Re: V6 vrs V8 towing and mileage
I think Escape Hatch said it right when he states you need to compare torque from vehicle to vehicle, horsepower is not a good measurement for towing. In the 4Runner family the V6 produces less torque than the V8 and surprisingly does not get more than a mile or two better in miles per gallon.
That said, the other consideration, is the Gross Combined Weight Rating . This is a combination of the trailer, trailer contents, vehicle and vehicle contents. If you haul lots of extras like bikes, canoes, grills, people, food and water you can exceed a vehicle GCWR. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is another measurement to watch. You should research these measurements and find what the manufacturers limits are for each vehicle you are considering.
Paul and Janet Braun
2003 Toyota 4Runner V8 now 2012 Toyota Sequoia V8
Escape 19' 2010 now 2014 Escape 21'