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    Thread: Find me the most fuel efficient family vehicle that can tow 3500 lbs.

    1. 04-10-2012 11:18 PM #106
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      04-10-2012 11:21 PM #107


      And d@mn, I had no idea that the Q5 2.0T had a 4,400lbs tow rating.

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      04-10-2012 11:40 PM #108
      Quote Originally Posted by Air-over-water View Post
      This brings up a point, what constitutes a 'family vehicle'?
      Comfort over long trips?

      Over the holiday weekend we went for frozen yogurt in my fathers new toy Tundra crewcab and even with the nice leather I knew right off I would hate to be back there for a several hour long drive. I can't imagine the Tacoma is any better in this regard.
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    4. 04-10-2012 11:59 PM #109
      Quote Originally Posted by FlashRedGLS1.8T View Post


      And d@mn, I had no idea that the Q5 2.0T had a 4,400lbs tow rating.
      Neither did I. That's DAMN impressive for the size of the thing. I mean it went SOLIDLY to the top of the must drive list, the fuel economy is amazing.
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      04-11-2012 12:07 AM #110
      Is this a trick question?

      Pilot EX-L 4WD is leasing for $359 a month right now and is rated for 4500 pounds. 20 mpg combined and takes regular.

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      04-11-2012 12:14 AM #111
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfVIDriver View Post
      Neither did I. That's DAMN impressive for the size of the thing. I mean it went SOLIDLY to the top of the must drive list, the fuel economy is amazing.
      I would suggest that you should drive the much cheaper and mechanically similar Escape 2.0 Ecoboost before you pull any triggers.
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      04-11-2012 12:17 AM #112
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfVIDriver View Post
      Ride With G agrees with you (and so do I). Here's the numbers:

      36 Month – Residual 50% of MSRP – .00136

      Granted I don't know the miles allowance, but that MF is worse than what we got on the Equinox, and the residual is the same.

      It will probably just come down to hitting break even on the Equinox, and waiting for the right lease deal.
      Audi rarely has good lease deals; definitely not on a vehicle this much in demand.

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      04-11-2012 12:26 AM #113
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      I would suggest that you should drive the much cheaper and mechanically similar Escape 2.0 Ecoboost before you pull any triggers.
      Do we know the tow rating of the Escape 2.0 Ecoboost yet?

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      04-11-2012 01:17 AM #114
      The new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a towing capacity of 3500lbs and is estimated to get 23/33/26mpg





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    10. 04-11-2012 02:27 AM #115
      Quote Originally Posted by MoPho View Post
      The new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a towing capacity of 3500lbs and is estimated to get 23/33/26mpg





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      i think only the turbo tows 3,500 lbs and that version gets 22/31 in FWD. also i think dude hated the Sorento although i believe the Sorento was based on the last generation Santa Fe platform.

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      04-11-2012 02:48 AM #116
      Quote Originally Posted by akuma View Post
      i think only the turbo tows 3,500 lbs and that version gets 22/31 in FWD. also i think dude hated the Sorento although i believe the Sorento was based on the last generation Santa Fe platform.

      You are correct. This is quite a bit different than the old Santa Fe/Sorento

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      04-11-2012 09:26 AM #117
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      I think it comes down to what people are willing to pay for that combination. If you don't need to tow, you can get 25-35mpg out of a roomy crossover these days, and that's enough for most people. If you do need to tow, you can own a dedicated and reasonably affordable tow vehicle AND a daily driver for around what a diesel midsize SUV tends to cost, or you can step up to a fullsize pickup.
      for me (and probably for alot of people), that idea falls down when the practicalities of owning a dedicated, only used for towing vehicle come into play.

      example: there's a decent looking f-150 up for sale down the street from me for $1500. could easily get down close to $1000 i think. great. but then insurance is gonna be another $1000/year, pretty much regardless of wether i just put theft coverage or full coverage on it. then i've gotta put it somewhere. i live in the city. my driveway is already pretty full. and then it's ANOTHER car to maintain....yeah, i know trucks are usually pretty good in that respect but still, it's there, it's gonna break at some point.... l

      all of this so i can tow ~4, 5 times a summer??? how does that make sense?

      i really don't see how it's hard to get all the requirements into one car. as has already been mentioned, they exist, just not here.

      that is why i think they have missed the boat.

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      04-11-2012 11:11 AM #118
      Quote Originally Posted by FlashRedGLS1.8T View Post
      Do we know the tow rating of the Escape 2.0 Ecoboost yet?
      3500lbs, as I posted on the first page. I still think this would be the best option for the OP unless he could somehow manage to get a great lease on a Q5.

