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Edge 2.0L EcoBoost or 3.5L V6 for towing ?

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I'm looking at buying a new Edge with class II tow pkg for towing a 2000# trailer including into the Sierras and Rockies. I would like to get the best gas mileage while keeping enough torque and power to do the high, steep hills well, say over 40mph.

 

Here are some numbers I found to compare the two engine choices for the Edge:
TowCap mpg hp Torque

2.0L EB AWD 3500# 20/27 245 275 @3000
3.5L V6 AWD 3500# 17/24 280 250 @4000
Can you all please tell me your experiences towing with the Edge?
How big is your trailer load?
How's the hill performance?
What's your towing and non-towing mpg?
I'm now towing my 2000# (1920 actually) TAB trailer with 2007 4 cylinder Subaru and it does okay, I lose 10 mpg when towing (from 24 to 14 mpg) and it slows on real steep hills to 30 mpg using 2d gear at 5000 rpm. It's not overheating but I don't know what the wear and tear is.
(It looks like no 7-pin connector is available from the factory for some reason, so I'll have to get that and brake controller installed. Otherwise the class II trailer pkg looks good.)
thanks much,
-deac

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I will say the Turbo has an advantage at higher elevations. Lower down I would stick with the 3.5 for the towing as the 3.5 would most likely get better mpg's towing compared to the turbo which would suck the gas IMO

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I concur with what macbwt has indicated also for the reasons. Turbos are great as they make the engine produce moar power, but this comes at the expense of moar fuel and air consumed. Air is free, fuel is not.

 

Sry, no towing data here. Still have yet to build my teardrop. Working out the frame and silhouette details

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I had the 2015 with the 3.5 and after it got soaked through the A pillars, the dealer bought it back and I bought a 2016 with the 2.0 turbo ecoboost. I didn't tow anything with the v6 but have towed a motorcycle trailer with 700 lb bike over 3000 miles through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. The only time I had any problems with it was coming west out of Jackson Hole. Pushing it pretty hard over the pass and it went into emergency mode the last 1/2 mile to the top of the pass. Within minutes it had cooled down and has been fine since. We averaged 18.5 mpg for the 3000 mile trip.

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I did a 1300 mile trip last October. Of course it was all flat country, LA & MS. 2013 3.5 V6 towing a 1933 Ford Victoria on an aluminum trailer. Probably pushing the suggested weight limit just a little. Mileage was 14+ MPG. Use "S" drive going down and allowed the tranny to shift itself. Which it did a lot of. On the way home I used "D". When the speed got down to 45/50mph I shifted to "S" until I got back up to 65/70mph. I had no problems with heating, braking, or anything else. Don't know about the 2.0 Ecoboost.

 

Burke

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My wiring harness had a four pin connector and the trailer had a 7 pin connector. So I purchased a 7 pin and made my own adapter. First I ran a separate wire for the trailer brakes from the controller. Then using a four pin, I connected the corresponding wires from the four pin to the 7 pin connector. The extra wire for the trailer brakes was connected and the job was complete. The extra pins in the 7 pin connector are not used. Plug the four pin end into the wiring harness and the 7 pin into the 7 pin connector on the trailer. Wahlaa, Works like a champ, and I can tow most any connector combo.

 

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The real deal would be if any of you were able to monitor your transmission fluid temps during towing. This would be either scary news or good news. I suspect it will be worrisome news.

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I can’t provide any towing data but my 2017 3.5 gets almost exactly what it’s rated at in the city. - rated at 17 city. I get 16.6. Don’t have any Highway Data yet but I’m hoping to get close to the rated 26

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The 3.5 is a very good motor. The EcoBoost is the future of Ford, the car salesmen are pushing the EcoBoost to their customers. I refused it on our 2013 and when we traded to our 2014, I refused it again. I only have a 15 foot runabout boat with a 70 hp motor, with the trailer can't weigh much more than 1,200 LBS. I can't even feel it when I tow it with our 3.5L Edge.

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I've pulled a Crestliner CMV 1850 for 4 seasons now with a '14 Ford Escape with the 2.0L. No problems at all. Each year has included a round trip to Canada and several trip well over an hour from my home.

 

There is no reason at all to shy away from the 2.0L for towing as long as you pay attention to the limitations.

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