What’s this I’m hearing about tailgating in a Toyota minivan?
While there are only two home games left at Gillette Stadium, the N.E. Patriots will be playing the Cleveland Browns this Sunday, December 8 and on Sunday, December 29 they will be playing the Buffalo Bills, you may want to try tailgating in a Toyota Sienna! The cars.com annual “Top Ten Tailgaters” honorable mention list included the 2013 Toyota Sienna.
Yes, you would have thought they’d choose the Tundra, the most macho vehicle of the Toyota line, but no, they chose the minivan, saying “Minivans are the Southeastern Conference of tailgating vehicles.”
Although many of the other winners were very different types of vehicles, they said: “The Sienna stands out for one thing, and that’s cargo room. We’re talking a gargantuan 150 cubic feet with the third row stowed and the second row removed. That’s better than any other minivan or SUV.”
That distinction, recently written up in The Boston Globe, helped turn the minivan described on the Toyota website as “Mommy like” to macho! Interestingly enough, this is only one of many distinctions awarded the 2013 Toyota Sienna. The list includes:
• KBB.com Best Resale Value Award
• Best Overall Value Four Years in a Row by IntelliChoice
• IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
• Highest Retained Value in Its Class by IntelliChoice
• IntelliChoice – Best Overall Value of the Year Award.
Note: IntelliChoice is a well-respected unbiased vehicle rating service with the theme of helping you “Choose your car wisely.”
The Sienna now has “Entune” technology on -board to help drivers and passengers stay connected. This means a panel on the dashboard with an App Suite that allows you to access Bing™, listen to iHeartRadio, purchase movie tickets through MovieTickets.com, make dinner reservations with OpenTable®, listen to Pandora® and more.
If that’s not enough, it includes a variety of data services to help you stay informed—something I really believe in. These services include stock, weather, traffic, fuel prices, sports and other updated reports.
Lastly, for the minivan owner with a family, the Sienna is a top safety pick for a new feature: the Blind Spot Monitor with rear cross-traffic alert which is like having a second set of eyes. Even when your Sienna’s outside mirrors are properly adjusted, you still may have trouble seeing cars to the side and rear of you in the next lane. Using radar technology, the available Blind Spot Monitor can help warn you that a vehicle is there by illuminating an indicator on the appropriate outside mirror. Now that’s a smart vehicle!