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Best family SUV that can tow?

I am looking to replace an aging Nissan Pathfinder. We are a busy family of four with two tall teenage boys and a dog who enjoy getting out and about with plenty of outdoor activities. Most of our driving is done on the freeway and we tow a small caravan 2000 kg a few times a year. I don't need a full-on 4WD, but something with some ground clearance is needed. As I see it the possibilities are a 2WD Ford Everest, the new VW Tiguan, Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, or even Toyota Prado. Would you give me some suggestions and recommendations?

All of the vehicles are worthy choices, but you need to be careful about the towing ratings of them. The Kia Sorento, which would be my choice, is rated at 2000kg, which is right on your towing requirement. Others, such as the 2WD Everest, are rated to tow much more. Others, like the Mitsubishi Pajero and Toyota Prado, are full-on 4WDs, and would seem beyond your needs.

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