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Greater Vancouver and BC is known for producing some of the world's top action sports athletes. This article isn't for them because after all, they get most of their vehicles via sponsorship deals and contest wins.
Instead, this one goes out to those of you who may not make the big leagues of the extreme sports arena, yet have every intent of pushing the limits of your body and gear on the mountains, hills, sand dunes, waves, and skies across the continent. You need a companion that can get you and your equipment to the destinations that allow you do whatever it is that makes you tick. You've got your heart set on a truck, but with so many options out there, how are you to narrow it down before your next excursion? Don't sweat that part, because we've got you covered.
3 Reasons Why the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is the Best Truck for Action Sports Enthusiasts
It Can Take a Beating En Route to Any Destination
Let's face it, some of the best destinations for your extreme sports adventures are found off the beaten path and will have you not only pushing the limits of your own physique, but the fitness of your vehicle too. This is why you need the new Tacoma.
This full size truck pickup has been manufactured to take a licking. One look at the beefy fenders and determined off-road stance and you can see this beast means business. The available 3.5-liter DOHC V6 direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine helps deliver 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, pumping up the muscle you need to tow, haul and run the lay of the land, no matter how rough it may be. The available (yet standard on TRD Off-Road) Bilstein shocks keep the truck (and you) cool under pressure, dispatching consistent performance when the going gets rough, or even downright out of control. That being said, nothing is out of control when it comes to the Tacoma, as the available Crawl Control system, in addition to electronic locking rear differential, and Multi-terrain Select will make sure your path remains steady.
While all grades of the new Tacoma will get the job done, we'd be remiss to not talk about the TRD Pro in this category. This monster truck is fully equipped with robust features such as a Toyota Racing Development's tuned suspension with 2.5-inch FOX Internal Bypass shocks, a ¼-inch thick aluminum skid plate, and Rigid Industries fog lights. Extreme indeed.
It Can Tow and Haul Whatever You've Got
Whether you've got a pair of jet-skis for tow-in surfing, motocross bikes, or ATV, the Tacoma can either tow or haul it all. The easy lower lift gate is just the start, while the standard composite bed surface really impresses as it is built to weather the physical impact of high-octane terrain. The integrated heavy-duty deck rail system allows for a lot of variation in adjustment, making it easier for you to tie down equipment and gear of all shapes and sizes. There is even an available bed-mounted 120V/400W AC outlet which helps keep your action sports gear fully powered. You really don't have to return to civilization anytime soon, if you don't have to.
Towing capacity starts at 3500 lbs, but can extend up to 6800 lbs with the right grade and Tow Package. Payload begins at 1120 lbs but can extend up to 1620 lbs, contingent upon grade.
It's Got a Spot for Your GoPro
One small feature that tells you Toyota is paying attention to the smallest details when it comes to your needs as an extreme athlete, is the standard GoPro HERO windshield mount. But the Tacoma is a hero in all capacities here, as the interior cabin looks more like an awesome editing room for cutting the latest surf, skate, ski, or motocross flick. Technically, you can edit every step of your journey, as the available 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display can be customized to display every bit of info from song selection to tire pressure. Additional tech features that the extreme athlete will appreciate include available Integrated Navigation, available Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, a standard integrated backup camera, and more.