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Old 01-17-2019, 10:47 PM   #1
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17B tow vehicle: Highlander, Ridgeline, Pilot?

New to this with an older Escape 17B and looking for vehicle to tow it. Leaning towards a recent (2017+) Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot or Honda Ridgeline. All have their pros and cons. Does anyone have personal experience with any of these for towing, to help guide our decision? (PS Subaru Ascent also a maybe but probably too new to assess.)
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:58 AM   #2
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New to this with an older Escape 17B and looking for vehicle to tow it. Leaning towards a recent (2017+) Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot or Honda Ridgeline. All have their pros and cons. Does anyone have personal experience with any of these for towing, to help guide our decision? (PS Subaru Ascent also a maybe but probably too new to assess.)
We towed our new 17B with an older model Pilot. No issues except it was a bit hard going on long hills. However newer model Pilots have bigger tow capacities and older Escapes are lighter so expect you would have no problems. We loved our Pilot otherwise, but had to sell it when we went to a 21 and needed something much beefier.
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I tow 17a w a 2018 Highlander and towed other previous trailers w a 2005 and 2013 Highlander. It’s been flawless—just be sure you have v6 engine. Some earlier models (my2005) only had 3500 tow rating but now late models have 5000. I have driven my son’s ridgeline. I like it a lot and the back seat is really nice. My only concern would be the side/rear visibility. Don’t know about its tow rating.
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I tow 17a w a 2018 Highlander and towed other previous trailers w a 2005 and 2013 Highlander. It’s been flawless—just be sure you have v6 engine. Some earlier models (my2005) only had 3500 tow rating but now late models have 5000. I have driven my son’s ridgeline. I like it a lot and the back seat is really nice. My only concern would be the side/rear visibility. Don’t know about its tow rating.
I towed my 2015 17B with a 2006 Ridgeline more than 25000 miles without issue. I definitely knew the trailer was there, high rpm's on hills, never felt unsafe or dangerous. About 11MPG towing. My current tow vehicle is a 2014 Nissan Frontier, much more truck-like ride, larger engine 4L vs 3.5, more torque, better MPG around 14. Best of luck. Dave
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:33 PM   #5
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I have a 2019 Honda Ridgeline AWD and am using it to tow my Escape 19. I absolutely love it. Handles like a car, but tows like a truck.
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We tow a 2011 19ft. with a 2014 Highlander. We have no problems and we have some pretty challenging mountain passes here. We went to check out a new Honda Pilot a couple of days ago and were told we would need a transmission cooler- something we don't need for the Highlander. We also liked the interior layout of the Highlander better. (Bigger console and dash shelf). We also checked out the GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma but I don't think we could get used to the more cramped interiors after having the Highlander.
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Perhaps your Highlander didn't need the transmission fluid cooler because it comes standard? I know that there were several desirable things for towing that were optional in the US and standard in Canada.
Any comparison has to be between specific vehicles.
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Perhaps your Highlander didn't need the transmission fluid cooler because it comes standard? I know that there were several desirable things for towing that were optional in the US and standard in Canada.
Any comparison has to be between specific vehicles.
To be honest, I don't know if my Highlander has a transmission cooler, now that you mention it. It was never discussed when we bought it 4 years ago.
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The transmission cooler is a standard thing w tow package.
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Another factor for the decision would be how you intend to use the vehicle when you’re not camping. The highlander can seat 7 or 8 depending on year and with two people the seats fold down for a lot of interior room. The ridgeline seats 5 and the truck Bed would carry things outside the cab but you’d need a cover or shell for security.
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