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Old 08-04-2016, 02:53 PM   #41
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Selecting the best tow vehicle seems to me to be a pretty easy decision with really only one correct solution. The FJ Cruiser is the one. Unfortunately they are no longer sold new in North America but there are still some good used ones out there.
Well Dave, if you're going to commit, commit. Another question answered.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:06 PM   #42
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Unfortunately they are no longer sold new in North America but there are still some good used ones out there.
Or you could import one from Australia, if you can get around the importation rules and don't mind driving from the wrong side of the vehicle. Then there's the Middle East (I don't know what countries)...

Mechanically, a previous-generation 4Runner is the same as an FJ Cruiser, and a GX 470 is the same thing but with a V8 engine. The current 4Runner and LX 460 are very close (but again there's the engine difference). Of course none of these alternatives have the very short rear overhang (which is good for towing) or the outside-mounted spare tire (which is not so good).

It looks like there will likely be FJ Cruiser enthusiasts for quite a few years. Between that demand, and low supply (less than one thousand sold a year for the last five years of sales in Canada), they won't be a cheap used deal for a long time!
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We get 12 mpg westbound and 13mpg Eastbound on mostly highway driving our 2011 RAV4 v6 while towing a 17B with AC. at 65 mph. We had hoped for better. This is over 8000 miles roughly.
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I get about the same. I try to keep speed down to 90 KPH ( 56 MPH ) but usually creep up to 100 KPH ( 62 MPH ). Only real way to save fuel is to slow down.
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We get 12 mpg westbound and 13mpg Eastbound on mostly highway driving our 2011 RAV4 v6 while towing a 17B with AC. at 65 mph. We had hoped for better. This is over 8000 miles roughly.
Slow down to 57MPH & you may get 15MPG. That was my average over 76,000 miles towing a 3010 lb 17B with a 2010 RAV4 Sport.

I'm now towing with a 2016 Tacoma Off Road, and over the last trip of 1000+ miles I'm down to 13.5 MPG towing at 60MPH.
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Well Dave, if you're going to commit, commit. Another question answered.
No problem, Robert. Giving "the" answer comes very easy to me. If you have any really difficult questions for which you require "the" answer, feel free to ask. No guarantees that you will like what I have to say.
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