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What are the Best Toyota Models for Winter Driving?

2019 Toyota Cars, Trucks, and SUVs for Winter Driving and Weather

As the temperature drops and winds pick up, we know that winter is on its way. For those that live in climates hit especially hard by winter weather, you’ll need a tough and sturdy vehicle to tackle snowy, icy, and slippery roads, perhaps even tackling off-road terrain if necessary. So, which Toyota model is the best for driving in the winter? We’ll look at the 2019 Toyota catalog to see which vehicles are the best selections for winter driving.

2019 Toyota SUVs for Winter Driving

There are a great number of Toyota SUVs, so drivers have a great variety of options here. We wouldn’t recommend the 2019 Toyota C-HR as the go-to choice for winter driving, as its affordable pricing lacks a lot of power and performance features, but every other 2019 Toyota SUV presents a compelling argument.

That leaves us with the 2019 Toyota RAV4, 2019 Toyota Highlander, 2019 Toyota 4Runner, 2019 Toyota Sequoia, and 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser, presented here in order of least to most costly. Each step up in price offers more power, passenger room, and cargo space.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2019 Toyota Highlander have available all-wheel drive. The 2019 Toyota 4Runner and 2019 Toyota Sequoia have available 4-wheel drive. The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser has standard 4-wheel drive.

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner, Sequoia, and Land Cruiser are out now. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 and Highlander will be released within the next few months.

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2019 Toyota Trucks for Winter Driving

Next, we have the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 Toyota Tundra. Both of these pickup trucks are good choices for winter driving, but they both have distinct differences and advantages.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is the leaner and more affordable option. It has more ground clearance than the Tundra and is far lighter, meaning it has better handling. However, its standard 2.7L inline 4 engine, while nothing to scoff at, pales in comparison to the power of the Tundra for hauling and towing.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra, as expressed above, is the more powerful Toyota pickup truck. The 2019 Tundra has a standard 4.6L V8 engine with 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, there is an optional engine upgrade of a 5.7L V8 engine with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque.

Both the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 Toyota Tundra have standard rear-wheel drive and available 4-wheel drive.

2019 Toyota Sedans for Winter Driving

Now, obviously, sedans aren’t the optimal choice for winter driving, at least when compared to trucks and SUVs. However, not every driver likes driving a pickup truck or SUV and instead prefers the better handling of a lean sedan.

So, if you do want a sedan, we’d recommend the 2019 Toyota Avalon for winter driving. Although the Corolla and Camry are wonderful models, they can’t compare to the performance features of the 2019 Avalon. Equipped with a standard 3.5L V6 engine, the 2019 Toyota Avalon full-size sedan produced 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft. The 2019 Toyota Camry does have an available 3.5L V6 engine upgrade, but this upgrade of power doesn’t include the extra cabin space and luxurious technology and comfort found with the Avalon despite sharing a similar price. When it’s cold and harsh outside, you’ll feel right at home, warm and cozy inside the 2019 Toyota Avalon.

The only downside of the 2019 Toyota Avalon, in terms of winter driving, is its lack of all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. However, this is common and an assumed part of most sedan models.

2019 Toyota Tacoma vs 2019 Toyota Tundra

Test Drive a Toyota Model for Winter in Claremont, NH

Before winter rears its ugly head with full force, make sure you get a sturdy vehicle to handle the weather and rough roads. Come down or contact us here at the McGee Toyota of Claremont dealership to test drive any Toyota model in our inventory.