Front-wheel-drive (1.5L gas FWD/1.6L diesel) and AWD (1.6L diesel only) vehicles can be towed.
Are you a GM bigot? I have never had any brand preference.
In looking for a new toad, I found that Ford has more flat towable SUVs than GM, so I focused my search on Ford.
My old toad was a 2007 Saturn Vue which was about the same size as the Equinox. But it was powered by a 3.5L Honda V6. There is no way we would ever go back to a 4 banger. So we looked at the Fords. They have the Escape which is about the same size as the Equinox. But we wanted a little bigger car. Chevy doesn't have something that's "a little bigger ".
So went with the Edge because it is the size we wanted and Chevy doesn't have something that's about the same size.
Of course, there are some Jeep 4WD 4-down towable. But we didn't like any of them.
I am just suggesting that you expand your search. There are other towables out there.
taoshum said:thanks for the replies!!! We are still "looking/considering" at this point and read that the 9 speed AT is an issue but wondered if someone has found a solution. I'll try to find a "manual"... The field of "compact SUVs" that are tow-able seems kinda small, except for the Wrangler of course.
The reviews say that the 1.5 L engine is kinda sluggish compared to the 2.0 L engine.
Gary RV_Wizard said:My daughter has a Kia Rio with a 1.6L 4 cylinder and it's plenty snappy in both town and highway driving. Probably a little lighter in weight than an Equinox, though. I also owned a Buick Verano sedan for two years and that had a GM 2.0L. That sucker was FAST and could spin the tires easily if you jabbed the throttle. 3267 lb curb weight, so about the same as an Equinox.
Gotta agree, though, that GM has pretty much abandoned the 4-down towable feature since around 2010. When they revamped their transmissions for lighter weight and more gears, the towable capability was sacrificed.
Gary RV_Wizard said:A tranny cooler helps only if the tranny fluid is circulating through it, e.g. engine running of the tranny itself has a pump driven by the output shaft, so that the pump turns with the wheels. Few modern automatics have that sort of pump. And if the tranny had it, you wouldn't have o add the cooler to begin with...
Did you test drive the 1.6L or the 2.0L version? Curious...