Originally Posted by LeslieGErickson
I wondered about that. The new Outbacks are rated 33 on the highway, and I've averaged 31 with my CR-V (rated at 32) over the past two summers with more than 10K miles. But I know the Outback wouldn't get near that mileage towing.
The Highlander is something I'll look at, but then I'm looking at a much higher price tag for the vehicle - I wanted to stay at about $30K at the highest. I'll start looking for used ones this summer.
Thanks Carol for your input! I find it so valuable!
MPG is an interesting consideration. We towed three different trailers with our 2004 Honda CRV, all the trailers in the 16 foot range. Over 8 years we averaged 20-21 mpg towing. Typically we drove at 55-60 miles per hour.
Though getting good mpg is important, we appreciated the reliability of the CRV more than the mpg. In 250,000 miles we never had a driveline repair, actually the same clutch.
We found when traveling, towing miles would be about half the miles we drove, the balance being driving around and exploring miles. It's the combination of both forms of driving that counts.
We now tow with a Honda Odyssey, a more powerful and more comfortable vehicle than our CRV though not as versatile in terms of a wider range of road types.
A good part of choosing a tow vehicle relates to it's primary use. If you're like us and on the road most of the time you seek one type of vehicle. If the tow vehicle is used primarily for driving to work you choose another type.
We also keep our vehicles for 10 years/250,000 miles and our tow vehicle is our only vehicle.