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Old 05-03-2017, 12:35 PM   #1
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Is a Toyota Venza V6 Enough For a 17B?

The title says it all, pretty much. Will a Toyota Venza V6 with 3500 lb rated towing capacity handle a 17B Escape? Or will I have traffic backed up for miles behind me going uphill in the Rockies?
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:57 PM   #2
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The Venza uses the same powertrain (engine and transmission) as a Sienna or Highlander; although AWD system details vary between these models and by model year, they have the same power output and transmission capacity.

My 2004 Sienna V6 has more than enough power for our 3000 pound trailer, which is the length and weight of an Escape 17' and width of an Escape 19'. Newer (starting in 2007) Sienna and Highlander models have the 3.5 litre 2GR-FE engine as the V6 option and substantially more power (as well as a 6-speed transmission); all years of Venza have this more powerful engine (and 6-speed).

The Toyota RAV4 in the V6 version (available 2005-2012) also has the same engine (2GR-FE), and several EscapeForum members tow Escape 17's with this variant of RAV4.

So, in my opinion, the answer is "yes" , at least with regard to power for pulling up mountain grades.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:00 PM   #3
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this thread might get interesting...
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I'll also note that although the specific scenario provided was related only to power, being "enough" or "handling" a trailer suggests consideration of stabilty as well. A key factor in ability to handle a trailer is wheelbase, and the Venza has the same wheelbase as a Highlander (which I believe is generally regarded as more than enough for a 17B) and longer than the RAV4, although still not as long as a Sienna.

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this thread might get interesting...
Yes, I expect that soon someone will declare that nothing less than a 6.7-litre turbocharged diesel engine putting out 400 horsepower and in a truck with 13-foot wheelbase is enough for a 17B!

With any luck forum members will notice that the question is about the smallest current Escape, not a 21' or even a 19'.
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Yes, I expect that soon someone will declare that nothing less than a 6.7-litre turbocharged diesel engine putting out 400 horsepower and in a truck with 13-foot wheelbase is enough for a 17B!
Gotta be at LEAST an F350 dually.....
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What is the GCWR of the Venza? That would be the total loaded weight of the Venza and the 17B. This information should be in your owners manual
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Sean is asking the right question. The numbers either work or they don't. What to tow with is often just opinion, but math is math.

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Don't forget frontal area.
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Old 05-03-2017, 04:48 PM   #9
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Gotta be at LEAST an F350 dually.....
I have to say....I tow my 17B with a 1997 F250 4X4 with the 460cu in big block motor. Can't even tell the trailer is back there which is a problem sometimes.....
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Don't forget frontal area.
A valid point, but in my experience Toyota does not specify a frontal area. They do rate towing capacity according to SAE Standard J2807; that standard specifies a body size for the trailer, which will have less frontal area than an Escape of the same weight.
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