In the first part of this series we looked at the most common Dual Cab Utes and the sad truth about the real towing capacity of many.

As for the Four Wheel Drive Wagons they do fare better with the Landcruiser 200, Landcruiser 70 Troop Carrier, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Patrol and Land Rover Discovery TD6 all able to pull the full 3500Kg when fully loaded.  Several Wagons which are only rated for 3000Kg towing can also meet their full weight  requirement, these are the Isuzu MU-X, Discovery TD4, Pajero Exceed, and the new Prado GXL or Kakadu.

Trailblazer CP

The major difference here, as referenced above is that most wagons have a smaller payload, many below 300Kg after towball weight.  This obviously requires a bit more care in packing and loading.

Again the chart provides all the base figures for the common models.

Station Wagons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manufacturer

Model

P/D/TD

Trans.

Kerb

GVM

Payload*

Max Towball

Payload less ball weight

GCM

Max Trailer

Max Trailer ATM at GVM

Payload at Max Trailer

Ford

Everest Trend

Turbo Diesel

A6

2407

3100

693

300

393

5800

3000

3000

393

Holden

Trailblazer LTZ

Diesel

A6

2203

2820

617

300

317

5700

3000

3000

317

Isuzu

MUX-LST

Turbo Diesel

A6

2157

2750

593

300

293

5750

3000

3000

293

Jeep

Grand Cherokee Limited

V6 Turbo Diesel

A8

2281

2949

668

350

338

6099

3500

3500

338

Land Rover

Discovery SE 7 Seat

TD4

A8

2115

3090

975

350

625

6090

3500

3350

475

Land Rover

Discovery SE 7 Seat

TD6

A8

2230

3050

820

350

470

6550

3500

3500

470

Mitsubishi

Pajero Exceed

Turbo Diesel

A5

2255

3030

775

250

525

6030

3000

3000

525

Mitsubishi

Pajero Sport Exceed

Diesel

A8

2105

2710

605

250

355

5400

3100

3045

300

Nissan

Patrol TI-L

Petrol

A7

2750

3500

750

350

400

7000

3500

3500

400

Toyota

Landcruiser 200 GX/L

Petrol

A6

2740

3350

610

350

260

6850

3500

3500

260

Toyota

Landcruiser 200 GX/L

Turbo Diesel

A6

2630

3350

720

350

370

6850

3500

3500

370

Toyota

Prado GXL

Diesel

A6

2325

2990

665

250

415

5990

3000

3000

415

Toyota

Prado Kakadu

Diesel

A7

2455

2990

535

250

285

5990

3000

3000

285

Toyota

Troop Carrier GXL

Diesel

M5

2385

3300

915

350

565

6800

3500

3500

565

The bottom line of all these comparisons is that you can get more overall load capacity from some Utes because of their lower Kerb weight and larger carrying capacity but you have to choose the right ute (and model) to achieve this.

Refer to previous posts on General Towing (Part 1) and Utes (Part 2) for interpretation of these figures and further guidance.

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