by Richard Rowe
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Small / compact SUVs and crossovers are among America’s best-selling vehicles. While they are incapable of hauling as much as their larger relatives, these products can still hold out when it comes to towing.
There is no official definition of a “small” SUV. However, many classify an SUV as “small” or “compact” if it measures less than 106 inches from the center of the rear wheel hub to the center of the front (the “wheelbase”).
At the low end of the 2010 offerings is the Subaru Forester (1,000-pound towing capacity). The Acura RDX, Honda CR-V AWD, Hyundai Tucson AWD, and Nissan Rogue AWD all weigh 1,500 pounds. The Jeep Patriot AWD, Jeep Wrangler 4WD, Kia Sportage AWD, and Mitsubishi Outlander can tow 2,000 pounds each.
At the heavier end, the Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute AWD, Mercury Mariner, and Toyota RAV4 AWD each have 3,500 pounds of towing capacity. Land Rover’s LR2 can haul 4,400, Jeep’s Liberty 4WD and Toyota’s FJ Cruiser rank at the top of the small SUV trailer heap at 5,000 pounds each (all figures are for 2010 models).