Is there any SUV that can tow 7,000 pounds? We blew the transmission on our Toyota 4Runner towing our wakeboard boat. Any ideas? We would rather not buy a pickup.
Several SUVs can tow 7,000 pounds or more, and this is a case in which bigger is better. Most of these are full-size brutes such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, Ford Expedition and similar Lincoln Navigator, and the Nissan Armada. The bad news is that they not only have larger towing capacity than a midsize SUV such as the 4Runner, but also larger price tags and thirst for gasoline.
However, if you’re towing 7,000 pounds, they are the right tool for the job. The current 4Runner can be equipped to tow up to 5,000 pounds, so it appears you were well over the limit on what that vehicle can safely tow.
You might be able to meet your towing needs with a Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota Sequoia (7,400-pound towing capacity) or a Nissan Pathfinder (7,000 pounds), but that would leave you little margin for extra weight. Be sure you’re considering the weight of your boat, plus what you stash inside the boat, the trailer and the people and cargo that will be in the tow vehicle. If all of that exceeds 7,000 or so pounds, you might want to move up to a bigger rig.
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