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How do you compare different SUV towing capacities?

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When comparing sport utility vehicles' towing capacities, factors to consider, beyond the vehicle's tow rating and the weight of the tow, include the engine size, horsepower and average miles per gallon. Another factor to compare is the available tow packages.

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Among large SUVs, the Ford Expedition has a 9,200-pound towing capacity. The 2015 Jeep Cherokee, a smaller SUV, with a 271 horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 engine, tows up to 4,500 pounds, enough to haul a boat or camper, according to Cars.com.

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, with a tow rating of 3,500 pounds, comes with a 301-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and the trailer tow package includes an electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist, placing it second in a Cars.com comparison of the top ten best compact SUVs for towing. The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is the closest tow-worthy vehicle available that isn't on a truck-based platform, according to Autobytel.com. It can carry up to eight passengers and has a 5,200-pound tow rating due to its long wheelbase and 288 horsepower engine.

Premium crossovers also find their way to the top of some comparison lists. The 2015 Audi Q5 features a tow rating of 4,400 pounds with a 272 horsepower engine and 295 foot-pounds of torque.

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