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Old 07-17-2017, 07:44 AM   #101
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Some people have a very light load and can use a Highlander when others cannot. We use a 4Runner. While both claim a 5,000 towing capacity, the Highlander has less than 10,000 for its GCWR whereas the 4Runner has 11,300. That is a whopping big difference.
According to Toyota's Highlander manual, the V6 AWD 2017 Highlander's GCWR is 11,000#
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:37 AM   #102
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According to Toyota's Highlander manual, the V6 AWD 2017 Highlander's GCWR is 11,000#
I do not know if they have changed that number or if it is only for the AWD. I know that I had looked up a Highlander at different times and found less than 10,000. Good to know that that 11,000 is what you have. So I hope people will pay attention to which model and I will stand corrected for at least that model. That is a good vehicle for many to use then, the AWD.

As I was mentioning before, there was a claim by a person with experts concurring that a front-wheel with towing package could not do the towing of 5,000 and was having big trouble. When an expert sent questions repeatedly to the manufacturer, they were never answered even though expected to be answered easily on at least some of it. The owner lost several thousand dollars, having to get rid of his trailer on finding out the situation in actual use. Again, however, I could not tell from the information given whether the car was insufficient for sure because it needed a little more confirmation info, for me, anyway.

And you say that you have pulled over mountains and more and no problems. That person was basically told not to go any distance with his set-up or he would ruin the transmission.

So I stand corrected and the Highlander is showing a GCWR of 11,000, for the AWD anyway. There have been several models of Highlanders and of course, some were definitely not suitable for towing a 21' or even 19' and I expect that that is still the case. But at least one is suitable, according to what they are saying, and your use. Thank you for posting that.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:09 AM   #103
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Manufacturers change these ratings all the time. That is why when people say " can I tow trailer x with vehicle y" it is always best for them to find the exact weight and tow ratings of that exact vehicle because it varies between models of the same year and also changes year to year.
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