While any vehicle can be adapted to be four-down-towable, it’s safer to use one that’s manufacturer certified. And you’re in good hands when you buy one in town.
With the many vehicle and service options available in Petoskey, head down the street to a nearby dealer like Brown Motors. Partly because of the region’s vacation mindset, experts like Holly Brown know the market and can help you find exactly what you need.
Flat towing’s the way to go these days, and she’ll help you learn the tricks of today’s hottest tow vehicles. Owner’s manuals are the best resource, though, she notes. They’ll tell you the proper position for levers, which fuses to pull if needed, and how often you’ll need to run the engine en route.
LINCOLN MKZ HYBRID
This fuel-efficient beauty is towable with an automatic transmission. What’s most important when towing this is that once you’ve started the engine, you allow it to run for about five minutes at the beginning of each day, then every six hours after, and that you watch your lead foot.
The maximum speed of this hybrid transmission, according to the manufacturer, is 70 mph. To tow, select neutral tow mode. Once you’re on location and driving, the engine has impressive horsepower and nets 39 miles per gallon.
The 2016 model is full of luxury appointments too, including a panoramic sun roof, navigation system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist and forward collision warning with automatic pre-collision braking.
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
The 2016 model includes an automatic transmission with Quadra-Trac II / Quadra-Drive II Four-Wheel Drive with 4-LO range only. To tow, set the transmission to park and transfer case to neutral, which is adjacent to the transfer case selector switch.
The jeep is still about fun, but this particular model’s engine is also about efficiency; it features advanced technologies including dual variable valve timing and a flow- control valve intake manifold with an estimated 31 miles per gallon.
The vehicle’s innovative Jeep Active Drive II 4×4 system with low-range has a neutral mode for making flat towing be- hind an RV particularly easy. This model also is both quick and responsive, featuring front and rear independent suspensions with a body structure made of high-strength steel.
FORD F-150 4×4
Just like the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ford F-150 is packed with a towable, automatic transition. To tow, place the transfer case and transmission in the neutral position and engage the four-wheel-down towing feature.
It’s been rated best in its class for general towing, smart towing features, and fuel efficiency. The vehicle includes a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine paired with an electronic six-speed automatic transmission that nets an average of 26 miles per gallon. The technology package includes a Lane-Keeping System and a dynamic trailer hitch assist.
Lighter than ever be- fore, the aluminum-alloy body and steel frame allows for better fuel efficiency, greater towing and payload capacities, and enhanced handling and braking responsiveness.