my 79 Olds Regency use to pull a 6000lb+ trailer without batting an eyelash. most of today's SUVs would struggle with that. Even if they don't, they would be needing transmission service in short order.
Diesel wagon. Towing problem solved
Alot of people want to or have to use something like a Trailblazer or Explorer. Which are probably around 5000 lbs towing. But realistically, while the chassis can handle it without a problem, it is the transmission you have to worry about.
Now that unitbody SUVs are the trend, 3000-4000 lbs is pushing it. While that's enough to pull some snowmobiles or jetskis, I have friends with campers who have to own a Tahoe or F150 just to pull it. And are stuck driving those trucks everyday and hate it.
I just got an '10 SRX as a courtesy car, and I am pretty impressed. It definitely isn't my type of car, but it's really quiet, comfortable, and the handling is pretty good considering a FWD based AWD system. The only problem I have found is the transmission. The shifting is a bit harsh at low speeds and it gets really puzzled when I'm coasting to a red light. Other than that it doesn't seem to have any rattles like my CTS. It is also pretty nicely equipped for the price. I think the one I have is just about $40k, and it has the Ultraview roof, push button start, power liftgate, a usb jack, a nice radio display, and I really like the color screen in the speedometer.
Compare that to the coolness of the Escalade, along with its 400 hp of muscle. I wants me one. I just have to figure out how to sell it to the wife. She brings up the gas hog issue, but aren't folks getting 15mpg or so with the slade? Only getting 19-20 with the Pilot.
The only other problem is that neither of us is going to want to drive it everyday. So i will have to get a fourth car for the wife to commute in.
now thats what im talkin bout