The Honda Odyssey seems to be a great tow car with 248 hp at 5700 rpm and 250 fr lb torque at 4700 rpm.
The VW has 236 ft lb at 1750 rpm and basically pulls with very high torque from idle up.
The hp rating is only 140 hp at 4000 rpm.
The torque curve is basically flat from 1750 to 4000 rpm and this is what makes it a great tow car.
You cruise at 65 mph at about 2200 rpm with the engine loafing along.
I don't think that at the max grade for an interstate the car will downshift from 6th gear at 62 mph.
This is why over the road trucks are Diesel.
I am relatively sure the current ratio of RUG to diesel will get closer after the current oil glut has been taken care of by the oil companies for their maximum advantage.
I will look into the Odyssey when it is time to replace the Jetta Sportwagen.
We currently have 220,000 miles on it and it is just getting broken in good.
The DSG is an automatic "manual" transmission with two clutches and two gear trains one for the odd gears and one for the even.
There is no troque converter to heat up the oil and no real need for additional transmission cooling. The clutches are wet and cooled with a spray of oil continuously.
Shifting is very fast and smooth, better than almost anyone could shift an manual box.
Starting, even up hill, involves no noticeable clutch slipping since low gear is very low. The combination will pull off uphill at idle speed!
Evidently the 140 hp is adequate since I have had no problems keeping up under any conditions.
Of course the VW expert executives are very smart and capable and have lost close to a billion dollars per year with their management of US operations. Perhaps they should get in line with their own worldwide operations and publish their towing ratings in the US. Perhaps then they would sell more cars! The VWs in the UK are well known and recognized for their towing capability for small caravans.
A little research will quickly locate the information.
I have compared the ETKA part numbers between the US and UK parts and the major difference is the rear springs for towing in Europe. A set of springs for the rear of the Jetta cost me $219 plus freight.
I have extended the tongue of my 16' Scamp
to reduce the vertical load to the 165 lbs rating of the VW. I think I am going to put the original springs back in and add air bags to level the car so that the headlight aiming will be correct towing and normal.
A great small efficient tow car and a great traveling machine. It may meet someones needs along with the various Hondas, Subarus, Fords, etc,
I bought the Scamp
so that I could tow a small camper for less than I would have to pay in motel rooms. If I used a large tow truck I would spend more on fuel than I would staying in a nice motel for the night!