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Best Cars for Exploring the Country and Continent 2018

Best Cars for Exploring the Country and Continent 2018

Is one of your new year resolutions to get out there and explore more? Does the sound of hitting the Trans-Canada Highway to PEI, the I-90 to Miami, or I-5 to Tijuana have you chomping at the bit? Then you've come to the right place. Wherever your Greater Vancouver launched adventures will take you in 2018, we've got a lineup of vehicles that will help make sure that the journey goes without a hitch (unless you need one for your trailer). 

3 Top New Toyota Vehicles for Your Great North American Road Trip of 2018

2018 Toyota RAV4

Best Cars for Exploring - 2018 Rav4

There is nary a better "all purpose" vehicle for your explorations than the RAV4. This is because the vehicle is tailor-made for both the city streets and off-the-beaten-path roads you'll pass along the way.

For starters, the RAV4 places safety first. The crossover SUV is fully equipped with eight standard airbags, and integrated features that include the Star Safety System and standard Toyota Safety Sense P. From pedestrian to pothole the RAV4 helps you keeps an eye out for it all. 

Given that you'll be spending a lot of time in your vehicle on this great journey, you'll be pleased to know that the RAV4 has one of the roomiest interiors of any vehicle in its class, with up to 73.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The rear features a folding 60/40 split, so if you need to extend your storage beyond the hatch you can do so with ease. The spacious interior is only the beginning however, as you (driver) and your front passenger will enjoy available heated seats and dual zone automatic climate control - big bonuses to have as you drive from one climate to another. 

The RAV4 also delivers available Integrated Navigation to help guide your exploration, while  the available Premium JBL Audio system with JBL GreenEdge speakers and the SiriusXM Satellite Radio package will add the soundtrack to your adventure.

And if you want to optimize your fuel economy (who doesn't?) on this amazing road trip you can opt for the  RAV4 Hybrid's that packs an impressive EPA-estimated 33 mpg (combined) while delivering a whopping 194 net horsepower for outstanding acceleration as you drive those open stretches between destinations. Explore more with the 2018 RAV4.

2018 Toyota 4Runner

Best Cars for Exploring - 2018 4Runner

If you've got cross-country/continent exploration on the mind, then there is a good chance that you'll be traversing onto the off-road at some point (and then some). If that sounds about right then keep your sights on the 4Runner.

This vehicle has been hardwired to take on the toughest trails of North America, thanks to a tried and tested body-on-frame platform, a powerful V6 engine, and advanced terrain-conquering technologies. Among those available technologies you'll find Locking Rear Differential, Multi-terrain Select, and Crawl Control. That level of on and off-road performance is complemented by cargo conveniences including an available sliding rear cargo deck, powered rear glass, and 40/20/40 fold flat second row seats that allow you to optimize the impressive 88 cubic feet of cargo space. All grades boast up to 5000 lbs of towing capacity for those of you who intend on bringing along a ton (2.5 tons, to be exact) of gear.

Further driver conveniences are found with features such as the available integrated back-up camera, a tire pressure monitor system, a 6.1-inch high-resolution touch-screen display, and complete Bluetooth wireless technology to manage communications and auto-infotainment on your extended journey. Explore more with the 2018 4Runner and if you expect to spend more time exploring the off-road, consider the TRD Off-Road package.

2018 Toyota Highlander

Best Cars for Exploring - 2018 Highlander


The Highlander has been built to take you anywhere on this plot of land we call North America, thanks to an available 3.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine that has been paired with an advanced available Direct Shift 8-speed Automatic Transmission and a powertrain that delivers enhanced horsepower and torque while optimizing fuel efficiency in the process. What does that fuel economy look like for such a powerful SUV? Opt for the Highlander Hybrid and you'll enjoy an EV and ECO Mode that provides for an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.

You won't have to worry about managing all of that power on the open road, as the Highlander comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, a Pre-collision System, and Automatic High-Beams that tap into a system which utilizes a camera to help detect oncoming vehicles as far away as 2000 feet! The new Highlander also comes standard with the Star Safety System, which integrates safety technologies that include Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, an Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology while providing eight airbags to give you and your passengers peace of mind on the long and exciting road ahead.

Everyone accompanying you on the exploratory journey will enjoy the convenient comforts of the Highlander, which features 5 USB ports, Bluetooth technology, and an available rear-seat Blu-ray Disc entertainment system with a 9-inch display screen that comes with RCA jacks, a remote and two sets of wireless headphones. The SUV also comes available with a panoramic moonroof so that passengers can gaze upon the changing position of the stars at night along the way.

Last but not least, the Highlander can also tow with the best of them, with a towing capacity ranging from 3500 lbs (Hybrid lineup) to 5000 lbs (LE Plus, XLE, SE, and Limited). Explore more with the 2018 Highlander. 

Committing to a cross country or continent trip is a big deal, and one that should come with some serious preparation. Let us help you get outfitted with the right vehicle so that you can truly enjoy your journey in 2018, and in the years ahead. Contact our Greater Vancouver Toyota dealership today.