So I need a new car. Not just a tow vehicle for my 13' Burro
, but something for commuting, errands and fun. I feel in love with the 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawks
. I plan to weigh my Burro
this weekend. My guess is it will weigh in at around a 1000lbs.
The engine on the Renegade is a 2.4L I-4 cyl
Towing capacity: 907kg (2,000lbs)
4.334 Final Drive Ratio
Trailer Tow Group - 4 Pin Wiring Harness - Class III Receiver Hitch
Engine horsepower: 180hp @ 6,400RPM
Engine torque: 175 lb.-ft. @ 3,900RPM
GVWR: 2,045kg (4,508lbs)
Wheelbase: 2,570mm (101.2")
Transmission: 9 speed automatic
Drive type: four-wheel
Some points to consider:
I live in Colorado and the mountains are my playground. So yes, High Altitude towing. But I am an easy going driver who doesn't mind taking it slow.
I will be putting brakes
on the Burro
I'm not sure if the Renegade has a transmission cooler, but I will add one if it does not.
I am a single dad with a 4-year-old, gear and a mountain bike. (not a big family with dogs)
I can fill water tanks when I arrive at my destination.
I usually camp 5 times a year with the Burro and I can only afford one car. I'd rather not spend the extra cash on a V6.
I know the renegade will make it up the mountains and I may be sitting in the right lane the entire time but will I be doing physical harm to the transmission? Or asking for more maintenance issues years down the road?
My previous tow vehicle was a 2011 Forester 2.5 that did pretty well up the mountains. (in the slow lane and reving high on the occasional steeper sections but still moving along at the speed limit) Will this be much worse than that?
Again I just don't want to buy a larger SUV that consumes more gas if I am only camping with the Burro 5 times a year.
Please let me know your thoughts. Your collective wisdom is always appreciated!!