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I am thinking about buying a pop up trailer for this camping season. Wondering if my Sportage can tow that much weight??
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I am thinking about buying a pop up trailer for this camping season. Wondering if my Sportage can tow that much weight??
Is your Sportage a US spec gasoline I-4 engine? Helps to know where your from since folks from all over the world use this site.
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I am thinking about buying a pop up trailer for this camping season. Wondering if my Sportage can tow that much weight??
There are 3 areas to consider I suggest:

1. The weight of your trailer and whether it has brakes

2. The limits of the car - 2WD or 4WD? A/T or M/T?

3. The legal allowances in your country (where ever that is).

In the UK the Sportage is well regarded as a towing vehicle and my model (see profile) has a braked weight limit of 1800Kg and an unbraked limit of 750Kg. Given the usual advice of not towing (braked) more than 85% of your kerb weight, 1500Kg is a good upper limit and the Caravan Club tested the diesel M/T 4x4 with a load of 1566 Kg. Their conclusion with this weight was that it struggled a bit on hills and the 17% hill start and was slow to get up to speed but was basically competent. I tow a 1000Kg caravan/trailer and can accelerate up quite steep hills with this load in 6th gear from 50MPH!

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If its a US Sportage and a 4cyl. you are not supposed to tow anything, that is only for the v-6. Read the manual, NO TOWING WITH THE 4CYL.

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Im a KIA mechanic and I own a 4 cylinder sportage 2wd and i am able to tow my 12 foot tent trailer, with my family of 4, all our gear and 2 100 pound dogs. When im going up a long hill I know its there, but its fine otherwise.
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If its a US Sportage and a 4cyl. you are not supposed to tow anything, that is only for the v-6. Read the manual, NO TOWING WITH THE 4CYL.
Page 5-38 of the 2008 Sportage owners manual:



Maximum trailer towing capacity and practical towing capacity are two very different things. If you are trailering short distances and speed is not an issue, then pulling a maximum load is not going to hurt anything. If you plan on trailering hundreds of miles and travel at reasonable highway speeds, the load will have to be lighter. Experience has taught me not to expect a vehicle to haul a trailer more than 50 to 60 percent of the maximum allowable GVWR of the trailer under the later conditions.
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Maximum trailer towing capacity and practical towing capacity are two very different things. If you are trailering short distances and speed is not an issue, then pulling a maximum load is not going to hurt anything. If you plan on trailering hundreds of miles and travel at reasonable highway speeds, the load will have to be lighter. Experience has taught me not to expect a vehicle to haul a trailer more than 50 to 60 percent of the maximum allowable GVWR of the trailer under the later conditions.
Lucky you all. Guess we get forgotten... Good info for all though.

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Im a KIA mechanic and I own a 4 cylinder sportage 2wd and i am able to tow my 12 foot tent trailer, with my family of 4, all our gear and 2 100 pound dogs. When im going up a long hill I know its there, but its fine otherwise.
I wonder if there will be long term effect of the stress on transmission and engine? I know my 2.0 sportage revs and revs and revs, up these mountains in vermont, with just my family of 4 in the car. Thinking of it, and with just me. We are talking 1800+ ft ASL. The highest points on interstate 91N/S in vermont.

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Very interesting! Page 5-38 in the 2009 and 2010 Sportage Owners Manuals look just like the 2008 manual, with the exception of the chart at the top, the 2.0L engine isn't shown at all. The second paragraph under NOTICE states:

"Your Sportage equipped with a 2.7 liter engine can tow a trailer. However, we do not recommend trailer towing for the Sportage equipped with the 2.0 liter engine. To identify what the vehicle trailering capacity is for your vehicle, you should read the information in “Weight of the Trailer” that appears later in this section."

Since there are no "important" changes from the 2008 to 2009 model drivetrains, makes you wonder if there have been mechanical issues when trailering with the 2.0L?
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Very interesting! Page 5-38 in the 2009 and 2010 Sportage Owners Manuals look just like the 2008 manual, with the exception of the chart at the top, the 2.0L engine isn't shown at all. The second paragraph under NOTICE states:

"Your Sportage equipped with a 2.7 liter engine can tow a trailer. However, we do not recommend trailer towing for the Sportage equipped with the 2.0 liter engine. To identify what the vehicle trailering capacity is for your vehicle, you should read the information in “Weight of the Trailer” that appears later in this section."

Since there are no "important" changes from the 2008 to 2009 model drivetrains, makes you wonder if there have been mechanical issues when trailering with the 2.0L?
My 08 manual under the wright section of towing for my 2.0 says N/A under the weight.

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