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    Jun 11, 2014 11:17 PM GMT
    I know we have a lot of car enthusiasts here so I thought this would be a good place to look for advice. This is my problem:

    I currently drive a hybrid that gets over 40 MPG. Love love love this car but....I'm tired of borrowing friend's trucks whenever I want to take my boat out. So I need something that has a towing capacity of at least 2500lbs. But there's no way I'm going to go from a 40 MPG car to a 16 MPG just so I can pull a boat a few times each summer. If it's an SUV or Crossover, I need the back seat to fold down fairly flat. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    Jun 11, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI know we have a lot of car enthusiasts here so I thought this would be a good place to look for advice. This is my problem:

    I currently drive a hybrid that gets over 40 MPG. Love love love this car but....I'm tired of borrowing friend's trucks whenever I want to take my boat out. So I need something that has a towing capacity of at least 2500lbs. But there's no way I'm going to go from a 40 MPG car to a 16 MPG just so I can pull a boat a few times each summer. If it's an SUV or Crossover, I need the back seat to fold down fairly flat. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Rent? I don't know if you can rent with a tow hitch and electrical plug (I'm guessing a flat-4 without electric brakes for something that light). Or interest some friends with a truck or SUV to go with you. Pay for them to add a hitch if they don't have one.
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:00 AM GMT
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    the hooker is an option
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:17 AM GMT
    try the dodge Journey ! it can seat seven good on gas and i think it can tow some to icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:22 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Scruffypup saidI know we have a lot of car enthusiasts here so I thought this would be a good place to look for advice. This is my problem:

    I currently drive a hybrid that gets over 40 MPG. Love love love this car but....I'm tired of borrowing friend's trucks whenever I want to take my boat out. So I need something that has a towing capacity of at least 2500lbs. But there's no way I'm going to go from a 40 MPG car to a 16 MPG just so I can pull a boat a few times each summer. If it's an SUV or Crossover, I need the back seat to fold down fairly flat. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Rent? I don't know if you can rent with a tow hitch and electrical plug (I'm guessing a flat-4 without electric brakes for something that light). Or interest some friends with a truck or SUV to go with you. Pay for them to add a hitch if they don't have one.


    I only have two friends with towing capacity and they normally work when I want to take the boat out. My other friends drive cars that are not capable of towing. I really want to be in control of when I go out.
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:27 AM GMT
    Nick2992 saidtry the dodge Journey ! it can seat seven good on gas and i think it can tow some to icon_smile.gif


    Dodge? Don't they break down a lot? I'm a little scared of American cars. Plus it's ugly and only gets 18 MPG city.
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:29 AM GMT
    http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/Hybrid-SUVs/

    Here's some to check out.. you can have your gas savings and eat it too!
    The Highlander might be your best Overall deal...
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:37 AM GMT
    I'd consider a Subaru Outback Wagon - towing capacity of 2700lbs, all wheel drive, 33MPG
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:43 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidhttp://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/Hybrid-SUVs/

    Here's some to check out.. you can have your gas savings and eat it too!
    The Highlander might be your best Overall deal...


    Thanks! I really don't want anything as big as the Highlander. I looked at the Lexus hybrid 450 today. Another ugly car but gets great gas mileage considering it's towing capacity. I really hate paying that for another ugly car. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:44 AM GMT
    Timbales saidI'd consider a Subaru Outback Wagon - towing capacity of 2700lbs, all wheel drive, 33MPG


    Subaru is supposed to be a great reliable car, but damn....talk about ugly. There are so many ugly cars on the market these days.
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:46 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    Timbales saidI'd consider a Subaru Outback Wagon - towing capacity of 2700lbs, all wheel drive, 33MPG


    Subaru is supposed to be a great reliable car, but damn....talk about ugly. There are so many ugly cars on the market these days.


    I'm a big wagon fan. My current car is an 08 Toyota Matrix XR, but I wish I had a Jetta Sportwagon.
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:52 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    I only have two friends with towing capacity and they normally work when I want to take the boat out. My other friends drive cars that are not capable of towing. I really want to be in control of when I go out.

