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Posted: 06/24/22 06:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been considering replacing my gas vehicle for an electric, but then figured it would be useful if this vehicle could also tow... so perhaps a hybrid as a compromise.
However, I don't like driving a full size truck, currently have a midsize SUV...I'd prefer midsize SUV or truck.
We still use our 2003 7.3l diesel Excursion just for towing, but not sure how long it's got left lol.
Also, our TT died on the Alcan so isn't with us anymore.. We are looking at some lighter TT options, but likely GVWR 7000.
Thanks!

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Not sure if their are any hybrids rated to 7000 lbs or there about. My older sister had the larger Toyota SUV that is a hybrid. Rated at 5000 lbs. She had a single axle Cub Cadet from the 50's. That one did better than the smaller RAV? hybrid with the same trailer.
She had no complaints, but in reality, did not have a lot of towing experience. I wish she would have put brakes on the trailer. She was legal per towing laws, but reality, the weight was a bit much non braked......
You could probably do one of the smaller double axle rigs, or a single axle to around 4000 lbs total and be fine. Reality, the way toyota rates these, it up to 5000 lbs as long as you keep the gvw of the SUV within ratings also.

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Midsize hybrid suv and 7klb TT don’t belong in the same sentence unless there is a “don’t” between the two words.


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My nephew is waiting on a Jeep hybrid. Don’t know the specs but apparently it can tow.

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Posted: 06/25/22 06:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

According to Four Wheel Trends, May 2022, these are the only hybrid SUV's with an over-5000 lb towing capacity:

Landrover Defender – 7,700 lbs.
Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring – 6,700 lbs.
Nissan Pathfinder – 6,200 lbs.


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Posted: 06/25/22 07:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don’t forget to check that new hybrid TV’s payload limit. Almost a thousand pounds of tongue weight alone.


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I get not wanting a full size pickup for a daily driver, but modern 1500 series pickups are very easy and pleasant to drive. There are some hybrid options from Ram (sort of a hybrid), Ford and Toyota, and all are capable of easily towing a 7000 GVWR trailer. Ram and Chevy have little diesels that offer good towing grunt and shockingly great highway mpg, and you don't pay a huge premium for the diesel option like in the bigger trucks. I'm not a Chevy guy, but I'd look at their 1500 diesel option-also available in the Tahoe and Suburban if you must have an SUV. IMO, nothing smaller will handle the trailer you want.

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And another option, not what you mentioned, but would still avoid the full size truck would be the Chevy Colorado. Smaller with better fuel economy than a 1500. Properly set up can tow 7,000 lbs.
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Reisender wrote:

My nephew is waiting on a Jeep hybrid. Don’t know the specs but apparently it can tow.

A grand Cherokee with a turbo 2 litre?
7klb high profile trailer?
Even I wouldn’t want that combo going either direction on the Coq!

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Posted: 06/25/22 12:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Stick with the 2003. That is a great vehicle. The hybrids and electrics are improving at a rapid pace. A few more years and there will be far more capable options available. If getting a hybrid, get a plug-in hybrid for best results.


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