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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-20-2019, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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4 cylinder engine and towing

Looking to upgrade my 2007(v6) to newer model, but after 2015 they only come with 4 cylinder. Have 4x8 utility trailer for hauling trash and furniture sometimes. What is everyone's experiences with the 4 cylinders and towing?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-20-2019, 06:59 PM
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The V6 was still available for 2016 and 2017. Wasn't till the redesign for 2018 that it was dropped.

The 2.0 turbo for 2018 has the same towing capacity as the earlier V6 versions. 3500 lbs I believe.

Now - 2018 Equinox 2LT 2.0T AWD
Was - 2015 Equinox 1LT 3.6 AWD
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I have a 2015 SLT with the 4 cylinder and a 4x8 utility trailer and have not had any problems. Granted, I don't go out of state with it but the surrounding counties I've visited with it haven't giving me any cause for concern.
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I wouldn't think a 4 Cylinder would have any problem with a 4X8 Utility Trailer unless loaded it extremely heavy .. Have Towed my 5X8 Utility with a 900 lb Motorcycle to the Dealership for repair for 40 miles with my Buick Verano 2.4 L with no problems .. Would not make a long trip with it though ..

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What year are you looking at? 2018 model year was the first models that the Equinox/Terrain only offered 4 cyl. I have the 2018 2.0t and I just posted a thread on the Engine/Powertrain forum. I pull a 2000lb camper with ease, but after some additional investigation I'm noticing what I believe to be very high exhaust gas Temperatures. I'm seeking some additional feedback from folks on what is accepted and what is bad for the powertrain
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I have the 2.4l 4-cylinder in a 2010 model, and tow a 4 by 8 "box" utility trailer. Regularly, now that I live in the country and am doing hardscaping and softscaping work. Rated Equinox towing capacity is 1500 lbs, rated trailer capacity is 1200 lbs (a Harbor Freight fold-up with standard 2 by 4 side strakes modified with solid ply sides all around). I can overload it easily, and regularly do just that. Doing hardscaping, a typical max load are 20 bags mortar mix at 1600 lbs. I have weight tickets showing even higher loads, and sometimes get loaded with bulk materials so the trailer frame is sitting on the springs. I would not recommend that, the trailer manual shows the suspension U-bolts pointing up so an overload will damage the suspension and frame as they come in contact. I've modified it so the suspension u-bolts face down, getting a couple inches more spring travel (done after the trailer incurred overload damage).

The Equinox will happily tow at rated capacity (1500 lbs in a 250 lb trailer with 1200 lb load), and it feels normal. Slower acceleration and longer braking, but the trailer isn't bouncing the car around. Overloaded, it will (bounce the car around). I think that's OK around town but NOT if you want to go cross country.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 11:56 PM
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I recently purchased the Equinox LT 2.0T (4 Cyl). Rated towing is 3500 lbs.

I also purchased a 16ft Travel Trailer, dry weight 2500 lbs. I've towed this trailer five times without any issues.

I previously owned a 2012 Equinox LT, 4 cyl, installed a receiver and pulled utility trailers without problems. Just verify your tow rating, stay under it and you'll be fine.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-05-2020, 08:32 AM
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i have a 2008 saturn vue with the 2.4 liter engine, and have put 450,000km on towing a BRP jet boat and double enclosed snowmobile trailer. Dont expect to have alot of passing power but it will get it done if you adjust you acceleration and braking expectations
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-05-2020, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by mcg75 View Post
The V6 was still available for 2016 and 2017. Wasn't till the redesign for 2018 that it was dropped.

The 2.0 turbo for 2018 has the same towing capacity as the earlier V6 versions. 3500 lbs I believe.
The V-6 was still available in 2016 and 2017, but only with AWD.
There are a few out there, the ones that I have seen have been in the Terrain or Denali trim.

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