Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Five Reasons I am Considering Buying a Toyota

Well, well, well. It is time for me to buy a new car. Despite a very low cool factor I have loved my minivan since the day I got it. Two sliding doors saved my back and my sanity with young twins and this van has been a workhorse, but my 2003 Honda Odyssey will cost me $3500 to fix and is only worth about $5000 and that math means it is time to look into a new car.

Now that my kids are both eight years old I think, or at least I hope, they can open and close doors by themselves so I am ready for something a little more stylish. I still need the practicality of a big car that can haul around a bunch of kids and is good on road trips so we are looking at SUVs.

There are a few cars we are seriously considering, but since I am working with Toyota I will talk about the RAV4 specifically.

Five Reasons I am Considering Buying a Toyota Rav4

1) They are super cute. Have you seen one?

2) Optional third row.

One of the things I really love about my minivan is that we can accommodate guests. There are only four of us in the family, but sometimes my parents visit and we can all fit in one car to go to dinner, or I can comfortably take my kids and some of their friends to a movie or to the pool. Even though I want to downsize a little bit, I don't want to give up a third row.

3) Complete strangers have raved to me about how much they love their RAV4.

This sounds like a lie, but it is true. When I was picking up my rental car yesterday (which isn't even a Toyota) I told the woman that this car was going to be a test drive since I needed a new car. She told me she had a RAV4 and then she went on and on and on and on about how much she loved it and even though it was seven years old she didn't want a new car.

Owner testimonials go a long way.

4) Safety


I am not kidding when I say that there are too many to type. Seriously, check these out.

5) The 100 Cars for Good program.

A company that does good things matters. A company that does bad things matters (looking at you BP and Chick Fil A). Sometimes good deeds go unnoticed, but not this time Toyota. I am impressed with this program. If you aren't familiar with the 100 Cars for Good watch this.

Oh, indeed.

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I am working with the Clever Girls Collective and Toyota on this campaign. Toyota paid for my trip to their campus and they gave me a video camera, but these words and stories are my own.
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