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Old 26-10-2013, 13:00   #31
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Re: Best small car for towing a small boat

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It's really looking like the Matrix is my best bet, unless I want to just buy something fun to drive and rent a truck when I want to pull the boat or give up on the concept of fuel efficiency and buy a truck.
Look at a vw tiguan diesel.
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Old 26-10-2013, 13:16   #32
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If you're going to get a manual, I'd be looking at a Subaru Forester, as they have a low range. Manuals are fine on the highway, but boat ramps can be very hard on clutches.
yep, i'd agree, any of the subaru 4wd and automatic.
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Old 26-10-2013, 15:26   #33
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This unit tows very well quite manueverable.
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Old 26-10-2013, 17:05   #34
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Look at a vw tiguan diesel.
Are those available in the US? I can't find them on the American VW page, I'm not seeing any listed used, and I'm having a hard time finding any information about them. The info I'm finding from Europe makes me want one, but if I can't get one here it's not very useful...
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Old 26-10-2013, 17:10   #35
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Are those available in the US? I can't find them on the American VW page, I'm not seeing any listed used, and I'm having a hard time finding any information about them. The info I'm finding from Europe makes me want one, but if I can't get one here it's not very useful...
Yes. I have driven them and delivered them
The 2012's are coming in from the leade terms now.
http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...t-drive-review
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Old 26-10-2013, 17:17   #36
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Huh! OK, I may have to call my local VW dealer and ask. What years have they available, and how close is the US spec sheet to the European one?

I've got to admit, if what I'm seeing (~40mpg highway, probably reasonable tow capacity, essentially a taller-than-average station wagon) is accurate, I'd happily buy one. That's better than the Matrix by a long shot. I just can't figure out what the US spec sheet looks like or where to find one.
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