There are several ways to travel these days, however, I am one that has always enjoyed a good road trip. I grew up traveling by car and the memories I made with my family were priceless. That’s why when I was given the chance to take a trip with my son to Branson, MO, I decided to make the 12 hour trip in a vehicle. I wanted to give him the same experiences I had as a child, like seeing different states, stopping to eat at out of the way diners and simply spending quality time together.
One of the other reasons I prefer traveling by car is because it can be so much less expensive than purchasing airline tickets for our entire family. Of course because of gas prices these days, it is important to make sure you are driving the right vehicle for a long road trip.
On our trip to Branson, my son and I were driving in style with a 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid 4dr Limited. My first impression of the Avalon Hybrid as it pulled into my driveway was that it is a beautiful vehicle. This particular model was a Cypress Pearl color, which is a beautiful green with shimmer. The interior was a creamy beige leather that had heated and ventilated front seats as well as heated back seats.
Of course, the thing that I loved most about the Toyota Avalon Hybrid was the gas mileage. The vehicle I drive gets anywhere from 16 to 22 mpg, so to take a 12 hour road trip would have been extremely expensive. However, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid gets an amazing 40 mpg, which meant less money and less pumping gas. One of my least favorite things to do.
During our entire drive and stay in Branson, I had to stop exactly 4 times to fill up. That was amazing to me! It cost a total of $171.58 in gas for our trip. That was less than one round trip airfare ticket to Branson, MO.
While my favorite part about driving the Toyota Avalon Hybrid was the gas mileage, it had many other valuable features that were perfect for traveling. My son and I drove through all types of wind, rain and dust storms while cruising through Kansas, so we had the opportunity to see how the Avalon Hybrid handled in several different weather conditions. Also, thanks to the helpful GPS system and XM NavWeather app, we were able to keep up with the weather and know what to expect ahead of us. An option that my car doesn’t offer.
The only thing that took a little getting used to for me was the adaptive cruise control feature on the Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2014. Adaptive cruise control is an amazing safety feature that will automatically slow the vehicle to a safe following distance and then speed back up to the set pace as traffic allows. The first time it slowed without me braking, I wasn’t sure what was happening, but I quickly adjusted to the safety feature. Adaptive cruise control is something that would be a great benefit to anyone driving long distances.
Turning the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid back in when we got home was the only downside to our Branson, MO road trip. My son and I made memories that will definitely last us a lifetime and many of them were made during our travel on the road. If you haven’t taken a road trip lately, give it a try. While it may take longer to get there, you will have a lot more adventures along the way.
I test drove the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid on my son and I ‘s trip to Branson, MO. I am sharing my honest thoughts on the vehicle. All opinions are 100% my own.