Top 10 Vehicles for Towing
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edited August 2015 in General
Top 10 Vehicles for Towing
Summer's here and the time is right for towing in the streets. OK, so that's not exactly how the old song goes, but it's true nonetheless. With the rising mercury comes masses of people who take to the roads and do what they've been waiting to do all year — tow sumthin'.
What about the new crossover SUVs?
Durango Citadel-V6-AWD VS 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee-Limited-4wd-V6.
The Durango is NOTABLY more stable with the longer wheel base. Plenty of power for towing around 5k lbs. My brother has a 2015 Durango, Citadel, AWD, with the Hemi. He has towed his 23' Cobalt bowrider from Lake Norman NC, to Upstate NY's Lake George and it did great. Mileage isn't so great on the Hemi, but my V6 gets easily 25mpg highway with my heavy right foot, and I average 21mpg around town. I towed my 16' Tall, enclosed trailer with a light load of dining room furniture, with my V6.. and it did a WHOLE lot easier than my 1996 Chevy 1500 4x4 5.7.
a Grand Cherokee with Ecodiesel.
It won't be fast but will probably get 15mpg towing, 25+ unloaded and is rated for 7200lbs I think in the 4wd. And still turns tighter than a Tahoe! Seriously though, the new Tahoes are sweet rides but they are really proud of them. My wife comes from a GM family and has always driven GM. I honestly thought she would get one but after having an open mind she picked the Durango for comfort/ride, options etc over a Tahoe, Yukon, Acadia, Traverse. Our only requirement going in was seating for 7. I seriously wish they would have offered the Ecodiesel in the Durango.
They get way better gas mileage than a durango or grand cherokee and can turn into tight parking spots, etc better than ANYTHING else out there. My wife had a 4 runner when I met her and when our family grew to 3 kids she drove a Tahoe and never looked back! For the guy with the trailer brake comment, it is a federal law that any trailer with a gvrw over 3000 lbs must have fully functional/operational brakes. I tow my 19ss everywhere and it does it with total ease. The only downside to the Tahoe is the price, but in my opinion, well worth it.
The Hemi Grand Cherokee
The Hemi has more HP and TQ than anything else that is "smaller than a Tahoe". It also has more HP and TQ than anything suggested other than a Escalade. It would do very well for what the OP is asking for. And as our friend from across the pond suggested, you don't need a full size truck to tow a 5500 pound boat safely.
In Fact you can get it going just fine with a smaller SUV. Towing isn't the issue, not being pulled around by the 5k beast behind you is. Stopping is way more important! And when that trailer starts to sway at highway speeds, you don't want to be In a vehicle that weighs the same or less than your boat.
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