Smallest towing vehicle?

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by Financiers, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. Financiers

    Financiers New Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Hey all,

    I want to get a used vehicle for towing a 185 sport. The problem is that I absolutely hate driving big vehicles. I realize this might be an issue when looking for towing vehicles, but thought I'd ask here anyways. I drove an Infiniti fx35 years ago and really enjoyed it, but I can't help thinking that car would be too "nice" for a towing vehicle. Looking it up right now, it actually seems the newer years wouldn't even have the right towing capacity. I apologize for the rambling. I appreciate all of your help. Thanks in advance!
  2. Steve Craig

    Steve Craig Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Saint John, N.B.
    '07 260 Sundeck
    6.2l & Bravo III
    Look at the overall weight including boat, trailer, fuel & all the goodies you bring along with you.
    Ford has a towing guide on line for most years & models. I would bet the other manufacturers have the same.
    Find 3-4 options in your range before you go shopping.
    Wife's Lexus RX350, for instance, will haul 3500 lbs properly equipped. I'd bet the small Toyota truck with the same engine/trans would do about the same or better.
  3. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
    Im fond of a tow vehicle with an actual frame, as opposed to a unibody design found on smaller SUVs cross-over types.
  4. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    I have towed my 185 with my wife's Lexus RX330, it has a factory tow package rated for 3500. It will do it, but you definitely know w the boat is there. I would not want it as my primary tow vehicle. Really need a small truck or mid size SUV, like a Toyota Tacoma or 4 Runner.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2017
  5. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    We have a 2 door Blazer V6 4.2L that is rated for 3900 pounds. We towed our Jetboat (Just under 4,000 with no gas in it) 700 miles with it through the mountains. It was OK it is a 5 speed standard. Going up the hills we went 25MPH on the flat 65 was OK. We then got a 2006 Envoy Denali with a 5.3 V8 it is fine for the Jetboat. We towed the boat to Mexico Loreto in Baja. Lots of power no problem. You need a V8 in my opinion if there are hills or mountains. On the flat V6 is OK. GM no longer makes either of these models but they do make a similar to the Envoy. If you tow in snow big is required.
  6. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    How about this one? 1981 Toyota 4-banger.

    Just kidding, of course.

  7. mperlst216

    mperlst216 Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    Frisco, Tx
    2001 Sea Ray 210 Sundeck
    Formerly 1998 SR 185, Four Winns 170, Chaparall 233 Sunnesta, SR197,
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser
    These have 5000b tow capacity if equipped with factory tow package-Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot 4x4. Nissan Pathfinder 2016
    These have 6000 tow capacity-Jeep Grand Cherokee, BMW X5, Nissan Pathfinder 2017
  8. almostenuff

    almostenuff Member

    Sep 18, 2010
    Cape Coral, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 390 Sundancer
    2002 SeaSwirl 2301 WA
    T-380 Cummins
    F225 Yamaha
    Find a 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel. Probably the best torque/towing capacity of any medium SUV. 406 ft lbs/7716lbs and get 20 MPG doing it. If you want to save a few bucks, get the diesel Touareg-same engine, same numbers

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    Last edited: Jan 16, 2017
  9. Gary B

    Gary B Member

    May 20, 2015
    Long Island
    2007 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM 11
    Many of us have the "3' a year" disease. A small SUV may do the job for your current boat but if you are buying a new tow vehicle it may make sense to go for a full size SUV or pick up. Not only will it likely tow your "next" boat but it will make towing your current boat a breeze.

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