An amazing amount of seriously off-road capable SUVs and pickup trucks rarely, if ever, get to show what they can really do when the pavement runs out and the wilderness awaits. But even if hardcore off-road trail navigation isn't your thing, maybe camping is? If you do enjoy camping or even if it's something you've not really tried to any great extent but you do like the idea of it, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is the perfect vehicle to aid and abet your efforts. If you check the latest 4Runner out at Pedersen Toyota, you're also close to some great camping areas the Toyota would be perfect for exploring.
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner is a midsize SUV that's been around since as long ago as 1984 when it was then classified as a compact, before making the move up to a midsize offering from 2002 onwards. Of course, this distinctively styled SUV is perfectly at home in the city, but it's out in the wilderness where this traditional truck-based SUV really comes into its own.
Mountain Park, located 23 miles up the Poudre Canyon on Colorado 14 from U.S. 287 is a perfect place for families to go camping in their 2017 Toyota 4Runner. The Toyota has a pretty high ground clearance, which is a clear sign of a vehicle that takes its off-road capabilities very seriously, but it also makes it quite forgiving for drivers without a high level of off-road experience. Mountain Park has electrical sites, restrooms, water, a playground area and even a coin-operated shower. The family will be comfortable and the kids will be entertained, so it's a great choice for dipping a first toe into the world of camping.
If you feel the wilderness calling, but you or some of the family are reluctant to leave 21st century amenities behind, the 4Runner lets you take plenty of them with you. The SR5 trim level comes well-equipped with all expected power features, along with a backup camera, Bluetooth, a household-style power outlet, and an infotainment system with eight speakers and a 6.1-inch screen. The SR5 Premium model even adds such comforts as leatherette upholstery and heated seats, and a navigation system some may now see as a necessity when going camping.
For incredible scenery with stunning views of Longs Peak and easy access to meadows of elk, Beaver Meadows in the Rocky Mountain National Park is a campground that turns into a village in summer, with RVs and tents arriving from all parts of the country. Getting there won’t test the off-road tech such as the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System too seriously, which is optional on both TRD Off-Road models, but it's nice to know you have it for when you start to get more adventurous.
Of course, one of the biggest advantages of traditional ladder-frame SUVs like the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is the towing capability they offer as well as their family friendly comfort and versatility. The Toyota is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, which is more than enough for taking a jet ski, a boat or other great toys to the waterside. It would therefore be great for visiting Dowdy Lake, which is a beautiful and popular campground with plenty of sites giving great views of the scenic lake. It's the perfect place for kayaking or canoeing, and there's a trail allowing access to the popular Mount Margaret Trail where you can enjoy a hike or a mountain bike ride.
All 2017 Toyota 4Runner models feature an impressively capable 4.0-liter V-6 engine that develops 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Rear-wheel drive with Automatic Limited-Slip differential is standard, but part-time or full-time four-wheel drive with Active Traction Control is available.
If you want the ultimate vehicle for camping around the Fort Collins area or anywhere else for that matter, check out the 2017 Toyota 4Runner at Pedersen Toyota.