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Old 05-31-2012, 09:21 AM   #15
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I was looking at ford and chevy. Ford Explorer can only tow 5000 lb suburban and Tahoe seem to be redone this year with the 3/4 ton but all say they can tow 9600 lbs which is weird. the Chevy site is not set up well.. None of there engines have the HP or Torque that the Sequoia has. They don't give a specific tow rating buy it looks like the 3/4 will tow 9600. and the 1/2 ton 7400lbs and the Tahoe 7300. Thats not very impressive for a Suburban....

Oh god Nissans site is even worse if thats possible. who is designing these things. The Armada will tow 8200 lbs

Toyota is interesting, they don't show the Sequoia with the tow package anymore and have lowered there weights. The Tundra now will tow 9600 lbs was over 10,000 lbs and the Sequoia without the tow package will tow 7300 lbs. Mine is listed at 9800 lbs The land Cruiser is listed at 8200 lbs Toyota site is really messed up.
The Toyota with 381 hp and 401 lb ft out does every other engine. Not sure why they lowed all the tow ratings.

Fords web site is the easiest to navigate, by far..

This doesn't leave you with to many options. Get an older model chevy, ford, or toyota, when they could actually tow something.

Dumb soccer moms are ruining everything..


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Old 05-31-2012, 09:48 AM   #16
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There are new towing standards (VOLUNTARY) based on performance at road speed and gradeability in procees of being utilized. It is quite confusing, even for us industry folks, but my understanding is Toyota has already implemented the process and Ford and GM are jockying for position on the release timing of new standards.

A lot of street rumors why....but what the truth is....remains arguable.


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Old 06-04-2012, 03:49 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by pgreenx View Post
the trailer wieghs 7,700 pounds. I was estimating 10,000 with gear and a buffer
Oh, well you'll be more than fine with the current 3/4 Suburban then. The best part is that it's got the payload capacity (2100lbs) to match so you won't worry (as much) about overloading it.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:58 PM   #18
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And I can also say this because my friend has a 3/4 ton with the 8.1 liter, tows a 28' safari. The sequoia has a better transmission, and a 4.10 rear end. We have gone many places together and I can stay with him on the hills no problem and going down, I can manually shift my 6 gears so I use my brakes about 1/2 of what he does with his 3 gears he has to choose from. I finally got him to admit it was nicer but he still wants that cargo room behind the rear seat. but the sequoia has the 60/40 rear split 3rd row that folds flat, so you can get the room you need. and still seat 7
The new 3/4 has a 6 speed transmission that can be manually shifted and a tow/haul mode that does a pretty decent job of shifting for you. Isn't it great having all those extra gears?! Also, the rear bench on the suburban now folds forward against the 2nd row (or removes entirely if you'd rather).

I really do like the Sequoia but your comparison is a little apples to oranges. Heck, if the Sequoia had a higher payload capacity I might have gotten one instead of the Suburban. The rear leaf springs are something of a pain in the ass for a daily driver.

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