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philh

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alexleblanc wrote:

i would shy away from any hybrid with a CVT for towing purposes.

If its rated for towing and you stay within that rating, towing with it is fine.

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philh wrote:

alexleblanc wrote:

i would shy away from any hybrid with a CVT for towing purposes.

If its rated for towing and you stay within that rating, towing with it is fine.


But also consider the ratings aren’t apples to apples. The Highlander Hybrid is not SAE J2807 certified and the owners manual states that towing in weather above 85F may cause overheating.


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I towed a 3000 lb hybrid Kiwi trailer with a 2003 Honda Pilot 4wd. It was a great towing experience, even though I was extremely hard on the Pilot. It did everything I asked of it, and more.


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We towed a 13' Scamp (~2000lb) across the US with Hybrid Highlander and it was fine, no issues with either handling or power. I am not sure how the fuel economy was towing relative to a non-hybrid, but that is not really that important as the Highlander is a daily driver and was only used to tow < 10% of the time.

With a small trailer you will be fine with a hybrid. Also it sounds like this will primarily be a daily driver, and an occasional tow vehicle. Get what works best for you as a daily driver (ie not a pickup truck).

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jonaz wrote:

I towed a 3000 lb hybrid Kiwi trailer with a 2003 Honda Pilot 4wd. It was a great towing experience, even though I was extremely hard on the Pilot. It did everything I asked of it, and more.


the OP is asking about a hybrid TOW VEHICLE, not a hybrid TT.


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philh wrote:

alexleblanc wrote:

i would shy away from any hybrid with a CVT for towing purposes.

If its rated for towing and you stay within that rating, towing with it is fine.




I’m sure you’re right that they will actually pull the rated weight if they’re rated for it. And they may even do it for a while.
But the very nature of a cvt compared to modern automatics is like old autos that didn’t lock the converter compared to manual transmissions. More heat = no bueno.

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I never towed with one, but i will say i would not get anything that limits me to 3500 lbs towing. I have had pop ups and some can be heavy, especially after adding in all the aftermarket stuff. Do hybrids come with tow packages? If so, I would get the best small hybrid that has the best ratings. Have fun, if the rear sags, you can add air bags or bump stops. Some of the smaller campers ( mostly pups) cant use wdh.


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Some hybrids can be charged.

The Lincoln Aviator Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid. It makes 494 hp and 630 ft-lbs of torque. Plugging it in give you 21 miles all-electric range. It can simply be plugged in to a campground pedestal. And it still tows 5,600 pounds.

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Yes, but there's no pedestal when boondocking, so.......



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lane hog wrote:

Yes, but there's no pedestal when boondocking, so.......


So then you just drive. Even plug-in hybrids don’t require plugging in. It simply provides all electric range and also increases overall fuel economy.

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