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The action sports community is bigger in BC than anywhere else in the country. The reason? It's our all-encompassing proximity to waves, cliffs, rapids, dunes, slopes, and the other outdoor elements that normal people wouldn't dare put their bodies in harm's way to traverse. Normal indeed does not apply here, and that's why our local dealership can speak to this topic better than practically any other on the continent.
We know how the mind of the extreme sports enthusiast works (it's a scary place). We know you need a vehicle that can take the same bumps and bruises you put your own body through, while performing at a top level to get you to and from your off-the-grid destination. Today we break down the top four vehicles that will help you up your game, no matter how intense.
Top 4 Toyota Vehicles for Extreme Sport Enthusiasts
Base jumping enthusiast Chris McNamara is frequently seen driving his 4Runner up towards the peak of his next conquest. That's saying a lot. We can't think of anything crazier that putting on a fly suit and hurling your body off of a steep cliff with nothing but jagged edges to "cushion" your fall. Preparation is the key, from the moment you leave the comforts of driveway. Your action-packed journey starts with your vehicle, and there is nary a better accomplice than a 4Runner.
For over 30 years the Toyota 4Runner has been a favorite for the adventurous. The V6 vehicle is packed with raw power and its reinforced body-on-frame construction with independent double-wishbone front 4-link and coil-spring rear suspension provides the strength you need to tackle all roads towards your target. It doesn't matter if you're headed to a secret surf spot on BC's north coast or to the desert valleys of the interior the 4Runner's locking rear differential, multi-terrain select, and crawl control will allow you to navigate any terrain.
The manufacturer's commitment to the action-centric is also evident in their exciting new 4Runner TRD Pro, which in addition to unparalleled construction, maintains a suspension that features oversize TRD Bilstein® high-performance shocks that make a rock-climber out of the vehicle! The TRD Pro is not yet available in Canada so be sure to provide us with your contact information for updates. View more on the available 2016 4Runner.
Not all action sport vehicles need to be burley. The RAV4 is a perfect compact SUV for the lifestyle. Ocean kayakers, whitewater rapid riders, para-gliders, extreme mountain bikers, surfers, and anyone else that needs to quickly pack and rack their gear and hit the road will love this vehicle.
The RAV4 is simply an easy road companion, which is essential when preparing for the tough activities you have ahead. The sporty, low load-in height SUV'S rear folding seats open up over 73 cubic feet of cargo space. This allows you to get your gear in or out at a seconds notice, a necessity when waves or winds provide a short window of opportunity. Does your sport land in the winter months? The RAV4 has also been rated as one of the best vehicles for driving in snow, due in part to its Dynamic Torque-Control All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and standard 2.5L 4-cylinder and 176 horsepower. Skiers and snowboarders are taking note.
As an outdoor extremist you are also known for a love of the environment - your playground. That's why the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid and it's available Hybrid Synergy Drive® system is a perfect option. View more on the 2016 RAV4 or RAV4 Hybrid.
If your activities involve big game recreational toys such as ATVs, dune buggies, motocross, boats, and trailers packed full of gear then the Tundra is for you. Heralded as the top in its class when it comes to towing and hauling, the Tundra can tow up to 10,500 lbs and manage a haul up to 2,060 lbs (934 kg). This is thanks in part to the pick-up's available i-FORCE 5.7 L V8. Its superior deck rail system, die-cast aluminum tie-down cleats, and effortless lower and lift tailgate allow you to bring anything along on your extreme expedition. Toyota also knows you're going to venture into uncharted territory, which is why it puts your safety first. With standard vehicle stability control, traction control, a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, smart stop tech, and eight airbags, the Tundra can take anything the elements put in its way. View more on the 2016 Tundra.
Tough terrain has nothing on the Toyota Tacoma, which comes with locking rear differential, crawl control, and multi-terrain select. Built for those chasing the endless summer, winter, spring or fall the Tacoma dares you to step up your game. For over 5 decades this full-size pickup has been carting off the most adventurous, and now with an available 3.5 L V6, Bilstein® shocks and Tow Package up to 6800 lbs (3084 kg) and a payload capacity of up to 1620 lbs (735 kg) you can cart it all along (anywhere) with you. Your boards and bikes will also appreciate the rugged truck bed. Made from a durable composite surface and completed by a heavy-duty Deck Rail System and an available hard tri-fold lockable tonneau cover the Tacoma allows worry-free transport of your expensive (in price and sentiment) action sporting apparatuses. The bed also comes with an available mounted 120V/400W AC outlet should any of your gear need an extra power boost. View more on the 2016 Tacoma.
If you consider yourself a part of BC's daring action sports community and you're in the market for a new or used vehicle then come to a dealer that relates, and knows what you need. Start by contacting Westminster Toyota at your convenience. We look forward to becoming a part of your adventures.