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The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the perfect vehicle for quick dessert runs or big adventures away from town.

Let's Go Places: 'Tis the season for sweet cravings

Dessert sounds good just about every time of the year, especially during the holiday season. If you find yourself craving a slice of pie (or a whole one), there's a spot in Seattle that has everything you need to fill your stomach with sweets, spice, and everything nice.

Now's the time to order ahead for Thanksgiving from A La Mode Pies, and don't forget to place another order or two in December. Throughout the year, you can find piemaking classes to hone your craft at home. A La Mode Pies also makes desserts for weddings and other special events. And let's be honest: Pie is delicious at any time of the year, so feel free to visit whenever you feel like eating something sweet.

A La Mode Pies has a location in Ballard, West Seattle, and Phinney Ridge, and they offer nationwide shipping, so there's no excuse for missing out on dessert this year.

Even though you don't technically need to drive to A La Mode Pies to enjoy what they're serving, it's a delightful place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Dessert certainly isn't the only thing on your shopping list, either. Luckily, Toyota has the perfect vehicle for all of your upcoming adventures, errands, and hangouts: the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

When you get behind the wheel of the Highlander Hybrid, think fully equipped SUV with features that are balanced between city sleekness and performance on rugged terrain.

The Highlander Hybrid can achieve up to an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined with a 4-cylinder gas engine and two electric motors. The hybrid model comes with Normal, Eco, Sport, EV, and Trail mode, which gives you even more flexibility when you're choosing which adventures to take. Rely on the available Electronic On-Demand AWD feature to automatically power the rear wheels in inclement weather or any other situation where the traction isn't ideal.

Relax into an interior that can be customized to look luxurious or sporty, depending on your personal style. Available heated and ventilated front seats are comfortable for all seasons, and n available panoramic moon roof allows you to enjoy beautiful sunrises, starry nights, and everything in between the two. For the holiday trips that include family and friends, utilize the third-row seating that allows the Highlander to seat up to eight without compromising any leg room.

Driving in the modern world isn't complete without technology features to make your life easier. Connect your compatible iPhone to Apple CarPlay and listen to all your favorite music and podcasts through the available JBL audio system with 11 speakers. If your smartphone ever gets low on battery, take advantage of the available Qi wireless charging pad on the center console. You can use the Highlander as a hotspot with available Wi-Fi Connect, and you can always find your way with the available Dynamic Navigation feature, which shows you current map data, routes, and points of interest. See what's behind you with ease by looking at the available digital rearview mirror, an enhanced version of the regular mirror that employs a camera in the back of the Highlander to give you a fuller view. And speaking of the back of the vehicle, use the available hands-free power rear liftgate to open the trunk by simply waving your foot under the vehicle.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ is a standard safety package included with every Highlander. It includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, and Automatic High Beams. Each feature is designed to help you notice your surroundings and enhance your reactions to any dangers that might come your way. In addition to the standard safety package, the Highlander has an available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Front as well as available Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking.

So, what are you waiting for? Your next adventure awaits in the 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which starts at $38,885 MSRP.

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