Originally Posted by sailor231
We are in the market for a new car for my wife, with plans to buy a 19 next year. This will be her daily driver around town with our baby and she wants something that isn't huge and trucky in the city. We are going to be test driving over the next month or two and shopping year end deals. I am looking for input on towing, especially over the passes here in WA. Currently the top 3 are the highlander, pilot and sorento. We are also looking at lightly used MDX and ML350 diesel. Has anyone towed with more than one of these to be able to compare? I worry about the tongue rating on the sorento, because it isn't clear if it is 350 or 500 lbs but I like the size. Is the mdx worth the upgrade over the pilot? I worry about the ML350 electronics and how it will hold up with lots of short trips, but it seems like it would tow the best.
I have driven a grand cherokee and an explorer and did not like either. The new traverse could be a consideration as well, but I trust toytoa/honda quality more than gm. We don't want to go to a bigger truck based vehicle, I would rather pack light on trips than have to deal with one of those day to day.
We towed our 17' Casita deluxe with our 2011 MDX and it was a fantastic tug for us.
and a wonderful daily driver. Drives way better than a midsized SUV should.
our trusted mechanic highly recommended it, for reliability and comfort and performance.
I think it is a lot nicer than a Pilot.
we'll tow our forthcoming 2017 (with the fancy WDH from ETI) and we'll know how it does.... and I'll report back.
we travel light, i bought a tongue scale for making sure tongue weight is correct.... and quite a few people here have towed a 21' with somewhat similar HP + torque + capacity SUVs and reported back that it is fine.
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