Why New Parents are Considering Trucks – and Which Car Dealers in Union City NJ Have the Best!

July 2nd, 2018 by

Why New Parents are Considering Trucks – and Which Car Dealers in Union City NJ Have the Best!

Congratulations on the upcoming little bundle of joy!!! Having a new baby, whether you are expecting your first or fifth, brings such joy and anticipation. Among the many decisions you are making right now, you might be considering a new vehicle to accommodate your growing family. Well, if you live in Bergen County, New Jersey, East Coast Toyota wants to share a little secret from the auto industry. Car dealers in Union City, NJ are having a hard time keeping the latest truck models on the lot – and surprisingly, they’re heading home as new family cars more often than work vehicles.

We’re taking a look at why trucks are giving minivans and SUVs a run for their money as family cars, and which car dealers in Union City, NJ have the best family trucks in stock now.

Finding the Right Vehicle

Most people jump to the idea that they need a minivan when they see those two pink lines show up on that test or hear news of expanding their family. But, new parents are looking past the “traditional” family vehicle, the minivan, and seeing trucks as the ideal family vehicle.

Once upon a time, trucks were thought only necessary if you were in need of some heavy lifting and doing some hard, agricultural labor. But the American pickup truck has grown to become so much more than the classic workhorse we’ve always know it as. While most trucks still have the power and the ability to handle the agricultural workloads, they have become more dynamic, stylish, comfortable, and safe. All the features that parents are looking for a family friendly vehicle.

Safety Ratings That are Hard to Argue With

The most important feature parents consider is safety. There are high standards when it comes to driving with your child- including car seat installation. A feature that can be found on most trucks is the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). Using the LATCH system is recommended for optimal safety and proper car seat installation. Before purchasing a pick up (or any car), make sure you can easily find and access the LATCH system and note how many seats have the LATCH system. Some trucks will have LATCH anchors in the front seat as well as the back seats.

Vehicles are progressively becoming smarter and 2018 brings on a whole new level of high-tech safety features. Not only are back up cameras becoming more standard, so you can see full view while you back up, but you can find the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) on most new Toyota models at no additional cost. This system is a set of innovate features designed specifically to keep you and your passengers as safe as possible. Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection are all a part of the Toyota Safety Sense P. Toyota Star System features eight airbags for optimal safety.

Ford, GMC, Chevrolet, Nissan, and Dodge all offer a variety of safety features on new pickup trucks that are designed to keep families as safe as possible. The Ford F150 has been the highest selling truck over 4 decades and has earned a 5-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety rating.

Entertainment For the Kiddos on the Long Hauls

After you’ve noted the safety features present on pickup trucks, you’ll likely look to the infotainment system offered. Another area where you’ll see how pickup trucks are created so that families would be comfortable and have their safety and entertainment needs met. From built in DVD systems, USB ports, 12-volt outlets, and optimal connectivity for devices. These features will help keep kids from arguing and keep them entertained on those long road trips to see Grandma and Grandpa. Navigation systems are found on most models as well, which can help reduce the frustration that arises when debating on whether to stop and ask for directions.

Driver-Friendly Features

Some of the truck features that you may not look for initially will come in handy as you drive your new baby around the block at 2 AM. Features like Toyota’s rear combination taillights and standard projector-beam headlights. Lighted running boards, built in bumper steps, or fold down foot steps make jumping in and out of the truck a breeze. In addition, there are many systems to tether strollers, luggage, and a variety of baby gear in the bed of the truck. Minivans offer great storage, but when traveling with a baby the bed of a truck offers spacious storage for all baby gear needed for a fun and relaxing trip to visit the grandparents.

If you aren’t sold yet on purchasing a pickup truck as your new family vehicle, check out your local car dealers in Union City, NJ – or just drop by ours at East Coast Toyota. Our mission will be to help you find the right truck to fit your growing family needs.

Which Models Are Making Headlines

Now that we’ve gone through the features that make a pickup truck your next family vehicle, let’s look at a few different models of trucks at your disposal.

2018 Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is family friendly with many features to accommodate work demands during the week and family trips on the weekends, making dads everywhere a little happier. The new Toyota Tacoma features the Toyota Safety Sense P to ensure that whether you are working hard or playing with the family, you and your loved ones are safe. Toyota Tacoma features the LATCH system in the front seat of the Access Cab model and in the outer rear seats of the Double Cab. High quality headlights and taillights offer optimal lighting on those late-night road trips or drives. An innovative shock absorption system creates a smoother, more enjoyable ride for all passengers, but especially for that (finally) sleeping baby! A roomy interior not only makes passengers comfortable and provides ample room for bulky car seats, but it allows for transportation of all things baby. Trust us when we say that you will be amazed at the amount of space a simple diaper bag can take up in the floor board of your truck! The 2018 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab starts at $25,642 while the Double Cab starts at $36,241 making the Tacoma an affordable choice for a variety of family budgets. Each model is fully customizable to make it the perfect vehicle for you and your family.

2018 Toyota Tundra

Like the Toyota Tacoma, the Toyota Tundra features the Toyota Safety Sense P and 8 air bag system standard in the Toyota Star System. When building the Tundra, Toyota put safety as a number one priority. In addition to having safety features as the top priority, the Tundra offers optimal space in interior room with dual zone climate control to make all parties as comfortable as possible. Cup and bottle holders become extremely important when you’re driving around and hauling not only beverages for parents, but you’ll need extra holders for baby bottles and sippy cups. The Tundra is particularly ready to work and play with its i-FORCE engine in two different models. While the Tundra offers optimal power and torque, it has your little one in mind with the Acoustic Control Induction System created to quiet the roar of that powerful engine. You can find the LATCH system in the Tundra as well as the standard child-protector rear door locks to make sure your little one is safe and contained in your vehicle. You’ll find plenty of storage with storage bins in the front and rear doors, dashboard storage, armrest storage, seatback storage pocket, and overhead storage console. The 2018 Toyota Tundra Double Cab MSRP is listed as $36,959 but the East Coast Toyota has it marked lower than most car dealers in Union City, NJ. Our current selling price is $35,459 with special offers. The Tundra SR5 Crew Max MSRP lists at $46,304 with a selling price of $44,554 after East Coast Toyota offers. Like the Tacoma, this truck is fully customizable to make this the perfect truck for you.

Shop the Best Car Dealers in Union City, NJ

Whether you’re searching the for the perfect Toyota truck or you’re after the Ford 150, Chevy Sierra, GMC Canyon, Dodge Ram 1500, or the Nissan Titan XD, at East Coast Toyota, we’re here to help YOU! Growing your family is exciting but can be an overwhelming process with many decisions. We’d love to take as much stress out of the car shopping experience as possible. When you come to East Coast Toyota, we are ready to hear what YOU want in your next family vehicle and we’ll work tirelessly until we find that dream truck. In addition to new 2018 inventory, we have access to used Toyota and other pre-owned makes and models of trucks and vehicles. You are our top priority and when you choose East Coast Toyota from all the car dealers in Union City, NJ. Customers consistently send reviews that speak to the quality of care provided by our sales team and financial representatives as they work together to find the perfect truck for you within your budget. Come visit us at East Coast Toyota! We would be honored to be a part of this exciting time as your family grows!


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