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Old 05-21-2016, 07:49 AM   #1
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Question Toyota Highlander towing capacity?

Hi Folks.... Can anyone tell me about towing a Lil Snoozy size trailer with a late model Toyota Highlander? Many thanks.
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:15 AM   #2
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You really should check the owner's manual for your particular vehicle. Oft times there is a slight range of capacities based on whether or not the vehicle is equipped to tow more or just a basic vehicle.

But, a quick "Google Is Your Friend" search returned a very wide spread, so again, our best bet is know exactly which Highlander and how your own Highlander is equipped. Engine size is important, but so it Trailer Tow package with trans cooler or not.
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:18 AM   #3
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Tow rating depends on the year and configuration. Ranges up to 5000 pounds for the current generation, but can be much lower. Check your owner's manual (or download one online if you're shopping) and see what you need to get the maximum rating.

The unknown in my mind is the real-world loaded weight of a Lil Snoozy. There are none in the Trailer Weights in the Real World database, but with a listed dry weight of 2500 pounds, I'd expect a loaded weight of 3000-3500 pounds.
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:26 AM   #4
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Get VIN # and call your Toyota dealer, they can tell you the towing capacity of your particular vehicle.
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Here we go again...instead of a visit to a Toyota dealership to get the real factual answer about your Highlander you ask strangers on the Internet.

The Highlander was available with two engine options V6 and 4 cyl and either front wheel drive (FWD) or all wheel drive (AWD). Now take your Highlander to a Toyota dealer and they will run your VIN Number thru their computer and tell you everything you need to know....or trust strangers on the Internet.

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Here we go again...instead of a visit to a Toyota dealership to get the real factual answer about your Highlander you ask strangers on the Internet.

The Highlander was available with two engine options V6 and 4 cyl and either front wheel drive (FWD) or all wheel drive (AWD). Now take your Highlander to a Toyota dealer and they will run your VIN Number thru their computer and tell you everything you need to know....or trust strangers on the Internet.

Happy Camping !
Here we go again, attacking someone who only is asking for some real world experience, and while assuming that he has not already figured out what exact equipment his tug has...

The Toyota dealer can tell you what towing equipment you have, and what the specs are (assuming they are not as incompetent as some of the Toyota people I have dealt with) but they will not be much help when it comes to actually experience with a specific trailer. So what is wrong with asking here if anyone has any actual experience and getting their opinions? What Toyota tells you is not likely to be "all you need to know." I know.
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:09 AM   #7
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I'll chime in as an owner of a 2011 Highlander. We have the factory installed tow package and tow a 1982 13 foot Scamp with ease. Gas milage only drops off about 2 mpg for us when towing. It's rated at 5000 pounds.
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In defense of "strangers on the internet", I'll say that my husband and I have gotten some very clever and helpful advice from the folks on FGRV. And I have probably asked questions that some people would consider "dumb", but most members here are kind enough to share their expertise to the benefit of all. Let's not intimidate people who are seeking advice and want to hear about the experiences of others! I consider most folks on FGRV as friendly fellow campers, not as strangers on the internet!
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:53 AM   #9
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Hi Folks.... Can anyone tell me about towing a Lil Snoozy size trailer with a late model Toyota Highlander? Many thanks.
YES, we have a 2013 Highlander V6 4WD. it is good for a 3500 lb trailer.
Before that we had a 2007 Highlander Hybrid w/ V6 & 4Wd. it also was rated for 3500 lb. The 4 cylinder engine should be good for 2500 lb.

You can go to the Toyota website, and look up specs on any model.
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Old 05-21-2016, 12:02 PM   #10
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I would get Toyota dealer to run the VIN so you know exactly what your vehicle is equipped with and what it is capable of.
My RAV4 for instance was purchased in Canada where transmission fluid cooler, heavy duty alternator and larger radiator is standard. Those items are optional in the US.
The VIN will tell you if you have them or not.
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Ditto . . .

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In defense of "strangers on the internet", I'll say that my husband and I have gotten some very clever and helpful advice from the folks on FGRV. And I have probably asked questions that some people would consider "dumb", but most members here are kind enough to share their expertise to the benefit of all. Let's not intimidate people who are seeking advice and want to hear about the experiences of others! I consider most folks on FGRV as friendly fellow campers, not as strangers on the internet!
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I was sitting here feeling a bit perturbed after reading the nano-lecture post and then I read your response. I have asked many questions that may seem foolish to some and yet everyone has been so very civil and so very gracious. I want to encourage everyone to be tolerant and gracious as they have always been here.
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Here we go again, attacking someone who only is asking for some real world experience, and while assuming that he has not already figured out what exact equipment his tug has...

The Toyota dealer can tell you what towing equipment you have, and what the specs are (assuming they are not as incompetent as some of the Toyota people I have dealt with) but they will not be much help when it comes to actually experience with a specific trailer. So what is wrong with asking here if anyone has any actual experience and getting their opinions? What Toyota tells you is not likely to be "all you need to know." I know.
Thank goodness you posted this. You have restored my faith in the civility of this website. Yes! Yes! Yes! We must make room for all of us newbies and our newbie questions. Everyone here started out as a newbie!
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My '08 Highlander 4wd V6 with tow package was rated for 5,000 lbs. I towed trailers of 2700 lbs up to 3500 lbs, for 140,000 miles of its 185,000 mile total life. It was plenty capable for most situations. I towed a 17' Burro widebody (2300 lbs) without incident. However, towing a boxy conventional 16' trailer at high elevation into a stiff headwind slowed me to about 38-40 mph (I wasn't pushing it hard, though).

in '13 and '14 I began to have the transmission temp light come on with greater frequency while towing steep grades, and the repair shop couldn't put a finger on why it was doing that. I could have added another tranny cooler (but it already had extra cooling from the factory, as part of the tow package). Instead I elected to replace the HL with an '08 V8 Lexus GX470 with 100K less miles on the odometer. I finally sold the HL about a month ago, since it's mostly been just sitting. But I miss the way it rode and handled.

A HL without the V6 would be very different for towing. And if a V6 HL didn't have the extra cooling, I'd be concerned about it.
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