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For starters, congratulations! There's nothing as exciting as the arrival of your very first child. Of course, it can also be quite nerve-wracking. You're going through a gauntlet of new decisions that pertain the comfort, happiness, health, and safety of your expanded family unit. One of the biggest decisions (after getting on the waiting list for a good preschool) is in regards to which new vehicle to get. Now, just because you're "mom and dad" doesn't mean that you have to buy an SUV or minivan. You may be parents, but you're still the people you were before the bundle of joy arrived, and if you were truck people then, you're truck people now, and that doesn't need to change, not when you roll with Toyota. Let's find why.
Two Toyota Trucks That Are Perfect for New Parents
Allow us to jump right into the most important feature for proud parents that own a new Toyota Tacoma - safety. The 2018 Tacoma comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which is one of the industry's most advanced suites of active safety features. TSS-P offers one of the most precautionary safety systems around, thanks to a combined effort that includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The truck also comes standard with Toyota's Star Safety System, which delivers Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology. Then there are the most child-centric features. The Tacoma offers a LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system which includes lower anchors for the front passenger seat on the Access Cab and outboard rear seats on the Double Cab. In addition, the Double Cab boasts child-protector rear door locks.
Other features that are highly relevant to your needs include the rear combination taillights and the standard projector-beam headlights. These will come in handy when you need to take your little one around the block a few times at 2 AM to lull them to sleep between feedings. Conveniences for new parents include an easy-lower-tailgate with strong tie-down cleats (for strollers, etc.), and available Bilstein shocks which will ease the impact when taking the family out on a bumpy-road outing.
The interior of the 5-passenger Double Cab is extremely spacious and cozy, offering a behind front/rear seat passenger volume of 57.5/42.6 cubic feet. The interior is tech-forward and very functional as well. The available 4.2-inch color multi-Information display can be customized to show essential information, such as your baby's preferred lullaby song selection, while available Integrated Navigation will ensure that you get to the grandparents house in the quickest way possible. Other important features include Bluetooth, iPhone connectivity, advanced voice recognition with hands-free phone capability, and more.
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Like the Tacoma, the Tundra delivers parents the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system, but also offers standard child-protector rear door locks and all models. You'll be able to fasten that large and protective infant car seat in with ease, especially if you opt for the CrewMax which features two full-size front doors and two full-size rear doors. Toyota Safety Sense P and all of its robust features are all standard, as are those found under the Toyota Star System, including eight airbags. We're certainly off to a great start for the Tundra as a top pick for new parents! But there's so much more.
The two powerful i-FORCE engines (5.7L V8 or the even more efficient 4.6L V8 ) feature Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence to optimize power and efficiency, but don't worry about waking the baby while en route from A to B because the patented Acoustic Control Induction System effectively reduces intake "roar".
The spacious interior is as convenient and comforting as your home room, with available dual zone climate control to an extra layer of coziness. The rear seats fold up, instead of flat, which adds another aura of comfort for your precious backseat passenger, and allows you to safely store necessities, from the diaper bag to a big stuffed teddy bear. All Tundra's come with convenient front and rear cup and bottle holders, an absolute necessity for those bottle-feeding the baby. Given that the backseat area will be loaded up with your baby and his/her accessories, you'll appreciate the Tundra's standard 6.1 or 7-inch touch screen display backup camera that displays an image of what the camera sees behind you when you shift into reverse. Interior tech options also include (contingent upon model) iPod connectivity, advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, phone book access, music streaming, and anywhere between six to nine speakers. Just remember to keep the volume down during nap time.
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