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Posted: 11/16/19 03:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 2003 Jetta and 2015 Sonic both have occasionally pulled trailers up to 2000 lbs but I limit mountain passes to 1000 lbs. You need to watch the gauges rather than speed to keep the transmission cool. If you plan to do this more than occasionally, then look for a car with sufficient ratings and configure it properly.


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Posted: 11/16/19 05:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

as far as i am concerned the ratings are generally ****. reason being.

the chevy cavalier had 2 motors, 2 trannys and a 20 hp difference, one was rated 1k one was not rated to tow anything. do you think the lower one had any trouble towing? it didn't and the cars were known well, same EVERYTHING short of the tranny and engine, and you could get the 4 speed in the lower engine which i had.





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Subaru's have mid-2000 lb ratings. The biggest limiting factory of the ratings on any car is the CVT transmissions. More and more, cars are made w/o conventional gear based transmissions, limiting what they can do...this is why you don't see CVT trans cars/suv's able to be towed all 4 wheels down behind a motorhome.


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I would get a car that has a tow rating of 1,000 pounda or more. Why pust the envelope and question if it can or can't. I wouldn't be comfortable always looking at the guages and wondering if I'm going to have a problem. Just don't go there for piece of mind.
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Posted: 11/17/19 09:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anything midsize, new and you can buy a trailer hitch for it will tow 500lbs.
My criteria would be 1. Do I want this car? 2. Can I buy a receiver for it.


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Fusion would be my pick. The 6-speed auto is durable, and the EcoBoost is torquey.

I tow 2,000 pounds with my Focus ST, which shares the 2.0 EcoBoost with the Fusion, but has the 6-speed manual instead. Towing 2,000 pounds effortless, and if they offered the 3,500# receiver like they do in Europe and Asia, I wouldn't hesitate to tow more.


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Posted: 11/18/19 07:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LittleBill wrote:

as far as i am concerned the ratings are generally ****. reason being.


You may be right, but common sense often has very little to do with warranty coverage.


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Posted: 11/23/19 10:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What car you find?
Corolla is midsize, not compact?

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jerem0621 wrote:

The Subaru cars have decent towing.


I tow a small trailer once in a while with my Crosstrek.

Outback is a bigger car, redesigned for 2020.


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