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Greater Vancouver already had its first blast of winter weather at the onset of November, and while things have mellowed there is more to come. In addition, many households will be hitting higher elevations of BC and beyond this season, heading to ski-hills and highways en route to Holiday destinations. You need a vehicle that can manage winter conditions while still serving the practical needs of your family. Luckily, Toyota has thought of everything, and delivered a line of new cars, crossovers, and SUVs to keep you and yours in comfort through it all.
Top 5 Toyota Family Vehicles for Winter Season Driving
1. Toyota RAV4
Many family households are jumping into the new RAV4 Hybrid (pictured above) to enjoy the benefits of the EPA-estimated 34 mpg (city) but did you know that the crossover SUV also boasts available Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive with intelligence (AWD-i)? The updated electric motor delivers instant torque to the rear wheels for more traction on ice and snow alike. If you opt for the SE you'll enjoy the benefits of an All-Wheel Drive system that also features groundbreaking Dynamic Torque-Control, which heightens handling by apportioning engine power from the front to rear while managing the crossover SUV's braking system from side to side for maximum control. The improved suspension (all models) provides a smoother ride on the snow-caked roads and highways of BC or wherever you may take your RAV4.
Interior comfort is also important when it comes to family treks in the winter season. The RAV4 comes with available heated seats and dual zone automatic climate control to make sure drivers and passengers are cozy from start to finish.
Safety is paramount in the new RAV4, as it is equipped with eight standard airbags and Toyota's Star Safety System and standard Toyota Safety Sense P. These suites offer winter driving features such as a Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beams, and so much more. View more on the 2018 RAV4.
2. Toyota Sequoia
The spacious Sequoia (8-passenger seating w/120 cubic feet of cargo capacity) comes standard with Toyota's Star Safety System which includes advanced safety features that integrate into the mechanics of the SUV practically better than any. The Anti-lock Brake System is impressive in its ability to prevent brakes from locking up, while innovative Vehicle Stability Control wards off front and rear wheel-slip on ice, sleet, and snow by overseeing your steering angle and collating it to the direction in which your vehicle is moving.
If your squad plans on packing it all up (snow mobiles included) on your winter travels, you'll really appreciate features such as TOW/HAUL Mode and Trailer-Sway Control. These components combine to assist the available 381-hp 5.7L V8 in delivering up to a whopping 7400 lb towing capacity that has little regard for the supposed challenges of winter driving. If you plan on pushing the limits further during the season, then you might want to consider the available 4WD mode and let the Torsen limited-slip center differential go to work for you, providing maximum traction on slippery or uneven surfaces. View more on the 2018 Sequoia.
3. Toyota Sienna
The Sienna's new 3.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine with Direct Shift-8 Automatic Transmission helps deliver enhanced torque and horsepower that will serve you well on the winter roads. For added confidence, you can opt for the available feature that no other minivan in North America has - All-Wheel Drive. This unique AWD system harnesses active torque control and with the assistance of an electromagnetically controlled coupling positioned at the front of the rear differential, transmits information from sensors to send the appropriate volume of torque to the Sienna's front and rear wheels. Factor in all of the other conveniences that this iconic minivan offers a family (including an available heated power steering wheel for you), and you've got the ultimate chariot for your winter travels. View more on the new Sienna.
4. Toyota Highlander
Already considered to be the best family vehicle on the market, the Highlander is among the top in the winter driving department too. For starters, the available 3.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine and available Direct Shift 8-Speed Automatic Transmission provides you with the power
and efficiency to take your household further in the season. Advanced integration of safety technologies serve you even further, with features like Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. Throw in additional tech such as the available Safety Connect and you'll see that the Toyota Highlander has you covered on the snow-covered roads and whatever else Mother Nature throws your family's way in the winter. View more on the 2018 Highlander.
5. Toyota Camry
This one is for smaller family households that are not ready for a crossover, SUV, or minivan, those of you who spend most of your winter in an urban oasis of Greater Vancouver yet still need to be prepared for that sporadic peppering of snow before the city gets around to salting the roads.
The front-wheel-drive Camry has a solid reputation for managing the mild winters of coastal BC. Small but no less impactful features such as available LED taillights keep you in vision (of other drivers) while driving through the dark and snowy nights when visibility is low. It's those moments that you'll also appreciate other available features that include an available color Head-Up Display (HUD) which projects important driver information (i.e. speed, directions, etc.) onto the lower portion of your windshield, allowing you to stay focused while navigating the road ahead.
The top-selling vehicle also offers a choice of gasoline engines. You can opt for the 2.5-liter Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine or the 3.5-liter V6. Each option delivers an industry-leading combination of performance and efficiency, utilizing D-4S direct-injection system which chooses the optimal injection method based on driving conditions, a feature that will serve you well. The vehicle's new double-wishbone style multi-link rear suspension will further improve sharp handling through the season. Lastly, you and your family will never be alone on the road in the winter, not when you've got the available Safety Connect 24/7 Roadside Assistance, a perfect complement to the Camry's standard Toyota Safety Sense P. View more on the 2018 Camry.
Be sure to schedule a test drive before that next sleet or snowfall. Contact our Greater Vancouver dealership today and feel the difference a Toyota makes when driving in the winter season, and beyond.