The Best Outdoor Accessories for Your 2021 Toyota RAV4

As the owner of a 2021 Toyota RAV4, you’re already equipped for exciting outdoor excursions in this rugged, capable SUV. For an even more adventurous RAV4 experience, take these helpful accessories with you on your next camping, fishing, or hunting trip.

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Roof Rack Cross Bars

With roof rack cross bars installed, you can take advantage of extra tie-down points to more securely carry outdoor adventure gear — like kayaks, snowboards, and bikes — on top of your 2021 RAV4.  

Exterior Protection

As you explore the great outdoors in your RAV4, you’ll probably end up driving through gravel, rocks, dirt, mud, and debris. Toyota offers a variety of accessories to protect your vehicle from paint chips, dents, and other damage. Shield the front fenders with a 3M Pro Series Genuine Toyota Paint Protection Film. You can also add a hood deflector and colour-matched body side mouldings to keep your vehicle looking new.

Cargo Liner

Sometimes your clothes and equipment get wet, muddy, or dirty during outdoor adventures. To protect the interior of your RAV4, consider investing in a cargo liner. This accessory for the cargo bay comes with an anti-slip surface and a split design that works even when the second row is folded.

These accessories are perfect companions for your outdoorsy lifestyle in High River, Alberta. To have any of them installed on your 2021 RAV4, give the High River Toyota service department a call.

Tips for Loading a Kayak on Your Toyota Vehicle

Here in High River, Alberta, there’s no shortage of regional kayaking opportunities — including nearby spots like Bow River and, a little further out, Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. With a few simple tools and tips, you’ll soon be ready to load your kayak atop your Toyota vehicle and head out on an adventure.

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Equipment You’ll Need

Before you load a kayak, you’ll need to add crossbars to your roof rack. Most Toyota models offer these as an accessory, and we’ll be glad to install them for you here at High River Toyota. You’ll also want to get rack padding to hold the kayak, a couple of cam straps to tie it to the rack, and ratcheting lines to secure the bow and stern. Depending on the size of your vehicle and boats, you might even be able to add a second rack or stacker bar to carry multiple kayaks.

Loading the Kayak

Once your crossbars and padding are in place, make sure the kayak is parallel to your vehicle and facing forward. With a companion, carefully lift it at both ends, set it down on the rack, and center it. If you’re alone, spread a towel on the back roof, lift the front of the kayak, and place it on top of the towel. From there, you can push the kayak onto the rack.

Securing the Kayak

Loop your cam straps under the crossbar and over the kayak, then buckle and tighten them. The kayak should feel snugly secured — not too tight or too loose. Then, using safe tie-down points on the kayak and your Toyota, carefully install the bow and stern lines. On your way there and back, stop every once in a while to make sure the kayak is still in place.

Have any questions about accessories or safety for outdoor adventures in your Toyota? Contact the experts here at High River Toyota.

Totally Overhauled 2022 Toyota Tundra Coming Soon

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Get ready for the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, coming soon to dealerships across Canada. This full-size pickup truck will be completely redesigned, with a new look, new engineering, and tons of cutting-edge tech.

So far, Toyota has only released a few teaser photos and a brief video clip for the 2022 Tundra. Here’s what we know so far based on those images.

New front end

A couple of photos show clear views of the Tundra’s redesigned front end. Highlights include an enormous grille with an inset LED light bar underneath uppercase TOYOTA lettering, plus two smaller LED bars at the bottom corners. It’s not clear whether these features will be included on all Tundra models or just the TRD Pro.

New powertrain

One photo shows a new iForce MAX badge for the Tundra. This could indicate a new engine similar to the new global-market Land Cruiser, which offers a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Some publications have speculated that the Tundra might even offer a new hybrid engine option.

New interior features

A couple of photos hint at the Tundra’s renovated interior. We’re expecting an extra-wide center touch screen to replace the current infotainment setup. The Tundra will also offer an enormous sliding glass roof for crew cab models while keeping its current sliding rear window.

The 2022 Tundra will be fully revealed this fall, and we can’t wait to learn more here at High River Toyota in High River, Alberta.

