The Neighborhood Test Drive Plan

I am working on this project with Toyota and I am supposed to be writing six posts that somehow relate to their cars, but I have a problem.

I don’t own a Toyota.

I test drove a few when I was out in California, but we really only had about 20 minutes in each car and we never had a chance to do any highway driving. If you add that to the fact that I test drove three cars back to back to back after four hours of sleep followed by seven hours in the air, you realize that I don’t remember that much about the cars individually.

So I have a plan. The Neighbor’s Cars Test Drive.

I got this idea when I had to pick up a friend from the hospital and I lost my car keys.

Don’t judge me. They fell behind the table. I found them later that day while walking backward through my mind.

So I lost my keys and I was in a hurry. I ran next door and thankfully my neighbor was there. I said “Can you drive me to the hospital or can I borrow your car?”

In retrospect that was probably an alarming question. After I assured her that I was not ill or injured and I was just picking up a friend who had been discharged. My very generous neighbor agreed to lend me her brand new Toyota Sienna.

It was my first time driving a Sienna since I was in the market for a minivan back in 2004. The Sienna was really nice. It drove really well and had a lot of bells and whistles that are fantastic for kids.

This was a complete coincidence. I wasn’t working with Toyota at the time, but I was thinking about it and it gave me an idea.

I have lots of neighbors that drive Toyotas. Lesley has a Sienna, Janet has a Highlander, Anne has a Prius, somebody at the pool drives a 4 Runner, I’m not sure who they are, but I can find out if I spend enough time in the parking lot after swim team.  I COULD TOTALLY DO A NEIGHBORHOOD TEST DRIVE.

Now – I haven’t mentioned this to any of my neighbors, so I don’t know if this will fly but I think it is a brilliant idea. Maybe some sort of insurance and possibly legal scandal, but a great idea if my neighbors are willing to play along.

So, who drives a Toyota and can I borrow your car? VROOM! VROOM!

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I am working with the Clever Girls Collective and Toyota on this campaign. Toyota paid for my trip to their campus, but these words and stories are my own.

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  1. Dawn K. says:

    If you don’t mind coming to the inferno known as Kansas, you’re more than welcome to cruise around in our Camry. Blue-tooth enabled, so you can listen to some metal too!

  2. Hey, come to Nashville – I’ve got a really sweet ’97 Camry with 186,000 miles on it! The muffler rattles and if you put the driver’s side window down it won’t go back up for 5 or 10 minutes. I would complain more but we got it for free from my father-in-law :)

  3. This is a genius idea! Even without the Toyota part..we should all drive our friends/family/neighbor cars before deciding what type/size/model we like for a new purchase. No sales man hovering next to you, and you can take your time deciding what you like. Genius. I wouldn’t have my current Hyundai Tuscon if I’d done this…where were you with this idea a year ago?

  4. Those Siennas are sweet. I might never give it back.

  5. If you come back to CA, you can borrow my Prius. The gas mileage is great, but you won’t set any land-speed records while driving it.

  6. Baby you can drive my car … oh wait, no, it’s a Honda.

    Never mind

  7. Why don’t they just connect you with local dealers? Would seem like they’d be all about it.

  8. Wow what a genius parade ,cheers !!!!!

  9. Hi, from EAv :)

  10. Toyota’s are great automobiles. I’ve owned a Toyota Tacoma and a 2000 celica, that I had supercharged and did all kinds of other stuff. It was too small though and I’m a family man, so I sold it to a good friend of mine. Oh, how I miss my car!

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