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    SUV's to haul boat?- can I get by with 6 cylinders?

    I am looking to buy an SUV and would prefer a 6 cylinder. I am looking at several with towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. My boat is an aluminum ProHawk boat. I will be replacing my 8 cylinder 1998 Chevy Silverado which pulls it like it is a feather. Any vehicle recommendations to do the job are appreciated and any issues I can expect in downsizing to 6 cylinders.
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    Pulled my 18 foot tracker tournament all over this state with a 3.6 v6 dodge truck. Never had any trouble.
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    I don't believe 6cyl vs 8cyl really matters. My 6cyl Ecoboost has a higher towing capacity than an 8cyl. You will obviously feel a big difference going from a truck to a lighter SUV.

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    My Suburu Outback can tow up to 3000 lbs.
    I get 21 mpg pulling my Tracker with

    Toyota Rav4 Adventure can tow 3500 Lbs.

    Both are 4 cylinders and tow it easily.
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    Ford Explorer does up to about 5600 lbs with a V6. You may want to consider a 4x4 pickup 4 door Ford F150 Crew cab as their 6's both fuel inecgted or turbo charged pull a bunch with ease.
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    Thank you for responses.

    I appreciate all of the responses. We are kind of looking at Outback and Kia Telluride which both have vehicles with 5,000# towing capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by publican57 View Post
    I am looking to buy an SUV and would prefer a 6 cylinder. I am looking at several with towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. My boat is an aluminum ProHawk boat. I will be replacing my 8 cylinder 1998 Chevy Silverado which pulls it like it is a feather. Any vehicle recommendations to do the job are appreciated and any issues I can expect in downsizing to 6 cylinders.
    You are fine. I pulled my 19 ft tracker for YEARS with a v6 f150.

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