"Why I love my Toyota Sienna."

I used to know I was in a parking spot when I heard a light, "Bang," and my car jolted back and forth.

Now I know I'm in a spot because I can SEE out the back end of my Toyota. It's like there are two of me and while one of us is driving, the other is showing me how much space is left as I back up perfectly.

Sometimes people behind me freak out seeing me backing up while not looking in the places one would think I'd be looking. I get honks and "Stupid driver!" all the time. When actually, I'm smarter than all of them as I no longer worry when I back up that I'll run over toys or god forbid, a child.

The other thing I love about the Toyota Sienna is the automatic doors. One click, doors open and all my kids climb in or out. They never have to touch the door allowing me comfort knowing a finger isn't going to get stuck. If it did, the sensors in the sliders, open immediately. I accidently tested this when my ten year old shut the doors not knowing my head was in the way. It closed gently on my skull (nice huh?) and immediately opened so I could bolt upright unharmed and yell at him for not warning me before he clicked the close button.

I also like the fold-down seats, the DVD and the navigation system (which by the way, I've tried them all from other car makers, and Toyota/Lexus hands down have the best navigation system I've ever tested. So user friendly (I'm location-direction-retarded) that once you get used to having one (this one)...you'll never want a car without it.

Some Moms laugh at me as they drive off in their “Cool SUV's.”

When in reality, who's the smartest Mommy now?


Laurie McDermott is a motivational speaker and award-winning columnist who created “The CEO of the House,” a live hysterical stand-up show that moves audiences from belly laughs to moments of tears. Credits include television shows, commercials, as well as the new shows “The Bookie Mom,” “Living With Jackie,” Lifetime’s “Mom Comics,” and radio show at Classic Hits 97FM. To book Laurie to headline or host your next event, benefit or conference email her at laurie@lauriemcdermott.com or call 310-374-7777. Visit her at: www.lauriemcdermott.com.

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