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With Halloween just days away, now is as good a time as any to remind you, the zombie apocalypse is inevitable. And if history (via film) has taught us anything, a smart choice of vehicle is essential to survival during such trying times. While no one can say for certain when patient zero will rear their head, we encourage you all to take action today, before it's too late. Please keep reading for sake of humanity.
3 Vehicles You Need to Have in Your Garage to Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse of 2019 (Maybe 2020)
While you may be surprised to find that this sensible vehicle tops the list over the beastly pickup and SUV below, the Corolla has a proven history in dealing with zombie antagonists.
In the 2004 documentary (which they tried to pass off as a Hollywood movie) Dawn of the Dead, mother and wife (not for long) Ana Clark awoke one morning to find that the city was being overrun by the undead. After unfortunate events transpired in her home, Ana fled to her vehicle to escape the onslaught of attackers, who were inflicted with a virus that made them faster than more common walking corpses. Viewers initially expected our heroine's car to not start when she turned the ignition, but what they didn't know - is that Ana owned a trusty Toyota Corolla.
The vehicle started right away, allowing her to swiftly navigate through approaching undead, speeding emergency vehicles, and all around chaos. Upon viewing a clip (parental guidance suggested) from the documentary, you can clearly see (1:07) that she's driving a Corolla:
The car single handedly (or was it an automatic?) allowed Ana to escape and connect with other survivors, eventually pulling through the whole ordeal. We could not reach Ana for comment, as the government did a good job in covering up the event and hiding the identities of all involved. However, we can provide you some insight into why the Corolla was not only instrumental in helping impacted people make it through the events of 2004, but how it will help your household when the time comes.
For instance, the 2019 Corolla boasts an integrated backup camera that will help you keep an eye on the rear of your vehicle, and reverse over undead attackers if needed. In addition, the available Smart Key System is a convenient piece of technology that lets you unlock the front doors and trunk, plus start the Corolla, with just the push of a button. This is a real lifesaver when you're being chased. You can also plan a multitude of city escape routes with Integrated Navigation when you opt for the Corolla SE and XSE, both of which include a Sport Mode and available paddle shifters for when the roads get twisty and littered with zombie debris. The vehicle also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, which is the manufacturer's apocalypse safety package the features items such as Pedestrian (read; zombie) Detection.
View more on the 2019 Corolla, or find a trustworthy used Corolla here. On the latter note, you can view this 2010 Toyota Corolla commercial that focused on the effectiveness of the vehicle during a zombie attack.
The city won't be safe when the zombie apocalypse, so you will need to seek solace where there is a lesser population (and thus fewer infected). This is where the 4Runner comes in.
With a powerful V6 engine, and advanced available terrain-conquering technologies such as a dial-type transfer case (SR5 and Limited), locking rear differential, Multi-terrain Select, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, and Crawl Control, no off-road safe haven will be off limits. Additional features such as rugged body-on-frame construction and skid plates will help protect the engine, front suspension, and fuel tank, all of which are a must when the threat of scavengers is high. Remember, you can't trust anyone.
As you know, the interior is also essential in keeping occupants safe during an attack, and it shouldn't have to be a completely miserable experience. This is where you can fellow survivors (seats up to seven passengers) will really appreciated the spacious cabin (up to 89.7 cubic feet), driver and front passenger active headrests, leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats, front and rear 12V power outlets, up to 15 speakers including a subwoofer (Limited) and a wide variety of storage options for when you need to keep pointy objects in quick reach.
While the Tacoma (new or used) is also a solid choice for getting you through what's to come, we had to keep this list to three for the sake of simplicity. The Tundra gets the edge here because of its mind blowing towing capacity of up to 10,200 lbs (5.7L V8 Standard Bed 4x2 or 4x4). So when it all goes down, you can hitch an AirStream to the back and take as much of your old life with you as you seek to move on and find a place to rebuild civilization.
With the option to go with a brawny 5.7L V8 featuring Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence to optimize engine breathing for maximum power and efficiency, you won't worry about stalling on your retreat. Available on SR5, Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition, are two full-size front doors and two full-size rear doors leaving you enough room to squeeze in the whole family along with food, supplies, and gear in the 5.5-ft. bed. If you need more bed length to pack in a few friends along the way (look for bite marks first) you may consider the SR, SR5 and Limited which boasts bed lengths of either 6.5-ft. or 8.1-ft.
The Tundra's standard Toyota Safety Sense P features much more than that all-important Pedestrian/Zombie Detect, it also offers Automatic High Beams which will help you spot road-roaming undead in the darkest of nights, while the integrated Star Safety System includes items such as Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control which are absolute musts when your high beams spot threats up ahead and demand that you veer off onto the off-roads. And if the off-road is where you plan on staying until it's safe to return to the city and suburbs, then you might consider the Tundra TRD Off-Road Package, complete with all-terrain tires, trail-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, an engine skid plate, a fuel tank skid plate, front tow hooks, and more.
The zombie apocalypse can come at anytime, so don't wait another day to prepare. Come on down to our Greater Vancouver Toyota dealership for a test drive, unless you already have a strange bite mark on your arm. At that point we can just handle the transaction over the phone.