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Grit dog

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BenK wrote:

Any of the mid-sized pickups are rated to tow in the 5K range.

Get their crew-cab version, and it is a true SUV, as they are unibody on frame with more seatbelts.

The ones the OP has mentioned are unibody CUV's (main difference between CUV and SUV)


Was going to be my suggestion and a few of them are rated at 7000lbs towing or a bit more.
If you stepped up to the baby diesel models, they'd get phenomenal mileage as well. But we can recommend stuff all day, although you didn't provide a price point. A $130k CDN Porsche Cayenne is rated to tow over 7klbs as well.


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JAC1982 wrote:

What price point?
not sure yet but definitely on the lower end. Definitely not looking for a luxury vehicle. I will likely be getting something a few years old.

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Just helped my father in law with shopping for a replacement for their 04 tahoe.

Found a bunch of nice ecoboost expeditions(2016+) between $20-25K, 50-80K miles for most of them. All with the tow package, integrated trailer brakes, etc. Very nice trucks, and I like my GM trucks. I thought they felt smaller from the drivers seat than a tahoe as well, although physically they are the close in size.

That would tow the trailer you a describing with no problem. And they were priced around $10K less then tahoes/suburbans with the same year/mileage around here. Most of the tahoes didn't have the tow package and had really terrible tow ratings.

If you are looking for older or cheaper than that, we can still give suggestions. But it is hard to say without at least a general price range.


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parker.rowe wrote:



Found a bunch of nice ecoboost expeditions(2016+) between $20-25K, 50-80K miles for most of them. All with the tow package, integrated trailer brakes, etc. Very nice trucks, and I like my GM trucks. I thought they felt smaller from the drivers seat than a tahoe as well, although physically they are the close in size.

That would tow the trailer you a describing with no problem. And they were priced around $10K less then tahoes/suburbans with the same year/mileage around here. Most of the tahoes didn't have the tow package and had really terrible tow ratings.


My daughter and s-i-l bought an Expedition last year. They are not towing anything (yet!?), but it is a well-equipped, very capable vehicle. I like it a lot.

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If you are looking at used vehicles, think about the ecodiesel Grand Cherokee. Our mileage did drop a little bit after all of the emission fixes, but it’s still better than a V-8.

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I think any of the 3-row mid-size SUVs should work (with proper towing options). Most have a naturally aspirated V6, but something with a turbo-4-cyl will likely be better towing at higher elevations. Can you afford a 2020 Subaru Ascent? I would tow that with my wife's 2020 Buick Enclave if I had to. 9-gears and plenty of power.


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I parked my 2015 Silverado next to the latest "mid size" Colorado.

I could not tell any difference in exterior size, at least not enough to be worth it to take the hit on interior space.

They cost the same. They get the same gas mileage. They're not much different in overall size. What's the point?


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Thanks again everyone. Looking at the SUVs that are capable of safely towing our trailer, we have decided to just get a midsize truck. While I still like the use ability of an SUV (interior space for groceries etc as we live in a climate that gets lots of snow) it is nothing that a tonneau cover couldn’t assist with and would be more useful for camping etc. Love SUVs but do NOT want a massive SUV with three rows. Those things are giants so will opt for open truck bed space again.

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OkanaganAmanda wrote:

Thanks again everyone. Looking at the SUVs that are capable of safely towing our trailer, we have decided to just get a midsize truck. While I still like the use ability of an SUV (interior space for groceries etc as we live in a climate that gets lots of snow) it is nothing that a tonneau cover couldn’t assist with and would be more useful for camping etc. Love SUVs but do NOT want a massive SUV with three rows. Those things are giants so will opt for open truck bed space again.


I ended up in the same place. Bought a "super crew" cab, which had as much or more seating space as a 2-row SUV. And the utility of a pickup bed turns out to be great: firewood, yard and garden "stuff", gravel, furniture, etc. You won't be sorry.

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Also consider a cap instead of a tonneau cover.

If there is a load of snow on it, you'll have a tough time lifting it.

Plus, the price difference isn't large...depends on the options and model you choose


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