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Posted: 03/05/20 10:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have searched and found several posts about hybrid towables 4-down. We have towed a '97 Jeep Wrangler for 12 yrs and need to replace it. Wife wants to get a used 4-door Wrangler. I would like to get a used hybrid if possible.

So far I have found CRV, CMax, Esacape, Mariner, Fusion and MKZ.

What is best 4-door hybrid towable for me to investigate further?

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Those are some very different vehicles. Seems like only you can know what you like the best. But since I'm spending your money [emoticon] I'd say the MKZ is the "best" vehicle of all of those (and is towable 4 down).
Hope that helps! [emoticon]


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Over the past 12 years I have towed a 2008 Mercury Mariner, a 2012 Ford Fusion, a 2014 Lincoln MKZ (all hybrids) and now tow a 2019 Ford Fusion Energi (plug in hybrid). All towed great - - no problems at all. The Lincoln was the best riding (soaked up the bumps really well) but the Fusion Energi gets the best fuel economy overall. I'd recommend any of them!


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Posted: 03/06/20 09:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our Escape Hybrid has been a great toad for 12 years, plus it's a good daily driver. If they still made it, I'd get another one.


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The MKZ is certainly the nicest. Overall best value IMO is a C-Max Energi. Those can be bought cheap as their former owners have now flocked to full EVs like the Tesla Model 3. The 15-20 mile all electric will cover most local drives, and give you a silent mode in campgrounds. Seating position is nice too, as it's a pretty much a lowered Escape (body shells are actually the same) but with better fuel economy.


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Posted: 03/06/20 12:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Suggest you check your information about a Honda CRV Hybrid being towable 4 down.
Page 462 of the 2020 Honda CRV Hybrid Owners Manual states:
Towing Your Vehicle
Your vehicle is not designed to be towed behind a motor home. If your vehicle needs
to be towed in an emergency, refer to the emergency towing information.


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Posted: 03/06/20 02:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

lryrob9301 wrote:

Suggest you check your information about a Honda CRV Hybrid being towable 4 down.
Page 462 of the 2020 Honda CRV Hybrid Owners Manual states:
Towing Your Vehicle
Your vehicle is not designed to be towed behind a motor home. If your vehicle needs
to be towed in an emergency, refer to the emergency towing information.


No worries, I will check whatever suggestions carefully. In a post on RV.net the person may have been mistaken but they claimed a 14 CRV was suitable.

Thanks though....

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They did not make a CRV hybrid in 2014. There is a 2020 CRV hybrid that is not towable four down.
The last honda CRV that is towable was in 2014, after that they changed the trans to a CVT.

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