Sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) might not be as popular today as they were a decade ago, but there are still plenty of drivers who need something more capable than a sedan or crossover. Fortunately, Toyota offers one of the most diverse SUV lineups in the automotive industry. But regardless of what make or model you choose for your family, there are some essential safety features that your next SUV should have. These safety features include:
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
Anti-lock brake systems have two distinct advantages over traditional braking systems. First, and most importantly, ABS allows you to steer your vehicle under full braking power. By braking many times per second, ABS prevents wheel lockup and helps to maintain steering control under braking conditions. Second, ABS can help you stop more quickly on slippery pavement. If ABS does not come standard on the SUV you are interested in, choose ABS as an option.
Anti-skid systems go by many different names, but the basic principle of electronic stability control is the same from carmaker to carmaker. An anti-skid system uses multiple sensors to detect a loss of grip in your vehicle, then works with the ABS to apply individual brakes to help keep the vehicle on its intended path. Toyota’s anti-skid system is dubbed Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
Though generally not considered a safety feature, all-wheel-drive (AWD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD) systems provide additional traction that will come in handy on wet or slippery pavement. AWD and 4WD systems can also help you to accelerate out of harm’s way. Test-drive a new Toyota SUV with 4WD to determine whether this optional feature is for you.
Here at Jerry’s Toyota, we have a huge selection of new Toyota SUVs that are priced to move. We also have a large inventory of pre-owned SUVs to choose from. Visit our website to browse our new and used car inventory, or call our Toyota dealership at (888) 714-6153 to set up a test drive.