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Old 08-04-2017, 10:12 AM   #1
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Opinions on best small SUV for Toad

I would love suggestions on a small SUV (automatic transmission) that can be towed 4 wheels down behind a Forester 3011 DS. Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-04-2017, 10:14 AM   #2
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I would love suggestions on a small SUV (automatic transmission) that can be towed 4 wheels down behind a Forester 3011 DS. Thanks in advance!
Check a Kia Sorrento out.
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Anyone have a Buick Envision toad?
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:47 AM   #4
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New or used? Go to the link below and check out which cars can or can't be towed flat. I have been towing a 2013 Honda CR-V and it is very easy to tow. But starting in 2015 they went to a CVT transmission and it can no longer be towed flat. If you want the ultimate flat towing TOAD, IMHO, get a Jeep Wrangler. I just got a 2017 Unlimited and love it though I haven't towed it yet. I have it about ready to go for my next trip.

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Old 08-07-2017, 08:00 AM   #5
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I always thought you could not tow a 4x4 vehicle because it would tear up the transfer case?
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I always thought you could not tow a 4x4 vehicle because it would tear up the transfer case?
You have to be able to put the transfer case in Neutral. Then, no problems.
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I always thought you could not tow a 4x4 vehicle because it would tear up the transfer case?
Depends on the 4x4. Toyota pickups can't be towed flat due to their front axle design. Subarus are AWD and can't be towed flat with their current design. But Jeep Wranglers can. Just put the transfer case in neutral and you are good to go.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:23 AM   #8
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Studied this myself extensively. The 2012-2014 Honda CRV is a great place to start. Updated platform in 2012 and per the owner's manual, towable through 2014 until they went with a CVT tranny. The dinghy guide referenced in an earlier post does a good job of listing the options. Never a bad idea to check the owner's manual for your particular year. In the end that's the best way to insure the towability. We actually went with a 2012 Honda Fit with AT. It's overall weight under 3000 lbs (no braking system required in most states) plus SUV like room for our dog crates with the rear seats folded is what sold us on the Fit.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:32 PM   #9
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We love our Chevy equinox as a toad. Be sure to check owners manual online before buying to be sure it is able to be towed 4 down. Good Luck!
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:35 PM   #10
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We're towing our Equinox. If you use a brake buddy or similar system your coach brakes will last longer and it's a safer tow. IMHO
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:39 PM   #11
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If you can possibly score a used Honda Element in good condition (the last model year was 2011) they are an awesome toad and all-around small SUV. Plenty of room for extra stuff because the back seats come out. Hook up, put it in neutral, key in first position, fans off, away you go. Couldn't be easier. Good luck!
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:04 PM   #12
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Towing a Ford Edge

We are towing a 2016 Ford Edge 4WD Automatic. The key is engine and transmission combination. The base engine (4 cyl turbo with CVT transmission) can NOT be flat towed. The 6 cyl engine and the larger 4 cyl with turbo both come with a conventional transmission and CAN be flat towed.

We really like the Ford, it tows great, and has plenty of room to pack stuff in and for use when we get where we are going.

Please note - pay attention to the owners manual for flat towing instructions (this applies to all cars). With the Fords, you can not exceed 65 MPH, must run engine for 5 minutes after towing for 6 hours, run through the gears before shutting down the engine to begin to tow, need to start Ford engine within 15 minutes of stopping towing, and should have a battery disconnect switch.

We are using a Blue Ox tow bar, base plate, KarGuard II to prevent rocks from hitting the car, and a Blue Ox Patriot II brake assist. The installer of the base plate wired a 12V plug direct from the battery (not disconnected with the disconnect switch) for the Patriot to plug into.
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I tow a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland behind a 2015 Force 37 BH with Cummins 340hp 6.7 diesel. I hardly know it is back there. However, if I were going to buy another toad it would be the small jeep. The jeep's transfer case is disconnected with the push of a button; steering is electrical so you do not have to turn the key (the key is normally remote but the fob comes apart if necessary) when towing to release the steering. No miles roll up when towing,
the smaller jeep is about 3000 lbs in weight, it is easy to configure for towing with Blue Ox and can accept just about any kind of aux braking device. The mini-vans are nice with lots of room in them but the jeep will take you places you can't go in a mini-van and why are you on the road anyway....to explore and
see what's "out there"!

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Old 08-07-2017, 06:54 PM   #14
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I agree with Jetjockey6. I have a 2012 Jeep liberty, the last year they made that model & have towed it all over the country behind my 2013 378XL. Extremely easy to set up, remove key, lock the doors & you are good to go.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:15 PM   #15
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I tow a 2015 Chevy Captiva, same as a Saturn Vue. . They stopped making them after 2015. They are a little smaller than the Chevy Equinex
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I plan to tow my 2014 Jeep Trailhawk. It was made to flat tow.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:43 PM   #17
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We tow a 2014 Honda CR-V. Great tow vehicle, but as someone mentioned previously, any CR-V newer than 2014 cannot be towed flat.
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Depends on the 4x4. Toyota pickups can't be towed flat due to their front axle design. Subarus are AWD and can't be towed flat with their current design. But Jeep Wranglers can. Just put the transfer case in neutral and you are good to go.
Or, the Jeep Liberty is a little larger than the Wrangler, is super easy to set up as a toad and a little more comfortable. It is also capable of Off road. We found a 2012 Liberty on craigslist last October with 8,012 miles and it has been excellent. DW calls it "my Jeep" and she was at first against a toad. It has a neutral in the transfer case, so the odometer isn't working and no lock on the steering wheel. The tail light assembly has a place for add-on brake/tail/turn signals. Our relatives have a 2007 Liberty and is has been nearly flawless. The newest Liberty body style has side air bags front and rear for additional safety. We went with a 7,500 lb tow bar because it was right on the limit of 5,000 lbs. It's a dream to tow.
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:35 PM   #19
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I tow a 2002 Jeep Liberty and a 2014 JeepWrangler Unlimited, whichever one I can peel away from my college kids. Both flat tow flawlessly with the blue ox system and invisibrake. Both are 4x4, seat 5 and have ample storage space behind the rear seats.
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Jk jeep 4x4 wrangler auto all four down... blue ox plate and bar..
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