    Then I would explore rentals. You live in a popular fishing area, and you're not towing much at 2500 lbs. If it doesn't Google, then phone some small boat dealers for suggestions. Who knows, they may even rent something themselves. A pickup rental a few times a year would be cheaper than buying another vehicle, and losing the good mileage and the enjoyment you get from your hybrid. "Love love love this car..."
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:53 AM GMT
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    This is what I really want.
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:53 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    This is what I really want.



    wht's stopping you?
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:54 AM GMT
    Resize that Penis... I mean pic pleez!
    I'm guessing that's a Range Rover???
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:56 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidResize that Penis... I mean pic pleez!
    I'm guessing that's a Range Rover???


    yes sir, it is
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    Is converting a car to electric power more expensive than buying a Hybrid car? icon_question.gif
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    Jun 12, 2014 12:59 AM GMT
    JarIan said
    Scruffypup said
    This is what I really want.



    wht's stopping you?


    I've heard mixed reviews about their reliability and maintenance.
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    Jun 12, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    JarIan said
    Scruffypup said
    This is what I really want.



    wht's stopping you?


    I've heard mixed reviews about their reliability and maintenance.


    your choice icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 12, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said2014-land-rover-range-rover-evoque-europ
    This is what I really want.

    And this is what I really want - seriously:

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    But whether either car is affordable is our private business.
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    Jun 12, 2014 1:23 AM GMT
    You're asking for a miracle. There's no way you're going to get a 40MPG truck or even a crossover. Also, doesn't make financial sense. If your incentive for getting a hybrid was to save money on gas, you're going to lose those savings for next 4 - 5 years from buying a new car. Because now you're paying for a new car + shitty gas mileage.

    Just keep your current hybrid and rent an SUV/truck when you need to tow something.
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    Jun 12, 2014 2:26 AM GMT
    xrichx saidYou're asking for a miracle. There's no way you're going to get a 40MPG truck or even a crossover. Also, doesn't make financial sense. If your incentive for getting a hybrid was to save money on gas, you're going to lose those savings for next 4 - 5 years from buying a new car. Because now you're paying for a new car + shitty gas mileage.

    Just keep your current hybrid and rent an SUV/truck when you need to tow something.


    I never said I expected to get 40MPG from a towing vehicle. I said I don't want to go from 40MPG to 16MPG. And renting a truck every time I want to go boating would require a ridiculous amount of planning which isn't practical or fun. My original incentive for buying the hybrid was to be more environmentally conscious (saving money was lagniappe), which is why I still don't want a gas guzzler.
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    Jun 12, 2014 2:32 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidYou're asking for a miracle. There's no way you're going to get a 40MPG truck or even a crossover. Also, doesn't make financial sense. If your incentive for getting a hybrid was to save money on gas, you're going to lose those savings for next 4 - 5 years from buying a new car. Because now you're paying for a new car + shitty gas mileage.

    Just keep your current hybrid and rent an SUV/truck when you need to tow something.


    I never said I expected to get 40MPG from a towing vehicle. I said I don't want to go from 40MPG to 16MPG. And renting a truck every time I want to go boating would require a ridiculous amount of planning which isn't practical or fun. My original incentive for buying the hybrid was to be more environmentally conscious (saving money was lagniappe), which is why I still don't want a gas guzzler.

    Just get a Toyota Tacoma. Those things last forever. MPG isn't too bad either, especially highway.
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    Jun 12, 2014 2:37 AM GMT
    Well, another possibility is to rent a slip in a marina, so you don't have to tow. Around here, it's about $1200 a year.

    If you only use it a few times a year, a used SUV from craigslist is pretty cheap. Even a jeep could tow that weight, and give you a sweet topless ride too.
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    Jun 12, 2014 2:43 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    Scruffypup said
    xrichx saidYou're asking for a miracle. There's no way you're going to get a 40MPG truck or even a crossover. Also, doesn't make financial sense. If your incentive for getting a hybrid was to save money on gas, you're going to lose those savings for next 4 - 5 years from buying a new car. Because now you're paying for a new car + shitty gas mileage.

    Just keep your current hybrid and rent an SUV/truck when you need to tow something.


    I never said I expected to get 40MPG from a towing vehicle. I said I don't want to go from 40MPG to 16MPG. And renting a truck every time I want to go boating would require a ridiculous amount of planning which isn't practical or fun. My original incentive for buying the hybrid was to be more environmentally conscious (saving money was lagniappe), which is why I still don't want a gas guzzler.

    Just get a Toyota Tacoma. Those things last forever. MPG isn't too bad either, especially highway.


    Yeah, I looked at the Tacomas yesterday. It actually handled better than a lot of the more expensive crossovers, but it only gets 18MPG in the city. 99% of my driving is for work which is mainly city miles.