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Used daily driver that can tow a small trailer and seat 4

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mattblanchette89

Looking for a daily driver that isnt horribly inefficient which can occassionally tow a small enclosed trailer (5x10, tops) for drives up to a few hours long. Figuring800-1000lbs empty trailer weight plus 800-1000lbs of cargo the towing capacity should be 2,000lbs or higher. Trying to stay away from larger trucks and SUVs because they are a fair bit more expensive and the gas mileage isnt great for a daily driver.

Currently considering:
Subaru Outback (4 cylinder is rated at 3000lbs towing)
Toyota Tacoma (crew cab only, this is hard to find under $17k)
Chevy Colorado (crew cab only, this is hard to find under $17k)
Toyota RAV4 (6 cylinder)

BONUS POINTS if I can get one in a stick/manual transmission. I am comfortable with 50-100k miles for a car or 140k for a truck, is that reasonable?

Hoping somebody can steer me in the right direction. I am MOST interested in the Outback, I've heard they are reliable and even with the 4 cylinder I should be well under the maximum tow rating. Any thoughts?

Priorities: Towing / Price or payments / Reliability & durability

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 100000
Maximum age: 8 years

Maximum price: US $ 17000

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Response from mkaresh

3:00 pm December 6, 2016

Many cars should be able to tow 2,000 lbs, but manufacturers rarely rate them for towing because people who tow tend to buy SUVs. A list of some 2013 non-SUVs that were rated to tow: https://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-13-best-cars-for-towing-for-2013.html Aside from the Corolla, the Outback is probably the most fuel-efficient car on this list. So if you want to maximize both interior space and fuel economy while also being able to tow, it does seem like your best bet. Add the manual transmission, and it's pretty much your only bet, as the Toyota Venza and Honda Crosstour weren't offered with one (and aren't as efficient, either). Given your price limit, you should be able to get a reasonably new Outback. In the past Subarus have tended to get a little pricey to maintain once over 100,000 miles. The 2010 and up Outback seems better in this regard, but perhaps it's too soon to be sure. Be aware that some owners experience excessive oil consumption with the new, more efficient engine introduced with the 2013. Subaru often pays to fix these, but I'm not sure up to what age / mileage. When not fixed, they require a quart of oil every 1-2k. I don't know what percentage are affected. Far from all, but plenty of reports. If you can get a 2014 or even a 2015, the odds of this decrease.

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Response from NormT

2:24 pm July 17, 2017

I towed a 1,500 lbs worth of jetski/trailer with Buick Verano 2.0T with ease. It had a manual transmission and tracked well at highway speeds and still would get 23 mpg on the highway at the limit. Only problem with sedans and a narrow trailer it was difficult to see when back up.

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