Gardens & Conservatories to Explore in Alberta

As the weather warms up, it’s time to start thinking of some great ways to get outdoors with your family. Luckily, Alberta is filled to the brim with beautiful gardens and conservatories that you can enjoy. Here are a few outdoor destinations to explore in Alberta.

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Conservatory & Gardens at Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo has more than just animals to offer. It also has flora from all over the world. Stretching across six acres, the Dorothy Harvie Gardens are filled to the brim with plants and trees from Alberta, while the indoor ENMAX Conservatory is home to tropical plants and shrubs, along with hundreds of butterflies.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Lethbridge

Step into the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden for a unique experience in Alberta. This four-acre garden was created in 1967 to celebrate the citizens of Japanese ancestry in Lethbridge. It has structural features that were crafted in Kyoto, Japan and will help you feel at peace as you walk through the beautifully designed gardens.

High River Community Gardens

We here at High River Toyota love to get back to nature close to home, and the High River Community Gardens are a great place to do so. These two gardens are located in McLaughlin Meadows near the Town Farm. Here, local gardeners can take a plot and grow whatever they please there. It’s a great place to walk through and simply enjoy the beauty of vegetables, fruit, and flowers growing.

Best Outdoorsy Accessories For Your 2021 Toyota Highlander

Here in High River, Alberta, we’re surrounded by the beauty of nature. And, if your family is the adventurous type, then you likely need a vehicle that can keep up. That’s where the 2021 Toyota Highlander comes in. Here are some great outdoorsy accessories for your Highlander that are sure to enhance your crew’s nature-oriented lifestyle.

Get the right towing hitch. Whether you need to pull a trailer for your kayaks or want to bring a popup trailer with you on your next camping trip, having the right towing hitch is important. Hook up the one that’s made specifically for the Highlander and top up to 2,268 kg with ease.

Protect your Highlander’s exterior. Hit the unbeaten track without having to worry about the damage mud, rocks, and debris will do to your exterior paint job with the Highlander’s available paint protection film and hood deflector. These will keep your exterior covered so you don’t have to worry about chipped paint or future rust.

Add extra storage. If you’re going camping or heading out for a day hike, having the right equipment with you is important. Add even more storage to the 2021 Highlander’s maximum cargo capacity of 2,387 litres by adding roof rails, so you can fit your rooftop storage containers on top with ease.  

If you want to discover other ways to customize your Highlander, contact High River Toyota today.

Keep Warm This Winter in Alberta with Toyota Heating Accessories

Frigid, icy, snowy, harsh – these are all words that can describe winter in High River. Just because Alberta winters are harsh doesn’t mean you can’t stay warm in your Toyota during the cold months. These Toyota heating accessories will help you stay cozy throughout the winter season no matter how low the temperature dips.

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Block heater

Cut down on the time it takes to warm up your vehicle with a block heater. With this tool, you simply attach it to your vehicle so the engine and the motor oil pre-heat before you start your car. Not only will it let you heat your vehicle faster, it will also protect your engine from working too hard, keeping it from wearing down.

Cabin heater

Avoid that annoying window ice and fog that covers the windshield when you’re preheating your Toyota with the cabin heater. This warmer can be mounted in your Toyota vehicle’s cabin, lowering the heating system’s energy output to save on electricity. It allows warm air to build up inside the cabin, combating the ice and snow that build up on the glass.

Trickle charger

Getting stuck with a dead batter in the dead of winter isn’t fun. A trickle charger is designed to keep an optimal charge level in your 12-volt vehicle battery, extending its life and making sure your battery has the ideal charge at any time.

If you want any of these accessories for winter in Alberta, contact High River Toyota. We can order and install them for you right away.

How to Protect Your Toyota from Road Salt in High River

Snow and ice are prevalent in High River every winter, and with these come plenty of road salt. While road salt is a friend to drivers, it can really do a number on your vehicle, since it can cause it to rust over time. Here’s how you can protect your Toyota from salt rust in High River this year.

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Protect your exterior. Before it gets too cold, give your vehicle a wax and polishing to protect the paintwork. You can even go a step further and get your vehicle sprayed underneath with a protective coating.

Clean it regularly. While heading out into the cold with a bucket and sponge isn’t exactly practical in the winter, you should still make sure that you’re regularly cleaning your vehicle. Budget for regular trips to the drive-thru car wash when there’s salt on the road so that it doesn’t have time to sit on your vehicle’s undercarriage and exterior. This will help prevent rust in the future.

