Roger - We have friends who have spoken quite highly of their Subarus
and they were definitely on the short list of vehicles that I investigated.
Unfortunately, when I started considering replacing my older "work car",
my wife's request was that we select a vehicle that could easily tow the
next size larger trailer (i.e. a 16ft Scamp or other similar FGRV
We knew that our Scamp13 was at the top end of our 2011 Honda CRVs
rated capacity. See the following thread:
13' Scamp Weight
Like Annette, we knew that we might like a bathroom in our trailer, but
we decided that it would not be possible to meet our other requirements
and also have a bathroom in a 13 foot trailer. See the following:
Scamp 13 Pros and cons of bathroom
When our kids were living at home, we had criss-crossed the country
in a StarCraft popup trailer and we weren't sure if we eventually might
want to travel 7 months out of the year (like Norm & Ginny
we really like our 54" bed Scamp13L1, longer distance/duration travel
make us want a slightly larger trailer.
We have extended family and friends who are working at (or who have
retired from) Ford and we were able to buy the 2014 Escape at the
model year end for invoice minus several thousand dollars in rebates
I tried to use Edmunds.com and the manufacturer's websites to research
the hp, torque, tow/tongue weight
ratings, and mpg of several types of
reasonable(?) candidate SUV tow vehicle choices (my wife did not want
). Although I might have made a mistake or two, this
is what I think that I found:
2014 Ford Escape 2.0L I4 A6 240hp@5500rpm 270ft/lbs@3000 3500lbs tow 22/30mpg
2014 Subaru Outback 2.5L I4 M6 170hp@5800rpm 174ft/lbs@4100 2700lbs tow 21/28mpg
2014 Subaru Forrester 2.5L I4 M6 170hp@5800rpm 174ft/lbs@4100 1500lbs tow 22/29mpg
2014 Honda CRV 2.4L I4 A5 185hp@5800rpm 163ft/lbs@4100 1500lbs tow 23/31mpg
2014 Honda Pilot 3.5L V6 A5 250hp@5700rpm253ft/lbs@4800 2000lbs tow 18/25mpg
2014 Toyota Highlander 2.7L V6 A5 185hp@5800rpm184ft/lbs@4200 1500lbs tow 20/25mpg
I think that FWD vs AWD might have a fairly noticeable effect on mpg.
I have talked with other friends who have "stickies". They've told me
that, if they travel over 150-200 miles, their poor fuel economy makes
it cheaper to just "motel it". I've hoped that we might be able to travel
the country without too much thought about fuel expenses.
Wendy - you might want to try to do similar research on both used and
new vehicles and then get actual owners impressions of build quality,
customer service, and towing experience.
Our 2014 Ford Escape is probably just now getting broken in and our
experience may change over the next years and thousands of miles.
For now, we are pretty satisfied with most aspects of the 2014 Escape
(and our current Scamp13 probably weighs less than half of the Escape's
rated tow capacity
We also still currently have the option of towing our Scamp13 with
either the 2011 Honda CRV or the 2014 Ford Escape.
In this case, both figuratively and literally, YMMV!
Best of luck with your decision, Wendy!