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The reason I am wondering if the Sorento is capable of towing 3500LBs is that there is no packages that offers the Tranny Cooler and by reading the manual, the only way the Sorento could support 1500+ trailers is if they are equiped with brakes.
With brake system = 3500
Without brake system = 1650
But then again, there is that vague mention of "additional equipment":
The ideal trailer weight
can also depend on any special equipment
that you have on your vehicle.
So it is not very clear as to how much you can pull with only a Class II Hitch, without any modification to the Transmission/Cooler
I haven't towed anything yet (have to get my hitch mounted and wiring done 1st) but will be towing a motorcycle and trailer with a total weight of about 2,000 lbs. I don't envision any problems with the V-6 engine or brakes. Prior to owning this Sorento I had a 07 V-6 Sportage. The bike and trailer I had then weighed about 1200 lbs. While the Sportage pulled it OK you knew that the trailer was there and the engine was working hard at anything approaching 70 mph and climbing any hills. I generally ran at around 65 and at that speed it was a happy camper though it would be downshifting at times.
At most I only tow the bike 2 maybe 3 times a year. Other times I may use the trailer for lumber yard materials, nothing of any real weight there.
Anyhow I think the bigger V-6 of the Sorento will be more than sufficant even with the extra weight I'll be towing.
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