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The summer solstice is just a couple of weeks away and at this time of the year people get the itch (it's not the mosquitos) for a new vehicle. Why? Because summertime is road trip season here in Canada. And this year is better than any when it comes to choosing a chariot that will be with you for many summers to come. Below, we have detailed a lineup of new 2018 vehicles that will provide you and your passengers with a lifetime of great memories, while keeping things safe and efficient on the road.
3 New Toyota Vehicles That Are Tailor-made for Summertime Road Trips in 2018 and Beyond
2018 Toyota C-HR
One of the hottest new vehicles of the year will be spotted cruising the highways to and from Greater Vancouver BC in droves this summer of '18. The Toyota C-HR is a sight to behold, but don't let the good looks fool you, this compact SUV is a road warrior through and through. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine provides you with all the horsepower (144 hp) you need, while the sport-tuned suspension and Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode ensures a smooth and efficient journey ahead.
The interior is just as road trip worthy, with standard features such as the dual zone automatic climate control system which will keep you and your front seat companion in comfort no matter where the road takes you. The cabin also boasts everything you could ever dream of when it comes to optimal road trip auto-infotainment. Your 7-inch touch-screen is complemented by six speakers, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port with iPhone connectivity and control, voice recognition with voice training, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth, HD Radio tech, and steering wheel controls to boot.
It goes without saying that safety is the priority when it comes to packed summertime highways, which is why the C-HR is a top choice. The vehicle comes standard with the updated Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes Automatic High-Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-collision System, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. In addition, the spacious but low-profiled C-HR packs in 10 airbags, and is built with the manufacturer's now famous Star Safety System (TSS). TSS includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology. Toss in the available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and you'll remain worry free on your summertime road trip. View our current inventory for the Toyota C-HR.
2018 Toyota RAV4
The RAV4 is about as quintessential as they come when it comes to a road trip vehicle. Sure, it's an SUV, but it's a crossover SUV making it more fuel efficient while providing the space (73.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity) to toss in all of the gear you may or may not need on the long summer roads ahead. And if you opt for the Hybrid, you'll enjoy the EPA estimated 30 MPG HWY that manages to deliver a darn near inexplicable 194 net horsepower with outstanding acceleration. If you're looking for an even more spirited driving experience, then you may consider the RAV4 SE, which features a groundbreaking Dynamic Torque-Control All-Wheel-Drive system that improves handling by distributing engine power from front to rear while managing the crossover SUVs's braking system from side to side for maximum control. The SE's Sport Mode delivers an even more exciting driving experience, with riveting acceleration and modified shift points from the 6-speed automatic transmission.
The new RAV4 also offers an updated selection of Integrated Navigation systems to help guide your excursions, along with other road trip conveniences such as available multi-stage heated SofTex trimmed front seats for those cooler summer nights, and an available 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function and power lumbar support to ensure you can go the distance. The RAV4 is also outfitted with eight standard airbags and Toyota's renowned Star Safety System and Toyota Safety Sense. View our current inventory for the Toyota RAV4.
2018 Toyota Corolla iM
Not everyone needs an SUV or crossover when it comes to a cross province or country trip. If you travel light but intend on staking your claim on the highways for many summers to come, then the iM is for you.
This aggressive new addition to the Corolla badge comes standard with a sport-tuned MacPherson strut front suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension, which together allows you to bend those corners with ease through the season. The 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with 137 horsepower delvers power at an EPA estimated 36 HWY (automatic) and 35 HWY (manual), which lets you go further for less. If you plan on maximizing your time on the road with summer night (or early dawn) driving, you'll appreciate the projector-beam halogen headlights, LED taillights, and color-keyed power folding heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators.
This car is an absolute pleasure to drive for short trips and extended periods alike. The large 7-inch touch-screen provides you with access to this Toyota's industry leading tech, including available integrated navigation, while the 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display delivers the information you need (MPG, playlist, etc.) without batting an eyelash.
And while compact, the hatchback with 60/40 split rear seats can hold your gear, thanks to 90.4 cubic feet of passenger volume and 20.8 cu.ft. cargo volume. To tie it all up in one comforting bow, you'll be happy to know that the iM comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense C, which features a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams. View our current inventory for the Corolla iM iM.
Get a head start on the summer road trip season by scheduling a test drive today at our Greater Vancouver dealership. Contact Westminster Toyota today.