We wouldn’t trade living in the Castlegar area for anything. We do have to admit, however, that driving in the Kootenays has its own special set of challenges. Depending on the weather and driving conditions, roads in the Castlegar area can be downright dangerous. That holds especially true in the winter when you could be dealing with everything from black ice to massive snowfalls.
And for those who love to spend their free time in the great outdoors, reaching mountain bike trails, remote rivers for kayaking, and remote fishing holes isn’t doable in just any vehicle. You’re going to need a truck or SUV that’s designed to take on the elements.
Here at Castlegar Toyota, we have a range of Toyota vehicles that are perfect for life in the Kootenays:
Whether you’re looking to make a few paths of your own in the bush or planning on towing your boat to the lake along with all the gear you need for a weekend of outdoor fun, you’re going to need a vehicle that has the towing capacity you need and the ability to negotiate dirt roads with potholes no car would dare drive down.
The Toyota Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks come available with 4x4, spacious cabs, and the ability to tow and haul impressive loads. The Tacoma is the first pickup entry in the Toyota lineup and it is capable of towing 2,950 kg (6,500 lbs), which is more than enough to bring tow your ATVs to the cottage for a little fun, or your personal watercraft to the lake for a weekend of fun on the water.
It’s big brother, the Toyota Tundra, is available in trims and packages that allow it to tow an astounding 4,581 kg (10100 lbs). That gives you the ability to tow one heck of a big boat to the lake on the weekend, or heavy equipment to the jobsite during the week.
“The base engine is a 4.6-litre V8 that puts out 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. It has enough power for most tasks, but the larger 5.7-litre V8 is more useful. It produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. It's responsive and powerful, and it's also the engine you'll need to unlock the Tundra's maximum towing capacity.”
Toyota gives you choice so you don’t have to decide between 4x4 capabilities and a comfortable, spacious interior. The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is renown for its durability and off-road capabilities. It’s one of the few SUVs left that’s built on a truck frame and made for going off-road. Capable of towing 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs), the 4Runner can tow some pretty heavy loads while still providing you plenty of space for family, friends, and all the gear you need for a weekend in the great outdoors.
“The last of an increasingly rare breed of truck-based SUVs, the 4Runner will take you off the beaten path like few other production vehicles.”
For even more space and towing abilities, the 2018 Toyota Sequoia allows you bring eight passengers along for the trip and tow a whopping 3,357 kg (7,400 lbs). With a big, capable SUV like the Sequoia you’re going to feel safe and sound driving in virtually any weather or on any terrain. Like the smaller 4Runner, the Sequoia is a true body-on-frame SUV that delivers the durability you’re looking for in a full-size SUV.
For the weekend warrior looking for a capable vehicle that’s still right at home as a commuter vehicle or going for a grocery run, Toyota’s 2018 lineup has a few options for you. While smaller than the Sequoia, the 2018 Toyota Highlander still seats eight passengers while being a more agile SUV that’s a bit better on gas. Available with 4x4, the Toyota Highlander is capable of towing 2,286 kg (5,000 lbs) so you’ll have no problem towing your Sea-Doos and other toys to the lake.
The 2018 Toyota Rav4 is the CUV for anyone who needs a capable off-road vehicle in a small, manageable package. Its small size delivers fantastic fuel economy (10L / 100km City, 7.8L / 100 km Highway) while still delivering the off-road and towing capabilities you need for a weekend of camping or spending some quality time at the lake. Available with all-wheel drive and capable of towing 680 kg (1,500 lbs), throw your kayak on the roof, or your mountain bikes on a small trailer and enjoy everything BC has to offer.
When you need a vehicle that’s meant for life in the Kootenays look no further than Toyota’s 2018 lineup. We carry a range of trucks and SUVs ideal for the weather and road conditions the people of Castlegar deal with every day. Whether you’re driving your kids to school or towing your boat to the lake, we have the right Toyota for your lifestyle.