I need to buy a used vehicle that can tow a boat. Suggestions?
March 10, 2014 1:00 PM Subscribe
Help me find my best options for late-model used cars that have a reasonably decent towing capacity.
posted by tylerkaraszewski to Travel & Transportation (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I currently drive a leased car that I will be turning in fairly soon. I have approximately $12,000 saved towards the purchase of a replacement car. Initially I wanted to pay cash for a replacement car and have no auto loan to deal with. However, I don't think that will be enough to get a car that is both as new as I'd like, and can tow the boat I need to tow. I am reluctantly willing to finance up to half the cost of a vehicle, which would be an out-the-door price of about $24,000, or a purchase price on the vehicle before tax of about $22,000.
Here are my absolute requirements, without which, I won't buy the vehicle:
1) Four doors, four seats.
2) 3,000 lb. rated towing capacity.
3) Automatic transmission.
4) Power locks.
Here are some things that I'd really like to have:
1) 4WD or AWD.
2) Satellite radio.
3) 20+mpg freeway milage.
Otherwise, I am fairly open to anything. I have no particular brand or country-of-origin loyalty and will consider just about anything. I will probably *not* buy a luxury brand like a BMW, only because the service costs are so astronomical. That said, I am not interested solely in reliability, and would rather get a "nicer" car, even if I have to pay a bit more for service once in a while (it just can't be $1,500 for brakes or the sorts of prices you get with e.g., BMW).
I am probably, due to the towing capacity requirement, looking at a mid-size SUV or crossover vehicle, but would actually prefer something more station-wagon-ish, though finding one of these with any reasonable towing capacity in the US seems impossible.
My current top choices are a Jeep Grand Cherokee or a Volkswagen Touareg, from around 2010-2011.
I am aiming to get a vehicle no more than 5 years old and with no more than 60k miles on it.