Mom cars don’t have to be frumpy.
by Amber Mamian, Global Munchkins
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the colder weather, getting to wear my favorite sweaters, cook meals in the crock pot again (so much easier) and, of course, I love all of the holidays that kick off in October as well. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is visiting our local pumpkin patch. A car that fit the whole family with plenty of room for everyone’s pumpkin made it all the better.
The 2019 Toyota Sequoia Platinum gave us all that room in a gorgeous vehicle with added luxury features that will make mom feel like a queen. I recently had the pleasure of test-driving the Toyota Sequoia for an entire week and trust me, I did not want to let it go when the time came to hand over the keys. These are some of the features that turned us into raving fans.
Tons of Space
The 2019 Toyota Sequoia fits up to 8 passengers and they all get the luxury of riding in comfort. The Platinum edition fit the 7 of us with two center row captain chairs – as opposed to the available bench, which you’ll need to seat 8. My older two boys quickly claimed the captains chairs as their own the second they caught a glimpse of the control for heated seats- hey I guess that is a perk of being older.
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FAMILY FUN- fall is all about family & traditions. This past weekend we visited our favorite Pumpkin Patch in a Sequoia Platinum that @ToyotaUSA had given us to test drive for a week and we had a blast! #sponsored . Ella is all about searching the entire patch for the very best pumpkin, much like her mother who has been on a mission to find the very best family vehicle. It’s not easy to find a car big enough to fit all of us comfortably that is also easy for my 5 foot frame to handle. Thankfully, the Toyota Sequoia was a perfect match! . With its amazing turning radius, sensors, and back-up camera I felt at ease behind the wheel. While my growing teen boys loved the comfort, space and all the 12V outlets- you know the things kids care about most. I also found the one-button power fold-flat 3rd row to be a major plus after I made a quick Costco run with the car. And, my girls were loving the DVD player so they could stay entertained even on a long drive to visit family. . When is the last time you drove a Toyota? . #Sequoia #LetsGoPlaces #AGirlsGuidetoCars
The Ideal Mom Car/Family Car/Shopping Chariot
With as many kids as I have (yes, 5!) I love a car that can quickly and easily convert from mom’s taxi cab to mom’s shopping vehicle and the Toyota Sequoia did this perfectly.
What do I mean? Well, I buy a lot in bulk and I often need added cargo space. I loved that the 2019 Toyota Sequoia Platinum offered a one-touch fold-flat feature on the third row. It made switching from passenger space to cargo space a breeze. Plus, the floor folds flat and that is huge too. It made it so easy to load groceries in, pumpkins too!
Drives like a Gem
With the holidays comes tons of events and activities which mean we are driving all over town. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to drive the Toyota Sequoia. I have opted for minivans in the past solely because I had test driven some larger SUVs and quite honestly I was scared to drive them. The Toyota Sequoia was the best of both worlds because it was big enough to feel 100% safe inside but it was also a breeze to drive. I felt completely at ease behind the wheel despite the massive size of the vehicle.
I think part of it had to do with the different options for seat adjustments for the driver. I was able to easily adjust the seat to fit my tiny 5 foot 1 frame. I also loved how the steering wheel telescoped towards me.
Another area that makes the Sequoia great for families are all the safety systems. From cameras and sensors to the standard pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. In busy parking structures and school parking lots with kids darting out in front of you, it was awesome to know that the Toyota Sequoia offered protection using the in-vehicle camera and radar technology. Safety is a huge priority and I don’t think I have ever felt safer in a vehicle.
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HALLOWEEN- a little truth here, I used to hate Halloween. I was that kid who wanted to be an angel or a fairy and go to the church carnival instead of trick or treat because I was totally freaked out by all the gore and evil costumes. . As an adult, I am still pretty wimpy, hence you will never get me to watch a scary movie and besides last year (my husband begged me) and one time in high school I won’t be found in a haunted house either. . However, trips to the pumpkin patch and fall harvest festivals are my jam and I have been soaking those moments up with these two cuties all month long. . What about you… are you a Halloween person?? Or are you easily spooked like me?? . If you are looking for last minute ideas of things to do in Temecula this Halloween check out my story today!!
Extra Perks for Road Trips
With seven of us in a car, things can get pretty squishy real quick on a road trip. However, in the Sequoia there was plenty of storage space to keep all of their devices plus whatever else the kids decided to bring, all stored away and out of sight.
The kids also quickly noticed that there were three 12V outlets. Kids are always looking for where they can plug in their electronics- ha! My boys even tested out their XBox in the car which I can happily report was “Super Awesome” as they put it.
Disclosure: Toyota provided the 2019 Sequoia for this test drive; opinions are all my own.