The SUV segment has replaced minivans as the go-to option for families, so if you’re looking for a vehicle that will suit your family’s needs, it’s likely you’re considering the Toyota SUV lineup. From the compact C-HR to the rugged 4Runner, this lineup has the perfect option for your family to commute around High River. To decide which one is right for you, make sure you ask yourself these important questions.
How many seats do I need?
Are you a small family of three, or do you have more children? Maybe you’re the go-to parent for carpooling to hockey practice? Before you purchase a new SUV, make sure you know how much passenger space you need.
If you tend to only haul your family of four around town, the Toyota CR-V’s ability to accommodate five passengers is enough. For a larger family – or which usually has some of their children’s friends with them –consider the Toyota Highlander’s three-row setup, which can sit up to eight passengers.
Will I frequently travel out of town?
Whether you like to pack up your camping gear and your family for a weekend getaway outside of High River or merely make frequent trips to Grandma’s house, having enough cargo space should be a consideration for you.
For more space for your camping gear – and maybe the rugged off-road capabilities to match –check out the Toyota 4Runner. You will also find that the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a great option if you frequently take long family road trips. Not only will it save you money on gas, but it has plenty of extra stowing room for luggage.
What’s my budget?
Your budget will impact which model you can get, especially if you’re intending to buy a brand-new one. Decide which trim level is worth the extra cost for the features you really need. If your funds are limited, you should consider purchasing a used model. Pre-owned SUVs are less expensive than a brand-new edition. Luckily, High River Toyota has plenty of pre-owned options to choose from. You can browse our entire inventory online right now.
Have I considered the future?
Whichever SUV you want for your family, whether it’s a small C-HR or a large Sequoia, High River Toyota is here to make your decision easy and guide you to your perfect ride. These are some of the best Toyota SUVs for busy Canadian families like yours.
In the future, when your kids are grown up, make sure that your SUV will still work for your needs. If you still plan on needing plenty of space, especially as your children give you grandchildren, then a larger SUV like the Highlander might be a solid option. Or if you plan on handing the vehicle down as your teenager’s first ride, do you really want them driving a full-size SUV?
You should also consider the features in the future, too. Don’t avoid getting leather just because your kids snack in the car right now – you might regret not getting this luxury in the future. Also consider safety technologies and entertainment features like the rear entertainment system, which might not be used once your kids are older or have their own digital devices.
While the RAV4 might be the smallest of the Toyota SUV options, it still offers ample interior space for passengers and cargo. It can seat up to five people in comfort, offering up to 960 mm of legroom in the back row to stretch out. Behind the second-row seats, you will get a maximum 1,059 litres of cargo space, which expands to 1,977 litres when you fold down the rear seats. The RAV4 can even tow up to 1,590 kg when you opt for the RAV4 Trail model, which means you can bring extra gear with you in a small trailer when your family heads out camping.
The RAV4 will even help your family stayed entertained and connected on the go. Every model comes standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, which means you can easily access your favourite apps directly on the in-dashboard touchscreen display. With the available SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and the optional 11-speaker JBL® Audio Clari-Fi Audio System, your family will be singing along to showtunes or rocking to some classics. You will even receive the brand’s suite of safety technologies as standard, giving you peace of mind out on the road.
If you have a big family, you likely need a big vehicle. The Toyota Highlander offers seating for up to eight passengers across three rows of seat, which means you have ample space for your kids’ friends – or your carpool buddies – on the go. It also can fit up to 2,387 litres of cargo when the two rear rows are down, and 1,150 litres behind the second row, giving you opportunities to bring whatever you need with you to your next destination.
The Highlander also comes available as a Hybrid option, offering you the chance to be eco-friendlier without sacrificing the space and convenience your family needs. Its available 12.3-inch touchscreen display will help keep you connected on the go, while the standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0™ system will help you be more aware of your surroundings, no matter where your journey takes you.
Test-drive or learn more about either of these family vehicles when you visit High River Toyota in Alberta.
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