Thank You For A Happy Birthday Toyota

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Ask Dr. Renee: Thank You Toyota for a Happy Birthday!!

 

Happy Birthday to me….. Happy Birthday to me……..

My birthday is on August 30 and this year I was blessed to have lots of friends and family come to town to celebrate with me. Well I knew we were not be able to get around the city in my little “Woody”. Thanks to Toyota we were able to spend lots of quality time together.

 

I have driven trucks before but this was my FIRST MINI-VAN!! I truly feel there was nothing mini about this van. It felt like driving a bus for my 4′ 11” self. There were so many things about the car that I LOVE!!! Even though it is so big it was easy to get in and out of it was not a huge jump up and jump down like you experience  in a truck.

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Many of you know my sister is FOODIEENGINEER, so we went to Lou Malnati’s (my first time and it was THE BOMB!). I was not interested in Chicago Deep Dish until Lou Malnati’s!! We had brunch at Bongo Room and Sweet Maple two of my favorites. We had dinner at Xoco, Wildfire and Ja’Grill. I had never been to Xoco and the manager brought me a scoop of ice cream with a candle and SANG to me. I am celebrating my birthday for the rest of the month so please let me know if you want to take me for a meal or drinks my schedule is filling quickly.

ENTERTAINMENT

This vehicle has so many amazing features that I was not able to utilize all of them like the TV, blu-ray disc player I am sure I will get an opportunity another time.

 

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Everyone knows that I love music so one of my favorite features was the bluetooth audio. I paired my iPod Touch and every time I got in the car it was ready to play as long as the iPod was in my purse in the car.

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SAFETY

This vehicle has the standard backup camera but in addition to the camera it has this really cool feature called parking assist sonars that help you quickly determine the distance between your Sienna and other vehicles with audible warning signals and a colorgraphic that changes as you draw closer to the obstacle. The other feature I like is the color lines that appear on the screen to help you to park correctly. Since I am not accustom to driving such a large vehicle these lines were very important. As well as the blind spot monitor because I needed to make certain as I pulled in and out of spaces that I was not about to hit anyone or anything. 

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The 2015 Toyota Sienna has a new structure that prevents devastating injuries in head on crashes. The Sienna has 8 airbags. According to the Insurance Institute for highway safety during crash tests, the side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from intruding structure. Measures taken from the crash dummy showed that the risk of any injuries would be low in a frontal collision.

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I love the keyless entry and push button start, being a single girl in the big city it is great not having to walk with my keys in my hand or trying to find them once I get to the car. As soon as the car door shuts the doors lock me in the car PERFECT!!

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Here is Alycia while we waited to be seated at Lou Malnati’s

 

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Our “sister” Shelly enjoying the comfort of the first row rear seats.

 

 

 

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Here are the cup holders for the rear seat there are 4 more in the front seat!!

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This is the AC Outlet in the trunk and cigarette lighter. The car has 2 AC Outlets and cigarette lighters, plus USB outlets.

 

The last feature I want to tell you about is the temperature control for driver, passenger and first row rear seats!!! Can you believe we could all 3 have different temperatures. As you can tell I LOVE THIS CAR!!! Me and My crew Periscoped several times while we were in the car. The Sienna got us safely to a taping of Steve Harvey Show, my birthday celebration meals and after party. Toyota you made this birthday extra special. If you are interested in checking out this car please go to http://Toyota.com