2018 Highlander Limited. 295 hp. V6. 8 speed tranny. (Not the hybrid, but the "normal" engine.) 5,000 lbs towing capacity.
Our 2018 Escape 19'er weights a surprising heavy 4,400 lbs, "on the road" & fully loaded including a full fresh water tank. I'm surprised how well the Highlander tows the 19'er using the Fastway E2 weight distribution hitch sold by, and installed by ETI.
I generally tow @ 60 mph on the highways, two-lane road @ the speed limit or 5 mph less than speed limit. 14 - 15 mpg. I'm a conservative driver... "conservative enough" that I sometimes drive my wife, who's a lead foot, "nuts". I keep an eye on the rearview mirror and pull over frequently to let the folks in a hurry pass.
We just picked up the 19'er in December and I only have 14 days on it so far. 1,000 miles. So I'm still dialing in how to set the tranny, and Power Mode in the Highlander. I run "Power Mode" on - which I guess moves the shift pattern of the tranny a bit. I also will probably run in the transmission's "S" mode capping the tranny at gear 6, instead of the full 8. We'll see.
I haven't driven over the Rockies yet. But coming over the coastal hills / mountains in northern California on my way down from Chilliwack, the total rig seemed to handle fine. Comfortable power for me anyway.
2018 Escape 19'er & 2018 Highlander
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