Driving in Alberta is unlike anywhere else on Earth; between the frigid snow and cold to winter, the blistering heat of summer, the potholed roads and dusty gravel roads – you end up asking a lot of your vehicle. That’s why here at Mayfield Toyota we’re listing the top 7 features your next car, truck, or SUV needs to have if it’s going to work for life here in Edmonton and surrounding area.
#7 – Winter Tires
Let’s face facts – winter in Alberta sucks. Between the -30° degree weather and huge dumps of snow, your vehicle needs to handle some pretty frosty terrain. That’s why fitting a good set of winter tires should be your first priority, as they’ll help you in control throughout the winter months. If you’re considering purchasing a set, visit our Tire Centre to see what tires are available for your vehicle!
#6 – Heated and Ventilated Seats
The weather can swing pretty dramatically here in Alberta, so make sure you’re always comfortable with heated and ventilated seats! No matter what the temperature outside is, these luxury thrones will keep you (and your buns) comfortable. Once only found in the realm of super-luxury cars, these incredible seats are now within the realm of the common man with vehicles like the Toyota Highlander!
#5 – Stability/Traction Control
Between ice, snow, gravel, and torrential rain, it can sometimes be hard for your car to get a grip here in Alberta. Having a vehicle with both traction control (keeps the tires from spinning) and stability control (keeps the vehicle from sliding) can provide some serious peace-of-mind. Thankfully, this essential safety feature can be found across the entirety of the Toyota lineup as part of the standard safety suite.
#4 – Anti-Lock Brakes
Another safety feature that can be found on everything from the diminutive Toyota Yaris to the capable Toyota Sequoia, this feature is one we probably have all taken advantage of. In a nutshell, this system prevents you from locking up your brakes and allowing you to maintain control even when under heavy braking. This means the next time you have to jam on your brakes while on ice, this system is what lets you steer to avoid that lamp post!
#3 – Wireless Charging
Smartphones are a ubiquitous part of life in Alberta now, and pretty much everyone carries one. They’ve also become an integral part of our cars, letting us keep in contact even when on the move, providing navigation, and even the music we listen to. That’s why having a Qi wireless charging pad like the one found in the Toyota Camry lets you maintain your smartphone’s charge without cluttering up the cabin with pesky charging cords.
#2 – Adaptive Cruise Control
We’ve all been in this situation: driving on the QE2, trying to maintain our speed using cruise control, but That Guy ahead of us apparently views the accelerator as an on/off switch and can’t maintain a constant speed. Therefore, cruise control is useless – right? Not anymore! With adaptive cruise control, your vehicle uses radar to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and automatically adjusts your speed – letting you relax and enjoy the drive.
#1 Remote Starter
Last, but absolutely not least, is a remote starter. All those fancy seat heaters and window defrosters mean squat if you’re vehicle’s not running – and who wants to run out in the cold to start it? Nobody, that’s who – so fit your car, truck, or SUV with a remote starter so you can warm it up from the comfort of indoors. Plus, our Parts Department can quickly and affordably install a remote starter in whatever vehicle you choose!
Those were our choice for essential vehicle features. What did you think? Do have any recommendations for essential features? Leave them in the comments below!