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Old 10-10-2019, 06:17 PM   #1
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Highlander versus Sorento

Both vehicles are rated at 5,000 lbs for towing with the V6 engine. The Toyota Highlander has the 3.5 l engine while the Kia Sorento has the 3.3l. I’ve heard good things about the Toyota. Does anyone have experience towing with the Sorento? Thanks!
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Friend of ours has a humongous truck that broke down on the Coquihalla recently. They rode with with tow truck driver while the truck tagged along behind.

The conversation included which vehicles the tow truck driver encounters most on the infamous Coquihalla ( driver appears from time to time on TV series Highway to Hell ).

He said he spends a lot of time hooking up to Hyundai and Kia.
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Old 10-10-2019, 08:01 PM   #3
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Over the past 10 years I’ve had both 09 Hyundai Santa Fe and currently’ 18 Sorento with no issues with either. Although, I haven’t needed to tow anything. Going to be looking at Escape 19 next week so will need to upgrade tow vehicle since I’m only capable to 3500 lbs now.
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I don't knock anyone’s choice of equipment and don’t have any experience with Kias or Hyundai vehicles. So all I will say is that we have had very good results towing with both the 2012 and 2018 Toyota Highlanders. About 45,000 miles towing in the past 6 years on 19 and 21 foot Escapes. I especially like the 8 speed transmission in the 2018 unit. It’s especially good for descending steep grades and staying off the brakes. That’s my experience.
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Thanks! I’m leaning towards Toyota. I had a landcruiser many years ago and that was bulletproof except for body rust from a crummy repair job.
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If it were me, I’d being going the Toyota route. They are coming out with a new redesign next year. I’d probably buy before the redesign for reliability purposes. They get some of the best resale numbers as well. But that’s just me.
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Subaru Ascent, Hyundai Palisade, and Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride are all qualified 5,000 lb tow vehicles and all very close in features. Do not forget Volkswagen Atlas is also rated the same. So there are 5 choices to make...
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We are in the middle of a federal election with candidates trying to be the most green. One party plans to stop sales of all internal combustion vehicles by 2030. That seems to be the trend.

I'm almost 71 years old. My RAV4 is eleven years old and has low mileage. I'm pondering my options. I don't see an all-electric tow vehicle in my future since I avoid full service campgrounds. Do I replace the RAV soon or hope it lasts as long as my desire to camp?
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Hey, I’m 77. Looking to get new trailer and vehicle. I have socks older than 71! ��
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We are in the middle of a federal election with candidates trying to be the most green. One party plans to stop sales of all internal combustion vehicles by 2030. That seems to be the trend.

I'm almost 71 years old. My RAV4 is eleven years old and has low mileage. I'm pondering my options. I don't see an all-electric tow vehicle in my future since I avoid full service campgrounds. Do I replace the RAV soon or hope it lasts as long as my desire to camp?
We been asking ourselves a similar question . At 70 years old do we want / need to get a new trailer with all the space / options we desire or live with what we have knowing our days of camping are on a downhill decline .
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Friend of ours has a humongous truck that broke down on the Coquihalla recently. They rode with with tow truck driver while the truck tagged along behind.

The conversation included which vehicles the tow truck driver encounters most on the infamous Coquihalla ( driver appears from time to time on TV series Highway to Hell ).

He said he spends a lot of time hooking up to Hyundai and Kia.
I talked with a tow truck driver recently, 45 years experience, he only ever towed 1 Toyota.

Before you buy anything, Google Top 100 Longest Lasting vehicles. Toyota dominates that list.

Last year we drove to LA and back, 8800km. My son counted the broke down cars and trucks. Out of 70, we only counted 1 Toyota, 1 Honda, that’s all I’m going to say.
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Same opinion as Dave.

I've owned 8 toyotas--2 trucks, a camry, a corolla wagon, a rav4, and 3 highlanders.

I've towed with the 3 Highlanders: '05 (aframe), '13 (bigger aframe) and an '18 (Escape 17a). I've towed the Escape @ 17,000 miles with no issues at all. I love the safety features. I'm sold.
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Santa Fe Loaner.jpgI don't care, but I have to say, my buddy had an issue with his Hyundai Santa Fe, just before the warranty expired. He pursued the issue.

Hyundai couldn't find parts in North America to repair the engine and the parts they needed were no longer being made by the supplier in Korea.

