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Old 05-28-2016, 06:51 PM   #1
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Towing Escape 17B - which VUS?

I have a Escape 17B and I have to choose between RAV4 V6 2013 or Subaru Outback H6 3.6R 2013.
Which one is the best?
Any idea?
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Old 05-28-2016, 07:09 PM   #2
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I have a Escape 17B and I have to choose between RAV4 V6 2013 or Subaru Outback H6 3.6R 2013.
Which one is the best?
Any idea?
Well I got 135,000 miles & 76,703 towing a 3010 lb 17B before trading in my 2010 RAV4 for a Tacoma so you know what I'd suggest...

The biggest hassle for me was the small gas tank & low clearance.
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Old 05-28-2016, 07:32 PM   #3
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What's the tongue limit on the Outback? I believe it is 200 lbs.
The RAV is 350 lbs and a 17B tongue weighs in about 320 lbs.
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Towing Escape 17B - which VUS?

Best is so relative. Depends on how you define best. The Outback is longer, and it's probably more of a midsize vehicle, while the RAV4 is a more compact vehicle. The Outback has a higher towing capacity and more interior space, so that tips the scales for me.

Even though the Outback is heavier, it accelerates more quickly, and has better gas mileage as well. But again, it depends on how you define best.


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I'll take on an Outback in acceleration any time. RAV4 V6 is 269 hp.
Goes like stink, even with the trailer attached ( good for highway on-ramps ).
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The 2013 rav4 is not a v6 from what info i have is they stopped making the v6 in 2012. I may be wrong though. Anyway the 2012 rav v6 is one fast car even when towing. Carl
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I have a Escape 17B and I have to choose between RAV4 V6 2013 or Subaru Outback H6 3.6R 2013.
2013 is the first year of the current style of RAV4, which - as Carl mentioned - doesn't come with a V6. There's nothing wrong with that for most purposes, but it makes me wonder about the year... did you mean a 2012? I don't believe any version of this generation (2013 to current) of RAV4 is rated to tow the weight of even a completely empty Escape 17. All good comments about towing with a RAV4 refer to the previous or third generation (2006 to 2012 model years).

I agree that hitch weight capacity is typically a concern for any Subaru, towing almost any travel trailer and certainly any Escape.

If you really are comparing a V6 RAV4 (which has Toyota's 2GR-FE engine) and a six-cylinder Subaru (the fifth-generation Legacy wagon sold as the "Outback")... it's really hard to avoid personal brand preferences, and I'll outright admit that in absence of specific details I would pick Toyota over Subaru every time. Given what I know about these specific vehicles I'm not aware of any reason to pick the Subaru, other than that it is not as unnecessarily tall (I like sensible height station wagons more than the "SUV" or "crossover" versions).
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The Outback is longer, and it's probably more of a midsize vehicle, while the RAV4 is a more compact vehicle. The Outback has a higher towing capacity and more interior space, so that tips the scales for me.

Even though the Outback is heavier, it accelerates more quickly, and has better gas mileage as well.
The Outback's wheelbase is 81 mm (3.2") longer, and the body length is 180 mm (7") more... not trivial, but not a huge difference. The Outback is a little bit narrower than the 2006-2012 RAV4. With the long Subaru nose, I wouldn't be surprised if the passenger area interior length is no better.

If the Outback has any performance advantage it will be due to less aero drag due to the lower height... which is good when not towing, but will make no difference with a barn door in tow.
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This is a no-brainer for me: I would take the V6 RAV4 (2006-2012) over the Outback simply by virtue of the towing capacity. RAV4 is 3500 lbs. while the Outback is 3000 lbs. I don't know about you, but once the 17B is loaded up, it would be close or over the Outback's limit. I would feel much safer seeing a RAV4 coming towards me towing a 17B than seeing an Outback towing one.
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2012 V6 or 2013 4 cylinder? The older RAV4 was a great tow vehicle. My answer was based on the 2013.


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