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Ryan 12-04-2013 05:42 PM

MPG Towing
I'm quite used to pulling a lightweight & low profile PS190. I was surprised to need to fill up once on my way from Norris to Cincy this weekend with a X1. I averaged just a hair over 10mpg, pulling with a Nissan Armada with a cargo box on top(some moderate hills and towing around 70mph). This ain't no hybrid and I don't expect it to get 30 mpg, but just want a gut check. Is 10mpg is normal?

It may impact my shopping choices when we look for a new tow vehicle this summer.

Footin 12-04-2013 06:02 PM

My Trailblazer only gets 13 towing my 205.

madcityskier 12-04-2013 06:03 PM

Taller and heavier boats will affect you gas mileage exponentially in my experience. I can get about 22 towing the S&S at 65 with 3 and minimal equipment. Load it up with stuff, 5 people, full cooler, toys, full gas vs 1/4 tank...
Pretty soon I'm looking at 16.

Footin 12-04-2013 06:04 PM

Ryan, tell Sue you need to buy a place at Norris so you leave the boat there! Just think of the gas savings.

cbryan70 12-04-2013 06:10 PM


Originally Posted by Footin (Post 995405)
My Trailblazer only gets 13 towing my 205.

Same here maybe 14 heck thing only gets 15 with my wife driving it everyday

ttu 12-04-2013 06:13 PM

about 17 towing my 07 x2 with my touareg tdi 70 mph.

Kweisner 12-04-2013 06:31 PM

12 to 13 MPG towing a 197 @ 70 MPH, fully loaded with fuel, family of five, gear, etc. Vehicle is a Benz GL450--7 seat SUV with a 4.6 liter powerplant. Non-towing mileage isn't much better--maybe 17 to 19.

93Prostar190 12-04-2013 06:32 PM

Ahh ... from Norris to Cinci .... well I do that in the Summer and keep going to C'Bus up I-71 .... the Ford Expedition towing the 214 and our vacation goodies is in the 13-14 mpg with the 5.4 V8 .... 10 does not seem out of line ..... it is a hilly a tow .... I tend to NOT use OD so the truck tranny does not hunt .... in the flats I do allow OD to do its thing.

Make sure your tire pressures are good especially this time of year with cooler temps.

willyt 12-04-2013 06:43 PM

hmm i used to get about 12-13 towing my 2005 X2 (very close to the same weight), single axle trailer with my 5.3 tahoe. 07 xstar brings it down to about 10.

bigger engine in the armada, yeah 10 sounds reasonable.

TOO-TALL 12-04-2013 08:07 PM

Seems about right.i have the same boat with tandem trailer get about 10-11.pull with a 2003 f150 supercrew 5.4

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