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      04-11-2012 11:22 AM #119
      GolfVI, if you like the Equinox a lot, why not just keep it? Its a pretty good fit for your requirements -- not the best FE, but not a huge difference. If its a lease, what about trying the new Terrain Denali with 3.6L that's coming this summer? Down a smidge in MPG (probably 1 mpg), but a fantastic motor in the applications I've driven it. Maybe a bit higher tow rating too.
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      04-11-2012 11:28 AM #120
      Quote Originally Posted by Rutledge View Post
      Has anyone suggested my Buick Roadmaster Wagon yet? Gets 24mpg and can tow 5000lbs.

      Just saying
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      04-11-2012 11:49 AM #121
      Ford diesel turbo trucks have a large comfortable interior, get 20 city, 30 highway and will tow anything.

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      04-11-2012 11:54 AM #122
      Quote Originally Posted by coolalex View Post
      Ford diesel turbo trucks have a large comfortable interior, get 20 city, 30 highway and will tow anything.

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      04-11-2012 11:57 AM #123
      Quote Originally Posted by FlashRedGLS1.8T View Post
      Your loss.

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      04-11-2012 11:59 AM #124
      Quote Originally Posted by coolalex View Post
      Ford diesel turbo trucks have a large comfortable interior, get 20 city, 30 highway and will tow anything.

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      I've driven several. They didn't hit 25 highway at any point, let alone any 30. Let's not exaggerate.
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      04-11-2012 12:00 PM #125
      We took my buddys to chipotle 60 miles roundtrip, cost 6 in gas

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      04-11-2012 12:07 PM #126
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      Your loss.
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      04-11-2012 12:12 PM #127
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      04-11-2012 12:20 PM #128
      Quote Originally Posted by coolalex View Post
      You drive a mark 4



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      You should be able to make your point better than that.

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      We took my buddys to chipotle 60 miles roundtrip, cost 6 in gas

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      Doubt it. That's how much went into the tank, perhaps, but you've only got half the information required to calculate fuel economy.
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      04-11-2012 12:29 PM #129
      Quote Originally Posted by coolalex View Post
      Ford diesel turbo trucks have a large comfortable interior, get 20 city, 30 highway and will tow anything.

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      "Diesel math" at its best.

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      04-11-2012 01:25 PM #130
      Quote Originally Posted by Rutledge View Post
      Has anyone suggested my Buick Roadmaster Wagon yet? Gets 24mpg and can tow 5000lbs.

      Just saying
      its not a big block crew cab pickup, so its not capable of towing anything... TCL needs to be driving a semi truck to tow their fishing boats to the lake, otherwise its just not safe!

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      04-11-2012 01:35 PM #131
      Quote Originally Posted by coolalex View Post
      Ford diesel turbo trucks have a large comfortable interior, get 20 city, 30 highway and will tow anything.

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      04-11-2012 01:58 PM #132
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      You drive a mark 4

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    28. 04-11-2012 02:15 PM #133
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      We took my buddys to chipotle 60 miles roundtrip, cost 6 in gas

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      That's impressive. It doesn't even burn gas, and yet it burns gas.

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      04-11-2012 02:30 PM #134
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfVIDriver View Post
      That's impressive. It doesn't even burn gas, and yet it burns gas.

      Get out of my thread.
      Doesn't burn much on the back of a wrecker with a tank full of gas.

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      04-11-2012 02:47 PM #135
      My brother towed a 340 Sea Ray (about 13k lbs) with a V6 Ford Ranger once. Had to block the suspension but it was done.*


      Get a 7.3 powerstroke and slap a natural gas kit on it. More power than anything mentioned in here and it will get great mileage with the kit. Just don't put huge wheels and tires on it and throw away your MPGs.


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      04-11-2012 04:00 PM #136
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfVIDriver View Post
      That's impressive. It doesn't even burn gas, and yet it burns gas.

      Get out of my thread.
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      04-11-2012 06:33 PM #137
      Let me get this straight: You want a more fuel efficient vehicle to tow a boat. A gasoline powered boat. A gasoline powered boat that costs hundreds of dollars to fill up every time you take it out. What is the boat fuel usage cost compared to the car usage cost? Seems to me, that if your wife really cared about spending less on fuel costs, you'd be looking at a SAILBOAT!!!




      (PS: I still lust after your old 2500 'burban)

    33. 04-11-2012 07:49 PM #138
      It's all about sacrifices, you see. The money I save in gas in the car can be lit on fire and incinerated in the boat.

      Somewhere in the cosmos, that logic makes sense.
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      04-11-2012 07:55 PM #139
      Quote Originally Posted by 2 doors View Post
      Let me get this straight: You want a more fuel efficient vehicle to tow a boat. A gasoline powered boat. A gasoline powered boat that costs hundreds of dollars to fill up every time you take it out. What is the boat fuel usage cost compared to the car usage cost? Seems to me, that if your wife really cared about spending less on fuel costs, you'd be looking at a SAILBOAT!!!




      (PS: I still lust after your old 2500 'burban)
      Yeah, Matt and I have gone round and round with that. He doesn't see the light in the fact I fill up my 38 foot (sail)boat's 56gal diesel tank once a summer...whether it needs it or not.

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