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Old 06-05-2017, 09:35 PM   #1
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Towing with 5000 lb rated vehicle

Do any of you with SUVs rated at 5000 lb towing capacity have an accurate figure of your gas mileage when towing a 19' Escape and a 21' Escape? (We have a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe.) Thanks!
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:45 PM   #2
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Thought the Santa Fe only has a 3,500 lb. tow rating. My buddy towed his 19' with one, but moved up to a Highlander with 5,000 lb. rating.
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:14 PM   #3
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So far climbing the mountains around Banff, fighting headwinds and today tailwind, it has averaged 15 mpg towing our 21 with our Highlander


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Old 06-05-2017, 11:31 PM   #4
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we have been towing our 21 with a 2014 highlander for about 30-35,000 miles now. up hill and down hill, with the wind and against the wind. Mostly we average about 14.5 mpg over a long trip, but it varies mostly with the wind. On our current trip (left 5/19, went to Osoyoos and then Chilliwack) the car says we are averaging 14.3. We did a long day into a big headwind coming across Montana on the way out. There were times when we were only getting 10 or 11 mpg between fills and the average dropped to 13.? The mileage started improving when we hit the mountains, and we did really well today when we had a big tail wind, averaging over 16 mpg between fills.

i have been driving somewhere between 55 and 65 most of the time.
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Old 06-06-2017, 06:12 AM   #5
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During our first 20,000 miles we towed with our V-6 4Runner and got numbers very much like Eric and Leon. The mpg difference between 55 mph and 65 mph is significant---I'd say 16 mph drops to 13 mpg., based on my experience. Secondly, the vehicle's indicated mpg and the actual calculated number can vary by a couple of miles per gallon.
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Old 06-06-2017, 07:03 AM   #6
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We tow with a 2013 Pathfinder. Non-towing mileage is around 25 mpg, and we are getting right at 16 when towing.
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:11 AM   #7
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Our Ford Explorer gets 21.5 MPG all-around non-towing. Last year we towed our 21 across country, round trip to New Hampshire and back; over the Sierras and Rockies. We got 15.5 east bound and 14.5 west bound. A little more headwind w/b.
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:35 PM   #8
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Question re. towing mileage

Thanks for all your replies. This has been very helpful. When we were towing our 15' Escape with 3500 lb rating Hyundai, we were getting average of 16l/100 km; when we changed to to 5000lb rated Hyundai, the mileage changed to 14l/100 km. So looks like the 19' Escape is very feasible. We agree about the speed as well- we tend to travel at just under 60 mph for optimal mileage.
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:52 PM   #9
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It's important to hand-calculate your mileage. The mileage displayed on the dash is sometimes off by quite a bit depending on the vehicle. On our first trip with our 2017 Pilot it reported 16.2 but the actual hand-calculated number was right at 15 for our 17B. I do drive over 60 though -- usually 65 if conditions allow, and our 17B has all the heavy options.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:15 PM   #10
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Re: hand calculating mileage

We agree, although, as pointed out elsewhere, the "instant" mileage is useful in modifying driving habits. Cummins Diesel has an excellent document about mileage that points out that roughly 30% of a semi-trailer truck mileage variation is determined by driver habits. We found by trial-and-error that if we travelled over 60 mph our gas mileage deteriorated dramatically so we stick to 59 or less. Yep, we are more patient than some! At any rate, we calculate mileage by hand over a long (more than 500 km) trip by averaging the gas volumes and mileage and doing the math in our trip log.
Once again, thanks to all of you and happy motoring.
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