Whether you camp in an RV or camper at a resort, or in a tent while primitive camping and living off of only what you can carry into your secluded camping area in the woods—going back to your roots living outdoors for the weekend, or a vacation, is a healthy retreat for everyone. For some, the struggle to disconnect from the technologies and amenities of daily life causes them to miss out on the benefits of nature while camping. For those curious about a more offroad, camping-friendly vehicle or are seasoned in outdoor living, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 is perfect for any experience level.
The Perfect Size and Power for Whatever the Outdoors Throws at You
If you are looking to camp by yourself or with friends or family, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 is suitable for your camping needs, no matter what draws you to nature or what style of camping you choose. Its smaller size makes it easy to tow an RV, while its roomy interior, ample cargo solution options, and the ability to pull a small trailer or small camper make the RAV4 suitable for camping in a camper at a resort or tenting somewhere more secluded.
The RAV4’s interior was designed for the demands of traveling, both passengers and cargo. The vehicle can comfortably seat up to five passengers depending on your traveling plans. The RAV4 provides a total of 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats alone and a total of 69.8 cubic feet if you choose to utilize the versatility of its cargo space, which makes it more desirable than a car. In addition to its impressive capacity, the RAV4 also has a towing capacity. The base model RAV4 LE alone can tow up to 1,500 lbs, while the LE Hybrid model can pull up to 1,750 lbs, expanding its cargo potential if pulling a trailer. However, if you want the ultimate trim with the most towing capacity and the off-road chops needed to get to those secluded areas, the TRD Off-Road trim is the way to go, with a max towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
Power and Efficiency Without Compromising Comfort
While cargo space is crucial to outdoor traveling, power is just as essential when driving on more challenging terrain away from civilization. Standard models are equipped with a 203 hp, 2.5-liter eight-speed automatic transmission. Although front-wheel drive is standard, other trims offer the option of an all-wheel drive system for those craving more challenging terrain. On top of the impressive power the RAV4 offers, fuel efficiency also remains intact. Both LE and XLE models have an average of 27 MPG for city driving, while highway travel gets an average of 30 MPG. Upgrade to the Hybrid LE, and you have even more improved averages with 41 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway.
A powerful engine will be sure to get you to your camping destination, but was the journey there enjoyable? For these bumpy expeditions to paradise, comfort is everything. Why sit in a vehicle for hours experiencing a rough, unpleasant ride all the way there? These problems can often derail an otherwise exciting outing. The RAV4 is way ahead of you.
All-wheel drive models of the RAV4 come with a variety of features to help soften the more harsh terrain. The Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive system helps the vehicle’s stability by distributing power to where it is needed most, while the Multi-Terrain Select feature, available on all all-wheel drive gas models, customizes the drive experience with four modes (Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, Snow, and Normal) to assist with whatever traction is needed for the ground.
SUVs like the 2022 Toyota RAV4 are versatile automobiles great for any driving, lifestyle, and camping preference. Furthermore, if you are looking to venture out of your comfort zone and away from resorts and campgrounds, there are excellent roof-top tents, hatch tents, and canopies available that allow you to camp right out of or on top of your SUV. You can even turn your RAV4 into a camper if you’d like with air mattresses that fit right into the back. Your options with an SUV are endless, even when it comes to camping.
Bring Technology With You
If you still aren’t ready to let go of resort camping to reap the benefits of being closer to nature, you can still hold onto a few of the amenities to keep you feeling civilized. Vehicles today are equipped with some of the most advanced technology on the market. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 is a prime example of a vehicle that allows you to balance both your digital life and nature while camping.
The available amenities with the 2022 Toyota RAV4 like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto keep you connected to your favorite music and the people you need to reach while away from home. Wifi Hotspot capability and charging, both with USB ports and Qi-compatible wireless, for your devices so that you can keep up with social media, work, or keep the kids entertained streaming videos and playing games while you enjoy the serenity of the wilderness.
A panoramic glass roof gives you the option to stare at the stars at night, while ambient interior lights provide illumination for the cloudy nights without nature’s lighting, or even a 12-volt/120-watt outlet in the rear cargo area to keep charged, even when you aren’t in the cabin. Now picture sleeping in the back of your RAV4 with all of those luxuries at your fingertips, or maybe even try sleeping in a tent on the roof—anywhere your heart desires, whether it’s the beach or deep in the woods by the river’s edge. Anything is possible.
One of the coolest features the RAV4 offers is Remote Connect, which allows you to connect directly with the vehicle via smartphone or smartwatch. The app enables you to control aspects of the car such as climate settings, lock and unlock doors, and the remote start feature. The feature also comes enabled with Voice Activation, so you can control your car with the ease of a few spoken words. Imagine starting your RAV4 on a bitterly cold morning in the woods from the comfort of your tent.
Say Goodbye to the Resorts
Allow yourself to experience all that nature has to offer by camping further in the woods. With the versatility of a 2022 Toyota RAV4 and the available technologies and amenities they are equipped with, how can you not be ready to venture away from the resort? Sure, you may not have running water onboard for a shower, but with a RAV4, if you decide not to camp near a water source, you will have plenty of room to bring along all the water you need. Other than that, your technologically advanced, versatile, and off-road capable RAV4 can keep you in your comfort zone with the ability to stay connected to civilization when you need a break from nature. So, if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you need to ask yourself if you’re ready to camp as you have never camped before, because if yes is the answer, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 is a perfect fit!