I’m looking for an suv to use when I’m not hauling a trailer as well, so looking for the best suv for towing and for day to day life.
We have a Honda Pilot that can tow 3500 - 5000 lbs depending on the tow package. We also have two growing boys and a dog, so the 8 seats have come in handy, though I never truly appreciated it until we went camping for a month with all our gear.
Our Audi Q7 with the tow package is great! No issues at all handling our 19’ GeoPro trailer.
I have a Nissan Pathfinder (2014) that tows 5,000 lbs. My trailer is 1800 fully loaded and the car pulls it like nothing is in tow.
My Tahoe should of pulled 7000 but it did not
Diesel Q7 with air suspension here. The diesel engine makes for a nice difference when compared to gas. The auto leveling air suspension - same. The 2021 Chevy/GMC/Cadillac SUVs will have a 3.0L diesel option too. Many factors to consider though: weight of trailer, trailer brakes?, SUV with body-on-frame (e.g. Suburban) or unit-body/monocoque (e.g. my Q7).
I have a 2019 Chevy Tahoe that’s rated for 6,500lbs and I’m pulling a 4,600lb (dry) camper. Even with a weight distributing hitch, you certainly know that it’s back there. Fuel economy went from 18 MPG to about 9-10 MPG, depending on how mountainous my trip is. My suggestion is that you leave about 20% to 30% of your towing capacity for vehicle passengers, camping supplies, groceries, water, etc. I certainly wouldn’t crowd the total rated capacity.
Our '17 Grand Cherokee 4x4 is rated for 7200 lbs and is great for everyday driving. Tons of features and comfortable.
Toyota Sequoia or Landcruiser. 8200lb tow capacity. I don’t own either but I plan to buy a ((used)) Landcruiser before our cross country trip next year. We don’t own a camper currently–sold our Trailmanor a couple of years ago–but we may buy another in a few years. I had a few friends that have or currently own Sequoias, and they have been pleased with them. One towed a large camper. It was the primary reason they bought the Sequoia.
I’ll tell you what’s not great for towing… My Jeep Wrangler Unlimited! ha! There’s alot of great things about Jeeps, but towing isn’t one of them. I think it’s rated around 3500 pounds, which leaves me to only pull an off-road style utility trailer. oh well.
I bought a T@B 400 trailer, dry weight 2800, and my 2013 Jeep Wrangler did not do well as a tow vehicle. I upgraded to a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with tow package option and it’s rated to tow 6,200 lbs. Took it out this weekend for a quick camping trip and it towed my trailer like a dream! Night and day difference. Can’t stress enough to give yourself some extra room when deciding on your tow vehicle. My Wrangler was rated to tow 3,500 and it struggled even with all my tanks in the trailer empty and barely nothing inside.
We use a Toyota Sequoia with a 5.7 liter engine. It has the “tow haul” switch, and we haven’t had any problems yet.
Depends on what you plan to tow. You need to know the loaded (not dry weight) of the trailer to get a useful answer. I’d also suggest not getting a vehicle that barely makes it. Having at least 1000lbs of excess capacity will make the drive a lot more enjoyable.