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Last Post 11 Jan 2011 12:31 AM by  mwood
Towing with Toyota Highlander?
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Claff93STS
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08 Jan 2011 12:00 AM
    Any thoughts about the new Toyota Highlander? 270 HP/5 spd auto, FWD, 5000 lb towing capacity. Don't really want anything bigger than that and not willing to go pickup truck. It'd be occasionally towing a NA Miata on an open trailer but also doing around-town driving and stuff.

    We had been looking at Santa Fe and Sorento but don't know if their 3500 lb tow rating would be adequate.
    jdchristianson
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    09 Jan 2011 07:21 PM

    Check the tow rating very close, I'm pretty sure some years of the Highlander had some serious restictions. Something like 5000lbs but not over 50mph.


    Claff93STS
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    09 Jan 2011 10:37 PM
    We're looking at new 2011 models. I was checking some out at a dealer over the weekend but didn't think of looking at the book to see if there were any restrictions. Guess that'll give me something to do in the coming days. Thanks for the tip.
    Claff93STS
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    10 Jan 2011 03:57 PM
    Looked at the owners manual of a 2011 Highlander and sure enough, it says speed should be kept to 45 MPH or the speed rating of whatever is being towed, whichever is LOWER (which means 45 MPH max). Boy does that sound like a killjoy. I really don't want a truck or anything much bigger than the Highlander, but at 45 MPH it'll take two weeks to get to Lincoln. Don't know if this is a deal killer, but we certainly have more homework to do.
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    10 Jan 2011 05:33 PM

    Wow I actually remembered something correctly. In the land of cross-overs, which is what is sounds like you want, the Chevy Traverse has a legitimate tow rating around 5200. (with the trailer pkg) I think the new Explorer is about the same.

    To me personally when towing I don't want the tail to be bigger than the dog.

    StrokerAce
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    10 Jan 2011 05:38 PM
    Pilot 3500/4500 2wd/4wd
    Ridgeline 5000
    Rav4 2000/3500 4/6
    4rRunner 2000/5000 4/6

    Only way 3500# rating could work is with a light open Aluminum trailer$$$$$.

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    10 Jan 2011 10:47 PM
    Nissan Pathfinder V6-6000 pounds
    Nissan Pathfinder V8-7000 pounds
    mwood
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    11 Jan 2011 12:31 AM
    jdchristianson wrote:

    To me personally when towing I don't want the tail to be bigger than the dog.

    +1

    I usually think along the lines of 70% of rated maximum towing capacity as my "personal maximum". So, a vehicle rated for 5000lbs, I'm thinking around 3500lbs is reasonable...just about a Miata on an open 16' steel trailer. I just don't like feeling like I'm beating the crap out of my tow vehicle...learned that one pulling a Formula Ford, spares, extra set of wheels/tires, and tools on an 18' open trailer (around 4000lbs) behind a Jeep Cherokee with a six...painful...but, never blew up!



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