The Right Vehicle for Your Life | Harlingen, TX
We depend on our vehicles on a daily or near daily basis — for work, for fun and for everything in between. Selecting the best vehicle depends entirely on your lifestyle: Do you have a big family? Do you use your vehicle on the job site? Are you on a budget while saving for other things? Identifying your unique way of life can make the vehicle election process a lot easier. Need help figuring out which Toyota model at Bert Ogden Toyota best meets your needs? Check out our helpful guide below:
Here in Harlingen, family is important throughout the community. In fact, we are home to a lot of exceptionally large families, with many families in our area having five or more children and just as many multi-generational households, with grandparents, parents, and children all living together. That means an abundance of commutes to school and work, drives to after-school sports and clubs, trips to the grocery and doctor and the occasional family road trip. For this hectic, large-family lifestyle, a large SUV or a minivan makes the most sense, so we recommend the Toyota Highlander or Sienna. The Highlander is a midsize SUV that comfortably seats up to eight (and offers five USB ports so everyone can keep their phones charged), but when it comes to families, the minivan is king. The Toyota Sienna shines with standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P active safety features, such as Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic High Beams.
Just as important as the educators in our community are the medical professionals — the nurses who either take care of us and our friends and family at the hospital or at our own homes. Nurses at the hospital are often looking for something compact to make the parking garage a little easier to navigate while nurses who go from home to home each day to treat patients want something that gets good gas mileage and still offers great cargo space for all their medical equipment they must take with them. These nurses typically have their own families at home, so they also care about top safety features. For nurses, we recommend the Toyota Corolla, Camry or RAV4. Both sedans, the Corolla and Camry are available as hybrid models for improved fuel economy (both achieving up to 53 miles per gallon). They are also compact enough to navigate tight parking spaces but offer spacious rear seats and trunks. Also important: Both models earned the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Enjoy the thrill of off-roading, or just like to spend your weekends outdoors on the water or in the mountains? Then you will want a vehicle that does great off-road and offers excellent towing for boats or trailers — or the space on top or in the bed for kayaks and bikes. We have plenty of customers who spend their weekends at South Padre Island or on nearby trails and lakes. For them, we recommend either the off-road warrior, the Toyota 4Runner, or a truck like the Tacoma or the Tundra. The midsize Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds or transport a payload of 1,440 pounds when properly equipped. Upgrade to the full-size properly-equipped Tundra for more towing power — up to 10,100 pounds. The 4Runner is wildly capable, from the ¼-inch-thick aluminum skid plate to TRD-tuned front springs (TRD models), and boasts a body-on-frame construction for true off-roading prowess.
The Harlingen community has hard workers from all walks of life, but some of our hardest workers are our manual laborers — men and women who work on farms and ranches, who do landscaping or road construction, or work as contractors in plumbing and electric. Workers in this field need the pure towing power and cargo flexibility of a pickup like the Tacoma or the Tundra. The Tundra comes with several features that make the towing experience more convenient, like TOW/HAUL Mode, Trailer-Sway Control and the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller. Further enhancing the Tundra’s performance are powerful front brakes, automatic limited-slip differential, Active Traction Control, and either the i-FORCE 4.6-liter V8, which serves up 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque, or the i-FORCE 5.7-liter V8, which cranks out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque.
Drive to Impress
Toyota offers a wide range of luxurious vehicles that make a strong first impression. These vehicles are popular with doctors, lawyers, and business people who like to impress not just clients but also family and friends — and who enjoy the finer things themselves. We recommend the Toyota Land Cruiser, Highlander, or 4Runner. The Land Cruiser is Toyota’s largest and most luxurious SUV, boasting remarkable performance, off-road capability, and a stylish interior with a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, ventilated and heated seats, and more. The smaller Highlander is also luxurious and boasts several integrated safety systems via Toyota Safety Sense™ P, including Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, and Automatic High Beams. True off-road warriors will enjoy the Toyota 4Runner — for those who like to show off on extreme adventures. The new 4Runner is designed for off-the-beaten-path thrills with two different 4WD systems, a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Crawl Control, Multi-terrain Select, and a locking rear differential.
Winter Texans and Retirees
Harlingen, Texas, is a great place to retire — as evidenced by the abundance of year-round retirees who have chosen to make our community home. We also have plenty of “winter Texans,” northern retirees who flock to our community during the winters, which are colder and harsher up north. These retirees regularly come to us looking for a vehicle with modern conveniences, easy-to-use technology, plenty of cargo space for regular trips to the beach, and great safety features for when they are driving with grandkids. We recommend the Avalon, Highlander, Tacoma, or Tundra. The Toyota Tacoma and Tundra trucks are perfect for retirees interested in towing a boat to South Padre Island for a day of relaxing on the gulf. The mid-size Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds while the full-size Tundra can tow up to 10,200 pounds. The Toyota Avalon is Toyota’s elegant and sophisticated sedan, with premium features like available Cognac Leather trim and a floating center stack to house the intuitive infotainment system. The Avalon also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P technologies. The new Toyota Highlander has plenty of space for day trips to the beach, with up to 83.7 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded.
It takes guts and determination to start a business — but for many self-made entrepreneurs, it also takes a reliable mode of transportation, and perhaps one that impresses clients too. To these drivers, we recommend a vehicle that is dependable and affordable — both up front and with fuel costs. The Toyota RAV4, C-HR, and Camry all fit the bill and offer the interior space and stylish touches to get the job done. The RAV4 is one of Toyota’s most popular SUVs and earns up to 35 mpg on the highway. For additional savings for the new company’s fuel costs, go with the RAV4 Hybrid, which earns up to 41 mpg in the city. Though smaller than the RAV4, Toyota’s compact C-HR crossover offers up to 36.4 cubic feet of cargo space for easy transportation of business supplies and materials. The dependable C-HR even earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Prefer a sedan? The Camry is very reliable, having won multiple awards for its long-term dependability. The Camry is great for self-starters on a budget with its 41 mpg highway rating (or 53 mpg high with the hybrid model).
Which Toyota model is right for you? Visit Bert Ogden Toyota to get a closer look at these incredible vehicles.