When the winter gets rough, you need a reliable vehicle that will get you safely through difficult conditions. Without features like four-wheel drive and modern safety technologies, this season can be a dangerous time for drivers. If you’re in the new market and plan on doing lots of winter driving, consider these Toyota models that can handle snowy conditions.
- Highlander Hybrid
The Highlander Hybrid makes the list for its performance-focused design and safety features. Each hybrid trim comes with an electric on-demand all-wheel drive system with intelligence technology. This is an ideal powertrain for dealing with slick roads and snowy conditions. Each trim also has electronic power steering and a power-assisted rack-and-pinion system. All-season tires are standard as well.
This vehicle also comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P package, so regardless of the trim you select, you’ll enjoy advanced safety features such as lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams.
The 2019 4Runner is another option that stands out for its off-roading capabilities. For the best driving on winter roads, an upgrade to the TRD Off-Road or higher is recommended. Starting at this trim, you get a backup camera with projected path technology, hill start assist control, multi-terrain select and crawl control, a locking rear differential, and part-time four-wheel drive with active traction control. This trim also bumps up the towing capacity to 5,000 pounds.
- Land Cruiser
The Land Cruiser is consistently chosen by drivers who have high demands for off-roading power. The 2019 model has an exceptional maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds. It’s also loaded with features, such as a multi-terrain monitor and a kinetic dynamic suspension system, to help you traverse virtually any terrain in any conditions. The Land Cruiser owes its exceptional power to a standard 5.7-liter V-8 coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The RAV4 is a quality option for drivers who need a reliable powertrain for winter but don’t need as much utility as the Land Cruiser, Highlander, or 4Runner. This is a compact SUV, but despite its small size it still has ample storage space, 203 horsepower, and a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds depending on the trim and configuration.
The 2019 Tundra is one of Toyota’s best trucks for winter driving. This is thanks to performance features like upgraded front brakes, active traction control, and automatic limited-slip differential. Drivers also have a choice of powerful engine options: a 5.7-liter V-8 that gets 381 horsepower and a 4.6-liter V-8 that gets 310 horsepower. The Tundra has outstanding towing capabilities — a capacity of up to 10,200 pounds — as well as safety technologies like trailer-sway control to keep you centered on the road wherever you drive.
The Toyota lineup is full of quality vehicles that will keep you safe on the road. These cars, trucks, and SUVs are backed by exceptional powertrains, and many come with one of Toyota’s Safety Sense packages. You have many great options to explore, and you can view the latest models available today at Weiss Toyota.
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