Avoid street parking. The streets are where all the salt is laid – and where salt trucks regularly frequent – so try to avoid parking there if you can. Instead, park in a driveway or garage to reduce your vehicle’s exposure to salt.

Get your vehicle inspected regularly. If you’re worried that your Toyota is starting to rust, bring it in to High River Toyota for a rust inspection. Our expert technicians can see where rust is forming beneath the surface and give you advice on how you can slow its development or stop it completely.

The best way to prepare your vehicle for winter is to have it serviced at High River Toyota. An oil change, heat system checkup, and winter tire installation are musts for cold weather.

How to Properly Insure Your Toyota in Alberta

Automotive insurance is mandatory in Canada, no matter what province you live in. That being said, the level of coverage that is mandatory varies greatly depending on your location. To help you better understand how to properly insure your Toyota, we’ve put together some tips for you.

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Understand the types of car insurance

There are three types of car insurance that you should be aware of.

  • The first is third-party liability insurance, which is compulsory in Canada. It covers any damage to any other party’s property that’s your own fault.
  • Collision insurance is the second type, covering damage to your own car if an accident is your fault.
  • The final type of insurance is comprehensive insurance, which protects against theft and vandalism when you’re not driving.

Research before you buy

Look at the rates and offers of various insurance companies to make sure you’re getting the best rate. If you are unsure, enlist the help of an insurance broker to get the best deal possible.

Have the right documents

If you’re looking for the best way to insure your Toyota in Alberta, make sure you have the right documents when you research. This means keeping the following close at hand:

  1. Driver’s license
  2. Name and address
  3. Current insurance company and policy number
  4. Traffic violations within the last three years, not including parking tickets
  5. Previous claims filed in the last eight years
  6. Vehicle make, model, and year

Being able to provide this data will give you a more accurate picture of insurance requirements and premium estimates. After you’ve purchased or leased a car from High River Toyota, we want to make sure you have enough coverage to cover your investment if it were to be damaged. It’s another way we at High River Toyota care about our customers.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Is Sporty & Efficient

Toyota has decided to shake up the crossover segment with its newest model: the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. This crossover SUV is the first plug-in hybrid crossover option from Toyota, offering you a sporty performance, advanced technology, and premium appointments that will make your daily drive much easier.

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The RAV4 Prime combines power and efficiency to make it a solid option for driving around Alberta. This eco-friendly crossover can put out a total 302 horsepower, while still boasting a total range of almost 1,000 km. That means a single charge can easily get you through your commute – likely for a few days.

Along with its impressive range, the RAV4 Prime also offers on-demand all-wheel drive during rough Canadian winters, and it even has a towing capacity of 1,134 kg.

Inside, this hybrid crossover is designed for families, prioritizing advanced safety features via the standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite. You can even easily stay connected on the go with a display audio system that provides you with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration.

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, stop into High River Toyota. We’ll show you it and Toyota’s other hybrid and plug-in electric models we have in stock.

2021 Toyota Camry Offers More Variants, Advanced Safety

The Toyota Camry is turning 37 – and this year might be its best yet. Toyota recently introduced the 2021 Toyota Camry, offering ground-breaking driver-assistance technologies, new styling, and even more trim options.

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For the 2021 model year, the Camry will come with a newly restyled front end. It will have a more defined lower intake area, while the SE and XSE grades will flaunt a honeycomb-style grille and side vent inserts. The 2021 Camry will also come available as a new, eco-friendly trim: the XSE Hybrid.

Along with more trim configurations and a new look, the 2021 Camry will now offer the all-new Toyota Safety Sense® 2.5+ package – and is the first Toyota to do so. This suite of safety technologies offers enhanced features beyond the prior package, including the addition of intersection support for the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, so that the system can detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian when turning left. The 2021 Camry will also come standard with Rear Seat Reminder and Automatic High Beams.

Other updates for this Toyota sedan include floating seven- and nine-inch touch screen displays, luxurious herringbone pattern seats on the XLE trim, a revised interior design, and new exterior colours.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Toyota Camry, which is just one of the many sedan options in the Toyota lineup we have in stock, visit High River Toyota.