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Spring Break 2018 is here. While your former self may have been off to Cancun at this time of the year, you're now a family man or woman, and the mid-March trip looks a lot different than it used to. For one, you probably plan a lot more road trips to keep you from coughing up for three, four, or five (more?) plane tickets. While more economical, road trips require a LOT more preparation to ensure a safe, efficient, and enjoyable experience and to bring it all together you need the right SUV. That SUV, is the Toyota Highlander.
3 Reasons Why the 2018 Toyota Highlander is the Best SUV for Your Annual Family Spring Break Road Trip
Driving You Further for Less
The 2018 grade options really set the Highlander apart from both the competition and its own predecessors. This affords households access to some remarkably efficient options. For instance, the sporty SE has an available 3.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine and available Direct Shift-8-speed automatic transmission, to provide you with the power and efficiency to make dreams of a cross country or cross continent journey a reality. And when you venture into the traffic jammed cities along the way, you'll appreciate the available Stop and Start Engine System.
Things get a lot more efficient if you opt for the new Highlander Hybrid, which generates up to 306 hybrid system net horsepower, while keeping the EPA-estimate at just 30 mpg. Trust us when we say that this is not your dad's hybrid (yes, we can say that now), especially when you consider the capability of the Electronic On-Demand AWD system with intelligence that not only delivers the aforementioned horsepower and fuel efficiency, it affords you a towing capacity of up to 3500 lbs (5000 lbs in the non-hybrid). Simply put, the new Highlander is ready to take your family on the long haul for many spring breaks to come.
Comforts and Conveniences of Home, on the Road
The biggest challenge of a spring break family road trip is keeping the family unit comfortable and enthused during those long stretches. Well, consider the roomy Highlander like an extension of your home.
For starters, the available high end saddle-tan leather trimmed seating will have your family feeling like they've wandered into the sofa section of Restoration Hardware. Bring a healthy dose of natural light into the cabin while providing passengers with day and nighttime gazing opportunities with the available panoramic moonroof.
Of course, comfort is just one part of the equation. Your family demands the conveniences of home too, which includes entertainment. Thankfully, the auto-infotainment suite in the SUV is downright sweet! Five conveniently placed USB ports provide everyone within fully charged access to their smartphones and tablets. The kids (and family dog?) will be thoroughly entertained between destinations, thanks to the available rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system that comes complete with a 9-inch display screen, RCA jacks, a remote, and two wireless headphones.
Safety First on Spring Break
The weather may be better at this time of the year, but the roads and highways are packed with hoards of individuals and households all heading to and from their spring break destinations. Once again we see where the Highlander is a perfect match for family units that place safety first.
The SUV comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P. This suite merges a number of impressive safety features, including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane
Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise
Control. But it doesn't stop there. Every grade of the 2018 Highlander also comes standard with the with Toyota's renowned Star Safety System. This is a state-of-the-art system that integrates safety technologies including Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, and eight standard airbags.
In addition, Toyota has made their Safety Connect system available in the new Highlander, which connects you to a 24/7 response center at the touch of a button. Rest assured, you'll have full peace of mind during your family spring break when you're all tucked into the Toyota Highlander.