This post is sponsored by Toyota, but all thoughts and opinions are my own
A three-day trip through the beautiful San Juan Mountains during the peak fall colors? YES PLEASE! When I was asked to test-drive some Toyota vehicles on the Million Dollar Highway I knew this was a trip I couldn’t pass up. Clay couldn’t take off work for the trip so my dear friend Ashley hopped a flight from NYC and joined me instead.
Our itinerary took us from Denver to Durango, Durango to Silverton, and Silverton to Telluride. The scenery was so beautiful with snow cap mountains and golden aspen trees everywhere you look.
I have been driving SUVs my entire life so I am not used to sitting low in sedans but the ride was so smooth and comfortable. For a six-hour drive that turned into eight, this was the perfect road trip car. I also got to test drive the Tacoma and Tundra, but more on them later!
One feature I really loved about the Avalon was the cruise control. Once you set your cruise control speed the Avalon practically drove itself! When the Avalon sensed another car in front of us, it magically slowed down and kept us a safe distance apart. As we drove through a small town and the speed limit dropped from 65 mph to 45 mph so did our cruise control as it followed the car in front of us. On our way out-of-town and the car in front of us sped up and so did the Avalon. Pretty crazy right!!
The second feature I loved, which was in all the Toyota’s we drove, was the gear shifting. When driving on crazy mountain roads like the Million Dollar Highway you have to know when and how to switch gears. The center console gear is super easy to use. Just pop it into S Mode, for manual shift, and then it’s just a slight bump up or down to go between gears.
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