Disclosure: Our family road trip with Toyota Avalon Touring edition was partially sponsored by Toyota. I was given a vehicle to drive for one week in exchange for an honest review.
Our family loves to travel. Whether we are hopping on a plane and heading to Hawaii or taking a road trip to explore the beautiful state of Arizona, the travel bug is in full force at our house!
One of our favorite cities to visit in Arizona is Prescott. From our driveway to Prescott, it takes about one hour and fifteen minutes. Plus, the weather is always at least 20 degrees cooler (perfect in the summer) and even though it’s a pretty good sized town it has a fun small town feel.
When we travel to Prescott we take the I17 freeway north. There is a pretty exciting stretch of highway that is uphill, winding and slow going. I was so impressed with the Toyota Avalon Touring edition when we were driving this area. Not only did it have amazing get up and go, it was a wonderfully smooth ride even in the rain.
It was around 65 degrees and rainy when we left Phoenix. Now remember I mentioned how much cooler than Phoenix, Prescott is? Well, it was cold (42 degrees), windy and dishing out a combination of rain and hail. Let me tell you, those seat warmers came in really handy. We were warm and toasty in no time at all!
Our plan was to walk around Watson lake and enjoy some of the landscape. So, we decided to get in a little shopping at the quaint shops in downtown Prescott. The famous Whiskey Row has shops and restaurants that are locally owned and have a fun old town flare. It’s fun to walk around or even sit and watch the cowboys that meander down the sidewalk. Fun fact – Prescott was the first capital of Arizona!
The rain finally stopped so we decided to continue with our plans at Watson Lake. Things were a little muddy but we still found a few trails that weren’t too soggy and even some wildlife!
After that trip up north, I had a great feel for the Toyota Avalon Touring edition and realized I love the features that this vehicle offers. Here are a few of my favorites!
Heated front seats
- I just told you about the use we got out of them when in Prescott. I can imagine that folks living in the northern parts of the U.S. love this feature as well.
Lane departure alert with steering assist
- The vehicle knows if you are drifting out of your lane. You will hear a beeping alert and the steering wheel will gently pull you back into your lane. I only experienced this once when I was changing lanes without signaling. This feature is probably a lifesaver (literally) for those that drive this vehicle cross country with endless hours on the road.
Backseat to trunk pass through
- When you fold down the arm rest in the backseat, there is a small pass through to the trunk. It was just the right size for kids to reach through and grab some snacks from the trunk. So convenient that we didn’t need to stop every 20 minutes to get something out of the trunk. With two young boys, they are constantly hungry!
If you are in the market for a family vehicle that is comfortable for everyone and stands up to family travel, I highly recommend the Toyota Avalon Touring edition. Be sure to test drive one and experience the comfort for yourself.