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Old 06-22-2016, 01:13 PM   #11
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I would suggest driving each one to see how you like them, and compare the tow ratings. If you think you will load the 21 and tow vehicle up with a lot of stuff, a 5,000 lb tow rating might be near the limit, but if you pack lightly any of them should work.

Aside from towing, all of them are great vehicles.
Jim: my lucky day. I am planning on ordering a 5.0T and am looking at F-150s, either an XLT or Lariat (this week as a matter of fact). It would seem to me that a 2 wheel drive (4x2) should be sufficient except in extremely rare conditions. Is that reasonable? We rarely have snow here and I would stay off the road then, anyway.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:27 PM   #12
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Hi Lee and welcome...

Re 2wd vs 4wd. We just traded in a 2010 F150 4.6l 2wd on a 2015 F150 2.7EB 4wd to tow our 5.0. I initially had no qualms about 2wd but a couple of instances last winter made me realize that despite the extra weight, cost, etc of 4wd, this time we should have one. First was an awful drive Jan. 19 from Sioux Falls SD to Leavenworth KS in snow. I know you likely won't tow in snow. But the other two times, once with trailer and once without, on rough gravel roads in AZ I was hoping not to get stuck with having only 2wd.

I don't yet know how the towing is with the new truck, just got the fifth wheel in and took it around the block with trailer but will find out more tomorrow when I take my grandsons camping.

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Old 06-22-2016, 01:47 PM   #13
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Steve, my truck does have a different driving feel and ride quality than my wife's car: the truck is better.

Definitely not Grandpa's truck.
My wife puts about 2000 miles a year on her car . She would rather ride in / drive the,truck .Come to think of it our chocolate lab would rather ride in the truck than the car
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Jim: my lucky day. I am planning on ordering a 5.0T and am looking at F-150s, either an XLT or Lariat (this week as a matter of fact). It would seem to me that a 2 wheel drive (4x2) should be sufficient except in extremely rare conditions. Is that reasonable? We rarely have snow here and I would stay off the road then, anyway.
Around here a 2WD has to be special ordered, as almost every truck is 4WD. In the snow without 4WD you do a heck of a lot of spinning. Heck, even on dry pavement with little payload, I can easily spin the tires if I step on it from a stop. That said, if I rarely ever needed the 4WD, the 2WD will save you money on purchase and perhaps maintenance too.

I only reason I got the 3.5L Ecoboost over the 2.7L only because it is the only way to get a 6.5' box with a full crew cab, and I wanted both.
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Old 06-22-2016, 02:34 PM   #15
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My wife puts about 2000 miles a year on her car . She would rather ride in / drive the,truck .Come to think of it our chocolate lab would rather ride in the truck than the car
I hope she knows that she may be able to save on insurance.
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If I was getting a 19 or 21, I would be inclined to go for an SUV. While new trucks like mine are nice to drive, the slightly smaller size of the SUV, along with it's great interior space for cargo, would make it better for me.

The Doge Durango would be a lot better if they would put their small diesel in it, rather than the fuel guzzling hemi.
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Old 06-22-2016, 02:41 PM   #18
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Latest Honda Pilot - Does anyone tow with 2016 Honda Pilot ?
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2017 Acura MDX - debuting today...
Although the 2017 Acura MDX is just coming out, it is only a "facelift", or minor revision. This is the same underlying vehicle of the same generation as the 2014 and later MDX, and the 2016 Honda Pilot, other than the addition of a hybrid option.

If you are interested in a hybrid, both Toyota and now Honda (Acura) now offer this, but at least the Highlander Hybrid has lower (and insufficient for a 21') towing capacity compared to the regular version.

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2017 Toyota Highlander - coming in Fall
The change in the Highlander for 2017 has also been described as a facelift of the 2013 design, but has a powertrain change which may be significant.
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In V6 powered models, an eight-speed automatic replaced the six-speeder and the revised V6 engine—now designated 2GR-FKS—which added Toyota's D4-S direct injection fuel system.
Experience with the 2013-2016 Highlander would still be relevant regarding the body and chassis (suspension), and the engine change is a refinement rather than a completely different engine. By the way, the new version is the same engine as used in the 2016 Tacoma.

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The 8 speed transmission is an important advantage over the 6 speed transmissions when towing

The auto leveling rear suspension and trailer sway control feature is also valuable
I agree that these are good features. The 2017 Highlander also has an 8-speed transmission, and the current Pilot and MDX have a 9-speed.

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It is similar to the Durango although with a somewhat shorter wheelbase.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango are essentially identical other than styling and wheelbase - they are mechanically the same. The Durango's unusually long wheelbase seems like an advantage to me, although the rear overhang may a little long as well.
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The Doge Durango would be a lot better if they would put their small diesel in it, rather than the fuel guzzling hemi.
The diesel Durango is the Grand Cherokee with the 3.0 L turbodiesel - you have to give up the longer wheelbase to get the diesel.
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Buy a pick up and you're on call for every time a relative moves or a friend needs to haul to the dump.
Doesn't happen to me Glenn. My son lives across town and has a pickup, so people call on him not me since I have a fifth wheel sitting in the middle of the bed
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