What to tow my car with a 05 Tahoe or 07 Suburban? Any advise is welcome.

Branden Rasmussen

Asked by Jan 23, 2014 at 06:26 PM about the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Question type: General

So I am looking at two SUV's for a family hauler and to to my 68 SS Camaro on a 20ft open car trailer ( total car and trailer wieght about 5500lbs) 3-4 times a year. SUV 1) 2005 Tahoe 1500 Z71 4X4 tow package low miles but only 116" WB 2) 2007 Suburban 1500 Z71 4X4 tow package 126,000 miles but a longer wheel base 130". Both have the 5.3l and I think 3.73 gears. Any and all advise is apreciated. :-)

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John Carson

Do not make a choice dealing with gas mileage. Which one is set up for towing? The larger vehicle will be stronger, better to control on the road, and have that better towing transmission and HP. The larger engine will keep the speed up and gas consumption down in the long haul. No pun intended. The larger tow vehicle will give better road control and stability. If that is the only reason you'll need the vehicle for is to tow, consider renting one when you need it. No insurance, no parking issues, no car payments on a gas hog when you not driving it, and it is always a new one.

Branden Rasmussen

Thanks for the info, what I am looking at doing is trading in my truck for one of these SUV's, I want it to carry all our "stuff" and be able to tow the car once in a while.

John Carson

Size matters. Let your macho out. Consider a turned in lease vehicle, low mileage, depreciation already gone, and if it is set up for towing. You can tell if it has been used a lot by the feel of the shocks, wear on the hitch and other things. It will cost a heck of a lot less then a new one, and what you want, you can have money left over to add. Most leased vehicles will come with a great warranty, and consider getting the 100,000 mile warranty. Enjoy and have fun. New one may offer better gas mileage, but the engine is smaller, transmission beefed up? The difference in cost of a new one vs. extra gas cost for a 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 year old one will be advantage to the used one.

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