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Soon2BV

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Soon2BV

We are looking for a nice suv as a primary vehicle with lots of longer road trips to and from the lake.  Boat is on a lift, so Only tow the boat 2 times a year, so towing important but not critical.  I think just a 5 passenger.   Not interested in a Tahoe / Yukon. Boat is a 21’ LSV - not a huge load

What are some recommendations From the crew 

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DAI

I'd look at a BMW X5.  Hits the fun button and comfortable on long road trips.  Can tow if needed.

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Cole2001

Volkswagen Touareg would be my choice, highest row rating for small suv. Tried and proven, just can’t get new ones anymore. 

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Eagleboy99
2 hours ago, Cole2001 said:

Volkswagen Touareg would be my choice, highest row rating for small suv. Tried and proven, just can’t get new ones anymore. 

Not great reliability ratings though.

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Sixball

Ford or Lincoln Expedition or Navigator  both come in long or short versos if extra hauling is needed. The Eco is just fun to drive. If you need to pull its as good as a big block V8 no better and close to a diesel. Go take one for a ride see if you are not grinning. Pulling trailers is no issue.       

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gregtay

Strangely a Durango (5.7 or 6.4)L) turns out to be a pretty awesome tow rig, along with the JGC w/ the quadralift.  I'd also look at a Q7 or Cayenne v(with air suspension package)  All of those would do great if you want something that isn't huge.

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Cole2001
35 minutes ago, Eagleboy99 said:

Not great reliability ratings though.

Yeah I suppose. Either big repairs or last forever like the typical Volkswagen.

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gregtay
19 minutes ago, Cole2001 said:

Yeah I suppose. Either big repairs or last forever like the typical Volkswagen.

i'd ignore the ratings a bit.  2004 were terrible. sku'ed the results.  I owned a 2008 V10TDI Touareg for almost 10 years and it was nothing short of amazing. I had not issues, by far the best tow vehicle and vehicle period I have ever owned and likely will ever own.  The 1st gen Touareg was something special (except 2004 MY)   I really don't think we will ever see a vehicle like that ever again (at least in the US market... ROW gets the current generation Touareg w/ the V8TDI and that is simply amazing...but "no Touareg for the you" to the American market... instead we get the 5000 pounds of beige soccer mom Atlas :-/. (with is a defeatured Q7)

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Pnwrider

If you are really only once in, once out a year. I would rent a truck or borrow one for those two days and get a more comfortable suv for the rest of the time. If you want it to tow, that will substantially decrease options. Since you didn’t give a price range, I would get the MB GLE 63 AMG. It can tow the two days a year you need it to, Fun daily driver the rest. Can haul five people in a hurry! 

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kylesullens
4 hours ago, Pnwrider said:

If you are really only once in, once out a year. I would rent a truck or borrow one for those two days and get a more comfortable suv for the rest of the time. If you want it to tow, that will substantially decrease options. Since you didn’t give a price range, I would get the MB GLE 63 AMG. It can tow the two days a year you need it to, Fun daily driver the rest. Can haul five people in a hurry! 

agree with this.  your daily driver doesnt need to do your twice yearly task. borrow a truck on those days. your options for getting a small SUV are endless if you are not asking it to tow heavy loads.

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jjackkrash
Posted (edited)
14 hours ago, Soon2BV said:

 I think just a 5 passenger. 

What are some recommendations From the crew 

My wife downsized from a '05 Sequoia to a 5 seat Benz ML400 (which I now believe is designated as a GLE).  Its got a 7K+ tow rating and tows things under capacity like a champ (its a much better tow vehicle than the pre-07 refresh Sequoia).  It looks like you can pick up a good slightly used German SUV for a pretty good price right now.  

A properly equipped Benz GLS (used to be GL), Touareg, Q7, Cayenne, X5, or if you want to stay Amercian, the Durango or Grand Cherokee are also good mid-size SUV tow vehicles.  

 

 

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jjackkrash
8 hours ago, Pnwrider said:

Since you didn’t give a price range, I would get the MB GLE 63 AMG. 

Who wouldn't want to tow with a German Supercar. :)

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oldjeep

Lexus gx460

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gregtay
17 minutes ago, jjackkrash said:

My wife downsized from a '05 Sequoia to a 5 seat Benz ML400 (which I now believe is designated as a GLE).  Its got a 7K+ tow rating and tows things under capacity like a champ (its a much better tow vehicle than the pre-07 refresh Sequoia).  It looks like you can pick up a good slightly used German SUV for a pretty good price right now.  

