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Which car would you recommend when towing 2800lbs

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Which car would you recommend when towing 2800lbs

What good bang for the buck would you recommend for the following scenario :
-2 adults + 2kids (2yo and 4 yo)
-Tow 2800lbs ounce a week (this is the real wet weight that need to be towed)
-Room for 2 bicycles inside the trunk
-I would like to stay with a jap brand

As good fuel mileage as I can get
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ShingoHusky wrote:
Jun 4th, 2018 12:35 pm
What good bang for the buck would you recommend for the following scenario :
-2 adults + 2kids (2yo and 4 yo)
-Tow 2800lbs ounce a week (this is the real wet weight that need to be towed)
-Room for 2 bicycles inside the trunk
-I would like to stay with a jap brand

As good fuel mileage as I can get
Bought new
Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey
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Swerny wrote:
Jun 4th, 2018 12:45 pm
Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey
That's what I was figuring, wouldn't make any sense in buying a larger suv compared to the price of these 2 minivans.
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Only other thing I could think of would be an Outback with a roof rack for the bikes but the Van's imo are a better option.
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Evil Baby wrote:
Jun 4th, 2018 12:51 pm
Only other thing I could think of would be an Outback with a roof rack for the bikes but the Van's imo are a better option.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe to tow with the outback you need brakes on the trailer
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You'll need something with a max tow rating of 3000lbs+; if you are looking to tow around 2800lbs with a packed vehicle (people + gear).
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Wet weight (with fuel?)..are you towing a boat or a trailer with propane tanks and water?

For launching any boats, it definitely should be an AWD or 4WD type of a vehicle.
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If you're towing once a week, I'd say a full size pick up.
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toro17 wrote:
Jun 4th, 2018 4:40 pm
If you're towing once a week, I'd say a full size pick up.
Most full size vans are rated to tow 3000-5000lbs with a towing package, no need for a pickup (which probably wouldn't have the cargo space anyhow).
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Viperoni wrote:
Jun 4th, 2018 4:50 pm
Most full size vans are rated to tow 3000-5000lbs with a towing package, no need for a pickup (which probably wouldn't have the cargo space anyhow).
I've never seen a van that tows 5000lbs. The Sienna with a tow package can tow 3500lbs. But if you're pulling a 2800lbs trailer that means that you'll very likely be at or over full capacity with a family and cargo. Not to mention that you shouldn't go over 80% of what the full towing capacity is anyway.

You'll need an SUV that pulls 5k, or just go with a full sized truck. A covered bed will offer more cargo room than the cargo area of a 3 row SUV anyway and offer more utility.
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What is it you’re towing and what is the tongue weight?
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ShingoHusky wrote:
Jun 4th, 2018 12:53 pm
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe to tow with the outback you need brakes on the trailer
I'm not sure, but I completely read over that you're towing once a week, so the Outback wouldn't be a good choice imo. You'd want something more accustomed to towing heavy and often.
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tim-x wrote:
Jun 4th, 2018 5:26 pm
The Sienna with a tow package can tow 3500lbs. But if you're pulling a 2800lbs trailer that means that you'll very likely be at or over full capacity with a family and cargo.
This is correct. The vehicle's GVWR (weight rating) and towing capacity are directly interconnected. If you have a big heavy trailer, you can't load as much inside the vehicle. If you're vehicle is loaded heavily with passengers and cargo, it can't pull as big of a trailer. The owner's manual will outline which loading combinations are possible.
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BMW X5 - 6000lbs
2018 Q5 - 4400lbs

2018 Honda Pilot/Ridgeline AWD - 5000lbs

Current gen Pathfinder/QX60 - 6000lbs (now how long your CVT will last is another question)

I don't see any FWD model can exceed 3500lbs.

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