You're in a band. You're already halfway there to living the dream, even if it's just small gigs at local pubs, weddings, and bar mitzvahs. No matter the size of your stage you have a lot of gear to contend with. Everything from amps to drum kits need to be able to make it to your destination without a single thing left out of tune. Having the right vehicle, one that can fit your bandmates and their instruments while providing optimal efficiency is essential to your touring success (well, that, and talent).
If your band is ready to leave the garage and hit the road with all of your equipment in tow Toyota has a line-up of vehicles perfectly suited for you and your ensemble.
Two years ago the Highlander burst onto the music scene as the touring vehicle of choice for Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. However the Highlander has long been known as a top pick for any equipment-heavy crew, bands included.
The available 8-passenger seating is one of this mid-size SUV's biggest selling points. No matter how many bandmates you have, cargo options remain versatile enough to fit in their gear. There is 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 42.3 cubic feet behind the second-row seats and 83.7 cubic feet behind the front seats. All of it can be accessed with the available height-adjustable power liftgate with flip-up rear hatch window. Smart-storage compartments are also bountiful and accessible, should your drummer need to store his/her sticks between bouts of practicing behind your headrest. Your front row roll-top center console is a downright massive storage bin, with easy access to whatever you need on the road. If your band has so much equipment that a trailer is needed, you're all set with the Highlander's 5,000 lb towing capacity.
As a band, running over your audio setlist is essential before a big show. The Highlander's standard Bluetooth wireless capability lets you take calls from your band manager and stream music handsfree and effortlessly. The available rear-seat DVD entertainment system and Blu-ray player with 9-inch display screen comes with RCA jacks, a remote and two wireless headphones, so your crew can run through video transfers, or simply unwind after a big show and watch a movie. Even with the spacious interior and entertainment amenities Toyota knows you need a little extra breathing room which is why the available panoramic moonroof is a literal breath of fresh air. View more on the 2016 Highlander.
The Sequoia also seats up to eight with a variety of configurations that include a 40/20/40 split-fold design in the second row and a 60/40 split-fold in the third. Without a full passenger load this SUV packs in up to 120 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats folded flat. The vehicle can accommodate practically any drum kit, and easily with the available power liftgate. And if you plan on attaching a trailer or Airstream for the full "tour bus" experience you'll be pumped to know that the Sequoia is one the best towing and hauling SUVs on the market, offering up to a 7,400 lb capacity. There is also a hidden storage compartment under the rear floor and a 12V auxiliary power outlet should you need to preview tunes on your smartphone device without losing juice. There's an additional 115V AC power outlet up front.
The Sequoia's second-row seat has an available rear-seat Blu-ray player with 9-inch display. DVD/Blu-ray playback of your most recent show will sound like a dream when piped through the JBL Synthesis audio system with 14 speakers. In the front you're equipped with a 6.1-inch high-resolution touch-screen display, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, an auxiliary audio jack, Siri® Eyes Free, and a USB port with iPod/iPhone connectivity. Your vehicle will perform like a soundstage while out on the road (but no strumming while driving please). View more on the 2016 Sequoia.
Last year Toyota introduced the Toyota Sienna Remix concept to show the world that a minivan can indeed be cool. They certainly succeeded. While the current market Sienna doesn't come with the same DJ booth or 12-inch subwoofers as its one-off show and shine, it is fully equipped to manage your band and equipment.
Also known as the original Swagger Wagon, the 8-passenger Sienna SE changed the game with sport-tuned suspension and aggressive styling. The 7-passenger Limited has luxuries available like lounge seating and a dual moonroof for those in your entourage that expect star treatment (lead singers can be that way).
The Sienna is tailor made for touring bands. The available Dual-View Entertainment Center has Blu-ray functionality and includes a16.4-inch color display, SD and HDMI inputs, two 120V AC power outlets with a remote and two wireless headphone sets. The expansive screen can display one wide-angle image or two simultaneous images from separate sources. All of your tech is controlled via an available high-resolution 7-inch touch-screen display with Bluetooth capability and USB connectivity that makes it easy to find your favorite music, even if it's your own. The cool tech doesn't stop there. Sienna's available Driver Easy Speak feature has a built-inmicrophone up front that transmits your voice to rear-seat passengers (your captive audience) through the back JBL speakers.
Equipment storage is as good as it gets with up to 150 cubic feet of cargo space, a power lift gate, second-row seats that tip up and slide forward, and an available power third-row seat to make loading passengers and cargo a breeze. The Sienna has become so much more than a mini-van, it is now a full-fledged tour-bus for your band. View more on the 2016 Sienna.
Ready to make Toyota a part of your musical ensemble? Bring the whole band on down to our Greater Vancouver dealership and take one or more of the above vehicles for a spin. Contact us to schedule a test drive.