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Old 09-03-2017, 04:33 AM   #1
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Current top picks for towing a 17

Even though Im not in the market for a 21 or perfect tow for same, I enjoyed everyones opinion for towing a 21 thought I'd kick out a similar thread for the 17.

I have a new to me 09 Tacoma 4X4, 4l, V6, auto, Access cab with an ARE canopy. I havent had it in tow long enough to generate any driving / towing numbers yet but so far am happy. Im pleased with the change from my previous towing vehicle, a Cherokee to my Tacoma as the pick up truck format provides more room for my camping gear. Pretty soon I won't buy any more ..... ya right!


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Old 09-03-2017, 07:08 AM   #2
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We have roughly 250 miles under our belt towing our 17B with a 2012 Chevy Colorado 4 x 4. Consumer Reports rated this year and this year only decent marks for reliability. Towing mileage on rural secondary roads here in Vermont has been 16 mpg or about 1 mpg better than with our Rav 4.

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Old 09-03-2017, 08:08 AM   #3
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Saw a brand new GMC Crew Cab Canyon in town yesterday .
Very nice looking truck and the owner was extremely pleased with his recent purchase.
I was surprised that the Canyon was not that much smaller than my full size truck.
The really small trucks like Tacoma seem more of a hybrid to me
Not really a truck and not really an SUV

The Canyon / Colorado looks like it would be a great tow vehicle for an Escape 17 or 19 .
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Old 09-03-2017, 08:25 AM   #4
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Yes, the compacts are getting bigger as are the 1/2 tons gaining weight. The fall brings new Jeep Scrambler and soon Ford's Ranger and Bronco will be reborn. Gotta make room for the replacements.
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Old 09-03-2017, 10:24 PM   #5
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2016 Ram Ecodiesel.

We drove from Arizona to Alaska this summer via Yosemite NP , Banff and Jasper NP. Many twisty mountain passes.
This truck pulled the 17 like a dream at times even forgetting I was towing.
Crossed over numerous mountain passes effortlessly.
The 6 cylinder 3.0L engine puts out 240 hp and 420 pounds of torque.
The eight speed transmission shifted smoothly providing a wide power band.
Did not worry much about mpg. Overall trip we clocked just over 20mpg!
Probably a little overkill for a 17 but I really liked the power when needed. Also the 17 only make the truck squat 1 inch fully loaded.
This engine and truck were built to tow. What a tractor!
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:43 AM   #6
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There are a lot of SUVs that can tow a 17. No need for a truck unless that's what you want.
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Old 09-04-2017, 02:48 PM   #7
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While I had some gripes about the small fuel tank & low ground clearance, my 2010 RAV 4 (V6 & tow package) did a fine job of towing the Escape 17. I do have to admit the move to a 2016 Tacoma Off Road was an improvement, however towing, as well as non towing mileage took a hit.

So far I'm OK with the Tacoma towing my new 21.
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:55 PM   #8
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Just completed a long maiden trip towing with 2017 V6 AWD Highlander

We are just back from a 7500 mile trip, which took us from Orlando Fl to Chilliwack BC & back.

I would say about 3600 mile towing our new 17B back to Orlando. For a novice like me, I would say it was a easy enough towing experience (Once I got that hooked up)

I vote for the Highlander.


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