The Best Tow Cars & SUVs


The Best Tow Cars & SUVs


With so many different cars on the market, buyers have become increasingly aware of a vehicle’s towing capabilities. The most important aspect of towing capabilities is towing capacity. Towing capacity is the maximum amount of weight a vehicle can tow and is measured in pounds. Other features significant to towing include the size of the car and its engine size. The SUVs and cars that are best for towing are those with the highest towing capacity and powerful engines.

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  1. Nissan Armada

    • The Nissan Armada first appeared on the market as the Pathfinder Armada in 2004. Classified as a full-sized SUV, the Nissan Armada provides two styling options, SE and LE. The SE comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, an in-dash CD changer and rear-seat air-conditioning. The LE adds power liftgate, a rear-view camera, heated leather seats and an upgraded 10-speaker Bose audio system to the base SE model. The V8 engine has a 5.6-liter capacity with a 5-speed automatic transmission. It produces 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. The Armada has 9,100 pounds of towingcapacity and a large interior cabin. The cons include low gas mileage, parking difficulties due to its size, loose cornering and heavy braking.

    Dodge Durango

    • The Dodge Durango second generation model launched in 2004. It features three styles: the base SE, mid-level SLT and top-level Limited. Engine options are a 210-horsepower V6, 303 horsepower V8 and a Hemi 376-horsepower V8. Each style has a spacious interior with three rows of seats, back-up camera, CD/MP3 player, DVD-compatible audio and an available MyGIG multimedia information/entertainment system. The Durango’s maximum towing capacity is 8,950 pounds. Some cons include rough handling and low gas mileage.

    Ford Expedition

    • Ford is introduced the third generation of the Expedition in 2007. The Expedition frame is based on the platform used for Ford pickups. The Expedition comes in two lengths: standard and EL, which offers more than 15 inches of extra length. Four styles are available: XLT, Eddie Bauer, Limited and King Ranch. The 5.4-liter V8 engine produces 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. The Expedition has the capacity to tow about 9,000 pounds. The interior has power-folding third row seats and fold flat second row seats for added space. The main con to the Expedition is its low gas mileage.

    Subaru Outback

    • The Subaru Outback fourth generation was introduced in 2010. Classified as a station wagon, the Outback comes in six styles distinguished by power train. Two engine types are available: a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and a 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that produces 256 horsepower. Transmission options include a six-speed manual, continuously variable and five-speed automatic. The wagon has a 3,000-pound towing capacity and folding rear seats for up to 71 inches of cargo space. All models come with roof rails, power accessories, tilt-telescoping steering column, height-adjustable driver’s seat and CD stereo with auxiliary jack.

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UHaul Safe Trailering Part 2


Shannon Papa, U-Haul Trailer Program Manager together with Joe Cook and others illustrate proper loading and driving techniques that will reduce trailer sway and prevent dangerous towing situations like jackknifing. Watch part one.

Trailer loading tips

  • Load your trailer heavier in front (unless otherwise directed by the trailer manufacturer)
  • The trailer should have about 60% of the cargo weight in front and 40% in the back.
  • Secure your load to the trailer using rope and tie-downs.

Trailer driving tips

To avoid dangerous situations like rolling or jackknifing, be sure to follow these guidelines:

  • Always reduce your normal driving speed when towing.
  • Do not exceed 55 Miles per hour.
  • Always obey the posted speed limits.
  • Leave extra time and distance between you and other vehicles when towing so you can stop safely. As a rule of thumb, leave about 4-5 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Be alert and wear your seatbelt.

Trailering techniques

  • If swaying or whipping occurs, take your foot off the gas pedal. Do not brake or speed up.
  • When passing, know that you will require more space than normal to pass
  • Use the same gear to go downhill as you would to go uphill as a rule of thumb. This will help you control your speed downhill.
  • Slow down before going downhill.
  • When turning a corner, pull out into the road a little bit before turning and turn wider so the trailer will not hop the curb.

Parking with a trailer

  • When parking, try to park in a place where you can pull forward so you don’t have to back into or out of a parking space.
  • When backing up, try placing your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and looking over your shoulder move your hand to the right to make the trailer go right, and to the left to make it go left.
  • If you are backing up, and you start to jackknife, just pull forward to straighten the trailer out and try again.
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Transporting vehicles with low ground clearance

Transporting vehicles with low ground clearance

Sports cars and specialty vehicles with unusually low ground clearance cannot be loaded and unloaded onto the Auto Transport in the conventional manner. However, customers willing to direct extra effort to special loading and unloading techniques, may overcome problems that would otherwise make hauling impossible.

Loading ramp angle

You can raise the vehicle clearance by laying a 2×8 board on the ground against each ramp end. If the front of your vehicle is longer, you will need a longer board.

Clearance can be increased further by using 2 boards. If 2 boards are used, the end of the ramp is placed on top of the lower board (as shown). 3 boards can be used, with the ramp end placed on top of the second board.

A shallower ramp angle can also be achieved by pulling the truck (not the trailer) onto elevated ground to raise the hitchball.

If available, raising the vehicle clearance can also be accomplished by backing the Auto Transport up to an elevated curb, inclined driveway, or similiar area that will support the end of the ramp, and allowing the towed vehicle to be loaded from the raised area.

Tire stops

If clearance at the front of your vehicle is not adequate to clear the 6 inch tire stops at the front of the trailer, an 18 inch length of 2X8 can be placed on the trailer deck to increase the clearance (as shown). These boards should be centered under the tires.

If the front overhang of your vehicle is longer, you may need to position a second board to the rear of the tire-strap attachment bar as shown. Do not place any board over the top of the strap attachment bar.

Loose boards placed on the Auto Transport for loading purposes are to be removed when loading is completed

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