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A few weeks ago, we delivered an article on the best summer road trip vehicles for 2018. Some of you may have noticed that there were no trucks on the list, which to be fair, is quite common given that most people consider them for off-road adventures and not so much for the long haul across country (or beyond). However, truck drivers are truck drivers and just because you are one should not leave you in the dust when it comes to following your wanderlust ambitions. As Greater Vancouver's premier Toyota truck dealership, we are stepping up to the plate with our picks to get you on that long road to exploring all that the continent has to offer.
3 Toyota Trucks That Are Perfectly Suited to Cross Country and Continent Highway Adventures
For all of its brawn and toughness, the newest Tacoma is athletic (dare we say sporty?) which indicates what it will be like on the highway to wherever your heart wants to take you. For one, the standard projector-beam headlights shine brighter than ever, and will help you get a better view of the road ahead no matter how many hours past sundown it may be. Day or night, the long drive will be a pleasant one, especially if you opt for the available 3.5-liter V6 that includes a standard Tow Package with a capacity of up to 6800 lbs. That means you can bring a hefty trailer along for the ride without any cause for concern. That available 3.5-liter DOHC V6 direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine also provides you with 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, so when the gradients of Kicking Horse Pass (Trans Canada Highway) or Rocky Mountain passes on the Continental Divide try to test you, the Tacoma can push through without issue.
Interior comforts and conveniences also go a long way towards making your long journey a pleasant one. The available and customizable 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display can provide you with information such as current mpg, song selection, individual tire pressure, and much more, in addition to a full suite of intuitive controls within the spacious and cozy cabin. Other features will serve your road trip well, including the available Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging station, and an available moonroof for those warm summer days/evenings when you'd rather feel the breeze over the A/C. Lastly, Toyota knows that a lot can happen on those long miles, which is why the Tacoma now comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, which is a safety system that includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
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You'll be pleased to know that the engineering, design, and assemblage for this line of full sized trucks was done on North American soil, so the Tundra was built for road trips across the country and continent, literally.
Standard features such as the largest fuel tank in its class equate an ability to drive greater distances without having to stop for gas at every small town along the way (unless you want to, of course). And with an ability to tow up to 10,200 lbs, you can bring an AirStream along with you to save some cash on hotels and the like.
No far-flung destination is off of your radar, thanks to options that include either a 5.7L V8 or a super efficient 4.6L V8. Regardless of which option you choose, you'll enjoy Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, a feature that optimizes engine breathing for optimal power and efficiency.
If you plan on brining passengers along for the long ride, you might consider the Tundra CrewMax (available on the SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition) which affords you two full-size front doors and two full-size rear doors and a standard bench seat or available front bucket seats. Like its cousin the Tacoma, the Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P for peace of mind, and Toyota's Star Safety System which adds Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology.
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We've said it time and time again, this SUV (technically) with a powerful V6 is more like a truck, but when it comes to long road trips, you'll certainly enjoy some of the benefits of its intended classification, especially the split and fold-flat versatility that delivers up to 88 cubic feet of cargo. You can bring EVERYTHING along on your road trips. The interior tech will also make those trips more seamless, with Bluetooth connectivity, hands free phone capability, music streaming, and an available (Limited) 15 JBL speaker system.
Standard add ons that will come in handy as you traverse about the hundreds or thousands kms include a Tire Pressure Monitor System, which will evaluate tire pressure, issuing a warning if it becomes critically low. Like the Tundra, the 4Runner is dedicated to road and highway safety with the standard Star Safety System that is backed by rigorous crash testing that led to the development of a extensive driver/passenger protection system which features eight standard airbags.
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There's only one way to truly gauge what it will be like to get behind the wheel in one of the above and hit the open road, and that is by scheduling a test drive from our Greater Vancouver dealership. Contact Westminster Toyota today.