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Old 04-07-2019, 09:24 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle for Escape 19 and Escape 17

All, we're shopping the Escape 17 and 19. What do you use to tow your 17 or 19 and how do you feel about it? Thanks!
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:32 PM   #2
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Look for a tow vehicle for the 19.

Starting over, I'd have a 19' and probably a Toyota Highlander.
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Old 04-08-2019, 05:24 AM   #3
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Just remember, with the longevity of a fg trailer, you will probably go through several tow vehicles over the years.
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:27 PM   #4
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17B tow vehicle

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I used a Ford Escape 6 cyl. to tow a packed 17B. Towed it well overall with a bit of lugging on steep inclines.
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I second the Highlander XLE with tow package. The 3rd gen Tacoma’s (2016 or later) rev about 700 RPM higher than the 2nd gen for the same grade and towing oomph. They are fine for the weight of a 17’ Escape, but need to down shift on grades for the weight of the 19’. The Taco will tow it just fine, but there will be a lot of time spent in 3 & 4th gear, so milage will go down.

The Highlander actually has higher cargo rated capacity than the Tacoma because it is designed to handle the weight of 6 or 7 adults. So you are not as limited in how much you carry while towing with the Highlander.

With a Tundra or Ford ecoboost, you wouldn’t even know the trailer is back there. The choice really comes down to how will you use the vehicle when not towing. Do you need a truck? Prefer an SUV? Or will it only be used for towing.

Edit: all the above advice is for new Escapes. The Classic Escapes weigh about 1000 lbs less and my 2016 Tacoma at the time towed my 2013 19’ no problem. (The devil is in the details as they say.)

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Old 04-09-2019, 06:38 AM   #6
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Just remember the Toyota Highlander does not have a full sized spare. Something to think about if you go flat while towing....even my Ram did not have one, I had to add later upon realizing this issue.
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Old 04-09-2019, 07:43 AM   #7
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Silverado truck has a full size spare. I needed it once. My (classic) 19 has no idea about that and I pull it everywhere, up the hills and on the plains, through the winds, etc, without complaint, even through the briars and the brambles where a rabbit wouldn't go.

(OK that last boast is a little over the top.)
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:28 AM   #8
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We tow our 2018 19 with a Chevy Colorado 4X4 Duramax diesel. So far I've been really happy with our setup. Where the diesel shines is going down steep grades, it has an exhaust brake and controls the trailer beautifully. I estimate our 19 is around 4,100 lbs fully loaded for travel. It's not a "I can't even feel it back there" type situation though, as others have described for full-sized pickups. I definitely know it's back there, but there is plenty of power for climbing and acceleration. One other thing to consider is these modern diesels have enhanced maintenance costs and complicated emissions systems that can be problematic. I've not had problems with mine so far but have read accounts of others having trouble. The flip side is they make stellar tow vehicles and get exceptional gas mileage.
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Although I have not towed an Escape with my 2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL AWD, I have towed a 4000# trailer and was very pleased with the results. So, based on that limited sample if the Ridgeline appeals to you, it would make a very comfortable/capable tow vehicle for an E19. The AWD Ridgeline has a 5000# max towing and 600# tongue weight.
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Where the diesel shines is going down steep grades, it has an exhaust brake and controls the trailer beautifully.

Does it somehow activate the trailer brakes?
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