Originally Posted by wwsmith111
Are we not allowed to have differing opinions? I've just discovered after purchasing my last 3 vehicles that max tow capacity has meant almost nothing to me without knowing other information along with it.
For example, the truck I just put a deposit on has a max tow capacity of 11,300 pounds I think it is. Well it may as well say 5500 as that's my trailer GVWR and once I have the tongue on, my entire family and cargo, I've maxed the payload. There are in fact models of this trucks that tow less (9300) and have a higher payload than my trim level so I could actually tow a heavier trailer with the model that towed less. So for my situation (hauling a family and cargo), seeing only those two numbers as comparison would not be helpful.
Not to mention that the chart on that page has either the incorrect numbers for my particular truck configuration or maybe for 2014 those numbers are different than 2011.
And if you were someone looking at SUVs, the Explorer and MDX appear to tow the same. Except the Explorer only account for a driver in its ratings and the MDX includes driver, passenger and some cargo. So the MDX can actually tow more but the one number doesn't show that. And it may matter to the person towing a 4800# boat a couple times a year with him and his wife. And heck, maybe with payload numbers, that changes too.