Last post on May 10, 2010 at 4:09 AM
You are in the Ford Escape
What is this discussion about?
Ford Escape Hybrid, Toyota 4Runner, Towing, SUV
#4 of 9 Re: The best way to go about this. [mschmal]
Nov 19, 2007 (11:38 am)
Not a chance for the Escape Hybrid, even if you can find one.
Also, forget about the Escape Hybrid. "conventional trailor hitches are not compatible with Escape Hybrid components."
I tow a two horse trailer and one horse with my 2005 Escape Hybrid. When I got my hitch, it had to be modified to clear the coolant hoses, but that was a long time ago. I think all of the major vendor's hitches have the notch to clear the hoses. All of them list the Escape Hybrid.
Would it be better or worse than a 4 cylinder 4-runner? I think better. A v-6 4-runner, probably not.
I would expect that you won't tow very often, nor very far. If you intend to compete in weekly shows around the state, you'd be better off with a bigger vehicle.
If you tow a few times a year, 10-15 miles, the smaller vehicles would be fine. If you only tow occasionally, you might check out a rental yard that would rent the trailer and the truck for a lot less on an annual basis than buying something that's going to sit in your driveway, or worse yet, a rented space in a storage lot, 90% of the time.
#5 of 9 Re: Esape Hybrid and a 4runner [barrelracer18]
Feb 09, 2008 (6:34 pm)
I have a 2003 ford escape 4x4 XLT, i pull a 1 horse in line trailer! I have a 3500ilb hitch on it , the bigest one they make for it, I put a/t suv mud tires on it and a brake controler for the inside to help stop the trailer, read your guide that came with your suv it tell's you how much you can pull and go from there how ever a two horse i really dought it! Get a one horse! IT WILL WORK WITH BRAKES ON BOTH ENDS AS LONG AS YOU FALLOW YOU TOWING GUIDE.
#6 of 9 Re: Esape Hybrid and a 4runner [barrelracer18]
Apr 14, 2009 (9:57 am)
I have a 2008 Escape Hybrid, and the dealership specifically does not include a tow package on that car due to the transmission is different and not able to handle pulling any weight. I would suggest a truck or maybe a non hybrid SUV. I traded in a 2003 Escape XLT V6 4x4 with a sport package that could handle pulling 3500 lbs, if you are interested in a Escape. Avoid the hybrid if you are wanting to tow. That is my advice.
#7 of 9 Toyota 4Runner v.s. Ford Escape Hybird
May 09, 2010 (8:41 pm)
My husband and I considering buying a car next month and came down to two choices in the SUV category. Ford Escape Hybird or a 2010 Toyota 4Runner.
We like the idea of a ford escape that has better gas mileage, smaller and easy to drive.
The 4Runner has more horsepower, larger, better to tow with and excellent in the snow.
Which is a better car to buy
#8 of 9 Re: Toyota 4Runner v.s. Ford Escape Hybird [misaak]
May 10, 2010 (4:09 am)
My gosh, you are trying to compare apples to oranges. These are two completely different vehicles. 4Runner is a big tough vehicle and will tow a lot. Escape hybrid is a great lightweight SUV with excellent gas mileage. It will get you most places in the snow as long as you get the 4 wheel drive option.