Re: Hello! XB makes excellent towing vehicle...
Yes...I agree. The transmission is the only unknown factor for me. So...before each trip I check the fluid for color, smell and if the correct amount is on the dipstick. I check with each stop for fuel and with each rest stop. So far I haven't had to add any nor has the fluid shown any sign of stress. But that's the key...check frequently for any signs of stress.
The 2nd gen XB is based on the Corolla architecture and the Corolla is rated for towing 1500 lbs in most countries. The XB has a much larger engine, is much heavier and has a beefier with a lower overall gearing ratio. It should and does make for a wonderful tow vehicle.
On Toyota’s UK website, the Yaris is credited with a towing capacity of 1050kg/2315lbs!!! And that's the Yaris. There is a wonderful article about this called "The Great American Anti-Towing Conspiracy". Please Google it. It is written by Paul Niedermeyer. He skillfully explains why Toyota (and others) are not recommending towing while in other countries they encourage it on the same vehicle.
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