- Dec 11, 2005
Here is an old picture of my 4Runner next to my brother's old 80's Suburban, for a size comparison. lol
yeah, right now they also drive a 2002 LWB nissan patrol, and that does the job of towing the gipsy-family-sized caravan around europe during the summer just fine as wellIn the interim, go look at what my 2000 4Runner can tow.
Don’t think we get the Country Tourer variant here. The regular sedan version is sold as the Regal and has a tow rating of ‘no’.According to the trustworthy source that is some british caravanning site I found on google, my car can tow up to 2100kg. 1900kg for my exact trim level. The single-turbo version with 20-30hp less can do 2100kg. Why that is, I've no idea.
I've never tried anything heavier than an unbraked 750kg trailer but my car gives exactly zero fucks when I hook one of those on.
Anyone know what the Buick version is rated for in the US?
Part of it has to do with the higher speeds, infrastructure and road conditions in the US. Even if, for example, a yaris could tow 880kg (per the UK), there's the matter of stopping that mass when the medicated housewife in the suburban crosses three lanesThough neither of these models has a trailer hitch from the factory...
US tow safety prioritizes a naturally safe dynamic situation so that more people can pull at freeway speeds with less likelihood of incident. There is no doubt that using this method results in an inherently safer tow situation as it relates to vehicle dynamics.
UK tow safety allows for the possibility to carry more weight, but erring on the side of caution with far less safety margin in respect to the physics.
Bottom line - Can a tow vehicle pull a heavier trailer there than is rated for here in the US? Yes, with some provisions:
1. The closer the trailer weight gets to the vehicle weight the slower you will need to drive.
2. DO NOT exceed 65 mph with a tongue weight in the 4-7% range, this is a guaranteed way to sway and 65 is the max, go slower in regards to #1.
3. None of this takes into account crosswinds, cooling systems, hp, or braking effectiveness (or legality).
Moral of the story
Europeans! Be proud that you can pull that huge caravan with your tiny car.
Americans! Be proud you can pull more weight in total and with a greater degree of safety and at higher speeds than our Euro friends.
The "country tourer" is just their late-to-the-party XC70 competitor. 20mm taller than the normal wagon and some body cladding... and as I found out the other week, an actual steel skid plate under the engine. Otherwise it's exactly the same product.Don’t think we get the Country Tourer variant here. The regular sedan version is sold as the Regal and has a tow rating of ‘no’.