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What's the best car for towing a van?

May I ask your advice about choosing a car to tow a van ("Eco Tourer" probably - up to 2000 kg) for the grey nomad round-Aussie trip, for starters. We have driven and like the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD, 3.0 turbo diesel. We have test driven the Toyota Prado 2.8 turbo diesel and found it lacking power – or acceleration at least. Our questions are: are the Jeeps reliable? At $60,000-ish, they're at the top of our price range, and is there another car you'd recommend – for strength, reliability and economy mainly.

The Jeeps are perfectly capable of doing the trip you are planning, and if anything did go wrong while you were away there are dealers all around the country who cold fix it for you. At 2000 kg your caravan is not particularly heavy and shouldn’t stress the Jeep at all. The Prado is the other obvious choice, and it too will do the job with ease. Others to look at are the Kia Sorento and Isuzu MU-X.

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