Which of my cars should I put a trailer hitch on?
March 21, 2014 10:37 AM Subscribe
We have a 4x6 trailer. It's pretty light weight. We need to put a hitch on one of our two cars in order to use it. Is there any mechanical (or other) advantage to using one car over the other?
posted by crapples to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total)
The first car is a 2010 Nissan Versa. It has a 6-speed manual transmission. It's a 1.8 liter engine and according to google has 122 HP.
The second car is a 2011 VW Jetta SE. Automatic transmission. It has a 2.5 L engine and according to google has 170 HP.
I'm not a car guy, but I assume the higher horse power of the VW would be better. But is it a meaningful difference for a trailer that's so small? Also, does the manual vs automatic transmission have any effect? I would prefer to put the hitch on the Versa, but the Jetta would be OK if it will handle the trailer significantly better.
As for how much we are likely to haul: Probably never more than a few hundred pounds, but you never know what might come up. I don't know how much the trailer itself weighs, but it's one of those steal black ones that you can get from Lowes or Menards.
I guess what I'm asking is: Is there a good reason to put the hitch on the Jetta instead of the Versa if the Versa is where I would prefer to have the hitch?