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Old 09-25-2020, 02:28 PM   #1
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Best Hybrid Tow Vehicle

We have been pulling our 79 Trillium 4500 with a 2002 Ford Explorer. We are interested in purchasing a hybrid tow vehicle. We are looking at the Kia Niro. Would like something that is under 16 feet in length so we aren't charged double when taking ferries from Whidbey Island.
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Old 09-25-2020, 03:16 PM   #2
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The Ford Escape is probably a better tow vehicle and overall vehicle compared to the Niro. The Niro has about 139hp versus as much as 221 for the Escape.

What do you like about the Niro?
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Old 09-25-2020, 07:19 PM   #3
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Smile Is a Ford Escape rated as a tow vehicle?

Thanks for answering. I haven't read an article yet that recommends Ford Escape hybrids as a tow vehicle.
But now I'll look again! Thanks. Kate
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Old 09-25-2020, 07:25 PM   #4
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Thanks for answering. I haven't read an article yet that recommends Ford Escape hybrids as a tow vehicle.
But now I'll look again! Thanks. Kate
I haven't read one that recommends the Niro? You specifically mentioned a hybrid.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/autos...608-story.html

Apparently the Niro has a dual-clutch transmission. This will make backing a trailer up a hill impossible.
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Old 09-26-2020, 09:43 AM   #5
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Hybrid TV?

Don't know of a hybrid car under 16 ft long. But we were very pleased with our Toyota Highlander Hybrid towing a 16 ft deluxe Scamp.
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Old 09-26-2020, 02:41 PM   #6
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Have been all over the US with my Highlander Hybrid and 16' Casita. It pulls great and I love it. Not sure about the length, but the car and camper fit well within two parking spaces.
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Old 09-30-2020, 12:10 PM   #7
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We use a 06’ Lexus RX400h to tow a Escape 15a and it works wonderfully. You have to find one with AWD, as that has the tow package giving you a 3500# tow rating. We bought ours from a doctor who was stepping up to a Tesla. We paid $7500. The window sticker we $65k. Very comfortable and quiet. Will run all electric under 30 mph, so you can sneak into campgrounds without waking everyone up. Has a CVT transmission so you don’t hear any shifting. It had 90k miles on it when we bought it, and we’ve put close to 30k on it. When I was searching, I saw lots of them with over 200k miles. It’s like a deluxe Prius, but with a v6. Faster than the gas version.
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Old 09-30-2020, 12:18 PM   #8
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Have been all over the US with my Highlander Hybrid and 16' Casita. It pulls great and I love it. Not sure about the length, but the car and camper fit well within two parking spaces.
We had the same wonderful experience towing a 17 ft Escape with the Highlander Hybrid. One thing we especially liked was the extra power of the electric on big climbs.
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Old 10-01-2020, 03:23 PM   #9
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Toyota Highlander

We tow a T@b 320 (about 2100 lbs dry weight) with a Toyota Highlander Hybrid which is rated for 3500lbs. It works well, thought a little slow getting up to speed (From stop) on a super-steep hill.

I probably wouldn't try towing anything much heavier. Seems most mainstream Hybrid SUVs max out at 3500lbs - again, which means you probably want to be well under that limit for safe towing.
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Old 10-02-2020, 03:50 PM   #10
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Forget the Niro

I do own a '17 Niro. The only thing we tow is a Fibco Pop-up camper. It's a fiberglass pop-up camper designed for motorcycle that weight around 400 pounds. I would not tow really much more, as the Niro is not rated for any towing at all. Even if towing is not recommanded, with this trailer, I do respect the GVWR of the vehicule. Better than nothing....

Braking is an issue with the regenerative brake. I keep looooong distance between me and the next vehicule. Had to make an emergency stop last august, and honnestly was scared.... Trailer does not have brake.

Good point : I get 52.5Mpg WITH the trailer

Overall : Forget the Niro if you plan to tow anything weighting more than 500 pounds. And since most of FG trailers are 1000+, I guess this rules the Kia out.
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