A properly equipped Benz GLS (used to be GL), Touareg, Q7, Cayenne, X5, or if you want to stay Amercian, the Durango or Grand Cherokee are also good mid-size SUV tow vehicles.  

 

 

And the main reason the JGC and Durango (current models) are decent at towing is because the came out of the era of Daimler and therefore share the same platform as the ML.

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jjackkrash
33 minutes ago, gregtay said:

And the main reason the JGC and Durango (current models) are decent at towing is because the came out of the era of Daimler and therefore share the same platform as the ML.

It is heartwarming when a couple of good kids overcome the odds and emerge successful from a brutal and dysfunctional marriage.  :)  

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gregtay
46 minutes ago, jjackkrash said:

It is heartwarming when a couple of good kids overcome the odds and emerge successful from a brutal and dysfunctional marriage.  :)  

And what a dysfunctional family it is.  A Dodge Journey, Demon, Caravan and a Viper all show up at the Thanksgiving table together :-O

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Soon2BV

Thanks all. I am checking out the gls, Q7 and X5.  Borrowing / renting is an option also for towing but I would prefer to have that capability if I can.   Quick checks on line show some nice low mileage options from 2017-2018. 

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jk13

Been enjoying driving my older X5 V8 Sport recently since putting summer tires back on. Buy a new/er one and sell it before all the little issues pop up. Mine's got 156k on it and I've run into just about every little issue the internet says to watch for. I DIY and the parts aren't too expensive but labor $$ would be a killer. 

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RyanB
14 hours ago, gregtay said:

Strangely a Durango (5.7 or 6.4)L) turns out to be a pretty awesome tow rig, along with the JGC w/ the quadralift.  I'd also look at a Q7 or Cayenne v(with air suspension package)  All of those would do great if you want something that isn't huge.

Take a look at these suggestions. My brother has the SRT Durango and it is a great vehicle. My 2014 Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel may be my favorite all around vehicle I’ve ever had. And it tows my LSV just as stable as my old Yukon XL. 
 

If you want something bigger, I’d go Navigator or Expedition. I towed the LSV with my Ex for the first time this weekend. Very good towing manors and a comfortable quiet ride. 
 

 

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gregtay
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On 5/23/2020 at 4:55 PM, Cole2001 said:

Volkswagen Touareg would be my choice, highest row rating for small suv. Tried and proven, just can’t get new ones anymore. 

Technically the Durango SRT has the highest tow rating for non-full sized SUVs at 8700. The Germans all cap at 7700 (3500kg)

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Cole2001
3 hours ago, gregtay said:

Technically the Durango SRT has the highest tow rating for non-full sized SUVs at 8700. The Germans all cap at 7700 (3500kg)

Oh I didn’t realize the new srt was that high. I just remember the previous ones topping out at 7400. 

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ilovetrains
On 5/24/2020 at 12:23 PM, RyanB said:

Take a look at these suggestions. My brother has the SRT Durango and it is a great vehicle. My 2014 Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel may be my favorite all around vehicle I’ve ever had. And it tows my LSV just as stable as my old Yukon XL. 
 

If you want something bigger, I’d go Navigator or Expedition. I towed the LSV with my Ex for the first time this weekend. Very good towing manors and a comfortable quiet ride. 
 

 

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I have towed with a 14 Grand with the ecodiesel summit package, air suspension and torque for days makes a pretty decent tow vehicle.

 

I currently tow with an 18 Durango SRT and it is an amazing tow vehicle.  power is great, but between the tight suspension (hydrodynamic fluid damping) and the big Brembo brakes, it simply feels more incontrol than any other tow vehicle I have had short of 3/4 ton truck.  Even then, this things is so much more comfortable with a trailer.  It is also the only SUV I looked at that could tow the boat and hold the gear within the overall GCVWR.

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Soon2BV

Well, at this point we have decided to keep my truck for the towing part, and we decided to replace our 2013 CRV with a 2020 CRV.  Not an MB or BMW, but a solid vehicle for $26K with a discount and $1500 in rebates.  Lots of creature comfort upgrades from the 2013.  

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jk13

Come on man, this is a boating site.

This isn’t the place for smart and responsible decisions like that!:)

 

Congrats anyway.

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