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Old 12-29-2011, 10:14 PM   #15
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The best tow vehicle is often the one you have, if it is stable and capable of nearly everything you use it for.

". . . feels a little underpowered for mountain passes" is a pretty minor fault.

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Old 12-30-2011, 02:31 PM   #16
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Escalade - or Oh, am I finally THAT Old?

I was at the laundromat the other night and parked right next to me was a shiney new gunmetal gray Cadillac Escalade. I looked at it and thought - sweet!

So tell me the truth - have I become a complete "Geezer-ette" or has Cadillac finally designed something that does appeal to people below the age of 90? It worries me.

Paula

PS - How big a unit could you tow with an Escalade? And do I even want to know the cost?
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:39 PM   #17
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Take a look at the 2011 Dodge Durango. I'm actually considering the V6 version and taking it up to Andy Thomson at CanAm for the hitch and other modifications. It also comes in a V8 Hemi.

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Old 12-30-2011, 02:44 PM   #18
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The best tow vehicle is often the one you have, if it is stable and capable of nearly everything you use it for.

". . . feels a little underpowered for mountain passes" is a pretty minor fault.

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I totally 100% agree with Doug. It's more important to me to have something that feels stable and secure to drive, handling-wise, than to be able to rocket up a hill towing. You won't wind up going backward down the hill with the Highlander Hybrid; you'll just go uphill a bit slower. The post Road Ruler linked to is still valid; it shows that you can tow just fine with the car you own.

But. If you don't want to ever worry about making it up a hill or passing anyone while towing the Bambi, and you want a smaller tow vehicle, go for a Ford Flex Ecoboost or Lincoln MKT Ecoboost.

I've towed my Argosy (a similar weight trailer to your Bambi) with this set-up. You can pull into the passing lane and pass at will. Frankly, it inspires you to drive just like you weren't towing. I'm not 100% convinced that's a great idea...

I've also towed with a new Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango. They both handle nicely. I would prefer to wait for the (coming) 8-speed with the V6 as it should improve response some; the V8 does just fine as it is.

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Old 12-30-2011, 02:51 PM   #19
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OMG....you meen to say that getting to the point of... "feelz like it's not there", is NOT the ultimate goal. Cr@p

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Old 12-30-2011, 02:53 PM   #20
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Olive,

Toyota offers a supercharger that can be installed on V6 and V8 models and will increase power considerably. It costs $4 or 5 K, but may be an option rather than a going to the 5.7 L V8. It will also increase gas mileage. I don't know if it could be installed on a hybrid (probably not), but the Tacoma or 4Runner V6 or the Tundra with the 4.6 L V8 might be possibilities.

Any of these trucks would be a better choice than the car based Highlander. There are many, many options among other brands and everyone favors whatever they own now. You can already see who the Ford, GM, Chrysler and Toyota guys are.

Do you want an SUV, pickup, giant or medium vehicle, van? How much does reliability figure in?

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Olive, you can always get plenty of advice here whether you like it or not. I have no experience with Audi, however there was a previous post here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...-q5-69893.html

Looks like you are limited to 4400 lbs towing capacity. But since you are interested in a German SUV, you may wish to look at the VW Touareg TDI V6 Diesel. It has plenty of towing torque, twin turbos so you will not be affected by a lack of performance at altitude, and has a towing capacity of 7700 lbs.
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I was at the laundromat the other night and parked right next to me was a shiney new gunmetal gray Cadillac Escalade. I looked at it and thought - sweet!

So tell me the truth - have I become a complete "Geezer-ette" or has Cadillac finally designed something that does appeal to people below the age of 90? It worries me.

Paula

PS - How big a unit could you tow with an Escalade? And do I even want to know the cost?
Start in the mid $60s

Escalade 8300lbs
Hybrid 5800 lbs
EXT 7600 lbs
ESV 8000 lbs
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