Got my latest issue of Consumers report yesterday.
They reviewed a number of late model convertibles and listed all of the usual stats including tow ratings. Although in most cases Airstreams would be too heavy for these vehicles it is interesting to investigate them.
There were a few surprises...
The highest tow rated vehicle at over 3,300lbs capacity was one of the smallest and lightest vehicles the SAAB 9-3. The Saab uses a 2.0 litre, 210HP, turbo charged engine and has a wheel base of 105 inches.
The lowest rated vehicle was one of the most powerful, and heaviest vehicles of the lot which was the Pontiac G6 convertible with a tow rating of 1,000lbs. It uses a 3.9 litre engine with 222HP. The wheel base of the Pontiac was the longest of the group at 112".
The Chrysler Sebring with a 3.5 (235 HP) was tow rated at 2,000lbs.
The Volvo C70 with a 2.5 litre engine was tow rated for 2,000lbs.
The VW EOS with a 2.0 litre 4cyl had 200HP and had a tow rating of 1,500lbs.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse with a 3.8, 260HP engine was not tow rated.
The BMW 3 series rag had a 3.0 litre engine with 230 HP that was not rated.
All of these vehicles weighed in between 3,500 to 4,000lbs.
The numbers raise questions....
The Pontiac G6 looks the best on paper but has the lowest tow rating.
The Saab is the smallest, lightest vehicle with one of the smallest engines and has the highest tow rating which is over 3 times higher than the Pontiac.
Two vehicles are not rated even though they have V6 engines.
Here is a cool pic of Saab 93 convertibles towing a lightweight TT.
One of the comments on the site were..."please find attached a collection of photos, showing our SAABs caravaning through Europe, mainly Austria, Italy and Greece during the last 8 years."
Saab Pride - Caravanning Style