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It's not often that we get to talk about extreme weather in the Greater Vancouver area. But this winter, things have certainly been interesting. And while our neighbours across the country may chuckle out our personal experience with harsh winter conditions, the line-up of vehicles in our lot know extreme sleet and snow and all that it does to the road and off-road alike.
Prepare yourself for all that Mother Nature can throw in your direction in the winter. Whether you live in suburbia or up on the hazardous landscape of a local ski hill, the following vehicles will help you plow through it all.
Top 3 Toyota Vehicles for Navigating Extreme Cold and Harsh Winter Weather
By definition, tundra refers to a vast, flat, treeless Arctic region of Europe, Asia, and North America in which the subsoil is permanently frozen. Tundra, is an apt name for this Toyota, which pays no mind to uneven, rocky, debris-laden off-roads in extreme climates. This pickup flattens what is put in its path, with Automatic Limited Slip Differential and Active Traction Control (4WD). The Tundra has the largest front brakes (w/4-piston calipers) and the largest fuel tank in its class.
The vehicle is built (right here in North America) with i-FORCE 5.7L V8 that provides the necessary muscle to tow up to 10,500 lbs, while integrating a Trailer Sway Control and Trailer Brake Controller system. Your load will not waver, even in the harshest of winter windstorms. It also has a payload capacity of up to 2,060 lbs should you need to haul a mass of gear to your elevated work site or ski hill.
With the Tundra doing it's job on the frostbitten outside, you and your passengers remain well protected within. The vehicle comes available with Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control and separate temperature settings for you and your front passenger. The spacious cabin will feel like a warm and cozy cabin in the woods, the very place you may be (safely) headed to. View more on the new Tundra or complete this form to put your name in the mix should the new Tundra TRD Pro (pictured) arrive on our lot.
With reinforced body-on-frame construction, the 4WD 4Runner can take the brunt of practically any storm. Skid plates have been integrated to help protect the engine, front suspension and fuel tank, and transfer case. It doesn't matter what the weather throws down on the path in front of the 4Runner, as this beast is equipped with an available Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Crawl Control, Hill Start and available Downhill Assist Control.
On the inside, the 4Runner has conveniences that will ease concerns around driving through extreme conditions. 12V power outlets are located in the front and back, perfectly suited to charge personal electronics, a comfort when the possibility of road closures lie ahead. View more on the new 4Runner.
An off-road icon, the Tacoma was made for the extreme, including action sport athlete drivers and all of their adventures. But you can count severe weather too! Projector-beam headlights illuminate a road otherwise obscured by harsh rain, sleet, or snow. This is just one part of what makes the Tacoma one of the top vehicles for winter driving, even with family in tow. The advanced 3.5 liter V6 with an available Tow Package that allows you to haul up to 6800 lbs equates confidence when taking your load through rough winter conditions. Available Bilstein® shocks ensure that ride is a smooth and spirited one. The Tacoma also comes available with locking rear differential, five-setting Crawl Control, and a five-mode Multi-terrain Select that regulates wheel-spin by adjusting the Tacoma's engine throttle and brakes. View more on the 2017 Toyota Tacoma.