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Last week we introduced the 2019 Toyota Sienna as the best minivan on the market for winter driving. However, many households are in the market for a new SUV that can also navigate the harsh winter roads that surround Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of BC, be it the Sea to Sky Highway, the Coquihalla, Allison Pass, or more. Before that snowfall makes landfall, have a look at our top picks for the season and beyond.
Top 3 Toyota SUVs to Help Households Navigate Winter Driving in BC
2019 Toyota 4Runner
The tough 4Runner looks like it's ready to run and tackle the most harsh winter conditions, but it certainly goes far beyond the aesthetics of this beastly vehicle. For one, it features an independent double-wishbone front/4-link and coil-spring rear suspension, delivering a chassis that can tackle your trail to the local ski hill while remaining smooth for city and suburban driving.
The 4Runner also offers you choices, accommodating winter conditions your household faces on weekdays and weekends alike. For instance, if you opt for the TRD Off-Road you'll enjoy a ground clearance of 9.6-inches, an approach angle of 33-degrees, and a departure angle of 26-degrees in addition to a lever-type transfer case to assist with those especially challenging winter conditions on the off-road. Drivers of the SR5 and Limited benefit from the available dial-type transfer case, which affords you the opportunity to transition into low range for extreme low-speed scenarios. Other winter-worthy options available to 4Runner drivers include the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Crawl Control, Hill Start Assist Control, Downhill Assist Control, and Multi-terrain Select. Then there's the 4Runner TRD Pro which provides another layer of comfort for driving in BC's winter wonderland. This monster offers heavy-duty off-road suspension, all-terrain tires, and a quarter-inch thick aluminum skid plate to shield the SUV from the season's most brutal elements.
2019 Toyota Highlander AWD
In the past, drivers may have been concerned about the power on tap when it comes to hybrid SUV performance in the wintertime, but Toyota nipped that in the bud by delivering up to 306 hybrid system net horsepower with the Highlander AWD (XLE and Hybrid Limited). Equipped with an Electronic On-Demand AWD system with intelligence, the SUV's ECO Mode modifies throttle response to help with more than fuel economy, as it also assists when you're slowly accelerating on low-traction surfaces such as snow or ice.
The 6-cylinder, direct injection engine with 8-speed automatic transmission offers All-Wheel Drive with Active Torque Control, Hill-start Assist Control, and Downhill Assist Control in addition to 3-Zone Independent Automatic Climate Control (XLE) for interior comfort of drivers and passengers when the scene outside of the window induces shivers. You'll also appreciate the heated leather front captain's chairs (XLE and Limited) when staring down the frost-bitten road ahead. The SUV also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P which includes seasonally savvy safety features such as an industry leading Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and more.
2019 Toyota Sequoia
The available 381-hp 5.7L V8 that powers the Sequoia is just the start. For instance, Toyota chose 2019 as the year to deliver the Sequoia TRD Sport which features Toyota Racing Development's renowned application of Bilstein shocks for your family's off-road winter holiday adventures. Then there's the new Sequoia's available Multi-Mode 4WD system which engages 4WD and Torsen limited-slip center differential with the turn of a dial, the latter of which allows the differential to lock up for maximum traction on slippery (i.s. black ice) or uneven (i.e. snow-caked) surfaces. There's also an advanced Automatic Limited-Slip Differential system which tasks the brakes to help mitigate winter wheel-spin and ramp up traction performance on the most unpredictable of road surfaces, sleet and snow included.
The 120 cubic feet of interior offers all of the cozy winter cabin amenities you could ever need, from available heated front seats to an available rear-seat Blu-ray Disc player to keep your backseat passengers pleasantly distracted from the unpleasant conditions outside of their doors.
The new Sequoia comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense in addition to the Star Safety System which provides peace of mind with six active safety features that are practically tailor-made for winter driving. These include Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, an Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. To cap it all off, snow-rated radial tires comes standard on all Sequoias.
That time of the year is upon us. Don't wait another day to schedule a test drive at our Greater Vancouver dealership. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.