Originally Posted by jsundin
The original post was awhile ago so you may have figured things out. I have the 2013 x17a. Love it. Tent ends get chilly but the bed warmers solve that. Clip on fans are good also.
Towing? I had a mazda cx9 which is just like the ford edge. 3.6 L v6. I would say, It would pull the trailer but not tow it well. It lagged on hills and the weight too close to max.
I just but the bullet and got a Toyota tundra. My stress on towing is gone. The small v8 would be great but I went for the bigger v8 so I could upgrade trailer in future with no issue.
That's my story.
your "story" is very common. many are determined that they should be able to tow at least the smallest of hybrids, with their v-6 SUV/CUV/minivan, only to find that in the real world, it's NOT a pleasant experience.
frontal area resistance, hills/mountains, windy weather, poor torque are just a few of real world things that quickly show the weaknesses of such vehicles for towing a full height HTT/TT.