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Do you hear Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight" when you get behind the wheel in the summer months? While that reference may have dated some of us at the dealership, we're sure you get the idea. It doesn't matter if your soundtrack is from the 80's or today's iTunes Top 100, you like to throw on some tunes and cruise in the summer months. It's so important to you that you choose a vehicle based on this in the same way that a soccer mom/dad salivates over SUV cargo space. We get it. Cruising is a lifestyle for many and the car is the key ingredient. You can't just take any four wheels out on the coastal highway or main drag. Today, we have put together a list of top picks that will have you leaning back with one elbow out the window while cruising the strip near you.
Top Three New Toyota Vehicles for Summertime Cruising
2017 Toyota Avalon
This luxury car is a quintessential cruising machine. For starters, with a bold front grille, available 18-inch alloy wheels, and fashionable available LED headlights the Avalon has got the look down pat. Color options such as Ooh La La Rouge will have you blend into an August sunset while Celestial Silver will have a passersby admiring your ride along with clear summer night stars.
Interior comfort is just as essential to the experience, and with available perforated leather-trimmed seats that heat and cool with ventilation you can cruise for hours on end without you or your seat being worse for wear. Eleven speakers line the cabin, delivering a crisp and clear soundtrack throughout. Intelligent touch controls are featured via sleek, low-profile controls that allow you to adjust both music and the habitat with ease. The spacious interior is accented by warm ambient lighting, which gives you no choice but to drive until you've run through your entire playlist. Do you enjoy plenty of company on your cruise? No problem, as the near-flat rear floor affords a plethora of passenger leg room. Thanks to independent suspension and social diffuser panels that reduce turbulence and enhance aerodynamic efficiency you're ensured a smooth sailing experience every mile of the way. And with up to an EPA estimated 40 city / 39 highway those miles can go on without a second thought. View more on the new Avalon.
2017 Corolla iM
Don't be fooled by the aggressive bodykit (available in a crisp Electric Storm Blue) of this exciting new addition to the Corolla product line. The iM can cruise with the best of them. While the sportier suspension indeed allows you to bend corners faster, it does so with so much control and stability that it feels effortless.
The driver and front seat passenger can ride in comfort in this Corolla, with a standard dual zone climate control system and 4-way (passenger) / 6-way (driver) adjustable seats. Other cruise-enthusiast friendly interior features include a 7-inch touch-screen display, 6-speakers, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and hands-free phone capability. View more on the new Corolla iM.
2017 Toyota Highlander
Don't be surprised by our inclusion of an SUV in this lot of summertime cruisers. The sleeker and lower new profile of the vehicle has redefined what a Highlander driver looks like, and it looks a lot like you. Cool in Shoreline Blue Pearl, confident, and ready to roll, the impactful front grille will get you noticed on the approach. Of course, you'll be dying to pullover to hop out for a brief minute at your local hotspot because when you return everyone will note the available puddle lights that ignite the ground below when you step up to the driver door.
Available leather-trimmed seating with distinct accents will add even more cool to your cruise, but we must admit there is one element that put the Highlander over the top and onto this list. The available and very expansive panoramic moonroof offers the sky view and warm summer breeze of a convertible, without the windblown inconvenience. Passengers in the rear can kick back and enjoy sights and sounds of the available rear-seat Blu-ray Disc entertainment system too, allowing you to cruise free of distraction.
If you're worried about the toll an SUV can take when cruising is your favourite pastime, there's no need to fret. Opt for the Hybrid LE, XLE, or Limited and in addition to 306 hybrid system net horsepower you score an EPA-estimated 30 mpg (city). View more on the new Highlander.
Our Greater Vancouver dealership invites you down to test cruise any one of the new (or used) vehicles on our lot. Contact us anytime to schedule an appointment, Phil Collins Greatest Hits included.