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Posted: 10/22/20 08:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SweetLou wrote:

I have an outback with CVT. I tow a 500lb trailer with a 700lb load. It tows it just fine with no issues. Someone mentioned trailer brakes. That is overkill and not needed. If your small car needs to pull a trailer with trailer brakes, you have the wrong TV.


Don't expect the same results if you triple that weight and add some wind resistance. A 1200lb trailer could be towed ok with a Yugo, but CVTs are HORRIBLE for towing. Actually they will pull ok, for a while, but it is hard on a trans that never truly locks up.

And don't believe me, but believe my buddy who is a career auto mechanic and self proclaimed Suby nut. He wouldn't tow anything with a CVT.


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I'd go with the Highlander on that list. They are a nice vehicle, reliable, descent gas mileage and more than adequate towing capacity for 3500 lbs of trailer. I would not go with the Outback and be maxed out or beyond. Does the rating get reduced for every lb of stuff that goes in the car? Most likely. Plus you need to look at the hitches on these vehicles and make sure they can handle the tongue weight. They probably can, but check to be sure.


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SweetLou wrote:

I have an outback with CVT. I tow a 500lb trailer with a 700lb load. It tows it just fine with no issues. Someone mentioned trailer brakes. That is overkill and not needed. If your small car needs to pull a trailer with trailer brakes, you have the wrong TV.


I'm not sure I can agree with this!


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I personally found the Tacoma to be really lacking in bottom end torque and just overall power. Our Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk V6 towed 3000 plus with no issues. If I were looking to tow 3500-4500 or so, it would be the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon/Denali.

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Posted: 10/23/20 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My favorite tow vehicle for a small trailer is my 2002 Chevy Silverado 3500 DRW.

I know that's not helpful in your decision by any stretch of the imagination, but the question specified FAVORITE. I simply like driving the truck.


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mkirsch wrote:

My favorite tow vehicle for a small trailer is my 2002 Chevy Silverado 3500 DRW.

I know that's not helpful in your decision by any stretch of the imagination, but the question specified FAVORITE. I simply like driving the truck.


Nothing wrong with that... most folks who actually “get it”
feel the same way. For 15 years my favorite truck was an F-150 SCab now it’s my Honda Ridgeline. Drive what you like/love.

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Let me edit it a bit. Max dry TT weight will be 2500lb, not 3500lb.
Looking into teardrops, Aliner, etc.


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Same as for a big trailer.

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