It's hard to believe, isn't it? Your baby is a high school graduate. They are about to enter one of the most exciting phases of their lives and you intend on doing all that you can to help in the transition. For many of you, that involves buying them a new car. This timeless tradition marks a way to reward the milestone while at the same time providing your grad with a tool to help them get a head start in life.
Whether they are about to drive across country to a university on the other coast, explore the open road and write that great Canadian novel, or stay close to home you need a vehicle that you can trust to help them along the way. Today we help you celebrate the Class of 2016 (and beyond) with a look at the top Toyota picks for your new grad.
Top 3 Toyota Vehicles for High School Graduates - Class of 2016 Edition
2016 Toyota RAV4 - for the Adventurous Forward Thinker
Also named as one of the best cars for teenagers and new young drivers, the RAV4 dismisses the misconception that a compact SUV is for households alone. This is especially true if your grad has a skill set that served them well through their study/activity load but are now ready for the adventures of the big bright world.
For starters, the RAV4 has the look the new generation loves. It's sleek, sporty, and jam packed with personality. The RAV4 also provides all of the comforts of home while out on the road. With available integrated fog lights and LED lighting that includes high/low-beam headlights, taillights and Daytime Running Lights your grad's journey remains bright from day to night. The added available heated seats and dual zone automatic climate control keeps them cozy. This crossover SUV also comes with one of the roomiest interiors around at 73.4 cubic feet of space (with the rear seats folded down) and thus allows your driver to pack in possessions for cross-country moves and local jaunts alike.
Your grad is coming out of the most technologically advanced class to date. Thus, they will appreciate the RAV4's available SmartKeySystem, integrated navigation, and superior suite of auto-infotainment led by a touchscreen interface that conducts an orchestra of SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB/iPod connectivity and JBL speakers.
You will both appreciate the fuel efficiency and safety features of this vehicle. The RAV4 provides 26 mpg (standard) or 33 (hybrid) combined so keeping up with gas prices won't be a problem. Toyota's Star Safety System and available Toyota Safety Sense provides unmatched peace of mind as your grad heads out on the next great adventure. The pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, auto high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control are among the safety features that will guide your grad in the years ahead.
2016 Yaris Hatchback - for the Hip and Inspired
One of the most popular cars for a graduation gift, the Yaris hatchback is an extremely affordable and convenient option. While the price makes good sense for your pocketbook, your grad will be blown away by the Yaris' cool factor. With the available two-toned exterior, restyled grille, and 16-inch alloy wheels the unique hatchback attracts that those who know (and dictate) what's trending.
This graduating generation is even more inspired than ever before. They seek to create and innovate in the world before them which is why the Yaris is a good match. The hatchback allows your new grad the independence they crave (and need) to accomplish it all. The standard independent MacPherson strut front suspension, wide wheelbase, and minimum turning radius elevates a young driver's ability behind the wheel. It allows an easy transition for those who have been driving their parent's car for the last couple of years. And at an EPA-estimated 37 mpg (highway) and 30 mpg (city) they won't need to hit you up for gas money (often).
Yaris tech includes everything this generation demands in their innovative day to day. Available remote keyless entry opens up their world to a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system with hands-free voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. The USB port is an added bonus that allows them to connect one of their many internet-enabled devices. And since all sorts of gadgets and gear are a big part of your new grad's life the Yaris once again proves to be a perfect fit, literally. The adaptable hatchback with its rear lift-back door, cargo area and adjustable 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, accommodates more than you could imagine in a subcompact car.
2016 Toyota Corolla - for the Collegiate
Is your grad excited and ready to dive right into university? Have your post-secondary driven student drive away in a new Corolla! There is a reason that this car is being rewarded to new grads in conjunction with scholarships across the continent. The Corolla is known as a vehicle that has been built for those who dream big. With its newly chiseled curves, LED Daytime Running Lights and available 17-inch alloy wheels the car points your grad to a bright and beautiful future. And don't worry if your burgeoning college student likes things a little edgy, as the Corolla features an available spoiler to provide just the right attitude - perfect for those who plan on intellectually challenging their professors. If your grad has big plans in the collegiate athletic arena then the even sportier Corolla S, with an aggressive front grille, rear spoiler and sport seats is the top pick.
The Corolla is built to accommodate a heavy course load, one that includes a slew of activities. The 60/40 split rear seats allow the space to fit more cargo. The flexibility of the system enables a one or two seat down configuration. Gym bags, books, art projects, and high-tech contraptions can all accompany your active grad on the road. Tech is also a big component in the 2016 Corolla. Standard features such as Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, and available integrated navigation and cruise control attest to this fact. Your new grad will be ready to settle right into the university experience when armed with a new Corolla. But don't worry folks, with enhanced handling, and available shiftless transmission with valvematic technology and a resulting available EPA-estimated 42 mpg (highway) your pride and joy can return home often and anytime, with affordable ease.
Ready to put a big red bow on a new car, before your grad turns their grad cap tassel to the left? Contact our Greater Vancouver Toyota dealership today to schedule an appointment for a test drive.