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Old 07-29-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Jeep Patriot

In our search for a reasonably priced small SUV with minimal limits and procedures we have narrowed our search to:
  • Honda CRV
  • Jeep Patriot
  • Mazda Tribute
The Jeep seems the most reasonable and according the 2010 Dinghy Towing Guide has no limits or start/shift requirements.

Any one out there pulling a Patriot or have any other advice?
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Providing the Patriot is a manual transmission you are OK to tow 4 down. This is per the 2010 owners manual that you can download from Jeep.com.

Automatic can't be towed 4 down or on a tow dolly.
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Providing the Patriot is a manual transmission you are OK to tow 4 down. This is per the 2010 owners manual that you can download from Jeep.com.

Automatic can't be towed 4 down or on a tow dolly.
Bummer!

Didn't catch that the Auto Patriot wouldn't work.

It's amazing how few small SUV's there really are that are easily towable.

Any thoughts/experience with the Mazda Tribute?
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No experience with the Mazda.

I tow a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee for 3 years now and it has been a dream. Just pop the transfer case into neutral and away you go. Mine GC is the diesel version so I still get 24 mpg.

My brother in law tows a Ford Escape (manual transmission) and loves that too.
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I noticed the Honda CR-V is first on your list. I have towed CR-V's about 115,000 miles without any problems and they make great daily drives too.
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Ditto on the CR-V hands down IMHO
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Ditto on the CR-V hands down IMHO
Yep, easy decision, can't go wrong with a CRV.
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Mazda Tribute is a clone of Fords Escape. The 4x4's will be towable. Be sure to check the owners manual first.
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