With summer right around the corner, it's about time to prepare our rides for all those awesome beach trips.
Or why not buy a new one? If you've got some spare cash lying around (about P3,292,000 to be exact), the all-new Toyota Alphard might just be the van you're looking for. As the price tag might indicate, it's no mom-van. This is a top-of-the-line super-van that sets the standard for land-based first-class accommodations.
While it doesn't come with a bottle of champagne, it maneuvers to Toyota dealerships carrying a load of triple-A features. Here's a rundown:
1) LEAN, MEAN TRANSPORTING MACHINE
Now on its third generation, the Alphard isn't shy to let its million-dollar (peso?) personality shine. It's big and beautiful, and has a mean, almost arrogant front profile that says "I'm better than all y'all." Or something to that effect. We like its low-to-the-ground stance too, and its design commitment to simply stand out from the rest of the vans out there.
Vans, known more for utility than braggadocio, don't usually get called "mean-looking." This one comes very, very close.
2) IT DOESN'T REQUIRE YOU TO HAVE JORDAN'S LEAPING ABILITY TO ENTER OR EXIT IT
The trouble with big vehicles is that it can get pretty challenging to get in or get out. Toyota addresses this by lowering the car's floor height so it's easy to get off. The van also has an extended wheelbase which results in extra wiggle room for the seven passengers about to plop their asses down on its comfy seats.
To be specific, the rear seat access step is 50mm lower than the previous generation, while the rear door opening has been widened by 70 mm. These numbers equate to better accessibility.
3) ITS INTERIOR WILL MAKE YOU FELL LIKE YOU'RE INSIDE YOR MOTHER'S WOMB AGAIN
Probably not, but the Alphard's focus on bringing top-of-the-class NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) reduction will make you feel coddled like a baby. Translation: ultimate riding comfort and quietness even as you traverse the worst that provincial road has to offer.
4) MORE SPACE FOR COOLERS
The all-new Alphard didn't just take into consideration your need for easier access, it also thought about your cargo problems.
Now, the Alphard has a 147-liter capacity for the area under the luggage room floor and has a recessed storage underneath the third-row seats. You won't have to leave lola at home again because of storage concerns!
5) ARTISTA-LEVEL LUXURY
Roller-type sunshades in the rear windows to prevent the sun from touching your kutis? Check. An 8-speaker audio system to further drown out tricycle noise? Check. Executive lounge feel to make you feel like you're in a five-star hotel? Check.
This van be ballin'!
6) SOPHISTICATION MEETS BRAWN
*Image based on right-hand model of the car.
This ain't no prissy ride in spite of its luxurious trim. It packs a 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder, in-line 24-valve DOHC with Dual VVT-I engine that produces 275 horsepower and 340 Nm of torque at 4700 rpm. Not only is it able to eat up long stretches of roads like Pac-man, it's also been tuned to achieve fuel efficiency, low fuel emissions, and performance that will please the environmentally-conscious hipster son in your family!
Got all that? The All-New Toyota Alphard is available in dealerships now. Check out the official Toyota Alphard website here for more info.
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