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Old 10-01-2014, 07:30 PM   #21
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The tow capacity in Canada is 5000 pounds, and both our dealer and Toyota Canada confirmed that rating when that 4700 pound figure showed up in the US.
So why does the U.S. Sale brochure state 5,000lbs?
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:19 PM   #22
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Toyota is not consistent in its own literature for the 4Runner towing capability. Some US sales literature specifies 4700lb (e.g. toyota.com in the specifications webpage), but the US owner's manual specifies 5000lb.

What is perhaps more interesting is that the owners manual lists the 4wd 4Runner GCWR at 11300lb. As a point of comparison, the 4wd Highlander GCWR is 9900lb, which consistently lists towing as 5000lb. Go figure...

If you google Toyota manuals, you find all this for any model and year in the "Driving the Vehicle" or "Cargo and Luggage" pdf.

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Old 10-01-2014, 08:50 PM   #23
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The difference in the GCWR and GVWR among vehicles is just what some here have tried to point out. When you see the towing capacity given, it is only one number.

All of the numbers have to be looked at to know what the capacity actually is because that one number can be misleading. The differences between the Highlander and the 4Runner have been discussed on other threads so I won't go into them. Since the 4runner is a better towing vehicle, the GCWR is higher. (As is its GVWR which accounts for some of the difference.)
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:42 PM   #24
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I'm not questioning the 4Runner as much as expressing some skepticism of the numbers, which haven't been consistent in the US.

FWIW, I bought a 4Runner and not a Highlander because I think it's a better tow vehicle, especially with an auxiliary transmission cooler.

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Old 10-01-2014, 11:09 PM   #25
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Bill, the 5000 was the 2011, 2012 and 2013 number and probably earlier. The claim in 2011 was that the 5000 was being used after having been through the towing testing. This year, however, it has been said that the towing testing reduced the number by 300. No telling if there has been some slight change in the vehicle. That probably could never be found out. Then again, it is also not impossible that a vehicle's testing could not have exactly the same results every year.
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Old 10-02-2014, 12:17 AM   #26
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I've heard the SAE test rumor too but I haven't seen anything official that confirms it, so again I'm skeptical. If you have a Toyota or SAE reference, I would be interested in reading it. But if it were really true, why does the online and printed 2014 owners manual still say 5000lb? Why does Toyota Canada still advertise 5000lb? It's just one of life's many mysteries that I don't understand.

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I've heard the SAE test rumor too but I haven't seen anything official that confirms it, so again I'm skeptical. If you have a Toyota or SAE reference, I would be interested in reading it. ...
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:23 AM   #28
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Toyota is not consistent in its own literature for the 4Runner towing capability. Some US sales literature specifies 4700lb (e.g. toyota.com in the specifications webpage), but the US owner's manual specifies 5000lb.
Again, Toyota has official documentation stating both 4700lb and 5000lb.

If anyone has the SAE test results (the individual tests that make up J2807 test suite) that can definitively say it's one or the other, that would be interesting reading.

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Old 10-03-2014, 07:14 PM   #29
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Otro Toyota! Made the purchase, thnx everyone.

Came with the Hitch and some wires in the glovebox. Where should I go from here? Wiring etc?
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The wires in the glove box are for your brake controller. Should be an instruction sheet with them, and the controller will also have some generic instructions.
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