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Family Car Advice: The Best SUVs For Towing Page 2


2011 Nissan Armada

2011 Nissan Armada

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Nissan Armada

Another full-size SUV, the 2011 Nissan Armada, when properly equipped, can tow up to 8,200 pounds in two-wheel drive and 9,000 pounds in four-wheel drive in SL and Platinum models. In SV with Tow Package the maximum towing capacity is 8,200 and 6,500 pounds for two- and four-wheel drive, respectively. The Nissan Armada is powered by a 317-horsepower 5.6-liter V-8 engine and seats up to eight.

2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

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Volkswagen Touareg TDI

Looking for a diesel-powered SUV that can tow a maximum of 7,700 pounds? Check out the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI with 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive. With its 225-horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, the Touareg V-6 TDI Sport can seat up to five.

2011 Chevrolet Traverse

2011 Chevrolet Traverse

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Chevrolet Traverse

Need to tow a boat and trailer up to 5,200 pounds – and carry seven or eight passengers? The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse SUV in front-wheel drive can do just that. Power comes from the 281-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine that also features 266 pound-feet of torque.

2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Ford Explorer

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Ford Explorer

With its standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the mid-size 2011 Ford Explorer with optional Class III trailer towing package has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds in either FWD or AWD. The combination may be just right for carrying seven passengers and simultaneously towing the small-to-medium-size family boat.

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