Towing Capacity of Small SUVs

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Towing Capacity of Small SUVs
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Small/compact SUVs and crossovers are among the best-selling vehicles in America. While incapable of hauling as much as their larger kin, these products can still hold their own when it comes to towing.


There's no official definition of a "small" SUV. However, many classify an SUV as "small" or "compact" if it measures less than 106 inches from the centre of the rear wheel hub to the centre of the front (the "wheelbase").

Low End Capacity

On the low end of 2010s offerings is the Subaru Forester (454 Kilogram towing capacity). The Acura RDX, Honda CR-V AWD, Hyundai Tucson AWD and Nissan Rogue AWD are all rated at 680 Kilogram. The Jeep Patriot AWD, Jeep Wrangler 4WD, Kia Sportage AWD and Mitsubishi Outlander can tow 907 Kilogram apiece.

High End Capacity

On the heavier end, the Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute AWD, Mercury Mariner and Toyota RAV4 AWD each rate 1588 Kilogram of towing capacity. Land Rover's LR2 can haul 4,400, Jeep's Liberty 4WD and Toyota's FJ Cruiser sit at the top of the small SUV towing heap at 2268 Kilogram each (all figures are for 2010 models).

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