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Old 11-13-2012, 05:22 PM
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We towed our 24' travel trailer and now our Maristar with a 2003 Lexus GX470. 6500lb is the rated towing capacity when outfitted with a frame mounted hitch. Funky exterior looks (IMO) and a bit short on wheelbase, but cushy, roomy, AWD, and mechanically bulletproof (so far, knock on wood). The motor is rated at something like 260 hp, but closer to 300 ft-lb of torque. As long as we don't get into races with Turbo Diesel American trucks while traversing mountain passes, it does just fine.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:00 PM
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I like the size of the new 4Runners, but there max towing cap. is 5k lbs.

Perfect...well, not really. why don't you give me your boat to lighten your load!
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:25 PM
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You will have a difficult time replacing that long wheelbase stability. Tahoes, yukons, exploders, cherokees and 4 runners will all feel squirrely compared to your crewmax until you get used to them. Look for something with trailering package of course or sport tuned suspension that gets you thicker sway bars, and higher rate springs. 5k lb of boat is not that much weight, especially if it carries its own brakes. Have fun shopping, thats the best part of buying a new vehicle, driving everything out there.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:25 PM
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Its really too bad the new 4runner's only have the straigh 6. If they put the 4.7L V8 it would be a perfect truck, put that in the Tacoma and it would out sell everything.

If you can find a used 4runner with the V8 they are rated at 7k towing... Air Lift makes an air bag set up that you can install fairly quickly that bumps it to 8k and it rides nicely.

I have an 05 4runner V8 with the air bags and I tow my 03 X30 fully loaded with no problem.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:34 AM
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Don't forget about the FJ100 series land cruisers. I drove one to tow a 21 ft cobalt on a double axle trailer about 100 miles. Pulled great. They have the 4.7 and are pretty swank and have a decent full time 4wd system. They ran from 98 to somewhere in the 08 range before the FJ200 replaced it.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:11 AM
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You will have a difficult time replacing that long wheelbase stability. Tahoes, yukons, exploders, cherokees and 4 runners will all feel squirrely compared to your crewmax until you get used to them. Look for something with trailering package of course or sport tuned suspension that gets you thicker sway bars, and higher rate springs. 5k lb of boat is not that much weight, especially if it carries its own brakes. Have fun shopping, thats the best part of buying a new vehicle, driving everything out there.
maybe its just because i've gotten used to them... but my tahoe doesnt feel at all squirrely towing my xstar around (1k lbs more than the 214)
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:13 AM
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I actually really love the shorter wheel bases. While not ideal for stability, it sure makes swinging the boat around in a gas station or tighter turns nice and easy.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:15 AM
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:45 AM
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In the mid $30k there are many great vehicles to look at:

Preowned:
Audi Q7
BMW X5
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Mercedes-Benz GL430
Porsche Cayenne S
Range Rover Sport
VW Touareg V8
Toyota Land Cruisers
Lexus LX (lexus version of the Toyota Land Cruiser

I would test drive each one and go with what fits your life style. They are all great vehicles.

I have a 2004 VW Touareg V8 and its a better tow vehicle then my Dodge Dakota V8 and Chevy Silverado were!
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:29 AM
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If used is a consideration, then take a look at the last gen 4Runner. It had the 4.7L V8 as an option... I have a '07 and dad has a '08, theyve been great. Tow capacity on the V8 4wd is 7k... 7200 for the 2wd.

Im still a little confused on the size though- do you want smaller or no? If you want smaller than a full size, then midsize is going to be the next step down- Taco, 4Runner, JGC, Touareg, etc all fall into this size range... but youre saying its too small? A full size SUV (Land Cruiser, Tahoe, etc) will be shorter than the CrewMax by a good bit, but still just as wide... and they'll drink just as much gas- so I dont see the change as being significant enough to justify. Maybe you should just keep the Tundra?

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