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Driving Around Kentucky In Style: The 2020 Toyota Avalon

October 20, 2019
The New 2020 Toyota Avalon, JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, and Lifestyle Blog

Hey, y’all!

It’s fall in Kentucky. What does that mean in my world? The fall meet at Keeneland, of course! And while I always attend both the fall and spring meets, I’ve never done so in such style!

My friends at Toyota invited me for a day at the races – and let me tell you, it was really special.

We started at the factory in Georgetown; while I have done the tour several times (it’s great, by the way – I totally recommend it), I learn something new each time. The economic impact that Toyota has both in Scott County and the Commonwealth is truly remarkable.

Taking the New 2020 Toyota Avalon to the Fall Meet at Keeneland, JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, and Lifestyle Blog

After a morning at the factory, we headed to Keeneland for a day of thoroughbred horse racing! While in the Toyota Corporate Box, we were served delicious southern food, libations (Diet Coke if you’re like me and don’t often imbibe!), and had access to a private betologist.

Taking he New 2020 Toyota Avalon to the Fall Meet at Keeneland, JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, and Lifestyle Blog

Taking the New 2020 Toyota Avalon to the Fall Meet at Keeneland, JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, and Lifestyle Blog

After the third race, the PR/Marketing team at Keeneland escorted us to the paddock, followed by the Winner’s Circle, to watch a race.

I’ve had many experiences on horse tracks – from college memories to meeting Bob Baffert – but, this was a first for me, y’all. And I’ll always remember it!

Taking he New 2020 Toyota Avalon to the Fall Meet at Keeneland, JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, and Lifestyle Blog

Oh, and one thing that I forgot to mention: I commuted to Keeneland (and around for a week!) in the new 2020 Toyota Avalon. Let me tell y’all – this car is out to impress.

As I drive a small SUV, I was a little nervous to make the switch over to a car. The main reason being that I am 6’4″ and a big guy (when I meet readers, y’all always tell me that you didn’t realize how tall I am!). That said, the Toyota Avalon surpassed all of my wildest expectations.

Car Shopping? Here are the top 8 reasons that you should buy the 2020 Toyota Avalon.

It’s Spacious

Before I purchased my SUV, I owned a car. Quite literally, it hurt me to get in and out of it because I had to scrape my head against the frame to lower my body inside. I swore that I would never make the same mistake Рand even though the Toyota Avalon is a car, it exceeded my comfort needs. Not only is it extremely roomy once inside (with more space between you and your passenger than my SUV), it is easy (even for me!) to enter and exit.  Take my word for it: test drive an Avalon and you will be amazed at the level of comfort!

Back Up Camera x 2

Not only does the 2020 Toyota Avalon have a backup camera, but the Advanced Safety Package comes with an additional Birds Eye View Camera with a Perimeter Scan, Intelligent Clearance Sonar, and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking. Essentially, this provides you both with a camera view of the space behind your car, while also allowing you to see above your car (which is great for noting where you are in relation to the curb + for city parking!).

It’s Sleek

All of my friends immediately complimented the car, as did several individuals out and about in public. The 2020 Toyota Avalon is easy on the eyes – the grill is sharp, the lines of the car are stunning, and the beauty is – to understate – attention-grabbing.

Apple Car Play

Call me spoiled, but I can no longer own a car without Apple Car Play. And fear not – the Toyota Avalon is, of course, equipped with it. It makes my long commutes much more entertaining – enabling me to easily take conference calls over the speaker, listen to music on Spotify, and navigate via Apple Maps… all while being hands-free, ensuring that I am safe and my attention is on the task at hand (driving). It’s a win-win.

Gas Mileage

Trust me – I’ve had a vehicle with poor gas mileage. Never again, y’all. The 2020 Toyota Avalon averages 25 MPG, though averages 31 MPG on the highway. Looking sharp + saving money — that’s what you get with this vehicle!

Air Conditioned + Heated Seats

Maybe I haven’t entered the 21st century yet; I’ve had heated seats, but never air conditioned seats. As an incredibly hot-natured individual, this is a game-changer for me. Heaven in car form – and I’m not being hyperbolic. Praise be!

Gorgeous Standard Equipment

The 2020 Toyota Avalon is equipped with gorgeous 18″ SuperChrome Alloy Wheels, a Heated Outside Mirror w/ Turn Signals, Premium Audio, Handsfree Bluetooth Access, Apple CarPlay (as mentioned above), 4 USB Charge-Ports, and Premium Leather Seats. What more could you want?

They’re Made In Georgetown, KY

Toyota Avalons are Kentucky Proud, y’all. That’s all the reason that I need to put one in my driveway.

The New 2020 Toyota Avalon, JC Phelps of JCP Eats, a Kentucky-based Food, Travel, and Lifestyle Blog

While I am cognizant of the fact that cars are a large investment (I’ve only had two in my life!), I also realize that there are several of y’all in the market for a new car/about to enter the market. Take my word for it: test drive a 2020 Toyota Avalon. If you do, I think you’ll see one in your garage the next morning.

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As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Toyota; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

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