What year are you looking at? The powertrain changes dramastically between years. I've never seen issues on the forum with people towing <3500lb with hybrids. Several have exceeded without realizing it (tandem cargo trailer, moving) and they didn't have issues.
OK, yes, I know, there is a large thread on towing with HiHy and read it several times.
But this time, I have a bit different question.
My HIHy is dealer equipped with towing everything.
I am at crossroads. I either need to go and buy a beater property hauling truck, or consider towing trailer with bark or topsoil with HiHy.
We need to haul maybe a yard of topsoil at a time, two yards of bark. Plenty of 3500lb rated trailers on craigslist.
My question is - tongue load. I already towed a stump grinder on its trailer with HiHy, and car did well. Thing is, entire rear end crouched quite a bit. So I am sort of afraid to overdo with tongue load.
Surely, there are 2 axle trailers that are less loading the hitch, but they are heavy by themselves and I am afraid to cross out of rated 3500lb capacity. And where I live, I have to go up decent grade from whichever side I approach property.
Sooo... anyone has a utility trailer and hauls stuff like this with HyHi?
Ah, the coil inserts.
Back in 'ol country they used to take a rubber doughnut off tank roller and laith those inserts out of them. Tank rubber is about as strong as it goes, will outperform any foam or polyurethane.
There is only one observation I need to make. That is a two axle trailer. It is sort of balanced on axles. With single axle trailer, won't it be more tongue load because it is a single point weight load on axle?
I also like how you noted that you should have bought a 4Runner for what you need. THAT makes sense.
here's unfortunate truth about my dilemma.
I used my HiHy as a truck for about 4 months, when we moved winter of 2016. Then hauled lumber and stuff in it. I, actually, sold a Silverado, bought Ridgeline, sold Ridgeline and bought HiHy because on old property, I was OK with HiHy as tower/hauler. But, as the result, signs of interior damage are showing. So no more.
But now I have 6 acres, 25% wetland. Suddenly, even my wife said - well, we need a truck.
Bummer. We already have 3 cars. TCH, HiHy and her RX350. Fast did I find that finding a 4x4 beater truck (wetland!) is rather challenging and bought a 94 4x4 K1500 - that turned to be so frame rusted that I am sitting waiting on title to come in to sell it.
So here I am. I am stuck with that truck for 2 months, till title shows. Will rather be ridiculous to go buy another beater. Spring is here, hauling is right around the corner. So either haul with HiHy, or rent truck, or pay someone. And the way property is, places I will have to go in in wetland are rather not for a nice car like HiHy.
But to sum up.... You think I should be fine hauling a yard of topsoil or two of bark? On a single axis trailer?
My 2010 tows this 2700 lbs single axle trailer with no issues on flat land for shorter trips. We use a GMC Canyon for longer trips and mountains. The tongue weight is probably 400- 500 lbs(+cooler, dogs and camping junk in the truck)and the front end only goes up a Quarter inch, while the body in the back only lowers a half inch. I am careful to distribute the weight in the trailer so more is in the front than the back. The highlander actually pulls a little better because the extra weight in the rear from being an SUV keeps it a little more smooth/grounded. The Canyon is more powerful with 7000 lbs capacity and we mostly use that for the longer trips because I'm afraid long trips or trips that include any sort of mountain will wear down the CVT transmission and overwork the hybrid transaxle or differential. free picture upload image upload
Thank you for sharing. I have a small trailer that is set on RV axle. 8 leaf spring. It's a home made trailer, problem with it is it has very short hitch ball receiver arm.
Reason I am asking all this is I can easily load a yard of topsoil into that trailer or 1.5 of bark. That's all I need to haul ever so often. Yard of topsoil is about 1800 lb. Plus trailer.
Simply trying to figure if it will be OK. I love this car, don't want to hurt it.
I towed an 1800Lb (that's what rental guy told me) grinder on what looked like 500lb SINGLE AXIS trailer and the only thing I can tell is that he didn't quite balance trailer with the grinder. So there was quite some load on the hitch. Now, my hitch is dealer installed option for HiHy. Rated for 6000lb.
How much of that weight went onto the hitch itself, it's everyone's guess. vehicle crouched for sure but not too bad.
I have read online that the regular 2017 hybrid highlander with the v6 engine has the same horse power as the hybrid V6 highlander. I read that the towing capacity for the regular gas version highlander can tow 5000 lbs. For some reason the hybrid highlander with the same engine and also have the additional motor as a hybrid can only tow 3500lbs. Trying to understand why it should be less and if there is any way to reverse this so the hybrid can tow 5000 lbs. I am thinking of getting a boat and 3500 may not cut it.
I like the idea of getting a hybrid for the extra mileage - we do a lot of driving on trips.
Anyone understand why the hybrids get less towing capacity?
It's not same engine. Engine is downgraded on horse power because of the electric motor.
Also, there is no mechanical connection between engine and transmission, so to speak. It is all done via motor generator this is why they had to water down towing capacity. You can fry MG.
Final answer is - don't.
This should answer all and any questions on towing with Highlander Hybrid.
Topic been discussed to, I think, even most demanding reader satisfaction. All towing threads will be moved to here from now on.
About towing, electric vs Hybrid, this is the first we?ve found that can do it other than the Tesla SUV, but I have a question. Keep seeing online and hearing from our dealer 3500 lbs for the HiHy, but when I finally got my hands on our and read the manual fine print, that?s with a BRAKED trailer. The manual says it?s only 1000 lbs UN-BRAKED. Based on all we read and were told we thought we were well within specs with only a 1300 lb pop up camper. Did we screw up? Will pulling our un-braked camper void our warranty?
Thanks, ukrkoz, but didn't see my question addressed in any of the links to discussions you provided, so I'm posing the question again on the one by stout, the only one I could find posted this year and re:2017 model. If I missed one relevant to the un-braked towing capacity please forgive me, new to this forum.