After some six months with a car, the dealer eventually installed a hitch receiver and brake controller and wiring for the seven-pin in a service vehicle so he could go camping.
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He traded the Santa Fe in on a Highlander. I'm going to stick with Toyota, if I replace the RAV4.
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We are in the middle of a federal election with candidates trying to be the most green. One party plans to stop sales of all internal combustion vehicles by 2030. That seems to be the trend.
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Do I replace the RAV soon or hope it lasts as long as my desire to camp?
A decade from now isn't soon, and a ban on sales of internal combustion engines won't likely happen then, anyway. If anything actually happens, you'll have lots of notice to go shopping.
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A decade from now isn't soon, and a ban on sales of internal combustion engines won't likely happen then, anyway. If anything actually happens, you'll have lots of notice to go shopping.

This vehicle is eleven years old. My Ford Explorer was twelve when I gave it to my daughter and it promptly blew a head gasket. Before that, I had a Subaru for 13 years.

There are few gas stations today in downtown Vancouver. Most have been sold to build high rise condos and retail. That's a trend that's likely to continue as young people spurn driver's licences and have no desire to own a vehicle, maintain and insure it.

I'm wondering if I buy a new gas vehicle, will I be able to buy fuel for it in eight years?

I guess I could move to Alberta.
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Hi, Glenn,

Glad to hear you are pondering these things. I have several thoughts:

1). Test drives — they’re fun and they’re free. Some dealers even give you gift cards to come in. Try different size vehicles and different trim levels. You may say “this is much better” or you may say “this isn’t much better than what I already have.”

2) Some day when you get the news that you can no longer travel, will you say to yourself: I’m glad I had some years in a new vehicle, or will you say I’m glad I saved some money.

3) Our 2003 4Runner V6 has 110,000 miles and still feels and looks like new. Several people asked to buy it this year. We’ll never sell it, and towed our 21 with it again this year while the Ram was in for yet another emissions recall.

4) Whatever you do, don’t look up the article on the million mile Tundra.

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There’s a lot of pondering as Bill says , in the population we call “our generation”. Everybody looks at things a little differently depending upon their personal situation.
One thread that seems to run through life is that terrific memories can be made at little cost if that’s your makeup. My theory is to wear vehicles, tires, or other equipment out instead of letting it age out. A couple of weeks ago I was asked how old the tires on Escapes should be before they were changed out. I was happy to report that I did not know because at three years, mine were down to the point where they needed replacing. The 2018 Highlander turned 45,000 miles earlier this week. The original Michelin latitudes don’t look too bad yet and will make the winter when I don’t drive much or maybe I’ll change them before winter for. new rubber on the road , gotta ponder that. Hope everyone is having a great fall. The Smokies this time of year are lovely. Crisp air, great food, good camping and $2.25 gasoline, how can you beat it.? Gotta burn more gas I guess. Don’t wait to long
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This vehicle is eleven years old. My Ford Explorer was twelve when I gave it to my daughter and it promptly blew a head gasket. Before that, I had a Subaru for 13 years.

There are few gas stations today in downtown Vancouver. Most have been sold to build high rise condos and retail. That's a trend that's likely to continue as young people spurn driver's licences and have no desire to own a vehicle, maintain and insure it.

I'm wondering if I buy a new gas vehicle, will I be able to buy fuel for it in eight years?

I guess I could move to Alberta.
Maybe we Albertan's can make some extra cash by bringing jerry cans of gasoline across the AB-BC border and selling it you guys on the black market!
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I test drove the Honda Passport (5000 pounds and GREAT cargo space, only 5 passenger) and the Honda Ridgeline. Main thing I did not like with the Passport was that it seemed to have poorer visibility than the Ridgeline and was not as peppy. But those two, and the Pilot, have Toyota all beat out when it comes to towing because they come ready to tow. (At least some trims.) All I had to do with my Ridgeline was plug in my brake controller and stick a ball mount in the receiver. I've heard for years about what a pain it was that the tow package on a Toyota does not make the vehicle ready to tow.

Can't comment on the Sorrento. I did look at one early on, mostly comparing it to the Highlander, and have friends who have them and like them, but haven't driven one and don't know anyone towing with one.

I can't see an all-electric tow vehicle in anyone's future very soon, not if you actually want to do a lot of towing. But some day in the future I might have an electric car as an everyday driver.
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I've heard for years about what a pain it was that the tow package on a Toyota does not make the vehicle ready to tow.

Toyota doesn't offer a "tow package" ( or didn't ). It offers a "tow prep package". There is a difference and when you understand the difference, it's no surprise.
On my RAV, tow prep included larger radiator, alternator, transmission fluid cooler. As a condition of sale, the dealer brought in an installer who wired the controller and 7-pin and installed a Class 3 for WDH receiver. The Toyota OEM hitch receiver was only Class 2.

I'd ask if the Honda hitch receiver is Class 3 for use with WDH.
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