Tomorrow will be a day of great sadness. For tomorrow is the day they take my Toyota 4Runner away.
As I mentioned last week, I have had a loaner 4Runner to drive for the week. We took it on a road trip as a family. And frankly I considered just getting in it and driving far away hoping that they wouldn’t be able to fine me. I love this car.
To be honest, the car isn’t really practical for our family. While it has a 3 row of seating, we lost all trunk when we used that row. And as hard as I tried I couldn’t get 3 car seats in the middle seat. So we road tripped with the 3rd row half up and half down. Which actually worked, but it isn’t ideal. But for a family of 4, this car would be perfect.
Slight cramped spaces aside, the car was a big hit. First of all, I am not really a car person. I am not a person who gets all geeked out by cars, thinking they are beautiful and being enamored with what they offer. For me, a car is a way to get from point a to point b.
But this car is really stunning. I loved the look of it both inside and out. And the technology??? Sigh. Today I got in my swagger wagon, which a mere week ago was totally adequate and felt like I was slumming it listening to regular radio and missing out on my apps.
Toyota Entune connects your smartphone to your car and allows you to access popular apps that make your life a lot easier. My personal favorite was Pandora. I listen to a ton of Pandora (in fact one of my most read posts is about my favorite Pandora stations). On a road trip what is better than having the choice between FM, Satellite radio, iPod streaming and my Adele Pandora station. We never wanted for good music. Nothing like a good sing along on a long road trip.
We of course had navigation, but also Bing at our fingertips to find the nearest Chick Fil A (not going there with the controversy, but we don’t have it up here and this mama needs her chicken and waffle fries). Etune also gives access to Open Table, MovieTickets.com, stocks, weather and more. And with Bluetooth technology I was also able to make and receive phone calls without ever touching my phone.
Let’s get to the thing my kids fell in love with and will forever beg for. It is well documented on that blog that my poor children suffer through road trips without a DVD player. Well this car not only had a built in DVD player, it had dual DVD players on the back of both the driver and passenger seats. So the kids could either watch separate movies or we could put a movie in one player and it broadcast to each screen. Needless to say the kids were excited.
Today, with my dad’s help, I got my Sienna all cleaned up. Even shampooed the carpet. It looks pretty. It has a brand new antenna so I at least get FM radio again without static. But I miss my satellite radio. And I know my kids miss their constant entertainment. I mean talking to each other is so 2006. At least we will have our memories.
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