Billyk wrote:This is not my FEH but it sends a message:
1500lbs should not be a problem.
Dadof5 wrote:I have a 2011 with the V6, and recently pulled a 5x8 U-Haul enclosed trailer with some furniture (not very heavy) for 750km. It pulled it, but I wouldn't call it a pleasant experience. Kept it to the speed limit (90 km/h) but it really laboured. The transmission was constantly downshifting 1 or 2 gears. Gas mileage dropped from 27 mpg (US) to just over 18 (same trip, with and without trailer).
I'm used to pulling a larger and heavier boat trailer with GM Caprice/Roadmaster V8s. Hardly know the trailer is there and only lost 3-4 mpg.
I'm sure the 4 is fine for occaisional pulling of a light trailer. if you plan to trailer regularly and longer discances, I'd think twice about the 4.
tim_d_wagner wrote:The 1500 max rating is with no other cargo and a driver under 150lbs. To use it with anything more is unlawful and unsafe. Getting and keeping going is only part of the issue; steering and braking are also concerns.
With the good turning radius the Escapes are quite good with light trailers, but can get a little wiggly in winds. Keep in mind our Escapes are not known for having the strongest power train components.
rlhasse wrote:tim_d_wagner wrote:The rated tow capacity does not have anything to do with the weight of the tow vehicle itself
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