Originally Posted by Carol H
. Ford has acknowledged that the tow ratings on the all newly redesigned 2013 Ford Escape
for example were in fact established using the SE J2807.
It was also no surprise that a number of the auto makers also introduced redesigned vehicles in 2013 (the Ford Escape being one) - some suggest that was to avoid having to down grade their tow ratings if they had stuck to their old vehicle design as some suggest Subaru had to do on their 2013 Forester based on the SE testing - the 2013 model year was based on the same design they had been using since 2009.
. Funny enough the popular RAV4 got a big new redesign in 2013 as well
Who are these "some" who have suggested that the tow ratings on the previous generation Escape were not legitimate while it was only "funny enough" that Toyota did the same with out such disparaging implications?
It would , I suppose, be a simple enough matter to subject the 2012 Escape and 2012 RAV4 to the test to determine whether they met the new standard with the old models. This could then send thousands of Toyota and Ford owners, impelled by this latest Zeitgeist, scrambling to their dealers to trade in their proven TVs to avoid certain and imminent death due perhaps to the fact that they may have taken an extra half second to reach 60MPH!
BTW, in my state, contests of acceleration on public roads are illegal.
Who initially asked SAE to come up with a universal standard, and how did they determine that SAE was more qualified than the manufacturers to set standards for their respective products?
How much bullying has been done to get the manufacturers to comply?
This whole thing brings to mind the one important bit of truth imparted to me by my high school algebra teacher. He said....
" You know son...liars may figure, but figures don't lie!"