all be all in hybrid driving. For one, it's affordable, with a price tag starting at just $24,960 CAD (at press) it makes a premium hybrid a realistic holiday gift for those in the market this season. And with a combined fuel efficiency rating is 5.1 L/100 km you're not just giving them a pretty darn impressive present, you're cutting their cost of vehicle ownership down significantly, leaving plenty of money in their pocket for their other worldly endeavors. View more on the 2018 Prius c.
5. 2018 Toyota Yaris - For the New Young Driver
Another common recipient of a new car during the holidays is a new and/or young driver. As a parent or guardian, you are not only giving them a pretty amazing surprise on Christmas morning, you're giving yourself a gift when outfitting them with a vehicle that will give you peace of mind in every way. That vehicle, is the 2018 Yaris.
Yes, the car has the sporty/fashionable look and full suite of Bluetooth connected auto-infotainment that your teenager demands, but it also comes with Toyota Safety Sense C (including nine standard airbags) and the renowned Star Safety System that lets you know that they, their passengers, and others on the road will be safe when they are behind the wheel of a Yaris. Plus, with a $19,390 (CAD at press) price tag and EPA-estimated 30 mpg (city) and 36 mpg (highway) you'll still be able to afford to send them off to a good college. View more on the 2018 Toyota Yaris.
The calendar pages are turning fast towards Christmas day, so be sure to schedule a test drive at our Greater Vancouver dealership as soon as possible. We'll be waiting with a big red bow on (the car, not the staff).