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Old 07-04-2013, 12:59 AM   #1
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I am considering a different toad. I am looking at Pre-2012 Ford Escapes, GMC Terrain, Honda CRV, all wheel or 4 wheel drive. All are rated to flat tow. I wonder if anyone out there has had experience with any of these, good or bad.

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Old 07-04-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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When I was looking at TOADS, it seemed a ton were doing the CRV.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Have you considered a Jeep Wrangler? Great tow vehicle.
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:10 PM   #4
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I am considering a different toad. I am looking at Pre-2012 Ford Escapes, GMC Terrain, Honda CRV, all wheel or 4 wheel drive. All are rated to flat tow. I wonder if anyone out there has had experience with any of these, good or bad.

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Old 07-04-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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This will be the third year towing a 2011 Honda CR-V, probably close to 10K towing miles. When we shopped in the summer of 2011, there were three vehicles that met the parameters of auto transmission, 4 down towing, no extra pumps, wires, smoke/mirrors- Honda, Ford, Chevy. We chose the Honda. Within a year Ford and Chevy had withdrawn their vehicles from the "tow 4 down" category. Eating up transmissions big time!! The Honda has a 5 minute set-up procedure done from the drivers seat. That will make you good for 8 hours/300 miles. Honda will not put a time limit on gas stops, potty breaks, etc. We have set our own at 45 minutes before a "redo" of the transmission set-up procedure. Again only 5 minutes. Besides, nice gettin 'round town car!!

Would highly recommend the Honda CR-V!! BTW, they are made in Marysville, OH
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:29 PM   #6
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Appreciate the info. The CRV does not have enough towing capacity (2,000 lbs), as I need 3500 lbs. That leaves the Ford and GM. I have not heard that GM pulled their flat tow recommendation, I talked to one dealer today that confirmed it is still approved. I will certainly make sure before I decide on a purchase. Who knows, I may keep my Chevy Tracker, as it is paid for. LOL.


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Old 07-05-2013, 11:50 AM   #7
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Forrest.......

You mention you need 3500lbs towing capacity, and yet say that you have a Chevy Tracker today. I'm not sure, but I can't believe the Tracker has the towing capacity of 3500lbs either.

The pre 2012 Escapes could be equipped with a 4 or 6 cylinder engine, but not anymore since the complete redesign. But I would still want to see it in writing in the Ford Manual that the particular V6 with FWD or AWD can be flat towed.

GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox are basically the same vehicle nowadays. Once again, check the actual owner's manual for the exact engine choice as to flat towing. Newer models of various vehicles are now coming with 4 vs 6 cylinders with close to similar horsepower ratings, but reduced towing capacities.

Read carefully for flat towing on any vehicle..........but as was stated by another here........the Honda CRV seems to be the most popular toad choice these days, and was confirmed at a recent rally when the discussion was about toads. Next popular is the Jeep line......but not nearly as fuel efficient as most vehicles.
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fbconsults,

We have a 2011 GMC Terrain behind our motorhome and find it works well with four down. We love the comfortable ride it offers and has plenty of room for most all our "stuff". Ours is a 4-cyl. front wheel drive for economy and only pulls 2000#. I am not sure of the all-wheel and the 6-cyl. Think they are still only 2000#. Good luck with whatever direction you go.
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Thanks Fore Aces, that is the kind of information I am looking for, those with actual experience with those vehicles. The other information is helpful, but behind the wheel information is what I need. The Terrain is rated for 3500 lbs with the v-6 and tow package.

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Hello-

I tow a 2012 Chevy Equinox. Same car as the terrain. I have the 4 cylinder AWD. Tows nicely and is a quick set up. Simply requires the tranny in neutral and the removal of a fuse to keep from draining the battery. The V6 terrain should be the same, but read the owner's manual to verify before purchasing. I think the Terrain/Equinox vehicles will be the only ones that meet your requirements. They drive great. I love my Equinox.

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