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Toyota Safety Sense & the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid ~ #LetsGoPlaces

We were recently invited to a Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) event to learn all about how Toyota is making it safer for drivers in all of their new vehicles.

I have to admit that I'm a little bias. My very first car was a Toyota Corolla, so I would always have love for Toyota, after all, you never forget your first love. Not only was the event a blast, because I got to learn so much about how Toyota has truly upped their game, and I also got to test drive the brand new 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

Toyota recognizes that everyone deserves to be safe on the road, so they've designed their vehicles with Toyota Safety Sense to not only protect their drivers, passengers and pedestrians, but also from drivers in other vehicles. They also believe that these safety features should be standard, so that's what you'll also receive in any of the new 2017 and beyond vehicles. It's no longer an optional feature. Yay for Toyota! The Toyota Safety Sense features help address three key areas of accident protection: mitigating or preventing frontal collisions, helping to keep drivers within their lane, and enhancing road safety during nighttime driving.

So what can you expect when you purchase a Toyota vehicle?

Pre-Collision System 
Pre-Collision determines whether the possibility of a frontal collision with a pedestrian is high under certain conditions, it prompts the driver to take evasive action and brake, by using an audio and visual alert, followed by Brake Assist.

Lane Departure Alert 
When equipped and enabled, if the system determines that the vehicle is on a path to unintentionally depart from its lane, the system may provide small corrective steering inputs to the steering wheel for a short period of time to help the driver keep the vehicle in its lane.

Automatic High Beams  
When enabled, Automatic High Beams use an in-vehicle camera to help detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of preceding vehicles, then automatically switch between high and low beams as appropriate to provide the most light possible and enhance forward visibility.

The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid comes with all the bells and whistles that you'd expect in a high end luxury vehicle but without the high end luxury price. I had my eyes set on an SUV, but after driving the Avalon I think I've found my next car, and I'm going to tell you why.

I was first truly amazed at what I saw when I first started the car. Not only does it have a VERY quiet start up, but a full tank of gas would enable me to drive approximately 570 miles. Not many vehicles can boast those kind of mileage. With the price of gas skyrocketing, I'd rather not have to pay an arm and a leg when I want to go anywhere.

So what were my favorite features?

Smart Key System
The Toyota Avalon starts with a push of a button, so no need to hunt for those keys in the bottom of your bag. Once you're within a few feet of your car, the interior lights automatically turns on and you can open the car with a touch of the door handle, as long as the smart key is on your person.

Rain Sensing Wipers
Once set to Auto, the Avalon's wipers automatically senses and adjusts to the rain hitting your windshield so you'll always have clear vision.

Blind Spot Monitor
I can't begin to tell you how many near misses I've had with my own vehicle, all because I couldn't see the person in my blind spot. With the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, I never had that worry. It alerts you by showing a warning signal on your side mirror.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Going over the speed limit has always been a problem. Once you set your desired speed, the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses a front-grille-mounted, millimeter-wave radar and an in-vehicle camera to detect a preceding vehicle and help determine its distance. It keeps your speed while keeping you safe from collision.

Touch Controls & Navigation
The very easy to use touch controls are exactly just that. Very simple to use. The touch screen controls the audio, navigation and even the climate in the vehicle. Speaking of climate, the 3-zone climate control allows those in the rear to control their own temperature. This feature, however, is only standard in the limited editions. The navigation was amazing! The navigation enable real life traffic so you can afford high traffic areas and even accidents.

Back Up Camera
Sometimes you can't always see what's behind you, so having a back up camera allowing you to back out with ease was perfect.

Heated and Cooled Seats
While I LOVE leather seats, I'm not a fan of leather seats in the summer time. While most vehicles come with heated seats for the winter, it's great to see that Toyota have thought of us wanting to have cool seats during the summer as well.

While those are by far my favorite features of the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, there are so many more, such as:

  • Electronic Power Steering
  • 10 Standard Airbags
  • Anti-Lock Brake System
  • Brake Assist
  • Smart Stop Technology
  • Safety Connect (Emergency Roadside Assistance & Stolen Vehicle Locator)

I suggest heading into your nearest Toyota dealer and taking it for a test drive yourself. With all the new safety features that Toyota has included in all their new vehicles, it might just be too difficult of a choice for you to choose, but my heart is saying get the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Let's Go Places!

What's your favorite feature? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Beautiful features that you'd want in a car plus more! I can't blame you for loving Toyota! It's a great brand and I am loving this new car from them. I like the safety features, it will not only keep you safe but keep fellow drivers safe as well.

  2. You are right about never forgetting your fist love and mine too was a Toyota. I think it is wonderful that the seats have a heat and cool feature. The car is classic and looks actually like some luxury brand I wont name here. Great job Toyota!

  3. Looks like a wonderful car. Although, I am a bit biased as I grew up with a father who worked for General Motors. So, we always had GM or American made cars here and still do. So, I just can't get past that notion from my dad and all in all honesty.

