The Toyota RAV4 has gone from quirky 90s concept car to a dominating force in the compact SUV market. The 2022 RAV4 Edge Hybrid brings range-extending battery tech to the soft-roader, meaning you can cruise further on a single tank. Better still, Mater Cars for Cancer are giving you the chance to win one in Lottery No. 105, and they’ll chuck in a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) for good measure.
It’s telling that the humble RAV4 is now among the highest-selling cars on the planet; that’s right, the RAV4 recently became the world’s highest-selling SUV and is now the fourth-highest selling vehicle on the planet.
Aussies took to the RAV4 like the proverbial ducks and it’s been perpetually near the top of the sales charts since it first broke cover as a squee little three-door SUV over 28 years ago. In the interim, the RAV4 has only gotten better, growing in doors, size, tech, and safety until it became a premium mid-range SUV. Toyota’s 2022 RAV4 continues that trend, sporting that the original RAV could only dream about. For the chance to fulfill your own dreams of a cutting-edge car for the price of a ticket, get yourself in the draw today.
The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Edge Hybrid runs a 2.5 litre ‘Dynamic Force’ direct injection petrol engine backed by an eight-speed auto, so you’re never in the wrong gear. Furthermore, the engine twists the front wheels and the electric motor twists the rears, so you’re never on the wrong surface, either. Turning tyres isn’t the only thing the engine does, as it also recharges the nickel metal hydride battery system.
Hybrid technology has gone a long way since the first Toyota Prius was released as a quirky sedan in Japan in 1997. It has eked its way into the mainstream, complimenting the power output and fuel economy of not only Toyotas like the Camry and Corolla, but major luxury cars like the Lexus LS.
Released only in December, the Edge Hybrid sits atop the RAV4 range and hosts a heap of creature comforts to keep you happy on or off the road. Naturally, the JBL nine speaker DAB sound system is compatible with Apple or Android. The 8in central touch screen is complemented by a 9in digital display screen in the dash, while your bum is warmed in the 10-way adjustable driver’s seat. To put yourself in said seat, grab a ticket today.
Out on the road, the Edge Hybrid sports active cruise control, cyclist and pedestrian recognition, forward collision control, lane departure alert and trace control, parking distance control, rear cross traffic alert and trailer stability control. If things still manage to go pear-shaped, there are more airbags than a zeppelin convention, protecting heads, knees, shoulders, and hips.
The RAV4 Edge Hybrid isn’t a rough-riding 4×4, instead combining asphalt sensibilities and light duty off-roading with an all-wheel-drive drivetrain. Suffice to say, it’ll get you most places you’re going to want to take your stand-up paddleboard.
Ride The Tide have been selling SUPs, since 2013, and their 10ft 6in Woody Original is the ultimate retro-modern tide-riding device. Capturing the old-school nostalgia of the longboards of yore, the Woody Original is lightweight, versatile and stable on the water.
Even if you’ve never SUPped in your life, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I write for Mater Cars for Cancer because a few years ago, I lost my wife Sarah to breast cancer. Without organisations like Mater, those already-hard years while she worked on wellness would have been harder again. I believe in their work, in other words.
Sarah was an uncoordinated being, but she always gave it a go. She headbutted netball posts while netballing and impaled herself on a star dropper at school camp. One day, she decided to give stand-up paddleboarding a go and despite my reservations, she never once ended up in the drink. OK, maybe once or twice, but on the whole, she nailed it.
This likely means you can nail it too. Imagine loading up the RAV and heading to a picturesque lake, cove, or reservoir, all the while sipping under five litres per 100 kilometres in cutting-edge comfort. I can and I reckon Sarah would have done so too, very easily.
To put yourself behind the wheel of the RAV4 Edge Hybrid and on top of the Ride The Tide SUP, get yourself a ticket in the latest Cars for Cancer, Lottery No. 105 and be the lucky winner of Draw Three. It’s as easy as falling off a paddleboard.