SUV and Minivan Towing Capacities
By: Jim Alseth
(Towing Ratings for 2007 models of Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X3 and X5 series, Buick Ranier, Buick Rendezvous, Chev Equinox, Chev TrailBlazer, Chev Blazer, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Ford Escape, GM Envoy, GMC Jimmy, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Commander, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Lexus RX, Mazda Tribute/MPV, Mercedes M class, Mitsubishi Monterro, Mitsubishi Endeavor, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Mirano, Pontiac Torrent, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Saturn Vue, Subaru Tribeca, Toyota Highlander, 4Runner and Sequoia.)Ranges (e.g. 3500-4500 lbs.) are due to the difference in axle ratios, 2W/4W/AWD configurations.
Towing a light-weight travel trailer with a Minivan or SUV is becoming increasing popular for North American families, especially as fuel prices continue to rise. Minivans and many SUVs offer 7 (sometimes 8) passenger seating, good fuel economy and enough power to pull most ultra-light trailers up to a length of almost 30 feet.
So keeping in mind what many families are looking for--the best combination of affordability, seating, fuel economy and power--we compiled at list of popular SUV and Minivan towing capacities. You`ll notice the list below includes only SUVs, simply because Minivan towing guidelines are pretty straightforward.
The majority of Minivans are front-wheel/all wheel driven and therefore have a maximum towing limit of 3500 lbs or less. The other limiting factor is unit-body construction, as opposed to having a full frame (which full-size pickups and many SUVs possess).
New additions to our list include units from BMW and Audi and we`ve added some 8 cylinder vehicles as well. Of particular note for 2007 is Jeep`s Grand Cherokee with a completely new 3.0 l diesel. This unit has a whopping 7300 lb towing capacity, gets up to 23 mpg on the highway, and incorporates quieter, cleaner diesel technology.
Car makers emphasize all towing capacities assume installation of a proper trailer-towing package, which usually includes class 3 or 4 hitch, load distribution bars and extra transmission cooler.
Source: Great Camping Spots