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Old 05-09-2014, 07:39 AM   #1
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Towing question (I know - again)

Thanks for your patience. I have researched this but still not clear and would love to hear from experience. I have a Minnie Winnie 31KP and the specs say no more than 5,000 pound toad. I would like to find something that meets the following:

1. Small pick up
2. Under 4,000 pounds or so (like to have lots of wiggle room on specs)
3. All 4 down
4. Automatic Transmission
5. Would prefer no need for extra pumps, etc so hookup and off would be simple.

Is it possible to find something that meets the above?

If not, drop #1 and go with a small car and then it would be what?

Appreciate your thoughts.
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Drop #1&4 and go with a Subaru Forester with manual transmission.
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I don't believe you're going to find a small truck in automatic under 4000lbs that's 4-down towable. I'd say scrap #1.

For no muss/no fuss (as in no fuses to pull, no starting/running the engine every so many hours/miles...etc) you can't beat Jeeps. But even our Liberty isn't under 4000lbs, a Wrangler 4WD would do though. Both Honda CRV's & most Subaru's are very popular toads as well. We nixed Honda's because DH was too tall & we didn't want to put the engines through their paces every so many hours/miles & we nixed the Subaru's because only manual transmissions were towable 4-down & I never could drive a stick shift.

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I'm happy with the Ford C Max Hybrid. I'd recommend it. I'm pretty sure that you can forget finding a truck with those requirements.
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Honda CRV. This is the best toad on the market.
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The Chevy HHR is towable and I have a friend that likes his. I do not but you might. You do not indicate used or new; the HHR is not produced any longer so it might be had for a good price. We have a Honda CR-V which I can recommend without reservation, consumer reports always rates them quite high for good reason. An unscientific survey would suggest they are the most popular tow again for good reasons. The Jeep Wrangler is a perennial favorite. It has a cult like following (I would have one but they are less practical for me than the CR-V). Consumers report is less enchanted with the Wrangler but it does not deter the faithful.
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A list with a bunch of road blocks.
P/U would need to be a 4X4 , with a t/case neutral, to avoid , pump or drive shaft mods. that pushes the 4,000# maybe even the 5,000# limit.

B-in-L had a Pontiac G-5, 4dr. automatic ; 3,000#, that was 4 down , with only fuse pulled. So there are small cars out there . Depends what you expect in a small car for room and $$$ of course.
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wrangler meets all of above! 3,070lbs wet.
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I would like to find something that meets the following:
I performed the same research project six months ago and settled on a Jeep Wrangler (and bought a 2010 manual trans version). I liked the idea of a pickup so I could put a topper on it and use it for storage of my bicycles. However; I could not find a reasonably new model that didn't require a bunch of "extra's".

I realize that not everyone is a Jeep person but I am super happy with mine! It is a blast to cruise around in (off and on road) and I'm excited about going topless this summer!
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