With the dog-days of summer coming to an end, it’s time to start looking forward to cool days and nights, cozying up around the fire and staying warm with pumpkin-spiced lattes. Unfortunately, that also means braving the winter weather out on the roads. Whether that means somewhat brisk windchills or school-closing snow-mageddon, Toyota models offer high-tech features to keep you and your passengers in comfort and in control during the cold months ahead.

Break the Ice

There aren’t many nuisances more frustrating than having to deal with an iced-over car when you’re already running late on a cold morning. Of course, all models come standard with a traditional windshield defogging/defrosting system, which diverts climate-controlled air to warm the inside of the windshield, melting any accumulated ice on the outside. But Toyota takes it a step further with timed, push-button electronic defrosting for both of the power side-view mirrors and the rear windshield. Plus, Toyota also offers a windshield wiper de-icer feature, which uses electric heating to melt any ice that has accumulated on the windshield wipers themselves, freeing them up and increasing their effectiveness.

Cozy Climate Control

On the inside, you can enjoy multi-zone climate control features (Sienna pictured above) as a standard in many Toyota models. That means passengers in each of the front seats can enjoy different temperature and fan settings simultaneously. In larger sedans, SUVs, and minivans, you’ll even find separate available controls for passengers in the rear as well.

Premium trim levels in most models offer perforated leather seats with multi-stage heating (Avalon pictured below), which is about as good as it gets on a cold morning. In addition, your fingers won’t feel the chill with the addition of a leather-trimmed heated power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with wood-grain-style accents, also available in the premium trims of most Toyota models.

Remote Controls

All new Toyota models offer modern connectivity with Remote Connect on the Entune™ 3.0 App Suite. This free app can be downloaded on a compatible smartphone or smartwatch and paired with your Toyota model. From anywhere in the world, you can use the app to remotely control vehicle functions, such as door locks or ignition. If you’re counting on a particularly cold morning, simply set your vehicle’s heating and windshield defroster when you park for the night, then use Remote Connect on your smartphone to start the car the next morning, allowing the cabin to warm up before you even step outside.

All-Weather Traction

If you ever have to drive in icy or even snowy conditions, you’ll be able to drive confidently knowing your Toyota will provide the best control on the road. In addition to offering all-weather tires, many Toyota models—like the Tundra, Tacoma, 4Runner, or Sienna, just to name a few—offer either All-Wheel Drive (AWD) or 4-Wheel Drive (4WD) complete with the innovative Active Traction Control (A-TRAC). This modern feature uses the vehicle’s on-board computer to constantly monitor road conditions and automatically alter power distribution to maintain the best traction at all times.


If you’re anticipating slightly colder climates or even full-on blizzard shut-downs, Toyota models have what you need to stay warm and safe out on the roads. Check out our latest inventory online to see what the newest models have to offer. To learn more about these features or experience them in person, visit DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota at 1349 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 or contact our sales staff online.

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