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This corner of British Columbia is one of the top mountain biking destinations on the continent. When the summer arrives skis and snowboards are put into storage and out come the tires and gears. The off-the-beaten-path trails of Lower Mainland destinations such as Burke Mountain and Golden Ears Provincial Park become packed. Outlying trails in Squamish and Whistler with curious names such as Kill Me Thrill Me and Test the Metal attract those that want to test their skills. Toyota and its undying devotion to adventure has delivered a set of vehicles that cater to those of you who need an optimal set of four-wheels to take you on your two-wheeled excursion. Let's take a look at the top vehicles for mountain biking enthusiasts.
Top 3 Toyota Vehicles that Serve the Unique Needs of Mountain Bikers
The Sequoia (pictured above) is a favorite among mountain biking adventurers. Heralded as one of the best vehicles for towing and hauling, this tough SUV can not only tow up to 7,400 lbs (thanks to the revolutionary TOW/HAUL Mode) it has a powerful V8 engine and genuine all-terrain capability to take you to your elevated, rough, and rural destination. The vehicle's expansive cabin offers 120 cubic feet of cargo capacity and because of its variety of seating configurations (all rear seats fold flat) it can handle any combination of passengers and payload. We're not saying that you should load a mud-caked mountain bike inside of your Sequoia, but if you were so inclined you could recline/decline your seats to allow it. Thankfully there is no need to do so, because the SUV offers a standard roof rack on all models (SR5, Limited, and Platinum) and can easily be outfitted with additional roofing accessories to manage your household mountain bike load. If you're loading up a trailer to carry your trail-riding toys the Sequoia's Trailer-Sway Control feature, which applies brake pressure at individual wheels and manages engine torque to maintain control of the trailer, is a big bonus. Simply put, the Sequoia is one of the most superior vehicles on the market when it comes to households passionate about mountain biking.
The RAV4 is extremely popular with hardcore mountain bikers who want a sporty and efficient vehicle to take them wherever and whenever the trail comes calling. As a standard model or hybrid the new RAV4 is ready to manage your load.
For starters, the RAV4 comes with enhanced integrated fog lights and an available LED lighting system that includes high/low-beam headlights, taillights and Daytime Running Lights. Whether you're taking your bikes to trails that require cutting though high-elevation fog or the dimness of dusk and dawn the RAV4 ensures that you will find your way. The RAV4 has always had enough power to reach your destination fast, and now even a hybrid in its class can say the same. The RAV4 Hybrid comes with 194 net horsepower and remarkable acceleration. Toyota also knows that you don't let Lower Mainland rains prevent you from riding which is why Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive with intelligence (AWD-i) has been designed and made available. And of course no destination is out of reach as the available Integrated Navigation suite pays no mind to the "off the grid" concept.
Space is optimal in this vehicle as well. The RAV4's available power rear lift-gate opens up to an expansive cargo area (73.4 cubic feet ) made accessible via the 60/40 split second-row seats. You and your passengers can throw in all sorts of mountain biking gear before and after hitting the winding trails.
The RAV4 also remains to be one of the most accessory-friendly vehicles out there for mountain biking enthusiasts. The compact SUV's roof rails make it easy to attach crossbars, but Toyota has also made rear foldable bike holders that can be ordered and affixed to your RAV4, allowing you to rack your mountain bike/s on the back.
The Toyota Tacoma made this list of top vehicles for action sports junkies and it certainly applies here. For mountain bikers (or even motocross, for that matter) that prefer to brave more challenging trails, located in some of the more challenging to get to destinations, the Tacoma is your ultimate companion. The pickup will rival your bike's own ability to traverse the most testing terrain - including rocks, streams, and vertical climbs. The available Bilstein shocks, Crawl Control, Multi-terrain Select, are a big part of this. With the available 3.5 liter V6 and an available Tow Package that equates up to 6800 lbs and a payload capacity of up to 1620 lbs you and your gear won't want for a thing.
The Tacoma's durable truck bed with rugged composite surface and heavy-duty deck rail system is a welcome site to your bikes. The seamless lower tailgate opens with ease and can be removed when your bike and gear load exceeds the enclosed bed length (a rare occurrence). During your rides accompaniments can be locked and concealed under the available hard tri-fold tonneau cover. And even though the expansive bed can accommodate bikes standing side by side a roof rack accessory is also available to the Tacoma. Lastly, another addition hardcore riders will appreciate is the standard GoPro® mount on the Tacoma's windshield. You can begin filming your adventures before you even strap on your helmet and hit the terrain on two-wheels.
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