As the new line-up of 2018 Toyota vehicles roll onto the lots there is always a buzz of excitement about what is new and what has changed.
This year the line-up features some exciting new innovations and design changes that come with the already well known reliability and extraordinary engineering in every Toyota vehicle.
The engineers at Toyota are keeping up with all the latest technology and now every vehicle in the family of SUV’s comes with standard Toyota Safety Sense.
Toyota Safety Sense provides driver assist to help mitigate situations where an error in judgment can be corrected by this smart technology.
The ‘Sense P’ version comes standard on all Toyota SUV’s and crossovers.
The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection provides collision avoidance or mitigation in speeds where frontal collisions are likely to occur and may also help to detect pedestrians.
Lane Departure Alert uses sensors to alert you if you are starting to drift out of your lane when visible road markings are available.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist will alert if you start to leave your lane and make small steering corrections to guide you back into your lane.
The Automatic High Beam system can detect oncoming and preceding vehicles lights and depending on circumstances, can switch between high and low beams for you.
With Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the system can automatically adjust your vehicle speed to help maintain a preset following distance between you and the vehicle directly in front of you.
These systems are all designed to help you get to your location as safely as possible.
Leading the way for Toyota SUV’s in 2018 is the legendary and popular RAV4.
This athletically styled mid-size SUV has got it all. It is comfortable, stylish, and fuel efficient.
Available in several trim levels and colours, ‘the RAV4 is loaded with features that make this best selling vehicle both a comfortable ride in the city as well as a popular choice for loading up the gear and taking off for the weekend.
Designed with a sharp front and rear bumper ‘®design, body panels are smoothed and stabilizing ‘®fins reduce highway turbulence.
‘The price point on the RAV4 is very attractive, the fuel efficiency is excellent,’ explained Hallmark Toyota Sales Manager, Jeff Dobson. ‘There’s a new edition coming out called the Trail Edition which gives increased towing capability. It has a 3,500 lb towing capacity which is excellent in that class. It’s a very nice off-road package.’
The RAV4 is also available in a Hybrid package that pairs a gasoline engine with an electric engine that work together for maximum efficiency in both city and long distance driving. Smart technology is used to determine how the gas and electric engines operate based on driving and road conditions.
Well designed for commuting or weekend getaways to the cottage the RAV4 is the SUV that offers the best of city and country driving.
The C-HR is Toyota’s versatile compact crossover that is making a splash with drivers who appreciate its ease of manoeuvrability while maintaining the practicality of an SUV design.
In fact, C-HR is short for Compact High Rider,’ a moniker that appropriately describes how the vehicle is designed for a clearance that makes driving through inclement weather that much easier.
A stand-out design that turns heads, it aerodynamic shape is enhanced by a stunning selection of colours including an optional two-tone paint scheme that really gets this vehicle noticed.
Standard 17 inch alloy wheels complete the exterior package.
Inside, the C-HR is designed for comfort with standard wrap around heated front seats and lumbar support that can be adjusted for maximum comfort.
A seven inch touch-screen provides the driver with vehicle information and is surrounded by a black trim dash that highlights the interior design.
If you need some extra cargo space the rear seats can convert to a 60 /40 split to store your gear or work materials.
A standard backup camera helps navigate when entering tight spaces on a busy street.
The C-HR provides ease of handling while maintaining the practicality of an SUV in a modern, stylish design.
It’s a vehicle that is at home both in congested city driving or in wide open spaces on country roads.
The 2018 Toyota SUV line-up includes vehicles that will fit any lifestyle.
The Toyota Highlander is an SUV that just begs to be taken on a road trip. With seating for eight passengers, plenty of cargo room and a powerful ‘®296 horsepower 3.5 L, 6-cylinder direct injection engine with 8-speed automatic transmission, this vehicle is designed for adventure on the open road.
The Highlander is available in a hybrid version as well.
It is available in six models, each with unique features and available upgrades.
The Toyota 4Runner is a mid-size SUV built to be rugged and ready for nything.With 4×4 capability, the 4Runner provides the ability to go off the paved road while doing it in the comfort of a refined interior. It is the vehicle that is ready for any adventure.
With seating for five or seven passengers you can fold down the rear seats for extra cargo space when needed.
The 4Runner has a powerful and efficient 4.0 L, V-6 engine that gives you the performance you need for your outdoor adventures.
The Sequoia is Toyota’s full-size SUV and is the vehicle of choice for those that like to go on the road and take their trailer or boat with them.
With a lot of interior space, the Sequoia is designed to make long trips an experience in comfort while enjoying the capabilities of a vehicle designed for rugged use.
The Sequoia comes with a 381 horsepower, 5.7 L, i-FORCE engine with 401 lb.-ft of torque and is capable of towing 7,100 pounds.
It’s the perfect vehicle when you need to tow your boat to the lake or your trailer to the campground.
Available in three models, the Sequoia offers a package of interior comfort, superior engineering, and classic full size SUV design.
Visit Hallmark Toyota on Highway 9, just East of Orangeville to see the full line-up of 2018 Toyota SUVS.
Written by Brian Lockhart