There are a lot of reasons to buy a Toyota/Lexus 4x4 vehicle. Of course there is the reliability, reasonably priced parts and service, great resale, off-road capabilities, and impressive aftermarket support. Above those pragmatic reasons there is also a great culture and community around the globe for the brand and the specific 4x4s it makes.
Everyone has their own reasons for buying and/or building out a Toyota 4x4, but the adventure is the bond that ties all Toyota owners together. For some, the adventure is the build itself, and cruising around town in their creation. For others, off-road escapades on the local trails and at OHV parks is the adventure they seek. For still others, a 4x4 Yota is all about life on the road for multi-month or year-long overland adventures around the globe.
For many, including myself, outdoor adventure sports are what fuel the soul. A quality adventure mobile that enables those experiences is a vitally important tool to a happy life. There is a reason that if you head to any mountain town, remote trailhead parking area, river launch area, or surf spot you’re very likely to see a lot of Tacomas, 4 Runners, Tundras, Land Cruisers, and so on…
My Yota Adventuremobile
I’ve personally built rigs that span the gamut, but always build rigs that are specifically designed to carry my outdoor adventure gear and get me to the best places to experience those adventures. My main focuses are whitewater and surf kayaking, mountain biking, and skiing, and snowboarding. Those outdoor adventures keep me active year-round and keep me traveling to a wide variety of remote locations around the globe. The search for the perfect wave, powder stash, or rapid take a reliable, capable, and well-sorted vehicle.
My current adventure vehicle is a 2013 Lexus GX 460 that is specifically built as a super off-road capable, self-sufficient, and comfortable touring rig to get me to remote surf beaches, mountain bike trailheads, river put-ins, and take-outs, and super snowy mountain terrain. I built it to be able to carry gear for all seasons, all at once, and still have the room and features to comfortably live inside. For my purposes, it is a truly ideal vehicle for my current lifestyle.
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