  4. The Avalon looks like a great car. I've always loved Toyota. They are super reliable.

  5. That's one sweet ride. I love the safety. I love the gas mileage and the environmental benefits of it being a hybrid. AND I love the reliability of Toyota. Nice.

  6. Right on Toyota!! Never really was a Toyota fan but, always liked the Avalon and in my opinion always felt it was the most under appreciated car in Toyota's line up.

  7. What an amazing vehicle! It has all the bells and whistles you want for a luxury ride!

  8. Automatic high beams I think would drive me nuts! But it's a good idea in theory. Rain Sensing wipers sound amazing and I love the blind spot monitor. Seems like a neat little car.

  9. I loved Toyota Avalon when it was just released years ago, but the new hybrid one is amazing! Love the design!

  10. What a gorgeous car. We have a Camry. For 13 years! Toyota is a good brand!

  11. I have owned a few Toyotas throughout my life and always loved my overall experience. The new Avalon looks stunning and those safety features definitely ease the stress of driving quite a bit.

  12. I am a big fan of Toyota! This Avalon is sure a beauty! I want one!

  13. Toyota is such a great brand! The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a beautiful car. I really like all of its features and style.

  14. Now that is one awesome looking car, I would love to upgrade our car sometime and yeah I could see myself driving this.

  15. I am a big fan and owner of a Toyota but it is old already. Those newer safety features are worth every penny so I will consider a new Toyota soon.

  16. The heated and cooled seats! Those sound amazing! I honestly don't often consider Toyota when I am looking for a new car, but this car sounds great! So many awesome safety features and great technology! I might have to test drive one of these.

  17. Toyotas are great family cars. I love how much they have evoloved over time. Now that they are offered in a hybrid I just love they even more. I love that color.

  18. This is one sleek-looking car!
    I really like its features and actually am looking for something similar to this to replace a coupe that I currently have.

  19. What a nice looking car! I am and always have been quite a fan of Toyota's. They seem to make some really great vehicles! - Jeanine

  20. The tech in these new cars is amazing. Looks like a sweet ride.

  21. I have been wanting a hybrid for quite some time now. I love Toyota's products, very reliable.

  22. It really is a sleek looking car. Being a mom, I love all of the safety features on the Toyota Avalon Hybrid!

  23. Aargh, I wish I could drive! This car just looks and sounds amazing. Time to book myself in for some driving lessons I think!

    Louise x

  24. I am really tempted to get a hybrid for my next car. I love heated seats last car had them and I really miss them!!

  25. That car has a lot of great features. Toyota has always been a great car company. This is one of the better cars that they have, in my opinion.

  26. Most of my cars have been Toyota's--you can't beat the quality, longevity, great gas mileage and I can trust the safety features!

  27. Toyota is a huge company where I'm from and I think it's awesome that they're updating the latest cars with more awesome safety features. Driving a car like this will definitely give your peace of mind, especially when you're with the whole family.

  28. Such a cool car and it has so many amazing features. My first car was a hybrid and it was so good. I hope we get this car in my country as I'd love to test one out.

  29. Wow, the Toyota Avalon has a lot of great features! I know my husband loves Chevy, but I think our next car is going to be a Toyota.

  30. Our Toyota has been a winner for years now, and shows no sign of giving up yet. As a Portlander, I would love to have that "rain sensing wipers" feature!

  31. I didn't know the new Toyota Avalon was a hybrid! We are looking to get a new car and you can never go wrong with Toyota!

  32. What a pretty car! Living in Arizona, where it's currently ridiculously hot, I'm a huge fan of cooled seats!

  33. We have an Avalon. Ours isnt a hybrid though.

  34. There are a number of hybrids in the market right now, but Toyota being a Japanese car makes it on top of my list. I think this is awesome! And I am loving the safety features. Nothing beats a car that helps protect you as well.

  35. Oh wow. After reading all the features of this Toyota Avalon, I am wanting to do a test drive on it. I have always regarded Toyota as one of the best vehicle manufacturer. This is just fantastic!

  36. Toyota makes such beautiful vehicles! I am so in love with the way that the hybrids don't look much different.

  37. My first car was a Toyota. I guess I am impartial to it because I had a very good experience driving a Toyota. I think the new Avalon Hybrid would be a nice car to own. Loving all the features and especially the ones that keep you safe on the road.

  38. I am totally biased - I love Toyota. I've only ever owned them! My last car was a Prius and I loved having a hybrid... the only reason I traded it in (after 8 years) was I needed something with AWD.

    Caitlin • Blonde Seeking Ambition

  39. I love Toyotas! We drive a Toyota Sienna and love it, especially because it fits our family of 8 and more. This looks like it's a great car to drive!

  40. A backup camera! That's my favorite.
    My first car was a Toyota. Now I have a rusty old minivan, but we do need a new car within the next year or so.

  41. Wow, It really look a great car and I love the brand! I want to have a new car our car was too old

  42. That is a SLEEK car, and it's beautiful. Toyota did a great job with all of the upgrades on the Avalon!


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