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#86 of 2122 Re: New V6 [bowke28]
Aug 19, 2004 (7:52 am)
Here is a quote from the Nissan press release dated February, 2004. "The Frontierís maximum towing capacity is rated at more than 5,500-plus pounds."
So they say that it will handle at least 5500 lbs. My guess would be that it will not be rated for more than 6000 lbs. The towing capacity is based on the frame and suspension, but it also depends on transmission and engine strength. In any case, this is very good. And my 3500 lbs boat+trailer could be handled nicely.
#87 of 2122 2005 Dakota vs 2005 Frontier
Aug 25, 2004 (10:15 am)
Edmunds just reviewed the 2005 Dakota. It sounds like the design and engineering have been executed very well. It's using the Jeep 3.7 V6 as a base engine, and also has 2 V8 options. The V8 options are both 4.7 liter engines with the high-output motor rated at 250 hp+ and 300 ft-lbs+. There is no mention of gas mileage in this first review. Could it be that the 4.7 drinks it down like never before?
The high-output Dakota is rated for maximum towing of 7150 lbs. And the top of the line extended cab Dakota is $29,500 ! Wow. I can get a nicely equiped Titan for that much.
The Nissan V6 sounds much better than Dakota engine options; it has more hp than any of those engines, but is lower in torque in comparison to the V8. I think that Frontier will not be rated to tow 7150 lbs, but this is just fine. In my opinion, if you want to tows 7000 lbs, you should just get a full size truck.
#88 of 2122 Re: 2005 Tacoma vs 2005 Frontier [2fastdre]
Aug 30, 2004 (12:08 pm)
Wow! There is a first 2005 Tacoma review article at pickuptruck.com. And Tacoma is putting up a huge fight! It will have a LongBed option on the Double cab available soon after the release and it has a special Tow package that is rated to tow 6500 lbs. The fight is really heating up, and it is exciting to observe.
#89 of 2122 Tow Ratings?
Aug 31, 2004 (6:40 pm)
What is the big deal? Help me understand what type of trailers would be towed behind a compact or midsize truck that would weigh more than 4,000 lbs? Any trailer over 3,000 lbs typically requires brakes on the trailer in many states. Towing 6500 lb trailer with a Frontier or Tacoma sized truck would be a scary proposition to me even with stabilizer, electric trailer brakes, and breakaway brake system on trailer.
A 28ft Prowler travel trailer weighs about 6500 lbs., I sure would not tow one w/o anything less than a 3/4" truck.
Would anyone on these forums feel safe towing a 5,000 to 6,500 lb trailer with a Frontier sized truck?
#90 of 2122 Re: Tow Ratings? [moparbad]
Aug 31, 2004 (7:59 pm)
No freakin' way!! You got a big trailer...get a big truck. It's a no-brainer!
#91 of 2122 Re: Tow Ratings? [moparbad]
Sep 01, 2004 (4:24 am)
Heh Heh My intent was 3/4 ton truck, not 3/4"! LOL!
#92 of 2122 Re: Tow Ratings? [moparbad]
Sep 01, 2004 (6:05 am)
so what happened to the 1/2 ton trucks???
#93 of 2122 Re: Tow Ratings? [moparbad]
Sep 01, 2004 (7:52 am)
I agree that I would not want to tow 6,500 lbs with a compact or midsized truck.
I think the point or the question is would you rather tow 3,500 lbs in a vehicle with a 3,500 lb to 4,000 lb tow rating or would you rather tow 3,500 lbs in a vehicle rated to tow 6,000 lbs or 6,500 lbs?
Maybe it does not matter, but it would give me peace of mind to know that I have a chassis, suspension, engine, transmission, and brakes that are not being pushed to their theoretical limit when I am towing a small camper, boat or loaded utility trailer.
#94 of 2122 Re: Tow Ratings? [atlgaxt]
Sep 01, 2004 (9:45 am)
I agree. Most people towing with mid-size pickups and SUV are towing ~ 3500 max. I certainly fall into that category. Having a 6500 tow rating gives you a lot of extra insurance.